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China promises big boost for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ at international box office

China promises big boost for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ at international box office
The Universal franchise entry will be pursuing huge debut figures for its two predecessors.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is revving up for what Universal hopes will be a powerful start at the box office in China this weekend.

With an international gross currently standing at $319.2m, the franchise entry opens in China on Friday (August 23) and will easily lead the weekend’s international field. The only question is whether the ninth installment – which has so far taken a relatively modest $130.5m in North America - can match the impressive Chinese openings of its two predecessors.

The Fate Of The Furious
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Guillermo del Toro’s Secrets to Successful Film Pitch: Pitch For Yourself, Bring the Passion

Guillermo del Toro’s Secrets to Successful Film Pitch: Pitch For Yourself, Bring the Passion
In a town where a single pitch meeting can make or break a lifelong dream, Guillermo del Toro is among the fortunate whose vision has repeatedly been realized.

Though he took home the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars in 2017 for “The Shape of Water,” not all of del Toro’s ideas have been so successful. Just take a look at the Wikipedia entry “Guillermo del Toro’s unrealized projects.”

Del Toro was among the industry creatives who spoke to Syfy Wire for a recent article featuring tips for pitching scripts. His advice was simple: bring the passion and pitch for yourself.

“I find that there is one secret and one secret only to pitching, and it’s exactly the same advice you get when you fail rather than when you succeed at pitching,” del Toro told Syfy Wire. “I find that I never, ever, ever think of the people listening.
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Summer Box Office Grosses $4.5 Billion, Disney Takes Half, and Cinema Is At Risk

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This was the summer in which Disney saw five films cross $1 billion worldwide. In North America, it’s also the summer in which fewer tickets will be sold than any year since 1992, a year when there were 90 million fewer Americans and Canadians.

How can so much moviegoing, and so many people, translate to a decline? Here’s a look at the strange and watershed summer of 2019.

Over 80% of the gross came from franchise and sequels

Summer totals for 2019 will be about $4.5 billion domestic, which is almost identical for the same period last year, when two original films were in the top 10: “Crazy Rich Asians” at #7, and “The Meg” at #9. This summer, the only original title is Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at #10.

And of that $4.5 billion, Disney can claim about 50%. Certainly, the theater business would collapse if Disney didn’t do so well, or made
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Movie Review – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 2019.

Directed by André Øvredal.

Starring Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Natalie Ganzhorn, Dean Norris and Javier Botet.

Synopsis:

A group of teenagers are pursued by various supernatural beasties when they uncover an old book from a haunted house.

The importance of gateway horror for young audience cannot be overstated. Illicit viewing of terrifying and entirely age-inappropriate material was a childhood rite of passage for just about anyone with a penchant for scares in their adult days. Whether it’s a secretly borrowed DVD of a gory classic or the dog-eared pages of a Stephen King novel, the first taste of that forbidden fruit is always the most flavoursome. It’s for that reason that horror movies actually made for a younger audience are of vital importance, whether it’s the recent Jack Black double-whammy of Goosebumps and The House With a Clock In Its Walls
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Guillermo Del Toro's Antlers Trailer Pulls Keri Russell Into a Dark Fairy Tale

Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for Antlers. This is the latest horror offering from Guillermo del Toro, who is back up to his monster business in this one. Del Toro serves as a producer on the creature feature, but it's Scott Cooper (Black Mass) who is in the director's chair. Based on this first trailer, it appears that's going to make for one heck of a creepy pairing, as this initial footage is ominous, horrifying and downright unsettling.

The trailer kicks off with a quiet child reading a story out loud to his class. It becomes clear very fast that something isn't quite right with this kid, or the story he's telling. His teacher looks understandably concerned. While that's happening, we're cutting away to footage of this kid's home life, which is anything but usual. It all builds to a scattershot conclusion of various, eyebrow-raising and terrifying shots.
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‘Antlers’ Teaser: Guillermo Del Toro & Director Scott Cooper Team For New Horror Film Starring Keri Russell & Jesse Plemons

When you see a horror film with Guillermo del Toro attached, you know that you’re probably going to be in for a good time at the theater. Even if he’s not directing, del Toro produces some of the most exciting films in the genre, such as the recently released “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” And even though he’s not behind the camera, del Toro lends his talents as a producer to the upcoming “Antlers,” and judging by the new teaser, the film looks like it’s going to be pretty damn great, as well.

Continue reading ‘Antlers’ Teaser: Guillermo Del Toro & Director Scott Cooper Team For New Horror Film Starring Keri Russell & Jesse Plemons at The Playlist.
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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Review

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Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn, Austin Abrams, Kathleen Pollard | Written by Guillermo del Toro, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman | Directed by André Øvredal

André Øvredal’s film is the adaption of writer Alvin Schwartz’ novel(s) of the same name. A series that is a cross between Goosebumps and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark aimed primarily at Ya audiences, but does not shy away from the horror. The influences and intention of what the film wants to build are on the surface intriguing; however, the final product is an underwhelming exploit that flounders all its potential with a bumbling and underwhelming execution of tension and atmosphere.

The influence of Andy Muschietti’s 2017 blockbuster horror hit It has changed the face of horror in the mainstream forever. Such an influence has never been more evident in the Guillermo del Toro written,
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‘Good Boys’ Tops Box Office, Bringing Hope For Original Comedies

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‘Good Boys’ Tops Box Office, Bringing Hope For Original Comedies
Universal is shaking off the damage from pulling “The Hunt” from release, but it can take comfort in the surprise showing of R-rated comedy “Good Boys.” Not only is it the first original film to reach number one since “Us” in March (another Universal title), but it also shows the depth of the studio’s lower-budget slate.

Good Boys” pushed a Universal franchise, “Hobbs & Shaw,” from the top spot, and created the rare case when a non-Disney studio held the top two spots. The week also came with four new wide releases: Two were sequels (“The Angry Birds Movie 2” and “47 Meters Down: Uncaged”), both of which failed to do more than mediocre business. “Blinded By the Light” and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” both targeted older audiences and struggled to gain attention, though the former — a Bruce Springsteen-inspired crowd pleaser — seemed to show initial word-of-mouth appeal.
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Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Has Bountiful $54M Overseas Weekend, Tops ‘Django’ In Debuts; ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Muscles In On $437M WW – International Box Office

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Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Has Bountiful $54M Overseas Weekend, Tops ‘Django’ In Debuts; ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Muscles In On $437M WW – International Box Office
Update, Writethru: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is having some hot August nights at the international box office with $53.7M from 49 markets this session. That includes 46 new hubs where the Leonardo DiCaprio/Brad Pitt-starrer came in 30% higher than Django Unchained to log the director’s best offshore opening ever, at current rates. Added to the Qt record debut in Russia last weekend, the overseas cume on the ode to 1969 is now $66.2M for $180.5M global.

There were No. 1s in 28 markets for Hollywood this frame, led by the UK’s 5-day opening of $8.9M (+76% on Django). The Sony/Bona film is rolling out through September and is coming off a terrific world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, while strong reviews and the marquee pairing of stars and director are resonating.

Also a major pairing at the box office, the Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-fronted
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Good Boys Scores Big Win for R-Rated Comedy at This Weekend's Box Office

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Good Boys debuted at number one at this weekend's box office. This marks the first time since 2016's The Boss that an R-rated comedy has taken the top spot. In addition, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's raunchy project is the biggest original comedy to hit screens this year and the second-best opening, only behind Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Funeral, which brought in $27.1 million. Good Boys follows three 12-year old boys who are trying to get into a kissing party while trying to learn about the act along the way.

Hobbs & Shaw fell to number two at the box office this weekend with $14.1 million. The Fast and Furious spin-off did not have what it takes to hold on to the number one spot for a third weekend, but it is still holding strong and waiting for a global boost when the movie opens in China next weekend. Disney's
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‘Good Boys’ Earns $21 Million Opening, Becomes 2nd Original Film to Top Box Office This Year

  • The Wrap
‘Good Boys’ Earns $21 Million Opening, Becomes 2nd Original Film to Top Box Office This Year
Universal’s “Good Boys” has done something that is becoming increasingly rare with its $21 million No. 1 opening at the box office. Not only is it the first original R-rated comedy in three years to top the box office charts, it is also only the second original film of any kind to open at No. 1 this year.

Good Boys” was positioned by Universal to take advantage of this quieter August period after Spider-Man, Simba and Thanos have taken their share of summer moviegoers’ money. But Universal has also become a studio that has consistently found success with comedy at a time when so many titles in the genre have failed.

While a “Hangover”-level hit remains elusive, “Good Boys” joins films like “Night School,” “Ride Along 2” and the $115 million-grossing “Girls Trip” as Universal mid-budget comedies that have turned a profit in the last three years.

Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home
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How Universal Is Reviving The R-Rated Comedy & Making ‘Good Boys’ Great At The B.O. With A $21M Opening – Sunday Update

  • Deadline
4th Update, Sunday Am writethru following Saturday Am post, w/updated chart: There isn’t a studio executive out there who would disagree: the weekend opening for Universal’s Good Boys –now at $21M this morning per Uni– is fantastic for the theatrical business. Saturday rang up $7.3M last night after Friday’s $8.3M, with $5.3M expected for today.

With comedies long-believed dead at the box office and gobbled up by streaming, here comes an R-rated raunchy one that shows the genre has a pulse. Yes, there was A Madea Family Funeral back in March that opened to $27M. But we’re talking original comedies here, and Universal can lay claim in the comedy drought that the genre is one of their core competencies. The studio owns the biggest original comedy openings of the past three years with Good Boys, Blockers ($20.55M), Night School ($27.2M) and Girls Trips ($31.2M). In
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Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Eyes Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019

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Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Eyes Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019
Universal’s “Good Boys” is surpassing expectations as it heads toward an estimated $20.8 million opening weekend at the domestic box office following $8.3 million in Friday ticket sales.

That’s well above earlier estimates which placed the film in the $12 million to $15 million range, marking the first R-rated comedy to open at No. 1 since Universal’s “The Boss” in 2016. And if estimates hold, the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-produced pic could score the best original comedy opening of 2019.

Gene Stupnitsky is making his feature directorial debut with the film, which follows three 12-year-old boys on a quest for some smooch experience after getting invited to their first kissing party. Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay and Keith L. Williams star.

Universal also took second place at the box office with “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” which took in $3.8 million for an estimated $13.5 million third weekend. The Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham
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‘Good Boys’ Surprises Box Office With Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019

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‘Good Boys’ Surprises Box Office With Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019
A great August for Universal continues this weekend with the release of “Good Boys,” an R-rated comedy that is surprising at the box office with an estimated $20.8 million opening from 3,204 screens. That will make the Seth Rogen-produced raunchfest the first R-rated comedy to top the charts since “The Boss” in April 2016.

On Friday, “Good Boys” earned $8.3 million and did well with audiences, earning a B+ on CinemaScore to go with its 79% Rotten Tomatoes score from critics. The film had been projected for a modest $11-12 million opening this weekend, but will now continue Universal’s streak of comedies like “Night School,” “Girls Trip” and “Blockers” as solid, mid-budget successes at a time when so many adult comedies have failed to take off in theaters.

Also Read: 'Toy Story 4' Crosses $1 Billion, Fifth Disney Film to Hit Global Box Office Landmark in 2019

Universal will take their third straight No.
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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark and Halloween Prep on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

We dare to crack open Sarah Bellows' book and discuss all things Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (as well as preparations for the Halloween season) on a new episode of Corpse Club!

Banned by some libraries, defended by others, and sought after by children and adults alike, Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books (featuring eerie artwork by Stephen Gammell) have left a bone-chilling mark on generations of readers, and to celebrate the release of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie, we discuss both the adaptation and its source material on this episode of Corpse Club!

Listen as Tamika Jones, Derek Anderson, and Jonathan James share their fondest (and most haunting) memories of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, including their favorite stories, Gammell's delightfully twisted artwork, and how the books, along with R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series,
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Presenting the 6 Creepy Tales Featured in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Movie

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Presenting the 6 Creepy Tales Featured in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Movie
Chances are that if you're into the horror genre today, you've probably come across Alvin Schwartz's creepy children's book of short stories called Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. If you loved the 1981 book, you're in for a treat: Guillermo del Toro, one of the biggest auteurs in contemporary horror, has produced a film based on Schwartz's macabre series.

Given that the original source consists of short one-off stories, you might be wondering how the movie will unfold. Fret not (though you probably will anyway): we've gathered a rundown of the most important storylines to know coming into the movie. Just be warned: mild spoilers for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark lurking below!

The Official Plot

While the movie will bring several individual stories to the big screen, there will be an overarching story. The film is set in 1968 in the small community of Mill Valley,
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Iliza Shlesinger Joins Rom-Com ‘Godfrey’; Coming-of-Age Horror ‘Student Body’ Sets Cast

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Iliza Shlesinger Joins Rom-Com ‘Godfrey’; Coming-of-Age Horror ‘Student Body’ Sets Cast
Ken Mok‘s Godfrey has added Iliza Shlesinger, to the cast. She will star alongside Cleopatra Coleman and Nick Thune in the indie romantic comedy. The film is currently in production in Vancouver, Canada.

Written and directed by Mok, the film follows the titular character (Thune) who is dealing with his dark past in a profound way: he’s decided to be anyone but himself. Coleman plays Sara, a smart insightful writer who tries to unravel the mystery of Godfrey while uncovering her own true identity. Shlesinger will play the role of Kelly, Sara’s fast-talking, deal slinging literary agent.

“We have such a great cast for this film,” says Mok. “Cleo and Nick are not only gifted comedically – they are incredibly talented musicians as well. And this film features all of their skills. Now to have Iliza join this cast with her comedic energy and attitude – it’s really a dream come true.
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‘Angry Birds Movie 2’ Flies To $4.2M Running Total On Wednesday – Box Office Update

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Updated, Thursday Am: Sony’s Angry Birds 2 ranked 4th yesterday with $1.6M, -36% for a running two day total of $4.2M. Disney’s Lion King and Universal’s Hobbs & Shaw are currently fighting over No. 1 Wednesday with $2.3M a piece. CBS FilmsScary Stories to Tell in the Dark took third place with just under $2M and six-day total of $28.5M. Paramount’s Dora and Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are wrangling over 5th with $1.5M a piece.

By the way, this whole flooding of the early August marketplace with several wide releases was going on last year at this time, however, it was four wide entries each for the first and second weekend, not five like this year. The only difference is that we had powerful pics like Meg and Crazy Rich Asians rising to the top last August while distributors are largely delivering low budget fare.
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Box Office: ‘Angry Birds 2’ Slingshots to $2.6 Million on Opening Day

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Box Office: ‘Angry Birds 2’ Slingshots to $2.6 Million on Opening Day
The Angry Birds Movie 2,” Sony’s animated sequel based on the phone app and video game, collected $2.6 million when it opened on Tuesday.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Angry Birds” got a jump on the weekend and is expected to earn $16 million to $18 million during its fist six days of release. Unless “Angry Birds 2” exceeds expectations, the movie could arrive well below the first film, which debuted with $38 million and ended its theatrical run with $352 million worldwide. On the plus side, “Angry Birds 2” carries a $65 million price tag, slightly less than the first movie’s $73 million budget.

In the sequel, the feathered protagonists team up to save Bird and Piggy Islands after advanced weapons threaten their home. The voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, and Leslie Jones.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” is hardly this weekend’s only new release. On Friday, Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys,
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‘Good Boys’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Good Boys.”

Ads placed for the comedy had an estimated media value of $4.26 million through Sunday for 941 national ad airings on 36 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Aug. 5-11. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including USA, CBS and ESPN, and during programming such as “Big Brother,” “SportsCenter” and “Family Guy.”

Just behind “Good Boys” in second place: Paramount Pictures’ “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” which saw 1,339 national ad airings across 32 networks, with an estimated media value of $3.85 million.

TV ad placements for Columbia Pictures’ “The Angry Birds Movie 2” (Emv $3.84 million) plus Lionsgate’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
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