#FIRSTLOOK: NEW POSTER FROM “SPECTRE”
While we’re waiting eagerly on BOND 24, better known as SPECTRE, Sony Pictures have been dropping some teases along the way to make the wait more bearable. Released today was this brand new Poster from the Film! Is there anyone more stylish and handsome than Daniel Craig?!?
See it below:
Sony Pictures Canada release SPECTRE on Friday, November 6, 2015!
(Photo credit: Sony Pictures Canada)
#FIRSTLOOK: PHOTO CALL FROM SET OF “SPECTRE” (BOND 24)
This Photo makes us terribly excited! Hot on the heels of the Cast unveiling of upcoming BOND 24 Film, SPECTRE, EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony Pictures Entertainment have released this new Snap from a Photo Call taken as filming commenced in Sölden, Austria!
Pictured above are Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista! Unfortunately no Snaps of new Bond Villain Oberhauser, to be played by two-time Oscar Winner Christoph Waltz. We’ll be waiting…
Sony Pictures Canada release SPECTRE on Friday, November 6, 2015.
(Photo credit: EON Productions/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Sony Pictures)
#FIRSTLOOK: SAM MENDES REVEALS CAST, TITLE + RELEASE DATE FOR “BOND 24”
Much speculation has circled surrounding the casting of the upcoming BOND 24 Film, but rumours were put to rest earlier this morning at London’s Pinewood Studios as Director Sam Mendes unveiled not only the title and release date of the upcoming Sony Pictures release, but also its Cast!
Starring in SPECTRE, which is an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, once again is Daniel Craig who has helped revive the Franchise to much critical and commercial success. The Villain is to be played none other than by two-time Oscar Winner, Christoph Waltz in the role of Oberhauser. Andrew Scott, known best for his work in Sherlock and this year’s Festival Darling, PRIDE, also joins the Cast with Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) and Monica Belluci (The Passion of the Christ).
The Synopsis for SPECTRE is as follows:
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
See Mendes’ announcement below:
Sony Pictures release SPECTRE on Friday, November 6, 2015.
(Photo/video credit: Sony Pictures)
#BOXOFFICE: “THE HOBBIT” DOMINATES A SECOND WEEK
For a second week in-a-row, Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit maintains its dominance at the Box Office, bringing-in $36.7 million from 4,100 theatres. In its two week run so far domestically it has earned $145.2 million and despite a significant drop this weekend, it still is far and clear ahead of the competition.
Tom Cruise shows that he definitely still has what it takes to draw a crowd, with Paramount Pictures’ Novel Series Adaptation Jack Reacher earning a respectable $15.6 million in its debut from 3,352 theatres. Critics had generally positive things to say about the Film, tallying-in at 69% at Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.
Judd Apatow‘s Knocked-Up sorta Sequel This is 40 opens in 2,912 theatres this weekend in third with $12 million for Universal Pictures. Reviews unfortunately have been mixed for the Comedy starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, garnering only 49% on the Tomatometer.
Rise of the Guardians still is going strong in fourth with $5.9 million for Paramount Pictures, landing ahead of Disney‘s Lincoln with $5.6 million in fifth.
Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand on paper seemed like an amazing idea, but Mother-Son Comedy The Guilt Trip which perhaps would’ve better been saved for a Mother’s Day release than the already crowded Holiday slate. It earns $5.4 million in its opening also for Paramount Pictures, good enough for sixth.
Experiencing a slip this weekend is former Champ Skyfall with $4.7 million in eighth, while The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 rounds out the Top Ten in its sixth week with $2.6 million. Meanwhile, Oscar Frontrunner Zero Dark Thirty, which is set for a January wide release, opens limited in five theatres, grossing an impressive $410k from. Keep a tab on this one as big things are expected from Director Kathryn Bigelow.
#BOXOFFICE: “THE HOBBIT” DEBUTS TO RECORD-BREAKING NUMBERS
There is nothing dwarf-like at all about the success of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which debuts with $85 million this weekend across North America in 4,045 theatres for Warner Bros. The Peter Jackson Fantasy Flick also sets a Box Office record for highest December weekend and biggest December opening ever (Friday – $37.5 million) and also sets a record for highest opening ever in December.
Last week’s Champ Skyfall slips to second this weekend with $7.1 million, neck-in-neck with Rise of the Guardian earning $7.0 million in third.
Disney‘s Lincoln continues to perform impeccably in fourth with $6.7 million, now it its sixth week of release. The Historical Drama no doubt got a boost from Thursday’s Golden Globe nomination announcements, where it led the way a smashing seven nominations.
Not much particularly earth-shattering on the bottom end of this weekend’s Top Ten as Wreck-It Ralph lands in seventh with $3.2 million for Disney, while Playing for Keeps earns $3 million in eighth. TIFF 2012 People’s Choice Winner Silver Linings Playbook, which received three Golden Globe nominations earlier this week, rounds things out with $2.0 million.
#BOXOFFICE: “SKYFALL” REACHES HIGH IN FIFTH WEEK
Unbelieveable! Skyfall, in its fifth week of release, climbs to the top of the Box Office this weekend, usurping the three-week reign of The Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Earning $10.8 million on a tepid weekend at the theatres, the latest in the James Bond Franchise has made over $261 million now domestically for Sony Pictures.
Paramount Pictures’ Rise of the Guardian rises to second spot this weekend earning $10.4 million in its third week of release, just ahead of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which slips to third spot in this its fourth week in theatres with $8.9 million this weekend, closing-in on the $300 million mark domestically for Summit Entertainment/eOne Films.
Lincoln still continues to go strong in fourth spot for Disney with $8.8 million, with tons of Oscar buzz driving Moviegoers to the theatres to see dual Oscar Winners respectively, Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis.
This weekend’s sole debut in the Top Ten comes from Playing for Keeps, the Rom-Com starring Gerard Butler from FilmDistrict/VVS Films, earning $6.1 million from 2,837 theatres. Critics unfortunately weren’t charmed, tallying-in at 2% on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans however are responding, with the Film making the grade with a B+ via CinemaScore.
The Weinstein Co.’s Killing them Softly meanwhile, rounds out the Top Ten with $2.8 million in its second week. Reviews overall have been solid, maintaining a 76% on the Tomatometer.
#BOXOFFICE: “TWILIGHT” MAKES IT THREE-IN-A-ROW
No surprises here! The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 reigns for a third consecutive week on traditionally what is known as a post-U.S. Thanksgiving slump at the Box Office. The final installment in the Franchise earns $17.2 million this weekend for Summit Entertainment/eOne Films, from 4,008 theatres across North America – now grossing over $253 million in its domestic Run.
Skyfall certainly is no slouch and continues to perform exceedingly well even in its fourth week , hanging-on in second spot with $17 million for Sony Pictures, ahead of a resilient Lincoln in third with $13.3 million fod Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Animated Feature Rise of the Guardians lands in fifth with $13.2 million for Paramount Pictures, just ahead of 20th Century Fox’s Life of Pi 3-D lands in fifth spot in its second week with $11.4 million.
Killing Them Softly which received positive feedback at Cannes in May opens in 2,424 theatres for The Weinstein Co./Alliance Films with $6.8 million, which is slightly below expectations, but yet also expected on a weekend where Titles opening wide traditionally haven’t done well.
The extremely well-reviewed (90% at Rotten Tomatoes) Silver Linings Playbook in its second week of release in only 371 theatres earns $3.1 million.
#BOXOFFICE: “TWILIGHT” TOPS BIGGEST U.S. THANKSGIVING WEEKEND EVER
For the second week in-a-row, The Twilight Saga Finale Breaking Dawn – Part 2 finds itself on-top this Thanksgiving weekend with $44.2 million for Summit Entertainment/eOne Films from 4,050 theatres. In two weeks alone, it has grossed $226 million alone in North America and exceeds the $400-million mark worldwide. The fact that it still manages to be at number one on what is the biggest-grossing U.S. Thanksgiving Weekend and also the highest-grossing five-day Box Office Weekend ever with a total $288 million earned between Wednesday through Sunday, is a true testament to its commercial success.
Skyfall in its third week is still going brilliantly well for Sony Pictures with $36 million from 3,526 and I’ll note that personally, I tried seeing the James Bond Flick myself this past in Toronto at Varisty Cinemas Tuesday only to be shut-out due to tickets selling-out still, meaning there’s still no signs of stopping anytime soon for this Monster.
Disney‘s Lincoln in its second week of wide release, earns $25.1 million, well-above expectations and from only 2,018 theatres, landing just ahead of a debuting Rise of the Guardians for Paramount Pictures, in fourth spot with $23.5 million.
20th Century Fox‘s big Oscar Contender and Yann Martel Novel Adaptation Life of Pi 3-D debuts in fifth spot with $21.8 million from 2,902 theatres. Meanwhile, Remake Red Dawn opens in seventh for Fim District/Alliance Films with $14.1 million, while Silver Linings Playbook finds itself in ninth spot in a limited release with $4.2 million for The Weinstein Co./Alliance Films. Argo proves its staying power with $3.8 million for Warner Bros, rounding out the Top Ten.
#BOXOFFICE: “BREAKING DAWN” JUST-SHY OF RECORD-BREAKING
Nothing broken about Breaking Dawn Part 2! The Finale in The Twilight Saga debuts this weekend with an outstanding $141 million from 4.070 North American theatres, closing-out what has been a phenomenal Run at the Box Office since it first surfaced back in 2008. Although performing exceedingly-well, it falls just-shy of its Franchise Record, set back in November 2009 with New Moon‘s opening weekend of $142 million.
Placing second this weekend is last week’s resounding Champ Skyfall, with $42 million from 3,505 theatres, tallying two weeks at a superb $160.3 million domestically. This latest James Bond Franchise Film, is on its way to surpassing the $600 million mark internationally for Sony Pictures.
Disney‘s Lincoln, which despite pulling-in an excellent $21 million it its expansion this weekend to 1,775 theatres, manages only to place third, while Wreck-it-Ralph, also from the same Studio, finishes fourth with $18 million – earning a total $121.8 million now in three weeks.
Pitch Perfect amazingly still hangs onto the eighth spot with $1.3 million, while Bollywood Flick Jab Tak Hai Jaan opens in ninth with $1.2 million in only 120 theatres. Sony Pictures’ Here Comes the Boom rounds out the Top Ten with $1.1 million.
#BOXOFFICE: “SKYFALL” IS EARTH-SHATTERING AT BOX OFFICE
Although it is no real surprise, Skyfall, the latest in the James Bond Franchise, opens in with some spectacular numbers this weekend. Opening in 3,505 theatres, the Action-Thriller earns $87 million in its North American debut after pulling-in amazing numbers overseas where it opened prior, already earning $321 million in those territories. This qualifies as the highest opening for the Franchise in Daniel Craig‘s time in the iconic Role, besting Quantum of Solace which opened in North America with $67 million back in January 2009.
Last week’s Champ Wreck-it Ralph still is going strong and Families are responding in droves, earning $33 million in its second weekend of release. In just two weeks, the Animated Feature from Disney has grossed over $90 million already.
Trailing in a distant third is Paramount Pictures’ Flight starring Denzel Washington, with $15.1 million from 2,047 theatres in its second weekend, just ahead of the amazing Argo in fourth with $6.7 million, now earning over $85 million in its domestic Run for Warner Bros.
The remainder of the Top Ten is rounded out by some Veterans, including Taken 2 in its fifth week taking-in $4 million, edging Pitch Perfect in sixth spot with $2.4 million. Former number one Film Hotel Transylvania, slips to tenths pot with $2.1 million. Sony Pictures just announced a Sequel is on-the-way for the Monster Smash.
Bubbling-under is Disney‘s Lincoln which earned a stellar $900k this weekend from just 11 theatres across North America, where screenings were sold-out almost completely. The Film is showing exclusively in Toronto at Varsity Cinemas and will continue to expand in coming weeks. Lots of Oscar buzz for Daniel Day-Lewis here; expect this one to be a Player in coming weeks.