Despite a significant dip in its second week out BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, still dominates at the Box Office with $50 million from 4,256 theatres for Warner Bros. In two weeks it has grossed a hefty $259 million domestically.
ZOOTOPIA in its second week out, earns $20.7 million for Disney, a total of $276 million over five weeks.
Toronto-filmed MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 remains still at number three with $11.2 million from 3,179 theatres for Universal Pictures.
Faith-based Drama GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 debuts at fourth spot with $8.2 million from 2,320 theatres for Pure Flix, yet to be released in Canada. It gets a 14% on the Tomatometer.
In fifth is MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN with $7.3 million for Sony Pictures, a surprisingly solid $46 million tally over three weeks.
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT is showing visible signs of fatigue for the Young Adult adaptation genre, in sixth with $5.7 million in its third week out for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films.
MEET THE BLACKS debuts in $4 million from 1,014 theatres for Freestyle. It is a Parody of Horror The Purge. No registered reviews for this one yet on Rotten Tomatoes.
DEADPOOL rounds out the Top Ten with $3.7 million for 20th Century Fox. In seven weeks it has become the highest R-rated Film of all time with $355 million earned.
Never mind those negative reviews and word of mouth, Warner Bros. reigns the Box Office this weekend achieving a record for best pre-summer opening with BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. The clash of the two superheroes plus Wonder Woman earns a smashing $170 million from 4,242 theatres! According to Deadline, this also is a record opening for the studio which had a prior best of $165 million with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2. Critics gave it a 30% at Rotten Tomatoes, Audiences gave it a B CinemaScore.
A humbled second with $23.5 million is three-week champ ZOOTOPIA. In four weeks it has made $240 million for Disney.
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 opens in third with $17.8 million from 3,113 theatres for Universal Pictures. It gets 25% from Critics at Rotten Tomatoes and a much better A- from Audiences at CinemaScore. Its predecessor opened with $597k back in 2002, via limited release.
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT lands in fourth in its second week out with a baffling $9.2 million in its second week out for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. In two weeks it has grossed $46 million.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is in fifth with $9.1 million for Sony Pictures benefiting from a market for moviegoers looking for faith-based Films this Good Friday/Easter.
DEADPOOL is in seventh with $4.7 million in its sixth week out, surpassing $350 million in North America for 20th Century Fox.
Rounding out the Top Ten is TIFF ’15 title EYE IN THE SKY with $958k, expanding to 123 theatres for eOne Films/Bleecker Street Films.
ZOOTOPIA prevails once again at the Box Office, holding the top spot for a third consecutive week for Disney. Despite a stiff challenge from THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, it hangs-on with $38.4 million from 3,959 theatres. Domestically, it just surprassed the $200-million-mark.
ALLEGIANT opens in second for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films with $29.4 million from 3,740 theatres, unable to match the $54 million debut of its first installment back in 2014. Critics were harsh giving it a 10% on the Tomatometer, but as expected Audiences were much easier on it with a B CinemaScore.
Faith Drama MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN opens in third with $12.4 million for Sony Pictures, from 3,047 theatres. Audiences gave it a superb A+ CinemaScore, while Critics gave it a passable 51% on the Tomatometer. The Film stars Jennifer Garner.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE continues to perform respectably in fourth with $12.2 million in its second week out for Paramount Pictures. with $12.4 million. In two weeks it has earned $45 million.
DEADPOOL is a stalwart fifth with $8.1 million for 20th Century Fox, now in its sixth week out.
LONDON HAS FALLEN is sixth with $6.6 million for VVS Films/Focus Features with $49 million grossed in three weeks in North America.
THE REVENANT in its 13th week of release rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.2 million for 20th Century Fox.
eOne Films + Mr. Will Wong want to take you to an Advance Screening of THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT on Monday, March 14, 2016 in Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.
The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.
After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
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eOne Films release THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT on Friday, March 18, 2016.
Hopefully its competition isn’t too ‘furious’! FURIOUS 7 accelerates to the top of the Box Office this weekend with a huge $150 million opening for Universal Pictures from 4,004 theatres across North America. This performance shows great horsepower, setting a Record for the Franchise in terms of its historical Opening Weekends and also largest pre-Summer bow for a Film release ever. Audiences genuinely were moved by the Film showcasing Star Paul Walker‘s final performance in the massively-successful Franchise, garnering an A CinemaScore. Critics meanwhile gave it a strong 82% on the Tomatometer.
After a one-week reign, HOME slips to second spot with $27.8 million for 20th Century Fox. It has grossed $96 million already in two weeks.
GET HARD get third spot this weekend with $13.5 million for Warner Bros. In two weeks it has earned $57.6 million domestically.
INSURGENT lands in fourth this weekend with $10 million in its third week out for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films, just ahead of another Box Office Champ in CINDERELLA, which places fifth with $9.6 million for Disney in its fourth week out.
WOMAN IN GOLD fares well in its limited release opening at 258 theatres for The Weinstein Co./eOne Films, debuting with $1.8 million. Critics were tough on the Drama starring Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren, with a 49% on the Tomatometer.
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL rounds-out the Top Ten with $1 million for Fox Searchlight, in its fifth week out.
Despite mixed Reviews from Critics, 20th Century Fox‘s HOME hits a home run with Audiences garnering not only an A CinemaScore, but also the top of the Box Office this weekend with a strong $52.7 million from 3,708 theatres. On the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes, the Animated Feature which showcases the voicework of Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, tallied-in at 48%.
Debuting in second with $33 million from, 3,175 theatres was Warner Bros.‘ raunchy Comedy GET HARD starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Critics didn’t think much of it with a 32% on the Tomatometer, but Audiences thought much more highly of it with a B CinemaScore.
INSURGENT continues to perform well in third in its second week out with $23.9 million this weekend. It was last week’s Box Office Champ. Thus far, the Action/Fantasy and second Film in The Divergent Series, has grossed $88.1 million domestically for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films.
CINDERELLA in its third week out earns $17.3 million for Disney, thus far earning $150 million in its North American run.
IT FOLLOWS expands to 1,218 theatres this weekend, good enough for fifth with $3.7 million for RADiUS (The Weinstein Co.)/Mongrel Media. In three weeks it has made $4.2 million.
THE GUNMAN rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.2 million in its second week out for Elevation Pictures/Open Road Films.
Like its Predecessor, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT opens big at the Box Office with $49.6 million from 3,875 theatres across North America for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films. Critics didn’t think much of it with a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, while Audiences gave it an A- CinemaScore. By contrast its 2014 Installment opened with $54 million.
In its second consecutive week out, CINDERELLA continues to perform exceedingly well with $35.7 million earned for Disney. In two weeks, it has accumulated $123 million already domestically, already earning back its production costs.
A distant third is THE GUNMAN $5.5 million from 2,816 theatres for Open Road Films/Elevation Pictures. The Film features a strong Cast which includes Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem. While Critics panned the Action Flick from the Director who brought us Taken, earning only 14% on the Tomatometer, Audiences gave it a much more forgiving B- CinemaScore.
THE KINGSMAN continues to outperform itself in fourth this week with $4.8 million in its sixth week out for 20th Century Fox.
Debuting in sixth is DO YOU BELIEVE with $3.5 million for Pure Flix. The Title starring Mira Sorvino and Sean Astin has yet to get Canadian distribution.
Former Champ CHAPPIE rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.5 million for Sony Pictures in its third week. To date domestically it has earned $28 million.
The Black and Blue Carpet was rolled out tonight at Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre as Mekhi Phifer and Jai Courtney, Stars of Veronica Roth AdaptationThe Divergent Series: Insurgent, flew-in for the grand occasion. Filled with Selfie-aspiring Fans and eager Television and Digital Media, the Carpet was adorned in blue lit-panels depicting the five Factions known so well by Fans of the Franchise. After strong Reviews and grossing over $150 million in North America, expectations are high of this second Installment.
Many know Phifer for his work on long-running, celebrated TV Series ER and a string of popular Films he made in his early 20s, including O, 8 Mile and Honey. Australian-born Courtney‘s star is emerging quickly with high-profile Roles in Unbroken, A Good Day to Die Hard and recent news of his casting in DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, to film in Toronto next month with a Cast of Heavyweights.
INSURGENT picks-up where Divergent left-off in a futuristic dystopian Chicago. We witness Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), (Miles Teller) and (Ansel Elgort) on-the-run from ruthless Erudite Faction Leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet), who is determined to capture and test the limits of potentially destructive Divergents (those not belonging to any one particular personality type) at all costs – sparing no lives, placing them through a grueling and deadly set of simulations. Jeanine is in possession of a box containing secrets which Tris‘ Parents lost their lives in the name of protecting. Tris finds herself having to face Jeanine, risking her life for the protection of her People once she is captured. What is the secret which Jeanine is so set on keeping it hidden from Tris and the Population? And how will Tris survive Jeanine‘s fatal Regime?
At the heart of The Divergent Series are some strong Female Characters. Legions of young Women look-up to Tris and we ask Phifer who plays Dauntless Leader Max, about his own Female Role Models. “My Mom first of all”, he says without hesitation, “She was a single Parent who raised me in Harlem. She was a School Teacher who loved the Community – a Choreographer and Dancer. My Mom was definitely an inspiration.”.
Courtney, who just turned 29 this week, thinks likewise, crediting “My mother of course, I think.”. He adds, “My Sister too. There a lot of strong Women in my life, including some friends of mine.”.
Phifer recounts his transition from a young impoverished Actor, overcoming the odds to make it in Hollywood with a Career spanning 20 years. We ask what’s changed from then till now for him. He says, “I’m 40-years-old, a Dad of two and married. I mean, it’s inevitable.”. “That’s the beauty of acting – there’s no age limit. As long as you can remember lines and read, that’s all you need.”.
Our Justin Waldman asks Courtney about his physically-intensive role as Dauntless Leader Eric, who like Phifer‘s Max, reports to Winslet‘s Jeanine. His Character is menacing, in hot pursuit of Tris and Four, playing a Key Role in her eventual surrender to Jeanine. “I was working on Terminator Genisys at the same time as Insurgent”, he reveals. “It was a lot of Cardio and Circuit Work – boring stuff. It’s what I have to do to prepare for work. It’s like reading or researching for a role, but you have to become a bit of an Athlete.”. “It gets old.”.
And for those curious, Courtney remains tight-lipped about his return soon to the City for the star-studded Suicide Squad with the likes of Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne and Joel Kinnaman. “What am I gonna tell you? We haven’t started yet, but we’re getting ready”, he says before hinting “I’m gonna get to use my Australian accent. I can tell you that much.”.
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eOne Films release THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT on Friday, March 20, 2015.
eOne Films and Mr. Will want to take Readers across Canada to see THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT! We’ve eagerly awaited this second installment in the DIVERGENT Series! Screenings take place Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Halifax, and Victoria on March 18, 2015. A Canadian Premiere takes place in Toronto on March 17, 2015.
Official Synopsis: THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
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eOne Films release THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT on Friday, March 20, 2015.
If there ever was any doubt that INSURGENT will leave Fans satisfied, let this first Teaser Trailer for the Film alleviate any concerns. See Tris (Shailene Woodley) cling for dear life as she defies gravity to get to her Mother (Ashley Judd).
Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Peter (Miles Teller), and Four‘s father Marcus (Ray Stevenson) take refuge at Amity. Tris tries to cope with her guilt at having killed Will, even though it was in self defense. The group, especially Tris and Four, find Amity‘s no weapons rule difficult to live with and they soon find themselves on the run again.
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eOne Films release THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT on Friday, March 19, 2015.