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PRISONERS Movie Weekend Box Office: Best Hugh Jackman / Jake Gyllenhaal 'Serious Movie' Debut

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'Prisoners' movie weekend box office: Best 'serious' (non-musical) Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal opening in years (image: Hugh Jackman in 'Prisoners') The nearly two-and-a-half-hour thriller Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, will easily top the North American box office this weekend, September 20-22, 2013. Currently playing at 3,260 locations, Prisoners took in $7.01 million on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Budgeted at a reported $46 million – not including marketing and distribution expenses – the Warner Bros. release is expected to collect around $21 million by Sunday evening, as per Deadline.com. How does that compare to previous Hugh Jackman weekend debuts? Setting aside Tom Hooper's “event musical” Les Misérables […]


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PRISONERS Movie Weekend Box Office: Best Hugh Jackman / Jake Gyllenhaal 'Serious Movie' Debut







THE WOLVERINE 2013 Movie Box Office: Major Disappointment?

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'The Wolverine' 2013 movie box office: Latest domestic summer season disappointment (image: Hugh Jackman in 'The Wolverine') Starring Hugh Jackman, the James Mangold-directed The Wolverine debuted with a way lower than expected $21 million from 3,924 venues (3,063 of which in 3D) on Friday, July 26, 2013, including $4 million from Thursday evening and midnight shows, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Generally speaking, $4 million or whereabouts from midnight screenings (in years past not including late Thursday shows) usually translates into a $60+ million opening weekend gross in North America – e.g., in summer 2011, Kenneth Branagh / Chris Hemsworth's Thor with $65.72 million, and Joe Johnston / Chris Evans' Captain America: The First Avenger with […]


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THE WOLVERINE 2013 Movie Box Office: Major Disappointment?







Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman Attend Oscar Nominees Luncheon

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Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman: Oscar Luncheon 2013 Jennifer Lawrence and Hugh Jackman were among those in attendance at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2013 Oscar Nominees Luncheon, which took place earlier today at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Nearly all of the 20 nominees in the acting categories showed up, in addition to approximately 140 others nominees in the numerous Oscar 2013 categories. (Image: Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman chatting at the 2013 Oscar Nominees Luncheon.) As per the Academy's press release (released last Friday), the nominated actors who had confirmed their presence at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon were: Silver Linings Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver; Les Misérables' Hugh Jackman […]


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Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman Attend Oscar Nominees Luncheon







LES MISERABLES: National Board of Review Best Ensemble

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Zero Dark Thirty: 'Director's Film' [See previous post: “Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty: National Board of Review Awards First Female Best Director.”] Kathryn Bigelow's former “war on terror” movie, the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker, was clearly perceived – at least by North American critics – as a “Director's Movie.” Whereas back in 2009 Bigelow and The Hurt Locker easily dominated critics' awards, screenwriter Mark Boal, if mentioned at all, almost invariably found himself as a runner-up. (Image: Hugh Jackman Les Misérables.) It's a little early, but I wouldn't be surprised if this awards season Zero Dark Thirty, which was also written by Mark Boal, follows a similar “critics' awards” trajectory to that of The Hurt Locker three years […]


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LES MISERABLES: National Board of Review Best Ensemble







LES MISERABLES Trailer: Anne Hathaway Show-Stopper

Les Misérables trailer: Anne Hathaway sings Les Misérables trailer is out. (Please scroll down.) You can hear Anne Hathaway's miserable Fantine singing “I dreamed that love would never die … I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living.” All the while, dialogue-less bits from the film are shown featuring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert, Amanda Seyfried as Crosette, and Eddie Redmayne as Marius. I believe that even those who aren't fans of modern Hollywood musicals (or Broadway musicals) will agree that the Les Misérables trailer looks impressive. As for Anne Hathaway's rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream,” it sounds equally impressive. Best Actress Oscar nod? Another question: Apart […]


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LES MISERABLES Trailer: Anne Hathaway Show-Stopper







'Les Misérables' Photo: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe

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Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe's Inspector Javert are seen above in the upcoming Les Misérables movie, the big-screen version of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's highly successful, Tony Award-winning stage musical, itself based on Victor Hugo's novel. Tom Hooper, Oscar winner for The King's Speech, directed. [Definitely not a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as previously stated in this article. See comments below.] Les Misérables, of course, will arrive covered with a patina of “prestige.” In addition to Tony Award winner Jackman (The Boy from Oz), and Oscar winners Crowe (Gladiator) and Hooper, the film's cast boasts the following: The Dark Knight Rises star and Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married) […]


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'Les Misérables' Photo: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe







Hugh Jackman/REAL STEEL: Best Non-Wolverine Opening Since VAN HELSING: Box Office

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George Clooney, The Ides of March Directed by Shawn Levy (The Pink Panther, Night at the Museum, Date Night), and starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo as father and son bonding thanks to the family-friendly-fun sport of robot-boxing, Disney's Real Steel topped the North American box office chart this weekend (Oct. 7-9), as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Real Steel grossed $27.3 million at 3,440 locations, which isn't bad for a non-franchise, but isn't exactly great for a movie that cost a reported $110 million. Its average was a just okay – for this sort of high-profile action movie – $7,936 per theater. (In 2009, for instance, Channing Tatum's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, averaged $13,654 […]


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Hugh Jackman/REAL STEEL: Best Non-Wolverine Opening Since VAN HELSING: Box Office







Hugh Jackman/REAL STEEL Easily Tops Box Office, THE IDES OF MARCH on a Par with DRIVE

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Hugh Jackman, Real Steel The North American box office has been in the doldrums of late. Well, apart from Disney's The Lion King 3D, this year's late summer/early fall sleeper hit. One that happened to have been originally released in 1994. What would the late Jack Valenti and the current folks at the Motion Picture Association of America have to say about that? Simply that there's absolutely no box office malaise a Good Movie can't cure. Good Movies like Fast Five, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Hangover Part II, and now Real Steel. (Admittedly, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, too.) Directed by Shawn Levy, and starring Hugh Jackman […]


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Hugh Jackman/REAL STEEL Easily Tops Box Office, THE IDES OF MARCH on a Par with DRIVE










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