Los Angeles, July 15 (AP/UNB) — "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but non-franchise fare continues to struggle at the box office. Fresh studio-released counterprograming such as the horror movie "Crawl" and the action-comedy "Stuber" barely made a dent in the web-slinger's earnings, although there is a glimmer of hope in the independent world.
The "Spider-Man" sequel added $45.3 million in its second weekend, down only 51% according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its domestic total to $274.5 million. Globally, Sony Pictures' "Far From Home" has already grossed $847 million.
Disney and Pixar's "Toy Story 4" landed in second place with $20.7 million in its fourth weekend in theaters. It's now earned $346.4 million from North American theaters.
But while the well-reviewed franchises are thriving, original newcomers are facing an uphill battle in wide-release.
"Crawl," a thriller from Paramount Pictures, debuted in third with an estimated $12 million against a reported $13.5 million budget. Directed by Alexandre Aja, "Crawl" stars Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario as a father and daughter trapped in their home with a bunch of angry alligators during a hurricane. The R-rated pic has been was not screened for critics in advance, which usually signals a dud, but it has been surprisingly well-received by critics since opening. It's currently 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Uber comedy "Stuber" got off to a bumpier start with an estimated $8 million from over 3,000 North American locations. The R-rated Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista film cost a reported $16 million to produce and has not inspired the best reviews (it's resting at a rotten 46. It's the latest Fox film to be released by Disney.
"People always complain about the lack of original offerings from the studios especially during the summer but this summer in particular it seems like audiences are turning their backs on these films," observed Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "It's a real head-scratcher in a way as to why some of these films aren't doing well."
Universal's Beatles-themed rom-com "Yesterday" rounded out the top five in weekend three with $6.8 million.
Dergarabedian said that it's never a good thing for the box office when week after week the top movies are holdovers.
"That means newcomers are not making inroads," he said. "You want audiences every weekend to be excited about a new film."
That lack of enthusiasm is showing in the overall industry numbers. The weekend is down nearly 26% and the year is still around 9%, although Disney's blockbuster-in-the-making "The Lion King" is on the horizon. The photorealistic remake of Disney's animated classic opened this weekend in China ahead of its North American debut and made an estimated $54.7 million.
Although the big new releases failed to light the box office on fire, the independent film scene was thriving with myriad of options.
Among the most notable is Lulu Wang's family drama "The Farewell," which currently has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Awkwafina-led film opened in four locations to $351,330 for a massive $87,833 per theater average. It's expanding to more cities in the coming weeks.
The dark Jesse Eisenberg comedy "The Art of Self Defense" opened in seven locations to $121,080, and the Marc Maron-led "Sword of Trust" debuted in two locations with $22,512. Documentaries, such as "Maiden," ''Pavarotti" and "Echo in the Canyon" also continue to find audiences in limited release.
"If you're an independent movie fan, this is your weekend," Dergarabedian said. "The diversity of films is just staggering."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1."Spider-Man: Far From Home," $45.3 million ($100 million international).
2."Toy Story 4," $20.7 million ($48.1 million international).
3."Crawl," $12 million ($4.8 million international).
4."Stuber," $8 million ($3 million international).
5."Yesterday," $6.8 million ($7.8 million international).
6."Aladdin," $5.9 million ($14.6 million international).
7."Annabelle Comes Home," $5.6 million ($18.1 million international).
8."Midsommar," $3.6 million ($766,000 international).
9."The Secret Life of Pets 2," $3.1 million ($14.6 million).
10."Men in Black: International," $2.2 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:
1. "Spider-Man: Far From Home," $100 million.
2. "The Lion King," $54.7 million.
3. "Toy Story 4," $48.1 million.
4. "White Storm 2: The Drug Lords," $33.6 million.
5. "Annabelle Comes Home," $18.1 million.
6. "Aladdin" and "The Secret Life of Pets 2," $14.6 million.
7. "Yesterday," $7.8 million.
8. "Crawl," $4.8 million.
9. "Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel - II. Lost Butterfly," $3.5 million.
10. "Stuber," $3 million.
Dhaka, July 14 (UNB) - A grassroots film company say their first feature film will showcase the "beautiful" River Nene, reports BBC.
Screen Northants, which organised the first Northampton Film Festival this year, has set an ambitious aim to get 5% of feature films in the UK to be made in Northamptonshire.
Their first production, titled Nene, is about a boy who runs away to find his dad, using the river as a guide.
Saturday's screening is of a "work in progress" before a final edit.
The screening at Northampton Filmhouse at 11:30 BST will also serve as a fundraiser to help get it shown at other UK film festivals.
Audience members, who have paid £25 for tickets, will be invited to give feedback on the film in order to contribute to its final edit.
Nene follows the journey of Rory, a boy who lives in a residential care home in Thrapston, Northamptonshire.
But when the boy's father - who lives in Northampton - fails to contact him, he runs away, using the River Nene, which flows between the two towns, as a guide.
Becky Adams, director of Screen Northants, said: "We aim to make a feature film in this model each year working with local disadvantaged young people on the production and promoting Northamptonshire as a film destination."
The project has also been supported by money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and BBC Children in Need.
Dhaka, July 14 (UNB) - Disney has released a featurette on the voice cast of the upcoming The Lion King. The film is an updated version of the 1994 animated feature that featured a young lion called Simba who is driven away from his home by his uncle Scar who also murders Simba’s father and his brother, the reigning King Mufasa, reports The Indian Express.
The film is technically photorealistic and not live-action, since it recreated the characters in a lifelike fashion but does not use actual animals.
“With this film, we wanted to honour the past, but we also wanted to do something fresh,” Favreau, who is also known for playing the role of Happy Hogan in the MCU, explains. Donald Glover, who plays Simba says, “I really love the Lion King, so I feel really blessed to be a part of it.”
“Jon gave JD (McCrary, who voices young Simba) and I so much freedom to create that great relationship between young Nala and young Simba,” says Shahadi Wright Joseph, who voices the young Nala. She is best known for Jordan Peele’s horror feature Us.
The Lion King has divided critics. It has scored 60 per cent at Rotten Tomatoes, which is just above average. The consensus reads, “While it can take pride in its visual achievements. The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved–though for some fans that may just be enough, reports The Indian Express.
Directed by Jon Favreau (who also helmed 2016’s The Jungle Book), The Lion King features James Earl Jones returning from the original as Mufasa. Donald Glover voices the adult Simba, with Chiwetel Ejiofor giving his voice to Scar. Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé also lend their voices.
The Lion King releases on July 19.
Dhaka, July 13 (UNB) - It has been over two months since Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Avengers Endgame released in theatres, and so many days have passed since the audience left cinema halls with a bittersweet feeling after bidding farewell to one of their favourite superheroes, Iron Man aka Tony Stark,reports The Indian Express.
Robert Downey Jr, who essayed the iconic character for a decade, recently opened up on life post the completion of the Infinity saga during an interview with Off Camera with Sam Jones.
Speaking about the same, the Endgame star said, “I have not been forced to explore the new frontier of what is my creative and personal life after this.”
Explaining that he is now exploring uncharted territory post his long stint as Iron Man, the actor added, “There’s always a dependency on something that feels like a sure thing. It’s the closest I will ever come to being a trust fund kid.”
The actor, who received worldwide fame and made a fortune from the box office collection of the MCU movies, said that sometimes due to his very close association with the company, he would fear losing his identity as an actor.
“I am not my work. I am not what I did with that studio. I am not that period of time that I spent playing this character. And it sucks, because the kid in all of us wants to be like, ‘No. It’s always going to be summer camp and we’re all holding hands and singing ‘Kumbaya’,” the star concluded.
On the work front, Downey Jr is looking forward to the release of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. The actor also has Sherlock Holmes 3 in the pipeline.
Beijing, July 13 (Xinhua/UNB) -- "The Lion King," a new live action-style remake, topped the Chinese mainland box office on Friday, with a strong first-day performance, China Movie Data Information Network reported Saturday.
The film, with prominent CGI special effects, raked in 95.13 million yuan (about 13.83 million U.S. dollars) at the box office, accounting for nearly half of the daily total.
A Chinese anti-drug action film grossed 60 million yuan (8.72 million U.S. dollars), accounting for 29.13 percent of the daily ticket sales.
"Spider-Man: Far from Home," the latest installment of the acclaimed Marvel Cinematic Universe, fell to third place, generating around 14.6 million yuan.