South Korea Box Office: ‘Furious 7′ Races to the Top

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Showtime: Trying To Resolve David Lynch ‘Twin Peaks’ Contract Issues – UPDATE

UPDATE, 5:33 PM Barely more than an hour after David Lynch said he was pulling out of the Twin Peaks revival over money issues, Showtime issued a statement saying it’s still trying to resolve deal points with Lynch and his reps. Here’s the full statement from the cable network:

“We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. SHOWTIME also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.”

PREVIOUSLY: David Lynch has posted a string of tweets saying he won’t be taking part in the reboot of his cult favorite Twin Peaks, set for a run on Showtime, because of money issues tied to making the project the way he wants.

Lynch had been set to direct a nine-episode series based on his original 1990-1991 show, based on scripts he and original co-creator Mark Frost have already written. Kyle MacLachlan was set to reprise his iconic Agent Dale Cooper role as well. The new shows were to air next year.


‘The Flash’ Panel Teases Season 2, Confirms Killer Frost At WonderCon

It might have been a side effect of the almost symbiotic relationship between the show’s devoted fans and its creators, but today’s WonderCon panel devoted to CW’s The Flash felt like a rushing torrent of near-reveals and tantalizing hints. New characters were hinted at, major developments were teased, and the transformation of one of the show’s central characters was all but officially confirmed.

Kicking things off was a trailer for the final episodes of the current season. Differing from the teaser released earlier this week, it was heavy on appearances by new characters and glimpses of further crossovers with CWs other superheroic hit series Arrow. Among the highlights, Brandon Routh‘s Ray Palmer/A.T.O.M., the as-yet underused Gorilla Grodd, and DC supervillainess Red Bee.

Following the trailer, a panel discussion attended by The Flash co-creator and co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, joined by cast members Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), Candice Patton (Iris West), and Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow). The sincere camaraderie felt by the cast was apparent as they discussed topics like Valdes’ improvisational skills, their favorite moments acting together, and how, upon seeing the reactions on Twitter as the pilot episode aired, they knew they had a hit show.

Aside from the heartwarming interplay, the panel was notable for the sheer volume of hints and outright spoilers. The biggest: Panabaker confirmed that her character will transform into the antihero and occasional tragic villain Killer Frost, possibly by the end of the current season.

“You’re gonna see her sooner than you think,” Panabaker said, later adding that her character’s arc for the remainder of the season could be summed up with the word “frosty.”

It was also revealed that the events of episode 15 (which aired March 17), erased thanks to The Flash accidentally traveling backward in time, will reappear in some form before the current season ends.

As for season 2, Kreisberg was a little less circumspect than at PaleyFest two weeks back. Teasing that “we’ve got one thing that hopefully, people will lose their minds for,” he discussed in broad strokes that the show’s characters will get glimpses into alternate timelines, further stoking speculation that the intent is to adapt DC Comic’s Flashpoint Crisis in some fashion.

He also said the show intends to add classic The Flash villains Mirror Master and Dr. Alchemy to its rogues gallery, and once again hinted that the show plans to introduce Wally West, in the comics a protege and eventual successor to Barry Allen, at some point.

On a final, humorous note, a lingering continuity issue that has bedeviled fans of The Flash sister show Arrow was also cleared up during the panel. Asked during the fan Q&A segment why the name of villain Ra’s al Ghul is sometimes pronounced as “rahs”, while other times as “Raysh”, Kreisberg confirmed this was intentional.

“Most of us comic-book fans, we call him ‘Raysh’, not ‘Rahs’” he told the crowd.  But, he said, director Christopher Nolan‘s decision to pronounce the name as “Rahs” in Batman Begins led to confusion among casual fans. Therefore, “what we decided is that if you’re [allied with the character], you call him ‘Raysh’, and if not, you call him ‘Rahs.’”

The Flash will be taking a one-week break this week. The final slate of Season 1 episodes will begin with “All Star Team Up” on April 14.


While ‘F7? Does Laps; ‘Cinderella’, ‘Home’ Hold Well At International Box Office

cinemaworldWith a $240.4M start, Furious 7 did laps around the international box office this weekend as rival studios wisely stayed out of its way with no new entries. Still, Cinderella and Home continued to cozy up to their audiences and Kingsman: The Secret Service enjoyed a dashing 2nd session in China. The international frame overall was up about 129% over last weekend across the major studio releases, thanks overwhelmingly to Universal’s F7. The frame also bested the comparable 2014 session by about 49%. At this time last year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier had enlisted $107.1M in its 2nd frame, while Noah rose a further $45.6M and Rio 2 added a fitting $22.2M, among other leaders.

In the coming week, F7 moves into Russia on Thursday and China on Sunday. Elsewhere, Fox is releasing romantic drama The Longest Ride, the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, in about 30 markets; Charlize Theron will be seen in France in Dark Places, an adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s thriller helmed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner; Helen Mirren in Woman In Gold notably bows in the UK and Spain; and Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 starts policing a handful of territories including the UK and Germany. The next mega international release comes later in April with The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Below is a brief look at F7‘s offshore weekend (for a full breakdown, see my earlier report), along with snapshots of how the rest of the pack fared and a look at key local titles, of which there were plenty in the session. Actuals will be reported as they arrive over the next days. In some cases, final numbers won’t come until Tuesday given the Easter Monday holiday in many offshore markets.

furious7Furious 7 opened in 63 international markets, filling its tank with $240.4M for Universal ($384M global). The biggest offshore opening of 2015, it was fueled by strong plays in Mexico ($20.8M), the UK ($19M), Germany ($15.2M), France ($11.4M) and Australia ($11.2M). Also notable were some huge averages in Asia including Taiwan‘s $128,750 per-screen, Thailand‘s $98,275 and Malaysia‘s $51,908. Outpacing Fast & Furious 6 by just under 50%, the well-reviewed actioner set a host of records domestically, internationally and globally. The strong dollar performance is particularly notable as currency fluctuations have severely impacted exchange rates against the greenback in the past year. Drive over here for the rest of the opening skinny on F7.

Cinderella will take a glass-slippered step across the $400M global mark on Monday with the estimated cume as of today at $397.25M. The current overseas frame was worth $24.3M in 53 international markets. Holds over the weekend were particularly strong in Latin America at a drop of just 12%, and Europe with a 34% decline in the 4th frame. The China run for Disney’s 2D movie is just about wrapped with a cume of $68.7M. Italy ($15.2M cume) has now been leap-frogged by the UK as Cinderella’s 2nd biggest ex-U.S. market at $15.8M after a small 17% drop this frame. Brazil’s 2nd frame saw a mouse-sized 4% dip to bring the estimated total there to $8.4M. Monday is a holiday in many markets and kids are off on school break in myriad territories, leaving Dis bullish on this week’s prospects. Japan opens on April 25.

homeDreamWorks Animation’s Home took 3rd among studio releases this frame with $20.7M for a cume of $85.2M after three international sessions. In many of its plays, the alien-out-of-water Fox release increased or saw minimal drops. The top holdover was the UK with $3.9M for a 4% decline to bring the cume there to $22.16M. In Mexico, Home trailed F7 at No. 2 with $1.73M for a $7M total thus far. Its 3rd frame in Russia was good for 2nd place behind local female Soviet sniper pic Battle For Sevastopol; the cume there is now $13M. Seeing increases were Italy (+6%/$1.76M cume), Argentina (+24%/$1.28M cume), Denmark (+72%/$1.44M cume) and Colombia (+13%/$1.39M cume), among others. China releases on April 24.

Kingsman: The Secret Service commanded another $20M for a $248.3M cume as it continues to play in 20 markets. In a competitive China frame where several local movies entered theaters, Matthew Vaughn’s Colin Firth-starrer added $17M to bring the total to $54M after two weekends. That takes it past Korea which had been the film’s best overseas play and which is currently at $44.1M after an impressive eight sessions. Adding $1M there, it is now the industry’s No. 9 movie ever and fell in line behind F7 and last week’s local winner Twenty. Japan has its audience with Kingsman in September in the film’s final release.

Lionsgate’s Insurgent passed the $100M mark at the international box office earlier this week and further upped its total to $120.2M this weekend in 82 markets. Tris & Co rebelled for $15.5M in the current frame with Latin America now passing Divergent’s $23.5M run by over 20%. In Spain, it opened on Wednesday to take advantage of the holidays (and get a slight head start on F7) with $1.5M from 310 screens, repping a 41% jump on Divergent, in local currency terms. A China release is likely to come in May. The global total is $223.6M.

spongebob movieParamount’s The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water logged four more markets this frame inlcuding Australia, and grossed a total $5.8M from 2,449 locations in 40 territories. The international cume is now $136M. In Oz, the Bikini Bottom crew delivered $1.7M from 252 locations, 3% above Smurfs 2, per Par. The 2-day opening in the Philippines chugged $426K at 97 sites, which the studio says is 26% above Penguins Of Madagascar. New Zealand’s launch was good for $368K including previews from 80 locations, 58% above Penguins. The next releases for the animated/live-action family film include Thailand on April 16, India on May 8 and Japan on May 16.

Coming off of good starts in France and Spain last frame, Will Smith’s Focus zeroed in on $4.9M from over 3,100 screens in 61 markets, for a cume of $91M. France added $1.1M for a $3.6M cume and Spain took a further $758K on 324 screens to total $2.9M thus far. Japan will release on May 1 for Warner Bros.

Warner Bros’ comedy Get Hard dropped about 46% in its 2nd international frame with $2.6M from 269K admissions on 744 screens in nine markets. The overseas cume is now $10.3M. There were no additional openings this go-round for Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, but the UK grossed half of the weekend take with $1.3M for a local total of $5M. Australia’s 2nd session brought in $794K for a $2.7M total. The next key market to open is Germany on May 7.

second best exotic marigold hotelThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expanded to some key markets this frame, registering another $3M from 1,803 dates. The international total for the Fox Searchlight sequel is now $43.4M. Among the new openings, Germany led with $682K from 282 for a bow that was 36% above the original. Also checking in with higher debuts were Switzerland ($238K/+56%), Belgium ($125K/+17%) and Austria ($107K/+107%). Folks outside the F7 demo in Spain helped upgrade Marigold Hotel by 15% in its 2nd stay for a local total of $1.13M to date. The UK still leads with $22.75M.

Sony’s Chappie added $1M on 1,698 screens in 66 markets for an overseas cume of $49.1M with Italy opening on Thursday, Brazil on April 16 and Japan on May 23.

Universal’s other little movie, Fifty Shades Of Grey, crossed $400M at the international box office this weekend coming in at $400.6M. The worldwide total for the whips & chains wonder is currently $566.1M with all of its international territories having submitted.

Wolf-WarriorsWolf Warriors, a military action thriller starring The BreakUp Guru’s Jacky Wu (who also directs) and The Legend of Hercules’ Scott Adkins, was the top film in the Middle Kingdom this weekend with $22M for a $28M cume in its first week. Kingsman: The Secret Service had a gentlemanly 2nd frame at $17M and new local entry Let’s Get Married, a romancer by Liu Jiang, was 3rd with $16M for a $20M cume after its first session.

F7 was tops in the market that has nevertheless not been one of the top plays for the franchise in years past. But a good start in Korea means more and better showtimes; and the local daily takes helped propel that momentum to an $8.7M debut. Last week’s Korean champ, Twenty, added $5.3M in its 2nd outing for a cume of $15.5M. The comedy that follows the love lives of three 20-year-old guys released on March 25. It’s the second directorial outing from Lee Byeong-Hun, who wrote recent hits Tazza: The Hidden Card and Love Forecast.

battle for sevastopolBattle For Sevastopol which Fox released locally for a distribution fee opened to $3.54M in Russia and Ukraine this weekend. The former was good for $3.26M and the latter for $284K. The film was No. 1 in Russia and No. 2 in Ukraine. Sergeiy Mokritskiy helms the biographical romantic drama about real-life Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko. F7 bows in Russia on Thursday.

Warner Bros’ local comedy Der Nanny, which had led the German box office last frame, fell just 1% this weekend to come in behind leader F7. Matthias Schweighofer’s family laffer grossed $2.8M on 643 screens in its 2nd session. The cume to date is $7.5M. Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 opens here next weekend, along with Elser (aka 13 Minutes), Oliver Hirschbiegel’s drama about Georg Elser’s failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1939. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.

Fox’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb is still shining in the moonlight here as the No. 1 foreign film of the weekend. It added $1.2M for a cume of $10M. NATM 3’s international total is now $246.5M. Warner Bros’ Jupiter Ascending had a $547K 2nd frame at 469 dates to bring the local total to $2.9M. The international cume is $134.5M. Furious 7 drives into Japan on April 17.


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‘Furious 7′ Sets New April Box Office Record

Furious 7 has set an all-time box office record for the month of April, taking in $146.3 million and over $348 million worldwide.

Apr 5, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

Furious 7 rode into theaters this weekend, smashing box office records to the tune of $143.6 million domestically, the highest opening weekend in April history. The action-packed sequel also took in over $240.4 million internationally, the biggest international opening in Universal Studios history, with a worldwide tally of $384 million in just the first weekend alone. The domestic opening weekend gross stands as the ninth highest all time, just above The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s tally of $142.8 million.

Furious 7 bested its predecessor, 2013′s Fast & Furious 6′s opening weekend gross of $97.3 million internationally and $162 million internationally. Director James Wan’s sequel, which marks the final film from late star Paul Walker, took in $61.1 million on Saturday in just over 10,000 international theaters, Universal’s highest-grossing Saturday of all time. The sequel was the #1 movie in 64 international territories, 26 of which were the highest-grossing opening weekends in those countries’ history, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Middle East, Romania, Taiwan, Thailand and Venezuela.

The sequel’s $240.4 million international bow stands as the third highest all time, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($314 million) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($260.4 million). It also stands as the fourth-highest global opening weekend, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($483.2 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394.4 million) and Marvel’s The Avengers ($392.5 million). We’ll be sure to keep you posted as Furious 7 keeps passing more box office milestones as it heads into its first full week in theaters.

Furious 7 was released April 3rd, 2015 and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson. The film is directed by James Wan.

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‘The Flash’ Trailer Pulls Forward Reverse-Flash, Grodd, The Atom

This ‘Pull Forward’ trailer from DC Entertainment features highlights from upcoming episodes of The Flash. A very similar version just played at WonderCon, the fan festival down in Anaheim. Lots here for fans to chew on too, leading with Reverse-Flash, time travel, vengeance, the Atom, Team Flash and of course, as the trailer itself puts it, “Gorilla Freakin’ Grodd.”

We’ll have more news out of WonderCon today from our Ross Lincoln but for now, check out the trailer, which hit YouTube a couple of days ago.

The show, a spinoff of CW hit Arrow, stars Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh, Candace Patton and Danielle Panabaker. It returns to air on the CW on April 14. Until then, the trailer will have to sate fans’ fervor.

Like what you see in the trailer? Let us know what you think.


‘Jurassic World’ Easter Egg Teases Dr. Ian Malcolm Book

The official Jurassic World Twitter feed teased a new Easter Egg image that leads to a book written by Dr. Ian Malcolm.

Apr 5, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

Universal Pictures is celebrating Easter by sending out an “Easter Egg” photo from the highly-anticipated Jurassic World, which reveals that “something is hatching on Isla Nublar.” The image features a number of dinosaur eggs, one of which has a QR code, which leads to a new image of a book written by Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jeff Goldblum’s character from the original classic Jurassic Park. Jeff Goldblum hasn’t been confirmed to reprise his role in Jurassic World, but it’s certainly possible that he could put in a surprise appearance.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly. Colin Trevorrow directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Derek Connolly.

Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy, Jake Johnson and Judy Greer star in this highly-anticipated action-thriller, which hits theaters on June 12. Are you looking forward to Jurassic World arriving in theaters this June? Let us know what you think below.

Something’s hatching on Isla Nublar.

— #JurassicWorld (@JurassicPark) April 5, 2015

Scanned the eggs’s QR and got to Malcolm’s book! Anyone think the stickies say something or just me?

— Christina Bravo (@cbrvo) April 5, 2015

Jurassic World comes to theaters June 12th, 2015 and stars Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

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‘Gotham’ Producers Talk Season 2 Villains at Wondercon

Iconic Batman villains such as Mr. Freeze, Mad Hatter and Clayface will pop up in Season 2 of Foxs hit superhero series Gotham.

Apr 5, 2015 by Brian Gallagher

Next week, Fox’s Gotham returns from a six-week hiatus to close out their first season with the final five episodes, starting on Monday, April 13. The show has already been picked up for Season 2, which will feature a number of iconic villains, according to the producers, who attended WonderCon 2015 this weekend to promote the show. Producer John Stephens revealed at the convention that the show is bringing in DC Comics villains such as Mr. Freeze, Clayface and the Mad Hatter in Season 2. Here’s what he had to say below.

“We always want to walk the fine line of the reality of our world. Walking right up to that line where super-villains live. So there are a lot of characters from Batman lore that fit that bill. People like Victor Freeze – who’s a science villain. You can play a lot of his abilities without going into the world of superheroes. Clayface and Mad Hatter are both villains we’re going to bring in [as well]. They both have great backstories and great personalities. Clayface especially is a character I want to [explore the origin of].”

The producer also talked about the need to keep these heroes and villains fresh for fans who aren’t familiar with the comic books.

“It’s something [he] keeps in mind when [he's] telling origin stories. There’s so much media about these [characters] but [I] want to approach it in a fresh new way.”

Robin Taylor, who plays Oswald Cobblepot, reveals that his character and Jada Pinkett Smith‘s Fish Mooney have a reunion upon her eventual return to Gotham.

“(They) have a reunion when she returns to Gotham. He learned everything about Gotham City from her. Even though that relationship is fraught and dramatic, Oswald still respects her.”

Ben McKenzie also revealed that he doesn’t think his character Jim Gordon will ever become a corrupt cop.

“Gordon will never become corrupt per se. I think the more complicated question is how far will he go? Will he decide the ends justify the means? How much bad will he do to do good? I think that’s the evolution or devolution of the character throughout the series. In order to fight the bad guys, he has to get into the muck and get a little dirty himself.”

John Stephens also talked about how David Mazouz‘s Bruce Wayne character will evolve next season.

“That’s one of the fun things we’re looking forward to next year. The Bruce Wayne we all know – there’s a duality to his persona. There’s ‘Batman’ and there’s ‘Bruce Wayne’. That fake playboy carefree Bruce Wayne [persona]. In season two, you’re going to start to see that ‘Bruce Wayne’ persona develop as he starts to create a public face to hide who he actually is. So we get to watch that schism take place.”

When asked if the Court of Owls ever appear on the series, John Stephens had this to say.

“The Court of Owls is something we’ve discussed a lot. We keep digging up very close to it without quite pulling the trigger. It’s clear that there is a group of shadowy individuals that control and influence Wayne Enterprise and have great power in Gotham and may or may not be connected to Carmine Falcone. Is that The Court of Owls? Maybe… Keep watching and those questions will be answered.”

Sources: Collider

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