Looks like the weak box office performance of Evan Almighty is catching up with it. Studios have opted not to release the movie in Japan, where it was originally slated to come out in September.
Although its predecessor Bruce Almighty, did well in Japan, Variety speculates that success is due to Jim Carrey's popularity in the Asian nation. Steve Carell, on the other hand, is not very well known there--neither The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, nor The Office have been on Japanese screens.
Either way, if you're in Japan and desperate to see Evan Almighty, you're out of luck. Posted 07.16.07 by reelz
Ratatouille topped the weekend box office with an estimated $47 million. Playing in nearly 4,000 screens across the nation, Pixar's latest took in nearly $12,000 per screen.
Scoring an impressive debut just behind the family friendly fare was Live Free or Die Hard with an estimated $33 million. The pic marks Willis' fourth time taking on the role of John McClane. Strong reviews helped ensure a nice opening and the likelihood that we haven't yet seen the last of the beloved bad-a** McClane.
Rounding out the top three was Evan Almighty with an estimated $15 million.
The weekend's other big debut, Michael Moore's Sicko, added 440 screens and took in an estimated $4.5 million with just over $10,000 per screen. Posted 07.01.07 by reelz
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Reelz.com is here for you. We've got your cliff notes for the last week in Tinseltown. The who's, the what's, the when's and the where's... Time to get UP TO SPEED!
30 Million a Flop?
Since when is a $32 million opening weekend and a number one ranking at the box office considered a disappointment? Well, when said comedy cost $200 million big ones, that's when. Evan Almighty set the bar pretty high this weekend with a monster budget. Poor reviews and stiff competition have left Uni wondering whether they should halt plans for the John Goodman-led sequel, Congressman LongAlmighty.
Saw Does Drag...
Yes, the Saw franchise is chugging along, even if everyone pretty much bit the dust at the end of part three. Lions Gate sent us the first image from the set of Saw IV last week and, I gotta say? What the heck is going on there? A pig in drag tied to some kinda future rocket jet pack? Am I even warm here?
John TurTurturro mocks Michael Bay and gets paid for it... BY BAY!
John Turturro thinks Michael Bay is an ego-maniac. Join the club, you might the thinking? Well, Turturro took it to the next level, basing his Transformers character on the camera-friendly director. "You're so in love with yourself," Turturro told the director. Bay didn't mind, citing that he was amused with the interpretation. Coming next, Turturro based his portrayal of a man struggling with anger management issues on David O Russell. Hmm, I don't know John, that one might not pan out quite so well...
AFI Updates Their Top 100... But Does Anyone Really Care?
It's only been nine years since the American Film Institute named their 100 Best Movies of All Time. So seriously, was anyone calling out for a new list so soon? And why nine years? Only four new movies made the list, one of which was The Sixth Sense. Was that even the best movie of the year it came out? Hint, it's not. Spoiler... he was dead the whole time. For those with short memories, 1999 highlights include The Matrix, American Beauty, Fight Club, Magnolia and Being John Malkovich.
A Thinking Man's Bond?
Sony announced Marc Forster as the director of the 22nd James Bond film. Hey, I liked Monster's Ball and Stranger Than Fiction as much as the next guy. But...think about it. Aren't Bond flicks about banging hot chicks and blowing things up? After walking out of Monster's Ball, I was ready to open a vein. Stranger Than Fiction made me wonder, what the hell am I doing with my life? Bond? I'm just not seeing it... Posted 06.25.07 by reelz
Since when is a $32 million opening weekend and a number one ranking at the box office considered a disappointment? That's the question facing the producers of Evan Almighty this morning, as the sequel to Bruce Almighty took in less than half of what its predecessor earned over the same time period four years ago, despite a budget rumored to be over $200 million.
John Cusack's horror flick 1408 proved a pleasant surprise, coming in second with a $20.2 million take, according to boxofficemojo.com, while Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer trailed closely behind at $20.15 million in its second week of release. Rounding out the top five were Ocean's Thirteen and Knocked Up, which earned $11.3 million and $10.6 million, respectively. Posted 06.25.07 by reelz
In an effort to zero out the carbon footprint made in the production of Evan Almighty, Universal Studios has partnered with The Conservation Fund to create the Get On Board program.
When you go to the website, you can donate $5 (tax-deductible) to plant a tree in the virtual "Almighty Forest."
Why is this exciting? Because the money will actually go to The Conservation Fund who will plant a real tree, which will reduce greenhouse gases around the world. And you like breathing air, don't you?
But the miracles don't stop there. Members of Get On Board who donate at least one tree before June 22 (the day Evan Almighty opens in theaters) will get their name on included on the DVD.
You see? Sometimes it pays to hug a tree.
To get your name on the DVD, visit the Get On Board website. Posted 04.25.07 by reelz
Reelz.com's John Halecky was busy snapping photos at the ShoWest festival last week in Vegas. Today's addition to his photo diary are pictures from The Simpsons Movie and Evan Almighty displays. Check them out under Features.
Keep your eyes peeled for more exclusive pix from ShoWest on Reelz.com later this week! Posted 03.20.07 by reelz