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Disney's 'Beauty' Delivers Beastly Second Weekend, While 'Power Rangers' Opens with $40.5M

13 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Disney's Beauty and the Beast delivered a monster second weekend, pulling in enough to make it the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushing the film over $315 million in a matter of just ten days. Added to that, Lionsgate's release of Saban's Power Rangers debuted in second place and proved there was still an audience for the franchise that began in the early '90s. Meanwhile, Sony's Life didn't show much of it and WB's CHiPs finished mostly as expected, settling in the lower half of the weekend top ten. All that said it was a great weekend at the domestic box office with the top twelve delivering $192.3 million a 63% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $88.3 million, Disney's Beauty and the Beast finished atop the box office for a second weekend in a row. It's the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushes the »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tramples ‘Power Rangers’ With $88 Million 2nd Weekend

13 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” continued to charge towards the $1 billion mark in its second box office weekend, easily holding on to the No. 1 spot with an estimated $88 million to reach a global cume of $690 million after just ten days in theaters. This makes “Beauty” the fourth straight Disney film to cross the $600 million global mark, following “Doctor Strange,” “Moana,” and “Rogue One.” It also now ranks in the top 5 for ten-day box office totals and second weekend totals. Also Read: 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake Already Passed the Original's Box Office Total “Beauty” staved off »

- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Queen of the Desert’ Trailer: Werner Herzog’s Biopic Starring Nicole Kidman is Finally Set for American Release

15 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Queen of the Desert,” Werner Herzog’s epic biographical film on the life of British journalist and adventurer Gertrude Bell, is finally set to hit American theaters and VOD on April 14, and a new trailer has dropped to promote the release. The starry feature, with a lead performance by Nicole Kidman and supporting turns from Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian Lewis, first premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival to decidedly negative reviews.

Read More: Berlin: Werner Herzog on Why He Made ‘Queen of the Desert’ and Working With Nicole Kidman

Herzog spoke with IndieWire in 2015 about finding the right cast to tell Bell’s story.

“I think I’m good at casting and that’s a very decisive part of what I do,” he said. “And Nicole Kidman is the ideal. She gives a performance that is unprecedented. I have not seen anything like this at least in »

- William Earl

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'Life' Screenwriters Share Sequel Details and Offer 'Deadpool 2' Update

15 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Life].

Though they are in the thick of perfecting a script for Deadpool 2, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are taking time to enjoy the latest fruits of their labor.

Life, which features their Deadpool leading man Ryan Reynolds alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, is in theaters now and tells the story of a group of astronauts who encounter the first proof of life outside of Earth.

True to the tradition of films like Alien, this first close encounter is disastrous, »

- Aaron Couch

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‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich:’ This ‘New Take’ on the Horror Series Will Star Thomas Lennon and Udo Kier

15 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The twelfth (!) installment of the “Puppet Master” series, “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich,” is set to start filming in Dallas next week, and an interesting cast has been revealed. The franchise, which has never previously featured notable acting talent, is bringing an interesting roster to the production: Thomas Lennon, Udo Kier, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Alex Beh, Barbara Crampton, Tina Parker, Skeeta Jenkins, and Michael Pare are all set to tango with the devious dolls, Variety reports.

Read More: ‘Puppet Master’ Reboot: Straight-to-Video Horror Franchise to Return from the Dead With ‘The Littlest Reich’

This chapter will also be a “new take” on the horror series, which could definitely benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund are set to direct the script, which was penned by “Bone Tomahawk” screenwriter S. Craig Zahler. “Reich” is set to amp up both the gore and comedy, »

- William Earl

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Korea Box Office: ‘Beauty’ Remains on Top in Second Weekend

46 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second week. The fantasy romance earned $7.81 million from 1.03 million admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $23.3 million from 3.1 million admissions after two weekends. Showing on some 1,255 screens nationwide, “Beauty” accounted for 41% of the total weekend box office.

Local crime actioner, “Prison” opened in second on Thursday. The Showbox release earned $9.31 million over four days, including previews. “Prison” sees a troubled former police inspector sent to jail and become a crucial player in a crime syndicate.

Far behind were two other Thursday newcomers. “Ordinary Person” landed in third. The Opus Pictures release earned $1.82 million. The Korean drama features a detective who is ordered to fabricate evidence about a serial murder case. Fox’s “Hidden Figures” opened in fourth place, earning $1.03 million in four days.

Kong: Skull Island” slipped to fifth place with »

- Sonia Kil

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China’s Huayi to Continue, Expand Relations With Stx (Report)

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Huayi Brothers Media, one of China’s leading film studios, says it will renew and expand its relationship with Hollywood’s Stx Entertainment.

The stance was expressed by Huayi co-chief James Wang at the Boao conference in Hainan and was reported by Bloomberg. “We’d like to renew and deepen our cooperation with Stx beyond slate financing,” said Wang (aka Wang Zhonglei.)

Huayi has a three year contract to co-produce and co-finance films with Robert Simonds’ Stx that runs until this time next year. Wang’s stance comes despite Stx patchy record of hits and misses to date, and despite possible difficulties stemming from China’s capital controls. “It’s fortunate that our overseas business plan is not acquisition-driven, nor are we financial investors, so our needs for foreign exchange are not vast,” Wang said.

He said that the companies will look at ways to expand cooperation in a broader »

- Patrick Frater

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‘Girls’ Review: A Baby Daddy Surfaces While Another Character Grows Up

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Last Week’S Review: Hannah Finally Confronts Her Future While Erasing Her Past

Love Her or Hate Her

Whatever Hannah’s full reaction to Adam’s movie is will have to wait, because this episode was all about some hard realizations that made us really feel for the character. Despite her better judgment Hannah finally got a hold of Paul-Louis (returning guest star Riz Ahmed) and just came right out with the pregnancy news. Well, after she reminded the guy who she was (surf article… threw up in his bed… said she had a lot of pubic hair). Hearing and seeing his freaked out and then relieved reactions when Hannah explained she didn’t need anything but was only fulfilling her moral sense of duty was like waking up from a weird romance with the character, both for us as viewers and for Hannah.

Although we had no reason »

- Amber Dowling

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Something They Need’ Has A Lot Going On, But Little To Show For It

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Last Week’S Review: Everyone Gets a Chance To Bury The Hatchet In ‘The Other Side

Whose Episode Is It?

It’s the penultimate episode, so it’s time to check in with just about everybody (the Kingdom excluded). That makes “Something They Need” a busy episode, but not a particularly compelling one. The issue is that while the back half of Season 7 has been a vast improvement over the first, its plotting has been overly predictable, since it’s mostly been about Rick assembling his army, a mission that will obviously succeed because the show doesn’t have anywhere to go, otherwise. The all-out war is clearly being held for next year, and there’s not enough time left in this season to build up any specific stakes or narrative steam to make the Season 7 finale worth looking forward to. What does happen this episode is completely expected: The Ricketeers gets Oceanside’s guns, »

- Jeff Stone

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China Box Office: ‘Kong’ Roars to $70 Million Opening Weekend Win

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kong: Skull Island” enjoyed a massive win over its opening weekend in China. It is poised to overtake second placed “Beauty And The Beast” in just four days.

“Kong” scored $68.5 million according to local data service Ent Group. Overseas distributor, Warner Bros. reported the figure as $72.1 million.

Those numbers were achieved on some 18,000 screens, according to Warner. They delivered more than 115,000 screenings per day, according to Ent Group. They included $6.5 million from 387 IMAX Screens.

The gross was the second largest opening for an international film this year. And it accounted for some 70% of the nationwide weekend total.

Holdover, “Beauty” took a big 71% tumble falling to $12.1 million from $42.8 million in its opening weekend. After 10 days it stands on $73.2 million.

Chinese new release, “Top Funny Man: The Movie” debuted in third place with $6.99 million. But, with declining scores on Saturday and Sunday, it looks set to sink quickly.

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- Patrick Frater

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