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Weekend Watch: ‘Ready Player One’ Influences, Jeff Goldblum Breaks Down his Career, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ & More

Welcome to Weekend Watch, where we highlight some of the best nerd-related videos released throughout the week. Whether it be short films, behind the scenes videos, or video essays, the only requirement is that they are about–in some shape or form–our favorite movies and TV shows!

In this edition of Weekend Watch, we take a look at a cool VFX breakdown for ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle‘, a Video with Ernest Cline detailing all of his ‘Ready Player One‘ influences and great video essay that details the visual similarities Steven Spielberg‘s filmography. Plus, we have a wonderful video of Jeff Goldblum revisiting his career and a hilarious scene breakdown from ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘. Let’s jump right in!

Starting off, we have a cool VFX breakdown from ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle‘, straight from VFX house Iloura. Although this breakdown focuses primarily on the helicopter/rhino chase scene from the film,
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‘Greatest Showman’ Tops Disc Sales Charts as ‘Last Jedi’ Slips to No. 2

After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finally ceded the top spot on the national home video sales charts to a new release from 20th Century Fox.

The Greatest Showman,” a musical biopic about circus showman P.T. Barnum, took the No. 1 spot the week ended April 14 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and Npd VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

“The Last Jedi” slipped to No. 2 on both charts, selling about one-third as many discs as the Fox musical, which earned over $173 million in U.S. theaters.

No. 3 on both the overall and Blu-ray disc sales charts was Sony Pictures’ successful “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

The No. 4 spot on the two sales charts went to two different new releases. On the overall disc chart, season three
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'Peter Rabbit' becomes Sony's highest-grossing non-Bond UK release

Family feature only behind the four most recent Bond titles.

Peter Rabbit has become Sony Pictures Entertainment’s highest-grossing UK release outside of the James Bond franchise.

The film hit £38,475,923 on Friday, taking it past the lifetime grosses of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, which is on £38,465,082.

The company’s highest-grossing title remains Bond film Skyfall, which is the UK’s second highest-grossing film of all time on £103.2m, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens on £123.2m.

Fellow Bond films Spectre (£95.2m), Casino Royale (£55.6m) and Quantum Of Solace (£51.2m) form Sony’s top four releases in the UK, with Peter Rabbit now fifth.
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Dwayne Johnson Refutes IndieWire’s ‘Rampage’ Box-Office Takeaway, But Both Sides Are Right — Analysis

Dwayne Johnson Refutes IndieWire’s ‘Rampage’ Box-Office Takeaway, But Both Sides Are Right — Analysis
It would be exciting to be noticed by any major Hollywood player, but even more so from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is as smart as he is successful. And when he tweets, he deserves an answer.

Tom, mi amigo

Our projected domestic opening was always $35m. We exceeded at 35.7m. Projected worldwide opening was $120m. We exceeded big w/ $151m. My personal biggest opening ever in China and 60-70% market share in many territories. No scoreboard pointing yet my friend

Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 19, 2018

His tweet responded to my just-published article about “Rampage” and how it positioned him as a contender for the biggest star in movies (particularly in domestic play). He took aim at the headline. So, a response is in order.

The headline synthesized the story’s message, which focused on his film’s domestic performance. “Rampage” was #1 for the weekend, and indeed met and slightly exceeded domestic projections.
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‘Masters of the Universe’: Nee Brothers to Direct He-Man Movie (Exclusive)

He-Man has found new masters.

Sony Pictures and Mattel have tapped the directing duo of Aaron and Adam Nee to helm the He-Man movie “Masters of the Universe,” sources tell Variety.

Escape ArtistsTodd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will produce with DeVon Franklin.

The movie will be based on the beloved Mattel toyline, which spawned a successful animated TV series (1983-85) as well as a 1987 film. The property centers on the warrior He-Man, the last hope of a magical land called Eternia. Dolph Lundgren starred in the original pic as the title character, while Frank Langella played the villainous Skeletor.

The pic is written by David Goyer, who is also an executive producer. Goyer had circled the director’s chair, but prior engagements forced him to pass on directing, though insiders say he is extremely involved in the development of the film.

Sony has already dated the movie
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If Dwayne Johnson Is Hollywood’s Biggest Star, Why Did ‘Rampage’ Open Soft?

If Dwayne Johnson Is Hollywood’s Biggest Star, Why Did ‘Rampage’ Open Soft?
“Rampage” opened #1 last weekend at just under $36 million, with Dwayne Johnson its only name draw. Is that enough to make The Rock the biggest movie star in Hollywood — or, is his greatest asset the near-complete dearth of actors who can open movies?

Johnson’s marquee value is well documented. Since 2011, he appeared in eight films that grossed over $100 million (nine if you include the animated “Moana”). “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “The Fate of the Furious” in 2017 each exceeded $200 million. However, times have changed. Once, being a top star meant your movies were always the year’s biggest movies. Now, in an era where animation and comic-book adaptations are the biggest draws, an actor’s own larger-than-life appeal is less important.

Rampage” should make around $90 million domestic and another $300 million or so additional overseas. Expect it to make $400 worldwide, perhaps a little more. With production and marketing costs topping $220 million,
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New ‘Infinity War’ Featurette Reveals Why You Should Probably See the Film in IMAX

IMAX has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Avengers: Infinity War that reveals why seeing the film in IMAX makes a difference. Now, IMAX presentation can offer a great benefit to audiences, but there are different kinds of IMAX movies. There are films like Dunkirk where director Christopher Nolan shot the film specifically with the IMAX aspect ratio in mind, using IMAX cameras to capture pristine quality images. Then there are IMAX movies like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which weren’t shot with IMAX cameras or even necessarily with IMAX framing in mind, but have been re-…
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Dwayne Johnson thanks fans as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle becomes Sony’s biggest ever domestic release

Despite coming under fire when it was first announced that a reboot of the beloved 1995 Robin Williams movie was in development, Sony scored a huge success with December’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, with the film proving a hit with audiences and critics alike.

Holding its own at the box office despite competition from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Welcome to the Jungle has now reached a new milestone, overtaking Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man to become Sony’s highest grossing domestic release ever.

In North America, the film has grossed $404 million, topping the $403.7 million record set by Spider-Man back in 2002. Globally, it is Sony’s second biggest release of all time behind Skyfall ($1.1 billion), having pulled in an impressive $951 million.

As you’d expect, Sony has already announced a sequel which is being fast-tracked for release around Christmas 2019, and actor Dwayne Johnson has shared a brief update on his Instagram,
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Tribeca: Karen Gillan Haunted by Tragedy in Directorial Debut 'The Party's Just Beginning'

Tribeca: Karen Gillan Haunted by Tragedy in Directorial Debut 'The Party's Just Beginning'
Karen Gillan may be known for her acting roles in blockbuster films like the Guardians of the Galaxy series and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but the actress is taking on a new role with her latest film, premiering at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival: director.

Gillan wrote and directed The Party's Just Beginning, which is part of the international narrative competition at the New York festival, which starts Wednesday. The Party's Just Beginning will have its international premiere at Tribeca on Sunday.

In the surreal coming-of-age tale, set in her native Scottish Highlands, Gillan stars as...
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China box office: 'Rampage' tops chart with $58m opening

Ready Player One slips to number 2, with a total of $201m.

After a strong week with a three-day Qing Ming holidays, the volatile Chinese box office shrunk significantly by about 32% week-on-week in the period of Apr 9-15, making it one of the quietest weeks in 2018.

Warner Bros’ action adventure Rampage easily charged to the top of the charts with $58.1m from its three-day opening weekend. This represented about 60% more than its simultaneous release in North America, following in the footsteps of recent Us films such as Ready Player One, Pacific Rim: Uprising and Tomb Raider to have China as their biggest market.
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'Rampage' storms to top of UK box office

'Rampage' storms to top of UK box office
Action film starring Dwayne Johnson dethrones Peter Rabbit with £3.1m debut.

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RankFilm / DistributorWeekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running TotalWeek 1 Rampage (Warner Bros) £3.1m £4.1m 1 2 Peter Rabbit (Sony) £2m £38.1m 5 3 A Quiet Place (Paramount) £1.9m £6.4m 2 4 Ready Player One (Warner Bros) £1.2m £14.5m 3 5 Truth Or Dare (Universal) £922,664 £922,664 1 Warner Bros

Rampage, the latest Dwayne Johnson star vehicle, stormed to the top of the UK box office this weekend with a three-day debut of £3.1m from 559 sites, an average of £5,617. The video-game adaptation has grossed £4.1m, including previews on Wednesday and Thursday.

That figure is roughly equitable
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Rampage Scares Away A Quiet Place to Win Box Office with $34.5M

Heading into the weekend, New Line's Rampage was eyeing a debut between $30 million and $40 million, although some projections had Rampage under-performing with A Quiet Place repeating atop the box office. While it was as close a race as many expected, Rampage did pull off the box office victory with an estimated $34.5 million, with A Quiet Place dropping just 35.1% in its second frame to earn $32.6 million. Since these totals are roughly $2 million apart, it's possible that these movies could end up flip-flopping when the actual numbers come out on Monday, but for now, it seems Rampage has debuted in the top spot.

Rampage debuted in 4,101 theaters this weekend, pulling in an impressive $8,413 per-screen average. The movie also had a strong opening weekend overseas, pulling in $114.1 million for a worldwide opening weekend of $148.6 million. With the movie produced under a $120 million budget it should prove to be quite profitable for Warner Bros. and New Line,
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Beats Out Horror Competition at Weekend Box Office

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Beats Out Horror Competition at Weekend Box Office
The box office continues to decline. And Dwayne Johnson is a major star. He took thriller “Rampage” (Warner Bros.) to a narrow win over John Krasinski’s sleeper hit “A Quiet Place” (Paramount) as both films grossed over $30 million. That’s the second time two films have reached that level for a weekend in 2018 — compared to four by this time last year.

The numbers dropped about 15 per cent against a 2017 weekend when “The Fate of the Furious” opened to $98 million, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the tickets sold. Still, several titles are making strong showings, and exhibitors are looking forward to some blockbusters ahead to overcome the two percent box office dip to date, including Disney/Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity Wars” which is anticipated to open at $150 million or more.

Dwayne Johnson toplines $120-million “Rampage,” a video game adaptation about a primatologist joined by a mutant gorilla to confront a civilization-threatening invasion.
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How ‘A Quiet Place’ Roared at the Domestic Box Office

How ‘A Quiet Place’ Roared at the Domestic Box Office
Last weekend “A Quiet Place” (Paramount) accomplished a rare box office feat: it exceeded all projections. And its strong word of mouth could catapult John Krasinski’s $20-million horror sleeper to a mighty domestic total of $125 million or higher.

So far an otherwise lackluster 2018 has been dominated by Disney/Marvel’s “Black Panther,” the biggest film ever released in a year’s first quarter. By this point in 2017 five new releases had grossed over $150 million, compared to only “Panther” so far in 2018. Right now only “Ready Player One” looks to reach that level.

Something significant is going on. A new trend could cause a major shift in studio production– and give North American theaters a needed boost.

Despite the laser focus on the franchise and sequel films that dominate production slates, in the past few decades many lower-budget films (under $40 million) have managed to gross over $100 million domestic.

But things
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Sony Honchos Rally the Troops at All-Hands Meeting (Exclusive)

Sony Honchos Rally the Troops at All-Hands Meeting (Exclusive)
Fresh off the box-office success of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Sony honchos — chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra, studio chief Tom Rothman and newly-installed TV chief Mike Hopkins — held an all-hands meeting Thursday to talk about how Sony is positioning itself in the era of studio consolidation and fierce competition from streaming giants.

Thousands of employees from across the various studio divisions gathered inside Stage 15, the largest sound stage on the Culver City, Calif. studio lot. The meeting was also live-streamed internally to all Sony employees worldwide.

The gathering occurred amid a number of headwinds Sony faces, as well as changes like the sudden stepping down of Sony Corp. CEO Kaz Hirai in February. Seen as a big booster of the entertainment assets, Hirai’s departure sparked speculation of whether Sony’s film and television studios would be sold.

Sony increasingly stands out amid the shrinking studio landscape after a
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Dwayne Johnson movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moana,’ ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

Dwayne Johnson movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moana,’ ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’
The road to movie stardom for Dwayne Johnson is one of the unlikeliest in recent memory. A third-generation professional wrestler known the world over as “The Rock,” Johnson nabbed a supporting role in 2001’s “The Mummy Returns” and made such an impression that he starred in a successful stand-alone film, “The Scorpion King,” the very next year.

As his film career progressed, it became evident that, despite his success in action films, Johnson had a distinct flair for comedy, which he began to show off in such films as “Be Cool” (2005), “Central Intelligence” (2016), “Moana” (2016) and in his biggest-grossing film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017).

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However, Johnson is fully back in action hero-mode in his 2018 movie, “Rampage,” where he plays a primatologist whose beloved albino gorilla is being used in an experiment that turns him into a raging beast
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‘Rampage’ Smashes Its Way to $2.4 Million at Thursday Previews

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Warner Bros./New Line’s “Rampage” stomped its way into movie theaters on Thursday night, making $2.4 million from preview screenings.

That amount is nearly double the $1.25 million made in previews by one of Dwayne Johnson’s 2017 releases, “Baywatch,” which opened to $18 million and became a rare domestic disappointment for the blockbuster star.

Also Read: 'Rampage' Star Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia Share Their Trailblazing Plan for Hollywood Dominance (Exclusive)

It’s also above the $2 million made in preview screenings by “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” though “Rampage” does not have the positive critical reviews that sequel had with a mixed Rotten Tomatoes score of 55 percent. It remains to be seen whether “Rampage” can resonate with Johnson’s audience enough to push the needle beyond the $35-40 million it is expected to make domestically this weekend.

The film stars Johnson as a biologist who must calm his companion albino gorilla when a strange contagion turns it, a wolf, and a crocodile into giant beasts that destroy Chicago. Based on the classic ’80s video game, “Rampage” is directed by Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”) and also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Also Read: 'Truth or Dare' Film Review: Blumhouse College Horror Doesn't Make the Grade

Also releasing this weekend is Universal/Blumhouse’s “Truth Or Dare,” which made $750,000 in previews at 2,400 locations. That’s below the $1 million made by Blumhouse’s “Happy Death Day,” which came out last October and opened to $26 million. “Truth Or Dare” is expected to open to half that amount, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 18 percent and a production budget of $3.5 million.

Truth Or Dare” stars Lucy Hale as a teenager who, along with her friends, is haunted by a malevolent spirit who forces them to play the titular game with deadly consequences. Jeff Wadlow (“Kick-Ass 2”) directed the film from a script by Michael Reisz, with Jason Blum producing.

Read original story ‘Rampage’ Smashes Its Way to $2.4 Million at Thursday Previews At TheWrap
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‘Rampage’ Review: Can Dwayne Johnson Save Chicago From Raging Monsters? Do You Have To Ask?

‘Rampage’ Review: Can Dwayne Johnson Save Chicago From Raging Monsters? Do You Have To Ask?
After the smash success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle there can be no question that Dwayne Johnson is the superstar action hero of the moment, and while we wait for his upcoming heroics in saving the world’s tallest building in Skyscraper, we have his attempts to save Chicago from three rampaging genetically mutated monsters in Rampage. As I say in my video review above, it is King Kong on steroids — and then some. Teaming again with director Brad Peyton for whom he…
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'Rampage' Prepares to Fight Off 'Quiet Place' & 'Truth or Dare' For Weekend #1

'Rampage' Prepares to Fight Off 'Quiet Place' & 'Truth or Dare' For Weekend #1
After leading Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which just became the studio's highest grossing domestic release of all-time, Dwayne Johnson arrives with his latest offering, starring in this weekend's release of Warner Bros. and New Line's Rampage. At the same time Blumhouse will debut its latest micro-budgeted thriller Truth or Dare, which will have its hands full competing for audience attention with last weekend's box office champ A Quiet Place, which looks to follow up its stellar debut last weekend with a strong sophomore effort. Debuting in over 4,100 theaters, Rampage is looking to stomp the weekend box office, though expectations aren't quite as high as one might think for a Dwayne Johnson-led effort, especially debuting in this many theaters. Tracking heading into the weekend is expecting a $35-40 million debut, but using several comps we're having a hard time seeing it reach much higher than $35 million. Using films such as The Mummy,
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Kevin Hart to Host Competition Series ‘Tko: Total Knock Out’ for CBS

Kevin Hart to Host Competition Series ‘Tko: Total Knock Out’ for CBS
Kevin Hart is set to host the upcoming competition series “Tko: Total Knock Out” on CBS, the network announced Thursday.

From executive producer Mark Burnett, the show features people from all walks of life where one player races through obstacles while four other contestants are manning battle stations along the course, firing projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down. The top two players advance to the final showdown to face off for a cash prize.

“This show is perfectly aligned with my global brand,” Hart said. “The minute Mark Burnett pitched me, I got it
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