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Will Viggo Mortensen’s Racial Slur Doom His Oscar Chances?

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Will Viggo Mortensen’s Racial Slur Doom His Oscar Chances?
The controversy over Viggo Mortensen’s use of the N-word during a recent Q&A for his movie “Green Book” appears to be over, but can he and the film recover enough to emerge as a genuine awards contender?

In the immediate days following the incident, glowing profiles in the likes of USA Today and think pieces over the race-themed film glossed over or entirely omitted mention of the incident. The actor, to his credit, was quick to apologize for using the word, which he uttered during a conversation with “Green Book” costar Mahershala Ali and Film Independent programmer and moderator Elvis Mitchell a little over a week ago.

“I was attempting to make the point that the extreme, dehumanizing ugliness that this word conjures, the hateful attitude behind it, has not disappeared just because white people generally no longer use it as a racist insult,” he wrote in a
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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set to Lead Overstuffed Thanksgiving Box Office

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set to Lead Overstuffed Thanksgiving Box Office
The Grinch” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” are about to get a lot of company at movie theaters nationwide this Thanksgiving weekend. Four wide releases will be hitting theaters, with Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” expected to top the charts for the lucrative five-day holiday period.

Disney is projecting a five-day launch for the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel of around $68 million, while independent trackers are looking at an opening of approximately $72 million. That would be a big step up from the $49 million three-day opening that “Wreck-It Ralph” made back in March 2012.

But it’s very possible that “Ralph” could overperform. Interest in the film has been high since Disney released a trailer featuring Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope von Schweetz meeting the Disney Princesses, and Fandango reported that presales for the film on their site are beating those of Disney’s 2016 Thanksgiving release “Moana,” which had an $82 million five-day opening.
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'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts

'Wreck-It Ralph' & 'Creed' Sequels Headed Toward Big Thanksgiving Debuts
As the month rolls on, the yearly box office will receive a generous boost from this long, holiday weekend. The five-day Thanksgiving frame will see Disney debut the animated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, MGM will come out punching with Creed II and Lionsgate's release of Robin Hood will hope to steal some of the leftover loot. Additionally, carryover films such as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and The Grinch will add their own contributions to the bottom line. At the top of the box office, look for Disney Animation's Ralph Breaks the Internet to give the studio the Thanksgiving crown for the third year in a row. Last year Coco delivered a $72.9 million five-day opening while the year before that Moana brought in a massive $82 million, the second largest five-day Thanksgiving opening of all-time. In fact, Disney owns ten of the top eleven five-day Thanksgiving openings
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Honda Taps the Grinch, Football and ‘Today’ to Drive Sales

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To make use of the famous Grinch, Honda harnessed an ad campaign that looked a lot like the character’s heart – at first blush, two sizes too small; but upon further scrutiny, potentially larger than life.

The automaker’s annual “Happy Honda Days” promotion has been around for more than a decade. To draw attention to it this year, Honda teamed up with NBCUniversal’s Universal Pictures and won the rights to use the depiction of the miserly Grinch from current revival of “The Grinch” from the studio and Illumination in its commercials. But rather than spreading out ads featuring the green character for weeks and weeks, Honda has tied him to a campaign that lasts just a few days and runs across both TV and social media – a reflection of the need to use multiple media venues to reach the modern consumer.

“I don’t think there’s any
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Jk Rowling's Fantastic Beasts trample the Grinch at UK box office

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald debuts in the top slot, though takings are down from first film in Harry Potter spinoff

The latest film from the wizarding world of Jk Rowling has unsurprisingly debuted at the top of the UK box office, knocking aside The Grinch. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s opening weekend take of £12.32m is the second biggest of the year so far, behind only Avengers: Infinity War’s £21.1m haul (or £29.4m including previews).
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‘Fantastic’ receipts and where to find them: ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ made most of its money overseas

‘Fantastic’ receipts and where to find them: ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ made most of its money overseas
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” made tons of money in its opening weekend — if you knew where to look. The second film in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise following 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and the 10th film in the expanded “Harry Potter” universe, the film didn’t cast quite as strong a spell as its predecessor at the domestic box office, but it’s off to a strong start overseas.

“Grindelwald” opened with $62 million on these shores. That was shy of the $74 million taken in on the first weekend for “Where to Find Them,” and it’s the smallest opening weekend for any film in the Potterverse. On the plus side, the film has already taken in $191 million overseas, bringing its global weekend haul to $253 million. Given the film’s $200 million production budget, it’ll hope those global markets keep bringing in “Fantastic” returns so it
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A Definitive Ranking of Seussian Grinches

The Grinch is one of Dr. Seuss' most iconic and long-lasting creations, a perennial Christmas character who's been the subject of many adaptations. The latest, Illumination Entertainment's Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, is the second time the green-skinned meanie has appeared on the big screen, following up on the last live-action adaptation way back in 2000. Then, of course, there's the original 1966 animated adaptation How the Grinch Stole Christmas! which featured Boris Karloff and arrived on the small screen less than 10 years after the first Grinch book itself. Dr. Seuss' kids book and/…
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New Secret Life of Pets 2 Trailer Has Chloe Tripping Out on Catnip

New Secret Life of Pets 2 Trailer Has Chloe Tripping Out on Catnip
The second trailer for Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 puts the focus on Chloe the cat. In the new footage, Chloe tries to wake up her owner to get some breakfast. She does the usual cat move of jumping on the bed and staring, before letting out some gentle meowing, which later turns into a full screech, but her owner doesn't budge. Chloe steps things up a notch by preparing the good old fashioned hairball technique, which automatically gets her owner's attention as Chloe lets the hairball out on the bed.

Many cat owners can relate to the first half of The Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer. While cats are fiercely independent, they can demand attention to get fed whenever they feel like it. The second part of the trailer is when things get a little bit more interesting as we see the effects of catnip on Chloe.
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Queen Film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Becomes Second-Highest Grossing Music Biopic of All Time

Queen Film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Becomes Second-Highest Grossing Music Biopic of All Time
After earning another $15 million at the box office in its third week of release, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody moved into second place on the list of all-time highest-grossing music biopics.

Only Straight Outta Compton, which made $161 million over its domestic theatrical run in summer 2015, stands ahead of Bohemian Rhapsody after that biopic pushed its domestic total to $127 million in its first three weeks of release. Bohemian Rhapsody finished third in this week’s box office, behind Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and The Grinch, Variety reports.

Thanks to its $15 million weekend,
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'Fantastic Beasts' sequel opens top of UK box office with strong £12.3m weekend

Mubi release Suspiria posts £163,223 opening.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.29.

RankFilm / DistributorThree-day gross (Nov 16-18) Gross Week 1 Fantastic Beasts 2 (Warner Bros) £12.3m £12.3m 1 2 The Grinch (Universal) £3.9m £10m 2 3 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £3m £34.9m 4 4 Widows (20th Century Fox) £880,000 £4.3m 2 5. A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £741,000 £27.1m 7 Warner Bros

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, the sequel to the spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise, opened to an impressive £12.3m weekend. The film played in 678 sites, making for an average of £18,141.

That Fri-Sun total places it behind the opening of predecessor Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald conjures $253 million global opening

The latest chapter of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, arrived in cinemas this weekend, but despite less-than-magical reviews the Harry Potter spinoff sequel managed to amass a global opening of $253 million – thanks in no small part to a strong international showing.

Domestically, The Crimes of Grindelwald comfortably claimed top spot in the box office chart, but its $62 million haul sets a new low for the Wizarding World series (the previous low of $74.4 million had been set by its predecessor Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016). It’s also only the second-biggest debut of the month behind The Grinch, which opened to $67.5 million last week.

As typical with the Potter movies, it was the international markets where The Crimes of Grindelwald soared, earning a further $191 million for a grand total of $253 million. That’s up from the first Fantastic Beasts, which bowed to
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Tops, But ‘Widows’ Tells a Sad Story

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Tops, But ‘Widows’ Tells a Sad Story
When a film opens to over $60 million like “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” you could call it the top story and go from there. However, there’s just as much interest in the opening-weekend subplots provided by “Widows,” “Instant Family,” and “Green Book.” These results are not encouraging; in the cases of “Widows” and “Green Book,” the implications are frightening.

At $170 million, this weekend will be down about 15 percent from last year. While “Fantastic Beasts” provided a strong franchise, it turns out “Justice League” was 50 percent more popular. Last year had the surprise initial success of “Wonder,” which opened to $27.5 million.

“Grindelwald” is the smallest opening for a film from J.K. Rowling’s universe of wizards. It’s disappointing at 19 percent less (adjusted), but Warners will be buttressed by the film’s overseas performance of $191 million this weekend (Japan still to come). But with a lower start and 16 percent second-day drop,
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Takes $253M Ww Bow; ‘Venom’ Voracious In China Milestones – International Box Office

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Update, writethru: Warner BrosFantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald cast a $191M spell at the international box office this weekend for a global launch of $253M. The opening in 79 overseas markets is within the range that we were seeing ahead of the bow and surpasses the start of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by 2.7% when using historical rates on the previous movie. In 43 individual markets, Newt Scamander and crew opened bigger than their earlier outing, and set a series of offshore milestones — but they got licked by Venom in China where the Sony pic has become the 3rd biggest superhero title of all time.

Spinoff sequel FB2, directed by David Yates and scripted by Jk Rowling, set record openings for the entire Wizarding World in 18 markets. Warner itself logged its best starts of 2018 in 30, namely some of the key European majors like France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Dominates Overseas Box Office With $191 Million Launch

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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Dominates Overseas Box Office With $191 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” led the foreign box office with a massive $191 million. The “Harry Potter” prequel series launched in North America with $62 million for a global weekend haul of $253 million.

The Wizarding World installment needs to do well overseas to justify its costly $200 million budget and make up for a potentially lackluster domestic performance. While its North American debut has stalled compared to its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the follow-up has already seen a stronger showing from overseas markets.

“Crimes of Grindelwald” saw the best showing in China with $37.5 million from 20,000 screens. In the United Kingdom, it earned $16.3 million, followed by Germany with $12.8 million and Russia with $12.1 million.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros. intends to be a five-film franchise from the mind of author J.K. Rowling. David Yates returned to direct the sequel, which stars Eddie Redmayne,
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‘Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Falls Short Stateside With $62M+ Debut, WB Celebrates Global Win As ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Series Hits $1B-Plus

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‘Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Falls Short Stateside With $62M+ Debut, WB Celebrates Global Win As ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Series Hits $1B-Plus
Sunday Am Update 10:40Am after 7:45Am post: With Chart Warner Bros. is celebrating the worldwide win for J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald . The movie came in lower than expected in U.S./Canada, with a studio-reported $62.2M after a $21.5M Saturday that was down -16% from Friday’s (+previews) $25.7M.

Overseas took in $191M for a $253M global debut. This easily gets the Fantastic Beasts franchise past the $1 billion mark (the first chapter repping over 80% of that number to date). Given the global win for Grindelwald, for Warners, it’s about the further extension of their Potter/Rowling universe, which trickles down into the veins of consumer products and other ancillaries. What princesses are for Disney, Rowling wizards are for Warner Bros. The global start for this pic is higher than FB1, which was close to $220M. The final foreign on FB1 repped
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Is The Box Office Champ With A $62 Million Weekend

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was the clear cut winner at the box office with a $62.2 million debut. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch had a great outing as well with $38.1 million, with Bohemian Rhapsody bringing up the rear with $15.7 million. Here’s the top 10:

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Fantastic Beasts 2 Has a Magical Box Office Debut with $62M Win

Fantastic Beasts 2 Has a Magical Box Office Debut with $62M Win
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald easily took the number one spot at this weekend's box office, generating $62.2 million domestically. The debut earned over $12 million less than the first installment, but had a huge weekend overseas, bringing in an additional $191 million, which brings the grand total to an impressive $253.2 million globally. Harry Potter fans have taken to the movie, but it has been suffering from mixed reviews. However, it will more than likely bring in some extra earnings during the upcoming holiday break.

Illumination's The Grinch held in strong to take the number two position at this weekend's box office, sneaking away with another $38.1 million. The animated family movie has earned $151.7 million globally since premiering last weekend. Number three this weekend goes to the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which generated $15.7 million. Rami Malek has been praised for his awesome portrayal of legendary rock and roll front man Freddie Mercury. The
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'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut
While still a solid weekend, the performances fell below Mojo's pre-weekend expectations almost across the board. Warner Bros.'s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest entry in the Fantastic Beasts franchise still topped the weekend as expected, but even it fell a bit below the studio's expectations, though not by as much as both Paramount's Instant Family and Fox's Widows, neither of which managed to break out among opening weekend audiences, but will hope to take advantage of the holiday weekend to come. The overall weekend, however, was an improvement over last weekend and while it fell short of the same weekend last year, which saw the debut of Justice League, the month is now pacing slightly ahead of last year's grosses, which saw the November box office top $1 billion for only the third time ever. At #1, Warner Bros.'s release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Charms With $62 Million Debut

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Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Charms With $62 Million Debut
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” enchanted moviegoers with a debut of $62 million.

While that’s slightly lower than the domestic start of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the first installment in Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter” spinoff series, it was easily enough to dominate the weekend box office.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the wizarding series, sees “Fantastic Beasts” becoming a stronger international play, where the follow-up has already earned $191 million for a global opening of $253 million. Stateside, “Crimes of Grindelwald” has battled the worst reviews yet for a “Harry Potter” entry. It currently holds a bleak 40% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ Cinemascore. The studio is counting on global box office revenues to make up for a potentially lackluster domestic performance and carry the film, which cost $200 million to produce.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros. intends to be a five-film
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Falls Below Box Office Expectations With $62 Million Opening

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Falls Below Box Office Expectations With $62 Million Opening
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is looking at a decent domestic box office opening with $62 million from 4,163 locations. But with the lowest domestic opening in the history of the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Fantastic Beasts” is looking increasingly like a series that will rely on overseas interest for success.

The domestic start for “Grindelwald” is down 17 percent from the $74.4 million opening of the first “Fantastic Beasts,” which had a much better reception with an A on CinemaScore and a 74 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. “Grindelwald,” on the other hand, has left Potter fans less enthused with a B+ on CinemaScore and has had critics unimpressed with a 40 percent Rt score.

Also Read: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Film Review: J.K. Rowling Conjures More Magic and Messiness

But overseas, “Grindelwald” has maintained the excitement for Newt Scamander and his friends. Released in 79 countries, the sequel has surpassed the first
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