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The Marksman Takes First Place at the Weekend Box Office Knocking Wonder Woman 1984 to Second

The Marksman

There’s a new film at the top of the box office. The Marksman took the top spot for the weekend with an estimated $3.2 million domestically. There are no international returns so far.

In second place was Wonder Woman 1984. The film added an estimated $2.6 million to its total over the weekend. Its domestic total is now $35.8 million after four weeks. Over the week, the film earned $7.1 million at the international box office to bring that total to $105.9 million. Worldwide, the film stands at $141.7 million.

In third place was The Croods: A New Age which earned an estimated $2 million to bring the domestic total to $40.1 million. Internationally, the film earned about $4.7 million over the week to bring its total to $94.7 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $134.8 million.

News of the World slipped to fourth place and earned $1.1 million. After four weeks, the film has grossed $8.7 million domestically.

Rounding out the top five was Monster Hunter which earned an estimated $920,000 to bring its domestic total to $9.2 million. Internationally, the film earned about $1.2 million over the week. There it has grossed a little over $7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $16.2 million.

Initial numbers have the weekend box office grossing $11,533,991 from 16 films and 12,483 theaters. The theater number is underreported as Wonder Woman 1984’s theater count has not been released. The previous weekend saw $9,069,545 from over 10,545 theaters and 23 films which also included the theater undercount. That’s a per average theater earning of less than $923.98 compared to the previous weekend’s $860.08.

Batman: Soul of the Dragon is Out on Digital Today. Check out a New Clip and Images.

Batman: Soul of the Dragon the 41st film in the popular DC Universe Movies series, is available on Digital TODAY (1/12/21) from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Check out an all-new clip that features Lady Shiva (voiced by Kelly Hu) and Richard Dragon (voiced by Mark Dacascos) battling an army of ninjas.

An all-new original animated film, Batman: Soul Of The Dragon does a deep dive into Elseworlds vibes by putting Batman in the midst of the swinging 1970s. Faced with a deadly menace from his past, and along with his mentor O-Sensei, Bruce Wayne must enlist the help of three former classmates – world-renowned martial artists Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva – to battle the monsters of this world and beyond. The film is rated R for some violence.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Batman: Soul of the Dragon arrives today on Digital, and will be available on 4K Combo Pack & Blu-ray starting January 26, 2021.

Wonder Woman 1984 Repeats in First Place as the Top Five Remains Unchanged

Wonder Woman 1984

That’s three weeks in a row in first place for Wonder Woman 1984. The film earned an estimated $3 million over the weekend to bring its domestic box office to $32.6 million. At the international box office, the film earned about $8.8 million over the week to bring that gross to $98.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $131.4 million.

In second place was The Croods: A New Age which earned an estimated $1.8 million. That raises its domestic earnings to $36.9 million after 7 weeks. Internationally, the film added $10.55 million over the week to raise that number to $90.95 million. It has earned $127.8 million in its run so far.

In third place was News of the World. The film added an estimated $1.2 million to its domestic total to bring that to $7.1 million.

Monster Hunter came in fourth place earning an estimated $1.1 million. So far, the film has earned $7.8 million domestically. Internationally, the film earned about $900,000 over the week to bring that total to $5.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $13.6 million.

Rounding out the top five was Fatale which earned an estimated $670,000. The film has brought in $4 million at the domestic box office.

Initial numbers have the weekend box office grossing $9,069,545 from 23 films and 10,545 theaters. The theater number is underreported as Wonder Woman 1984‘s theater count has not been released. The previous weekend saw $12,893,502 from over 10,758 theaters and 27 films which also included the theater undercount. That’s a per average theater earning of less than $860.08 compared to the previous weekend’s $1,198.50.

Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger stars in a new clip from Batman: Soul of the Dragon

Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger gets the spotlight in this week’s Batman: Soul of the Dragon official clip from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film will be available on Digital starting next Tuesday, January 12.

In the clip, martial arts expert Ben Turner unleashes his rage upon a group of criminals in a warehouse … another step in his evolution to becoming Bronze Tiger. Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger is voiced in the film by Michael Jai White.

An all-new original animated film, Batman: Soul Of The Dragon does a deep dive into Elseworlds vibes by putting Batman in the midst of the swinging 1970s. Faced with a deadly menace from his past, and along with his mentor O-Sensei, Bruce Wayne must enlist the help of three former classmates – world-renowned martial artists Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva – to battle the monsters of this world and beyond. The film is rated R for some violence.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Batman: Soul of the Dragon, the all-new next entry in the DC Universe Movies canon, arrives January 12, 2021 on Digital and January 26, 2021 on 4K Combo Pack & Blu-ray.

Bridge Works Entertainment and Chido Comics Team to Highlight Latinx Storytelling

Chido Comics Bridge Works Entertainment

Bridge Works Entertainment and Chido Comics are partnering to bring television series and films featuring Latin based narratives to US audiences. The purpose behind Bridge’s founder George Salinas‘ mission is to promote and uplift projects that fall under the radar with American audiences. Salinas recently partnered with Ivan Plaza, owner, and founder of the Latinx comic book publisher, Chido Comics, to produce their next TV and film titles. This partnership was formed to create Latinx superhero stories, among other genres, and share Latin based narratives thriving in the comic book culture with the US audience. This expansion will bring new premium television series and films to the U.S. audience.

George and Bridge Works have a vast number of formats in his catalog from Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, Japan, and recently expanded to Germany and South Korea. As part of the expansion for Bridge Works Entertainment, Salinas has brought on Miriam Reyna to serve as executive producer and head of content.

Wonder Woman 1984 Repeats in First Place

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 repeated last week’s first place finish at the domestic weekend box office with an estimated $5.5 million. The film has now grossed $28.5 million in its two weeks domestically. Internationally, the film also added $21.7 million at the international box office over the past week to bring that to $90 million. In its two weeks, the film has earned $118.5 million worldwide.

The Croods: A New Age improved from the previous week coming in second place and increasing its grosses. The film added $2.2 million over the weekend. Its domestic total now stands at $34.5 million. Internationally, the film grossed about $12.5 million over the week. The film has earned $80.4 million there. Worldwide, the film has earned just under $115 million after 5 weeks.

In third place was News of the World which dropped from second. The film earned an estimated $1.7 million to bring its total to $5.4 million.

Monster Hunter came in fourth place with an estimated $1.3 million an improvement of 11.1%. It has earned $5.5 million domestically. The film has held steady with $4.8 million at the international box office giving it a worldwide total of $10.3 million.

Rounding out the top five was Fatale which earned $700,000 to bring its domestic total to $3.1 million.

In other comic film news…

The New Mutants wasn’t on the chart but earned about $6,000 over the week internationally to bring that total to $22,581,746. With the $23,852,649 domestically, the film has earned $46,434,395.

Though it’s only rough numbers in, the weekend domestic box office grossed $12,893,502 from over 10,758 theaters and 27 films. The Wonder Woman 1984 theater count is not being reported. That’s compared to $24,185,695 from 13,956 theaters, and 34 films the previous week. That’s an average per-theater earning of less than $1,198.50 this past weekend compared to the previous weekend’s $1,732.99.

Bruce Wayne is Introduced to a Powerful Weapon in this Batman: Soul of the Dragon Clip

In the clip, martial arts master O-Sensei (voiced by James Hong) introduces to his exclusive group of students – including Bruce Wayne (David Giuntoli), Shiva (Kelly Hu), Ben Turner (Michael Jai White), and Richard Dragon (Mark Dacascos) – to the all-powerful Soul Breaker, a sword with the potential to tear a hole in time and space.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Batman: Soul of the Dragon, the all-new next entry in the DC Universe Movies canon, arrives January 12, 2021, on Digital and January 26, 2021, on 4K Combo Pack and Blu-ray.

Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984 Delivers Throwback Fun

Wonder Woman 1984

The much delayed and anticipated Wonder Woman 1984 has finally been released in an unprecedented roll of the dice and experiment by Warner Bros. and its parent company AT&T. Released on HBO Max and in theaters, the film has pivoted a few times due to the current pandemic and shifting needs of consumers. Taking advantage of my big-screen television and surround sound, and not wanting to risk COVID, I took advantage of my HBO Max subscription to watch the film and in doing so, I felt transported back decades to the early years of comic film adaptations. That’s both a good and bad thing in the end. But, the end result is a film that’ll be polarizing and over years most likely dissected, analyzed, and opinion will shift for the positive.

Shifting the setting decades from the original, Wonder Woman is now in 1984 living her dual life. Longing for the return of her Steve Trevor, she’s been lonely and somewhat isolated. Enter the dreamstone, a MacGuffin that can make wishes come true. A failed businessman, Maxwell Lord, also wants the statue in hopes that he’ll be able to turn around his ventures and become a worldwide business dynamo. What results is a film that examines the 80s while also upending superhero movies in many ways.

Directed by the returning Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 features a story by Jenkins and Geoff Johns with a screenplay by Jenkins, Johns, and Dave Callaham. The story and direction have their bumps but overall the film feels like a throwback to earlier years of superhero films both in tone and look. This isn’t a film filled with cynicism and negativity. Instead, it’s a story about hope, love, and a positive future. It’s bright at times and wears its pacifist leanings on its armored sleeve.

The biggest break from other superhero films is the lack of a villain with a motivation to cause harm. Played by Pedro Pascal, Maxwell Lord is Donald Trump mixed with 1980s television hucksters. It’s established early Lord is a fraud attempting to make money through a pyramid scheme. He wants a successful business not to rule anything and we see that through his actions.

In the end, the issue presented is desires uncontrolled. Lord’s plan spirals out of control putting the world on the brink of nuclear war. In that way, we get a very different story from DC and Marvel films of the past. This isn’t a nefarious plan so much as a mistake. It’s a scam that gets out of control and results in unintended consequences.

Jenkins attempts to have fun with that spiraling out of control world as things amp up slowly and then the avalanche. Lord wants more and uses his newfound powers in an attempt to enrich himself and at the same time also create some stability… which only creates more instability. We’ve seen a similar plot in Bruce Almighty. While that film stayed isolated to Buffalo, this takes it to a global scale.

The team slowly builds Lords out of control failure from his empty office, to the Middle East, to the White House, and then beyond. It’s a ramping up of an out of control power and a man desperate to figure out what to do next. He easily could have just made himself the ruler of the world but he doesn’t. He wants to be “the” businessman.

Jenkins attempts to bring an 80s vision to the film’s 1980s setting. That results in a mixed result. The tone of the film has much more in common with Richard Donner‘s Superman than it does with anything post-2000, the “modern superhero film era”. Its colors, lighting, and overall attitude are one of positivity. It has a light tone never taking itself too seriously and playing loose with the logic of the story. We’re treated to a finale that breaks from the traditional punching that crescendoes most comic films. It puts an exclamation point that the film attempts to do something different.

But what the film really does is remove itself from the meta-cinematic universe we come to expect. Yes, the film has the return of Steve Trevor from the first story but it has little direct impact on other DC films nor does it set up or continue a meta story that involves 20 other films. It’s a two-issue story arc giving us breaks between drawn-out “events”. It’s supposed to be a breezy popcorn film focused on fun and it generally succeeds.

The film absolutely has issues with its story. Trevor’s return has a lingering of rape due to how it’s done. Kristen Wiig‘s Barbara Minerva/Cheetah is underused. Some of the film could have been tightened up in the details. The film is loose with some fat to it. Minor changes would have made a leaner and tighter film. Special effects at times are rough and some fight sequences feel a bit uninspired. But, every comic film released has had problems none are perfect and there are modern releases that are in a far rougher shape than this.

The actors all bring some interesting aspects to the film. Gal Gadot is supposed to be front and center and while she plays alone very well, she doesn’t quite have the draw power she had in the first film. That’s partially because everyone else is so over the top in their performances that her Diana/Wonder Woman comes off as too serious and dour at times.

Returning is Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. Pine has the most fun of the actors continually being excited about the world he’s returned to. The joke happens over and over but Pine’s delivery never gets old and through him, the film gets to poke a lot of fun at the time period. Pine is our time capsule reminding us of the fashion, dances, and innovations of the decade.

Joining Gadot and Pine are Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva and Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord, the two “villains” of the film. I put that word in quotations because neither is truly evil.

Wiig plays the bookwormish Minerva who also works in the museum with Gadot’s Diana. In Diana she sees someone she inspires to be and her wish to do so brings unintended consequences. Wiig does a fantastic job of evolving from one thing to the other playing a convincing flower blooming. She does the stumbling nerd well and then the confident woman everyone wants to be around. There’s a lot of 80s John Hughes in the performance and it captures the decade well.

Pedro Pascal puts in an over the top performance tapping so much of what was wrong the decade. His scheming Lord is the insecure loser and con-artist we knew so many of the titans of the time were. Donald Trump, televangelists, late-night infomercials, Lord is all of these things in a bad wig. He’s the embodiment of everything wrong during that time period and does it with a delivery that emphasizes the slime. But, he also gives us a villain who isn’t so much one and as we learn someone the audience can relate to more than they want to admit.

Wonder Woman 1984 feels like the enjoyment will be directly inversed to how cynical one is. The more you are, the less you’ll like it. It’s a film that doesn’t take itself seriously and just roles with its ideas. The action sequences are enjoyable, performances a bit over the top, and a story that you just roll with. This is a popcorn film that wants you to not think and just go for the ride. It’s comic book escapism that takes its tone and look from comics delivering popcorn digital enjoyment.

Overall Rating: 8.0

Wonder Woman 3 is a Go with Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot Back

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 is a success in the eyes of Warner Bros. and its parent company AT&T. Soon after the film’s release on Christmas Day, the film studio announced a third film has been greenlit. Director Patty Jenkins will return to complete the trilogy with Gal Gadot starring once again. The film “will have a traditional theatrical release”.

Wonder Woman 1984‘s release had a “strong opening weekend performance” according to Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich.

The film opened with $16.7 million domestically from 2,100 theaters and $68.3 million from the international box office. That’s one of the best debuts post-COVID.

The film opened in both theaters and the same day for HBO Max viewers. The film studio said that around half of the platform’s retail subscribers watched the film on Friday. Millions more viewed it through cable or wireless access. HBO Max is reported to have 12.6 million active users.

Those stats exceeded expectations in the first 24 hours on the service and the momentum is expected to continue well beyond that.

It’s unknown when the film will make it into production as Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot are working on a film about Cleopatra from PAramount and Jenkins is set to direct a Star Wars film, Rogue Squadron, which is slated for Chrismas 2023.

Wonder Woman 1984 Lassoes the Top of the Box Office with a Post COVID Best Opening

Wonder Woman 1984

Despite polarizing reviews and simultaneous opening on HBO Max, Wonder Woman 1984 had a solid post-COVID debut with a reported $16.7 million from 2,100 theaters. That’s the second-best post-COVID opening behind Tenet‘s $20.2 million. The film has also earned a reported $68.3 million at the international box office delivering a worldwide opening of $85 million.

The original film opened in 2017 with with $103.3 million domestically and $228.2 million worldwide beating predictions then.

The current film has made Warner Bros. and AT&T happy as half of HBO Max’s retail subscribers viewing and millions more viewing it through cable or wireless access. The service has 12.6 million subscribers. The film “broke records and exceeded expectations” in its first 24 hours of service and it’s expected to continue to do so. The company has said it is fast-tracking a third film which is expected to have a traditional release.

In second place was another new film, News of the World. That opened with $2.4 million domestically. No international numbers have been released.

The Croods: A New Age dropped to third place earning an estimated $1.7 million domestically. The film has earned $30.3 million after five weeks. Over the week, the film added about $10.4 million internationally to bring that total to $67.9 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $98.3 million making it one of the top-earning films of the year.

Monster Hunter, last week’s top film, dropped to fourth with a drop of 48.9% and earning an estimated $1.1 million. The film has now earned $4.2 million domestically. No new numbers have been reported for international earnings and the film stands at $4.8 million for a worldwide total of $9 million.

Rounding out the top five was another new film, Promising Young Woman which earned an estimated $680,000. No international total is reported.

In comic movie news…

The Empty Man hung on at the box office with an estimated $3,000, an improvement over the past week. The film has now earned $2,995,403. Internationally, the film earned about $15,000 over the week to bring that total to $859,442. Worldwide, the film has earned $3,854,845.

The New Mutants also improved from the previous week with an estimated $3,000. The film has now earned $23.9 million domestically. Internationally, the film earned about $31,000 over the week to bring that total to $22,575,269. Worldwide, the film has earned $46,430,043.

Bowed by Wonder Woman 1984, the box office had an improved weekend with $24,185,695 from 34 films in 13,956 theaters. That’s well above last week’s $7.6 million from 38 films and 14,312 theaters. The average theater earned $1,732.99, well above last weekend’s $530.47. We’ll have an update on these numbers when the final box office tally has been released.

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