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Stallone Packs A Punch In ‘Creed’ And Nearly Breaks $100M At Box Office

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Creed has grossed just under $100M following the Christmas holiday weekend. 

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Creed is about Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan, a young fighter who gave up his surname, Creed, due to the resentment over his father’s death at a young age.

Yes, Adonis is the son of Rocky Balboa’s nemesis in the first four pictures, including the 1976 film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Of course, this suggests that Stallone pretty much knew how to make a movie from the start, even as he re-makes the same picture again and again. But where Rocky punched beef carcasses in the first film to show he was a brute with a comic touch, Creed is fighting his legacy. As Rocky tells him, his No. 1 opponent is the fighter looking back at him in the mirror.

Young Creed, it turns out, is a highly successful businessman living in a mansion with his former step mother, who finds Creed living in foster care and takes him in at an early age. Fast forwarding to his 20s, Creed is driving luxury cars and doing quite well. But he cannot resist the urge to drive down to Tijuana, Mexico, on weekends and fight it out in a decidedly low-level boxing circuit. He does well there and, in time, he is driven to see how good he might be, given his father was once the world heavy weight champion and all. So the young man with an angry chip on his shoulder moves to Philadelphia to look up Rocky for some serious big-league training.

Remember, this is training so that he could get his brains bashed to pulp in the fighting game. This means the audience has to forgive the idea that young executives driving luxury cars and living in mansions do not risk their lives for some adolescent whim, no matter who their father might be.

But this is Stallone’s world which, punch for punch, trades in credibility for sentimentality, just so long as it culminates in a likable boxer fighting for his honor in a highly publicized prize fight watched around the world. These are big-stake emotions easily manipulated and Stallone knows the tricks by heart. Enter the extraordinarily beautiful, mousy girlfriend – in this case a singer, who, if you like sentimentality, happens to suffer from a progressive hearing loss, which will some day wipe out her heartfelt ambitions in music.

Not enough sentimentality yet? Not for Stallone, who has Rocky diagnosed with cancer just before the big fight. Now, everyone has some honor to fight for, because stubborn Rocky is not interested in medical treatment. Should everyone just give up – or should everybody throw one more punch? You already know the answer to that.

Creed is, as the trailers promised, is the exact same story as the first Rocky picture and all of them in between, as well. With Creed, however, Stallone is far more sure of himself. All those clownish pranks in the first films, including Rocky’s snuffling deese and dose Philadelphia accent, are gone. Where Rocky was film making 101 — Star Wars in a boxing ring — Creed is creative, subtle and much more mature. Of course, the joy inherent in physical exertion is still there. But, face it, whether he is making a decent film or just another boxing pancake, Stallone knows how to throw a punch – a sentimental punch, that is.

Creed is not a great film, but is a masterful sports film. This is Rocky’s arena. I just hope it doesn’t win Best Picture again. If it does, we will never hear the end of it.

Izzy

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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