Buoyed by free publicity and excellent word of mouth, The Martian [MARTN] blasted off with an estimated $55.0 million, within striking distance of the October record of $55.8 million set by Gravity two years ago.
Last weekend's champ Hotel Transylvania 2 [HTRN2] secured second with $33.0 million. The animated sequel decayed just 32% in its second weekend to bring its total to $90.5 million.
Expanding to wide release, Sicario [SICAR] took in $12.1 million to take third place. The crime...Read more »
NASA announced the discovery of recent water on Mars this week just as The Martian [MARTN] arrives theaters. Fox can’t be any happier with the free publicity for their PG-13 rated sci-fi film. Matt Damon [MDAMO] stars as an astronaut stranded on the red planet who must survive solely on his scientific knowledge. Damon played a similar role in Interstellar, which opened to $47.5 million last November, while Sandra Bullock's stranded-in-space flick Gravity set the October record two years...Read more »
Lionsgate has premiered the trailer for the romance The Choice [CHOCE] based on the Nicholas Sparks novel on Moviefone. Teresa Palmer [TPALM] stars as a young woman who catches the eye of her new neighbor, played by Benjamin Walker [BWALK]. She must decide whether she wants to be with him or her doctor boyfriend, played by Tom Welling. The Choice hits theaters on February 5th.
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Gramecy Pictures has revealed the first trailer for the horror film The Forest [FORST]. Set in the Aokigahara Forest of Japan where people go to commit suicide, Natalie Dormer [NDORM] stars as a young American who goes in search of her twin sister to uncover her fate. The Forest arrives in theaters January 8th.
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Fox has unveiled the full-length trailer for the western The Revenant [REVEN], which was inspired by true events. Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu [AGINA] sets out for wilderness to film in natural light conditions. The Revenant opens limited on Christmas before expanding wide on January 8th.
In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio [LDCAP]) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own...Read more »
The Weinstein Co. has released the second trailer for the drama Burnt [ADAMJ], scheduled to open wide on October 23rd.
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper [BCOOP]) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll...Read more »
Sony continues its recent winning streak as its animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 [HTRN2] booked an estimated $47.5 million to set a new opening weekend record for September. The first film held the previous record of $42.5 milion. The family film brought out an audience that was 59% female and 60% under 25.
The Intern [INTRN] debuted in second place with $18.2 million. The audience for the workplace comedy skewed 89% over 25.
Last week's champ Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials...Read more »
A couple of directors return after a long hiatus, but they will be no match for the animated monsters of Hotel Transylvania 2 [HTRN2]. The first Hotel Transylvania set the September opening weekend record in 2012 with $42.5 million. Adam Sandler [ASAND], Selena Gomez [SGOME] and Andy Samberg [ASAMB] reprise their roles in the PG-rated sequel from Sony. While there hasn’t been another animated film since The Minions, Hotel Transylvania is not as fondly remembered as, say The Minions....Read more »
Sony has dropped the teaser trailer for the animated The Angry Birds Movie [ANGRB] based on the best-selling mobile video game. Ever wonder why the birds are so angry at the green pigs? No, me neither. The Angry Birds Movie will have the answers on May 20th.
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis [JSUDE]), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad [JGAD]), and the volatile...Read more »
Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the trailer for the drama Truth [TRUTD] based on recent current events. Robert Redford [RREDF] stars as CBS anchor Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett [CBLAN] as producer Mary Mapes as they reported that President George W. Bush was AWOL from the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. They then endured a media firestorm that accused the story as a political fabrication. As a result, both Rather and Mapes lost their jobs with latter writing the 2005 book...Read more »