This weekend saw Into the Woods sweep into the US box office chart with a phenomenal 3-day $31M gross (and a 4-day $46.1M gross) making it the biggest ever US opening for a screen adaptation of a Broadway musical in history.
The film has now well and truly beaten the previous record holder Mamma Mia, which opened to a $27.8M three-day gross in 2008, as well as the $27.3M opening weekend figure for Les Miserables in 2012.
Into the Woods has also received multiple Golden Globe® nominations – Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actress (Emily Blunt) and Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep), as well as London Critics’ Circle Film Award nominations – British Actress of the Year (Emily Blunt) and Young British Performer of The Year (Daniel Huttlestone), highlighting the film’s impressive wealth of great British talent, which also includes James Corden, Tracey Ullman and Lucy Punch.
Interest from all generations also made Into The Woods the 4th biggest Christmas Day opening ever in the US with families of all ages enjoying the big screen musical adventure. Since its release the film’s original motion picture soundtrack, featuring 20 show-stopping tracks, has also achieved top five best seller status on Amazon in the US and charted within the iTunes US music store top ten.
Here’s some of the reactions from both US & UK critics reflect the film’s US box outstanding office results:
“The film is a whirl of pure pleasure that just keeps whirling”- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“Splendid Disney screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical” – Stephen Holden, New York Times,
“The trip ‘Into the Woods’ is spooky, thoughtful, delightful.” –Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
“Bewitching Into the Woods is this century’s best musical” –Lou Lumenick, New York Post
Based on Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony®-winning Broadway musical fairytale, Into The Woods boasts an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp and Tracey Ullman and is set to cast a spell over UK cinemas when it opens across the country on January 9th.
The film is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall.
We have had a chance to watch Into The Woods we’re eager to share our views on the film, we will closer to the UK& Irish release date, which is 9th January 2015 so not long now! You can read about Cleaver Patterson’s press conference report here and why also check out the film’s trailer below!