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‘A Quiet Place’ Roars Back to Top Box Office Spot With $21 Million

Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” has taken back the No. 1 spot from “Rampage” this weekend, earning a third weekend total of $21.8 million. That pushes the horror film’s domestic total to $132 million, higher than the North American run of “Transformers: The Last Knight,” and making it Paramount’s highest grossing domestic release since “Star Trek: Beyond,” which made $158.8 million in summer 2016.

Rampage” will take second this weekend, pulling away from some unexpected competition with $9.1 million in its second Saturday, an 82 percent bump from Friday. Matinee screenings were a big boost, and the WB/New Line film is now estimated to make $20.3 million in its second weekend, just a 43 percent drop from its $35.7 million opening and giving it a 10-day total of $65.9 million. Internationally, the film continues to be a big hit in China, where it has a total of $106 million and a global total of $283 million.

Also Read: John Krasinski Pegs 'Life on Mars' as Directing Follow-Up to 'A Quiet Place'

In third and fourth are this weekend’s two new comedy releases, Stx’s “I Feel Pretty” and Fox Searchlight’s “Super Troopers 2.” “I Feel Pretty” has slowed down slightly with $6 million made on Saturday, bringing its estimated opening to $16.2 million from 3,440 screens. That’s still slightly higher than pre-weekend projections, but lower than the $19.5 million start made by Amy Schumer’s last film, “Snatched.”

Stx’s last comedy, “A Bad Moms Christmas” opened to $16 million back in November and went on to leg out a $72 million domestic run. But it will be a tough road for “I Feel Pretty” to post similar results, as it tries to serve as comedy counter-programming against the likes of “Avengers: Infinity War” in a blockbuster-filled May. “A Bad Moms Christmas” only dropped 31 percent in its second weekend with $11.4 million, and “I Feel Pretty” will likely have to keep its drop off at 50 percent or less to reach a domestic run of over $50 million.

Also Read: 'I Feel Pretty' and the Long History of 'Sexy Baby' Voice on Screen

I Feel Pretty” earned a B+ on CinemaScore and 35 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (Rt). The film was produced by Voltage for $32 million and acquired by Stx for $15 million.

Super Troopers 2” is in fourth with an estimated $15 million, but is in a much better spot financially with a $5 million budget and pre-weekend projections of $8-9 million. This sequel to the 2001 cult film has brought fans of the original back to theaters, earning a B+ on CinemaScore and a 33 percent Rt score.

Universal/Blumhouse’s “Truth or Dare” takes fifth place this weekend with $7.9 million, giving it a 10-day total of $30 million. Lower on the charts, Lionsgate’s thriller “Traffik” opened on 1,046 screens and made $3.9 million.

Also Read: 'Super Troopers 2' Film Review: The Laughs Catch in Your Throat in Kooky-Cop Sequel

Finally, “Black Panther” pushed its domestic total to $681 million on the final weekend before “Avengers” arrives in theaters worldwide on April 27. It also has a global total of $1.32 billion, putting it on the verge of passing the global run of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Meanwhile, it has been joined by “Ready Player One” as one of only two films so far this year to gross over $500 million worldwide. It is also the first Steven Spielberg film since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” to reach that mark, with a domestic total of $126 million, a Chinese total of $207 million, and a global count of $521.6 million.

Read original story ‘A Quiet Place’ Roars Back to Top Box Office Spot With $21 Million At TheWrap
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Steven Spielberg Takes on DC's Blackhawk Movie

Warner Bros. announced today that they are teaming up with director Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment company on an adaptation of the DC Comics title Blackhawk, following their successful collaboration on the box office hit Ready Player One. Spielberg has been set to produce Blackhawk with an eye to direct, marking the iconic filmmaker's first time making a movie centered on characters from the DC Comics. Here's what Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, had to say in a brief statement about the news.

"We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg's latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure. We can't wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing 'Blackhawk' to movie audiences worldwide."

The screenplay for Blackhawk is being written by David Koepp, which marks his seventh collaboration with Steven Spielberg. Koepp
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Steven Spielberg Heading To The DC Universe By Helming Blackhawk For Warner Bros. Pictures

On the heels of their successful collaboration on “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” with an eye to Spielberg directing the film.

Based on the classic DC property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered around characters from DC. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure. We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,
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Steven Spielberg To Direct The Film Adaptation of DC Comics' Blackhawk!

In a surprise announcement, director Stephen Spielberg is looking to direct a feature film adaptation of the DC Comics property Blackhawk for Warner Bros. This bit of news came completely out of nowhere, but I love that he's going to be developing comic book movie and this is the perfect property for him to take on. He will be producing the film through his Amblin Entertainment, and it's being set up for him to direct.

Blackhawk was first introduced in 1941 by Quality Comics before the property was acquired by DC Comics in 1957. In the comics, Blackhawk was the leader of the Blackhawk Squadron, an elite group of pilots that fought in World War II.

The screenplay for the film is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg on films such as Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Steven Spielberg to Direct Film Adaptation of DC’s ‘Blackhawk’

Steven Spielberg to Direct Film Adaptation of DC’s ‘Blackhawk’
Steven Spielberg is finally taking on a superhero movie.

The prolific director and his Amblin Entertainment are teaming with Warner Bros. to produce action-adventure “Blackhawk,” with the intention of Spielberg directing.

Based on the classic comic-book property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered on characters from the DC universe. Spielberg most recently directed “Ready Player One” for Warner Bros., which has so far grossed $476 million worldwide following its release late last month.

“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,
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Steven Spielberg Joins DC Universe With ‘Blackhawk’ Movie

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Steven Spielberg Joins DC Universe With ‘Blackhawk’ Movie
Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” based on the DC Comics series of the same name.

Spielberg also has an eye on directing the movie, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said in a Tuesday announcement.

The move comes on the heels of “Ready Player One,” also a Spielberg-Amblin-Warner Bros. collaboration, and marks the filmmaker’s first feature centered on DC characters.

Blackhawk is the leader of a small team of ace pilots who fight tyranny and oppression — including Axis powers as well as various supervillains –while operating from a hidden base known only as “Blackhawk Island.” The comic book debuted in 1941 and features team members from around the world, with Blackhawk himself generally portrayed as a Polish freedom fighter.

Blackhawk was created by comics legends Chuck Cuidera, Bob Powell and Will Eisner for Quality Comics. The characters and concepts were sold to DC after Quality ceased publications in 1956.

“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Emmerich on Tuesday. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

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The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “War of the Worlds” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Spielberg will produce the film along with Kristie Macosko Krieger, under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce, under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring ‘Ready Player One’ to the screen,” said Spielberg, adding, “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on ‘Blackhawk.'”

Spielberg’s next two films are the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and “West Side Story.”

“Blackhawk” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Read original story Steven Spielberg Joins DC Universe With ‘Blackhawk’ Movie At TheWrap
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Steven Spielberg Tackling DC Comics Movie 'Blackhawk'

Steven Spielberg Tackling DC Comics Movie 'Blackhawk'
Steven Spielberg is jumping into the world of DC Comics.

The iconic filmmaker is tackling his first DC Comics property, the World War II action-adventure hero Blackhawk.

Spielberg, along with his Amblin Entertainment, will produce Blackhawk for Warner Bros., and is developing it as a directing vehicle, the studio announced Tuesday. The move reteams him with the studio behind his latest tentpole, Ready Player One.

David Koepp, who has worked with Spielberg writing the blockbusters Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,...
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A Quiet Place Actor to Play Young Shia Labeouf in Honey Boy

After his breakout performance in A Quiet Place, Noah Jupe will next tackle the role of young Shia Labeouf in the actor’s autobiographical film Honey Boy. In recent years, Labeouf has become more known for weird stunts and disturbing brushes with the law than his actual film work. At one time the actor was regarded as a true rising star, capable of snagging high profile roles in franchise films like Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Steven Spielberg Is First Director to Cross $10B at the Box Office

Steven Spielberg Is First Director to Cross $10B at the Box Office
Steven Spielberg is far and away, financially speaking, the most successful director of all time. Thanks to the success of Ready Player One at the box office, Spielberg's movies have now grossed over $10 billion worldwide. He's the first director to accomplish this feat and nobody else is even close. So, not only is he one of the most beloved and respected directors to ever do it, he's quantifiably one of the most successful.

Ready Player One, which is based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, has grossed $474.8 million worldwide so far. That has helped push Steven Spielberg's body of work to $10.009 billion. In total, there are 27 movies that make up this impressive figure, dating back to 1989's Always, which is his lowest-grossing effort to date with $74.1 million. Spielberg also has his recent Oscar-favorite The Post to thank for pushing him past this landmark, as that movie brought in $174.4 million worldwide.
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Ready Player Two: 7 Other Speculative Sci-Fi Novels That Deserve Adaptations, From ‘The Oracle Year’ to Ernest Cline’s ‘Armada’

Ready Player Two: 7 Other Speculative Sci-Fi Novels That Deserve Adaptations, From ‘The Oracle Year’ to Ernest Cline’s ‘Armada’
Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” is a hit, pulling in $181 million worldwide in box office receipts during its inaugural weekend, and giving the filmmaker his biggest success since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” a decade ago. But while Spielberg didn’t need another big sci-fi hit to prove his worth in the genre, the success of the Ernest Cline adaptation may help open the door for other ambitious novels to make the jump to the screen.

Cline’s pop culture-infused vision of a future world dominated by imaginative technology is hardly the only one of its ilk, and the bestseller is part of a long line of similar stories, many of which are already primed for their own adaptations. Speculative fiction that is rooted in the evolving possibilities of Vr, online gaming, and cultural currency seems poised for a Hollywood moment. Here are seven novels
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Steven Spielberg Invented the Modern Blockbuster, but ‘Ready Player One’ Suggests He Might Regret It

Steven Spielberg Invented the Modern Blockbuster, but ‘Ready Player One’ Suggests He Might Regret It
Steven Spielberg is going to die. Hopefully not today or tomorrow or anytime soon, but at some point in the near-ish future — after more than five decades of projecting his soul directly onto movie screens — the bearded architect who built so much of the modern world’s collective imagination will fade into its collective memory. Considering that the increasingly prolific filmmaker has released two major studio features in just the last four months, it might seem a bit premature to speculate about Spielberg’s demise (or even his retirement), but the guy is 71 years old, and not even the gods can live forever.

More to the point, Spielberg has clearly started to think about this himself, the shadow of his own mortality creeping into his body of work. Case in point: “Ready Player One.”

While Spielberg’s sexagenarian years found him continuing to zero in on the themes that have
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'Peter Rabbit' holds off 'Ready Player One' at UK box office

Sony’s family animation is up to an impressive £24.3m after three weeks.

RankFilm / DistributorWeekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running TotalWeek 1 Peter Rabbit (Sony) £5.6m £24.3m 3 2 Ready Player One (Warner Bros) £4.0m £6.7m 1 3 Isle Of Dogs (20th Century Fox) £2m £2.2m 1 4 Black Panther (Disney) £1.1m £47m 7 5 Blockers (Universal) £932,196 £1.7m 1

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Peter Rabbit became Sony Pictures’ widest ever UK release, playing in 694 locations this three-day Easter holiday weekend (the UK has roughly 760 cinemas) and staying top of the box office chart.

Boosted by Good Friday takings of £2.3m, the film was up 21% over the previous three-day weekend,
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‘Ready Player One’ dominates the Easter weekend box office, while ‘Black Panther’ continues to make history

‘Ready Player One’ dominates the Easter weekend box office, while ‘Black Panther’ continues to make history
“Ready Player One” had a heavenly Easter weekend at the box office. It grossed $41 million from Friday through Sunday, but it actually opened on Thursday, March 29, so its total four-day haul was $53 million. And that doesn’t count its even more impressive international receipts. Meanwhile, though “Black Panther” has ceded the top of the weekend box office charts it is nevertheless approaching new heights in the all-time box-office record books both here and abroad.

Based on the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, who also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation, “Ready Player One” is a sci-fi adventure directed by Steven Spielberg about an all-encompassing virtual-reality world called the Oasis and the young users (led by Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke) fighting to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Its weekend opening is the best for a Spielberg film since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” debuted with $100 million
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‘Ready Player One’ Proves Steven Spielberg Can Still Deliver a Blockbuster

‘Ready Player One’ Proves Steven Spielberg Can Still Deliver a Blockbuster
Steven Spielberg enjoyed his best opening in a decade with “Ready Player One.”

The virtual reality fantasy released with a healthy $53 million at the North American box office and picked up an additional $128 million overseas, bringing its global total to $181.2 million. That was enough to land the director of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Jurassic Park” his biggest debut since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” launched in 2008 with $100 million.

As for his last popcorn movie that wasn’t already part of a multi-million dollar franchise? That would be another novel-turned-big screen event, 2005’s “War of the Worlds,” which premiered with $64 million. That alien invasion flick got a boost from Tom Cruise’s star power (though his Oprah couch jumping did lead to some unwelcome pre-release publicity).

Recent projects have highlighted a different side of Spielberg, with the Oscar-winning filmmaker devoting much of his energy
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Ready Player One – do you buy Spielberg's vision of virtual reality? Discuss with spoilers

The director has received positive reviews for his first sci-fi movie in over a decade. But do you find his digital wonderland convincing or overly corporate?

This article contains spoilers

There are so many potential competing narratives to discuss when looking at Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, so many ghosts in the machine vying for our attention. This is Spielberg’s first science fiction movie since 2005’s War of the Worlds, unless you count the CGI aliens in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is a movie that has largely impressed the critics, yet has led to much navel-gazing, largely linked to the widespread reappraisal of its source novel in the wake of Gamergate. It is a vision of the digital future that seems more corporate and branded than those we have seen on the big screen in the past, yet it also feels
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‘Ready Player One’ Is Spielberg’s Best Opener in a Decade, Even as the Box Office Falls Behind

‘Ready Player One’ Is Spielberg’s Best Opener in a Decade, Even as the Box Office Falls Behind
“Ready Player One” scored at home and abroad with $181 million worldwide, creating his biggest success since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in 2008. Even so, the box-office slump of 2018 continues. The weekend dropped over 20 percent from the same date last year, bringing the year to over three percent lower through the first quarter of 2018.

Read More: ‘Ready Player One’: Steven Spielberg Is the King of Blockbusters, and He Needs a Hit

Spielberg’s film is the second-best weekend opening of the year, and only the second over $40 million. By this time last year, eight films had better openings, with six of them higher than “Ready Player One.”

If “Ready” has a three-time multiple of its first four days, it would total $170 million. That would be a strong achievement, although his 18th-biggest film overall. The never-certain China dominated the $128 million showing in most of the world (Japan
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Steven Spielberg Is Back! ‘Ready Player One’ Scores His Best Box Office Debut in a Decade

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Steven Spielberg Is Back! ‘Ready Player One’ Scores His Best Box Office Debut in a Decade
After several years of prestige films and wide release flops, Steven Spielberg is making his mark on the box office again with a popcorn-munching crowd pleaser, as “Ready Player One” sits atop the box office with $53 million made on Easter weekend. That’s the famed director’s biggest opening since the $100 million start he bagged for “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” a decade ago. While Spielberg is credited with shaping much of populist cinema with films like “Jaws” and the Indiana Jones Trilogy, many of his biggest hits came at a time before opening weekends were...
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The Question 'Ready Player One' Fails to Answer

The Question 'Ready Player One' Fails to Answer
It’s been more than six years since Steven Spielberg last made an action film, and nearly a decade since his last live-action action film was released. Ready Player One ends this drought, coming so long after The Adventures of Tintin (2012) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). However, much like Tintin, Ready Player One is heavily reliant on computer animation. Though Ready Player One is not a fully computer-animated film, it leans even harder on groundbreaking technology in terms of trying to craft believable virtual-reality environments. In other filmmakers’ hands, this aesthetic choice might fail entirely; in...
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‘Ready Player One’: Steven Spielberg Is the King of Blockbusters, and He Needs a Hit

‘Ready Player One’: Steven Spielberg Is the King of Blockbusters, and He Needs a Hit
It’s hard to believe that Steven Spielberg, 71, needs a hit. In 45 years as a feature director, he’s made 31 features with a total domestic gross of over $5 billion (all numbers adjusted to 2018 ticket prices). Among those, 20 films grossed over $100 million, and only two appear to have lost money: “Empire of the Sun” (1987) and “The Bfg” (2016). However, at a reported cost of $175 million, “Ready Player One” is his most expensive film in a decade. And it comes at a time where, if only by Spielberg standards, his track record has fallen into something of an ebb.

Across his career, Spielberg’s movies seemed to gross $100 million almost as a matter of course. In the ’70s, there was “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and “1941;” the ’80s had “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “The Color Purple,” and
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‘Ready Player One’s’ Tye Sheridan Freaked Out Talking ‘E.T.’ With Steven Spielberg [Interview]

Getting the lead role in a Steven Spielberg film is pretty close to getting a golden ticket. Sure, “War Horse’s” Jeremy Irvine might disagree, but for the most part, the Spielberg touch can propel an actor to another level. Look at Whoopi Goldberg in “The Color Purple” or Shia Labeouf in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (don’t blame Spielberg for Labeouf’s choices afterward).
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