Friday, April 19, 2024

“Django” Set to Become Third $100 Mil Movie for Weinstein Company

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After just six years (or seven– depending on how you count it)– “The Weinstein Company” is about to have its third $100 million movie. Tomorrow, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” will cross that magic line with a lot of life left in it, that’s for sure. The other two TWC blockbusters are “The King’s Speech” ($414 mil worldwide, $138 mil US) and Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” ($321.4 mil worldwide, $120.5 mil US).

For a mini studio like Weinstein, born with difficulty after Miramax was claimed by Disney, that’s quite an accomplishment. The company, of course, is awash in Oscars and prestige, from Kate Winslet’s win for “The Reader” to the multiple prizes for “The Artist” and “The King’s Speech.” This year, TWC should rake in quite a few gold statues for “Django,” “The Master,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “The Intouchables.”

But it’s not so easy to get past $100 million– and fast. “Django” was released on Christmas Day, so it’s just two weeks. Now the task at hand is for “Django” to double its money at home in theaters because it has a $100 million pricetag. With Oscar noms coming Thursday, Critics Choice and Golden Globes next week, that shouldn’t be too difficult. Sony International must be thrilled too. They start rolling “Django” out next week around the world. Ka ching!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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