FRIDAY 6:30 PM: (No Easter Weekend estimates yet.) Twentieth Century Fox’s Rio may be about a bird, but very early numbers show “it’s holding like a rock,” a studio exec just emailed me. Lionsgate’s latest in Tyler Perry’s franchise, Madea’s Big Happy Family, looks soft. This is, after all, Perry’s sixth cross-dressing film; the last one opened to $41M and the one before was $30M. But overperforming is Fox’s intriguing for adults and Robert Pattinson’s Twi-hards Water For Elephants based on Sara Gruen’s best-selling book and written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Francis Lawrence. “Terrific start for Elephants as we could hit higher teens,” a Fox exec tells me. It’s also a good day for Universal’s holdover Hop from Illumination Entertainment which will pop on Saturday and Sunday for the little bunnies and their parents. And Disneynature’s African Cats narrated by Samuel Jackson is also playing strong for a nich nature movie. So it’s not a bad Good Friday in more ways than one!
Refined numbers and full analysis coming later. Here are Top 5:
1. Rio 3D (Blue Sky Studio/Fox) Week 2
2. Madea’s Big Happy Family (Tyler Perry Studio/Lionsgate) NEW
3. Water For Elephants (Fox 2000/Fox) NEW
4. Hop (Illumination Entertainment/Universal) Week 3
5. African Cats (Disneynature/Walt Disney Studios) NEW
6. Scream 4 (Miramax/Dimension/Weinstein Co) Week 2
Rob, Reeses, and Christoph answer fan questions on CNN
Good Friday is turning out to be excellent for the movie business, with Rio continuing to soar and new entry Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family off to a solid start.
The surprise is Water for Elephants – starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson andChristoph Waltz – which is overperforming in early business at the domestic box office.
Heading into the weekend, Fox 2000′s Water for Elephants was projected to post an opening weekend gross of between $13 million to $15 million.
Water, based on the bestselling book by Sara Gruen, has been gaining momentum in recent days, particularly among younger females, and has every chance now of doing more business. The film’s strongest demo, according to tracking, is older women.
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Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz will be guests on Le Grand Journal de Canal + on Friday April 29th to speak about Water for Elephants . The interview with Michel Denisot will air at 7:05 local time on the 4th station.
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Here’s a new Robert Pattinson Wallpaper with the beautiful still from Water for Elephants by @Dreamysim1 | Click to make bigger
“That’s Rob circa 2005. He (and the ‘Harry Potter’ cast) were in NYC for the ‘Goblet of Fire’ premiere in November and Rob played an Open Mic Night at a bar uptown. He was amazing! After the show, he and his friends just hung out. He asked me questions about myself and what it was like to live in the city…”
–Emily A. Vail
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Donna went on to say that Barbara is a tour de force who specializes in seduction—particularly that of innocent young men who join her circus troupe, which brings us to the subject of Donna’s kissing scenes with Rob.
“I love that I got paid to kiss Robert Pattinson and he wasn’t sick,” Donna said, citing Reese and Rob’s admissions of runny noses during their scene. “He was very sweet. He’s genuinely shy,” she said.
Donna explained that during the scene where her character is performing her burlesque dance and takes her top off to “twirl her tassels,” Rob was particularly taken aback.
“When I did it, I turn around and take off my top, his face was, I think, very genuine,” she recalled. “He’s like, ‘Oh my God, am I really seeing this?’ In my opinion, he was a little bit shy about speaking to me in the makeup trailer for a few days after that day,” she added with a chuckle. “It was a little bit hard for him to look me in the eyes. It was so genuine.”
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