China Box Office: 'Kingsman 2' Wins Weekend With $40M, 'Never Say Die' Crosses $300M
Fox's spy sequel The Kingsman: Golden Circle debuted to a strong $40.3 million at the Chinese box office over the weekend.
That's a sizable improvement over the $22.5 million opening its predecessor, The Kingsman: The Secret Service, made in the Middle Kingdom in 2015.
The cheeky action-comedy, again directed by British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, dominated screen shares while also earning $3.5 million on Imax. Worldwide, Golden Circle has brought in $250.3 million from 61 markets.
Viewer reviews in China are mostly positive — the film holds an average score of 7.3 on Douban and 8.4 on Maoyan — suggesting a »
- Patrick Brzeski
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Script Is Almost Finished
James Gunn took to social media to announce that he's almost finished with the first draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 script. The second installment of the Guardians franchise came out right before the summer and is the third highest grossing movie of 2017, earning some big-time cash at a relatively quiet year for the box office as a whole. But as far as the McU is concerned, the attention is directed squarely on the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok (which has been compared to Guardians in terms of humor and soundtrack) and the almighty Avengers: Infinity War.
Though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was recently just released on Blu-ray/DVD, director James Gunn took to Instagram early Friday morning, bedhead and all, to announce that he's just about finished with the first draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 script with 70 pages complete. Gunn had this to say.
"Yes the »
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Tops International Box Office With China Debut
Spy spoof “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” has led the international box office with $48.7 million this weekend — most of that coming from an impressive $40.3 million launch in China.
Fox’s sequel to 2015’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is playing in 62 markets abroad and has now topped $250 million worldwide, including $35 million in South Korea and $30 million in the U.K. The original grossed $286 million two years ago in overseas markets.
The action comedy was directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Taron Egerton. In China, the opening weekend led that market and was 73% ahead of “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
With $95 million in the U.S. after five weeks, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is nearing $350 million worldwide. The original wound up with a worldwide total of $415 million.
Warner Bros. “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler, is finishing in second place with $36.4 million at 13,000 screens with first-place finishes in 36 territories to lift its international total to $49 million. South Korea was »
- Dave McNary
‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele On Divisiveness, Black Identity & The “White Savior”
When the teaser trailers for Jordan Peele’s Get Out first came out, question marks hovered over its mysterious plot points. Fortunately, keeping the narrative about the stylized take on the victimization of black people and “the sunken place” close to its chest paid off enough to pique the interest of audiences to earn over $250 million at the global box office to date. At the Film Independent Forum on Sunday, Peele stepped out on the stage for the keynote conversation to… »
‘Only the Brave’ and 2 More Bomb, Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2’ Will Break Even: It’s Another Troubling Box-Office Weekend
“Geostorm,” “Only the Brave,” “The Snowman” — it’s another in a series of terrible box-office weekends. Last year, the same weekend saw three new releases gross a total of $65 million; this year, four new releases totaled $44 million. “Boo 2: A Madea Halloween” performed best, but at the lower end of expectations.
This is a performance that might be expected in January, the dumping ground for loser films. But October is the month where we’ve seen films like “Gravity,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Martian” thrive.
Is it a crisis yet? It’s clear there’s still an audience when a September release like “It” can hit $320 million domestic so far. However, it’s clear that even franchise fans are unreliable.
Read More:‘Geostorm’ Review: Brace for Category 5 CGI Boredom
With a $22 million opening weekend and a $25 million budget, “Boo 2!” could break even: Figure less than $30 million in marketing/distribution costs, »
- Tom Brueggemann
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is Disappearing From Theaters More Quickly Than Expected
“Blade Runner 2049” isn’t long for this world — at least not in theaters. The would-be blockbuster of the season continues to struggle at the box office, taking in just $7.1 million in its third weekend, which saw the number of theaters it was playing in drop by 855; “It,” meanwhile, only saw its theater count drop by 616 despite opening a month earlier.
Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic
The film has now made a total of $194 million worldwide, which would be better news if it hadn’t come with a hefty price tag of $150 million. Denis Villeneuve’s long-awaited sequel, which takes place 30 years after Ridley Scott’s sci-fi benchmark, was expected to make some $50 million during its opening weekend but only took in $32 million — well below even the most conservative forecasts. That’s in spite »
- Michael Nordine
Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Weekend While Fellow Newcomers Struggle All Around
As expected, Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween topped the weekend box office becoming the seventh of eight Madea films to open over $20 million. Meanwhile, it was rough going for the weekend's four other new wide releases as Geostorm, Only the Brave and The Snowman essentially bombed while Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me failed to meet the low end of expectations after strong group sales on opening day. Overall, the top twelve generated just $81.3 million, over $30 million less than the same weekend last year as October is currently pacing ~13% behind last year. With an estimated $21.65 million, Boo 2! finished atop the weekend box office while falling nearly $7 million short of the original's opening one year ago. The film did receive an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, just a notch below the original Boo!'s "A" and it will be interesting to see what kind of run Boo 2! can leg out. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Slays Weekend; Doc ‘Jane’ Bows Solid – Specialty Box Office
A24's The Killing Of A Sacred Deer sailed to the top the Specialty box office in its debut, grossing over $114K in four theaters in another crowded weekend of newcomers. There were over a dozen new limited releases this weekend, though not all reported numbers as of Sunday morning. Brett Morgen's latest documentary Jane about famed primatologist Jane Goodall opened strong in three locations, grossing $55,712. On its heels was Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions Wonderstruc… »
Early ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Box Office Projections Call for Over $200 Million Opening Weekend
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in December of 2015, it shattered tons of box office records, including setting the opening weekend high with $247 million and riding a wave that raked in over $2 billion at the worldwide box office. Will Star Wars: The Last Jedi end up breaking as many records? […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Director Brett Morgen on ‘Jane’ and Directing the Pilot of Marvel’s ‘Runaways’
From director Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Kid Stays in the Picture), the remarkable documentary Jane tells the story of Jane Goodall, a trailblazer who became one of the world’s most admired conversationists, through never-before-seen footage from the National Geographic archives. Her chimpanzee research not only discovered fascinating aspects of their life and behavior, never before known, but it taught us so much about our own similarities and differences with them. During the film’s Los Angeles press day, filmmaker Brett Morgen got on the phone with Collider to talk about how this documentary … »
- Christina Radish
African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom
Africa’s toon boom takes center stage in Johannesburg this week, as the continent’s animation biz gets a boost from organizers of the Discop TV market Oct. 25-27.
A packed agenda will spotlight the bold strides being made by African animators to join the global conversation around kids’ content.
“We’re slowly building momentum, and we’re slowly building a platform for role-players across the continent to plug into,” says Nick Wilson, of the African Animation Network (Aan), an open-network platform for African animators and industry associations to connect and collaborate. “There’s going to be a real pan-African buzz represented at Discop this year.”
Anchoring the action on the floor of the Sandton Convention Center will be the African Animation Village. Sponsored by Turner Africa, the village will be the hub for a busy week that includes a roundtable discussion on developing local content through partnerships with international brands, led by Ariane Suveg, »
- Christopher Vourlias
Renée Zellweger To Play Judy Garland In ‘Judy’ For Pathé, Calamity Films – Afm
Pathe and Calamity Films have set Renee Zellweger to star in Judy, playing the legendary Judy Garland in the true story of the singer and actress’ final concerts in London. A February 2018 start date has been earmarked for principal photography with British stage director and Tony nominee Rupert Goold helming. It’s winter 1968, 30 years after she played the iconic role of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, when showbiz legend Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a… »
Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in London-set ‘Judy’
Renee Zellweger (“Chicago”) will star as Judy Garland in a new movie about the show business legend’s final concerts in London. Pathé and Calamity Films are behind “Judy” and principal photography is set for next February, in London.
Opening in the English capital in the winter of 1968 as Garland arrives for a five-week run of sell-out concerts, the movie will also recount the icon’s battles with management, and relationships with musicians and fans.
As the concerts get underway the star of stage and screen is 47 and exhausted, fragile, and wanting to be at home with her kids, casting into doubt whether the shows, at the Talk of the Town nightclub, can go on.
“Judy” is based on a script written by Tom Edge (“The Crown”) and will be produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone (“Pride”) for Calamity Films. British stage director and Tony nominee, Rupert Goold, will direct. The producers »
- Stewart Clarke
Idfa’s Interim Artistic Director Barbara Visser Welcomes ‘A Generation With Balls’ for Doc Festival’s 30th Edition
For its last edition, Idfa found itself on the back-foot, after the double whammy of Britain’s Brexit vote and, rather more freshly, the shock result of the U.S. election conspired to overshadow even the most topical film in the selection. This year, things seemed to have settled down, although Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen, the festival’s Head of Industry, cautions against complacency. “You never know what might happen!” she laughs.
It’s a big year for Idfa, which celebrates two birthdays – 30 for the festival itself and 25 for the Forum. To celebrate the former, which also happens to see longtime Artistic Director Ally Derks stepping down, the festival has invited a roll-call of documentary legends, including Nick Broomfield, Frederick Wiseman, Kim Longinotto, Da Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, to select a film that has profoundly affected them and present it to a festival audience.
Also, as always, the event comprises eight competitive strands alongside the usual sections that showcase »
- Damon Wise
Murder on the Orient Express: has the all-star gravy train run out of steam?
The all-star cast is part of Hollywood tradition. In 2017, have we reached capacity?
The names flash past in the trailer for the new Murder on the Orient Express like carriages on a bullet train: Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Dench, Depp, Gad, Jacobi, Pfeiffer, Ridley. The whole approach screams: “Never mind the story; look at those names!”
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- Steve Rose
WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean Fantasy ‘Gods’
WellGo Us has picked up North American rights to South Korean fantasy drama “Along With the Gods.” The film is one of the most expensive in Korean history and was highest profile launch at the film market that accompanied the Busan Film Festival last week.
Based on Ju Ho-min’s popular web cartoon of the same title, and directed by Kim Yong-hwa (“Mr. Go”), the film sees the story of a firefighter who is taken to the afterlife by three guardians. He has to complete seven trials before he can be reincarnated.
The fantasy blockbuster, made with a total budget of $35.5 million (Krw 40 billion), is set as a two-part feature film. The first has a theatrical release in Korea on December 20, while the second part will be released in summer, 2018.
The film’s cast includes some of the country’s top stars including Ha Jung-woo (“The Handmaiden”), Cha Tae-hyun (“Scandal Makers”), Ju Ji-hoon (Asura: The City of »
- Sonia Kil
Pickups review – Aidan Gillen laughs at himself as he turns killer in meta-film
Like Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm or Matt LeBlanc in Episodes, the Irish actor Aidan Gillen plays an actor called Aidan Gillen in this scrappy, low-fi meta-musing on fame and life as a jobbing actor. Gillen, who co-wrote the script with director Jamie Thraves, runs the risk here of looking like a raging narcissist by making a film all about himself. Instead he sketches the travails of mid-range celebrity with likable self-mockery. The film’s running gag is that his character is constantly being recognised as “that fella off the TV” by people who then won’t believe it’s really him. “Nah. The guy I’m thinking of is much younger looking than you.”
- Cath Clarke
Pablo Trapero, Martina Gusmán, Bérénice Bejo, Wild Bunch Team for ‘La Quietud’ (Exclusive)
One of Latin America’s highest-profile filmmakers, Pablo Trapero, will direct Martina Gusmán (“Lion’s Den”) and Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) in “La Quietud,” an intimate family drama turning on two sisters’ reencounter and attempt at closure on a common troubled past.
Wild Bunch will handle international sales and looks set to introduce the new title to buyers at next week’s American Film Market.
Edgar Ramírez (“Carlos”) plays the older sister’s husband; Graciela Borges (“Chronicle of a Lady,” “The Swamp”), one of Argentina’s grand dames, is the sisters’ mother; Joaquín Furriel (“The Bronze Garden”) has also joined the cast.
Going into production in the week of Nov. 20, and shooting on a country estate in the province of Buenos Aires, “La Quietud” is set up at Trapero and Gusmán’s Buenos Aires production house Matanza Cine. Headed by Melita Toscan du Plantier and Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Paris-based Macassar Productions co-produces out of France. Viacom-owned free-to-air »
- John Hopewell
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star on Delivering the Classic Two-Handed Punch and Those Crazy Fan Theories
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Star Trek: Discovery” Episode 6, “Lethe.”]
Now that the mutineer has settled in, and the tardigrade was freed, “Star Trek: Discovery” has welcomed a new crew member to its ranks. On Sunday’s episode, Lt. Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) came on board after escaping a Klingon prison ship with Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) last week. Although the larger and tougher Klingons were calling the shots, the two Starfleet officers teamed up in a miniature prison uprising, taking the guards by surprise and fighting their way free.
Read More: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: The Surprises of ‘Lethe’ Include Friendly Replicators and Unfriendly Vulcans
“I think that moment of desperation, you hear stories of a mother lifting a car because of adrenaline in a desperate moment, if you need to escape you find a way,” Latif told IndieWire. “There’s moments of vulnerability among the Klingons, that’s why they broke their necks. The softest part of their neck is their throats, »
- Hanh Nguyen
The Princess Bride review – golden-age throwback glows brighter than ever
Thirty years on, Rob Reiner’s salute to Hollywood swashbucklers remains a poignant pastiche, gloriously unencumbered by CGI visuals and gender cliches
After 30 years, the wit, fun, charm and idealism are fresher than ever. The Princess Bride, adapted by William Goldman from his novel and directed by Rob Reiner, now makes a brief reappearance in UK cinemas. Catch it while you can. My colleague Hadley Freeman has a magisterial chapter on it in her memoir of 1980s Hollywood, Life Moves Pretty Fast, showing how it made possible fairytale homages and Shrek and Frozen and also affected the language of irony and comedy in the television pop culture that came afterwards. It’s a movie that manages to be both a pastiche and a fervently real love story. The Princess Bride is an organically grown comedy romance from an analogue age: different from the genetically modified, digital creations that came along later. »
- Peter Bradshaw
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