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Director Roman Polanski has reportedly appealed to Polish authorities to grant him permission to return to his native country to make a movie without the threat of extradition to the U.S., where he remains a fugitive on sex charges dating back to the 1970s.
The reclusive Chinatown filmmaker fled America for Europe more than 30 years ago on the eve of his sentencing for having unlawful sex with a minor, to which he had pleaded guilty. He has lived in France for the past few decades, but his freedom was threatened in 2009 when he was arrested in Switzerland and threatened with extradition back to the U.S. He was eventually released and allowed to return to France.
Now Polanski is seeking a special pardon from Polish officials, who have an extradition treaty in place with the U.S., to protect him from any legal action so that he can shoot a prospective new film about 19th century French army officer Alfred Dreyfus in the country.
His Polish lawyer, Jerzy Stachowicz, tells Reuters, "Roman Polanski is considering filming in Poland about (sic) the Dreyfus Affair."
His producer pal Robert Benmussa reveals an official decision about the project has yet to be made, adding, "We have to be sure that filming will not be interrupted for legal reasons."
Dreyfus, an artillery officer of Jewish heritage, was convicted of treason in 1894, but his case caused an uproar among members of the French society amid allegations of anti-Semitism, and he was subsequently exonerated.
Actor and author Stephen Fry has blasted British government officials for failing to take action over the mass surveillance programme detailed by U.S. 'whistleblower' Edward Snowden. The former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee hit headlines after leaking confidential information on top secret operations undertaken by U.S. and U.K. government chiefs on their own citizens, and he has since been charged with committing espionage against America.
Snowden is currently seeking asylum in Russia, but his revelations were at the centre of debate on Saturday (07Jun14) at a London privacy summit, organised by activists at the Don't Spy on Us Campaign and held to mark the one-year anniversary of the expose.
In a pre-recorded video message, Fry urged attendees to demand action from politicians in an effort to pressurise the U.K.'s coalition government to launch an inquiry into the controversial surveillance operations.
He said, "The idea of having your letters read by somebody, your telegrams, your faxes, your postcards intercepted, was always considered one of the meanest, most beastly things a human being could do, and for a government to do, without good cause. Using the fear of terrorism that we all have, the fear of the unknown that we all share, the fear of enemies that hate us, is a duplicitous and deeply wrong means of excusing something as base as spying on the citizens of your own country."
He continued, "It's enough that corporations know so much about us and our spending habits, our eating habits, our sexual preferences, everything else.
"But that a government, something that we elect, something that should be looking out for our best interests, should presume, without asking, to take information that we swap, we hope privately, between ourselves is frankly disgraceful."
Divergent is now in theaters, and not doing too shabby a job at the box office either. Fans of the book series and Shailene Woodley fans have flocked to screens in large numbers to catch the film. But if you haven't read the novels or heard too much about them, you may be unsure as to whether or not you'd be into the storyline. Well, there's at least one group of people who definitely have a reason to check out the flick: Gladiators. ABC's Scandal has a host of superfans the world over and if you're one them, we have a few reasons you're going to want to check out Divergent.
Politics as Usual
Scandal fans love the political drama that drives much of the show's plot. Dirty politicians, philandering presidents, stolen elections, and super-secret CIA factions called B6-13 all exist in America the beautiful. In Divergent, society appears to be functioning well with very specific plans in place. But it soon becomes clear that all kinds of problems are brewing underneath it all. Those in charge are often the very folks who can't be trusted and it will take the work of some very dedicated rebels (think: Gladiators) to change the game.
Strong Women Abound
Olivia Pope, Mellie Grant, Abby Whelan — so many of the most compelling characters on Scandal are women, and we have more of that to look forward to in Divergent. With Shailene Woodley as Tris, Zoe Kravitz as Christina, and Kate Winslet as Jeanine we can expect to meet another group of complex, confident women.
Duh, Tony Goldwyn
I mean, need we say more? President Fitzgerald Grant A.K.A. Tony Goldwyn will be playing the father of Tris, and even though he won't be rocking his presidential gear, we can assume that he'll still be looking pretty handsome.
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Charlie Sheen fooled fans into thinking he'd wed porn star girlfriend Brett Rossi over the weekend (04-05Jan14) by posting a cryptic message on Twitter.com. The actor posted a photo of himself posing with Rossi on the steps of the French consulate in Reykjavik, Iceland, where they have been vacationing, and accompanied it with a little wedding news.
He wrote, "This is the house ware (sic) M Gorbachev R Reagan did some epic (sic). It's also where S and I GOT MARRIED!
The consulate is the site of the Cold War Summit that took place between the leaders of Russia and America in 1986.
Sheen's representative declined to comment on the wedding news when contacted by WENN on Sunday, but has since dismissed the story, claiming the actor was "kidding around".
Rossi, 24, also took to her Twitter account on Sunday night to laugh off the wedding story, writing, "hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha epic."
Sheen has been married and divorced three times. He divorced his third wife Brooke Mueller in 2011.
He has since told TMZ.com he posted the tweet "to give (ex-wife) Denise (Richards) a stroke".
Stephen King's The Stand needs to be made into a big-budget film. There was a decently made mini-series that included some notable actors. That version was even produced by King himself. However, the television medium doesn't allow the story to explore the haunting parts of King's vision of the end of the world. The mini-series also felt a little bland at times. The film may have lost Ben Affleck to his infamous run as Batman and may end up casting Christian Bale, but here's our fantasy casting for the film series.
Johnny Depp as Randall Flagg
Randall Flagg is charming, attractive, and can seduce people out of their souls. Yet, in the next moment beat them mercilessly to death or make them go mad with just a look. Depp has the good looks and the convincing darkness to portray an agent of the devil. His roles in films like Dark Shadows and Sweeney Todd show he can be dark and twisted while still maintaining his charm, humor, and sex appeal. He also created the definitive anti-hero in Jack Sparrow.
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Cicely Tyson as Mother Abigail
Mother Abigail is a 108-year-old woman, the oldest living human being, and a prophet of God. She becomes a lightning rod for all the good people left in the world to gather together. At 80 years old, Tyson just won a Tony for her role in The Trip to Bountiful. She is an amazing actress and her recent role in The Help has proven that nothing can stop her.
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Emma Stone as Frances Goldsmith
Frannie is pregnant and in her early twenties. As the flu strikes, she questions if she should keep the baby. She’s smart, funny, and attractive enough to get a bit of a love triangle going. Stone is attractive, quirky, and has already seen the apocalypse starring in Zombieland. While most of her films have been comedies, she did show her dramatic muscles in The Help. She also has shown she has the edge to potentially kick ass and it would be great to see her actually do it on screen.
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Matthew McConaughey as Stu Redman
Stu is affectionately known as East Texas. He is one of the first known survivors of the super flu. He plays a major part in the story and the survival of Mother Abigail's followers. When you think of Texas you think of McConaughey. His recent success and Oscar buzz with Dallas Buyer's Club show that the dramatic actor is back along with the comedian we remember from movies like Magic Mike. He has the right level of folksy charm that would encourage a community of survivors to rally behind him.
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Ryan Gosling as Larry Underwood
Larry Underwood is a sexy rockstar. He spends the bulk of the story with multiple women who want the best for him but sadly he disappoints them. Tons of women in America would love to see Gosling in this role. He has the huge fan following to be believable as a rock star. His role as a ne'er do well stunt driver in Drive and as a lothario in Crazy Stupid Love make him well suited for this role.
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Taylor Schilling as Nadine Cross
Nadine Cross is a former school teacher that meets Larry on the road. They connect and bond but she's a virgin and can't be with him. Who is she saving herself for ... who do you think? Randall Flagg. Schilling is huge right now given the success of Orange is the New Black. In the show, she's able to play a virginal innocence while still maintaining a slightly dark and twisted edge. After all, how pure can you be in prison?
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nick Andros
Nick Andros is a deaf-mute that is introduced to the audience when he is savagely beaten. He becomes a major player in Mother Abigail's society despite being only able to communicate by writing notes. Levitt has the acting chops to breathe life into this challenging role. He has played off-beat characters in films like Hesher and Don John.
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Helen Mirren as Glen Bateman
Glen Bateman is a retired sociology professor that loves painting and Kojack the dog. In the book, Bateman is a man. However, given her success in the Red films, Mirren proves she is part of the boy's club. Also, the book is a little light on female characters so it would be great to have such a dynamic actor as Mirren in such a pivotal role. Bateman helps re-establish society in the post-flu community. Plus, in an alternate life, couldn't you imagine Mirren as a ballsy sociology professor. We can pretend Teaching Mrs. Tingle never happened.
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Jonah Hill as Harold Lauder
Harold Lauder is a chubby, know-it-all teenager with some pretty dark thoughts. Now, Hill isn't that chubby anymore, however he is really stretching into dramas. He also proved in 21 Jump Street that he can play a believable teenager, even if its a grown man playing a grown man pretending to be a teenager. He'd be great as this slightly homicidal genius that becomes obsessed with Frannie.
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John Cho as Lloyd Henreid
Lloyd Henreid is a petty criminal that gets caught in a murder spree right before the flu breaks. Flagg rescues him from prison and makes Lloyd his right-hand man. Given his recent run as a villain in Sleepy Hollow, Cho clearly can play bad. Also, it would be great if the film adaptation could not only break convention by having a male character played by an actress like Mirren but also to have a criminal played by an Asian-American actor. Stereotypes have to be broken somewhere.
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Warner Bros. R-rated scare-fest The Conjuring takes a heaping helping of The Exorcist, a dash of Amityville Horror and a sprinkling of The Birds, mixes in a terrific cast and comes out on top with a much better-than-expected $41.5 million at very crowded multi-plexes this weekend. A great marketing campaign, counter-programming strategy and an impressive A- CinemaScore certainly paid big dividends. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren in the "based on a true story" account of particularly nasty demon that inhabits the newly purchsed home of a married couple (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) and how it begins to terrorize them and their young daughters. Packed with great tension and solid performances, director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Saw III) is one of the most effective helmers working in the genre today and delivered at a $19.5 million production cost, a profit making hit.Universal's Despicable Me 2 continues to charge toward the $300 million mark in North America and $600 million worldwide while taking the second spot after two weeks at number one with $25 million for the weekend.In third place as perfect counter-programming to the scary R-rated The Conjuring, Fox and Dreamworks animation unleashed the animated Turbo. When it opened on Wednesday it grabbed the pole position with a gross of $5.5 million. A five day (Wed. through Sunday) total of just over $31.2 million and a three day weekend of $21.5 million made this a solid debut for a non-sequel animated family film. A remarkable CinemaScore of A+ will ensure the film's success in the coming weeks. According to Fox, internationally Turbo punched it off the line, earning $22.6m from 6,203 screens in 28 markets. The film is #1 in 19 countries. Strong openings in Europe (Russia, Portugal, Greece), Asia (Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand) and Latin America (everywhere) find the film thriving across all cultures and countries. Sony's Grown Ups 2 put in a respectable second weekend performance landing in fourth place with $20 million against a 52% drop and $79.5 million in North America after just 10 days of release.Debuting in fifth place with an expected $18.5 million is the PG-13 rated Red 2 from Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate that shot its way back into 3016 theaters this weekend. Following up on the success of October 2010's first installment which opened with $21.8 million and went on to earn just over $90 million at the North American box office, this latest version features the terrific cast that made the first film an action packed comedy hoot. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich & Mary-Louise Parker return as mostly-retired black-ops agents who return for yet another over the top mission. Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), Red 2 should landed just shy of the box office territory of the first film as it attracted older audiences back to the summer movie marketplace.Sixth place goes to Warner Bros.' Pacific Rim earning nearly $16 million in its second weekend and $68.2 million to date.Universal's R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) opened in 2,849 theaters and managed a mere $12.762 million for a seventh place debut. The film was directed by Robert Schwentke (who also directed the first Red film) and features Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds in this $130 million production. As an action crime comedy with a supernatural premise, the film had a tough time finding an audience in this very crowded marketplace. The summer movie season of 2013 at this point is performing well despite some high profile big budget flops of late and has managed to outpace every summer since 2010 at the same point and maintain an impressive 10% revenue advantage over last year.Top Movies for Weekend of July 19 - July 21 (Estimates)Rank Movie Gross Theaters Avg.Per YTD Distributor01 The Conjuring $41.53M 2,903 $14,306 $41.53M Universal02 Despicable Me 2 $25.0M 3,820 $6,560 $276.1M Universal03 Turbo $21.5M 3,806 $5,649 $31.2M Fox04 Grown Ups 2 $20.0M 3,491 $5,729 $79.5M Sony05 Red 2 $18.5M 3,016 $6,134 $18.5M Lionsgate06 Pacific Rim $15.95M 3,285 $4,857 $68.2M Warner Bros.07 R.I.P.D. $12.76M 2,852 $4,475 $12.76M Universal08 The Heat $9.32M 2,689 $3,468 $129.3M Fox09 World War Z $5.2M 2,006 $2,592 $186.9M Paramount10 Monsters University $5.0M 2,186 $2290 $249.0M Disn
Fourth-of-July always fuels an interesting summer holiday weekend, particularly since it is a floating holiday that can land on any day of the week and this year was no exception.Despicable Me 2 had un-minion sized debut this weekend, grossing an estimated $293.2 million worldwide! In North America with $142.1 million, Despicable Me 2 posted the biggest five day opening for an animated film and the top three day animated opening in July earning $82.5 million. Overseas, the film grossed an estimated $88.8M at 6,849 dates in 45 territories for the weekend. The early international total through Sunday is $151.1M. This box office total is more than double Despicable Me’s gross of $71.2M in the same amount of days in these same 45 territories. DM2 is performing at the same level as such megahits as Toy Story 3, Ice Age 4, Madagascar 3 and Shrek 4. Landing in second place is the big budget action-packed western The Lone Ranger which despite the star power of Johnny Depp, the leading man presence of Armie Hammer and a built-in brand name managed a five day gross of just $48.9 million and a three day (F-S-S) gross of only $29.4 million. This was a tough weekend for the big budget Western, but a CinemaScore of B+ could help it reagin some steam in the coming days and weeks.Fox's hit R-rated comedy The Heat continues to kick butt dropping just 37% in its second weekend and taking the third spot with an arresting $25 million and $86.4 million to date.Disney's two-week champion Monsters University which has been a seemingly unstoppable force in the marketplace had another solid weekend with a fourth place finish earning $19.6 million and easily crossing the $200 milion mark in North America.Rounding out the Top 5, Paramount's Brad Pitt action zombie yarn World War Z also made its mark in its third weekend with $18.2 million against a modest 39% drop and $158.7 million in North America thus far. Impressively, Summit/Code Black Entertainment's comedy performance film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain in a mere 876 theaters had a terrfic week laughing all the way to the bank with $17.5 million since its Wednesday debut.This very strong slate of current hit films has propelled the year-to-date box office to $5.7 billion and now stands just 1.2% behind last year's revenues at this point.Top Movies for Weekend of July 5 - July 7 (Estimates)Rank Movie Gross Theaters Avg.Per YTD Distributor01 Despicable Me 2 $82.518M 3,997 $20,645 $142.1M Universal02 The Lone Ranger $29.4M 3,904 $7,539 $48.9M Disney03 The Heat $25.0M 3,184 $7,852 $86.4M Fox04 Monsters University $19.6M 3,739 $5,239 $216.1M Disney05 World War Z $18.2M 3,316 $5,489 $158.7M Paramount06 White House Down $13.5M 3,222 $4,190 $50.5M Sony07 Man of Steel $11.4M 2,905 $3,929 $271.2M Warner Bros.08 Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain $10.1M 876 $11,530 $17.5M Summit/Lionsgate
On this 237th birthday of our dear country America, we all band together in our patriotism. Yes, we do have quite the uniting country indeed... despite it being split up into 50 states, all of which vehemently hate the other 49 (especially Jersey).
But as brethren of the same land, we must find common ground. We must find something to appreciate each of the states from which we do not hail. The best way to do that: Movies. Hollywood.com has taken a look at every corner of our land of the free and pinpointed the big screen feature that best exemplifies each of the 50 states. Check below, and see if your home state is represented by a particular favorite of yours.
AlabamaForrest GumpSure, he ran all around the country, but that Greenbow pride stuck with him.
AlaskaOut ColdWacky, off-kilter, and a gem that nobody ever talks about. Just like Alaska.
ArizonaPsychoFrom the creepiest corner of the country comes the creepiest movie ever made.
ArkansasTrue GritRemake or original, both have that AK charm.
CaliforniaCluelessNever before has the Valley been so astonishingly well represented.
ColoradoThe Shining Beautiful and inspiring, but haunting nonetheless — we mean the film and the state.
ConnecticutMystic PizzaSoft-spoken and charming? A little bit sad, but able to laugh? That's Connecticut for you.
DelawareThere are no memorable movies set in Delaware. Sorry, Delaware. Sorry, everybody.
GeorgiaThe Legend of Bagger Vance Ah, that whimsical mystery that soars through the Georgia winds... the kind of mystery only a Will Smith Ghost could convey onscreen.
HawaiiLilo & StitchHawaii is such a fantasy land that only an animated Disney flick could appropriately capture its presence.
IdahoNapoleon DynamiteSlow moving, weird, and possibly ingenious. From the fields of Idaho comes a cult classic that nobody could stop quoting for years.
IllinoisFerris Bueller’s Day Off Danke schoen for Chicago and its favorite son, John Hughes.
IndianaBreaking AwayA sleepy state with firecracker passion gives us a coming-of-age dramedy that can be described just the same.
IowaWhat’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Sad, lonely, desperate, hopeless... No. Not hopeless. Just remember: We can go anywhere.
KansasThe Wizard of OzOh gee, as if there was any alternative?
KentuckyGoldfingerYou don't think of James Bond as a Southern boy, do you? Well, he payed a visit to the Bluegrass State in this classic chapter.
LouisianaSteel MagnoliasThat heartfelt hometown passion for which Louisiana is famous just courses through the beloved modern classic.
MaineCasper The other creepiest corner of the state gives us a slightly more charming ghost story.
MarylandThe Blair Witch Project And we thought the scariest thing in Maryland was Omar Little...
MassachusettsJaws Celebrate Boston pride all you want with The Departed, but Jaws captures everything that a Martha's Vineyardian knows to be home.
MichiganAmerican Pie Great Lakes, great friends, great stories... and hardly a worry in the world. American Pie, you've got Michigan right.
MinnesotaGrumpy Old Men I think just about everyone in Minnesota is in fact 75 years of age or older.
MississippiThe Help Granted, Mississippi has come a long way since the days of The Help, but it still has that connotation...
MissouriWaiting for GuffmanWe'll be honest. We've never been to Missouri. We don't know anyone from Missouri. We have no idea what Missouri is like. But we imagine (and hope) it's exactly like Waiting for Guffman.
MontanaA River Runs Through It That old mountain spirit, that true American flavor, that's what Montana, and this Robert Redford classic, are about.
NebraskaElection We always thought there was something suspicious lurking underneath that oh-so-perfect Nebraska... Tracy Fleck just might be the state incarnate.
NevadaFear and Loathing in Las VegasSorry, Nevada, but you're just Vegas to the rest of the world. Crazy, drug-addled Vegas.
New HampshireLolitaThings are a bit off all throughout the beautiful, jovial, captivating Granite State, and throughout Stanley Kubrick's classic comedy.
New JerseyClerks Angry, grungy, and highly polarizing. Yep. Clerks is Jersey.
New MexicoCity SlickersYes, this movie is about people from other states visiting New Mexico... but isn't that what the real New Mexico is all about, anyway?
New YorkAnnie Hall A symphony of neuroses, heartbreak, and wide-eyed fantasy, Annie Hall is everything that the unstoppable city of New York has to offer.
North CarolinaBull DurhamThis movie is set in North Carolina. So it wins.
North DakotaFargo Oh yah. Quite a sinister tone under this kooky snow-laden state and its signature film, yah.
OhioTommy BoyThe good-natured values of hard work and friendship? That's the cornerstone of Ohio livin', we tell you.
OregonThe GooniesWhen Oregon learned it was finally getting a movie, the entire state cheered: "It's our time."
PennsylvaniaRockyPennsylvania is just another nickname for Philadelphia, right?
Rhode IslandDumb and DumberYes, a good portion of the film takes place on the road (and in a place where the beer flows like wine), but Harry and Lloyd are distinctly, undeniably Rhode Island folk.
South CarolinaThe Notebook That deep, abiding love that can only exist in a small state sheltered from the rest of the world? That can only come from a man like Nicholas Sparks? That can only be appropriately sold through a stunner like Ryan Gosling? Yep.
South DakotaLittle Big ManIt's appropriate that South Dakota's pick is riddled with historical color... and some wacky adventure.
TennesseeThe Blind SideA simple story of family, pride, acceptance, and overcoming adversity. Tennessee should be proud of this Oscar winner.
TexasDazed and ConfusedOf course our Texas pick had to come from Richard Linklater, master of the Lone Star State. And which film better than his most iconic, nihilistic, dreamy high school graduation picture?
Utah127 HoursIn Utah, no one can hear you scream. =
VermontSuper TroopersCall it a mindless stoner comedy, but the Broken Lizard debut packs a lot of that wintry Northeast flavor into its wild, witty mix.
VirginiaThe PatriotAs if there was anything more Virginian. As if there is any state more American.
WashingtonThe Twilight SagaWhat's with the corners of this country being so dang creepy? At least this one has some glitter.
West VirginiaOctober SkyCoal mines and dreams of escaping the coal mines. That's what ol' West Virginia was all about in its day.
WisconsinLars and the Real Girl There's something cold, eerie, and wonderfully beautiful about small town Wisconsin. Ditto Gosling.
WyomingButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Wyoming, even though we're not entirely sure that you actually exist, you might win the pot with the best movie on the list.
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After a record-breaking Memorial Day weekend for the industry, Universal's Fast & Furious 6 makes it two in a row at the top of the box office chart with a second weekend gross of $34.5 million against a 65% drop (Fast Five dropped 62% in its second weekend). With $170.4 million already in the bank after just ten days of release in North America (and $480.6 million globally), the film is an unqualified blockbuster success.
Lionsgate/Summit's magic crime caper film Now You See Me, blew away all box office projections (which put it in the mid to high teen millions range) with a much better than expected $28 million! A terrific marketing campaign by Summit (much like their success on Warm Bodies back in Feb.), made this one a surprise over-performer! An original concept and a great release date didn't hurt either. Featuring a terrific ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, and Mark Ruffalo, this unique and original drama clearly found an audience with those looking for something different than the usual summer fare.Will Smith throws his summer movie hat in the box office ring with the existential sc-fi movie After Earth from Sony Pictures. The film co-stars Smith's son Jaden Smith who starred in the 2010 hit The Karate Kid. Director M. Night Shyamalan, who has as many detractors as fans, is nonetheless an exciting filmmaker with a distinctive vision. $27 million placed it in the third spot.Fourth place is a tie with Fox's animated Epic in its second weekend and Paramount's Star Trek: Into Darkness in its third weekend of release both reporting a Friday through Sunday gross of $16.4 million.Back for its second weekend, Warner Bros. The Hangover Part III lands in sixth place taking in $15.93 million and $88 million to date in N. America. Of course, Iron Man 3 remains a factor even in its fifth weekend with $8 million in seventh place and is now the fifth highest grossing film worldwide of all time with $1,180 million!
Top Movies for Weekend of May 31 - June 2 (Estimates)1. Fast & Furious 6 - $34.5M gross - 3,686 theaters - $9,370 avg. per theater - $170.4M YTD - Universal2. Now You See Me - $28.05M gross - 2,925 theaters - $9,590 avg. per theater - $28.05M YTD - Lionsgate3. After Earth - 27.0M gross - 3,401 theaters - $7,939 avg. per theater - $27.0M YTD - Sony4. Epic - $16.4M gross - 3,894 theaters - $4,212 avg. per theater - $65.2M YTD - Fox5. Star Trek: Into Darkness - $16.4M gross - 3,585 theaters - $4,575 avg. per theater - $181.1M YTD - Paramount6. The Hangover Part III - $15.9M gross - 3,565 theaters - $4,468 avg. per theater - $88.0M YTD - Warner Bros.7. Iron Man 3 - $8.0M gross - 2,895 theaters - $2,765 avg. per theater - $384.7M YTD - DisneyFollow Paul Dergarabedian on Twitter @PDergarabedian | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com
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Disney/Marvel's Iron Man 3 posts ninth biggest single-day gross of all-time with $68.312M and puts the film on track for a North American weekend debut in the $165 million to $170 million range. 2008’s Iron Man had a first day gross of $38.7 million (with an opening weekend of $98.6M) & 2010’s Iron Man 2 posted a first day total of $51,239,677 million (with an opening weekend of $128.1M).
Here is the North American data courtesy of Disney:WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURESEstimated Daily Grosses IRON MAN 3(Week 1; 4,253 Theatres)Fri 5/3/13 Estimate – 68,312,000Estimated Cumulative Gross (Through Fri 5/3/13) – 68,312,000
Here are the comps from Hollywood.com Box Office division:
TOP SINGLE-DAY MOVIE GROSSES OF ALL-TIME - UPDATED THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 3 2013 RANK Day of Release Day of Week Date Single-Day Gross HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2 (WARNER BROS.) - Opened 7/15/11 1 1 Friday 7/15/2011 $91,071,119 MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (DISNEY) - Opened 5/04/12 2 1 Friday 5/4/2012 $80,813,985 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (WARNER BROS.) - Opened 7/20/12 3 1 Friday 7/20/2012 $75,754,897 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (SUMMIT ENT.) - Opened 11/20/09 4 1 Friday 11/20/2009 $72,703,754 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 1 (SUMMIT ENT.) - Opened 11/18/11 5 1 Friday 11/18/2011 $71,642,526 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2 (SUMMIT ENT.) - Opened 11/16/12 6 1 Friday* *Includes Thurs. previews/12:01 Friday Shows of $30.4M 11/16/2012 $71,167,839 MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (DISNEY) - Opened 5/04/12 7 2 Saturday 5/5/2012 $69,557,990 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (SUMMIT ENT.) - Opened 06/30/10 8 1 Wednesday 6/30/2010 $68,533,840 IRON MAN 3 (DISNEY) - Opened 05/03/13 9 1 Friday* *Includes Thurs. previews/12:01 Friday Shows of $15.6M 5/3/2013 $68,312,000 THE HUNGER GAMES (LIONSGATE) - Opened 03/23/12 10 1 Friday 3/23/2012 $67,263,650 THE DARK KNIGHT (WARNER BROS.) - Opened 7/18/08 11 1 Friday 7/18/2008 $67,165,092
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