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ff8 1 Box Office: Fate of the Furious Nabs $100.2M in U.S. for Record $532.5M Global Start

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‘The Fate of the Furious’

Thanks to an all-time best China launch of $190 million, the eighth installment in the popular franchise surpassed the previous worldwide record launch of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

Universal’s Fast and the Furious franchise is showing no signs of running out of gas on the world stage.

The Fate of the Furious, directed by F. Gary Gray, raced to an estimated $532.5 million global debut over Easter weekend, including $100.2 million domestically and a $432.2 million overseas.

If those estimates hold when final numbers are tallied early Monday, Furious 8 will eclipse Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million) to boast the biggest worldwide opening of all time. Either way, it is assured of scoring the top international launch of all time, surpassing fellow Universal title Jurassic World ($316.7 million).

Furious 8 had the advantage of opening day-and-date in China, where it earned a massive $190 million, the biggest three-day bow in history. Overall, the tentpole debuted at No. 1 in all 63 foreign markets, and it did more business than any previous installment in 32 of those.

In North America, Furious 8 scored the second-biggest launch of the franchise behind Furious 7‘s $147 million. Furious 7 (2015) was the final film in the series to star Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car crash in November 2013. Globally, Furious 7 launched to $397.7 million (it didn’t open in China until a week later).

“This franchise is showing no sign of wear and tear,” said Universal international distribution chief Duncan Clark.

Added Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou: “Considering this is the second-highest opening of eight films speaks to the fact that people continue to be interested in the storyline.”

Long heralded for its diverse cast, Furious 8 played to audiences of all ethnicities and nabbed an A CinemaScore. Domestically, Caucasians made up 41 percent of the audience, followed by Hispanics (26 percent), African-Americans (21) percent, Asians (11 percent) and Native American/Other (3 percent), according to comScore’s exit polling service PostTrack. The pic skewed male at 58 percent, far more than the last film at 51 percent.

Highlights for the film’s international debut begin with the fact it was the #1 film in all 60+ territories where it opened, among which it was the largest opening in 17 of those territories: Argentina, China, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Middle East, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, U.A.E., Venezuela and Vietnam. The largest of all of this weekend’s openings is the estimated $190 million the film brought in from China, which is the largest three-day opening weekend of all-time in China and, of course, the biggest Hollywood opening of all-time. Top grossing territories include:

  • China – $190 million
  • Mexico – $17.8 million
  • U.K. and Ireland – $17 million
  • Russia – $14.1 million
  • Germany – $13.6 million
  • Brazil – $12.8 million
  • France – $10.5 million
  • Korea – $10.5 million
  • India – $10.4 million
  • Taiwan – $9.7 million
  • Australia – $9.6 million
  • Middle East Combined – $9.3 million
  • Indonesia – $9 million
  • Argentina – $8.3 million
  • Malaysia – $6.8 million
  • Italy – $6.7 million
  • Spain – $6.1 million
  • Colombia – $5 million
  • Thailand – $4.7 million
  • Panama – $4.6 million

The Fate of the Furious has five more territories where it is set to open including today in the Philippines followed by an April 20 opening in Serbia, April 21 in Poland and Romania and an April 28 opening in Japan.

Gray is making his franchise debut after helming Straight Outta Compton for Universal. Fate of the Furious once again stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. Newcomers include Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Scott Eastwood. The story follows a villainous superhacker (Theron) who turns Diesel’s character against his crew.

The Fast and Furious movies have collectively grossed more than $3.9 billion globally. Furious 7 was far and away the biggest earner and the only installment to cross $1 billion on its way to finishing its worldwide run with $1.516 billion.

Fate of the Furious certainly spooked the competition; no other film opened against it nationwide.

At the specialty box office, The Lost City of Z did nicely for Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street, opening to $112,633 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $28,158. The period adventure film, directed by James Gray and produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller.

Another limited offering was the animated film Spark: A Space Tail, which debuted to a miserable $100,000 from 365 theaters for Open Road and the filmmakers.

Back in the top 10, Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby placed No. 2 with $15.5 million for a domestic cume of $116.5 million and worldwide haul of $287.6 million. (Fox also celebrated Logan passing the $600 million mark globally over the weekend.) Disney’s Beauty and the Beast held at No. 3 with $13.5 million for a domestic total of $454.7 million and $1.043 billion worldwide.

Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village continued to remain obscured, falling a steep 51 percent in its second weekend to $6.5 million for $24.7 million in North America and $94.7 million globally. New Line and Village Roadshow’s Going in Style has grossed almost as much domestically as Smurfs, earning $6.4 million in its second outing for a domestic total of $23.4 million and $35.1 million worldwide.

Outside the top five, Fox Searchlight’s expansion of Gifted didn’t exactly light the box office on fire as it played in 1,146 theaters (+1,090) and brought in an estimated $3 million ($2,618 PTA). Gifted will continue to expand to around ~1,600 theaters next weekend.

Also, for the seventh weekend in a row (a.k.a. every subsequent weekend since its release eight weeks ago), Universal and Blumhouse’s Get Out had the smallest drop within the top ten. This weekend it dipped just 28% for an estimated $2.9 million as its domestic cume now stands at $167.5 million.

A few other weekend highlights include Kong: Skull Island, which brought in an estimated $2.67 million and has now surpassed $160 million domestically and Logan, which brought in an estimated $1.9 million and has now topped $220 million domestically.

In limited release, Roadside’s Tommy’s Honour opened on 167 screens where it brought in an estimated $218,920 ($1,310 PTA). Bleecker Street’s release of The Lost City of Z brought in an estimated $112,633 from four theaters ($28,158 PTA), narrowly topping Open Road’s Spark: A Space Tail even though Open Road’s animated feature opened in 361 more theaters where it could only manage an estimated $112,352 ($308 PTA).

Also, Sony Classics’ Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer opened with an estimated $103,664 ($20,733 PTA); Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary from Abramorama opened with an estimated $15,880 from one theater; GKIDs’ My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea opened with an estimated $15,215 from three theaters ($5,072 PTA); Cohen Media’s Heal the Living debuted with an estimated $3,176 from two theaters ($1,588 PTA); and FilmRise’s Finding Oscar opened with an estimated $3,000 from one location.

Next weekend sees the release of five new films including the Warner Bros. thriller Unforgettable along with Open Road’s The Promise, Phoenix Forgotten from Cinelou, Free Fire from A24 and, finally, Disneynature’s Born in China.

The Fate of the Furious Smurfs 3 and Going in Style Debut as Moviegoers Await Fast and Furious 8

Nothing major to report from last night’s Thursday preview screenings, which were led by New Line’s Going in Style, which brought in $600,000 from previews that began at 5PM. Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village also held 5PM preview screenings in 2,731 theaters where it brought in $375,000. Comparisons for both performances are tough to come by as the films used in our weekend preview either didn’t hold Thursday previews or we don’t have the results in our database.

We will be back tomorrow morning with a look at Friday estimates. You can read our weekend preview below.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: We’ve already seen some strong performances at the box office this year all of which have contributed to the yearly domestic box office topping $3 billion in ticket sales faster than it ever has before. Last weekend, The Boss Baby became the fifth release of 2017 to top $50 million at the weekend box office and while this weekend won’t see similar returns for the week’s new wide releases, it’s the relative calm before the storm as Universal’s The Fate of the Furious debuts next weekend, sure to become the year’s second $100+ million opener. As for this weekend, the top twelve may struggle to reach $120 million collectively as both Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style are looking at relatively soft openings while Pure Flix’s The Case for Christ should find a spot in the lower half of the weekend top ten.

At the top of the box office it’s looking like another close one between Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the latter of which is entering its fourth weekend in release after recently crossing $400 million domestically and has now made over $910 million worldwide. Both films are likely to lose a little bit of their audience to the release of Smurfs: The Lost Village as the three family features must find a way to share a common audience, but we’re expecting both to drop no more than 46% this weekend. As for the forecast, we’re looking for Boss Baby to repeat at number one by a narrow margin, bringing in just over $27 million for the three-day with Beauty and the Beast estimated to bring in around $25.4 million.

As for Smurfs: The Lost Village, as opposed it its predecessors, this is a fully animated Smurfs feature. The 2011 live-action/animated hybrid debuted to $35.6 million and eventually grossed $142.6 million domestically while the sequel could only open with $17.5 million in 2013 before finishing its domestic run with $71 million. Those first two films, however, saw three-quarters of their worldwide grosses come from international markets, which is clearly the play once again with The Lost Village as it has already debuted overseas, opening in 38 markets with over $15 million last weekend. This third feature also saved on production costs, carrying a budget around $60 million, well below that of the previous two films, both of which carried budgets over $100 million.

Looking at this weekend’s domestic opening, The Lost Village is likely to perform as expected, a bit below the $17.5 million opening for The Smurfs 2, bringing in around $16 million or so from 3,610 theaters. Should this forecast hold, an overall domestic performance below $50 million could be likely.

Fourth place should go to Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell, which debuted with a very soft, $18.6 million last weekend. The film has since found itself a topic of conversation over the course of the week, and it’s the kind of conversation that’s unlikely to help its carryover prospects. Look for this one to drop over 50% this weekend as we’re forecasting an $8.6 million sophomore session.

Rounding out the top five is the week’s second new wide release, New Line’s comedy remake Going in Style starring Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. The film is debuting in 3,061 theaters and industry expectation is for an $8 million opening for the film, which is reported to carry a $25 million budget. Attempting to find titles for comparison isn’t easy, though IMDb page view data shows it tracking well behind titles such as Last Vegas and playing closest to The Big Wedding, which opened with $7.6 million back in April 2013.

The week’s third new wide release finds Pure Flix’s faith-based feature The Case for Christ debuting in approximately 1,175 theaters this weekend as well as holding a special, Fathom event this evening on approximately 450 screens, which should help with its “weekend” haul. Industry expectations carry a rather wide range, anticipating an opening anywhere from $3-6 million, but to narrow that down a bit, IMDb page view data shows the film’s performance pacing closely to the studio’s 2015 release Woodlawn, which opened with $4 million from 1,553 theaters. Granted, the difference in theater counts is worth taking into account, but the title alone should help in getting more of the targeted audience into theaters and the Fathom premiere should definitely help with the weekend’s prospects. Overall, we’re forecasting an opening around $4.3 million, which could find it finishing around eighth place for the weekend.

Just outside the top ten, Focus is adding 265 theaters to their release of The Zookeeper’s Wife, which finished in the tenth slot last weekend with $3.2 million from 541 theaters. This weekend we’re expecting the film to hardly budge if not improve slightly, bringing in around $3.1 million.

Elsewhere, FUNimation will finally bring the overseas box office juggernaut Your Name to 303 North American theaters this weekend. The film has already brought in over $328 million internationally, of which over 65% came from Japan where it holds court as the country’s second largest domestic release ever behind Spirited Away, grossing over $214 million since hitting theaters last August.

Additional limited releases included Fox Searchlight’s Gifted, which will open in 56 theaters; Well Go’s Mine debuting in 26 locations; STX will release Their Finest in four theaters; Neon will release Anne Hathaway‘s Colossal into four theaters; and IFC is opening Graduation at two locations.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • The Boss Baby (3,829 theaters) – $27.0 M
  • Beauty and the Beast (3,969 theaters) – $25.4 M
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (3,610 theaters) – $16.0 M
  • Ghost in the Shell (3,440 theaters) – $8.6 M
  • Going in Style (3,061 theaters) – $7.2 M
  • Power Rangers (2,978 theaters) – $6.8 M
  • Kong: Skull Island (2,753 theaters) – $5.1 M
  • The Case for Christ (1,175 theaters) – $4.3 M
  • Get Out (1,794 theaters) – $4.3 M
  • Logan (1,949 theaters) – $4.0 M

boss baby Box office report: The Boss Baby dethrones Beauty and the Beast

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

After two straight weeks of putting in the work to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, audiences have hired a replacement box office champion in Fox’s The Boss Baby.

The animated family comedy dethrones the reigning champion, posting an estimated $49 million — a figure nearly $20 million higher than industry expectations initially projected — over its first three days in theaters.

Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Buscemi, and Tobey Maguire, the film follows a suit-wearing infant who teams with his older brother to foil an evil CEO’s nefarious plot. Though it failed to drum up much excitement from movie critics, The Boss Baby notched an impressive A- grade on CinemaScore from polled moviegoers, who drove the film to a $12,987 per-screen average from 3,773 locations — the highest of the week.

According to the industry tracking analysts at comScore, The Boss Baby‘s Friday grosses also helped solidify March 2017’s record as the month’s best performer ever, tallying over $1 billion in ticket sales for the first time in history. Around $1.171 billion worth of audiences went to see movies on domestic screens between March 1-31 — an uptick of 23.4 percent from the previous record of $949.1 million posted in 2016.

Falling to No. 2 across its third week in wide release, Disney’s Bill Condon-directed adaptation of Beauty and the Beast adds a healthy estimated $47.5 million to its growing total, which sits at $395.5 million domestically to date. With a further $67 million pouring in from overseas audiences, Beauty and the Beast has made an astounding $876 million worldwide, cementing it as the year’s top-earning picture both in North America and internationally.

Debuting at No. 3 with a muted $19 million is Paramount’s take on the popular Japanese animation series Ghost in the Shell. The $110 million blockbuster features Scarlett Johannson as an anti-cyberterrorism cyborg. Playing at 3,440 sites, the film averaged a so-so $5,523 and a B-grade on CinemaScore. While its domestic numbers aren’t spectacular, films like this are designed to perform much better overseas, so it can’t be labeled a flop just yet; the female-fronted actioner Resident Evil: The Final Chapter made a paltry $26.8 million stateside in January, though its worldwide total has continued to climb past the $300 million mark well into spring. Ghost in the Shell currently occupies approximately 78 percent of its planned international footprint, so expect it to earn a great deal beyond the $40.1 million it earned from foreign countries this weekend.

Holdovers occupy the remaining slots in the top five, including Power Rangers — which dips a harsh 64 percent to $14.5 million over its second outing — and Kong: Skull Island. The King Kong franchise entry sheds 40 percent of its audience for a fourth weekend total of $8.8 million, bringing its North American haul to $147.8 million thus far.the zookeepers wife Box office report: The Boss Baby dethrones Beauty and the Beast

ANNE MARIE FOX

Rounding out the top 10 is Focus’ Niki Caro-directed historical drama The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinski, a Polish zookeeper who saved hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion in WWII-era Warsaw. Overperforming from Friday through Sunday, the film took an estimated $3.3 million from 541 theaters, averaging a healthy $6,191 per location. The decision has prompted Focus to roll out plans to expand the film to more theaters faster than initially anticipated.

“We’re very happy with our opening weekend, having a more limited title open in the top 10 is a great accomplishment!” Focus Features’ head of distribution, Lisa Bunnell, said of Zookeeper‘s performance via statement. “The film played extremely well with our core audience — exit polls were huge with over 90 percent of the audience rating the film in the top two boxes — as a result we’ve decided to expand faster than originally planned. Adult audiences are looking for films with a great story and strong performances and The Zookeeper’s Wife delivers.”

Per comScore, overall box office is up around 5 percent from the same frame last year. Check out the March 31 – April 2 weekend box office estimates below.

1 – The Boss Baby – $49 million
2 – Beauty and the Beast – $47.5 million
3 – Ghost in the Shell – $19 million
4 – Power Rangers – $14.5 million
5 – Kong: Skull Island – $8.8 million
6 – Logan – $6.2 million
7 – Get Out – $5.8 million
8 – Life – $5.6 million
9 – CHIPS – $4 million
10 – The Zookeeper’s Wife – $3.3 million

boss baby 2017 Box Office: Boss Baby Demands Attention With Bossy $49M, No. 1 Opening

Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation
‘The Boss Baby’
‘Ghost in the Shell’ bows to an underwhelming $19 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby proved to be the boss, all right. The Fox release grabbed an estimated $49 million over its debut weekend, unseating Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to take the top spot at the domestic box office.

Boss Baby just managed to edge out Beauty, which collected another $47.5 million during its third weekend as it domestic gross rose to $395.5 million.

The news wasn’t so upbeat for the weekend’s other new wide release, Paramount’s futuristic thriller Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Based on a Japanese manga, the film, which became the poster child for whitewashing when Johansson was cast in the central role of a cyber-soldier, grossed an underwhelming $19 million as it settled into the third spot in the rankings.

Boss Baby, which opened in 3,773 theaters, performed well above expectations that had pegged the movie as doing $30 million-plus for the three days. The PG-rated, CG-animated movie stars Alec Baldwin, who voices the character of a business-minded bossy baby who is on a secret mission to ensure babies get more love than puppies. The film is based on the 2010 children’s book written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. Tom McGrath directed the pic, which has a voice cast including Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Christopher Bakshi and Tobey Maguire.

Boss Baby earned an A- CinemaScore, with moviegoers under 25 giving it a solid A. Families made up 67 percent of its audience, and it played to a diverse crowd — 53 percent of the audience was white; 19 percent Hispanic; 14 percent African-American and 9 percent Asian.

Internationally, Boss Baby has taken in $59 million to date, bringing its worldwide total to $108 million.

On the domestic front, it was the best opening for a DreamWorks movie since 2015’s friendly-alien picture Home, which bowed to $52 million and went on to pull in $177.4 million domestically and $386 million globally.

Ghost proved to be a shadow of Johansson’s last solo acting outing, Lucy, which debuted to $43.9 million in 2014. Helmed by Rupert Sanders, the new film was adapted from the Japanese manga by Shirow Masamune and also stars “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche.

The PG-13 sci-fi film cost $110 million and was produced by Paramount, DreamWorks and Reliance Entertainment. It also opened in more than 50 international markets over the weekend, where it collected $40.1 million for a global tally of $59.1 million. Ghost is set to open in Japan and China on Friday.

The pic appealed to an older, male audience, with men comprising 61 percent of opening-weekend ticketbuyers and 76 percent of the audience being over the age of 25.

Bowing on a more limited basis as it debuted in 541 theaters, Focus’ World War II drama The Zookeeper’s Wife found a receptive audience, attracting $3.3 million for a per-theater average of $6,191 and securing a foothold in the top 10 with a tenth-place showing. The PG-13-rated period film, which attracted an older, female audience, stars Jessica Chastain and was directed by Niki Caro and revolves around how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved the lives of both humans and animals.  It will expand into additional theaters on Friday.

Among holdovers, Lionsgate’s Power Rangers dropped by 65 percent in its second weekend, grossing $14.5 million to bring its domestic total to $65.1 million as it took the fourth spot.

In its fourth weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island ranked fifth as it took in $8.8 million, bringing its domestic tally to $147.8 million.

Fox’s Logan checked in at sixth place with $6.2 million and a domestic cume of $211.9 million, while in seventh place Universal’s Get Out claimed another $5.8 million as its domestic tally grew to $156.9 million.

The results weren’t encouraging for two other holdovers. In its second week, Sony’s Life managed just $5.6 million for a domestic cume of $22.4 million, and Warners’ CHIPS managed just $4.1 million for a total of $14.4 million.

Elsewhere, in limited release China Lion’s The Devotion of Suspect X brought in an estimated $330k from 43 theaters ($7,674 PTA); Arrow Films’ re-release of Donnie Darko brought in $53,200 from 21 theaters; and Janus Films’ release of David Lynch: The Art of Life brought in $12,126 from one theater.

Next weekend sees the release of New Line’s Going in Style in 3,000+ theaters, Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village will debut in ~3,400 theaters and Pure Flix will release The Case for Christ in ~1,100 theaters. In limited release Fox Searchlight will be releasing Gifted in ~50 theaters and STX will release Their Finest at just four locations.

box office Box office: Beauty and the Beast doubles Power Rangers weekend gross

DISNEY; LIONSGATE
As expected, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast roars atop the weekend box office for the second week in a row, bounding past a wide crop of newcomers as the month of March sets a new industry standard in record time.

The Bill Condon-directed fantasy falls around 49 percent for a sophomore finish of $88.3 million, bringing its North American total to $316.9 million in a mere 10 days. After breaking the March opening weekend record last week, Beauty and the Beast goes on to score the fourth largest 10-day gross of all time this weekend in addition to posting the fourth largest second weekend tally of all time.

Overseas, Beauty and the Beast adds $119.2 million after opening in territories like France, Australia, and Argentina, cementing the film’s $690.3 global total to date. So far this year, Disney has amassed an estimated $1.3 billion globally.

At a distant second is Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot, which slightly exceeds industry forecasts with a healthy $40.5 million. The expensive $100 million blockbuster should earn back its production budget in the U.S., though its profitability will be determined by how well it performs on the international market. Tentpole spectacles tend to do well overseas — particularly in Asia — so the film’s promising domestic launch is only a small start to what could be a long life on screens worldwide in the weeks ahead.

Though they’re technically rivals in the box office arena, the impressive weekend hauls of both Power Rangers and Beauty and the Beast have helped domestic totals push past the $1 billion mark for March alone, making it the month’s best showing in history, according to comScore.

Falling one spot to No. 3 is the Legendary/Warner Bros. actioner Kong: Skull Island, which muscles a further $14.4 million over its third weekend in wide release. The franchise flick has made $133.5 million in the U.S. and Canada thus far, with another $258.6 million pouring in from overseas for a global total of $392.1 million and counting.

Coming in at No. 4 is the heavily buzzed Sony/Skydance thriller Life, which world-premiered at SXSW to solid critical reviews earlier this month. The $58 million production meets modest industry expectations over a competitive weekend through Sunday, earning an estimated $12.6 million — a relatively low number given its star power (Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal star), intriguing alien-centric premise, and effective marketing campaign.

Outside the top five, Warner Bros.’ kitschy contemporary adaptation of the beloved television series CHiPs bows with an estimated $7.6 million — a lukewarm start for director-writer-star Dax Shepard’s latest filmmaking effort, which was reportedly produced on a budget of around $25 million.

Elsewhere, the comparatively low-profile basketball drama Slamma Jamma posts a decent $1.7 million after playing at 502 sites over the weekend. At 310 locations, the Woody Harrelson/Laura Dern vehicle Wilson — helmed by The Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson — also bows with a soft estimated $330,000, averaging approximately $1,065 per theater.

Per comScore, overall box office is up around 5.5 percent from the same frame last year. Check out the March 24-26 weekend box office estimates below.

1 – Beauty and the Beast – $88.3 million
2 – Power Rangers – $40.5 million
3 – Kong: Skull Island – $14.4 million
4 – Life – $12.6 million
5 – Logan – $10.1 million
6 – Get Out – $8.7 million
7 – CHiPs – $7.6 million
8 – The Shack – $3.8 million
9 – The LEGO Batman Movie – $2 million
10 – The Belko Experiment – $1.8 million

1 In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of Power Rangers, Life, CHIPs and More

This weekend in theatres, we have a crazy awesome lineup with Chips, Life and Power Rangers!

Teenage superheroes, aliens and cops are headed to theaters this weekend in Power Rangers, Life and CHiPs. Also in theaters are Woody Harrelson in Wilson, jazz documentary I Called Him Morgan as well as basketball drama Slamma Jamma and The Leveling.

Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter‘s critics are saying about the weekend’s new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box office).

Power Rangers

The Power Rangers are back on the big screen — color-coded power suits and all — after 20 years. RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott and Becky G star as the five teen superheroes that — along with the help of Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader’s characters — can protect the planet from a power-hungry alien invader (Elizabeth Banks). THR film critic Justin Lowe writes in his review that director Dean Israelite “orchestrates a vastly more complex array of characters, action set pieces and technical resources for a combined effect that maintains dramatic tension even while teetering on the brink of excess.”

Life

Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson star in Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi thriller where a journey to find new life on Mars turns into one of survival. A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station are suddenly placed in a life-threatening situation where they must destroy a replicating extraterrestrial before it hits Earth. THR film critic John DeFore writes that the “Alien-derived creature feature may” suffocate in the anticipatory atmosphere surrounding Alien: Covenant, and the PR boost from this unmerited closing-night SXSW slot shouldn’t help much. Insatiable genre fans who do buy a ticket will likely send lukewarm responses back to the wait-and-see crowd.”

CHIPs

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena star in the big-screen remake based on the popular ’70s cop show chronicling the shenanigans of two California highway patrolmen originally played by Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review that the original ’70s show “shines as a beacon of excellence compared to the big-screen redo.” Sheck adds, “A puerile combination of raunchy sex comedy and bland action vehicle, CHIPS will likely manage the difficult feat of simultaneously alienating fans of the original series and newcomers who will wonder why a buddy cop comedy displays so much homosexual panic.”

Wilson

Woody Harrelson is the lonely, neurotic and honest grouch Wilson who attempts to take another shot at life and connect with his estranged teenage daughter. Based on the novel by Daniel Clowes, Wilson learns of his daughter after tracking down his ex-wife (Laura Dern) and sets out to spend time with her, which includes beating up her bullies at the local mall and taking her on kiddie rides with her mother. Judy Greer, Margo Martindale and Cheryl Hines also make appearances in the film. THR film critic David Rooney writes that the film “boasts some funny vignettes but fails in the crucial test of making us care much about the title character.”

I Called Him Morgan

The iconic jazz career of trumpeter Lee Morgan is explored in Kasper Collin’s second feature documentary where stunning visuals combined with Morgan’s extensive repertoire tells his story of touring with greats including the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers before developing a cocaine addiction and later being shot dead by his wife. THR film critic Boyd van Hoeij writes in his review, “Though not as masterful as that work, Morgan should nonetheless rake up quite a few festival miles, please niche distributors and (re-)introduce a larger audience to the amazing work of Morgan, one of hard-bop jazz’s true geniuses. The story also is iconic and drama-filled enough to potentially appeal to producers of fiction films.”

Slamma Jamma

River Rain’s basketball drama follows a college slam dunk star (former Harlem Globetrotter Chris Staples) who was wrongly sentenced to prison for six years and must now repair his relationships and his career. The film features appearances by former NFL player Michael Irvin, former MLB player Jose Conseco and slam dunk champion Rafal Lipinski. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review that the film “hits its emotional points in a blunt, heavy-handed fashion that may resonate with some viewers.”

The Leveling

The drama, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, follows a young vet’s rigid relationship with her father after she returns home due to her brother’s unexpected and tragic death.

2 In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of Power Rangers, Life, CHIPs and More

power rangersjpg Box Office: Power Rangers Heads for $40M Plus Bow; Beauty Eyes Beastly $89M

Courtesy of Saban/Kimberley French/Lionsgate
‘Power Rangers’

The news isn’t good for Sony’s space horror-thriller ‘Life,’ while Warner Bros.’ ‘CHIPS’ is running off the road; in China, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ roars to $51.3 in its first two days.

Saban’s Power Rangers is morphin’ into a bigger-than-expected player at the North American box office, where it earned an estimated $15 million Friday from 3,693 theaters for a projected $40 million-plus weekend despite fierce competition from holdover Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty remains a monster in its second weekend. The film adaptation of the 1991 classic animated film raked in $23.6 million Friday from 4,210 locations for an $89 million-plus weekend — the fourth-biggest second weekend of all time. Beauty raced past the $250 million mark in North America on Friday, and $541 million globally.

From Saban and Lionsgate, Power Rangers cost $100 million to make so it will need to do strong business both domestically and overseas. The good news — it nabbed an A CinemaScore and is attracting Millennials who grew up watching the TV series. The filmmakers wanted the new movie to be more edgy, so intentionally sought a PG-13 rating. Power Rangers also breaks ground by featuring the first queer big-screen superhero film.

Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite and follows five teens (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G) in a small town who discover artifacts that allow them to morph into crime-fighting heroes called The Power Rangers. They are tasked with learning to use their new skills in order to save their town from destruction by a power-hungry villain (Elizabeth Banks). Bryan Cranston also stars.

The news isn’t good for the weekend’s two other new films, Sony/Skydance’s space horror-thriller Life and Warner Bros.’ CHIPS.

Life, starring Jack Gyllenhaal, grossed an estimated $4.4 million Friday from 3,146 theater for a muted $12 million-$13 million weekend. The movie, also starring Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson, is holding at No. 4 behind Beauty, Power Rangers and holdover Kong: Skull Island.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa and premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, Life follows a group of scientists on the International Space Station that discover a rapidly evolving life form that threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Skydance, which financed a majority of the $58 million budget, and Sony are hoping solid reviews result in a long run, but audiences gave Life a dismal C+ CinemaScore.

Power Rangers, or Beauty for that matter, aren’t the films playing on nostalgia.

Warner Bros.’ CHIPS, an R-rated take on the buddy-cop TV series about two California Highway Patrol officers that debuted in the late 1970s, is also opening nationwide this weekend but appears to be running off the road. It grossed $2.6 million Friday from 2,464 for a projected $7 million weekend.

Dax Shepard both directs and stars with Michael Pena in the R-rated action-comedy, which garnered a B+ CinemaScore. CHIPS, which cost $25 million to make, is pacing to gross $2.5 million on Friday, including $500,000 in previews.

Warners still has reason to celebrate this weekend. In China, Legendary and Warners’ Skull Island opened to an impressive $22.6 million on Friday, one of the biggest starts of all time for a Hollywood title. The tentpole earned another $28.7 million on Saturday for a two-day total of $51.3 million.

Elsewhere, we’re expecting another $8 million or so for Universal’s Get Out as it continues its run to $150 million domestically and rounding out the top ten should be WB’s The LEGO Batman with around $2.5 million as it looks to top $170 million domestically by Sunday.

Looking beyond the top ten, we’re not exactly sure what to expect from RiverRun’s sports drama Slamma Jamma, which we’re told is opening in ~500 theaters. Additionally, Fox Searchlight will release Wilson into 310 theaters and FIP is releasing Phillauri into 74 theaters.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Beauty and the Beast (4,210 theaters) – $76.9 M
  • Power Rangers (3,693 theaters) – $38.0 M
  • Life (3,146 theaters) – $18.0 M
  • Kong: Skull Island (3,666 theaters) – $14.2 M
  • Logan (3,163 theaters) – $9.0 M
  • Get Out (2,468 theaters) – $8.1 M
  • CHiPs (2,464 theaters) – $7.0 M
  • The Shack (2,330 theaters) – $3.4 M
  • The Belko Experiment (1,341 theaters) – $2.6 M
  • The LEGO Batman Movie (1,638 theaters) – $2.3 M

Power Rangers Power Rangers (2017) Movie Review

Power Rangers

TYPE:MovieG ENRE:Action, Adventure RELEASE DATE:03/24/17 PERFORMER:Becky G, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, RJ Cyler DIRECTOR:Dean Israelite CURRENT STATUS:In Season MPAA:PG-13

What’s old is new again…again. Following in the childhood-exhuming footsteps of Transformers, 21 Jump Street, and now CHIPS (or, if you’re old-school, CHiPs), comes Hollywood’s latest high-risk wager on low-brow nostalgia, Power Rangers. Set your expectations low enough and you might just be entertained. Back in the ‘90s, this squad of candy-colored teen superheroes became a kids TV hit on Fox despite its slightly schlocky production values and timelessly chipper theme of all-for-one-and-one-for-all teamwork. If you had asked me back then if anyone would want to resurrect the Power Rangers 20 years later or, frankly, even remember them, I would have laughed. But here we are.

The first thing to know about the new Power Rangers is that it’s no longer a cheapo proposition. It’s been given a spare-no-expense makeover replete with slick CGI effects and big-name stars giving the sort of broad performances that remind you that everyone has to work for a living. It’s still schlocky, but not intentionally so. It’s also essentially two movies in one. The first is a surprisingly fleshed-out team-assembles origin story that brings together five high school kids who are all troubled in their own way. There’s Dacre Montgomery’s Jason (Red Ranger), the school’s star quarterback with authority issues; Naomi Scott’s Kimberly (Pink Ranger), a repentant mean girl ex-cheerleader; RJ Cyler’s Billy (Blue Ranger), a picked-on brainiac who’s on the autism spectrum; Ludi Lin’s Zack (Black Ranger), a wild child with a soft chewy center and a dying mom at home; and Becky G.’s Trini (Yellow Ranger), the new-kid-in-school loner who fills the Ally Sheedy role. In fact they, all feel like teen archetypes lifted right out of The Breakfast Club. Not surprisingly, a few of them meet for the first time in weekend detention. All that’s missing is Simple Minds on the soundtrack.

Most movies like Power Rangers get the first-half Y.A. character stuff wrong and the second-half smashy-smashy action stuff right. This one does just the reverse. It takes its time (and then some, frankly) letting you get to know these kids as they cross paths, discover five color-coded power stones that give them superhuman powers, and come face to face with Zordon (a digitized Bryan Cranston), a 65-million-year-old alien who hands them their fate-of-the-universe mission. Did I mention he has a sassy robot lackey named Alpha 5 voiced by Bill Hader? As they work through their issues, they finally gain the ability to morph, which means that they get sausage-cased in spandex Power Ranger uniforms and Daft Punk helmets and are each handed their own dino-truck vehicle called “Zords.” For those scoring at home, the five Zords can be combined to form one giant Megazord. You’ll want to tuck this away for later.

Cranston’s Zordon tells the teens that an evil fallen Power Ranger (think Darth Vader) named Rita Repulsa has been reawakened from way back in the day and is about to destroy their peaceful seaside town of Angel Grove (and the rest of planet Earth) in her search for the coveted all-powerful Zeo Crystal. During her quest, she will summon a humongous gold beastie called Goldar. It’s all gibberish, really — blockbuster Mad Libs where you could easily substitute “Zeo Crystal” with “Infinity Stone” and “Goldar” with “Apocalypse” or “Kraken” or “LEGO Joker.” The only thing that makes this battle-heavy second half orgy of green-screen destruction remotely interesting is Elizabeth Banks’ Repulsa. A cackling sadistic crone with a sweet tooth for gold and insult comedy, Banks’ baddie gives the leaden fight scenes some adrenalin and winking humor. You can tell that she knows exactly what kind of film she’s signed up for and she’s decided to have a ball with it. Which, come to think of it, is pretty much how anyone should approach this movie if they want to have a good time.

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Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.



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Power Rangers – In Theaters March 24

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.



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The Power Rangers are going from brooding to rocking in a new teaser trailer.

The upcoming reboot and reimagining of the hit ‘90s TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers received its first look through a trailer in October at New York Comic Con, and this weekend, a new international preview of the sci-fi action film was released.

A hard rock score, which seems to be a variation on the classic “Go, Go, Power Rangers” theme, accents the action visuals. Set in fictional Angel Grove and revolving around troubled teens given extraordinary powers, the film stars a cast of fresh faces as the high schoolers-turned-heroes, as well as Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as their guide Zordon, and Bill Hader as Alpha 5.

Check out the teaser above before Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24, 2017.


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