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Dark Tower Opens in First Place with $19.5 Million

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Dark Tower Opens in First Place with $19.5 Million

 

The Dark Tower Opens in First Place with $19.5 Million

The Dark Tower opens in first place with $19.5 million

Columbia Pictures and MRC‘s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower opened in first place domestically with an estimated $19.5 million, a surprising result considering the number 19 is important in the book series. Made for $60 million and receiving a B CinemaScore from audiences, The Dark Tower played in 3,451 theaters and averaged $5,651 per location.

Internationally, The Dark Tower opened in, appropriately, 19 markets with a gross of $8 million from 3,800 screens. Russia led the way with $4.1 million from 2,150 screens. The international release continues over the next three weeks, including France (Aug. 9), Germany (Aug. 10), Italy (Aug. 10), Australia (Aug. 17), UK (Aug. 18), Spain (Aug. 18), South Korea (Aug. 23), Brazil (Aug. 24) and Mexico (Aug. 25).

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, film stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, and Jackie Earle Haley.

With Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad debuting to $133.7 million domestically this same weekend last year, Hollywood is looking at an overall 46% drop in ticket sales this weekend.

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (Warner Bros. Pictures) dropped a spot to second place and added $17.6 million, for a three-week total of $133.6 million. The film actually added 266 theaters this weekend and dipped just 33.9% in ticket sales from last weekend. Overseas, Dunkirk earned $25 million from 9,400 screens in 63 markets, which means the international total is now at $180.6 million, with markets like Italy (Aug. 31), China (Sept. 1), and Japan (Sept. 9) still to go. The worldwide total is now at $314.2 million. Made for $100 million, Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy.

Sony Pictures Animation’s The Emoji Movie added $12.4 million in the third spot and has grossed $49.5 million after two weeks. Directed by Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie features the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara and Sir Patrick Stewart. It cost $50 million to make.

Universal’s Girls Trip brought in another $11.4 million in fourth its third weekend for a total of $85.4 million. Internationally, the comedy has earned $5.4 million.  Directed by Malcolm Lee on a budget of just $19 million, Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.

Aviron thriller Kidnap, starring Halle Berry, rounded out the top five with $10.2 million from 2,378 theaters, an average of $4,294 per theater. The film, which received a B+ CinemaScore, has been waiting for a release for several years due to the Relativity Media bankruptcy problems.

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming webbed up $8.8 million in sixth place to bring its five-week North American total to $294.9 million. Internationally, the film added $9.6 million to take its total to $376 million and worldwide sum to $670.9 million, with Japan (Aug. 11) and China (Sept. 8) still to come. Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Coleman, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. The film was made for about $175 million.

Seventh place belonged to Focus Features’ Atomic Blonde, which made $8.2 million its second weekend and now stands at $34.1 million. Internationally, the action film has grossed $7.5 million. Directed by David Leitch and made for $30 million, Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones.

Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit (Annapurna Pictures) expanded into 3,007 theaters and took in $7.3 million in eighth place, for a total of $7.77 million after two weeks. Starring John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, and many more, the drama received an A- CinemaScore and cost $34 million to make.

War for the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox) brought in $6 million in ninth place and has earned $130.3 million after four weeks. Internationally, the third installment added 14 new markets and grossed $31.5 million from 10,592 screens. The overseas total is now at $147.8 million and global total at $278.1 million, with South Korea (Aug. 15), China (Sept. 15) and Japan (Oct. 13) still to come. Made for about $150 million, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary.

And Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 took tenth place with $5.3 million, which brings its six-week domestic total to $240.8 million. Internationally, the sequel has grossed $638.7 million, for a worldwide total of $879.5 million. Despicable Me 3 was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon. The $80 million film features the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, and Julie Andrews.

Also of note is Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman, which has now earned $399.5 million in North America and is about to become only the 27th film ever to reach the $400 million mark in North America. Wonder Woman‘s international total is up to $393.9 million, for a worldwide total of $793.4 million. Made for $149 million, the Patty Jenkins-directed film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis.

Via: ComingSoon

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Justice League Star Announces ‘Flash Week’

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With Justice League approaching its release, ‘The Flash’ week is now underway. While fans have already had a whole movie each featuring Wonder Woman and Superman and saw the two join forces with Batman last year, the other members of the Justice League aren’t quite as familiar. Out of all of them, however, The Flash is the best known. Even before his hit TV show on The CW, The Flash has long been one of DC’s most popular character.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad both featured cameos from Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Barry Allen has gotten plenty of screen time in the Justice League trailers so far; and for those who have seen the movie, he’s apparently one of Justice League‘s best parts. Still, Warner Bros and DC want to make sure audiences know what separates this take on the hero from the one who’s been on The CW for years. As such, this week’s Justice League ad campaign is all about the Scarlet Speedster.

Justice League is kicking off ‘Flash Week’ today, with a new video featuring Miller. All week, new content will arrive focusing on Barry Allen, including new footage from the film. You can watch said announcement clip with Miller, below:

 

 

Last week, Justice League put the spotlight on Aquaman, revealing new footage of him in the film along with commentary from Jason Momoa. ‘Flash Week’ is starting even earlier this week, so we should get even more from the hero and his actor. While Aquaman will get his own solo film next year, WB and DC have yet to announce an official release date for The Flash’s solo movie, Flashpoint. Hopefully, Justice League will help sell fans on Miller’s character and increase anticipation for the solo adventure.

As we await more insight on The Flash, the marketing for Justice League has continued to offer promos, new footage, and interviews with the cast. So far, we learned about the weaknesses of each Justice League member. Though they seem god-like, they do have individual shortcomings. We also learned how Cyborg’s origin will differ from the comics. Like Aquaman and The Flash, he will get more time in the spotlight soon (and considering he’s nowhere near as well-known, he’ll certainly need it). In the meantime, stay tuned as more information on The Flash in Justice League is revealed.

Source: Justice League Twitter Account

 

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Jigsaw Trailer Recaps The Saw Franchise

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A new trailer for Jigsaw gives fans and newcomers alike a refresher course on the series so far. The Saw franchise was a staple for horror fans every Halloween in the mid to late 2000s, until the series seemingly called it quits with The Final Chapter back in 2010. The Saw movies revolved around the exploits of John Kramer, a man diagnosed with a terminal illness who decides to use the time he has left to kidnap victims and test them to see how much they value their lives.

He would place inside vicious, themed traps, where they would usually have to shed some blood – or limbs – to survive; most of them didn’t. The series is one of the few horror franchises that paid close attention to continuity, with each sequel building on characters and plot revelations from the previous entry. By the time the series reached part seven, though, the story had gotten too convoluted for many, and it felt like Saw had run out of steam by the time The Final Chapter opened in theaters.

Jigsaw aims to revive the series once more, and a new trailer has appeared that quickly recaps the first seven Saw movies, and explains Kramer’s motivations and philosophy. The new sequel follows a fresh batch of victims being tested – and tormented – by the legendary Jigsaw… which should be impossible, since John Kramer died in Saw III.

It will be interesting to see if Jigsaw does well, since audiences seemed burnt out on the series back when The Final Chapter was released. The Saw franchise belongs to an era of horror commonly known as “torture porn”, which typically featured victims being graphically tortured and dismembered. Other movies from this subgenre including the Hostel films, The Collector and Wolf Creek; and while they proved profitable for a few years, their inherent nastiness soon turned most viewers off.

The original Saw was actually more of a taut thriller with little in the way of gore, and this new entry appears to be playing up the mystery of who exactly is behind the new tests. Jigsaw may have also lucked out in terms of timing since horror is experiencing a real boon right now. IT is now one of the highest grossing horror movies of all time, and Blumhouse is having a great year thanks to films like Happy Death Day, Split and Get Out.

With Pennywise emerging as a new horror icon, and the forthcoming Halloween reboot bringing Michael Myers back to life, maybe there’s room after all for Jigsaw in the modern horror scene.

Source: Lionsgate

 

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Blumhouse is Dominating at the Box Office

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Blumhouse is Dominating at the Box Office

 

Blumhouse Productions has quickly established itself as a studio to watch over the last decade and in 2017, they’re having an especially noteworthy run at the box office. Specializing in crafting low-budget horror films that go on to make enormous profits, Blumhouse first made noise by releasing Paranormal Activity, which was made on a micro budget and earned nearly $200 million worldwide. Paranormal Activity would of course spawn a six-film franchise, which hauled in nearly $900 million total.

Blumhouse has had similar success with the Insidious franchise – 3 films, $372 million – and The Purge franchise – 3 films, $320 million – as well as standalone hits like M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit, which banked nearly $100 million on a $5 million budget. While every film Blumhouse releases doesn’t hit that big financially, the budgets on most of them are so small that profits are nearly guaranteed. Guiding this successful journey is namesake founder Jason Blum, who takes a keen interest in all the films produced by his company.

2017 has been one of Blumhouse’s best years to date at the box office, with early releases Split – January 20 – and Get Out – February 24 – becoming the studio’s two highest grossing films to date. Staying #1 domestically for an impressive three straight weeks, Split earned nearly $280 million worldwide on a $9 million budget, furthering Blumhouse’s profitable relationship with director Shyamalan. Later, Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed Get Out would cruise to a cool $253 million on a budget of only $4.5 million.

This past weekend saw Blumhouse rack up its third big horror hit of 2017, as time-twisting slasher comedy Happy Death Day managed to surpass all advance expectations with a $26.5 million opening. This allowed the $4.8 million budgeted flick to easily knock off Blade Runner 2049 from the #1 spot. While Happy Death Day opened to considerably less than either Split or Get Out, the film’s small budget means that it’s likely already profitable for Blumhouse, and there’s no guarantee that positive word of mouth won’t lead to it holding on well in weekend two.

Next year looks poised to possibly perform even better for Blumhouse, as the studio has three big franchise entries coming up. Insidious: The Last Key arrives in January, The Purge: The Island hits theaters on July 4, and the John Carpenter-produced new Halloween movie slashes into the big screen just in time for its titular holiday. As if that wasn’t enough to look forward to, it was recently announced that Chris Hardwick will team with Blumhouse to produce three new horror films, one of which the Talking Dead host will direct himself. Anyone waiting for Blumhouse’s box office dominance to end will likely be waiting for a really long time.

 

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