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Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Tops Box Office For Third Season In A Row

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It’s the holiday season which can only mean it’s a golden time for genre pictures to become end-of-the-year blockbusters. It used to be a host of different genre picture, but it’s pretty much Star Wars’ month now with the franchise now in a runaway mode of yearly hits. For the third year in a row, Star Wars continues to be the unbeatable juggernaut of December with another massive turnout.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth chapter of the saga, brought in a whopping $220 million over the weekend. Though the opening weekend draw did not best or match the level of its previous chapter, The Force Awakens, that gross is only off by a few million and is still one of the bigger opening weekends of any film. It’s not every day you see a film open up past $220 million. Expect the film to have some major legs going into January.

It was slim pickings for the other films but most seemed to keep up. Just below Star Wars is Fox’s counterprogramming with their new animated bull movie, Ferdinand, coming in at #2 with a gross of $13 million. While it has managed to rope in the families that couldn’t quite get into Star Wars’ sold-out screenings, it might not have been wise to release a film that cost $111 million to produce during a tough time to compete.

Ferdinand is also facing its own competition with Disney’s Coco following closely behind with $10 million in its fourth week, bringing the total to $150 million domestic. While Ferdinand has bested the Pixar film by a few million, I don’t foresee Ferdinand having enough clout to stick around for the rest of the holiday season.

The rest of the lot are holding firm in the storm of Star Wars. The comedy Daddy’s Home 2 retains its spot at #6 for its Christmas themed antics of slapstick family humor. The Disaster Artist took a bit of a dip down to #8 despite being added to another 1,000 theaters. And still hanging in there is Lady Bird, dropping only slot in the top 10 this week, revered as one of the best-reviewed films of the year.

The top 10 in the box office for the week are listed below:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220,047,000)
Ferdinand ($13,325,000)
Coco ($10,025,000)
Wonder ($5,400,000)
Justice League ($4,170,000)
Daddy’s Home 2 ($3,800,000)
Thor: Ragnarok ($2,981,000)
The Disaster Artist ($2,636,908)
Murder on the Orient Express ($2,470,000)
Lady Bird ($2,108,117)

Next week will see Star Wars: The Last Jedi continue to dominate the top slot, despite the split audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes that has some fans appalled by the quality. The major releases for the week will include the remake of Jumanji and the musical bio-pic The Greatest Showman, both debuting on Wednesday. Also debuting on Friday will be the musical-comedy sequel Pitch Perfect 3, the raunchy road trip comedy Father Figures, and the strange speculative fiction picture Downsizing. They’ll be gunning for the top slot just below the roof of Star Wars but have some big competition to conquer to reach such heights.

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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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