For a film designed to appeal to a strongly female audience, going against the second week of a gigantic opener such as “Iron Man 3,” which had the No. 2 all-time debut last weekend, is saying something.
What do you think? Are you going to see Gatsby, Iron Man or anything else this weekend?
That sound of 1,000 trains roaring toward you? No, it’s not the tornado next door. It’s the sound of “Iron Man 3,” the summer movie season’s first big popcorn flick, roaring through box offices around the globe, reports Deadline’s Nikki Finke here:
“Iron Man,” which opens in the U.S. tonight (more or less after midnight, though as Nikki points out, distributors increasingly are doing screenings before the traditional Friday debuts for big movies), has already racked up $300 million worldwide and is on target this weekend to pile up more than half that again just in the United States.
Oh, and Deadline’s Pete Hammond talks with me in today’s “Deadline Awards Watch” about “Iron Man” and what he likes about it (hint: they were really smart in the guy they cast as Tony Stark). That podcast should be posting any time now, so keep your eyes peeled, will you?
Is Relativity’s relatively (like how I did that?) muted response to a Variety piece on its possibly problematic prospects sign of a maturing response by the company’s secretive CEO Ryan Kavanaugh to controversy?
The “Evil Dead” remake produced by original collaborators Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell is scaring up a LOT of horror fan interest in its initial showings overnight, Deadline founder Nikki Finke reports (though she has a finger wag waiting for “sneaky moguls” and their Thursday evening screenings).
The 3D conversion of Steven Spielberg’s 20-year-old “Jurassic Park” also looks like it’ll take a “decent” chomp out of box office receipts this weekend, Nikki says.
Deadline founder Nikki Finke continues her rolling updates on the box office in this odd mid-week holiday session that makes unusual records possible, records that “Les Miserables” can claim with its excellent first couple of days of box office.
This surprises me about not at all. It’ll be big, based on what I saw at last night’s screening of the film. There were ardent fans in the audience, including one woman who lobbed (eventually) a question into cast member Eddie Redmayne in a Q&A after the screening at the TV Academy’s theater.
The woman already had seen a previous screening over the weekend at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, she said. From the sound of it, she’s likely to be seeing the film a few more times before 2012 is done. Perhaps she’ll even go to one where she has to pay, just to, you know, make sure she really likes it.
"I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s a completely meaningless awards show from a scandal-riddled organization aired by a production company desperate for money on a network praying for ratings."
Deadline.com founder Nikki Finke, with what our editors are titling “2013 Golden Globes: Nikki’s Annual Censure.”
It is safe to say she has a low opinion of the Globes and the organizations behind it, beginning with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.