Archive for May, 2013

Vin Diesel’s ‘Fast & Furious 6’ tops US box office

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson’s Fast & Furious 6 has topped this week’s US box office.

The Justin Lin-directed film opened at number one with record-breaking Memorial Day weekend sales, earning $98.5 million, and knocking last week’s number one movie Star Trek to third place with $38 million.

Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis’s Hangover 3 debuted at number two with $42.4 million, while the Dreamworks animated film Epic, starring Colin Farrell and Amanda Seyfried, also made its debut, earning $34.2 million to make fourth place.

The Great Gatsby slipped a further three spots to number six, earning $13.7 million.

Meanwhile, the wildly popular Iron Man 3 dipped from second to fifth place, making $19.4 million. So far, the Marvel film has grossed a total of $367.5 million.

The Croods holds on, dropping from five to nine, with Tom Cruise’s sci-fi thriller Oblivion closing the list out at tenth place.

The US box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Fast & Furious 6 – $98,528,000
2. (-) The Hangover Part 3 – $42,415,000
3. (1) Star Trek Into Darkness – $38,000,000
4. (-) Epic – $34,200,000
5. (2) Iron Man 3 – $19,424,000
6. (3) The Great Gatsby – $13,705,000
7. (8) Mud – $1,928,000
8. (6) 42 – $1,245,000
9. (5) The Croods – $1,215,000
10. (7) Oblivion – $815,000

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Star Trek Into Darkness tops US box office

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness has debuted at the top of the US box office this weekend.

JJ Abrams’ long-awaited sequel to 2009’s Star Trek earned $70 million in its first week on release, pushing down last week’s chart-topper Iron Man 3, which earned $35 million, into second place.

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Pain & Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, both also shifted down a place, grossing $23 million and $3 million respectively.

However, DreamWorks animated film The Croods rose two places to number five, adding $2.75 million to a total domestic gross of $176.7 million.

Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Oblivion both dropped one place, while Matthew McConaughey’s Mud remained at number eight.

Peeples and The Big Wedding round out the top ten.

The US box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Star Trek Into Darkness – $70.5 million
2. (1) Iron Man 3 – $35.1 million
3. (2) The Great Gatsby – $23.4 million
4. (3) Pain & Gain – $3.1 million
5. (7) The Croods – $2.75 million
6. (5) 42 – $2.73 million
7. (6) Oblivion – $2.2 million
8. (8) Mud – $2.16 million
9. (4) Peeples – $2.15 million
10. (9) The Big Wedding – $1.1 million

‘Iron Man 3’ holds US box office top slot

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Iron Man 3 has topped the US weekend box office charts once again.

Robert Downey Jr’s Marvel superhero movie holds off Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby, grossing an additional $72.47 million in the process.

Iron Man 3 debuted last week to the second-highest opening weekend takings in US history – bettered only by The Avengers in 2012.

The Great Gatsby opens in second place with first-weekend receipts of over $50 million, pushing Mark Wahlberg’s Pain & Gain down to third place.

Tyler Perry Presents Peeples is a new entry at four with takings of over $4.8 million, while 42, a biopic of baseball player Jackie Robinson, moves down to fifth in the standings.

The US weekend box office top ten in full:

1. (1) Iron Man 3 – $72,472,000
2 (-) The Great Gatsby – $51,115,000
3. (2) Pain & Gain – $5,000,000
4. (-) Tyler Perry Presents Peeples – $4,850,000
5. (3) 42 – $4,650,000
6. (4) Oblivion – $3,864,000
7. (5) The Croods – $3,600,000
8. (6) The Big Wedding – $2,500,000
9. (7) Mud – $2,343,000
10. (8) Oz the Great and Powerful – $802,000

Ray Harryhausen, visual effects pioneer, dies at 92

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Ray Harryhausen has died, aged 92.

The visual effects pioneer was known for creating some of the most iconic animated scenes in cinema history, including the famous skeleton sword fight in 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts.

His family confirmed the news of his passing on his Foundation’s Facebook page, stating that he died in London today (May 7).

Known for his stop-motion animation work, he was a multi-award winner, including Oscars and BAFTAs.

In a career spanning five decades, Harryhausen worked on many classic films including Mighty Joe Young, It Came From the Sea, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Mysterious Island, One Million Years BC, The Valley of Gwangi and Clash of the Titans.

Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Terry Gilliam, George Lucas, John Landis and Nick Park are among several top filmmakers who have praised Harryhausen’s legacy in recent years.

Lucas said: “Ray has been a great inspiration to us all in special visual industry. The art of his earlier films, which most of us grew up on, inspired us so much. Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no Star Wars.”

Jackson stated: “The Lord of the Rings is my ‘Ray Harryhausen movie’. Without his life-long love of his wondrous images and storytelling it would never have been made – not by me at least”

‘Iron Man 3’ storms US box office charts – Top ten in full

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Iron Man 3 has stormed the US weekend box office charts.

Marvel’s latest super-hero epic earns a massive $175.3 million in its first weekend of release, giving the Robert Downey Jr-starring movie the second highest opening in US history.

Iron Man 3‘s box office taking was bested only by fellow Marvel film The Avengers‘ $207.4 million in 2012.

Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain falls to second place after topping last weekend’s box office standings, taking nearly $8 million this weekend.

42‘s dramatization of pioneering African-American baseball star Jackie Robinson holds third place, nearly a month after its initial release.

Oblivion – starring Tom Cruise – drops to fourth place in its third week on release, with its earnings falling by 67%.

The top five is rounded out by animated comedy The Croods, which features the voices of Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage.

The US weekend box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Iron Man 3 – $175,300,000
2. (1) Pain & Gain – $7,600,000
3. (3) 42 – $6,210,000
4. (2) Oblivion – $5,800,000
5. (5) The Croods – $945,000
6. (4) The Big Wedding – $4,225,000
7. (11) Mud – $2,150,000
8. (13) Oz the Great and Powerful – $1,822,000
9. (7) Scary Movie 5 – $1,435,000
10. (9) The Place Beyond the Pines – $1,298,000