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Disney's 'Beauty' Delivers Beastly Second Weekend, While 'Power Rangers' Opens with $40.5M

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast delivered a monster second weekend, pulling in enough to make it the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushing the film over $315 million in a matter of just ten days. Added to that, Lionsgate's release of Saban's Power Rangers debuted in second place and proved there was still an audience for the franchise that began in the early '90s. Meanwhile, Sony's Life didn't show much of it and WB's CHiPs finished mostly as expected, settling in the lower half of the weekend top ten. All that said it was a great weekend at the domestic box office with the top twelve delivering $192.3 million a 63% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $88.3 million, Disney's Beauty and the Beast finished atop the box office for a second weekend in a row. It's the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushes the »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tramples ‘Power Rangers’ With $88 Million 2nd Weekend

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” continued to charge towards the $1 billion mark in its second box office weekend, easily holding on to the No. 1 spot with an estimated $88 million to reach a global cume of $690 million after just ten days in theaters. This makes “Beauty” the fourth straight Disney film to cross the $600 million global mark, following “Doctor Strange,” “Moana,” and “Rogue One.” It also now ranks in the top 5 for ten-day box office totals and second weekend totals. Also Read: 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake Already Passed the Original's Box Office Total “Beauty” staved off »


- Jeremy Fuster

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'Life' Screenwriters Share Sequel Details and Offer 'Deadpool 2' Update

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Life].

Though they are in the thick of perfecting a script for Deadpool 2, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are taking time to enjoy the latest fruits of their labor.

Life, which features their Deadpool leading man Ryan Reynolds alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, is in theaters now and tells the story of a group of astronauts who encounter the first proof of life outside of Earth.

True to the tradition of films like Alien, this first close encounter is disastrous, »


- Aaron Couch

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‘Sing’ Gives Voice To $600M At Worldwide Box Office

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Illumination and Universal Pictures’ animated let’s-put-on-a-show show, Sing, has reached the $600M mark at global turnstiles. The current split on the Garth Jennings-directed charmer is $269.7M domestic with $330.3M at the international box office. That makes for a nice round milestone through Sunday. Sing had passed $500M last month. The movie, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson, world premiered at the… »


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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Stays On Top, ‘Power Rangers’ Debuts Strong, ‘Life’ Hardly Pulses & ‘Chips’ Flops [Box Office]

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If there is one lesson to be learned from the box office this week, it’s that the pull of nostalgia can be quite lucrative….unless it’s “Chips.”

Disney‘s “Beauty And The Beast” continued its commanding hold at the multiplex, spending the second straight week on top of the box office with $88 million domestic, and added another $119 million overseas. This brings the global total after two weeks to $690 million, and it looks like $1 billion worldwide is simply an inevitability at this point.

Continue reading ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Stays On Top, ‘Power Rangers’ Debuts Strong, ‘Life’ Hardly Pulses & ‘Chips’ Flops [Box Office] at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Nears $700M Ww; ‘Kong’ Has Mighty $72M China Bow, Tops $250M Offshore – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest…: Disney's Beauty And The Beast continued to shine in the sophomore session with another $119.2M at the international box office — a less than 35% drop from opening last week. The global cume is $690.3M through Sunday making the Bill Condon-directed live-action tuner the No. 1 movie of 2017 worldwide (and domestic). The offshore total to date is $373.3M. Batb now becomes the 4th consecutive Walt Disney Studios release to pass $600M global, after Doctor S… »


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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Trailer: Are All Pirates This Stupid?

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Because box office is king, we’re getting another Pirates of the Caribbean movie whether we like it or not. The jury is still out as to whether this will be the last film in the franchise or if Disney is just on the verge of relieving Johnny Depp of his nautical duties as Captain Jack […]

The post ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Trailer: Are All Pirates This Stupid? appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Dazzles Again, ‘Power Rangers’ Off to Solid Start

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s second weekend of blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” is dominating moviegoing in North America with $88.3  million at 4,210 locations — capping the best March ever.

Lionsgate’s rebooted “Power Rangers” is launching with a solid $40.5 million this weekend while Sony’s space-thriller “Life” showed only moderate traction with $12.6 million. Warner Bros.’ action-comedy “Chips” opened with a disappointing $7.6 million at 2,464 sites.

The “Beauty and the Beast” weekend is one for the record books as the fourth-largest second weekend of all time, trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $149 million, “Jurassic World” at $106 million, and “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $103 million.

Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, declined just 49% from its opening weekend, which was the seventh-best ever. And after just 10 days in North American theaters, “Beauty and the Beast” is already 55th on the all-time domestic list at $317 million. It »


- Dave McNary

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Studio Ghibli Easter Eggs: Video Shows Unique Connections Between Hayao Miyazaki Films — Watch

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Studio Ghibli films are known for their lush animation and attention to detail, and a new video from Ghibli Museum points out unique connections and easter eggs found in the work of co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. Similar to American animation studios such as Disney and Pixar, Ghibli animators find room to put fun flourishes in their work.

Read More: Hayao Miyazaki Calls Artificial Intelligence Animation ‘An Insult To Life Itself’

Including moments from “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Porco Rosso,” “Whisper of the Heart,” “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “From Up on Poppy Hill,” and ” My Neighbor Totoro,” this video showcases parallel scenes, hidden characters and other gems for diehard fans.

Miyazaki is currently working to complete his next project, “Boro the Caterpillar,” which started as a short until he left retirement to expand it into a feature. Miyazaki has been developing this tale for 20 years, and described the project as “a story of a tiny, »


- William Earl

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‘Big Little Lies:’ Laura Dern’s Mom Thinks Her Daughter’s Character Is too Cruel to Reese Witherspoon

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Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon developed a friendship while working on the 2014 film “Wild” together, and are currently starring as high-class enemies on the HBO limited series “Big Little Lies.” But Dern has revealed that playing the antagonistic role has upset her mother, who loves Witherspoon’s charm.

Read More: ‘Big Little Lies’: Shailene Woodley on American Repression, Violence, and Why ‘Every Parent is Afraid of Their Kid’

Speaking to The New York Times, Dern revealed that her mother, the iconic actress Diane Ladd, was shaken by the performance.

“My mother called me—and she’s an actress—and goes, ‘You didn’t prepare me for what a bitch you are,’” she said. “I’m like, ‘I didn’t know I was supposed to prepare you for any character I play!’ And she said, ‘Yeah, but you’re a bitch to Reese.’”

Witherspoon’s mother was also disturbed by the show’s vitriol. »


- William Earl

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‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich:’ This ‘New Take’ on the Horror Series Will Star Thomas Lennon and Udo Kier

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The twelfth (!) installment of the “Puppet Master” series, “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich,” is set to start filming in Dallas next week, and an interesting cast has been revealed. The franchise, which has never previously featured notable acting talent, is bringing an interesting roster to the production: Thomas Lennon, Udo Kier, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Alex Beh, Barbara Crampton, Tina Parker, Skeeta Jenkins, and Michael Pare are all set to tango with the devious dolls, Variety reports.

Read More: ‘Puppet Master’ Reboot: Straight-to-Video Horror Franchise to Return from the Dead With ‘The Littlest Reich’

This chapter will also be a “new take” on the horror series, which could definitely benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund are set to direct the script, which was penned by “Bone Tomahawk” screenwriter S. Craig Zahler. “Reich” is set to amp up both the gore and comedy, »


- William Earl

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‘Queen of the Desert’ Trailer: Werner Herzog’s Biopic Starring Nicole Kidman is Finally Set for American Release

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Queen of the Desert,” Werner Herzog’s epic biographical film on the life of British journalist and adventurer Gertrude Bell, is finally set to hit American theaters and VOD on April 14, and a new trailer has dropped to promote the release. The starry feature, with a lead performance by Nicole Kidman and supporting turns from Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian Lewis, first premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival to decidedly negative reviews.

Read More: Berlin: Werner Herzog on Why He Made ‘Queen of the Desert’ and Working With Nicole Kidman

Herzog spoke with IndieWire in 2015 about finding the right cast to tell Bell’s story.

“I think I’m good at casting and that’s a very decisive part of what I do,” he said. “And Nicole Kidman is the ideal. She gives a performance that is unprecedented. I have not seen anything like this at least in »


- William Earl

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Aquarius review – she shall not be moved

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Sônia Braga is outstanding as a woman refusing to be forced out of her Recife apartment in this powerful Brazilian satire

A performance of tremendous wit, vitality and lusty defiance by Sônia Braga drives Brazilian film-maker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s remarkable second feature. A portrait of a 65-year-old woman refusing to be bullied out of her seafront apartment by developers, Aquarius is both a powerful celebration of its independent heroine and a scathing satire on institutional corruption. Like the writer/director’s fable-inflected 2004 short Vinil Verde, it is a film fascinated by the magical power of scratchy old records, of mother-daughter bonds, of transformational living spaces. And as with his first feature, Neighbouring Sounds, it presents a community haunted by artefacts of the past and the architecture of change, social and personal conflicts seamlessly intertwined.

Retired music critic Clara (Braga) lives in the 1940s-built Aquarius apartment block in upmarket Recife. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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The Lost City of Z review – lush jungle adventure

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Glorious music, photography and Robert Pattinson’s beard make this trip up the Amazon just about worth it

“Terrible diseases, murderous savages.” Not to mention waters that boil with piranhas: Col Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) is prepared to face all of this and more on a mapping expedition to Bolivia. His hope is that a successful mission will help him excise the shame that clings to his family name like some parasitic growth. But in fact, in James Gray’s uneven account of a real-life explorer’s obsession with Amazonia, Fawcett discovers that he feels more alive picking leeches out of his armpit hair than he ever did in the drawing rooms of polite society. And there are moments of richly realised magic here in which we fully sympathise with him.

A nod to Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo is one – a gorgeously odd segment in which Fawcett and his team stumble »

- Wendy Ide

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All This Panic: the most relatable film about teenage girlhood ever?

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Jenny Gage’s intimate documentary of seven Brooklyn teenagers has been praised for its honest account of growing up. We asked four British school friends to assess it

‘I don’t want to age. I think that’s the scariest thing in the entire world,” says Ginger Leigh Ryan, one of the girls featured in Jenny Gage’s documentary All This Panic. Set in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Clinton Hill and directed by the former Us fashion photographer, with cinematography by her husband Tom Betterton, the film follows seven teenagers – best friends Lena and Ginger, their school friends Sage, Olivia and Ivy, Ginger’s younger sister Dusty, and Dusty’s best friend Delia – over a three-year period.

i-d magazine said the film “might be the most honest documentary about teenage girlhood ever”. That’s a bold claim, but there’s something to be said for the way Gage’s film »

- Simran Hans

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe review – bone-crunching horror

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A father and son coroner team find they have more on their hands than they bargained for

Have you ever wondered what sound rib-cutters make as they crunch into the chest cavity of a corpse? Or the groan of a bone saw as it chops through the skull to reach the brain? Ponder no more, thanks to this enthusiastically gory horror from André Øvredal (who made his name with the terrific Troll Hunter). It’s hard to think of another film that has brought such lip-smacking relish to its sound design. A superior cast (Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch play a father and son coroner team) adds to the fun, as does the production design – the pair work in a dimly lit basement painted the colour of clogged arteries. But the chaotic payoff can’t match the effectively torturous build of tension in the first two acts.

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- Wendy Ide

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Life review – exuberantly grisly Alien rip-off

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Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds play an enjoyably gory game of hide-and-seek with a hungry alien

The crew of a space station is picked off, one by one, by an extraterrestrial life form which seems to view the human contents of the craft as some kind of alien finger buffet. And if that premise sounds more than a little familiar, that’s because Daniel Espinosa’s enjoyable sci-fi horror movie shares narrative DNA with everything from Tarkovsky’s Solaris to Danny Boyle’s Sunshine to, most glaringly of all, Ridley Scott’s Alien. But although this is undeniably an Alien rip-off, it’s an Alien rip-off that announces itself with a dizzyingly audacious zero-gravity single-shot sequence in which Ryan Reynolds wrests a wounded satellite out of orbit using a rob otic grabber claw. With this stunning set piece, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey more than meets the challenge set by »

- Wendy Ide

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Paterson; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; The Edge of Seventeen and more – review

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Jim Jarmusch’s lovely Paterson looks for poetry in the everyday, while a Harry Potter spin-off is all style and no substance

Last week it was World Poetry Day, and if such randomly appointed occasions carried much meaning beyond a trending Twitter hashtag, I’d say it’s an apposite time to be releasing Paterson (Soda, 12) on DVD. Cinema has a patchy record of encapsulating other art forms, but something like a poet’s soul runs through Jim Jarmusch’s lovely, languid study of being. It’s not just in the elegant, surprisingly credible verse (courtesy of the venerable Ron Padgett) supposedly written by its protagonist, a peaceable New Jersey bus driver, exquisitely etched by Adam Driver, living for his lover, his art and, contentedly, not much else. Paterson works up strikingly little conflict as it follows his daily circuit around the faded, resting city with which he shares a name. »

- Guy Lodge

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All This Panic review – striking insight into teenage life

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An intimate and revealing documentary about girls on the cusp of adulthood in Brooklyn

Shot over a period of three years and as intimate and confessional as a teenage sleepover, this strikingly cinematic vérité documentary follows a group of adolescent girls poised between childhood and the adult world. Stumbling into life on unsteady colts’ legs, and finding their voices in a society that is still more interested in what they look like than what they have to say, we see young women blossom in the safe space that film-maker Jenny Gage has created in front of her camera. A wisp of a thing at 79 minutes, the film punches above its weight when it comes to quietly life-changing insights into the tricky business of growing up.

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- Wendy Ide

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‘Westworld’: Thandie Newton Rules PaleyFest Panel as Showrunners Confirm One Major Theory

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“Just fucking stonewall them. Nothing!”

These were the words of encouragement that “Westworld” executive producer Jonathan Nolan issued to co-showrunner Lisa Joy on stage Saturday night at the show’s PaleyFest panel, as the duo fought off a wide array of questions about Season 2. While he maintained the Nolan family mandate of secrecy at all costs, Joy was tempted time and time again to reveal show secrets — but to no avail.

“We’re writing right now, and we’re terribly excited about what we’re writing,” Nolan said, noting they would have all the episodes written before shooting begins. “Reddit has already figured it out. So, the third episode twist, we’re changing that.”

During the panel (which also featured executive producer Roberto Patino, and cast members Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, and Jimmi Simpson), the creators and cast were peppered with questions about suspicions connected to Season 1 — Dr. »


- Ben Travers

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