The winner of this weekend's box office war is the Adam Sandler-Kevin James comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, about two firemen who pose as a gay couple so they can get domestic partnership health benefits.
Chuck & Larry took in $34.8 million in ticket receipts this weekend, displacing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on just its second weekend in theaters. There has been some speculation that the release of the final book in the Harry Potter series this weekend may have eaten into the movie's earnings, with fans ostensibly staying home to read the long awaited conclusion to Harry's adventures in lieu of seeing the fifth book depicted in the theater.
At $32.2 million for the weekend, Potter did outpace Hairspray, Friday's other big open. Still, Hairspray fared quite well, coming in third at the box office with $27.8 million--making it the biggest box office open for a musical ever.
Source: Yahoo. Posted 07.22.07 by reelz
Despite Fort Knox-like security measures, the final installment of the Harry Potter series has been leaked to the internet--mere days before the book is scheduled to hit shelves this Saturday, reports The Boston Globe.
At the Los Angeles press junket for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix just over a week ago, filmmakers and talent (including Daniel Radcliffe-The Boy Who Lived himself) on the remarkably lucrative series professed that only 10 people in the world had seen the final book--and they weren't part of that lucky number.
Nonetheless, images of every page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows appeared on file sharing websites yesterday. The publishers are quickly moving on finding the person(s) responsible, but in the meantime copies of the images are now circulating throughout the internet.
Lord Voldemort simply must be behind this. Posted 07.18.07 by reelz
As predicted, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix swept the box offie this weekend, taking in $140 million in domestic recepts (since Weds), and $190.3 million overseas. That brings its grand total to $330 million worldwide, Variety reports.
Transformers, Ratatouille, and Live Free or Die Hard took second, third, and fourth place at the box office, earning $36 million, $18 million, and $10.9 million respectively.
The torture-porn horror flick with the flashy advertising campaign Captivity had an especially weak open--taking in only $1.5 million and coming in twelfth. Michael Moore's health care documentary, Sicko, did well, on the other hand-holding its position at number nine and taking in $2.6 million. Posted 07.15.07 by reelz
As the Harry Potter series continues to rake in the mula and nears its end (just two more movies to go!) studios across Tinseltown are scouring the U.K. lit properties in a desperate attempt to capitalize on that success.
Variety reports that Warner Brothers has used some of that Potter cash to acquire "Septimus Heap." The series is also of the wizard and spell variety. The first movie will be titled Septimus: Magyk, with the author of the series, Angie Sage, exec producing.
Meanwhile, Variety goes on to report that Relativity Media has acquired another children's fantasy series called "Tunnels." Ryan Kavanaugh will produce along with Mark Canton. Tunnels could go into production as early as next year.
We'll keep you posted on the next Harry Potter wannabes as more news comes forth. Chances are, with Potter busting box office records this week, fans of swords and sorcery will be getting more than their fill. Fans of reality are, however, are officially screwed. Posted 07.14.07 by reelz
Does Harry have the stuff to take down Optimus Prime and his band of shape-shifting robots? It's muggles vs. fanboys at the Cineplex this weekend as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix battles Transformers for box office supremacy.
A rundown of our reviews of this weekend's new releases:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
"Has an overzealous script that tries--nobly--to keep as closely as possible to the book but then results in a long, not entirely exciting movie." [Full Review]
Talk to Me
"Ultimately it's Don Cheadle's performance, as well as those of co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Taraji P. Henson, that rescue the film from drowning in a sea of clichés." [Full Review]
"A nice piece of alternative summer fare for those who might not be thrilled about giant robots, cooking rats or explosions in general." [Full Review]
"Interview is predominantly a two-character piece, with Buscemi and Miller sparring for the longest 83 minutes of my life." [Full Review]
Also opening this weekend: Captivity and My Best Friend. Posted 07.13.07 by reelz
The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix box office numbers are out and they're exciting.
The fifth installment about the boy who lived took in $44.2 million during yesterday's opening day. That's the biggest Wednesday opening of all time, the second-highest opening of the summer (after Spider-Man 3), and the fifth largest opening in movie history, says Variety.com.
It is also the highest opening for the post-equinox mid-week July box office, as well as for films with underage stars that appear nude on stage in plays about blind horses and for British movies not starring Michael Caine. Posted 07.12.07 by reelz
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens tomorrow, but the filmmakers are already buzzing about the next installment of the franchise.
HPOoP director David Yates has been hired on to direct the sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and he's already formulating plans for it. "
One thing we said when we finished Order of the Phoenix is we all want a very different experience next time 'round," says Yates. "We're very proud of this film--the intensity and the emotion, everything. One of the great things Jo Rowling does in the books is she captures stages of childhood. So the next stage of childhood is a bit more sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll."
So what can we expect in Half-Blood Prince? Change. "It's about the kind of emotional and sexual politics of being a teenager," Yates says. "It's a very different swing, the next film, and I think it needs to be for the series to keep evolving. I think that's important.
"In my work, every choice I've made I've always gone for something in the radically opposite direction. Once I finish something, I'm keen to stay fresh as a storyteller to try something different. The possibilities are so rich and there are so many things to play with in that world that it is possible to re-gear tonally, slightly. So the next one will be very different, I think."
In particular, Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, is going to have some maturing to do. "Ron does get a girlfriend in the next one. I think it does get a little bit intense," he comments. "I did another film called Driving Lessons and there was a little kiss in that. It was quite an uncomfortable experience. I didn't really enjoy it too much. It's going to be interesting." Posted 07.10.07 by reelz
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix doesn't come out until Wednesday, but all you members of Dumbledore's Army can get your fix early.
On Sunday, July 8, at 8:30PM (Eastern), 5:30PM (Pacific), ReelzChannel will be premiering the Dailies Special Presentation: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Hosted by Dailies' own Gerrad Hall, the Harry Potter special will include interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint (aka Harry, Hermione, and Ron).
Viewers will also be treated to an exclusive clip of the scene where Harry is first reunited with Ron and Hermione at the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix--after hearing nothing from either of them all summer.
This clip is so exclusive that it can't be seen anywhere else--not even on our website! So grab your wands and tune in, or else we'll send the Dementors after you. Posted 07.07.07 by reelz
Warner Bros. and Universal announced today that they'll be joining forces to build a new Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida, Bloomberg News reports. The new attraction, dubbed The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is set to open in late 2009.
In addition to various Potter-themed rides, shops and attractions, the park will include life-size re-creations of Hogsmeade, the Forbidden Forest and Hogwarts Castle.
What remains to be seen is whether the theme park will be built around a specific version of the Harry Potter character. Will it focus more on the naive, precocious tyke we saw in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? Or will it be geared more toward the temperamental, hormone-crazed teenager featured in the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Posted 06.02.07 by reelz
Spider-Man 3 isn't the only big summer movie with tons of cool clips up on the net.
If you haven't seen it already, take a look at the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It looks like our boy Harry really is growing up. Also, check out the latest trailers for Ocean's 13, Hairspray and The Bourne Ultimatum. Posted 04.27.07 by reelz