For the first time in Hollywood East’s history, Wilmington has produced three No. 1 hits at the box office in one yearwith the release of “The Conjuring,” “Iron Man 3” and “Safe Haven.”
Now, local film industry leaders look to the Port City’s latest flick, “We’re the Millers,” a raunchy comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, to see if moviegoers will flock to the film of the R-rated road-trip.
Developed by writing teams Bob Fisher and Steve Faber (“Wedding Crashers”), and Sean Anders and John Morris (“Hot Tub Time Machine”) and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Dodgeball”), the movie filmed in Southeastern North Carolina and in New Mexico about a year ago. Several downtown Wilmington spots stood in for Denver, while filming locations on Blue Clay Road, Carolina Beach State Park and Dow Road in Kure Beach were used for some of the road-trip scenes.
Since “Iron Man 3” kicked off the summer movie season with its debut at No. 1 in the United States on May 3, it has flown from its North Carolina roots to score more than $1.2 billion in global ticket sales. The third installment of the Marvel franchise also doubled the worldwide gross of the two prior installments ($585 million for “Iron Man” and $623 million for “Iron Man 2”) and made more money in its opening weekend than any other made-in-Wilmington movie has made in its entire run.
More recently “The Conjuring,” which was met with good reviews by film critics, has grossed about $110 million domestically since its July 19 debut.
The region’s first hit of the year, “Safe Haven”, starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, the Nicholas Sparks film adaptation edged past the action sequel “A Good Day to Die Hard” to narrowly win the Valentine’s Day box-office race. “Die Hard” later rebounded and took the weekend, but “Safe Haven” still earned about $21.5 million in its first few days in theaters.
Submitted by Rhonda Schoolfield of Representing Buyers Only Inc.
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