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March 2017 Is First $1 Billion March in Domestic Box Office History

13 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

March saw the openings of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Logan,” among other tentpoles, catapulting this month to be the first $1 billion March in domestic box office history. Disney’s live-action remake of the 1991 classic, on its own, opened to $170 million and has since grossed $319 million domestically and is expected to hit $1 billion globally soon. Fox’s “Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman in his final stint as The Wolverine, opened to $88.4 million and has since grossed $201 million domestically. And other tentpole films “Kong: Skull Island,” “Power Rangers” and “Ghost in the Shell” contributed largely to give »

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Will Ghost in the Shell Top or Flop at the Box Office?

17 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While predicting box office grosses week in and week out is certainly not an exact science, some movies' blockbuster potential is much easier to identify than others. Hardly anyone was surprised that Beauty and the Beast debuted far above industry expectations, earning a record-breaking $174.7 million in its opening weekend, while dropping just 48.3% last weekend, to again easily win with $90.4 million. This weekend, the live-action fairy tale adaptation faces its biggest challenge yet, going up against DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby and Paramount's live-action manga adaptation Ghost in the Shell. Unless either of these two new releases overperforms in a big way, they shouldn't stop Beauty and the Beast from winning for a third weekend in a row, with a predicted $43.1 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Boss Baby is expected to debut in roughly 3,700 theaters, while the Ghost in the Shell adaptation is slated to debut in roughly 3,200 theaters. »

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Straight Outta Compton’s O’Shea Jackson Jr. lands Godzilla: King of Monsters role

28 March 2017 1:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Adding to an already impressive cast that includes Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, and Kyle Chandler, O’Shea Jackson Jr. (who turned in a breakout performance in 2015’s Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton) has reportedly been confirmed by Variety for a role in the much-anticipated Godzilla: King of Monsters. There are no details on the character he will be playing as of this time.

Godzilla: King of Monsters is a sequel to the Gareth Edwards directed reboot, and will also tie into the recently released Kong: Skull Island which is of course all building to a showdown for the ages featuring Godzilla battling King Kong.

Godzilla: King of Monsters hits theaters on March 22nd, 2019 while Kong: Skull Island is still playing in cinemas and Godzilla vs. Kong hits on May 29th 2010. »

- Robert Kojder

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Straight Outta Compton's O'Shea Jackson Jr. in talks to join Godzilla sequel

27 March 2017 6:40 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

After his Straight Outta Compton co-stars Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins were featured in the recent Kong: Skull Island, it seems that O'Shea Jackson Jr. might get the chance to tussle with his own giant monster as Variety reports that Jackson Jr. is currently in negotiations to join the cast of Godzilla: King Of The Monsters. Not much is known about the Michael Dougherty-helmed sequel... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Straight Outta Compton’s O’Shea Jackson Jr. in talks to join ‘Godzilla 2’

27 March 2017 6:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

O’Shea Jackson, who most recently starred in N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, is officially in talks to join Godzilla sequel Godzilla: Kings of the Monsters.

If he does join the Michael Dougherty-helmed movie, he will join the already cast Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. Ken Wanatabe is thought to have a role in the movie, the only returning cast member from the first movie.

The film follows on from the 2014 film directed by Gareth Edwards and this past month’s Kong: Skull Island, which shares the same universe. Following ‘Godzilla 2’, the two movie monsters will appear in the same movie, all scheduled for 2020.

Jackson played his father Ice Cube in 2015’s music biopic which received critical and commercial appeal.

Dougherty will direct Godzilla: King Of The Monsters from a screenplay he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is set to open on March »

- Paul Heath

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CinemaCon: Wanda exec on how Hollywood can succeed in China

27 March 2017 5:44 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Keynote speaker John Zeng delivers five-point plan for foreign fare; highlights growth in second and third-tier cities.

International filmmakers must champion action films with strong visual effects and pick releases dates carefully if they are to succeed in China’s increasingly competitive distribution landscape, top Chinese executive John Zeng told Las Vegas attendees on Monday.

Outlining the final points in his five-point roadmap to success, Zeng urged content creators to invest in digital and social media campaigns, secure exhibitor support for marketing innovations, and establish alliances with powerful local partners.

In a wide-ranging keynote address at the start of CinemaCon’s International Day that tellingly did not address the quota system, the senior vice-president of Wanda Cultural Industry Group, president and board director of Wanda Cinemas, and board director of AMC Theatres touched on several overall trends.

“The trend of consolidation will be unstoppable,” he said, adding that film-going has become a regular habit in China, online »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Bo Report: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dominates a weekend of new releases

27 March 2017 4:47 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

'Beauty and the Beast'..

New releases dominated the box office last weekend, but the standout was easily Disney.s Beauty and The Beast.

The live-action remake of the 1991 animation all but crushed its competition, taking $13.1 million. The Emma Watson-starrer earned a whopping $18,619 average from 706 screens. With previews, it has taken $14.9 million overall.

In second place was The Boss Baby, debuting on $2.7 million from 259 screens; a $10,592 average. With previews, the Fox/Dreamworks title — which sees Alec Baldwin voice a baby executive — has made $5.3 million.

Sony.s sci-fi horror Life debuted in third on $1.5 million, while Roadshow.s Power Rangers opened just behind on $1.3 million. However, Power Rangers had the better screen average — $5,811 to Life.s $5,078.

Last week.s number one, Kong: Skull Island, was pushed down to fifth position with takings of $1.1 million — a fall of 65 per cent. The Warner Bros. title has grossed $11.4 million over three weeks. »

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Horror History: Skull Island: Blood of the Kong – What Is It? We Hear from Neil Marshall

27 March 2017 4:14 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With Kong: Skull Island in theaters, some people have been noticing another project on IMDb entitled Skull Island: Blood of the Kong, listed as being from director Neil Marshall. We decided to do a bit of digging to find out!… Continue Reading →

The post Horror History: Skull Island: Blood of the Kong – What Is It? We Hear from Neil Marshall appeared first on Dread Central. »

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Godzilla 2 Wants Straight Outta Compton Star O'Shea Jackson Jr.

27 March 2017 4:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The cast of Warner Bros. and Legendary's highly-anticipated Godzilla: King of Monsters is still coming together, with another actor lining up a key role in the sequel. Straight Outta Compton star O'Shea Jackson Jr., the son of rapper/actor Ice Cube, has entered negotiations to play an unspecified role in this big-budget action thriller, that serves as a follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster Godzilla. While it remains to be seen how many more new characters will come aboard, it is believed that only one actor from the 2014 Godzilla will return.

Variety broke the news of this casting, and while no details were given for his character, he is just the latest to come aboard recently. We reported in January that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is making her feature film debut with Godzilla: King of Monsters, with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga coming aboard to portray her character's father and mother, »

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Box Office Report: ‘Power Rangers’ Morph a Surprise But ‘Beast’ Still Reigns Worldwide

27 March 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Beauty and the Beast - $88.3 million ($316.9 million total) 2. Power Rangers - $40.5 million ($40.5 million total) 3. Kong: Skull Island - $14.4 million ($133.0 million total) 4. Life - $12.6 million ($12.6 million total) 5. Logan - $10.1 million ($201.4 million total) 6. Get Out - $8.6 million ($147.4 million total) 7. CHiPs - $7.6 million ($7.6 million total) 8. The Shack - $3.7 million ($49.0 million total) 9. The Lego Batman Movie - $1.9 million ($170.8 million total) 10. The Belko Experiment - $1.8 million ($7.5 million total) The Big Stories Sometimes there is just no calculating precisely what the North American public will spend their money on at the box office. Quiet tracking...

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O’Shea Jackson Jr. Circling Key Role In Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

27 March 2017 2:23 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Kong: Skull Island, the second entry into Legendary and Warner Bros.’ interconnected MonsterVerse, opened to a mighty $70 million at the Chinese box office this past weekend, bringing its global cume within touching distance of $400 million. And though it’s not quite on the level of, say, Beauty and the Beast or a tentpole Marvel movie, Legendary’s shared universe is shaping up nicely.

Thanks to the inclusion of a post-credits sequence, Skull Island also sets the stage for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Michael Dougherty’s 2019 sequel that has already drafted in the likes of Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Kyle Chandler of Bloodline and Manchester By the Sea fame. When pulled together, it makes for quite an exciting roster of talent, and Variety has learned today that O’Shea Jackson Jr., one of the many breakout stars of hit rap drama Straight Outta Compton, is »

- Michael Briers

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O’Shea Jackson, Jr. in Talks to Join ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’

27 March 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Straight Outta Compton” star O’Shea Jackson, Jr. is in talks to join the cast of Legendary’s “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” TheWrap has learned. Jackson would join a cast that is headed by Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown. “Krampus” director Michael Dougherty is attached to the project as writer-director, with Zach Shields as co-writer. Alex Garcia will oversee for Legendary. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” is a sequel to the 2014 “Godzilla” film starring Bryan Cranston and is part of Legendary’s cinematic universe that also includes the recently released “Kong: Skull Island,” which enjoyed a strong opening. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star O’Shea Jackson Jr. Eyes ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (Exclusive)

27 March 2017 12:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Straight Outta Compton” star O'Shea Jackson Jr. is in negotiations to join Legendary’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

The movie already stars “Stranger Things” stand-out Millie Bobby Brown, along with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. “Krampus” helmer Michael Dougherty is directing the project from a script he penned with Zach Shields.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and Elizabeth Olsen starred in the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, directed by Gareth Edwards. Sources tell Variety that Watanabe is the only original cast member likely to return for the second installment.


Vera Farmiga to Star as Millie Bobby Brown’s Mom in ‘Godzilla’ Sequel

Alex Garcia will oversee the tentpole for Legendary. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” hits theaters on March 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up “Godzilla vs. Kong” slated to bow the following year on May 29, 2020.

Legendary and Warner Bros. announced in late 2015 that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” movies »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Nears $400 Million Global Thanks to China Box Office

27 March 2017 12:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” got a nice second wind at the international box office this weekend thanks to a strong opening in monster movie-friendly China. “Kong” opened to $72.1 million in the Middle Kingdom this past weekend, pushing the film’s global cume to $392 million. WB’s decision to open their $185 million blockbuster in China two weeks after most other markets and one week after “Beauty and the Beast” worldwide opening paid off immensely, as “Kong” now has the second highest Chinese opening of 2017. It easily blew by the $44.5 million opening for “Beauty and »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s how they put 19 million individual hairs on King Kong in Skull Island

27 March 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Kong: Skull Island was a visual marvel, its aesthetic magnificence helping to distract from its uneven tone, lack of clear protagonist, and complete trivialization of ostensible stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. There might be no greater, more iconic shot this year than the first glimpses we get of King Kong cast in the glare of a hazy sun.

A new video from Wired works to provide some insight into the process behind the film’s visual effects, with host Mike Seymour pinpointing a few specific scenes that provided unique challenges.

What’s especially interesting is that the noted scenes, which include Kong’s consumption of a giant squid and the appearance of a massive, seaweed-soaked water buffalo, were essentially a means of world-building rather than any kind of centerpiece action sequence.

The squid scene, for example, encompassed everything from flesh and water sims to facial animation and “complex fur »

- Randall Colburn

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China Continues to Save the Hollywood Blockbuster

27 March 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Whether it’s Terminator: Genisys, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, or it’s own production, The Great Wall, China continues to save the various Hollywood blockbusters from financial devastation. I’ve been keeping a close eye on Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island for two reasons; because it’s a massive franchise that could be affected by box office […] »

- Brad Miska

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Great Job, Internet!: Post-credits sequences were a thing before Marvel, believe it or not

27 March 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Due to an overabundance of “cinematic universes” and sequel fodder, post-credits sequences have become such a thing in modern moviegoing that they’ve become less of a surprise and more of an obligation. These days, the post-credits sequence functions as a teaser of sorts of a new hero (as seen in the latest Power Rangers film), a new villain (à la the first Avengers), or even the foreshadowing of a forthcoming battle (who else heard that Godzilla roar at the end of Kong: Skull Island?).

In simpler times, however, the post-credits sequence could serve multiple roles. A new video from WhatCulture compiles some notable examples, some of which are truly surprising (L.A. Confidential, really?).

As evidenced by films as diverse as Django Unchained, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, and Lethal Weapon 3, the post-credits sequence was more often than not a punchline for some unresolved joke, though »

- Randall Colburn

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Japan Box Office: ‘Sing’ Still Solid in Second Session

27 March 2017 6:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illumination Entertainment’s animated feature, “Sing” soloed for the second straight weekend atop the Japanese box office. For the March 25-26 frame the film earned $4.1 million on 351,000 admissions.

In the ten days since its release by Toho-Towa, it has driven its cumulative total to $16.3. The score is better than the ten-day figure for Illumination hit “Minions,” which finished with $47 million in Japan.

Warner’s “Kong: Skull Island” made $3.6 million, good enough for second place by gross. Though with 257,000 admissions, Japanese charts show it in fourth place. Holdover, “Moana” took $3.4 million, while “Doraemon the Movie 2017” took $2.75 million. After 23 days in theaters “Moana”’s cumulative total was $23.5 million.

Related storiesKorea Box Office: 'Beauty and the Beast' Remains on Top in Second WeekendChina Box Office: 'Kong' Roars to $70-Million Opening Weekend Win'Beauty and the Beast' Nears $700 Million Worldwide, 'Kong' Strong Overseas »

- Mark Schilling

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Jungle Gyms in Movie Theaters Are Dumb

27 March 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A little perspective from a parent.Look! It’s just what every multiplex needs: a playground for the boring moments in any movie.

A couple weeks ago, Film Twitter was lit aflame anew, but not by the latest potentially overhyped festival release or the fallout from last month’s Oscars. No, what raised folks’ ire this time was an announcement of a new kind of innovation offered by a Mexico-based movie theater chain, Cinepolis. There are already a slew of options intended to lure audiences away from their living room into the theater, from dine-in possibilities at chains like Alamo Drafthouse to reserved seating and extended legroom at the Arclight. Cinepolis went the opposite route of chains like Drafthouse, which try to emphasize the moviegoing experience as opposed to distractions. They now have Cinepolis Junior, which offers a “colorful play area near the screen in front of the seats, a jungle gym, and »

- Josh Spiegel

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China Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Opens to Muscular $72M

26 March 2017 11:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kong: Skull Island roared into the Middle Kingdom over the weekend, earning a muscular $72 million, according to studio figures.

The big bow gives the Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment film claim to Hollywood's second-largest opening in China this year, behind only Resident Evil's surprising $94 million February debut.

Opening on 18,000 screens, Kong easily cast Disney's Beauty and the Beast aside. Batb added $12.4 million in its sophomore outing, bringing its two-frame total to $73.4 million, according to Beijing box-office tracker Ent Group.

Kong, directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, also laid claim »

- Patrick Brzeski

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