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Rampage Smashes Into First While A Quiet Place Makes Noise in Second

It looks like Rampage won the weekend, holding off last weekend’s top movie A Quiet Place. Rampage came in first place with an estimated $34.5 million from 4,101 theaters. The film also brought in $114.1 million from 61 markets internationally for a grand total of $148.6 million worldwide. For a $120 million film, that’s a tough one as it really only has one more weekend and then all the oxygen in the room will be sucked up by Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. The film played to a 55% male audience and 63% were over the age of 25. Audiences gave the film an “A-” CinemaScore.

In second place was last weekend’s winner, A Quiet Place which has seen a lot of positive word of mouth. The film added an estimated $32.6 million domestically to bring that total to just shy of $100 million (and depending on adjustments it might pass that number this weekend). That’s a quick $100 million and Paramount must be happy with the results. Internationally, the film added $22.3 million from 55 markets. The film has earned a total of $51.7 million at the international box office for a worldwide total of $151.3 million.

Another horror film Truth or Dare came in third place with an estimated $19 million debut from 3,029 locations. The film earned a “B-” CinemaScore and had an audience that was 60% female and 40% over the age of 25. The film brought in an estimated $2.6 million at the international box office. The film will have a slow international rollout over the next couple of months. Worldwide the film has earned $21.7 million.

In fourth place was Ready Player One with an estimated $11.2 million to bring its domestic total to $114.6 million. The film also added $33.8 million at the foreign box office from 65 markets. There the total is now $360.2 million for a worldwide total of $474.8 million. The movie opens in Japan this coming weekend.

Rounding out the top five was Blockers which added $11.2 million to its domestic total to bring that to $36.9 million. It also is in 21 international territories where it brought it $3.9 million. The international total is now $16 million for a worldwide total of $52.9 million.

In comic movie news….

Black Panther came in sixth place with an estimated $5.3 million. Its domestic total now stands at $673.8 million. Worldwide the film has earned $1.313 billion.

The Death of Stalin held steady at #18 with an estimated $474,692. The film has earned $6.3 million domestically.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic film adaptations and may finally wrap up 2017.

A Quiet Place Makes Some Noise with a $50 Million Debut Weekend

A Quiet PlaceA Quiet Place won the weekend while another debut, Blockers had a solid start. A Quiet Place debuted with an estimated $50 million. That’s the second largest three-day opening of the year so far. The film was written and directed by John Krasinski and had a $17 million budget. The film received praise from critics and a “B+” CinemaScore. The audience was 51% female and 63% of the crowd aged 25 or older. It is expect that debut number will rise higher once the final numbers for the weekend are in.

Internationally, the film debuted in 40 markets and brought in an estimated $21 million for a global total of $71 million.

Dropping to second was last weekend’s winner, Ready Player One. The film brought in $25 million, a 40% drop. Domestically the film has earned $96.9 million and $294.4 internationally for a total of $391.3 million.

In third pace was another debut, Blockers. The R-rated comedy earned an estimated $21.4 million. The film received a “B” CinemaScore with an opening weekend audience that was 51% female and 56% over the age of 25.

The film opened in 15 markets internationally where it earned $3.2 million. It’ll open in Germany next weekend and has 42 markets it still has to release.

In fourth place was Black Panther which dropped 27% in its eighth weekend. The film earned an estimated $8.4 million domestically, the film has earned $665 million. That makes it the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time passing Titanic (not adjusted for inflation). It would have to earned another $95 million to pass Avatar which is in second place.

Internationally, the film added $4.5 million to tat total to bring its international earnings to $635 million for a worldwide total just shy of $1.3 billion.

Rounding out the top five was I Can Only Imagine which earned an estimated $8.35 million an added theaters. Domestically, the film has earned $70 million.

When it comes to other comic related films…

The Death of Stalin came in at #18 slipping just one slot from last week. The film brought in $1.11 million and added 70 theaters. It’s now showing in 554 theaters. The film has earned $5.6 million domestically.

We’ll be back in an hour for a further dive into this year and last year’s comic film adaptations.

Movie Review: Blockers

blockers posterEven while being a tad predictable, Blockers manages to subvert many of the tropes of the teen sex comedy genre and provide some refreshing social commentary on the sexual politics of 2018.

Parents played by Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz stumble upon their daughters’ group text messages promising to lose their virginity on prom night and decide they have to put a stop to it. And wackiness ensues. Sounds pretty basic, right? Except director Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect, 30 Rock) brings a sardonic social commentary that sets it apart from its peers.

By focusing on characters and motivations, the film transcends its otherwise formulaic plot and gags. Both Mann and Cena have to confront their own internalized patriarchy, gender roles and sex-negative attitudes, but they’re both coming at this from very different places. Even better, both show depth as actors, not just comedic performers, and provide good ways “in” for the audience.

Mann’s overactive busybody mom is a great feminist — except when it comes to letting her own daughter make her own decisions. So, in reality, she’s a bad feminist.

Cena’s sensitive, supporting dad is a textbook example of alternative, non-toxic masculinity — until he isn’t, and wants to throw his daughter’s prom date through a wall.

In one of the best scenes of the film, Cena’s wife, played by Sarayu Blue, calls them both out for their ridiculous behavior and hypocrisy. They don’t get it, but hopefully we do.

In a surprising turn, Barinholtz provides the most interesting character arc, as his motivations for stopping his daughter are due to (spoiler alert? not exactly) the fact that he knows she is gay, even if she doesn’t yet. As the screw-up in the troika of main adult characters, it’s surprising that he is the one with the clearest and most defensible motivation.

The actual standout performance of the film, however, comes from Geraldine Viswanathan, who plays Kayla, one of the three girls. She is a star in the making, and it’s unfortunate Marvel can’t snatch her up and speed a Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel film into production.

It would also be remiss to not mention amazing appearances by Gary Cole and Gina Gershon. Spoiler alert: nudity. Lots and lots of nude Gary Cole. Good for you, Gary!

While this film has a lot of laughs, it’s also a bit longer than it needs to be. And despite its social message, it really is just a teen sex comedy. But if you’re looking for some cringeworthy laughs and lots and lots of mens’ butts, you might enjoy Blockers.

3 out of 5 stars