Monday Morning Box Office Report: Ocean’s 8 Pulls Off the Biggest Ocean’s Heist

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Warner Brothers orchestrated a successful con over the weekend as their female reboot of the Ocean’s franchise easily topped the box office with $41.5 million, the biggest debut ever for an Ocean’s movie. Granted, the other installments aren’t that far behind (and probably made more if you take inflation into account) but Ocean’s 8 also cost a fair bit less to make than the previous trilogy so I’m sure they’re pretty happy with the results. Solo: A Star Wars Story fell to second place with $15.2 million followed by Deadpool 2 with $13.7 million. Opening in fourth place, Hereditary exceeded expectations with $13 million, making it A24’s most successful start to date (that D+ CinemaScore might hurt its future prospects, however). The Avengers: Infinity War rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, the weekend’s other new release, Hotel Artemis, opened in eighth with a disappointing $3.2 million.

1. Ocean’s Eight — $41.5M
2. Solo: A Star Wars Story — $15.2M
3. Deadpool 2 — $13.7M
4. Hereditary — $13M
5. The Avengers: Infinity War — $6.8M
6. Adrift — $5.1M
7. Book Club — $4.2M
8. Hotel Artemis — $3.2M
9. Upgrade — $2.2M
10. Life of the Party — $2.1M

First Man Trailer: Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong

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Following up on the success of his 2016 musical La La Land, director Damien Chazelle is reteaming with Ryan Gosling for something completely different: a Neil Armstrong biopic called First Man. The movie recounts NASA’s mission to put a man on the moon between the years 1961 to 1969 including the great sacrifice and risk required to do it. This looks like it will offer a few more visceral thrills than your average paint-by-numbers biopic since part of it was shot in IMAX, although the full extent of those sequences is still unknown. First Man co-stars Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Shea Wigham and Jon Bernthal and it hits theatres just in time for awards season on Oct. 12th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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David Gordon Green’s Halloween Trailer

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Now that we’ve experienced Rob Zombie’s reenvisioning of Michael Myers, it is time for David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jason Blum to take the Halloween franchise back to its roots with a new movie that reconnects with the 1978 original but ignores most of the other sequels. Once again titled simply Halloween, the movie brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, preparing for her final confrontation with Michael 40 years later, while Judy Greer plays her daughter and Andi Matichak plays her granddaughter. Clearly they are placing a heavy emphasis on authenticity and reverence to the original, but there is one big change here: the axing of the brother-sister relationship. While some fans may be upset by that, it should also help take the story down some interesting new paths. Halloween hits theatres on October 19th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Ocean’s 8, Hereditary, Hotel Artemis

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After a handful of smaller releases last weekend, Warner Brothers hopes to bring the box office back to life with Ocean’s 8 this weekend. While Steven Soderbergh’s three Ocean’s films were never really giant blockbusters (they all opened in the high $30 million range), there is a possibility that this one could go a bit higher by catering to an underserved female audience. Other alternatives in wide release include the A24 horror movie Hereditary, which is riding a wave of ecstatic reviews, and the John Wick-esque action-thriller Hotel Artemis. In select theatres, be on the lookout for Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the acclaimed Mr. Rogers documentary. What will you be watching this weekend?

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Trailer

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Here’s the first trailer for the third (and apparently final) How to Train Your Dragon movie, this one titled How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Hiccup is now all grown up and sporting a beard and happily ruling Berk alongside Astrid. But what about Toothless? He needs to find a lady and settle down as well. Enter a mysterious female “light fury”, who inspires Toothless to break out all the dragon mating rituals. But there is also a new villain that threatens their peaceful dragon utopia, which means that of course we’re going to get one last epic battle. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World hits theatres on March 1st, 2019; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web Trailer Starring Claire Foy

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It’s turning out to be a pretty big week for trailers and now Sony has released the first trailer for their upcoming Millennium series reboot, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Based on the fourth book in the series (the first not written by Stieg Larsson), the movie stars Claire Foy (The Crown) taking over the role of hacker / vigilante Lisbeth Salander from Rooney Mara with Sverrir Gudnason playing journalist Mikael Blomkvist. The plot finds the duo getting caught up in a “web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials” although there are also some ties to Salander’s past. Directed by Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead) and based on a script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke), the movie co-stars Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks, Stephen Merchant, Vicky Krieps and Claes Bang. The Girl in the Spider’s Web hits theatres on Nov. 9th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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A Star is Born Trailer Starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

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A few years ago, Clint Eastwood was trying to put together a new remake of A Star is Born (marking the third time the film has been remade) with Bradley Cooper and Beyonce Knowles attached to star. Beyonce ended up having to drop out but Bradley Cooper remained involved and eventually took over as director as well. Now we have the first trailer for the film which casts Lady Gaga in the role of a struggling singer-songwriter and Cooper as the grizzled country musician who brings her into the spotlight. While it would be easy to look at this with a cynical eye, it does feature all original songs that were performed and recorded live so I suppose that gives it a bit of cred. A Star is Born co-stars Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay and Dave Chappelle and it hits theatres on Oct. 5th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Steve McQueen’s Widows Trailer

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It’s been almost five years since 12 Years a Slave was released, eventually going on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Now Steve McQueen’s follow-up film is almost upon us and it looks to be a very different kind of movie. Widows is a heist flick that revolves around four women whose husbands are killed in an armed robbery attempt. Saddled with debt as a result, they decide to go and finish the job themselves. The movie is based on an ’80s British TV series of the same name and although this is the first time McQueen has really delved into genre, it looks like it will be elevated by some social commentary as well. The movie is co-written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Carrie Coon and Jacki Weaver. Widows hits theatres on Nov. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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White Boy Rick Trailer Starring Matthew McConaughey

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Although talk of the so-called McConaissance has faded a little bit after Matthew McConaughey’s last few films, it may return later this year when both Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum and the upcoming crime drama White Boy Rick arrive. The latter is directed by Yann Demange (’71) and is based on the unbelievable true story of Richard Wershe Jr., a Detroit hustler who became the youngest FBI informant ever at the age of 14. McConaughey plays his father, Richard Wershe Sr., while newcomer Richie Merritt takes on the lead role. With Darren Aronofsky listed as a producer and a supporting cast that includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Eddie Marsan, Rory Cochrane and Piper Laurie, this one is probably worth keeping an eye on. White Boy Rick hits theatres on Sept. 14th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Another Joker Spin-Off in the Works at WB

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Warner Brothers is continuing to tweak and reevaluate their future plans for the DC Extended Universe this week, seemingly unable to settle on a solid direction. Last year they surprised everyone when it was revealed that Todd Phillips was developing a Joker prequel with Martin Scorsese producing and since then we’ve heard that Joaquin Phoenix is attached to star. At the time, it was unclear what that might mean for Jared Leto’s version of the character but they quickly responded by setting up a separate Harley Quinn / Joker spin-off. That project recently ended up getting shelved in favour of a Harley Quinn / Birds of Prey movie and now we are hearing that Jared Leto will get his own Joker solo movie instead. Hit the jump for more details.

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Bumblebee Trailer

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With Transformers: The Last Knight becoming the lowest grossing Transformers movie to date, it seems like public interest in the once invincible blockbuster franchise is finally starting to wane. Clearly Paramount needs to diversify or die and their solution is a prequel called Bumblebee, the first live-action Transformers movie not directed by Michael Bay. The movie stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena and it takes place in the ’80s with robot designs hewing closer to the original cartoon (Bumblebee takes the form of a Volkswagen Beetle, for example). That being said, the overall visuals are still very much in line with the established Michael Bay style guide and it doesn’t really feel all that different. Is this too little too late? Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) and it hits theatres on Dec. 21st; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #663: First Reformed

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0:00 – Intro
11:00 – Review: First Reformed
38:55 – Prescribing Frank: Hardcore
1:14:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Ibiza, Action Point, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Back to the Future
1:29:10 – Outro
1:32:40 – Spoiler Discussion: First Reformed

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