Captain America: The Winter’s Solider absolutely ran the ship this weekend with a stunning $96.2 million debut from 3,938 theatres across North America for Disney. By comparison, its 2011 Predecessor garnered $65 million in its debut, a healthy showing for the Franchise. In Canada, it set an April Box Office record for a Film in the Country. The Film starring Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans was a hit with Critics, earning 89% on the Tomatometer, in addition to a big A CinemaScore from Audiences.
Last week’s Champ, Noah, slips to second spot this weekend for Paramount Pictures, garnering $17 million, a total of $72 million earned in its two weeks out.
Divergent meanwhile, still shows consistently good numbers, in third this weekend with $13 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films, tallying-in at $113 million in its domestic run over three weeks.
The Grand Budapest Hotel continues to do great in a limited number of theatres, with $6.3 million in fifth spot for Fox Searchlight, from only 1,263 theatres. Muppets Most Wanted is in sixth spot with $6.29 million for Disney, as it gets that little bit closer to that $50-million mark. Open Road Films’ Sabotage rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.8 million in its second week out.
After a long wait for it, Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah finally sees a release and paddles right past the competition at the Box Office for Paramount Pictures this weekend with $44 million from 3,567 theatres across North America. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and Logan Lerman, the Biblical Drama looks well on its way quickly to recouping its $160 million budget, earning also $51.1 million overseas. Critics gave it a 75% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences on the contrary surprisingly gave it a C CinemaScore.
After a huge debut last weekend, Divergent still is going strong in second with $26.5 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. In its two week run domestically, the Action-Fantasy starring Theo James and Shailene Woodley has made in excess of $95 million.
Muppets Most Wanted in its second week out earns $11.9 million for Disney, just surpassing the $30-million mark and good enough for third spot, while former Champ Mr. Peabody and Sherman still continues to perform well in fourth for 20th Century Fox, earning $9.6 million in its fourth week out. To date it has grossed $96 million in these parts. Wes Anderson‘s star-studded The Grand Budapest Hotel in fifth with $8.8 million from only 977 theatres in its fourth week out.
Sabotage debuts in seventh with $5.2 million for Open Road Films. The Action Film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger has yet to open in Canada. Critics gave it a B CinemaScore, although Critics didn’t think much of it with a 22% CinemaScore.
300: Rise of an Empire finds itself in ninth spot with $4.3 million, just surpassing the $100-million mark domestically in its fourth week out.
Non-Stop rounds-out the Top Ten with $4.2 million for Universal Pictures in its fifth week out, nearing-in on the $90-million mark.
There was no stopping Divergent from taking the top of the Box Office this weekend, an easy Winner across North America with $56 million grossed from 3,936 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. The Adaptation of the first Novel in a Series by Veronica Roth, might not have fared well with Critics (44% on the Tomatometer), but Audiences gave it a resounding A CinemaScore. It will be interesting to see how the Film fares in coming weeks as hardcore Fans of the Books likely all have flocked to the theatres this weekend accounting for much of these numbers. The production budget for the Action-Fantasy was $85 million, well on its way to recouping this back.
Second best is Muppets Most Wanted, the latest Film in the revived Franchise from Disney. The star-studded Musical-Comedy brought-in $16.5 million from 3,194 theatres in its debut, below expectations. Critics gave it a great 75% on the Tomatometer and Audiences were on-par with a B+ CinemaScore.
Former Champ Mr. Peabody and Sherman slips to third spot this weekend with $11.7 million for 20th Century Fox. To date it has earned $80 million in three weeks, just ahead of 300: Rise of an Empire, also a former Number One Film, in fourth with $8.7 million for Warner Bros.
Opening in a surprising fifth is God’s Not Dead starring some of the Cast of Duck Dynasty. The Dramedy which is showing exclusively in the U.S. right now, opens with $8.6 million from only 780 theatres.
The Grand Budapest Hotel continues to perform tremendously in seventh with $6.8 million for Fox Searchlight. The star-studded Opus from Writer/Director Wes Anderson, has made $12 million in its three-week limited run.
Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club rounds-out the Top Ten with $3 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films, in it second week out.
It was a momentous occasion as Swine Queen – the Diva herself – Miss Piggy visited Toronto in support of her upcoming Blockbuster, MUPPETS MOST WANTED. In continuation of 2011 Feature The Muppets, this latest Instalment sees the Gang, while on a World Tour, wrapped into a European Jewel Heist, led by Kermit Look-a-Like.
The Stars are plentiful in MUPPETS MOST WANTED, starring the likes of Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, with Cameos from Saoirse Ronan, Chloë Moretz, Christoph Waltz, Stanley Tucci, Frank Langella, James McAvoy, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, Josh Groban, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Céline Dion, Usher and many, many more.
Miss Piggy pulled-out all the stops today on her Press Tour, taking some winning fashion risks in a seductive Animal Print Dress, Pearls, elegant White Gloves and a huge Diamond Ring. Her cornsilk, flat-ironed hair also was a big hit among the Media! The Goddess rose early to appear on CP24 Breakfast with Steve Anthony and spent much of the earlier part of her day based out of Bell Media‘s Queen Street Headquarters doing the rounds including CTV‘s eTalk and Canada AM. She later held a Press Conference out of her ultra-chic Hotel, greeting a litany of Local Media.
Watch Miss Piggy‘s hilarious interview with Anthony, in which he tries not once but twice to get a kiss on the lips from her:
Miss Piggy leaves us with a parting note on why we should see MUPPETS MOST WANTED. She says, “It’s the only Movie you need to see this year because it’s got everything in it. You don’t need to see any other Movie. It’s got Action, Romance, Comedy and don’t forget about Comedy!”. Sold.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada release MUPPETS MOST WANTED on Friday, March 21, 2014!
Ever wonder about the brilliant Puppeteer behind the amazing Miss Piggy? Meet Eric Jacobson below, responsible also for Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle and Animal! We caught a Snap of him New York City-bound as he head-off with a van full of gear for tomorrow’s round of Press which includes visits to The Queen Latifah Show and TODAY with Kathie Lee & Hoda.
Although he was rushed and unable to stop for Photos and Autographs leaving a taping of George Stroumboulopoulous Tonight, his Handlers were apologetic as they had been running behind schedule, just catching his flight in time. He gave a remorseful smile, thanking everyone for understanding.
And if you’re wondering where Miss Piggy is right this moment? She’s with moi, Wongsters!
Happy Thanksgiving America (and us over-indulgent Canadians)! Taking place tonight is a landmark Television Moment as international Pop Megastar Lady Gaga joins The Muppets on Television for a 90-minute Special, Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular!
Also appearing on the Broadcast are the likes of Kristen Bell, Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and RuPaul! Eclectic. You can guarantee there will be drama between Miss Piggy and Gaga for Kermit‘s affections! Surely some of that tension might spill-over to next year’s The Muppets’ Most Wanted, in which Gaga appears briefly?
See a Sneak Preview here:
ABC airs Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular tonight from 9:30 – 11:00 PM EST.
Although she’s busy in Japan celebrating her latest Disc ARTPOP, we’re still giddy about meeting her last week in Toronto! More on that here.
Disney‘s D23 Expo 2013 took place this weekend in Anaheim, California, giving Attendees unparalleled access to Disney Films, Movies and Theme Parks! D23, known as the official Disney Fan Club, dates back to 1923 when Walt Disney started with humble beginnings at his then-fledgling Hollywood Studio.
The Stars were out in full force this weekend presenting some of Disney‘s most exciting Films to be released soon including: Angelina Jolie for Maleficent; Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins & Natalie Portman for Thor: The Dark World; Chris Evans & Anthony Mackie for Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Ty Burrell for Muppets Most Wanted and Jason Schwartzman for Saving Mr. Banks and of course, George Lucas for Star Wars: Episode VII. See some of the Photos of the excitement above!
Learn more about D23right here and maybe next year we’ll be there?
(Photo credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada)
How exciting, a new Trailer for Muppets Most Wanted! After we fell in love with The Muppets allover again in 2011, we finally get more next March when this next installment of the Franchise ups the stakes with Crime, Drama and of course tons of loveability!
Official Synopsis: Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global Tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows The Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international Crime Caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a Dead Ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The Film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty Prison Guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon; James Bobin directs.
Cineplex is first to get the preview of its Teaser Trailer. Watch it below:
Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted hits theatres March 21, 2014.
(Photo/video credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada)
Production has begun in London for the much-anticipated Followup to 2011’s The Muppets and Disney confirms that Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burell wil be joining the Cast as The Muppets embark on their sell-out Tour, taking them to Berlin, Madrid and London. Trouble strikes though as Kermit becomes confused for the World’s Number One Criminal Constantine, who looks almost identical to him; they must also be wary of Dominic (Gervais), his Sidekick.
Kermit, whom I had the pleasure of chatting with last time he visited Toronto, says “This Movie takes us places we’ve never been before. And trust me—this Frog has never seen so much international flavor. I think audiences will eat it up—the entertainment, that is.”.
Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for Best Original Song with Man or Muppet, returns once again to write some brilliant Music for The Muppets… Again!, which hits theatres March 14, 2014.
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(Photo credit: Greg Williams/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)