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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades’ Knocks ‘Jumanji’ From Top Spot

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As the runaway success of Jumanji begins to die down, three new movies took the three top spots this weekend. The top spot, no surprise for being so close to Valentine’s Day, was Fifty Shades Freed, the third film in the Fifty Shades erotic trilogy. It wasn’t as large of a debut as the previous films, only bringing in $38.8 million to mark a continuing descent in opening box office for the series. Expect the film to make a tad more money around Valentine’s Day and then become lost in the winter shuffle.

Shifting from adult erotica to family comedy, Peter Rabbit made its debut with a mere $25 million. The film, starring Domhnall Gleeson as Mr. McGregor and James Corden as the voice of the computer-animated Peter, received mixed reviews and garnered controversy for a scene of bullying McGregor for his allergies. The outrage by parents led to a boycott and an apology from Sony, which may or may not have affected its overall box office for the weekend.

Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris, based on the 2015 incident on a train where three Americans stopped a terrorist, came in at #3 with a domestic gross of $12.6 million. The drama boasts a cast that includes the real people who stopped the terrorist, and this decision has led to some questioning among critics on their acting, leading to severely negative reviews.

Jumanji is down, but not out. The film is still hanging in there by bringing in $9.8 million this weekend, only a 10% drop from the previous weekend. The Greatest Showman, the P.T. Barnum musical, is also still in this for the long haul by clinging to the #5 spot with a take of $6.4 million, bringing its domestic box office up to $146 million. Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Winchester, both new films in the past two weeks, have taken significant dips of over 40% as the initial interest has waned dramatically. The Post and The Shape of Water, still riding the awards chatter wave, are holding within the top 10 as well, perhaps for one more weekend.

View the full results below.

Fifty Shades Freed ($38,806,000)
Peter Rabbit ($25,000,000)
The 15:17 to Paris ($12,600,000)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($9,825,000)
The Greatest Showman ($6,400,000)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure ($6,000,000)
Winchester ($5,050,000)
The Post ($3,500,000)
The Shape of Water ($3,000,000)
Den of Thieves ($2,870,000)

Next weekend, it’s all about Marvel’s Black Panther, projected to have a massive opening for the black superhero’s solo debut. The only other film going up against it is the Aardman stop-motion film, Early Man, appearing in a little over 2,000 theaters. Also sneaking into fewer theaters will be Samson, the new Christian epic from Pure Flix. It’s anyone’s guess where those last two movies will end up in the weekend box office.

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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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