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2015 Japan Film Festival Of S.F. Announces Film Screenings For J-POP SUMMIT Weekend

JFFSF15-LOGO-MAINThe 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco (JFFSF), the first and only fully-dedicated Japanese film celebration for the S.F. Bay Area, has detailed an exciting schedule of screenings and special guest appearances taking place during the weekend of the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT.

Opening in conjunction with the 2015 J-POP Summit on Saturday, August 8th and running thru Sunday, August 16th, the 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco will take place at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, located inside the NEW PEOPLE entertainment complex in Japantown at 1746 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115 .

More than 25 films will be screened.

Tickets to individual screenings are $13.00 each, unless otherwise noted. Film summaries, trailers, screening times and advance tickets are available online.

JFFSF Films playing the weekend of J-POP SUMMIT include:


Saturday, August 8th, 12:00pm

Based on the novel by Hisashi Inoue, Kakekomi delivers extraordinary story of recovering women’s rights with a witty script.



Saturday, August 8th, 3:00pm

Based on a true story, this film is set in the 1930s in Vancouver, where a baseball team called The Asahi is formed by Canadian-born kids of Japanese immigrants growing up in a small Japantown.



Saturday, August 8th, 6:00pm – Special Guest Appearance by Tadanobu Asano

When loneliness leads to forbidden love, how far will you go?



Sunday, August 9th, 12:00pm

Space Brothers #0 functions as a great introduction to the TV anime series, Space Brothers (Sentai Filmworks), based on the popular manga by Chuya Koyama.


The World of Koji Morimoto

Sunday, August 9th, 1:50pm – Special Guest appearance by Director Koji Morimoto

A collection of three short films by one of Japan’s top anime director, Koji Morimoto.



Sunday, August 9th, 4:00pm

Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi is a 2003 samurai action film, directed by and starring famed actor Takeshi Kitano (“Beat” Takeshi) as Zatoichi.



Sunday, August 9th, 6:30pm

Based on the bestselling novel “Kami No Tsuki (Paper Moon)” by Mitsuyo Kakuta, and directed by Daihachi Yoshida, the critically acclaimed crime drama unfolds around an obedient housewife working part-time as a bank teller who becomes a reckless embezzler in order to live it up with a young lover.

Movie Review: Woman in Gold

Woman-in-Gold-2015-Movie-Poster-657x393Many history junkies (like me) know about the time Nazis stole or claimed about 750,000 artworks from European countries including priceless paintings by Van Gogh, Degas, Vermeer, and Michelangelo at the peak of World War II! Though many paintings and other significant cultural artifacts were recovered later on,  many were destroyed or auctioned off at extremely low prices. Today, there are well over 100,000 items that have not been returned to their rightful owners.

Here, with this film director Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) explores the fate of one of the paintings, the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, which was seized by the Nazis from its owner, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. The painting, an oil and gold on canvas, ended up in Vienna’s Belvedere Palace and became a popular tourist attraction, referred to as Austria’s “Mona Lisa.” Sadly, its original title denoting its Jewish heritage was replaced with the generic “Woman in Gold.” The story follows the true seven year legal struggle Adele Bloch-Bauer’s niece, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), a Jewish refugee and Los Angeles shop keeper to reclaim her family’s collection of Klimt paintings from the Austrian government. She enlists the help of Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), a friend’s son, to look into the matter for her.

Randy is a young attorney who has just started a new job and whose wife (Katie Holmes) is concerned about the impact of a lengthy case on their growing family, but he becomes obsessed with Maria’s cause. They are aided in their mission by an Austrian journalist (Daniel Bruhl) who is fighting his own demons. The seven-plus year legal saga is condensed for the big screen and we follow Maria and Randol as they meet with the Austrian art reclamation committee, a federal judge (played by the director’s wife Elizabeth McGovern), the U.S. Supreme Court (Jonathan Pryce as Chief Justice), and finally a mediation committee back in Austria. But this is not really a courtroom drama, it’s a personal quest for justice and search for identity. What role does family roots and history play in determining who we are today? It’s the age old question of past vs. present, only this is seen through the eyes of a woman who has survived what most of us can only imagine. Director Simon Curtis uses startling flashbacks (with Tatiana Maslany as the younger Maria) to provide glimpses of Maria’s childhood through her marriage and subsequent escape. We get to know her family, including some scenes featuring Aunt Adele (Antje Traue), and Maria’s father and uncle (Henry Goodman & Allan Corduner). We understand this family’s place in society and just how dramatically they were impacted by the Nazi takeover.

When I watch a movie, I ask myself just one question: How entertaining is it? Of course, such a thing is always a matter of opinion and depends on an individual’s personal background, personality, tastes, preferences, interests, experiences, and so forth. As a movie goer who likes all kinds of movies and hopes these reviews will be helpful to all kinds of moviegoers, I’m as objective and open-minded as I can be. Regardless of its genre, its subject matter or its background, all I expect from a movie is to enjoy it. This attitude allows me the freedom to like movies of any and all kinds, regardless of whether others think that I’m “supposed” to like them or not. Did the movie’s comedy make me laugh, did its a drama draw me in and make me care, did it thrill me? etc. You get the point. I expect a film to entertain me – to make me feel something. But the best movies also inform, educate, enlighten and uplift. Oh, and bonus points for originality, creativity, and technical and artistic excellence. When you have the pleasure of seeing a film with all of those characteristics, it is a must see!

WOMAN IN GOLDHelen Mirren delivers yet another exceptional performance and manages to pull off the snappy lines without an ounce of schmaltz, while also capturing the emotional turmoil Ms. Altmann endures. Ryan Reynolds is probable one of the most under rated actors and sometimes is easily written off, well thanks to some his bombs! Nevertheless, when cast in a well written role, he shines! Helen Mirren & Reynolds share a chemistry which is highly likeable and adorable. Katie Holmes doesn’t have much to do here, but is likeable in a small role. Tatiana Maslany and Max Irons have also done a great job. On the whole, Woman in Gold, just like the painting is a treasure! A great movie with an important historical message. Director Curtis and writer Alexi Kaye Campbell round off some of the rough edges and inject enough humor to prevent this from being the gut-wrenching process it probably was in real life. This approach makes the film, the story and the characters more relate able for most movie goers and it sure is quite an enjoyable look at a fascinating woman and a pretty remarkable underdog story.

Overall Rating: 9.4

Director – Simon Curtis
Starring – Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 109 minutes

I Am Chris Farley Trailer

Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud, and I Am Chris Farley will tell his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever – from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.

The film by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray features Farley’s co-stars and colleagues such as Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and many others. It will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on July 31st, 2015. The film will be available nationwide on VOD and across all digital platforms on August 11th, following it’s airing on Spike TV.

Watch Marvel’s Ant-Man Premiere Tonight at 9pm ET

Marvel invites one and all to experience the World Premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man, LIVE from Hollywood! Watch tonight at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET as your favorite stars arrive at the legendary Dolby Theater!

Sponsored by Marvel Contest of Champions, this LIVE event, available to watch below, will get you up close and personal with the cast of Ant-Man like no one else can! Plus, stay until the end of the live stream to see the debut of an EXCLUSIVE clip from Marvel’s “Ant-Man”!

Co-Hosted by Marvel.com’s Tamara Krinsky and Lorraine Cink, hear directly from the biggest names in the biz. Scheduled to appear are from the film: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Abby Ryder Fortson, Gregg Turkington, Martin Donovan; Peyton Reed (director), Kevin Feige (producer), Stan Lee, Michael Grillo (executive producers), Russell Carpenter (cinematographer), Shepherd Frankel (production designer), Dan Lebental, Colby Parker (editors), Adam McKay (screenwriter).

Special Guests: James Gunn, Karen Gillan, Frank Grillo, Maximiliano Hernandez, Thomas Kretschmann, Chloe Bennet, Shaun Toub, Ty Simpkins, J. August Richards, Neal McDonough, Adrianne Palicki, Enver Gjokaj, Garry Brown, Tara Butters, Dave Callaham, Chris Dingess, Michele Fazekas, Drew Pearce, Eric Pearson, Doug Petrie, Marco Ramirez, Melissa Rosenberg, Jon Spaihts, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Sara White, Nicole Perlman, Cheo Coker, Tim Heidecker and more!

Jurassic World Holds on to First, Crosses $500 million Domestically

jurassic_worldJurassic World three-peat, taking the top spot at the box-office for the third week in a row. It earned an estimated $54.2 million. It narrowly beat Inside Out which earned an estimated $52.1 million in its second week.

Jurassic World has turned into a monster of a summer movie, crossing the $500 million mark at the domestic box-office. It now stands at $500.1 million, and at the foreign box-office it has earned $737.5 million. It’s well over the billion dollar mark, the third film to do so this year, earning $1.24 billion so far. It’s the fastest any film has crossed the $500 million mark doing so in 17 days. The previous record was 23 days by Marvel’s The Avengers. The film is in first place by a long shot in domestic earnings this year and is closing in on second. There’s a chance the film will give the all-time earning spot a run for its money.

Mad Max: Fury Road continues to do well adding an additional $1.74 million to bring its domestic total to $147.1 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron also hung on to tenth place earning an estimated $1.64 million to bring its domestic total to $452.4 million.

Movie Review: A Deadly Adoption

This TV movie is a drama thriller starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, two of the best comedians of the industry, wait what?! Right from the first scene of this TV movie, I knew I was in for some horrendous entertainment, which also pays tribute to Lifetime channel for the completing 25 years. Don’t let the serious tone fool you. As if the inclusion of Ferrell and Wiig weren’t enough to tip it off, this is a spoof through and through. Melodrama, silly plot points, and gratuitous use of slow motion takes abound in this take on typical Lifetime movies. However, if you are into so-bad-they-are-good movies such as The Room, or can generally appreciate good parody, this can be a lot of fun if you just let it do what it sets out to do.

For non-lifetime viewers this will be a new and enjoyable experience which they could find funny in some scenes given the 2 comedy experts involved in it, but you need to have seen at least one Lifetime movie (which I unfortunately have) to understand the replicated elements that are included in this anniversary. It’s not a parody per-se because they didn’t have to exaggerate the already overly dramatized bits which are usually found in Lifetime movies and which some of their casual viewers find hilarious, it’s simply a replication of those but bunched together in a single movie.

a_deadly_adoptionThe story follows Robert Benson (Will Ferrell), a successful financial author and Sarah Benson (Kristen Wiig), an organic farmer who after five years of the tragic loss of their second child, an unborn boy decide to adopt from a college drop out Bridget (Jessica Lowdnes). In order to help her out in her last stages, they ask her to move in with them, & as expected she has an exterior motive. What can that be? Now here is something you don’t see everyday, or at least in a long while: a deadpan, totally serious, almost (sometimes) dramatic take on Lifetime movies-of-the-week on Lifetime. But what a strange, entertaining beast this is. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it – is this really trying to be serious? How much of this is supposed to be a joke or a comedy? One may go into watching this with Ferrell and Wiig at the top of the cast and wonder what’s up, if this is going to lampoon Lifetime movies. I should say it does, but not as much as I thought it would, or rather it’s in small doses. There are lines and scenarios that are very funny, such as referring to the main couple’s daughter’s condition: “You know the dangers of diabetic ketoacidosis!” Or the fact that Ferrell’s character, Robert Benson, is now a reformed alcoholic who used to go on benders during his book tours for books on financial advice.

I thought about other made-for-TV cable movies that come out, like the Sharknado movies and the like on the SyFy channel, which probably have about the same self-awareness as this one. But I never see the actors in those movies – many of them are all but winking at the camera as they go to collect their quick paychecks to get eaten by CGI sharknados or Megapythons or whatever. Ferrell, Wiig and company aren’t out to make anything cheap or silly here (though maybe the last scene is goofy, perhaps just like a Lifetime movie). The funny thing is, because Ferrell and Wiig and co-star Jessica Lowdnes play everything completely straight – and Ferrell and Wiig are better actors than a Lifetime movie should ever deserve – and it’s all believable, sometimes verging on maybe, kinda, sorta being dramatic in a *good* way, until one realizes what they’re saying, more often than not, is absurd, as are the situations they get themselves in.

5586d78dca2dc24e4d26e775_a-deadly-adoptionThe tropes are all recognizable if one is into Lifetime movies, and that’s also the idea, from the happy white family and the “bad” girl that comes in to make things chaotic. It’s not something that can be easily parsed into ‘Oh, it’s just a parody’ or ‘Oh, it’s actually just another Lifetime movie with these actors’. I found myself laughing many times while watching, if not during every scene. There are some obvious jokes here, for example: So many SLO-MO dramatic scenes. Including zooming in on high heels at the end, A conservative financial author having young groupies, the family pictures (look at Ferrell‘s face), the cop “So there is a possibility Bridgette Jones hasn’t been living here?” stating the obvious right after Ferrell and Wiig just identified the picture, the dock after 6 years later, is left as a pile of broken wood, the speech on the bench between Robert and Bridgette, the way Wiig and Ferrell both lay motionless after being knocked out was exactly the same way (perfectly flat, like a dummy), cliche’ quotes “I’m your new MOMMY now!” “Look what you did to our FAMILY!” and “Let’s keep this our little SECRET!”, Ferrell emerges from a smoke-filled garage (after being shot twice in the arm) and carrying Wiig out as if he forgot he just got shot, Boyfriend gets shot in the gut, then runs around the cabin packing as if he forgot he just got shot, Will Ferrell overcoming his ridiculous fears of boating to save his daughter. & of course the over the top dance sequence at the end! Will Ferell and Kristen Wiig actually did a pretty good job in their serious roles, Will Ferrell especially i thought for the most part got me to see him as a serious character rather than the funny guy, so i wouldn’t mind seeing him do more of this. Jessica Lowndes was downright entertaining throughout. Whether it was her gorgeous looks or how her acting progressed through her character’s development.

On the whole, A Deadly Adoption, is a true tongue in cheek Lifetime movie, which can be enjoyed mainly due to its failing serious tone. Do watch this if you enjoys spoofs, bad (in a good way) movies! According to me watching Will Ferrell and beautiful women in a purposely bad script isn’t a bad way to spend a couple of hours. Weird but hilarious!

Overall Rating: 7.9

Director – Rachel Goldenberg
Starring – Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Lowndes
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 90 minutes
Network – Lifetime

Movie Review: The Gunman

The-GunmanRight after the success of Liam Neeson in the Taken series, a whole bunch of 50+ actors seemed to be taking the same route ‘don’t mess with the old dude’ formula in order to re capture their looming stardom, well for obvious reasons most  have failed, with the exception of the ever awesome Denzel Washington, who is awesome in everything he does!

This time around Sean Penn, an actor (according to me) who at times is too serious for his own good, decides to take the now too familiar route for no reason whatsoever with director Pierre Morel, the man behind the original Taken! While the film has bombed at the BO & has received negative reception all over, I still say the film is not that bad, who am I kidding, its just stale! The story follows Jim Terrier (Sean Penn in his first major big screen role in two years), an ex-special forces soldier, who works with the CIA as a member of a security detail protecting employees of NGOs in third world countries like the Congo. Jim’s group also has a “parallel mission” of doing financially and politically motivated hits for unknown organizations who are pretty high in the global pecking order. Jim’s less than thrilled with his job and suddenly flees Africa, leaving his surgeon girlfriend, Annie (Jasmine Trinca), in the care of his boss, Felix (Javier Bardem). Eight years later, Jim is a broken man, apparently trying to atone for a past that just can’t seem to leave him alone. He suffers from massive headaches and other disorienting symptoms from blows to the head he took while working as a special operator. Emotionally, he’s not in much better shape.

10451717_773169509427679_8742530465436540496_nHe hasn’t seen Annie since he left her without explanation and he also regrets the things he’s done professionally. His answer is to come back to the Congo to help dig wells that will provide the locals with safer and more accessible drinking water. One day, a group of gun and machete-wielding thugs storm the site where Jim is working. They’re either really upset about what’s coming out of their taps at home, or they have an even more serious beef with him. Jim sets out to discover the reason for the attempt on his life before it’s too late. This leads him to reconnect with acquaintances from his past (Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance) and make new acquaintances (Idris Elba), while using his own “particular set of skills” to stay alive long enough to get to the bottom of what’s been happening. His quest takes him from the Congo to London, Gibraltar and Barcelona. There are shoot-outs, fight scenes and chases aplenty and the movie gives us one of the more original climactic scenes that I’ve witnessed in quite a while. Yet, while watching this I knew why the film failed, mainly as it tries to take itself too seriously considering its cliched ridiculous plot! The reason why Taken was such a success that it accepted & endured its plot holes & embraced its ridiculousness for the sake of providing fun, which clearly this film was in no mood to do so. The first half of the movie, once the prologue is over, is overly long and lacks any real action. However, the action picks up after that and some of the action scenes in the 2nd half of the film are quite fun, if overly gory, for this type of movie. This is particularly disappointing as the director of this film, Pierre Morel, was the cinematographer of the first two Transporter films and is the director of the first Taken film, so I thought he’d have the tone of these types of movies down. As I mentioned before the plot respectively ‘sucks’! The anonymous villain in the background that we never see is an enigmatic corporation that exploits the Congo’s mineral-wealthy resources for billions. As laudable as this anti-corporate ideology is, it gets lost in this confused actioner and the noise of gunfire. Basically, the upper echelon villains are never shown when Interpol arrests them. Desperately, the film aspires to be another Blood Diamond, but it fails miserably by comparison. This message laden potboiler bogs down in its own pretentious storytelling. Basically everything that occurs between the awesomely staged gunfights is designed to baffle if not bore you. Simultaneously, the biggest actors are squandered, too! First, Oscar winner Javier Bardem dies about an hour into the fracas.

Second, you catch glimpses of Idris Elba, but this magnetic British actor is sidelined essentially until the last quarter-hour. Third, cast as a stereotypical damsel-in-distress, Jasmine Trinca makes only a minor impression as Penn’s love interest. Director Pierre Morel, who as I mentioned in my opening paragraph directed the first Taken film, knows how to direct some fabulous action scenes, and this is clearly the case in this film, but yet this film will surely be affecting his resume as a director, as clearly he requires a good writer to accompany him. Sean Penn, who produced and co-scripted the film, as stated above, is an overly-serious actor that takes his craft over- seriously and usually drives an overly-serious tone to whatever project he is involved with, its pretty obvious from where this unnecessary over serious failing tone came in the film. while Rylance and Bardem seem to be having a little less serious time with their characters. The always watchable Ray Winstone shows up as a shady character from Penn’s past and elevates every scene he is in. The head scratch-er is Idris Elba. I don’t know what he is doing in this movie, clearly a paycheck film for him. On the whole, despite  its enviable cast, exotic locales, and energetic action scenes, this Sean Penn shoot’em up The Gunman misfires! If only it had a touch of less seriousness & focused solely on its fun action sequences, this overly-serious action flick could have been saved!

Overall Rating: 4.5

Director – Pierre Morel
Starring – Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca
Run Time – 115 minutes
Rated – R

Movie Review: Ted 2

ted2_promo_posterPOSTER-1“Bigger, Better, Tedder.”

That’s what I was clamoring for since the moment the credits rolled on the first one. Now being a native New Englander myself, I really wanted to like Ted 2. No, correction I wanted to love it. Unfortunately only 20 minutes into it, I absolutely hated it. I almost walked out. However 20 more minutes in I started to like it. Like, really like it despite the plot  (Ted, upset due to the fact that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts defines him as property and not a person goes on a quest for his civil rights.) being shoe string thin. While I think it was bad choice for Seth MacFarlane to start out the movie with an excruciatingly long dance number, hey that’s Seth. What makes the first minutes so hard to watch is a boring wedding reception and the crudeness level being turned up to 11. (A scene of Ted wearing a wife beater going through bills at the dinner table is classic). Fair warning in advance, starting out it is slow going.

The first half hour of the movie is just an absolute onslaught of foul language (too much to be quite honest and I’m from the region this movie takes place) and ridiculous toilet humor peppered in with some entertaining cameos. (See the Liam Neeson cameo and you just might pee yourself it was so good.) Despite his part being ruined by the barrage of commercials, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady does a serviceable performance. (Don’t quit your day job Tom. Stick to championships) Where the movie really shines however is through heart of the core cast. John Bennett (Mark Wahlburg) Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) and of course the star Ted (Seth MacFarlane) just take this totally preposterous scenario and breathe true blue life into it. They do so well they make you forget that Ted is not a real actor. Kudos to them, it’s not easy.

Of course there is tons of potty humor and 80’s references galore. Hell there’s even a scene which takes place at NY Comic Con (Which was amazing!) This movie is surprisingly Bi-Polar. (Like our New England Weather) You will go back and forth on it several times. One refreshing change is they veered away from using too many “Family Guy” style cut scenes and the movie moves along in a briskly linear fashion. However the reusing of Giovanni Ribisi’s creepy character Donny from the first movie was just groan inducing. They even used the same gag again. Same with Sam Jones reprising his role as the retired (and quite tired) Flash Gordon as John and Ted’s new buddy, was just unnecessary and felt forced. Suprisingly I did not miss Mila Kunis’ character (Lori Collins) at all as Amanda Seyfried outshined her completely. I was shocked due to the fact there was not a much more overly dramatic explanation of her absence. Nope, she divorced John. That was it.

MacFarlane and Co. do a great job of fan service to everyone who grew up in the 80’s. They even finally mention the store where John’s parents purchased Ted for him. (Child World, I used to shop there so I absolutely marked out for the reference.) Although the fact they obviously put more money, time and effort into making this sequel, it tries way too hard and falls just a bit short. This might even be history for being the first movie that has starred Morgan Freeman and not been absolutely incredible. Never thought I’d see the day.

Overall: If you like crude language, so much weed smoking, anthropomorphized talking stuffed bears, and plot holes the size of the Wells Report, this is the movie for you. If not? Well turn your brains off and (like Neil Diamond says) turn on your heartlights and give it a view anyway. You might just hate, love, then like it like I did.

Score: 7.3

SDCC 2015: Michael Keaton to Star in and Produce Imagine Agents at Fox

Imagine Agents TP Cover by Khary RandolphBOOM! Studios is heading into San Diego Comic-Con with a bunch of announcements leading up to the convention. For the first one, the comics publisher has revealed that Michael Keaton will star in and produce a film adaptation at 20th Century Fox of the comic series Imagine Agents, created by Brian Joines.

Written by Joines and illustrated by Bachan, Imagine Agents is the story of two agents who work for clandestine organization I.M.A.G.I.N.E. to keep kids’ imaginary friends under control. Little do they know that an abandoned “friend” from long ago is about to disrupt the status quo and turn everything upside down. The series was published from October 2013 to January 2014, with a collected edition released in December 2014.

BOOM! has a first-look feature film deal at 20th Century Fox that includes first-dollar gross on films based on any of its comics, which the publisher splits with its creators.

BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie will produce the film with Keaton and Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar. President of Development Stephen Christy will executive produce with Anonymous Content’s Eli Selden. Senior Vice President of Film Adam Yoelin will co-produce in cooperation with Anonymous Content’s Ashley Zalta.

Jurassic World Still Rains Cash, While Inside Out Debuts Strong

jurassic_worldJurassic World retained the top spot at the domestic earning an estimated $102 million. That’s only a 51% decline from its first weekend, which is much less than expected. That’s the second best second weekend earnings ever. The film has earned $398.2 million at the domestic box office. Internationally the film has brought in $583.1 million bringing its total worldwide to $981.3 million. World will cross the billion mark soon, making it the quickest a movie has gotten to that mark. The current record holder Furious 7 took 17 days and World will do it in 11 or 12. The film still hasn’t opened in Japan.

insideout1Not to be outdone though, Inside Out debuted with an impressive $91.1 million. That’s actually the best debut ever for an original property. The film earned $41 million internationally giving it a total of $132 million for its first weekend. It’s only opened in 42% of the global markets. The film’s domestic opening is the second best ever opening weekend for a Pixar film.

In more comic related film earnings, Avengers: Age of Ultron continued to bring in the dollars adding an estimated $2.7 million at the domestic box office. The film has earned $1.37 billion so far.

When it comes to the 2015 top grosses, Age of Ultron still is on top as far as domestic earnings. Jurassic World will likely pass it. Worldwide, Furious 7 is still on top with Age of Ultron in second and Jurassic World has quite a bit to go, but is currently in third.

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