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“Fantastic Beasts” Feasts on Box Office, “Widows” Wilts

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The weekend belonged to wizards as The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in the Harry Potter spin-off prequel saga of Fantastic Beasts, ended up #1 for the weekend. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp, the movie made $62 million and has an international gross sitting at $253 million. With a budget of $200 million, the film has already split evening and will probably make a bit more come the Thanksgiving holiday.

Unfortunately, the domination of Fantastic Beasts has led to the other new films being buried deep in the box office. Instant Family, an original comedy starring Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg, only made $14.7 million to come in at #4. Just below it at #5 is Widows, the original heist picture starring Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya among a large ensemble, making only $12.3 million. Widows has been boasting strong reviews and is being considered for Oscar nominations but it looks like it won’t be stirring up bigger business until January rolls around, should the film gain bigger attention when genre films are not dominating the fall schedule.

It’s no surprise at all that the animated comedy The Grinch and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody are sitting tall in the #2 and #3 slots respectively. They’ve proven to be decent audience pleasers and have both crossed over $100 million for their domestic grosses. Last week’s films have proven not to have much staying power as both Overlord, the Nazi zombie picture, and The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the sequel to the thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, dropped over 60%. But was has certainly proven itself over time is A Star is Born, the musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, still keeping itself in the top 10 after seven weeks, beating out October’s top contender of Venom for staying power.

View the full top 10 box office results for the weekend below:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($62,200,000)
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch ($38,165,000)
Bohemian Rhapsody ($15,700,000)
Instant Family ($14,700,000)
Widows ($12,300,000)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ($4,678,000)
A Star is Born ($4,350,000)
Overlord ($3,850,000)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story ($2,500,000)
Nobody’s Fool ($2,260,000)

Next weekend, or Wednesday rather, will be a bout for the Thanksgiving title of box office winner. Ralph Breaks the Internet, the animated arcade themed comedy and sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, will debut in 3,800 theaters. Creed 2, the sequel to the Rocky spinoff Creed, will premiere in 3,350 theaters. Robin Hood, a new and adventurous take on the classic hero, will be sliding into 2,700 theaters. And The Green Book, a racially focused buddy and historical dramedy, will make a modest appearance in 1,000 theaters.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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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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