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Bill Murray Joins Adam Sandler And Will Ferrell In Search Of Box Office Gold

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Well, it's a cool poster at least.

Well, it’s a cool poster at least.

It’s a bit of a puzzle to figure out who was the target audience for the latest Bill Murray feature, Rock the Kasbah, which was given an 8 percent approval rating by Rotten Tomatoes and took in less than $2 million in ticket sales in the combined audiences of the United States and Canada.

My first complaint – besides the simple fact that it is a pandering piece of work – revolves around the concept of Bill Murray figuring out what he should do now that he is 65 and his best years in comedy are behind him.

His last two attempts have been efforts in which he continues the same shtick that worked for him when he was younger. In St. Vincent, with Melisa McCarthy, he played an old timer still clinging to his drinks and his pot, as a ne’er-do-well neighbor who was irresistibly incorrigible – in other words, the same old Bill Murray. In Rock the Kasbah, Murray again tries to cash in on his ne’er-do-well persona as a hip, but aging music manager, which allowed the script writers to drop as many references to famous rocker as they could.

Does Hollywood get it yet? Murray’s schtick always cashed in on the point that he isn’t a good actor; he just knew how to compensate for that. On the surface, Murray was always insincere, which meant he could be a ham instead of a talent. But now the talent Gods are calling and he hasn’t got much left.

Of course, this same demon has also exposed both Will Farrell and Adam Sandler, two other Saturday Night Live veterans, for their collective lack of acting chops. Sandler‘s love me, even though I’m a stoner, routine, has run its course. Meanwhile, I could never tolerate Farrell long enough to understand his shtick, except for very loud and demanding. What else has he got? Don’t ask me.

No question, the men from Saturday Night Live have had a far better run than the women. Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy have had numerous high-rolling successes in Hollywood. (Notice, I don’t include Steve Martin, who was a frequent guest, but never a cast member of Saturday Night Live.) In addition, Chris Farley, Dave Spade, and Mike Myers, among others, had sporadic success on the big screen.

The women from SNL who have made it in Hollywood include Kristin Wiig, who is finding dramatic and comedic work in California, Tina Fey, who also a versatile film star, and who can be Maya Rudolph, who can be silly and serious, as well.

But IMDb’s list of the top 20 female stars from SNL show few others with any noteworthy success on the big screen. Jane Curtin has had a stellar career, but most if it has been in television – Third Rock From The Sun was one of her follow ups. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has also asserted herself, but mostly on the show Seinfeld. Still, she has notched nominal success in Hollywood with Fandango listing her in nine feature films – not many compared to 25 for Chevy Chase, 27 for Eddie Murphy, 45 for Will Farrell, 46 for Dan Aykroyd, 50 for Adam Sandler and 53 for Bill Murray.

That said, many are saying that Sandler can no longer find a job; his popularity has run its course. Will Farrell shows no indication of slowing down, although shameless defines most of his career. Murray and Aykroyd – what about getting together again? Lastly, Eddie Murphy, who is only in his 50s and is listed as the fourth highest grossing actor of all time. Yes, finding the right role is hard for him, too, but give it a go, Mr. Murphy. You’ve got years of options ahead of you. Certainly, we need you now, as much as we ever did.


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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.


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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.


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“Captain Marvel” Makes a Heroic Box Office Debut

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Despite online controversy, another Marvel Comics movie has debuted to another astonishing figure. While not as monumental as last year’s Black Panther, Captain Marvel wasn’t too far behind in the box office for its debut. The superhero epic starring Brie Larson had a weekend debut of $153 million, with a worldwide gross quickly approaching half a billion. This marks an astonishing premiere even by Marvel’s standards of always dominating the weekend. Don’t be surprised if the film lingers in the top 5 for all of March and perhaps through April as well.

For occupying such a hefty amount of the box office, it was slim pickings for the rest of the movies. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World continues to stick to the top 5 after three weekends, bringing in another $14.6 million to boost its domestic total to $119. Despite not achieving such a huge success in a short amount of time, the film is proving to have strong legs to keep the animated family going audience captivated as it stays steadfast in March. Also doing well in its second weekend is the comedy Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, making another $12 million to push its domestic gross to $45 million, marking another successful Tyler Perry production.

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL..Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) ..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

There weren’t too many surprises in terms of drops this weekend. Some films even stayed in their placement as with Green Book in its post-Oscar victory lap. One minor surprise is the expansion of Apollo 11, the NASA documentary that expanded to a few more theaters to place it at #10 for the weekend with a domestic total now sitting at $3.7 million.

Check out the full top box office results for the weekend below.

Captain Marvel ($153,000,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($14,696,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($12,050,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($3,825,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($3,200,000)

Green Book ($2,488,000)

Isn’t It Romantic ($2,410,000)

Fighting With My Family ($2,188,868)

Greta ($2,161,000)

Apollo 11 ($1,301,000)

Next weekend will most likely be another victory lap for Captain Marvel so the premieres will be limited. New movies will include the drama Five Feet Apart in 2,600 theaters, the sci-fi action picture Captive State in 2,200 theaters, and the animated family comedy Wonder Park in 3,500.


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