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‘Jumanji’ Sequel to Release in December 2019

At Sony’s CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas, Sony Motion Pictures chairman Tom Rothman revealed that 2017’s surprise blockbuster “Jumanji” will be getting a sequel to premiere Christmastime of next year.

Rothman acknowledged that the release date would pit it against “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which is set to premiere around the same time.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, has been one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, earning over $400 million domestically and with a global tally approaching $1 billion. After coming in second its premiere weekend to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jumanji” accomplished the unusual feat of climbing to No. 1 in its fifth weekend, and remaining at the top for the following three weekends. After falling back to second to “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” “Jumanji” rose back to No. 1 for a fourth weekend.

The film has been especially popular overseas, earning
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2017: The Beginning of the End for Hollywood?

Last year, we’ve saw quite a few great movies released in theaters – and an equally diverse set of box office disasters. Just like in most other years. But specialists – and most viewers – agree that 2017 was one of the worst years for Hollywood. When it comes to ticket sales, especially in the United States (the sales in this market are the ones measuring the success or failure of American-made movies) the revenues reported for last year were the worst for more than two decades. And some say that this is just the beginning.

Let the numbers speak for themselves

One of the issues the American movie industry is facing the decline of interest in actually seeing a movie in a movie theater. According to a Bloomberg report published early this year, the total number of theater admissions reached 1.24 billion in 2017, down from 1.32 billion in 2016. As such, the revenues generated by
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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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DC mob drama The Kitchen adds Common and James Badge Dale

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema continue to fill out of the cast of the upcoming feature adaptation DC/Vertigo mob drama The Kitchen, with Deadline reporting that Common (Suicide Squad) and James Badge Dale (Only the Brave) have become the latest additions to the project along with Jeremy Bobb (Godless) and Myk Watford (No Country for Old Men).

The Kitchen takes place in 1970s New York and revolves around three mob wives who take over their husbands’ criminal enterprise in Hell’s Kitchen when the men are busted by the FBI. Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) are set to play the three wives, while the cast also includes Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow), Brian D’Arcy James (13 Reasons Why).

Common will play FBI agent Gary Silvers, with Dale and Bobb
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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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new and ongoing cinema releases, Us/Can, from Fri Apr 20

A simple listing, duplicated from the in cinemas Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

The most up-to-date version of this listing is always here.

opening this week Little Pink House Ghost Stories I Feel Pretty Super Troopers 2 Traffik expanding Final Portrait I’m planning to see… Imitation Girl

2017’s films, ranked by maryann (now final)

2018’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

now in cinemas Annihilation Black Panther Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Borg vs McEnroe Call Me by Your Name Coco The Death of Stalin Faces Places A Fantastic Woman Ferdinand Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Finding Your Feet Game Night The Greatest Showman The Hurricane Heist The Insult Isle of Dogs I, Tonya Journey’s End Loveless Love, Simon Marrowbone Oh Lucy!
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Star Wars 9 Possibly Casting Expanded Universe Character

A major EU character could be joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX. Lucasfilm has been very successful in relaunching Star Wars. While they’re experimenting with standalone stories, they’re still moving the Skywalker Saga forward. However, the decisions made in Star Wars: The Last Jedi left the fandom divided, leaving it up to J.J. Abrams to come back and try to finish off this trilogy in strong fashion.
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Cool Stuff: Dan Mumford’s Vibrant ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Prints

Cool Stuff: Dan Mumford’s Vibrant ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Prints
Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available for us all to enjoy over and over again at home, the movie is ripe for artwork tributes. Since artist Dan Mumford delivered a fantastic set of prints commemorating Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re glad to see he’s back with another set of prints for […]

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Infinity War Is the Second Most Expensive Movie Ever Made

Infinity War Is the Second Most Expensive Movie Ever Made
Earlier this week, a report claimed that both Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story may ultimately tie for the distinction of being the most expensive movie ever made, but now another report claims Infinity War didn't cost quite so much. While the original report was never confirmed, it claimed that both Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story had production budgets of roughly $400 million, which would be enough to best the all-time record of $378 million that Disney spent to make 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While neither budget has been confirmed, a new report claims that Avengers: Infinity War had a production budget of nearly $300 million, although an exact figure was not divulged.

Many times, official budget numbers are never made public, but it wouldn't surprise many if Avengers: Infinity War did cost upwards of $300 million, or even $400 million. There was a report
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2019 Oscars: Best Picture Predictions

Last year, Petty Jenkins’ DC comic-book movie “Wonder Woman” far exceeded expectations of quality, critical acclaim, and box office, but was shut out of the Oscar race. That won’t happen with Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which should ride the swells of worldwide acclaim and blockbuster status to become a Best Picture Oscar contender. But it will be a challenge for Disney to push this Marvel superhero success beyond the technical categories. They will need to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that Ryan Coogler’s achievement rises to the level of art.

Comic-book epics rarely yield major Oscar nominations.Heath Ledger’s posthumously win as Supporting Actor for Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” entry “The Dark Knight” in 2008 was an anomaly; if superhero movies are in the running, it’s usually for VFX and technical nods. They even win some, especially with the original iteration, before it’s a full-fledged franchise.
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Odeon’s Exclusive Infinity War Posters Combine To Create One Epic Banner

When all this is over, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is ready to start anew, viewers will be left poring over the embarrassment of riches that is Avengers: Infinity War‘s poster campaign.

Whether it’s super-sized IMAX banners or entire spreads dedicated to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the promotional push for Infinity War is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before – fitting, really, given this is undoubtedly the McU’s biggest and most audacious movie thus far.

It’s also tracking for a record opening in North America, where we fully expect Infinity War to set a new record in ticket sales – last we checked, Joe and Anthony Russo’s seismic tentpole was outpacing the last 7 McU movies combined over on Fandango. That is, quite frankly, ridiculous, particularly when you consider that Black Panther hit theaters only two months ago and claimed a record $1.3 billion worldwide, placing it just
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Solo Gets Chinese Release Date Despite Country's Bad Attitude Towards Star Wars

With Disney getting set to roll out their latest Star Wars spin-off Solo in theaters next month, the Chinese release date has finally been set. Disney will debut Solo: A Star Wars Story in the Middle Kingdom on May 25, the same day it will be released in North America, according to a new report. Several sources in Beijing with knowledge of Solo's distribution plans stated the Chinese release will be on May 25, although a Disney spokesperson in Shanghai said the studio has not yet officially confirmed that date.

The day-and-date release marks the first time since Disney took over the franchise that a Star Wars movie will open on the same date in both the U.S. and China. The first three movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi all debuted in the U.S. in mid-December, with the
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Avengers: Infinity War Now On Track For Biggest Domestic Opening Ever

With Avengers: Infinity War now just a week away, film industry analysts are almost as excited by its financial projections as Marvel fans are of seeing the culmination of a decade of superhero action. There’s no doubt it’ll break all sorts of box office records, but today, the Wall Street Journal (Paywall) is reporting that it might take the top prize – that being the biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time.

Right now, the Disney/Marvel Studios film is just a hair behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi in total pre-sales, having shifted an impressive $50 million from advance ticket sales alone. But it could be set to overtake both Star Wars movies, as WSJ’s data suggests that audience interest in seeing Infinity War is higher than either of the recent entries in that galaxy far, far away and what it calls “comparable blockbusters.
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Rumour: Yoda to feature in Star Wars: Episode IX

While Mark Hamill has played coy about his involvement with Star Wars: Episode IX following his character’s demise in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a new rumour has surfaced which suggests that we’ll be seeing at least one Force Ghost when J.J. Abrams returns to the saga to bring the curtain down on the Sequel Trilogy.

According to a “source” for the New York Daily News, Jedi Master Yoda will return for an appearance in Episode IX as “he acknowledges Rey’s success and growth as a Jedi.”

According to Mark Hamill, J.J. Abrams will make the call as to whether Luke Skywalker returns in Force Ghost form in Episode IX, while The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has also revealed that he hopes Luke does make an appearance in the next movie.

While it would seem the natural choice to have Luke return to guide Rey,
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Dolby, Disney Extend Deal Starting With ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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Dolby Laboratories and The Walt Disney Studios will continue their collaboration, adding 20 new titles to deal to release movies via Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” are the first titles under the new deal announced Thursday.

“Dolby and Disney share a rich history and mutual desire to bring the most spectacular cinematic experiences to audiences across the globe,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories. “With the expanded partnership, fans will experience many anticipated movies, including two upcoming ‘Star Wars’ titles and two titles in the ‘Avengers’ franchise, in both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound.”

Also Read: Dolby to Install New Atmos System in 20 Theaters Worldwide

Jeff Miller, President, Studio Operations, The Walt Disney Studios added, “At Disney, we strive to enable the vision of our filmmakers. Our strong partnership with Dolby and their commitment to developing state-of-the-art technology and tools gives the creative community an amazing palette to help deliver extraordinary experiences.”

Most recent and upcoming films coming to Dolby Cinema through 2019 include Pixar’s “Coco,” “Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” and Disney’s “Aladdin,” among many more.

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To date, over 165 Dolby Cinema titles have been released. Dolby Vision projection uses state of the art optics and image processing for enhanced color technology and contrast ratio. Dolby’s award-winning sound technology Dolby Atmos moves audio around the cinema for a more inclusive theater-going experience.

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Dubai Film Festival Cancels Next Edition, Ends Existing Format

In an unexpected shakeup, the Dubai International Film Festival has canceled its upcoming edition and announced a “new strategy,” signaling that the fest as attendees knew it – during its 14-year rise to become the top film event in the Middle East – is over.

After days of swirling rumors and unanswered queries, a nebulous press release has been issued announcing “a new approach” and stating that the festival, which became prominent in the industry thanks to its annual Dubai Film Connection Arab film market component, will now take place every two years in a different format. The new shape is unclear, but it seems that the festival will be under new management.

The release quoted Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of the Dubai Film and TV Commission, as saying that they are “seeking to redefine” the Dubai fest’s “approach towards nurturing growth, creativity and talent.” Nowhere did the names of festival chairman Abdulhamid Juma,
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Thanos or Cable: Who Is Josh Brolin's Favorite?

Thanos or Cable: Who Is Josh Brolin's Favorite?
Josh Brolin is going to have an absolutely massive year. Not only is he playing the Mad Titan Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, but he's also going to be playing Cable, the fan-favorite mutant who travels through time, in Deadpool 2. That means he's got a super meaty role in two of the biggest movies of the summer. But which role does he prefer playing? The actor has finally weighed in.

During a recent interview for the most recent issue of Total Film Magazine, Josh Brolin was asked point blank about whether he prefers playing Thanos or Cable. While he doesn't in any way slight playing Cable in Deadpool 2, he somewhat surprisingly says that he prefers Thanos, but his reasoning makes sense, from an actor's perspective. Here's what he had to say about it.

"Look, I really like doing Cable, and it's practical. But I think if I was to have a preference,
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Han Solo takes his shot in extended TV spot for Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • JoBlo
There are plenty of reasons to remain apprehensive about Solo: A Star Wars Story, ranging from its troubled production to its arrival just months after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the more we see from the Ron Howard film, the more I'm starting to believe that Solo will be an entertaining romp. Disney/Lucasfilm released an extended TV spot for the film which shows off some new... Read More...
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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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Star Wars Celebration Is Returning to Anaheim in Fall 2019?

It looks like we may have some of the first details on Star Wars Celebration 2019. The celebration of all things Star Wars has been around since long before Disney purchased all of Lucasfilm in 2012, but it's always been a bit sporadic and hasn't ever totally committed to being an annual event. The last time it happened was last year in Orlando, Florida and it was a major year for news, as we got our first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and many other reveals. Disney decided to skip 2018, but they're bringing Star Wars Celebration back next year and it sounds like we'll have a familiar location, but during a different time of year.

According to a new rumor, Star Wars Celebration 2019 will take place in fall of next year in Anaheim, California. While specific dates haven't yet been revealed, this will run counter to previous years in which
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