The animated pic tops the Friday chart with $11.6 million, while “Olympus” pulls in a better-than-expected $10.6 million to place No. 2; Tina Fey-Paul Rudd comedy “Admission” comes in a soft No. 5 with $2 million.
With spring break in full force, the domestic box office roared to life on Friday as 3D animated tentpole The Croods took in $11.6 million, followed closely by White House action pic Olympus Has Fallen with $10.6 million.
Croods, from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, is now expected to open to a solid $43 million.
That’s welcome news for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation, whose previous film Rise of the Guardians was a box-office dud. Wall Street is paying close attention to Croods, with most analysts agreeing that a North American opening of $40 million or more would suffice in combination with a strong international run.
Croods, costing at least $135 million to produce, opens around the world this weekend. No numbers are yet available.
Following the travails of a prehistoric family, Croods is the first DWA title to be distributed by Fox via their new distribution and marketing deal. The voice cast is led by Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage.
Croods hopes to benefit from a dearth of family product in the marketplace. It also is aiming to do brisk weekday business because of spring break.
They’ve both helped make millions at the box office and are two of Hollywood’s most sought after talents, but The Croods voice stars Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone say they still get self-conscious hearing themselves on film.
“It’s like hearing your voice back on a voicemail,” said the 24-year-old Stone, who is known for her trademark raspy voice. “I still can’t believe I sound like this.”
“I can’t believe you sound like this either,” joked the 36-year-old Reynolds in the same recent interview. He went on to confess that “everyone feels that way — like there’s some solace in that. I think everyone feels like that when they hear their own voice. (It sounds) kind of shrill and brutal.”
They’re going to have to get used to it. The animated Croods opened today amid predictions it will be the weekend’s No. 1 movie.
The 3-D film, which also stars Nicolas Cage, takes place in prehistoric times and focuses on the world’s first family, the Croods. Stone is a teen girl named Eep, who longs to leave her cave and see what’s out there. Her father, voiced by Cage, is overly protective. One day they meet a guy… named Guy, played by Reynolds. The Croods and Guy venture out together and learn about the world.
This is the first time Reynolds and Stone have done an animated movie and they hope it rates with some of their own childhood favorites.
Reynolds says he was a fan of the TV show Thunder Cats and adds Smurfs was pretty good, too. “Not a turn on but a good cartoon nonetheless.”
Stone’s animated faves? “I loved ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland.”‘
It’s no secret that Emma Stone is a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet, and in a Guest Editor stint for Who What Wear, she’s revealing her style must-haves!
Stone displays her signature wit when unveiling her personal favorites, including Serge Lutens’ A La Nuit Eau De Parfum ($120), which she admits makes her think Jasmine from Aladdin.
“I just bought Serge Lutens’ A La Nuit Eau De Parfum ($120) and it’s really beautiful,” Stone says. “It smells like jasmine. The flower, not from Aladdin. Jasmine from Aladdin may also smell like this; I have no idea. I don’t actually know her personally, but who could? She’s such an enigma. And she has a tiger for a pet.”
She also admits to getting a pretty amazing gift on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 set — a much coveted pair of Isabel Marant boots.
“The costume department on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, led by the great Deb Scott who is a genius, also got me an incredible starting gift: these Isabel Marant Dicker Boots ($600)!” Stone says. “They’re grey suede, and I’ve always wanted them (for two years. I’m like a dramatic 12-year-old. Two years is ‘always’ to me.) I’ve been wearing them every day since I got them (two weeks, which feels like my whole life.)”
Not surprisingly, the Revlon spokeswoman list the very affordable Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($8) — a product she personally endorses — as a must-have, but which is her favorite shade?
“I love Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Butter ($8) in Candy Apple,” she reveals. “This is some great stuff!”
As for her taste in jewelry, it’s unsurprisingly eclectic.
“All of my favorite jewelry is sentimental, and none of it is very expensive because I misplace things a lot,” Stone explains. “Recently I’ve been wearing KCD by Kyle Chan’s Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace ($118) that I found on Etsy that’s just a little piece of watermelon tourmaline. I hang out with a pretty woo-woo group of people, and somebody told me it’s supposed to be calming. It’s not working, but I like how it looks!”
Click here for more of Emma Stone’s style must-haves.
The Croods, which tells the animated story of the world’s first family, stars everyone from Emma Stone to Ryan Reynolds and even Nicholas Cage.
So how was working with one another on the voiced flick?
Emma, who plays teenage Neanderthal Eep, revealed to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” they barely saw one another!
Emma shares: “We had one day that we recorded together but the rest of it we were all separate and then they layer your voices together in the end so I met Nicholas Cage like three weeks ago.”
We bet this is one movie then where they couldn’t wait to do the press!
The Croods hits theaters today!
The Croods star Emma Stone phoned in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to chat about the animated flick and explained why she tweets and then deletes.
The 24-year-old actress explained she’s not the one tweeting!
Emma revealed: “I’m glad you asked me about this, I have never tweeted my friend. I’ve tweeted one time to Seth MacFarlane, I said, ‘Me too, oh boy.’ And then I’ve been hacked ever since and they’ve locked me out of my Twitter so I can’t access it because they changed my email and my password so we are trying to figure out how to delete it.”
Adding, “I heard the other day they tweeted an anagram about Shailene Woodley who is one of my favorite human beings on the planet…I heard it was an anagram of Shailene and Andrew [Garfield] sitting in a tree…that was the first one I heard and then I heard there was a rich history of other things I’ve tweeted and deleted and I didn’t know about any of this happening because I don’t go on Twitter I just had a verified account but now I want to get rid of it.”
Phew, we’re glad to hear all is well between Emma, Shailene and her beau Andrew!
To hear more from Emma, like how she filmed those Croods scenes with Ryan Reynolds, listen to the full interview below.
COMINGSOON.NET – The Stone Age meets the Modern Age as Neanderthal family The Croods attempt to acclimate themselves to the world outside their cave. The cautious leader of this caveman clan, Grug, is vocalized with intense hyper-vigilance by Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage, while his bodacious daughter Eep is played with gusto by Emma Stone. The boy that comes between father and daughter is called simply Guy, and he’s voiced by everyone’s favorite Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds.
This unlikely trio shared the stage for a press conference in New York City where they talked about the hardships of a 2-to-3 hour workday and the occasional waterboarding tactics of animators.
Question: You did such a great job of conveying family dynamics. Did you meet ahead of time to bond?
Nicolas Cage: This is the very first day I’ve ever met Ryan.
Ryan Reynolds: Yeah, we just met now.
Cage: I’m a huge fan, but we just met today. That’s the absolute truth.
Reynolds: We just recorded the third act in the lobby. (laughs)
Cage: Emma and I met in Berlin – that was the first time we met.
Emma Stone: On a quick getaway.
Cage: So to answer your question, we didn’t get to interact while we were making the movie but we could imagine what we were doing, and sometimes Chris and Kirk would do playback so we could riff off of that as well.
Q: Emma, did you know this was going to be the sexiest babe in animation?
Stone: Was Eve modeled as the sexiest babe? Who knew? I think the original animation that I saw, in my opion, had her as pretty compact and strong.
Cage: Sexiest Neanderthal I’ve ever seen. (laughs)
Stone: She did have a pretty sexy Neanderthal halter-top.
It’s real no surprise that in the modern world of CG animation, “studio time” isn’t quite the bonding experience for stars that it would be on-set.
However ‘The Croods’ star Emma Stone has revealed that despite working on DreamWorks’ prehistoric adventure for several years, she only just met on-screen dad Nicolas Cage for the first time:
“I met him two days ago!” said Stone. “After two and a half years of hearing his voice in my ear and reacting to him… It was nice to actually meet someone that had played my father!”
Check out the interview with Emma, and Nicolas Cage too, above.
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo! Movies, Emma also told how her character, Eep, was already drawn before she auditioned for the part: “The only thing that really changed I think, in her physicality, was her red hair and green eyes,” said Stone.
Being a film about living dealing with fear, we thought it only right to ask ‘The Croods’ stars about their own real life worries, getting some surprising answers all round:
“I’m really scared of not living an authentic life,” replied 24 year-old Stone. “I’m really scared of ever loosing semblance of what I want or what drives me – or my connection with people.”
Emma Stone would rather swim because the gym drives her “crazy”.
The Help actress is famed for her model looks and svelte physique.
Whereas she might look like an exercise fanatic, the 24-year-old only partakes in activities she enjoys.
“I’m not a fitness freak. I don’t like doing weights, I don’t like running because it’s bad for your knees, but I do like swimming because I find it very relaxing and peaceful,” she revealed to British magazine OK!
“Working out a gym drives me crazy. I’m not sure why, but I find it very confining and I wonder why I’m there. I can easily spend a few months without working out until I have a film coming up and I might want to drop a few pounds.”
Friday, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds are going back in time as Eep the cavegirl and Guy the, well, guy in Dreamworks’ The Croods. We sat down with the duo to understand just how into their characters they really got.
Eep, along with her family led by Grug (Nicholas Cage) are forced out of their cave home when the first apocalypse starts to rip through their world. With the help of Guy, and his adorable sloth friend Belt, they navigate the strange imaginative world beyond their cave, a place where whales walk on land and rabbits are over seven feet tall. The lush scenery surrounds and confounds them all the way, but Guy only has eyes for the strong and independent Eep.
Stone jokes that she really “likes a guy she can throw over her shoulder,” something that doesn’t make Reynolds feel emmasculated at all. But the real fun starts when Reynolds admits (dunh-dunh-duuuuunh — to steal his furry co-star’s favorite line) he doesn’t know what a GIF is. Luckily, he’s got the queen of GIFs, Stone (who is well aware of her existance on Tumblr as an animated icon), sitting right next to him. She sets him right, complete with a little dance performance, just prime for GIFing.