Oblivion wrecks box office with 38 million lead; Nick releases summer premieres; DreamWorks to unveil The Tibet Code



The world gets blown to oblivion! I’m Realistic Fish Head. Universal does it again as the newest sci-fi film Oblivion barrels through the box office! With the film possibly one of the best sci-fi films ever, Gene Scallop takes a look at other movies going up against this destructive story.



Universal’s Oblivion led the way this weekend with a solid estimated debut of $38.15 million. The Joseph Kosinski directed sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise opened on the high end of wide-ranging expectations. Oblivion represented the largest opening weekend performance for Cruise since the $47.74 million start of 2006’s Mission: Impossible III. Without adjusting for eleven years of ticket price inflation, Oblivion opened 7 percent stronger than the $35.68 million debut of 2002’s Minority Report. Oblivion registered the seventh largest unadjusted opening weekend ever for the month of April and the fourth largest opening weekend of 2013 thus far. With both Disney’s Iron Man 3 and Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness in the near horizon, it was especially important for Oblivion to get off to a good start this weekend.

Oblivion held up reasonably well throughout the weekend, as it registered an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.87 to 1 (after opening with $13.3 million on Friday). However, the film’s B- rating on CinemaScore could be a troubling sign going forward, especially when taking into account the upcoming blockbuster competition the film will be facing. The audience breakdown for the film skewed very heavily towards older moviegoers (74 percent were 25 and older) and heavily towards male moviegoers (57 percent).

Overseas, Oblivion grossed $33.7 million from 60 foreign territories this weekend. That brings the film’s overseas total to $112.0 million and current global haul to $150.2 million.

42 held up nicely in its second weekend of release with an estimated second place take of $18.0 million. Warner’s well received Jackie Robinson biopic fell a modest 34 percent this weekend. Strong word of mouth, skewing heavily towards older moviegoers and adding an additional 247 locations all helped out 42 this weekend. 42 has grosses a stronger than expected $54.06 million through ten days of release. That places the film a very impressive 42 percent ahead of the $38.00 million ten-day take of 2011’s Moneyball (which fell 38 percent in its second weekend of release to gross $12.03 million).

The Croods also held up nicely this weekend. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 28 percent to place in third with an estimated $9.5 million. Solid word of mouth and the lack of competition for family audiences continue to help out the film’s holding power. The Croods has grossed $154.89 million through 31 days and will have a strong chance of holding up well once again next weekend.

The Weinstein Company’s Scary Movie 5 fell 56 percent to place in fourth with an estimated $6.3 million. The fifth installment of the horror franchise has grossed $22.94 million in its first ten days of release. That is softer than expected and places the film 23 percent behind the $29.78 million ten-day take of this year’s A Haunted House (which fell 55 percent in its second weekend to gross $8.17 million).

After an impressive three-week run in platform release, The Place Beyond the Pines placed in sixth in its first weekend of wide release with an estimated $4.75 million. While the Focus release did increase 23 percent over last weekend, the hold wasn’t all that impressive given that the film was playing in additional 1,028 locations this weekend. With that said, The Place Beyond the Pines has still grossed a solid $11.47 million to date.

In limited release, a trio of films launched to varying results this weekend. Samuel Goldwyn’s Home Run led the way among the three films with an estimated $1.62 million from 381 locations. That gave the faith based film a solid $4,260 per-location average for the frame.

Pantelion’s Filly Brown easily generated the highest per-location average of the three, as it averaged $7,250 from 188 locations. The drama featuring the late Jenni Rivera grossed an estimated $1.36 million. However, Filly Brown did prove to be very front-loaded towards Friday’s opening day performance of $673,000.

Anchor Bay’s The Lords of Salem was the weakest of the trio, as it grossed just $0.62 million. The Rob Zombie directed horror film only managed a per-location average of $1,752 from 355 locations.


To recap this week, Oblivion crumbles the world 1st, 42 hits 2nd, The Croods stay put in 3rd as the cave family continue to hang on,  Scary Movie 5 spooks in 4th while the Joes defend their freedom in 5th.


This week, Nick unveiled 2 of their newest shows along with new episodes of Big Time Rush for May and June as their summer season starts to heat up. What’s on the docket for them Dan?


Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- Nickelodeon has posted the first preview of Sam & Cat on their official YouTube page, indicating that the series will premiere in June.

Sam & Cat starring Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande, created by Dan Schneider, is a spin-off of iCarly and VICTORiOUS with the two leads reprising their respective roles. Meanwhile, Nickelodeon’s hit live-action comedy series Big Time Rush kicks off season four on Thursday, May 2, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Created by Scott Fellows (Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide) and produced in partnership with Sony Music, this season finds best friends Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena and Logan Henderson, recording music for their third studio album and preparing for the launch of their next world tour.  The guys quickly discover that the music landscape has become more competitive and the pressure to stay relevant proves tougher than ever. Big Time Rush airs regularly Thursdays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Recording artist Gavin DeGraw joins Big Time Rush during the season premiere, “Big Time Invasion,” where the guys must stop the invasion of a British boy band.  Concerned that Gustavo is spread too thin, they try to hire a top music manager and when they are unable to agree, a rift quickly escalates within the band.

Big Time Rush is set to release their highly anticipated third album, 24/seven, in June.  The release will feature “Like Nobody’s Around,” as well as brand-new music which will appear on the upcoming season of the show. The band will perform tracks from 24/seven  when they hit the road on their “Summer Break Tour” with Victoria Justice .  The tour kicks off June 21 in Los Angeles and will stop in over 38 cities across the U.S.

On the animated side, Nickelodeon will premiere their newest original animated series Sanjay and Craig on Saturday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Created by Jay Howell, Jim Dirschberger and Andreas Trolf, Sanjay and Craig follows the misadventures of Sanjay (Pancholy), an excitable and irreverent 12-year-old, and Craig (Hardwick), a smooth-talking snake and master of disguise, as they go on kid-inspired quests.”

Additional voice cast include Linda Cardellini, Matt Jones, Tony Hale, Kunal Nayyar and Grey DeLisle.

“The comedic and outrageous adventures of Sanjay and Craig deliver the perfect yet distinctive mix of weird, wonderful and random humor that is both unconventional and modern, which this post-millennial world has a strong affinity for,” said Russell Hicks, president of content development and production.


On Friday, DreamWorks CEO Jeffery Katzenberg was on location in Tibet, China on their newest movie project. What’s inside the briefcase Jim?


Jim Fish (via The Hollywood Reporter)- DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was on hand in Beijing Friday for a press event to announce the Oriental DreamWorks project Tibet Code.

Based on a wildly popular series of books in China, Tibet chronicles the adventures a two men on the hunt for Buddhist treasures. There are currently eight books in the series, which has been compared to the Harry Potter franchise.

It’s notable that Oriental DreamWorks will produce a project with Tibet in the title since other films dealing with the subject have ran afoul of Chinese censors in the past, specifically the 1997 Brad Pitt starrer Seven Years in Tibet, which was banned in China.

The appearance at the press briefing of Han Sanping, chairman of the powerful China Film Group, means Tibet Code likely won’t face any resistance from state authorities. In fact, while Katzenberg observed that the books could become a blockbuster film franchise, Han called the project an opportunity to positively portray Chinese values on the big screen, according to a report in The Wall St. Journal.

Katzenberg is in China for the opening of The Croods and attended the Tibet press conference to show his support for the project, which will be a joint venture between China Film Group, The National Film Fund of China and Oriental DreamWorks.


Checking the Penguins tally, 909 fans sign in as fans continue to catch up on Team Skipper’s recent missions.


After a long hiatus since last summer, Monsuno and Huntik returns to Nicktoons every Sunday night starting tonight with new episodes! This is Realistic Fish Head saying, be ready for twice the action this week!

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