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‘Hot Chick Movie’ Bombs + Bradley Cooper Hit + Robert Zemeckis Animated Disaster

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“Hot Chick Movie”: Jamie Chung, Vanessa Hudgens diplay quite a bit of cleavage in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch.

April 1 update: Starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro, Neil Burger’s thriller Limitless topped the North American box office chart on Thursday, March 31, grossing $1.2 million, according to Boxofficemojo.com.

That’ll likely be Limitless’ last time at the top, as Duncan Jones’ well-received thriller Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga, opens today. Even so, Limitless should be passing the $50 million milestone on Saturday. Also opening this weekend are Hop starring James Marsden and lots of CGI animation, and the horror flick Insidious.

Down one spot at no. 3 was Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, which features Abbie Cornish, Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jena Malone. The much-derided Sucker Punch took in $973,000, thus falling below the $1m-per-day mark on Day 7.

March 31: Zack Snyder dumped from the upcoming Superman reboot, tentatively titled Man of Steel?

Some have been wondering if someone else will be directing Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Kevin Costner, following the critical drubbing and underwhelming box office performance of Snyder’s Sucker Punch, which opened with below the $20 million mark this past weekend.

In The Guardian, Ben Child wrote an interesting piece about Snyder’s position as the director of Man of Steel, who’ll have to answer to The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight RisesChristopher Nolan, Man of Steel‘s official producer and co-screenwriter along with David S. Goyer. Time Warner, which owns Warner Bros., surely won’t be happy with another disappointment akin to Bryan Singer’s 2006 reboot Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh.

About Sucker Punch, Child writes:

Horribly misconceived, puerile, distasteful and hugely wasteful of the talent involved, Snyder’s latest release is Coyote Ugly for the fanboy brigade – or Girl, Interrupted, had Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie been forced to spend the entire film shooting things while tarted up to the nines in stockings and suspenders. Quite what Snyder was thinking is anyone’s guess, but one can only assume he was given free reign to indulge his cinematic vision following the relative box office successes of 300 and Watchmen (and promptly fluffed his lines).

Child also wonders: “Can one film ruin a career?”

Ask Michael Cimino, who, a year after winning a Best Director Oscar for The Deer Hunter (1978), became responsible for the flop that did United Artists in: Heaven’s Gate (1980). Cimino’s career came to an abrupt halt at that point.

In fact, in the last 31 years Cimino has directed only four features: Year of the Dragon (1985); The Sicilian (1987), which was taken away from him by the studio; Desperate Hours (1990); and The Sunchaser (1996); in addition to a segment from To Each His Own Cinema (2007).

March 28 update: David Bowers’ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules topped the North American box office chart this past weekend (March 25-27), despite earning about $700,000 less than studio estimates.

Rodrick Rules not only beat the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which opened last year with $22.12 million, but also took in more than its $21 million budget on its first weekend out. That’s quite a feat for this 20th Century Fox release.

Directed by Thor Freudenthal, the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid went on to earn $64 million domestically, in addition to a paltry $11.69 million overseas, totaling $75.69 million worldwide – about half of that amount going into Fox’s coffers. Though hardly blockbuster material, Diary of a Wimpy Kid most likely earned a tidy profit on its modest $15 million budget, even considering distribution and marketing costs (and not including ancillary revenues).

Sucker Punch, on the other hand, will find it impossible to match – let alone recover – its reported $82 million production budget at the domestic box office. That’s not exactly great news for Warner Bros., though the international market and ancillary revenues may eventually place the movie in the black.

According to actuals found at Box Office Mojo, Rodrick Rules grossed $23.75 million at no. 1, followed by Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jena Malone, with $19.05 million at no. 2.

Following Natalie Portman and Alex Pettyfer earlier this year, and joining Michael Peña (The Lincoln Lawyer, Battle: Los Angeles), both Abbie Cornish and Vanessa Hudgens had two movies on North America’s top-ten chart on Friday. Cornish, in fact, had two among the top five: in addition to Sucker Punch, she’s one of the stars of Limitless. Hudgens’ Beastly was the no. 10 movie, though it’s unclear whether it’ll remain among the top ten by the time weekend figures are tallied.

Doing well in limited release were Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, starring Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska, which scored $970,000 at 90 sites; Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan, which pulled in $464,000 at 23 locations; and, somewhat more modestly, François Ozon’s Potiche, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu, with $85,000 at 7 venues. (Potiche has taken in $21.53 million overseas, $18.15 million of which in France*.)

Starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro, Neil Burger’s thriller Limitless earned $15.05 million at no. 3.

* Bizarrely, Hollywood studios still consider Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia as part of France.

Also worthy of note is that if studio estimates are correct, the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy Just Go with It, which also features Nicole Kidman, has passed the $100 million milestone. On its seventh weekend, Just Go with It has cumed at $100.24 million. Worldwide: $152.39 million. Cost: $80 million.

March 22 update: Starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro, Neil Burger’s thriller Limitless topped the North American box office over the March 18-20 weekend, grossing $18.9 million according to actuals. Actual figures were pretty close to the estimates released Sunday.

At no. 2, Gore Verbinski’s Rango, featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, and Abigail Breslin, collected $15.07 million.

March 20 update: Directed by Neil Burger, and starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro, the thriller Limitless was the no. 1 movie at the tepid North American box office this weekend (March 18-20), according to studio estimates.

The Relativity release earned an estimated $19 million at 2,756 locations, averaging an okay $6,894 per site. Limitless reportedly cost a modest $27 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses).

So far this year, the North American box office is down 20 percent compared to last year, which had two back-to-back monster blockbusters in its first three months, James Cameron’s Avatar and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Attendance is down 21 percent according to hollywood.com.

At no. 2, Gore Verbinski’s animated feature Rango, featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, and Ned Beatty, collected $15.31 million (down 32 percent). Total: $92.57 million. Cost: $135 million.

There’s simply no way Rango will recover its production cost at the domestic box office (about $250-$270 million would be needed), but it’s doing well overseas, with $73 million to date according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At no. 3, down two spots from last weekend, Battle: Los Angeles took in $14.6 million – down an alarming 59 percent. Featuring Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Gino Anthony Pesi, Cory Hardrict, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Michelle Rodriguez, the action-sci-fier’s total is $60.6 million. Cost: $70 million.

Overseas, the much-derided Battle: Los Angeles was the no. 1 movie, collecting $29 million in 55 markets. In China alone, where it had the widest opening ever for a foreign film, Battle: Los Angeles grossed $11.8 million.

Behind Limitless, Rango, and Battle: Los Angeles, the Matthew McConaughey vehicle The Lincoln Lawyer opened at no. 4 at the North American box office this weekend (March 18-20), switching places with Paul, which had been ahead on Friday. Lionsgate’s $40 million crime drama earned $13.4 million at 2,707 sites, averaging a relatively modest $4,950 per theater according to studio estimates.

It may be an uphill road for The Lincoln Lawyer, which generally received good reviews (81 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics), to even match its production budget domestically. Also in the cast: Ryan Phillippe, Marisa Tomei, Josh Lucas, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, and Michael Peña, who now has two movies on the top-five box office chart. The Lincoln Lawyer was directed by Brad Furman.

Opening at no. 5, Greg Mottola’s Paul, featuring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Blythe Danner, and many others, drew $13.15 million at 2,802 locations. The $40 million comedy’s per-theater average was $4,695. Paul has performed much better in the United Kingdom, where it has pulled in more than $21 million. In five markets, Paul‘s international cume currently stands at $28.1 million.

March 18 update: Gore Verbinski’s animated feature Rango topped the chart for the first time since last Thursday. Featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, and Ned Beatty, Rango collected $2.04 million according to Box Office Mojo.

Down one spot at no. 2, Battle: Los Angeles took in $2.02 million The action-sci-fier features Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Gino Anthony Pesi, Cory Hardrict, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Michelle Rodriguez. On Thursday, Battle: Los Angeles was down 33 percent compared to Monday.

Directed by Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke, and starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, Red Riding Hood brought in $1 million at no. 3. Also in the Red Riding Hood cast: The Twilight Saga‘s Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Max Irons, and Shiloh Fernandez.

At no. 5, Disney’s animated 3D feature Mars Needs Moms grossed $720k. After seven days, the Robert Zemeckis-produced, Simon Wells-directed, $150 million-budgeted Mars Needs Moms has finally passed the $10 million mark domestically. Total: $10.08 million. Overseas (up to March 13), Mars Needs Moms has taken in $2.1 million in seven (mostly small to mid-sized) territories.

March 15: At no. 5, Disney’s animated 3D feature Mars Needs Moms grossed $740,000, having thus fallen below the $1m-per-day mark after only four days out.

Produced by Robert Zemeckis, the $150 million-budgeted Mars Needs Moms is now being referred to as one of the biggest box office disasters in history. In fact, Mars Needs Moms is directly responsible for Disney’s decision to scrap Zemeckis’ planned remake of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. To date, Mars Needs Moms has grossed $7.65 million.

March 14 update: It was inevitable. Following the abysmal box office take of the Robert Zemeckis-produced, Simon Wells-directed Mars Needs Moms, reportedly budgeted at $150 million but taking in $6.9 million this past weekend, the Walt Disney Co. has canceled Zemeckis’ next project for the studio, a remake of The Beatles’ 1968 animated feature Yellow Submarine, The Hollywood Reporter has announced.

Not that Yellow Submarine had just been sailing along. The Reporter adds that “there were budget issues and a key presentation Zemeckis was to have made before the Beatles heirs kept being pushed back. A December date for the confab was scrapped and never rescheduled.” Additionally, Disney had shut down Zemeckis’ ImageMovers studio in May 2010.

In Zemeckis’ motion-capture remake, the Beatles were to have been played by Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell. Winner of a Best Director Academy Award for Forrest Gump, Zemeckis also directed the motion-capture features The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol.

Zemeckis last live-action feature films were What Lies Beneath and Cast Away, both 2000 releases.

March 13: Rango was down one spot on the North American chart this weekend (Mar. 11–13).

Directed by Gore Verbinski, and featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, and Ray Winstone, Rango collected $23.05 million – down a not inconsiderable 39.5 percent – as per studio estimates. To date, Rango has pulled in $68.65 million. Cost: $135 million.

At no. 5, Disney’s animated 3D feature Mars Needs Moms can already be considered one of 2011’s biggest box office flops. Budgeted at about $150m, Mars Needs Moms grossed a measly $6.8 million in North America this weekend (Mar. 11-13). Its per-theater average was a disastrous – especially for a 3D release – $2,182 at 3,117 locations.

March 7: Directed by Gore Verbinski, and featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, and Ray Winstone, the Paramount/DreamWorks animated feature Rango topped the North American box office this past weekend (Feb. 4-6), according to actuals found at Box Office Mojo.

Rango brought in $38.07 million – the biggest opening of 2011 – at 3,917 locations, averaging a solid $9,722 per theater. For comparison’s sake: last year, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, opened with $116 million on the first weekend in March.

Directed by George Nolfi, and starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and veteran Terence Stamp, The Adjustment Bureau opened with a good (and slightly better than some had been anticipating) $21.15 million at 2,840 sites. Apart from True Grit, which is more of a starring vehicle for Jeff Bridges, The Adjustment Bureau was Matt Damon’s best opener since The Bourne Ultimatum in August 2007. The per-theater average of Nolfi’s thriller was $7,450.

At no. 3, new entry Beastly, distributed by CBS Films, brought in $9.85 million at 1,952 theaters, which isn’t bad for a movie that cost $17 million and whose budget has already been mostly covered by foreign pre-sales. The romantic fantasy averaged a just okay $5,047 per site. Directed by Daniel Barnz, Beastly stars I Am Number Four‘s Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Peter Krause, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Neil Patrick Harris.’


Vanessa Hudgens Sucker Punch images: Clay Enos / Warner Bros.

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iphonerg -

This is a excellent Matt Damon movie. Not as good as the Bourne Trilogy, but it is pretty good. I never knew who Anthony Mackie was until this film. I recall him in We are Marshall and this was a good role for him. This film really causes you to think about the Butterfly Effect Theory. It also makes you think about what angels are and which kind of effect they have on society. Anything is possible and I wish that everybody who watches this movie keeps an open mind. It’s kind of like what we think of when we watch What Dreams may Come. I really like the fact that they integrated the Butterfly Effect with the Theory of Relativity.

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iphoneston -

I have been definitely pumped for this movie since I first saw the trailer for it last summer. I’m fresh from viewing it, and I have to say that it’s not quite what I anticipated, though definitely not in a bad way. To those who haven’t seen it, two words: Do it. But be open to the fact that it will almost certainly not be exactly what you expect. Although it appears like a somewhat mindless kick ass, eye candy flick, don’t be misled: there’s a pretty good story here, and its much deeper than your first impression of it will be, also. Oh, and don’t try and foretell the ending. After you watch it, you will have to process what actually happened, but put your thinking cap on- because its deeper than you think.

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Soap -

Vanessa Hudgens is my idol :)

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ingmar -

rein or reign?

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ingmar -

think Renny Harlin, super hot in the 80’s, lusted after the by the studios (who knows why) then “Cutthroat Island” was his emperor with no clothes moments, whts he got to direct since then?

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George Zach Rodriguez -

While it’s true that “Sucker Puch” didn’t do so well at the box office, it’s a hit among Zack Snyder fans such as myself. Us Zach Snyder fans love “Sucker Punch,” just as we love his “300” and “Watchmen.”

“Sucker Punch” will no doubt be remembered as a cult classic.

Remember 1999’s “Fight Club”? That didn’t do so well at the box office either but now, over 10 years, it’s still remembered and is a cult classic while the biggest hits of that year are long forgotten.

And as for CHW’s comment above: CHW, you are obviously jealous that those young female leads have hot bodies and so I take it that you don’t. In Zach Snyder’s “300” you had all these hot attractive men with perfect bodies, 6-packs and all, roaming around with no shirts on and bikini-style shorts. Am I offended by that? Not at all. Men sex objects? Sure. But so what. I’m not so self centered to hate those actors or Snyder for showing those studs in “300” as sex objects. And I’m no stud myself. In fact I’m seriously over weight and am currently enrolled in a weight loss program. And those half-naked studs shown in “300” don’t make me bitter and jealous but rather inspire me to lose weight and improve my body. Chill angry jealous woman!

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CHW -

Why did they advertise this POS movie to female audiences? I couldn’t go to a movie in the last 8 months without being insulted by the crappy ads. Women are 52% of the population not some pi$$ a$$ minority. We don’t want to sit through movies where the arrogant male director uses his actresses like pathetic sex puppets. You would have to be stupid to put Snyder in charge of any movie with female characters. I never want to see any of these “actresses” (idiot puppets) in film again. And I didn’t even see Sucker Punch I just got the ads for it crammed up my a$$.

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synder is a hack -

synder is a complete hack and should never direct a feature ever again! not even softcore porn

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edward -

I’m not sure this means that Snyder will be booted off Supes’ just because of Sucker Punch. The Cimino/Heaven’s Gate example I understand, but bear in mind, Spielberg made 1941 before he made Raiders of the Lost Ark. Snyder already has two solid movies behind him (300 and Watchmen) so kicking him off the project would seem a little abrupt.
Also, compare Snyder with Michael Bay, in that Bay suffered the bomb The Island before Spielberg reigned him in on Transformers. Christopher Nolan, like Spielberg, should work to bring out the best in Snyder (he understands pacing, mood and his visual flair should yield some interesting results, given Superman’s heavy overtones of Americana) whilst preventing Snyder from unleashing his id, as we’ve witnessed the negative effects of with Sucker Punch.

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Nathan Donarum -

I’m glad to see Rango still going strong. Given its more adult-oriented tone, its quirkiness and its lack of 3D, it could have completely backfired. Fortunately for everyone, especially audiences, that hasn’t happened. I hope that Rango’s success will prove to studios that they don’t need to play it safe with crap like 3D. I really do hope.

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Ter05 -

I’ve seen it twice, once with friends and once with family members who wanted to see it. I enjoyed it both times. The critics seem to hate most of the good movies and I wonder how much their negative blasting of fun movies hurt at the box office. The two young male stars of the movie were wonderful and refreshing, the scenery and interesting village were great, the mystery part of it was fun. The six people I saw it with from age 18 - 68 all liked it a lot.

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Amy Wi -

Mars Needs Moms is the worst movie I ever seen. Waste of money and time. I found bad reviews on it, but I did not imagine it would be so bad. There is not one single thing in the movie to enjoy. Wow what a scam to rob money from people.

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zac -

@Selene,

Considering its relatively low cost, I agree with you. Even if you consider marketing/distribution expenses, “Red Riding Hood” should eventually earn a profit for Warner Bros.

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luacheia99 -

Seems that this week’s release were very good considering the bash that the film critic’s reviews.
I saw BATTLE: LOS ANGELES trailer and I can’t understand how people pay to see a movie like this…. I am verryyyyy tired of this kind of movie!
Now… RRH did really good if you consider the reviews! THAT I really didn’t get! Why did people think it would be different? It IS a fairytale with a wolf in the woods, with a girl and two guys, made by a director who until now just did teens movies. The big problem is people itself, who could not disassociate Twilight from RRH. It was a huge mistake from the studio! They could not hire Catherine, because the thematic is the same! Same thematic, same director, same movie!
But the truth is the fairytale is older than Twilight but the screenwriter changed it and did a thematic copy! Lousy job!
But I think, in the end, the movie will do well in the worldwide box office and will profit!

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