Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘The Grey’ Roars to Box Office Crown; Sundance Deals Update; No ‘Dragon Tattoo’ for India

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘The Grey’ Roars to Box Office Crown; Sundance Deals Update; No ‘Dragon Tattoo’ for India

Jan 30, 2012

The Grey

U.S. Box Office: Led by Liam Neeson, wilderness adventure The Grey roared to the top of the box office chart, grossing an estimated $20 million. In its second weekend of release, Underworld Awakening made an estimated $12.5 million, while One For the Money, an action-comedy starring Katherine Heigl, managed $11.75 million. The other new wide release, the thriller Man on a Ledge, fell to fourth place with a total of $8.3 million. (Box Office Mojo)

Sundance Deals Update #1: Since we published our list of deals, Magnolia Pictures has acquired Julie Delpy’s comedy 2 Days in New York, controversial drama Compliance, and star-studded drama Nobody Walks, with John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, and Rosemarie DeWitt. (Thompson on Hollywood)

Sundance Deals Update #2: Meanwhile, The Weinstein Co. finally closed a deal for gambling-themed drama Lay the Favorite, starring Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis; ATO Pictures grabbed James Marsh’s thriller Shadow Dancer, with Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, and Gillian Anderson; and FilmDistrict picked up the romantic comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, with Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, and Jake Johnson. (Deadline / Indiewire / The Hollywood Reporter)

No 'Dragon Tattoo' for India: India's Central Board of Film Certification has decided that David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is “unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form.” Because Fincher refused to cut several scenes deemed “unsuitable” -- involving rape, sex, and graphic nudity -- Sony Pictures has canceled its plans to release the film in India. (The Hollywood Reporter)

You’re Never Too Old: He may be 94 years old, but financier extraordinaire Kirk Kerkorian is ready to jump back into the film business. The billionaire investor bought and sold MGM three times between 1970 and 2005, and is now interested in exploiting new markets and online technologies. (Wall Street Journal)

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