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Finally, new films that could lead Top 10 box office this weekend. Two veteran directors return, with M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” (Universal) and D.J. Caruso’s “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” (Paramount) competing with the very strong “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) for the top spot.
At a minimum, this weekend’s totals should stem the box-office slide we’ve seen year. Last year, the same weekend managed only $95 million despite three new releases with “Dirty Grandpa,” “The Boy,” and “The Fifth Wave.” This year’s new films should perform better. As usual, there’s competition from NFL championship games on Sunday, but at least the damage is limited to one day.
Both “Split” and “xXx” target broad-based and international audiences. And with so much studio product now aiming for greater foreign appeal, their performance will be viewed as an early gauge for 2017.
“Split” likely will end up a bit ahead. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Here's your estimated 4-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Hidden Figures - $26.0 million ($60.3 million total) 2. Sing - $19.1 million ($238.3 million total) 3. La La Land - $17.5 million ($77.0 million total) 4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - $17.1 million ($502.2 million total) 5. The Bye Bye Man - $15.3 million ($15.3 million total) 6. Monster Trucks - $15.0 million ($15.0 million total) 7. Patriots Day - $13.6 million ($14.5 million total) 8. Sleepless - $9.8 million ($14.5 million total) 9. Underworld: Blood Wars - $7.3 million ($25.4 million total) 10. Passengers - $6.5 million ($90.8 million total) The Big Stories On this holiday weekend where we celebrate Martin Luther King, film studios flooded the marketplace and may have...
- Erik Childress
comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of January 13, 2017, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services.
As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, comScore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using comScore's suite of products.
This weekend saw the release of a handful of smaller films that included the likes of Silence, Patriots Day, Monster Trucks, Sleepless, The Bye Bye Man, and the expansion of Ben Affleck’s latest opus, Live By Night.
Interestingly enough, the weekend saw only one of these films — the new horror flick, The Bye Bye Man — even crack the top five domestically. While no one is incredibly surprised that the likes of Monster Trucks didn’t do so hot, with only $10.5 million for the three-day estimates, the underperforming of Patriots Day, »
- Joseph Medina
As far as the box office is concerned, the Martin Luther King holiday weekend might better be dubbed Memorial Day, as six new wide releases are weak or dying. Despite a wide array of product which should have boosted totals, this weekend looks to be down 19 per cent from last year.
School vacation Monday results may boost Universal’s “Sing” and possibly Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to higher positions. Animated musical “Sing” is holding well, with a 33 per cent drop. “Rogue One,” though now the top-grossing 2016 domestic release, is falling far faster than juggernaut “Force Awakens” a year ago.
The Top Ten
$20,450,000 (-10%) in 3,286 theaters (+815); PTA »
- Tom Brueggemann
Often times, if two movies are less than $1 million apart when the box office estimates are released, those movies will swap places when the actual numbers arrive on Monday. Last weekend, it looked like Rogue One would repeat atop the box office with $21.9 million, with the expanding Hidden Figures following just behind with $21.8 million. When the actual figures were released on Monday, Hidden Figures ended up on top with $22.8 million, just ahead of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with $22.06 million. This weekend, Hidden Figures managed to expand even further, repeating atop the box office for the second weekend in a row with $20.4 million, in a weekend where two more expanding movies didn't even crack the top 10.
This weekend, both the true story adaptation Hidden Figures and Rogue One went up against three new movies, Paramount's Monster Trucks, Stx Entertainment's The Bye Bye Man and Open Road Films' Sleepless. There »
Yet another round of vampires v werewolves offers little new for even the franchise’s biggest fans to get their teeth into
Only diehard fans will have kept count of how many films there have been in the Underworld series – this is the fifth – and even they will be increasingly hard pressed to tell them apart. Underworld: Blood Wars shares the same sooty palette, the same slice-and-dice aerial action sequences and it proves, yet again, that nobody can kick ass in a breathable Pvc bodysuit quite like Kate Beckinsale.
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- Wendy Ide
A simple listing, duplicated from the in cinemas UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).
2016’s films, ranked by maryann (still ongoing, now open to all readers)
2017’s films, ranked by maryann (subscribers only until the end of the year)
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now in cinemas Allied Arrival The Birth of a Nation Chi-Raq Donnie Darko (4K restoration) The Eagle Huntress I, Daniel Blake Moana A Monster Calls Paterson Rogue One: A Star Wars Story The Secret Life of Pets Snowden Sully The Unknown Girl Zero Days Doctor Strange Silence A Street Cat Named Bob Trolls Assassin’s »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies, Charles Dance, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, Daisy Head, Oliver Stark | Written by Cory Goodman | Directed by Anna Foerster
It’s been some five years since the last entry into the Underworld franchise – Underworld: Awakening, the third sequel to the 2003 original – no doubt because that film almost, Almost killed the series…. However as the saying goes, time heals and in the case of these movies that seems to be true. Not only has it been long enough for audiences to forget the risible fourth film, but the break in production also seems to have revitalised the filmmakers too – and this time round we have a film that truly lives up to the “vampires vs. werewolves” premise proffered so many years ago.
Whilst the politics and power-struggle machinations of Underworld: Blood Wars make this story feel overly complex, hence »
- Phil Wheat
It's shaping up to be a competitive Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with three new wide releases hitting theaters along with two major expansions and the moderate expansion of Martin Scorsese's Silence. Yet, even with that being the case, after narrowly edging out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for the #1 spot last weekend, Hidden Figures is looking at a more decisive victory this weekend as the film adds more than 800 theaters. The new releases include STX's PG-13 horror The Bye Bye Man, Paramount is finally delivering Monster Trucks and Open Road will premiere the Jamie Foxx vehicle Sleepless into just over 1,800 theaters. In addition to new releases Lionsgate and CBS Films brings Patriots Day to audiences nationwide and Warner Bros. will do the same for Ben Affleck's Live by Night, but while the former is looking at a solid debut the latter has struggled in limited release. »
- Brad Brevet
The year is off to a strange start, even at the box office. Last weekend saw “Hidden Figures” win in a rare race among three titles for the top spot, but this weekend looks even more complicated. Multiple films will vie for no. 1 — and “Rogue One” isn’t one of them.
Among last weekend’s top grossers, the only one in the hunt is “Hidden Figures.” It will likely will drop to the high teens, and the most likely challenger is the first national expansion of “Patriots Day.” There will also bean even wider break for the major crossover success that is “La La Land,” with “Live By Night” and “Silence” also expanding, if to considerably less effect.
- Tom Brueggemann
Read our full Underworld Blood Wars review below.
Kate Beckinsale returns for the latest in the long-running and extremely popular horror-action series, the fifth (!) in the series, Underworld Blood Wars, a film that quite literally does everything that it says on the tin – bloody violence and stylised action drenched in moody, moonlit-blue hues.
This time around, Kate Beckinsale‘s death dealer Selene, once again finds herself caught in the middle of the continuing war between the vampire and the Lycans. After banishing her daughter to the unknown to protect her, Selene is enticed back to the vampire clan to train a future army of blood-suckers. There, things aren’t exactly what they first seem, and she immediately runs into the mysterious Semira (Lara Pulver »
- Paul Heath
When the box office estimates were released on Sunday, it looked like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had won for the fourth weekend in a row with $21.9, just barely beating the drama Hidden Figures, which kicked off its nationwide expansion with $21.8 million. However, when yesterday's actual figures were released, both movies flip-flopped, with Hidden Figures actually winning with $22.8 million, just ahead of Rogue One with $22.06 million. This weekend, both Hidden Figures and Rogue One will go up against three new movies, Paramount's Monster Trucks, Stx Entertainment's The Bye Bye Man and Open Road Films' Sleepless. There are also three movies expanding with Warner Bros.' Live By Night, Lionsgate's Patriots Day and Paramount's Silence all going nationwide as well. While it may certainly be another very close weekend, with six new movies hitting theaters, we're predicting that Monster Trucks comes out on top with $22.6 million, with Patriots Day following closely behind with $20.8 million. »
Underworld 5 certainly has its problems. But it's a whole lot of fun...
If you’ve seen any of the previous four Underworld movies, you probably think you know what to expect from the latest instalment. And lord knows you’d be entirely right. A never-ending war between vampires and werewolves? Check. Post-Matrix gunplay? Of course. More leather outfits than the after party at London Alternative Market? Without a doubt. So why should you care at all about the latest in this aggressively generic franchise?
Well, that depends. Do you like fun? Because that’s what I find myself having here.
I know, I know. 'This movie is fun' is often a way of saying 'This movie is demonstrably bad if you think about it, so can we just not think about it so I don’t admit I like something stupid?' And while that may be partly true here, »
Underworld: Blood Wars, 2017.
Directed by Anna Foerster.
Underworld: Blood Wars follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
A film shouldn’t have to start with a “previously on.” A film shouldn’t have to start with a “previously on” then continue to play out as a “previously on” with dialogue existing only as an expositional device to reinforce it’s existence as a “previously on.” A film should not; 20, 40, 60 minutes in drop in a further »
- Amie Cranswick
Author: Daniel Goodwin
The last time we saw Kate Beckinsale’s blood-sucking, wolf-slaying, blade swishing Selene she was battling a digital were-blob in a car park at the arse end of Underworld: Awakening: the abominable third sequel which belted the franchise into apparent oblivion. Failing to keep her promise of reclaiming the world from Lycans, made during Awakening’s tepid finale, Selene vanished from our screens. Five years later and following a staggering turn in Love and Friendship, Kate Beckinsale returns, back on autopilot, into her comfort zone and to the role that made her famous. While half a decade can’t quite waft away the stench of its putrid predecessor, Underworld: Blood Wars is surprisingly decent and easily the best of the franchise so far.
Elite soldier Selene is living as an outcast with defector/ pseudo beau David (Theo James), hunted by Lycans and the fifteen century old »
- Daniel Goodwin
Here's your estimated 4-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Hidden Figures - $22.8 million ($25.7 million total) 2. Rogue One - $21.0 million ($477.2 million total) 3. Sing - $19.5 million ($213.3 million total) 4. Underworld: Blood Wars - $13.1 million ($13.1 million total) 5. La La Land - $10.0 million ($51.6 million total) 6. Passengers - $8.8 million ($80.8 million total) 7. Why Him? - $6.5 million ($48.5 million total) 8. Moana - $6.4 million ($225.3 million total) 9. Fences - $4.7 million ($40.6 million total) 10. Assassin’s Creed - $3.8 million ($49.5 million total) The Big Stories 2016 may be over, but there are still a number of layovers from the biggest box office year in history still looking to add to its total. Next week...
- Erik Childress
After two weeks in limited release, Hidden Figures expanded very wide this weekend, besting Rogue One to take the No. 1 spot with $22.8 million. Exceeding both predictions and initial weekend estimates (which initially had it slightly behind Rogue One’s $21.9 million), the Taraji P. Henson-led drama about a trio of black female mathematicians who worked at Nasa at the height of the Space Race has done extremely well, taking full advantage of a deliberate awards-season rollout.
It helps that it doesn’t have much competition, given that most of the other movies in theaters have been out for some time, and that only one other new release landed anywhere near the top of the chart this weekend. That would be the not-screened-for-critics Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth film in the inexplicably long-running werewolves-and-vampires soap opera series. Debuting at No. 4 with $13.1 million, the film ...
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The next instalment in the blockbuster franchise, Underworld: Blood Wars follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Directed by Anna Foerster (Criminal Minds, Outlander), Underworld: Blood Wars sees Kate Beckinsale returning as Selene alongside Theo James and Charles Dance, while new additions to the cast include Tobias Menzies (Outlander), Lara Pulver (Sherlock), James Faulkner (Game of Thrones), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo »
- Gary Collinson
Five movies in, the Underworld series—the day-for-night soap opera to Resident Evil’s pulp anthology—remains humorlessly committed to the eternal conflict between high-tech, goth-industrial Draculoids and their grungy werewolf foes, soldiering on with its post-Matrix aesthetic of pleather catsuits, submachine guns, and floor-length coats with way too many buckles. Too rote to be trash, it has to make do with being mere junk, impatiently exposing more incoherent machinations and more condo-board-like council meetings involving the dullest vampires in moviedom. Written by Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter) and directed with sort-of-competence by the longtime Roland Emmerich associate Anna Foerster, the new, generically titled Underworld: Blood Wars is everything an entry in this notoriously interchangeable series is supposed to be, though anyone expecting it to be good has walked into the wrong theater. It has murky werewolf-on-vampire action, dialogue that sounds lifted from a dubbed early ’60s »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Blame the hardcore East Coast winter. Or that “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” lacks the heft of “The Force Awakens,” or even “The Revenant.” Whatever the reasons, the first full weekend of 2017 saw grosses fall 19 percent from a year ago — and with that, the top spot at the box office may belong to the expansion of “Hidden Figures.”
While initial studio estimates put “Rogue” a small amount ahead, that could change with final figures. And even if it doesn’t, it definitely sold more tickets in more-crowded theaters: “Hidden Figures” has no 3D/IMAX ticket price enhancement, and it’s playing at 1,600 fewer theaters than “Rogue One.”
And while this weekend lacked the strong performers of 2016, it did benefit from the strength of multiple awards contenders that have successfully widened from their initial platform runs. In the thanks-but-no-thanks category: The mediocre domestic debut of “Underworld: Blood Wars,” Screen Gems’ fifth entry in the franchise. »
- Tom Brueggemann
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