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Hungry ‘Jurassic’ Dinos Are Stomping Box Office With New A-Lister Chris Pratt

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Chris Pratt Hooked On A Dino Feeling

Chris Pratt Hooked On A Dino Feeling

Movie news for the weekend of June 13-14 is all about Jurassic World exceeding all expectations at the box office and the possibility that Chris Pratt has really arrived as an A-list movie star, despite his relatively short resume.

Be forewarned. The answer to every question posed in this article is “Yes!” with one explanation point otherwise noted. For examples: Is Jurassic World a rocking addition to the Jurassic Park series (Yes!); is Chris Pratt a bona fide A-list Hollywood star (Yes!) and does Bryce Dallas Howard win the Marilyn the Librarian When You’re Hot, You’re Hot (When You’re Not, You’re Not) Trophy for 2015 (emphatically Yes!!!).

OK, for all the film buffs who only know films after 1962, Marilyn The Librarian was the decidedly plain-looking librarian in The Music Man until she took off her glasses and shook her hair down, revealing her to be a stunner underneath a cold, professional demeanor. Especially at the movies, men have never quite looked at wallflowers the same way again.

OK, back to the off-the-chart numbers, that are blowing away the expectations.

First of all, the idea was for Jurassic World to notch a first-weekend take of $125 million. That, it was said, would be enough to rescue theaters from an otherwise lackluster summer schedule, which included a disappointing Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Jupiter Ascending and Tomorrowland.

Although Mad Max, Fury Road did better than expected, it wasn’t enough push 2015 solidly past 2014, which was the slowest summer at the movies in years.

Here we go. Using Rentrak figures, Jurassic World is expected to take in $204,596,380 in its first weekend in the domestic market and $307,200,000 on the international stage, raking in a total $511,796,380 worldwide.

It could be safely said that the film smoked all the competition. The worldwide take for San Andreas for the weekend stands at $53,510,000, while the total take for Melissa McCarthey’s latest, Spy, is 29,500,000. Mad Max: Fury Road, notched $9,530,000 worldwide for the weekend, while Tomorrowland (a preachy, confusing film starring George Clooney) has taken in $8,017,000 worldwide.

Further, Jurassic World was shown in 4,274 theaters over its first weekend, making a per-theater take of $47,870.

The dino romp looks to be the new leader for first-weekend in June releases, toping Man of Steel, the previous record-holder with box office receipts of $116.6 million. Toy Story 3 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were also first-weekend in June releases with receipts in the first weekend reaching $110.3 million and $108.9 million, respectively.

Jurassic World’s opening night on Thursday took in $18.5 million, which puts it behind Age of Ultron, which took in $27.6 million on its opening night for Disney and Marvel. But Age of Ultron took in $191.3 million in its first weekend and the big, bad lizards and company look poised to do even better than that.

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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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