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Black Panther Wakanda Forever: Film Critics and Movement Organizers Discuss

From the sound of Mayan spoken in a Marvel movie, to the beauty of wearing a mask to breathe, Ryan Coogler’s new Black Panther movie, Wakanda Forever has a lot to say.

And so does my panel of experts:

Moji Alawode-El, Feminist Buzzkills Podcast https://www.aafront.org/fbklive/

Marcus Pinn,  Zebras in America podcast / Pinnland Empire film blog http://www.pinnlandempire.com/

Felicia Perez, Head of Memes at TaskForce.US https://www.feliciaperez.com/

PS there is an audio glitch when Elana is explaining Riri Williams. Elana is trying to say that in the comics the character Riri Williams was specifically designed to be a superhero.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever holds on to first at the weekend box office

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

With little to no real competition, it’s not a surprise that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever held on to first place at the box office. The film grossed an estimated $67.3 million, a 62.9% drop from the previous weekend. While that might seem like a lot, it’s in line with second weekend drops for blockbusters. The film has now grossed just under $288 million domestically after two weeks. Over the week, the film grossed $108.3 million internationally to bring that to $258.3 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $546.3 million after two weeks. That puts the film at #8 for worldwide gross in 2022 and #7 for domestic gross.

In second place was The Menu which opened with an estimated $9 million. Internationally, it had a side dish of $6.2 million for an opening weekend total of $15.2 million.

The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2 opened in third with $8.2 million. No international total has been reported.

Black Adam slipped to fourth place with an estimated $4.5 million to bring its domestic total up to just under $157 million. Over the week, the film added about $8.1 million internationally to bring that to $209.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $366.2 million. That’s a bit more than Shazam!‘s entire run and Black Adam has only been open for a month.

Rounding out the top five was Ticket to Paradise with an estimated $3.2 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $61.6 million. Over the week, the film added about $3.5 million to its international total to bring that to just under $97 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $158.5 million.

In comic film news…

DC League of Super-Pets is now in its sixth week on HBO looks steady and hasn’t gained anything noticeable. It stands at about $93.6 million domestically. Internationally, the film stands at $110.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $203.8 million.

Thor: Love and Thunder looks the same as last week. The film has grossed $343.3 million domestically. Internationally it’s at $417.7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $760.9 million.

The week’s overall box office success…

Numbers have 28 films earning $100,428,192 from 26,324 theaters. That’s a drop of over 50% from last weekend’s $209,338,541 from 27,648 theaters and 46 films. The average earning was $3,815.08 this past weekend, about half from last weekend’s $7,571.56.

Legion of Super-Heroes arrives in February 2023

Legion of Super-Heroes

Supergirl ventures to the 31st century to find answers to her present-day dilemmas, only to encounter new problems and an old enemy in Legion of Super-Heroes, an all-new, feature-length DC Universe Movie coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray+Digital, Blu-ray (Canada only), and Digital starting February 7, 2023 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the action-packed Legion of Super-Heroes will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $44.98 SRP), Blu-ray+Digital (USA $29.98 SRP), Blu-ray (Canada $39.99 SRP) and Digital ($19.99). The Blu-ray+Digital features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition and a digital version of the movie. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie.

Welcome to the 31st century and the Legion Academy, where a new generation hones their powers with hopes of joining the Legion of Super-Heroes. Devastated by tragedy, Supergirl struggles to adjust to her new life on Earth. Taking her cousin Superman’s advice, Supergirl leaves their space-time to attend the Academy. There, she quickly makes new friends, as well as a new enemy with old ties: Brainiac 5. But a nefarious plot lurks in the shadows – the mysterious group known as the Dark Circle seeks a powerful weapon held in the Academy’s vault. Find out if the budding heroes can rise to the challenge in this all-new DC Universe Movie!

Meg Donnelly (American Housewife) and Harry Shum Jr. (Crazy Rich Asians) lead a star-studded cast as the voices of Supergirl/Kara and Brainiac 5, respectively. Darren Criss (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol, White Collar) and Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, The Boys) reprise their roles in this ongoing Justice League continuity as Superman, The Flash and Batman, respectively.

The remainder of the robust Legion of Super-Heroes cast features Cynthia Hamidi (FBI) as Dawnstar, Gideon Adlon (Blockers) as Phantom Girl, Ely Henry (Players, Smallfoot) as Bouncing Boy, Robbie Daymond (Critical Role) as Timber Wolf & Brainiac 4, Yuri Lowenthal (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Spider-Man) as Mon-El, Eric Lopez (Young Justice) as Cosmic Boy & Chemical King, Darin De Paul (Mortal Kombat Legends franchise) as Brainiac & Solomon Grundy, Ben Diskin (Muppet Babies) as Arms Fall Off Boy & Brainiac 2, Victoria Grace (Pacific Rim: The Black) as Shadow Lass, Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect franchise) as Alura, Daisy Lightfoot (Avengers Assemble) as Triplicate Girl, and Zeno Robinson (Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons) as Invisible Kid & Brainiac 3.

Jeff Wamester (Justice Society: World War II) directs Legion of Super-Heroes from a screenplay by Josie Campbell (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power). Producers are Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Butch Lukic (Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman: Man of Tomorrow) is Supervising Producer. Sam Register is Executive Producer.

Legion of Super-Heroes Special Features

4K, Blu-ray and Digital

The Legion Behind The Legion (New Featurette) – It took a heroic effort from a legion of writers, artists, animators and filmmakers to bring Legion of Super-Heroes to life. In this featurette, filmmakers and stars give us a deep dive into the making of the movie, from the original story idea through character development and final animation.

Meet the Legionnaires (New Featurette) – There are dozens and dozens of Legion members, many of whom are featured in Legion of Super-Heroes. Who made the cut, and why? Lucky for us, the filmmakers are here to introduce us to each one – and give us some background on who they are, and why they’re important to the movie.

Brainiac Attack: The Intellect Behind the Super-Villain (New Featurette) – In Legion of Super-Heroes, Brainiac 5 proves himself to be the pinnacle of all Brainiac iterations, but how did he become that way? In this featurette, filmmakers explain what we should we know about the 4 Brainiacs who came before him, and how – and why – Brainiac 5 chose his own path.Down to Earth: The Story of Supergirl (New Featurette) – Supergirl’s narrow escape from Krypton and her arrival on Earth is just the beginning of our story (literally). In this featurette, filmmakers explain why they chose to center Legion of Super-Heroes on Supergirl, what the backstory is between her and Superman at the start of the movie, and what exactly is going on between her and Brainiac 5.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever delivers a record breaking weekend

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

It should be no surprise, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was at the top of the box office with a record breaking $180 million domestically. That’s the top opening weekend for a film released in November. It’s also close to the original film’s opening of $202 million. That movie went on to earn $700.1 million domestically and $1.347 billion worldwide. Domestically, Wakanda Forever also boasts the third highest domestic opening of the domestic era and the second highest domestic opening of 2022 so far.

Internationally, the film opened with $150 million delivering a worldwide debut of $330 million.

In second place was Black Adam which earned an estimated $8.6 million to bring its domestic total to $151.1 million. Over the week, the film grossed about $18.8 million internationally to bring that to $201.1 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $352.2 million.

Ticket to Paradise held steady in third place. It grossed an estimated $6.1 million to bring its domestic total to $56.5 million. Internationally, the film grossed about $2.9 million over the week to lift that to $93.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed just under $150 million.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile got a boost moving from sixth to fourth with an estimated $3.2 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $40.8 million. Internationally, the film has grossed $31.8 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $72.6 million.

Smile wrapped up the top five with an estimated $2.3 million to bring its domestic total to $102.8 million. The film also grossed about $3.4 million internationally over the week to bring that to $107.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed just under $210 million.

In comic film news…

DC League of Super-Pets is now in its fifth week on HBO and grossed about $50,000 at the box office over the week. It now stands about $93.6 million. Internationally, the film stands at $110.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $203.8 million.

Thor: Love and Thunder looks like it’s gained a little. The film has grossed $343.3 million domestically. Internationally gained about $100,000 with a new total of $417.7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $760.9 million.

The week’s overall box office success…

Numbers have 46 films earning $209,338,541 from 27,648 theaters. That’s an increase of over 3x from last weekend’s $58,139,201 from 33,719 theaters and 49 films. The average earning was $7,571.56 this past weekend, a massive increase from last weekend’s $1,724.23.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Movie Review

Black Panther Wakanda Forever movie poster
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever presents a mirror image of two warring nations and how they are reflected in each other

Wakanda Forever! This is cry we’ve been making ever since Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther hit in February of 2018, smashing box office records and changing the cultural zeitgeist. This is a worthy sequel, even if it doesn’t fully live up to the first film (what movie could?!?) Dedicated to “Our Friend Chadwick Boseman,” the film deals with his loss and absence by literally becoming about his loss and absence. Can we go on? How do we find the strength? How do we deal with the legacy and expectations? And how do we step out of that very large shadow that he cast to make our own way– to continue the legacy in a way that honors him and honors what he fought for?

Perhaps the smartest thing this Black Panther movie does is make it not about being the Black Panther. With no heart-shaped herb, Wakanda has lost its protector. So each person closest to T’Challa has to find their own way. So this is Queen Ramonda’s story. This is Shuri’s story. This is Okoye’s story. This is Nakia’s story. This is M’Baku’s story. It is a true ensemble effort — despite trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) to unify around Shuri’s journey.

The first major problem with this approach is exactly that. It’s trying to push Shuri’s story. No slight to Letitia Wright, but given the talent of the rest of the cast, it is hard for her to shine the brightest. Given Boseman’s absence, it is really unfair to ask her to have that same sort of unifying presence. Luckily, the film takes that theme and runs with it. Misgivings about Letitia Wright’s ability to anchor a blockbuster? Meet the theme of misgivings about Shuri’s ability to lead her nation in T’Challa’s absence. Smart move. And while Wright may be the least compelling in the major cast, the performances by others shine even brighter.

Angela Bassett, for example, is the best. Nominate her for an Oscar for this role. I’m totally serious. She is absolutely amazing. The nuance and depth she brings to this role is formidable and probably the best acting we’ve seen by any person in the history of the MCU. She is a sovereign trying desperately to hold her country together, to hold her family together, while she deals with the depths of grief of losing another loved one. She is pitch perfect, and she delivers another stunning performance, reminding another of her children, “Show them who you are.”

Playing off of her in one pivotal scene is Danai Guirra, who gives a career best performance as Okoye. She goes on a journey in this movie, and her performance is amazing. In a particularly meaningful and emotionally fraught scene between Okoye and Queen Ramonda, the way Guirra and Bassett play off each other is a master class of the acting craft.

Equally as strong is Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia. She has some of the most pivotal and emotional scenes in the film. No spoilers, but she is holding on to some secrets with her grief. A scene where she describes why she couldn’t come to T’Challa’s funeral is so heartbreaking. And it illuminates one of the main themes of the film of how we each process grief and tragedy differently.

Not to be outdone is her Us costar Winston Duke, who provides a lot of the jokes needed to cut through the sadness, but also adds some wisdom to the film’s dialogue. Who would have predicted that a character as problematic in origin and story (and nickname) in the comics as M’Baku would become so pivotal?

The best thing about this film is that each of these characters grows and has their own individual arc and resolution to it, all of which play to the film’s larger themes. The downside is that this causes the film to be a bit overstuffed as it is really trying to tell 8 different stories at once. Wait, 8, you say? But you only mentioned 5. And who are the others?

Well, Riri Williams, for one. She is everything we could have hoped for, and also gets to play the sort of macguffin of the movie in the same way America Chavez got to in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. We also get returning champ CIA Agent Everett Ross, once again played affably by the charming Martin Freeman. And oh boy, does he have some backstory that leads to an extended guest appearance by an increasingly important MCU character.

Oh, and speaking of unexpected cameos… don’t let anybody spoil this for you. And don’t spoil it for anyone else. You’ll know what I mean when it happens. And it’s the best scene of the entire movie.

And then we finally have Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s villain. Ok, so he’s not actually a villain. Antagonist? Anti-hero? None of those labels really seem to fit the first appearance of Namor in the MCU. He is absolutely something else, and Tenoch Huerta is a gift.

The original Black Panther‘s villain — Eric Killmonger — was so epic he’s hard to top. This movie doesn’t try to. It instead presents someone who in another film would be considered the hero. Like Killmonger, he has a moral justification and a point. But unlike Killmonger, Namor is not unnecessarily brutal nor particularly angry. He is simply a mirror image of the Black Panthers of the past.

Remember the poster? Let’s look at it again. This image — Wakanda and its warriors mirrored underwater — is the best encapsulation of the spirit of this movie.

And while he does rain down vengeance on a 16th century conquistador plantation that had brutally enslaved his kinsmen, he is completely justified in these actions and merely doing what must be done to protect his people– not unlike how Dora Millaje in an opening scene take down soldiers who would try to steal vibranium.

In this version, director Ryan Coogler smartly changed Namor’s city from Atlantis to Talokan. Instead of a Greco-Roman design associated with the myth of the lost city as written about in Plato and Herodotus, instead the city is based on Mayan and other Meso-American Indigenous cities that existed prior to the arrival of conquistadors. It is beautiful and it is brilliant. If Wakanda is Afro-futurism– a “what-if” of if Europe hadn’t pillaged Africa’s culture and resources through colonization– then Talokan is the same sort of Indigenous Meso-American culture… but under the sea! Somebody get James Cameron on the phone and tell him he and Avatar 2 are officially on notice.

So if Namor and Talokan aren’t the villains, who are? The colonizers. The people and countries who want vibranium for themselves. Wakanda and Talokan find themselves fighting merely about how far they should go to protect their secrets from the outsiders. And one of the only shames of this film is in a movie where the villains are the white people, we see two beautiful civilizations — one African, one Meso-American — pitted against each other. Yikes.

Despite that, Tenoch Huerta is amazing in this film. He is charming, but can also be harsh and strident. We’re going to want more Namor in future MCU films, and this potentially sets up for that. He also name-checks a few ideas and concepts that will certainly be a giant tease for a lot of Marvel fans.

So doesn’t that sound like a lot? It is. And despite its 2 hour 40 minute runtime, it actually feels shorter. But it’s still a lot. It’s overstuffed, to be sure, like one of those giant burritos that only exist to see if you can eat it on a dare. But what it’s stuffed with is pretty tasty.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be a lasting, fitting tribute to Chadwick Boseman. There were moments in our screening where everything went silent. Moments of reverence like this are usually reserved for church or other spiritual practices. Instead, we get the now-familiar page-flip Marvel graphic exclusively of clips of Boseman as T’Challa. And there are moments in this film that will make you cry. And while it may not fly to the heights of its previous installment, it sits head and shoulders above every other film in the MCU’s Phase 4.

Wakanda Forever.

**** 4 stars out of 5

Halloween Ends Arrives On Digital 11/15 And On 4K UHD, Blu-ray & DVD 12/27

Halloween Ends

The saga comes to an END. Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode, fighting for her life in the thrilling conclusion against the infamous masked killer, Michael Myers. Halloween Ends is available to own on Digital November 15, 2022, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 27, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block, and Jason Blum, Halloween Ends features over 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus captivating content that includes deleted and extended scenes, featurettes with Jamie Lee Curtis and the cast and crew, a special gag reel, and feature commentary with co-writer/director David Gordon Green, actors Andi Matichak, and Rohan Campbell, and more.

The most acclaimed and revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying finale as Laurie Strode (Curtis) faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills. Laurie lives with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael unlike any ever captured on screen. Only one of them will survive.

With the purchase of Halloween Ends on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Michael Shakes Things Up
    • Joan’s Bunny Slam
    • Corey Reflects Upon Himself
    • Ronald’s Stuck at Work
    • Margo Gets the Boot
    • Joan’s Recipe for Disaster
  • Ending HALLOWEEN – HALLOWEEN could never truly end without a decisive showdown between Laurie and Michael. Explore the creative team’s approach to crafting the film’s final sequence.
  • Final Girl – The iconic Jamie Lee Curtis discusses the legacy of Laurie Strode and what playing the character has meant to her.
  • No Place Like Haddonfield – Filmmakers and cast reveal some of the secret ingredients that make HALLOWEEN productions so special and their personal feelings on being a part of such a classic franchise.
  • Gag Reel
  • A Different Threat – As Haddonfield evolves to a new era, we examine how the evil within has also evolved.
  • The Visions of Terror – See how various production departments came together to achieve the film’s unique visual style.
  • Twisted Deaths – An up-close look at some of the gruesome death scenes.
  • Feature Commentary with co-writer/director David Gordon Green, actors Andi Matichak and Rohan Campbell, co-producer/first assistant director Atilla Salih Yücer, and production assistant Hugo Garza

It’s a three-peat for Black Adam

Black Adam

Black Adam has gone three for three coming in first place at the weekend box office again. The film easily beat One Piece Film: Red which came in a distant second.

Black Adam grossed an estimated $18.5 million in its third week. The film has grossed $137.4 million domestically. Over the week, the movie grossed $43.3 million internationally to bring that to $182.3 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $319.7 million after three weeks.

One Piece Film: Red debuted in second place with $9.5 million. Internationally, the film has already grossed $132.2 million for a worldwide gross of $141.7 million.

In third place was Ticket to Paradise. The film added $8.5 to its domestic total to bring that to $46.7 million. Over the week, the film added about $4.8 million to its international total to bring that to $90.5 million. Worldwide, the film stands at $137.2 million.

Smile held steady at fourth place with $4 million. The film is currently at $99.1 million domestically, and Paramount has to be happy with its performance. Over the week it added $10.2 million internationally to bring that to $103.8 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $202.9 million.

Prey for the Devil rounded out the top five with $3.9 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $13.6 million after two weeks. Internationally, the film has grossed $4.5 million. Worldwide, it stands at $18.1 million, a misfire for Lionsgate.

In comic film news…

DC League of Super-Pets is now in its fourth week on HBO and grossed about $100,000 at the box office over the week. It now stands about $93.5 million. Internationally, the film stands at $110.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $203.7 million.

Thor: Love and Thunder looks like it’s gained a little. The film has grossed $343.3 million domestically. Internationally gained a little with a new total of $417.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $760.8 million, a rounding up from last week’s total.

The week’s overall box office success…

Numbers have 49 films earning $58,139,201 from 33,719 theaters. That’s a drop from last weekend’s $67,729,562 from 34,700 theaters and 52 films. The average earning was $1,724.23 this past weekend, a decrease from last weekend’s $1,951.86.

Evil Dead Rise looks to keep its Deadites as menacing as possible in latest movie still

Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise comes with a certain level of expectation that makes experimentation a very tricky thing to pull off. Bruce Campbell, for instance, crafted a horror legend with his interpretation of Ash, especially in the sequels, making him synonymous with the brand. The cabin in the woods, the catchphrases, the stylized and often slapstick humor, the dark fantasy, it all combines to create that which we call Evil Dead. Stepping away from those things can very easily compromise its identity, which is something the upcoming Evil Dead Rise has to contend with being that it takes place in an apartment building instead of a cabin and that Bruce Campbell will not be appearing in it.

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A glimpse of what the Deadites from Evil Dead Rise will look like

Thankfully, the first image that WB/New Line decided to release promoting the next entry (releasing on April 21, 2023) does feature something that firmly puts the film in Evil Dead territory: a psychotic Deadite with a sinister smile plastered on its face. For context, the fifth film in the franchise (directed by Lee Cronin) will follow two sisters that find what could be the Necronomicon in the basement of their apartment building. This inevitably leads to a potentially accidental summoning of demons that puts the sisters and their three kids in immediate danger, propping up a discussion on motherhood and the nightmares that can tag along with the role.

The picture does a good job of putting fans in a familiar place, in an Evil Dead headspace. Raimi’s demonic entities are perhaps one of the most recognizable elements of the Dead formula and they can be enough to set different types of stories within its world. They’re sarcastic, loud, they utterly enjoy verbally oppressing their victims, and they turn those they possess into hellish minions that relish every single moment they spend trying to eat your soul.

That last detail sets these possessed monstrosities apart from the rest, giving them that special Deadite quality. They’re usually overtaken by a dark euphoria as they enact their evil deeds. Nothing about them subtle. Deadites turn possession and soul eating into a cruel game they visibly revel in. They laugh, sneer, and contort their bodies in impossible ways. They’re nasty and they stand out for it. The Deadite in the Evil Dead Rise image hints at this type of characterization, especially by spotlighting its twisted smile and expressive bloodshot eyes. In this department, Rise looks very much like an Evil Dead movie.

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One of the Deadites from the original 1981 Evil Dead

The 2013 Evil Dead remake, directed by Fede Álvarez (Don’t Breathe), for instance, is a fine horror movie with some effective nods to both the original and its formula, but it does go for a more serious tone that keeps its Deadites from fully embodying the things that make them unique. The same applies for the type of horror that ended up on the screen. It has the cabin, a very loose interpretation of the Ash character (very different in personality and presence), and the demons, but it missed out on their nuances to really help it stand as an Evil Dead movie. Sometimes covering things in the broadest sense doesn’t translate to capturing the spirit of the source. At least it did result in a truly unnerving and vicious horror movie.

The picture shared by the studio behind Rise does show promise, and I am of the belief that an honest to god Deadite can bring out the best in the Evil Dead franchise. The new setting and focus on family rather than on a group of friends on a trip to the woods might cause doubt among fans, but sometimes it’s more about how the little things combine to create an experience worthy of the name its flying under. For now, the new Deadite is looking mighty impressive and very, very Evil Dead.

Black Adam repeats in first place crossing $250 million worldwide

Black Adam

Black Adam was once again the top of the box office. The film grossed an estimated $27.7 million a drop of 58.7%. That’s on the lower end of the drops seen for this type of film. Domestically, the film has earned $111.1 million after two weeks. Over the week, the film grossed $66 million to bring that to $139 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $250.1 million.

In second place again was Ticket to Paradise which earned a bit over $10 million. The film has now grossed $33.7 million after two weeks. Internationally, things have slowed down a bit with the film earning $5.4 million over the week to lift that to $85.7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $119.4 million.

Prey for the Devil was a newcomer and landed in third. The film debuted with a little over $7 million. No international numbers have been reported.

Smile slipped one spot to fourth with a bit over $5 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $92.4 million. Over the week, the film grossed $11.7 million internationally to bring that to $93.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed just under $186 million.

Halloween Ends wrapped up the top five with an estimated $3.8 million to bring its domestic total to $60.3 million. Over the week, the film added $6.5 million internationally to bring that to $34.3 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $94.7 million.

In comic film news…

DC League of Super-Pets is now in its third week on HBO and grossed about $150,000 at the box office over the week. It now stands about $93.4 million. Over the week, the film grossed about $1.4 million to bring its international total to $110.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $203.6 million.

Thor: Love and Thunder looks like it’s done with its run. The film has grossed $343.3 million domestically. Internationally gained a little with a new total of $417.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $760.7 million.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero held steady domestically with $38.1 million. Internationally, the film looks steady at $48.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $86.6 million.

The week’s overall box office success…

Numbers have 52 films earning $67,729,562 from 34,700 theaters. That’s a big drop from last weekend’s $113,640,500 from 29,578 theaters and 54 films. The average earning was $1,951.86 this past weekend, a decrease from last weekend’s $3,842.06.

Kelly Marcel will reportedly direct Venom 3

Venom

Deadline is reporting that Kelly Marcel is set to direct Venom 3 which has Tom Hardy returning to the role.

Marcel wrote and produced the first two films and now she’ll be getting into the director’s chair.

Marcel and Hardy will produce the film with Marvel from a screenplay written by Marcel based on a story by Marcel and Hardy. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, and Hutch Parker are also producing.

The plot is unknown but the first two Venom films grossed $1.36 billion worldwide.

This will be the first time Marcel has directed a film. She has two in pre-production, Venom 3 and Ferryman.

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