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Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 11-07-11


 
“Immortals” – In theaters November 11

“Immortals” – In theaters November 11

Henry Cavill and Tarsem Singh on the set of “Immortals”

Henry Cavill and Tarsem Singh on the set of “Immortals”

“J. Edgar” – In theaters November 11

“J. Edgar” – In theaters November 11

Stars of “Jack and Jill” Katie Holmes and Adam Sandler

Stars of “Jack and Jill” Katie Holmes and Adam Sandler

“Immortals” impact: To investors, “Greek fantasy” probably means a European bailout, but for moviegoers we’re talking about “Immortals.”

Set in ancient Greece, “Immortals” is tracking strongly enough to be this weekend’s boxoffice frontrunner. The R rated action adventure fantasy from Relativity Media is directed by Tarsem Singh and stars Henry Cavill (“The Tudors”).

Cavill’s profile will soar with his next film because he’s the new Superman in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ “Man of Steel.” In “Immortals” he’s Theseus, the mortal pitted by the Gods against evil King Hyperion, played by Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”).

“Immortals,” opening at about 3,000 theatres, is tracking very strongly with over-25 males and next best with under-25 males.

On the one hand, it makes sense for Warners to root for a big “Immortals” impact because that would help make Cavill a boxoffice star well before “Man of Steel” opens June 14, 2013.

On the other hand, Warners has its own film to root for this weekend since “J. Edgar,” from WB, Imagine Entertainment and Malpaso Productions, is opening against “Immortals.”

Directed by Clint Eastwood (“Hereafter”), the R rated biographical drama stars Leonardo DiCaprio (“Inception”) as legendary FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Hoover’s close friend and second in command Clyde Tolson.

“J. Edgar” is tracking best with over-25 males and second best with women over-25. It opens Wednesday in a handful of big city theatres and widens Friday to 1,900-plus screens.

Like any Eastwood movie, “J. Edgar” is arriving with an Oscar buzz that could help drive it at the boxoffice. If the film resonates with critics groups across the country, that will help set it up as an early contender for Oscars, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.

The first critics group to vote this year will be the New York Film Critics Circle, which will announce its winners Nov. 28, several weeks earlier than in the past.

The National Board of Review, traditionally the first group to announce, will reveal its winners Dec. 1. That’s the same day the Hollywood Foreign Press Association mails out its Golden Globes ballots. The high profile HFPA noms, which will be announced Dec. 15 and are widely reported in the media, are thought to be an influence on Academy members in deciding which movies they should make time to see before sending in their Oscar nominations ballots a few weeks later.

There’s no question that “J. Edgar” is an Oscar-pedigree film. Eastwood’s a four-time Oscar winner — in 2005 for directing and as a producer of “Million Dollar Baby” and in 1993 for directing and producing “Unforgiven.” Academy members automatically pay close attention to any movie Eastwood directs.

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black won the best original screenplay Oscar and the Writers Guild of America Award for “Milk” in 2009.

DiCaprio is a three-time Oscar nominee — for best actor in 2005 for “The Aviator” and in 2007 for “Blood Diamond” and for best supporting actor in 1994 for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”

The weekend’s other wide newcomer, Sony’s PG rated comedy “Jack and Jill,” is directed by Dennis Dugan (“Grown Ups”) and stars Adam Sandler (“Funny People”) and Katie Holmes (“Batman Begins”). Opening at 3,000-plus theatres, it’s tracking best and showing equal strength with women under and over-25.

Bottom line: “Immortals” should show good signs of life at the boxoffice.