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Box Office Battle: ‘Ad Astra’ Takes on ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and ‘Downton Abbey’

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Box Office Battle: ‘Ad Astra’ Takes on ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and ‘Downton Abbey’
Hustlers” and “Good Boys” proved that even in the age of Marvel dominance and remake mania, movies that don’t exist within an established franchise can still be box office draws. Can “Ad Astra” continue that trend?

The space drama — starring Brad Pitt and directed by James Gray — arrives on the big screen this weekend alongside two other nationwide releases with fierce competition among older audiences: Lionsgate’s “Rambo: Last Blood” and Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey.” All three titles are eyeing modest debuts around $20 million and will contend with the reigning champ, Warner Bros.’ “It: Chapter Two,” for first place on domestic box office charts. Based on Stephen King’s terrifying novel, “It: Chapter Two” collected $39 million last weekend and should pull in another $20 million during its third outing in theaters. After two weeks of release, the horror blockbuster has amassed $324 million worldwide.

Rambo: Last Blood,” the fifth chapter in Sylvester Stallone’s action franchise,
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‘Good Boys’ Digital and Blu-ray Release Date, Details Revealed

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has announced when Good Boys will be released on digital, Blu-ray, and DVD. The mid-budget R-rated comedy stars Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams as a group of pre-teens whose attempts to prepare for their first kissing party go hilariously and disastrously awry. Thanks to a press release from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, we know Good Boys arrives on digital on October 29. It will later be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand on November 12. Directed by Gene Stupnitsky, this comedy has done well in theaters since …
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‘Hustlers’ Shows Strength of Female-Centered Fare as ‘The Goldfinch’ Fails to Fly

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‘Hustlers’ Shows Strength of Female-Centered Fare as ‘The Goldfinch’ Fails to Fly
Mid-September is not normally prime box office, but this weekend provided some encouragement as we move into a fall that will determine whether the market will reverse the trend that has domestic results 6% below last year.

“Hustlers” planted the flag for the cause of comedies, original projects, and women front and center with a stronger-than-anticipated $33 million. That was good enough for second place, behind “It: Chapter Two,” which managed to keep its second-weekend drop to reasonable levels and a total just under $41 million that maintained the #1 slot. A particularly strong group of small-drop holdovers also added to decent results.

And then there was the absolutely dreadful #8 with “The Goldfinch,” which grossed $2.64 million. Its failure, which Warner Bros. can sustain, will have more long-term impact than most similar high-end duds.

What emerged was a weekend total that should end up over $110 million, enough to slightly surpass the same date last year.
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Box Office: ‘Hustlers’ Racks Up Solid $33 Million Debut, ‘Goldfinch’ Bombs

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“Hustlers” rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters.

Boosted by rave reviews and stellar word of mouth, “Hustlers” beat expectations and now ranks as the best start for an Stx film, along with the biggest live-action opening weekend for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, the R-rated heist thriller is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article about a group of strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clientele after the 2008 recession hits.

“Hustlers” arrived in second place behind Warner Bros.’ “It: Chapter Two,” which claimed the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row. The terrifying sequel pocketed another $40 million this weekend, marking a 55% decline from its inaugural outing. The follow-up to 2017’s “It” has earned $153 million in North America and $323 million globally. Between “It: Chapter Two” and its predecessor, the
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‘It: Chapter Two’ Stays No. 1, ‘Hustlers’ Sets New Record for Stx and Jennifer Lopez

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It’s been a very good weekend for Stx and a decidedly mixed one for Warner Bros, as the two studios released their premiere films from the Toronto film festival: “Hustlers” and “The Goldfinch

For Stx, this weekend was a watershed one, as “Hustlers” became their best opening weekend ever with $34 million from 3,250 screens, easily breaking the previous record of $23 million set by 2016’s “Bad Moms.” The Lorene Scafaria crime film is also the best live-action opening for its star Jennifer Lopez, beating the $23 million opening of the 2005 film “Monster-in-Law” even after inflation adjustment.

Also Read: Why Stx Entertainment Needs a Score With 'Hustlers'

Hustlers” got to this point thanks to a mix of strong reviews from its Toronto premiere — it has an 87% Rotten Tomatoes score — and social media marketing by the film’s stars, including Cardi B and Lizzo, who have minor roles. While audience reception wasn
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‘Hustlers’ to Steal $28 Million as ‘It: Chapter Two’ Leads Box Office

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Stx’s crime dramedy “Hustlers” is heading for an impressive domestic opening weekend with as much as $28 million for a solid second place behind “It: Chapter Two’s” sophomore session of around $40 million, early estimates showed Friday.

Warner Bros.’ adaptation of mystery drama “The Goldfinch,” however, is showing little traction and heading for a dismal debut of less than $4 million from 2,542 venues.

Stx had forecast that “Hustlers” would open with between $20 million and $26 million from 3,250 sites, but rival estimates placed the star-studded title at as high as $29 million. The comedy-drama is likely to become Stx’s best performer since Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s “The Upside” became a surprise hit earlier this year. The studio’s other recent releases, including “Best of Enemies,” “Uglydolls,” and “Poms,” have disappointed at the box office.

Based on Jessica Pressler’s New York magazine story “The Hustlers at Scores,” “Hustlers” follows a group
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'It: Chapter Two' to consolidate grip on Hollywood international box office crown

Angel Has Fallen crosses $100m worldwide.

Warner Bros Pictures International’s It: Chapter Two has raced to $120.9m internationally and $230m worldwide and should not be unduly bothered by STXinternational’s first wave of releases for Hustlers.

Millennium Media’s Angel Has Fallen has crossed $100m worldwide in a much-needed tonic for independent box office, and Sony’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is nearing the $200m mark, although it is unlikely to cross the milestone this weekend.

Horror sequel It: Chapter Two ruled global box office last weekend and looks good to stay top of the Hollywood pile.
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Will It Chapter Two Scare Hustlers Away from the Top of the Box Office?

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It Chapter Two opened last weekend and gave the box office a much-needed shot in the arm with a $91 million take. Pennywise and The Losers Club should be collecting another very fat stack of cash on their second week out, but Stx also has the buzzed-about Hustlers set to arrive, which could represent some very major competition. At the same time, Warner Bros. is releasing what is (or at least was) a clear awards season hopeful with The Goldfinch.

Despite the competition, It Chapter Two is expected to come out on top once again with between $40 and $45 million. The sequel hasn't been met with the same level of critical praise as its predecessor and it also hasn't matched the same heights at the box office up to this point. Still, the Andy Muschietti-directed Stephen King adaptation has already crossed the $200 million mark worldwide and, with its take over the weekend,
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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Director Taika Waititi Says He ‘Felt Very Nervous’ Playing Imaginary Hitler (Exclusive Video)

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Director Taika Waititi Says He ‘Felt Very Nervous’ Playing Imaginary Hitler (Exclusive Video)
Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi says he felt “very nervous” playing the imaginary Hitler in his film about a young boy growing up in Nazi Germany during World War II, and that it was never his intention to do so when he wrote the script for it.

“It wasn’t my intention at all writing the script and it was actually something Fox Searchlight encouraged me to do,” Waititi told TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven at the Toronto International Film Festival. “They encouraged me to play the role and I felt very nervous about that. But then I thought, ‘you know what? Once in a generation, an actor comes along who sort of changes the game…'”

“Well, you couldn’t afford him,” Stephen Merchant, who plays a Gestapo officer in the film, joked.

Also Read: 'Jojo Rabbit' Film Review: Taika Waititi Insists That Nazis Can Be Funny

The
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It Chapter Two Floats to the Top of the Box Office with $91M Debut

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It Chapter Two Floats to the Top of the Box Office with $91M Debut
It Chapter Two is the box office champion of the weekend. The horror sequel was easily able to float to the top with a $91 million domestic debut. However, as was predicted, the movie came short when compared to the dynamite $123 million opening of the first installment. Andres Muschietti's final chapter of the iconic Stephen King story is still a champion after a less than stellar summer for movies and was able to grab $185 million globally. Ticket sales are expected to increase over the next few weeks as Halloween nears.

Angel has Fallen was able to secure the second spot at the box office this weekend with $6 million. That's a pretty huge gap considering It Chapter Two made $85 million more to take the number one spot. As for number three, that honor goes to the comedy Good Boys, which has been holding strong ever since hitting theaters four weeks ago. The
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'It: Chapter 2' Floats to #1 with $185 Million Global Debut

'It: Chapter 2' Floats to #1 with $185 Million Global Debut
Warner Bros. and New Line's It: Chapter Two kicked off the fall box office season with a strong, $91 million debut. The performance easily topped the weekend box office, finishing ahead of the second place film by $85 million. While the performance trails the first film's $123 million opening back in 2017, it is still within studio expectations and ranks as the second largest horror opening of all-time while 2017's It remains to be the only horror film to ever open with more than $100 million. It: Chapter Two and its predecessor now rank as the first and second largest openings for both a horror film as well as the first and second largest September openings of all-time. Interestingly enough, one reason Chapter Two may have fallen short of its predecessor would appear to be the film's inability to attract a female audience similar to the first film and most horror films nowadays, which tend to be majority female,
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Box Office: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Floats to No. 1 With $91 Million

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Leave it to Pennywise to deliver a much-needed jolt to the domestic box office. Warner Bros. and New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” arrived with $91 million, a promising start to fall after a lackluster summer moviegoing season.

While those ticket sales are behind the jaw-dropping $123 million launch of its predecessor, 2017’s “It,” the follow-up still ranks as the second-best horror opening in history, as well as the second-highest bow for the month of September (both behind “It”). The original “It” stands as the most successful horror film to date with $700 million worldwide.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, “It: Chapter Two” was also a necessary win for Warner Bros. following a dismal summer that saw disappointments such as “The Kitchen,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Shaft.”

Overseas, “It: Chapter Two” scared up a solid $94 million for a global debut of $185 million.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with our result,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.
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‘It: Chapter Two’ Revives Lethargic Box Office With $91 Million Opening

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Warner Bros./New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” has got the box office moving again after a sluggish couple of weeks. With the widest release ever for a horror film at 4,570 screens, this Stephen King adaptation earned a $91 million opening this weekend.

While that’s well below the horror record $123 million earned by the first “It” in 2017, “It: Chapter Two” does stand as the second-highest opening weekend in the history of the genre. That honor previously belonged to the 2018 revival of “Halloween,” which earned a $76 million opening in October 2018.

Also Read: Where'd You Go, Indies?: 2019 Has Been a Tough Year at the Art-House Box Office

With a lower opening weekend and a higher budget — reported to be in the $70 million range — “It: Chapter Two” won’t have a theatrical run as profitable as its predecessor. But the sequel is still primed to be a winner for Warner Bros., which
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Box Office: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Floating to $90 Million Opening Weekend

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“It: Chapter Two” is already scaring up ticket sales at the domestic box office as it heads toward a $90 million opening weekend.

Following $37.4 million at Friday’s box office, the Warner Bros. horror film is now set to score the best opening since “The Lion King,” which premiered in July with $191.8 million. The film should also easily see the second-biggest horror movie launch of all time, beating out last year’s “Halloween,” which nabbed $76 million.

“It: Chapter Two” debuted at 4,570 domestic locations in the widest launch ever for an R-rated film; however the project’s estimated $90 million opening is still $33 million less than its 2017 predecessor “It.” The film picks up 27 years after the franchise’s first entry, featuring a grown up cast that includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader who must face the return of a murderous cosmic entity.

Pennywise is also seeing success overseas, where the film
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‘It: Chapter Two’ Stalks Box Office With $90 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

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While Warner Bros./New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” isn’t looking like it will have a bigger opening weekend than its 2017 predecessor, it’s still on pace to earn one of the largest opening weekends ever for a horror film or a September release.

Opening on 4,570 screens — the widest release ever for a horror film — the Stephen King adaptation earned $37.4 million on Friday and is now projected for a $91 million opening. That’s below the $100-110 million projected by independent trackers but more in line with the $85-90 million set by Warner Bros. It also would pass the $76 million opening earned by last year’s “Halloween” for the second highest opening of any horror film, sitting only behind the $123 million earned by the first “It.”

Also Read: 'It: Chapter Two' Restarts Box Office With $91 Million Opening

Critics’ reviews were notably lower for “Chapter Two” with 65% on Rotten Tomatoes compared to 86% for the first “It,
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‘It: Chapter Two’ to Give Box Office a Jolt With $100 Million Opening

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Giving the sagging box office a jolt, “It: Chapter Two” is heading for as much as $100 million in its opening weekend in North America, early estimates showed Friday.

Warner Bros. is adhering to its $90 million forecast for the horror sequel but rival studios projected a nine-figure launch frame. The figure is $23 million less than the 2017 debut of “It,” but it’s also the best opening since “The Lion King” premiered with $191.8 million during its July 19-21 opening frame.

Should it top $100 million, “It: Chapter Two” will the first non-Disney title to open above that mark this year and fifth following “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” “Toy Story 4” and “Captain Marvel.”

The sequel is debuting at 4,570 domestic locations in the widest launch ever for an R-rated film. “It: Chapter 2” will easily surpass the opening for last year’s “Halloween,” which scored $76 million for the second-biggest horror movie launch of all time.
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Olivia Wilde Wishes ‘Booksmart’ Wasn’t Called a Female ‘Superbad,’ Reflects on Box Office

Olivia Wilde Wishes ‘Booksmart’ Wasn’t Called a Female ‘Superbad,’ Reflects on Box Office
Chances are high that when reading a review for Olivia Wilde’s acclaimed feature debut “Booksmart” a comparison was made between the director’s female-driven high school comedy and the R-rated comedy classic “Superbad.” The endless comparisons between “Booksmart” and “Superbad” were impossible to ignore, so much so that Wilde herself couldn’t escape them. In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment (via The Playlist), Wilde shared mixed feelings about how her film was constantly put in the shadow of another male-dominated comedy.

“I mean, hopefully, we get to a point where every female movie doesn’t have to become the female version of a male film, but I loved ‘Superbad,’” Wilde said. “I mean, in a certain sense, I’m like, we should be so lucky. I fucking love that movie. It’s amazing. But I did feel that we should stand alone. Hopefully, that’s a kind of
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Olivia Wilde Talks Disappointing ‘Booksmart’ Box Office & Says “People Are More Accustomed To Male-Dominated Comedies”

After this year’s SXSW, there were two comedies that seemingly rose above the rest as films that would likely be big hits for their studios — “Booksmart” and “Good Boys.” Interestingly, both had very similar plots, as groups of friends go on a madcap adventure in hopes of arriving at a party and making out with someone. But with both films already released in theaters, the box office results for the two films are pretty far apart.

Continue reading Olivia Wilde Talks Disappointing ‘Booksmart’ Box Office & Says “People Are More Accustomed To Male-Dominated Comedies” at The Playlist.
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Can Pennywise and 'It: Chapter Two' Lead to Another Record Breaking September?

Can Pennywise and 'It: Chapter Two' Lead to Another Record Breaking September?
The summer movie season came to a close this past weekend, finishing down -2% compared to last year while the year is down nearly -7% compared to the same time last year. The fall season, however, hopes to bump those numbers up a bit beginning with this weekend's release of It: Chapter Two, the sequel to the 2017 smash hit, which broke the September and Fall opening weekend records, going on to become the highest grossing R-rated horror movie of all-time and delivering over $700 million worldwide. Two years later, can Pennywise headline another record-breaking September? After what served as the second smallest weekend of the year so far last weekend, Warner Bros. and New Line's It: Chapter Two will likely deliver enough to top the combined total of last weekend's films all on its own. Despite the studio anticipating a debut anywhere from $85-90+ million, industry expectations climb even higher
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It Chapter Two Will Scare Up Big Box Office, But Can It Set a New Horror Record?

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It Chapter Two Will Scare Up Big Box Office, But Can It Set a New Horror Record?
Labor Day weekend closed out the summer movie season with something of a thud. Angel Has Fallen repeated in the top spot with an $11.7 million take. That's abysmal for a holiday weekend and, for any studio not named Disney, summer 2019 is best left in the rearview mirror. Moving on to greener (or in this case redder) pastures, this weekend Warner Bros. will release the much-anticipated It Chapter Two. By a hilariously wide margin, the horror sequel will best the competition at the box office, but the question is by how much? And can it possibly beat its predecessor to break a new horror record?

Starting with the first part of that question, It Chapter Two, which sees director Andy Muschietti return to finish what he started in 2017, is expected to have a huge box office debut, but estimates vary widely regarding how much it Pennywise may pull down this time around.
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