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Old 07-25-2014, 10:52 PM
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First Box Office reports for AMWM's opening weekend from Deadline:

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NOTEWORTHY: Some of the more interesting news this weekend at the box office is playing outside of the Top Ten. A Most Wanted Man, which is the last big film that stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman is just shy of making it into the box office Ten, but it should gross around $2.17M this weekend for Roadside Attractions (per screen is about $6K).

This screen average is about the same as About Time and To The Wonder, although both of them opened on a smaller number of screens.
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Wow! Super interesting, thanks for sharing that, Nick! I can't believe About Time opened on a smaller number of screens. It was less than HALF the driving distance from me as this one is!

I've made plans to drive to see it on Monday though, I'm bringing my aunt with me.
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Thanks for the numbers Nick!

So excited you are going to see it on Monday Amanda.
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Wow! Super interesting, thanks for sharing that, Nick! I can't believe About Time opened on a smaller number of screens. It was less than HALF the driving distance from me as this one is!
Yeah, About Time only opened on 175 screens, but did expand later to 1,280 screens at one point.

This article from Indiewire suggests that Roadside Attractions plan to expand AMWM to approximately 600 screens next week:

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A Most Wanted Man (Lionsgate/Roadside)
Director: Anton Corbijn
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss
Criticwire Average: 18 critics gave it a B+ average
Where It's Screening: 360 theaters across North America
Box Office Expectation: Making the theater count of "Magic In The Moonlight" seem tiny by comparison, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are being very aggressive with Anton Corbijn's John le Carré adaptation "A Most Wanted Man. Coming off an acclaimed debut at the Sundance Film Festival and bringing with a starry cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final performances, the film hits 360 theaters this weekend before going to around 600 next. The bold move could very well pay off, with audiences surely suffering blockbuster fatigue and seeking out smarter adult fare. Though then again, there's a lot of it out there right now between the films opening this weekend and holdovers like "Boyhood" and "Begin Again," both of which are also in quite a few theaters this weekend. So how wanted will "Man" be? An average of over $5,000 would put it off to a respectable start, and that's probably around where it's heading.
Also interesting that the film appears to be tracking higher than originally predicted with it's 6K average.

EDIT: I LOVE this review from Clayton Davis, a critic who owns the website Awards Circuit. Here's what he had to say about Rachel:

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One of the pleasant surprises is the beautiful and talented Rachel McAdams, which immediately makes you think, “where has she been?”

While she has been making her rounds in independent films like Passion, About Time, and To the Wonder, her role as “Annabel” shows a deeper talent that is aching to be realized by the right director. Internalizing emotions and releasing only when called upon, McAdams turns in her one of her strongest turns yet. Not your A-typical “damsel in distress” or “unbelievable tough chick,” McAdams reinvents a character that could have just laid on the screen with no emotion. She relaxes herself into the role, working well off some of the screen’s most gifted performers. It’s a magnificent work.

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I'm totally dreading how I'm going to go see it Monday and then later in the week realize it's going to be so much closer to me. But thanks for that info, that's so interesting! I wonder if I just went to see About Time after it expanded and I'm not remembering it properly.

And THAT REVIEW!!!! Killer! That's amazing, and I can't WAIT to see her in this role, I'm gonna cry about it. I am so so so hoping this is going to kick down doors for her and she's going to start getting the parts that are right for her. I know it isn't hugely popular, but I feel like people are going to want to see it because of PSH's involvement and that's going to mean more people will see Rachel's work too and just. I don't know, man. I want this to mean big things for her career so badly.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:40 PM
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And THAT REVIEW!!!! Killer! That's amazing, and I can't WAIT to see her in this role, I'm gonna cry about it. I am so so so hoping this is going to kick down doors for her and she's going to start getting the parts that are right for her. I know it isn't hugely popular, but I feel like people are going to want to see it because of PSH's involvement and that's going to mean more people will see Rachel's work too and just. I don't know, man. I want this to mean big things for her career so badly.
I hope so too, Amanda I definitely think there will be attention on this movie because of PSH's performance, and hopefully this means that Rachel will get more exposure as a result.

Also, interesting that Canadian director/writer Paul Haggis was at the premiere for A Most Wanted Man. He won 2 Oscars for "Crash" (best film/screenplay), was nominated also for writing "Million Dollar Baby", penned the screenplay for a couple of Bond movies (Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace), and also wrote "The Last Kiss", which Rachel was originally cast in before dropping out. He also wrote the script for the upcoming "Honeymoon with Harry", which Rachel was attached to at some stage. His most recent work hasn't been received all that well by critics, but it would be great to see Rachel work with him if he can rediscover the magic he worked some 10 years ago. Either way, we definitely know that Paul would have seen Rachel's performance at last week's premiere
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The review you just posted makes me so HAPPY Nick! I've read one or two reviews that thought Rachel was the weak link and most reviews didn't even mention Rachel's performance so I'm happy this one did. This line really stood out for me: "her role as Annabel shows a deeper talent that is aching to be realized by the right director"

Nice spotting and detective work on Paul Haggis and I agree. I would love it if he writes a good screenplay for Rachel

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Old 07-27-2014, 07:19 AM
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Deadline have provided a further update on the weekend box office:

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The most fun to watch (besides Lucy‘s climb) has been the films in limited release. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last major film, A Most Wanted Man, stepped into the No. 10 spot (as its distributor Roadside predicted on Friday) to displace 22 Jump Street (in its 7th week and in 1,613 locations). Its per screen average on only 361 screens will be about $7,400.

10). A Most Wanted Man (RSA), 361 theaters / $716K Fri. / $1.1M Sat. (+59%) / $855K Sun. (-25%) / Per screen average: $7,505 / Total cume: $2.7M / Wk 1
So it looks like AMWM over-performed this weekend, which is a good sign. And the film's 59% increase from Friday to Saturday was by far the biggest amongst the Top 10 this weekend. Good reviews and word-of-mouth probably helped.

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Thanks for the latest box office reports Nick! It's nice to see it over performed because I've also noticed reports the last few week about the disappointing summer box office results this summer in general.

I came across this tweet:
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#AMostWantedMan opens to $2.7M, the best debut in indie distrib Roadside Attractions' history
https://twitter.com/Odujaunet/status/493431587200319488
"The Conspirator" opened with $3,506,602 but it screened in 707 theaters so it was a wide release. For all of Roadside's box office numbers be sure to head over boxofficemojo.com
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:32 AM
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Article from The Wrap:

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's ‘A Most Wanted Man’ Takes Off at Specialty Box Office

Woody Allen's “Magic in Moonlight” is solid in debut and “Boyhood” stays strong in expansion


“A Most Wanted Man,” one of the final films of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, took off in its limited debut and Woody Allen‘s “Magic in the Moonlight” started solidly in its debut this weekend. But Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” was nearly as impressive in its expansion.

“A Most Wanted Man” delivered the first top ten opening in the 11-year history of Roadside Attractions, which is distributing the spy thriller based on John le Carre's novel with Lionsgate.

The cerebral espionage saga, directed by Anton Corbijn and co-starring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright, opened to $2.7 million from 361 locations. That's a strong $7,527 per-screen average for “Wanted Man,” which has drawn terrific reviews, particularly for its star Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose in February.

The opening for “A Most Wanted Man” is 20 percent higher than Roadside's “Mud,” the Matthew McConaughey drama that debuted with $2.2 million on the same number of screens last year and went on to take in $21.5 million. Another encouraging sign was the 59 percent jump it took from Friday to Saturday, suggesting word of mouth will be strong.
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It's the Rachel McAdams, man. She's huge box office draw.

Love that review too!!
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Ahhhhhh, I'm so loving hearing all these good things. I would love it if this movie gained serious box office momentum.
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Good news. Thanks for posting that great review.
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I think I should also mention that Magic in the Moonlight, which also opened up strong, is rated PG-13 and AMWM is rated R. Magic in the Moonlight's average was way better but the movie can already reach a bigger audience.

Did anyone see it already?
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:55 PM
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I just got a chance to see it tonight. And guys, GUYS, I loved it. But I knew I would love it. Because I love everything. And it's Rachel and PSH and Robin Wright and it was so great and I brought my aunt along to see it too and she said she really liked it as well and just alkjsdf. It was in this teeny tiny little indie cinema that only had like 44 seats in it, but almost every single one of the seats was filled by the time it started, which was amazing, because I've worked at a movie theater before and sometimes we didn't even have five people see a film on Monday evening, so I was actually quite delighted about it! And plus, if the "auditorium" only has 44 seats, then 35+ of them filling up is a pretty good average for that cinema.

Rachel was brilliant though. The accent wasn't that great, but in a film with a bunch of diverse accents and histories and things like that, I don't think it distracted at all from the film. She definitely kept up with the heavyweights in her acting though, OF COURSE, as we all knew. And I think I really would say that, after PSH's character, hers was probably most prominent. She's supporting for sure, but she's got more screentime than Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe and Daniel Bruhl (the reviews were right IMO, he was SORELY underused), but I'd say she and Nina Hoss had the next most screentime, and hers was definitely infinitely more emotional than Nina's.

ANYWAY, I loved it, that's my point. My aunt said she was wonderful. Hearts for eyes. She was stunning and talented and emotional and all of the things we love her for.

ALSO: It's fun to note that there were a few moments in the film that drew chuckles out of the audience. Once was just some spy dude, most were from PSH, but at least two or three were from Rachel herself. So out of the entire cast, her being 1/3 who had the timing to make the audience chuckle made me very happy.

ETA: I saw this posted on the official Facebook account, but the NY Times has a video of Anton Corbijn doing the anatomy of a scene featuring one of the sequences Rachel is in!
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