Monday Morning Box Office Report: Crazy Rich Asians Makes a Wealthy Debut

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Falling in line with expectations, Crazy Rich Asians topped the box office over the weekend, earning a solid $34 million over five days ($25.2 million over three). Given the strong reviews and audience response, it should continue to make money in the coming weeks as the rest of the month is looking pretty barren. Falling to second place, The Meg earned another $21.2 million domestically and continued to surge internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $314 million. In third place, Mile 22 opened with a mediocre $13.6 million, which may throw a monkey wrench in Peter Berg’s big plans to start a franchise with it. Elsewhere, Alpha opened in fourth with $10.5 million and Mission: Impossible – Fallout rounded out the top 5. M:I – Fallout has now crossed $500 million worldwide, but it won’t hit theatres in China until the end of the month.

1. Crazy Rich Asians — $25.2M
2. The Meg — $21.2M
3. Mile 22 — $13.6M
4. Alpha — $10.5M
5. Mission: Impossible – Fallout — $10.5M
6. Christopher Robin — $8.9M
7. BlacKkKlansman — $7M
8. Slender Man — $5M
9. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation — $3.7M
10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — $3.4M

The Oath Trailer Starring Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish

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After rising through the comedy ranks first as a cast member on MadTV and then as a regular on The Mindy Project, it feels like Ike Barinholtz has been everywhere as of late including appearances in such movies as Neighbors, Neighbors 2, Sisters, Snatched and Blockers. Now he is about to make the move behind the camera as well with his writing / directing debut The Oath. The movie imagines a not-too-distant future where the U.S. government requires all citizens to sign a loyalty oath to their president and focuses on the conflict that ensues within one family over Thanksgiving as the deadline approaches. With a cast that includes Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen and Barinholtz himself, this dark politically-charged comedy is also produced by Sean McKittrick (Get Out, Blackkklansman). The Oath hits theatres on Oct. 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Wes Anderson’s Next Movie Will Be a Post-WWII Musical Set in France

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Although it is unclear if Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs was a box office success (it made only $64 million worldwide on a rumoured $30-40 million budget), it seems to have at least been an improvement on Fantastic Mr. Fox which made just $46 million on a $40 million budget back in 2009. Either way, his stop motion films cost more to make and are certainly a much harder sell than his live-action ones, which may explain why he is eager to get back to another live-action project right away. We are hearing this week that he is already in the process of setting up his next movie and believe it or not, it sounds like it will be something different for him. Would you believe… a musical? Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Arizona Trailer Starring Danny McBride and Rosemarie DeWitt

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HBO’s Vice Principals concluded last year after just two seasons, but Danny McBride has since teamed up with Jonathan Watson, a second unit director from that show for a feature film called Arizona. As you might expect, the movie is a dark comedy but this time McBride is playing a disgruntled home owner who kidnaps a real estate agent (played by Rosemarie Dewitt) during the 2009 housing crisis. Kaitlin Olson, Luke Wilson and David Alan Grier also co-star. Based on a script by Luke Del Tredici (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), it premiered at Sundance earlier this year where reviews were somewhat mixed. That might explain why it is now going direct-to-VOD, although that could also mean the movie is just too dark for the average moviegoer. Arizona arrives on Digital HD and VOD on Aug. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Crazy Rich Asians, Mile 22, Alpha

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As we near the end of the summer, the last batch of major studio films hit theatres this weekend with a well-reviewed romantic comedy facing off against an espionage-themed action-thriller and a family-oriented historical adventure film. Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians has all the makings of a breakout hit as it is generating plenty of hype and also plays to an often ignored demographic, plus there just haven’t been a ton of rom-coms as of late so this is definitely the movie to beat. Also arriving in theatres is Peter Berg’s latest collaboration with Mark Wahlberg, the spy thriller Mile 22, and the long-delayed “a boy and his wolf” action-adventure film Alpha. Hitting select theatres, we have the Nick Hornby adaptation Juliet, Naked, the Sundance hit We the Animals, and a non-Disney live-action version of The Little Mermaid. What will you be watching this weekend?

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma Trailer

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Despite putting out a relatively dismal crop of original films so far this year, Netflix has a few promising movies arriving later this year… one of which happens to be the latest film from director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children of Men). The movie is called Roma and it is shot entirely in black and white so it’s already gunning for some Oscars pretty much by default. Not much is currently known about the plot except that it revolves around a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s and it draws from many of Cuaron’s own experiences growing up. The first trailer has arrived online this week and one thing’s for sure: it looks beautiful. Roma will premiere at several film festivals this fall before hitting select theatres and arriving on Netflix towards the end of the year. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #672: The Meg

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0:00 – Intro
10:20 – Review: The Meg
43:45 – Headlines: Academy Announces New Oscar Category for Popular Film
1:02:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Deep Blue Sea, Chalet Girl, DeepStar Six, Jaws 2, Extinction, Like Father, Yellow Submarine, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Curb Your Enthusiasm
2:02:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:08:00 – Outro

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Peter Farrelly’s Green Book Trailer Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali

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After spending the last two decades writing and directing raunchy comedies together, The Farrelly Brothers have opted to go their separate ways with both recently pursuing solo projects of their own. Peter Farrelly’s film is the first one to see the light of day and it finds him aiming for something slightly higher brow, and dare I say it… Oscar bait-y. Green Book is a road trip comedy set in the ’60s that stars Viggo Mortensen as an Italian-American bouncer who is hired as a driver / bodyguard for an African-American pianist (Mahershala Ali) embarking on a tour to the Deep South. An unlikely friendship develops. There still seems to be plenty of broad comedy here but the movie is obviously also trying to tackle some bigger issues too. (Whether it is trying too hard remains to be seen.) Green Book will premiere at TIFF next month before hitting theatres on Nov. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Gaspar Noé’s Climax Trailer

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French filmmaker Gaspar Noé will be back at TIFF this year with his latest film, Climax, which is premiering in North America as part of the Midnight Madness program. It looks to be another head-spinningly singular audio-visual experience, this one with perhaps even less traces of plot than his previous works. Starring Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Atomic Blonde), the movie revolves around a dance troupe who collectively descend into madness during a post-rehearsal party when a punchbowl of sangria is spiked with LSD. A24 will also release Climax in theatres sometime in 2018; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Star Trek 4 in Jeopardy: Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth Talks Fall Through

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The future of Star Trek on the big screen is in question this month after cast negotiations for the next installment reportedly hit a major stumbling block. As previously reported, the currently untitled sequel to Star Trek Beyond was aiming to have Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as George Kirk, Captain James T. Kirk’s father, so that the two could team up in a time travelling adventure. Unfortunately, we are hearing that both Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine have walked away from the project after the various parties involved could not come to an agreement. Is J.J. Abrams’ rebooted movie series destined to remain a trilogy for good?

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Slaughterhouse Rulez Trailer Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

It’s nice to see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost continuing to work together even when Edgar Wright is not involved and now they have started their own production company to ensure that it happens more often. The first release from Stolen Picture will hit theatres this October in the U.K. and it is a horror-comedy called Slaughterhouse Rulez. Written and directed by Crispian Mills (A Fantastic Fear of Everything), it revolves around a group of students and teachers from a British boarding school who are forced to fight a demon unleashed by a nearby fracking site. Michael Sheen, Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole and Hermione Corfield also co-star. Slaughterhouse Rulez hits theatres in the U.K. on Oct. 31st but it is still unclear if and when it might come to North America. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Meg Proves Bigger Than Expected

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Going into the weekend there was a feeling that The Meg might be a decent late summer entry for Warner Brothers and that it had a shot at dethroning Mission: Impossible – Fallout. It turns out the giant shark thriller completely blew M:I out of the water with a massive $44.5 million debut ($141 million worldwide). That is way beyond expectations and quite a bit more than The Shallows and 47 Meters Down made in previous years, although obviously it had a higher budget and bigger cast. It is also the biggest opening of Jason Statham’s career not counting the Fast & Furious movies. Elsewhere Mission: Impossible – Fallout fell to second with $20 million followed by Christopher Robin in third. Slender Man opened in fourth with an unremarkable $11.3 million while Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman rounded out the top 5 with $10.8 million, making it one of his biggest hits in quite some time.

1. The Meg — $44.5M
2. Mission: Impossible – Fallout — $20M
3. Christopher Robin — $12.4M
4. Slender Man — $11.3M
5. BlacKkKlansman — $10.8M
6. The Spy Who Dumped Me — $6.6M
7. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — $5.8M
8. The Equalizer 2 — $5.5M
9. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation — $5.1M
10. Ant-Man and the Wasp — $4M