WASHINGTON D.C. -- Taylor Kitsch will receive the "CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award," it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 23 - 26, 2012, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Kitsch will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony that will take place on Thursday evening, April 26, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"Having impressed television audiences with his engrossing portrayal of a troubled Texas high-school fullback in ‘Friday Night Lights,' Kitsch continues to dive into each assigned role with an incredible passion that shines through in all of his work," said Neuhauser. "A talented young man with a bright future ahead of him entertaining moviegoing audiences around the world, I could not think of someone more fitting to be this year's ‘CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow.' We are honored to be able to present him with this award."
Kitsch will next be seen as Lt. Alex Hopper in this summer's "Battleship," which will be released on May 18 by Universal Pictures. Peter Berg ("Hancock," "The Kingdom," "Friday Night Lights") directs and produces this epic-scale action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. The film also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano and Liam Neeson.
Later this summer, Kitsch will be featured as a former Navy Seal and ex-mercenary in the new ferocious thriller from three-time Oscar® winner Oliver Stone, Universal's "Savages," which will be released on July 6. "Savages" features an all-star ensemble cast of Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir.
Most recently seen in Disney's live-action film "John Carter," Kitsch, who grew up in British Columbia, began his acting career in 2002, when he moved to New York to study with renowned acting coach Sheila Grey. Within a year, he landed his first major feature film role in "Snakes on a Plane," before landing a role on NBC's critically acclaimed sports drama "Friday Night Lights." Additional film credits include the horror flick "The Covenant," the sci-fi action-adventure "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and Steven Silver's "The Bang Bang Club."
20th Century Fox reports that Titanic 3D managed the studio's biggest opening day ever in China by earning Ic73m (RMB), or around $11.6 million from 2,400 3D screens and 66 IMAX screens. A final number is due this evening.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow will receive the "CinemaCon Award of Excellence in Filmmaking," it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held from April 23 - 26, 2012, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Apatow will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 26, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night's gala awards program.
"Judd Apatow has written, directed and/or produced many of this moviegoing generation's most memorable and entertaining comedies," noted Neuhauser. "With his uncanny ability to bring out the ridiculousness of many real-life situations, as well as his gift for recognizing and creating some of the most outrageous and compelling characters ever to appear on the big screen, he is sure to keep entertaining audiences for many years to come. We are thrilled to be able to present Judd with the ‘CinemaCon Award of Excellence in Filmmaking.'"
Audiences will get to experience Apatow's next film, "This Is 40," when it is released by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2012. An original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit "Knocked Up," we will see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life. The film also stars Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Smigel, Charlene Yi and Albert Brooks.
Initially aspiring to become a professional comedian, Apatow eventually stopped performing in favor of writing. After writing on a few award shows, cable specials, "The Larry Sanders Show" and "The Ben Stiller Show" (which he co-created), Apatow served as an executive producer on NBC's critically-acclaimed "Freaks and Geeks." He then made his feature-film debut as a director with 2005's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." Co-written by Apatow and the film's star, Steve Carell, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" opened at No. 1 at the box office. In 2007, he directed, wrote and produced "Knocked Up," which grossed more than $200 million internationally. He followed this up by producing the hit comedies "Superbad," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Pineapple Express" and writing and directing 2009's "Funny People." Additional producing credits include "The Cable Guy," "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "Get Him to the Greek." In 2011, he produced the most successful R-rated female comedy of all time, "Bridesmaids." Apatow is currently in production on the HBO series "Girls," and recently produced "The Five-Year Engagement," the new comedy from director Nicholas Stoller that will be released on April 27 by Universal.
Wrath of the Titans: $43.0 million from 13,540 screens in 60 markets. International cume = $152.2 million.
Titanic 3D: $35.5 million from 5,579 screens in 53 markets. International cume = $35.5 million. Note: Titanic 3D opens in China on Tuesday, April 10 on 2,400 3D screens and 60 IMAX screens.
The Hunger Games: $25.5 million. International cume = $157.1 million.
American Reunion: $19.3 million from 2,388 locations in 28 territories. International cume = $19.3 million.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: $11.8 million from 4,000 locations in 49 territories. International cume = $59 million.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits: $10.0 million in 29 markets. International cume = $25.2 million.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $5.3 million from 1,423 screens in 27 markets. International cume = $53.2 million.
21 Jump Street: $2.9 million in 17 markets. International cume = $27.6 million.
This Means War: $1.7 million from 1,227 screens in 2 markets. International cume = $87 million.
The Vow: $1.6 million in 23 markets. International cume = $51 million.