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It was a busy Thanksgiving at the cineplex, and according to Film.com both "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" have reason to give thanks, as the two films helped set a new box office record.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" led the way with another $110.2 million over the extended five day weekend, bringing its ten day total to an impressive $296.6 million. "Frozen" opened strong as well, earning $93 million in its five day debut. Overall, the box office brought in a whopping $294 million, breaking the previous record of $289.6 million, set just last year.
For a full look at this weekend's box office top ten, head to Film.com.
It's no secret that actress Elizabeth Banks is a huge fan of the "Hunger Games" books and movies — prior to the release of 2012's "The Hunger Games," she said that she pestered the film's producers, and even emailed Gary Ross, who directed the first film. "I just sent him a little email like, 'Just so you know, I'll totally play Effie, ha ha ha!' "
We all know the end result of that email, and after a successful turn as the bewigged Capitol liaison Effie Trinket, Banks is back for the second installment under the watchful eye of director Francis Lawrence. Her enthusiasm for the role has in no way faded, she told us in a recent interview.
"Honestly, I still can't believe I'm a part of it," Banks said of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." "It really is amazing and I love it. I'm very proud."
While the wild wigs, costume and makeup that make Banks nearly unrecognizable go a long way to building the memorable character, it turns out that the actress herself came up with several shout-outs and lines that will undoubtedly further cement Effie's place as a fan favorite.
To find out which line, head over to MTV News.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" did exactly what it was expected to do at the box office this weekend, destroying the record books with a whopping $161.1 million debut according to Film.com.
That's the fourth biggest opening of all time. It also demolished the record for the biggest November opening ever, previously held by "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which earned $142.1 million back in 2009.
Needless to say, nothing else came close this weekend. But for a full run down of the box office top ten, including figures for Vince Vaughn's disappointing new comedy "Delivery Man," head to Film.com.
Via MTV News — In space, no one can hear you scream...except some guy on a fjord in icy Greenland, as it turns out.
Sandra Bullock is given much due credit for her performance in Best Picture hopeful "Gravity" — after all, she's onscreen for every second of the film, usually alone. In one of the most memorable and moving scenes, her stranded astronaut Dr. Ryan Stone is floating alone in space in a Russian Soyuz capsule and has a glimmer of hope that she's regained contact with Earth. But it wouldn't have been possible without a little help from a guy named Orto.
Stone, near the end of her rope, manages to patch through on her radio, before realizing that the man on the other end doesn't speak English. She has a sort of catharsis during the conversation, howling like a dog, listening to a young child cry and, it would appear, letting go of her fear.
Now, we get to see who's on the other end of that staticky radio.
Watch the short above, and read more at MTV News.
Via MTV News — Amid all of the discussion about how to describe "Guardians of the Galaxy," the second of Marvel's 2014 efforts, different genres get tossed around. Is it sci-fi? Is it fantasy? Is it even a superhero movie? But leave it to one of the film's stars, Zoe Saldana, to make things easy for everyone.
In her recent interview with MTV News, Saldana called "Guardians of the Galaxy" "a new way to view superheroes."
The James Gunn-directed flick, which follows a band of outlaws, finished filming not long ago, and the unexpected nature of the heroes has Saldana pumped.
"I love, sometimes, the consistency of what the classics have left behind, but I need innovation. You can only have so much of 'I'll save you,' " she said. "After a while, it's like, 'Oh god. Does he go to the bathroom? Is he hungry? Does he cry? Does he feel?' Not only do we cover that, but we're making heroes out of thieves, and they're Robin Hoods. These characters are absolutely amazing, and they have a full-blown redemption."
Check out the clip above, and read more at MTV News.
"Thor: The Dark World" once again topped the box office this weekend, as according to Film.com, Marvel's latest superhero extravaganza earned an estimated $38.5 million to push its international total to an impressive $479.8 million.
Also impressive? The debut of Malcolm Lee's long awaited "The Best Man Holiday." Faithful fans of 1999's "The Best Man" flocked to the cineplex in droves, giving the $17 million production a stellar $30.6 million debut.
Next weekend, of course, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is expected to obliterate the box office. For a look at this weekend's top ten, though, head to Film.com.
If you haven't yet climbed aboard the "Divergent" train, now is the perfect time to punch your ticket. Not only do you have plenty of time between now and the March 21 release date to read Veronica Roth's young adult book series, you can form your own well-supported opinions about whether Shailene Woodley is the right choice to play meek-turned-mighty female lead Tris.
Or you could take the easy road into fandom and check out this brand spankin' new trailer, unveiled Wednesday morning (November 13).
Via MTV News — With only weeks to go before "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" hits theaters, it seems that anticipation to once again watch Katniss Everdeen brave the arena and the vicious competition inside is at an all-time high. And not to push an already excited fanbase over the edge, but MTV has some good news that just might do it.
This Sunday, November 17, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, "MTV's Catching Fire Fan Tribute" will set MTV ablaze. The all-new, televised special will feature interviews with cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone and Sam Claflin. The stars will be answering questions from the fans, sharing secrets from behind the scenes, playing games to see if any of the competitiveness from the movie rubbed off on them.
"MTV's Catching Fire Fan Tribute" will be hosted by MTV News' Josh Horowitz and Lenay Dunn from "10 On Top," and they will also test how well the cast members know the "Hunger Games" series with trivia questions.
Read more on MTV News, and be sure to tune in Sunday night!
As expected, "Thor: The Dark World" performed heroically at the box office this weekend, as the latest Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster earned a whopping $86.1 million according to Film.com.
Combined with the $240.3 million "Thor: The Dark World" has already taken in overseas, Chris Hemsworth and company are now sitting at a tidy $326.4 million worldwide in just ten days of release.
Needless to say, there wasn't a whole hell of a lot else going on at the box office this weekend, as "Thor: The Dark World" pretty much sucked the air out of the room. But for the full box office top ten, including figures for returning films "Ender's Game" and "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," head to Film.com.
All good things must come to an end, and it would appear that Tom Hiddleston, who portrays the fan favorite character of Loki in the Marvel cinematic universe, has reached an end point with the popular comic book adaptations.
Yes, according to Marvel chief Kevin Feige, we won't be seeing Loki again anytime soon. He won't appear in the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and the boss man hasn't said anything about him coming back in later installments either.
"I don’t think it would be before 'Thor 3' if there is a 'Thor 3' and while we certainly have ideas of where we would like that to go, there are no specifics," Feige told SlashFilm of Loki's future. "We have to see how this one does and then go from there."
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with Hiddleston on the red carpet for "Thor: The Dark World" this week, the actor got emotional while talking about his possible exit from the franchise.
Well, good thing dude's an actor, because we get the feeling those tears were summoned up on command.
"Oh man, I hadn't thought about until you told me," Hiddleston said. "I just really miss it, man. You know, it's been, like, a really good time. You made me cry!"
Sweet emotion, everyone.
On a more serious note, Hiddleston said that being cast as trickster villain Loki had "changed [his] life."
"It's been absolutely above and beyond my wildest dreams," he said.
"Thor: The Dark World," also starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard, hits theaters November 8. Kenneth Branaugh directs.