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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Roars in Big Opening Weekend

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was Beauty and the Beast versus the Other Beast vying for attention at U.S. theaters over the weekend and it turned out to be no contest, the romantic feature staring Emma Watson earning $170 million from Friday through Sunday, earning high points from critics along the way.

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Everybody’s falling for the Disney story.

The Other Beast, the oversized ape from Skull Island (Kong: Skull Island) earned $28.8 million over the weekend, despite a bankable, all-star cast lead by work-a-day stars Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman.

However, the beast that really roared was the modern fantasy creature played by Dan Stevens in the live action update of Disney’s 1991 animation Beauty and the Beast – a timeless French fable done as a musical featuring once upon a time child star Emma Watson as Belle in a role that calls for voice and her famously innocent good looks. The update roared into No. 7 on the all-time highest grossing films off all time for the first weekend out of release, with revenues coming just short of Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million in its May 2013 release).

It is telling that this weekend’s success is certainly the fastest-grossing romance of all time and the fastest grossing musical. Above Iron Man 3 is Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million, May 2016), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2 million, May 2015), The Avengers ($207.4 million, May 2012), Jurassic World ($208.8 million, June 2015) and Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens ($247.9 million, December 2015).

In fact, you have to go all the way down to No. 38 on the all-time fastest grossing films to another Disney release to find another musical, which would be The Jungle Book that earned $103.2 million in its first weekend, although it could barely be called a musical at all, what with Bill Murray as the bear Baloo talking his way through “The Bear Necessities,” and Christopher Walken crooning “I Wanna Be Like You,” as King Louie the ape. Technically one and a half songs doesn’t qualify as a musical.

There are also none too many pure girl meets boy (or beast) movies in the top 100 list either, unless you count No. 65, Fifty Shades of Gray ($85.1 million, February 2015) or No. 81, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($74.4 million, November 2016).

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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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