Gravity tops box office for the 3rd week with 31 million; Turbo FAST to be produced in South Korea; NBC launches animated comedy to resume animation tradition

 

Gravity stays on top! I’m Realistic Fish Head. The sci-fi film manages to stay on the box office for the 3rd week as it continues to dominate against the rest of the group. Gene tells us how the money kept on coming for Warner Bros.

 

Gene:

 

Warner’s Gravity took in an estimated $31.03 million to lead the box office with relative ease for a third consecutive weekend. The Alfonso Cuarón directed sci-fi drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney continued to hold up nicely, as it was down a slim 28 percent from last weekend. Gravity has grossed a massive $170.57 million through 17 days of release, placing it just 12 percent behind the $193.31 million 17-day take of 2010’s Inception (which fell 36 percent in its third weekend to gross $27.49 million). With the continued aid of strong word of mouth, awards season buzz and higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions, Gravity should continue to hold up very well going forward.

IMAX grosses were responsible for an estimated $7.37 million (23.7 percent) of the film’s overall gross this weekend. That brings the current IMAX total for Gravity to $38.03 million, which represents 22.3 percent of the film’s overall domestic gross thus far.

Sony’s Captain Phillips held steady in second place with an estimated $17.3 million. Like Gravity, the Paul Greengrass directed film starring Tom Hanks also displayed strong holding power this weekend, as it fell 33 percent from last weekend’s stronger than expected debut. Captain Phillips surpassed the $50 million mark this weekend and has grossed $53.33 million through ten days. That places the film 6 percent behind the $56.99 million ten-day take of 2006’s The Departed (which fell 29 percent in its second weekend to gross $19.03 million).

Fellow Sony release Carrie followed closely behind in third with an estimated $17.0 million. The R-rated horror remake from Screen Gems starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore debuted below expectations, which had tended to fall in the range of $20 million to $25 million. Carrie had the advantage of opening in an October marketplace with limited horror options, but apparently many horror fans have already had their fill this fall with September’s Insidious Chapter 2. Carrie opened 34 percent below the $25.78 million start of this year’s Evil Dead and instead opened more along the lines of the $18.01 million debut of Sinister last October. With Halloween weekend still ahead of it and a smaller initial rush-out, Carrie will hope to display stronger than usual holding power for a horror film.

Carrie opened with $6.55 million on Friday, fell 4 percent on Saturday to gross $6.3 million and is estimated to fall 34 percent on Sunday to take in $4.15 million. Carrie registered an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.60 to 1, which is respectable for a horror film. The film’s B- rating on CinemaScore was also respectable for its genre. The audience breakdown for Carrie skewed towards female moviegoers (54 percent) and moviegoers under the age of 25 (56 percent).

Sony also claimed fourth place this weekend, as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 took in an estimated $10.1 million for the frame. The 3D computer animated sequel was down a healthy 27 percent from last weekend. Cloudy 2 has grossed $93.14 million in 24 days, leaving it just $6.86 million away from the $100 million domestic milestone. Cloudy 2 is currently running 3 percent behind the $95.78 million 24-day take of 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Lionsgate’s Escape Plan rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $9.8 million. That represented a disappointing (but largely expected) start for the action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Escape Plan did open 56 percent ahead of the $6.28 million start of Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand earlier this year, though it should also be noted that Escape Plan carried a significantly larger production budget. After two Expendables films, there was simply relatively little interest in a film teaming together Stallone and Schwarzenegger.

Escape Plan opened with $3.36 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to take in $3.90 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to take in $2.54 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.92 to 1. Escape Plan received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, while the audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (55 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 30 (61 percent).

Further down on this weekend’s chart, The Fifth Estate was dead on arrival with an eighth place estimated start of $1.71 million. The WikiLeaks thriller from Disney and DreamWorks opened below its already low expectations and delivered a per-location average of just $969 from 1,769 locations. Moviegoers simply weren’t interested in a film about WikiLeaks, while largely negative reviews and the currently crowded marketplace for adult moviegoers certainly didn’t help matters for The Fifth Estate either.

On the platform front, Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years a Slave launched with an estimated $960,000 from 19 locations (in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto and Washington D.C.). That gave the Steve McQueen directed awards season hopeful a strong (but non-break out) per-location average of $50,526 for the frame. The platform launch of 12 Years a Slave was fairly similar to the 2007 platform launch of No Country For Old Men, which debuted with $1.23 million from 28 locations (for a per-location average of $43,797). 12 Years a Slave will expand into additional markets on Friday and is scheduled to expand into nationwide release on November 1st.

 

To recap the week, Gravity stays put 1st, Captain Phillips keeps things afloat in 2nd, Carrie gets spooked in 3rd, Cloudy 2 rebounds in 4th while Escape Plan plans an escape in 5th.

 

 

When we last saw DreamWorks CEO Jeffery Katzenberg, he pulled out his plans for his upcoming series project last week at Mipcom. This week, he underscored with reporters that a sizable piece for the upcoming TV series Turbo FAST was found as the show begins production in South Korea. How big was that piece Johnny?

 

Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)– Jeffrey Katzenberg says a large portion of Turbo, DreamWorks Animations’ recent endeavor to expand into television, is being produced in South Korea, a fast growing market for animation.

“DreamWorks has been on a very aggressive course of diversification in the last 18 to 20 months and our latest is in television,” he told reporters Friday. “Because of the amazing amount of work we are undertaking under our current Netflix deal, we will be producing our own TV shows in every corner of the world.”

The film version of Turbo was toplined by Ryan Reynolds, who voiced an animated snail obsessed with racing. The film stalled at the U.S. box office but was one of the most successful animated films of the year in Korea.

Katzenberg said “a sizable piece of the production” for the TV adaption of Turbo is taking place in Korea, marking the first time DWA has brought a production to the country. Katzenberg spoke with reporters ahead of attending a forum centering on technology in the creative industry.

The animation industry here in Korea is growing very rapidly and is becoming a very important force in the country and also in the rest of the world. You can see it in the enterprise Pororo,” he said, referring to the Korean penguin TV cartoon that has sold to over 120 countries and is airing around the world.

CJ Entertainment is behind the distribution of Pororo and the opening of the forum, where Katzenberg will discuss various topics with Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer). CJ in 1995 was a founding investor in DreamWorks SKG. Paramount later bought their stake.

“Nineteen years ago when Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and I started DreamWorks, there were really two people that made that dream come true, one of which is Miky Lee,” he said of CJ’s vice chairperson, also known as Lee Mi-kyung.

Katzenberg said looking to Asia is an important part of DreamWorks’ growth.

“The next step is to become a family-branded entertainment company that has many opportunities. So television, consumer products, location-based entertainment, international markets — these are the greatest opportunities.”

He also looks to Korea for creative inspiration.

“There is a very specific story that comes out of a historical or maybe mythical Korean element, but we can’t share details at this time,” he said.

Though DWA may deliver content in different formats such as mobile, one thing will remain the same, Katzenberg said: “It’s about bringing laughter.”

During the forum to be held Friday at Sejong University, Bong and Katzenberg will discuss East-West dynamics as the entertainment industry becomes more global and technology continues to advance. Katzenberg and Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of Kung Fu Panda 2, will also take part in a cartoon pitching event for students.

 

Ever since 2004, NBC created its first animated comedy, Father of the Pride. After that, it was old news. Now the peacock’s bring it back to make sure that it doesn’t suffer the same fate. What new animated comedy is coming that could take on Fox’s animated Sunday night shows Angie?

 

Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood)- NBC is renewing its efforts to bring animation back to its comedy lineup. The network has given a presentation order to Mystery Island, an animated comedy voiced and co-written by The Office alum Ed Helms. Helms has teamed on the project with former Office writer-producer Graham Wagner. The duo, who met on the long-running NBC workplace comedy, are co-writing Mystery Island — set on an island where holidaymakers get marooned after their cruise ship malfunctions — for Universal TV where Helms’ newly launched company Pacific Electric Picture Co. has a first-look deal. The two executive produce with Pacific Electric Picture EVP Michael Falbo. This marks the second sale for both Wagner and Pacific Electric Picture. Wagner also is co-writing/exec producing NBC’s live-action The Younger Man, a starring vehicle for Justin Long, who is co-writing with his brother Christian, with Jason Winer exec producing. Pacific Electric Picture also has a live-action NBC comedy project with Aisha Muharrar.

NBC had abandoned animated comedy for several years following the 2004 series Father Of The Pride. It restarted development in the arena a couple of years ago, driven by The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, who was looking to return to his animated roots as co-creator of King Of The Hill. NBC developed several toon projects with Daniels, including one written/voiced by Mindy Kaling. Wagner is with ICM Partners and Meridian Artists; Helms is with CAA and Principato Young.

 

Checking the Penguins tally, 6 fans sign in as Team Skipper continues more of Sunday morning sweeps.

 

A spooky week begins as Nick begins to scare up premieres of Dead time stories, SpongeBob, Fairly Odd Parents, Sanjay and Craig, TMNT, Monsters vs. Aliens, Power Rangers Megaforce, Sam and Cat, The Haunted Hathaway’s, and See Dad Run as part of Happy Hallo-weekend. But the scaring doesn’t stop here as The Wild Grinders are face to face with zombies and other ghostly kooks as they enter a haunted house full of evil! This is Realistic Fish Head saying prepare for spooky Nicktoon surprises this week!

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