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Scott Pilgrim bombs at box office

Comic-book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has bombed at the North American box office over the weekend.

The film came in at No. 5 with $US10.5 million, looking like an expensive flop for Universal, which reportedly spent $US85 million making the film before tax credits reduced the tab to $US60 million.

The studio said it was “proud” of the movie and reviews and exit polls have been stronger than for Expendables and Eat Pray Love.

It marks the second disappointment this month for General Electric Co-owned distributor Universal Pictures, following Charlie St. Cloud.

The picture – a cross between a teenage romcom, a superhero adventure and a live-action “Street Fighter” video game – tells of an amiable, 22-year-old Toronto slacker (Michael Cera) who falls for the enigmatic, out-of-his-league Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

But as soon as the couple starts going out, Ramona’s romantic baggage, in the form of her seven evil exes, interrupts their bliss. Each old flame challenges Scott to a duel to the death, the fights becoming progressively more difficult.

Fortunately, although Scott appears to be just an aimless, skinny guitarist waiting for his life to begin, he also has superpowers.

Based on the six-issue graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs the World is a singular mixture of comedy, fantasy, kung-fu and garage rock, all cranked to 11. Beginning with some truly trippy opening credits, Wright uses every conceivable tool in his filmmaking arsenal to depict the world through Scott’s contemporary, geeky, fantasy-prone eyes.

Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone outmuscled Julia Roberts over the weekend weekend box office to score the biggest opening of his career with his new film The Expendables.

The action hero’s all-star mercenary thriller earned an estimated $US35 million across the United States and Canada during its first three days of release, distributor Lionsgate said.

The opening, which was in line with bullish expectations, marks a boost not only for Stallone, who directed and co-wrote the project as well, but also for Lionsgate, whose Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. parent is fending off a hostile takeover from investor Carl Icahn.

The film, predictably, played strongest with older men who are nostalgic for ’80s action flicks with high body counts and loud explosions. A sequel is reportedly in the works.

Julia Roberts, whose career has been almost as cold as Stallone’s in recent years, followed at a distant No. 2 with Eat Pray Love. The big-screen adaptation of a bestselling memoir about a woman’s international search for herself, opened with $US23.7 million, also in line with expectations.

The drama, which was targeted at older women, was released by Columbia Pictures. The Sony Corp. unit topped the box office last weekend with The Other Guys. The Will Ferrell cop comedy fell to No. 3 with $US18 million, taking its 10-day total to $US70.5 million.

Stallone, 64, was last in theatres with a pair of modest retreads revisiting his glory days, 2008’s Rambo and 2006’s Rocky Balboa. They opened to $US18 million and $US12 million, respectively.

His best opening, before accounting for ticket-price inflation was the $US33 million start for the children’s movie Spy Kids 3D in 2003. On an adjusted basis, he did better with a pair of films in 1985: Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV, with about $US45 million each, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo.

The Expendables, whose multinational lineup includes English tough guy Jason Statham, Sweden’s Dolph Lundgren and Chinese martial-arts veteran Jet Li, revolves around a team of mercenaries who inflict carnage on a fictional South American dictatorship. Bruce Willis and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have cameos. Roberts’ older brother, Eric, plays a villain.

Men accounted for 61% of the audience, and 60% of viewers were aged over 25, Lionsgate said.

Source: Reuters

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Scott Pilgrim bombs at box office

Comic-book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has bombed at the North American box office over the weekend.

The film came in at No. 5 with $US10.5 million, looking like an expensive flop for Universal, which reportedly spent $US85 million making the film before tax credits reduced the tab to $US60 million.

The studio said it was “proud” of the movie and reviews and exit polls have been stronger than for Expendables and Eat Pray Love.

It marks the second disappointment this month for General Electric Co-owned distributor Universal Pictures, following Charlie St. Cloud.

The picture – a cross between a teenage romcom, a superhero adventure and a live-action “Street Fighter” video game – tells of an amiable, 22-year-old Toronto slacker (Michael Cera) who falls for the enigmatic, out-of-his-league Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

But as soon as the couple starts going out, Ramona’s romantic baggage, in the form of her seven evil exes, interrupts their bliss. Each old flame challenges Scott to a duel to the death, the fights becoming progressively more difficult.

Fortunately, although Scott appears to be just an aimless, skinny guitarist waiting for his life to begin, he also has superpowers.

Based on the six-issue graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs the World is a singular mixture of comedy, fantasy, kung-fu and garage rock, all cranked to 11. Beginning with some truly trippy opening credits, Wright uses every conceivable tool in his filmmaking arsenal to depict the world through Scott’s contemporary, geeky, fantasy-prone eyes.

Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone outmuscled Julia Roberts over the weekend weekend box office to score the biggest opening of his career with his new film The Expendables.

The action hero’s all-star mercenary thriller earned an estimated $US35 million across the United States and Canada during its first three days of release, distributor Lionsgate said.

The opening, which was in line with bullish expectations, marks a boost not only for Stallone, who directed and co-wrote the project as well, but also for Lionsgate, whose Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. parent is fending off a hostile takeover from investor Carl Icahn.

The film, predictably, played strongest with older men who are nostalgic for ’80s action flicks with high body counts and loud explosions. A sequel is reportedly in the works.

Julia Roberts, whose career has been almost as cold as Stallone’s in recent years, followed at a distant No. 2 with Eat Pray Love. The big-screen adaptation of a bestselling memoir about a woman’s international search for herself, opened with $US23.7 million, also in line with expectations.

The drama, which was targeted at older women, was released by Columbia Pictures. The Sony Corp. unit topped the box office last weekend with The Other Guys. The Will Ferrell cop comedy fell to No. 3 with $US18 million, taking its 10-day total to $US70.5 million.

Stallone, 64, was last in theatres with a pair of modest retreads revisiting his glory days, 2008’s Rambo and 2006’s Rocky Balboa. They opened to $US18 million and $US12 million, respectively.

His best opening, before accounting for ticket-price inflation was the $US33 million start for the children’s movie Spy Kids 3D in 2003. On an adjusted basis, he did better with a pair of films in 1985: Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV, with about $US45 million each, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo.

The Expendables, whose multinational lineup includes English tough guy Jason Statham, Sweden’s Dolph Lundgren and Chinese martial-arts veteran Jet Li, revolves around a team of mercenaries who inflict carnage on a fictional South American dictatorship. Bruce Willis and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have cameos. Roberts’ older brother, Eric, plays a villain.

Men accounted for 61% of the audience, and 60% of viewers were aged over 25, Lionsgate said.

Source: Reuters

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Front Page, Industry News

Scott Pilgrim bombs at box office

Comic-book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has bombed at the North American box office over the weekend.

The film came in at No. 5 with $US10.5 million, looking like an expensive flop for Universal, which reportedly spent $US85 million making the film before tax credits reduced the tab to $US60 million.

The studio said it was “proud” of the movie and reviews and exit polls have been stronger than for Expendables and Eat Pray Love.

It marks the second disappointment this month for General Electric Co-owned distributor Universal Pictures, following Charlie St. Cloud.

The picture – a cross between a teenage romcom, a superhero adventure and a live-action “Street Fighter” video game – tells of an amiable, 22-year-old Toronto slacker (Michael Cera) who falls for the enigmatic, out-of-his-league Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

But as soon as the couple starts going out, Ramona’s romantic baggage, in the form of her seven evil exes, interrupts their bliss. Each old flame challenges Scott to a duel to the death, the fights becoming progressively more difficult.

Fortunately, although Scott appears to be just an aimless, skinny guitarist waiting for his life to begin, he also has superpowers.

Based on the six-issue graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs the World is a singular mixture of comedy, fantasy, kung-fu and garage rock, all cranked to 11. Beginning with some truly trippy opening credits, Wright uses every conceivable tool in his filmmaking arsenal to depict the world through Scott’s contemporary, geeky, fantasy-prone eyes.

Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone outmuscled Julia Roberts over the weekend weekend box office to score the biggest opening of his career with his new film The Expendables.

The action hero’s all-star mercenary thriller earned an estimated $US35 million across the United States and Canada during its first three days of release, distributor Lionsgate said.

The opening, which was in line with bullish expectations, marks a boost not only for Stallone, who directed and co-wrote the project as well, but also for Lionsgate, whose Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. parent is fending off a hostile takeover from investor Carl Icahn.

The film, predictably, played strongest with older men who are nostalgic for ’80s action flicks with high body counts and loud explosions. A sequel is reportedly in the works.

Julia Roberts, whose career has been almost as cold as Stallone’s in recent years, followed at a distant No. 2 with Eat Pray Love. The big-screen adaptation of a bestselling memoir about a woman’s international search for herself, opened with $US23.7 million, also in line with expectations.

The drama, which was targeted at older women, was released by Columbia Pictures. The Sony Corp. unit topped the box office last weekend with The Other Guys. The Will Ferrell cop comedy fell to No. 3 with $US18 million, taking its 10-day total to $US70.5 million.

Stallone, 64, was last in theatres with a pair of modest retreads revisiting his glory days, 2008’s Rambo and 2006’s Rocky Balboa. They opened to $US18 million and $US12 million, respectively.

His best opening, before accounting for ticket-price inflation was the $US33 million start for the children’s movie Spy Kids 3D in 2003. On an adjusted basis, he did better with a pair of films in 1985: Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV, with about $US45 million each, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo.

The Expendables, whose multinational lineup includes English tough guy Jason Statham, Sweden’s Dolph Lundgren and Chinese martial-arts veteran Jet Li, revolves around a team of mercenaries who inflict carnage on a fictional South American dictatorship. Bruce Willis and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have cameos. Roberts’ older brother, Eric, plays a villain.

Men accounted for 61% of the audience, and 60% of viewers were aged over 25, Lionsgate said.

Source: Reuters

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