After debuting to one of the biggest opening weekends of all time, Captain America: Civil War continued to pack in audiences on its way to the eighth best second weekend ever. The Marvel blockbuster added another $72.6 million domestically and $84.2 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $940 million. At this rate, it should easily become the first movie this year to hit $1 billion, although Zootopia came pretty close. The Jungle Book remained in second place while newcomers Money Monster and The Darkness did a bit better than expected with the former earning a solid $15 million. That may be chump change for most summer movies, but in this case it is an indication that perhaps star-driven dramas for grown-ups aren’t completely obsolete. Mother’s Day rounded out the top 5. Next weekend Civil War will face its first real competition from The Angry Birds Movie and Neighbors 2.
1. Captain America: Civil War — $72.6M
2. The Jungle Book — $17.8M
3. Money Monster — $15M
4. The Darkness — $5.2M
5. Mother’s Day — $3.3M
6. Zootopia — $2.8M
7. The Huntsman: Winter’s War — $2.6M
8. Keanu — $1.9M
9. Barbershop: The Next Cut — $1.7M
10. The Boss — $1.2M
We’ve got a little over a month’s worth of Netflix additions to catch up on, so let’s dive in and see what’s currently streaming in the U.S. and Canada. The biggest new arrivals in the U.S. include the family friendly flicks Goosebumps and Minions plus Miguel Gomes’ three-part epic Arabian Nights and the first season of MTV’s Scream TV series. Canadian subscribers on the other hand get access to Edge of Tomorrow, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, Pawn Sacrifice starring Tobey Maguire, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America. There are also a few Netflix originals that have been added in both regions including the Ricky Gervais comedy Special Correspondents, the documentary Team Foxcatcher, the new Danger Mouse animated series and Netflix’s first ever talk show, Chelsea. Will you be adding anything to your queue? Check out the list of noteworthy new additions after the jump.
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Earlier this week, Warner Brothers announced that they would be delaying their upcoming Godzilla sequel, pushing it back from June 8, 2018 to March 22, 2019. While no reason for the delay was given, some thought it may have been a strategic move to avoid a showdown with Transformers 6. However, since then a much more likely explanation has come to light: Gareth Edwards has stepped down as director of the film. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.
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Last month Netflix released Mike Flanagan’s Hush, a horror film featuring a deaf protagonist. This summer, Don’t Breathe will deliver a slightly different version of this scenario where a group of thieves are trapped in a house, being stalked by a blind man that they intended to rob. The bad ass blind man is played by Stephen Lang (Avatar), which is a pretty solid selling point on its own, but the fact that it is being produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Fede Alvarez (the same guy who directed the Evil Dead remake) makes it even more interesting. I have to admit that the trailer kind of alternates between being suspenseful and downright laughable, but Sam Raimi generally knows how to walk that line and something tells me this could be a fun night at the drive-in either way. Don’t Breathe hits theatres on Aug. 26th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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In between playing Batman and directing his next movie, Ben Affleck took the time to star in a movie called The Accountant from director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, Jane Got a Gun). While the title may not sound particularly scintillating, the first trailer makes it pretty clear that it was chosen ironically because the life of this mysterious accountant is not as dull as you might think. Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a brilliant mathematician who has a dark side, offering his services to various criminal organizations. This is the kind of movie that only gets made because it has an amazing script behind it, and although Bill Dubuque previously co-wrote the middling drama The Judge, the trailer does a pretty good job of selling it as something unique. The Accountant co-stars Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, Alison Wright, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor and it hits theatres on Oct. 14th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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With Captain America: Civil War still tearing up the box office, there aren’t any new blockbusters hitting theatres this weekend. Instead, we’ve got a few smaller movies in wide release including Jodie Foster’s hostage thriller Money Monster starring George Clooney and The Darkness, a new horror film from the director of Wolf Creek. If those two options don’t interest you, there are also quite a few new movies in limited release including Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (which is already available on VOD), Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship plus the martial arts flick Kill Zone 2 starring Tony Jaa and Last Days in the Desert starring Ewan McGregor as Jesus. What will you be checking out this weekend?
After dazzling audiences with 3D imagery in Life of Pi, Ang Lee’s latest film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is once again pushing technical boundaries while retaining an art house aesthetic. Based on the award-winning novel by Ben Fountain, this is a story about a young soldier who returns home from the war in Iraq with his squad mates for a Victory Tour. The story alternates between a celebration at a Thanksgiving Day football game and flashbacks to their experiences in Iraq, all presented in 3D at 120fps (this is the first major film to use high frame rate technology since Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit). The book was praised as a biting satire about the perception of war at home versus the reality of it, and although this trailer doesn’t totally get that across, it does showcase an interesting cast that includes Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk hits theatres on Nov. 11th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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With Ratchet & Clank currently playing in theatres and both Warcraft and The Angry Birds Movie set to hit theatres this summer, it’s already shaping up to be a pretty big year for movies based on video games. To top it off, we’ve got another major video game adaptation set to arrive in time for the holidays: Assassin’s Creed. The first trailer debuted during Jimmy Kimmel last night and it is now available online for your viewing pleasure. The movie is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth) and it finds him reteaming with cinematographer Adam Arkapaw as well as both Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, who also starred in Macbeth. While the story of a man using virtual reality to explore the “genetic memories” of his ancestors might end up being a little convoluted, at the very least, this looks to be a very pretty film. Assassin’s Creed hits theatres on Dec. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Woody Allen’s latest film Cafe Society just premiered at Cannes this week to positive, if mostly lukewarm, reviews and now the first trailer has officially arrived online. Allen is the latest auteur to have been wooed by Amazon, who will release the film in theatres later this summer. The movie finds Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart playing an on-screen couple for the third time in their career (Adventureland and American Ultra being the other two) although in this case the story takes place in the 1930s where Stewart plays an assistant to Eisenberg’s Uncle Phil (Steve Carell), a high-powered Hollywood agent. It’s a wistful and nostalgic romantic comedy about high class society, which is something Woody Allen tends to do well when he’s on his game… but will this be one of the good ones? Cafe Society co-stars Jeannie Berlin, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott and it hits select theatres on July 15th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Although Ridley Scott is currently in the thick of shooting Alien: Covenant, he is one of those directors who always likes to have a handful of projects developing at any given time. Earlier this year we heard that he might be directing a movie based on the ’60s spy series The Prisoner and now he’s got another new project to add to the mix: an adaptation of S. Craig Zahler’s western novel Wraiths Of The Broken Land. Zahler is the same man responsible for last year’s horror western Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell but he published this book back in 2013. Zahler won’t write the script, however; instead Ridley Scott is reteaming with The Martian screenwriter Drew Goddard. The plot synopsis is as follows:
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David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Tickled seems to be enjoying a pretty solid run on the festival circuit and is quickly becoming one of the most talked about documentaries of the year. The film’s initial hook is that it purports to explore the quirky subculture surrounding the world of competitive tickling, but then it soon swerves into a whole other unexpected direction. We had a spoiler-free discussion about the movie on Episode #562 of the Film Junk Podcast and now this week Magnolia has released an official trailer that peels back a little more of the mystery. Don’t watch it if you prefer to go in completely cold, but if you’re dying to know more, they manage to avoid spoiling the major twists. If anything, the trailer is merely guilty of overselling them a little bit. Tickled hits select theatres on June 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Writer-director duo Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett made a name for themselves with horror films like You’re Next and A Horrible Way to Die plus segments in the V/H/S and The ABCs of Death anthology films. Most recently, however, they branched out a bit with The Guest, which seemed to open some doors and start bringing them new opportunities in the world of blockbuster action movies. Before they head down that rabbit hole, however, they are going back to their roots with a found footage horror movie called The Woods (not to be confused with the Lucky McKee film of the same name). We don’t know much about the movie aside from the fact that it revolves around a group of college students on a camping trip but the first trailer is chock full of quotes from critics promising big things. The Woods hits theatres on Sept. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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