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Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 02/08/2015 - 17:52

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation cruises to the top while Vacation stalls

By Rich Matthews

You can't beat a good, solid action-thriller. That's the message that $56m-worth of US box office sent this weekend, with Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible (5) - Rogue Nation exceeding expectations and almost setting a franchise best (2000's M:1-2 managed $57m).

With buoyant notices for its "real-world" action and twisty-turny plot, the Cruiser's return to his signature role as Ethan Hunt (who has been appearing on our screen since 1996, folks) also performed well internationally, with Scientology Tom remains a bigger draw, amassing a further $65m for a global launch of $121m for Paramount and Skydance.

So far, the M:I watermark (not accounting for inflation) rests with Incredibles director Brad Bird's fourth entry, Ghost Protocol, which earned just shy of $700m worldwide four years ago. This fifth flick was co-written and directed by Cruise's Jack Reacher helmer, Christopher McQuarrie. At the other end of the scale, the weekend's other big release – New Line's Vacation – underwhelmed, falling short of its predicted $30m opening with $21.2m since Wednesday. The Ed Helms-led "sequel" to the 1983 Chevy Chase pseudo-classic National Lampoon's Vacation – directed by the late, great Harold Ramis – could only muster $14.9m for the actual weekend. Even the presence of Thor star Chris Hemsworth sporting a gigantic prosthetic penis couldn't help the $30m comedy to perform.

Close behind the newbies, Disney's Ant-Man managed to hold off Universal's Minions with $12.6m (for a domestic total of $132.1m, and a global tally of nearly $300m), while the Despicable Me spin-off was just behind with $12.2m ($287.3m at home and a gigantic $854.6m worldwide).

Adam Sandler's Sony-financed flop Pixels came in fifth with $10.4m, for a weak domestic total of $45.6m ($102.1m global) for the $150m-budgeted fantasy comedy, while John Green young adult fic adap (see, we love the zeitgeist) Paper Towns also saw a big decline of 60 per cent to gross $4.6m ($23.8m, $49.5m) at nine, leaving far, far last year's The Fault In Our Stars.

The rest of the chart saw Amy Schumer's Trainwreck at six ($9.7m, $80m US), Jake Gyllenhaal in Kurt Sutter's boxer of anarchy drama Southpaw ($7.5m, $31.7m), Disney/Pixar's charming Inside Out ($4.5m, $330m, $602m worldwide), and, rounding out the top 10, the summer's big dino daddy, Jurassic World ($3.8m, $631.5m, $1.56bn).

Next weekend we'll find out if Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four by Chronicle director Josh Trank is super enough to be the box office hero the studio hopes it can be.

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Trailers of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 02/08/2015 - 17:26

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips that caught our eye this week ...


Zoolander 2 - Official Teaser

Beasts of No Nation - Teaser Trailer

52 Tuesdays - Trailer

The Gift - Clip "Simon Says"

Building Jerusalem Trailer

Hitman: Agent 47 | Creating Katia Van Dees Featurette

LEGO Dimensions Story Trailer: Unexpected Worlds Collide

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 26/07/2015 - 20:32

Game over already for Adam Sandler's Pixels?

By Rich Matthews

The days when Adam Sandler made mega-bucks comedy blockbuster do now appear to be resolutely behind the former Saturday Night Live star. The $90m-plus-budgeted Pixels from Sony and directed by Chris "Harry Potter" Columbus limped into US cinemas this weekend at number two, grossing a meagre $24m. It is doing so-so business overseas, so is coming up on $50m worldwide, but Sony is likely going to have a big loss on this one.

Disney claims that its holdover, Ant-Man, narrowly pipped Pixels to the top spot with $24.8m for a domestic tally of $106.1m and global gross of $226.5m, suggesting it should pass Marvel's lowest grosser so far, 2008's The Incredible Hulk, both foreign ($128.6m) and domestic ($134.8m), as long as it can stay strong in the face of upcoming rivals Vacation (29 July), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (31 July), and (the main threat) the Fantastic Four reboot from Fox (7 August).

Overall, the weekend was up a decent 2.4 per cent over the same frame last year thanks to a higher calibre of films than 2014's Lucy and The Rock as Hercules. At three, Universal/Illumination Studios Minions spinoff continued to do rampant business ($22.1m, $261.6m US, $759.4m worldwide), suggesting it could end nearing 2013's Despicable Me 2 size grosses ($368m US, $970.8m worldwide). At four, it looks like Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck may have seen little impact from the horrific Lafayette, Louisiana cinema shooting – although there may have still been a slight dip in overall attendance across the board – managing a strong $17.3m for a domestic gross of $61.5m. At five, Antoine Fuqua's gritty boxing flick Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and scripted by Sons of Anarchy scribe Kurt Sutter, actually overperformed (the ONLY new release to do so), grossing $16.5m, while fellow debutante Paper Towns could only muster $12.5m ($28.5m global), a mere shadow of fellow John Green adaptation The Fault In Our Stars' $48m last year – but that film did have Shailene Woodley from the Divergent franchise.

At number seven, Pixar's Inside Out continued to delight ($7.4m, $320.3m, $550.1m), as it became the Disney brand's third highest US earner behind Toy Story 3 ($415m) and Finding Nemo ($339.7m). It's possible that the Pete Docter-directed animation could well pass Nemo by summer's end. It also sits at eighth on the studio's worldwide chart – sandwiched between Brave and Cars 2 – but it has some big markets still to conquer.

Talking of conquering, Jurassic World landed at eight this weekend, becoming the third highest domestic grosser in history in the process with $623.8m, passing The Avengers, just as it did last week to becomes the third highest worldwide grosser ever with $1.54bn. It won't worry Titanic ($658.7m, $2.2bn) or Avatar ($760.5m, $2.8bn), but is nonetheless the success story of the past three years. The chart was rounded out by Ian McKellen as an ageing Sherlock in Mr Holmes ($2.8m, $6m), and Arnold Schwarzenegger watching his movie career blink out like a terminator's eye as it sinks into molten metal as Terminator Genisys ($2.4m, $85.7m, $305.1m) now looks likely to top out domestically at $90m, which if you adjust for inflation, easily makes it the least successful in the franchise.

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Trailers of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 25/07/2015 - 16:04

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips that caught our eye this week ...


A Walk in the Woods

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The Transporter Refuelled

Meet The Griswolds

Fantastic Four | Beyond The Four


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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 19/07/2015 - 21:43

Ant-Man on top while Amy Schumer's Trainwreck overperforms

By Rich Matthews

This weekend was up 37.4 per cent over last year's same frame, with July now tracking nearly 30 per cent above July 2014 – so further good news for the US box office as a whole. At the top of the hill was Marvel's Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as the superhero who shrinks, with $58m – but it was a slightly hollow victory as this marked Marvel's lowest opening since 2008's The Incredible Hulk took $55.4m.

However, Ant-Man actually had a lower per-screen average ($15,051 per screen vs the Hulk's $15,810) but has started garnering positive word of mouth. Any hope of the lighter, funnier Ant-Man scoring a Guardians of the Galaxy-sized $90m-plus opening disappeared fast, but at least it is doing well internationally, setting a global opening of $114.4m, which is ahead of the openings of both Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor.

Ant-Man still couldn't hold an international candle to Universal's Minions, though, which has now amassed an incredible $625.8m, with $216.7m from the US despite a hefty 57 per cent drop, which is a steeper decline than both Despicable Me movies. More positive news arrived in third, with Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck, co-starring Bill Hader and helmed by Knocked Up's Judd Apatow, surpassed expectations to gross $30.2m (and avoiding the R-rated comedy flop trap set by last year's Sex Tape). The only other new release to crack the top 10 was Ian McKellen's turn as an ageing Sherlock in Mr Holmes, which grossed $2.5m to place 10th on a scant 363 screens.

Between three and 10 then... Pixar's superb Inside Out ($11.7m, $306.4m US domestic, $490.2m worldwide) now easily eclipsed by Minions, Jurassic World ($11.4m, $611.2m, $1.5bn) becoming the biggest worldwide hit of the year by passing Furious 7 and therefore becoming the fourth most-successful film of all time (not accounting for inflation), Arnie's comeback faltering with Terminator Genisys ($5.4m, $80.6m, $277.4m), Channing Tatum's stripper sequel Magic Mike XXL ($4.5m, $58.6m, $89.6m), low-budget horror The Gallows ($4m, $18m, $22.2m), and sequel disappointment Ted 2 ($2.7m, $77.5m, $143.5m).

Next weekend sees Fault In Our Stars stablemate Paper Towns and Adam Sandler's videogame nostalgia comedy Pixels go for gold, with National Lampoon remake/sequel Vacation looming the following Wednesday before Tom Cruise lands with franchise surety Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

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Trailers of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 18/07/2015 - 15:51

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips that caught our eye this week ...


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 - Teaser Trailer

The Revenant | Official HD Teaser Trailer


Pan – Main Trailer

Sisters - Official Global Trailer

Fantastic Four | Official HD Trailer #3 | 2015

Suicide Squad - Comic-Con First Look

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 07/06/2015 - 20:44

Melissa McCarthy's Spy hits the mark while Entourage fizzles

By Rich Matthews

The female-driven demographic won the box office yet again this weekend, with Paul "Bridesmaids" Feig following up his last hit team-up with Melissa McCarthy, The Heat co-starring Sandra Bullock, with the all-star Spy.

Starring alongside Rose Byrne, Jason Statham and Jude Law, the Ghostbuster-in-waiting McCarthy saw off early showings for HBO movie spin-off Entourage (fourth with $10.4m, $17.8m since Wednesday) and horror threequel Insidious Chapter 3 ($23m, $37.3m worldwide) at, appropriately three. While Spy's $30m opening lagged behind The Heat's just-shy-of-$40m bow, it was enough to knock The Rock of the top, although Dwayne Johnson's earthquake actioner San Andreas didn't topple in its sophomore frame, grossing $26.4m ($92.2m domestic, $152.2m global) to hold on at two.

Globally, the exceptionally well-reviewed Spy took in a healthy $86.5m, earmarking it to be yet another R-rated comedy blockbuster for Feig and McCarthy, whose next picture together is the aforementioned mentioned Ghostbusters reboot. The top five was rounded out by Tom Hardy's Mel Gibson shoe-filler, Mad Max: Fury Road ($8m, $130.8m, $307.8m).

Then, from six to 10, Elizabeth Banks' directorial debut Pitch Perfect 2 ($7.7m, $161m, $250m) continues to a capella laugh its way to the, erm bank, Disney/Brad Bird's misguided but laudable George Clooney sci-fi Tomorrowland ($7m, $76.2m, $169.7m), Marvel and Joss Whedon's superhero fest Avengers: Age of Ultron ($6.2m, $438m, $1.35bn) finally passed Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 to become the fifth biggest film of all time (although it looks increasingly unlikely to match this year's Furious 7 as the fourth of all, some $160m away), Cameron Crowe's iffy Hawaiian flop Aloha ($3.3m $16m), and PG-13 horror remake Poltergeist ($2.9m, $44.5m, $52.8m).

Next weekend? Jurassic World. In the immortal words of the great Stan Lee – nuff said.

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Fox Home Entertainment Launches 'Movie of the Day' App

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 27/05/2015 - 16:39

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Launches Movie of the Day App for iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch Giving Consumers Daily Deals on Their Favourite Films on iTunes

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today debuted the all-new Movie of the Day app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, giving movie lovers everywhere the opportunity to purchase their favourite Fox films on Digital HD through daily flash sales.  The Movie of the Day app’s user friendly interface gives consumers a 24-hour window to buy a brand new movie each and every day at a discounted price of up to 70% off and add it to their iTunes library.  Launching today in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France, fans can get great deals on films from some of the biggest franchises on Digital HD as they become available through the app including Alien, Die Hard, Planet of the Apes, Rio, The Sound of Music, X-Men and more.  The Movie of the Day app is available only on the App Store.  

The Movie of the Day app is loaded with content, allowing fans to easily view video clips, read the synopsis, see cast and crew information and even read reviews of each film.  Once ready to purchase a film, users simply click once in the app using their iTunes account and the film is added to their iTunes library.  Fans can even choose to share the experience through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter, allowing friends the opportunity to see the latest flash sale and download the app themselves.  The app will offer all types of films for sale each day, from indie to blockbuster, romantic comedy to horror.

“The Movie of the Day app is a super convenient way for consumers to access the movies they love at the touch of a button,” said Mary Daily, President and Chief Marketing Officer, Worldwide Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “The app gives movie lovers access to an amazing array of movies every day at a great price.”

Available for download for free in the app store, the Movie of the Day app will kick off the daily flash sales today with the megahit X-Men: First Class, available for purchase on Digital HD for £5.99. Each and every day a new or classic movie will be available for purchase for a low price. The app is powered by the storefront management tools built by Premiere Digital.

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 26/05/2015 - 16:32

Tomorrowland not so magical at number one

By Rich Matthews

It may have taken the top spot at the domestic US box office this weekend, but Disney's Tomorrowland – a wide-eyed fantasy tribute to Walt Disney's ideals for a better society directed by The Incredibles' Brad Bird – has posted one of the softest Memorial Day weekend openings ever recorded.

The George Clooney/Britt Robertson sci-fi vehicle took in $41.7m, placing 22nd in the Memorial Day openers, ranking behind 2013's animated effort Epic's $42.8m and marginally ahead of 2010's clunker Prince of Persia: Sands of Time's $37.8m. Last year saw X-Men: Days Of Future Past launch to a suitably huge $90+m, so this year the holiday weekend was down anywhere between 15 and 19 per cent (depending on final numbers for the four days).

It's a blip in Disney's otherwise rock-solid 2015 slate, and probably a hit it can actually afford to take – even if the film looks unlikely to recoup much beyond its $180m. It even underperformed on the international stage with a weak $26.7m from just more than half of the territories, making an overall worldwide tally just shy of $70m. Hardly the hoped-for Pirates of the Caribbean effect, the last Disney megahit franchise based on a Disneyland ride, but is more in line with 2013's Disney megaturkey The Lone Ranger.

In comparison, close on Tomorrowland's heels, Pitch Perfect 2 continued to hit the high notes, grossing $38.5m in its second weekend for an outstanding domestic total of $126m for Universal. Internationally it also continued to overperform, with a global gross of $190m. But let's not pretend it's all bad news for the Mouse House, with Avengers: Age Of Ultron still knocking robotic heads as it crossed the $400m at home at fifth, making it the first movie to do since November 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen. With an international tally heading north of $860m, Ultron has now passed stablemate Iron Man 3 to become the 7th biggest grosser of all time with $1.26bn, thanks in part to nabbing more than $200m in China. The year's overall leader remains Furious 7, which is now only $30m off the third biggest ever grosser, The Avengers' $1.5bn, but Ultron is likely to catch Vin Diesel's Paul Walker memorial car flick by the time summer is out.

Also still revving engines, Warner Bros' squeals'n'wheels post apocalyptic "sequel" Mad Max: Fury Road grossed $32.1m at home, plus $38.2m abroad for a worldwide gross of $220m. Which meant that the other new release of the week, MGM and Fox's remake of Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic spookflick, Poltergeist, directed by Ghost House's Gil Kenan and starring Sam Rockwell, could only scare up enough coin to place fourth, with $22.6m Friday to Sunday, which was actually above expectations.

With final numbers for the four days not yet posted, the rest of the chart saw The Age of Adaline at six ($15m Mon-Sun; $39.9m domestic), Hot Pursuit at seven ($3.6m, $29.1m), Furious 7 at eight ($2.2m; $347.7m; $1.5bn), Far From the Madding Crowd at nine ($2.2m; $6m; $12.1m) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 at 10 ($1.9m; $66.4m, $99.5m).

Next weekend The Rock is back for his second summer shake, launching LA / San Francisco quake flick San Andreas, alongside Cameron Crowe's Hawaii-set dramedy Aloha (which is gathering some controversy for "whitewashing" the diversity of the island). Then on 3 June, the swinging playas of Entourage make their big-screen bow.

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Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 19/05/2015 - 18:08

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, which celebrates the world’s longest running science fiction TV series, showcases the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold for the series since 2005 and features over 100 performers including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster. The first ever UK shows will be staged from Saturday 23d May to Friday 29 May 2015.

Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor on the BBC One series between 1981 and 1984, has acted as presenter for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Australia and New Zealand in 2014 and 2015 and will reprise this role in the UK this year.

The show features a host of the Doctor’s famous adversaries including the iconic Daleks and Cybermen, the spine-chilling Silence and many more fan favourites. The live monsters provide a dramatic contrast to the award-winning and very popular music written by Gold, who has been responsible for composing music for the series over the past eight years, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor.

The show also features Murray’s latest score and footage from the most recent series eight of Doctor Who, the first starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, including the Christmas special broadcast at the end of last year.

The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments from Doctor Who in specially edited video sequences.

Davison said: “I’m very excited to be hosting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in the UK in 2015.  Doctor Who fans are an extraordinary, wonderful bunch, who are very passionate about the series. The Symphonic Spectacular has already proved to be a monster hit down under with thousands of fans packing into arenas across the southern hemisphere and the UK’s first ever tour promises to be even bigger.”

Tickets are on sale now

Dates and Venues

The SSE Arena, Wembley, London: Saturday 23 May 2015 & Sunday 24 May 2015
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff: Monday 25 May
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham: Tuesday 26 May
First Direct Arena, Leeds: Wednesday 27 May
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle: Thursday 28 May
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow: Friday 29 May

Times: 3pm afternoon matinee and 7:30pm evening performances (2pm on Sunday 24 May only)

Suggested age: Six years upwards (recommendation based on the nature and duration of the show; younger ticketholders will be admitted)
All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Running time: Two hours (plus interval)

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