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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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‘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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World Cup Final Scores Record Ratings in Tournament Champion France

Besides France’s team, the other champion of the 2018 World Cup tournament is TF1, the country’s leading commercial network, which scored record ratings and an 82.2% market share for Sunday’s final game.

The game, which saw France beat Croatia by 4-2 and take home the champion’s trophy for the first time since 1998, drew 19.3 million viewers. That figure rose to 22.3 million people by the end of the game. It marks the seventh-most-watched TV program ever in France and the most-watched soccer match since 2002.

TF1 had exclusive free-to-air rights to 28 games, which it acquired from beIN Sports for about $82 million,
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‘The Crown’: Netflix Releases First Look at Olivia Colman as the Queen

Netflix has released its first look at Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in the new season of “The Crown,” which is in production. Colman will play Her Majesty in the third and fourth seasons of the smash hit, taking over the role from Claire Foy.

The image shows the queen sipping a nice cuppa and wearing her trademark pearls. No other cast members can be seen.

Season 3 is expected to premiere in 2019. Picking up roughly where the second season ended, it covers the period of 1964 through the early 1970s. The overhauled cast includes Tobias Menzies as the queen’s husband,
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World Cup and Sun Hurt European Box Office

Scorching hot temperatures plus four weeks of World Cup soccer action combined to lay waste to Europe's box office this past month. Theatrical returns were down across the board with some of the steepest drops seen in the territories with the tournament's strongest teams.

Newly-crowned champion France ignited World Cup fever across the country, and an accompanying heatwave also kept audiences out of cinemas. Preliminary figures released by the Cnc ahead of the final showed admissions dropped 15.6 percent in June, down by nearly 2 million compared with June 2017. Overall, admissions are down 1.3 percent ...
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Bucheon: South Korean Filmmakers Voice Concerns Over Conglomerates' Market Power

At a time when Hollywood giants are looking to get bigger, South Korean filmmakers, researchers and academics gathered at the 21st Bucheon International Film Festival (BiFan) on Sunday to discuss the negative impact of the market power of vertically integrated homegrown conglomerates in their country.

Cj Group, for example, owns both the country's largest film investor-distributor (Cj Entertainment) and exhibitor (Cj Cgv). Cj Cgv has dominated about half of the South Korean box-office market share since 2013 (a total of 48.7 percent in 2017), according to the Korean Film Council, a state body for researching and promoting local ...
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Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke Confirmed for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Verite’

Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke Confirmed for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Verite’
Fresh from his Palme d’Or triumph in Cannes, the Japanese director of “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda, confirmed that his next film will feature two of France’s biggest stars Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve. They are to be joined by Ethan Hawke and Ludivine Sagnier (“8 Women”).

“La Verite” (which translates as ‘The Truth’ in English) will shoot entirely in France in October and November this year. The film is being jointly produced by French firm 3B Productions and Kore-eda’s Bunbuku. Paris-based Wild Bunch is set as the international sales agent. A release in 2019 is penciled in, but a Japanese distributor has not yet been set.

Binoche and Hawke co-star as a married couple who return to France from the United States when the wife’s mother (Deneuve), a well-known actress, publishes her autobiography. During their reunion, various truths are revealed. The script is based on a stage play
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Ethan Hawke, Juliette Binoche to Star in Cannes Winner Hirokazu Kore-eda's Next Film

Ethan Hawke, Juliette Binoche to Star in Cannes Winner Hirokazu Kore-eda's Next Film
Ethan Hawke, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve will star in Palme D'Or-winner Hirokazu Kore-eda's next film, to be shot in France.

Kore-eda, who won the top prize at this year's Cannes film festival for Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku), is currently in France preparing for La Verite (The Truth), which is due to start shooting in October.

The film will tell the story of a French actress (Deneuve) and her daughter (Binoche), a screen writer, and son-in-law (Hawke) moving back from the United States. As with many of his films, the script will be written by Kore-eda. It is based ...
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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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Stx's Hong Kong Ipo Could Come as Soon as August, Says Major Investor

Stx Entertainment's long-planned Hong Kong Ipo could come as soon as August, according to John Zhao, CEO of Hony Capital, one of the studio's biggest investors.

Zhao put forward the potential timing in an interview published Monday in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post. The exec added that the U.S. entertainment firm had selected Hong Kong for its public listing "because the city will offer a better understanding of Stx’s business strengths, which marry Hollywood’s storytelling know-how with the Chinese market."

Stx, founded by chairman and CEO Robert Simonds in 2011,...
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‘Sorry to Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Explains Its Insane Plot Twist That Has Filmgoers Raving

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‘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

Also Read: Why WWE's The Miz Worked So Hard to Get New Daughter Monroe Sky's Name Over

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 it's 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'...
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4 Reasons Why ‘Skyscraper’ and Dwayne Johnson Couldn’t Scale Box Office

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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.” “Dying to Survive’s” $68.5 million take was the highest outside North America this weekend and the second highest worldwide.

By contrast, big-budget Chinese fantasy “Asura,” which was seen as a potential franchise-launcher, limped to third place in its opening weekend with a meager score of $6.88 million. The film, one of the largest-budget movies ever made in China, will be withdrawn from release, producer Zhenjian Studio announced on social media. It may be re-released at a later date.

The race between the top two finishers 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.
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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)

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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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