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Mission Impossible is a Weekend Success and Franchise Best

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Mission Impossible has returned for another summer and it’s looking to be the best one yet. Fallout, the sixth Mission Impossible film in the spy series starring Tom Cruise, debuted with $61.5 million for the weekend. This marks the highest box office opening for the franchise, the previous best being 2000’s Mission Impossible II that grossed $57.8 million for its opener. It still has a ways to go to cover its hefty $178 million budget, but the high critical praise and good word of mouth may give Fallout enough steam to hang in there for the rest of the summer.

Not as grand of an opening is Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, the animated superhero comedy based on the hit cartoon TV series. The DC Comics satire debuted only at #5 with an opening of $10.5 million, although this does cover the film’s budget of $10 million. Pushing down the kids-oriented film is the other animated competition, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the monster comedy from Sony that is proving to be their most steadfast trilogy. In its third weekend, the film pulled in $12 million, the domestic total sitting at a pleasing $119 million for an animated film that cost $80 million.

Sticking around from last weekend are two sequels, one musical and one action. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the continuation of the hit musical, brought in another $15 million to boost its domestic total to $70 million, edging closer to covering its $75 million budget. The Equalizer 2, the action-thriller starring Denzel Washington, brought in $14 million, with a domestic total of $64 million that has covered its $62 million budget.

No surprises that biggest money-makers of the summers are still remaining in the top 10. At #7 is Incredibles 2, one of Pixar’s most successful animated films, with a domestic total of $572,780,648 in its seventh weekend. #8 was Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, internationally one of the most profitable films of the year, which has now built up to $397,555,500 by its sixth weekend.

View the full top 10 below:

Mission: Impossible – Fallout ($61,500,000)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ($15,000,000)
The Equalizer 2 ($14,000,000)
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($12,305,000)
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies ($10,510,000)
Ant-Man and the Wasp ($8,400,000)
Incredibles 2 ($7,157,000)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($6,775,000)
Skyscraper ($5,400,000)
The First Purge ($2,230,000)

Next weekend will be crowded with a large number of pictures flooding the summer cinema. The Darkest Minds, a sci-fi thriller, will hit 3,000 theaters. Disney’s Christopher Robin, the live-action family film based on the beloved Winnie the Pooh character, will debut in 3,500 theaters. The Spy Who Dumped Me, a buddy action-comedy starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, will also be in 3,000 theaters. Christopher Robin presents the biggest threat to Mission Impossible and may very well topple the Tom Cruise action vehicle.

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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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