The Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak ended right on time to make room for the other big three at this week’s box-office, as Bruce Willis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Channing Tatum bring the international day-and-date release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The film was shelved for nearly a year after the original June 2012 release date was pushed back amidst rumors of re-shoots and a 3D conversion. Whatever the reason, the big-budget action-figure/children-cartoon adaptation’s sequel will hit theaters around the world this weekend, likely overshadowing Oz: The Great and Powerful and The Croods, this month’s other international success stories. The Croods expands to 17 markets this weekend and shouldn’t compete directly with Joe.
The delay means that G.I. Joe won’t have to battle Spider-Man for box-office as it was slated to last year, but the alternative might be a bit more awkward. A Good Day to Die Hard has been holding up well since its international roll-out began in mid-February, posting a $152.4 million overseas gross. There is a chance that audiences might experience Bruce Willis fatigue, on the assumption that seeing a bald person shoot a machine gun for 90 minutes gets old without some sort of hiatus.
The star power of Channing Tatum and “The Rock” is another story altogether. The former WWE superstar has seen overseas success with his two previous films, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Fast Five, grossing a respective $222 million and $416 million overseas. Channing Tatum might be a harder sell.; while dedicating the bulk of the last two years to star in Steven Soderbergh movies has helped launch his career in the United States, those aren’t the type of films to adequately compare his drawing power with G.I Joe: Retaliation.
We can’t talk about the weekend without mentioning The Host, adapted from “Twilight” author Stephanie Meyer’s latest novel. The Twilight saga’s five films grossed over $3.34 billion worldwide. It will be interesting to see if The Host can benefit from the same box-office magic. Director Andrew Niccol’s previous science-fiction film, the Justin Timberlake vehicle In Time, under whelmed at the North American box-office but found new life overseas with a $136 million gross that buoyed its global tally to a $173 million cume. A cast of relative unknowns might be a liability, however, and the film will have to rely on its genre and Meyer’s Twilight connection to break through.
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WASHINGTON D.C. -- Oscar®-nominated Melissa McCarthy will receive the "CinemaCon® Female Star of the Year Award" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention's Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. McCarthy will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"With an incredible comedic timing that has had audiences around the world falling out of their seats laughing, Melissa McCarthy has proven to be the new queen of comedy," noted Neuhauser. "With the upcoming release of ‘The Heat,' and her most recent releases ‘Identity Thief' and ‘Bridesmaids,' she has continued to prove that she is the actress to watch in Hollywood. We could not be more thrilled to be able to honor her as this year's ‘CinemaCon Female Star of the Year.'"
McCarthy will star later this summer in the 20th Century Fox release "The Heat." Releasing on June 28, 2013, McCarthy stars as foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins opposite Sandra Bullock as uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn. The two law enforcement officials couldn't be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. "The Heat" also stars Michael Rappaport, Tom Wilson, Tony Hale, Joey McIntyre, Marlon Wayans, Taran Kilam, Kaitlin Olsen, Bill Burr and Nate Coordy. The film is directed by Paul Feig, who also directed "Bridesmaids."
"I have now had the honor to direct Ms. McCarthy in two films and am hoping to direct every frame of film she appears in from now until the sun swells and consumes the Earth," said Feig. "I have also officially filed adoption papers to make Ms. McCarthy my daughter. That's how wonderful she is. She also smells like very expensive flowers."
McCarthy first made her mark on the comedy stage performing stand-up in New York and received dramatic training from The Actors Studio before spending nine years as a main-stage member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles. She is currently starring in the box office hit "Identity Thief" alongside Jason Bateman. Her standout role as Megan in the smash hit comedy "Bridesmaids" garnered her Oscar®, BAFTA, Critics Choice and SAG Award nominations and she received the 2012 MTV Movie Award for Comedic Performance of the Year. She currently stars on the CBS top-rated comedy "Mike & Molly" for which she earned an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy." Her additional feature film work includes: "This is 40," "The Back-Up Plan," "Life As We Know It" and "Pretty Ugly People." On television, she previously starred in "Gilmore Girls" and "Samantha Who?" This summer, McCarthy will shoot the lead role in and serve as producer of the film "Tammy," which she co-wrote with her actor/writer husband Ben Falcone, who will direct the film.