Movie City News Archive for June, 2018

Friday Box Office Estimates

Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Uncle Drew arrive, each floating around the $20 million mark for the weekend. If they can triple that, both will be legit successes. Anything more will be gravy. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom falls as expected, Friday-to-Friday. Leave No Trace and Three Identical Strangers open per-screen strong.

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The DVD Wrapup: Acrimony, Sheikh Jackson, El Sur, Endless, Back to Burgundy, Hamlet, Mimic, M:I 4K, Addiction, Vigil … More

To say that Melinda, Taraji P. Henson and Ajiona Alexus’s character in Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, has rage issues is like comparing the lava pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano to the acid reflux one experiences after eating too much pizza. Both burn, but only one of them destroys everything in its path.

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The DVD Wrapup: Acrimony, Sheikh Jackson, El Sur, Endless, Back to Burgundy, Hamlet, Mimic, M:I 4K, Addiction, Vigil … More

Tyler Perry’s Acrimony: Blu-ray To say that Melinda, Taraji P. Henson and Ajiona Alexus’s character in Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, has rage issues is like comparing the lava pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano to the acid reflux one experiences after eating too much pizza. Both burn, but only one of them destroys everything in its path….

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The Weekend Report

The domestic debut of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom debuted at the top of the charts with an estimated $149.8 million. It was the only new national release because the industry is well aware that you don’t mess with dinos whether they happen to be called Rex or Raptor. It ranks as its studio’s second biggest bow ever behind, unsurprisingly, Jurassic World.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom breaks the all-time record for most $125 million openings in the first 7 months of the year, a success which is reasonably followed by the question of whether there will be any more such openings this year. The record is 6 in one year – 2016 – which included an August and a December release. Meanwhile, the mid-week July 4 holiday is not a friend to JW2… because there is no 3-day or 4-day weekend and the holiday bump (last seen in 2012) is minor at best. It doesn’t hurt, but it doesn’t help much. Strong Friday-to-Friday hold for Incredibles 2 after its massive open last weekend. The King joins Won’t You Be My Neighbor in the 10K per-screeen doc club.

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The DVD Wrapup: Double Lover, Death of Stalin, Flower, Hooked, Alex & Me, Guilty Men, Night of Lepus, Greaser’s Palace, Man in Orange Shirt … More

Double Lover is as different François Ozon’s previous period drama, Franz, as noon is to midnight. The same could be said about most of the movies in Ozon’s credits.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Incredibles 2*|71.4|4410|NEW|71.4 Ocean’s 8|5.9|4145|-62%|65.5 Tag|5.4|3382|NEW|5.4 Solo: A Star Wars Story|2.3|3182|-44%|186.1 Deadpool 2|2.3|3212|-40%|288.2 Hereditary|2.2|2998|-57%|22.3 Superfly|1.8|2220|NEW|4 Avengers: Infinity War|1.4|2164|-24%|660.3 Adrift|0.65|1929|-57%|25.4 Gotti|0.6|503|NEW|0.6 |||| * includes previews|||| |||| |||| Also Debuting|||| Race 3|0.59|313|| Sammohanam|0.1|121|| Naa Nuvve|15,100|118|| Eating Animals|12,200|2|| 7 Din Mohabbat In|8,900|31|| Outez-moi d’un doute|2,900|11|| Five Seasons: Gardens of Piet Oudolf|2,200|4|| The Yellow Birds|2,000|14|| The Year of Spectacular Men|1,800|11||…

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The Weekend Report

Cinelicious Truly living up to its name Incredibles 2 opened to record-breaking returns estimated at $180.1 million. The animated yarn accounted for about two-thirds of all tickets sold for the frame. Still two other new films attempted a bit of counter-programming with the droll Tag succeeding in grabbing a niche with $14.4 million in third…

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The Weekend Report

Incredibles 2 opened to a record-breaking estimated $180.1 million. The animated adventure accounted for about two-thirds of all tickets sold. Two other films attempted counterprogramming with Tag grabbing a niche with $14.4 million in third while Superfly took only $6.2 million.

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The Weekend Report

Cinelicious Truly living up to its name Incredibles 2 opened to record-breaking returns estimated at $180.1 million. The animated yarn accounted for about two-thirds of all tickets sold for the frame. Still two other new films attempted a bit of counter-programming with the droll Tag succeeding in grabbing a niche with $14.4 million in third…

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Friday Estimates

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The DVD Wrapup: Loveless, In Syria, Good Postman, Inflame, Ordinary Man, I Called Him Morgan, Jerry Lewis, Will & Grace … More

In the Oscar-nominated Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev and co-writer Oleg Negin have crafted a different sort of missing-child story, set among atypically middle-class Muscovites, whose concepts of family and status are far from traditional. Their previous collaborations – Elena, The Banishment and Leviathan – have also required that we look to the east through a different prism. None of Zvyagintsev’s films have been particularly easy to watch, from an emotional point of view. If they present life stripped of contrivances and narrative shortcuts, it’s still the human condition that drives the stories and is never far from their surface.

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“We want to maintain the level of excellence. At the same time, we do want to widen the aperture a little bit.”

“We want to maintain the level of excellence. At the same time, we do want to widen the aperture a little bit.”

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Behind New Amazon Studios Movie Strategy

Behind New Amazon Studios Movie Strategy  Longtime Chief Creative at DC Entertainment Steps Down

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Toni Collette: ‘I don’t like horror films – I’m too petrified’

Toni Collette: “I don’t like horror films – I’m too petrified”

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De Niro Curses!

De Niro Curses! 

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Oleg Sentsov

Our solidarity can save his life.Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg #Sentsov is imprisoned in Siberia for 20 years. Today is the 24th day of his indefinite hunger strike for the release of 64 Ukrainian political prisoners.https://t.co/iP468zYw9L — Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) June 8, 2018

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Danny Kirwan, 68, Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist and Songwriter

Danny Kirwan, 68, Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist and Songwriter

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Variety Stretches, Yawns, Has a Deep Think, Composes Nearly 1,300-Word Thumbsucker On Hereditary And Tracking Aid CinemaScore

“The bad grade, in this case, raises a question: Why are so many people turning on Hereditary who’d be all too happy to sit through the limb-severing, soundtrack-gonging, ghost-face-in-the-mirror megaplex horror implement of the week? The reason they’ve turned on it, of course, is that it’s not the horror implement of the week.” Variety Stretches, Yawns, Has…

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“Overnight Success Takes a Long Time to Happen,” Writes Lorna Tucker, Director of Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

“Overnight Success Takes a Long Time to Happen,” Writes Lorna Tucker, Director of Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima