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Bohemian Rhapsody Rocks Into First as New Movies Take 1, 2, 3

Bohemian Rhapsody topped the weekend domestic box office with an estimated $50 million. The film has a reported budget of $52 million.

The film was hit by some critics for accuracy but audiences loved it giving it an “A” CinemaScore. With an audience of 51% female and 78% of the crowd age 25 years or older, the film should have solid legs for a while iwht little direct competition.

Internationally, the film expanded to 64 total overseas markets. It debuted in the UK last weekend. This weekend it earned an estimated $72.5 million for a global total of $141 million so far. It adds another 14 markets next weekend including Japan.

In second place was The Nutcracker and the Four Realms which opened with an estimated $20 million which is the lower end of expectations. The film didn’t receive good reviews or word of mouth receiving a “B+” CinemaScore and poor Metacritic and RottenTomatoes scores. The film also debuted in 45 international markets bringing in an estimated $38.5 million for a $58.5 million global debut.

Nobody’s Fool opened in third place with an estimated $14 million. It received an “A-” CinemaScore playing to an audience that was 61% female and 77% of the audience age 18-44. The film should do fine with a budget of just $19 million.

A Star is Born dropped to fourth place with an estimated $11.1 million to bring its domestic total to $165.6 million. Internationally, the film added another $13.9 million for an international total of $128.3 million and a global total of $293.9 million.

Rounding out the top five was Halloween which dropped quite a bit in its third week release. The film added $11 million over the three days to bring its domestic total to $150.4 million. It also added $18.3 million internationally to bring that total to $79.2 and $229.6 million worldwide after three weeks. With a budget of just $10 million, it’s a guarantee we’ll see a sequel and a return of the slasher horror genre.

When it comes to comic films….

Venom dropped from 3rd to 6th with an estimated $7.9 million, a drop of 26.3%. It now has earned $198.7 million domestically. Internationally the film added $15.6 million to bring that total to $342.9 million and $541.6 million worldwide. With China opening this coming weekend, the film will do quite well when its run is up and likely will end up earning an average amount for SONY’s Spider-Man films.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations.

Halloween Repeats in First Place at the Weekend Box Office

It was a repeat of 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the weekend box office as Halloween repeated with an estimated $32 million domestically to bring that total to $126.7 million after 2 weeks.

Internationally, it was also the top film with an estimated $25.6 million from 62 markets for an international total of $45.6 million.

Worldwide, the film has earned $172 million on just a $10 million budget all but guaranteeing a sequel and a return of the slasher franchises to theaters. Expect a fast track to bring back other classics and create some new ones.

In second was A Star is Born with an estimated $14.1 million domestically to bring that total to $148.7 million. The film also earned $17.6 million from 75 international markets to bring that to $104.6 million and a worldwide total over $253.3 million.

Venom came in third place with an estimated $10.8 million to bring its domestic total to $187.3 million and $17.3 million added overseas. The film has earned $187.3 million domestically and $321.1 million for a worldwide total of $508.4 million.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween earned an estimated $7.5 million to come in fourth. The film has earned $38.3 million domestically. It also earned an estimated $10.3 million internationally bringing that number to $24.2 million for a global total of $62.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was a new film, Hunter Killer which earned an estimated $6.7 million domestically. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences which were 55% male and 93% were aged 25 years or older.

There were no other comic adaptations that charted over the weekend and it’ll be about a month and a half until we get some more comic films at the box office. Venom has the market cornered. We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations.

Halloween Scares Up the Second Largest October Opening Weekend of All-Time

It was the second largest October weekend ever headed up by Halloween which earned an estimated $77.5 million for its debut weekend.

The three day debut is the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, just $3 million shy set by Venom earlier in the month. It did have the largest October opening day of all-time and the second largest ever opening for an R-rated horror film.

Internationally, the film earned an estimated $14.3 million from 23 markets. It will open in another 46 markets with France next weekend followed by Australia, Brazil, Italy, Germany, and Spain the following weekend. It then opens in South Korea October 31.

With just a $10 million budget, the film’s team must be happy with the results. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 53% males and 59% were age 25 or older.

In second place, and holding on to the spot three weeks in a row, was A Star is Born. The movie earned an estimated $19.3 million to bring its domestic total to $126.4 million on a $36 million budget. Internationally, the film added an estimated $22.8 million from 75 overseas market. It still has to open in Japan which doesn’t happen until December 21.

Venom dropped from first place last weekend to third place with an estimated $18.1 million. That brings its domestic total to $171.1 million. It also added $32.3 million from 65 markets to bring that total to $290.7 million and a worldwide total of $461.8 million.

In fourth place was Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween which held steady at that spot from the previous weekend. It earned an estimated $9.7 million to bring its domestic total to $28.8 million on a $35 million budget after two weeks. The film also added $6.2 million internationally to its total to bring its worldwide earnings to $39.9 million.

Rounding out the top five was First Man which earned an estimated $2.35 million over the three days. Domestically its earned just shy of $30 million. The film added 25 new markets to bring that total to 47. Internationally it earned an estimated $13.4 million to bring that total to $25.5 million.

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

Halloween ComicFest 2018 Has Free Comics October 27

On Saturday, October 27, participating comic shops across North America and around the world will hand out more than 1.7 million free comics to anyone who comes into their shop during Halloween ComicFest! During the event, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose a free comic from the 34 titles available this year and participate in the fun Halloween-themed activities hosted by the comic shops.

Thirty-four free comics, including 22 full-size and 12 mini-comics can be picked up. This year’s titles include Marvel Comics’ Ms. Marvel #1, Superior Spider-Man #1, and Thor: Road to War of the Realms #1; DC Comics’ John Constantine: The Hellblazer; and Hellboy, Jughead: The Hunger, and Rise of the TMNT, among other spooktacular titles for comic readers of all ages.

Halloween ComicFest also features “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever!”, running now through November 8th.  Fans can enter one of five categories – Superhero/Comics, Video Games, TV/Movie, Horror, or Original – just by uploading a picture of themselves in costume and submitting it into the appropriate category on the contest site. Everyone who enters will be eligible for the category Vote Winners prizes of a $100 Shopping Spree to their local comic shop. The adult and child entries who earn the most votes in their respective categories will win. Voting takes place from November 1st through November 8th.

Fans who upload a picture of themselves in costume and holding one of the 34 official 2018 Halloween ComicFest Full-Size or Mini-Comics comics are eligible to win more prizes, including a $100 and $500 shopping spree to their local comic shop! Winners for these prizes will be selected at random.

Movie Review: Halloween

halloween-poster-2018This sequel to the original Halloween pretends its sequels never happened, and, upon jettisoning four decades of history, brings us the best reinvention of the story of Michael Myers ever. Finally, we have a worthy sequel to the film that helped define the slasher genre.

While this is almost a cliche, the best way to describe this film is “all killer, no filler.” Indeed, including flashbacks to the original film, you go nary 15 minutes in this film without someone getting brutally murdered by Michael Myers.

The film plays very close to the structure of the original: Michael Myers, in an asylum, nearing the anniversary of his murders, is visited by two real-crime podcasters (how very 2018!) who want to interview him ahead of his transfer to another facility.

His doctor introduces them, and they go about further investigating the murders that happened 40 years ago, including an interview with a fairly off-kilter and paranoid Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) the sole survivor of Myers’ previous spree. Just like the original, our monster breaks out during the transfer and returns to his hometown to go on a murder spree.

The only difference is, this time Laurie has been preparing for 40 years for this very moment. In some of the film’s best parts, and a supreme twist of fate, Myers becomes the hunted and she becomes the hunter. And this is where the film becomes wholly different and its own thing.

She is joined in this with both her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), who have varying degrees of tolerance for their mother/grandmother’s nuttery. To be fair, the elder Strode very much seems to have gone off the deep end, and hearing that Myers is back confirms all of her fears and preparation as realism, not paranoia.

The best surprise of the film is having this Trinity of three generations of strong women uniting to fight this unstoppable evil. It takes the first film’s rumination on purity and power and makes it a culturally relevant feminist coup de grace for today. The Strode women, divided by generations and outlooks on the world, when united are the only force that even comes close to counteracting Myers.

The other great surprise of the film is just how funny it is. Screenwriter Danny McBride and screenwriter/directorDavid Gordon Greenwho are normally more adept at stoner comedy (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, Eastbound and Down) put some really amazing touches on here to help break the tension. While the film is all killer, no filler, in between the kills we often get moments of levity that help set up the characters who are about to die gruesome deaths at the hands of Michael Myers and the stakes of the next phase of murder sprees.

Yes, it’s also extremely brutal. This film earns its R rating with some truly gross special effects that we haven’t seen outside of a Troma film in a long while. Also, apparently in this universe blood spurts very very very loudly! There are also a few moments involving impaling, or people’s heads being smashed in, that are on full display here. Horror and slasher fans will be delighted.

Again, it’s almost played for comical effect, and helps lighten the tone of what would otherwise be so dark and depressing. But the film never enters into camp, always staying on the right side of the slasher genre. While it knows that some of the campy elements are necessary, it keeps its funny parts funny and violent parts brutal.

The other great thing about this film is it does not present a great barrier to anyone who has never seen a Halloween film before. It sets up its universe extremely well and establishes its characters even without knowledge of the previous material. However, for die-hard true fans there are a lot of nods to the original that make you feel right at home. This also includes a return of the iconic John Carpenter score, which is as effective now as it was four decades ago.

Fans will eat this film up, and general audiences will likely have a good time as well, though maybe not as good of a time as the core audience. In this way it’s very much like the films in the Marvel franchise where there is a definite fanbase who will enjoy the film at a different level, but there is a strong mass appeal as well as a low bar for entry.

This is not only a great Halloween film, it is a great film for Halloween time. The slasher movie is a tried-and-true staple of the horror genre and especially popular this time of year. Audiences will find the tricks and treats that they so desire here and will be thoroughly satisfied.

3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars

Funko Reveals Horror Savage World. Out this September.

Welcome to your worst nightmares.

Everyone’s favorite Horror Villains – Freddy Krueger from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, Jason Voorhees from ‘Friday the 13th’, Leatherface from ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, Michael Myers from ‘Halloween’ and Pinhead from ‘Hellraiser’ – are ready to haunt your dreams and chase you down.

Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Michael Myers, and Hellriaser are heavily armed and
entirely fitting additions to the Funko Savage World line. You can find them this September.

Up, Up, and Away for Justin Trudeau this Halloween

Canada has their Prime Minister in Geek with Justin Trudeau who has had no issues showing off his nerdy geek cred. The Prime Minister went as Clark Kent/Superman this year and clearly had fun while doing so.

10 Spooky Comics for this Halloween

If you, like the rest of the internet, have been celebrating Halloween since before Labor Day, or have gotten swept up in the pumpkin spice frenzy, or are riding the high of those spooky seasonal vibes, hey. You’re not alone.

Though this year has been widely deemed a dumpster fire, 2017 has provided some excellent seasonal reads for readers who like their comics with a side of horror and mystery. Here are ten comics perfect for setting the Halloween mood.

Donny Cates, Garry Brown, and Mark Englert (AfterShock Comics)

Being a teenager can feel like hell. For pregnant sixteen year old Sadie, it might literally be hell. The first volume explores the strength of familial relationships, navigating the world as a teen mom, and how to deal when a powerful underground group of assassins tries to kill your baby, who is the antichrist.

Goldie Vance
Hope Larson, Jackie Ball, Brittney Williams, Noah Hayes (BOOM! Studios)

Goldie Vance is a teenage detective story appropriate for all ages. Join Goldie as she takes on the mysteries at the Florida resort where she and her dad work. The series is no longer published as single issues and will instead be published in the future in a series of graphic novels, and each arc is an excellent jumping-on point for the series.

Goosebumps_01_CoverA copyGoosebumps: Monsters at Midnight
Jeremy Lambert and Chris Fenoglio (IDW Publishing)

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight was released by IDW earlier this month. While it’s definitely geared toward a younger demographic, the first issue is full of references to the original books and stays true to their voice.

HellraiserOmnibus_v1_SC_PRESS_1Hellraiser Omnibus Volume 1
Clive Barker, Tom Garcia, various (BOOM! Studios)

The Hellraiser Omnibus isn’t for the squeamish. The book collects issues 1-20 of Clive Barker’s 2011-2012 Hellraiser series, as well as Hellraiser Annual #1. As part of Hellraiser canon, the comic explores the fate of Kirsty Cotton and the Cenobite realm–and changes them forever.

Mina Elwell, Eli Powell, and Tristan Elwell (Scout Comics)

The first issue of this Lovecraft-inspired horror comic from Scout Comics was released earlier this month. The story follows Sam, who is trying to save her town (and the people in it) from vicious monster attacks while keeping her grip on sanity.

Marguerite Bennett, Ariela Kristantina, and Jessica Kholine (AfterShock Comics)

The second collected volume of Insexts will be released in late November, but this comic is well worth reading. The first volume followed Lady Bertram and her lover Mariah as they come to grips with their insect powers and go up against the monsters terrorizing Victorian England. The second volume deals with the aftermath in the same beautiful, erotic, and horrific style as the first volume.

Nancy-Hardy-001-Cov-A-DaltonNancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie
Anthony Del Col, Werther Dell’Edera (Dynamite Entertainment)

Fans of the original series or previous Drew-Hardy team-ups will likely appreciate this series, which brings the gang back together to figure out who killed Fenton Hardy. This is something of a dark departure from the original series (which never featured murder) but is an interesting update appropriate for teens and adults alike.

Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image Comics)

Though Monstress is currently on hiatus, this comic remains one of the most visually and narratively interesting comics published this year. The second volume, released in July, develops each character as they process the consequences of the Monstrum living inside main character Maika.

anc_lit-my_favorite_thing_is_monsters-900My Favorite Thing is Monsters
Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a gorgeous book with an incredible amount of narrative depth. Though the fact that the main character, Karen Reyes, believes herself a monster makes this read Halloween-appropriate, readers will likely find plenty to relate to in Karen’s interests and search for identity.

My-Pretty-Vampire-coverMy Pretty Vampire
Katie Skelly (Fantagraphics)

Katie Skelly’s My Pretty Vampire combines comics with vintage horror in a gorgeous and compelling color palette. The book follows vampire Clover, who escapes from an oppressive ruled by her brother. Clover’s newfound freedom leads her on a town-wide murder spree, with a shadowy organization not far behind.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz Rocks it as America Chavez

Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz‏ has rocked her Halloween costume dressing up as Marvel comic character America Chavez.

Beatriz has said in the past how she’d love to bring the character to life in a live action film and have America comic writer Gabby Rivera pen the script.

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