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Beauty and the Beast reigns, Power Rangers soar at the box office

It was another outstanding weekend for Disney’s latest remake, while a new reboot actually managed to deliver as well. Here’s what went down:

Beauty and the Beast had an incredible second weekend, bringing in an estimated $89.7 million, raising its two week total to close to $320 million. The filmed barely dropped 50% week to week, and it is clearly on its way to making more than $400 million. Could $500 million be in its grasp? Quite possibly.

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Will Power Rangers morph into a box office hit this weekend?

It’s almost like summer at the box office, what with so many big movies opening over the last few weekends. The next three days are no different, as three new releases are about to be unleashed. Will any of them have the power to knock down the current beast at the box office. Here’s our prediction:

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Power Rangers is the reboot/reinvention of the beloved 1990s television show that has a rabid fanbase. However, are there enough fans to make this a must-see in theaters this weekend. I’m going to go out with a firm maybe. Power Rangers certainly won’t knock Beauty and the Beast from the number one spot, but it may offer up some decent counter programming along with an appeal to families who already saw Disney’s latest. Look for a second place debut with $32 million.

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Beauty and the Beast breaks records in its opening weekend

The word of the weekend is huge, as Disney’s latest live action adaptation of an animated classic made all the money. Here’s what went down:

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Beauty and the Beast was an absolute monster at the box office, debuting at number one with an astounding estimate of $174 million. That’s the biggest March opening in history, breaking the record set last March by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s $166 million. Reviews have been strong, hype has been in overdrive and there’s a lack of family films in theatres at the moment – all factors that have clearly made this film a hit. It should definitely have legs over the coming weeks, so it will be interesting to see how high Beauty and the Beast will climb during its theatrical run.

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Beauty and the Beast looks to top the box office

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend for one big new release at the box office, while all other films are going to have to take a back seat. Want to see our predictions? Be our guest:

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Beauty and the Beast is the live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated film. Emma Watson stars as Belle, while Dan Stevens takes on the role of the Beast. Hype has been in overdrive for this film, so even though reviews haven’t been great, families are definitely going to come out in abundance for this theatrical experience. Look for a huge debut for Beauty and the Beast, with $150 million and an obvious first place showing.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Rules The Box Office Jungle

There’s a new king of the box office jungle this weekend, as the latest high profile release in theatres took down the competition. Here’s what went down:

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Kong: Skull Island debut this weekend at number one, bringing in an estimated $61.4 million, which is on the higher end of what pundits were anticipating. While the lack of a big blockbuster name draw probably hindered its crossover appeal, strong word of mouth and critical notices helped the first instalment in a new Monarch shared universe find an audience. The trouble is, Kong: Skull Island cost $185 to make, and it’s doubtful it will make that back in North America. The film will have to play well overseas for it to earn a franchise. I had a chance to see Kong: Skull Island and was thoroughly entertained. There’s a strong Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now vibe throughout the entire film, from names to soundtrack, and the sfx were solid. It’s definitely one to see on the big screen.

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Watching the Weird: ‘Freaked’

As I motor through my list of potentially chaotic movies I notice that all of the movies I’ve deemed worthy of this column have something in common: mysterious chemicals.

The film that kicked off my year — and was the impetus for this column — was Repo Man, a film featuring radiation and wild results. It’s still the best symbol of what I mean by chaotic weird movies. I don’t just want odd movies; the energy of the film is also very important. They need to be hyper in both intensity and content. They need to have so much going on that it’s a challenge to explain the film afterward.
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Now Streaming On Shudder: Nicolas Roeg’s ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’

David Bowie starred in quite a few movies during his career, including Labyrinth, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, and Absolute Beginners. Perhaps none is more metatextual, however, than Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth.

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‘Logan’ Returns To The Top Of The Box Office One Last Time

It was a huge weekend for the major new release to hit theatres, bringing to a close one actor’s career-making role. Here’s what went down:

 

Early Sunday morning estimates are putting Logan at number one with an incredible $85.2 million debut weekend. That puts it in the top five best openings for an R-rated film. It will also puts it $00.2 million ahead of X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s $85 million debut back in 2009. Clearly, audiences were excited to see Hugh Jackman unleash his claws one last time, in his ninth and final outing as Wolverine. Also of note is the film’s standing with critics; the film has a 93% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, making it clear that this is a movie that has exceeded expectations all around.

I had the chance to see Logan on Friday afternoon with Untold Horror’s Dave Alexander, and we both enjoyed this western-style take on the character who, in theory, has always been a loner. With director James Mangold focusing on story and character rather than explosions and end of the world scenarios, the movie transcends the typical comic book movie tropes and expectations. Logan is a movie that rewards observations – not everything is obvious and spelled out. There are subtleties you may miss if you’re not careful. Jackman and Patrick Stewart are phenomenal in their roles, and Logan is a memorable way for both men to leave their characters behind.  Read the rest of this entry

‘Logan’ Looking To Slice Up The Box Office One Final Time

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That’s the sound of one movie slicing through all the competition this weekend at the box office. How much will this final franchise film make? Here’s our prediction:

Comic book fans have been eager to see Hugh Jackman cut loose as the Wolverine since he first unsheathed his claws back in 2000. 17 years later, Jackman’s final film as Logan, has been generating rave reviews and huge buzz (it must be noted that this will also be Patrick Stewart’s final appearance as Charles Xavier). With director James Mangold at the helm, who was also behind 2013’s The Wolverine, this take on an Old Man Logan story and the introduction of fan favourite character X-23 is sure to light up the box office, even with its R-rating. Look for Logan to debut in first place with $75 million.

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‘Get Out’ Gets It Right; Scores Big at the Box Office

One of the most anticipated thrillers of recent times opened this weekend, and audiences were ready and waiting for it. Here’s what went down:

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Get Out, the psychological thriller from Jordan Peele, debut in the top spot this weekend with an estimated $30.5 million, definitely on the high side of estimates. I had a chance to see Get Out on Friday night and it was outstanding. The performances from all the lead actors were excellent, it dealt with the subject matter of race relations in a unique method and was genuinely tense throughout its entire running time. My one let down was I was hoping the film would be significantly scarier that it actually was. Regardless, Get Out is a thriller that delivered and then some.  Read the rest of this entry

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