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Disney's Planet of the Apes Movie Is a Full-Blown Reboot?

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Disney's Planet of the Apes Movie Is a Full-Blown Reboot?
Fans of the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy will have to pour one out for Caesar's band of primates as the franchise is getting rebooted. We learned shortly after the Disney/Fox merger went into effect last March that a few franchises would continue on, one of them being Planet of the Apes. At the time, it wasn't clear if Disney would continue beyond what Matt Reeves set up at the end of 2017's War for the Planet of the Apes, or if they would opt to hit the reset button. It looks as though they're going with the latter options.

According to a new report, which focused on Daniel Torrence boarding the project as a production designer, it's said the new Planet of the Apes movie coming from Disney will indeed be a reboot. As we reported in December, Wes Ball (The Maze Runner) is set to develop the reboot.
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Sonic the Hedgehog Wins Big at the Holiday Weekend Box Office with $57M

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Sonic the Hedgehog Wins Big at the Holiday Weekend Box Office with $57M
Moviegoers showed a lot of love to Sonic the Hedgehog over the Valentine's Day weekend, as the Paramount Pictures release has set a new high-bar for video game adaptations in Hollywood. It easily took the top spot away from Birds of Prey, the latest DC Comics adaptation from Warner Bros., which was entering its second weekend after a rough start. This weekend's other newcomers all did somewhere between good and not-so-good.

Sonic the Hedgehog earned a reported $57 million for the three-day weekend box office and, thanks to the Presidents Day holiday, it's expected to take in $70 million during the four-day start. Considering the reported $90 million production budget, that is a killer beginning for the directorial debut of Jeff Fowler. It now holds the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for a video game movie, besting last year's Detective Pikachu, which opened to $54.3 million, on its way to $433 million globally.
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Box-Office Weekend: Sonic the Hedgehog Outruns the Birds of Prey

Box-Office Weekend: Sonic the Hedgehog Outruns the Birds of Prey
Presidents’ Day weekend belonged soundly to Sonic the Hedgehog, which enjoyed a debut atop the box-office weekend. The film took in $57 million over the weekend, outpacing second-place finisher (last weekend’s top film) Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn by approximately $40 million.

Although Birds of Prey lost the top spot this weekend, it still managed to bring in another $17.1 million to give the film a two-week total of $59.3 million. This was just ahead of the second debut of the weekend, Fantasy Island, which took the third spot with a tally of $12.4 million. Similarly, fourth place belonged to another debut as The Photograph brought in $12.3 million, to finish just behind Fantasy Island.

Meanwhile, Bad Boys for Life dropped from the second spot all the way to fifth adding only $11.3 million over the weekend. This gives the film a five-week total of $181.3 million. Similarly dropping over the
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Joins Top Videogame Movies As ‘Birds of Prey’ Loses Box-Office Altitude

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Joins Top Videogame Movies As ‘Birds of Prey’ Loses Box-Office Altitude
Two holidays, four new releases, and a few Oscar boosts made for a strong weekend. Though it fell behind last month’s stellar three days around Martin Luther King Day (which featured “Bad Boys for Life”), we saw an improvement of 25%, or $30 million, over the same dates last year. It’s another positive sign in a year that has seen all but one weekend improve on 2019: So far, total grosses are running about 15% ahead ($1.45 million) of last year’s anemic start.

Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” led the pack, and Valentine’s Day bolstered “The Photograph” (Universal) and “Downhill” (Searchlight). However, the Will Packer-produced romance fared far better than the Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Will Farrell’s English-language remake of “Force Majeure.” And both will fall short of Blumhouse’s critically reviled, PG-13 horror take on the 1970s TV series “Fantasy Island” (Sony).

Post-Oscars, both “1917” (Universal) and Best
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Box Office Report For February 14-16

Box Office Report For February 14-16
Welcome back one and all to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, we only have a handful of new releases opening wide in Downhill, Fantasy Island, The Photograph, and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as the second weekend for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), or just Birds of Prey, if you’d prefer. How did they all do? Read on to see how the weekend turned out… Easily taking the top spot was Sonic the Hedgehog, overcoming that horrid first wave of buzz when its initial trailer came out. Managing solid reviews after its rejiggered visuals, Sonic raced to a hearty $57 million opening. Suffice it to say, a new franchise is born.
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‘Portrait of a Lady On Fire’ Lights Things Up Upon Return, ‘Parasite’ Takes Victory Lap, ‘Downhill’ Off To Slow Start – Specialty Box Office

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‘Portrait of a Lady On Fire’ Lights Things Up Upon Return, ‘Parasite’ Takes Victory Lap, ‘Downhill’ Off To Slow Start – Specialty Box Office
The indie distributor Neon is becoming the cool, popular kid in Hollywood and on the box office playground since they dominated the Oscars with the multiple Parasite wins. This weekend, the distributor, founded by Tim League and Tom Quinn, saw the return of Portrait of a Lady on Fire in theaters, while Parasite took a victory lap after winning four Oscars, upping its theater count to 2001 for the President’s Day holiday weekend.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire was previously released in New York in Los Angeles at the end of last year for a one-week awards season qualifying run. Céline Sciamma’s French period romantic drama starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel opened on 22 screens across six markets, with an estimated $440,907. It is on track for an estimated 4-day weekend cume of $633,310.

This is a strong start for the pic, which had an estimated gross of $67K in its exclusive one-week run,
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Post-Oscars, ‘Parasite’ Doubles Its Best Weekend Box Office

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Post-Oscars, ‘Parasite’ Doubles Its Best Weekend Box Office
As Neon basked in the afterglow of four Oscar wins including Best Picture for “Parasite,” the movie doubled its gross on its 19th weekend, by far its best showing. Universal’s Oscar-winner “1917” also stayed strong in even more theaters, grossing higher still.

Neon also ruled the roost with another potential crossover film, Valentine’s Day weekend entry “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” Céline Sciamma’s period bodice-ripper, which returned to theaters after a one-week Oscar qualifying multi-city run, showed significant success in most locations, not only core specialized, but also more mainstream theaters.

Otherwise, weekend results continue mixed. Searchlight released marriage story “Downhill” wide to less than enthusiastic response, while Bleecker Street went limited with a modest reaction to their serious romantic drama “Ordinary Love.” This was a weekend to spotlight films about couples, but Valentine’s Day didn’t deliver any significant boost.

The other standout opener
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Win A Signed Downhill Movie Poster – Stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus And Will Ferrell

Win A Signed Downhill Movie Poster – Stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus And Will Ferrell
Wamg is giving away to one lucky reader a signed poster for the film Downhill. The signatures include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Zach Woods, Zoë Chao, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash.

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in this biting comedy.

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Alex MacQueen, Miranda Otto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell in the film Downhill.
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Dominates Box Office With Mighty $57 Million Debut

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Dominates Box Office With Mighty $57 Million Debut
Paramount’s family film “Sonic the Hedgehog” ignited over Presidents’ Day weekend with $57 million in North America and $100 million globally, the biggest showing ever for a video game adaptation.

Sonic” is expected to earn $68-70 million through Monday, one of the best results for the holiday weekend. The better-than-expected start is even more notable since movies based on video games tend to be rejected by moviegoers.

That could have been a reality for “Sonic” if director Jeff Fowler had not gone back to the drawing board after immense internet backlash from fans over the first trailer. The movie, which cost $87 million to make, was postponed three months to give the filmmakers enough time to redesign the title character. It proved to be a sound decision because audiences gave the film an “A” CinemaScore. Ben Schwartz voices the furry blue creature, who teams up with a local sherif (James Marsden) to defeat the evil Dr.
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Breaks Video Game Box Office Record With $58 Million Opening

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Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” has become a Presidents Day weekend hit at the box office, as industry estimates are now reporting a $58 million opening weekend from 4,167 screens for the Blue Blur’s movie debut. That result will also set a new record for the best opening by a video game adaptation, topping the $54.3 million set last year by “Detective Pikachu.”

With no major family films released since the holiday season and a 4-day weekend leaving kids out of school for an extra day, “Sonic” has filled a niche in the movie market and is now estimated to reach $70 million by the end of Monday. That number would rank among the Top 5 highest extended openings for Presidents Day weekend below “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Deadpool” and the $242 million record held by “Black Panther.”

While films based on video games have had a history of being poorly received, “Sonic” has managed
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Box Office: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Speeding to $65 Million Opening Weekend

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Box Office: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Speeding to $65 Million Opening Weekend
Sonic the Hedgehog” is speeding to a $65 million opening at the North American box office this President’s Day weekend, according to estimates.

Paramount’s action-adventure, based on the Sega video game character, had been pegged to generate $40-45 million prior to its launch. Should estimates hold, it could break the $54 million record set last year by “Detective Pikachu” for the best three-day domestic opening for a video-game movie

Opening at 4,130 location, the film received an A CinemaScore from first-day audiences. The live-action and CGI hybrid follows the world’s fastest hedgehog teaming up with his new best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) to defend the planet from the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Reviews have been mostly positive, generating a 64 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Originally slated to premiere on Nov. 8, 2019, the film suffered a brutal fan backlash over the design of Sonic, prompting Paramount and director Jeff Fowler to
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ on Track for Best Box Office Debut for Video Game Adaptation

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ on Track for Best Box Office Debut for Video Game Adaptation
Sonic the Hedgehog” is giving Paramount its best box office news in over a year, with a currently estimated 3-day opening weekend of $55 million to become the best opening weekend ever for a video game adaptation.

Released this weekend on 4,167 screens, the Sega mascot’s big screen debut just edged out the $54.3 million opening of “Detective Pikachu,” bringing industry estimates for the 4-day Presidents’ Day weekend to $63 million.

The delayed release of this film prompted by an intense rejection of Sonic’s initial design is turning out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise. Moved from last November to this extended Presidents’ Day weekend, “Sonic” is standing out in the movie marketplace as a popular family offering with no major competition currently in theaters and none coming until Pixar’s “Onward” arrives in three weeks.

Also Read: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Film Review: Video Game Adaptation Surprises
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the ‘Parasite’ team were mutually starstruck by each other at the Oscars [Watch]

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the ‘Parasite’ team were mutually starstruck by each other at the Oscars [Watch]
Julia Louis-Dreyfus attended the Oscars for the first time on Sunday, where she and her “Downhill” co-star Will Ferrell, did one of the funniest bits of the night presenting the awards for cinematography, which they definitely know all about, and film editing, which they’re not quite fans of. After that, the “Veep” star enjoyed the rest of the show and had an even better time when it was over.

As she and her husband, Brad Hall, were leaving to go to the Governors Ball, their escort led them up on the stage, where the “Parasite” team was still celebrating its historic Best Picture victory. “They’re all hugging each other, and everyone’s emptying out of the theater. And I was like, ‘Oh my God! They’re all here!'” Louis-Dreyfus said on Thursday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (watch above).

Instead of congratulating them and squeezing by,
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‘Downhill’ reviews: Does it do ‘everything right,’ or are you better off watching the original ‘Force Majeure’?

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‘Downhill’ reviews: Does it do ‘everything right,’ or are you better off watching the original ‘Force Majeure’?
Happy Valentine’s Day from “Downhill,” the comedy about a couple on the rocks — or on thin ice, as may be a more apt metaphor — that opened on February 14. But what do critics think of this remake of the 2014 Swedish comedy “Force Majeure“? It’s directed by Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (“The Descendants“), co-written by them and Emmy winner Jesse Armstrong (“Succession“), and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell. That’s quite a pedigree.

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 50 based on 32 reviews counted thus far: 13 positive, 18 somewhat mixed, and 1 outright negative. Over on Rotten Tomatoes it has a freshness rating of 47% based on 74 reviews, 39 of which are classified as negative. The Rt critics’ consensus summarizes the reviews by saying, “Fittingly named for a remake whose charms are dwarfed by its superior source material, ‘Downhill’ is frequently — and frustratingly — less than the sum of its talented parts.
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Box Office: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Racing to $55 Million Debut

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Box Office: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Racing to $55 Million Debut
Sonic the Hedgehog” is racing to a dominant $55 million opening at 3,150 North American locations during the four-day President’s Day weekend in a launch that’s above forecasts, early estimates showed Friday.

Universal’s romantic drama “The Photograph” and Sony-Blumhouse’s “Fantasy Island” are both performing in line with forecasts in the $12 million to $14 million for their launches. Searchlight’s debut of “Downhill,” starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is ahead of expectations at about $7 million.

Sonic the Hedgehog” started with $3 million at Thursday night previews, matching that of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which opened last year with $55 million. Preview audiences gave “Sonic the Hedgehog” a 4 out 5 PostTrak rating.

Paramount’s action adventure, based on the Sega video game character, had been pegged to dominate domestic moviegoing with $40 million to $45 million from 4,130 venues over the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. The film, a live-action and CGI hybrid,
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‘Downhill’ Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash on Why They Remade ‘Force Majeure’ and Directing Comedy Legends [Interview]

‘Downhill’ Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash on Why They Remade ‘Force Majeure’ and Directing Comedy Legends [Interview]
Filmmakers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash took some time out of their schedule to sit down with /Film for a phone interview to talk about their new film, Downhill. Downhill premiered at the Eccles Theater during the first weekend of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film is the the English-language remake of the Swedish dark […]

The post ‘Downhill’ Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash on Why They Remade ‘Force Majeure’ and Directing Comedy Legends [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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Downhill – Review

Downhill – Review
Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the film Downhill. Photo by Jaap Buitendijk. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star as a married couple who have their relationship shaken after near-miss with an avalanche while on a family ski vacation, in the dark comedy/drama Downhill. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash co-direct this American re-make of 2014 Force Majeure, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s biting comedy about how a man’s reaction to danger undermines his relationship with his wife and children. The term “force majeure” means an irresistible compulsion, like the man’s self-preservation response.

Ruben Ostlund’s dark comedy was sharply funny as well as thought-provoking. Like most English-language re-makes of international hits, Downhill is a paler version. Still, Downhill has its moments, comic and otherwise, largely thanks to the fine work of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell. Their comic chemistry and
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Movie Review: Downhill

Movie Review: Downhill
A big problem many might have with the new film starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus called Downhill is that it is, simply put, not that funny. In fact, the film is currently billed as a comedy/drama, or dramedy if you will. This classification does the film a severe disservice as there isn’t really anything in the context of Downhill that feels like its intended to or should be taken as being all that funny. Even though some extremely funny people are involved in the project, the subject matter—the disillusionment of marital/familial bliss is, by all accounts, no laughing matter.

Downhill is a remake of the film Force Majeure (2014) from Swedish director Ruben Östund. While that film’s dry take on marital relationships following a pseudo-avalanche could be interpreted as a dry satire on the institutions of marriage and family, this new Americanized version, directed by
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15 Highest-Grossing American Remakes of Foreign Films, From ‘Godzilla’ to ‘The Departed’ (Photos)

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15 Highest-Grossing American Remakes of Foreign Films, From ‘Godzilla’ to ‘The Departed’ (Photos)
The Swedish film “Force Majeure” was a critically acclaimed darling but not exactly a box office hit. So there was an opportunity to take the film’s black humor and install the American charms of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell to see how it might fare commercially in “Downhill,” opening this weekend. But surprisingly, even box office hits abroad don’t always translate when remade with American actors, and the ones that do rarely resemble their original inspiration. Here are the highest-grossing American remakes of foreign films (all domestic box office figures via Box Office Mojo).

Godzilla” (2014) – $200.6 Million

Japan, “Godzilla” (1954)

Godzilla” has had so many remakes and sequels over the years, but Gareth Edwards’ film gets closer to the melancholy of Ishiro Honda’s original monster movie than ever before.

2. “3 Men and a Baby” (1987) – $167.7 Mil

France, “3 Hommes et un couffin” (1985)

Made on a mid-size budget and starring the
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Box Office: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Speeds to $3 Million on Thursday Night

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Box Office: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Speeds to $3 Million on Thursday Night
Sonic the Hedgehog” raced to a solid $3 million at 3,150 North American locations on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Universal’s romantic drama “The Photograph” grossed $650,000 in previews from 2,250 theaters.

Sonic’s earnings match that of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which opened last year with $55 million. Preview audiences gave “Sonic the Hedgehog” a 4 out 5 PostTrak rating.

Paramount’s action adventure, based on the Sega video game character, is expected to dominate domestic moviegoing with $40 million to $45 million from 4,130 venues over the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. The film, a live-action and CGI hybrid, follows the world’s fastest hedgehog, teaming up with his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) to defend the planet from the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Reviews have been mostly positive, generating a 64% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Sonic” will have to resonate beyond its core demographic to recoup its $87 million price tag. The film also bows this weekend in 41 countries overseas,
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