"The MEG" Swallows the Competition, Debuting with $45.4 Million.

Thanks to Warner Bros. “The MEG,” the mid-august weekend was devoured, with the film delivering a $45.4 million opening weekend in domestic markets. Opening in a wide amount of theaters, the 70ft beast unleashed its wide “JAWS” on the box office, chomping away the competitors, as the nearest source of competition was “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” which grossed $19 million in its third weekend. 

“The MEG” was the talk of Amity town though, giving Jon Turteltaub the largest opening of his career as a director, and outside of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, it’s Statham’s biggest opening weekend as well. The film wasn't only a domestic monster though, it also landed some phenomenal results from international markets with a $101.5 million cumulative performance over the weekend, China providing a little less than half of that gross with $50.7 million. The film will debut in South Korea and Australia this weekend, and France and Japan later on.  

Looking ahead, “The MEG” will be swimming steadily with the only foreseeable competitor being some inner Studio competition in “Crazy Rich Asians,” which has the potential to be an unpredictable hit of massive proportions. Providing a prominent stage to an underserved demographic, one that is sure to come out in droves to see this novella adaptation. The question for "The MEG" will be how much of that opening audience will spread the word, with a “B” Cinemascore, the film has some steady momentum and its second weekend will tell the story. 

Second place, as mentioned, is awarded to Tom Cruise and the MI6 crew as “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” dropped 45% from last weekend, a shade more of a slowdown than expected as the film’s domestic gross has been pushed to $161 million. The gap between the franchises best domestic performer “Mission: Impossible 2” continues to shrink, and the global tally levels up to $436.9 million as “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” added $38.4 million from overseas markets. 

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” settled into third place with a $12.9 million gross in its second weekend, a 47.3% dip that brings its domestic cume to around $50 million. The international markets provided a needed assistance of $4 million that grew it's global tally to $62 million, as Winnie the Pooh and his friends continue to remain on pace with “Pete’s Dragon.” 

“Slender Man” underperformed with both audiences and critics, receiving a 14% Rotten score on RottenTomatoes and a .5/4 rating from us at Flick Crave, as well as a “D-” Cinemascore from audiences.  Ending its opening weekend run with an $11.37 million gross, a fourth-place finish that is expected to drop drastically due to its lack of resonance with audiences. 

Rounding at the top five is Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” one of 2018’s best films found itself with a successful weekend of $10.8 million from 1,512 locations, averaging about $9,300 per theater. The third largest debut in Lee’s career and the audiences seem to agree with critics with an “A-” Cinemascore and a 97% certified fresh score from RottenTomatoes, suggesting this film may have a lot more gas left in the tank. 

Elsewhere you can find “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” with an additional $5.86 million, and LD Entertainment’s “Dog Days” suffered from the dog days of August with a mere $2.55 million opening. Although, the yearly differences are up as 2018’s August is off to a hot start in comparison to 2017’s, a 25% weekend increase, with the top twelve grossing over $132 million. 

“Crazy Rich Asians,” “Mile 22,” and “Alpha” will storm into theaters this weekend, and all of it seems to amount to a dull finish for the 2018 summer calendar. Few standouts are on their way, and all the big hitters have slowed down, but it's been a summer of records, with hopefully more to be broken throughout the year, only time will tell. 
 

"Mission: Impossible - Fallout" Rolls on with the Mission, "Christopher Robin" Prematurely Runs out of Honey, and Black Panther Grosses $700 Million

A hefty title for a weekend full of shortcomings, Wakandian accolades, and the vigorous running legs of Tom Cruise, as the fastest man alive and his fellow co-stars, including Henry Cavill’s mustache, find themselves at the number one spot two weeks in a row. The franchise of spy cliches and five stars set pieces finds itself with a $35 million follow-up to their $61 million opening a week ago, a 42% drop off, approximately. 

The film itself has been received well as we mentioned last week, but audiences seem to dig the motorcycle chases and continued involvement of nuclear threats as well, providing their hard earned money for a second week in a row as the film’s domestic cume now stands just shy of $125 million. The international markets flourished as well, bringing an estimated $76 million from 56 markets, including 20 new opening amongst those markets. Now standing at $205 million in it's foreign gross, “Fallout” is expanding and conquering as one of the summer’s best action flicks extended to $329.5 million global tally, 21% ahead of “Rogue Nation” and quickly closing in on “Ghost Protocols” $694 million. 

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Coming up short of first place is Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” falling short of expectations with a $25 million opening in a little over 3,600 locations. A slight improvement over the $21.5 million opening of “Pete’s Dragon,” but a stumble for the most successful studio in the industry, struggling to make it's homegrown features sound as essentially must watch features as that of their Marvel or Lucasfilm counterparts. An “A” Cinemascore and a relatively positive response from critics, including a 2.5/4 rating from us here at Flick Crave, the film has a following behind it, but the marketing seems to have fallen short of spreading the word of Pooh’s big return. 

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Internationally, “Christopher Robin” delivered in 18 markets with $4.8 million total, with Mexico accounting for $1.4 million of that gross from 15% of the worldwide marketplace. The silly old bear will need some more honey to get him out of this sticky start, as in the third place we find “The Spy Who Dumped Me” which debuted with $12.35 million opening. With a reported budget of $40 million, the film is off to a slow start itself, meandering like Pooh through hundred acre wood. 

Receiving a “B” Cinemascore, a lack of approval from critics with the Tomatometer standing at 39% Rotten, and our review bringing a low rating as well with 1.5/4 stars, the film seems to have a lack of approval behind it. But with a 62% Female lead audience, next weekend will determine the legs behind the stumbling spy-comedy that seems to be in need of a bit more dumb luck than its characters are given within the story told by Susanna Fogel and David Iserson. 

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In fourth place belonged to the musical led sequel in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” which fell by an additional 40% from last weekend with a $9 million follow-up in its third weekend. The domestic total now resides at the $91 million mark, and the foreign markets carried the duets to $139.2 million as it opened in seven new markets, pushing its global tally into the ballpark of $230 million. 

Rounding out the top five is Denzel Washington’s comic book-style shoot em’ up “The Equalizer 2” which fell an additional 37% from a week ago, bringing in a mere $8.7 million over the weekend. The domestic cume now pushes itself towards the $80 million range, as the film continues to play in a mere 11 markets in international markets. 

Below the top five, you can find Bo Burnham’s and A24’s “Eighth Grade” opening in nationwide format to a $2.87 million weekend, and Fox’s teenage melodrama “The Darkest Minds” debuting in over 3,100 theaters with an abysmal $5.8 million tenure over the weekend. International markets didn’t fare any better as the 37 markets produced a combined $4.8 million, which makes the $34 million seem like a tough hill to climb. 

A film that climbed an historic mountain over the weekend was the Wakandian native “Black Panther,” surpassing the historic $700 million stamp, joining the two other state-based phenomenons in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($936.6m) and “Avatar” ($760.5m). The Wakandian king seems to have conquered the feat that “The Avengers,” “Civil War,” and any DC film seemingly have been unable to overcome, another trophy to add to the king’s collection as the phenomenon of “Wakanda Forever” rolls on. 

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The year rolls on as well, with a 15% increase over the twenty year low of August 2017. The upcoming weekend looks favorable as well with Spike Lee’s expressionistic and downright aggressive “BlacKkKlansman” readies itself for a nationwide release, a film that is sure to spark some kind of outrage from fans of “Death of a Nation,” which sadly arrived into 1,005 locations over the weekend. Hopefully, it goes away silently, while Lee’s voice out shouts anyone who is apart of that ignorant camp of thought. 

Blockbuster markets will see a new friend as well as “The MEG” swims into theaters and our “JAWS That Made The MEG Series” reaches it's finale this week with reviews for both “JAWS 3” and “JAWS 4.” The slenderest of monsters reveals his plain face to audiences, as Screen Gems’ “Slender Man” arrives in what could be a sleeper hit in the making. With the backing of both the video game culture and recent horrific tragedies, “Slender Man” like “The MEG” may be our story of the rant next week, we’ll have to wait and see. 

"Mission: Impossible - Fallout" Rescues a Franchise Best with a $61.5 Million Opening

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This past weekend saw Paramount Pictures’’ “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” surpassing franchise box office records with critical appreciation. The film scored a $61.5 million opening, Tom Cruise’s second largest opening in his long and illustrious career. Warner Bros’ “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” fell short of expectations, and the weekend itself was up by approximately 6% from 2017. 

“Mission: Impossible - Fallout” fell short of expectations, but manage to squeak out the franchise’s largest three-day opening weekend, topping the $57.8 million opening of “M:I 2” from 2000. Tom Cruise neared his 2005 “War of the Worlds” record of $64.8 million, but should be satisfied with the victory nonetheless, as will Paramount which scored their largest opening weekend since 2014’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” 

With the strong critical appreciation with a 98% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com, a 4/4 grade from Rogerebert.com, and a 3/4 grade from us here at Flickcrave.com, there should be no shortage of legs to be found with this film. Add in the franchise-best “A” Cinemascore from an audience that was 55% male and 45% female according to Cinemascore’s data, and you can expect that this spy thriller of an action film may have a long, successful road ahead of itself.  Most likely surpassing the $195 million run by “Rogue Nation,” “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” might stride it's way to a top 10 summer box office finish when its all said and done. 

Internationally, “Fallout” is looking to surpass the two past $700 million global performances with a $92 million opening from 36 markets. The most prosperous of those markets being South Korea which accounted for $24.6 million of that foreign cume, the film is still set to open in France, Australia, Japan, and Germany next weekend, and Italy and China will follow over the next few weeks. 

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In second place was Universal’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” which dropped by a hefty 57% from last weekend’s successful opening that resulted in a $15 million gross, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $70 million. A big drop that looks to have quieted the Abba rhythms of last weekend, the dance partner from previous weekend in “The Equalizer 2” also experienced some heavy drops. 61% down from the successful number one spot from a weekend ago, “The Equalizer 2” scored $14 million,  adding to a domestic total that is now just shy of $65 million. 

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“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” joined the pivotal drops of the summer with a $12.3 million opening that will push its domestic gross just shy of $120 million, and “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” was the biggest slump of the weekend, falling well under the mid-teens expectations with a $10.5 million opening. DC’s animated heroes struggle to gain the traction needed, but with a $10 million budget, the blow of the weekend should be softened. 

Elsewhere in the top ten, you can find “Ant-Man and the Wasp” which scored an additional $8.4 million to push it's domestic cume to $183.2 million, becoming the 16th largest release in the MCU, domestically. 

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Disney also occupied a seventh-place spot with Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” which has now surpassed the $575 million mark in domestic markets and continues to build the $1 billion worldwide mark, which would make this the 36th film to reach that spot, and the fourth Pixar movie of the group as well. 

Smaller budget movies like A24’s “Eighth Grade” delivered a strong weekend with $1.3 million for an $8,339 per theater average, and Lionsgate’s “Blindspotting” wasn’t far behind with $1.3 million from 532 locations, pushing their domestic cume to $1.79 million. 

Next weekend will see another Disney release with “Christopher Robin” and Lionsgate’s star-studded, R rated, action comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” might provide some stiff competition, but the return of Winnie the Pooh is sure to fill up the theater seats. 

"Equalizer 2" Kills Its Way to the Top, and "Mamma Mia" Soars Higher Than Its Predecessor

The sequels seem to have dominated the weekend, trailblazing a new record in how eight of the top ten movies at the box office were sequels. Two of those newly written chapters find themselves in competition at the heap of the charts, as Sony’s “The Equalizer 2” and Universal’s “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” traded blows throughout the weekend. 

Sony’s newest entree into the franchise was able to edge out the competition though, as “The Equalizer 2” stood atop, slicing and dicing it's way to the weekend throne, grossing an estimated $35.8 million. Topping the $34.1 million opening of the first film, “The Equalizer 2” may have dropped in quality, but it managed to do quite the opposite in the realm of finances. Receiving an “A” Cinemascore, Antoine Fuqua’s and Denzel Washington’s sequel, both sharing the success for their first respective sequels in their careers, able to surpass their past film’s opening gross and audience satisfaction, as the first film received an “A-” Cinemascore.

Seemingly in line to arrive just a bit short of the last film, the international markets seem to have assisted with $3.3 million from 11 markets, with Australia providing a strong helping hand with an estimated $2.2 million. Over the coming weeks, “Equalizer 2” is set to open in 10 other foreign markets, the tight race will expectedly not last as long though. 

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“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” was the other competitor this weekend, bringing an estimated $34.38 million, a second place finish by a mere $1.42 million. One of the tightest races of the year just a bit below weekend estimates though, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” still delivered a strong debut, outperforming the last film by a mere $7 million. In 2008, “Mamma Mia” finished it's run with $144 million, making an insurmountable hill to conquer for the sequel. The fourth largest opening weekend ever for a musical, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” scored an “A-” Cinemascore an additional $13.1 million from 41 international markets.

The summer season to be favorable though, with little to no competition for a female audience targeted film. “Hotel Transylvania 3” finds itself in third place, dropping 47%, and delivering an estimated $23.3 million. Adding an estimated $37.7 million from international markets, cuming its total to $206.7 million with 55.9% stemming from overseas. 

Buzzing to fourth place is “Ant-Man and the Wasp” which dropped 45% in its third weekend of release, the domestic total now sits at $165 million, and also managed to pull in an estimated $21.6 million from international markets for an overseas cume that rounds out at about $189 million, bringing the film’s total gross to $353.5 million. 

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Rounding out the top five is “Incredibles 2,” delivering an additional $11.5 million from domestic markets bringing its total to $557.3 million, marking the second time in history that all five films at the top of the weekend box office were all sequels. $36.5 million also came from international markets as the film’s global cume rests at $940.4 million as it storms it's way closer to $1 billion to become the fourth Pixar movie to cross that barrier.

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The rest of the top ten included “Skyscraper” which dropped 54.4% and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” dropping another 30.5% as both films remained in the $11 million ballpark.  Blumhouses’ “Unfriended: The Dark Web” arrived at the box office to a mere $3.49 million, finding itself in ninth place. The $1 million production budget should help that gross feel a lot more significant than it seems though, as another low-budget film finds itself rounding out the top ten as “Sorry To Bother You” scored another $2.8 million, dropping 32%. 

Another independent film like “Blindspotting” finds itself with $332,500 from 14 theaters, setting itself up for a great weekend when it goes wide. Blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Deadpool 2” find themselves in the lower half of the teens now, both of the films revolving around the same ballpark numbers of $400,000, but “Mission Impossible - Fallout” is set to have a massive weekend with a significant amount of critical support backing its release. Hopefully, some more assistance is on its way from us here at FlickCrave.com as a busy week is in order. 

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" Hums to #1 as the 20th Entree into the MCU, and "Incredibles 2" Passes $500 Million.

It’s another Monday, another Box Office Rant, and another weekend with a Disney movie #1 at the box office. As we enter the 27th weekend of 2018, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has claimed #1 at the box office nine times, and now with the twentieth entry in the MCU, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” has debuted with $76 million. Out-performing “Ant-Man” by nearly $20 million, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” delivered a surprising opening weekend that seemed to stem mostly from its Friday performance. It accounted for 44.5% of its overall weekend gross, the largest in MCU history, ahead of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (44.1%). 

Receiving an “A-” Cinemascore from opening weekend audiences and with the audience demographics relatively similar to the first film, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” seems to be that solid base hit that Marvel Studios needs to end out the year on a high. With “Black Panther” scoring a massive $699 million domestic total and a $1.3 billion gross worldwide and “Avengers: Infinity War” racking up $674 million domestically and trailing the third all-time record spot by a mere $28 million in its 10th week with $2.040 billion to its worldwide total. 

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With the possibility of a $209 million domestic total, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” should be another success for Marvel in the United States. Internationally, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opened in approximately 48% of the foreign markets, delivering an estimated $85 million from across the seas. Debuting with a $161 million at the global box office, about 45% higher than the last film. Future releases include France on July 18th, followed by Germany, U.K. Japan, and Italy in the weeks following. 

Second place goes to “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” in its third weekend; the film dropped off by 53% from the previous, delivering $28.6 million over the weekend. Pushing $333 million with its domestic numbers, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” isn’t landing as hard with domestic audiences, but worldwide audiences are providing the film with a large helping hand. 

Crossing $1 billion at the global box office on Friday, adding an additional $27.6 million from overseas and bringing it's international total to $725 million, making international markets responsible for 68.6% of its total gross, a scary sign to see that feels reminiscent of Paramount’s and Dreamwork’s “Transformers” franchise.  

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Third place went to “Incredibles 2” which became the highest grossing animated film in domestic markets, surpassing the $500 million mark. Just shy of topping their Disney family member, “Beauty and the Beast,” it has become the 11th highest grossing domestic release of all-time. Delivering an additional $29 million over the weekend, the long-awaited Pixar sequel seems to be another home run for the highest grossing studio of the decade. 

Internationally, “Incredibles 2” debuted in France this weekend with $10.6 million, becoming the sixth largest market for “Incredibles 2” in the foreign markets, following behind China. Grossing $727 million from overseas, “Incredibles 2” is stomping its way to an $800 million worldwide total, but still has yet to open in Spain, Italy, Japan, and Germany. 

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In fourth, we find Blumhouse’s “The First Purge,” which debuted on Wednesday and finished out the weekend with a $17.1 million total from the weekend and a five day total of $31 million. As the fourth film in the franchise, all of which delivered strong domestic performances on low-budgets, with the “Purge: Election Year” being the standout. With a soft “B-” Cinemascore, the film’s low-budget will be a helping hand in turning a substantial profit. 

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Rounding out the top five is “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” which dipped a hefty 61.6%, underperforming with $7.3 million for a domestic cume that stands at $35.3 million as it begins its second week of release. “Ocean’s 8” delivered an additional $5.28 million as it places itself in seventh place, and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” expands into 893 locations, landing in the ninth position with $2.59 million. “Ocean’s 8” domestic total now sits at $126 million and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” totals at $12.38 million, as smaller films like “Whitney” ($1.25 million) and “Sorry to Bother You” ($717,302) opened with substantial numbers as small films continue to soar. 

The coming weekend holds “Skyscraper” and “Hotel Transylvania 3” in its wings, Dwayne Johnson could give what looks like a mediocre movie a substantial boost but the year still seems insanely great for movie audiences, with box office numbers soaring past expectations. 

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" Remains at the Top of the Food Chain at the Box Office, While "Sicario 2" Debuts.

Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” remains at the top of the food chain at the box office, while “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” debuts. “Incredibles 2” remains right under the top spot, and “Uncle Drew” follows “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” for a fourth-place finish. Not to mention, Fox International’s “Sanju” powers to a top ten finish, and “Avengers: Infinity War” continues to race towards its final record-breaking gross. 

Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” remains at number one for its second weekend in a row, dropping an estimated 59% by grossing an estimated $60 million. Now shy of $265 million with its domestic total, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” moves closer to a billion dollar total as it brought in an additional $56.1 million from 68 markets to bring its overseas cume to $667.5 million. Their worldwide total sits at $932.4 million, and it still has yet to release in Japan. 

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Disney and Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” finished in second place and continued it's run at that same spot from last weekend, dropping approximately 43% from last weekend to bring in a total of $45.5 million from domestic markets. Their domestic total sits at $439.7 million currently, making it the second highest grossing Pixar movie of all-time and the third largest animated title ever. 

Internationally, “Incredibles 2” continued its strong performance by topping $200 million for a global tally of $646.8 million, with $40.8 million stemming from China. Only playing in approximately 51% of all international markets, “Incredibles 2” has a lot of potential in front of it's run, as the film has still yet to debut in major foreign markets such as France which will happen this weekend. It will follow up that debut with another in the U.K. and South Korea in mid-July, and later this year in Germany. 

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Sony’s release of “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” outperformed expectations, placing itself in third place at the weekend box office by delivering a $19 million opening weekend from over 3,000 locations. Receiving a “B” Cinemascore, this is a strong start for the $35 million productions which outperformed the first film’s opening weekend of $7 million. Though that first film had a much lengthier run, playing for 17 weeks and grossing $46.8 million, something that it's sequel will probably not be afforded to be given as the expectations for the film’s total domestic cume reside around $50 million. 

Internationally, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” brought in $8.4 million from 55 markets. With its release being handled by both Lionsgate and Sony, the film had some high points in markets such as South Korea ($1.2 million) and Australia (976,000). 

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Lionsgate’s basketball driven comedy, “Uncle Drew,” opened this past weekend as well, delivering the fourth place finish with $15.5 million opening from 2,472 locations. Playing to a split audience of 59% male and 58% female and receiving an “A” Cinemascore, a $35 million domestic total doesn’t seem out of reach for this sports stars driven comedy. 

Rounding at the top five is Warner Bros’ “Ocean’s 8,” which had another strong weekend, dropping approximately 30% from last weekend with a heist of an $8 million gross over the weekend, bringing its domestic cume to just shy of $115 million. Internationally, the film generated an additional $13.5 million for a foreign total of $95 million to bring it's worldwide gross to $209.7 million. 

Fox International's “Sanju” opened with $2.55 million from 365 locations to a surprising ninth-place finish, opening in India at #1 which is the studio’s second largest opening in that market. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” expanded into an additional 306 theaters which allowed for a weekend gross of $2.29 million from 654 locations, the film’s domestic cume stands at $7.5 million currently. 

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Overall, the weekend outperformed last years as 2018 continues to bring in superb numbers for the box office of filmmaking, something that we as movie lovers love to hear. “Avengers: Infinity War” also delivered a $1.4 million weekend as it now sits at $2.034 billion, just $34 million shy of the all-time third-place record of $2.068 billion set by “Force Awakens.” 

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With “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opening this weekend, the film could receive a boost for those who need to catch up or make sense of an ending that is sure to tie in the ending of “Infinity War.” “The First Purge” is also set to open on the July Fourth holiday, hopefully to something mediocre so these films can stop being made. 

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" Devours It's Way to the Top of the Box Office, While "Incredibles 2" Holds Steady.

Surprising most of us with another large opening, Universal and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” grossed $148 million, becoming only the second time ever that two films have consecutively opened at more than $100 million two weeks in a row. The first was "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End's" $114.7 million opening that followed "Shrek the Third's" $121.6 million opening from the prior weekend. Down by approximately 28% from its predecessors $208 million opening, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is off to a solid start while simultaneously competing with Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.” With an A- Cinemascore, a slight drop off from 2015’s A Cinemascore for “Jurassic World,” the sequel seems to have a chance at matching or meeting the challenge set by the first film. 

The film has some tough tests to come though, while this weekend will be relatively easy to retain that number one spot with “Sicario: Day of the Saldado” and “Uncle Drew” being the only competitors, the following weekend won’t be as easy. The openings of “Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Skyscraper,” and Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will surely provide a stiff challenge. The first film didn’t drop more than 50% till it's ninth week, it will be far more difficult for the sequel which is set to gross somewhere between $350-$375 million in domestic markets. With a 50% Rotten Tomatoes score, a 2/4 star rating by RogerEbert.com, and a 1.5/4 star rating from this site, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” doesn’t have a lot of critical backing, so the legs of this film will be intriguing to watch. 

While the movie opened this past weekend in domestic markets, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is entering its third week in international markets, debuting in 17 new markets and ranking number one in 16 of them. Feasting its way up the box office rankings, grossing an additional $106 million from overseas. China provided a hefty $202.6 million and will deliver even more over the next weekend, as the film currently stands at $711 million with it's worldwide gross. The third largest release of 2018 thus far, and is sure to surpass the one billion dollar mark at some point. 

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“Incredibles 2” followed up its monstrous debut with a second place finish, rounding in $80 million as it approaches a $350 million domestic total in only ten days, making it one of the top ten highest grossing animated films of all-time. Dropping approximately 55.7% from its last weekend total, “Incredibles 2” stifled with some competition from the roaring land of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” but it also became Pixar’s fourth largest release ever. 

Internationally, “Incredibles 2” opened in China, India, and Thailand over the weekend and brought in an estimated $56.8 million. Cuming an overseas total of $135 million while opening in around 44% of all international markets and opening in China with $21.2 million as the largest opening for any Pixar movie ever in China. Combined with its domestic numbers, “Incredibles 2” is quickly on its way to $500 million in a matter of two weeks of release. 

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“Ocean’s 8” holds surprisingly steady, conning it's way to a 38.6% drop off from last weekend for an estimated $11.5 million weekend, pushing their domestic total over $100 million in its third week of release. Overseas, the film brought in additional $70 million allowing it's worldwide total to steal more than $170 million over the weekend. “Tag” landed in fourth place as it follows suit of Warner Bros. “Game Night,” growing in popularity over time, bringing an estimated $8.2 million over the weekend. 

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Rounding at the top 5 is Fox’s “Deadpool 2” which added $5.25 million over the weekend, bringing its total to over $300 million, while also reaching a milestone in its international gross by crossing the $400 million mark, bringing the film’s worldwide cume to $707 million. Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” falls outside the top five with a $4.5 million weekend, finally crossing the $200 million barriers in its domestic gross. Internationally adding a mere $2.6 bringing it's foreign market total to just over $150 million as it totals out at $353 million in it's worldwide gross as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is not soaring as high as Disney would have hoped for. 

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Other top stories include Focus Features’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” expanding into 348 location and grossing $1.875 million as it surpassed $4 million with its domestic total. Focus Features plans on releasing it into 500 more theaters as fourth of July approaches. Residing at a 99% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.5/4 score on RogerEbert.com, and a 4/4 star rating from us, it is a film that audiences definitely need to see. A24's "Hereditary" dropped 47% from last weekend as it cumed a little over $3.6 million as it surpassed a $36 million domestic total. “Avengers: Infinity War” added another $2.5 million to its domestic total as it closes in on a $675 million domestic total and attempts to get as close as possible to “Force Awakens” $2.068 billion record as it resides at $2.030 billion currently. 

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It will be interesting to see how close Thanos can get, as “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and “Uncle Drew” plan to open up this weekend to expectations of mediocrity, providing little threats to the current blockbusters of the summer. The exact midpoint of the year will be reached next Sunday on July 1st though, and you can expect something like a top ten list of sorts to commemorate that notion. Until then, Craves of the week, a possible “Gotti” review, and maybe an editorial or two are heading your way. 

"Incredibles 2" Makes History with Biggest Animated Opening of All-Time.

14 years removed from Brad Bird’s inaugural parody of superheroes, “Incredibles 2” strode into theaters to walk away with a record-breaking $182 million domestic opening weekend.  Records continue to fall at the box office throughout the year of 2018, and Pixar and Disney continue to be at the helm of these records. Topping the previous opening weekend record by a fellow Pixar film, “Finding Dory,” with their $135 million opening, “Incredibles 2” crushed that with a weekend that is also the 8th largest opening weekend of all-time, topping the $179.1 million opening by “Captain America: Civil War.” 

That film went on to gross $400 million at the domestic box office, so it will be interesting to see how far “Incredibles 2” can go with the enormous momentum they have gained over the weekend. The film is also the fifth highest grossing weekend of any superhero movie, falling just behind “Avengers: Age of Ultron” which scored $191.2 million in its opening. 

Also, a note worth noticing is that “Incredibles 2” also beat last year’s “Beauty and the Beast” opening gross, which hit $174.7 million in its opening weekend, which went on to gross more than $500 million domestically. With an “A+” Cinemascore and a domestic opening of this magnitude, the domestic run for “Incredibles 2” seems to have a bright future ahead of it. Becoming the most significant opening day ever for an animated movie ever and the biggest opening weekend ever to happen in June, Disney continues to break records as they now are responsible nine of the top ten highest opening grossing weekend movies of all-time, an outrageous thought to consider.  

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Internationally, “Incredibles 2” brought in an estimated $51.5 million from approximately 26% of the international markets for a global debut resulting in $231.5 million. Delivering Pixar’s largest opening weekends in countries such as Mexico ($12.3 million), Australia ($7.7 million), Argentina ($3 million), and $5.4 million from Russia. The global market always favors Disney and Pixar alike, so with opening weekends set in China and many other countries next weekend, “Incredibles 2” may be just getting warmed up. 

In second, WB’s “Ocean’s 8” dropped a little over 50% from last weekends gross and stayed steady with an additional $19.5 million bringing their domestic total to around $80 million. Adding $19.3 million from international markets as well, bringing their global total to something around $116 million. 

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The heist continues for them, but another Warner Bros film, “Tag,” walked away with a $14.6 million opening weekend, just a bit ahead of studio expectations. The film may have the same run of another well-reviewed comedy from earlier this year in “Game Night,” which grew its box office over time, but that film had far fewer competitors, this will not be the case for “Tag.” With the summer box office just beginning to get into the thick of things, “Tag” may not see a bigger gross than the one they’ve already taken. 

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Receiving a “B+” Cinemascore, “Tag” has the audience behind it, but not in a big bad way. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is another film that doesn’t have the audience behind it and continues to slump with a 36.5% drop off from last weekend with a $9.3 million total from domestic markets bringing their domestic cume to $195 million. The film added $5.2 million from international markets bringing their global total to $339.5 million. A film that doesn’t continue to disappoint is “Deadpool 2” with an estimated $8.8 million weekend, bringing their domestic cume to just shy of $295 million, their international market grossed $9.8 million bringing their total gross to $10 million shy of $700 million. 

A24’s “Hereditary” dipped about 48% to a $7.7 million weekend, now grossing a total of $27 million on a $10 million budget. A24 will be happy with those numbers, but “Superfly” debuted with a mere $6.3 million and received a “B+” Cinemascore. “Avengers: Infinity War” dropped out of the top five as well with $5.4 million as they surpassed a $2 billion global total placing itself into rarified air. Hopefully, it can surpass “The Force Awakens” and keep the record-breaking swing of 2018 trending as this year continues to feel fresher and fresher. 

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Fresh movies will arrive this weekend as well as “Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom” approaches theaters. The first film had a dinosaur-sized opening weekend, but with low critical approval and low audience expectations, replicating that monstrous opening weekend seems improbable. Their international record thus far has cumed $173.6 million from this weekend with $119 million of that total stemming from China bringing their total cume thus far to $370 million, but how much more assistance will it receive from domestic markets? We’ll find out this weekend. 

"Oceans'8" Steals the Weekend from "Solo," & "Hereditary" Surpasses Expectations.

Ending up in the number one spot this weekend was a film that seemed to have stolen it's way past expectations in “Ocean’s 8.” The film itself was expected to deliver an opening weekend between $20 to $30 million, but would end up grossing an outstanding $41.5 million, which is the largest opening for any “Ocean’s” film thus far (not adjusted for inflation), and the second highest opening weekend of the year for Warner Bros. A solid start to repaying that $70 million budget, “Ocean’s 8” is on it's way to stealing itself a spot in the top ten of the summer, but it will have stiff competition from “The Incredibles 2” this weekend and  “Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom” the following week

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“Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom” opened in internationally through, attempting to gross as much as it can before the world cup begins to steal some money from the box office, opening with an estimated $150 million over the weekend in foreign markets. 

Meanwhile, “Ocean’s 8” kicked off things in sixteen markets in the international markets, raking in an additional $12.2 million to bring its worldwide total to $53.7 million. Receiving a B+ Cinemascore, “Ocean’s 8” may have an even more successful road ahead of it, and has the potential to surpass a $130 million domestic total.

Coming in second place was a film that received an average Cinemascore as well, as Lucasfilm and Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” continues to struggle at the box office as in its third weekend, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” grossed a mediocre $15.5 million. The domestic cume of the film has barely surpassed $176 million, which for a sense of comparison with fellow Star Wars films, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is currently lagging behind “Rogue One” which had already grossed $424 million by this time in it's run. It seems that “Solo: A Star Wars Story” continues to be the punished film by the fans whose constant vitreal and lashing out towards Star Wars creators and actors has led to that wide margin, but the film’s quality itself could have something to do with that as well.

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“Deadpool 2” comes in third place with $14.1 million, a 40% drop off from its previous weekend, as it continues to track about $30 million behind the original. The weekday grosses seem to be higher than the original, an advantage of a summer release date perhaps, but the Merc with a mouth added an extra $18.25 million to its total cumulative box office gross, placing itself at a $655 million gross, with $376 million of that total coming from its domestic market.

The surprise of the weekend though was A24’s “Hereditary” which brought in an estimated $13 million, surpassing the expectations of box office trackers which had the film slated to open between $8 million and $9 million, maybe breaking that $10 million barrier if it was lucky.

“Hereditary” was more than lucky though, budgeted at a reported $10 million, “Hereditary” has become A24’s biggest opening weekend film ever, surpassing “The Witch’s” $8.8 million from 2015. Being A24’s widest release yet as well, “Hereditary” will have a seemingly long road ahead of it with the audiences struggling to find the same resonance for the film as critics have. 

With a 94% Rotten Tomatoes score, 4-star ratings from both this site and RogerEbert.com’s Matt Zoller Seitz, and an 87% rating on Metacritic, critics seemingly belove this film, but Cinemascore gave the film a D- score on opening night showings. Luckily the Cinemascore would average out over the weekend to a C- rating, but still disappointing nonetheless, as the trend of A24’s critically acclaimed but audience denounced kind of movies continues. Raising a bunch of questions as to whether viewers have the right expectations for horror films and if the fandom of genre films seems to have gone off the rails.

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“Avengers: Infinity War” rounds out the top five with $6.8 million as the epic-scaled movie of heroes continues to narrow in on that $2 billion mark as with the added boost of the disappointing outing from “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Avengers: Infinity War” will seemingly surpass that historic $2 billion mark by the end of the week.

The film also received an extended 30-day release from Chinese markets, which has given the film an astounding $353 million. The film currently sits at $1.998 billion with it's cumulative gross, and $654.7 million domestically, making “Avengers: Infinity War” the fifth highest grossing domestic film of all-time, surpassing “Jurassic World’s” $652 million domestic total, and on track to overcome "Titanic's" $659 million domestic total, which means that Disney owns 3 out of the 5 highest grossing domestic films of all-time. Another vital mark set by the box office juggernaut that was founded with a Mouse named Mickey, an incredible thought to see how far they’ve come since those days.

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“Hotel Artemis” finds itself below expectations with a mere $3.25 million opening weekend, placing in the eighth place ranking of the weekend chart. The performance isn’t near as bad as “Action Point’s” which fell off 60% from its opening weekend gross of $2.3 million, bringing in $951,998 over the weekend, which brings the film total to $4.5 million.

With a C- Cinemascore, “Action Point” is the worst performing summer film thus far, but the smaller, heart-warming documentary of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” opened in 29 locations with an estimated $470K for a $16,207 per screen average. It’s a much smaller film that has a great chance of surpassing expectations due to its heartwarming messages, and it's focus upon the infamous and kind star known as Mr. Rogers.

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The upcoming weekend has two films slated to surprise, but most eyes will be focused on “Incredibles 2” which is expected to perform with an estimated $120 million opening weekend, but “Tag” has received some positive buzz and could open with a solid weekend itself. Pixar and Disney have owned the summer before, and Disney owns most of the box office prominence, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see “Incredibles 2” outperform expectations with a superheroic opening weekend. 

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" Fails to Soar Past the Stars and is Anchored by Comic Book Madness.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" Fails to Soar Past the Stars and is Anchored by Comic Book Madness.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t have the magical Star Wars weekend that Lucasfilm and Disney would have hoped for, the three day weekend was expected to rake in $150 million, and the extra day was supposed to push it to a $170 million mark, but “Solo: A Star Wars Story” arrived well under those expectations.

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"Deadpool 2" Scores Big with the Second Highest Grossing Rated-R Opening Weekend , Falling Short of Its Predecessor.

With no thanks to Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool 2” is another instant hit with a massive $125 million domestic opening weekend and a $300 million global opening that knocked “Avengers: Infinity War” down from the number one spot at the global and worldwide weekend box office. Meanwhile, “Show Dogs” and “Book Club” delivered on expectations when they attempted to be the counterprogramming to the duo of superhero flicks. They, naturally, didn’t precisely place a dent in the grosses of these big hit comic book movies. 

Nonetheless, “Deadpool 2” was indicated to break the rated-R opening weekend gross total with a historic $18.6 million on the Thursday night previews and an excellent $53.3 million opening day. It was unable to surpass its own predecessor's record of $132 million with that of Tim Miller’s “Deadpool,” but stayed ahead of last year's massive gross of $123.4 million by “IT.”  Rounding in an impressive weekend, “Deadpool 2” stood atop of Thanos’ former throne, but Thanos’ box office run is nothing short of historic. 

Placing itself as the fourth highest worldwide grossing film of all-time with $1.817 billion, and continuing its run domestically as it nears $600 million. It seems it might be able to surpass the $2 billion mark, but it may not be able to overcome 2018’s baffling run by “Black Panther” whose social relevance seems to have assisted it past the big and bolder movie in “Avengers: Infinity War.” “Black Panther” might be able to seal that win over its same blooded brethren of the Marvel cinematic universe. “Black Panther” may hold more resonance here in the states, but “Avengers: Infinity War” seems to have conquered the global markets, as expected.  

The upcoming memorial weekend seems to have set up a multitude of showdowns, but none that are that impactful when considering the idea that the two of the movies facing off are apart of the same Disney family. But how will the 20th Century Fox child in “Deadpool 2” fair against the undervalued “Solo: A Star Wars Story?” Many are expecting the individual Star Wars story to fall short at the box office, but it might surprise us with that galactic mythology flair that the force is known for. “Avengers: Infinity War” is on the road to falling out of that top five more and more, but the historical table that has been set by them will be a tough hill to overcome. 

The rest of the films in the top five had weekends not worth mentioning by being placed in a lousy opening weekend spot, but something worth mentioning is the weekend results of $4 million brought in by “A Quiet Place.” A film breaking past last year’s historic “Get Out” gross with $176 million, as Krasinski's hit nears $180 million. It seems film quality continues to matter in some sense of the word as these well-made superhero flicks and genre movies continue to dominate as the upcoming box office battle is set for stories that live in fantasy. How remarkable is that to see as a comic book nerd and sci-fi lover? 

"Avengers: Infinity War" Breaks Even More Records in its Third Weekend.

“Avengers: Infinity War” continues to be the box office monster we expected it to be, becoming the fifth highest grossing film of all-time in its third weekend with a total gross of $1.6 billion. Becoming the fastest film to surpass $500 million at the domestic box office in a mere 11 days, Thanos has truly conquered the box office. Three-peating as the weekend king with $68.1 million, a 46.1% drop from last weekend, “Avengers: Infinity War” became the fourth highest third-weekend grossing film of all-time, falling short behind it's a Marvel brethren “Black Panther.” 

The foreign market continues to help out “Avengers: Infinity War” in a big way though, as the film is on track to barely crack $600 to $700 million in the states. With almost 66% of its total gross coming from across the pond, “Infinity War” raked in an additional estimated $200 million from its China opening weekend, becoming the second largest opening film to ever open in China, based on local currency, falling behind “Fate of the Furious” which scored RMB 1.352 billion while Disney estimates that “Infinity War” raked in RMB 1.266 billion. 

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Now the third highest grossing domestic superhero film and eighth highest grossing domestic film in general, “Infinity War” is a juggernaut of success that might be running out a bit of steam. It is the highest grossing Marvel movie at the international box office and the fifth highest grossing film of all-time, staying steady behind “Jurassic World” with $1.67 billion, and will most likely become the fourth by next Monday. 

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New releases met the rest of weekend as “LIfe of the Party” scored $18.5 million and “Breaking In” brought in $16.5 million. The mother’s day weekend gave them a significant boost, but “Overboard” remained steady with $10 million, suffering a 30% percent drop. “A Quiet Place” continues to spur on with $6.4 million, only suffering a 17.6% drop from last weekend, bringing its domestic total to almost $170 million on a $17 million budget, a massive success to say the least. 

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Other than “Infinity War's” China opening, the weekend was relatively mediocre. All eyes will be on this weekend though, (all eyes that like box office numbers at least) as “Deadpool 2” launches into theatres on May 18. Most likely set to conquer “Avengers: Infinity War” throne at the weekend box office, but the anticipation has felt stifled as of late, so it’ll be intriguing to see the weekend stats on Ryan Reynolds’ mercish thrills. The long “hard” road to Deadpool continues here at Flick Crave, so stay tuned as the Regenerating Degenerate takes on the other Thanos (Cable; Josh Brolin) this weekend. 
 

"Avengers: Infinity War" Continues to Make History in Its Second Weekend.

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Thanos continues to win as “Avengers: Infinity War” continues to make history, becoming the fastest film to gross $1 billion at the worldwide box office as in a matter of ten days (Thursday, Apr 26th to Sunday, May 6th), “Avengers: Infinity War” has grossed $1.165 billion at the worldwide box office. WIth 61% of that money coming from overseas, it’s not irrational to state that this movie has a long way to go at the box office as “Avengers: Infinity War” is set to open in China on Friday, May 11th. 

Marvel has had a vast array of success at the Chinese box office with five Marvel movies ranking in the top thirty China openings, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ranking in the top five, so we can safely assume that their most epic venture could have massive success this weekend in the most prominent foreign market. 

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"Avengers: Infinity War" is a flawed masterpiece that packs a punch that is as entertaining as it is poignant, providing a haunting finale to one story and a harsh awakening to another."

Domestically, “Avengers: Infinity War” is not near as rampid in popularity as “The Force Awakens,” but is successful nonetheless. With nearly 40% of its overall gross stemming from the states, “Avengers: Infinity War” is averaging between $20 to $30 million at the daily box office and is on track to walk away with $600 to $700 million at the domestic box office. Nothing to shake a stick at, and falling short of the second-weekend record gross with $112.4 million. (“The Force Awakens” grossed $149 million in its second weekend) Short of its opening pace, my theory seems to hold true as I discussed last week that “Avengers: Infinity War” may not have the legs to make its name heard in any other significant ways. (I.e., biggest domestic gross of all-time or biggest worldwide total of all-time) The film is still going to walk away from the box office with big bucks, and continue to break more records, but all-time gross records look to remain safe, as Thanos can only conquer half of the records it seems, but there is still a lot of merchandise money to be made. 

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"Kids can be monsters."

“Avengers: Infinity War” will be fine, but the other movies at the box office continue to fade into the background. The “Overboard” remake (review coming soon) walked away with $14 million domestically and “A Quiet Place” slumped to third place with $7.6 million. “I Feel Pretty” and “Rampage” both swamped by 40% with $4.9 million going to Amy Schumer and $4.6 million going to The Rock. “Tully” opened with a surprising $3.186 million, considering the budget which is most likely very low, and “Black Panther” remains in the top ten with an additional $3.146 million. 

Nothing to discuss other than “Avengers: Infinity War” once again, and with little to no competition this weekend, ("Life of the Party" & "Breaking In;" trailers down below) you can expect more of the same next week. We got one more week to go until “Deadpool 2” (in theatres May 17th), so make sure to continue catching up on the past of the X-men with our “Long “Hard” Road to Deadpool 2” series. It’s going to be another busy week here at Flick Crave, as we prepare to see how much more can Thanos conquer before the merc with a mouth arrives with the other Thanos. (Cable (Josh Brolin))

"Ready Player One" Opens with $53 Million & Becomes Spielberg 5th Highest Grossing Opening.

Spielberg is back! Well, at least at the box office he is. The so-called “King of Entertainment” raked in a $53 million opening weekend in the worldwide markets with “Ready Player One,” on a reported $175 million budget. With $41 million of that gross stemming from the domestic box office, Spielberg seems to have returned to form as far as commercially with the fifth highest opening weekend of his career. Though the film may be lacking in the quality we “Spielbergians” desired to see, "Ready Player One" seems to have the positive buzz you would expect. With an A- Cinemascore and a 75% Rotten Tomatoes score, “Ready Player One” may have the legs and the word of mouth to carry itself to a prominent gross. 

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In Spielberg filmography this is expected in which his opening weekends are not the metric of his success. Most of Spielberg’s commercial films open less than satisfactory and gross over time with great word of mouth and critical response assisting the film’s gross. Opening on par with that of “A.I.” and “Catch Me if You Can” when adjusting for inflation, “Ready Player One” can either sputter out like that of “A.I” or continue to gross like “Catch Me if You Can.” It seems to have a genuine audience response but will have to wait and see if Spielberg can illustrate the return of the proverbial king of the box office. 

 "Acrimony" continues Perry's success. 

"Acrimony" continues Perry's success. 

“Ready Player One” was not the only movie to open over the weekend though, as Tyler Perry’s “Acrimony” found itself with a $17 million gross on a reported budget of $20 million. As one of the most successful indie filmmaker of all-time, Tyler Perry consistently exhibits his ability to speak to his audience and provide them with films that they love. Though critics, like myself, do not welcome his movies with high praise, we as film enthusiasts have to respect Perry’s ability to speak to the section of the audience that has followed his films for years now. 

He’s part of an elite class in that of the world of Cinemascores in which Perry has never averaged less than an A- score from the audience. He’s part of an elite class that has never received less than an A- rating from the audience with that of George Lucas (Star Wars), David Yates (Harry Potter), Joss Whedon (Avengers), and James Cameron (Terminator) being alongside him. He may not be a filmmaker that is going to earn any critical praise or awards any time soon, but his audience is returning to his films and leaving satisfied, which begs the question is the commercial success or critical success more significant as a filmmaker? 

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That’s a question will have to answer some other time, as “Black Panther: found itself in third place at the top five at the box office. Dropping one spot at the top five-weekend box office rankings, “Black Panther” continues to make history by surpassing the $650 million domestic barrier, and is on track to become the third highest domestic grossing film of all-time. 

Another film that continues to surprise like that of “Black Panther,” is that of “I Can Only Imagine” which only dropped by a mere 20% over the Easter weekend. Surpassing a $50 million gross on an A+ Cinemascore, “I Can Only Imagine” seems to be one of the most successful faith-based films since “God’s Not Dead.” With a satisfying critical response, “I Can Only Imagine” may have enough gas in the tank to continue trucking along and gross a bit more money.  

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“Pacific Rim: Uprising” dropped by more than 60% over the weekend and the domestic market continues to refute the franchise of robots and monsters. Now completely relying on the foreign markets with 79.7% of the gross coming from overseas, “Pacific Rim: Uprising” is still struggling to gain the same footing as the first film and the sequel isn’t necessarily a flop but hasn’t earned nearly enough to become a success either.

The top 10 box office worldwide is seeing a lot of shifts, but we’re all waiting to see the enormous impact that “Avengers: Infinity War” will have on the box office.  This weekend though, we will see the worldwide releases of “Blockers,” “A Quiet Place,” and “Isle of Dogs.” 

“A Quiet Place” has a lot of buzz backing it, and has become a highly anticipated film for myself that could rake in a substantial amount in its opening weekend. “Blockers” has gained some buzz as well an 89% Rotten Tomatoes score and seems to be on track to have a more than satisfying opening weekend. The low budget “Isle of Dogs” has been praised by critics, but will audiences love it as much as those hardcore film enthusiasts? We’ll have to wait and see as “Ready Player One” seems to have some stiff competition this weekend as it's time to see if Spielberg has indeed returned to his blockbuster ways. 

"Pacific Rim: Uprising" Takes the Throne Away from "Black Panther" with a $28 Million Opening.

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The box office finally has a new king atop its rankings in “Pacific Rim: Uprising.” The blockbuster sequel of mech vs. monsters has finally knocked off “Black Panther” from its reign at the box office, ending the five-week reign to this unprecedented madness that “Black Panther” has become. A sixth week would have been something remarkable, but “Black Panther” has already accomplished so much that it doesn’t really matter who won at the box office this last week. 

Nonetheless, “Pacific Rim: Uprising” walked away from the box office with a $28 million gross on a $150 million budget. Not a large dent when considering its budget, but a noticeable dent nonetheless. The question remains as to if “Pacific Rim: Uprising” reign can last more than a week though, it doesn't seem likely as the sequel of Jaegers and Kaiju doesn't seem to have the legs to fight off Spielberg's magic. 

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The rest of the weekend only held witness to a few other doses of success in that of “I Can Only Imagine” gaining an additional $13.8 million as their remarkable grossing has only fallen by about 20%. The Easter holiday weekend will give the film a nice boost most likely, but I feel that gross will begin to drop over the next few weeks as that faith-driven crowd seems to be unable to keep these films going at the box office. Impressive nonetheless. “Sherlock Gnomes” opened at $10.6 million on a $59 million budget, and “Tomb Raider” continued its stay at the box office with a massive drop off of 55% as “Tomb Raider” grossed an additional $10.4 million. Luckily, the foreign market has come to great aid for the feminized Dr. Jones character with an estimated $170 million gross. Though these numbers have not been finalized just yet, “Tomb Raider” seems to remain a somewhat mediocre success instead of the blockbuster that Warner Bros hoped it to be. 

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The weekend wasn’t all mediocrity though, as “Black Panther” passed yet another milestone in box office history as the Wakandian king is the official ruler of the domestic box office when it comes to the superhero genre. With now $630.9 million to its name, “Black Panther” is the official highest grossing superhero film in the domestic market of the United States, surpassing "The Avengers" domestic total of $623 million. Though it seems the overall gross will be just out of the Wakandian warrior’s grasp, “Black Panther” has still left an impact upon the box office that is utterly unprecedented and continues to show the power in cultural specificity being a viable choice for the filmmaking market. 

In the more immediate news, this weekend seems to have some stiff competition as “Ready Player One” seems to be fit enough to take down “Pacific Rim: Uprising.” With an expected $50 million to $75 million domestic opening, Spielberg seems to be on track to retake the throne that he relinquished nearly ten years ago. The inventor of blockbuster hits certainly has a highly anticipated story debuting this weekend, but we die-hard Spielberg fanatics can’t help but be excited to see the king return to his land of dominance. Its been a while Mr. Spielberg but welcome back to the land of escapism and magic. This weekend will also showcase the openings of Neon Studio's "Gemini" and Tyler Perry's "Acrimony." All eyes remain on Spielberg though, as the veteran of filmmaking is ready to showcase just how young his soul continues to be. 

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"Black Panther" Continues to Make History with a 5th Week atop the Weekend Box Office.

Another week, another box office rant, another win for Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Becoming the first film since James Cameron’s “Avatar” to end up on top of the weekend charts of the box office for the fifth straight week. With a weekend gross of $27 million, “Black Panther” continues to push its grosses to astronomical places as it’s domestic gross has pushed past $600 million and its worldwide gross currently resides at $577 million which makes a total net gross of $1.182 billion. The film that was highly anticipated but not seen as an equal box office juggernaut to some of Marvel’s previous lucrative properties has come to show that the Wakandian King is nothing short of dominant when it comes to box office power. 

 Ryan Coogler directing on the set of Marvel's "Black Panther." 

Ryan Coogler directing on the set of Marvel's "Black Panther." 

Many other movies made their box office debut this weekend though, as “Tomb Raider,” “Love, Simon,” and “I Can Only Imagine” arrived at their respective box offices with somewhat success. “Tomb Raider” did not have the most successful opening with a $94 million budget and a weekend that brought them about 23% of that budget which is not anyone's goal at the box office. “I Can Only Imagine” on the other hand, had a surprisingly successful weekend with a more than $10 million gross over its a budget with a net total of $17 million on a $7 million budget. “Love, Simon” however, got close to meeting its budget but fell short with an $11 million weekend gross on a $17 million budget. It seems that the power of video games and cultural change were not enough to out power another movie about God. 

 "Love, Simon" now playing in theaters. 

"Love, Simon" now playing in theaters. 

“Black Panther” ended up crushing all of those movies once again though, but will we see a sixth-weekend win for the Wakandian kingdom? I for one, think that the Wakandan’s reign has reached its end. With “Pacific Rim: Uprising” hitting theatres this weekend, along with films like “Sherlock Gnomes” and “Isle of Dogs” it seems that "Black Panther" has reached its proverbial end as king. These films may not be the juggernaut that “Black Panther” is, but they may be enough to take back the annual weekend throne from the protector of Wakanda. With an estimated budget of $150 million, a successful weekend is a must for a project that seems to be two years too late to capitalize upon its predecessor's endeavor in "Pacific Rim: Uprising." “Isle of Dogs” doesn’t seem to be a box office juggernaut in the making, but with an estimated small budget and Wes Anderson’s brilliance behind it “Isle of Dogs” is not meant to make all the money but enough to be successful. 

 "Pacific Rim: Uprising" in theatres this weekend. 

"Pacific Rim: Uprising" in theatres this weekend. 

The next few weekends of Box Office Rants may not be the most exciting over as we await the arrival of the anticipated behemoth known as “Avengers: Infinity War.” Until then, we’ll have to see what films can land a few wins at the box office as the Wakandian king seems to be losing his proverbial grip on the box office after an unprecedented run. It may be coming to an end this weekend, but let’s not all be shocked when we see the name of this masterful film again at the end of the year as one of the top ten highest grossing movies of 2018. It’s already made its voice heard, what other accolades can it accomplish before its all said and done? 

ISLE OF DOGS opens in theaters March 23, 2018. 

Pacific Rim Uprising - In Theaters, RealD 3D and IMAX March 23 

"Black Panther" Continues to Surprise with Domination at the Box Office & "A Wrinkle in Time" Disappoints.

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Surprise surprise, “Black Panther” was number one at the box office again. Ryan Coogler’s Wakandian adventure continues to become the dangerous panther that continues to carnivalize its way at the box office as it broke more than one record this last week with an additional $40 million to its overwhelming success. Becoming the 58th highest grossing release of all-time when adjusting for inflation, the seventh highest grossing film (domestically), the third highest-grossing film in its fourth week (domestically), and the second highest domestic grossing MCU film with only “The Avengers” being a top of its kingdom. 

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Ryan Coogler’s showcase of black excellence became the fifth MCU movie to gross a billion dollars and is the fifth highest worldwide grossing MCU film, as well as the second highest grossing solo film for the MCU with “Iron Man 3” holding on to its reign. Least to say, “Black Panther” has simply demolished expectations, second expectations, and continues to break new expectations as the kingdom of Wakanda continues its reign at the box office as “A Wrinkle in Time” matches its quality with a mediocre opening.  

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With a mere $33 million opening weekend on an estimated $100-150 million budget, “A Wrinkle in Time” barely satisfied audiences with B+ Cinemascore and was not welcomed by critics with a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The lowest opening from Disney since 2016’s “BFG,” which honestly is nothing to brag about because “Avengers: Infinity War” will most likely reclaim the losses for Disney with its massive gross. “The Strangers: Prey at Night” double its budget in a more than satisfying gross of about $10 million, and “Game Night” begins to fall out of the top five as it reigns in a little under $8 million. “Red Sparrow” continues its downfall as well with a little more than $9 million. 

A mediocre weekend for most, and more than a successful weekend for others, but this weekend has many new arrivals to the box office battle as “Tomb Raider” arrives. With a lack of praise from critics, “Tomb Raider” may deliver a less than a satisfactory opening. “I Love Simon” has some critical success, but the audience anticipation doesn’t seem to be at a sky high. It seems that we’re all waiting for our “Avengers” medicine in April as the only film seeming to have a shot at making a good sum of money is “Rampage” as The Rock rarely walks away from the box office with a disastrous outing. The takeaway continues to be how much a different perspective and unique view of the world can lead to profit for studios as “Black Panther” is not lighting in a bottle, but lighting that has been locked in the bottle for far too long. 

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"Black Panther" Continues its reign at the Top as "A Wrinkle in Time" Nears its Release.

It’s that time of the week again in which Flick Crave breaks down the winners and the losers at the box office. The winners of the Oscars will not find themselves apart of this discussion as the winners of the box office are usually the movies that find themselves absent from the Academy. Nonetheless, the winner of the box office so far this year did get some mentions at the grand show Hollywood last night in that of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” With Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kaluuya, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke attending the Academy’s showcase of Hollywood, “Black Panther” had some representation in person and at the box office, it continues to rake in all the money. 

Walking away from the weekend with an additional $65.7 million which was 41.2% drop from last weekend. This weekend would push “Black Panther” total to $501 million total in the domestic market with an $897 million gross in the worldwide box office. A historic weekend for the film that honor black excellence in which “Black Panther” pushes itself into the top ten highest domestically grossing movies of all-time in the United States. It’s the second highest grossing movie for the MCU in the domestic market and is the official highest grossing origin story movie for superheroes. “Black Panther” continues to transcend expectations and continues to showcase the financial success that a studio can have when a new voice is given a platform to be heard. 

 "Black Panther" cast members at the red carpet of the Oscars last night. 

"Black Panther" cast members at the red carpet of the Oscars last night. 

The rest of the weekend was met with mediocrity with “Red Sparrow” receiving $17 million and “Death Wish” receiving $13 million. Luckily both of these films low budgets make that opening weekend feel less subpar than it seems, but the thumb of Wakanda continues to hold down the box office and doesn’t seem to be relinquishing its vice grip of the box office until Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” arrives this weekend. With a projection of an opening weekend between $50 million and $100 million, “A Wrinkle in Time” will most likely rank on top of the box office next week. However, when it's all said and done, I believe that “Black Panther” will find itself in the top five at the end of the year. Wakanda Forever!!!!

The official trailer for Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time." 

"Black Panther" Stand Tall with a $202 Million Opening

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A historic weekend that exemplifies a cultural movement that is making its way into the infrastructure of media, and doing it well. For most of cinematic history or pop culture history in general, we as a society have been forced to associate heroism with a specific race and a particular gender. From Superman to Batman to Spiderman to James Bond, we have identified these representations of ethnicity and gender to be the heroes of the world.

That’s not to say that a few different ways of thinking didn’t ever seep through the cracks like that of “Luke Cage” (founded in 1972) and “Blade” (founded in 1973 & transferred to screen in 1998). These few examples are great in their own ways, but never before has the silver screen exemplified black pride, black excellence, black history, and the unique struggle that the black community feels to this day like that of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” I know that’s a rather political way to begin an editorial about box office results, but with the recent uprise in “controversy” that surrounds this film, I needed to reinstitute the reasoning for this film being dubbed as revolutionary or exceptional for its use of black excellence.

It doesn’t matter nonetheless anyways, because “Black Panther” raked in $202 million over the weekend. Not including the few days after that whereas of today “Black Panther” has scraped up an astounding $262 million and is well on its way to approaching $500 million at the worldwide box office. “Black Panther” didn’t only meet expectation, but excelled past them. A few of my fellow friends read last week’s rant and prescribed my $200 million predictions for “Black Panther” opening weekend as a little overboard.

Many had “Black Panther” on the proverbial train tracks for something between $150 million and $185 million, but mine was a bit over the top, admittedly. I was not alone in this expectation, and I was also not alone in being astounded by the incredible response to this remarkable film. Overwhelmingly praised by fellow critics and me alike, and the astonishing box office response is nothing short of exceptional, as "Black Panther" is at its simplest form another big hit for Marvel Studios.

 Read my full review of "Black Panther" by clicking on this JPG. 

Read my full review of "Black Panther" by clicking on this JPG. 

In other news, “Peter Rabbit” did okay and “Fifty Shades Freed” dropped a few notches. As far as this weekend goes, “Annihilation” looks to have a steady opening that will be noticeable but inconsequential. I will have a viewing tonight and a review uploaded by tomorrow. I apologize for the lack of content as of late, but when you're running a one-person show, the difficulty of manifesting content can be both frustrating and drastically tiresome. Nonetheless, “Game Night” looks to have the same critical and box office response that “Rough Night” had last year as well. Hopefully, “Annihilation” can deliver on the exceptional filmmaking that was “Ex Machina,” but we’ll have to wait and see. The big story is “Black Panther” this week though, and it rightfully should be.