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Jumanji Stands Alone Atop January Box Office

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Another weekend in January, another hefty sum for Jumanji. Still dominating the top slot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle brought in another $20 million this weekend, remaining at #1 and now crossing over past $300 million domestic. Those are some remarkable legs for a remake by Sony, but you can’t be too surprised with the charismatic Dwayne Johnson leading the film. The hype seems to be winding down slightly, so expect it to drop down from the slot in the next week or two.

jumanji-welcome-to-the-jungle-movie-reviewA few new films came close to nipping at its heels. 12 Strong, the new Chris Hemsworth led military drama on the declassified mission of horseback soldiers in Afghanistan, ranked in $16 million to come in at #2. Just below that film is the 50 Cent heist picture, Den of Thieves, bringing in $15 million to earn the #3 slot. They were close but didn’t entirely take the weekend by storm, ending up with an almost even split between the two. The other debut that was even less lucky was the drama Forever My Girl, making only $4 million for the weekend, but considering its small release of just over 1,000 theaters, it doesn’t seem that bad.

The rest of the films took expected dips. The Post, still riding on awards chatter and critical acclaim, stood firm at #4 as it nears making its budget back. The Greatest Showman, the lavish musical that is also gaining some awards chatter, continues to hang in there and has now cleared $100 million domestic. Star Wars: The Last Jedi dipped down further to #8 as it starts to leave more theaters, but has finally crossed the $600 million domestic mark it was expected to pass. The most exciting development was Paddington 2, the sequel to the live-action adaptation of the talking bear adventure/comedy, moving up one slot from last week to #6 with $8 million. It could very well have some legs as the only new family film of the month that is receiving heaps of praise from critics.

See the full list below.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($20,040,000)
12 Strong ($16,500,000)
Den of Thieves ($15,320,000)
The Post ($12,150,000)
The Greatest Showman ($11,000,000)
Paddington 2 ($8,240,000)
The Commuter ($6,685,000)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($6,566,000)
Insidious: The Last Key ($5,945,000)
Forever My Girl ($4,703,070)

Next weekend will see the release of another franchise title and a period drama. Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third film in the young adult Maze Runner series, will be released into 3,800 theaters. Hostiles, an American historical drama from director Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale, will hit 3,000 theaters. Both may have a shot at toppling Jumanji, but the safe bet is that Maze Runner will be the one to finally dethrone the king of the box office jungle.

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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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