Clooney and Smokehouse Going to Sony

Entertainment Weekly reports that George Clooney will be packing up Smokehouse, his production company, and moving from its current Warner Bros. home over to the Sony lot.

Sony is currently negotiating a two-year deal with Clooney and his production partner Grant Heslov. Clooney has spent the last eight years at Warner Bros. producing the films Michael Clayton and Good Night and Good Luck among others. His previous production company, Section Eight which he ran in conjunction with director Steven Soderbergh, was also housed on the Burbank lot.

Smokehouse’s most recent property The Informant, starring Matt Damon and directed by Soderbergh is scheduled for a fall release Warner Bros. Next year Overture Films will debut the Clooney’s Men Who Stare at Goats from director Heslov and pairing Clooney with the talented Ewan McGregor.

Entertainment Weekly


Weekend Box Office for July 3 – 5

#1 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs from Fox debuts at #1 this weekend bringing in $42.5 million in 4099 theaters. Budget for Ice Age was $90 million.

#1 Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen from Paramount/Dreamworks ties for the #1 spot this weekend earning $42.5 million in 4234 theaters. Budget for Revenge of the Fallen was $200 million.

#3 Public Enemies from Universal debuts at #3 this weekend bringing in $26.1 million in 3334 theaters. Budget for Enemies was $100 million.

#4 The Proposal from Buena Vista. drops again this weekend earning $12.7 million in 3099 theaters. Budget for The Proposal was $40 million.

#5 The Hangover from Warner Bros. drops to #5 this weekend earning $10.4 million in 3070 theaters bringing total earnings to $204.1 million. Budget for The Hangover was $35 million.

Rounding out the top 10 are:

#6 Up Weekend Gross: $6,579,000 down 49% / Theaters: 2656, down 831 / Gross $264,873,000 / Budget: $175 million

#7 My Sister’s Keeper Weekend Gross: $5,255,000 down 57% / Theaters: 2606 / Gross $25,964,000 / Budget: $30 million

#8 The Taking of Pelham 123 Weekend Gross: $2,500,000 down 54% / Theaters: 1908, down 1087 / Gross $58,471,000 / Budget: $100 million

#9 Year One Weekend Gross: $2,100,000 down 61% / Theaters: 2240, down 784 / Gross $38,088,000 / Budget: $60 million

#10 Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian Weekend Gross: $2,100,000 down 42% / Theaters: 1419, down 831 / Gross $167,763,000 / Budget: $150 million

A note on “Gross”: On average, studios will earn approximately 55 percent of the final gross.


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