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Julia Roberts To Star In Feature Film About PTA Mom Framed For Drug Possession

Julia RobertsThe twisted tale of Orange County school parents’ revenge that spun out of control is coming to the screen. A feature film based on the Kelli Peters case, which has Julia Roberts attached to star and produce, is currently being shopped, and there are multiple bidders.

The film will be based on the book, which victim Kelli Peters wrote with Sam Rule (a pseudonym for a New York Times writer), “’I’ll Get You!’ Drugs, Lies, and the Terrorizing of a PTA Mom.” There is no screenwriter on board yet. Word is that frequent Roberts collaborator George Clooney and his Smoke House producing partner Grant Heslov are circling the project.

The book is described as the true story of an ordinary American woman who survived an evil conspiracy that turned her life upside down and shook her hometown to its core.

Kelli Peters was PTA president and volunteer at her daughter’ elementary school in Orange County, California. One day, another mom angrily accused her of keeping her son waiting during the afterschool pick-up. The confrontation led to the accuser and her husband, a power couple of attorneys, launching a campaign to ruin Peters’ life that included the demand for her dismissal from school volunteering, a lawsuit against her and ultimately her framing for drug possession by planing drugs in her car and reporting her to the police. Peters was arrested and investigated but the truth eventually came out and, after a five-year ordeal, Peters earlier tis year won $5.7 million-dollar civil judgment against the couple.

The book was published Sept. 2 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. The following day, there a feature about the case, Framed, in the LA Times by reporter Christopher Goffard.

The feature project is being shopped by CAA, which reps Roberts, Peters and the book. It is unclear yet whether the news article, repped by ICM Partners, will be used as source material.

Roberts has portrayed real-life women before, most famously activist Erin Brockovich, a role that earned her an Oscar.


Source: DL

Box Office: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Inhales $10 Million on Friday, Blows Away Competition

Dont BreatheThe horror genre proves to be frighteningly reliable this season as “Don’t Breathe” is the latest scary flick to have an impressive box office showing. The film, from Sony’s Screen Gems and Steve Bersch’s Stage 6 Films, earned $10 million on Friday at 3,051 locations, and is eyeing a $22 million opening weekend.

“Suicide Squad” will steal second place this weekend with about $11 million at 3,582 locations. The Warner Bros. film is in its fourth frame and has already earned well over $500 million worldwide.

Jason Statham will carry “Mechanic: Resurrection” to an opening of $7 million at 2,258 locations after earning $2.6 million on Friday. The film, about an assassin forced out of retirement, follows up on 2011’s “The Mechanic.” Specialty division Lionsgate Premiere is distributing the film, and is banking on success in the U.K. market.

After a $1 million Friday, “Southside with You” from Roadside Attractions and Miramax is projecting to finish with $3 million at 813 sites, while TWC’s boxing biopic “Hands of Stone” will open to about $2 million at 810 locations.

The third weekend of Sony’s “Sausage Party,” will consume a little over $7 million this weekend, putting it in third behind “Suicide Squad.” Laika’s animated “Kubo and the Two Strings” from Focus won $2 million in sales Friday, and will finish the weekend with about $7 million at 3,279 locations.

This strong opening for “Don’t Breathe” is especially successful considering its price tag of less than $10 million. It debuted at SXSW and screened at Comic-Con, and currently has an 87% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Don’t Breathe” is a horror-thriller about three robbers in Detroit who target a man who they think is blind and helpless, but turns out to be anything but. It is directed by Fede Alvarez and stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang.

Horror projects have shown an uncanny ability to draw crowds this year — New Line’s “The Conjuring 2” has earned over $100 million domestically and $320 million worldwide, while the same studio’s “Lights Out” has brought in a global sum of $111 million. Universal’s “The Purge: Election Year” also broke the $100 million milestone worldwide.

This all comes in a summer where flops are aplenty. “Ben-Hur,” the $100 million production that debuted last weekend to a dismal $11 million and change, while sequels and reboots like “Independence Day: Resurgence” and “Ghostbusters” have underperformed as well.

Source: VTY


Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Team With 'Silicon Valley' Writer for AI Comedy at FX

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Team With 'Silicon Valley' Writer for AI Comedy at FX'Singularity' has landed at the cable network with a pilot order after sparking a bidding war in May.

FX is going to the future with Preacher duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as well as Silicon Valley's Sonny Lee.

Following a multiple-network bidding war, FX has handed out a pilot order to Singularity, a futuristic comedy written by Lee, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Based on an idea by Lee, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence and resulting in profound changes to society. Because of its similar tone to Rogen and Goldberg's feature This Is The End, Lee reached out to the duo to come on board to produce via their Point Grey banner.

For Rogen and Goldberg, Singularity marks the duo's latest TV foray. It joins AMC's already renewed comic book adaptation Preacher as well as Hulu pilot Future Man.

For FX, meanwhile, Singularity joins a comedy pilot starring Cristin Milioti and Nina Pedrad as the cable network is poised to launch Pamela Adlon entry Better Things and Donald Glover vehicle Atlanta.

Fuente: VTY

Brad Pitt, David Fincher in Talks to Reunite for 'World War Z' Sequel

Brad Pitt, David Fincher in Talks to Reunite for 'World War Z' SequelThe sequel to zombie apocalypse thriller World War Z may yet come back to life.

The project recently lost director J.A. Bayona and, for all intents and purposes, looked like it was going to die on the vine. But producer Brad Pitt is looking to his Seven and Fight Club director David Fincher to potentially come in and rescue it.

Pitt, Paramount and Skydance have had meetings with Fincher to direct the follow-up, according to several sources.

It is unclear if a deal will be made, but Fincher is surprisingly open to the idea. The picky auteur tends to eschew the tentpole and sequel game, preferring to focus on original material or adaptation of elevated material, mostly of the gritty and grounded variety.

Fincher also has plenty of room on his schedule. The filmmaker has been spending time in TV land (he was a key player in House of Cards) but had two HBO series fall apart: Living on Video, about the early 1980s music video scene, and Utopia, which was to have starred Rooney Mara.

World War Z had its own production woes that were well chronicled, as helmer Marc Forster was sidelined as the third act of the movie was reconceived, rewritten and reshot. The intervention worked and the movie became a big hit, grossing $540 million worldwide. 

Fincher, who last directed Gone Girl, also worked with Pitt on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Source: ET

“Suicide Squad” Adds Key DC Character Weeks Before Release

“Suicide Squad” Adds Key DC Character Weeks Before ReleaseSpoiler Alert: Don't read further if you don't want to know about a key addition to Suicide Squad ...

How’s this for a news Flash: Due to a last-minute bout of filming, The Flash will be making an appearance in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros.’ heavily-hyped DC superhero movie that opens in one week, according to several sources.

Ezra Miller, who plays the hero, recently wrapped shooting a scene that will be inserted into the movie, which bows Aug. 5. It is unclear whether the scene was shot in April, when the movie underwent over a week of reshoots, or more recently.

Warners had no comment.

The scene, according to sources, will not be an end credit insert but in the movie itself.

Suicide Squad, which counts Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie amongst its ensemble cast, already has enormous audience interest and is tracking to debut to a $125 million opening weekend, if not significantly higher.

But the fact that Warner Bros. added The Flash late in the process is a testament to how it sees the character as being integral to the DC Extended Universe and as a character who can tie many threads together.

Fans seem to be embracing Miller as that character, who is younger and less serious in tone than Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) or Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). It also highlights the studio's desire to cement an interlocking series of films to rival Marvel Studios' successful Avengers movies.

After the disappointing audience reaction to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warners sought to reshape the tone of Justice League, which began shooting just weeks after BvS opened and is set for a Nov. 17, 2017, release. The footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con included one-liners and a snappy tone lacking from BvS (and present in most of the Marvel Studios movies). And the key scene presented was Bruce Wayne recruiting Barry Allen, aka The Flash.

As opposed to the usual take on The Flash, who in comic book lore is generally portrayed as a forensic police officer, Justice League seems to be casting the character as a weird but funny loner who knows he needs friends and is in awe of the other superheroes. He seems to be acting as the audience’s eyes in the story, the human amongst the titans (even though he can stop time).

The scene shown to the Comic-Con faithful was funny and fresh, and the slow, crackling lightning around Allen received an enthusiastic response. Warners was taking notes.

The question now is whether or not The Flash, who can travel through time, will pop up in Wonder Woman.

Source: EW


Box Office: “Star Trek Beyond” Blasts Off With $5.5 Million on Thursday

Box Office: “Star Trek Beyond” Blasts Off With $5.5 Million on ThursdayParamount’s “Star Trek Beyond” has launched impressively with $5.5 million in Thursday night preview showings at 3,100 U.S. locations.

New Line’s horror-thriller “Lights Out” debuted decently with $1.8 million on Thursday night and Fox’s animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course” opened with $850,000 from 2,858 locations.

About 20% of the “Star Trek Beyond” grosses came from 387 Imax screens, where it grossed $1.1 million. Paramount noted the Thursday night preview number is comparable to “Spectre,” which opened with $5.3 million in November and went on to post a $70.4 million opening weekend.

“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series, opens Friday at 3,928 sites and is expected to dominate weekend moviegoing with a solid $55 million, with some analysts projecting it could hit $60 million. That’s down from the $70.2 million launch of 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” and the $75.2 million bow of 2009’s “Star Trek” — both directed by J.J. Abrams.

Justin Lin (“Fast & Furious 6”) directs the new film, which premiered at Comic-Con on Wednesday. It has a hefty $185 million production budget and brings back Chris Pine as Capt. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, and Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, with Idris Elba joining the franchise as a villainous alien commander.

Reviews for “Star Trek Beyond,” the 13th movie in the franchise, have been mostly positive with an 87% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film also marks one of the final appearances of Anton Yelchin, who portrayed Pavel Chekov in the rebooted films and died last month in a car accident. The film is dedicated to Yelchin and original “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away in 2015.

Fox is countering with the fifth iteration of its “Ice Age” franchise with “Ice Age: Collision Course” at 3,992 locations, where it is expected to pull in $25 million. The films follow a collection of Paleolithic creatures and feature vocal performances by the likes of Ray Romano, Simon Pegg, Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Lopez.

“Collision Course” cost $105 million to produce and should be quite profitable. The four films have taken in $2.8 billion worldwide with 2012’s “Continental Drift” taking in $877.2 million with 82% of that overseas. “Collision Course” has already grossed over $140 million internationally in 60 markets.

New Line Cinema’s “Lights Out,” which is about an evil spirit that haunts a family when the lights are out, is looking at an opening between $13 million to $15 million at 2,818 locations. “Lights Out” cost less than $5 million to produce.

A pair of holdovers will battle “Ice Age Collision Course” for second place — Illumination-Universal’s third weekend of “The Secret Life of Pets” and Sony’s second frame of “Ghostbusters.” “Pets” won last weekend with $50 million and has topped $225 million in less than two weeks while “Ghostbusters” hit $62 million in its first six days.

Source: VTY

“Game of Thrones” Season 7: HBO Confirms Shorter Episode Count, Summer Premiere

“Game of Thrones” Season 7: HBO Confirms Shorter Episode Count, Summer PremiereHBO has confirmed that “Game of Thrones” Season 7 will consist of seven episodes, set to shoot later this summer. As Variety first reported, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are eyeing two shortened seasons to end the hit fantasy show, with Season 8 expected to be somewhere between 6 or 8 episodes. Production will be based in Northern Ireland, with additional portions filmed in Spain and Iceland. Season 7 is slated to premiere in summer 2017, later than its usual April start date.

“Now that winter has arrived on ‘Game of Thrones,’ executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

The later airdate means that Season 7 will likely miss the eligibility window for the 2017 Emmys and the show might have to wait until 2018 for glory, since the rules state that the bulk of a season’s episodes are required to have aired by May 31 to be considered.

“Game of Thrones” scored 23 Emmy nominations last week, leading the race with nods for stars Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and first-time nominees Kit Harington and Maisie Williams, along with nominations for directing, writing and drama series, among others.

The show is executive produced by David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman, with Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney producing. Season 7 directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor.

Source: VTY

Rihanna dedicates Diamonds to Nice attack victims

Rihanna dedicates Diamonds to Nice attack victimsRihanna honoured the victims of the Nice terror attack by dedicating her song Diamonds to them at her concert on Sunday night (17Jul16).

The Work singer was due to perform in the French city on Friday (15Jul16) but she cancelled the show after at least 84 people were killed there in an attack on Thursday evening (14Jul16) when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a lorry into a crowd celebrating the country's national Bastille Day holiday.

Rihanna's Anti world tour resumed in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday and she paid tribute to the victims and their families ahead of her song Diamonds, according to social media reports.

Video footage posted online also shows her asking the audience in the Commerzbank-Arena to light up their phones to fill the venue with "stars".

She said, "I feel so blessed that we could make it to Frankfurt tonight so in light of those recent events, I'd really like you guys to help me out with a little bit of stars, give me some flash light, give me anything... just make in here look real beautiful right now."

She shared a video from her Diamonds performance on Instagram after the show and wrote in the caption, "#FRANKFURT I'm so in love with you!!! I wish every night of my life could feel like tonight!!! Thank you for taking me away!!! #ANTIWORLDTOUR"

Rihanna had previously used the song to honour late singer Prince following his death in April (16). She performed in Calgary, Canada on the day he died and told the crowd,

"A lot of us have started making music and listening to music because of Prince, so right now I just wanna honour him, me and my crew, and you guys. Let’s shine some light to heaven for Prince right now."

Rihanna was in Nice at the time of the attack and her representative issued a statement to assure fans she was safe.

Source: MN

Dakota Johnson Looks “Fifty Shades” Hotter in Teeny Yellow Bikini on Set With Shirtless Jamie Dornan

Dakota Johnson Looks “Fifty Shades” Hotter in Teeny Yellow Bikini on Set With Shirtless Jamie DornanFifty shades of hotness! Dakota Johnson showed off her svelte figure in a teeny yellow bikini while filming a scene for Fifty Shades Freed with her hunky, shirtless costar Jamie Dornan.

The 26-year-old actress and 34-year-old actor, who portray Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, in the movie adaptations of EL James’ erotic romance novels, were spotted filming a honeymoon scene on a pebbled bay in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, on Monday, July 11.

Johnson looked gorgeous in a tiny string bikini, while Dornan showcased his enviable six-pack abs and muscular legs in thigh-length blue board shorts.

At one point, the Irish actor was seen giving the Black Mass actress a back rub while shooting the sexy scene. In between takes, the pair chatted with Dornan’s real-life wife, Amelia Warner, by the water.

Earlier this year, the costars wrapped filming on Fifty Shades Darker, the second movie in the sultry trilogy. They began filming Fifty Shades Freed, the third and final film, in February, but the racy sex scenes are starting to take a toll on Johnson.

Speaking to Interview magazine in April, the actress quipped, “Well, we’re not having actual sex. But I’ve been simulating sex for seven hours straight right now, and I’m over it.”

However, the stunning How to Be Single star also recently revealed that she’s ready to see more of Dornan.

“I’m going to make him get fully naked in the next one,” she joked of the heartthrob in a February interview on Watch What Happens Live. “Everybody wants to see the D!”

Fifty Shades Darker is set to hit theaters February 10, 2017, and Fifty Shades Freed will be released February 9, 2018.


Source: UsMagazine

Fox prepara una nueva serie sobre “X-men”

Fox prepara una nueva serie sobre “X-men”Las series sobre superhéroes de cómics no tienen fin. A los muchos títulos ya en emisión o cerca de su lanzamiento se suma ahora el proyecto de FOX de realizar una serie basada en los ‘X-Men’ de Marvel Cómics, que sería una expansión de la saga cinematográfica.

El guionista Matt Nix, que ha trabajado en ‘Burn Notice’ y actualmente es showrunner de la serie ‘APB’ que se estrenará en otoño, será el encargado de escribir el guion del episodio piloto y ejercerá como productor ejecutivo junto a los veteranos de la franquicia ‘X-Men’ Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner y Simon Kinberg.

La nueva serie, aún sin título, estará centrada en dos padres normales y corrientes que descubren que sus hijos tienen poderes mutantes, y que se verán forzados a huir de un gobierno hostil, uniéndose a una red de mutantes escondidos que luchan por sobrevivir.

Esta ficción sobre ‘X-Men’ es una producción del estudio 20th Century Fox Television y Marvel Television, y no es el único proyecto sobre los mutantes que hay en marcha. La propia FOX anunció tiempo atrás el desarrollo de un drama titulado ‘Hellfire’, también basado en ‘X-Men’, pero quedó aparcado al centrarse sus productores en el proyecto de ‘24: Legacy’. Por otro lado, FX prepara ‘Legion’ con el productor de ‘Fargo’ Noah Hawley.

Con esta ficción, FOX entraría en el Universo Marvel, tras contar con dos productos basados en obras de DC Cómics como son ‘Gotham’ y ‘Lucifer’. Marvel, por su parte, no ha tenido mucho éxito en su aventura televisiva más allá de las series de Netflix (de las que no se conocen datos de audiencia), pues ‘Agents of SHIELD’ nunca ha tenido un gran respaldo, mientras que ‘Agent Carter’ fue cancelada y ‘Marvel's Most Wanted’ no recibió luz verde.


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Box Office: “Secret Life of Pets” Dominating Weekend with $96 Million

Box Office: “Secret Life of Pets” Dominating Weekend with $96 MillionIllumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” is dominating the U.S. box office with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,329 locations, estimates showed Saturday.

The animated comedy took in $38 million on its opening day Friday, five times higher than the first day of “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” with about $6.6 million at 2,982 sites.

“The Secret Life of Pets” will wind up dwarfing the weekend’s second-place finisher — either Disney/Pixar’s fourth weekend of “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive weekends and is playing at 3,871 venues, or Warner Bros.’ second weekend of “The Legend of Tarzan” at 3,591 sites. Both are heading for weekends of around $20 million.

Fox’s launch of Zac Efron’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” will finish fourth with about $18 million, followed by Universal/Blumhouse’s second frame of horror sequel “The Purge: Election Year”  with about $11 million at 2,821 sites and New Line-Universal’s fourth weekend of Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart comedy “Central Intelligence” with $8 million.

“Pets” will post the sixth-best opening of 2016 following “Captain America: Civil War,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Finding Dory,” “Deadpool” and “The Jungle Book” — all members of the elite group of 39 titles that have opened with more than $100 million domestically. It’s also a new opening weekend domestic record for an original animated film, topping the $90.4 million launch of “Inside Out” last summer.

“Pets,” which explores the lives of pets in Manhattan after their owners go to work, is performing well above recent forecasts, which placed it in the $70 million to $80 million range. It’s another strong entry in the animated sector, which has been a key contributor to keeping the overall business healthy this year with  “Dory,” Disney’s “Zootopia,” Sony’s “The Angry Birds Movie” and Fox’s “Kung Fu Panda 3.”

The “Pets” voice cast includes Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. “Despicable Me” helmer Chris Renaud directs and Yarrow Cheney co-directs from a script by Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch.

Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri and longtime collaborator Janet Healy produced the movie — which carries a relatively modest $75 million price tag.

The raunchy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” starring Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, is performing slightly better than forecasts. Efron’s R-rated comedy “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” opened in May with a $21.8 million weekend for Universal.

“Pets” is by far the biggest opening of the year for Universal, which has seen only middling performance in 2016 after a record-setting 2015. It’s also another success for Illumination, which opened “Minions” a year ago with $115 million on its way to a $336 million domestic total and $1.16 billion worldwide for Universal.

“Finding Dory” will finish the weekend with about $422 million as it surpasses Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” as the top 2016 domestic grosser and the 16th largest title of all time just behind “The Lion King” at $422.8 million. “Captain America: Civil War” is 20th on that list at $406 million.

Source: VTY

Scarlett Johansson Named Hollywood’s Highest-Grossing Actress of All Time

Scarlett Johansson Named Hollywood’s Highest-Grossing Actress of All TimeThe actress’ movies, which include the “Avengers” franchise, have raked in a record-breaking $3.3 billion at the North American box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

The tracking site ranks Johansson 10th overall, beating out male stars like Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and action-movie favorites Bruce Willis and Liam Neeson.

This year alone, her films “The Jungle Book” and “Captain America: Civil War” have grossed $358.4 million and $404.3 million respectively at the domestic box office. Her highest grossing movie is “The Avengers,” which is also the fifth highest grossing movie of all time in the United States, with $623.4 million.

At 31, she is the youngest actor appearing in the top 10, but she’s also the only woman. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Johansson spoke about the Hollywood gender wage gap.

“There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole,” Johansson told the magazine. “I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage… I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”

The next highest grossing actress is Cameron Diaz, who comes in at the 19th spot on the list. Her movies, which include the highly successful “Shrek” franchise, have grossed $3 billion, not far behind Johansson.

Harrison Ford holds the top spot. His movies add up to $4.8 billion with the most recent “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as his most lucrative film.

Next up, Johansson will star in the anime adaptation of “Ghost in a Shell,” which has already received criticism for white-washed casting. She’ll also star in “Rock that Body.” Both are set for 2017.

Source: VTY


“Finding Dory” Swimming for Record $140 Million Opening

Finding DoryGiving a much-needed jolt to the summer box office, “Finding Dory” is dominating moviegoing with a record-breaking $140 million opening weekend, estimates showed Saturday.

Disney/Pixar’s animated sequel, playing in 4,305 North American theaters, grossed a stunning $55 million on its opening day Friday.

“Finding Dory” will finish the frame with four times the total of action-comedy “Central Intelligence,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, which is launching with a solid $34 million at 3,508 sites this weekend.

“Dory” will demolish the nine-year-old record for best domestic animated opening, set by “Shrek the Third” in 2007 with $121.6 million. “Minions” was the second largest at $115.7 million, followed by Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” with $110 million.

At $140 million, “Dory” will rank as the 17th largest domestic opener of all time and the third largest of 2016. Marvel/Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” had the year’s highest-grossing launch so far with $179 million, the fifth-largest debut of all time.

The sequel includes original director Andrew Stanton with DeGeneres returning to voice Dory along with Albert Brooks voicing her friend Marlin. Stanton’s co-director Angus MacLane is making his filmmaking debut.

The new story centers on Dory scouring the ocean in search of her long-lost parents. Disney did not provide a budget, but Pixar films typically carry price tags between $175 million and $200 million.

“Finding Dory” is enjoying a 95 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Online ticket service Fandango reported this week that “Finding Dory” had become its top pre-selling animated movie ever. DeGeneres has been celebrating the movie this week on her TV talk show with “Finding Dory Week.”

“Central Intelligence” is also making a sturdy debut with a $13 million opening day on Friday. Johnson and Hart are paired for the first time, playing high school friends who have become a crack CIA agent and an accountant.

New Line’s second weekend of “The Conjuring 2” should finish a strong third with $20 million following its $40.4 million launch last weekend. The moderately priced horror sequel will finish the weekend with around $76 million domestically.

Lionsgate’s second weekend of “Now You See Me 2” is headed for a fourth-place finish with about $9 million, down 59 percent. Universal/Legendary’s “Warcraft” will follow follow in fifth with about $5.9 million — a plunge of 76 percent from its launch weekend.

By contrast, “Warcraft” has shown plenty of box office power outside the U.S. with about $280 million, including an impressive $156 million in China.

Source: VTY


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