Martin Grove’s Hollywood Report 10-22-12

“Cloud Atlas” – In theaters October 26th

“Cloud Atlas” – In theaters October 26th

Halle Berry in “Cloud Atlas”

Halle Berry in “Cloud Atlas”

“Flight” – In theaters November 2nd

“Flight” – In theaters November 2nd

R ratings: There’s no R in “fall,” but there are plenty of R’s at the fall boxoffice.

In fact, R rated movies are driving ticket sales these days. Six of last weekend’s top 13 films (46 percent of the total) were rated R, including the number one and two movies — Paramount’s horror thriller “Paranormal Activity 4,” which opened to $30.2 million, and Warner Bros.’ Oscar contender spy thriller “Argo,” with about $43.2 million after two weeks.

They were followed by Lionsgate’s horror thriller “Sinister,” which cost $3 million to make and has grossed about $32 million after two weeks; TriStar Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Looper,” with about $57.8 million after four weeks; CBS Films’ crime comedy drama “Seven Psychopaths,” with about $9.2 million after two weeks; and Open Road Films’ crime thriller “End of Watch,” with about $37.9 million for five weeks.

Four more R’s will hit theatres in wide release over the next two weekends. The first of these, Warner Bros.’ sci-fi thriller “Cloud Atlas,” opens Friday. Directed by Tom Twyker (“Run Lola Run”) and Andy and Lana Wachowski (“The Matrix” franchise), it stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant. It’s tracking best with 25-plus males and nearly as well with under-25 males.

“Cloud’s” multi-layered story is about individual lives impacting on each other in the past, present and future and how one act of kindness over the course of centuries inspires a revolution.

Oct. 26 will also see the arrival of Open Road Films R rated thriller “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.” Directed by Michael J. Bassett (“Solomon Kane”), it stars Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell and Carrie-Ann Moss. It’s tracking best with under-25 males and nearly as well with 25-plus males.

The franchise’s original episode, the R rated “Silent Hill,” opened via Columbia Pictures Apr. 21, 2006 to $20.2 million and grossed $47 million domestically.

Paramount’s R rated drama “Flight” lands in theatres Nov. 2. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”), it stars Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Don Cheadle in a story about a pilot who saves his plane from crashing, but winds up in big trouble in the ensuing investigation. It’s tracking best with 25-plus males and nearly as well with 25-plus females.

Also arriving Nov. 2 is Universal’s R rated action adventure “The Man With the Iron Fists,” from first time feature director and hip hop producer RZA. Starring are Russell Crowe, Cung Lee and Lucy Liu in a tale set in ancient China about warriors hunting for treasure. It’s tracking best with under-25 males and nearly as well with 25-plus males.

November will end on an R rated note with two more wide release R’s opening Nov. 30. The Weinstein Company’s crime thriller “Killing Them Softly” is directed by Andrew Dominik and stars Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins. Pitt plays a professional enforcer investigating a heist during a mob protected poker game.

LD Entertainment’s suspense horror thriller “The Collection” is from writer-director Marcus Dunstan and screenwriter Patrick Melton, the writers of the “Saw” franchise’s episodes #4, #5, #6 and the 3D #7. Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick and Christopher McDonald star in this story of a traumatized man forced to help rescue a beautiful woman who’s become a crazed killer’s obsession.

Looking back at 2012, it’s already been a good year for R rated films with five of them grossing over $100 million – Universal’s comedy “Ted” ($218.6 million), Columbia, MGM and Relativity Media’s action comedy “21 Jump Street” ($138.4 million), Fox’s sci-fi horror thriller “Prometheus” ($126.5 million), Universal and Relativity Media’s suspense thriller “Safe House” ($126.2 million) and Warner Bros.’ comedy “Magic Mike” ($113.7 million).

Bottom line: R ratings keep anyone under-17 from buying a ticket unless accompanied by an adult. But that’s not dampening Hollywood’s enthusiasm for R rated films, particularly in the low budget horror genre where pushing the envelope can generate very big profits.