‘Alien: Covenant’ beats ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at the weekend box office

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It was a very close race at the weekend box office but we have a new champion as Alien: Covenant narrowly beat Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The eighth film in the Alien franchise brought in $36 million which is a decent opening but a bit disappointing considering the last film Prometheus brought in $51 million during its opening weekend back in 2012. It will also have a tough time beating the $126 million domestic gross of Prometheus reports Box Office Mojo.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 falls to second place with another impressive weekend, bringing in $35.1 million and has now crossed $300 million domestically. It is now only $32 million behind its predecessor.

Third place was a bit of a surprise as the drama Everything, Everything brought in $12 million, which was much more than expected. Snatched dropped two spots to fourth place with $7.6 million. This will be the last week Snatched is in the top five.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul rounds out the top five with $7.2 million. The fourth film in the franchise produced the lowest opening weekend as the other three films managed to recored double digit opening weekends.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword continues to drop as it came in sixth place this weekend with $6.9 million and has yet to cross $30 million domestically. I’m very surprised this film has flopped so badly.

The Fate of the Furious brought in $3.2 million and is approaching $220 million domestically. Beauty and the Beast brought in $2.4 million and is close to crossing $500 million domestically after 66 days.

I doubt that Alien: Covenant will repeat as box office champion as the summer blockbusters really start coming with the openings of Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I predict that Baywatch will edge Pirates for the top spot.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

20th Century Fox: $53.8 million (+31.4 percent)

Disney: $37.9 million (-29.8 percent)

Warner Bros.: $18.9 million (+3.2 percent)

Universal: $3.4 million (-2.3 percent)

Lionsgate: $1.3 million (-2.5 percent)

BH Tilt: $1.2 million (-1.4 percent)

Next week’s openings: Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones to star in Lifetime movie ‘Cocaine Godmother’

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Lifetime has green-lighted the original movie Cocaine Godmother starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as drug lord Griselda Blanco.

The film will be going into production this year, says Deadline and will premiere on Lifetime sometime in 2018.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is based on the true story of the Colombian born Blanco who illegally moved to New York City at age 17 with her first husband. She quickly got involved with the local drug scene, smuggling in cocaine from Columbia and using attractive women, the elderly and children as drug mules. Blanco soon expanded her operation to Miami and grew in infamy. Her use of violence and force against competitors along with the death of her husband gave her the nickname “Black Widow.” She later moved to California to protect her family, but after being arrested and deported back to Colombia, she was eventually gunned down in 2012. Blanco was suspected of ordering the murders of over 200 people.

Cocaine Godmother was written by David McKenna and directed by Guillermo Navarro. The film is being produced by Asylum Entertainment along with Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Joan Harrison and Alisa Tager.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ easily repeats as box office champion

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 remained at the top spot of the weekend box office and only saw a 57 percent drop during its second weekend. The film brought in $63 million and is closing in on $250 million domestically.

Box Office Mojo reports that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is about $87 million away from reaching the original’s domestic gross of $333 million back in 2014. The film also passed $630 million at the worldwide box office.

Snatched came in second place with $17.5 million. The comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer could potentially see an increase in audience over the next few weeks but I think it will be tough for the film to hit $50 million domestically.

King: Arthur: Legend of the Sword becomes the first major flop of the summer blockbuster season. The film came in third place with $14.7 million, which is very short of projections and not good considering this film was rumored to be the start of a franchise.

The Fate of the Furious finished in fourth place with $5.3 million and has reached $215 million domestically after 31 days. The Boss Baby rounds out the top five with $4.6 million and has passed $160 million domestically.

Beauty and the Beast came in sixth place with $3.9 million and is approaching $500 million domestically.

How to Be a Latin Lover ($3.8 million), Lowriders ($2.4 million), The Circle ($1.7 million) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion ($1.6 million) round out the top 10.

I’m predicting that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be at the top spot again next weekend even though it will face some stiff competition from Alien: Covenant, the latest installment in the Alien franchise. It should be a close race for the top spot next weekend.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Disney: $67.7 million (-83.5 percent)

20th Century Fox: $22.4 million (+15.8 percent)

Warner Bros.: $15.7 million (+13.1 percent)

Universal: $5.7 million (-3.6 percent)

Lionsgate: $3.8 million (-1.8 percent)

BH Tilt: $2.6 million (n/a)

STX Entertainment: $1.7 million (-2.7 percent)

Great India Films: $1.6 million (-1.6 percent)

Fox Searchlight: $1.4 million (-0.7 percent)

Sony Pictures: $1.2 million (-0.6 percent)

Next week’s openings: Alien: Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Everything, Everything

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ easily dominates the box office

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had no problem winning the weekend box office with a very impressive domestic gross of $145 million.

The opening weekend was a 54 percent increase of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy which brought in $94.3 million during its opening weekend reports Box Office Mojo. It is the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have a domestic opening weekend of over $100 million. It also delivered the second highest opening weekend of the year, only behind Beauty and the Beast.

The Fate of the Furious fell to second place after spending almost a month in first place. The film brought in $8.5 million and has now passed $200 million domestically. It will not catch up to Furious 7’s domestic gross but it will pass Fast Five and will get close to passing Fast and Furious 6’s domestic gross.

The Boss Baby actually moved up a spot to third place with $6.2 million and is closing in on $160 million domestically after 38 days. How to Be a Latin Lover dropped two spots to fourth place with $5.3 million.

Beauty and the Beast rounds out the top five with $4.9 million as the film is approaching $500 million domestically. It is also the eleventh highest grossing worldwide release of all time.

The Circle continues to decline finishing in sixth place with $4 million and has only grossed $15.7 million domestically. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion dropped four spots to seventh place with $3.2 million.

Gifted ($2.1 million), Going in Style ($1.9 million) and Smurfs: The Lost Village ($1.8 million) round out the rest of the top 10.

I predict that the Guardians will remain at the top of the box office next weekend as they face off against two new wide releases, including King Arthur: Legend of the Sword starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Disney: $151.2 million (+142.5 percent)

Universal: $9.3 million (-12 percent)

20th Century Fox: $6.6 million (-3.3 percent)

Lionsgate: $5.6 million (-6.4 percent) 

STX Entertainment: $4.4 million (-5.4 percent)

Great India Films: $3.2 million (-6.9 percent)

Warner Bros.: $2.6 million (-4.3 percent)

Fox Searchlight: $2.1 million (-1.2 percent)

Sony Pictures: $1.8 million (-1.5 percent)

Bleecker Street: $1.1 million (-0.6 percent)

Next week’s openings: King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, Snatched

The Lonely Island, Seth Rogan making a film similar to events at Fyre Festival disaster

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Seth Rogan and comedy music group The Lonely Island are making a movie together and it is shockingly similar to the recent events that occurred at the disastrous Fyre Festival.

A supposed-to-be luxurious festival organized by Ja Rule and taking place in the Bahamas went horribly wrong last week. Those who had paid around $12,000 were disappointed when they discovered that bands that were performing had pulled out early, the accommodations were half-built tents and the “gourmet” food was cheese sandwiches.

Related: 10 artists who will be performing at three or more music festivals this year

After the events of the festival went viral, Seth Rogan posted on Twitter that he and The Lonely Island have been planning a movie that is comparable to the scandal. Rogan said in his tweet, “This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes HORRIBLY WRONG.”

The Lonely Island posted a few minutes later, “For real, thinking about suing #FyreFestival for stealing our idea.”

As of now, it is not clear if Rogan and The Lonely Island were being serious since no official details about the film have been released.

Jeff Goldblum to return for ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel

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Jeff Goldblum is returning to the world of dinosaurs.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report that Goldblum will be reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the next Jurassic World film. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will also be returning for the fifth installment to the Jurassic Park series.

Related: Jeff Goldblum talks improvising in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Goldblum co-starred as the quick-witted mathematician in the series’ first two films, Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). But, he was absent from the third and fourth installments in the dinosaur saga.

Colin Trevorrow, who directed the last installment in the series, Jurassic World, wrote the script for the sequel along with Derek Connolly. J.A. Bayona will be directing Jurassic World 2.

Before he can battle prehistoric beasts, Goldblum will appear in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, set to hit theaters Nov. 3.

‘Logan’ to be re-released in black and white

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Earlier this year, Logan, hit theaters and smashed box offices. Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine movie blew audiences away with its striking mix of action and emotions. Now, the film is heading back to theaters, only this time it’s going to look a little different.

Logan director James Mangold announced on Twitter that for one night only, Logan would be coming to screens in black and white.

Related‘Deadpool 2’ trailer appears in ‘Logan’ movie [Video]

Mangold’s tweet said, “Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.”

The black-and-white version will also be available on the DVD and Blu-ray extras, though Mangold suggests that the theatrical version will be much better.

In another tweet Mangold described the process to convert a film to black and white writing, “In convert to b&w, one must determine which hues go dark/light, adjust contrast, blacks. Turning down color on tv just makes gray mush.”

‘Fate of the Furious’ continues winning the box office race

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The Fate of the Furious easily won the weekend box office for the third straight week. The film brought in $19.4 million and raised its total domestic gross to $192.7 million.

Box Office Mojo is reporting that The Fate of the Furious is only the fifth Universal title to cross $1 billion worldwide ever joining Jurassic World, Furious 7, Minions and Jurassic Park. Now that the last two films of the Furious franchise have passed $1 billion worldwide, I expect Fast 9 and Fast 10 to follow the same pattern.  

We have a surprise at second and third place this week as How to Be a Latin Lover had a very impressive opening of $12 million while third place belonged to Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which brought in $10.1 million. This was very impressive considering the film was only being shown in 425 theaters.

The Circle had quite the disappointing opening finishing in fourth place with only $9.3 million. Negative reviews from critics will probably hurt this film’s chances of gaining a larger audience. The Boss Baby rounds out the top five with $9.1 million and is closing in on $150 million domestically.

Beauty and the Beast brought in $6.4 million and has now crossed $480 domestically after 45 days. Get Out continues to still have an audience after being in theaters for 66 days. The film has passed $170 million domestically and has been one of the most entertaining movies I have seen this year.

I expect The Fate of the Furious to finally be dethroned from the top spot of the box office next weekend as the first weekend of May will bring us the highly-anticipated Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Universal: $21.3 million (-19.3 percent)

Lionsgate: $12 million (+10.1 percent)

Great India Films: $10.1 million (n/a) 

20th Century Fox: $9.9 million (-4 percent)

STX Entertainment: $9.8 million (n/a)

Disney: $8.7 million (-6.5 percent)

Warner Bros.: $6.9 million (-4.4 percent)

Fox Searchlight: $3.3 million (-1.2 percent)

Sony Pictures: $3.3 million (-2.1 percent)

Bleecker Street: $1.7 million (-0.4 percent)

High Top Releasing: $1.7 million (n/a)

Open Road: $1.4 million (-2.7 percent)

‘Austin Powers’ turns 20 and Mike Myers isn’t opposed to a fourth movie

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Happy 20th to the randiest spy the world has ever seen—Austin Powers, baby.

This Tuesday, May 2, will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the first installment in the three-movie franchise starring Mike Myers. The two films released following that blockbuster were Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers: Goldmember. To commemorate the occasion The Hollywood Reporter published a definitive oral history of the film series from its inception to its success as a nearly half billion dollar franchise.

The article featured interviews from Myers, director Jay Roach and other stars including Robert Wagner, Elizabeth Hurley, Seth Green and Mindy Sterling. The article revealed that Myers wrote the film in the wake of his father’s death in 1991.

“Austin Powers was a tribute to my father, who [introduced me to] James Bond, Peter Sellers, The Beatles, The Goodies, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore,” Myers said.

The story also detailed the making of the films and behind the scenes tidbits such as how a nude blocking scene and a shot of Elizabeth Hurley biting a sausage nearly earned the film an R rating. “But they were all pretty innocent body-shape jokes,” Jay Roach said. “The only thing they asked us to do in the final cut, which was kind of surprising to me, was they thought there was too much butt-cheek on Mike when he got thawed out, so I went for a slightly more profile version.

Myers and Roach both revealed they were open to bringing Austin Powers back for a fourth film.

“Until Mike feels like he has a concept that earns a fourth, it won’t happen. But if it did, we have all agreed that we would be delighted to get back into it,” Roach said.

All Myers had to say was,  “I would love to do another, but you just have to see.”

2017 has been a year of movie milestones for Mike Myers. In February, his cult classic film Wayne’s World, which he co-starred in with fellow comedian Dana Carvey celebrated its 25th anniversary. 

Universal announces plans for Madonna biopic, Madge not pleased

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The world may soon get to see the story of Madonna’s life told on the silver screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has purchased the rights to a film about Madonna’s early years. The movie will be based on Blond Ambition, a script by Elyse Hollander that received top ranking on Hollywood’s 2016 Black List of unproduced screenplays.

The story would detail Madonna’s early glimpses of fame as she moved to New York City from Michigan, foregoes a career as a dancer to be a singer-songwriter and endures sexism in the music industry.

Fifty Shades of Grey producer Michael DeLuca has reportedly signed on to the project along with RatPac Entertainment helmed by Brett Ratner and John Zaozirny. Erik Baier’s, Universal’s executive vice president of production and director of development Chloe Yellin will oversee production. Unfortunately, one person who isn’t happy about the possible flick is Madge herself.

In an Instagram post on April 25, Madonna obscurely referenced the impending film writing, “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.”

The photo along with the caption is of a young Madonna at the start of her career in the 1980s.

 

It’ll be interesting to see if and how yet another biopic drama plays out.