In case you were away from your computer this weekend, indieWIRE has compiled ten of the top stories published this week on iW and the blog network. Included below are indie and mainstream box office reports, “Titanic 3-D” news, the new trailer for the latest stop-motion film from the team behind “Coraline” and much more.
Foreign Box Office: Spielberg’s “Adventures of Tintin” Opens Big Overseas
Sony and Paramount’s move to open Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” overseas months ahead of its December stateside release—where the Herge comic books are beloved—is paying off. The performance capture film opened overseas with an estimated $55.8 million in 19 markets.
Watch: Occupy Cinema Celebrates Halloween With a 21st-Century Drive In
How does the Occupy movement celebrate Halloween? With a screening program that ranges from little-seen foreign shorts to the iconic zombies of George Romero.
Meet the 2011 AFI Fest Filmmakers: Alex Ross Perry’s Frightful Roadtrip, “The Color Wheel”
Confirming Alex Ross Perry as an innovative new voice in American cinema, “The Color Wheel” takes viewers on a comedic and cathartic road trip through the diners, motels and thrift stores of the Northeast.
Cameron Unveils “Titanic 3-D” Footage for April 2012 Release, Talks 3-D, Exploration, “Avatar”
James Cameron loves 3-D. He’s believed in it from the beginning—in fact, he’s personally responsible for the entire industry’s move toward 3-D, I was reminded at a Popular Mechanics high-rise lunch in Hearst Tower before Cameron accepted one of the magazine’s 2011 Breakthrough Awards
Brett Ratner Threatens Broadway Musical “Wicked” as His “Dream Project”
It’s been a while since chubby megalomaniac Brett Ratner deigned to bother the film world with his mirthless blitherings behind the camera, but with the decidedly non-revolutionary “Tower Heist” hitting theatres in the proximate future, the bolshie “Rush Hour 3” director seemingly can’t keep his trap shut.
Box Office: “Like Crazy” Has Strong Debut At Indie Box Office (UPDATED)
Drake Doremus’s “Like Crazy” grossed $120,000 at the box office this weekend, according to estimates. The Sundance pickup, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the festival, opened on four screens care of distributor Paramount Vantage and averaged $30,000.
Weekend Box Office: “Puss In Boots” Stomps Timberlake’s “In Time” and Depp’s “The Rum Diary”
DreamWorks Animation’s “Puss in Boots” stomped all over weaker rivals “In Time” and “The Rum Diary” this weekend, even with topliners Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp, as “Three Musketeers” in 3-D and “Paranormal Activity 3” both dropped over 60%.
Beautiful Trailer, Bland Poster Debut For 3D Stop-Motion Animated “ParaNorman”
2011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise.
Here’s The Top Grossing Indie Romances of the Last Decade, In Honor of “Like Crazy”
This weekend, Drake Doremus’ Sundance jury prize winning “Like Crazy” opens in limited release and in its honor indieWIRE is charting the top ten grossing indie romances of the past decade.
Sakae Ishikawa on “Life in Limbo” (Watch It Now Free!)
In “Life in Limbo” – available in its entirety at the bottom of this page courtesy of SnagFilms – filmmaker Sakae Ishikawa documents a dam construction project on the Tigris River.