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UK box office preview: 'Red Joan' leads openers; family-friendly holdovers to dominate

UK box office preview: 'Red Joan' leads openers; family-friendly holdovers to dominate
Greta’, ’Dragged Across Concrete’ among new titles.

Holdovers look set to dominate the UK box office this weekend, with Trevor Nunn’s spy drama Red Joan amongst the new openers.

Produced by David Parfitt’s Trademark Films, the Lionsgate-distributed feature is led by Judi Dench and 2014 Screen Star of Tomorrow Sophie Cookson, and based on the novel of the same name by Jennie Rooney. Cookson plays Joan Stanley, a Cambridge physics student in 1938 who falls for a young communist; while Dench takes up the character in 2000 when MI5 come to arrest her.

The film will be aiming to top
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‘The Lion King’ Is Not A Shot-for-Shot Remake, Jon Favreau Promises Fans

‘The Lion King’ Is Not A Shot-for-Shot Remake, Jon Favreau Promises Fans
After underwhelming critics and the box office with Tim Burton’s “Dumbo,” Disney has two more chances to impress audiences with live-action remakes this summer with the upcoming releases of Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin” and Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King.” The latter is expected to be one of the biggest earners of the summer movie season. Not only did the first “Lion King” set a viewing record for Disney, but the footage the studio has shown so far has earned rave reviews.

If any criticism has been lobbied at “The Lion King” thus far, it’s that the movie’s trailers have made it appear the movie is a shot-for-shot remake of Disney’s 1994 animated classic. For the 2019 remake, Favreau relied on the same VFX technology he used on Oscar winner “The Jungle Book” to create photorealistic animals that are not necessarily live-action, but come pretty close to the real thing.
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'Curse of La Llorona' Looks to Lead Calm Weekend before the 'Avengers' Storm

'Curse of La Llorona' Looks to Lead Calm Weekend before the 'Avengers' Storm
Following a strong performance in March, the domestic box office has slowed throughout the early part of April and this weekend won't be much different. Of course, just like last April saw Avengers: Infinity War close out the month, this April will conclude with the highly anticipated release of Avengers: Endgame, and studios are making way for the release by saving any major releases for the weeks following Endgame's debut. As for this week's newcomers, we're seeing several titles made for specifically targeted audiences such as Wednesday's debuts of Breakthrough and Disneynature's Penguins along with tomorrow's launch of The Curse of La Llorona. Warner Bros. and New Line are looking at their third straight weekend with the #1 film, this time around with the horror release, The Curse of La Llorona, debuting in 3,372 locations. While not specifically billed as a new entry in the Conjuring franchise, La Llorona does co-star
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Danny Elfman's Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Back to School Soundtrack Is Back on Vinyl

The beloved score to the classic 80's film is back after a limited release last year. This LP is pressed on red vinyl and includes not only the score to Pee-wee's Big Adventure on side A, but is also accompanied by a bonus program of Danny Elfman's score to Back to School on side B.

In 1985, Tim Burton and Paul Reubens invited Elfman to write the score for their first feature film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. This is Elfman's first score for film, kicking off his award-winning career. For Pee-wee's Big Adventure he turned to Oingo Boingo guitarist and arranger Steve Bartek for orchestration assistance. With this iconic score Elfman achieved his goal of emulating the mood of such composers as Nino Rota and Bernard Hermann. Pee-wee's Big Adventure is one of those scores that defines the lexicon of 80s movies.

Danny Elfman is an American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
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Will Smith and Guy Ritchie React to ‘Aladdin’ Genie Backlash by Looking On the Bright Side

Will Smith and Guy Ritchie React to ‘Aladdin’ Genie Backlash by Looking On the Bright Side
Will Smith is looking at the glass half full when it comes to the internet backlash over his appearance as the Genie in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin.” Smith’s VFX character was unveiled for the first time February 10 in a teaser that debuted during the Grammy awards. Fan reaction to blue Will Smith was overwhelmingly negative. The actor’s appearance as the Genie launched hundreds of memes on the internet mocking the character’s look (many compared the Genie to Tobias Fünke in “Arrested Development”), but Smith tells Empire he took it all in good fun.

“It was very funny,” Smith said about the response to his Genie. “There was a Sonic the Hedgehog / Genie frog. Everything is under such critical scrutiny. I came up in an era where there was no internet. It’s a new thing that I’m trying to get a handle on.”

Ritchie told Empire
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‘Aladdin’: Will Smith Took Recent Backlash In Stride & Thought Your Genie Memes Were “Very Funny”

In the overall scheme of things, Disney’s live-action remake initiative has gone pretty well. Sure, there have been a couple of hiccups, most notably the sequel to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and most recently, ‘Dumbo.’ However, as a whole, the Mouse House has happily (and fairly easily) earned billions of dollars just by remaking their already-beloved films. Earlier this year, the plan got called into question with the release of the first trailer for “Aladdin,” and the world’s introduction to Will Smith as the big, blue Genie.

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They Are the Champions: Why ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is an Unlikely $900 Million Smash

They Are the Champions: Why ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is an Unlikely $900 Million Smash
Bohemian Rhapsody” (20th Century Fox – its final blockbuster) has passed $900 million in total gross worldwide. That makes it the sixth-biggest 2018 release overall — placing it ahead of recent hits like “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Batman v. Superman,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The film’s final push came from its current modest play in China.

It also is #4 among 2018 releases in foreign sales. At $685 million, it stands behind only “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom,” and “Aquaman” in popularity. That remarkable placement makes it the most surprising success of last year. Let’s look at some of the unusual aspects of its reception.

Foreign Made It a Massive Hit

“Bohemian Rhapsody” certainly was a domestic success, with a $216 million gross that makes it the 10th biggest film of 2018. It’s also the lowest North American number among the very top international hits. As of now, “Rhapsody” scored 76% of its take overseas.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Stuntman Talks Being Set on Fire for Horrific Season 8 Premiere Scene

‘Game of Thrones’ Stuntman Talks Being Set on Fire for Horrific Season 8 Premiere Scene
The most horrific moment of the “Game of Thrones” Season 8 premiere was easily when Beric Dondarrion had to light a young child turned white walker on fire. “Thrones” is well known for featuring graphic violence across its run, but the sight of a small boy screaming while he is burned alive sticks out as one of the show’s most brutal images (it brought back memories of the young Princess Shireen being burned alive in Season 5). Showrunner David Benioff calls the scene “a great horror movie sequence” in HBO’s official behind-the-scenes documentary on the premiere, which also introduces the stuntman who pulled off the horrific moment.

Paul Lowe is probably not a name that rings a bell for most “Thrones” viewers, but it’s likely many viewers are familiar with the stuntman’s work. “Winterfell,” the Season 8 premiere, was Lowe’s ninth “Thrones” episode and a full circle moment
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How do you like your Disney classics? Old-school animated or live-action updated? [Poll]

When Disney isn’t busy pumping out “Star Wars” spin-offs or Marvel superhero sequels and origin stories, the studio seems bound and determined to recycle every one of its animated classics into a live-action or heavily CGI version. Back in 1994, the House of Mouse did its first live-action redo based on 1967’s “The Jungle Book.” Directed by Stephen Sommers, it took in an Ok $42 million at the box office. It was a step in a new direction from the old days when the studio would do anniversary revivals of their treasured animated features by re-releasing them on the big screen.

That tradition ended when they got more bang out of their remake buck with 1996’s live-action “101 Dalmatians,” based on the 1961 cartoon feature. The big draw was Glenn Close as the malevolent puppy-snatcher Cruella de Vil. The doggy romance hit the spot, grossing $320.7 million worldwide — although its sequel, “102 Dalmatians,
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Box-Office Weekend: Shazam! Dominates Again

For the second consecutive week, Shazam! held on tightly to the top spot on the Box-Office Weekend leaderboard. This week, the film’s second in release, the latest film in the DC Extended Universe, added $25.1 million to give it a two-week total of $94.9 million. The Zachary Levi-led film continues to perform will internationally as well, adding $35.9 million to give it a global two-week total of approximately $258.8 million.

The next two films on the countdown are two of the four new entries in the top ten this weekend. The first, the comedy Little, debuted in second place with $15.5 million. The second, the new version of Hellboy, brought in $12 million despite genuinely terrible reviews (the film currently sports a 14% rating on RottenTomatoes). Dropping from second place last weekend is the horror film remake Pet Sematary, which added another $10 million to give it a two-week total of $41.1 million. Just behind that, with
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China box office: 'P Storm' top again as 'Avengers: Endgame' breaks advance booking records

The Marvel film has become became the fastest ever to hit RMB100m.

After a brief rebound thanks to the Qingming (‘tomb sweeping’) long weekend in the first week of April, the Chinese seven-day box office period of April 8-14 shrank by 42% week-on-week. This made it the second quietest week in 2019 so far, behind the pre-Chinese New Year period.

Hong Kong anti-corruption thriller P Storm was the highest-grossing film for the second film with a seven-day gross of $35.1m for a cume of $85.4m to date. The fourth installment of the Storm franchise is the most successful yet. All four
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Bo Report: ‘Shazam!’ rules again as new releases go missing

Back of the Net

Facing zero competition from the new releases, New Line/DC Entertainment’s family superhero adventure Shazam! continued its reign at Australian cinemas last weekend.

Lionsgate’s Hellboy reboot, Universal’s comedy Little, Fox’s romantic drama The Aftermath and Laika Studios/Roadshow’s stop-motion animated comedy Missing Link all struggled, generally mirroring their Us results.

Meanwhile Umbrella’s Back of the Net, a young adult drama directed by Louise Alston and scripted by Casie Tabanou and Alison Spuck, launched in Queensland and Victoria, netting $14,000 from limited sessions on 38 screens.

Don’t read too much into that because the film starring Sofia Wylie (the Disney Channel’s Andi Mack) as a soccer academy student who locks horns with the school’s star player Evie (Tiarnie Coupland) is rolling out over the next few weeks, dated for the school holidays.

Also, producer Steve Jaggi is soon expected to
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‘Shazam!’ Grows To $164M Overseas; ‘After’ Has Intense Offshore Awakening – International Box Office

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Update, writethru: A varied offering of holdover titles and a handful of new entries in staggered release, the international box office this weekend was led for the second frame in a row by Warner Bros/New Line/DC’s Shazam!. The family-friendly superhero added $35.9M in the sophomore session and has now grossed $163.9M overseas for a running worldwide total of $258.8M. Disney’s Dumbo is also still flying around, rising to $177M offshore and $266.9M global in the 3rd frame.

Among the freshman films, Voltage’s teen drama After had a notable awakening in some key European markets. Early estimates on the adaptation of Anna Todd’s Ya novel are $12.28M from 28 markets. That includes No. 1 starts in such hubs as Italy and Germany which were also major plays for the Fifty Shades movies.

Hellboy’s detailed overseas debut figures have not come in from Millennium, although comScore estimates
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'Shazam!' stays top in North America as 'Hellboy' disappoints (updated)

Box office drops 25.6% against last weekend.

April 15 Update: Shazam! held on to its North American box office crown thanks to a confirmed $24.4m haul through Warner Bros, fending off a number two debut by Universal’s body swap comedy Little and a disappointing number three arrival by the Hellboy reboot.

DC Entertainment and New Line’s superhero adaptation Shazam! starring Zachary Levi stands at $94.2m and will cross $100m within days. The film, which reportedly cost $100m excluding P&A spend, stands at a solid $258.4m worldwide.

Universal’s comedy Little from super producer Will Packer starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and youngster Marsai Martin,
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'Shazam!' stays top in North America as 'Hellboy' disappoints

Box office drops 25.6% against last weekend.

Shazam! held on to its North American box office crown thanks to an estimated $25.1m haul through Warner Bros, fending off a number two debut by Universal’s body swap comedy Little and a disappointing number three arrival by the Hellboy reboot.

DC Entertainment and New Line’s superhero adaptation Shazam! starring Zachary Levi stands at $94.9m and will cross $100m within days. The film, which reportedly cost $100m excluding P&A spend, stands at a solid $259m worldwide.

Universal’s comedy Little from super producer Will Packer starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and youngster Marsai Martin,
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'Shazam!' stays top in North America as 'Little', 'Hellboy' score top three debuts

Box office drops 25.6% against last weekend.

Shazam! held on to its North American box office crown thanks to an estimated $25.1m haul through Warner Bros, fending off a number two debut by Universal’s body swap comedy Little and a disappointing number three arrival by the Hellboy reboot.

DC Entertainment and New Line’s superhero adaptation Shazam! starring Zachary Levi stands at $94.9m and will cross $100m within days. The film, which reportedly cost $100m excluding P&A spend, stands at a solid $259m worldwide.

Universal’s comedy Little from super producer Will Packer starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and youngster Marsai Martin,
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Shazam Wins 2nd Weekend with $25.1M as Hellboy Bombs at the Box Office

Shazam! fell over 50% from last weekend and was still able to easily dominate this weekend's box office with $25.1 million. The DC movie has been receiving praise from fans and critics, who are excited about the lighter tone and family atmosphere. David F. Sandberg, Zachary Levi, and the young cast were able to put something honest and unique on the big screen, giving comic book fans something different from the genre.

Body-swapping comedy Little stars Regina Hall, Marsai Martin, and Issa Rae debuted at number two this weekend with $15.5 million, which was more than enough to take down the Hellboy remake. The Neil Marshall-directed movie took the third position and was only able to bring in $12 million for its debut after it was expected to make anywhere from $16 million to $21 million. However, the remake has been getting torn apart by critics, though some comic book fans were satisfied with the hard R-rating and action.
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'Shazam!' #1 for Second Weekend as 'Little' Tops 'Hellboy' to Lead Newcomers

'Shazam!' #1 for Second Weekend as 'Little' Tops 'Hellboy' to Lead Newcomers
After four straight weekends featuring a new #1 film at the weekend box office, Warner Bros.'s Shazam! took the crown for a second weekend in a row, topping a flurry of newcomers that delivered varying returns. Universal's Little secured the runner-up position, out-performing Lionsgate and Summit's Hellboy, which struggled amidst a flurry of negative reviews ahead of release not to mention reports of tension during production. Additionally, United Artists's release of Laika's Missing Link missed expectations and Aviron's After out-performed pre-weekend expectations. At the top of the box office is Shazam!, which delivered an estimated $25.1 million in its second weekend, a drop of -53%, for a domestic cume just shy of $95 million. The film also topped the global box office for a second weekend in a row as it added $35.9 million internationally for an overseas cume that now stands at $163.9 million and a global tally reaching $258.8 million. Universal's Little led all newcomers,
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‘Shazam!’ Still Flies High at Box Office With $25 Million 2nd Weekend

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Though mid-week numbers were somewhat lower than expected, Warner Bros./New Line’s “Shazam!” easily stayed at the top of the box office charts with a $25 million second weekend, dropping a decent 53% from its $53.5 million opening.

That gives the DC blockbuster a domestic total through two weekends of just under $95 million. Depending on the performance of the horror film “The Curse of La Llorona” next weekend, “Shazam!” has a chance to stay No. 1 for one more frame before “Avengers: Endgame” takes over the box office.

Also Read: 'Shazam!' Writer Henry Gayden Will Return to Write Sequel (Exclusive)

As for this weekend’s new releases, two of them are on their way to become big flops. One is Lionsgate/Millennium’s “Hellboy,” which has been panned with a 15% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and a C on CinemaScore. With such poor word of mouth, the R-rated reboot of the Dark Horse Comics
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‘Shazam’ Stays at No. 1 as ‘Hellboy’ Flames Out at Box Office

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‘Shazam’ Stays at No. 1 as ‘Hellboy’ Flames Out at Box Office
Warner Bros/New Line’s “Shazam” will easily hold on to the No. 1 spot at this weekend’s box office as it is on pace for a second weekend total of $22.5 million and a 10-day total of $92 million.

But the other comic book film in theaters this weekend, Lionsgate’s “Hellboy,” looks like it is going to flame out with an opening weekend total of just $12 million after making $4.93 million on Friday. That’s below the $17-20 million projections set for the R-rated reboot and below the $23 million opening made by the original “Hellboy” in 2004.

While Guillermo Del Toro’s two “Hellboy” films became cult classics, the $50 million reboot starring David Harbour and directed by Neil Marshall (“Game of Thrones”) is getting weak reception from both critics and audiences. It has been panned on Rotten Tomatoes with a 15% score, and received a 2.5 star score on Postrak and a C from opening night audiences on CinemaScore.
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