The $9m sequel should passThe Purge($64.4m) in a few days. It has earned $82.3m worldwide. Woody AllensMagic in the Moonlight expanded to 65 theaters and earned $770k for a not-great $11,853 per-screen average. Paramounts Transformers: Age of Extinctionearned about $2.2 million over its sixth weekend for a new $241.1m domestic cume (just underPirates of the Caribbean 4s $241.4m cume)as it crosses $1 billion worldwide.A Most Wanted Man expanded to 729 theaters and earned $3.3m for its troubles, giving Roadside Attractions Philip Seymour Hofffman vehicle a solid $7m total. SonysSex Tapeis at $33.9m after a $3.55m third weekend andAnd So It Goesjust crossed $10m after ten days of wide release.Oh, and Melissa McCarthys epic flopTammy earned $1.58m for the weekend (-54%) and has now earned $81m domestic on a $20m budget. Thats it for this week.
Over the weekend, his creation of Rocket Raccoon came to life on the big screen as one of the principle characters in the hit film, voiced by Bradley Cooper. But since Mantlo is unable to visit a cinema, company bosses, including Marvel Attorney David Althoff and Marvel Vice President David Bogart, arranged for a private viewing of the film for Mantlo from the comfort of his own home. His brother and caregiver Michael Mantlo tells BleedingCool.com, "WHAT AN INCREDIBLE DAY FOR BILL MANTLO! Marvel hooked Bill up with a PRIVATE VIEWING of 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' and my wife Liz and my beloved cousin Jean assisted Bill throughout, enabling him to sit back, relax and relish in the AWESOMENESS of what is going to be, in my humble opinion, Marvel's GREATEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL FILM EVER! "Bill thoroughly enjoyed it, giving it his HIGHEST COMPLIMENT (the BIG THUMBS UP!), and when the credits rolled, his face was locked into the HUGEST SMILE I HAVE EVER SEEN HIM WEAR (along with one or two tears of joy)! This was the GREATEST DAY OF THE LAST 22 YEARS for me, our family, and most importantly, BILL MANTLO!" He adds, "The gentlemen that made it possible for Bill to see his creation, ROCKET RACCOON, come alive in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' Marvel Attorney David Althoff and Marvel VP David Bogart. Giving Bill this opportunity was a daunting challenge (with all the legal & security protocols that needed to be breached), but these two FINE MEN made it happen, and Bill had the HAPPIEST DAY OF HIS LIFE!
Marvel's 'Guardians' rockets to $94 mln domestic debut - Yahoo Finance
"Lucy" stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain. "Get On Up," a biography of the soul singer James Brown, was third with $14 million in its first weekend in theaters. "Guardians" stars an ensemble cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Chris Pratt. After positive reviews, the film was the year's biggest Thursday night opening with $11.2 million in sales starting with 7 p.m. shows. Even before the film's opening, Walt Disney said it was planning a sequel for release in July 2017. Head of distribution for Walt Disney Studios Dave Hollis attributed the strong performance of "Guardians" to a combination of momentum started by "Transformers: Age of Extinction" in June, skillful marketing, and strong reviews.
Why A Girl-Powered 'Ghostbusters' Matters - Forbes
Audiences had at least periodic mainstream studio releases in a variety of genres(Working Girl,A League of Their Own,Fatal Attraction,Sister Act,The River Wild, Stepmom,Josie and the Pussycats,White Oleander,Flight Plan,etc.) that happened to be female-centric amid the male-dominated landscape.The would-be Oscar bait in any given year was made up at least partially of films likeSense andSensibility,Elizabeth,Hannah and Her Sisters,The Silence of the Lambs,The Piano, andSecrets and Lies. In 1998, an animated film likeBravewould not have been a big deal because Walt Disney Walt Disney hadMulanon its plate and 20th Century Fox Fox had just releasedAnastasia. In 1995 a film like Bridesmaidswouldnt have been as big of a cultural item because it was merely one of a handful of high-profile female-centric hits (Waiting to Exhale, Dangerous Minds,While You Were Sleeping, Pocahontas)that year.A mostly forgotten trifle likeCongofeatured mostly unknown Laura Linney in the lead heroic role without so much as a single print media think piece. A 1980s fossil likeSpace Campwould seem revolutionary today because it featured three females and three males as its six-person main cast. The remake would surely have at best two females to four males, with one being the computer nerd (who is of course actually quite attractive) and the other being the babe that the four boys fought over. Mainstream animation, which once gave usBeauty and the BeastandFievel Goes Westwithin a week of each other,has become so male-centric that its considered a big deal when one comes along that features a female lead.Even the romantic comedy and the horror film, once the two genres most likely to female a female lead, has gone the way of the male-centric arrested development comedy (Ted,Don Juan, That Awkward Moment, Midnight In Paris) or the gender-neutral ghost story (The Conjuring,Sinister, etc.). The good news is thatThe HungerGameswould have been inconceivable back in 1998.