Paramount is moving ahead with a sequel to A Quiet Place, the hit horror film that has earned more than $213 million at the worldwide box office to date, including $134.8 million in North America.
Studio chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos on Wednesday announced the news at CinemaCon as the studio presented its slate of films to theater owners gathered in Las Vegas for their annual convention.
A Quiet Place was a much-needed success for Paramount, which has endured a tough run at the box office for more than a year. It is the first film that went into production after Gianopulos — who formerly ran Fox — arrived at the studio.
John Krasinski directed the high-concept thriller from a script by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, who have said when asked about a sequel that they have plenty of material left over.
"If you told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from The Office would have been a hit at Paramount, I would have said, 'Well, I should go work at Paramount,'" Gianopulos told the crowd.
In addition to helming, Krasinski stars in the film opposite Emily Blunt, his real-life wife. They play a married couple with two small children who must remain absolutely silent if they are to avoid being attacked by creatures attracted by noise.
A Quiet Place cost $17 million to produce, meaning it will be hugely profitable. The film has defied box-office expectations, even overtaking the big-budget Dwayne Johnson pic Rampage last weekend to come in No. 1 in its third weekend (it opened at No. 1, while coming in No. 2 behind Rampage in its second outing).
No release date has been set
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Jamie Lee Curtis on Wednesday brought scares to CinemaCon in Las Vegas as she previewed the first footage from her Halloween sequel.
“Everyone in my family turns into a nutcase this time of year,” says the granddaughter of Curtis' Laurie Strode at the beginning of what looked like a fully finished trailer.
Strode has outfitted her house with weapons and traps in case killer Mike Meyers returns, which would allow her to finally get revenge for what he put her through four decades prior.
"Every night, I prayed that he would escape," says Strode in the footage. "So that I can kill him."
After Meyers escapes the mental institution, it looks like she is getting her wish. The footage featured plenty of jump scares with a particularly terrifying sequence in a gas station bathroom.
"Except for Star Wars, I can’t think of another movie where the same actor is playing the same part 40 years later, and that in and of itself is worth celebrating,” said Curtis as she introduced the footage with producer Jason Blum, who talked about how John Carpenter's original Halloween (1978) started his favorite genre, the slasher flick.
Curtis has played Laurie Strode in multiple Halloween films over the years since the original introduced the world to the mask-wearing mass-murderer Michael Myers. Of the new movie, the actress said, “It’s old school meets new school with Laurie at the center of it. And it’s going to scare the living shit out of all of you.”
David Gordon Green is directing the new movie from a script co-written by him and frequent collaborator Danny McBride.
Universal has slated the film for a Oct. 19 release.
Peter Jackson also sent a video message to Universal's CinemaCon panel to tout Mortal Engines, which he is producing. He described the post-apocalyptic YA adaptation as showing "our future Earth" and promised it would be "visually like nothing you have seen before.” The film, from director Christian Rivers and starring Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar and Hugo Weaving, is set to open Dec. 14.
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Hulu is picking up a piece of the ’80s with a TV series adaptation of “Less Than Zero,” an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.
Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts for his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel…or a grim reaper.”
Roth’s remake of the Charles Bronson-starring vigilante classic will hit DVD and Blu-ray on June 5.
Special Features include:
Commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
Deleted scenes with optional commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
Mancow Morning Show Extended Scenes
Sway in the Morning Extended Scene
Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish
Bruce Campbell is hanging up his chainsaw for good. According to the actor, he’s retiring from playing Ash vs Evil Dead‘s Ash Williams – a character he’s played on and off again for almost 40 years.
When word broke recently that Starz was cancelling Ash vs Evil Dead, fans were understandably crestfallen, but still somewhat hopeful. In the past, star Bruce Campbell had said that if Ash vs Evil Dead were to be cancelled, there might always be a possibility for another Evil Dead film. “We’re going to see what the TV gods have in store for us,” Campbell originally said. “We’re ready either way. If they take us off the air, we can think about another movie. And if they don’t, we can just keep plugging away.”
Alas, Campbell has now taken a boomstick to any hope of a new Evil Dead film. After fans launched an online petition hoping to get Netflix to save Ash vs Evil Dead, the actor responded and announced that he was officially “retired as Ash.”
This is understandably upsetting to anyone who was holding onto hope that Ash would live to fight another day, but I’d say Campbell has earned the right to call it quits. He’s lived with Ash for a large part of his career, and in many ways, the part will always define him. But if he wants to move on and try other things, we should all respect that and wish him well.
While Campbell had hinted at another Evil Dead movie in the past, he also seemed to indicate that his days of playing Ash were pretty much over and done with after Starz cancelled Ash vs Evil Dead.
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An animated “Fast & Furious” series has been ordered at Netflix. The series is the first under an expansion of the company’s ongoing multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation Television.
In the series, teenager Tony Toretto follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.
“We are excited to extend and expand our successful relationship with Netflix by not only delivering more high-quality DreamWorks programming, but connecting fans of Universal films with fascinating new stories,” said Margie Cohn, president of DreamWorks Animation Television. “Our new home at Universal marks an exciting new chapter for storytelling at our studio, and Fast & Furious is only the beginning.”
“We are thrilled to take our fantastic partnership with DreamWorks Animation to the next level with new opportunities from the vast library of Universal Pictures,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids and family for Netflix. “The ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise is a global phenomenon beloved by audiences of all ages, and we can’t wait to get started on the new animated series that will capture the action, heart, humor and global appeal of the feature films.”
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Early on it looked as if it might be a tight race for the weekend #1, and while the margin was slim, in the end A Quiet Place settled into the spot, topping last weekend's champion Rampage. STX's I Feel Pretty settled into third over its debut weekend, delivering results a shade over expectations, narrowly topping the outstanding performance from Fox Searchlight's Super Troopers 2, which more than doubled expectations.
With an estimated $22 million, Paramount's A Quiet Placetopped the weekend as its domestic cume climbs to an outstanding $132.4 million after just 17 days in release. For comparison, Split and The Conjuring finished with $138.2 million and $137.4 million respectively over the course of their entire domestic runs. In fact, A Quiet Place is now Paramount's highest grossing domestic release since 2016's Star Trek Beyond ($158.8m) as it topped the $130.1 million brought in by Transformers: The Last Knight last year.
Internationally, A Quiet Place added $15 million this weekend for an international cume just shy of $75 million and a global tally now over $207 million. New openings included a $891k #2 finish in Spain and a third place finish in Vietnam with an estimated $302k. Leading the way is the UK where the film's cume now stands at an estimated $11.7 million followed by Australia with an estimated $6.78 million cume. The film opens in China on May 18 followed by releases in France (6/20) and Japan (9/14).
Warner Bros. and New Line's Rampage finished in second place with an estimated $21 million, dropping 41% over its sophomore frame. The film's domestic cume now stands at $66 million. Internationally, the film added an estimated $57 million this weekend from 61 markets, pushing its international cume to $216.4 million for a $283 million global tally. Among highlights, China crossed $100 million with another ~$27 million this weekend while also maintaining a #1 ranking in Korea ($10.2m cume), the UK ($9.1m cume) and Mexico ($9.6m cume). Upcoming key markets include a May 2 release in France, a May 10 release in Germany and a May 18 release in Japan.
STX's release of Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty finished in third for the weekend, bringing in an estimated $16.2 million, coming in slightly ahead of Mojo's pre-weekend expectations, but within the anticipated performance range. While the film's opening is below the $19.5 million and $30 million debuts for Schumer's Snatched and Trainwreck respectively, I Feel Pretty's PG-13 rating makes this a difficult comparison to those two R-rated features.
Super Troopers 2 landed in fourth with an impressive $14.7 million from just 2,038 locations. The $13.5 million production was marketed by Fox Searchlight and distributed by Fox and the film's debut is well ahead of pre-weekend expectations, which were pretty much blown away by end of day Friday. Arriving 16 years after the original film, Super Troopers 2 clearly has a supportive following as the sequel has almost already reached the $18.5 million overall domestic run for the original in just three days. Opening weekend demographics show the film played to an audience that was 64% male and of the overall audience, 75% were between the ages of 25-49.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see what kind of legs Super Troopers 2 has. The film's debut tops the $13.8 million opening for Zoolander 2, which went on to gross $28.8 million. On the other hand, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay opened with $14.9 million and grossed $38.1 million. Those two comedy sequels considered, an anticipated run anywhere from $30-40 million would seem fair.
Rounding out the top five is Universal's release of the Blumhouse thriller Truth or Dare, which dropped 58% in its second weekend for an estimated $7.9 million, pushing the film's domestic cume just over $30 million after ten days in release.
Outside the top five, WB's Ready Player One added another $7.5 million domestically for a cume topping $125 million. Internationally the film added an estimated $23 million for an overseas cume just shy of $400 million and a running global tally totaling $521.6 million.
Disney and Marvel's Black Panther brought in an estimated $4.6 million, dropping just 20% for its tenth straight weekend in the top ten. The film's domestic cume now totals over $680 million and with an international total approaching $645 million, the film's worldwide tally now totals $1.324 billion. Black Panther's domestic total accounts for nearly 20% of 2018's overall box office and with Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters in just five days this could be the first time since The Incredible Hulk in 2008 that two films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe find themselves in the weekend top ten at the same time.
From Lionsgate's Codeblack Films, Traffik debuted with an estimated $3.87 million, on par with expectations. The film received a "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and the audience was 52% female and 92% of the overall audience was 25 years or older.
Just outside the top ten is Great India Films's release of Bharat Ane Nenu brought in an estimated $2.85 million from 305 theaters for a solid $9,344 per theater average.
In limited release, Cohen Media's Godard Mon Amourbrought in an estimated $12,646 from four theaters ($3,162 PTA); The Orchard's The Devil and Father Amorth delivered an estimated $10,851 from eight locations ($1,356 PTA); and Cinema Libre Studio's Lou Andreas-Salome, the Audacity to be Free brought in an estimated $5,000 from one theater.
Next weekend sees the release of Avengers: Infinity War into approximately 4,200 theaters. Talk of a record breaking opening weekend is already growing thanks to impressive pre-sales as summer looks to start early once again.
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Verne Troyer -- best known for playing Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world -- has died.
Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning.
Verne's family says during the recent adversity, "he was baptized while surrounded by his family."
He also struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab many times.
Troyer was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, but said growing up on a farm in Michigan he was never treated differently by his parents than his average-sized siblings.
Verne began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double for Baby Bink in the film "Baby's Day Out." He then landed small roles in "Men in Black" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" ... before making it big as Mini-Me in 1999's "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."
He continued to land bit roles in comedies and appeared on many popular reality shows over the years ... like "Celebrity Juice," "Celebrity Wife Swap," and "The Surreal Life."
Verne was 49.