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Undoubtedly, award-winning Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren has worked with the best. With a resume comprised of collaborations with David O. Russell (American Hustle, Joy) Lasse Hallström (The Hundred-Foot Journey) and other auteurs, Sandgren found an exciting energy in wunderkind writer/director Damien Chazelle that inspired him to shoot a musical. The recipient of a record-breaking seven Golden Globes, Chazelle’s La La Land also recently received 11 BAFTA… »
While January doesn't often produce huge box office hits, fans have come out in full force for Oscar-nominated films like Hidden Figures and La La Land, which both continue to fare well with solid box office numbers throughout the month. Last weekend, M. Night Shyamalan's Split over-performed with an impressive box office win with $40 million, and it was certainly expected to repeat, even with three new releases hitting theaters. Joining the box office fray this weekend is Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Universal's A Dog's Purpose and The Weinstein Company's Gold. The race was expected to be much closer, but Split took advantage of a minimal second weekend drop to easily win with $26.2 million
The estimates from Box Office Mojo reveal that Split actually expanded into 161 more theaters for a total of 3,199, which may have helped minimize the traditional second weekend drop. The M. Night Shyamalan thriller only dropped 34.3% in its second weekend, »
Despite the TMZ videos and boycott threats, “A Dog’s Purpose” still managed to pull in family audiences, who apparently shook off or were unmoved by footage of a cowering German Shepherd being forced into rushing water.
The story of a dog who gets reincarnated, living through and playing “man’s best friend” to multiple masters, brought in $18.4 million in its opening weekend. That’s in line with other films for animal-lovers, such as “Eight Below” ($20.1 million) and “Dolphin Tale” ($19.1 million), neither one of which raised the ire of PETA. Universal and Amblin partnered on “A Dog’s Purpose.” It has a $22 million production budget.
It’s a solid opening, one that suggests that the companies were successful in containing the wave of bad publicity that threatened the film’s release. After TMZ released the video, director Lasse Hallstrom, producer Gavin Polone, and various cast members expressed their outrage and »
- Brent Lang
29 January 2017 7:27 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lasse Hallstrom's A Dog's Purpose came in behind expectations over the weekend with a debut of $18.3 million from 3,058 theaters at the North American box office after being dogged by controversy over a leaked video showing a canine in distress on the set of the film.
M. Night Shyamalan's sleeper hit Split fell a scant 36 percent in its second weekend to $26.3 million for a domestic total of $78 million. The horror film easily stayed No. 1 for Blumhouse and Universal.
Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media partnered on A Dog's Purpose, with Universal handling distribution and »
- Pamela McClintock
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” won its second consecutive weekend at the box office, earning an estimated $26.3 million for a total of $78 million since its release. Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media’s “A Dog’s Purpose,” being released by Universal Pictures, finished in second with an estimated $18.4 million. The Lasse Hallstrom-directed film had been tainted by a leaked TMZ video in which it looked like a German Shepherd was being forced into a pool of rough water. The dog went under water in a later portion of the video, which sparked a boycott by PETA, but the studio and Amblin have. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
“Split” is once again twisting its way to the top of the box office after beating out newcomers “A Dog’s Purpose” and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” on Friday. The film, from Universal via its partnership with Blumhouse Productions, earned nearly $8 million on Friday on its way to a $25 to $26 million second weekend at 3,199 locations.
“A Dog’s Purpose,” also distributed by Universal, but made by Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media, fetched $5.3 million from 3,058 theaters to put it solidly in second for the weekend.
“A Dog’s Purpose” met blowback when TMZ leaked a video showing a German Shepherd struggling during production. The video sparked outrage online and PETA called for a boycott, while the filmmakers have insisted that the clip did not accurately represent what happened on set. Still, Universal canceled the film’s intended premiere and press junket, and the situation dropped estimates for the film’s »
- Seth Kelley
"What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason?"
The film centers on one Dog, living out multiple lives as a number of dogs, while searching for his meaning. It's more than a bit hokey and absolutely dripping in sap, but in ways that will surely make dog lovers awww, despite themselves. Dogs don't always understand, but they always try their best and they're good boys. You are reading this review to gauge whether you should see the movie or not, though, I suspect. Well, you must ask yourself a few questions first:
1. Can you see past the controversy? PETA has called »
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.
Curiosity killed the cat, and controversy might kill A Dog’s Purpose — with a little help from Milla Jovovich, that is.
The action star’s latest genre venture, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, squares off this weekend against the family-oriented, Lasse Hallström-directed picture, which has endured the brunt of negative publicity following the publication of a video depicting the film’s production, during which a dog trainer seemingly forced a German shepherd to film a water-based scene against the animal’s will.
Though intense social media backlash should be »
That was more than double the take for Universal’s controversial family drama “A Dog's Purpose,” which launched with a moderate $455,000 in 2,255 domestic sites.
“Resident Evil: Final Chapter” is projected to finish the weekend with about $13 million to $14 million at 3,104 sites. The film — which has a $40 million price tag — marks the sixth and final installment in the franchise adaptation of Capcom’s video game series.
Milla Jovovich — who has been in all six movies — portrays the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”), Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, South Korean actor Lee Joon-Gi and Fraser James also star with Paul W.S. Anderson returning to direct.
“A Dog’s Purpose” faces serious »
- Dave McNary
Excuse the pun, but Hollywood has gone to the dogs. And it’s not the first time. Man’s (and the movies’) best friend has been the hero and heroine of many a flick since the old nickleodeon days. The first canine superstar was probably Rin-Tin-tin way back in the silent era. He was a German Shepherd who rescued human co-stars and even a soon to be major studio (the Warner Brothers might not have survived without his box office bucks). Then came Lassie in her many media incarnations, along with other dogs that provided comic relief from Nick and Nora’s terrier Asta to that Saint Bernard behemoth, Beethoven. With the advent of social media there’s been an avalanche of pet adoration, with funny home videos of dogs taking a big bite out of the bandwidth. This helped fuel last summer’s animated smash The Secret Life Of Pets (primarily dogs, »
- Jim Batts
What we have here is a case of the tail wagging the dog — wagging the tail so wiggly-waggly-wildly that the dog cannot possibly be enjoying it.
So we begin to discuss A Dog’s Purpose, directed by Lasse Hallström. This dumb, sweet, indulgently weepy movie has all but disappeared in the hubbub over the controversial viral video of a stunt dog — a German shepherd — being forced by his handler into a pool of churning water.
The footage has been a public-relations disaster for the movie, with animal-welfare groups calling for a boycott and people affiliated with the movie countering that »
26 January 2017 6:14 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lasse Hallstrom's A Dog's Purpose is doing somewhat less business than expected at the Friday box office following the controversy over a leaked video showing a dog in distress on the set of the movie, meaning M. Night Shyamalan's Split could fetch the weekend crown in its second outing.
Dog's Purpose is projected to gross $5 million-$6 million on Friday from 3,058 theaters, including $455,000 in Thursday night previews, for a debut of $17 million-$20 million. While a solid showing, pre-release tracking had suggested the family friendly film would earn north of $20 million (before the video, the »
- Pamela McClintock,Rebecca Ford
Following the viral video of a terrified-looking German Shepherd being forced to perform a stunt on the set of “A Dog’s Purpose,” PETA members will protest the film across North America on Friday, the movie’s opening night.
“No amount of spin from Hollywood will change the fact that being forced to do a terrifying stunt is not a dog’s purpose,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange in a statement. “PETA is calling on kind people to boycott this film and send the message that animals should be treated humanely, not exploited as movie props.”
Demonstrations will take place in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Winnipeg, where the movie was shot. People will also be mobilizing in more than 25 other cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Seattle.
Read More: ’A Dog’s Purpose’ Terrified Dog Video: Star Josh Gad and »
- Liz Calvario
This week, three new wide releases will take advantage of a projected lull in the schedule — “A Dog’s Purpose” (Universal), “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (Sony) and “Gold” (Weinstein). They compete against the second weekend for “Split” (Universal), along with possible Oscar-nomination surges for “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) and “La La Land” (Lionsgate). Of course, that lull is there for a reason: This late January weekend, just before the Super Bowl, is usually among the very worst of the year.
The title to beat is “Split,” the M. Night Shyamalan hit produced by Jason Blum that became the first non-franchise, live-action release to open to over $40 million since the fall 2015. If it performs like most horror films, which tend to be frontloaded, it could fall only 50 percent for a $20 million total.
That might be enough to repeat at no. 1. It’s not unheard of for a genre title »
- Tom Brueggemann
PETA is promising more than two dozen protests in cities nationwide for Friday’s opening of “A Dog’s Purpose” as a follow-up to its call for a boycott of the canine drama.
The boycott was announced on Jan. 18 in conjunction with the release of a leaked video from the set showing a German Shepherd balking at performing a stunt in churning water. The movie’s director Lasse Hallstrom, co-screenwriter W. Bruce Cameron, producer Gavin Polone, and animal trainers from Birds & Animals Unlimited have said TMZ, which first released the video, and PETA mischaracterized what actually took place — insisting that the dog was reluctant to go into the water only because he had not rehearsed at that specific location.
Robin Ganzert of American Humane, which monitored the animals on the set, blasted PETA on the same grounds and attacked the group for its opposition to the use of any live animals in movies and TV. »
- Dave McNary
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
As per my Thursday update, M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split ended up winning the weekend but with way more than anyone, including myself, predicted, with more than $40 million for its opening weekend. That’s pretty impressive, and his first movie to open at that level since 2010’s The Last Airbender. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel’s sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage ended up making around where I predicted, taking second place with $20.1 million, not a great sign for the continuation of that franchise. Michael Keaton’s The Founder ended up right around where I predicted with $3.4 million, ending up just outside the Top 10. Hidden Figures, La La Land and Sing continued to do well with minimal drop-offs.
- Edward Douglas
A Dog’s Purpose 2017
Directed by Lasse Hallström
A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.
It turns out that human beings are not the only ones that have existential thoughts such as the meaning of life. Man’s best friend is also looking for purpose, hence the title A Dog’s Purpose (based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron and adapted for the screen by Lasse Hallstrom of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape fame), except the caveat here is that these beloved canines are able to reincarnate into new bodies, sometimes switching up breeds and genders.
- Robert Kojder
25 January 2017 6:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On Monday, tracking services lowered their projections for the film's opening by several million dollars. A week ago, industry leader NRG had put the movie's debut at $24 million. Now, NRG is forecasting $21 million, according to sources with access to the survey. Box-office analysts are divided as to whether the controversy will hurt the movie.
Any opening north of $20 million should be enough to beat the weekend's other two new »
- Pamela McClintock
A Dog’S Purpose Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Lasse Hallström Written by: Cathryn Michon from W. Bruce Cameron’s novel Cast: Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, K.J. Apa, Peggy Lipton, Logan Miller, Bryce Gheisar Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 1/23/17 Opens: January 27, 2017 Not only does the movie “A […]
The post A Dog’s Purpose Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Harvey Karten
Universal’s controversial “A Dog's Purpose” clearly has social media users barking.
The movie topped social media buzz last week with a sizable 147,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
The awareness has been boosted by some negative publicity. In the wake of Jan. 18 release of a leaked video from the set showing a German Shepherd balking at performing a stunt in churning water, animal activists groups like PETA have called for a boycott for the film. Producer Gavin Polone, director Lasse Hallstrom, co-screenwriter W. Bruce Cameron, and animal trainers from Birds and Animals Unlimited have said TMZ, which first released the video, and PETA mischaracterized what actually took place — insisting that the dog was reluctant to go into water only because he had not rehearsed at the specific location.
Film Review: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’
“A Dog’s Purpose” opens Friday. Paul Dergarabedian, »
- Dave McNary
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