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‘LEGO Batman’ wins the weekend, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’, ‘John Wick 2’ over perform

This was the sort of weekend all the studios love, as three new releases all performed exceptionally well, with one in particular overshooting the estimated mark. Here’s what went down:

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Debuting in first place as expected was the critically acclaimed The LEGO Batman Movie, which brought in a solid $55.6 million. The film manages to appeal to families and adults who love the character, LEGO, and/or both, and it should have some strong legs over the coming weeks, thanks to the rave reviews and likely word of mouth.  Read the rest of this entry

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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ looking to top the box office

It’s going to be a big battle at the box office this weekend, as three diverse new releases are looking to make an impact. Which will be number one? Here’s our prediction:

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The LEGO Batman Movie stars Will Arnett as the voice of the Caped Crusader, a part he played to outstanding effect in The LEGO Movie back in 2014. This standalone film is absolutely outstanding (the Princess and I battled a cough and migraine respectively and took in an early evening Thursday screening), and is arguably the best film featuring Batman since The Dark Knight. The characterization is spot on and, though done with tongue somewhat in cheek, captures both the heart and the darkness that makes the character so iconic. For longtime fans, there are also some hidden and some not-so-hidden easter eggs that will definitely make you laugh out loud. The film should appeal to older and younger audiences alike, and will no doubt be the pick for families heading out to theatres this weekend. Look for The LEGO Batman Movie to debut in first place with $75 million.

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The Princess, age 6, reviews two ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Readers

In our house, the Princess and I are crazy psyched for The LEGO Batman Movie that hits theaters this coming Friday. We were both fans of The LEGO Movie, which has been a fairly regular watch for the last few years. While my girl loves Wildstyle, she’s also got a laugh out of Will Arnet’s take on The Dark Knight.

“He’s funny,” said the Princess when I quizzed her about it this weekend.

To get us primed and pumped for the new movie, our pals at DK sent over a few related books, which would up perfect for us, as the Princess this year has been learning how to read (she’s 6, FYI).

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Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ continues its box office reign

If you’re into horror, it would be safe to say that one horror franchise should have stayed dead and buried considering the results of this week’s box office. Here’s what went down:

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The good news first – M.Night Shymalan’s Split is at the top of the box office for a third week in a row. The film brought in an estimated $14.6 million, raising its total to $98.7 million. It’s the first Shyamalan film to stay on top for three weeks, and in a day or two it will pass the $100 million mark. With two hits in a row, clearly the director is back to his winning ways.

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‘Rings’ looks to scare ‘Split’ from the top of the box office

A new instalment in a horror franchise enters the fray this weekend. Will it find an audience or fail like others before it? Here’s our prediction:

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Rings is the third entry into a franchise that began back in 2002 with The Ring. At the time, the film, about a haunted video tape that killed its viewers seven days after watching its contents, was a fairly big hit at the time, but that was 15 years ago and its fair to say few have been clamouring for a new instalment. Rings hasn’t been screened in advance for critics, and that’s never a good sign. On that note, look for a second place debut with $11.5 million.

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‘Split’ Holds On to Number One at the Box Office

Horror ruled at the box office for a second weekend in a row, but it wasn’t a new release that made it happen. Here’s what went down:

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Working with strong reviews and word of mouth, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split held on to the top spot at the box office, bringing in an estimated $26 million to raise its two week total to $78 million. The film only dropped 34% week to week, which is an absolutely outstanding hold. Split has obviously touched a nerve with North American audiences.

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Can Resident Evil unseat Split from the top of the box office?

It could be a horrific weekend at the box office, as the final entry in a franchise takes on last week’s number one. Which will come out on top? Here’s our prediction:

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the sixth and supposedly final entry in the Milla Jovovich-starring/Paul W. Anderson directed franchise that has consistently done well at the box office, even against usually lacklustre reviews. The promotion machine has been in full effect for this entry, and the film should do fairly well this weekend. Look for a first place showing with $21 million.

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La La Land leads Oscar nominations – who’s missing?

Well, here we are. The 89th Oscar nominations have arrived, and there are some seriously worth contenders here. The Hollywood Reporter had their predictions, and unsurprisingly, La La Land was top of the list. And perhaps even more unsurprisingly, the musical hit did score some serious love, with nominations in all the major categories. Moonlight is the runner up to La La Land, and it will be interesting to see which one will take home Best Picture.

I loved La La Land, so I’m pleased to see Hollywood give it the attention it merited. I was equally pleased to also see Hell or High Water receive a fair share of nominations as well. After much debate, I’d cite that western crime film as my favourite movie of 2016. Jeff Bridges scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination and it was well deserved.

Also high on my list in 2016 was Arrival, and seeing it receive Best Film and Director nominations warms my heart. Unfortunately, Amy Adams didn’t get a Lead Actress nomination, which is confusing, as she carried that film on her shoulders.  Read the rest of this entry

“Split” takes on “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage” this weekend

Two new notable releases are looking to get you into movie theatres this weekend – do either of them have what it takes? Here’s our prediction:

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Split is a new horror film from M. Night Shyamalan, starring James McAvoy as a man with 23 different personalities who takes part in a kidnapping. Now, if this was five years ago, I would suggest that few would be all that interested in seeing Split, as Shyamalan was turning out dud after dud. However, 2015’s The Visit was a return to form and managed to gross more than $98 million on a $5 million budget. The trailers have been solid and interest in a solid horror movie should be strong. Look for a first place showing for Split with $22 million.

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“Hidden Figures” Stays at #1; Most New Releases Bomb

As the Martin Luther King Jr. Long Weekend rolls on in the US, the three-day weekend numbers have started coming in, and to be honest, there are some real surprises when it comes to this week’s new releases. Here’s what went down:

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Hidden Figures held on to the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $19.6 million. The reviews and accolades have certainly helped this film find a wide audience, and it should continue to do well as we head into Oscar season.

Horror film The Bye Bye Man had a surprisingly strong debut, landing in second place with an estimated $14.5 million, an especially stellar showing considering the absolutely horrible reviews the film received.

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