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Those of you who like a side of certainty with your box office entrée may want to dine elsewhere this morning. That’s because we’re witnessing an extremely close race between Safe House and The Vow for number one. As estimates currently stand, Safe House seems to have the edge - $23.9 million to The Vow’s $23.6 million. But the real news is how none of the new President’s Day releases – including the 3D sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - could threaten the holdovers in their fight for first.
Ghost Rider 2
This Means War
Woman in Black
Secret World Arrietty
Declaring a weekend winner on Sunday morning is always a risky proposition. Three-day estimates include Sunday night and, because no one can say what will happen in the future, we have to admit that our numbers may not always prove accurate. This weekend, two additional factors make the job of predicting a box office winner especially difficult: the exceptionally close race between Safe House and The Vow, and the fact that the Sunday audience may be larger than expected thanks to Monday’s national holiday. With that in mind, here’s what we know now. Tomorrow, who can say?
Universal’s action-drama Safe House earned an estimated $23.9 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $78.2 million. The studio is projecting a four-day weekend of at least $27 million, though other studios disagree. According to Sony, the runaway romantic hit The Vow (a joint release with Screen Gems) ...
Another Friday, another surprisingly competitive box office race. According to estimates, three films were within one million dollars of claiming first place; though that is expected to change as the long holiday weekend progresses. In first place yesterday with $7.4 million was Sony/Screen Gems’ The Vow. Even considering the film’s victory last weekend and its impressive seven day cume, analysts expected The Vow to fall to third in its sophomore frame. Instead, the romantic-drama is making a play for another weekend on top, with a projected take of at least $25 million. On Friday, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance debuted with $7 million – just shy of The Vow’s first place finish. By Monday, however, the sequel should succumb to Nic Cage’s curse and drop to third behind holdover drama Safe House. The lingering success of The Vow proved a curse for the new romantic-comedy This Means War. The would-be Valentine’s hit debuted in fourth place and is not expected to reach $20 million by Monday. Finally, The Secret World of Arrietty may not have made the top five, but its projected four-day take of $7.5 million would double the highest debut of a Disney/Studio Ghibli animated film. Details and analysis tomorrow.
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This Means War
With Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance opening tomorrow, last weekend I interviewed a lot of the cast in New York City. In the sequel, Johnny Blaze (Cage) is hiding out in Eastern Europe when a motor-cycle riding warrior monk (Idris Elba) recruits him to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the Devil (Ciaran Hinds). The film also stars Violante Placido, Anthony Head, Christopher Lambert and Johnny Whitworth. For more on Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeace, here’s my Romania set visit, on set interviews, new images, five movie clips, and 12 minutes of behind the scenes footage from when the production was filming in Europe.
During my interview with Whitworth we talked about working for Neveldine/Taylor and playing blackout, which part he enjoyed filming the most, karaoke, do more people want to talk to him about Party of Five, Empire Records or Can't Hardly Wait, his favorite movie, actor and director, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Finally, if you missed my interview with Nicolas Cage or Idris Elba, click the links.
What's his favorite movie, actor and director
What's his karaoke song
Do more people want to talk about Party of Five, Empire Records or Can't Hardly Wait
How much fun did he have working for Neveldine/Taylor and playing this character
What part did he enjoy filming the most
Nicolas Cage scored in his Super Bowl appearance as part of the Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance big game trailer. The new clip features a few more scenes from the upcoming sequel to 2007’s Ghost Rider.
Cage returns to the role of the Rider and this time out he is doing battle against the man who he is supposed to be doing the bidding for -- the devil (Ciaran Hinds). The evil one is seeking to take a young boy and Cage’s Ghost Rider will have none of it!
We’ve got quite a few new posters to share with you today. First up are five new posters for the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. They’re pretty fantastic, as a few of them run off the theme of a lightsaber. The Darth Maul lightsaber one is sufficiently badass, though there’s a quote-laden one highlighting Maul’s face that kicks considerably less ass. We’ve also got a new international poster for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance that puts star Nicolas Cage on full display.
Finally, we’ve got the poster premiere for Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh’s West Memphis Three documentary West of Memphis. Though the three wrongly convicted men are now free, Jackson and Walsh are working hard to bring justice to the case and solve the 18-year-old triple murder. The poster is excellent and brings their message across loud and clear. West of Memphis will screen at the Sundance Film Festival. Hit the jump to check out the posters.
Posters via Kino Gallery.
Poster via IMP Awards.
Poster via EW.
The best movie posters come from Mondo, other art-boutiques, and individual artists who take their passion for a film and turn it into something that every fan has to own. Studios don't have that luxury. They need to sell a movie to an audience that has no idea what they're in for. They need to find a way to appeal to everyone, or at least get their attention. Usually studios go for the dull route of floating movie star heads and/or blue-orange color schemes. My picks for the best studio-produced posters of 2011 were the posters that went beyond and tried to do something better.
Hit the jump to check out my choices for the Top 10 Posters of 2011.
[Note: Only the poster had to come out this year, not the film. Also, I'm referring to the studio as the designer of these posters, but I'm aware that the design is outsourced to ad companies.]
Gina Carano may be a star among MMA fans, but she's unknown to mainstream audiences. Relativity used her relative anonymity to their advantage with this teaser poster and had her character straddle some poor/lucky chap. It's a nice way to sell the sex and violence but without showing Carano's lovely face.
9. The Devil's Double
Auric Goldfinger may have gone overboard, but Lionsgate got an eye-catching poster out of it. You instantly understand that The Devil's Double is a tale of excessive wealth and violence and you don't even need to read the crappy tagline hidden ...
Sony has released a new poster for Neveldine/Taylor's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. It's pretty much the standee but in poster form. As you can see, Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage) swung his whip so hard that it knocked the title 90-degrees clockwise. And while having the main character rush towards you with his flaming bike is all well and good, nothing in this poster lets audiences know that they're getting a much different (and hopefully much better) movie than what they got in 2007. Also, the final poster doesn't hold a candle to these badass one-sheets.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens February 17th.
Here's the official synopsis for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance:
Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures' and Hyde Park Entertainment's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy - and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Screenplay by Scott M. Gimple & ...
We’ve got a few new posters to share with you today. First up is the poster debut for the all-star action pic The Expendables 2. It showcases all the badasses you can expect to see in the movie Toy Story 3-style (thank God they didn’t go the New Year’s Eve route). It’s not a bad poster, and it’s effective in informing audiences that Chuck Norris will always look like Walker Texas Ranger no matter the hat. We’ve also got the first poster for producer Todd Phillips’ party balls comedy Project X. The trailer is a bit insane, as the film centers on a group of kids who decide to throw a party. With Phillips involved, you can go ahead and assume that things will get more than a little out of hand. Additionally, we’ve got some pretty nifty poster art for the sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Hit the jump to check them out.
Here’s The Expendables 2 (via JoBlo):
Here’s Project X (via IMP Awards):
Here’s the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance poster art (via JoBlo):
For Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Nicolas Cage is back as Johnny Blaze, a man who struggles with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter. Hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe, he is recruited by a secret sect to save a young boy from the devil and, although he is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider again, he knows it is the only way to protect the boy, and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. With a new villain, a new sidekick and a new look, Ghost Rider is now seen through the eyes of filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
Following their Comic-Con panel presentation in Hall H (read our recap here), co-stars Nicolas Cage and Idris Elba, along with directors Neveldine and Taylor, talked about what they wanted to do with the story and character this time, how the chose not to consider the first movie in making this one, pushing it to the limits for stunts, all of the extras they’ll have for the eventual DVD/Blu-ray release, and what they enjoy about the Comic-Con experience. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Click here for the audio. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance hits theaters February 17, 2012.
Question: What new things were you able to add to Ghost Rider this time?
NICOLAS CAGE: An interesting story is that, when I was trying to think with Brian [Taylor] and with Mark [Neveldine] about how the Ghost Rider would move, because they ...