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The trailer to Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" was released on March 28th to start generating buzz.
The film, starring Channing Tatum, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Jaime Foxx, tells the story of police officer (Channing Tatum) who springs into action to protect his child and the president (Jamie Foxx) from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.
The trailer was revealed during an official launch party by Sony that gave a couple hundred lucky fans the first look at the trailer and eight minutes of footage, with Jamie Foxx and director Emmerich on hand at New York's Regal Union Square and Tatum piped in via satellite from London.
After the screening the director answered a few questions for the fans. Emmerich stated "It's not only about taking over the White House; it's actually doing a coup de tat. It's like 'Seven Days In May,' which I always felt was a movie I want to do. I really believe that, as Lincoln said, the only way that America can destroy itself is from within."
"White House Down" marks the second film about terrorists overtaking the famous house. This past weekend Film District's "Olympus has Fallen" opened to a solid $30 million and stars Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, and Gerard Butler. Sony stated that they released it after "Fallen" because of Emmerich's track record. The German director has directed big budget films "2012," "10,000 B.C," and The Day After Tomorrow" which were huge hits and Sony is confident his latest will also be one.
In box office history when two movies about the same topic are released in the same year, the second to come out fails to generate as much revenue as the first. Past examples include 2005's "Capote" which trumped fellow Truman Capote picture "Infamous." Oscar winner "Capote" grossing $49.2 million while grossed $2.6 million. The same happened in 2011 between sex romps "No Strings Attached" released in January "Friends With Benefit" released in July."Strings" garnered $70 million while "Benefits" grossed $55 million.
James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) wrote and produced the film and Sony will distribute "White House Down" on June 28th.