To date, the Johnny Depp-Penélope Cruz vehicle Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the biggest worldwide box-office hit of 2011, having grossed $623.71m. In North America, the top movie is Fast Five, the fifth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, which has scored $196.02m. Rio, Thor, and The Hangover Part II have also performed remarkably well.
As I mentioned in a previous post, apart from two late 2010 releases, Oscar winners The King’s Speech and Black Swan, 2011 moviegoers continue to ignore dramas about human relationships. At no. 20, Francis Lawrence’s Water for Elephants, starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz is the sole drama — outside the action/thriller/horror genres — among the year’s top 25 releases.
In North America, Water for Elephants has taken in $54.4m after five weeks. Internationally, the $38m-budgeted circus drama has just passed the $50m milestone after adding $3.7m this weekend as per The Hollywood Reporter. Total to date: $50.7m. Water for Elephants has thus passed the $100m milestone, cuming at $105.1m worldwide.
As of May 22, Water for Elephants’ top overseas markets were: Australia with $6.85m, Germany with $5.75m, France with $5.39m, the United Kingdom with $5.19m, and Mexico with $2.73m. The film also earned more than $1m in Brazil (up to May 15), Italy (despite a slow start), Russia/CIS, Spain, and Sweden.
For comparison’s sake: Reese Witherspoon’s previous star vehicle, James L. Brooks’ $120m comedy How Do You Know, collected only $30m in the US/Canada and $17.49m internationally earlier this year. Its top foreign markets were Germany ($3.11m), Australia ($2.73m), and Spain ($1.62m).
Robert Pattinson’s previous non-Twilight Saga vehicle, the romantic drama Remember Me, went on to gross $19m in North America and $36.96m internationally in 2010. Remember Me’s top international markets were the United Kingdom/Ireland ($5.49m), France ($3.53m), and Russia/CIS ($3.48m).
May 14, 2011 • Category: Career, News & Gossip •
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Reese Witherspoon struggled to find good scripts when she returned to work after a two-year break.
The actress, who took some time out to focus on her family life after her divorce from Ryan Phillippe in 2007, says that due to the writers’ strike that brought Hollywood to a standstill, there was a lack of interesting screenplays when she planned her comeback.
The Oscar winner insists that despite the wide range of films she has previously starred in, popular blockbusters like Transformers aren’t right for her.
“When I got back to work, I struggled to find a good script. The industry was just recovering from the writers’ crisis,” she told the French edition of Glamour. “Nowadays, movies are different. With giant robots and all. There are no roles for a 35-year-old woman in movie about giant robots!”
Reese – who married second husband Jim Toth earlier this year – was disappointed to discover that despite her hiatus, her personal life was still a popular topic for discussion.
The blonde beauty finds it frustrating that her work as an actress is interlinked with her private life.
“I live under a lot of scrutiny from the media, which creates a discrepancy,” she said. “For two years, no one has seen me on the big screen – but too much in the press. For a lot of people, my career is down to what they read in gossip magazines.”
As posted about last night, Reese attended the Barcelona premiere of Water For Elephants. I’ve now added lots more photos, most of which are in HQ! I’m also posting a bunch of videos from the event, which you can view further down this post.
Pics from today’s press conference coming up in a little while, or tomorrow, depending on time.
May 2, 2011 • Category: "Water For Elephants" •
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REESE Witherspoon admits it was “a little scary” having to cut her hair for new movie Water For Elephants.
The Oscar winning actress had the option of wearing a wig to play her platinum blonde character but instead spoiled her own luscious locks.
“I debated about whether or not I was going to wear a wig,” says Reese.
“Ultimately, after lots of discussion and screen-testing, I decided, ‘I’m just going to cut my hair. I’m just going to dye it white. I’m just going to do it.’ It was really transforming for me if a little scary. In the end I didn’t even recognize myself.”
Reese recently admitted her Hollywood stardom hasn’t come without a price.
“Sometimes I will sit in the car and cry,” she said.
“Because I can’t get out. That’s the only thing: I mourn the loss of my privacy.
“With whatever I’ve lost, I’ve gained tenfold in life experience.”
May 2, 2011 • Category: "Water For Elephants" •
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REESE Witherspoon has poured scorn on rumors an elephant farted in her face while making new movie Water For Elephants.
The Oscar winning actress says she was stunned to read that she had supposedly endured smelly situation for almost a minute while filming the romantic drama.
“It’s not true at all,” says Reese. “I love that that story came about but I don’t know where that came from.”
Meanwhile, Reese has revealed she wore cowboy boots on her wedding day.
The Legally Blondeactress — who married Hollywood agent Jim Toth at her ranch in Ojai, California, in March — admitted while she wore a pair of skyscraper Jimmy Choo heels during the ceremony, she was quick to kick them off in favor of something more comfortable at the reception.
“I danced for four hours until I had to put cowboy boots on,” she said. “I changed into cowboy boots. From those awful uncomfortable shoes.”
The 35-year-old star — who has two children, Ava, 11, and Deacon, eight, from her marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe — also revealed she was nervous about throwing her wedding bash, as she doesn’t like being the center of attention at events.
“I don’t like having birthday parties. I like going to parties,” she said. “I just don’t like it when it’s about me. Which is so bizarre but then once I’m there, I’m having the best time.”
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