"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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Check out our full review here!!

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Check out our full review here!!

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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Check out our road to Deadpool 2 series!!!

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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Read our "Ready Player One" review now by clicking on the image above. 

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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Read our "Black Panther" review by clicking on the image above. 

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.  

 Read our thoughts on "Pacific Rim: Uprising" by clicking on the image above. 

Read our thoughts on "Pacific Rim: Uprising" by clicking on the image above. 

“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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Click on the image to read the our full review. 

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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Click on the image to read our full review. 

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.

Box Office Rants Begin with "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" Reigning Supreme and "Black Panther" Nears its Debut.

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Welcome ladies and gents to a new Flick Crave weekly editorial. For those thinking that this is going to be a one to two-page rant on the lack of success a few of my indie darling films receive at the box office, then you good sir, or good lady, are wrong. Instead, this weekly segment will merely be discussing a few of the most significant topics of the week involving the box office. From the biggest weekend winners to record-breaking movies to predicting big debuts, The Box Office Rant will be a weekly dissection of the intricacies that are the modern day box office. It also helps that I enjoy charting and numbers, and kind of wanted an excuse to discuss it, so nonetheless here is the inaugural beginning to a weekly segment that is going to break down the winner and losers of the highly overvalued box office. 

Does the box office matter? Obviously yes, but we may place too much stock into it sometimes, and a prime example of that would be that of “Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle.” An average film that has some candid moments of genuine humor, but a film that is admittedly undeserving of its incredible success at the box office. For those who are unaware of this barrage of monetized success, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” became the proverbial success that the average moviegoer may believe it to be worthy of by becoming the fifth highest grossing film of the year in both the worldwide box office and the domestic totals. The enormous success this movie keeps receiving showcases just how much social media can affect filmmaking today, in my opinion. 

   “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle;” 2017.

 “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle;” 2017.

With movies like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which admittedly crushed “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at the box office by a few hundred million dollars in both categories, being near murdered through a barrage of hatred and opposition to the changes that Johnson has made to the universe that we believe is ours and not his. Despite your opinions on that film, I believe if the revolt from displeased fans were avoided then you would not see “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” where it is now. There is a lot of topics of conversations that a film like “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” can promote, but to keep this editorial relatively short, let's not focus on those and I’ll just bow out and give “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” its day in the sun.

    “Fifty Shades Freed;” 2018. 

  “Fifty Shades Freed;” 2018. 

A movie that doesn’t deserve it’s day and the sun and perplexes me to my very core as to why it has achieved an ounce of financial success is the weekend box office winner in “Fifty Shades Freed.” A film that, admittedly, took me longer than it should’ve to review because of the struggle I had with mustering up the courage to go to the theatres once again to witness the trashiness that is this movie. Nonetheless, “Fifty Shades Freed” walked away from the weekend box office with $38 million domestic gross. If there was ever a weekend in which I wanted to “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” to stay atop of the box office, it was this one. 

  Read my "Fifty Shades Freed  "review   to get a glimpse of the sheer madness that is this abysmal franchise. 

Read my "Fifty Shades Freed"review to get a glimpse of the sheer madness that is this abysmal franchise. 

To provide a dose of objectivity though, I can’t entirely find this response of success to be a bit ridiculous or shocking because the competition the film had going into the weekend was nothing to be proud of. I have not seen “Peter Rabbit,” and I most likely won’t visit a theatre to see it anytime soon, but that film doesn’t have the built-in fan base that the “Fifty Shades” franchise does. “The 15:17 to Paris” is maybe even more undeserving of success than “Fifty Shades,” but that’s a different story for another time. 

While “Fifty Shades Freed” may have had no competition this weekend it will find itself being ravaged by the much anticipated “Black Panther.” The proverbial Marvel hammer is about to wipe out anyone that is attempting to find themselves a goose egg to sit on at the box office, and I can’t wait to see it happen! Expect that review to arrive early Friday morning or at a very late hour on Thursday night. My anticipations are surprisingly more anxious than others, I believe, but I am expecting a possible $200 million opening. 

   “Black Panther;” 2018.

 “Black Panther;” 2018.

The only reason I am placing that much stock into what seemed to be a throwaway episode of the never-ending Marvel television show is the incredible buzz this film has created before its release. The continuing countdowns from Marc Bernardin, the onslaught of Rotten Tomatoes reviews that describe the movie as beautiful or revolutionary, and the sheer amount of publicity given to a film that is another proverbial shattering of the glass ceiling that has shrouded over the landscape of filmmaking for far too long. Then again I am the crazy one that believes that “Avengers: Infinity War” will become the highest grossing movie of all time in about two months, but that's just me. Whether its $200 million or $150 million, “Black Panther” will grasp the prominent throne of the box office for the country of Marvel Studios this weekend, hopefully, the quality of the film merits that success.

 “Black Panther” Trailer! In theatres Friday!