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'Aquaman' surges to $61.1m in first two days in China (update)

Grindelwald crosses $400m internationally.

December 8 Update: Aquaman brought in a further $37.2m (Rmb 256m) on Saturday from 32,500 3D screens to dominate the market on 85% share and raise the running total after two days to $61.1m (Rmb 421.3m).

The DC tentpole scored Warner Bros Pictures International’s (Wbpi) biggest China opening day on Friday and is tracking 54% ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 69% ahead of Justice League, and more than double Wonder Woman by the same stage.

Wbpi sources said the new release was retaining strong word of mouth based on scores from local ticketing services and entertainment platforms,
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'Aquaman' sets Warner Bros opening day record in China

Grindelwald crosses $400m internationally.

Aquaman has made a big splash in China and set a Warner Bros opening day record on Friday of an estimated $24.6m (Rmb 169.5m).

Playing on approximately 30,500 screens (all 3D) and securing roughly 86% market share, the DC Entertainment tentpole starring Jason Momoa and directed by James Wan also delivered the biggest industry opening day in the month of September.

Warner Bros Pictures International (Wbpi) executives said Aquaman’s online profile was “extremely high” in China, with a Maoyan score of 9.5, Taopiaopaio on 9.4, and Douban on 8.4. The film debuts in North America on December 21.

In other good news for Wbpi,
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UK box office: 'Robin Hood' opens fourth, 'Fantastic Beasts 2' stays top

UK box office: 'Robin Hood' opens fourth, 'Fantastic Beasts 2' stays top
Palme d'Or winner 'Shoplifters' achieves an impressive site average.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.28.

Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (Nov 23-25) Total gross to date Week 1 Fantastic Beasts 2 (Warner Bros) £5.6m £22.0m 2 2 The Grinch (Universal) £3.3m £14,1m 3 3 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £2.2m £39.0m 5 4 Robin Hood (Lionsgate UK) £1.0m £1.3m 1 5. Nativity Rocks! (eOne) £811,010 £831,519 1 Warner Bros

It fell by 54% compared to last weekend but Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald easily held on to the top spot at the UK box office this weekend (Nov 23-25) with a three-day gross of £5.6m and a total cume to date of £22m.
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Escape from Hat Animated Movie Is Coming from Netflix and Kung Fu Panda Director

Netflix today announced that it will produce the animated feature film, Escape from Hat, from two time Academy Award nominated director Mark Osborne together with writer Adam Kline. Production will commence this month in New York.

Escape From Hat joins Netflix's growing slate of original animated event programming designed for kids and families around the world. Osborne will direct and produce with Jinko Gotoh, who worked with Osborne on the critically-acclaimed feature The Little Prince and serves as producer on the 2019 Netflix animated feature film Klaus, from director Sergio Pablos. The screenplay is by Adam Kline and Osborne, based on the book of the same name by Kline, a new middle-grade novel that will be published by HarperCollins in Winter 2020.

Escape From Hat brings light to the ancient mysteries of magic. In a fairy tale where black cats are bad and magic rabbits are good, balance is threatened when one
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Costume, Production Design Teams Add Emotion to ‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

  • Variety
The calculated use of color and texture helped create the lavish look of Disney’s live-action version of a classic Christmas story in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” which debuted Nov. 2.

Key contributors to the film’s aesthetic, which grounds fantasy in a palpable reality, were costume designer Jenny Beavan, a multiple Oscar nominee and two-time winner, and production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, a two-time nominee.

Dyas came on to the project accompanied by a team of concept artists and sought to find an emotional center for Clara (played by Mackenzie Foy). He recalled intense films from his childhood and tried to find the same beats in her journey. “I didn’t want her to feel like she was on a merry-go-round from beginning to end,” he says. “I wanted her to have those darker moments.”

To create a visual framework, Dyas removed all traces of red from the
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Twilight: 20 Weird Things Only True Fans Know About Renesmee Cullen

While she's only in one of the series' books, Renesmee Cullen is one of the most controversial figures within the Twilight universe. Not only is she the human-vampire hybrid daughter of Edward and Bella Cullen, conceived prior to Bella's transformation into a vampire, but she's the very cause of Edward agreeing to change his wife in the first place. Unwilling to "doom" Bella's soul like his own, Edward refused to give Bella the ability to remain ageless with him until his own kid threatened her life from the womb.

With an eerie precocious conscious even prior to delivery, Renesmee is nearly as creepy as Rosemary's baby or Michael Langdon from American Horror Story. The difference is that she's not a nefarious creature, despite what those who feel threatened by her believe. Renesmee proves herself to be kind and thoughtful, even if she remains unsettling. She redefines what it means to be an old soul,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rules International Box Office With Killer $72 Million

  • Variety
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rules International Box Office With Killer $72 Million
Don’t stop “Bohemian Rhapsody” now, Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic topped the international box office with $72.5 million.

Rami Malek stars as Queen’s iconic frontman in the rock movie, which also dominated the domestic market with $50 million for a global start of $122.5 million. “Bohemian Rhapsody” opened in the United Kingdom last weekend with a huge $12.2 million, ranking as one of the best debuts in that territory. Its worldwide tally currently sits at a strong $141.7 million.

That’s a huge win for Fox as the movie cost just $52 million to make. “Bohemian Rhapsody” resonated with audiences despite tepid reviews from critics and turmoil behind the scenes surrounding director Bryan Singer. It carries a strong 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore.

Fellow newcomer “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” fared better overseas, where Disney’s family film debuted with $38.5 million from 45 international markets. Keira Knightley and Mackenzie Foy star in the movie,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocks With $50 Million, ‘Nutcracker’ Crumbles

  • Variety
There’s a new box office queen in town.

Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” overperformed with a rocking $50 million when it debuted in 4,000 theaters. That was enough to dominate in North America over fellow newcomers “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” and “Nobody’s Fool.”

Bohemian Rhapsody” ranks as the second-best start for a music biopic, following 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton” ($60.2 million). For measure, it also topped the domestic debut of Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born,” which launched with a solid $42 million last month.

Rami Malek stars as iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, which cost around $50 million to produce. It’s a bittersweet symphony for Fox as the studio prepares to merge with Disney. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has generated a mixed critical response, though audiences have embraced it with a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore.

“I’m not surprised there’s a disconnect,
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Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Break Free With $46 Million Debut

  • Variety
Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Break Free With $46 Million Debut
Bohemian Rhapsody” is heading for a rhapsodic debut from 4,000 North American locations with an estimated $46 million.

The Fox biopic starring Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury earned $18.4 million Friday. Bryan Singer directed the film from Anthony McCarten’s screenplay. Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers also star.

Bohemian Rhapsody” is sitting at a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an A CinemaScore.

Christmastime pic “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” should debut in second with about $18 million from 3,766 domestic sites. That marks a disappointing start for the Disney film, which stars Keira Knightley and has an estimated production budget of well over $100 million.

Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston directed the film, with Ashleigh Powell writing the script. Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman also star. “Nutcracker” follows a young girl who must
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Review: Nutcracker And The Four Realms is a Fun Fantasy Adventure Film For The Kids

I wasn't really sure what to expect from Disney's new fantasy film Nutcracker and the Four Realms when I saw it. The trailers for the film offered up some very vibrant CGI heavy visuals, but I was curious to see how this new film version of the story would turn out.

The movie certainly isn't for everyone, but it did turn out to be a decent fantasy adventure movie that the kids might enjoy. If you're looking for a safe movie to take the family to during the holidays then you might want to consider this one.

The movie was inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which was famously adapted as a ballet by Tchaikovsky in the late 19th century.

I will say that this movie wasn't really for me. The Nutcracker isn't my thing so the interest level wasn't very high.
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Exclusive: Mackenzie Foy, Misty Copeland and Lang Lang talk The Nutcracker and The Four Realms

  • HeyUGuys
To celebrate the release of Disney’s new festive fantasy adventure, The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, we had the pleasure of sitting down with stars Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland, as well as pianist Lang Lang to chat about the film and the incredible music that accompanies it.

In our exclusive interviews Foy discusses the physical demands of the film, working with such acting icons as Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman, as well as discussing her incredibly loyal fan base.

In addition, Copeland talks about being the main ballerina as well as the importance of diversity in film, while Lang Lang chats about working with legendary film composer James Newton Howard.

You can watch our full interviews below:

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is in cinemas now.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Be the Box Office Champion With $43 Million

  • Variety
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Be the Box Office Champion With $43 Million
Consider “Bohemian Rhapsody” the box office Queen.

The Freddie Mercury biopic is set to open with a winning $43 million weekend at 4,000 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

The film, starring Rami Malek as Mercury, generated a solid $3.9 million in Thursday night previews, with exit polling showing 66% of theatergoers rating “Bohemian Rhapsody” as “excellent.” It’s outperforming expectations that had been around $35 million. It’s garnered mixed reviews, sitting at a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, but critics have praised Malek’s performance as the Queen frontman during the 1970s and ’80s.

Disney’s family-friendly “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is debuting in second place with about $19 million at 3,766, slightly below the lower end of estimates of around $20 million to $25 million. The movie, adapted from the ballet classic about a young girl whose Nutcracker doll comes to life, is a rare stumble for Disney in that it carries a $125 million price tag.
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Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Scores $3.9 Million on Thursday

  • Variety
Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” rocked to an impressive $3.9 million at 3,260 North American locations on Thursday night.

Exit polling showed that 66% of theatergoers rated “Bohemian Rhapsody” as “excellent,” with another 24% calling it “very good.”

The Queen biopic, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, expands to 4,000 locations on Friday amid expectations that it will easily top the box office with at least $35 million this weekend. Reviews have been critical (the film holds a 60% Rotten Tomatoes score), while praising Malek’s performance as the frontman of the popular rock band during the 1970s and ’80s.

The production of “Bohemian Rhapsody” was temporarily halted last year due to director Bryan Singer’s repeated absences. Singer was fired toward the end of the shoot, though he will still retain sole directing credit, and replaced by Dexter Fletcher. “Rhapsody” is produced by Graham King and New Regency.

Disney’s family-friendly “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Drums Up $3.9 Million at Thursday Box Office

  • The Wrap
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Drums Up $3.9 Million at Thursday Box Office
Rami Malek and Fox hit a high note with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” drawing $3.9 million in Thursday night showings as it stays on track for a $40 million box office bow.

For comparison, Warner Bros.’s critical and commercial hit “A Star is Born” earned $3.2 million in early Thursday showings on its way to a $42.9 million opening weekend. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” hit theaters with $3.4 million in early previews, pulling in $35.0 million in its first weekend for Universal. Independent trackers are looking for “Bohemian Rhapsody” to open to the tune of $35-$40 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody” has been heavily criticized for its series of events and its effectiveness as a biopic for Queen front-man Freddie Mercury.

Also Read: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Film Review: Queen Bio Won't Exactly Rock You

The film has a 59 percent score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and critics have panned the film’s screenplay for leaning on
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Review: The Nutcracker and The Four Realms

  • JoBlo
Plot: A young girl (Mackenzie Foy) is left a mysterious locked jeweled egg by her late mother. Her quest to find the key to the egg leads her to a parallel kingdom her mother once ruled, but which is now in the midst of a war being waged between the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley) and Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren). Review: The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is a fascinating curio for both what it is…
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The Nutcracker And The Four Realms – Review

Mackenzie Foy is Clara and Jayden Fowara Knight is Phillip in Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms.

Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker Ballet is a perennial holiday favorite, particularly for little girls for whom visions of sugarplum fairy ballerinas dance in their heads. With Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music, Hoffman’s magical Christmas fantasy story, The Nutcracker seems a natural for Disney.

Best of all, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms features dancing by prima ballerina star Misty Copeland, the first African American principle dancer with the American Ballet Theater, With Copeland in the cast, Nutcracker fans can’t be blamed for expecting something like a lush big screen version of the holiday-favorite ballet. But The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is a far different story, with much less of Misty Copeland’s thrilling dancing and much less of Tchaikovsky’s famous music than one would expect or hope.
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UK box office preview: 'The Nutcracker' to challenge 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

UK box office preview: 'The Nutcracker' to challenge 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Mike Leigh’s ’Peterloo’ amongst other new openers.

After Twentieth Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody scored a strong opening at the UK box office last week, Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms heads the challengers looking to usurp it at the top.

Directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, The Nutcracker is a retelling of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s short story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King and Marius Petipa’s The Nutcracker Ballet. Mackenzie Foy stars as Clara, the young girl who finds a nutcracker doll which comes to life, with further cast including Keira Knightley as the
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Mackenzie Foy & Keira Knightley on the magic of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Premiere Interviews

Yesterday evening Mackenzie Foy and Keira Knightley came to the capital to deliver the Christmas present that is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. This is Disney’s live-action adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker about a young girl who finds a Nutcracker doll among the family’s gifts and is charged by her parents to take special care of it.

Mackenzie Foy talked about the physicality of the role, how her martial arts training helped her, and if she’d be up for a sequel and what she thinks of her fans. Keira Knightley told us how she cherished the opportunity to do something less serious than her recent roles such as Colette, and what it felt like to be a cake. She also talked about finding her voice through the music. Ellie Bamber talked about
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Review: "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"

by Chris Feil

Yes, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is another attempt to monetize a familiar property into CGI fantasy excess. This time it is the Tchaikovsky ballet (itself an adaptation of an adaptation) getting the family film treatment, often owing more narratively to its cinematic genre predecessors like Alice in Wonderland and the Narnia movies than its actual source material. While it does fall into the garish trappings of those films, the film gets a good bit more mileage out of not taking itself so straightfaced. Within that familiar framework, the film fascinates by letting itself get a little cuckoo.

Mackenzie Foy is Clara, a young girl mourning the death of her mother, bestowed a mysterious egg-shaped lockbox as a Christmastime dowry. Spiritually guided by her godfather, played by Morgan Freeman In An Eyepatch, she ventures into the fantasy land formerly visited by her mother. But
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‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Review: Tchaikovsky Is Rolling In His Grave

‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Review: Tchaikovsky Is Rolling In His Grave
Slow torture for kids and grownups alike, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms gives a bad name to the very concept of family entertainment. What went wrong? Where to begin?!? On the surface, this Disney debacle seems like a no-brainer for the holidays: It’s an 1816 gothic fairytale by E.T.A. Hoffman and a ballet with music by Tchaikovsky. What we have here is simply a botch job with two directors — Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog) for starters and Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) for reshoots — and
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