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‘No Escape’ and ‘Sinister 2’ Push Into Domestic Box Office Top 10

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Two new films elbowed their way into the top five in the domestic market, as Sony’s War Room took in 11 million to post itself at the No. 2 spot behind the N.W.A biopic of Straight Outta Compton, which netted $13.2 million in U.S. theaters.

Mission Possible: Rogue Nation continued to do well against a weak, late-summer slate at the cinemaplex. No Escape, the Weinstein Company thriller staring Owen Wilson, earned $8.3 million in ticket sales, while Sinister 2 from Focus Features rounded out the top five with a take of $4.7 million in its second weekend.

The top ten also included Man from U.N.C.L.E. From Warner Bros ($4.4 million), Hitman: Agent 47 from 20th Century Fox ($3.9 million), The Gift from STX Entertainment ($3.1 million), Jurassic World from Universal ($3.1 million) and Ant-Man from Disney (also $3.1 million).

Not helping the draw for theaters is the mixed reviews that greeted No Escape, while Hitman: Agent 47 and War Room received fairly lousy reviews, but has held its own given the August drought.

Scores on Rotten Tomato show movie-goers are up against some insipid choices. Straight Outta Compton is on top of the domestic market for the third weekend and received a 90 percent score on RT’. No Escape, meanwhile, got a splat for its score of 40 percent, while War Room was given a 27 percent rating and Hitman: Agent 47 was given a royal beating with a score of 8 percent, the lowest score among current offerings.

And sometimes, let’s face it, ticket-buyers prefer garbage. (No accounting for taste.) Reviews for Hitman: Agenty 47 were pretty unkind. Nevertheless, it outsold The Gift, which was given a rating of 93 percent on RT, the highest score among the top ten.

Looking at a sample of reviews, The Wall Street Journal said The Gift “is the unaccustomed pleasure of feeling like putty in the hands of a first-rate storyteller,” while The New York Times said it was “a superior specimen” among suspense, thrillers. Variety said it was “a more psychological slow-burn genre exercise than the psycho-stalker shocker it’s being sold as.”

Meanwhile, about the most positive reviews we could dredge up about Hitman: Agent 47, was the Cinemablend review that said, “If The Bourne Identity and Resident Evil hooked up back in 2002, this is the baby that one of them would bring to the doorstep of the other, begging them to take it.” Variety, on the other hand, was cold. “While Aleksander Bachs’ directing debut is indeed the junky, incoherent shoot-em-up we feared it might be, to dismiss it as just another late-August studio craptacular doesn’t quite to it justice.” Or injustice, as the case might be.

Yes, that’s right, we are into the late-August craptacular portion of the film industry release schedule. We have a fine biopic Straight Outta Compton on power-glide and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on Cruise-control. This is an open invitation for Ridley Scott’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon, which opens October 2.

A look at The Gift, starring Jason Bateman. Catch it in theaters, while you can.

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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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