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Rome: Cate Blanchett Says She's "Obsessed" With "Force of Nature" Lucille Ball

Rome: Cate Blanchett Says She's
Cate Blanchett arrived in Rome to present the Italian premiere of The House with a Clock in Its Walls on Friday. The new film from Eli Roth follows a young orphan in a magical mansion, surrounded by a friendly witch and a warlock, who accidentally releases an evil force that could end the world.

She’ll also participate in one of the Rome Film Festival's “Close Encounter” discussions to speak about her life’s work as an actress and a humanitarian. Blanchett has been a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations high commissioner for refugees since 2016.

She spoke to ...
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‘Mid90s’ Film Review: Jonah Hill Scores Solid Directorial Debut With Coming-of-Age Indie

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‘Mid90s’ Film Review: Jonah Hill Scores Solid Directorial Debut With Coming-of-Age Indie
Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is an homage so faithful to its titular era, you’d be hard-pressed to pinpoint the year in which it was actually made. The giveaway, though, is in the intense sense of nostalgia that suffuses every frame of “Mid90s.”

Hill, currently starring in Netflix’s “Maniac,” was 13 in 1996, the same age as his protagonist, Stevie, who’s struggling to make sense of his unhappy life. His older brother, Ian, has a lot of rage issues, most of which he takes out on Stevie in violent fashion. And his young single mom, Dabney, is just trying to hold things together.

Facing down a summer with nothing to do and no one to do it with, Stevie finds a new family among the teens who hang out at a nearby L.A. skate shop. Ray (Na-kel Smith) works there, but he seems to be the only
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Bo Report: Soft launch for ‘First Man’ while ‘In Like Flynn’ misfires

‘In Like Flynn.’

Universal’s First Man has an Academy Award-winning director in La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, an Oscar-lauded writer in Spotlight’s Josh Singer and stars two-time Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling.

But that combination did not catapult the Neil Armstrong biopic to great heights in Australia, the Us or 20 other markets last weekend.

Meanwhile Sony’s Venom easily retained the top spot while Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale opened better here than in the Us, which isn’t saying much, and Umbrella Entertainment’s Errol Flynn biopic In Like Flynn flopped.

Directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Thomas Cocquerel as the Tasmanian-born Flynn alongside Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen, Callan Mulvey, Isabel Lucas and David Wenham, the action-adventure took just $22,000 from limited sessions on 69 screens and $38,000 including previews.

The MA15+ rating caused by the violent opening sequence in Papua New Guinea, which is at odds with the rollicking,
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‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Repeat Box Office Wins, ‘First Man’ Launches to $16.6 Million

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‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Repeat Box Office Wins, ‘First Man’ Launches to $16.6 Million
Tom Hardy’s “Venom” grabbed $35.7 million to repeat as the winner of the North American box office, followed by Lady Gaga’s “A Star Is Born” with $28 million.

Ryan Gosling’s “First Man” launched in third place at the low end of expectations with $16.6 million at 3,640 sites, edging the opening of Sony’s “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” with $16.2 million at 3,521 venues.

Venom,” which declined 56%, is the first repeat winner at the box office since “Crazy Rich Asians” won three straight weekends in August. Moveigoers have continued to shrug off negative reviews as the movie has taken in more than $142 million domestically at 4,250 locations in its first 10 days for Sony. It’s also continued the dominance of Marvel’s characters in the superhero movie realm.

A Star Is Born,” bolstered by stellar reviews and fans excited over the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper collaboration, declined by only 33% and lifted its 10-day total
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'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Reign Atop Box Office for Second Weekend in a Row

'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Reign Atop Box Office for Second Weekend in a Row
It wasn't quite as close as we thought it might be at the top of the box office, but last weekend's top two films definitely disappoint. Sony's Venom held on even better than expected, delivering a second weekend at #1 while Warner Bros.'s A Star is Born continued to shine. As for the weekend's three new wide releases, Universal's First Man led the way, narrowly edging out Sony's Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween for third place on the weekend chart while Fox's Bad Times at the El Royale fell outside the top five. With an estimated $35.7 million, Sony's Venom dropped just 55% in its second weekend as the film's domestic cume now totals $143 million after just ten days in release. Heading into the weekend a drop of 60%+ seemed most likely considering historical precedence, but the film continues to outperform expectations, holding on similarly to Logan, which dipped just 56.9% in its second weekend.
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Second Opinion – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, 2018.

Directed by Ari Sandel.

Starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jack Black, Madison Iseman, Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Caleel Harris.

Synopsis:

Halloween comes to life in a comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.

In 2015, Rob Letterman’s Goosebumps reminded us that PG-rated gateway horror could be a blast of October excitement for all ages. In 2018, The House With A Clock In Its Walls – unfortunately – proves to be the better unintentional Goosebumps sequel over Ari Sandel’s *actual* paperback continuation, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Where Goosebumps is wittier, more action-packed, and boasts a livelier cast, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is a basic-bitch R.L. Stine incarnation that fan-services kiddie plotting into a duller, paint-by-numbers haze.

This time around, young trash-cleaner entrepreneurs Sonny Quinn (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Sam Carter (Caleel Harris) accidentally unlock an unfinished R.L. Stine manuscript hidden behind a trick door.
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'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Look to Fend Off 'First Man', 'Goosebumps 2' & 'El Royale'

'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Look to Fend Off 'First Man', 'Goosebumps 2' & 'El Royale'
Thanks to a record October weekend last week the month is already off to its best start ever and things don't look as if they'll be slowing down this weekend. At the top, look for last weekend's two new releases — Venom and A Star is Born — to be in a close race for the weekend's #1 spot. Meanwhile, Universal's awards hopeful First Man should lead a crop of three new wide releases followed by Sony's Goosebumps 2 and Fox's Bad Times at the El Royale. Overall, we're looking at a weekend that could rank as one of the top five overall October weekends of all-time. We'll begin with Sony's Venom, which we expect to a drop around 62% or so, heading toward a three-day grossing $30.5 million, pushing the film's domestic cume a couple million shy of $140 million after ten days in release. Whether that will be enough to top the
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Can Venom Fend Off First Man and Goosebumps 2 at the Box Office?

Last weekend saw Sony's Venom not only take the top spot at the box office with $80.2 million, but that was also good enough for the all time October record. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born also did quite well, earning $42.9 million. This weekend sees a trio of new releases that will represent stiff competition and will make for a crowded frame, offering moviegoers a wide array of choices. But can any of these newcomers take down Tom Hardy's Venom?

The answer to that question is probably not. Venom, even with a drop of more than 50 percent at the box office, should still be able to fend off any newcomers. Depending on how much these new releases take away from its potential second weekend take, and depending on whether or not word of mouth is more positive than negative, the Marvel Comics adaptation could bring in anywhere between $30 and $40 million.
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‘First Man’ Lifts Off This Weekend to Steep Box Office Competition

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‘First Man’ Lifts Off This Weekend to Steep Box Office Competition
Venom” and “A Star Is Born,” both hot off of very strong openings at the box office last weekend, will now serve as tough competition for this week’s pair of big releases, Universal’s “First Man” and Fox’s “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

First Man” is the followup for director Damien Chazelle after winning the Oscar for Best Director for “La La Land” last year, with Ryan Gosling and several other Oscar winners from his “La La Land” team joining him. But while “La La Land” had a limited December release and a slow rollout through January, “First Man” will be released wide by Universal on 3,600 screens. The studio is projecting an opening weekend of $15-18 million, with independent trackers pushing their expectations up to $20 million.

Also Read: How Far Can 'Venom' Go at the Box Office?

With a $60 million budget, such a result wouldn
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‘First Man’ Takes on ‘Venom’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ as October Box Office Goes Galactic

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‘First Man’ Takes on ‘Venom’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ as October Box Office Goes Galactic
After “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” gave October a record-breaking start, a slew of new offerings should keep box office momentum going strong.

Universal’s “First Man” should achieve a solid liftoff when it launches in 3,600 theaters, but the space epic will have to fend off an otherworldly being before it can top domestic charts. “Venom,” starring Tom Hardy as the alien symbiote from Sony’s arsenal of Marvel characters, blew past estimates last weekend with $80 million. The superhero film, which posted the best Monday in October with $9.6 million, will likely win the weekend with as much as $30 million to $40 million in its second outing.

Damien Chazelle’s biographical drama — featuring Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong — is shooting for upwards of $20 million, though some industry analysts suggest “First Man” could reach north of $25 million. The production budget for “First Man” was around $70 million, but tax incentives lowered the
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Warner Bros. and 'The Nun' Lead Second Highest Grossing September Ever

Warner Bros. and 'The Nun' Lead Second Highest Grossing September Ever
September 2018 delivered some stellar numbers, finishing as the second largest September of all-time behind last year's record performance. That said, while over 40% of September 2017's calendar gross was attributed to one film alone * Warner Bros.'s It * 2018's top earner * WB's The Nun * accounted for just 16.4% of the month's total gross, serving as evidence of a more, well-rounded month altogether. Additionally, for the third year in a row, WB led the month of September, and, like last year, dominated the competition, serving as the only studio to not only bring in over $100 million for the month, but by bringing in nearly $235 million from seven films in release. As already mentioned, WB's release of New Line's The Nun led the way in September, bringing in just over $109 million over the course of the month. Following a franchise record opening of $53.8 million early in the month, The Nun has since gone
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Teaser & Schedule for Eli Roth’s Docuseries History Of Horror on AMC

Horror fans know Eli Roth as one of the 21st Century’s most polarizing fear practitioners (although recent offerings like Death Wish and The House with a Clock in Its Walls show the provocateur has mainstream sensibilities as well). Now, Roth is stepping in front of the camera for a new docuseries on AMC, one that […]

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'Venom' overcomes 'Johnny English 3', 'A Star Is Born' at UK box office

Superhero spin-off posts healthy £8m bow, including previews.

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Full screen RankFilm / DistributorThree-day gross (Oct 5-7) Running gross Week 1 Venom (Sony Pictures) £5.6m £8m 1 2 Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal) £4.1m £4.1m 1 3 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £3.1m £4m 1 4 The House With A Clock In Its Walls (eOne) £902,203 £6.8m 3 5. Night School (Universal) £859,330 £3.1m 2 Sony Pictures

Venom, a spin-off from the Spider-man franchise taking place outside of the Marvel cinematic universe, opened to an impressive £5.6m Fri-Sun. From 557 locations, that’s a site average of £10,054. With Wednesday/Thursday previews, the total five-day opening was £8m.
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‘Venom’ Is The Number One Movie In The World With $205M Taken In Opening Weekend

Despite many negative reviews, superhero movie Venom is officially the number one movie in the world after taking a whopping $205 million in its opening weekend, an October record. In its domestic territory of North American, the Tom Hardy-led superhero flick managed a superb $80 million, the best performance in October ever, and much more than the previous record holder, 2013’s Gravity, which pulled in $55 million over its first three days. The movie, a spin-off from the Spider-Man movies, though not in the current McU, cost around $100 million to bring to the screen.

In second place, fellow new opener A Star Is Born, the directorial debut of actor Bradley Cooper, picked up a cool $41.25 million, plus another $14 million from around the world. The film cost a reported $36 million to make, so is a hit, plus a future Oscar contender.

Rounding out the top three is animated fare Smallfoot, which opens in the UK this week.
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Bo Report: ‘Venom’ defies the critics while ‘Ladies in Black’ stays strong

Venom’ (Photo credit: Ctmg)

The critics hated Venom, blasted by Rolling Stone’s Pete Travers as a “puddle of simplistic, sanitized PG-13 drivel” and the worst Marvel film of the year, and by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as clumsy, monolithic and fantastically boring.

Audiences must be watching a different movie as the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man spin-off starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed smashed October opening weekend records worldwide last weekend.

Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black clearly is benefiting from repeat business in its third weekend while Benjamin Gilmour’s Jirga advanced to $128,000 including festival screenings after taking $16,000 in its second weekend on 10 screens.

Paramount released Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups direct to home entertainment in the Us but gave it a theatrical run here as an alternate content release.

Transmission’s The Seagull didn’t fly while of the limited releases Madman Entertainment’s American Animals
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'Venom' ensnares global box office with $207m record October global bow (updated)

'Venom' ensnares global box office with $207m record October global bow (updated)
Update: Hong Kong crime thriller Project Gutenberg within days of $100m following $38m weekend haul.

October 8 Update: Sony/Marvel’s Venom starring Tom Hardy smashed the opposition with a confirmed $207.1m global debut that set a new October high at the box office.

A Star Is Born grossed $14.2m from its first markets through Warner Bros, while Universal’s Johnny English Strikes Again debuted at number two in the UK on $5.4m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International

Comic book adaptation Venom ranked number one in 57 of its international 58 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri) and dominated the international arena with
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'Venom' ensnares global box office with $205m record October global bow (updated)

'Venom' ensnares global box office with $205m record October global bow (updated)
Update: Hong Kong crime thriller Project Gutenberg within days of $100m following $38m weekend haul.

Sony/Marvel’s Venom starring Tom Hardy smashed the opposition with an estimated $205m global debut that set a new October high at the box office.

A Star Is Born grossed $14m from its first markets through Warner Bros, while Universal’s Johnny English Strikes Again debuted at number two in the UK on $5.5m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International

Comic book adaptation Venom ranked number one in 57 of its international 58 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri) and dominated the international arena with a bracing $125.2m haul from 20,800 screens.
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'Venom' ensnares global box office with $205m record October global bow

'Venom' ensnares global box office with $205m record October global bow
Hong Kong crime thriller Project Gutenberg within days of $100m following $38m weekend haul.

Sony/Marvel’s Venom starring Tom Hardy smashed the opposition with an estimated $205m global debut that set a new October high at the box office.

A Star Is Born grossed $14m from its first markets through Warner Bros, while Universal’s Johnny English Strikes Again debuted at number two in the UK on $5.5m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International

Comic book adaptation Venom ranked number one in 57 of its international 58 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri) and dominated the international arena with a bracing $125.2m haul from 20,800 screens.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Venom Obliterates October Opening Weekend Box Office Record with $80M

Sony's Venom proved to be a monster at this weekend's box office, earning over $80 million domestically and $125.2 million overseas for a massive grand total of $205.2 million worldwide. The Tom Hardy-starring superhero movie easily took the number one spot and broke the record for highest October debut in box office history, beating the previous winner, Gravity by over 43 percent. Coming in at number two this weekend was the debut of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born, which took in $41.2 million. Both films came in well above their initial predictions.

Smallfoot took in $14.9 million this weekend, which was enough to take the number three box office position. The animated movie features the voices of Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Cordon, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, and Common. Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish's Night School fell over 55 percent from last weekend, earning $12.2 million and taking the number four
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'Venom' Delivers October Opening Weekend Record While 'A Star Is Born' Shines

'Venom' Delivers October Opening Weekend Record While 'A Star Is Born' Shines
It was a record weekend at the box office for Sony's release of Venom, which delivered a massive $80 million, topping the previous October opening weekend record by more than $20 million. Additionally, Warner Bros.'s A Star Is Born more than carried its own weight with a stellar debut of its own, topping $40 million for its opening weekend and helping this become the largest October weekend of all-time. With an estimated $80 million, Sony's release of Venom into 4,250 locations not only topped the weekend box office, but it topped the previous October opening weekend record of $55.7 million set by Gravity in 2013 by over $20 million. The debut ranks ahead of the $75.8 million opening for Ant-Man and the Wasp earlier this year and just behind the $84.4 million opening for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Both films went on to gross over $210 million domestically, but before we get that far, one thing everyone will
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