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8:00 AM on 12.04.2013

Frozen had Disney Animation's biggest box office opening

Ever since I walked out of Frozen (while giving it my highest review score ever) I've been on a constant Frozen hype train much to the dismay of my fellow Flixist editors. The film is the best thing Disney has put out in ages...

Nick Valdez


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Jackie Chan sets two Guinness world records photo
Jackie Chan sets two Guinness world records
by Hubert Vigilla

We're one week away from the overseas release of Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan's 101st movie, and Chan has set two new world records in the process. Guinness World Records officially awarded Chan "Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actor" and "Most Credits in One Movie."

Chan said the following about the Guinness awards on Weibo (looks like it was run through Google translate):

I was awarded two Guinness Book of World Records, one of which is "Most Stunts Performed By A Living Actor." I felt I particularly deserved it today. As I look back to the past, so many times to do my utmost, I think it was very worthwhile, because they are records of the past. I can be very proud with them for posterity, saying with the audience that "This is Jackie Chan, Jackie Chan! This is forever!!"

Chan has 15 credits in Chinese Zodiac: writer, directer, actor, producer, executive producer, cinematographer, art director, unit production manager, catering coordinator, stunt coordinator, gaffer, composer, singer of the theme song, props, and stuntman. (It's like Bugs Bunny playing baseball, plus catering.)

If I'm not mistaken, Chan holds another Guinness World Record: Most Takes for a Single Scene. The movie was Dragon Lord (1982), and a shuttlecock sports sequence required around 2,900 takes to get right. I've included the scene after the cut.

[Via Twitch]

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PT Anderson's The Master sets box office record photo
PT Anderson's The Master sets box office record
by Hubert Vigilla

Even though Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master only played in five theaters across the country, it set the box office on fire. The Master now has the highest per-screen average for a film with a traditional release. It made $736,311 over the weekend, which comes out to $147,262 per screen.

/Film notes a bunch of catches to this, however. There are a number of films that had special screenings that surpass The Master's record-breaking per-screen average. The Lion King, for example, had a two-week long special engagement at two screens before its wider release and grossed a downright ludicrous $793,377 per screen. /Film also mentions Kevin Smith's Red State, which grossed $204,230 at a special one-night screening/Q&A; tickets were roughly $60 a pop.

It's great that The Master has done so well, but it's honestly a little puzzling to me. Even though I enjoyed it and will watch the movie again in the next week or so, The Master is going to piss off and alienate lots of moviegoers. Not just Scientologists. It's a really difficult, ambiguous film, the kind that mainstream audiences will never embrace since it's not driven by plot or anchored to conventional character arcs. Still, bully for Anderson.

The Master goes into wide release this Friday.

[Via /Film]

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3:00 PM on 05.04.2012

Avengers makes $18.7 million in midnight screenings

I don't think this will come as a big surprise to anyone, but The Avengers brought in quite a large chunk of money last night. Looks like plenty of people were willing to stay up until 3 in the morning to be the first to...

Matthew Razak

8:00 PM on 03.23.2012

Hunger Games breaks midnight screening record

In case you had any doubt that The Hungers Games is a massive phenomenon here's some news to set you straight. The film just broke the world record for ticket sales for a midnight screening that wasn't for a sequel. The film ...

Matthew Razak