Boasting a bankable Hollywood star in a decidedly unconventional narrative, Jonathan Glazer’s stunning Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson (who also stars in this weekend’s fellow opener Captain America 2) proved a winning mix in the Specialty Box Office for distributor A24 in its opening weekend. The film, Glazer’s first in 10 years, grossed a robust $140K in four L.A. and NYC theaters. That comes in at a $35K screen average, easily the biggest since the The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s bombshell $202K PTA when it opened March 9. Scarlett Johansson Under the SkinUnder The Skin‘s initial numbers also bode well for A24, which opened in 2012 and had a streak of box office successes over last year, including Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, which had an $87,667 PTA when it opened last March ($14.1M cume), The Spectacular Now ($49,354 PTA in 4 theaters last August and a $6.85M cume), The Bling Ring ($42,879 PTA in 5 theaters last June and a $5.8M cume) and Ginger & Rosa ($14,279 PTA in 3 theaters in March 2012, $1M cume).
Said A24 this weekend: “[Under The Skin] opened to rave reviews and sold out shows in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. This unique cinematic event is second only to The Grand Budapest Hotel as the highest limited specialized film opening of the year. Scarlett Johannson, who stars in both Under The Skin and the Captain America sequel, was a box office star this weekend dominating the box office with Captain America and Under The Skin having the highest per screen average in the country.”
A24 noted that the title, which it acquired out of Toronto last year, is “an art movie that people are embracing.” A spokesperson told me Sunday that they “couldn’t sell more tickets” at its showing in New York’s Union Square. The film is also attracting a “younger audience.” Glazer traveled to the U.S. for two weeks in the lead up to its release here promoting the film. He participated in Q&A in Union Square this weekend. Under The Skin will expand to about 20 locations next week and will head to the top 50 markets by April 25.
Bringing her sex appeal to a brand new project, Scarlett Johansson is the star featured on the first poster for “Under the Skin.” A24 released a brand new promo poster for its flick, which is set for limited release on April 4.
The Jonathan Glazer-directed piece is based on the novel by Michel Faber and follows an alien disguised as a beautiful woman (Scarlett).
With a twisted plot filled with many complicated turns, this movie will definitely be intriguing. Check out a teaser trailer below!
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Tending to some promotional duties surrounding her new film, Scarlett Johansson showed up for the premiere of “Under The Skin” at the 2013 Venice Film Festival on Tuesday (September 3). The “Avengers” beauty looked absolutely stunning in all-black as she made her way down the red carpet with director Jonathan Glazer.
Per the synopsis,”Under The Skin” is a story about an alien in human form that is on a journey through Scotland. The film was slated hit US theaters on August 29, and will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival as well.
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She’s always up for a challenge, and Scarlett Johansson is the hottest alien ever in the new trailer for “Under The Skin.” The freshly-released teaser features the “Lost In Translation” stunner as an extra-terrestrial making her way through Scotland while seducing and consuming men.
Meanwhile, Scarlett told Harper’s Bazaar that she’d love to see Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States of America, and hasn’t ruled out a political pursuit for herself.
“A full-on career might be a stretch, but I would never close the door on those kinds of things,” she stated, adding, “To be an active member of the community, to be a responsible citizen and to engage politically have always been part of my awareness and part of my life.”
Scarlett was spotted yesterday with the wig back on in Glasgow, back in front of cameras for ‘Under The Skin’ reshoots. But don’t panic! Reshoots are usually a scheduled part of any production, so don’t let this make you think the movie is in trouble! Scheduling and other factors could have also added to the long gap between wrapping and re-shoots (not to mention that it looks like the scenes involve colder weather, which they likely couldn’t capture earlier in the year).
The film shot last year, has been in post-production ever since, and we figured it might cross the finish line soon, but it appears there is still more work to be done on the movie. Let’s hope it gets a release date as soon as possible! I personally can’t wait to see it!
Check out our gallery for the onset photos:
– Movies: Under The Skin: On The Set > October 23, 2012 (re-shots)
With the 2012 release date schedule pretty much nailed in, give or take a few films, our eyes have started to wander toward the horizon. Some of this was discussed in one of our recent features in which we asked: are any of these dozen or so films going to arrive in 2012?
The answer is maybe. Some will appear at film festivals this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will surface with proper 2012 theatrical releases. One of those big, nebulous question marks hovers over one of our most anticipated films of the (hopefully) near future — Jonathan Glazer’s “Under The Skin” starring Scarlett Johansson.
Glazer’s a rare talent, a visual stylist who also cares about character, emotion and dramatic stakes. With two aughts classics under his belt (including his striking debut, “Sexy Beast”) and a list of spooky and impressive music videos, Glazer hasn’t made a feature length effort since “Birth” in 2004. Eight years is a long time between features, but “Under The Skin” — which appears to be in effects-heavy post-production — should be a haunting return to form.
About an alien (Johannsson) that takes the perfect synthetic form of an irresistibly alluring woman, driving remote highways seeking the resource she is here to collect — us — by snaring us with her sexuality, on the surface “Under The Skin” sounds like the 1995 sci-fi thriller “Species,” but in actuality it’s nothing like it. Based on Michel Faber’s novel, the book and screenplay demonstrate something much more nuanced, with incredibly creepy notes almost akin to a sci-fi-ish psychological horror. In fact, if you take that tenor and mix it with the not-so-sci-fi-ish tone of Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go,” it may be a strong indication of how unique this film is likely going to be.
And Scarlett Johansson concurs. “It’s so weird, I’ve never been in a movie where the logline of the movie, where the plot has been so twisted. It’s crazy. ‘Are you eating people on the side of the road?’ I’m like, ‘No, no!’,” she said in a recent interview with Variety, then qualifying what the film is like: “OK, yes I do play an alien who is wearing my own skin. But it’s actually not a science-fiction film; it’s sort of a film that asks existential questions and much more complex than the logline.”
Scarlett continues in Scotland filming ‘Under the Skin’. I’ve added the latest candids of her on set (also from her birhtday!):
Scarlett has been filming ‘Under The Skin’ these days in some different locations in Scotland. I’ve added 40+ pics from October 31, November 1 and Novermber 3 to the gallery.
Scarlett was photographed today in Glasgow (Scotland) on the first day on set of her upcoming project ‘Under The Skin’. She’s wearing a black short hair wig! Such a a different look from what we’re used to! She recently talked about her character:
“In a few weeks I will be shooting in Scotland a sci-fi thriller directed by Jonathan Glazer, ‘Under the Skin’. The plot seems a bit difficult to explain. In fact when you read the script it can be ridiculous. It focuses on an alien who adopts the appearance of a woman and snares human prey to feed her species. Until, at some point, the alien experiments an empathic behaviour that makes her rethink her opinion on human beings.”
Thanks to SJA for the photos and the quote. You can view first pics on set in the gallery!
– Movies: Under The Skin: On The Set > October 24, 2011