Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot themselves to top of UK box office

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Terrible reviews could not prevent the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topping the UK and Ireland box office, with takings of £4.78m.

The Guardian’s Mike McCahill wrote: “In-your-face 3D tie-ins – the pizza’s branded, and the finale frenetically pushes pixels around Times Square’s billboards – foreground its primary intent: the repackaging of gleaming, empty, allowance-snaffling product. Were these Turtles ever anything else?”

David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl, the number one movie for the past fortnight, dropped to second with takings of £2.36m. The film’s cumulative box office is now £14.15m.

The horror movie Annabelle was placed third with £1.58m, while the young adult sci-fi thriller The Maze Runner was fourth.

The Best of Me, the latest adaptation of a novel by Nicholas Sparks, took £636,842 in its first week. Previous films based on Sparks books include Dear John, Message in a Bottle and The Notebook.

Courtroom drama The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall, opened in ninth place with takings £420,720. The British independent drama Northern Soul was placed tenth with £278,829.

UK & Ireland box office: 17-19 October 2014
  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - £4.78m NEW
  2. Gone Girl – £2.36m
  3. Annabelle - £1.46m
  4. The Maze Runner - £1.45m
  5. The Best of Me - £636m NEW
    Source: FDA

    Brad Pitt's Fury blasts path to top of US box office

    World War Two drama Fury has opened at the top of the US and Canadian box office, displacing David Fincher’s Gone Girl.

    Fury, which stars Brad Pitt, debuted on $23.7m, which is on a par with movies such as Captain Phillips ($25.7m), Act of Valor ($24.5m) and Monument’s Men ($22m).

    The film’s audience has been overwhelmingly male (60%) and 51% were over the age of 35. This audience has liked the film, awarding it an A- rating on CinemaScore.

    North American box office: 17-19 October 2014
    1. Fury - $23.7m NEW
    2. Gone Girl - $17.51m
    3. The Book of Life - $17m
    4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - $11.45m
    5. The Best of Me - $10m
    Box Office Mojo

    Monday, 20 October 2014

    Fury closes London Film Festival

    Peter Comfort and Brad Pitt
    ( Gareth Cattermole/Getty for BFI)
    Brad Pitt’s World War Two drama Fury closed the BFI London Film Festival last night in the company of a veteran of the conflict. The film, directed by David Ayer, sees Pitt play a Sherman tank commander leading his crew on a mission behind enemy lines in 1945.

    Ex-tank crewman Peter Comfort, 90, who had worked as an adviser on Fury, joined Pitt and co-stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal on the red carpet in Leicester Square.

    Pitt said the film did not seek to glorify war and acknowledged the trauma of conflict. He reflected: “It is an amazing fact of human nature that one year we can be chopping each other up, the next we can be sharing a pint. We continually devolve into conflict, no matter how much we evolve.”

    Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf
    ( David J Hogan/Getty for BFI)
    The film was shot in the UK, with Germany recreated in Oxfordshire and at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire using vintage vehicles from the Tank Museum. Pitt said: “There's nothing ergonomical about a tank," Pitt admitted. "You were always getting banged up on something. But we were forced to familiarise ourselves with the tank and we all found our little comfort spots. I became quite proprietorial about it.”

    Fury is released in the UK on Wednesday. It was the number one movie at the US box office this weekend, with takings of £23.5m.

    BFI festival director Clare Stewart said this year’s LFF had a record audience turnout of 163,300, a 7.5% increase on last year. The London Film Festival opened on 8 October with another WWII film, The Imitation Game, about codebreaker Alan Turing.