Monday Morning Box Office Report: Spider-Man: Far from Home Lands Biggest Tuesday Opening Ever


Marvel and Sony ended Phase Three on the right foot with another solid opening for their second Spider-Man co-production, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The movie earned $185 million over six days, which is the biggest six-day debut ever for a movie opening on a Tuesday, and it also had the biggest individual Tuesday opening ever. It made $93.6 million over the three-day weekend but it is difficult to compare it directly to Spider-Man: Homecoming which opened on a Friday and made $117 million. Either way, the movie seems to be outpacing its predecessor and it has already earned $580 million worldwide. Elsewhere Toy Story 4 dropped to second place, adding another $34 million and bringing its worldwide total to $650 million. In third place, Yesterday had a very strong hold in its second weekend, earning $10.75 million, while Annabelle Comes Home and Aladdin rounded out the top 5. The other new movie in wide release, Ari Aster’s Midsommar, opened in sixth place with $6.5 million ($11 million over five days).

1. Spider-Man: Far from Home — $93.6M
2. Toy Story 4 — $34.3M
3. Yesterday — $10.8M
4. Annabelle Comes Home — $9.8M
5. Aladdin — $7.6M
6. Midsommar — $6.6M
7. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — $4.8M
8. Men in Black: International — $3.6M
9. Avengers: Endgame — $3.1M
10. Rocketman — $2.8M

New to Theatres This Weekend: Spider-Man: Far From Home, Midsommar


There are just two major releases hitting theatres this holiday weekend and they’ve already been playing for a few days now. Spider-Man: Far From Home looks to bridge the gap between Avengers: Endgame and Phase Four of the MCU and seems very likely to surpass Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s $117 million debut. On the other end of the spectrum, A24 is releasing Ari Aster’s latest horror film, Midsommar, which has also earned solid reviews but seems unlikely to match the hype of his previous film Hereditary. In select theatres, we have only a couple of additional options to offer: Nick Broomfield’s Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love and Greg Kinnear’s directorial debut, a dark comedy called Phil. What will you be watching this weekend?

HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones Trailer Starring Danny McBride


After Eastbound & Down helped launch Danny McBride’s career and made us all root for a heavily flawed antihero, he followed it up with an even edgier show a few years later in Vice Principals. Now this summer McBride is back with another HBO series called The Righteous Gemstones that looks to be going to even more uncomfortable and controversial places. The show revolves around a dysfunctional family of televangelists with “a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work – all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” John Goodman co-stars along with Adam DeVine and Edi Patterson and frequent collaborators Jody Hill and David Gordon Green are on board as executive producers and directors as well. The Righteous Gemstones premieres on HBO on Aug. 18th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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The Flash Solo Movie Gets It Director


Despite the fact that the DCEU kind of fell apart after the failure of Justice League, Warner Brothers have not give up on the various solo movies they had been planning to follow it up with. In particular, the Wonder Woman sequel is still happening and a new Batman movie is in development as well, albeit without Ben Affleck in the lead role. Now this week we are hearing that The Flash will still get a solo movie as well. The project has been through several directors already but we are hearing that the director of It and It: Chapter Two will be the latest filmmaker to try and push it to the starting line. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #713: Yesterday


0:00 – Intro: Reed’s Pilgrimage to England
23:35 – Review: Yesterday
1:20:55 – Headlines: Avengers: Endgame Can’t Beat Avatar, Knives Out Trailer
1:35:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Shaft (2019), Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Summer of ’84, I Am Mother, A Hard Day’s Night, Too Old to Die Young, The Love We Make, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Wake Up Ron Burgundy
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2:27:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:29:05 – Outro

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Knives Out Trailer: Rian Johnson’s All-Star Murder Mystery

Rather than follow up Star Wars: The Last Jedi immediately with another massive blockbuster, Rian Johnson opted to carve out some time for a much smaller passion project. Fortunately for him, he was still able to recruit a star-studded cast to take part in said passion project. Knives Out is a modern take on the Agatha Christie-style whodunit where a family has gathered to celebrate their patriarch’s 85th birthday only to have the party end in murder. Daniel Craig and Lakeith Stanfield play a pair of detectives investigating the murder while the suspects include Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Katherine Langford, Noah Segan, Edi Patterson, Riki Lindhome and Jaeden Martell (Christopher Plummer is the victim). The trailer makes it pretty clear that the movie is not taking itself all that seriously and Johnson is having fun playing with all of the genre tropes. He also seems to be relishing the opportunity to allow Chris Evans to shed his squeaky clean Captain America persona. Knives Out hits theatres on Nov. 27th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Jacob’s Ladder Remake Trailer

We’ve been hearing about a remake of the cult classic psychological horror film Jacob’s Ladder for years now but after a couple of changes in the creative team and several release date shuffles, the movie is finally arriving this summer to very little fanfare. The 1990 original starred Tim Robbins as a Vietnam vet who begins to experience flashbacks and hallucinations, particularly of his son, who died in an accident several years ago. This new version stars Michael Ealy as an Afghanistan vet who saw his brother die in combat, only to find him living in a homeless shelter after the war. It does seem to borrow from some of the imagery of the original but the plot seems fairly different. Directed by David M. Rosenthal (The Perfect Guy), Jacob’s Ladder premieres on The DISH Network this month before hitting theatres on Aug. 23rd. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jumanji: The Next Level Trailer


Although no one was really dying to see a sequel to Jumanji, the inspired casting of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black somehow turned Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle into an insane box office hit for Sony (it made almost $1 billion worldwide). Now we’re obviously getting a sequel to that sequel and it looks like they’ve added a few new wrinkles to the premise. Spencer’s friends are forced to go back into the game to rescue him, but it seems to either be broken or modded and now most of the characters have switched roles with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart embodying old men (Danny DeVito and Danny Glover respectively). Awkwafina has also joined the cast while Rhys Darby and Nick Jonas are apparently reprising their roles from the previous film. Jumanji: The Next Level is once again directed by Jake Kasdan and it hits theatres on Dec. 13th; check out the first trailer below and see what you think.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: Toy Story 4 Still Untouchable


Toy Story 4 stayed far ahead of the competition in its second weekend as the Pixar sequel added another $58 million domestically, bringing its worldwide total to $500 million. In second place, Annabelle Comes Home pulled in $20 million, a fair bit less than the previous two Annabelle films but it opened on Wednesday and the full 5-day total is more in line with expectations. Danny Boyle’s Yesterday wasn’t far behind, opening in third with $17 million which is a pleasant surprise for Universal. Meanwhile, Aladdin dropped to fourth while becoming the biggest movie of Will Smith’s career and The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top 5. As for Avengers: Endgame, it failed to catch Avatar and remains approximately $27 million away from the all-time worldwide record. James Cameron is still the king of the world… for now.

1. Toy Story 4 — $57.9M
2. Annabelle Comes Home — $20.4M
3. Yesterday — $17M
4. Aladdin — $9.3M
5. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — $7.1M
6. Men in Black: International — $6.6M
7. Avengers: Endgame — $5.5M
8. Child’s Play — $4.3M
9. Rocketman — $3.9M
10. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum — $3.2M

Mads Brügger’s Cold Case Hammarskjöld Trailer


After winning the Directing Award for World Cinema – Documentary at Sundance, Mads Brügger’s latest film Cold Case Hammarskjöld has continued to build hype on the festival circuit. The movie delves into the 1961 plane crash that killed UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld, which has long been suspected of foul play. Word on the street is that the movie delivers some pretty shocking revelations, although based on Brügger’s reputation as a satirist and prankster (he directed such films as The Red Chapel and The Ambassador) it also appears to be a self-aware send-up of true crime and conspiracy theory docs as well. Cold Case Hammarskjöld hits select theatres on Aug. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Yesterday, Annabelle Comes Home, Ophelia

With Toy Story 4 still expected to dominate multiplexes and Spider-Man: Far From Home still a few days away, things are pretty quiet in terms of new theatrical releases this weekend. The biggest new movie in wide release is Annabelle Comes Home, the third spin-off in The Conjuring Universe to revolve around the creepy possessed doll. Danny Boyle’s high-concept Beatles-themed musical drama Yesterday also hits theatres this weekend and is a bit of a wild card but seems unlikely to have much of an impact but it does provide some counterprogramming. Marvel is also hoping to capitalize on a quiet weekend by re-releasing Avengers: Endgame one last time in over 2000 theatres to try and top Avatar once and for all. In limited release, we also have the epic sailing documentary Maiden and Ophelia, a Shakespeare adaptation with a twist starring Daisy Ridley. What will you be watching this weekend?

Charlie’s Angels Trailer Starring Kristen Stewart

Now that we’ve had a decade and a half to let McG’s version of Charlie’s Angels fade from our minds, Elizabeth Banks is stepping up to reinvent the late ’70s spy series for the big screen once again. I guess the idea is that this is set in the same universe as the previous films with Charlie now running a global network of many different teams of Angels, each assigned their own Bosley. Kristen Stewart is the somewhat unlikely lead of this new movie and actually seems to be having a lot of fun with it. Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott round out the team with Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, Noah Centineo and Sam Claflin also appearing in supporting roles. Charlie’s Angels hits theatres on Nov. 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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