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Jason Bourne Thriller Tops Box Office Charts With $60 Million

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[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ason Bourne and Bad Moms jumped into the top five of the U.S. revenue charts for the weekend, with the Matt Damon-based thriller about the black ops CIA agent with amnesia earning $60 million in its first weekend out of the gate and Bad Moms earning $23.4 million, placing the film with the ensemble cast of female comedians in a distant No. 3.

Star Trek Beyond, which earned $59.6 million in its first weekend, dropped to second place with a take of $24 million, likely a big disappointment for executives at Paramount.

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Matt Damon’s films about Jason Bourne get worse and worse critic scores.

Jason Bourne, despite a tepid score of 56 percent at Rotten Tomatoes, which averages critical reviews, is well on its way to earning money, as it earned an additional $50.1 million overseas against a budget of $120.

Unfortunately, the series seems to have taken a dramatic turn towards yet another run-of-the-mill spy thriller with critics responding in kind. The first film in the series, The Bourne Identity, earned an RT score of 83 percent, followed by The Bourne Supremacy (81 percent), The Bourne Ultimatum (93 percent) and The Bourne Legacy, by which time critics gave it a RT score of 55 percent.

The films are noted for their on-site action sequences, which is to say, their lack of computerized graphics effects when it comes action scenes, most especially the car chases. But it turns out, the plots have become curiously familiar with CIA administrators playing bad guys who run black ops programs, which they keep secret from the public. Their highly-trained assassins, meanwhile, have a propensity for going over the edge, which gives way to the CIA policy of treating them like targets as much as assets.

All this familiarity is getting a little ho-hum. In this case, Tommy Lee Jones plays the head of the CIA, whose main purpose seems to be snuffing out Jason Bourne, who is denouncing his CIA affiliation and has become dangerously independent.

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‘Bad Moms’ came in third at the box office behind ‘Star Trek Beyond.’

Rounding out the top 10 for the week, The Secret Life of Pets remained in second place (after Bourne) in worldwide theaters, but slipped to fourth place in domestic venues, earning $18.2 million. Lights Out earned $10.8 million to keep a slot in the top five. Following Lights Out was Ice Age: Collision Course ($10.5 million), Ghostbusters ($9.8 million), Nerve ($9 million), Finding Dory ($4.2 million) and The Legend of Tarzan ($2.4 million).

For its part, Rotten Tomatoes recommends Finding Dory (94 percent approval), Star Trek Beyond (83 percent), Lights Out (76 percent), The Secret Life of Pets (74 percent) and Ghostbusters (73 percent). Given a modest approval rating is Bad Moms with a 63 percent approval rating. Not recommended is Jason Bourne (56 percent), Nerve (55 percent) The Legend of Tarzan (36 percent) and Ice Age: Collision Course ($12 percent).

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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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