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Universal’s eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise proved to be a global box office titan when it opened last weekend to a record-shattering $532.5 million. This time around looks to tell mostly the same story — while domestic grosses slipped 61% from its first to second weekend, the movie is still easily topping the box office with $38.7 million from 4,329 locations.
But slipping domestic earnings (and lower U.S. grosses than “Furious 7,” which pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends versus “Fate’s” current sum of $163.6 million) are majorly overshadowed by the movie’s international appeal. A bankable, diverse cast including Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron is leading the film, directed by F. Gary Gray, »
- Seth Kelley
The Oap gangster caper is the latest example of a Hollywood staple that’s well past its sell-by date – manipulative, nauseatingly heartwarming films that invariably seem to star Michael Caine
In the predictably inert, if not explicitly vile, geriatric buddy movie Going in Style, Michael Caine plays an octogenarian prole who is about to lose his home to a heartless bank. His cashflow problems necessitate the obligatory senior tete-a-tete with the obligatory insensitive bank manager, a stock character previously seen in Saint Vincent and Drag Me to Hell. Dissatisfied with the result of their little chinwag, Caine and his fellow retirees Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin decide to rob the bank.
Going in Style was co-produced by Steven Mnuchin, a hedge-fund manager recently named secretary of the Us treasury by the irrepressible Donald Trump. During the financial crisis of 2009, Mnuchin made a fortune for himself by investing in a mortgage »
- Joe Queenan
“The Fate of the Furious” is roaring to a record-setting global debut over the weekend even as domestic audiences showed less enthusiasm for the latest installment in Universal’s long-running “Fast and Furious” series.
Final numbers have yet to be released, but based on earlier estimates, the action-thriller is poised to set a new worldwide high-water mark with $532.5 million. That would power the film over the previous record of $529 million set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015. If that happens, a large part of the credit will to China, where “The Fate of the Furious” racked up a massive $190 million in its first two days of release. It is worth noting that Chinese theaters only give studios about 25% of ticket sales, roughly half of what they receive in most major territories.
Domestically, there are indications that a franchise centered on muscle cars and physics-defying stunts, has crested. “The Fate of the Furious »
- Brent Lang
Dashing the hopes of those who might have been holding out for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner to reconcile, the celebrity couple has officially filed for divorce, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap. The papers, filed on Thursday, cite the ever-popular “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce. The couple is seeking joint custody of their three children — Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5. Also Read: Ben Affleck's Alan Arkin Impression Is Super-Annoying - to Alan Arkin (Video) The divorce filing states that the couple has reserved the matter of spousal support “for future determination.” Affleck and Garner, who married. »
- Tim Kenneally
The film sees Shatner as “a retired Top Gun Navy pilot who used to test aircraft for Nasa. After speeding around town in his vintage convertible hot rod with his best friend (played by Lloyd) in tow, he gets caught in a major crackdown to get dangerous senior drivers off the road, resulting in his car being impounded and his license revoked.”
- Gary Collinson
Giorgio Serafini is directing the movie from a screenplay by Kurt Brungardt and Christopher Momenee. Rene Sheridan and Gina G. Goff are producing the film, which begins shooting this spring in Palm Springs, Calif.
Shatner plays a retired Top Gun Navy pilot who used to test aircraft for Nasa. After speeding around town in his vintage convertible hot rod with his best friend (played by Lloyd) in tow, he gets caught in a major crackdown to get dangerous senior drivers off the road, resulting in his car being impounded and his license revoked.
Lloyd can be seen in the New Line comedy “Going in Style” with Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman. He’s best known for his roles as Emmett “Doc” Brown in the “Back to the Future” trilogy and as Jim »
- Dave McNary
The One Perfect Pod crew meets in the lobby to talk about old guys robbing banks at the behest of Zach Braff.
For this week’s review, After the Credits host Matthew Monagle is joined by Film School Rejects columnist Danny Bowes to talk about Zach Braff’s geriatric heist film Going in Style, starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. Yes, it begins with a discussion of auteurism.
00:00:00 — Preview of Going in Style
00:14:20 — After the Credits review (includes spoilers)
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- Film School Rejects
This weekend saw the premiere of Zach Braff's Going in Style, the remake of Martin Brest's 1979 comedy drama. Like with its original, the new version boasts a stellar cast, as this time the three geriatric bank-robbers are played by Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. And we could have easily picked each and any one of them to be the focus of today's article, but after some eeny-meeny-miny-moe-ing we ended up with Sir Michael Caine. And what a choice he is. At 84 years of age, he's still going strong, each year adding another few titles to his cinematography, a list which already has more than 160 films on it. What's so remarkable is that in the past sixty years, he's played every...
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10 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
As it turned out, Going in Style served as a reminder of the buying power of baby boomers.
Heading into this past weekend, prereleasing tracking predicted that director Zach Braff's heist comedy Going in Style, a remake of the 1979 film that caters to a decidedly older audience, would be lucky to gross $8 million in its North American box-office debut.
The movie — starring Morgan Freeman, 79; Alan Arkin, 83; and Michael Caine, 84 — surprised in almost matching family film Smurfs: The Lost Village when launching to $12.5 million for New Line and Village Roadshow. »
- Pamela McClintock
Dreamworks Animation‘s The Boss Baby remained at the top of the U.S. box-office this past weekend, once again pushing away the advances of Beauty and the Beast and new Stateside releases Smurfs: The Lost Village and pensioner heist-comedy Going In Style. Read more on The Boss Baby box-office reign below.
The Alec Baldwin-voiced ‘Boss Baby’ took in another $26.3 million over the three days, taking its total haul in North America to $89.3 million. It narrowly fended off Disney behemoth Beauty and the Beast, which managed another $25 million. The live-action version of their 1990s animated classic has pulled in $432.3 million since its release in early March domestically, and over $900 million across the world.
The first of this week’s new releases Smurfs: The Lost Village, released by Sony Pictures Animation, brought in $14 million in its opening weekend, though the Easter break should secure more coffers for the Julia Roberts, »
- Paul Heath
Despite competition from Sony’s animated “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” in this weekend’s continued box-office battle of the PGs, DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox) again beat out live-action “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney). During the week “Beauty” actually outgrossed “Baby” by about $1 million, which means it’s playing beyond the kiddie crowd.
Though hardly stellar, Warners’ “Going in Style” remake with senior Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine exceeded low expectations and could sustain a smaller than usual second weekend drop.
The third opener, Christian title “The Case for Christ” (Pure Flix), while based on a pre-sold bestseller and marketed in churches ahead of Holy Week, earned less than $4 million. Religious audiences, sparked by group sales, often come out on Friday night, but the 15 per cent Saturday drop suggests poor word of mouth. But it could get a boost over the Easter holiday weekend. »
- Tom Brueggemann
After a successful first weekend at the box office, The Boss Baby, an animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation, had no trouble repeating at the box office. The hit movie went up against Warner Bros.' comedy remake Going in Style, Sony's animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village and PureFlix's faith-based drama The Case For Christ. None of these new releases stood a chance, with The Boss Baby repeating atop the box office with $26.3 million, followed closely by Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast with $25 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony's new fully animated movie in the beloved franchise, opened in 3,610 theaters, debuting in third place with $14 million for a meager $3,882 per-screen average. Going in Style debuted in 3,061 theaters in fourth place with $12.5 million with a $4,084 per-screen average, while The Case for Christ opened in 10th place with $3.9 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going In Style weren't critically acclaimed, »
The Smurfs may be feeling kind of blue.
The cuddly creatures’ once-promising film franchise is looking awfully creaky after “Smurfs: The Lost Village” stumbled at the domestic box office this weekend. The Sony release opened to a negligible $14.1 million. The film was an attempt to reinvigorate the series after 2013’s “The Smurfs 2” racked up a disappointing $347.5 million on a hefty $105 million budget. It’s a fall from quite a height. The first film, 2011’s “The Smurfs,” had showed such promise, grossing $563.7 million globally, but interest in the big screen adventures of the cuddly creatures has waned with each sequel.
With the Smurfs failing to generate much excitement, DreamWorks Animation and Fox’s “The Boss Baby” captured first place at the North American box office for the second consecutive weekend, earning $26.3 million to push its domestic haul to $89.4 million. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” came in second, pulling in »
- Brent Lang
Going in Style, 2017.
Directed by Zach Braff
Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Following up his previous directorial efforts, Zach Braff moves away completely from his indie offbeat routes to deliver an entertaining but by the numbers Oap heist comedy. Joe (Caine), Willie (Freeman) and Al (Arkin) are a trio of friends who spent 30+ years working for a steel manufacturer. Now their days are filled with trips to the local diner, estimating how many years they have left to live and worrying about money. After their pension is frozen and Joe witnesses a bank robbery, the trio set out to »
- Helen Murdoch
Disney’s fourth weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” will finish a close second with about $25.2 million at 4,210 venues in what will be the 10th-highest fourth weekend of all time. The North American haul for the live-action blockbuster will wind up at around $432.5 million. That’s just behind “E.T. — The Extraterrestrial” for the 14th spot on the all-time list.
Sony’s opening of the animated family film “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is heading for third with about $14.5 million at 3,610 locations. The film received an A+ CinemaScore from the under 18 demographic and A overall, giving hope that the blue creatures will show some holding power during final weeks of spring break.
New Line’s launch of senior-citizen heist comedy “Going in Style »
- Dave McNary
If Hollywood is really so keen on remaking 1979 crime comedy/drama Going in Style, then it’s easy to consider this new version to be something of a best-case scenario, at least in terms of its casting. While the original united George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as three senior citizens who decide to stage a bank robbery, the 2017 edition brings out three Academy Award-winning legends in Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin. But a film cannot live or die solely by the stars leading the charge, can it?
Going in Style certainly puts that question to the test. The three leading men bring their decades of experience to the screen with little effort, elevating the material with every second that each of them appears onscreen. Caine is essentially our protagonist here as Joe, the character who’s inspired to recoup his lost pension by robbing the bank where his money is held. »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Smurfs: The Lost Village, Gifted and Going in Style top Tanner's What to Watch weekend preview!Smurfs: The Lost Village, Gifted and Going in Style top Tanner's What to Watch weekend preview!Tanner Zipchen4/7/2017 5:14:00 Pm
Smurfs have been a cultural icon for decades, and with this new film, they're offering both a dose of nostalgia for older audiences, and something fresh for younger kids. I recently had the chance to sit down in NYC and interview Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello who star in Smurfs: The Lost Village. It was a really fun interview that can be found here!
Going in Style looks like a great comedy! Directed by Zach Braff, the story is about three lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Al (Alan Arkin), who rob the bank that screws over their pension fund. »
- Tanner Zipchen
7 April 2017 2:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
New Line and Village Roadshow's Going in Style is a remake of the 1979 comedy of the same name that starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as a bored trio of senior citizens who decide to rob a bank.
But those who know the Martin Brest-directed original shouldn't feel as though they've already seen the new version, directed by Zach Braff and starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as the elderly criminals.
Caine said their version, scripted by Theodore Melfi, should be thought of as a "'reimagining," in which the characters have specific motivations for their »
- Hilary Lewis
In 1979, George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg starred as retirees who instead of just waiting to die decide to put some excitement into their lives by robbing a bank. That basic idea has been reimagined for a new era in Warner Bros/New Line’s Going In Style with a trio of Oscar winners in Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin. Although no one was particularly asking for a remake of the original from director Martin Brest, it seems to me, as I say in my video… »
Alec Baldwin is still the box office boss.
“The Boss Baby” is heading for a second straight victory over a trio of newcomers and Emma Watson’s “Beauty and the Beast,” with about $25 million at the domestic pre-Easter weekend box office, early estimates showed Friday.
Disney’s fourth weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” will finish a close second in the $21 million to $23 million range to lift its North American haul to around $430 million — enough to become the 15th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office, surpassing Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
A pair of newcomers — Sony’s animated “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and New Line’s heist comedy “Going in Style” — will battle for third place with “Smurfs” finishing in the $13 million to $15 million range at 3,610 locations, while “Going in Style »
- Dave McNary
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