Dunkirk’ stays on top in N. America

In three days the blockbuster film earned its producer, Lucasfilm, 155 million USD in the US and Canada and 290 million USD globally. According to Exhibitor Relations, the film premiered in more than 4,700 theaters in North America. The audience demographics were 66% male and 39% under 25. Lucasfilm expects to make even more money when the film opens in China and South Korea next week. Forbes says Rogue One is the 3rd biggest opening this year. The film has received kudos from both audiences and critics. On the CinemaScore website, 84% of film critics recommended this film. On the ComScore, Paul Dergarabedienma, a media analyst, said the movie is beyond his expectations. Based on the success of the two previous films, “the next film in the Star Wars saga has the potential to claim the title as the biggest movie of all time," he said. Rogue One inspires the audience by applying a storytelling method that provides a way in for the uninitiated. In 1977, the first “Star Wars” movie depicted a rebel alliance led by Princess Leia that attempts to destroy the Galactic Empire’s space station, the Death Star, by using stolen plans. “Rogue One” is the story of how they got those plans. Directed by Gareth Edwards, "Rogue One" stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Forrest Whitaker. The film cost $200 million to produce, not including marketing costs. Bui Hang... [read more]

Star Wars fans pose for a photo as they line up to see ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on December 15, 2016. — AFP/VNA Photo Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — The latest blockbuster episode in the "Star Wars" anthology dominated weekend box offices in North America, humbling another popular Disney film, "Moana," according to industry estimates. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" raked in US$155 million for the three-day weekend, Exhibitor Relations said. It has brought in $290 million globally, and has yet to open in the vast Chinese market. The North American figure was less than last year’s $248 million weekend opening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" but still ranked the new film as 12th among all-time openings and third-best this year, according to Forbes. "The movie lived up to expectations," said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst with comScore. Based on the success of these latest two films, "The next film in the Star Wars saga has the potential to claim the title as the biggest movie of all time," he said. "Rogue One" blew away the $11.7 million weekend take of second-place film "Moana," the computer-animated musical fantasy about a brave Polynesian teenager, which had ruled the box office for three straight weekends and has grossed $161.8 million to date. Produced by Lucasfilm and directed by Gareth Edwards, "Rogue One" stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker. The first stand-alone chapter in the Star Wars epic —…... [read more]

Disney’s "Moana" starring Auli’i Cravalho (L) and Dwayne Johnson, top the North American box office, taking in an estimated $55.5 million by November 27, 2016. — AFP Photo Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — The animated sea-faring musical adventure Moana sailed to success in its debut weekend, taking in an estimated US$55.5 million to top the North American box office, an industry group said Sunday. The Disney film about a brave Polynesian teenage girl on a risky mission to save her people reaped in $81.1 million during the full, longer Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Exhibitor Relations said. The composers of the film’s score include Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music and lyrics for the smash Broadway hit Hamilton. It unseated the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which fell to second place in its second weekend in theatres, chalking up $45.1 million for a total of $156.2 million so far. Based on a 2001 book by Potter novelist J.K. Rowling, the Warner Bros. film stars Eddie Redmayne as a wizard in 1920s New York. Its first weekend take of $74.4 million was the lowest opening for any film in Rowling’s Wizarding World series, as the film largely drew on fans of the original franchise rather than fresh, younger blood. Dropping from second to third rank in the charts, Marvel’s Doctor Strange posted another $13.4 million for a total of $205 million. The movie, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as neurosurgeon Stephen Strange — whose life changes forever after…... [read more]

This file photo taken on November 10, 2016 shows Author J.K. Rowling attending the ’Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York. The movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — another foray into the world of wizardry from Harry Potter author JK Rowling — topped North American box offices in its debut as it took in US$75 million, an industry group said November 20, 2016. —AFP/VNA Photo Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — The movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — another foray into the world of wizardry from Harry Potter author JK Rowling — topped North American box offices in its debut as it took in US$75 million, an industry group said Sunday. Based on a book Rowling wrote in 2001 — it purports to be a reproduction of a textbook that was owned by Potter and required reading for all first-year Hogwarts students — the film is a story of wizardry and magical critters run amok in grim, sooty 1920s New York City. Rowling herself wrote the screenplay in this Warner Bros. flick. It grabbed first place away from Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which dropped to second in its third week in theaters as it posted another US$17.7 million, for a total of US$181.5 million. The movie, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as neurosurgeon Stephen Strange — whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of use of his hands — is the…... [read more]

Inferno, the third film in the series that stars Tom Hanks, took a frosty $14.9 million in North America. — Photo trbimg.com Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES —Inferno, the latest big screen installment of Dan Brown’s conspiracy novels, fizzled out in its opening weekend in North America, industry data showed on Monday, earning US$10 million less than expected. The third film in the series that stars Tom Hanks took a frosty $14.9 million in North America, a fraction of the $77.1 million debut of The Da Vinci Code, which kicked off the franchise in 2006. "At this point, it could truly flame out and struggle to reach $40 million," wrote Brad Brevet of film finance website Box Office Mojo, noting that it been expected to make closer to $25 million. But he added that Sony had kept the budget at a relatively low $75 million, meaning that, combined with overseas ticket sales, the studio wasn’t "looking at a complete blood bath on the balance sheet". Based on Dan Brown’s bestselling book series, the film stars Felicity Jones alongside Hanks, who returns to the role of Harvard professor Robert Langdon, this time seeking to stop an evil billionaire from killing off the world’s population by releasing a deadly virus. Sony’s poor showing with Inferno cleared the way for Lionsgate’s Boo! A Madea Halloween -- the latest installment in Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise -- to retain the number one spot in its second week. The comedy, in which Perry reprises his role…... [read more]

Actor Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures’ “The Accountant” at TCL Chinese Theater on October 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. — AFP Viet Nam News WASHINGTON — Financial thriller The Accountant tallied $24.7 million in earnings to score number one at the box office in its debut week, an industry group estimated Sunday. The Warner Bros film centres on an autistic mathematics savant who capitalises on his fondness for numbers by becoming an undercover forensic accountant for criminal organizations. Starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, the film opened to mixed reviews but yielded more than forecasters expected. Stand-up comedy flick Kevin Hart: What Now? by Universal drew in $11.98 million in its opening weekend, narrowly edging the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train to nab second place, according to Exhibitor Relations. The third-place film took in $11.97 million, dropping from its first place finish last week. The Universal movie based on a best-selling novel stars Emily Blunt as a depressed, alcoholic divorcee who witnesses something odd as she rides a commuter train and ends up launching a missing persons investigation. Tim Burton’s fantasy tale Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children fell to fourth with $8.9 million, cumulatively earning $65.8 million over three weeks. Burton’s latest movie, from 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, tells the story of a headmistress (Eva Green) at an orphanage in Wales full of odd youngsters with magical powers. Mark Wahlberg’s oil-rig thriller Deepwater Horizon from Lionsgate came in at number five…... [read more]

Suicide Squad kills competition at US box office. — AFP Photo Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — Defying critics as well as competition from two new releases, the DC Comics-inspired Suicide Squad topped the US box office for a second weekend, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said on Monday. The action film, in which Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie play a band of deadly criminals hired to carry out risky secret missions, chalked up US$43.5 million in sales on North American screens. That was down sharply from its opening take of $133.7 million, but still enough to edge out new releases Sausage Party and Pete’s Dragon. Sausage Party, an animated adult comedy from Sony, with Seth Rogen voicing the lead meat product, is what Variety called "a madcap crazy salad of industrial-strength raunch." It netted $34.3 million. Pete’s Dragon tells the tale of an orphan boy and the (computer-animated) dragon who befriends him. Disney’s remake of the original 1977 film, this time with Robert Redford as one of the townspeople who believes in the elusive dragon, took in $21.5 million. Jason Bourne, starring Matt Damon in the latest chapter of Universal’s enduring spy thriller, came in fourth, with $13.8 million. And Bad Moms, the bawdy comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as overworked and under-appreciated mothers who toss responsibility out the window, placed fifth, at $11.4 million. — AFP... [read more]

Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot has triggered intense debate over its decision to refashion the proton pack-wielding paranormal investigators as an all-female team. For some, the movie has been a feminist rallying cry; for others, a pop culture desecration. It's also provided ample opportunity for internet trolls to engage in some misogyny. After all the chatter and the gender politics, "Ghostbusters" debuted this weekend to a solid $46 million from 3,962 locations. Sony hailed the results as evidence that audiences were responding to its new take on the decades-old property. But though it ranks as the best debut for a live-action comedy in over a year, the film will have to show some endurance, as well as resonate with foreign audiences, to make a profit. After all, dusting off the ectoplasm was expensive, with Sony shelling out $144 million to make "Ghostbusters" and millions more to market the film. That tops what most comedies cost to produce and distribute. Sony has been trying to get another "Ghostbusters" off the ground for decades, but it has often been the victim of original star Bill Murray's mercurial vetting process. The new picture, which brings together Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, is clearly designed to trigger a fresh array of sequels. "There absolutely will be more [films]," said Josh Greenstein, Sony's marketing and distribution chief. "This is a restart of one of our most important brands." The audience for the film skewed female, with women making up 54% of ticket…... [read more]

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has surged to third place in all-time global box office receipts, overtaking "Jurassic World" after a blockbuster debut in China that pushed its total to US$1.73 billion, Disney said on Sunday. WASHINGTON: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has surged to third place in all-time global box office receipts, overtaking "Jurassic World" after a blockbuster debut in China that pushed its total to US$1.73 billion, Disney said on Sunday (Jan 10). The company said the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" saga made an estimated US$145.9 million over the weekend, including US$53 million in China. It dominated the North American box office for a fourth consecutive weekend, becoming that market's top grossing film of all time with US$812 million in cumulative sales. "China led the way as the final international market to open with an estimated two-day weekend (total) of US$53 million, making it the highest Sat/Sun opening of all-time there as well as the biggest industry opening Saturday of all-time," a statement from Disney said. Disney said the China numbers put the film's global total over US$1.73 billion, behind only "Avatar" (US$2.79 billion) and "Titanic" (US$2.19 billion), both by filmmaker James Cameron. "Jurassic World" had previously been number three, with US$1.67 billion in total box office receipts, but it fell to the Star Wars onslaught. Disney noted that "The Force Awakens" also was in record territory in key European markets - the highest grossing film ever in the UK, and number three within Europe. Even…... [read more]

The new "Star Wars" has become the fastest movie to pass the US$1 billion mark in global box office sales, Disney said on Sunday, as fans of the space epic pack theatres around the world. LOS ANGELES: The new "Star Wars" has become the fastest movie to pass the US$1 billion mark in global box office sales, Disney said on Sunday (Dec 27), as fans of the space epic pack theatres around the world. Twelve days after it first hit screens, "The Force Awakens" has posted an estimated US$545 million in ticket sales in North America and US$546 million internationally, a statement said. The previous record was held by "Jurassic World," which took 13 days to reach the milestone. The highly anticipated seventh installment in the blockbuster saga has received mostly glowing reviews, and is being credited with breathing new life into the juggernaut Hollywood franchise launched by creator George Lucas in 1977. In North America, Disney said "The Force Awakens" is already the second biggest grossing movie of 2015 and the number five of all time, posting record Christmas Day box office sales of US$49.3 million. Over the three-day Christmas holiday weekend, "Star Wars" snapped up US$153.5 million in estimated North American box office sales, which analysts at the Rentrak research company said was the biggest second weekend of all time. That bests "Jurassic World" that garnered US$106.6 million in its second weekend back in June, it said. "The Force Awakens" picks up the intergalactic story of good versus…... [read more]




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