Which actually sort of disappointed overseas. That thing was supposed to make way more than $300m outside the U.S.
Box Office Mojo points out that Life Of Pi is raking it in overseas, and may finish up somewhere in the region of $500m worldwide.
I wonder if that's some small sign of where things are going. Everyone's been talking about how important overseas money has become in recent years, but this is a pretty striking example of Hollywood putting out a big budget movie that you could argue has more inherent appeal outside the US than within.
They didn't book Irrfan Khan for nothing. I bet you his casting in Amazing Spider-Man was strategic as well.
Apparently 45% of the movie's ticket sales can be attributed to this one guy:
Nobody knows who he is but when a journalist tried to catch up with him in New York, he climbed up a building and used parkour to escape.
There are four movies opening in over 2,500 screens this weekend. After bleeding screens come Friday you expect it to have a less than 20% drop on a minor holiday? OK.
One thing's for sure: it's not catching Two Towers, or Fellowship.
Sequels happen for pretty much one reason: when a film connects with its audience in an unexpected way and/or to an unexpected degree. In a business where "nobody knows anything," exploiting a property with a unique, proven appeal is a safer bet than most-- even though sequels historically deliver diminishing returns.
If Tarantino stops being a sure thing (Something Kevin Smith has never been) and/or they start screwing him over, then yes he will leave. And find no problem getting other backers. As for Rodriquez, he left their company after Grindhouse for a couple of years. Like I said, he got the blame for that failure. That's why you saw him set up at Fox for awhile.
Actually, Rodriguez has yet to leave the Weinsteins behind completely. He's already made Spy Kids 4 with them, Sin City 2 is shooting right now, and Spy Kids 5 is likely to be made sometime next year. All are TWC projects. As for Fox, he only came on board to produce Predators for them. As a courtesy, they distributed Machete for him. Barring another Predator flick being made with him producing, that is the extent of his relationship with them. Shorts was a WB joint. Open Road is releasing Machete Kills and RR doesn't seem too picky about who distributes his films now that he is making them via his own studio. He'll go wherever he is welcome.
Also, I'm pretty sure at least two of his upcoming projects are set up for distribution with TWC company (Nervewrackers and Fire & Ice). He has not abandoned Bob and Harvey, but obviously he doesn't feel a sense of duty anywhere near as strong as Quentin seems to.
The Weinsteins were blamed for Grindhouse. I've never seen anyone point the finger at Rodriguez or Tarantino for it.
Doubtful. He has at least half a dozen non-franchise projects (El Presidente, Nathan Decker, ATMOM, Our Name Is Adam, etc.) laying at his feet awaiting his signature, one of which is a big remake (Magnificent Seven). He also has that Abraham Van Helsing project over at Universal that could be another franchise waiting to happen.
So The Last Stand is getting slaughtered apparently. Did anyone expect this to happen? I mean, I know audiances love horror movies regardless of how shitty they are (not saying Mama is shitty btw), but I was just expecting a 20 mill + opening for Schwarzennegar's first film back.
Friday #s are in. Mama makes 10 M! Guess January is the new horror hot spot. Broken City makes 3 M. And The Land Stand only gets 2 M. Poor Arnold. I assume this must be his worst opening (or close to it) in his career. Wonder if Stallone's Bullet to the Head will open bigger or even worse.
So Jessica Chastain is headlining (okay, maybe that's too strong... starring in, at least) the top two films at the box office this weekend, and is a best actress favorite? I wonder what this is doing to her quote?
If Chastain takes home the Oscar, I'd say she's officially arrived on the A-list. It's kind of amazing how quickly her career went from zero to ubiquitous--thirteen movies in two years has to be some kind of record.
I thought that his recent bad press might have had something to do with the low opening but I don't think people really care. I just think his brawny leading action man persona is not what people identify with anymore in their action films (like they did in the 80s/early 90s). Our action heroes of today are back to the 70s like Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood where size doesn't matter so much but great acting does ala Matt Damon/Daniel Craig type.
She didn't open those movies, no, but she's now got some serious exposure that will make her desirable. Jennifer Lawrence didn't open Hunger Games either, but that movie made her a star.
I think Ahnuld could still have a big hit in him, but it would have to be SF or fantasy. During his 80s heyday, action movies could just be ludicrously cartoonish no matter the setting, so Arnold fit right in. These days (and even in the fading days of his pre-political career) action movies are more grounded, or at least, their cartoonishness isn't the kind that jibes with Arnie. The days where he could play a regular Joe--which was always kind of ludicrous--are past, which is ironic since he's now old enough to be a little more sympathetic. From now on he has to be an unstoppable killing machine or some other fantastical piece of architecture for audiences to buy it.
She's referenced it in the past, as well as in her Globe speech, how long she's worked to get where she's at. In terms of talent, she's no late-bloomer. Given Hollywood's obsession with youth, I wonder what took them so long? I mean, once the notoriety hit, she even was trying to fudge her real age for awhile there.
My comment on the A-list wasn't to say she was a proven, bona-fide hit magnet, it was to say that she's gone from a couple of one-shot TV show appearances to full fledged leading lady in two years, and unlike the Jude Law explosion of 2005 seems to be attaching herself to all-around critical hits, with some box office pluses to boot. Doesn't meant she's going to be opening films based on her name alone, but no one but Will Smith and Tom Cruise does that anymore anyway. A-list is more about visibility and general goodwill than it is about box office.
As old as it might make some of us feel (me included), you have a whole generation of movie going teen agers that haven't ever seen an Arnold movie theatrically. To them he's just the "old guy that made the Terminator movies back in the 90's".
What disappointments me is that not only is this a poor showing for Arnold's return, but it's a GOOD movie at that. I feel worse for Kim Jee-woon than Schwarzenegger though. It will hurt his career in Hollywood more than the Austrian Oak's.
Anyway, Arnold's gonna be fine for awhile, folks....
THE TOMB (2013) (completed, hits theaters in September)
TEN (2014) (post-production, hits theaters next January)
UNKNOWN SOLDIER (2014) (pre-production, shoots this spring)
THE LEGEND OF CONAN (2014?) (scripting, likely shoots in the fall)
TRIPLETS (2015?) (scripting)
TERMINATOR 5 (2015?) (scripting)