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Box Office: The Holidays are ‘Just Getting Started’

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For the second weekend of December, the new blockbusters have backed off for that awkward dead zone between Thanksgiving and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With two major comic book movies, two word-of-mouth indie comedies and a stellar Disney animated film on the menu, it’s not surprising that few studios would want to bring something new to this weekend.

The only new film this week debuting with a wide release is the Morgan Freeman/Tommy Lee Jones comedy Just Getting Started. And the results are not good. For being released in over 2,000 theaters, the film brought in an abysmal $3 million, placing it at #10 for the weekend. The only other new release is the Tonya Harding movie I, Tonya but it’s currently only playing in 4 theaters.

The Disaster Artist, the comedy biopic about terrible filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, has expanded this weekend and is starting to make a more significant dent. The critically acclaimed picture that stars James Franco, Dave Franco and Seth Rogen has been added over 800 more theaters and did an excellent job bringing in roughly $6.4 million. Word of mouth has been getting around fast about the film and coming in at #4 for the weekend with such a theater account is rather impressive.

Another expanding indie comedy is the coming-of-age story, Lady Bird, expanding to another 300 theaters. In its sixth week, it has only dropped one slot from last week, bringing in $3.5 million and placing its total gross at $22 million. Time will tell if it sticks around for the rest of the month.

A surprise improvement in the rankings has come with Sony’s The Star, an animated religious family movie, moving up a slot after expanding into an additional 150 theaters and earning $3.6 million. It’s total gross after four weeks has been $32 million, not too shabby for a film that cost Sony $20 million to make.

Comic book movies continue to linger. After over a month in the theaters, Thor: Ragnarok remains in the top 10, now crossing over $300 million for its domestic gross. This weekend saw the Marvel hero picture take in $6.2 million, dropping only one slot in the ranking. Justice League may not have been a critical success, but it’s still hanging in there for another week in the #2 spot. The DC Comics long-awaited ensemble picture brought in another $9.5 million, bringing its domestic gross to $212 million. Not terrible, but very underwhelming for what should be considered the crown jewel of the DCEU.

No surprise for remaining at #1 for its third weekend in a row is Coco, Pixar’s latest film about the mythology of the Day of the Dead. Its earnings for the weekend were $18.3 million, bringing its total domestic gross to $135 million. Much like with Justice League, this feels a little underwhelming for what is easily one of Pixar’s most celebrated films to date. It will hopefully have enough appeal to carry it through into the holiday season when going up against the likes of Blue Sky’s Ferdinand. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it will be dominated by Star Wars: The Last Jedi this weekend.

The full box office stats are listed below.

Coco ($18,303,000)
Justice League ($9,595,000)
Wonder ($8,450,000)
The Disaster Artist ($6,435,514)
Thor: Ragnarok ($6,291,000)
Daddy’s Home 2 ($6,000,000)
Murder on the Orient Express ($5,100,000)
The Star ($3,675,000)
Lady Bird ($3,547,469)
Just Getting Started ($3,181,568)

Next weekend, expect to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the #1 slot with its weekend total in the high triple digits, somewhere between $150 million and $250 million. Coco will most likely hold steady at #2 with Ferdinand nipping close behind.

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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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