Monday Morning Box Office Report: Sonic is a Surprise Hit

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Video game movies are back in a big way with Sonic the Hedgehog racing to a $57 million debut for Paramount over the weekend. That surpasses the opening weekend for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu last year, giving Sonic the biggest opening ever for a movie based on a video game. The movie also earned an estimated $68 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend and $111 million worldwide, pushing it beyond expectations and overcoming the initial negative buzz that resulted from the very first trailer (clearly that character redesign paid off). Elsewhere, Birds of Prey fell to second with $17 million followed by Fantasy Island and The Photograph neck in neck for third. Bad Boys for Life rounded out the top 5. Parasite also jumped into the top 10 following its expansion and big Oscar win while Downhill opened at #10, which seems low for a Will Ferrell / Julia Louis-Dreyfus movie (to be fair, it didn’t have a huge marketing push behind it).

1. Sonic the Hedgehog — $57M
2. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn — $17.1M
3. Fantasy Island — $12.4M
4. The Photograph — $12.3M
5. Bad Boys for Life — $11.3M
6. 1917 — $8.1M
7. Jumanji: The Next Level — $5.7M
8. Parasite — $5.5M
9. Dolittle — $5.1M
10. Downhill — $4.7M

Goonies Re-enactment TV Series Gets a Pilot Order at Fox

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In the words of Mikey Walsh… Goonies never say die. We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a Goonies sequel for many years now with director Richard Donner stating back in 2014 that it was happening with both Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg apparently on board to produce. Of course, that was six years ago and it would seem that once again they hit a dead end… until now. This week we are hearing that there is a brand new Goonies-related TV show in the works, but it’s not exactly what you might expect. Hit the jump for more info.

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First Look at Robert Pattinson as The Batman from Matt Reeves’ Camera Test

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Although the movie is still over a year away, filming has finally begun on Matt Reeves’ The Batman as confirmed by the director on Twitter last month. Now this week he has taken to social media to release a much more interesting behind-the-scenes tidbit: an official camera test featuring the world’s first look at Robert Pattinson in the new Batsuit. Although the short video is bathed in red light and doesn’t give a full shot from head to toe, it does give us a glimpse of a metallic bat-symbol on the chest as well as Pattinson wearing the cape and cowl. The whole thing is set to a small taste of the upcoming score by Michael Giacchino. The Batman hits theatres on June 25th, 2021; check out the camera test video below and let us know what you think.

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Billie Eilish’s No Time to Die Bond Theme Song is Out Now

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Fresh off her appearance at the Oscars where she performed “Yesterday” during the In Memoriam segment and made confused faces at Eminem, Billie Eilish has dropped her theme song for the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die. Keeping in line with many of the classics, the song is simply called “No Time to Die” and it has a very reverent, stripped down feel despite the fact that she is the youngest artist ever to record a Bond theme. Co-written by her brother Finneas O’Connell and featuring orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr on guitar, this might be one of the strongest themes from the Daniel Craig era aside from Adele’s “Skyfall”. What do you think of the new Bond theme? Listen to Billie Eilish’s “No Time to Die” after the jump.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Sonic the Hedgehog, Fantasy Island, Downhill

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Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! It’s bound to be a busy weekend at multiplexes and we’ve got quite a few new releases hitting theatres in order to facilitate date night. Ironically, the biggest release of the week is not a particularly romantic one even if you’re a gamer: Sonic the Hedgehog, based on the classic Sega video game series. Other major releases include the Blumhouse horror TV adaptation Fantasy Island, romantic drama The Photograph starring LaKeith Stanfield and Issa Rae, and Downhill, the Force Majeure remake starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is also expanding to over 2000 theatres following its Best Picture win. In select theatres, we also have the acclaimed French film Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Ordinary Love starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville and Buffaloed starring Zoey Deutch. A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is also arriving in select theatres and on Netflix. What will you be watching this weekend?

Gangs of London Trailer: The Raid Director Jumps to TV

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If you’ve been wondering what The Raid director Gareth Evans has been working on as a follow-up to his last film, Apostle, the answer probably won’t surprise you: he’s moving to TV. Evans is producing a TV series called Gangs of London that looks to bring his bone-crunching style of action to a serialized format with cinematographer Matt Flannery also coming along for the ride. The show stars Joe Cole (A Prayer Before Dawn) as the son of a murdered London crime boss (Colm Meaney) who is intent on hunting down his father’s killers. Evans directs half of the episodes himself with Corin Hardy (The Nun) and Xavier Gens (Hitman) handling the rest. Gangs of London arrives on Sky Atlantic in the U.K. and Cinemax in the U.S. sometime this year; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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David Lowery’s The Green Knight Teaser Trailer

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David Lowery has had an interesting career as a filmmaker thus far, alternating between mainstream Disney projects like Pete’s Dragon and indie art house films like A Ghost Story. He currently has a live-action Peter Pan movie in development at Disney as well, but before that happens he will release a fantasy film set up at A24. The Green Knight is described as a re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Gawain being King Arthur’s nephew). However, this is clearly not a big budget action-oriented take on the material, seemingly placing more emphasis on atmosphere and mood instead. The Green Knight stars Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Sarita Choudhury, Kate Dickie and Barry Keoghan and it hits select theatres on May 29th; check out the teaser trailer below and let us know what you think.

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The Iron Mask Trailer Starring Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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In what could be one of the greatest marketing ploys in recent memory, Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be facing off in a Chinese-Russian action movie called The Iron Mask (aka Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask). Granted, it looks like pure VOD trash and they probably only have about five minutes of total screen time, but I mean, come on… how can you resist? The movie is a sequel to the 2014 film Viy (aka Forbidden Kingdom aka Forbidden Empire) and the story revolves around English cartographer Jonathan Green (played by Jason Flemyng) who sets out to map the Russian Far East and ends up in China battling the Dragon King. Sounds about right. The Iron Mask hits select theatres and VOD in the U.K. on April 10th, but no word yet on a U.S. release. Check out the glorious trailer below and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #741: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

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0:00 – Intro: Oscar Talk
28:35 – Review: Birds of the Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
1:14:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Bad Boys for Life, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, The Mandalorian, Almost Famous, Rain Man, Jerry Maguire, Pain and Glory, American Dharma, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, Little America, Servant
1:52:05 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:53:45 – Outro

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Ryan Reynolds’ Clue Remake Gets a New Director

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With the recent success of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out and Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express the year before, it would appear that murder mysteries are back in and Hollywood execs are scrambling to react. Branagh is already working on his follow-up, Death on the Nile, and this week 20th Century Studios announced that they are setting up a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. On top of that, the same studio is developing a remake of Clue based on the popular board game with Ryan Reynolds attached to star. Hit the jump for more details.

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Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch Trailer

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Although it was originally rumoured to be a post-WWII musical, the first trailer for Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch has arrived and it is most definitely not a musical. That being said, the other part is true: it is a comedy set in post-WWII France and it revolves around a group of journalists working for an American newspaper. Based on the subject matter it seems like it could be his first political film, but mostly it just looks like your standard Wes Anderson whimsical tale full of exquisite production design, symmetrical cinematography and deadpan humour (although it appears to be shot partially in black and white, which is kind of a new twist). The cast includes some previous collaborators like Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan and Adrien Brody along with new faces like Timothee Chalamet, Lea Seydoux, Benicio Del Toro, Elisabeth Moss, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric and Stephen Park. The French Dispatch hits theatres on July 24th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Blumhouse’s The Hunt Gets a New Trailer and Release Date

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You may recall that the upcoming Blumhouse thriller The Hunt took some heat after several mass shootings in the U.S. last summer, ultimately causing Universal to pull it from their planned September release. Now, almost exactly six months later, they have decided that enough time has passed and officially announced a theatrical release next month with the new marketing campaign leaning into the controversy. The movie revolves around a group of liberal elites who gather every year and kidnap a group of ordinary Americans to hunt them for sport. This time around, however, one of the people being hunted decides to fight back and make her way to the center of the conspiracy. Written by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse (Watchmen) and directed by Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah), the movie stars Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ethan Suplee, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Ike Barinholtz, Macon Blair and Amy Madigan. The Hunt hits theatres on March 13th; check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

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