‘Gravity’ Soars To A $55.6 Million Opening Weekend In North America – The Largest October Opening Of All-Time
Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space epic ‘Gravity’ has debuted to a record-breaking $55.6 million in North America, the top October of all-time and the best three-day showing for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney – Bullock’s previous best was ‘The Heat’ ($39.1 million) and ‘Clooney’s’ was ‘Batman & Robin’ ($42.9 million). Internationally, ‘Gravity’ also won the weekend with a stellar $27.4 million from 27 markets for a worldwide total of $83 million. Considering its stellar critical and audience reaction, the $100 million movie – which is doing huge business in 3D cinemas – is destined to become a player in this year’s awards race in a number of categories.
Internationally, Russia – a booming market for 3D – led with $8.1 million. In Europe, ‘Gravity’ did strong business in Germany ($3.8 million), Italy ($2.6 million) and Spain ($2.3 million). The movie has yet to open in a number of major markets, including the UK, France, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in space after their shuttle is caught in a meteor shower, is pencilled in for a November 8th bow in the UK.
Extended “Three Things” TV Spot For ‘Escape Plan’ – Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone
Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström (1408, The Rite), ’Escape Plan’ follows Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), who is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed every high security prison and has gained a vast array of survival skills. But all Ray’s ingenuity and knowledge are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from the master prison of his own design.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the role of Church, plays a complex inmate with multiple shades of grey. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive. The two action icons are joined by the likes of Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neil, Amy Ryan, Faran Tahir, Matt Gerald, Jim Caviezel and 50 Cent in ‘Escape Plan.’ The film opens on October 18th in the US and November 22nd in the UK.
Tribute Design has put together these two fan posters for the upcoming ’Batman Vs. Superman’ movie. A month or so back Warner Bros. Pictures ended weeks of speculation by announcing that Ben Affleck has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Zack Snyder’s still untitled ‘Batman/Superman’ sequel to this past summer’s ‘Man of Steel.’ Affleck and Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project – bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in ‘Man of Steel.’ The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17th, 2015.
Speaking to Sky News at the world premiere of ‘The Counselor’ in London (you can watch a behind-the-scenes look at the premiere here), Ridley Scott said it was a refreshing change to swap spaceships and explosions for a gritty morality tale in his latest film. “It’s pretty much a departure from what I have done before. There’s no spaceships, there’s no explosions, there’s no bombs going off. I love the fact it just focuses on the characters and their journey and their dilemma.” He continues, “You pay the price for your decision…. sometimes good, sometimes bad. I think it’s really interesting, it’s a really interesting dynamic.”
‘The Counselor’ is already attracting Oscar buzz, with Michael Fassbender said to be in the mix for a best actor nomination at next year’s Academy Awards. It is believed his latest Steve McQueen film, ’12 Years A Slave,’ will also put him in contention for a golden statuette. After missing out on a nod at the Oscars two years ago for ‘Shame,’ his previous movie with McQueen, he told Sky News a nomination would be, “The icing on the cake.” Known for taking on troubled characters in his films, Fassbender said he does not purposely set out to play dark roles. “I don’t have a litmus test for the darkest role, I just like the script and story, I don’t know why this is happening, it might be time to do a comedy.”
Summit has unveiled this new clip from the feature adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved sci-fi novel, ‘Ender’s Game’. Starring Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Nonso Anozie, Aramis Knight, Han Soto and Moises Arias, writer/director Gavin Hood’s ’Ender’s Game’ will arrive in cinemas on October 25th in the UK and November 1st in the US. The synopsis for the film is as follows.
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.