Posted on June 10th, 2018 by Frederik

According to Forbes, A24’s Hereditary scored a record-breaking opening weekend for the indie distributor. The acclaimed (and pretty darn good) family horror melodrama, starring Toni Collette (in an Oscar-worthy turn), Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd, earned $13 million over the weekend. For comparison, The Witch earned $8.8m in its opening weekend and It Comes At Night earned just $5.9m in its debut Fri-Sun frame last summer. Hereditary is a somewhat more commercial flick than the period piece chiller and the post-apocalyptic tragedy, but this I remain impressed. Sure, the CinemaScore grade is a D+, but that’s par for the course for arthouse horror. Heck, for a movie like this, earning an “F” would have been a badge of honor. At least folks showed up in greater numbers than for mother! and Annihilation. Unless it has an awful multiplier, it’s going to end up becoming one of A24’s biggest domestic earners. Even a 2.33x multiplier (like It Comes at Night) would give the $10 million Sundance sensation a $30m domestic total, making it A24’s second-biggest domestic grosser. Legs like The Witch ($25m from an $8.8m debut) would put the flick at $36m, between Moonlight ($27m) and Lady Bird ($48m). No, this isn’t a conventional year-end Oscar picture, but Collette might sneak in there if A24 wants to spend the money.

Posted on June 8th, 2018 by Frederik

New York Magazine’s Vulture has a great lenghty interview with Toni Collette ahead of today’s “Hereditary” release. While they warn you that the interview features “some spoilers”, be aware that it features massive big-ass spoilers which you wouldn’t want to know if you’re going to see the film. This being said, here’s a preview alongside some amazing editorial pictures. The complete interview can be read over at Vulture: In the upcoming horror film Hereditary, written and directed by first-timer Ari Aster, Toni Collette conveys the entire spectrum of human emotion over the course of two terrifying hours. As Annie Graham — a woman who’s just lost her mother and begins to suspect she doesn’t know the entire truth about her complicated family — she’s at once a grieving daughter, a loving wife, a furious and protective mother, an impressionable follower, a confident artist, and a paranoid insomniac (and that’s just the first hour). “When this was sent to me, I had already said to my agent, ‘I don’t want to do anything heavy,’” Collette says. “’Don’t even think about sending me anything heavy.’ He called me, sheepishly: ‘I think you should be in this.’ He was right. I fucking love it, and I hate him for sending it.”

Posted on June 8th, 2018 by Frederik

Today, both “Hereditary” and “Hearts Beat Loud” will release in theaters across the United States. It’s been exciting to cover the press tour for “Hereditary” and especially seeing Toni Collette receiving so much praise for a lead role once again. I hope the film will find its audience and keep up with the frenetic praise it has received. I myself can’t wait to see it. The Hollywood Reporter has a prognosis on its box office chances, as it releases among the all-female “Oceans 8” and another arthouse-thriller, “Hotel Artemis”. This weekend’s two other new entries are A24’s critically acclaimed supernatural horror pic “Hereditary” and Global Road’s “Hotel Artemis”, both of which are tracking to bow in the $6 million-$8 million range. “Hereditary”, which premiered in the midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival in January, marks the feature directorial debut of Ari Aster and stars Tony Collette opposite Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne. The story follows a family who is haunted following the death of the clan’s matriarch. So, grab your friends – or your mother if you dare – and enjoy “Hereditary” on the full screen.

Posted on June 7th, 2018 by Frederik


While all the attention lies on tomorrow’s theatrical release of “Hereditary”, one of Toni’s other films – which will be released on the same day – is quietly flying under the radar. Yesterday, Toni joined co-star Nick Offerman at the New York premiere of “Hearts Beat Loud”. In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery. Toni plays a supporting role as the landlord / love interest to Offerman’s character. Make sure to watch it if “Hereditary” will scare you too much – or watch it right afterwards :-) Pictures from the premiere have been added to the photo gallery.

Posted on June 6th, 2018 by Frederik

The A24-hosted New York premiere for “Hereditary” took place yesterday evening, and the whole Graham family – Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro – joined director Ari Aster on the red carpet. Pictures from the screening, as well as a couple of pictures from the tapings of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Good Morning America”, have been added to the photo gallery.


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