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As Bridget rules the UK chart for the third week, ahead of new opener Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, we analyse the maths behind such extraordinary audience domination
The Bridget Jones’s Baby success story at UK cinemas writes another chapter as the film cracks £30m in just 17 days – the fastest pace ever set for a romantic comedy. Of course, ticket price inflation favours this movie, but it’s worth remarking that 2001’s original Bridget Jones’s Diary had yet to crack £30m after 31 days of release – eventually reaching £42m thanks to a very long tail of cinema play. Three years later, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was quicker out of the gate, cracking £30m after 24 days of play, on its way to a final tally of £36m.
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- Charles Gant
As expected, Clint Eastwood's Sully enjoyed a second straight weekend atop the box office and it wasn't much of a competition. Not one of the weekend's three new widest releases managed to even top ten million as Blair Witch and Bridget Jones's Baby fell well short of expectations and Open Road's Snowden pretty much delivered as expected depending on whom you asked. Overall, the weekend's top twelve was down 11.6% compared to last week and down 24.3% compared to last year with the top twelve generating an estimated $74.6 million, just $136k shy of the worst weekend of the year so far. With an estimated $22 million, Sully dropped only 37% in its second weekend as the film's domestic cume now stands at $70.5 million, just $1.8 million shy of the entire run of Tom Hanks' Bridge of Spies, which went on to earn six Oscar nominations last year including a win for Supporting Actor. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Some things aren’t worth the wait.
“Blair Witch” and “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” sequels to films that first hit theaters a generation ago, both stumbled in their debuts this weekend, earning a meagre $9.7 million and $8.2 million, respectively. They were easily overpowered by “Sully,” the Clint Eastwood drama about the so-called “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency plane landing that features Tom Hanks as Capt. Chesley Sullenberger. The Warner Bros. release topped the domestic box office for a second consecutive weekend, earning $22 million and pushing its stateside total to $70.5 million.
The weekend’s other wide-release launch, Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” was also over-shadowed by the aeronautical heroics, picking up $8 million from 2,443 locations for a fourth-place finish. The look at Edward Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and got a warm reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Brent Lang
What was shaping up to be a race between the superhuman and supernatural is looking less so now that “Blair Witch” has stumbled in its opening weekend box office. Earning reports from Friday night show “Sully” will steer clear of its competition and remain on top.
“Blair Witch” will conjure about $10 million this weekend, which is far below earlier projections from outside distributors which stood at about $23 million as recently as Tuesday. The Lionsgate horror film with a $5 million price tag made $4 million Friday night at 3,121 locations.
In its second weekend at the box office, “Sully” earned $6.6 million at 3,525 locations on Friday, and is aiming at $21 million this weekend. That’s following an opening weekend that won the box office with just over $35 million.
- Seth Kelley
The horror sequel “Blair Witch” is heading for second place with about $17 million at 3,121 sites, including around $7 million for its opening day Friday and $765,000 in Thursday night previews. That’s in line with Lionsgate forecasts for the low-cost project.
Universal’s “Bridget Jones’s Baby” looks likely to finish third with about $13 million at 2,927 screens with an opening day of around $5 million. Open Road’s biopic “Snowden,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is headed for fourth with around $7.3 million at 2,423 sites.
Warner Bros.’ “Sully,” co-financed and co-produced by Village Roadshow, has taken in $45.7 million in its first six days and carries plenty of strong word of mouth, having generated an A CinemaScore on its opening weekend. Should the $21 million estimate hold for the second weekend, it would represent a 40% decline. »
- Dave McNary
The horror sequel “Blair Witch” opened with a moderate $765,000 at more than 2,300 U.S. locations on Thursday night.
Open Road’s biopic “Snowden” rolled out with $390,000 on Thursday night and “Bridget Jones’s Baby” also launched to a modest sum of $364,000 in Thursday night shows in 2,208 theaters with showings that began at 7 p.m.
Lionsgate’s “Blair Witch” has the best prospects of topping the second weekend of Tom Hanks’ “Sully” with recent projections at as much as $23 million at 3,121 locations in what’s expected to be a tight contest. Lionsgate has been forecasting a launch in the $16 million to $18 million range for “Blair Witch,” which carries a budget of well under $10 million.
“Sully” has taken in $45.7 million in its first six days and carries plenty of strong word of mouth, having generated an A CinemaScore on its opening weekend.
Universal’s romantic comedy sequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is »
- Dave McNary
Looking back, it’s amusing to think that the casting of the very American Renée Zellweger as author Helen Fielding’s British heroine was such a bone of contention for fans when Bridget Jones’s Diary was released in 2001. That film kicked off Zellweger’s three-year dance with Oscar, culminating in a Supporting Actress win for Cold Mountain (her third consecutive nomination). Yet, in the years since, Zellweger’s profile has diminished, and her Oscar-winning performance is remembered more for her over-the-top accent than as a career highlight.
Instead, her role as neurotic self-professed “spinster” Bridget Jones remains one of Zellweger’s most indelible, in part since she reprised it for the ill-received sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004. However, now poised to return to the spotlight full-force after a six-year absence, Zellweger circles back to the character with Bridget Jones’s Baby, »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Lionsgate's Blair Witch arrives seventeen years after the original film and it's hoping to become the third horror film to top the weekend box office this year. Standing in its way is last weekend's champ, Sully, which has delivered record results over the past few days and is looking at a $20+ million second weekend. Other new wide releases include Universal's Bridget Jones's Baby, arriving twelve years after the last film, and Open Road's Snowden. Meanwhile, Pure Flix debuts the documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise in over 800 theaters and Freestyle releases Mr. Church starring Eddie Murphy into approximately 300 theaters. Overall, while there could be a fight at the top with a couple of $20+ million weekends, this weekend's top twelve looks like it will be down from last year by about 10-11% with the top twelve generating around $89 million compared to $98.6 million over the same weekend last year. 2016 has already seen 11 films »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bridget Jones is a goddess. At least she was in 2001, when Texas-born Renée Zellweger introduced author Helen Fielding's weight-obsessed, love-starved, accident-prone British singleton to the screen in Bridget Jones' Diary. Zellweger deservedly nabbed an Oscar nomination as Best Actress; award talk evaporated, however, for the 2004 sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The actress was back juggling her affections for snobbish barrister Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and her caddish boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). But the follow-up played like it'd been attacked by a charisma-killing virus. And so for a dozen years, »
Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third movie in the series based on Helen Fielding’s comic novels, is the kind of sequel that wants to get a laugh by firing up a song cue before the credits even roll. The song in question is “All By Myself,” used in the first Bridget Jones film, but Baby has plenty of others to choose from. Sure enough, it switches to a different kind of gag tune shortly after a few bars, having Bridget (Renée Zellweger) jump around her apartment to the strains of, yes, “Jump Around” by House Of Pain.
Relying heavily on soundtrack cuts chosen almost exclusively from wedding-reception songs and easy-listening hits is a Bridget Jones series signature, along with glacial pacing and poorly staged slapstick. Baby eases up on the latter, and in doing so immediately outclasses the wretched second film, 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason ...
- Jesse Hassenger
The opening of horror sequel “Blair Witch” has the best prospects of topping the second weekend of Tom Hanks’ “Sully” with as much as $23 million this weekend in more than 3,000 theaters — though it could be a tight contest.
Universal’s romantic comedy sequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is also launching with expectations in the $12 million to $16 million range at 2,920 sites. Open Road’s biopic “Snowden” will debut with forecasts in the $8 million to $10 million range.
And Warner Bros.’ “Sully,” which overperformed with $35 million on its opening weekend, may show enough staying power to lead the pack, given its appeal to older moviegoers. Hanks’ “Captain Phillips” declined just 36% in its second weekend in 2012 and his “Bridge of Spies” decreased only 26% in its second frame.
Lionsgate is forecasting that the third film in the “Blair Witch” franchise will finish in the $15 million to $18 million range, but rivals are predicting significantly higher numbers, »
- Dave McNary
It’s been over 12 years since Helen Fielding’s beloved character Bridget Jones had been seen on the silver screen in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. In the time since then, it seemed like we’d never see Renee Zellwegger back in her most popular role ever again. Somehow, things finally came together for Bridget Jones’s Baby, which (as one can assume from the title) has Zellwegger’s Jones pregnant with two possible fathers.
One of the options is Patrick Swayze as a billionaire that Bridget has an encounter with at a music festival, but fans of the original movie will be more excited by Bridget’s second option, which is Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy, the emotion-free prosecutor who when last we saw him, had proposed to Bridget. In the time between movies, things had changed, and we learn that Darcy ended up marrying someone else as »
- Edward Douglas
“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
Continuing creative collaborations that began over a decade ago, premier specialty label Focus Features is reteaming with both Working Title Films, one of the world’s leading film production companies, and director Joe Wright on Darkest Hour. Focus will hold worldwide rights to the film as part of the company’s renewed global initiative; Focus will release Darkest HOURdomestically on November 24th, 2017 in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film around the world, beginning with the U.K. on December 29th, 2017.
Production on Darkest Hour begins this fall.
- Michelle McCue
Bridge is back, 12 years later, and she’s going to be a mom. While “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” the first follow-up to the beloved book-based rom-com “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (which earned Renée Zellweger a 2002 Oscar nod) was generally considered a disappointment, things seem to be looking up for installment number three, “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”
Kevin P. Sullivan at Entertainment Weekly finds charm and gut-laughs despite the film’s predictable tone:
“The proceedings may be typical for Bridget and the series, but it’s all played so earnestly that it’s difficult to hold a grudge.”
Variety‘s Catherine Bray gives props to a female storyline not typically depicted in mainstream comedies:
“‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ is not a comedy for the ages, but it’s interesting to see a rom-com starring a middle-aged woman grappling with irrelevance in the workplace.”
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- Annakeara Stinson
It’s been 12 years since we last saw Bridget Jones on screen, and while it’s unclear if world has been crying out for her return, in a testing year, the beleaguered Brits could certainly use a dash of her carefree tomfoolery and sheer adorability. And so Bridge is back – not with a bang, but two in fact, of the variety that leads to a bun in the oven and a brand new dilemma.
In “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Helen Fielding’s hapless heroine, indelibly played by Renee Zellweger, despaired of being a thirties singleton before literally being fought over by two men. In “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” she struggled to maintain what she’d always wanted: A relationship. In this new installment, she is again single, but now 43, and wondering if she has lost her chance to be a mother.
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- Demetrios Matheou
Hapless London-based media type Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) returns to the big screen after a 12-year break to battle unexpected pregnancy, twentysomething hipsters and, once more, the perils of live TV in 'Bridget Jones's Baby.' With our heroine now a successful single producer in her 40s, the pic’s three writers have thought carefully about what that might mean for her, resulting in a sincere effort that could perhaps have done with a few more really sharp gags. Still, it’s a pleasant enough change from the irrational, wildly overwritten jealousy that drove the plot of 2004’s largely woeful second film, 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.' Brand awareness and the nostalgia value of the franchise returning after a decade-plus gestation period should translate to a healthy delivery for the godparents of this 'Baby,' Universal and Working Title.
Indeed, Bridget is back… and this time she’s eating for two! »
- Catherine Bray
Renée Zellweger was feeling nervous before returning to work for Bridget Jones's Baby—not that she showed it. But then, what would you expect from an Academy Award-winning actress? E! News' Marc Malkin sat down with Zellweger and Colin Firth in London Monday afternoon, ahead of the film's theatrical release on Sept. 16. Bridget Jones's Baby is Zellweger's first movie role in six years, and though the character is familiar to her, being in front of the camera again felt foreign. "It was scary," the actress said of reprising her role from 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary and its sequel, 2004's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. "Well, it's always a little »
By Seth Metoyer
Preacher is one of my favorite series currently running on TV and it's going to be released on Blu-ray and DVD October 4.
The first season takes a while to get going, mostly because of character development but it really gets going. Lots of gore and is damned hilarious in spots. Very interesting characters as well. Can't wait for season 2. Read more about the upcoming release below.
From the Press Release
Based on the popular 1990s cult comic book series of the same name, the critically-acclaimed Preacher: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The darkly comedic, hard-hitting, supernatural thrill-ride follows Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, TV’s “Agent Carter,” Captain America: The First Avenger) who, after a supernatural event at his church, is thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between. »
“I can’t go back and keep on making the same mistakes when I can make new ones,” she writes in her diary. Emma Thompson, portraying her Obgyn, tells her to try to figure out which man is the father — “It’s like the final of the ‘X-Factor'” — but each man still believes it’s him by the time that they carry an about-to-deliver Bridget into the hospital.
- Dave McNary
Academy Award winner Judi Dench will star as Queen Victoria and Academy Award nominee Stephen Frears (The Queen) will direct Working Title Films’ Victoria And Abdul, to which Focus Features will hold worldwide rights as part of the company’s renewed global initiative. The movie is slated to go into production this year for a 2017 release. Focus will release the movie domestically and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film around the world. Victoria And Abdul is being co-financed by Focus in association with BBC Films.
The screenplay of Victoria And Abdul is by Lee Hall, an Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner for Working Title’s Billy Elliot; and is based on Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant.
- Michelle McCue
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