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Box Office Weekend: Three Weeks In and Straight Outta Compton Is Still A Hit

31 August 2015 8:17 AM, PDT

Straight Outta Compton has proven itself box office champ again and, with an estimated $13.2 million this past week, a monetary winner as well. At $134.1 million in domestic earnings so far, it has blown away its $28 million costs. The closest contender was newcomer War Room, a faith-based film lambasted by critics, but at an estimated $11 million for the weekend more than made back its $3 million production costs. In third, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation picked up an estimated $8.3 million, and also released its budget info. Costing $150 million, the film appears to be a domestic flop with only $170.4 million made so far, but worldwide it has done much better, with $479.4 million in worldwide gross.

Owen Wilson stretches his action chops in No Escape, but the action-thriller debuted to an estimated $8.2 million and mixed to low critical results…and it is also the only movie in the top ten to have not released its »

- Seth Paul

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Trailer for The Witch Reveals a New Vision of Horror Cinema

31 August 2015 2:00 AM, PDT

Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, The Witch, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (and won the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition), recently released a new trailer. It was also announced that the film will enjoy its international premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival as a special presentation.

Set in a painstakingly recreated God-fearing New England circa 1630, The Witch follows a farmer who get cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Almost immediately, strange and unsettling things begin to happen as animals turn violent, crops fail, and children go missing, only to reappear apparently possessed by malevolent spirits. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to point the finger at the farmer’s teenage daughter, who is accused of witchcraft. »

- Mike Tyrkus

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