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The action movie, from Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios, finished first in 32 markets, performing 42 percent above “Kingsmen,” 4 percent above “San Andreas,” and on par with “G.I. Joe Retaliation.”
India generated the top number with $7.3 million including previews, followed by first-place launches in Russia with $5.5 million, France with $3.1 million, and Germany and Mexico with $2.8 million each. Australia generated $2.3 million in second place and Brazilian grosses were $2.2 million for a third-place finish.
Film Review: ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’
“Xander Cage” will open in Korea on Feb. 9 and in China on Feb. 10. The film has an $85 million budget with backing from Chinese companies Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group, which limits Paramount’s exposure to about 50 percent. Paramount and the two companies announced a three-year $1 billion co-financing deal on Thursday. »
- Dave McNary
“Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 different personalities, performed far above recent expectations for Universal and Blumhouse. It easily topped the 2015 launch of Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million.
“Having M. Night Shyamalan’s name on the title means a lot, because his fan base is so devoted,” noted Universal’s domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou. “He’s the master of the plot twist.”
Carpou noted that “Split” showed plenty of drawing power in all demographics with the 52% of the audience being female and 52% under 25 and should perform well in coming weeks. “As a psychological thriller, this should have a lot of playability,” he added.
- Dave McNary
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Warner Bros. is starting to kick the marketing campaign for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword into high gear. Following the release of several new photos – which Entertainment Weekly debuted yesterday and can be seen in the gallery above – we’ve now got a brand new poster as well, featuring Charlie Hunnam front and center.
Boasting the tagline “From Nothing Comes A King,” it promise a gritty and visceral take on the classic tale, one which will apparently bring with it a “contemporary, selfish, [and] somewhat rough around the edges” version of the titular character. In fact, Ritchie’s upcoming effort has been pitched as Lord Of The Rings meets Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. An unusual mix, to be sure, but if there’s anyone who can pull it off, »
- Josh Wilding
It’s pronounced “triple x,” in case you didn’t see the first movie that introduced Xander Cage, the extreme sportsman turned top secret government agent, which premiered in 2002. Hoping to manufacture the success of his “Fast and the Furious” franchise, Diesel has resurrected that summer blockbuster for a limp January imitation that loosely strings together high-octane thrills to threadbare effect.
The movie opens with Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson, with face scar) imploring Brazilian soccer star Neymar to join the xXx program, a (top secret) super spy program run by the U.S. government. His pitch is “we are not at war, we are at peril,” as if those are two different things. Then, just as Gibbons inexplicably finishes explaining the plot of “Dogtown and Z Boys,” a fiery satellite careens out of the sky and presumably kills them both.
- Jude Dry
“Split,” from M. Night Shyamalan and Blumhouse Productions, is splintering box office expectations in its opening weekend after earning $14.6 million on Friday from 3,038 locations. The horror-thriller doubled its closest competition, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which took in $7.1 million from 3,651 theaters.
“Split” is beating Friday estimates, which put it at about $28 million for the weekend. Now, it’s three-day total could be as much as $34 million.
After winning the past two weekend, “Hidden Figures” should sit comfortably in third. The film earned an additional $4.4 million on Friday on its way to a $16 million three-day total. Musical duo “La La Land” and “Sing” should round out the weekend’s top five.
“The Founder,” meanwhile, is floundering in its first week. From 1,115 locations, the film grossed about $1 million heading toward a $3 million opening frame.
Faith-based film “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” is heading toward a less-than desirable $1.1 million opening weekend after earning about $380,000 on Friday. »
- Seth Kelley
The only thing more epic than “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” was the prank war Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose had behind the scenes. Related: Nina Dobrev Could Return For ‘Vampire Diaries’ Final Season In one instance, Rose hired a Taylor Swift impersonator to serenade Dobrev on set. The prank, unfortunately, didn’t go off as […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” has separated from its rivals, and is on its way toward a surprisingly strong $28 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Vin Diesel’s launch of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” is heading for a second-place finish with about $20 million at 3,651 sites while the historical drama “Hidden Figures” continues its solid performance in third with $16 million. Michael Keaton’s biopic “The Founder” is showing little traction with a modest $3 million to $4 million weekend at 1,115 locations.
“Split” is outperforming recent expectations, which had been at around $20 million at 3,037 sites earlier this week. Early grosses point to a $12 million $14 million opening day with Thursday night previews of $2 million, while “Xander Cage” heads for a $7 million to $9 million opening day. Some early estimates project that “Split” will hit as much as $35 million during the weekend.
Film Review: ‘Split’
“Split,” starring »
- Dave McNary
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage starts off strong (and ridiculous) and keeps on going at a hundred miles per hour. You know you’re in for a crazy ride when the movie starts with title cards introducing each character: name, characteristics, favourite song, etc., you know, the usual! Even more ridiculous is that the first person we see – besides Samuel L. Jackson’s super-spy Gibbons – is footballing superstar Neymar, who is being recruited into the xXx program, in a Chinese restaurant, at 7am in the morning… Sounds absurd? Yes. Fun? Definitely!
And that’s the key to xXx 3, it is absurd And fun. The two go hand in hand, that’s how the franchise started and that’s how I hope it goes on… »
- Phil Wheat
Ruby Rose considered having gender reassignment surgery in her youth, but is happy she chose not to transition. The thought of transitioning was one that struck a chord with a young Rose. “I had this jar that I would collect dollars – in fact, we were so poor, it would have been cents. So I […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
Ruby Rose is getting candid about struggling with her sexuality while growing up.
The 30-year-old actress looks gorgeous in a photo shoot for Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine, and in the accompanying interview, she opens up about her difficult childhood in Australia. Rose says she knew she was different by the age of six.
"Everyone had Barbies; I had Ninja Turtles and Superman," she recalls to the magazine. "I was crazy about Archie comics. I played footie with the boys."
Watch: Ruby Rose Gets Stung By a Jellyfish While Getting Vacationing in Ibiza
Rose says she was bullied by other girls for her unconventional ways, then later tried "the feminine thing" by wearing makeup and growing her hair. She was then accused of trying to steal other girls' boyfriends, but was still bullied when she came out as gay.
"'First you want our boyfriends, now you want us' -- that kind of thing," she explains »
The success or failure of a Vin Diesel movie is pretty easy to determine, as they often offer up their mission statement flat-out, often in a trailer-worthy soundbite. In the case of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, it is: "Kick some ass, get the girl, and try to look dope while you're do it."
The latest xXx installment also marks Diesel's titular return, having stepped away from the franchise after his first go-around in 2002. As for what happened in that one... you certainly don't need to know to follow this one. Cage, who can "walk into a tornado and come out the other side like it was a damn gentle breeze," has been lured back to the Nsa's super spy task force in order to stop an all-powerful McGuffin called Pandora's Box.
Return of Xander Cage isn't an adrenaline »
XxX: Return of Xander Cage, 2017.
Directed by D.J. Caruso.
Starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Kris Wu, Nina Dobrev, Rory McCann, Michael Bisping, Hermione Corfield, Toni Collette, Tony González, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ice Cube.
Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.
Here is all that needs to be known about XxX: Return of Xander Cage: It has probably one of the dumbest and most generic plots to ever grace the action sub-genre of “kicking ass in style while getting the girl”, which doesn’t detract from the experience one bit. Vin Diesel has a clear grasp on why the resurrection of the Fast and Furious series is working, and more importantly, the flavor of balls-to-the-wall, all logic abandoned, f*** physics and gravity ludicrous chaos his »
- Robert Kojder
Universal is expanding “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, to 3,037 sites on Friday. The Thursday night figure for “Split” doubled the $1 million in previews from Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million two years ago.
Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script in a story of McAvoy’s character capturing three young women. It’s the 12th movie that Shyamalan has directed with 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” remaining the most successful with more than $650 million in worldwide grosses.
Film Review: ‘Split’
“Split” is poised to battle “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” for the top »
- Dave McNary
Chicago – The true miracle of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” – besides constantly breaking the law of physics – was making the sonorous line readings of Vin Diesel almost palatable. This over-the-top action fantastic turns up every implausibility dial to the red zone, but satisfactorily entertains.
In this film, you will believe a man can ski without snow, shoot bullets in public without reaction or ramifications, wreck enough cars to affect the auto insurance actuary, free fall from 30,000 feet, and make love to a bevy of willing beauties even though he is clearly 20-25 years older than they are. I got to hand it to the production team, this is perfect escapism for this “historic” weekend and dreaded winter, and they had no shame in presenting impossible stunts and gunplay without winking. This is like a cinematic adrenalin shot.
The “Triple XXX” team – a rogue outside-the-law enforcement agency – is scattered throughout the world, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Ruby Rose is thankful that she didn’t have gender reassignment surgery when she was younger.
“I’m a woman … I want to have babies one day, so I’m glad I didn’t make changes earlier in my life,” the actress, 30, tells The Edit.
Rose, who came out as lesbian at age 12 and identifies as gender fluid, said previously that she had started saving money for the surgery, but eventually decided against it.
“I had this jar that I would collect dollars – in fact, we were so poor, it would have been cents. So I probably had 19 cents to »
- Julie Mazziotta
Do your research, folks! While filming, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose launched an epic prank war on each other. Eventually it turned so intense that neither star wanted to leave her trailer, but ultimately work would call. One day Rose innocently decided to up the ante on their prank war by hiring a Taylor Swift impersonator to serenade the Vampire Diaries alum on set, but it didn't end well. "She hired an impersonator to come to our set and sing to me and bombard me in my trailer, but what she didn't know was that the girl hired to do this was actually a huge fan," Dobrev, appeared alongside Chris Hardwick, recalled on The Late Late Show Thursday. "She got really nervous »
Vin Diesel is no stranger to action films and stunts!
The 49-year-old actor is starring in the highly anticipated sequel, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, where he has plenty of explosive moments, but when Et’s Carly Steel caught up with him at the Los Angeles premiere on Thursday, he admitted that his most insane stunt took place off the screen.
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“The craziest stunt I ever did? Fatherhood,” he quipped.
The actor is father to three kids, daughters Hania and Pauline (named after his late Fast & Furious co-star, Paul Walker) and son Vincent with his girlfriend, Paloma Jimenez.
Jokes aside, Diesel admitted that his craziest stunt to date actually came from the first xXx movie.
“In the first xXx, I was high up in the mountains and I had to stop within two feet of the ledge, and if I would've overshot that mark, I »
Ruby Rose is so in love!
The Orange Is the New Black star stunned at the premiere of her new film, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Thursday, showing off her multitude of tattoos in a daring ivory Julien Macdonald gown with a plunging neckline and high front-slit.
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Rose was joined at the premiere by her girlfriend, Jess Origliasso, and the Australian actress had nothing but praise for her lady love.
"She is the most amazing person," Rose shared with Et's Carly Steel. "We just jam every night. We just play music and sing and cook dinner, and she's amazing. She's wonderful."
"She's always such a [source of] moral support for me and a moral compass," she added. "I'm so glad she came tonight."
More: 17 Reasons Why 'Orange Is the New Black' Star »
“xXx: Return of Xander Cage” begins in outer space, and the camera follows a rogue satellite as it leaves orbit and plummets toward the exact spot on earth where Samuel L. Jackson and Brazilian soccer star Neymar are discussing Stacy Peralta skate films in a Chinese restaurant. A few minutes later, the camera follows Vin Diesel as he dirt-skis down a snowless hillside in order to connect Dominican fishermen with a pirated feed of the World Cup. Half an hour after that, it picks up with Diesel as he surfs ten-foot waves on a motorcycle off the shore of a Philippine rave-island. None of this makes any more sense onscreen than it does on paper, and therein lies this film’s undeniable numbskull appeal.
It’s unlikely that anyone aside from prodigal star and producer Diesel was screaming for a return of the “xXx” franchise, which already felt Clinton-era-dated when »
- Andrew Barker
Watching xXx: Return Of Xander Cage mimics the effect of mainlining a Red Bull/Jolt Cola concoction while you skydive off the Empire State Building with only a handkerchief for a parachute. It’s like Shaun White and Travis Pastrana had conjoining daredevil wet dreams that formed some Exxxtreme tsunami of fantastical X-Games stuntmanship. I imagine someone asking “what about a story?” only to have Vin Diesel grab them by the lapel, hoist them up and say, “how about I skateboard, travel and bed sexy ladies for the first twenty minutes, There’S Your Story!” – they complied, of course. That’s the opening to Xander Cage’s adrenaline-packed franchise return, and radness only increases from there broskis and braskis!
Agent Xander Cage’s return is a somber one, since it begins with the death of Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson). Government suit Jane Marke (Toni Collette) calls Xander out of retirement to avenge Gibbons’ death, »
- Matt Donato
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