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Summer Movie Melee: Which Blockbuster Will Be #1?

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A superstar lineup for summer. Which film will be the biggest blockbuster?

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ummer blockbuster season kicked off quite early this year with the launch of Batman v Superman in late March. That just mean’s there’s more time for films to compete for our number one spot on the blockbuster list. Here are our picks for the top competitors:

  • The Jungle Book
    April 15, 2016

The Jungle Book is bringing together some pretty powerful actors to provide the voices of famed characters like Baloo and Bagheera. Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong-o, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken are all lending their vocal chords to the flick.

  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War
    April 22, 2016

Though ranked a dismal 23% “rotten” on RottenTomatoes, the film received a whopping 97% “want to see” score, meaning audiences are still excited. Additionally, the films predecessor, Snow White and the Huntsman, grossed about $155 million domestically.

  • Captain America: Civil War
    May 6, 2016

After the fan praise of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there are high hopes that the Marvel installment will at the very least live up to its predecessor. Pitting Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) against Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) certainly won’t hurt the movie’s chances, either.

  • Alice: Through the Looking Glass
    May 27, 2016

Johnny Depp returns as the loony Mad Hatter in this sequel to Alice in Wonderland. The first in the series pulled in $691 million worldwide.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse
    May 27, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse is the follow-up to X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Jennifer Lawrence will return as Mystique and Michael Fassbender will reprise Magneto, but newcomers Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will also be joining the cast.

  • Finding Dory
    June 17, 2016

Yep, it’s animated. And yep, we all loved Finding Nemo. Fans will probably “just keep swimming” into the theater for this one.

  • The Legend of Tarzan
    July 1, 2016

Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard star in this adventure flick, and by the looks of the trailer, the eye candy alone will be enough to draw in viewers.

  • Ghostbusters
    July 15, 2016

The all-female version of Ghostbusters has received a lot of excitement from both fans of the original and new fans alike. Dan Aykroyd, one of the original Ghostbusters, received a writing credit on the project.

  • Star Trek Beyond
    July 22, 2016

Live long and prosper, indeed. The Star Trek franchise continues to grow by releasing a new film nearly 40 years after the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

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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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