Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report: March 16

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News Bytes:

At the Disney annual shareholders meeting a few announcements were made. There will be a Frozen 2. This isn’t surprising considering how wildly successful the film was.

Disney also made a few Star Wars announcements. Rian Johnson was confirmed as the writer and director for Star Wars: Episode VIII, with a release date of May 26, 2017. The upcoming stand alone film will be called Rouge One, starring Felicity Jones, set to be released December 16, 2016. Rouge One will be directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Chris Weitz.

Variety has reported:

Eddie Murphy is in talks to join Lee Daniels’ untitled Richard Pryor biopic as Pryor’s father, LeRoy “Buck Carter” Pryor.

Josh Glad (Olaf from Frozen) is set to play LeFou in Disney’s upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast.

Peter Dinklage is in talks to join Christian Bale in The Deep Blue Good-by, based on the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald.

New Line Cinema has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, as well as the rights to adapt the documentary into a narrative film.

The Tribeca Film Festival will be host to a 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, featuring a reunion of the surviving members of Python. Those surviving members will be John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, and there was much rejoicing.

Sony has set up a production company called Ghost Corps to spawn a Ghostbusters universe. The first project this studio will tackle is a another new Ghostbusters film with Anthony and Joe Ruso loosely attached as directors, and Drew Pearce to write.

Box Office Results:

Cinderella came storming out of the gates with an amazing $70 million opening weekend.  In fact, Cinderella trampled Liam Neeson’s Run All Night which only picked up $11 million.  In terms of an opening Run All Night did alright, Warner Bros. should not be too disappointing, it will continue with some good momentum.  What I personally want to point out is that Kingsman: The Secret Service rebounded enough to displace Focus in third place.  If you have been following along, I have been saying that this is exactly what I expect to happen.  This would also be a good time to point out that the film which Kingsman opened opposite of has dropped off the top ten list.  That film, if you are not sure is Fifty Shades of Grey, which only pulled in $2.89 million.  Returning to films we actually care about.  Chappie took a big hit dropping 56.5% to fifth place.  The reason for this is up for debate.  It is a little early for the sci-fi audience.  They usually do better in the summer, than in early spring.  I would also argue that Chappie is just a little strange for the theater going crowd, it will do incredibly well on DVD/Blu-Ray.  With Insurgent opening next weekend it remains to be seen if Cinderella can retain the crossover audience, or if they will stray to the adolescent “thrill” ride that is the Divergent Series.  I think the Cinderella  will lose the opening number one spot, but will hold the number two spot.

TW LW Title (click to read our reviews) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week
1 N Cinderella (2015) BV $70,053,000 3,845 $18,219 $70,053,000 $95 1
2 N Run All Night WB $11,015,000 3,171 $3,474 $11,015,000 1
3 4 Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox $6,200,000 -25.4% 2,635 -466 $2,353 $107,373,000 $81 5
4 2 Focus (2015) WB $5,805,000 -42.0% 2,855 -468 $2,033 $44,032,000 $50.1 3
5 1 Chappie Sony $5,800,000 -56.5% 3,201 $1,812 $23,300,000 $49 2
6 3 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel FoxS $5,700,000 -33.3% 2,022 +449 $2,819 $18,060,000 2
7 5 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par. $4,100,000 -38.5% 2,659 -438 $1,542 $154,691,000 $74 6
8 7 McFarland, USA BV $3,692,000 -29.3% 2,455 -337 $1,504 $34,974,000 4
9 11 American Sniper WB $2,930,000 -33.4% 2,001 -544 $1,464 $341,500,000 $58.8 12
10 9 The DUFF LGF $2,900,000 -39.4% 2,301 -258 $1,260 $30,317,000 $8.5 4

Coming Soon

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. They must find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and — ultimately — the future of their world

The Gunman

A former Special Forces soldier (Sean Penn) who has PTSD tries to reconnect with his longtime lover, but must first go on the run across Europe to clear his name.

New to DVD and Blu-Ray:

There it is, your movie news for the week of March 9th, and what you have to keep you occupied the week of march 16th.  We hope you all survived the Ides of March, I personally keep away from friends who own knives, and we hope you all survive the impending hangover that Thursday will bring.  Remember to drink water kids, and beer should never be green.

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