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The Force Awakens joins Avatar and Titanic in the $2bn club

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In this week’s roundup of the global box-office scene:

Star Wars: Episode VII also passes $900m in the States

• Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! follows in footsteps of tepid results for inside-Hollywood films

• Korean comedy-thriller A Violent Prosecutor manages country’s second-highest debut for a local film

Nearly two months after release, two major milestones for The Force Awakens: it hit $2bn worldwide – only the third film in history to do so after Titanic and Avatar – and $900m (£626m) in the States. The latter feat is the more impressive: $150m more than the next most successful film, Avatar, this crushing performance means this blockbuster is slanted an uncommon 45% towards the Us. In contrast, it hasn’t straddled the international landscape quite as domineeringly. Of the top five territories, it’s the No 1 film of all time in the UK ($177.8m), 24th of all time in China ($124.5m), fourth of »

- Phil Hoad

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Five silent movie myths: from damsels in distress to Benny Hill chases

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If you’re expecting to see women tied to train tracks or actors running around making fast jerky movements when you watch a silent film, think again

This incorporates several myths all at once. Silent films can be slippery creatures; silent film history more slippery still. So to avoid some smart aleck showing you up at the cinematheque, it is always best to avoid saying that a film is the first example of this, that or the other. You may have seen Metropolis (1927) described as the first science-fiction film, for example. It’s patent nonsense, as anyone who has seen Georges Méliès’s The Trip to the Moon (1902) can attest. So, was The Trip to the Moon the first science-fiction film? Possibly not. With around 80% of silent films currently missing, possibly lost for ever, even the most diligent archivist can’t guarantee that there isn’t an earlier example of anything. »

- Pamela Hutchinson

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Oscars goodie bag offers a lift, while Hail Caesar! falls – the Dailies film podcast

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The Guardian film team’s round-up of today’s movie news

Your daily update of the latest news and reviews from the Guardian film team. Now showing: Breast lifts, sex toys and a 15-day walking tour of Japan make this year’s Oscars goodie bag, and the Coen brothers Hail Caesar! falls at the back-stabbing box office

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- Presented by Catherine Shoard with Henry Barnes produced by Rowan Slaney

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Mink eyelashes and armpit nappies: what are the worst Oscar goody bag gifts?

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The freebies handed to Hollywood’s great and good at the Academy Awards aren’t always the treasures we imagine. Here are some weird recent inclusions …

Related: Oscars gift bag worth $200k to include breast lift, sex toy and walking tour of Japan

The Oscars gift bag has become an essential part of each Academy Awards show, up there with being pointlessly sniffy about what people happen to be wearing and hating yourself for even watching the poxy thing in the first place.

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- Stuart Heritage

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Black Pride at the Super Bowl? Beyoncé embodies a new political moment | Suzanne Moore

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From the Oscars to Super Bowl 50, political anger over race discrimination is front and centre. Black artists aren’t asking to be ‘let in’ to the culture – they are the culture

Something interesting is happening to the ubiquitous back-slapping fests that dominate celebrity coverage: they are becoming fiercely politicised. I don’t mean just the odd liberal speech or cause that is paid lip service by some luvvie, I mean lines are being drawn. The Oscars row about “diversity” is not going to go away. Nor should it. Last night Simon Amstell introduced the Evening Standard Film Awards by saying it had been “another great year for white men”. He then handed the best actor prize to Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation. Elba, who has been vocal about this issue, said “a change is coming”.

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- Suzanne Moore

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Hail, Caesar! is Coens' biggest Us box-office bomb since Intolerable Cruelty

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Acclaimed follow-up to Inside Llewyn Davis takes just $11.4m on opening – the Coen brothers’ lowest ever debut for a film on wide release

Its cast includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. Critics have called it a brilliant paean to Hollywood’s golden age. But the Coen brothers’ new period comedy, Hail, Caesar!, has bombed at the Us box office, with the lowest opening haul of any major release in the Oscar-winning duo’s career.

Up against the continuing might of animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3, as well as fellow debutants including romantic drama The Choice and horror-comedy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the 50s-set tale of a major film star gone missing scored just $11.4m (£7.9m) to open in second place. The Coen brothers’ previous lowest bow for a film in wide release – usually estimated at around 2,000 cinemas – was »

- Ben Child

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Oscars gift bag worth $200k to include breast lift, sex toy and walking tour of Japan

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All acting and directing nominees will receive PR goodie bag of beauty goods and luxury experiences from brands hoping to capitalise on Oscar hopefuls’ fame, via La product placement firm

Related: Clitoral injections and armpit nappies: what are the worst Oscar goody bag gifts?

Oscar nominees in this year’s major categories will go home with a gift bag worth $200,000, featuring such essential items as a breast lift, sex toy and 15-day walking tour of Japan.

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- Ben Child

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Mia Goth: ‘I’m always scared of feeling like a fake’

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She was naked in Nymphomaniac and didn’t wash for The Survivalist. The model-turned-actress explains why she wants roles that go for grit

Mia Goth hasn’t showered for five weeks, she announces with delight. We’re in Belfast, uncomfortably cold on a disused Raf base, where The Survivalist, Northern Irish director Stephen Fingleton’s stark, taut drama about post-societal collapse, is nearing the end of its shoot, and the crew is breaking for lunch. I wish I could tell her she stinks, but, sadly, she does not. “I do,” she insists, dragging on a fag like it’s her first in months. “My armpits, trust me. And my feet. But I’m young, so sweat dribbles off.”

Related: Bafta nominations 2016: Carol and Bridge of Spies lead the pack

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- Alex Godfrey

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Great exploitations: The Green Inferno’s gutsy tribute to a bloody genre

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Eli Roth’s latest shocker is a faithful descendant of B-movie horror films that put gore on a grand scale. Who will survive – and what will be left of them?

Remember The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and how you just couldn’t wait for that annoyingly whiny guy in the wheelchair to take a buzzsaw to the guts? Oh sure, you felt bad about it afterwards – for a while – but there was something so transgressively mean-spirited about it that it roused a sick-in-the-head chuckle every time it popped back into your mind. It almost made you want to give dear old Leatherface a big hug.

I’ll give Eli Roth this much: like Tobe Hooper, he understands that dark urge in the mind of your sicker kind of viewer (erm, that’d be me) and he sure knows how to pander to it. He and the makers of the toothsomely disreputable »

- John Patterson

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Jason Bourne to the X Men: Super Bowl movie trailers reviewed

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During the ad breaks as the Panthers played the Broncos, a clutch of new film trailers were unveiled for this summer’s blockbusters. Stand by for explosions

Eddie the Eagle is likely the smallest film to get a Super Bowl spot this year. It’s therefore fitting that the trailer for the feel-good sports comedy starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton of Kingsman: The Secret Service, takes an admirably low-key and heartfelt approach by featuring a trip of famous NFL athletes (Kurt Warner, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees) praising the film’s depiction of athletic life, instead of showcasing Jackman in action. Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle centers on Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards (Egerton), a British ski-jumper who made an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics; Jackman plays Eddie’s coach. Think of it as this year’s equivalent to Cool Runnings, with less fish-out-of-water laughs, »

- Nigel M Smith

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