Nancy Zwiers was genuinely psyched to see Lincoln, but something happened between the ticket purchase and the credits. Off screen, that is.
"Yes, I fell asleep," confessed the 54-year-old marketing executive in Long Beach, Calif. "I only have two clear memories of the movie: a bunch of old white guys sitting around talking and Sally Field in a perpetual state of angst."
That was shortly after its release in October. Fast forward to January and a dozen Academy Award nominations for the 150-minute epic and another accolade has emerged: nap worthy, with and without apologies from the snoozy to Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Movie napping is almost certainly as old as cinema itself. It strikes the overtired and the well-rested, film nuts and occasional theatregoers. Some blame it on soporific popcorn. Others on the enveloping darkness and a comfy seat. The theatre is too hot. The theatre is too cold, too crowded, not crowded enough...
Star Trek, Hunger Games, Superman, Iron Man and Wolverine. 2013 is going to be one exciting year at the cinema! We’ve got a year full of comic book heroes, alien invaders, book adaptations, and sequels galore ahead of us for 2013. We’ve compiled some of the highlights in our 2013 preview video featuring some of the biggest titles of the year and now we are turning the tables over to you!
Can’t wait to see Leo in The Great Gatsby? Getting ready to laugh out loud with Mike and Sully as they return to Monsters University? What 2013 movie are you the most excited about?
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It took Leatherface and his chainsaw to chase tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins out of the top spot at the box office.
Lionsgate's horror sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D debuted at number one with $23 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The movie picks up where 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre left off, with masked killer Leatherface on the loose again.
Quentin Tarantino's revenge saga Django Unchained held on at number two for a second-straight weekend with $20.1 million. The Weinstein Co. release raised its domestic total to $106.4 million.
After three weekends at the top, part one of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy slipped to third with $17.5 million. That lifts the domestic haul to $263.8 million for The Hobbit. The Warner Bros. blockbuster added $57.1 million overseas to bring its international earnings to $561 million and its worldwide total to about $825 million.
Also passing the $100 million mark over the weekend was Universal's musical Les Miserables, which finished at number four with $16.1 million, pushing its domestic total to $103.6 million.
We’ve closed the books on 2012 and looking forward to a movie-filled 2013. It was a great year at the cinema with over a hundred movies appearing on the big screen. From indie darlings like Moonrise Kingdom to big screen blockbusters like Skyfall and The Avengers, 2012 had something for everyone.
We’ve shared our favourite movies of the year, and now we want to know what tops your list of the year’s best! It’s not an easy task to whittle down a selection of only ten films after a year filled with so many great films, but we’ve managed to come up with ten of the year’s most popular movies for our poll. Your favourite not listed? Share your pick for your favourite movie of 2012 in the comments section and let us know why it’s your fave.
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A tiny hobbit has a mighty hold on the box office, staying on top for a third-straight week and wrapping up a year that saw a record-breaking $10.8 billion in total annual grosses.
The Warner Bros. fantasy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey remained at number one with $32 million for a total of $221.7 million, according to final studio figures Monday. That's slightly down from the Sunday estimate of just under $33 million but enough to retain first place in a holiday weekend that featured the much-anticipated debuts of awards contenders Django Unchained, the latest from Quentin Tarantino starring Jamie Foxx in the title role and the star-studded musical Les Miserables, featuring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.
The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It's the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.
Thanks to inflation, revenue generally rises in Hollywood as admission prices climb each year. The real story is told in tickets, whose sales have been on a general decline for a decade, bottoming out in 2011 at 1.29 billion, their lowest level since 1995.
The industry rebounded this year, with ticket sales projected to rise 5.6 percent to 1.36 billion by Dec. 31, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com. That's still well below the modern peak of 1.6 billion tickets sold in 2002, but in an age of cozy home theater setups and endless entertainment gadgets, studio executives consider it a triumph that they were able to put more butts in cinema seats this year than last.
"It is a victory, ultimately," said Don Harris, head of distribution at Paramount Pictures. "If we deliver the product as an industry that people want, they will want to get out there. Even though you can sit at home and watch something on your large screen in high-def, people want to get out."
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous Lord of the Rings films.
The Warner Bros. Middle Earth epic was the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith's I Am Legend, which opened with $77.2 million in 2007, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey also passed the December opening of Avatar, which opened with $77 million. Internationally, The Hobbit also added $138.2 million, for an impressive debut well north of $200 million.
Despite weak reviews, the 3D adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's first novel in the fantasy series was an even bigger draw than the last Lord of the Rings movie, The Return of the King. That film opened with $72.6 million. The Hobbit is the first of another planned trilogy, with two more films to be squeezed out of Tolkien's book.
For some fans, waiting for The Hobbit's December 14 release has seemed an almost interminable length of time. But for those involved in the actual production of Peter Jackson's latest big-screen Tolkien trilogy, including actors Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen, it's been literally years in the making. The film's New Zealand shoot lasted a whopping 266 days (exactly the same length of time it took to film the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and, due to Freeman's commitments to "Sherlock", ended up being spread over an 18-month period. Production wrapped back in July, and while post-production work has kept those behind-the-camera well-occupied, the actors have found themselves waiting alongside everyone else for the opportunity to share their Unexpected Journey with audiences.
In advance of the film's world premiere in Wellington, Jackson, Freeman and the rest of the cast sat down to talk about the characters, their epic journey back to Middle-earth, and what to expect when The Hobbit hits theatres. Watch what they had to say after the cut!
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