Monday Morning Box Office Report: Incredibles 2 Delivers Biggest Animated Opening Ever


It was yet another gigantic win for Disney at the box office over the weekend as Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2 catapulted to a $180 million opening weekend, the eighth largest of all time and the best ever for an animated film. That’s obviously the biggest debut for a Pixar movie as well, smashing the $135 million record previously held by Finding Dory. In second place, Ocean’s 8 dropped 53% to take in another $19.5 million while the R-rated comedy Tag opened in third with a somewhat unremarkable $14.6 million. Solo and Deadpool 2 rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Superfly quietly opened in sixth with $6.3 million ($8.4 million over five days). For those keeping track, Disney now holds 9 of the top 10 biggest domestic opening weekends, but will that change again when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives next weekend?

1. Incredibles 2 — $180M
2. Ocean’s 8 — $19.6M
3. Tag — $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story — $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 — $8.8M
6. Hereditary — $7M
7. Superfly — $6.3M
8. The Avengers: Infinity War — $5.3M
9. Adrift — $2.1M
10. Book Club — $1.9M

Ball Junk Podcast Episode #31: World Cup 2018


As ‘Captain’ Lou Albano once said: “He’s the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Wonder of the World!” It’s Andre the Giant and he’s the subject of a new HBO documentary. On Episode 30 of the Ball Junk Podcast, the Gasman and Frankie Knuckles sit down and give our review. What’s good? What’s bad? Who’s the real star, brother? We also dive deep into the NBA Playoffs and give our predictions on Round 1 and beyond. We briefly chat the NHL Playoffs, WrestleMania, answer your Sack Time questions and good ol’ Frankie gets the Gas Pedal. Download and subscribe to the Ball Junk Podcast on iTunes or listen right here! ‘Heeey Bossss!’. Balls!

0:00:00 – Intro
0:03:52 – NBA and NHL Finals Discussion
0:20:38 – World Cup Predictions
0:44:54 – Likely or Unlikely (LoU)
0:58:50 – Balls Around the World
1:10:00 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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Unfriended: Dark Web Trailer


Unfriended was a surprise hit back in 2015, making an impressive $64 million on a tiny $1 million budget. So of course there is a sequel on the way and it is another found footage horror movie that takes place primarily over video chat, although it seems to have dropped any supernatural elements in place of something slightly more realistic. The plot revolves around a teenager who discovers a laptop that contains video evidence of human trafficking and other crimes. He decides to share the files with his friends online, but soon finds that the owner has been watching them all along. Directed by Stephen Susco, who wrote The Grudge remake and its sequel, it is also produced by both Jason Blum and Timur Bekmambetov. Unfriended: Dark Web hits theatres on July 20th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Game Junk Podcast Episode #35: E3 2018


0:00 – Intro: E3 General Thoughts and Trends
27:10 – E3 Discussion: EA
54:05 – E3 Discussion: Microsoft
1:31:10 – E3 Discussion: Bethesda / Square Enix
1:41:45 – E3 Discussion: Ubisoft
2:01:35 – E3 Discussion: Sony
2:19:30 – E3 Discussion: Nintendo
2:30:20 – Top 5: E3 Announcements / Highlights
2:37:25 – Outro

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Incredibles 2, Tag, Superfly


Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 is set to explode at the box office this weekend, potentially challenging the studio’s previous opening weekend record set by Finding Dory a couple of years ago. There’s no question that it’s a highly anticipated movie but the complete lack of any other animated competition out there currently should also help considerably. This week’s other wide releases include the star-studded comedy Tag and the blaxploitation remake Superfly (which opened on Wednesday). Also opening on a few hundred screens each, we have the crime biopic Gotti starring John Travolta and the Bollywood action thriller Race 3, and in select theatres, Loving Pablo starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. What will you be watching this weekend?

Serenity Trailer Starring Matthew McConaughey


Alright, alright, alright… we’ve got yet another intriguing Matthew McConaughey movie to look forward to later this year. Serenity is written and directed by Steven Knight (Locke, Redemption) and it revolves around a fishing boat captain named Baker Dill (now you know it’s gonna be good) who finds his quiet life interrupted when his ex-wife shows up asking him to save her and her son from her violent new husband. She has a plan to fake an accidental death, but can she actually be trusted? This seems like it was inspired by late ’80s / early ’90s thrillers like Dead Calm and Sleeping with the Enemy, which is just fine by me. Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong and Diane Lane co-star. Serenity hits theatres on Oct. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Disney / Fox Deal Still Up in the Air as Comcast Makes Another Bid


When it was announced back in December that Disney had acquired 21st Century Fox, it was still far from a done deal. That didn’t stop fans from speculating that some of their favourite Fox-owned Marvel properties might already start making their way into the MCU this year, perhaps even as part of The Avengers: Infinity War. That obviously didn’t happen, but now there is a chance it may be forced to remain wishful thinking. This week Comcast has put in another last minute bid for Fox in an attempt to swoop in and steal the company’s assets from Disney. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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The Nun Trailer: The Conjuring Gets Another Spin-Off


We’ve had two Conjuring movies and two Annabelle movies so far (with more still to come) but now we’re getting another new addition to the so-called “Conjuring Universe” with The Nun. Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow) and produced by James Wan, the movie gives us the story behind that creepy nun that Lorraine Warren kept seeing in The Conjuring 2. It takes place in 1952 Romania where a nun, a Catholic priest and a novice sent by the Vatican investigate a mysterious death at a monastery. Demian Bichir stars along with Vera Farmiga’s sister Taissa, although her character does not seem to be connected to Lorraine Warren in any way. The Nun hits theatres on Sept. 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Tim Burton’s Live-Action Dumbo Teaser Trailer


After kickstarting Disney’s current obsession with live-action remakes of animated classics with Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton is teaming up with Disney again for a new adaptation of their 1941 classic Dumbo. Danny DeVito plays a circus owner who hires former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) to care for a newborn baby elephant with oversized ears. When they discover that he can fly, however, the show suddenly attracts the attention of enigmatic entrepreneur V. A. Vandemere (Michael Keaton). While some long-time Tim Burton fans will once again be left questioning his career choices, you can see why he might be drawn to a story like this if only he can maintain some sense of darkness underneath it all. Either way, I’m sure it will easily make another $1 billion for Disney. Dumbo hits theatres on March 29th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #664: Hereditary and Ocean’s 8


0:00 – Intro
8:25 – Review: Hereditary
38:50 – Review: Ocean’s 8
1:01:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Jurassic World, Thoroughbreds, Ocean’s Trilogy, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Psychokinesis
1:27:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:29:35 – Outro
1:31:55 – Spoiler Discussion: Hereditary
1:58:10 – Spoiler Discussion: Ocean’s 8

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Paul Hogan to Star in The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee


Back in January, Crocodile Dundee was yanked back into the public consciousness thanks to a clever Super Bowl commercial for Tourism Australia. The marketing campaign attempted to convince viewers that a brand new movie was in the works with Danny McBride playing Mick Dundee’s son, but fans of the original movie were somewhat annoyed when it all turned out to be a hoax. Now we are hearing that Paul Hogan has apparently decided to put together a new Dundee movie of sorts, although it’s not really a proper sequel either. Hit the jump for more info.

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Arachnophobia Remake in the Works


James Wan may have dipped his toe into blockbuster territory with movies like Furious 7 and Aquaman, but he is still best known as a horror director. He is now putting his name behind a lot of genre films as a producer and, for better or worse, some of those projects are remakes. The good news is that he seems to be choosing remakes where the original can be improved upon in some way. A few months ago we heard that he was setting up a new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers and now he’s also developing a remake of the 1990 film Arachnophobia. Hit the jump for more info.

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