Brazil

Can 'Red Dawn' Unseat 'Die Hard'? on March 01, 2013

red_dawnn.jpgThe Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson action film Red Dawn, a remake of the '80s Patrick Swayze classic about a teen uprising against a local invasion, storms theaters in Brazil this weekend in an attempt to steal the #1 slot away from A Good Day to Die Hard. Red Dawn performed modestly in the U.S., but star Hemsworth was in Brazil's biggest hit of 2012, The Avengers, which should give the film a boost. (Hutcherson's own two films, The Hunger Games and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, made just $15 million in the country.) However, in addition to fighting back the film's North Korean villains, the Red Dawn team must also fend off Buddies, the locally-made Downs Syndrome road trip comedy by Brazilian director Marcelo Galvalo, which has done a decent job drumming up press and could be a surprise smash. 

Reality Show 'Rich Women' Rumored to Get Feature Film Deal on March 01, 2013

rich_women.jpgMulheres Ricas, or Rich Women, received an explosive amount of press when it debuted in January of 2012, with news stories detailing the extravagant lives of Brazil's newly wealthy and their resulting reality show reaching as far as the UK in a Guardian piece that called the TV program, "the first reality show to delve into the lives of the country's growing class of super-rich." From the start, the reality show has stirred controversy, especially in a country that has seen its favela population triple in the last two decades. A Sao Paulo newspaper sneered that the program, "would be comic if it was not tragic." But with the second season winding down, one of the stars has announced that the cast is in negotiations to play themselves in a feature film. Television is Brazil's strongest entertainment industry, so it could be welcome news for theaters to have a popular program spill over into a feature film. Can it beat Sex in the City 2's Brazilian haul of $3.2 million? To the cast, that's pocket change. 

BOX OFFICE ACTUALS: 'Die Hard' Finally Dethrones 'Hansel and Gretel' on February 26, 2013

die_hard.jpgAfter four weeks at the top of the Brazilian charts, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters finally lost the #1 spot to the Bruce Willis' A Good Day to Die Hard. The fifth entrant in the action franchise made a modest debut -- a mere $2.3 million -- but it was enough to claim number one in a week sprinkled with smaller debuts from Beasts of the Southern Wild ($281K) and the 3D Russian cartoon Snow Queen ($350K). Otherwise, older releases lingered at the top of the charts with Hansel, Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables continuing to rack up small, but consistent numbers. Full box office report below. 

RANK

TITLE

GROSS

TOTAL

WEEKS

1

A Good Day to Die Hard

$2.3M

$2.3M

1

2

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

$1.0M

$21.2M

5

3

Silver Linings Playbook

$647K

$5.2M

4

4

Les Miserables

$385K

$3.7M

4

5

Snow Queen

$350K

$350K

1

6

Flight

$341K

$3.0M

3

7

A Haunted House

$309K

$4.1M

4

8

Zero Dark Thirty

$284K

$877K

2

9

Beasts of the Southern Wild

$281K

$281K

1

10

Django Unchained

$253K

$6.3M

6

'Rio 2' Relocating to the Amazon on February 26, 2013

rio2.jpgWhen Fox's 2011 cartoon Rio grossed $484 million worldwide on a $90 million budget, the studio immediately began work on a sequel. The synopsis for Rio 2 confirms that the film will stay in Brazil, but shift its locale to the Brazilian Amazon, roughly as far away from the titular city as New York is from Los Angeles. In the film, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jade (Oscar winner Anne Hathaway) take their three hatchlings on vacation in the jungle and, of course, things get wild. Carlos Saldanha, the Brazilian director who helmed the original Rio and Ice Age, returns, as do voice talents will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez and Jamie Foxx. New to the film are actors Andy Garcia and Rita Moreno, plus The Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, and pop singers Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe. Said Saldanha, "In Rio 2 want to make a more comprehensive adventure....My father was in the military, so we traveled all of Brazil." Rio 2 will be released on March 28, 2014.

 

'De Parnas pro Ar 2' Smashes 'Wreck-It Ralph' To Become 2013's Biggest Hit To-Date on February 25, 2013

Over the weekend, the Brazilian rom-com De Parnas pro Ar 2, the sequel to the 2010 hit about a workaholic who runs her family's sex toy company, crossed $25 million in ticket sales to become the biggest box office success of the year, besting the Disney juggernaut Wreck-It Ralph by nearly $4 million. The comedy has lingered in theaters for 9 weeks and only recently slipped out of the country's Top Ten. Paris Filmes has already confirmed plans to shoot De Parnas pro Ar 3, which will shift the setting of the series to France. 


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