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China Box Office: Aamir Khan’s ‘Superstar’ Wins Crowded Weekend

China Box Office: Aamir Khan’s ‘Superstar’ Wins Crowded Weekend
“Secret Superstar” became the second Indian film to top the Chinese box office in less than a year. Picking up some of the pace of the earlier “Dangal,” “Superstar” grossed $27.0 million in its opening weekend, beating holdover romance “Forever Young” with $23.4 million.

The win for “Superstar” was built on the actor-producer Aamir Khan, who confirmed that he has genuine name recognition and a fan base in China, and a rare revenue-sharing release. Khan is the only performer from the prolific Indian film industry to have such a hold in the world’s most populous nation, and all sorts of Sino-Indian cinematic connections are now being concocted.

Khan is now touring China in order to support the film as it enters the short window ahead of Chinese New Year, which will see a host of local Chinese film releases. That will likely prevent the “Superstar” getting anywhere near the incredible $193 million performance of “Dangal” last year. Earlier this month
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Kristen Bell Pokes Fun at Melania Trump as 'First Lady' of SAG Awards During Opening Monologue

Kristen Bell Pokes Fun at Melania Trump as 'First Lady' of SAG Awards During Opening Monologue
Kristen Bell wasn’t forking around when she opened the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night.

The actress took the stage saying, “I never thought I’d grow up to be the first lady, but you know what? I kinda like it” about her feelings in hosting the evening’s show.

Her first step of change as “first lady?” Cyberbullying — an initiative famously backed by current First Lady Melania Trump.

“Because I have yet to see any progress made on that problem — and I’m looking at you, Tony Hale,” said Bell, 37, pointing out to the Veep actor in the audience.
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‘Jumanji’ Rules Again, as the Box Office Just Can’t Shake Off 2017

As “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (Sony) plunders its way to a potential $400 million domestic gross (and not that far under $1 billion worldwide), it took the #1 spot for its third time. Despite the lack of breakout performers, grosses were close to totals last year.

Still, any reversal from the early uptick might be a warning sign. Final 2017 statistics on ticket sales came in, with the six percent fall in total audience making it the lowest attendance since at least 1993, and per capita the lowest draw among the public in even more decades.

All three new releases in the top 10 — “12 Strong” (Warner Bros.), “Den of Thieves” (Stx) and “Forever My Girl” (Roadside Attractions) — are independent productions utilizing distributors through service deals. It’s not uncommon (technically, that was the case with “Blade Runner 2049” and Warners), but none are big-ticket items for their distributors. Still, their performances still might suggest a weaker start to the year.
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‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide

‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide
Solidifying its status as a worldwide hit, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won the international box office for the fourth consecutive weekend with $32.6 million at 14,800 screens in 93 markets.

The action-comedy has hit $450 million internationally to go along with its $317 million domestic total. The global total has reached $767.8 million, making “Jumanji” 80th on the all-time worldwide list.

China delivered the top take for “Jumanji” with $7.7 million in its second weekend for a total of $65.8 million in that crucial market after two weeks — far better than Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with only $40.6 million in three weeks. The U.K. is the second largest with $43.7 million, followed by Australia with $31.9 million.

A pair of international titles took the next two slots with “Secret Superstar,” the latest film vehicle for Indian superstar Aamir Khan, opening with $25.6 million in China. The film — a coming of age story about a teenage girl who wants to be a
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' becomes sixth film to cross $600m in North America

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' becomes sixth film to cross $600m in North America
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle retains box office crown.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi became only the sixth release in history to cross $600m in North America at the weekend, while Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle held on to the box office crown.

The Last Jedi added $6.6m via Buena Vista for $604.3m. It becomes Disney’s third release to reach the milestone alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Marvel’s The Avengers. The worldwide tally has reached $1.2963bn.

Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle held on to top spot for the third consecutive weekend as a further $20m boosted the running total to $316.9m.

War film 12 Strong from Warner Bros starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Michael Pena arrived in second place on $16.5m in 3,002 theatres , while thriller Den Of Thieves starring Gerard Butler opened in third place via Stx on $15.3m in 2,432.

Roadside Attractions debuted the musical romance Forever My Girl at number
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'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1

'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1
The weekend's new releases all outperformed expectations with both 12 Strong and Den of Thieves placing in the top three. However, neither was able to topple Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend and in the process passed Skyfall to become Sony's fifth-highest grossing film ever. Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle delivered a chart-topping $20 million as the film's domestic cume climbs over $315 million. The film's international cume added another $32.6 million this weekend as its worldwide total now stands at $767.8 million, moving it into the top 80 all-time. In second place Warner Bros.'s release of 12 Strong narrowly edged out its new release competition finishing ahead of the $15 million the studio anticipated heading into the weekend, grossing an estimated $16.5 million. The film received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which was made up of 55% males vs. 45% females and of that audience,
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‘Jumanji’ Stays Strong, Topping ’12 Strong,’ ‘Den of Thieves’ With $20 Million

‘Jumanji’ Stays Strong, Topping ’12 Strong,’ ‘Den of Thieves’ With $20 Million
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won its third weekend box office title with ease, topping newcomers “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves,” with $20 million at 3,704 North American locations.

Afghan war drama “12 Strong” took second with $16.5 million at 3,002 sites for Warner Bros. and STXfilms’ “Den of Thieves” followed with $15.3 million from 2,432 venues. Fox’s “The Post” finished fourth with $12 million at 2,851 venues and its fifth weekend of “The Greatest Showman” remained a solid draw in fifth with $11 million at 2,823 screens.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has shown remarkable staying power, declining only 28% this weekend and lifting its 33-day North American total to $317 million — the 61st highest of all time. It’s Sony’s fifth highest domestic grosser of all time, trailing only the first three Spider-Man titles and last summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Jumanji” is also singular in winning the box office in its third, fourth and fifth weekends after finishing second in its
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Weekend Box Office: 'Jumanji' Beats '12 Strong,' 'Den of Thieves' With $20M

Continuing to display impressive staying power, Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stayed atop the box office in its fifth weekend, earning an estimated $20 million from 3,704 theaters to beat out new offerings 12 Strong and Den of Thieves.

To boot, Jumanji cleared the $300 million mark domestically to become the fifth-biggest Sony title of all time, not accounting for inflation. The tentpole has won the box-office contest for three consecutive weekends after dethroning Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Jumanji was also the repeat winner overseas, where it earned another $32.6 million for a foreign tally of...
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Passes $600 Million Domestically

Writer-director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit another box office milestone over the weekend by crossing the $600 million mark domestically. Focusing on Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) after their momentous yet brief encounter in the last minute of The Force Awakens in 2015, The Last Jedi stormed out of the gate when it opened worldwide December 15, amassing an impressive $220 million domestic take in its opening weekend. And while business wasn’t as brisk as The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi continued to attract audiences in droves, pulling in more than $1 billion in business worldwide by New Year’s Eve.
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The Week in Star Wars – Han Solo footage and synopsis, The Last Jedi Blu-Ray details, Liam Neeson talks franchise return and more

Your weekend edition of The Week in Star Wars returns with the latest from Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi home entertainment details and box office, more from Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, Liam Neeson on a potential return and more…

Let’s kick things off this week with Solo: A Star Wars Story, and despite the film being out in just a few months we’ve yet to see any official marketing from the film. Word of a potential trailer should be coming soon (we’re at Disney’s 2018 slate this coming Monday where we’re expecting to see one), but Lucasfilm did release an official synopsis for the movie. The synopsis reads, “Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series
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'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle' crosses $450m international

Sony hit dominates international arena for fourth consecutive session

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle stayed atop the pile thanks to an estimated $32.6m weekend haul from 92 territories that propelled the running total to $450.8m and $767.8m worldwide.

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China delivered a further $7.7m in its second weekend as the running total climbed to $65.8m, while Australia produced $2.3m for $31.9m after four. The adventure held on to number one in its second weekend in Brazil on $2.4m for $18m.

The UK generated in $2.5m for $43.7m after five, and France returned $1.9m in the fifth session as Jumanji stayed top to reach $24.3m. Russia has produced $24.3m, Germany $18.8m, Mexico $18.1m, and Malaysia $13.7m, and South Korea $12.8m.

Insidious: The Last Key added $18.4m from 52 markets for $68.1m and the horror opened at number two in Russia on $4.4m including previews. Following last weekend’s record debut for a horror film, it added $1.9m in
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Force Awakens Easter Egg Proves Luke’s Final Words to Kylo

Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) facial lesion apparently has a subtle reference to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) as its placed directly on top of his father’s last touch before he ignited his lightsaber and killed him. Star Wars: The Last Jedi continued the personal arc that Star Wars: The Force Awakens started for our new heroes such as Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega), as well as Ben Solo, who has now emerged as the trilogy’s main big bad.
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Could Low Expectations for Solo: A Star Wars Story Be the Catalyst for Thundering Success?

Samuel Brace on Solo: A Star Wars Story…

Is Solo: A Star Wars Story, against all odds, a success waiting to happen? It’s more than possible and one could even argue probable given the circumstances.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the film nobody wanted, aspersions have been cast upon it since the moment of conception and its short life has only been further maligned via the cudgel of a censorious fandom that feels an unhealthy and unwarranted possession over the franchise. Time will only tell, and it will tell it soon, if gossip surrounding the film has been by any means apocryphal, but surely things can’t be as bad as they’ve been perceived to be.

In any case, it seems to me that with expectations for Solo being so very low – while perhaps not being a nadir for the series, they might very well have reached
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Rian Johnson offers brilliant Twitter response to Star Wars: The Last Jedi force projection criticism

Officially the most divisive Star Wars movie of the saga, Rian Johnson has spent the last few days divulging information about creative choices made on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Whether that’s questions about Rey’s parentage, Snoke’s fate, or what happened to the Knights of Ren, he has answered them in a manner that has fully justified what ended up in the final cut, regardless of what you and millions of others might think.

Well, now he has used his official Twitter account (@rianjohnson) to defend criticism of Luke Skywalker’s force use in a key scene of the film, and frankly, it’s wonderful.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

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— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

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— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

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— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi To Fall Short Of Box Office Expectations

Bursting through one box office record after another, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi quickly became the highest grossing movie of 2017 – much to the surprise of no one. Currently sitting at $1.27 billion, it’s been a tremendous success by all accounts – well, maybe except for its stumble in China – and the folks at Disney are no doubt very, very happy about it. But it turns out that even after all that, Episode VIII will still fall just short of where initial estimates pegged it at.

If you recall, analysts predicted The Last Jedi to conclude its theatrical run in the $1.6 billion range, which could have made it one of the top 5 highest grossing films of all-time. Now, however, those figures have been revised, with the sequel expected to finish up at $1.3 billion. Sure, that’s not a huge difference, but it is interesting to learn as for the past few weeks,
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Rian Johnson Just Defended A Plot Point Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi In A Hilarious Way

You can hound Rian Johnson day in and day and complain about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it doesn't seem like you're going to break him. The director has been making it his goal to address each and every issue fans have had with his film, and his latest might just be his best yet.

Johnson spent today on Twitter specifically addressing the scene in which Luke uses "Force Projection," to transport himself to the field of battle. Those who dislike the scene have remarked Luke's appearance is far outside of the realm of possibility for what a Jedi can do. I could explain how Johnson proved that's not true, but it's a lot better if you just follow the pictures by clicking the tweet thread (yes there's more than two pictures) below:

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— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

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Rian Johnson Explains Luke Skywalker’s New Power in ‘Star Wars: Last Jedi’

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Rian Johnson Explains Luke Skywalker’s New Power in ‘Star Wars: Last Jedi’
Spoilers for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” ahead. Do not read on unless you’ve seen the film, which was released Dec. 15 and has made over $1 billion dollars. Director Rian Johnson spent Friday afternoon on Twitter settling some of the lingering debates about elements of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” One of the biggest, complaints from fans that Johnson just made up a new force ability for Luke Skywalker as a plot contrivance. Sorry nerds: turns out that new ability has been official canon for nearly a decade. Spoiler Warning! The climactic final battle in “The Last Jedi” saw Luke...
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Rian Johnson Once Again Explained Rey's Parents In An Effort To Put It To Rest

If you're someone who is still convinced Rian Johnson intentionally misled people with who Rey's parents were in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you gotta let the past die. Johnson has once again stated that the call was his to make regarding Rey's parents, and that he ultimately chose Rey's parents to be drug-addicts to show that the Force is not a tool exclusive to a handful of individuals within a Jedi bloodline. 

Check out Johnson's latest comments regarding that in the video below, and continue on below:

I get there were people who wanted Rey to be a Kenobi or something like that, but I have to say I like Johnson's reasoning here if only because it ultimately ensures the health of the Star Wars franchise. Whether you like it or not, Disney is going to continue these films up until the day you draw your last breath, and
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‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ Is Must-Watch TV That Will Make You Forget All About Porgs

‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ Is Must-Watch TV That Will Make You Forget All About Porgs
While “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was divisive for its storytelling, most everyone could agree that porgs are adorable. The fictional sea birds (or are they rodents?) from a galaxy far, far away captured the audience’s imagination, as did the other fascinating fauna created for that universe. Hell, even those fish nuns inspired devotion in unexpected quarters.

But let’s not forget that the “Star Wars” bestiary has always been inspired by real-life creatures, and there are clear puffin influences in the porg design. In fact, “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” reminds us that the creatures we find in our natural world are so ingeniously designed that they simply blow porgs out of the water — so to speak.

Blue Planet II” boasts fish that are transgender; that live on land; that use tools. And that’s just the beginning of the fascinating stories found in the docu-series. Make no mistake that these are stories,
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Rian Johnson Settles ‘Star Wars’ Force Hologram Debate With Clever Twitter Thread

**Spoilers ahead for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”** If you haven’t seen “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” yet, read no further. Fans have been debating several aspects of “The Last Jedi” and now, director Rian Johnson has waded into the online fray to settle one of the disputes surrounding the film. Related: ‘Star Wars’ Cast
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