I saw BRIGHTBURN this weekend and have already forgotten it. I’ll see ROCKETMAN this week…hopefully.

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ reigns over box office in opening weekend

Godzilla roars his way to the top of the box office once again.

The latest entry in the cinematic MonsterVerse, which includes the first Godzilla reboot from 2014 and Kong: Skull Island, is living up to its title. Godzilla: King of the Monsters takes the weekend’s box office crown with an estimated $49 million in ticket sales across 4,108 theaters.

Last week’s Disney blockbuster Aladdin continues to hold strong, taking second place with an estimated $42.3 million haul across 4,476 theaters. Another new release rounds out the top three — Elton John biopic Rocketman scores third place with an estimated $25 million take across 3,610 theaters.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the third film in a tenuously connected Warner Bros. MonsterVerse. The film stars Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, and Millie Bobby Brown as a family that who finds their lives colliding with the infamous monster as Godzilla faces up against even more monstrous beings — Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Ken Watanabe also feature in the film directed by Michael Dougherty.

Though it won the box office this weekend, Godzilla: King of the Monsters still fell short of expectations, which had the film finishing the weekend with around $50 million. It also falls behind the previous two entries in the MonsterVerse by quite a lot. 2014’s Godzilla opened to a monstrous $93.2 million, while 2016’s Kong: Skull Island took in $61 million in its first weekend in theaters. The film did fare slightly better overseas, taking in $130 million for a global total of $179 million. But lackluster reviews and a B+ CinemaScore suggest it won’t show much momentum in the weeks to come.

In counter-programming to the blockbuster monster movie, this weekend saw the release of two other films — musical biopic Rocketman and horror thriller Ma. They took third and fourth place at the box office respectively.

The long in the works biopic about Elton John’s rise to fame, Rocketman opens to a respectable $25 million. The R-rated film, which premiered to mostly positive if not enthusiastic reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in May, follows Elton John from his days as a precocious piano-playing youngster through to his stint in rehab a few decades into his explosive fame as a rock star. Taron Egerton stars as John, while Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jamie Bell help round out the cast. Dexter Fletcher directed the film, which uses John’s songs to turn his life into a literal musical.

Though a solid opening weekend, Rocketman falls behind last fall’s Bohemian Rhapsody, also directed by Fletcher, which opened to $51.1 million. Bohemian Rhapsody, which tells the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen, went on to win several Oscars and take in a $216.4 million haul during its release. Rocketman earned a solid A- from audiences, but its R-rating could potentially keeping its box office numbers below the PG-13 Bohemian Rhapsody.

The weekend’s another new title, Ma, takes fourth place with an estimated $18.3 million across 2,808 theaters. The horror thriller is from scare masters Blumhouse Productions and Universal, and it stars Octavia Spencer as the titular Ma. Re-teaming with her The Help director Tate Taylor, Spencer stars as a lonely woman in a quiet Ohio town, who befriends a group of teenagers that she invites to party in her basement. Their friendship quickly becomes something more sinister. Juliette Lewis, Allison Janney, Missi Pyle, and Luke Evans also star.

Ma marks the fifth best opening for an Octavia Spencer film, coming in right behind The Help’s $26 million opening. Audiences didn’t love the horror flick, giving it a dismal B- CinemaScore, but critics were middling on it.

While Keanu Reeves is busy breaking the internet with a cameo in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe, he’s still making bank at the box office. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum rounds out the top five for the weekend, taking in an estimated $11.1 million across 3,604 theaters for fifth place. With a domestic total of $125.8 million, it’s now Reeves’s fourth highest grossing film of all time, behind the three Matrix films.

Overall box office is down 7.6 percent to date, according to Comscore, a big improvement courtesy of a 62 percent jump in ticket sales versus the comparable weekend last year. Check out the May 31-June 2 numbers below.

1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters— $49 million
2. Aladdin— $42.3 million
3. Rocketman— $25 million
4. Ma— $18.3 million
5. John Wick: Chapter 3– Parabellum— $11.1 million
6. Avengers: Endgame— $7.8 million
7. Pokemon Detective Pikachu — $6.7 million
8. Booksmart— $3.3 million
9. Brightburn— $2.3 million
10. The Hustle— $1.3 million


That would be cool to own. Sad, but cool.

Kurt Cobain’s Sweater From Final Photoshoot Sells for $75,000 at Auction

A sweater worn by Kurt Cobain during the singer’s last photoshoot with Nirvana sold for $75,000 at auction Saturday.

The cardigan, which Cobain donned at a pre-In Utero photo session in the summer of 1993, more than doubled its pre-auction estimate of between $10,000 and $20,000, Julien’s Auctions said.

Pictures of Cobain wearing the sweater, captured by photographer Jesse Frohman, featured in the photobook Kurt Cobain: The Last Session.

“The shoot was meant to take place in Central Park in New York City, but due to Cobain being sick just hours before, the shoot was relocated to the basement of the hotel where the band was staying,” Julien’s Auctions noted of the item. “Cobain showed up three hours late to the shoot and immediately asked for a bucket due to his nausea.”

unclear if that acquaintance was the sweater’s seller or if it changed hands since then.

In 2015, Cobain’s green cardigan from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance sold for $137,000 at auction.

Nirvana’s handwritten setlist from an April 1990 concert in Washington, D.C., which Cobain wrote with black marker on a paper plate, sold for $23,000, more than 10 times its pre-auction estimate of $2,000. “Cobain had eaten some pizza before the show and proceeded to write the set list on the plate he had been eating his pizza on,” the auction house said of the item.

Other notable items from Julien’s Auctions’ Music Icons event Saturday included a black acoustic guitar used by Prince onstage and in promotional materials (winning bid $89,000), a black jacket that Michael Jackson wore to Nelson Mandela’s birthday party in 1996 ($76,000) and Bob Dylan’s handwritten and autographed lyrics to “Blowin’ in the Wind” ($70,000).

However, the original Universal Audio console used in Studio #2 of Bill Putnam’s Western Recorders Studios in Hollywood, California – used to record artists like the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Crosby, Stills & Nash and more – earned the auction’s highest bid with $370,000.


I still need to see JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3!!

John Wick: Chapter 3 unseats Avengers: Endgame to win box office

It turns out the only thing that can take down the Avengers is a retired hitman with revenge on his mind.

After a three-week, record-breaking reign at the box office, Avengers: Endgame has been unseated by John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum. The Keanu Reeves three-quel takes the top spot at the box office with an estimated $57 million in ticket sales across 3,850 theaters. Avengers: Endgame still holds on for second place with an estimated $29.4 million across 4,220 theaters. Another holdover from last week, Pokemon Detective Pikachu rounds out the top three with an estimated $24.8 million across 4,248 theaters.

John Wick racks up an enormous opening weekend that far exceeds expectations, beating both of its predecessors (the first John Wick opened to $14.4 million in 2014, while Chapter Two took in $30.4 million in 2017). Reeves returns as the titular retired hit man, now with a $14 million price on his head. Devoid of protection from the international assassin’s guild, John Wick fights for his life on the streets of New York as he’s targeted by ruthless killers. Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston join the franchise for the first time, while Lawrence Fishburne and Ian McShane also star.

The film also performed well overseas, taking in $92.2 million in its first week, a franchise high. According to Comscore, 37% of moviegoers said “Actor in the lead role” was their primary reason for seeing the film, which reflects Reeves’ enormous box office power (at least in this particular part). This is an extremely high percentage for this category. Fittingly, this is Reeves’ second-biggest opening ever, coming in behind 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded $91.8 million haul. The three-quel is likely to continue performing well, given its positive reviews and an A- CinemaScore.

Avengers: Endgame still remains in the top three, with its second place $29.4 million take in its fourth weekend in theaters. Its global total now stands at $2.62 billion, still trailing behind the number one film of all time Avatar and its $2.78 billion haul. However, the superhero film is now the second-highest grossing film domestically at $771 million, falling behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $937 million and surpassing Avatar’s $761 million.

Amblin Entertainment and Universal’s A Dog’s Journey takes fourth place in its first weekend in theaters with an estimated $8 million in ticket sales across 3,267 theaters. A sequel to 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose, the film falls far short of its predecessor, which opened to $18.2 million. The family-friendly project resonated with audiences, landing a solid A CinemaScore.

Based on the best-selling series by author W. Bruce Cameron, the movie tells its tale from the dog’s perspective as this devoted pup, voiced by Josh Gad, finds the meaning of his existence through the lives of humans — here, the dog finds himself reincarnated as different canines but keeps coming back to protect and love the humans who mean the most to him. Dennis Quaid returns in a starring role, and he’s supported by Marg Helgenberger, Henry Lau, Betty Gilpin, Kathryn Prescott in this film directed by Gail Mancuso.

This weekend’s other major new release, The Sun Is Also a Star, based on Nicola Yoon’s YA novel of the same name, majorly disappointed at the box office. The film opened to an estimated $2.6 million across 2,073 theaters for eighth place. Starring Grown-ish actress Yara Shahidi and Riverdale heartthrob Charles Melton, the teen romance follows two high-school students who fall in love in the course of a single day in New York City.

Directed by Ry Russo-Young, the film grapples with immigration issues as Jamaican-born Natasha (Shahidi) struggles to prevent her family’s sudden deportation, all the while fighting burgeoning feelings for the boy she just met, Daniel (Melton). The film failed to resonate with audiences, earning a disappointing B- CinemaScore, which doesn’t bode well for future success. The previous adaptation of Yoon’s writing, 2017’s Everything, Everything far outpaced this title with an $11 million opening.

Last week’s con-artist comedy The Hustle rounds out the top five with an estimated $6.1 million in ticket sales across 3,077 theaters.

Overall box office is down 9.1 percent to date, according to Comscore, jumping back up to a wider gap since last week. Check out the May 17-19 numbers below.

1. John Wick: Chapter Three — Parabellum — $57 million
2. Avengers: Endgame— $29.4 million
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu— $24.8 million
4. A Dog’s Journey— $8 million
5. The Hustle— $6.1 million
6. The Intruder— $4 million
7. Long Shot — $3.4 million
8. The Sun Is Also a Star— $2.6 million
9. Poms— $2.1 million
10. Uglydolls— $1.6 million


I loved this man! Truly loved him!! Rest in peace, Mr. Conway.

Tim Conway, comedian and star of ’The Carol Burnett Show’, dies at 85

NEW YORK — Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard “McHale’s Navy” and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for “Spongebob Squarepants,” has died. He was 85.

Conway died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles care facility, according to Howard Bragman, who heads LaBrea Media. Conway’s wife, Charlene Fusco, and a daughter, Jackie, were at his side. The cause was a disorder in which there is an excess of fluid on the brain, Bragman said.

Tributes came from across the comedy world, including from Conan O’Brien, who said as a kid “no one made me laugh harder than Tim Conway.” Larry Wilmore called Conway “always always always funny” and Kathy Griffin called him “a wildly talented, comedy giant.” Al Roker tweeted out a link to Conway playing a hysterically incompetent dentist.

A native of Ohio, Conway credited his Midwestern roots for putting him on the right path to laughs, with his deadpan expression and innocent, simple-minded demeanour.

“I think the Midwest is the heart of comedy in this country, and a little bit of the South, too,” he told the Wisconsin State Journal in 2005. “For some reason, we’re just more laid-back, more understanding. … And Midwesterners have a kinder sense of humour.”

Those qualities probably contributed to his wide popularity on “The Carol Burnett Show,” which he joined in 1975 after years as a frequent guest. The show aired on CBS from 1967 to 1978 and had a short summer stint on ABC in 1979.

“We really didn’t attack people or politics or religion or whatever. We just made fun of, basically, ourselves,” he said.

The show operated with just five writers, one producer, one director and without network interference. The ensemble cast surrounding the redheaded star included Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner.

“I don’t think the network would allow a show like ’The Carol Burnett Show’ now because we had such freedom,” Conway said in his interview with the State Journal.

While America was laughing at Conway, so were his co-stars: Burnett and Harvey Korman were often caught by the camera trying not to crack up during his performances.

The short, nondescript Conway and the tall, imposing Korman were a physical mismatch made in comedy heaven. They toured the country for years with a sketch show called “Together Again,” which drew on characters from Burnett’s show.

Besides the four Emmys he won with Burnett (three as a performer, one as a writer), he won Emmys for guest appearances in 1996 for “Coach” and in 2008 for “30 Rock.”

Conway also had a modest but steady movie career, appearing in such films as “The Apple Dumpling Gang” (1975), “The Shaggy D.A.” (1976), “Cannonball Run II” (1984), “Dear God” (1996) and “Air Bud 2” (1998).

“The Apple Dumpling Gang” and “Cannonball Run II” allowed him to work with his comedic hero, Don Knotts, who died in 2006.

“If there’s any reason at all I’m in the business, I think it’s Don,” Conway once said. “He’s an icon in this business. He’s an icon that’s never going to be duplicated.”

He also found success in the 1980s in a series of comedy videos based on an oddly short character named Dorf. (Carefully costumed, Conway performed the bits on his knees.) Among them were “Dorf on Golf” and “Dorf Goes Fishing.”

More recently Conway voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for the hugely popular children’s series “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

He was born Thomas Conway in 1933 in the Cleveland suburb of Willoughby. He attended Bowling Green State University and served in the U.S. Army. He got his career start on local TV in Cleveland in the 1950s, where his duties included comedy spots on a late-night movie show.

He was spotted by Rose Marie of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” who got him an audition for “The Steve Allen Show.” He became a regular on the show in the early 1960s. It was Allen who had advised him to change his name from Tom to Tim to avoid being confused with a British actor.

Following the Allen show, Conway gained attention as the incompetent Ensign Charles Parker on the Ernest Borgnine sitcom “McHale’s Navy” from 1962-66. That led to series of his own, including “Rango” and “The Tim Conway Show,” but they were short-lived.

“McHale’s Navy” fans loved watching Ensign Parker infuriate the ever-flammable Captain Binghamton (played by Joe Flynn), but it was Conway’s work on Burnett’s show that would bring him lasting fame.

Conway and his wife, Mary Anne Dalton, married in 1961 and had six children. The marriage ended in divorce. He later married Charlene Fusco.

In addition to his wife and daughter Jackie, Conway is survived by children Tim Jr., Patrick, Jamie, Kelly, Corey and Seann, as well as two grandchildren, Courtney and Sophia.


I saw Avengers: Endgame again this weekend and still enjoyed it, and I also saw Long Shot and really enjoy it too!!

Avengers: Endgame tops the box office for third week running

For the third week in a row, the Avengers have assembled at the box office.

The juggernaut of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers: Endgame takes first place once again with an estimated take of $63 million across 4,662 theaters. Internationally the film banked another $102.3 million bringing its global total to $2.5 billion, which puts it in spitting distance of the all-time record of Avatar’s $2.9 billion. This weekend the superhero powered blockbuster also became the third-highest grossing film of all time domestically, surpassing Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther with an estimated $724 million.

While no one has the power just yet to topple the Avengers, there were four new releases, all of which made the top ten. Rounding out the top three is two new titles — Pokemon Detective Pikachu and The Hustle.

Another hero in his own right, Detective Pikachu, put up a solid fight at the box office. It takes second place with a fabulous $58 million opening across 4,202 theaters. The film merges animation and live action to bring beloved Pokémon characters to life, most notably the yellow furry Pikachu, voiced here by Ryan Reynolds. Not adjusted for inflation, it’s the highest opening ever for a feature film in the Pokémon franchise.

Pikachu teams up with a human partner, Tim (Justice Smith), to solve the mystery of Tim’s missing father. Directed by Rob Letterman, the film also features the voice talents of Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe, Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton. There’s a strong chance the film could continue to exceed expectations, given mostly warm reviews and a solid A- CinemaScore.

Another new title, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson starrer The Hustle, takes the third spot with an estimated debut of $13.5 million across 3,007 theaters. Hathaway and Wilson star as scam artists up competing to swindle a tech prodigy out of his fortune in this semi-gender-bent remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Wilson also produced the film.

The Hustle exceeded expectations in its debut, despite largely lackluster reviews and a disappointing B- CinemaScore. Directed by Chris Addison, the United Artists release from MGM, who produced and financed the film, also stars Bruno Sevilla and Alex Sharp. It marks Hathaway’s sixteenth biggest opening, which is still a vast improvement over the dreadful $4.4 million opening of Serenity earlier this year.

Despite its seemingly perfect placement of a Mother’s Day weekend opener, the Diane Keaton-led Poms fell short of expectations, taking sixth place with an estimated $5.1 million across 2,750 theaters. Produced by eOne and distributed by STX, the film stars Keaton as Martha, a woman who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents. Directed by Zara Hayes, the film also stars Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver, Alisha Boe, Phyllis Somerville, Charlie Tahan, Bruce McGill, Rhea Perlman, and Celia Weston.

The film did hit its target audience, playing to a crowd that was 75 percent female and 85 percent 25 or older. It received a solid B+ CinemaScore, which might help boost its success in the coming weeks. Poms falls significantly short of last year’s similarly older-skewed Diane Keaton vehicle Book Club, which opened to third place with $13.6 million.

The weekend’s other buzziest new release, Tolkien, managed to crack the top ten. The biopic about Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien takes ninth place with an estimated $2.2 million in ticket sales across 1,495 location. Nicholas Hoult stars at the titular writer in a film that explores how his wife and wartime experiences inspired much of his writing. Directed by Dome Karukoski, the film also stars Lily Collins and Colm Meaney.

The Fox Searchlight project did modestly well given its smaller number of theaters, middling reviews, and lack of support from the Tolkien family. Setting aside the massive success of the ensemble work of the X-Men films, this project marks a solid opening for Hoult as a leading man as his seventh biggest opening outside of those titles. Even including the X-Men franchise, it still lands in Hoult’s top ten openings of all time.

Two holdovers from last week round out the top five — Sony’s thriller The Intruder and Lionsgate’s R-rated rom-com Long Shot. The Dennis Quaid-led The Intruder lands in fourth place with $6.6 million across 2,222 theaters. Buoyed by positive reviews and word-of-mouth, Long Shot takes fifth place $6.1 million across 3,230 theaters. The Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy only fell by 37 percent from its first weekend, which suggests stronger staying power than last week’s opening numbers might project.

Overall box office is down 8.5 percent to date, according to Comscore, a number which is steadily increasing as Endgame drives totals higher. Check out the May 10-12 numbers below.

1. Avengers: Endgame — $63 million
2. Pokemon Detective Pikachu— $58 million
3. The Hustle — $13.5 million
4. The Intruder— $6.6 million
5. Long Shot— $6.1 million
6. Poms— $5.1 million
7. Uglydolls — $3.9 million
8. Breakthrough— $2.5 million
9. Tolkien— $2.2 million
10. Captain Marvel— $1.8 million


Very sad news…May she rest in peace.

Twin Peaks actress Peggy Lipton dies

Actress Peggy Lipton has passed away at the age of 72.

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Lipton’s daughters from her marriage to music producer Quincy Jones – Parks and Recreation star Rashida and actress/designer Kidada Jones – confirmed their mother had sadly passed away after a battle with cancer on Saturday.

“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” they said. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her. We can’t put all of our feelings into words right now, but we will say: Peggy was and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond … She will always be a part of us.”

Lipton was best known for her roles on TV shows The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, playing the role of Double R Diner owner Norma Jennings.

She began her career working as a model before moving into TV at the age of 19. She went on to appear on Bewitched and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour before landing the role of undercover hippie cop Julia Barnes on U.S. TV show The Mod Squad, which aired from 1968 to 1973.

Lipton won a Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama for the show in 1971, and went on to enjoy a singing career, with three of her singles hitting the Billboard charts.

The actress was married to Grammy-winning producer Jones from 1974 to 1990, and they share daughters Rashida, 43, and Kidada, 45.

Following their divorce in 1990, Lipton returned to acting by joining cult classic series Twin Peaks, and later reprised the character of Norma for the show’s successful revival in 2017.


I can’t wait to see it again!!! Woooooooooo!!!

Avengers: Endgame snaps every box office record, crosses $1 billion in first weekend

When it comes to the box office, Avengers: Endgame has harnessed the power of the Infinity Stones and snapped nearly every record out of existence.

The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and conclusion to the first Avengers arc was projection to smash expectations at the box office, but it shattered every existing box office record. Its estimated global debut of $1.2 billion makes it the first film in history to surpass $1 billion in its opening weekend. It reached this milestone in only five days, twice as quickly as its predecessor, previous record holder Avengers: Infinity War, which broke $1 billion in 11 days.

Avengers: Endgame easily tops the domestic box office as well, taking in an estimated $350 million across an industry-high of 4,662 theaters. This marks the biggest ever North American debut for a film, and it’s a full-circle moment for the MCU given that 2012’s The Avengers was the first film to break the $200 million mark in its opening weekend.

Other records the Marvel film breezed through include the biggest international opening of all time at $859 million, the biggest haul for Thursday domestic previews with $60 million, which contributed to a record first-day gross of $156.7 million, and the biggest IMAX global debut ever with $91.5 million. Avengers: Endgame is the eighth Marvel studios film to cross the $1 billion mark and the second to do so this year after Captain Marvel.

The film follows the remaining Marvel heroes post-snap as they work to undo the horrors Thanos has wrought. After the snap that wiped out half the global population at the conclusion of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and others must unite to attempt to save the world after this apocalyptic event.

Directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, the film brought many of the original Avengers core six together for what is rumored to be their final film in the MCU. It shows no signs of slowing down with raves from critics, a 96% percent rating on RottenTomatoes and an A+ CinemaScore.

“Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theatre both in terms of storytelling and at the box office,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios in a statement. “Though Endgame is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling achievement, and this weekend’s monumental success is a testament to the world they’ve envisioned, the talent involved, and their collective passion, matched by the irrepressible enthusiasm of fans around the world.”

Fittingly, another hero joined Avengers: Endgame at the top of the box office, with Captain Marvel returning to second place in its eighth week of release. Every total paled in comparison to the super-powered box office of Endgame. Captain Marvel takes second with an estimated $8.1 million across 2,435 theaters. Captain Marvel is now at $1.1 billion globally and has become the 24th overall global release of all time, as well as the 9th overall superhero release domestically, according to Disney.

There were no other major new releases this weekend, as studios did not wish to compete with the juggernaut of this Avengers film. Last weekend’s new titles and box office winners, horror film, The Curse of La Llorona and faith-based story Breakthrough take the third and fourth place slots respectively.

The Warner Bros. Mexican folktale-inspired horror flick scares up an estimated $7.5 million across 3,372 theaters for second place. Chrissy Metz led Breakthrough falls from third to fourth in its second weekend, with an estimated $6.3 million across 2,913 theaters.

Another superhero film rounds out the top five, this one from Marvel rival DC Comics. In its fourth weekend, Shazam! continues to garner audience love. The Zachary Levi led, more kid-friendly superhero film takes fifth place with an estimated $5.5 million across 3,631 theaters.

Overall box office is down 11.3 percent to date according to ComScore. Thanks to the mammoth success of Endgame, this is the biggest improvement to date this year.

Check out the April 26-28 numbers below.

1. Avengers: Endgame — $350 million
2. Captain Marvel — $8.1 million
3. The Curse of La Llorona — $7.5 million
4. Breakthrough— $6.3 million
5. Shazam!— $5.5 million
6. Little— $3.4 million
7. Dumbo — $3.2 million
8. Pet Sematary— $1.3 million
9. Us— $1.1 million
10. Penguins— $1 million


Please be true! Please be true!! Please be true!!!!!!

New Bruce Springsteen Album In June?

It’s been a while since we had a juicy Springsteen rumour…A popular Italian Springsteen blog, Pink Cadillac, has hinted that they have heard that the new Bruce Springsteen album may be slated for a June 7 release. Full text from their blog post today is below:

Waiting for the release of the next album scheduled for June 7th, Bruce performed last night at the Kristen Ann Carr Fund gala at the Tribeca Grille, Robert De Niro’s New York venue. The event was a resounding success, an explosion of great music and a gathering with many famous people, including Roy Bittan and Bruce Springsteen. The boss inflamed the evening with a beautiful version of “Rocking Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu” and “Down the Road Apiece”, played with the Tangiers Blues Band by photographer Danny Clinch, proving to be in excellent shape.

In the comments section of their post, they say that the information has come from a source close to Sony. We shall see if this rumour picks up any steam but a June 7 release does seem a little early considering we are already in mid-April. But, who knows. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be surprised and hear an announcement soon.


Less than two weeks until AVENGERS: ENDGAME!!!

Shazam! superpowers itself to second consecutive box office victory

Shazam! Just say the word and you’ll find yourself at the top of the box office.

For the second week running, the DC Comics film takes first place at the box office, taking in an estimated $25 million across 4,306 theaters. The kid-friendly film easily outpaced the other new comic book adaptation to hit theaters this weekend Hellboy, which took in a dismal $12 million in third place. Shazam! brings its global total to $94 million, proving its staying power.

The film follows streetwise 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who gains the power to turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) by simply shouting out “Shazam!” — a superhero origin story that comes courtesy of an ancient wizard. Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, Adam Brody, and Ron Cephas Jones also star in the David F. Sandberg-directed movie.

Little scores the second place title for the weekend with an estimated $15 million across 2,667 theaters.

The weekend was jam-packed with new releases, all of which managed to take in enough to crack the top 10 this weekend. The buzziest release of the weekend was yet another comic book adaptation, this one a reboot of the Hellboy franchise with David Harbour (Stranger Things) as the titular half-demon hero. The hero, who previously appeared in two films in 2004 and 2008 directed by monster master Guillermo del Toro, proved to be a disappointment at the box office, taking in far under it’s expected $21 million gross.

The R-rated Neil Marshall film follows Hellboy as he is sent to England to battle three rampaging giants and finds himself facing off against vengeance-obsessed sorceress Blood Queen Nimue (Milla Jovovich). Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church also star. Critics have lambasted the film, and its returns hardly stack up to del Toro’s box office hauls, considering that when not adjusted for inflation the original 2004 film took in $23.2 million opening weekend and the 2008 sequel an even more impressive $34.5 million.

That’s far from the only new release this weekend. There’s also Laika’s latest animated release Missing Link, which takes ninth place with an estimated $5.8 million across 3,413 theaters.

The film features the voice talents of Zach Galifianakis as Mr. Link, a furry take on mythical creatures like the Yeti. Mr. Link recruits legendary explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) to help him track down his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La, along with the assistance of adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana).

Then there’s the Regina Hall and Issa Rae starrer Little, which also marks a feature film splash for Black-ish’s Marsai Martin, who executive produced the film based on her own story idea. The inventive comedy, which feels like a reverse Big, takes second place with an estimated $15.5 million across 2,667 theaters. Martin stars as Jordan Sanders, the “little” version of a ferocious boss played by Regina Hall. When Jordan wakes up as her 13-year-old self, many hijinks ensue. This Is Us’ Justin Hartley also stars.

The final new release this weekend is YA romance After, based on the Anna Todd novel of the same name. It takes eighth place with an estimated $6.2 million across 2,138 theaters. The film’s debut was on pace with expectations for the indie project from distributors Aviron Pictures and Voltage. Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin star as two college-aged students who become embroiled in a passion-filled, explosive relationship, which only gets more tense with the revelation that Tiffin’s Hardin Scott harbors a dark secret. Selma Blair, Jennifer Beals, and Peter Gallagher also star in the Jenny Gage-directed film.

After often draws comparisons to Fifty Shades of Grey with its tale of forbidden romance and its darkly handsome hero. The Anna Todd novel similarly began on an internet platform, Wattpad, in 2014 before exploding into a viral success (similar to Fifty Shades which began its life as a massively popular work of Twilight fanfiction).

Pet Sematary and Dumbo round out the top five with $10 million across 3,585 theaters and $9 million across 3,706 theaters respectively.

Overall box office is down 16.7 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the April 12-14 numbers below.

1. Shazam! — $25.1 million
2. Little — $15.5 million
3. Hell Boy — $12 million
4. Pet Sematary — $10 million
5. Dumbo — $9.1 million
6. Captain Marvel — $8.6 million
7. Us — $6.9 million
8. After — $6.2 million
9. Missing Link — $5.8 million
10. The Best of Enemies — $2 million


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Disney+ to launch in November with 400 movies and 7,500 TV episodes

Disney finally revealed details of its long-awaited streaming service in a presentation to investors on Thursday afternoon.

Disney+ will launch globally on November 12th, 2019 with 400 movies titles and 7,500 TV episodes. The streaming network will collect content from across its various subsidiaries, including Pixar, Marvel, LucasFilm, as well as its own productions under the Walt Disney banner. It’s also developing several original films and series.

The ad-free subscription service will be priced at $6.99 monthly — or, $69.99 annually — and will also be bundled with Hulu and other Disney offerings at a discounted price.

Among Disney+’s extensive offerings:

— All of Disney’s classic animated films — including The Lion King, Snow White, Little Mermaid, and Aladdin — will be unlocked from the Disney Vault and made available on Disney+. More recent animated films, such as Moana and Frozen, will also be included. Disney is also working on live-action remakes of Lady and the Tramp and The Sword in the Stone, as well as a Christmas comedy called Noelle starring Anna Kendrick, and Timmy Failure, based on the best-selling books.

— All Pixar films will be available within first year of launch, as well as its various digital shorts, including new, original series focused around Toy Story characters Forky and Bo Peep. As previously reported, Monsters Inc. is also getting a spinoff series.

— Disney+ will bring the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe together in one place for the first time. Four of its films will be available upon launch: Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World, with Avengers: Endgame following later in the year. As previously reported, Disney+ will also be the exclusive home to original series inspired by Loki, Hawkeye, Falcon and Winter Soldier, and Vision and the Scarlet Witch. If that weren’t enough, an animated series called What If? will imagine alternate Marvel storylines.

— The Star Wars films, with the exception of Solo and The Last Jedi (to come later), will be available at launch. Jon Favreau’s episodic series The Mandalorian will also be available at launch and span eight episodes. A Cassian Andor series is also in the works, with Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their roles from Rogue One.

— The first 30 seasons of The Simpsons will also be available on day one.