“Spring Brea-eak. Spring Break forever, B*tches!”.
Part-Arthouse Flick, part-Teen Fantasy, Director/Writer Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers has been winning accolades since it debuted last September at the Toronto International Film Festival. With an All-Star Cast which includes Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine and of course, a blinged-out James Franco, I personally have witnessed its greatness. Read my Review here.
Four College Girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a Drug and Arms Dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.
Boys rule the Box Office this Easter Weekend with G.I. Joe: Retaliation debuting big with a stellar $40.8 million across North America, from 3,719 theatres. Critics panned the $135-million Blockbuster from Paramount Pictures, but Audiences reacted well with an A- CinemaScore. This latest Installment in the Franchise stars Bruce Willis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki.
In second this weekend is last week’s Champ The Croods from 20th Century Fox with $26.6 million in its second week of release. The Animated Feature takes advantage of the lack of Family-oriented Flicks out this weekend. To-date it has grossed an impressive $88.8 million in North America.
Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor debuts in third this weekend from 2,047 theatres – yet another successful release from the Actor/Writer/Director/Producer and overall Magnate. Earning $22.5 million, the Drama-Thriller stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Brandy Norwood and Vanessa Williams; it does not star Perry in male nor female form. Critics didn’t love the Film, earning 17% at Rotten Tomatoes.
Olympus Has Fallen slips to fourth in its second week of release with $14.1 million after a solid debut last week in second spot, just ahead of former Champ Oz the Great and Powerful from Disney with $11.7 million in fifth.
The Host unfortunately didn’t translate to big numbers despite it being an Adaptation of beloved Twilight Author Stephanie Meyer‘s Novel of the same name. Reviews were outright vicious, tallying-in at 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. It debuts in sixth with $11 million for Open Road Films/eOne Films.
Well-reviewed Spring Breakers by Director/Writer Harmony Korine lands in ninth with its expansion to 1,379 theatres with $2.5 million. To date it has earned $10 million and despite strong limited release numbers, this didn’t translate as strongly with its expansion.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in its third week of release, rounds out the Top Ten with $1.2 million.
Debuting atop the Box Office this weekend is The Croods from Dreamworks/20th Century Fox, earning $44 million from 4,046 theatres in North America. Earning positive reviews from Critics, tallying 64% on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes and even strong reviews from audiences with an A CinemaScore, the Animated Feature starring Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone was made for $135 million, still yet to be released overseas.
In second and certainly not disgraced is Antoine Fuqua‘s Olympus Has Fallen opening with $30.8 million for FilmDistrict/VVS Films, from 3,098 theatres. Overall, reviews have been mixed with it earning 55% over at Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences responded v. well, giving an A- CinemaScore. After multiple Box Office Misfires of late, Gerard Butler re-asserts his standing as a bankable Leading Man. The Film however was made for $70 million, which by Indie standards is astronomically high, but with positive buzz, this should translate into a bit of staying power in coming weeks and possibly its second run on Home Video.
Oz The Great and Powerful continues to be a major force, slipping to third but still garnering $20.8 million in its third week and should shortly surpass the $200 million mark domestically.
Meanwhile The Call, last weekend’s Runner-Up, earns $9.1 million in its second week of release, just ahead of Tina Fey and Paul Rudd-headlining Rom-ComAdmission in fifth with $6.6 million for Focus Features/eOne Films.
Amazingly, Spring Breakers in Limited Release finds itself in sixth with $5 million from only 1,104 theatres and next weekend will see a release in select Canadian cities including Toronto. Reviews are solid for the Harmony Korine Flick starring James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson.
Former Champion Identity Thief still is hanging tough for Universal Pictures with $2.6 million from 2,166 theatres, while Snitch rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.9 million. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who stars in the latter, also will be making his presence felt with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, out next week.
Spring Brea-ea-eak. Spring Break forever, B*tches! Part-Arthouse, part-Teen Fantasy, Director/Writer Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers has been winning accolades since it debuted last September at the Toronto International Film Festival. With an All-Star Cast which includes Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine and of course, a blinged-out James Franco, I personally have witnessed its greatness and am so excited for you to discover the Film that Girls Creator Lena Dunham is raving about!
Here’s your chance Edmonton and Calgary to see Spring Breakers before everybody else! VVS Films, Touchwood PR and Mr. Will Wong would like to give Readers a chance to see a special Advance Screening in both cities on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
And it’s Oz again! Disney‘s Oz The Great and Powerful continues to crush the competition at the Box Office, this weekend earning $42.2 million, making it two weeks on-top. To date, the Prequel to TheWizard of Oz has grossed $145.3 million domestically, taking only six days to surpass the magical $100 million mark.
Debuting at number two is Sony Pictures’ The Call starring Abigail Breslin and Halle Berry, earning $17.1 million from 2,507 theatres. The Thriller, made for a paltry $13 million, already earns back its budget and favoured rather well with audiences, making the grade with a B+ over at CinemaScore. Critics however weren’t as nice, giving it 42% over at Rotten Tomatoes.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone had the all-star Cast including Steve Carrell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde and Steve Buscemi, but unfortunately debuts below expectations with $10.3 million from 3,160 theatres. The Comedy, a second film in the Top Ten about Magic, earned 39% according to Critics on the Tomatometer and Audiences didn’t love it either unfortunately with a C+ CinemaScore.
Former number one Flick Jack The Giant Slayer slips to fourth spot this weekend with $6.2 million in its third week, now having grossed $54 million in North America alone. The resilient Identity Thief follows closely behind in fifth with $4.6 million.
Safe Haven amazingly still hangs onto the Top Ten in its fifth week sitting in ninth with $2.4 million, showing a void in Films catered to Female Audiences in recent weeks, while Canadian-produced Escape from Planet Earth rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.2 million.
Bubbling under, Harmony Korine‘s star-studded Spring Breakers opens rather well in limited release with $270,000 from three theatres. The Crime-Dramedy which premiered at TIFF last September, stars James Franco, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens.
Since hearing about it at TIFF, I’ve been itching what seems like forever now to see Spring Breakers, Writer/Director Harmony Korine‘s Dramedy about four Spring Break-obsessed College Girls who decide to rob a store to fund their vacation. After getting caught and thrown in jail, they are bailed-out by a Gangster named Alien who enlists their help for a special task, introducing them to his dangerous world of Crime.
Korine tells Interview Magazine last Summer that he was inspired to create Spring Breakers after spending many of his vacations simply Skateboarding, so this is Project gave him an opportunity to make-up for what he missed growing-up.
Despite few having reviewed it, the Film has garnered some raves from Critics so far at Rotten Tomatoes, earning a not-at-all-disgraceful 62% on the Tomatometer.
I am intruged by its Cast which includes Rachel Korine (Wife of Harmony), Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Heather Morris and James Franco in yet another odd choice of role for the Oscar-nominated Actor.
VVS Films releases Spring Breakers on Friday,March 29, 2013.
Watch the Trailer:
I may have met some of the Cast for Spring Breakers over the years:
(Photo credit: VVS Films/Mr. Will Wong | Video credit: VVS Films)
A true Lover of Film, indeed. Actor James Franco surprised just about everybody with an appearance at the Premiere of On the Road tonight, coming casual in a Ball Cap and Jeans. The Actor just did the rounds at the Venice Film Festival for Comedy Spring Breakers, flying-in this evening.
Franco will be appearing at the Ryerson Theatre Premiere of Spring Breakers tomorrow night at 6:00 PM.
Pretty Little Liars Star Ashley Benson arrived in Toronto straight from the Venice Film Festival and was greeted by hoards of excited Fans. In-town to promote Spring Breakers along with James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, Benson walked and took snaps with Fans, taking it all in stride like a Champ! She even managed along the way to sign a few Photos and copies of Seventeen.
The Actress will be appearing at Ryerson Theatre tomorrow night for Spring Breakers’ Premiere.
Buried-in tightly behind Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler, an incognito Selena Gomez arrived in Toronto earlier today straight from the Venice Film Festival to promote Comedy, Spring Breakers. The strategy of course proved effective with several Fans focusing-in on Hudgens, not realizing Gomez also was right there!
Spring Breakers premieres at Ryerson Theatre tomorrow night at 6:00 PM.
Yes, this really happened! Despite causing a bit of chaos, she still was lovely. Vanessa Hudgens arrived straight from the Venice Film Festival to TIFF 2012 together with her Boyfriend, Austin Butler earlier today in Toronto. The High School Musical Alumni is in-town to promote Comedy Spring Breakers, which premieres tomorrow night at Ryerson Theatre – 6:00 PM.