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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Storms the Box Office at #1

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As the first big superhero movie of 2018, it’s no surprise that Black Panther would end up #1 at the weekend box office. What is a surprise, however, is how much it made. The Marvel film, directed by Ryan Coogler with the title role reprised by Chadwick Boseman, brought in $192 million over the weekend. That is an astonishing amount for any superhero film, let alone one with a mostly black cast. Topping off all this good news is that the movie is very good, rated in the high 90s on Rotten Tomatoes. Needless to say, it’s going to stick around for quite some time.

black pantherThe two other new films this week didn’t fare very well. Early Man, the latest claymation feature film from the famed Aardman Animation studio, debuted at #7 with a gross of $3.1 million. Not a very strong opening, even when considering the roughly 2,400 theaters where it was released. Further down the top 10 is Samson, a religious epic from the religious studio of Pure Flix, debuting at #10 with a gross of $1.9 million from roughly 1,200 theaters. Again, not a very strong opening, even for Pure Flix with their small amount of marketing and a highly devoted religious audience that can usually be counted on to boost a gross.

The rest of the films took expected dips. Fifty Shades Freed, having enjoyed the #1 top slot during the weekend before Valentine’s Day, lost its appeal and received a 51% tumble down to $16.9 million for the weekend, placing it at #3 with a total domestic gross of $76.1 million. Just above it, no surprise, is Peter Rabbit as the only new family out there, grossing $17.2 million to bring its domestic total up to $48.2 million. Refusing to budge from #4 is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, determined to stay in the top 10 with another $7.9 million gross, beefing up its domestic total to $377 million. Chances are it might have a shot at cracking $400 million if it has legs this strong.

Read the full top 10 below:

Black Panther ($192,023,000)
Peter Rabbit ($17,250,000)
Fifty Shades Freed ($16,940,000)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($7,945,000)
The 15:17 to Paris ($7,685,000)
The Greatest Showman ($5,100,000)
Early Man ($3,150,000)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure ($2,525,000)
Winchester ($2,230,000)
Samson ($1,972,000)

Next weekend will be another victory for Black Panther, without question. The superhero film will be going up against the likes of the Jason Bateman starring dark comedy Game Night and the Alex Garland directed hard sci-fi film Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman. So get used to Black Panther in the top 10; he’s here to stay.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave 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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