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'Ender's Game' tops box office

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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“Ender’s Game,” the movie version of Orson Scott Card’s futuristic novel starring Asa Butterfield (above) and Harrison Ford, was No. 1 at the box office with an estimated $28 million.
 
Although it was not in 3-D, it was on 326 IMAX screens in North America which helped to boost its bottom line. 
 
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” shows very little sign of losing steam, finishing second with $20,500,000, according to Rentrak. That brings its total to roughly $62,058,336. 
 
The full chart:
 
1. “Ender’s Game” — $28,000,000.
2. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” — $20,500,000, bringing its total to $62,058,336.
3. “Last Vegas” — $16,520,000.
4. “Free Birds” — $16,200,000, helped no doubt by its 3-D option. 
5. “Gravity” — $13,130,000, bumping it to $219,196,013. 
6. “Captain Phillips” — $8,500,000, for $82,550,507 to date. 
7. “12 Years a Slave” — $4,600,000 or $8,760,324 in limited release (on 410 screens rather than the 3,000-plus of other releases).
8. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” — $4,200,000, or 106,195,177 so far. 
9. “Carrie” — $3,400,000, or $31,972,888 so far. 
10. “The Counselor” — $3,250,000, or $13,637,509 in two weekends. 
 
 

 

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'Hoffa' gets quickie nod in new Jack Nicholson biography

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hoffaposter A new biography about Jack Nicholson doesn’t devote much space to Danny DeVito's “Hoffa,” shot here in 1992, which might be a good thing. 
 
Marc Eliot writes in “Nicholson” (Crown Archetype, $26, on sale Oct. 29):  “Jack filmed on location in Pittsburgh for four grueling months, and the result was one of his least interesting portrayals. [David] Mamet’s script never came to life. As a result, Jack’s acting came off as generic, a central casting bad guy with a bulldog face. Despite all the cost overruns, DeVito believed they were justified because he was making a film about someone he perceived as a national hero.”
 
In fact, that’s what DeVito told the Pittsburgh media at a press conference at the Pittsburgh Vista Hotel in March 1992. He also called the people here very warm and pleasant and said they embraced the film.
 
nicholsonbkjcktEliot, who also has written biographies of Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Phil Ochs and Steve McQueen, writes:
 
“Jack spent his off time in a $1,500-a-night hotel suite, paid for by the production where, whenever Lakers games were broadcast, Jack stopped any scenes he was in or stayed awake deep into the night to watch the West Coast satellite feed of the Lakers, something he was far more interested in than the movie he was making. The poor script, the slow pace, and the production’s consistent money problems forced DeVito to rethink his schedule, and the general boredom of the excessive downtimes managed to kill Jack’s interest in the film.”
 
The biography doesn’t mention that Nicholson, DeVito and Armand Assante took a break from the “Hoffa” set one night and went to the Decade. One witness said:  “Nicholson was in the back, hootin’ and hollerin’, waving his beer around. He was drinking Iron City and tequila.” 
 
If you ask me, Nicholson gives a robust, remarkable performance as Jimmy Hoffa but the story is reverential to the point of absurdity and the script introduces Hoffa as a full-blown union organizer. In a movie that lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes, DeVito had time to explore Hoffa the man and Hoffa the union boss. We only get half of the equation.
 

 

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Wolf of Wall Street to howl for Christmas Day audiences

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It’s official.


Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will open everywhere on Christmas Day and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” will arrive in theaters, including on IMAX screens, Jan. 17.


That might be the final change in release dates for the 2013 movie season. Already bumped to 2014: “Foxcatcher,” “Grace of Monaco” and “The Monuments Men.”

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Emile Hirsch to play John Belushi

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Emile Hirsch as John Belushi? 
 
He already went “Into the Wild” and now will tackle the wild man of comedy in a movie being produced by Belushi’s wife, Judy Belushi Pisano, and executive produced by Dan Aykroyd, Variety reports.
 
animalhouseThe untitled movie, being directed and written by Steve Conrad (his writing credits include “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “The Pursuit of Happyness”) will be based on the Belushi biography by his widow and Tanner Colby
 
Filming is expected to start in New York in the spring and the trade publication’s website says it will cover “The Blues Brothers,” “Animal House” (photo) and “SNL” along with his death at age 33 from cocaine and heroin. 
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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa vaults over Gravity for No. 1 spot

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Nothing negative about the money generated by “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.” 
 
The Johnny Knoxville comedy, in which he plays an 86-year-old widower traveling with his 8-year-old grandson, was No. 1 at the box office, according to early estimates from Rentrak.
 
“Gravity” continues to draw new or repeat business in 2-D and 3-D, while “12 Years a Slave” (on just 123 screens) generated $17,480 per location, almost double that of “Bad Grandpa.” 
 
Here are the top 10 estimates:
 
1. “Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa” — $32,000,000.
2. “Gravity” — $20,300,000, bringing its North American total to $199,814,361.
3. “Captain Phillips” — $11,800,000, for $70,074,043 to date. 
4. “The Counselor” — $8,000,000.
5. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” — $6,100,000, or $100,611,254 to date.
6. “Carrie” — $5,900,000, for $26,021,355 since its Oct. 18 release. 
7. “Escape Plan” — $4,340,000, making its two-weekend total an estimated $17,423,582. 
8. “12 Years a Slave” — $2,150,000, or $3,409,943 in its still limited release. 
9. “Enough Said” — $1,555,000, or $13,021,092. 
10. “Prisoners” — $1,063,000, for $59,122,062. 
 
 

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