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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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Hell Fest Brings Home the Halloween Funhouse on 4K Ultra HD in December

Experience a terrifying celebration of the horror genre when Hell Fest arrives on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD&#8482 Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray&#8482 Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate. From Gale Anne Hurd, an executive producer of TV's The Walking Dead, executive producer Tucker Tooley, and directed by Gregory Plotkin, Hell Fest is one truly terrifying ride. The scary slasher film stars Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, and the legendary Tony Todd. Story by William Penick & Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco, Screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper.

A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park - a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not
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Hell Fest is Coming to Digital on December 28th, Followed by a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand Release on January 8th

If you missed Hell Fest in theaters (read our review here), don't despair, because Lionsgate is opening the doors to the amusement park horror film on digital platforms beginning December 28th, followed by a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release on January 8th:

Press Release: Santa Monica, CA – Experience a terrifying celebration of the horror genre when Hell Fest arrives on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate. From Gale Anne Hurd, an executive producer of TV’s “The Walking Dead,” executive producer Tucker Tooley, and directed by Gregory Plotkin, Hell Fest is one truly terrifying ride. The scary slasher film stars Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, and the legendary Tony Todd. Story by William Penick & Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco, Screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper.
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Bo Report: Killer Queen opening for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Bohemian Rhapsody’ (Photo credit: 20th Century Fox).

Freddie Mercury gave his final live performance as the front man of Queen in England in 1986 so it’s clear the Bohemian Rhapsody movie is drawing a lot of moviegoers who either were born after that or were not huge fans of the band.

The 20th Century Fox biopic registered the seventh biggest opening of the year in Oz, 10 per cent ahead of the debut of A Star is Born, which powered through its third weekend.

Meanwhile action-thriller Hunter Killer is another dud in Gerard Butler’s faltering career and Charming, a Us animated musical comedy, did not live up to its title.

Us audiences shunned Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore’s documentary on how Donald Trump ascended to President, so it’s no surprise that Aussies stayed away as the Madman Entertainment release took $36,000 on 17 screens including advance screenings.

“With the Us mid-terms in the headlines,
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' is UK box office champion in first week

The Queen biopic opens to £9.5m including previews.

Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Oct 12-14) Running gross Week 1 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £6.4m £9.5m 1 2 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £2.1m £19.2m 4 3 Halloween (Universal) £1.7m £5.8m 2 4 Smallfoot (Warner Bros) £1.6m £7.7m 3 5. Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal) £1.5m £14.1m 4

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20th Century Fox

With some cinemas still to report, Bohemian Rhapsody is the box office champion on its first weekend after making a strong start to its UK run. The Queen rock biopic capitalised on its £1.62m opening night last Wednesday with a £6.4m weekend.
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‘Halloween’ Screams $32M Second Weekend As October B.O. Hits $789M+ Record

  • Deadline
Sunday Am Update with chart after Friday 11:04Pm and Saturday Am update: While it’s often written that the weekend that lands prior to or around Halloween is deathly slow, it really depends on what the studios put on the marquee. We could have said the same thing about the third weekend in October, that it’s just a platform for lackluster wares, a pig pile of counter-programming.

But Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween proved that business theory wrong last weekend with the second-best start ever for the month with $76.2M. And the horror sequel is showing again that there’s money to be made at the end of October, with a studio-reported second weekend of $32M second weekend, -58%, a great hold for a slasher, beating the second weekend of such horror movies as The Nun (-66%) and The Conjuring 2 (-63%) and not that far from Annabelle: Creation
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‘Hunter Killer’ Surfaces From Thursday Box Office With $420,000

  • The Wrap
Lionsgate’s submarine movie “Hunter Killer,” which is being released through its Summit Entertainment label, earned $420,000 in Thursday previews from 2,200 screens. It will open on 2,728 screens this weekend.

The Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman-led thriller face off against “Halloween” as it moves into its second weekend, which should dominate through Oct. 31. “Hunter Killer” is projected for a $6-8 million opening behind a 38 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Comparisons aren’t easy for “Hunter Killer” considering that it’s going up against “Halloween.” But Gerard Butler’s “Geostorm,” which opened this time last year and skipped Thursday previews, ended up earning only $13.7 million in its opening weekend against a $120 million budget. Butler’s “Den of Thieves” opened in January of this year and took in $950,000 in previews leading up to a $15 million open.

Also Read: 'Halloween' Is a Hit, But How Big Will It Be Outside America?

The
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'Halloween' Set for Second Weekend at #1 as Holdovers Continue to Dominate

'Halloween' Set for Second Weekend at #1 as Holdovers Continue to Dominate
October 2018 is still running at a record pace. As of October 24, the month was pacing +49% higher than last year, not to mention +7.8% ahead of 2014, the largest October on record, though that's about to change by the end of this weekend. That said, it won't be the weekend's new releases doing the heavy lifting, but the weekend's holdovers, starting with last weekend's chart-topping horror hit Halloween. The weekend's new wide releases will mostly debut in the low-to-mid single digit millions with Lionsgate's Hunter Killer expected to top the week's crop of new releases. Looking to repeat at #1 is Universal's release of Blumhouse and Miramax's Halloween, which delivered a smashing $76.2 million opening last weekend, the second largest October opening ever. When it comes to its sophomore session we looked at other R-rated horror hits such as It, The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity 3 and The Nun, which dropped, on average, -57.45% in their second weekends.
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'A Star Is Born' impresses again to stay top of UK box office

Warner Bros release stays top for second straight weekend.

RankFilm / DistributorThree-day gross (Oct 12-14) Running gross Week 1 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £2.9m £14.9m 3 2 Halloween (Universal) £2.7m £2.7m 1 3 Venom (Sony Pictures) £1.6m £16.7m 3 4 Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal) £1.7m £11m 3 5. Smallfoot (Warner Bros) £1.4m £4.3m 2

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Warner Bros

After rising to the top of the table last week with a superb 0% drop on its opening weekend, A Star Is Born was at it again this weekend, dropping a negligible 6.5% with £2.9m to remain top.

That result takes it to £14.9m to date,
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Film Review: ‘Hunter Killer’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Hunter Killer’
It’s no trick for even the most ham-fisted global action thriller to achieve a ripped-from-the-headlines “topicality.” Just throw in a terrorist from the right enemy nation, or an American president with the right haircut. So it’s a weird and musty Twilight Zone indeed that one enters to watch “Hunter Killer,” a grindingly ponderous and bombastic neo-Cold War submarine thriller — how ponderous is it? It stars Gerard Butler, and he’s the most lighthearted thing about it — that in every relevant detail seems three years, if not two decades, behind the times.

Consider its take on the U.S. president. The character, played by Caroline Goodall, is transparently modeled on Hillary Clinton. As a result, one watches her scenes utterly removed from the drama (I use the term loosely) and preoccupied, instead, with thoughts like, “Was this film really shot that long ago?” It was. Principal photography on “Hunter Killer
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Gerard Butler’s Best Action Movies

From Olympus Has Fallen to Geostorm, we take a look at what makes Butler the ultimate action star.

To celebrate Gerard’s return to action in submarine thriller Hunter Killer, in cinemas now, we deep dive into his action-packed past and round up some of his most gripping movies and moments. Whether he’s a Us Navy Commander attempting to save the Russian President in Hunter Killer, saving the world from climate destruction in Geostorm or leading a Spartan Army, Gerard Butler is a go-to action star for the ages.

Geostorm

As fun as it is ridiculous, Geostorm sees Gerard at his action best. When some climate-moderating devices seemingly malfunction and wreak havoc on Earth, it’s up to satellite designer and mechanic, Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) to save the planet. No pressure Gerry. Although the film stretches the truth a little, it’s hard not to enjoy yourself in
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Hunter Killer review – Gerard Butler's sub commander is all at sea

Butler’s naval maverick investigates simultaneous torpedo attacks on Us and Russian submarines in a long, loud game of Battleships

When we last encountered Gerard Butler, in the semi-enjoyably derivative Den of Thieves, he was rerunning Al Pacino’s old Heat moves. Tonight, Matthew, cinema’s loudest Scotsman will be impersonating The Hunt for Red October-era Alec Baldwin.

Swerving any lawsuit that might have followed from calling his character, say, Jack Bryan, Butler’s maverick sub commander has been assigned the no less no-nonsense name of Joe Glass. Joe has an intense rep. “He never went to Annapolis!” a Pentagon functionary gasps. “I heard he once punched his Co,” gossips a passing seaman. Glass is first seen tracking elk with manly bow and arrow; you’re surprised the filmmakers didn’t go the whole alpha hog and have a shirtless Butler best the poor creatures in an arm wrestle.
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‘Hunter Killer’ Review: Gerard Butler’s Submarine Thriller Is Even Worse Than His Usual Bad Action Vehicles

‘Hunter Killer’ Review: Gerard Butler’s Submarine Thriller Is Even Worse Than His Usual Bad Action Vehicles
“If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.” That’s one of the only memorable lines of dialogue from the latest of Gerard Butler’s impressively bland action vehicles, but at this point it might as well be the inscription on a plaque that’s mounted behind his agent’s desk. Between “London Has Fallen,” “Geostorm,” and “Den of Thieves” — all real movies, this critic is tragically able to confirm — it’s beginning to seem as if the rugged Scotsman is just waiting by Nicolas Cage’s mailbox and stealing all of the most boring scripts before he can read them. On the plus side, that would leave Cage no choice but to continue starring in wildly eccentric fare like “Mandy.” On the minus side, it might result in Butler hosting a lot more press conferences at the Pentagon, where — in keeping with current custom — the actor recently
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Gerard Butler Hits The Waters With Timely Submarine Epic ‘Hunter Killer’

Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves) stars in Hunter Killer as Captain Joe Glass, a man who leads a group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and hopefully put prevent World War III. Rounding out the cast are Gary Oldman (Dark Hour), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men) and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day).

“I loved [...]

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Ouch! Gerard Butler's Girlfriend Morgan Brown Said "No" To His Recent Proposal, Source Claims

Ouch! Gerard Butler is ready for marriage, but unfortunately for him, his girlfriend, Morgan Brown, isn't. According to Life & Style, the actor recently put on a lovely proposal to his lady, but she didn't exactly say "yes" when he popped the question. "Gerard got down on one knee. He gave this huge speech and gave Morgan a ring," a source close to the Hollywood hunk, 48, revealed to the news outlet in its newest issue, on newsstands now. "But she said no." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) So, why didn't she accept? The two have been in an on-and-off-again relationship over the past few years, and now, things are finally Ok between the two. "Morgan and Gerard are in such a good place right now. She didn’t want to ruin it," the insider added. "Morgan told Gerard to ask her again in a year — and he intends to." Gerard and
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Hell Fest Red Band Trailer Turns a Theme Park Into an Eye-Gouging NIghtmare

The last Hell Fest trailer played it safe, slowly creeping audiences into the nightmarish amusement park at its center. Now, Lionsgate and CBS Films have unleashed a nightmarish new red band trailer that shows off some of the goods this early fall horror ride has to offer.

CBS Films and Lionsgate will release Hell Fest in theaters September 28, 2018. The more scared you seem, the more they're gong to come after you in director Gregory Plotkin's slasher odyssey. He is working from a screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper, with a story from William Penick & Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco. And you know its going to be good, as Hell Fest is being delivered by producers Gale Anne Hurd and Tucker Tooley.

The creepy soundscape heard in the movie is scored by legendary composer Bear McCreary, who has The Walking Dead, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and
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The ‘Hell Fest’ Red-Band Trailer Has Arrived!

Remember! The more scared you seem, the more they’re going to come after you! Check out the red-band trailer for the upcoming film “Hell Fest” below:

CBS Films and Lionsgate will release “Hell Fest” in theaters on September 28th!

All about “Hell Fest

Directed by: Gregory Plotkin

Screenplay by: Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper

Story by: William Penick & Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco

Produced by: Gale Anne Hurd and Tucker Tooley

Scored by: Legendary composer Bear McCreary

Starring: Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Christian James, Roby Attal, Matt Mercurio and Tony Todd.

A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

College student Natalie (Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend Brooke (Edwards) and her roommate Taylor (Taylor-Klaus
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O’Shea Jackson Jr. joins Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy

O’Shea Jackson Jr. joins Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy
THR is reporting that Straight Outta Compton star O’Shea Jackson Jr. has signed on to the cast of the legal drama Just Mercy, where he will star alongside Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island) and Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver).

Just Mercy is being directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and sees Jordan as Bryan Stevenson, a gifted young lawyer fighting for equal justice in a flawed legal system, who takes on the case of a death row inmate (Foxx) who insists he is innocent of his crimes. The film is based upon Stevenson’s New York Times bestselling memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

After making his screen debut playing his father Ice Cube in the hit N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, O’Shea Jackson Jr. has since appeared in Ingrid Goes West and Den of Thieves, and has the MonsterVerse
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Vma Exec Producer Jesse Ignjatovic Talks Aretha Franklin Tribute

  • Variety
No matter how many big shows a person might have attended, the sight of a major arena production being assembled still astonishes. On Friday morning, approximately 80 hours before MTV’s Tk annual Video Music Awards begin, New York’s legendary Radio City Music Hall was in the process of being transformed: the stage was loaded with towering sets and light structures swooping overheard, a giant lighting rig covered approximately a third of the ceiling, 1,500 seats had been removed to expand the main stage or clear the way for other stages and camera platforms, and the venue’s iconic lobby was nearly completely filled with anvil cases; hundreds of staffers and technicians bustled everywhere while announcements crackled across the Pa. Huge light structures loomed over the sides of the room and hung from the front of the balconies. (Head here for Variety’s exclusive look at the set of the 2018 VMAs.
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Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?

Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?
This weekend gets off to an early start with the Wednesday release of the much-anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club. While Joy Luck Club didn't play in any more than 600 theaters during its run 25 years ago, Crazy Rich Asians will get its start in over 3,200 locations with plenty of buzz behind it.

Later in the week, STX will release what they hope is a franchise-starter in Mile 22 featuring Mark Wahlberg re-teaming with director Peter Berg, while Sony's Studio 8 will release Alpha.

Beginning with Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name has been making headlines for some time now. Originally published in 2013, the book has found a place on Amazon Charts for the past five weeks, currently ranking as the third most sold fiction title on the site, up
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