Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Jungle Book Cuts Down The Huntsman


It was another big weekend for Disney’s The Jungle Book, which dropped just 41% from its opening weekend and added another $60 million to its total. It is already the fourth-highest grossing movie of the year domestically and should have another week of smooth sailing before the summer blockbusters arrive. On the other hand, The Huntsman: Winter’s War received a much chillier reception from audiences, debuting in a distant second place with a lacklustre $20 million. That’s almost $40 million less than its predecessor made back in 2012 and certainly not what Universal had in mind for this follow-up despite its reduced budget. In third place, Barbershop: The Next Cut took in another $10 million while Zootopia and The Boss rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, A Hologram for the King starring Tom Hanks opened just out of the top 10 with $1.2 million from 400 screens.

1. The Jungle Book — $60.8M
2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War — $20.1M
3. Barbershop: The Next Cut — $10.8M
4. Zootopia — $6.6M
5. The Boss — $6.1M
6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — $5.5M
7. Criminal — $3.1M
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 — $2.1M
9. Compadres — $1.4M
10. Eye in the Sky — $1.2M

Dwayne Johnson Signs On for Jumanji Remake, Kevin Hart Still Rumoured


We’ve known for a few years now that Sony has been working on a Jumanji remake, much to the chagrin of Robin Williams fans. Back in January they finally hired a director for the project but we still had no idea who might be starring in the new version of the family adventure comedy. Then earlier this month we started hearing strange rumblings that the studio wanted Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to star in the film together, fresh off their well-received hosting gig for the MTV Movie Awards. Now Johnson has officially confirmed his involvement, although at this point we still don’t know what Kevin Hart’s status is. Johnson made the announcement via Instagram earlier today:

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De Palma Trailer


These days it seems like every well-known director is getting their own retrospective documentary. In the past few years alone there have been new docs about Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Robert Altman, John Milius, Sidney Lumet and Roger Corman (I’m sure I’m missing a few others), and now this year we’re getting an entire film dedicated to the man responsible for such classics as Scarface, Carrie and The Untouchables. What’s interesting about this one, however, is the fact that Brian De Palma is still alive and kicking, and the movie is constructed almost entirely out of new interviews with him conducted by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. De Palma premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and it will be playing at Hot Docs in Toronto next month as well. After that, A24 will release it in select theatres on June 10th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Robert Downey Jr. Confirmed for Spider-Man: Homecoming


Although we heard last week that Michael Keaton was in talks to play a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming, sadly it seems that the negotiations didn’t pan out and he will not be appearing in the film after all. But before you get too disappointed, we have some additional casting news for the movie that should make up for it. Kevin Feige previously hinted that some well-known Marvel characters would likely show up in Spider-Man’s next solo movie and apparently he wasn’t kidding. Rather than roping in some second or third string superheroes, they’ve gone straight for one of The Avengers’ biggest names: Iron Man. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer #2


If you’ve been wondering how Roland Emmerich can possibly hope to up the ante for an Independence Day sequel, the new trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence goes a long way to helping answer that question. For starters, they apparently have an alien ship that is the size of the Atlantic Ocean and some sort of gravity weapon that rips buildings out of the ground. But putting aside all of the giant FX sequences, I will admit that for the first time I’m getting excited to see familiar faces like Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner back together alongside newcomers like Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher. It’s also nice to see that the movie is somewhat self-aware as well… they do indeed like to get the landmarks. Overall, I think I’m starting to come around on this one. Independence Day: Resurgence hits theatres on June 24th; check out the brand new Earth Day trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Elvis & Nixon, A Hologram for the King


With Disney’s The Jungle Book expected to continue to dominate the box office this weekend, there is just one new movie in wide release that could pose any kind of threat: The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Although Snow White and the Huntsman did just fine back in 2012, that was partially thanks to the star power of Kristen Stewart. Without her in the lead (and without Snow White in the title), this sequel / prequel probably won’t fare as well and the poor reviews aren’t helping matters. Playing on a few hundred screens each, we also have A Hologram for the King starring Tom Hanks and Elvis & Nixon starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey. If none of those movies interest you, look for the Danish comedy Men & Chicken starring Mads Mikkelsen, the horror anthology Holidays or the controversial Nina Simone biopic Nina in select theatres. What will you be watching this weekend?

Prince 1958-2016


It’s been a difficult few months with the passing of such well-known and beloved celebrities as David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Garry Shandling, but now today it appears that another iconic entertainer has passed away. Singer / songwriter Prince is confirmed to have died after his body was found this morning at his Paisley Park recording studio in Minnesota. He had recently cancelled some shows as a result of the flu and on Friday he had been rushed to the hospital due to an unknown medical emergency but the next night he made a public appearance and seemed to be okay. The exact cause of death is still unknown. Prince remains one of the best-selling artists of all time and won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award throughout his career. He was 57 years old.

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Emilia Clarke Won’t Return for Terminator Sequels


Terminator: Genisys was arguably one of the biggest flops of 2015, earning just $89 million domestically on a $155 million budget. Fortunately for those involved, however, the movie ended up making a lot of its money back overseas, especially in China where it made $113 million. Last we heard, the folks at Skydance Productions were still aiming to continue the franchise, although they did say that they would be “re-adjusting” their plans. Now this week Terminator: Genisys star Emilia Clarke has spoken up about her future involvement in the series, stating simply that there will be no future involvement. Here’s what she had to say about returning to play Sarah Connor:

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The Founder Trailer Starring Michael Keaton


After the one-two punch of Birdman and Spotlight, Michael Keaton is continuing to get offered all kinds of meaty roles. Word on the street is that he might end up playing a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but this year he’s got another potential awards contender on deck that takes full advantage of his fast-talking comedy skills. The Founder is a biopic about Ray Croc, the salesman and entrepreneur who helped Mac and Dick McDonald turn their fast food chain into an American institution. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) and co-starring Patrick Wilson, Linda Cardellini, Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, John Carroll Lynch and B.J. Novak, the movie will be released by The Weinstein Company later this summer. The Founder hits theatres on Aug. 5th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: The Revenant, Fifty Shades of Black, Ip Man 3


Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar-winning bear fight comes to DVD, Blu-ray and UHD this week as The Revenant hits stores along with a few other major releases including the Marlon Wayans spoof Fifty Shades of Black, Ip Man 3 starring Donnie Yen and The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith. We’ve also got a handful of noteworthy TV releases including the most recent seasons of HBO’s Veep and Silicon Valley plus the ninth and final season of Little House on the Prairie. On Blu-ray, we’ve also got a decent assortment of catalogue titles including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Larry Cohen’s The Stuff and Robert Ludlum adaptation The Holcroft Covenant starring Michael Caine, plus the 1962 nuclear war thriller Panic in Year Zero and Criterion re-issues of Whit Stillman’s first three movies. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the list of new releases after the jump.

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Jason Bourne Trailer Starring Matt Damon


Up until now, we had only seen a 30-second Super Bowl trailer for what is surely one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, Jason Bourne. This is the upcoming sequel that marks the return of Matt Damon to the Bourne franchise along with director Paul Greengrass and this week Universal has finally unveiled a full trailer for us to pore over and analyze. While the action mostly consists of fist fights and car chases (and a pretty big one at that), it is Bourne’s unorthodox methods for staying hidden that are always the most fun to watch. Julia Stiles is also back as Bourne’s closest ally while Tommy Lee Jones plays the new head honcho who apparently holds all the secrets. Jason Bourne hits theatres on July 29th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Girl on the Train Trailer Starring Emily Blunt


Here’s the first trailer for The Girl on the Train, the upcoming thriller based on the best-selling book by Paula Hawkins. Rachel Watson is struggling to get her life together after a divorce and every day on the train she passes by a couple who live down the street from her old house. One day Rachel sees something strange and the next day the woman goes missing, but she can’t quite remember what she saw. While this is another one of those potboilers cut from the same cloth as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl, something tells me director Tate Taylor (The Help) may have a hard time delivering an adaptation comparable to David Fincher’s work on those films. Still, I’m always up for a good mystery involving a train and the cast does include Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez, Justin Theroux and Alison Janney. The Girl on the Train hits theatres on Oct. 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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