Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR Box Office Report: February 23

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News Bits:

Variety reports Amazon Studios  has ordered five new original series. The series are The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel, dark comedy Mad Dogs docu-series The New Yorker Presents and kids’ shows Just Add Magic and The Stinky & Dirty Show.  Additionally Amazon renewed Mozart in the Jungle for a second season.

Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Traval have joined Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, more details on

Ewan McGregor will make his directorial feature film debut with Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral, as reported by Variety

Fox has ordered a pilot of Lucifer based on the DC Comics character.

Variety reported that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky died early Saturday February 21 morning in his sleep from complications stemming from diabetes.  Sinofsky is best known for the documentary series Paradise Lost

Neill Blomkamp confirmed on Instagram that he and 20th Century Fox have come to an agreement to develop a new Alien movie.  This has been highly anticipated since Blomkamp posted his unused production designs on his Instagram, which can also be seen here

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Morena Baccarin has been cast as the female lead in Deadpool

Academy Awards:

Category Winner Kyle’s prediction Kaitlyn’s prediction
Best Picture Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) The Imitation Game Boyhood
Best Directing Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro González Iñárritu Alejandro González Iñárritu
Best Actor Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking Eddie Redmayne  Eddie Redmayne 
Best Actress Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything” Reese Witherspoon – Wild
Best Supporting Actor J. K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher J. K. Simmons J. K. Simmons
Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans Patricia Arquette Patricia Arquette
Best Original Screenplay Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, Jr. Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Adapted Screenplay The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges The Imitation Game Anthony McCarten, The Theory of   Everything
Best Animated Feature Film Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli Big Hero 6 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Best Original Score The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat The Grand Budapest Hotel  Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Best Original Song Glory from Selma – Music and Lyric by John Legend and Common Glory from Selma Glory from Selma
Best Sound Editing American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman Birdman Birdman
Best Sound Mixing Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley Birdman Whiplash
Best Production Design The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) The Grand Budapest Hotel Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cinematography Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Roger Deakins, Unbroken
Best Makeup and Hairstyling The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier Guardians of the Galaxy Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume Design The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero The Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Film Editing Whiplash – Tom Cross The Grand Budapest Hotel Birdman
Best Visual Effects Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians of the Galaxy

Golden Raspberries:

  • Worst Picture: Saving Christmas (Samuel Goldwyn)
  • Worst Actor: Kirk Cameron in Saving Christmas as Kirk/Himself
  • Worst Actress: Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman and Sex Tape as Carly Whitten and Annie Hargrove
  • Worst Supporting Actor: Kelsey Grammer in The Expendables 3, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (voice only), Think Like a Man Too and Transformers: Age of Extinction as Bonaparte, Tin Man, Lee Fox and Harold Attinger
  • Worst Supporting Actress: Megan Fox in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as April O’Neil
  • Worst Screen Combo: Kirk Cameron and his ego in Saving Christmas
  • Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel: Annie (remake of the 1982 film with the same name)
  • Worst Director: Michael Bay for Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Worst Screenplay: Saving Christmas (written by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey)
  • The Razzie Redeemer Award: Ben Affleck (From RAZZIE “Winner” for Gigli to Oscar Darling for Argo and Gone Girl)

Spirit Awards:

  • Best Feature: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole
  • Best Director: Richard Linklater (IFC Films)
  • Best Screenplay: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)
  • Best First Feature: Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)
    Director: Dan Gilroy, Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak
  • Best First Screenplay: Justin Simien, Dear White People (Roadside Attractions/ Lionsgate)
  • John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000): Land Ho! (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens, Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy
  • Best Supporting Female: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood (IFC Films)
  • Best Supporting Male: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Best Female Lead: Julianne Moore, Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Best Male Lead: Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Robert Altman Award: Inherent Vice (Warner Bros.)
    Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Casting Director: Cassandra Kulukundis, Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Hong Chau, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Sasha Pieterse, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Kenneth Williams
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Best Editing:Tom Cross, Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Best International Film: Ida (Poland Music Box Films)
    Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Best Documentary: CITIZENFOUR (RADiUS-TWC / HBO Documentary Films / Participant Media)
    Director: Laura Poitras; Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
  • Special Distinction Award: Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Director/Producer: Bennett Miller, Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik, Writers: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman, Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum

Box Office Results:

This past weekend Fifty Shades of Grey failed to restrain nearly 3/4 of its audience.  In spite of this dramatic drop the film still brought in over $22 million this past weekend.  Following closely behind Kingsman brought in $18 million, fighting for audience members it is likely to gain more traction as good word spreads about the film.  McFarland, USA  fared best of the three new openings, by only just passing The DUFF which did very well among young teenage girls.  Following behind the beguiling American Sniper, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was found floating face down in its own failed jokes.  This upcoming weekend Focus, and The Lazarus Effect will attempt to win a share of the audience from an abusive film.  I predict Kingsman: The Secret Service will have a fare rise in audience.

TW LW Title (click for our review) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week 
1 1 Fifty Shades of Grey Uni. $22,259,030 -73.9% 3,655 +9 $6,090 $129,161,540 $40 2
2 2 Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox $18,346,023 -49.3% 3,266 +62 $5,617 $67,926,972 $81 2
3 3 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par. $16,573,682 -47.3% 3,680 +26 $4,504 $126,245,516 $74 3
4 N McFarland, USA BV $11,020,798 2,755 $4,000 $11,020,798 1
5 N The DUFF LGF $10,809,149 2,575 $4,198 $10,809,149 $8.5 1
6 4 American Sniper WB $10,052,447 -38.8% 3,235 -201 $3,107 $320,009,625 $58.8 9
7 N Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Par. $5,963,324 2,880 $2,071 $5,963,324 $14 1
8 5 Jupiter Ascending WB $3,805,317 -58.9% 2,503 -678 $1,520 $39,662,296 $176 3
9 8 The Imitation Game Wein. $2,527,637 -27.5% 1,408 -143 $1,795 $83,883,539 13
10 7 Paddington W/Dim. $2,444,684 -39.4% 1,837 -407 $1,331 $67,816,450 $55 6

New to theaters this week:


Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran con artist, takes a novice named Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved; but, when Jess gets uncomfortably close, Nicky ends their relationship. Three years later, Nicky is in Buenos Aires working a very dangerous scheme when Jess — now an accomplished femme fatale — unexpectedly shows up. Her appearance throws Nicky for a loop at a time when he cannot afford to be off his game.

The Lazarus Effect

Medical researcher Frank (Mark Duplass), his fiancee Zoe (Olivia Wilde) and their team have achieved the impossible: they have found a way to revive the dead. After a successful, but unsanctioned, experiment on a lifeless animal, they are ready to make their work public. However, when their dean learns what they’ve done, he shuts them down. Zoe is killed during an attempt to recreate the experiment, leading Frank to test the process on her. Zoe is revived — but something evil is within her.

New to DVD/Blu-Ray this week

That is actually quite a bit for this week, what do you think?  Adding to your collection?  Disagree with the recent film awards?  Upset that Aquaman looks like a hobo bit a big fork?

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