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Disney to Release Digital Version of Star Wars Movies

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Star-Wars-Force-Awakens-Millenium-Falcon-MovieSpoonThe Walt Disney Company DIS in association with Lucasfilm Ltd and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. FOXA will be releasing Star Wars movies on the digital platform for the first time ever on Apr 10, 2015.

All the six movies of the franchise will be available for download across all devices with never-seen-before footage and meaningful conversations from the makers of the franchise.

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Star Wars ever since Disney announced the seventh episode titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is the first Star Wars movie in a decade. The last release was Revenge of Sith in 2005.

Star Wars, with a presence of almost 40 years, has gained an iconic status. A space saga, the franchise was the brainchild of George Lucas, made under the Lucasfilm banner and distributed by 21st Century Fox. The two trilogies have gained phenomenal worldwide success.

Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for an estimated $4.1 billion and announced plans to revive the franchise with three new movies as well as three spin-off movies.

Disney is leaving no stone unturned to create massive publicity for The Force Awakens. Apart from releasing the digital version, the company is also developing ideas on adding Star Wars to its parks. Further, Star Wars: Episode VIII is ready for a May 26, 2017 release and the first spin-off movie of the franchise titled Rogue One is set for a Dec 2016 release.

Disney is firing on all cylinders. It has struck gold at the box office with almost every movie released over the last couple of years.  Frozen, Captain America 2, Maleficent and even the obscure series like Guardians of the Galaxy and more recently, Big Hero 6 and Cinderella, all have done exceptionally well at the box office.

Stupendous success of the movies has brought great business to the Consumer Products division as well as the Parks and Resort segments, helping the company to earn nearly $49 billion in revenues in fiscal 2014.

Disney is bracing for another great success with Avengers 2 slated for a May 1, 2015 release. The superheroes team re-uniting to fight Ultron is what movie buffs have been waiting for the past three years. The Avengers, released in 2012, not only had a fantastic opening but with a box office tally of over $1.5 billion, it is the third highest grossing film of all time behind 21st Century Fox’s Avatar and Titanic.

No wonder the sequel is already being labeled as a billion dollar movie. Apart from this, Disney’s Ant-Man, another Marvel superhero film, will be released in theaters on Jul 17. Given the buzz surrounding Marvel studios these days and runaway success of its movies, Ant-Man is likely to succeed. Imminent Disney releases also include Inside Out on Jun 17 and Tommorowland on May 20.

Finally, the release of The Force Awakens on Dec 18 will be a fitting end to what we believe will be a spectacular year.

With an impressive movie slate running up to 2017, addition of popular themes to Parks and Resorts and several other developments, there is no stopping the Disney juggernaut anytime in the near future.

 

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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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