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Box Office: 'Rio' First 2011 Release To Crack $40 Million Opening Weekend; 'Scream' Goes Quiet

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 17, 2011 6:18 AM
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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: it’s been a dismal year at the box office. Studios have their fingers crossed in regards to a tepid-looking summer schedule, but many were hoping the season could be kick(punch)-started early with a strong April, as two new films were tracking well over $40 million this weekend. And it looks like those hopes are for naught, as the number one movie for this period looks to be Fox and Blue Sky’s animated “Rio,” clocking in juuuust about at $40 million for the three day weekend. Yes, Hollywood, it's taken more than four months to register year's first $40 million opening weekend.

Weekend Box Office: 'Hop' Defeats Four Newcomers; 'Your Highness' Flops Loudly And Rudely

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 10, 2011 4:48 AM
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Earlier in the year, the tepid box office returns were something to be ignored, as 2011 was competing with the previous year, with both “Avatar” and then the anomaly of “Alice In Wonderland” each raking in a cool billion. Well, it’s April, and it’s time for Hollywood to panic. There have been no genuine out-of-the-box hits so far this year and lots of flops, and the two (barely) $100 million grossers considered underperformers (“Rango” and “Just Go With It”). Let’s face it, part of it is a failure of marketing, but the blame must be laid on inadequate product. Even when it comes to the early year doldrums, this has been a banner year for garbage.

Weekend Box Office: Kids Come Out For 'Hop,' 'Sucker' Thoroughly 'Punch'ed

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 3, 2011 5:00 AM
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While Universal’s animated division remains behind Disney and Dreamworks, “Hop” became their second straight surprisingly big opening this weekend, collecting $39 million. Most called the heavily-promoted film in the high 20’s, low 30’s, but like “Despicable Me” before it, the film definitely connected with family audiences in its first frame. While “Despicable Me” eventually collected $544 million globally with a much bigger opening, “Hop” isn’t expected to bust the doors down. But due to the seasonal and family appeal, expect this thing to have legs, and while they initially weren’t counting on $100 domestic, that should be easily surmountable from here, with $150 million being a solid preliminary target. Fanciful returns for the studio, who have kept the budgets for the partly-animated “Hop” and the fully animated “Despicable Me” well under the industry-standard $100 million.

Ryan Reynolds Says After 'Green Lantern' & 'Deadpool' He's Reached His Superhero Quota

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  • April 2, 2011 4:07 AM
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And Details Of Footage Shown At The 'Green Lantern' Wonder Con PresentationDuring a panel featuring stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively at WonderCon in San Francisco today Warner Bros. revealed new footage from this summer’s “Green Lantern”. The panel was led by current DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns who announced that a new full-length “Green Lantern” trailer will be released May 6th, attached to “Thor,” before introducing a good deal of new footage to those in attendance.

Zack Snyder Says 'Justice League' Film Will Be Separate From His 'Superman' & Nolan's 'Dark Knight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 9:56 AM
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Filmmaker Says Batman & Superman WILL Appear In New 'JLA' FilmNewly installed as the head of Warner Bros., Jeff Robinov has wasted no time in getting the studio's priorities straight for the next few years and they plan on diving head first into the comic properties they have, and no wonder. With Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" marking the end of a chapter (though he will produce the eventual reboot), WB already has "Green Lantern" hitting this summer, with "The Flash" and "Wonder Woman" films in development. But perhaps the biggest news to emerge in the last few days is that a "Justice League" movie is in the works to hit screens in 2013 -- just a year after Zack Snyder and Nolan bow their Superman and Batman films. It's an ambitious move with a lot of questions still to be answered. But Snyder has cleared up the biggest query around the film so far: it will be separate from the worlds he and Nolan will have created.

WB Admits First 'Green Lantern' Trailer Was Terrible; Michael Clarke Duncan In Talks For Kilowog

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 6:51 AM
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It's going to be a spandex-filled summer. There are four superhero movies on the way -- "Thor," "X-Men: First Class," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Green Lantern" -- and most everybody can agree that out of all of them, the latter has received the worst buzz so far. A trailer dropped last fall and it wasn't promising. Sporting a dorky tone, cheesy special effects and nothing in the way of a hook, it was met with a collective shrug and then quickly forgotten and there has been little in the way of marketing since. However, Warner Bros. admits they got it wrong, are licking their wounds and are planning an assault of marketing in the run up to the film's release in June.

Warner Bros. Chief Jeff Robinov Says They'll Reboot Batman Franchise & Chris Nolan Will Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 4:14 AM
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Justice League, Wonder Woman & The Flash Films All In The WorksWhile we had our doubts yesterday about just how soon Warner Bros. planned on getting a Justice League movie into theaters, Hero Complex today confirms that yes, 2013 is the planned date -- just one year after both Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" and Zack Snyder's "Superman: Man of Steel" hit theaters. It's a bold move and one we're not quite sure is the best option, however, comic fans have been salivating for the mega DC-superhero team up and the script is currently in the works. As fans know, George Miller nearly got his version off the ground but it was complicated by the writers' strike and subsequently fell apart. And while it remains to be seen who is directing and starring in the film (we presume Christian Bale won't be involved, but Henry Cavill will) the bottom line is: cinemagoers won't be without the iconic superheroes for too long.

Warner Bros. Planning A New 'Justice League' Film For 2013?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 29, 2011 1:38 AM
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The L.A. Times has just released a profile on Jeff Rubinov, the new president of Warner Bros. following the departure of Alan Horn. It's a short profile, mostly detailing Rubinov's social awkwardness and his professional quirks, such as a refusal to work with David Fincher, who clashed with Rubinov (and everybody else?) during the making of both "Zodiac" and "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," while also honoring his good ideas, such as his suggestion to use the Batmobile in "Batman Begins" and his hands-on approach to the "Sherlock Holmes" films.

Weekend Box Office: Zack Snyder & Warners Get 'Sucker Punch' From 'Wimpy Kid'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 27, 2011 5:09 AM
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Demographics matter. You want to say, well, screw the numbers, let’s just make a movie for everyone! But considering the multiple sources of entertainment in our multimedia worlds, whatever doesn’t automatically turn us on will turn us off. Because of this, Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” turned people off. It was an action fantasia, a genre normally attractive to teenage boys, but it featured only girls, an immediate turnoff for that demographic. And it didn’t appeal to women, who noticed the marketing campaign centered around cacophonous violence and mayhem, not usually a drawing point for females. It wasn’t made for kids, but the heavily-CGI’d special effects made it look like a candy-coated kids’ entertainment to adults. Four quadrants, all disinterested.

'Rock Of Ages' & 'Jack The Giant Killer' Claim Two June 2012 Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 10:24 AM
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With the spring/summer movie season barely started this year, studios are already making their claim on dates in 2012 and Warner Bros. has just thrown their weight around, planting two major films with big, June bows next blockbuster season.

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