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Tom Cruise pushes ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ to its limits ‘Godzilla’ takes Warner Bros over $1bn at foreign box office

LONDON, May 28,(agencies); Three premieres in three cities on one day. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are pushing their own limits to promote their latest movie “Edge of Tomorrow.” The tour started Wednesday with an early London premiere, moving on to Paris and ending in New York. Film stars are used to jetting around to launch their projects but not usually on the same day. Blunt, the 31-year-old British actress known from “The Devil Wears Prada,” says it’s typical of her co-star. “When I heard about the premiere idea of three in one day, I just said ‘that’s Tom’s idea,’” she said. “Edge of Tomorrow,” directed by Doug Liman, is an action thriller, a science-fiction tale, a war movie and a love story all rolled into one. Cruise, 51, plays military PR man Maj. William Cage, a quick-talking coward who is forced to fight for humanity against an alien invasion. Blunt is the poster girl for the army, a highly-trained warrior and the only person who can help Cage when he starts living the same day over and over again, never reaching the tomorrow of the title.

Shot in the U.K. at Warner Brothers’ Leavesden Studios, the director says three premieres in twenty-four hours is nothing compared to what they achieved on the set. “‘Edge of Tomorrow’ was an impossible movie to make ó harder than anything I’ve ever done before. So having a premiere day that starts off sounding impossible really seemed like it would be a great way to finish,” Liman said. Cruise and Blunt joked about who will have more stamina on the day. “Because I have a baby, I’m not sleeping as much anyway,” Blunt noted.

“You’ll be like, unconscious. But I’ll be there,” Cruise countered. Cruise and Blunt were talking on the rooftop of a London hotel overlooking the opening location of the movie, where the main character is flown in to Trafalgar Square. It was the first time a helicopter has ever landed in between the famous fountains, next to Nelson’s Column – something Cruise still gets excited talking about. Despite shooting around the clock, the stars took time out when Blunt invited Cruise to a trendy London sex club to celebrate Matt Damon’s birthday ó a story she revealed on Jimmy Kimmel’s US chat show. “He thought it was going to be a more civilized night,” Blunt says. “But it was fun.” “Edge of Tomorrow” is in U.K. cinemas on Friday and opens in the U.S. on June 6.

Warner Bros. this weekend became the first studio to top the $1 billion mark at the international box office in 2014. The studio got a big lift from recent relesases “Godzilla,” “The Lego Movie” and “300: Rise of an Empire,” but the biggest factor was “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth epic was released in December of 2013, but has made the bulk of its $695 million from abroad in 2014. It’s up to $953 million globally. “Godzilla,” a co-production between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros., brought in $34.5 million this weekend, upping its international total to $167 million, and its worldwide haul to $315 million. That’s an impressive number, but still under the $206 million that “The Lego Movie” managed abroad ($461 million worldwide) and the $224 million from overseas for the “300” sequel, which is at $331 million worldwide.

The U.K. has been the strongest overseas market for “Godzilla” so far, with $19.3 million, followed by Russia and Mexico, both $13.2 million. “Godzilla” opens in China on June 13 and on July 25 in Japan, where original rights holder Toho is distributing. Morgan spurlock’s empire continues  to grow, The documentarian, who has a CNN show and two film companies, is partnering up with Paul Allen to produce 20 short films that will help “demystify” the economy. Spurlock’s Cinelan and Allen’s Vulcan Productions have tapped top economists and filmmakers to join in the effort, including “Twilight” helmer Catherine Hardwicke, Akiva Goldsman, and “American Psycho” director Mary Harron. “We’re thrilled to partner with Vulcan Productions, this incredibly talented group of directors, and several top economic minds to create accessible, impactful short films that not only break down the subject matter in a more digestible format, but also share the unique human stories behind the inner workings of the economy,” Spurlock said. “It’s an important opportunity to create something that will have a lasting footprint.” Spurlock will direct at least one of the films, which adds to his busy schedule, which includes “Inside Man” on CNN, a series on Showtime, and a show with Maker Studios.

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