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This weekend brought some welcome news: Ben Affleck’s latest, “The Accountant” (Warner Bros.), came in better than expected. And though “Kevin Hart: What Now?” (Universal) grossed only about half as much, they both did well compared to their cost.
But the overall box office continues to lag against 2015’s peak record numbers, dominated by such fourth-quarter entries as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a Bond film and the final “Hunger Games.” It’s hard to imagine that 2016 totals can beat them, even with Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” in early November, J.K. Rowling’s latest “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” from Warners and Disney’s “Moana” closer to Thanksgiving.
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$24,715,000 in 3,332 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7,417; Cumulative: $24,715,000
2. Kevin Hart: What Now? (Universal) New – Cinemascore: A- ; Metacritic: 61; Est. budget: $10 million
$11,894,000 in 2,568 theaters; PTA: »
- Tom Brueggemann
The opening of comedy concert film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” is in a battle for second place in the $10 million to $13 million range at 2,568 sites. And science-fiction adventure “Max Steel,” based on Mattel’s line of action figures, is launching dismally in the $2 million range at 2,034 locations.
“The Accountant” appears to be over-performing recent forecasts, which pegged it in the $18 million to $20 million range. One early estimate gave it an opening day in the $9 million to $10 million range, which could push the Warner Bros. title past $25 million but the studio cautioned it’s likely to come in closer to $20 million.
- Dave McNary
That easily topped Universal’s comedy-concert movie “Kevin Hart: What Now?” which opened with $739,000 at 2,054 screens on Thursday night showings that started at 7 p.m.
The preview number for “The Accountant” came in above the 2014 figure for the thriller “Gone Girl,” which starred Rosamund Pike and Affleck and opened with $1.3 million on Thursday night on its way to a $37.5 million first weekend. “The Accountant” is expected to top a mild box office with roughly $18 million to $20 million when it debuts in 3,332 locations.
The Warner Bros. release, which cost about $40 million to produce, follows a small town certified public accountant who makes his living cooking the books for criminal organizations. “The Accountant” is directed by Gavin O’Connor from a script by Bill Dubuque. Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow also star. »
- Dave McNary
How long since there’s been a comedian who regularly opens stand-up films theatrically? Larry the Cable Guy, Chris Rock, etc serve up sets on HBO, but when it comes to actually driving to the multiplex and paying to see a comic on the big screen, you have to go back almost 30 years to Eddie Murphy Raw and Richard Pryor before that. Kevin Hart’s sporadically funny new concert film Kevin Hart What Now? is his third to play theaters in the past five years. It was filmed in his home town of Philadelphia before a sold-out audience of 50,000 at Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field. Hart’s actual set lasts about 75 minutes, but this feature is padded out with a casino-set opening that spoofs 007 and Denzel Washington’s counting scene in The Equalizer. Halle Barry, Ed Helms, and Don Cheadle all join Hart for this mostly pointless prologue.
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- Tom Stockman
At their best, comedians serve as modern-day philosophers, shaping the culture by reflecting it back at audiences with just the right balance of truth and humor. It’s why the work of people like George Carlin and Richard Pryor has sustained such lasting appeal for decades. Their comedy isn’t so much a series of jokes as it is a social commentary on issues like sex, politics, and religion, all of which are at the very core of who we are as individuals and as a society. However, not all comedians aim for such lofty goals with their material, opting instead for a more observational, story-based approach. This is precisely what moviegoers are in for with Kevin Hart: What Now?
While Hart’s comedy might not dig as deep as his aforementioned forefathers, this new concert film – the comedian’s third such big-screen release after 2011’s Laugh at My »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
The Scottish star, who unveiled the world premiere of his feature directorial American Pastoral in Toronto, will collect the honour at BAFTA La’s awards show on October 28.
The Britannia Humanitarian Award is presented to someone “who has used the art form of the moving image or their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues.”
McGregor has worked with Unicef to help children in conflict zones in Iraq and Syria.
As previously announced, Ang Lee will collect the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, Samuel L. Jackson the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, and Ricky Gervais the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
McGregor recently wrapped production on Trainspotting 2, in which he reprises his role as Renton opposite Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Sony will release the film on February 3, 2017.
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Eddie Murphy dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Friday for a wide-ranging conversation that included the comedian's love of Good Times, his Bill Cosby impression and how he cries at the movies. During the interview, Kimmel also praised Murphy's Mark Twain Prize acceptance speech, an appearance that had comedy fans salivating for the Raw star's return to the stage. When asked whether he might dust off his famed stand-up skills for the first time in decades, an optimistic Murphy replied, "I might."
"You got to go back to the clubs and work out, »
It's been three years since Kevin Hart took the stage for the stand-up comedy movie Let Me Explain. In that time, he's appeared in numerous hit movies and made countless stand-up and TV appearances. But now he's ready to return to what he loves most, and the thing that made him a star. Today, we have the full-length trailer for Kevin Hart: What Now? And it sees the comedian at the top of his game. Literally.
Let Me Explained was a blockbuster success for the comedian, and grossed an astounding $32 million at the box office. So a follow-up was a no brainer. His previous effort is the third highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. But What Now? could easily take the top spot away from Eddie Murphy Raw, which has held the title of biggest stand-up comedy movie since it hit theaters in 1987. It is followed by The Original Kings of Comedy, which came out in 2000.
This new trailer shows Kevin Hart as a James Bond-like secret agent. He is on a mission to get money for his latest comedy tour. And we're treated to some cool action comedy stunts as the diminutive joker attempts to get away from the bad guys. This is all just a set up for the actual movie, though, and when it arrives in theaters on October 14, it will help pad the runtime to feature length.
The real core of the film finds Hart doing something no other stand-up has ever achieved. He will take center stage in what is being called a 'groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance'. The show was part of his 2015 'What Now?' comedy tour. And it was filmed outdoors in front of a record 50,000 people. The show happened at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, and marks the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.
What Now? brings the Kevin Hart stand-up trilogy to its inevitable conclusion, which kicked off back in 2011 with Laugh at My Pain. That movie went onto earn $7.7 million, and stands as the 8th highest grossing live stand-up comedy movie of all-time. Before What Now? hits theaters this fall, Kevin Hart can be seen opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in the new action comedy Central Intelligence, which opens this Friday, June 17. He is also one of the lead voice actors in the new animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets, in theaters July 8. And later this year, he'll reunite with The Rock alongside Jack Black to shoot the Jumanji remake. Today, we get to see him slinging jokes and acting more than just a 'little' foolish in What Now? Here's the latest footage, courtesy of Youtube »
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Museum of the Moving Image
Discover the »
- Nick Newman
Sometimes it’s tempting to get caught up in the past as a WWE fan. When you think back to childhood memories of watching Hulk Hogan fight for what’s right Monday nights, to watching Stone Cold Steve Austin give the middle finger to the man, it can be hard to imagine any modern WWE storylines even coming close to the “good old days.”
But while everyone will always have their favorite era of WWE, the truth is that living in the past can sometimes make you blind to greatness in the present. WWE is a 24/7, 365 day a year brand of entertainment and with that much content, they are bound to produce something excellent even in leaner years.
In fact, recent years have produced several storylines that could easily stand toe to toe with the very best WWE has ever produced. Among them, these are the very best. »
- Matthew Byrd
Had Dean Ambrose remained Intercontinental Champion headed into Fastlane on Sunday, you could almost count on him eating the pinfall, likely from ‘brother’ Roman Reigns. It’s a rare proposition (though not impossible) that a secondary titleholder would head into WrestleMania and face the WWE Champion, and Ambrose dropping the belt on Raw in a five-way match actually adds a bit of intrigue for Sunday. For some, it lays that seed that maybe, just maybe, Ambrose could garner the title match at WrestleMania after all.
While Reigns is still the most likely victor in Sunday’s triple threat, this wouldn’t be the first time a secondary champion has dropped the gold en route to his first WWE World Championship. The modern era of WWE is littered with examples of soon-to-be marquee talents ditching a lesser belt in eventual exchange for the grand prize, and it usually doesn’t take long. »
- Justin Henry
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