Month: March 2014

Box Office: ‘Noah’ floods cinemas as ‘The Winter Soldier’ does big business internationally

Going into the weekend with what seemed like studio-generated controversy and minimal critics screenings, Darren Aronofsky’s take on the biblical epic Noah (Paramount), starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone, opened Thursday night in 3,567 North American theaters taking in $1.6 million from previews which added to its $15.2 million Friday total. The intriguing take on the well-known tale held up well through the weekend, grossing an estimated $44 million by Sunday, although the movie’s “C” CinemaScore isn’t a good sign that moviegoers were given the movie they were expecting, so it may be hard to maintain its business. 

JK Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’ to be a trilogy; Emma Watson teases a cameo

When Warner Bros. made the announcement last year that J.K. Rowling was writing the screenplay for a Harry Potter spinoff movie called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, they pointedly said Rowling would write “the first film”, indicating it would be a larger series. We now have a better idea of what the full plan is, as the New York Times has revealed that the Fantastic Beasts series is currently planned as a trilogy, specifically stating “Three megamovies are planned.”