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'Toy Story 4' Tops the Weekend Box Office With $118 Million

'Toy Story 4' Tops the Weekend Box Office With $118 Million
Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 topped the weekend box office and did so with the franchise's largest opening weekend yet, but even it seems to have been bitten by the summer's sequel slump as it too delivered well below studio and industry expectations. On top of that, UA Releasing's Child's Play finished in second place while also missing forecasted pre-weekend expectations while Lionsgate and Summit's Anna fell just shy of a spot in the top ten. With an estimated $118 million, Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 topped the weekend box office, though fell well short of the studio's $140+ million expectations, not to mention Mojo's lofty weekend forecast. The performance is, however, the best of the franchise, topping Toy Story 3's $110.3 million opening back in 2010 and fourth largest animated opening ever, which are hardly milestones you can ignore. It's also worth mentioning this is the third largest opening weekend of the year,
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‘Wild Rose’ Outpaced by Documentaries at Specialty Box Office

‘Wild Rose’ Outpaced by Documentaries at Specialty Box Office
Documentaries continue to dominate the specialized world. Among new openers, three of the four are non-fiction titles. They include “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (Magnolia) and a reissue of David Hockney biodoc “A Bigger Splash” (Metrograph).

Wild Rose,” the top narrative release of the week from Neon, had a middling start despite strong support and good reviews for breakout Jessie Buckley. The familiar story of an aspiring singer might have limited its appeal.

Among holdovers, documentaries are holding better than the two prime Sundance titles that opened soft in recent weeks. Not showing signs of sustained growth are “Late Night” (Amazon), which dropped more than half on its second wide weekend, while “Booksmart” (United Artists) is nearing $21 million, a total the Amazon film is unlikely to reach.

Opening

Wild Rose (Neon) – Metacritic: 78; Festivals include: Toronto 2018, South by Southwest 2019

$56,183 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $14,046

Rising actress Buckley, on view in HBO’s “Chernobyl,
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'Toy Story 4' dominates UK box office with record opening for animation

The Disney/Pixar franchise title took £13.3m across its first three days.

Toy Story 4 opened in top spot with a stellar £13.3m opening weekend – the highest ever for an animated title in the UK.

The film opened in 668 venues and scored a location average of £19,231, more than ten times that of any other title in the top 10.

It surpassed the £11.5m opening weekend of 2010’s Toy Story 3, as well as last year’s Incredibles 2 (£9.6m).

It is also the second-highest opening of 2019, behind only Avengers: Endgame’s colossal £31.4m and ahead of Captain Marvel’s £12.8m – both fellow Disney releases.
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China Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Beaten by Old Animated Film ‘Spirited Away’

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” has debuted to record-breaking opening weekends all over the world – but not in China, where it was soundly beaten by a nearly 20-year-old Japanese anime classic, Ghibli Studios’ “Spirited Away.”

While “Toy Story 4” made film history in territories around the world with the largest-ever three-day opening for an animated feature — including in the U.S. (with $118 million in ticket sales), the U.K., Mexico and Argentina — it came in second in China, where it grossed just $13.2 million, according to data from Artisan Gateway.

Its runner-up finish came despite stellar ratings on key user-review platforms Maoyan and Taopiaopiao, which both gave the film a 9.2 out of 10, respectively. “Toy Story 4’s” performance was hurt by Chinese exhibitors’ decision to program far more screenings of “Spirited Away,” the classic animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, which was first released in the U.S. in 2002 but
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Naval gazing: the submarine's fathomless rise to screen stardom

With Kursk the latest deepwater disaster to be dramatised on screen, we plunge into a history of claustrophobia, creaking hulls and deadly phallic warheads

Hot on the heels of HBO’s five-parter about the Chernobyl catastrophe comes another story of a tragic accident sparked by cost-cutting and exacerbated by political prevarication. In August 2000, during a Russian naval exercise in the Barents Sea, north of Murmansk, a faulty torpedo exploded in the Kursk – a nuclear-powered submarine named after the Russian city that also lent its name to the largest tank battle in history.

Stop reading now if you want to avoid real-life spoilers. The blast instantly killed all crew members in the front two compartments of the submarine, which was sent to the bottom of the sea. Two minutes later, although the nuclear reactor shut down safely, elevated temperatures from the fire detonated as many as seven more torpedos in an
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Dressed to kill: In Fabric and horror’s fixation with evil fashion

Peter Strickland’s new film explores our obsession with clothes, an unlikely antagonist driving many classic chillers

Modern Toss on horror

“A purchase on the horizon, a panoply of temptation, the hesitation in your voice, soon to be an echo in the recesses of the spheres of retail.” Who could resist such seductively florid sales patter? Certainly not Marianne Jean-Baptiste in In Fabric, the latest, laudably bonkers movie by Peter Strickland. Ignoring the sales assistant’s vampiric demeanour, Jean-Baptiste falls in love with the dress she tries on (colour: “artery red”), only to find it is a haunted garment that inflicts upon its wearers pain, suffering and a nasty rash.

Like so many before her, Jean-Baptiste is a literal fashion victim; a woman who pays the price for seeking to make herself look better. It is a notion that harks back to fairytales and pulp horror fiction, and – by the
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Streaming: two timely studies of global democracy

Not exactly a fun night in, but these documentaries about politics in crisis make for compelling viewing

At a moment when Britain is held bleakly in limbo by the ever-grimmer Tory leadership contest, you may not be in much of a mood for documentaries about politics in crisis. “Sit back, pour yourself a chilled glass of white and watch how we collectively got into this mess” isn’t the greatest pitch to anyone fleeing news channels to flip through Netflix for some distraction of an evening. Yet two compelling documentaries, both new to the streaming realm, are essential in their examination of the frail, threatened state of contemporary democracy on a global stage: it’s hard to look away from either.

One of the year’s standout docs on any subject so far, The Edge of Democracy recently landed on Netflix after an acclaimed, Sundance-launched festival run. An impassioned, personally
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‘Queen & Slim’ Trailer: Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith Get Their Own ‘Bonnie & Clyde’

‘Queen & Slim’ Trailer: Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith Get Their Own ‘Bonnie & Clyde’
Ready Player One co-star Lena Waithe made a splash a couple years ago as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series Master of None. Now she’s making her feature writing debut with Queen and Slim, a new drama that turns Get Out […]

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‘Queen & Slim’ Trailer: Lena Waithe & Daniel Kaluuya Are Trying To Stay Alive In Unflinching New Drama

‘Queen & Slim’ Trailer: Lena Waithe & Daniel Kaluuya Are Trying To Stay Alive In Unflinching New Drama
There’s some serious firepower behind the unflinching new Universal drama, “Queen & Slim.” It’s the powerful collaboration between trailblazing, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe (Netflix’s “Master of None” and Showtime’s “The Chi”) and Melina Matsoukas, the director of some iconic pop-culture experiences, including Beyonce’s “Formation” and the Nike “Equality” campaign.

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That would be enough, but the film also stars Daniel Kaluuya, the breakout star of “Get Out,” who is also featured in some significant parts of “Black Panther,” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows.

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‘Black & Blue’: Naomie Harris & Tyrese Gibson Team-Up To Fight Street Crime

‘Black & Blue’: Naomie Harris & Tyrese Gibson Team-Up To Fight Street Crime
Coming this fall and directed by the indefatigable Deon Taylor, the filmmaker is having quite the year. Between 2018 and 2019, he’s made three films: “Traffik,” “The Intruder,” and his upcoming crime thriller “Black and Blue” which just released its first trailer tonight. I’m not sure what kind of steroids he’s on, but according to IMDb, Taylor also has three more films in post-production: “The House Next Door,” “Fatale” and “Akuma.” Taylor apparently doesn’t sleep.

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‘Big Little Lies’ Review: ‘The End of the World’ Approaches, as Does Season 2’s Make or Break Moment

‘Big Little Lies’ Review: ‘The End of the World’ Approaches, as Does Season 2’s Make or Break Moment
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Big Little Lies,” “The End of the World” — Season 2, Episode 3.]

Meryl Streep isn’t just the enticing new cast member to “Big Little Lies” Season 2; she’s carrying the entire plot on her shoulders. So far, that’s been a blessing, as Streep’s attentive and rich performance makes any time spent with the mourning Mary Louise pure pleasure. But in Episode 3, “The End of the World,” it’s also clearer than ever that she’s the only one driving any narrative momentum. What writer David E. Kelley and director Andrea Arnold do with her dogged pursuit of the truth will be the make or break moment for the series. As we approach the midway point, this latest hour shows how enjoyable and affecting this new “Big Little Lies” can be, while still repeating the same beats shown previously.

Before we get to a few theories of what might come
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‘Queen & Slim’ First Look Trailer: Daniel Kaluuya Goes on the Run in Lena Waithe’s Thriller — Watch

‘Queen & Slim’ First Look Trailer: Daniel Kaluuya Goes on the Run in Lena Waithe’s Thriller — Watch
When Lena Waithe presented the first footage of “Queen and Slim” at Cinemacon earlier this year, she called the Universal Pictures’ film “protest art.”

“It’s meant to get people talking,” Waithe said. “The film is not made to give the audience answers, but instead to ask questions and show what it looks like to be black and in love while the world is burning all around you.”

Now, audiences worldwide can see for themselves what she’s talking about in the first trailer for fall feature. Universal released the first look during the 2019 Bet Awards, which aired Sunday night.

Starring Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Jodie Turner-Smith (“Nightflyers”), “Queen & Slim” was initially billed as a dramatic thriller with romantic undertones that follows a black couple on a first date who are pulled over by a police officer, who they then kill in self-defense. The film also stars Bokeem Woodbine
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Shanghai Film Review: ‘The Wolf Hour’

Shanghai Film Review: ‘The Wolf Hour’
Run a finger along any of the surfaces in Alistair Banks Griffin’s sophomore feature “The Wolf Hour,” and it will come up slicked with sweat, grime and the residual soot of the city. It is the summer of 1977, and it’s hotter than hell. June Leigh (Naomi Watts) perches on the window sill of the squalid Bronx apartment she dares not leave, facing right into a lethargic fan that scarcely even stirs the wavy brown hair off her sticky shoulders. Outside, little blisters of violence and intimidation erupt on the tinder-box streets, and somewhere nearby, Son of Sam is murdering women with wavy brown hair. “Hello from the gutters of New York City,” the serial killer writes in letters to the papers, and though Griffin’s heavy-on-atmosphere, light-on-plot film takes place almost exclusively five floors up from ground level, those gutters feel palpably, oppressively close.

The Wolf Hour” is a peculiar film,
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‘The Christmas Gift,’ ‘Guaxuma,’ ‘King Wah’ Win Top Awards at Palm Springs ShortFest

‘The Christmas Gift,’ ‘Guaxuma,’ ‘King Wah’ Win Top Awards at Palm Springs ShortFest
The Palm Springs International ShortFest wrapped Sunday with top prizes going to “The Christmas Gift,” directed by Bogdan Muresanu, for best of the festival, Nara Normande’s “Guaxuma” for best international short and Horatio Baltz’s “King Wah (I Think I Love You)” for best North American short.

The festival is the largest shorts-focused event in North America, screening 369 films during the festival as well as 5,600 in the film market. Juried award winners of some categories are qualified to enter the shorts categories for the Oscars.

Best U.S. short went to “Manila is Full of Men Named Boy,” by Andrew Stephen Lee, while Best animated short went to “Dani” directed by Lizzy Hogenson.

Full list of winners below:

Jury Awards

Best Of Festival Award – The Christmas Gift (Romania/Spain), Directed by Bogdan Muresanu

Best International Short – Guaxuma (Brazil/France), Director Nara Normande

Best North American Short – King Wah (I
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‘Yellowstone Live’: Baby Animals Are Front and Center in This Year’s Ambitious NatGeo Event

‘Yellowstone Live’: Baby Animals Are Front and Center in This Year’s Ambitious NatGeo Event
Yellowstone Live” finished its debut four-night run on a Wednesday last August. But before the week was over, the team behind the show knew they wanted to take on the ambitious live TV nature event again, and they knew exactly what this year’s version needed.

Baby animals. Lots and lots of baby animals.

Beginning Sunday night, Nat Geo will present another quartet of primetime one-hour installments, capturing the activity happening in the park at this summer’s opening. Teams of camera crews will be broadcasting live footage of animals and natural phenomena, mixed in with pre-recorded segments to help give audiences at home some context for what they’re seeing. Showrunner James Smith said that having this event earlier this year was a direct response to wanting to feature smaller young animals as part of the series’ broadcasts.

“July and August gets very dry, but May and June is when it’s really lush.
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‘Toy Story 4’ Has The Largest Opening For Any ‘Toy Story’ Film, But Still Falls Short Of Expectations [Box Office]

‘Toy Story 4’ Has The Largest Opening For Any ‘Toy Story’ Film, But Still Falls Short Of Expectations [Box Office]
The box office problems for sequels in North America continues this weekend. Sure, Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” made an incredible amount of money— $118 million domestically—in its opening weekend, but the figure is far down from the early estimates that had the film opening to around $150 million in North America. It’s the largest opening for a “Toy Story” movie ever, and this is excellent news, but that 2019’s summer slump, the fatigue that seems to be setting in with North American moviegoers does seem like it hurt the film a little.

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The Dirty Secret of Franchise Fatigue: It Only Lasts Until the Next Bad Sequel Becomes a Hit

The Dirty Secret of Franchise Fatigue: It Only Lasts Until the Next Bad Sequel Becomes a Hit
I recently came down with an acute case of movie-world-itis — call it “franchise fatigue” fatigue. The symptoms are as follows. It’s blockbuster movie season (otherwise known as: any given week of the year), and a handful of sequels, reboots, and tentpole-smash wannabes have all come out and performed badly. The media predictions of weekend grosses were not met. The studio dreams of box-office triumph were not fulfilled. The eternal hope that a veteran franchise, one that has been in hibernation for a while, could wake up, take off, and fly again — those dreams crashed and burned.

The highly visible failure of films like “Dark Phoenix,” “Men in Black: International,” and “Shaft” went down as black eyes for the studios that produced and distributed them. More than that, they were signs that the audience — ah, the audience! that loyal puppy of megaplex-product enthusiasm! until, all of a sudden, it isn
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‘Space Jam 2’ with Lebron James Will Feature Both NBA and Wnba Players in Key Roles

‘Space Jam 2’ with Lebron James Will Feature Both NBA and Wnba Players in Key Roles
After years of rumors, Space Jam 2 seems like it’s actually happening. Now that the NBA is in the off-season, superstar Lebron James has plenty of time to lead the sequel to the live-action/animated hybrid sequel. And despite having some trouble recruiting certain NBA superstars a few months ago, it sounds like plenty of names […]

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As ‘Toy Story 4’ Opens to $118 Million, Do We Need to Reset Theatrical Expectations?

As ‘Toy Story 4’ Opens to $118 Million, Do We Need to Reset Theatrical Expectations?
This is a weekend of twin disappointments. First up: While “Toy Story 4” handily crossed a $100 million three-day opening, at $118 million in sales it fell significantly short of Disney’s (conservative) $140 million three-day estimate.

Second, and somewhat related: Year over year, box-office totals fell at least $75 million below the same three-day period in 2018. Expect the 2019 shortfall to be around $540 million by the end of this weekend. Still, there are three more top franchises or sequels between now and the end of July; June and July last year had only two, so the outlook for improvement remains.

Disney spin is already in play, but the “Toy Story 4” performance comes as concern rises that the sequel/franchise theatrical model is losing currency. Of course, $118 million is a strong number, but the degree to which this fell short of minimal expectations has to scare careful observers. It creates pressure to find alternatives,
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Shanghai Film Review: ‘Vortex’

Official statistics imply that violent crime is close to an all-time low across China today, but you would hardly guess as much from the glut of commercial-leaning crime and gangster movies that the Middle Kingdom is producing and, as often as not, given the accessibility of the genre and the historical pedigree of Asian action thrillers, exporting as well. To that number add one more in the shape of “Vortex,” the second feature from Gan JianYu (“Sometimes Naive”), a slick, sellable but also deeply forgettable kidnapping caper populated with lowlife gamblers, gun-toting thugs and cops with tortured histories. They’re all enmired in a needlessly convoluted plot that will eventually proffer each of them an improbable shot at redemption: The good guys take it, the bad guys don’t, and that’s how you tell them apart.

This particular redemptive narrative device comes in the shape of the adorably frowny-faced
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