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'Hotel Transylvania 3' Tops Weekend Box Office While 'Skyscraper' Struggles

'Hotel Transylvania 3' Tops Weekend Box Office While 'Skyscraper' Struggles
Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation continued the franchise tradition of debuting atop the weekend box office and doing so with over $40 million over the three-day. The weekend also featured a strong expansion from Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You, which landed in seventh position on the weekend chart, but unfortunately for Universal's Skyscraper, the weekend's other new wide release, it struggled over its opening weekend, failing to meet the studio's expectations, delivering a third place finish. With an estimated $44.1 million, Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3 finished atop the weekend box office. While that total does include the $2.6 million the film brought in from Thursday evening previews, it doesn't include the $1.27 million from Amazon Prime showings on June 30, which bring the film's domestic cume to just over $45 million so far. The film's three-day opening tops the $42.5 million the first film in the franchise brought in back in 2012, while falling a
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Lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay, Burning Secret, is found 60 years on

Lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay, Burning Secret, is found 60 years on
His first world war classic, Paths of Glory, is one of cinema’s most powerful anti-war movies, widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, as was his Roman epic, Spartacus, both of which starred Kirk Douglas. Now a “lost” screenplay by director Stanley Kubrick has been discovered – and it is so close to completion that it could be developed by film-makers.

Entitled Burning Secret, the script is an adaptation of the 1913 novella by the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. In Kubrick’s adaptation of the story of adultery and passion set in a spa resort, a suave and predatory man befriends a 10-year-old boy, using him to seduce the child’s married mother.
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Climbs Past ‘Skyscraper’ at International Box Office

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Climbs Past ‘Skyscraper’ at International Box Office
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” towered over “Skyscraper” overseas.

The third installment in the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise checked in with $46.4 million when it opened in 42 international markets, while Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper” opened with $40.4 million.

Sony’s animated threequel surpassed “Skyscraper” at the domestic box office as well. It debuted with $44 million in North America for a global start of $100 million (including Amazon Prime showings). The third installment in the franchise set a new Sony record as the biggest animated debut in the 42 international markets.

Led by the voice cast of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, and Kathryn Hahn, “Hotel Transylvania 3” brought in $23 million in Latin America, including $8.6 million in Mexico, $3.8 million in Brazil, and $2.1 million in Argentina. The family film earned $5.8 million in Russia, and $2.4 million in Australia. It opens next in Germany, followed by France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Italy.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper
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‘Who Is America?’ Review: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Jokes Are Hit-or-Miss, but His Wild Showtime Series Could Kill Political Careers

‘Who Is America?’ Review: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Jokes Are Hit-or-Miss, but His Wild Showtime Series Could Kill Political Careers
Important is the kind of word that gets tossed around a lot when critiquing TV shows. Along with its many adjectives — relevant, vital, urgent, essential, etc. — the designation boosts scripted series from “The Looming Tower” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” to “Scandal” and “The OA,” noting their political, cultural, or storytelling significance. Unscripted fare, like “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Born This Way,” snags the same praise. Some warrant theses descriptors more than others, but few comedies have tried as hard to earn them as Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series, “Who Is America?

By shooting so high, the unflinching performer behind Da Ali G and Borat hits a few big marks, and misses some, as well. Members of Congress should be removed from office because of the things they say and do with Cohen’s characters, but the vaudevillian master of disguise also puts his elaborate
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‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
Bo Burnham's Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. The figure tops Searchlight's Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011. Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant's latest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday…
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Korea Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Stays Bigger Than ‘Skyscraper’

Korea Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Stays Bigger Than ‘Skyscraper’
Ant-Man and the Wasp” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Walt Disney release earned $8.35 million from 1.06 million admissions between Friday and Sunday, accounting for 46% of the total weekend box office. The superhero movie has earned a total of $34.0 million from 4.38 million admissions after two weekends on release. Opening on Wednesday, “Skyscraper” debuted in second place. The Upi release earned $4.75 million from 616,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday.

With a minor week-on-week drop of 17%, South Korean revenge thriller “The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion” slipped to third from the previous weekend’s second. The Next Entertainment World release earned $3.04 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $18.8 million after three weekends.

Local horror, “The Whispering” opened on Friday and took fourth place, earning $1.28 million between Friday and Sunday. The story revolves around a group of teenagers who visit a closed-down haunted house and
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‘Sorry to Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Explains Its Insane Plot Twist That Has Filmgoers Raving

‘Sorry to Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Explains Its Insane Plot Twist That Has Filmgoers Raving
Warning: This article discusses the ending and major spoilers for “Sorry to Bother You.” Don’t read unless you’ve seen the movie.

There aren’t a lot of similarities between “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Sorry to Bother You,” but just like Thanos demanded your silence while the Marvel blockbuster came out, director Boots Riley has repeatedly asked the press not to give away the big twist in his film.

“For the most part, people have been pretty cool about it, though I’ve seen some reviews give it away,” the “Sorry to Bother You” director told TheWrap in an interview last week. “There are a lot of movies where people say you enjoy it more if you know as little as possible, but I really want that for the audience.”

Sorry to Bother You” follows a destitute black man named Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) who finds fortune and success
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WWE ‘Extreme Rules': Watch Braun Strowman Throw Kevin Owens Off the Top of a Steel Cage (Video)

Poor Kevin Owens — he’s been through a lot lately. Though none of the previous recent assaults on the WWE Superstar compare to what Braun Strowman just did to him at “Extreme Rules.”

On Sunday’s pay-per-view event, the “Monster Among Men” tossed K.O. off of the top of a steel cage and through an announcers’ table some 20 feet below. It didn’t look like an easy bump to those of us watching at home on subscriber video on demand (Svod) service WWE Network — or, we imagine, for anyone in attendance at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, arena.

Watch the scary moment below, courtesy of our friend Slice Wrestling:

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— Sw (@SliceWrestling) July 16, 2018

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And here is a second angle of tonight’s insanity:

Mick: "I
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China's First $100M Film Pulled from Cinemas After Disastrous Opening Weekend

In the long lead-up to its release, Chinese fantasy epic Asura was promoted as China's most expensive film ever made, with a production budget of $100 million. So perhaps its unsurprising that the film's producers, which include Jack Ma's Alibaba Pictures, decided to take desperate action after the movie opened to just $7.1 million over the weekend.

Late Sunday evening in Beijing, Asura's official social media accounts posted a simple statement saying that the film would be pulled from cinemas as of 10 p.m. local time. After landing in theaters with limited fanfare, China's ...
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4 Reasons Why ‘Skyscraper’ and Dwayne Johnson Couldn’t Scale Box Office

4 Reasons Why ‘Skyscraper’ and Dwayne Johnson Couldn’t Scale Box Office
Dwayne Johnson got his 2018 off to a huge start when “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” became Sony’s biggest hit in years with $961 million grossed worldwide. But he’s followed it with two straight box office underperformers: First New Line’s “Rampage” in April and now Universal’s “Skyscraper,” which opened this weekend to $25 million domestic and just $65 million worldwide from 57 countries.

With a $120 million budget before marketing costs, Universal and Legendary face an uphill battle toward profitability for this action film. (“Rampage” had the same reported budget and topped out under $100 million domestically — though it grossed an impressive $327 million overseas.”)

While audiences who did see “Skyscraper” were fairly positive with a B+ on CinemaScore, that’s below the A given to previous Johnson films like “Rampage” and “San Andreas,” meaning word-of-mouth is weaker.

What led to this disappointing result for Hollywood’s biggest box office star? There are several factors…
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China Box Office: ‘Dying to Survive’ Scores $69 Million, Holds Off ‘Hidden Man’

China Box Office: ‘Dying to Survive’ Scores $69 Million, Holds Off ‘Hidden Man’
Social drama, “Dying to Survive” continued its domination of the Chinese box office, despite a challenge from new revenge drama “Hidden Man.” Its $68.5 million score was the highest outside North America this weekend and the second highest worldwide.

The race between the two films was closest on Friday, when pharmaceutical story “Dying” earned $18.3 million, according to data tracker Ent Group. “Hidden Man,” the highly anticipated tentpole from director-actor Jiang Wen, earned $17.9 million on its opening day. But in subsequent days it slipped, finishing with $46.5 million after three days.

(Within those totals, “Hidden Man” enjoyed 506 IMAX screens in China, earning $2 million. “Dying to Survive,” also sharing the IMAX circuit, earned $1 million from 391 screens. Its 10-day IMAX cumulative stands at $9 million.)

After 11 days, “Dying to Survive” has a cumulative of $366 million after 11 days.

Chinese fantasy, “Asura” could only manage third place in its opening weekend. It managed a score of $6.88 million.

Locally-made animation,
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Dennis Rodman Jokes Land With a Thud at Comedy Central’s Bruce Willis Roast

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Dennis Rodman Jokes Land With a Thud at Comedy Central’s Bruce Willis Roast
Bruce Willis was in the center of the bull’s eye during Saturday night’s taping of “The Comedy Central Roast,” but it was Dennis Rodman who took a lot of the hits and was ultimately Ko’d.

Along with Willis’ ex-wife Demi Moore and former “Moonlighting” leading lady Cybill Shepherd, NBA superstar and Kim Jong Un pal Rodman took the podium to throw some good-natured jabs. But first, he wanted to respond to the sass sent in his direction.

Among those who had dissed Rodman were comedian Nikki Glaser, who said it was fun to meet someone with “whatever illness Roseanne has but in a giant black man,” and Martha Stewart, who said, “When I look at Dennis, I immediately think of the ‘N-word': nuclear war.”

Also Read: Bruce Willis' 'Moonlighting' Co-Star Cybill Shepherd Among His Comedy Central Roasters

But it wasn’t until Rodman took the
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10 Best Jabs at Bruce Willis in Comedy Central’s Roast, From Demi Moore to Cybill Shepherd (Photos)

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10 Best Jabs at Bruce Willis in Comedy Central’s Roast, From Demi Moore to Cybill Shepherd (Photos)
Whether it be jokes about his follicly challenged head, his so-so music career or his aging-action-hero persona, Bruce Willis took it like a man when he became the latest target of a Comedy Central roast. His wife picked on him, as did his former leading lady and even an NBA star. Here are the best jokes of the night… including a couple by the man of the hour himself.

“Bruce Willis is what you get if you drain the white part of Dwayne Johnson.” — Gordon-Levitt

“I look at our marriage like ‘The Sixth Sense.’ You were dead the whole time.” — Demi Moore

“On ‘Moonlighting,’ I played a former model, which I was, and Bruce played an asshole, which he is.” — Cybill Shepherd

“Hollywood wouldn’t be Hollywood if they didn’t reward a man for aging into mediocrity.” — Cybill Shepherd

Also Read: Bruce Willis' 'Moonlighting' Co-Star Cybill Shepherd
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‘Doctor Who’ Unveils Teaser for 13th Doctor’s Debut (Video)

BBC has released the first teaser for the upcoming season of “Doctor Who,” which will see Chris Chibnall take over as showrunner, while Jodie Whitaker becomes the first woman to play Britain’s iconic Time Lord.

The new teaser shows very little of Whitaker as the 13th Doctor, instead focusing on her new companions, Ryan, Yasmin and Graham. Played respectively by Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh, the trio are seen in the trailer going about their everyday lives before the time-twisting magic of the Doctor and her Tardis sweep over them. Think of it as call to action of sorts before they join the likes of Rose Tyler and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in the ranks of the Doctor’s traveling mates.

The three new companions will be joined by Whitaker and Chibnall on Thursday for a special panel at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, where the cast is
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On the Charts: Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Repeats at Number One

Drake‘s Scorpion remained at Number One for a second straight week as the rapper’s latest LP added another 335,000 copies to its now-platinum total.

Despite a 54 percent sales dive from its streaming record-shattering and Hot 100-dominating opening week, Drake had no problems recapturing the top spot as Scorpion posted the best second-week sales for an LP since Adele’s 25 in December 2015, Billboard reports.

However, of Scorpion‘s 335,000-copy total this week, only 29,000 were from traditional album sales, with the remaining 300,000 copies the result of streaming equivalent albums (SEAs).

Only
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France Celebrates Soccer World Cup Triumph

Jubilant French residents poured out in force on the streets Sunday in celebration of France’s World Cup triumph, which returned the champion’s trophy to France 20 years after its 1998 win.

The French team, which beat Croatia by a score of 4-2, went into the tournament as an underdog but ramped up its game as play wore on. The unexpected nature of this World Cup victory boosted French people’s enthusiasm and fueled their emotional reaction to the outcome.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who traveled to Russia to watch the final, seemed overcome with joy. He was photographed jumping and shouting in his viewing box,
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Lost Stanley Kubrick Screenplay ‘Burning Secret’ From 1956 Unearthed

Lost Stanley Kubrick Screenplay ‘Burning Secret’ From 1956 Unearthed
A lost, unfinished script written by Stanley Kubrick in 1956 called “Burning Secret” has been found in Wales, and is so close to completion that it could be made into a feature film.

According to The Guardian, the screenplay was found by Nathan Abrams, a professor of film at Bangor University in Wales, who says he came across it while doing research for his upcoming book about Kubrick’s final film, “Eyes Wide Shut.”

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The script is dated October 24, 1956 — one year before he found his breakthrough hit with the Kirk Douglas antiwar film “Paths of Glory” — and bears the stamp of MGM’s script department. Kubrick moved to the U.K. in 1961 after becoming disillusioned with the Hollywood system, and many of his personal writings are archived there.

“I couldn’t believe it.
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‘Yellow Submarine’: A Dazzling Revival Everyone Should See (Especially the New Leaders of Pixar)

‘Yellow Submarine’: A Dazzling Revival Everyone Should See (Especially the New Leaders of Pixar)
Just about every animated classic, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Spirited Away,” from “Toy Story” to “Persepolis,” from “Fritz the Cat” to “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” hits a ruling visual style and sticks to it. But there was a moment 50 years ago when one movie cartoon got high, floating above the rules and over the cracked psychedelic rainbow.

Has there ever been an animated feature as deliriously infectious, as blissed out on its eye-candy surrealism, or as sheerly madly gorgeous as “Yellow Submarine”?

The Beatles’ celebrated cartoon feature, directed by the Canadian animator George Dunning (who had overseen the Beatles’ weekly cartoon series for ABC-tv), came out in 1968, and it’s remarkable to consider that in all the years since, no mainstream animated feature has come close to matching — or even trying to match — its majestically trippy pop-art dazzle. If “Yellow Submarine” is a movie you grew up with,
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Watch Father John Misty’s Animated ‘Date Night’ Video

Watch Father John Misty’s Animated ‘Date Night’ Video
Father John Misty has shared his new animated video for “Date Night,” the latest single off the singer-songwriter’s latest LP God’s Favorite Customer.

The video, directed by artist and Sub Pop musician Chad VanGaalen, doubles as a psychedelic spin on modern dating with disfigured superheroes scrolling through dating apps and a crystal ball serving up partner recommendations.

A cartoon version of the singer born Josh Tillman appears in the video’s closing moments holding a martini while riding atop a bat-winged piano.

Date Night” is Tillman’s third
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‘Eighth Grade’ Rules Indie Box Office With Top Screen Average of 2018

‘Eighth Grade’ Rules Indie Box Office With Top Screen Average of 2018
Eighth Grade” is already scoring high marks.

The feature debut from writer-director Bo Burnham launched this weekend with $255,000. Its debut was especially noteworthy given the film opened in just four theaters, translating to a per-screen-average of $63,071. That was enough to top the record previously held by Fox Searchlight’s “Isle of Dogs.” Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film, which opened in March with a per-theater-average of $58,148.

Elsie Fisher stars in the coming-of-age film as a middle schooler navigating her last week of eighth grade. The movie, which holds a coveted 99% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, has been a critical favorite since it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A24 will continue rolling out “Eighth Grade” in coming weeks.

Though documentaries have been dominating the specialty box office this year, recent nonfiction titles have started to impress. Annapurna’s “Sorry to Bother You” generated $4.3 million when it expanded to 805 theaters,
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