Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Secret Life of Pets Spooks Ghostbusters

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For the second weekend in a row Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets marked its territory at the top of box office, earning another $50.6 million domestically. Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters was forced to settle for a second place debut, although it still opened fairly strong with $46 million. That’s the biggest opening for Paul Feig to date (The Heat held his previous record with $39 million) and it also falls somewhere between the opening weekend numbers for the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II when adjusted for inflation. The big question is whether it will continue to perform well over the next few weeks. Meanwhile The Legend of Tarzan fell to #3 and Finding Dory was very close behind in fourth place, having now passed Captain America: Civil War to become the biggest movie of the year domestically and the biggest animated movie of all time in the U.S. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates rounded out the top 5.

1. The Secret Life of Pets — $50.6M
2. Ghostbusters — $46M
3. The Legend of Tarzan — $11.1M
4. Finding Dory — $11M
5. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates — $7.5M
6. The Purge: Election Year — $6.1M
7. Central Intelligence — $5.3M
8. The Infiltrator — $5.3M
9. The BFG — $3.7M
10. Independence Day: Resurgence — $3.5M

Game of Thrones Leads the 2016 Emmy Nominations

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The 68th Annual Emmy Awards were announced yesterday and, unsurprisingly, Game of Thrones led the way with a total of 23 nominations, one less than the show had last year. Right behind that, however, was the brand new FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story with 22. FX’s Fargo also earned 18 nominations and The Americans finally got some love after being pretty much ignored over the past few years. Meanwhile Veep led all comedies with 17 nominations. Do you see any major surprises and disappointments? Check out the full list of Emmy nominees after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Ghostbusters, The Infiltrator, Cafe Society

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Who ya gonna call? Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot finally arrives in theatres this weekend although with all the online negativity it’s hard to get a sense of how much money this movie might make. Most predictions are putting it around $50 million, which may not be enough to top The Secret Life of Pets in its second weekend. The other major release in theatres is The Infiltrator starring Bryan Cranston, which will probably not be much of a threat considering that it feels more like a fall drama than a summer blockbuster. In limited release, we also have Woody Allen’s Cafe Society opening on a few screens along with Drake Doremus’s dystopian sci-fi film Equals starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. What will you be watching this weekend?

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Everybody Wants Some!!, Green Room

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This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases include a couple of the best movies from the first half of 2016 but much else beyond that. The two must-have titles are Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, while the biggest mainstream release of the week is The Divergent Series: Allegiant. On Blu-ray, we’ve also got the Criterion release of Herk Harvey’s 1962 cult classic Carnival of Souls and Arrow is releasing Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion and Synapse Films offers up Just Desserts, a documentary about the making of Creepshow. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.

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La La Land Trailer: A New Musical from the Director of Whiplash

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Following the success of Whiplash a couple of years ago, writer/director Damien Chazelle has been in high demand in Hollywood. Since then we have seen a few more of his scripts end up on the big screen (including 10 Cloverfield Lane) and he has set up a handful of other projects, but his next project behind the camera will be a romantic musical based on a script he wrote prior to Whiplash. La La Land was originally supposed to reunite Chazelle with Miles Teller, but instead it will star Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who have played love interests in a couple of films previously. Some may question whether they have the vocal capabilities to pull this off, but Gosling fronts the band Dead Man’s Bones and Emma Stone recently had a stint doing Cabaret on Broadway. Either way, this could very well be one of the most anticipated movies of the fall season. La La Land hits select theatres on Dec. 2nd and goes wide on Dec. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jeff Nichols’ Loving Trailer

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Jeff Nichols already directed one of Film Junk’s favourite movies of the year so far with the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, but he’s also got another movie coming out later this year that seems like the kind of thing that might put him on the Academy’s radar. Loving stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Preacher) as Richard and Mildred Loving, the real-life interracial couple that fought for their right to be married in the state of Virginia. Their case was eventually taken before the the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967. The movie is partially based on Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story, and of course, this being a Jeff Nichols film, Michael Shannon also shows up as part of the supporting cast. Loving hits select theatres on Nov. 4th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Live Action Pokemon Movie in the Works

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Update: Variety reports that Legendary has finalized a deal for a live action Pokemon movie based on the recent Detective Pikachu game, aiming for a 2017 production start.

Although they pretty much swore off Hollywood after the disastrous Super Mario Bros. movie back in 1993, we’ve been hearing reports over the past year that Nintendo is once again starting to get serious about adapting some of their video game properties for the big screen. Up until now, all signs indicated that they would likely produce some animated features rather than live-action projects, however this week we are hearing the opposite. With the insanely successful launch of their new mobile game Pokemon Go, Pokemon is once again exploding in popularity and everyone in Hollywood is looking to turn it into a movie. Word on the street is that Legendary Pictures may be nearing a deal to make it happen. Hit the jump for more details.

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New on Netflix: July 2016

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We’ve hit the start of another month (okay, basically the halfway point), which means we’ve got another batch of Netflix originals on tap including new seasons of Orange is the New Black and Marco Polo plus the feature film The Fundamentals of Caring starring Paul Rudd. Netflix subscribers in the U.S. also get the Back to the Future trilogy and all four Lethal Weapon movies plus this year’s Best Picture winner Spotlight, Oscar-nominated foreign films A War and Mustang, heavy metal horror comedy Deathgasm, and all seven season of MacGyver. In Canada, we’re looking at The Big Short and pretty much every episode of Star Trek ever released while both regions get Ip Man 3 and Karyn Kusama’s creepy contained thriller The Invitation. Will you be adding anything to your queue this month? Check out the full list of noteworthy additions after the jump.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #573: The Neon Demon

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0:00 – Intro
3:00 – Road Trip: Frank’s Preparation, Barnes & Noble
13:10 – Review: The Neon Demon
54:55 – Road Trip: Director’s Cut Trivia Game, Arby’s
1:05:45 – Other Stuff We Watched: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, The Purge: Election Year, Equals, Love & Friendship, Swiss Army Man, The Nice Guys, The In-Laws, Bloodline, Dark Star
1:49:15 – Review: John Carpenter Live
2:11:55 – Junk Mail: Kevin Smith Ripping Off Tim Burton + Beetlejuice 2
2:20:55 – Outro
2:21:15 – Spoiler Discussion: The Neon Demon

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Javier Bardem in Talks for Frankenstein Reboot, Dwayne Johnson Rumoured for The Wolf Man

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Universal is continuing to double down on A-list talent for their upcoming reboot of the Universal Classic Monsters movie franchise after casting Tom Cruise in The Mummy, Johnny Depp in The Invisible Man and Russell Crowe as both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The latter will reportedly be introduced in The Mummy and recently we’ve been hearing that Dwayne Johnson is their top choice to play The Wolf Man as well, although that has yet to be confirmed. Now this week we have word that they are in the process of making a deal with Javier Bardem to play Frankenstein’s monster. Whether he will also make a cameo in The Mummy remains to be seen. Hit the jump for more details.

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Table 19 Trailer Starring Anna Kendrick

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Anna Kendrick got her first big break with Jeffrey Blitz’s high school dramedy Rocket Science back in 2007, but now almost ten years later they are reuniting for another dramedy about social outcasts at a later stage in life. Written by The Duplass Brothers, Table 19 focuses on those folks who seems to fall outside the various social circles at a wedding, usually ending up at a table together with a bunch of strangers. Kendrick plays the girl who was supposed to be the maid of honor and finds herself relegated to this table after being dumped by the best man. With a very funny supporting cast that includes Stephen Merchant, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Tony Revolori and June Squibb, this definitely has potential although the trailer seems to indicate that it may be a little more drama than comedy. Table 19 hits select theatres on Jan. 20th, 2017; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Secret Life of Pets Opens Big

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Finding Dory finally took a dive over the weekend after being soundly defeated by another brand new animated movie: Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets. The massive $103 million debut puts it past Pixar’s Inside Out with the biggest opening weekend for an original animated movie ever. In second place, The Legend of Tarzan was pretty much neck in neck with Finding Dory, both hovering just over $20 million. The R-rated comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates opened in fourth with a solid $16.6 million, while The Purge: Election Year rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, the Bollywood film Sultan starring Salman Khan debuted in the top 10 despite playing in just 283 theatres.

1. The Secret Life of Pets — $103.2M
2. The Legend of Tarzan — $20.6M
3. Finding Dory — $20.4M
4. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates — $16.6M
5. The Purge: Election Year — $11.7M
6. Central Intelligence — $8.1M
7. Independence Day: Resurgence — $7.7M
8. The BFG — $7.6M
9. The Shallows — $4.8M
10. Sultan — $2.2M