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Box Office: ‘The Boss’ Takes Over #1 Spot

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[dropcap]M[/dropcap]elissa McCarthy comedy The Boss topped the domestic charts over the weekend, dropping the blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice out of its number one spot after a two-weekend run.

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Melissa McCarthy shows the critics who’s boss by having a #1 weekend.

The Boss is testament to McCarthy’s draw at the box office, given the movie was thrashed by critics. The movie is mostly misguided, as it’s full of frat boy humor, but the intended audience appears to be prepubescent girls – huh? Further, this is McCarthy we’re talking about, so it goes without saying that it seems hellbent on corrupting that audience.

Anyway, website Rotten Tomatoes says that critics in their survey gave the film a 17 percent rating, which means 17 percent of the critics surveyed were favorable. The rest gave it a thumbs down.

Given The Boss helped push the highly rated Deadpool out of the top 10 – Deadpool, in fact, dropped to the number 12 slot – it seems likely that the Rotten Tomatoes top five and top 10 averages for last week would go down.

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‘Hardcore Henry’ had a not-so-hardcore debut at the #5 spot.

Helping to mitigate the potential drop was the so-designated “Russian-American science fiction action thriller” called Hardcore Henrywhich landed in the number 5 spot for the week with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 51 percent and Eye in The Sky, staring Helen Mirren and featuring the late Alan Rickman, which received a solid 92 percent score in the critics survey.

Related: Trailer: Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Boss’ Won’t Beat ‘Spy’

Needless to say, there is no more connection to critical reviews and box office success then there is a connection between Donald Trump and feminism. Still, it’s interesting to see how the films line up critically and financially from week to week.

 

The top five films for the week, The Boss ($23.48 million), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($23.43 million), Zootopia ($14.3 million), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($6.4 million) and Hardcore Henry ($5 million) averaged 44.2 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The highest rated film in the top 5 (and in the top 10) is Zootopia with a 98 percent rating, while the lowest in the top 10 is The Boss at 17 percent.

The top 10 have a slightly higher score among critics surveyed with an average of 47.7 percent, even though the number 8 slot for the week, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, has the lowest score for the week at 12 percent.

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Sorry, Shailene. The critics aren’t feeling you.

The bottom half of the top 10 includes Miracles from Heaven ($4.8 million), God’s Not Dead 2 ($4.3 million), The Divergent Series: Allegiant ($3.6 million), 10 Cloverfield Lane ($3 million) and Eye in The Sky ($2.8 million).

Rotten Tomatoes scores among the top 10 start with Zootopia‘s 98 percent rating and falls from there to Eye in The Sky (92 percent), 10 Cloverfield Lane (89 percent), Hardcore Henry (51 percent), Miracles from Heaven (49 percent), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (29 percent), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (26 percent), The Boss (17 percent), God’s Not Dead (14 percent) and The Divergent Series: Allegiant (12 percent).

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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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