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“The House with a Clock in its Walls” Scares Up Small Box Office

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As we venture into the fall, scary movies are going to start cropping up and this weekend saw the first horror movie for kids for the Halloween season. Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock in its Walls, the fantasy adventure starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, arrived at #1, but only made $26.8 million. It has a little ways to go with a $42 million budget, but it may have the legs for the kid crowd to carry it long enough before the Goosebumps sequel swoops in this October.

In the #2 and #3 slot is a close call between Paul Feig’s new comedy A Simple Favor and Warner Bros’ new horror film The Nun, a close call at $10 million each. Worth noting is that The Nun has crossed $100 million, making it the most profitable film in a short amount of time for The Conjuring franchise. The sci-fi action picture The Predator, in its second weekend at the box office, has taken a huge fall to #4, earning only $8.7 million with a 64% drop. While The Predator struggles to topple its $88 million budget, the romantic comedy, is doing well after six weeks. The hit from August pulled in another $6.5 million for a domestic total of $159 million on its $30 million budget. A sequel is well on its way.

Debuting lower in the box office, but in fewer theaters, is Michael Moore’s new political documentary Fahrenheit 11/9. Appearing in less than 2,000 theaters, the controversial film made $3.1 million. But the real loser of the weekend is by far Life Itself, the new drama directed by Dan Fogelman and starring Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde. Premiering in over 2,500 theaters, the film only grossed $2.1 million to place it out of the top 10.

View the full top 10 box office results for the weekend below:

The House with a Clock in its Walls ($26,850,000)
A Simple Favor ($10,400,000)
The Nun ($10,250,000)
The Predator ($8,700,000)
Crazy Rich Asians ($6,515,000)
White Boy Rick ($5,000,000)
Peppermint ($3,720,000)
Fahrenheit 11/9 ($3,101,000)
The Meg ($2,350,000)
Searching ($2,175,000)

Next weekend will be all about the snowy monsters of the children’s animated comedy Smallfoot, hitting 4,000 theaters, posing the greatest threat to the kid-centric The House with a Clock in its Walls. Other smaller releases for the weekend include the new horror Hell Fest, the Kevin Hart comedy Night School, and Lea Thompson’s modern take on Little Women.

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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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