Monday Morning Box Office Report: Downton Abbey is a Class Apart

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Downton Abbey fans were eager to return to Downton Abbey over the weekend, turning out in droves to see the show’s first feature film. The movie topped the box office with an estimated $31 million, the biggest opening ever for Focus Features. Meanwhile, it was a tight race for second place with Ad Astra just barely winning out over Rambo: Last Blood. Both movies earned around $19 million and for Rambo that is about on par with the last movie, which opened 11 years ago. It Chapter Two fell to fourth place but wasn’t that far behind, adding another $17.2 million. It has now made $358 million worldwide. Meanwhile Hustlers rounded out the top 5, continuing to build on last week’s strong debut.

1. Downton Abbey — $31M
2. Ad Astra — $19.2M
3. Rambo: Last Blood — $19M
4. It Chapter Two — $17.2M
5. Hustlers — $17M
6. The Lion King — $2.6M
7. Good Boys — $2.5M
8. Angel Has Fallen — $2.4M
9. Overcomer — $1.5M
10. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — $1.5M

2019 Emmy Winners

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In the age of peak TV, it kind of feels like people are a lot more invested in the Emmys than they are the Oscars. To be fair, I guess it’s a little more exciting when you’ve actually seen the things being nominated. This year found the final season of Game of Thrones getting some love but maybe not as much as expected (the show had 14 nominations but won only 2) and the final season of Veep getting totally snubbed. But that was in favour of Fleabag winning in a bunch of the comedy categories, which is fine by me. HBO’s Chernobyl took home a lot of the Limited Series awards while Black Mirror: Bandersnatch somehow won Oustanding TV Movie. What did you think of this year’s Emmys? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #74: Rambo

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“In town you’re the law, out here it’s me. Don’t push it. Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe.” With the release of Rambo: Last Blood this weekend, it was finally time to tackle that other iconic ’80s Sylvester Stallone franchise for this month’s premium. We trace John Rambo’s journey from 1982’s First Blood through to the character’s Stallone-directed comeback in 2008 as the body count and explosions continue to increase dramatically along the way. Discussion topics include the franchise’s shifting political stances and messages, Rambo’s iconic knife, the feasibility of playing dead in a helicopter, Rambo’s sketchy relationship with Col. Trautman, and our memories of the ’80s toys and cartoon. Is First Blood truly a great dramatic performance by Sylvester Stallone? Did Rambo help train 9/11 jihadists? Is Rambo one of the most violent movies ever made? This month’s premium podcast no expendable… download it below.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Rambo: Last Blood, Ad Astra, Downton Abbey

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We’ve got three new movies in wide release this weekend, all appealing to three very different demographics but it’s still anybody’s guess which one will come out on top. Rambo: Last Blood seems like it might have the edge (the last Rambo movie opened to $18 million back in 2008) but poor reviews could scare some people off. On the other hand, the Downton Abbey movie seems like a huge event for people who have followed the show, even though it means absolutely nothing to the rest of us. James Gray’s Ad Astra is possibly the hardest to predict with a Brad Pitt sci-fi movie seeming like an easy sell but the marketing has maintained a lot of mystery… which is good in theory, but it might keep people away. In select theatres, we also have James Franco’s long-delayed Zeroville, Hiroyuki Imaishi’s colourful anime feature Promare and an HBO documentary on Diego Maradona from the director of Senna and Amy. What will you be watching this weekend?

Stephen King and Joe Hill’s In the Tall Grass Trailer

We’ve already had Pet Semetary and It Chapter Two this year, but over the next couple of months there are two more Stephen King adaptations on the way. Doctor Sleep hits theatres in November but before that we will get In the Tall Grass on Netflix, an adaptation of the Stephen King / Joe Hill novella of the same name. The movie stars Patrick Wilson and Rachel Wilson (no relation) as two siblings who hear cries for help in a grassy field in Kansas only to find themselves separated and helplessly stranded. It looks like an intriguing single-location thriller although that location obviously hides some secrets of its own. Written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube), In the Tall Grass arrives on Netflix on Oct. 4th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad Full Cast Announced

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After months of rumours and one-off announcements, director James Gunn has finally revealed the official cast of The Suicide Squad, WB’s follow up to 2016’s Suicide Squad (that’s not confusing at all). It would appear that the only returning members of the Squad will be Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis with all of the other characters being new faces. Idris Elba was previously reported to be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot, but now we are hearing that he will play a different role, leaving Smith the chance to return somewhere down the road if he so chooses. Other new additions include John Cena, Alice Braga, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, and of course, Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker. Here is Gunn’s Instagram post revealing the full roster of names:

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See Trailer: Apple’s Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Series Starring Jason Momoa

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At last week’s big Apple press conference, the tech giant finally announced a launch date and pricing for their upcoming streaming service Apple TV+. It will cost just $4.99 a month ($5.99 CAD) and anyone who buys a new Apple device will also get a year’s subscription for free. That being said, their pool of original content is not nearly as deep as Netflix, Amazon or Disney with just a handful of new shows and movies debuting when it goes live. One of those shows is See, a post-apocalyptic series that takes place in a world where humankind has lost their sense of sight. Created by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Serenity) and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2, I Am Legend), it stars Jason Momoa as the father of two twins who are miraculously born with the ability to see again. See will be available when Apple TV+ goes live on Nov. 1st; check out the full trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Living with Yourself Trailer Starring Paul Rudd

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After the success of Russian Doll earlier this year, Netflix has another sci-fi comedy series coming this fall that seems like it may fall within the same basic wheelhouse. Living with Yourself stars Paul Rudd as a man who undergoes experimental treatment to improve his life only to find that he has been replaced by a doppelganger. It is a somewhat Charlie Kaufman-esque concept that brings to mind Adaptation (not to mention Harold Ramis movies like Multiplicity and Groundhog Day) and Rudd seems like he will be having a lot of fun playing dual roles. The show is created by Timothy Greenberg (The Daily Show) and it also lists Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) as executive producers and directors. Living with Yourself premieres on Netflix on Oct. 18th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Watch Jurassic World Short Film Battle at Big Rock Online Now

After sitting out Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Colin Trevorrow will be back in the director’s chair for the upcoming Jurassic World 3 and to help warm up for that next installment he decided to direct a short film that takes place after Fallen Kingdom. Battle at Big Rock is an eight-minute short film that takes us into a world where dinosaurs have escaped captivity and are now living in the wild. It premiered on FX last night and is now available to watch for free on YouTube. Featuring a cast that includes André Holland and Natalie Martinez, it certainly showcases more destruction and special effects than you might expect for something this small. The short is co-written by Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising) who is also co-writing the next movie, although it is unclear is any of these characters will return. Check out Battle at Big Rock right now after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Margot Robbie to Produce and Potentially Star in Tank Girl Reboot

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Back in the ’90s, before superheroes completely took over Hollywood, there were a lot of strange comic book adaptations being produced… things like the oddball post-apocalyptic action movie Tank Girl. The movie was a box office bomb at the time and is possibly best remembered for Bjork’s music video for “Army of Me”, but over the years it has developed a bit of a cult following. The Tank Girl comics also recently experienced a revival with original writer Alan Martin returning to launch the first ever ongoing series for the character. Now it looks like a feature film reboot is also happening and Margot Robbie might star. Hit the jump for more details.

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63 Up Trailer

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Michael Apted’s Up series is a landmark work of non-fiction filmmaking that continues this year with its ninth installment, 63 Up. For the uninitiated, this is a documentary series that has followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964 at the age of 7, checking in with them at seven year intervals (like a real-life Boyhood). The latest chapter was released earlier this year as a three-part TV series on ITV in the UK but Britbox is now bringing it to North American theatres (and later, I assume, their streaming service). This one finds the subjects in their 60s, grappling with Brexit, happiness and their mortality (among other things). 63 Up hits select theatres on Nov. 27th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Roland Emmerich’s Midway Trailer

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There was a time when Roland Emmerich was one of the biggest directors working in Hollywood, but these days it feels like he is struggling a bit to remain relevant. His Independence Day sequel was a huge disappointment critically and commercially and he hasn’t really had a hit since 2012 (released in 2009). Now this year he is back with a big budget WWII movie about the battle of Midway and it feels like the same kind of patriotic action movie that has worked well for him in the past, although it is unclear if audiences are still into it. The movie stars Ed Skrein (Alita: Battle Angel, The Transporter Refueled) in the lead role with a supporting cast that includes Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Woody Harrelson and Dennis Quaid. Midway hits theatres on Nov. 8th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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