Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Beast Repeats, Power Rangers a Strong Second


It was another big weekend for Disney as their live-action version of Beauty and the Beast continued to deliver, bringing in the fourth largest second weekend ever with $88.3 million. The movie has already made an astonishing $690 million worldwide and does not appear to be slowing down. In second place, the big screen Power Rangers reboot did pretty well for Lionsgate, debuting in second place with $40.5 million. Granted, it also cost $100 million to make so they will be looking for some help overseas to make their money back. Elsewhere Kong: Skull Island fell to third, while the sci-fi thriller Life did just okay, opening in fourth with $12.6 million. Logan rounded out the top 5. The weekend’s other new release, CHiPs, failed to measure up to other recent R-rated comedies, opening to a disappointing $7.6 million.

1. Beauty and the Beast — $88.3M
2. Power Rangers — $40.5M
3. Kong: Skull Island — $14.4M
4. Life — $12.6M
5. Logan — $10.1M
6. Get Out — $8.7M
7. CHiPs — $7.6M
8. The Shack — $3.8M
9. The LEGO Batman Movie — $1.97M
10. The Belko Experiment — $1.8M

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Official Trailer


After hyping it up over the past couple of days with some character-specific teasers, Warner Brothers finally unveiled the first full trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League today. For all the build up, it feels a bit underwhelming, partially because we’ve seen some of this footage before and partially because it’s just a lot of disconnected CG-heavy clips. That being said, we do get to see more of The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg than we’ve seen previously… and Aquaman rides on top of the Batmobile for some reason. For the moment, Superman remains conspicuously absent as we await potential news of his fate following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Justice League hits theatres on Nov. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Robert Rodriguez in Talks for Escape from New York Remake


It’s been over a decade now since we first started hearing about the possibility of a remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. From the very start, fans have been pretty vocal about their disapproval of the idea but it has slowly become clear that this thing is still going to happen one way or another. Previous directors that were once attached include Len Wiseman, Brett Ratner and Breck Eisner, but they all dropped out long ago, before the project changed hands to 20th Century Fox. Now this week it appears that they are finally about to nail down a new director although depending on how you feel about his recent output it may not be an improvement. Hit the jump for more info.

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Netflix’s Casting JonBenet Trailer


With the continued popularity of true crime documentaries like Making a Murderer and The Jinx, it’s no surprise that we’ve already seen a handful of docs tackle the unsolved murder of child beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey. Unfortunately, up until now most of these documentaries have been trashy made-for-TV specials, but next month Netflix will release a new film that puts a slightly different spin on the subject. Directed by Kitty Green (Ukraine Is Not a Brothel), Casting JonBenet seems to take cues from both The Act of Killing and My Scientology Movie, attempting to get to some deeper truth by casting actors in a reenactment of the murder instead. Will this one be more successful than its predecessors? Casting JonBenet arrives on Netflix on April 28th; check out the trailer after the jump.

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Sony Also Planning a Black Cat and Silver Sable Movie


Last week we learned that Sony was officially moving forward with a Venom standalone movie that was not expected to feature Spider-Man himself. Now this week they are adding a second film to their expanding Spider-Man universe that will focus on two more anti-heroes. The untitled movie will revolve around two female characters that have worked both alongside and against Spider-Man at various points in time: Silver Sable and Black Cat. Once again, it sounds like Spidey himself will be absent from the movie. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Power Rangers, Life, CHiPs


Beauty and the Beast should continue to dominate the box office again this weekend despite the fact that there are three new movies in wide release. The biggest of these releases, Power Rangers, also seems to be on track for a strong debut thanks to the irresistible pull of ’90s nostalgia. Other major releases include the sci-fi horror flick Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds and the R-rated cop comedy CHiPs starring Dax Shepard and Michael Pena. In select theatres, we also have the Daniel Clowes adaptation Wilson starring Woody Harrelson and the horror-comedy Prevenge starring Alice Lowe, who previously starred in and co-wrote Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. What will you be watching this weekend?

Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Trailer


John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone hit North American shores earlier this year, but now his brother Martin is preparing to release his latest film as well. The younger McDonagh is best known for his dark crime comedies In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths and his latest film sort of seems to fall into that category as well. However, rather than emulating the energy of Quentin Tarantino or Guy Ritchie, this one has a bit more of a Coen Brothers vibe (not least because it stars Frances McDormand). The story revolves around a woman who is fed up with the local police force after they fail to find the perpetrator of her daughter’s murder. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also stars Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones and Abbie Cornish and it hits theatres sometime in 2017. Check out the red band trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Churchill Trailer Starring Brian Cox


We’ve got a pair of competing Winston Churchill biopics coming this year and it looks like the first one to hit theatres will be simply titled Churchill. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), it stars Brian Cox as the iconic British prime minister in the difficult days leading up to D-day. Miranda Richardson, John Slattery and James Purefoy also co-star. Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour is coming in November and looks to be a slightly higher profile affair with Gary Oldman in the lead role. In the meantime, Churchill hits theatres on June 2nd in North America and June 16th in the U.K.; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Fargo Season 3 Trailer Starring Ewan McGregor


With the third season of Fargo set to premiere in less than a month, FX has finally debuted the first full trailer for the show online. The new season stars Ewan McGregor in two key roles as Emmit and Ray Stussy, two brothers with an intense sibling rivalry that leads down a dark and dangerous path. Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) plays police chief Gloria Burgle while Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Ray’s girlfriend Nikki. Noah Hawley is still overseeing the show while also acting as showrunner on Legion and the new season premieres on April 19th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Michael Shannon is the Top Choice to Play Cable in Deadpool 2


After debuting a teaser in front of Logan, Fox seems to have everyone talking about Deadpool 2 and, in particular, the introduction of Cable. Speculation about the casting of Cable has been running rampant since last year when fans started campaigning for Avatar star Stephen Lang to get the part. According to a previous rumour, Deadpool director Tim Miller had been pushing for Kyle Chandler but Ryan Reynolds disagreed and that ultimately led to Miller leaving the sequel. Recently, some people thought the inclusion of Firefly posters in the Deadpool 2 teaser were a subtle hint that Nathan Fillion might have landed the role, and then just this week there was even a rumour that Brad Pitt might be in consideration. Now a recent report claims that none of those names are on the studio’s shortlist. Hit the jump to find out who might play Cable in Deadpool 2.

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Adam Wingard’s Death Note Trailer


Following up on the disappointing Blair Witch, director Adam Wingard is turning to the creative freedom of Netflix for a live-action adaptation of the popular Death Note manga and anime. The story revolves around a young man who comes into possession of a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing their name down. He decides to use it to become a vigilante, but soon things get out of hand as he finds himself pursued by a detective. This looks to be the first project Wingard is doing without his writing partner Simon Barrett, but he promises it will still be in the vein of his previous films (ie. chock full of violence). Death Note stars Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Masi Oka, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi and Lakeith Stanfield and it arrives on Netflix on Aug. 25th; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #57: King Kong


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