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Birdman (2014)

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Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman

Details Limited Release: Oct 17, 2014; Rated: R; Genre: Comedy; With: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

In Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark comedy, Michael Keaton is Riggan Thomson, a former A-lister best known for playing the superhero Birdman. Hoping to recapture some of his earlier glory, Riggan writes, directs, and stars in a Broadway play—then suffers a breakdown in the process. In the film's mysterious trailer, he can be seen jumping off a tall building, sprouting Black Swan-like wings, and walking through Times Square in tighty-whities. Keaton admits he was worn out by the shoot, which included intense choreography and a long rehearsal period. ''My guess is that there are some actors who don't like that,'' he says. ''Alejandro is a perfectionist and detail-oriented and constantly striving for more.''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
Weekend of Sep 28 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $35.0 1 $35.0 D
2. $17.5 2 $58.0 B-
3. $17.2 1 $17.2 B-
4. $7.0 2 $22.6 C
Dolphin Tale 2
Warner Bros.
$4.8 3 $33.7 C+
No Good Deed
Screen Gems
$4.6 3 $46.6 C
7. $4.2 2 $20.9 B
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$3.8 9 $319.2 A-
9. $1.5 7 $79.6 F
10. $1.4 8 $187.2 C+
* in millions

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