Witherspoon’s ‘Wild’ Opening Weekend Treks Into Solid Box-Office Territory
Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir of a life-changing hike, blazed a trail into solid box office territory, opening in 21 theaters over the weekend with a $630K gross. The feature, which Witherspoon also produced under her Pacific Standard label, was easily the weekend’s biggest newcomer with a $30K per-theater average. Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, meanwhile, once again took the weekend’s highest PTA numbers as it added locations in its second week.
The Searchlight title opened in New York and L.A. Wednesday, expanding for the weekend to 21 theaters in 7 markets. Director Jean-Marc Vallée‘s previous film, Dallas Buyers Club, opened in November 2013 with a nearly $29K PTA, and went on to cume nearly $27.3M and three Oscars, including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey. Searchlight said it plans to keep Wild hiking through theaters for a lengthy period to come.
“The reviews have been phenomenal and the response at the box-office this weekend was great as well,” Searchlight said in a release. “The film performed well in both Art/Specialty venues as well as in upscale mainstream complexes indicating to us that the film should be able to reach a very broad audience. We are very encouraged by this weekend’s results,” the company said Sunday reporting its numbers. Wild will open in 13 additional markets and expand in some cities where it’s currently playing, playing up to 100 theaters by Dec. 12, and as many as 900 theaters by Christmas Day.
Scans from several of the magazines Reese has been featured in over the past few months have been added to the Gallery, including Vogue, People, People Style Watch and Relevant. There are more to come, including a full set of scans from the new Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour issues.
Palm Springs Film Fest: ‘Wild’ Star Reese Witherspoon to Receive Chairman’s Award
Reese Witherspoon will receive this year’s Chairman’s Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 26th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 3 in recognition of her work in the Fox Searchlight drama. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.
The Oscar-winning star of Wild, which opened in select theaters on Wednesday, joins illustrious company with Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman all previous recipients of PSIFF’s Chairman’s Award.
“Witherspoon delivers one of her finest performances in Wild,” said PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “[She] brilliantly brings to life the true story of Cheryl Strayed, adding yet another iconic performance to her impressive 20-year span of characters.”
Witherspoon’s other acting credits include The Man in the Moon (1991), Fear (1996), Pleasantville (1998), Election (1999), Legally Blonde (2001), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Vanity Fair (2004), Walk the Line (2005), Just Like Heaven (2005), Rendition (2007), Mud (2012) and, this year, Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.
PSIFF previously announced that Boyhood’s writer-director Richard Linklater will receive this year’s Visionary Award; The Theory of Everything’s lead actor Eddie Redmayne and Still Alice’s lead actress Julianne Moore will receive this year’s Desert Palm Achievement awards; Whiplash’s supporting actor J.K. Simmons will receive this year’s Spotlight Award; that Rosamund Pike will be honored with its Breakthrough Performance Award.
Reese had a busy day promoting Wild in New York earlier this week. She attended a special Luncheon, the official Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences screening for Academy Award voters and an Apple panel hosted in the SoHo apple store. HQ photos have been added:
Reese stopped by Good Morning America earlier this week to promote Wild. The HQ episode stills and photos outside the GMA studios in New York have been added in our gallery and her interview can be watched below:
Reese made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this week to promote Wild. The HQ episode stills have been added in our gallery and the official segments can be found below and after the jump:
Catch Reese on the following US TV shows this week promoting Wild:
December 2nd – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
December 5th – The Ellen Degeneres Show
Harper’s Bazaar UK start our year off with a bang with Reese on the cover of their January issue! She looks beautiful in a new photoshoot for the magazine, and talks to them about the production of Wild.
The magazine is available on newsstands tomorrow – pick up a copy!!
‘I would have fired myself a couple of times during rehearsals because I was so scared, oh my God. I got my shit together, but it took me a while.’ – Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is Bazaar’s January Cover Star
Far from the cliché of the all-American blonde, Reese Witherspoon is a sophisticated, intelligent star who revels in making tough choices, in work and in life.
Reese Witherspoon is doing what she does best: playing up for the camera. In this case, that means dancing to hip-hop on the Bazaar photo-shoot, dressed in an A-line Michael Kors skirt that jiggles about her like a starched crinoline. Here she goes again, dipping, bopping and shimmying. Watching her from the sidelines, I have to say she’s fantastically entertaining, her face a rolling cartoon strip of perky expressions. Photo-shoots don’t come easily to all actresses but Reese is, as you might expect, handling herself like a pro.
In keeping with the shoot’s vague premise – a 1950s Beverly Hills housewife going about her day – Witherspoon cranes her neck to look past the assembled crew here in the kitchen towards the front porch. Suddenly, she’s the picture of wifely anticipation, her ears pricked up as if her imaginary husband were just now pulling into the driveway and about to barrel through the door with a cheery ‘Honey, I’m home.’
It’s impressive to see and gratifying to have one’s expectations borne out. Because isn’t this the Witherspoon we know and love? Bright, breezy and boundlessly energetic, the seasoned crowd-pleaser who has been at it since the age of 14, the Southern gal with a gift for comedy. Yes, it is, to an extent. But getting the full measure of this 38-year-old, we’d better not reduce her to that. There is a cautionary tale being told here about Hollywood and the media, and Witherspoon is the one telling it. It goes something like this: ‘Don’t put me in that box. Or any box, for that matter. People are complex, on-screen and off. Can’t we do justice to that?’ It’s a word that comes up time and again in discussions with and about her: complex.
Glamour Reese will be updated with everything missed from recent months(/year) eventually … for now, here are over 50 gorgeous HQ photos of Reese at the press conference for Wild held in Beverley Hills a few weeks ago:
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Variety’s Actors on Actors Conversations to Air on PBS SoCal
Variety‘s awards season events continue to grow with the “Actors on Actors” conversations set to be shown on PBS SoCal. The interview show features one-on-one conversations between actors and actresses including Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain in discussion with one another about their craft and films.
Four episodes of the Variety Studio series will air, starting on December 21 at 7 p.m. Subsequent episodes are set for Sunday, December 28 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on January 4 at 7 p.m. WNET in New York will also air the series, which will be distributed to PBS stations around the country in January. The videos will also stream on Variety.com beginning November 18.
“We have such an incredibly talented and dynamic group of actors joining us for these insightful, intimate one-on-one conversations on the art and craft of acting,” said Variety’s co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller, “And we are absolutely thrilled to watch our celebrated Actors on Actors pairings jump off the page and into the homes of PBS’ prestigious viewership.”
“Variety is a perfect partner to bring a series like this to PBS viewers,” said Andy Russell, PBS SoCaL COO. “Variety’s great journalism and editorial insight, combined with an extraordinary group of actors, will offer our audiences a compelling inside look at conversations between the leading actors of our time.”
Featured conversations will include: Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) with Edward Norton (“Birdman”), Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) with Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Josh Brolin (“Inherent Vice”) with J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Oscar Isaac (“A Most Violent Year”) with Gugu Mbatha Raw (“Belle”), Eddie Redmayne (“Theory of Everything”) with Laura Dern (“Wild”), Witherspoon (“Wild”) with Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Hilary Swank (“Homesman”) with Tilda Swinton (“Snowpiercer”), Keira Knightley “(The Imitation Game”) with Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”), Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year & Interstellar”) with Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”), David Oyelewo (“Selma”) with Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”), Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) with Felicity Jones (“Theory of Everything”), Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night”) with Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”), Christoph Waltz (“Big Eyes”) with Ralph Fiennes (“Grand Budapest Hotel”), Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”) with Emily Blunt (“Into The Woods”), and James Corden (“Into The Woods”) with Kevin Costner (“Black and White”).
Reese Witherspoon talks about her adventure drama “Wild” at the Variety Studio alongside director Jean-Marc Vallée, writer Nick Hornby, Laura Dern and author Cheryl Strayed.
Reese Witherspoon’s Peggy Lee Film Lands Director
The untitled Peggy Lee film starring Reese Witherspoon is back on, with Far From Heaven helmer Todd Haynes directing.
The project, based on a Nora Ephron screenplay, had been put on hold after Ephron died in 2012. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife) picked up the reins and did a rewrite of the screenplay. His credits include both the stage and film versions of Quills.
Witherspoon, who is at the Toronto Film Festival promoting Wild and The Big Lie, has long eyed the story of the Fever singer whose career in music spanned six decades. Lee died in 2002.
The project is set up at Fox 2000, which made Walk the Line, for which Witherspoon won a best actress Oscar.
Marc Platt, who produced Witherspoon’s two Legally Blonde films, is producing.
Haynes, who is known for directing strong female performances like Julianne Moore’s Oscar-nominated turn in Far From Heaven, most recently directed the Bob Dylan pic I’m Not There. He is in post-production on the Rooney Mara-Cate Blanchett starrer Carol.
Haynes is repped by CAA and attorney John Sloss.
Wright is handled by ICM Partners.