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Preview: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation #1

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation #1

(W) Gary Whitta (A) Michael Walsh (CA) Michael Del Mundo
Rated T
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $4.99

The Resistance has found Luke Skywalker! But the First Order is hot on their tail…and they are out for blood. Join writer Gary Whitta (ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY) and artist Michael Walsh (STAR WARS ANNUAL, HAWKEYE and THE VISION) as they take on the adventures of Force prodigy Rey, ace pilot Poe Dameron, and ex-First Order recruit Finn from the hit blockbuster STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – featuring never-before-seen scenes of your favorite characters!

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The Resistance is outnumbered…Luke Skywalker has finally been found…and the Rebels fight against a growing evil. The First Order will stop at nothing to conquer the galaxy, and it’s up to our heroes to defend it!

This May, writer Gary Whitta joins artists Michael Walsh and Mike Spicer for a thrilling adaptation of the hit blockbuster Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as they follow Rey, Poe and Finn in their adventures across the galaxy, featuring never-before-seen material!

The six-issue miniseries tells an all-new, exciting story that movie and comic fans alike will enjoy. It’s new Star Wars stories in a tale you already know: relive the magic of Rey’s heroism, Finn’s bravery and Poe’s daringness in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation, out this May featuring covers by Mike Del Mundo and Joe Quesada!

Jumanji Wins the Weekend Again While 12 Strong and Den of Thieves Beat Expectations

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle won the weekend again in its fifth week. That’s three weekends in a row in first place for the film. It brought in an estimated $20 million to increase its domestic gross to $317 million. The film also brought in an estimated $32.6 million at the foreign box office to bring that to a total of $450.8 million. Worldwide the film has earned $767.8 million on a $90 million budget.

In second place was a debut, 12 Strong which earned an estimated $16.5 million. The film was expected to earn $15 million. An “A” CinemaScore indicates audience reviews helped boost the film. That audience was 55% male and 79% were 25 years or older.

Dean of Thieves was not too far behind debuted with $15.3 million. That beat a lot of expectations and forecasts. The heist got a “B+” CinemaScore which was 60% male.

Dropping from second to fourth was The Post which earned an estimated $12.2 million to bring its domestic total to $45.2 million on a $50 mllion budget. The film has earned $55.1 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was The Greatest Showman with an estimated $11 million to raise its domestic total to $113.5 million. The film has brought it $231.5 million worldwide.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now earned $1.296 billion and domestically crossed $600 million. It’s now the ninth largest worldwide release of all-time.

When it comes to comic adaptations…

Thor: Ragnarok added $249,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $313.4 million. Worldwide the film has earned $851.5 million.

My Friend Dahmer continues to plug along adding $5,500 to its domestic total. The film has now earned $1,327,841.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2017’s comic film releases.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Wins the Weekend. The Post Takes Second.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle won the weekend winning for a second week in a row. The film earned an estimated $27 million to bring its domestic gross to $283.2 million. Worldwide the film has earned $666.2 million. The film passed Justice League for worldwide earnings over the weekend and is now #12 for the year.

In second place was The Post which saw an expanded release. The film earned $18.6 million to bring its domestic total to $23.1 million.

The Commuter debuted in third place an earned an estimated $13.5 million.

In fourth was Insidious: The Last Key which added $12.1 million to its domestic total and it up to $48.4 million over two weekends. Worldwide the film has earned $92.6 million on a $10 million budget.

Rounding out the top five was The Greatest Showman with an estimated $11.8 million. Domestically the film has earned $94.6 million and worldwide $194.7 million.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi came in sixth and is now the highest grossing film of 2017 worldwide passing Beauty and the Beast. The film so far has earned $1.265 billion.

In comic films…

Thor: Ragnarok came in #24 for the weekend earning $371,000 to bring its domestic total to $313 million. Worldwide the film has earned $850.8 million worldwide.

My Friend Dahmer continues to plug along earning $5,000 to bring its domestic total to $1,314,571.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2017’s comic movie releases.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Takes First while Insidious: The Last Key Debuts Strong in Second

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took first place this past weekend with an estimated $36 million. That brings the domestic total of the film up to $244.4 million and $519.4 million on a $90 million budget.

The sequel has crushed the original which earned $100.5 million domestically and $262.8 million worldwide in 1995. That number’s not adjusted for inflation.

In second place was a new debut, Insidious: The Last Key which earned an estimated $29.3 million domestically and $49.4 million worldwide. For a $10 million budget, that’s a solid debut and makes the film already profitable (most likely). That’s the second highest debut in the four movie franchise. It beat 2015’s Insidious Chapter 3 and was only behind 2013’s Insidious Chapter 2.

In third place was Star Wars: The Last Jedi which dropped from first last week. The film added an estimated $23.6 million to its domestic total bringing that to $572.5 million and $1.205 billion worldwide. The film is $58 million from knocking Beauty and the Beast out of first place as the highest grossing film of 2017.

The film is the second highest domestic gross for a Star Wars film unadjusted for inflation, sixth adjusted for inflation and second for worldwide earnings.

In fourth place was The Greatest Showman which earned an estimated $13.8 million. The film has grossed $75.9 million so far domestically and $150.4 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Pitch Perfect 3 which added $10.2 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $86 million domestically and $141 million worldwide.

When it comes to comic adaptations…

Justice League was #21 for the weekend adding $550,000 to its domestic total bringing it to $227 million and stands at $652.8 million worldwide.

Thor: Ragnarok added $534,000 to its domestic total to bring that domestic total to $312.5 million and worldwide the film has earned $849.8 million.

My Friend Dahmer continues to plug along and earned $5,000 to bring its domestic total to $1.3 million.

We’ll be back in an hour with more info on 2016’s comic film adaptations.

The Best Movies of 2017

No getting around it: 2017 was a slog. But, to get us through the stress of life, at least we could escape for an hour or two into some of the most amazing worlds.

It’s also been an amazing year for the comic book movie and, indeed, all blockbusters. This year the genre really grew up, with complex and challenging fare that deconstructed some of our favorite characters and took them to the next level.

I had a hard time paring it down to just a top 10, so I’m presenting a somewhat more expanded list of things worth seeing and celebrating in 2017. Never before have I had a hair’s breadth separating my top 5, and my top 20 are all worth checking out.

So I’m going to give you the best and then the rest– my top 10 and then the rest of the movies that made my list. Where I reviewed the movie for Graphic Policy, I have also provided a link. To those from before I joined the site or didn’t get a chance to do a full review, oh well. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Oh, and if you care about such things, my bottom 10 list is here.

10. Coco — This is one of Pixar’s best and one of the movies most likely to make me cry. While it has some second act problems, its universal themes of family and remembering are as beautiful as the animation and music here. This is also the first movie in my top 10 with an amazing soundtrack — a common theme among 2017’s best movies.

9. Baby Driver — A musical with car chases. The only problem with this movie is its opening fifteen minutes are so perfect it rarely meets that same level again. This is the movie Edgar Wright did after breaking with Marvel over creative differences about Ant-Man. We are so much the richer for having both of these movies, especially Baby Driver. With career-best performances by some of its cast, it’s a perfect blend of editing, directing, acting, and sound. And it’s just a load of fun.

8. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins should be put in charge of the entire DC movie universe. She understands her characters, she understands the gravity and importance they hold for people, and managed to deliver THE iconic moment of 2017 in cinema: the “No Man’s Land” scene.

It’s that moment– when she wears the costume, embraces her powers and her purpose — that we see her origin story in a way rarely ever so fully expressed on screen. Sure, the movie had some problems– a weak villain and a somewhat predictable climax — but it was important in a way few other films in this list were. And it showed that the DCEU could be everything that the Marvel Cinematic Universe could. It’s not only one of the best comic movies of 2017, it’s one of the best of all time.

7. Atomic Blonde — Technically, a comic book movie. And the movie with the best soundtrack of the year, during which we see Charlize Theron kick all sorts of butt. It’s heartfelt, funny, and undeniably cool as they try to out-John-Wick John Wick. Give me more of this, please, perhaps in a shared universe where Charlize and Keanu throw down and then invariably team up.

6. The Shape of Water – What a beautiful film about love among outcasts. The entirety of this film is about noticing the silent people, the forgotten ones, and recognizing the humanity in each of us. Also, sex with fish-people! This is a masterpiece by Guillermo del Toro and worthy of all the nominations and buzz it’s been getting.

5. War for the Planet of the Apes – This is true for basically every other film in my top 5, but this film showed us that effects-driven blockbusters could have intense heart and meaning. It’s unfathomable to me that Gary Oldman will be nominated for acting awards for wearing a fatsuit and portraying Winston Churchill, but Andy Serkis will be snubbed yet again for his creation of an amazingly real character in Caesar. It’s unclear where the Apes franchise goes from here — and writer/director Matt Reeves is setting his sights next on righting The Batman (which makes me all sorts of excited) — but whatever happens, they created an amazing trilogy with a phenomenal third act. Perhaps the only downside is that the social commentary that hits so close for 2017 (humans building a wall as well as other not-so-subtle jabs at Trump) may not age particularly well.

4. Logan – “A man has to be what he is, Joey. Can’t break the mold. I tried it and it didn’t work for me. There’s no living with a killing. There’s no going back from one. Right or wrong, it’s a brand. A brand sticks. There’s no going back. Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her… tell her everything’s all right. And there aren’t any more guns in the valley.” James Mangold gave us a perfect western that just happened to have Wolverine and Professor X in it. And Jackman and Stewart are amazing. Ok, I lied about Coco. THIS is the most likely thing to make me cry in any movie in 2017.

3. (tie) Your Name – Normally I won’t give in to a tie, but since there is some doubt whether or not this is even a 2017 release (I go by date of wide US release, so that puts us in April of 2017), I’ll go for it. Already the #1 animated film of all time in Japan (with good reason), I’m not sure why this hasn’t become more popular in the US. But that’s what year-end lists are for, right? A story of (literal) star-crossed teens in Japan who seem to be switching bodies becomes the most interesting story of identity, love, and wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey time travel ever. It made me cry at least three times. It’s an amazing film and one which would’ve been in my top 3 for 2016 if I’d known of it then. If that disqualifies it from this list, then my #3 spot goes to. . .


3. (tie) Star Wars: The Last Jedi – It’s amazing. You know this. I love it for all the ways it blows open the Star Wars universe into something even bigger and more important. Plus, porgs. It, Logan, and Apes all showed that blockbuster filmmaking could be thoughtful and not just deliver a rehash of the expectations of the franchise. Star Wars is my favorite thing of all time, and this delivers in ways I didn’t know were possible. I’m greatly anticipating both Episodes IX and the new trilogy Rian Johnson will deliver to us.

2. Get Out – Usually a movie will come out early in the year and become a high water mark for me for the year. Then every film I see after I’ll just ask, “Was this better than [Get Out]?” Few movies made it close, but it stands strong at the end of the year as the most important movie of 2017 and only a hair’s breadth off of my #1. This was such an amazing effort from Jordan Peele. It was an atmospheric, psychological thriller and the most biting social commentary of the decade– and exactly what we need to hear in 2017. Unfortunately, the people who most need to see and understand this film never will.

1. Blade Runner 2049 – I’m still not sure why this failed to resonate with audiences. It was supremely beautiful, important, thoughtful—in essence, the opposite of the Spirit of 2017, so I guess it makes sense. It’s shameful to see this getting forgotten in so many year-end lists and awards considerations. If Roger Deakins doesn’t win a cinematography Oscar for this, we have failed as a society.

So, that’s it. Here’s the rest of my list:

11. A Monster Calls — All the tears for this gorgeous and touching film that somehow never caught on.

12. Detroit — If Blade Runner hadn’t flopped at the box office, this is my vote for most underrated movie of 2017.

13. Spider-Man: Homecoming – This was the Spider-Man movie we needed, with John Hughes meets the MCU. Let’s hope Sony and Marvel’s partnership continue to yield such spectacular results.

14. The Big Sick — The best comedy of the year, Kumail Nanjiani’s true story of clashes of cultures and medically induced comas is amazing and worth everyone’s time.

15. Beatriz at Dinner — This should be renamed “Micro-aggressions the Movie” as massage therapist Beatriz (an impeccable and Oscar-worthy  Salma Hayek) ends up at a dinner party thrown by one of her high end clients facing off against a Donald-Trump type developer (an equally impeccable Jon Lithgow). It’s amazing and the ending will depress the hell out of you.

16. The Greatest Showman — Hugh Jackman took the money he made from Logan and used it to produce this musical ostensibly about PT Barnum but in reality about the strange and wonderful family among society’s outcasts and “freaks” that make up his circus. If I could put the historical revisionism aside, this would end up in my top 10, but Barnum was a monster. But as a story about putting people of all shapes, colors, and abilities up on screen and seeing them as people? This is tops. Keala Settle, who plays the bearded lady, deserves an Oscar nomination. And this will get multiple nominations for best song, from the people who brought you La La Land last year.

17. Brigsby Bear – What if you were kidnapped as a child and the only media your reclusive parents let you watch was a specially-made-for-you childrens’ program? This film from the mind of SNL’s Kyle Mooney then becomes a unique, innocent look at the pure joy of fandom and sharing something you love with new people and the lengths you’d go to do it. Also featuring a supporting role by Mark Hammil, this is another great little film that flew under the radar but is worth your attention.

18. Thor: Ragnarok — This is Thor’s best movie to date and one of the most fun movies ever in the MCU. Some people complained the movie had “too many jokes,” but making a buddy comedy with superheroes is something that was long overdue and sorely needed late in 2017. Whatever writer/director Taika Waititi is doing next, I’m watching it.

19. The Disaster Artist — The movie that launched a thousand terrible reaction gifs finally gets its Ed Wood treatment. The Room is awful, but somehow James and Dave Franco make us fall in love with it and its mysterious director Tommy Wiseau. For that, and their loving shot for shot recreations of some of the film’s most heinous scenes, this was incredibly fun. It’s also the type of movie Hollywood loves– a movie about making movies.

20. Molly’s Game — A superserving of Sorkin will hit all the right notes for his fans.

21. Okja — If The Disaster Artist is to The Room what Ed Wood is to Plan 9 From Outer Space, then this satire from Bong Joon-ho (thanks to Netflix for making it) is the Dr. Strangelove of global agribusiness and capitalism. It took this movie a while to take off, but when it did, it became intensely satisfying. When it wasn’t skewering the corporation that totally wasn’t Monsanto, it was also just a tender story about a girl and her giant genetically modified pet “super pig.”

22. The Post — Steven Spielberg’s latest is perhaps the most important movie for the turn of 2017 to 2018 about the decision to print the Pentagon Papers by The Washington Post. Buried in the Oscarbait is an important story about the freedom of the press and a rogue White House intent on crushing it. I just wish it was told slightly better and that 80% of the time I wasn’t wishing I were watching All the President’s Men or The Fog of War. 

23. The Lego Batman Movie — A movie about family, a movie about feminism, and just the greatest mishmash of toy mayhem ever seen on screen. This was the best Batman we saw on screen all year.

24. Dunkirk — I won’t lie, I had some problems with Dunkirk. Mostly I thought Nolan was spending too much time showing us how clever he was instead of just giving us a good movie. But I can’t deny the artistry and pure filmmaking prowess that went into this. I still think the best way to illuminate my problems is to compare it to Detroit, which I did in my review here. 

25. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!” may be one of my favorite moments on screen all year. And then, that ending was just too perfect. This movie had a lot going for it, but the fact that it ended up at #25 is a testament to just how good so many movies were this year.

26. IT — This was everything we needed in the fall of 2017. Funny, smart, and incredibly scary, it also gave us one of the best comedy moments of the year, too, with an SNL skit of Kellyanne Conway as Kellywise the Clown trying to lure Anderson Cooper into the Trump Sewer.

27. John Wick Chapter 2 — Sometimes sequels really deliver, and this was one instance of that. Once again, we get the beautiful ultra-violence of this universe and without all of that boring exposition or deeper meaning. Sometimes you just want to watch the world burn, and for that, there’s always John Wick.

28. Power Rangers — This might surprise people, but I liked the Power Rangers movie far more than it deserved. Never a fan of the original, this still brought me in with it intense heart and third act action sequence that dared you not to smile from ear to ear. Oh, and also Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa was a thing of beauty. Say it with me: “Krispy Kreme.”

29. Wind River — Taylor Sheridan knocks it out of the park again with an amazing script about a murder mystery and the intersection of the oil industry and reservation life. How does one get justice in the face of corporate coverups and mixed jurisdiction? The scene with Jon Berenthal is one of the most gripping and brutal things I saw all year.

30. [tie] It Comes at Night — Speaking of inhumanity and suspense, we get a case study in minimalism of just how much a director can do with basic sets and a basic premise: a plague wipes out most of humanity and one family must make decisions about whether or not to trust strangers to guarantee their survival. The title is misleading and don’t get snookered into thinking anything more supernatural is happening. There’s no monsters. Just death. Just people. And that’s the true horror.

[tie] Ingrid Goes West — Again, I hate ties, but I feel like this provides a great counterpoint to It Comes at Night. Except in this case, the monster that haunts us is social media, stalking, and depression. Aubrey Plaza is perfect as Ingrid, who moves to LA and ends up stalking an “Instagram celebrity” played by Elizabeth Olson to try to find her way into her life. O’Shea Jackson (Jr.) shows up as a Batman-obsessed would-be screenwriter. The final reveal of the film almost feels like the end of a slasher movie when we see the killer supernaturally rises from where we thought we had killed it. Fun and thoughtful.

So, yeah, that’s a lot of movies. To be fair, there were a few I missed, so apologies. But what about you? What did I miss? What did I overrate? What did I underrate?

Let us know, and here’s hoping we have as amazing a 2018 as we did a 2017– at least in movies. And from Black Panther in February to Mary Poppins in December with Avengers: Infinity War, Solo, and Incredibles 2 in between, my expectations are set abnormally and unreasonably high.

Let’s see what 2018 gives us.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Repeats, Becomes the Top Domestic Film of 2017, and Crosses $1 billion

It was a repeat weekend for the top six films with Star Wars: The Last Jedi remaining in first place. The film earned an estimated $52.4 million to bring its domestic total to $517.1 million and worldwide the film has crossed the $1 billion mark with $1.040 billion.

The film has also passed Beauty and the Beast to be the top domestic grossing film of the year. Beauty was top with $504 million with Wonder Woman now in third with $412.6 million.

In a close second place was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which brought in $50.6 million to bring its domestic total to $169.8 million. The film has earned $322.8 million worldwide with a budget of $90 million.

In third place was Pitch Perfect 3 earning an estimated $17.8 million to bring its domestic total to $64.3 million and $92.9 million worldwide on a $45 million budget.

The Greatest Showman was in fourth place with $15.3 million to bring its total to $48.8 million domestically and $84 million worldwide on a $84 million budget.

Rounding out the top five was Ferdinand with $11.7 million for a domestic total of $53.8 million on a $111 million budget. The film has earned $125.7 million worldwide.

Repeating in sixth was Coco with $6.6 million to bring its domestic total to $178.9 million and $537.9 million worldwide.

When it comes to comic films…

Justice League slipped to #15 from #14 with an estimated $1.3 million added to its domestic total which now stands at $225.6 million. Worldwide the film has earned $652.6 million.

Thor: Ragnarok was right behind at #16 with an estimated $1 million added to its domestic total which is now $311.4 million. Worldwide the film has earned $848 million.

My Friend Dahmer is continuing to bring in the dollars with $3,500 at #36 bringing its domestic total to $1.3 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for more of a dive into 2017’s comic film adaptations.

The Last Jedi Wins the Weekend With 2, 3, 4 for New Films

As no surprise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi won the holiday weekend with an estimated $68.5 million three day weekend. With a steep 68.9% drop from the previous weekend, the film is expected to do well this Christmas Day with all the films out doing good business.

Domestically the film has earned $365.1 million with the foreign box office bringing in $380.3 million. Worldwide the film stands at $745.4 million after a week. It will likely top $1 billion before its run ends.

Domestically, the film is $175 million behind where Star Wars: The Force Awakens was at the same point in its run but it’s ahead $79 million where Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was. It opened $27.9 million behind Force Awakens and $65 million ahead Rogue One.

In second place was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which earned an estimated $34 million domestically off of a $90 million budget. Domestically, the film has earned $50.6 million and it has also earned $49.5 million at the foreign box office for a total of $100.1 million.

Pitch Perfect 3 took third with an estimated $20.5 million domestically off of a $45 million budget. The film has also earned $9.8 million at the foreign box office for a total of $30.3 million.

Coming in fourth place was The Greatest Showman which earned $8.6 million over the weekend to bring its week total to $13.2 million off of an $84 million budget.

Rounding out the top five for the weekend was Ferdinand which added $7.1 million to its domestic total to bring that to $26.5 million and $34.2 million worldwide. With a budget of $111 million the film isn’t doing well and may be the stake through the heart of the animated division that’ll go to Disney as part of the Disney/Fox deal.

When it comes to comic adaptations….

Justice League was #13 for the weekend adding $1.1 million to its domestic total for the weekend bringing it to $222.7 million and $646.7 million worldwide. The film will end the year most likely at #12.

Thor: Ragnarok was #18 for the weekend and added $814,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $309.1 million and $844.5 million worldwide. It’ll end the year at #7.

My Friend Dahmer added $1,100 to its domestic total to bring that to $1.3 million and came in at #29 for the weekend.

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

Those Two Geeks With Alex & Joe Episode Thirteen

On the docket this week: The geeks have seen Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jediand want to talk about it. And they do. With full spoilers almost right from the get go, so be warned.

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter or email ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next week in the future!

Graphic Policy Radio Goes to the Movies with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Listen on Demand.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is dominating at the box office and online debates as people seem to be split as to what to think about the latest entry in the Star Wars universe. We’re becoming one with the Force to discuss the movie, its themes, and reflection on the real world.

Joining Graphic Policy Radio to talk about the film is Anthony Oliveira and Cayden Mak.

Anthony Oliveira is a culture writer and literature PhD with the university of Toronto. You can find him on twitter at @meakoopa

Cayden Mak is Executive Director at 18MillionRising.org, where he has been rabblerousing and nerding out in various roles for the past five years. Outside of work he keeps busy with local organizing projects in Oakland, California, where he lives with his two cats.

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