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Furiosa , Garfield Top Weak Weekend
Furiosa Tops Weak Weekend
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Furiosa Tops Weak Weekend

Industry now counts on June, July releases

(Newser) - Movie theaters are looking more and more like a wasteland this summer. Neither Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga nor The Garfield Movie could save Memorial Day weekend, which is cruising toward a two-decade low. Furiosa, the Mad Max prequel starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, claimed first place for the...

Audiences Like IF More Than Critics Do
IF Captures
Imaginations
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IF Captures Imaginations

John Krasinski's project is the first family-friendly film to open in weeks

(Newser) - John Krasinski's imaginary friends movie IF claimed the top spot at the box office this weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Its $35 million North American debut was a bit lower than some projections. That could be an ominous sign of the box office times—or not, the AP...

Latest Apes Installment Has Series' Second-Biggest Opening
New Planet of the Apes Film
Outdraws Rest of Top 10
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New Planet of the Apes Film Outdraws Rest of Top 10

Latest installment rides positive reviews

(Newser) - Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes reigned over the weekend box office with a $56.5 million North American opening, according to studio estimates Sunday, providing a surge to an uncertain season in theaters. The film from 20th Century Studios and Disney that built on the rebooted Apes trilogy...

Disney Boss Addresses 'Superhero Fatigue'

Bob Iger says company is going to tamp down on Marvel franchise output to focus on quality

(Newser) - Disney had some good news to share during its latest quarterly report, including the profit its streaming services (Disney+ and Hulu) turned this time around. But CEO Bob Iger also noted during Tuesday's conference call with analysts that the company has had to contend with "superhero fatigue" around...

The Fall Guy Starts Hollywood's Summer Slowly
Ryan Gosling's
Fall Guy Starts Slowly
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Ryan Gosling's Fall Guy Starts Slowly

Debut comes up short of forecasts despite positive reviews

(Newser) - The Fall Guy, the Ryan Gosling-led, action-comedy ode to stunt performers, opened below expectations with $28.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, providing a lukewarm start to a summer season that's very much to be determined for Hollywood. The Universal Pictures release opened on a weekend that Marvel...

Sex on the Big Screen Is Falling Out of Fashion

It may be hotter, more risque in some films, but sexual content fell 40% from 2000, per one analyst

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it if you've recently seen Saltburn , Poor Things , or Challengers , but sex scenes in Hollywood movies are actually experiencing a downturn. That's according to data analyst Stephen Follows , who was commissioned by the Economist to look into the status of erotic content on the...

Challengers Opens No. 1
Zendaya Fans
Rush to Challengers
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Zendaya Fans Rush to Challengers

Exit poll shows 55% of audience was drawn by the star

(Newser) - The sexy tennis drama Challengers won the box office this weekend with $15 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Zendaya and castmates Mike Faist and Josh O'Connor have been on a globetrotting press tour promoting Italian director Luca Guadagnino's original film, which opened in 3,477...

On Prom Day, Footloose School Will Get a Big Guest
Kevin Bacon Fulfills His
Promise to Footloose School
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Kevin Bacon Fulfills His Promise to Footloose School

Actor visited Utah's Payson High School, where 'Footloose' was shot, on prom day

(Newser) - Kevin Bacon on Saturday fulfilled his promise to students at Utah's Payson High School—where he filmed Footloose four decades ago—when he showed up on campus on prom day. "It's been a long time—40 years—that just blows my mind, you know," the actor...

Blair Witch Project Actors: Studios Have Cheated Us

Trio asks for retroactive payment over the 1999 blockbuster

(Newser) - The three actors in the unexpected 1999 blockbuster The Blair Witch Project say it's long past time they were fairly compensated for their work. In an open letter to Lionsgate, Rei Hance (then known as Heather Donahue), Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams ask for retroactive money as well as...

Civil War Holds Off Horror Flick
Civil War
Holds Off
Horror Flick
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Civil War Holds Off Horror Flick

'Abigail' comes in second on a slow weekend

(Newser) - Civil War, Alex Garland's ominous American dystopia, remained the top film in theaters in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The A24 election-year gamble, the indie studio's biggest budgeted film yet, took in $11.1 million in ticket sales at 3,929 theaters over...

Pamela Anderson Boards the Naked Gun Train

'Baywatch' actor will star opposite Liam Neeson in reboot of popular comedy franchise

(Newser) - Liam Neeson had already committed to an upcoming reboot of The Naked Gun, but another big name has jumped on board the project. Pamela Anderson of Baywatch fame will star as Neeson's love interest in the remake directed by The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer, "in a...

Civil War Unseats Godzilla x Kong
Civil War Is a Hit,
Topping Forecasts
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Civil War Is a Hit, Topping Forecasts

A24 has the biggest R-rated opening of the year

(Newser) - Alex Garland's provocative Civil War inspired audiences this weekend to go to the cinemas, where it surpassed expectations and earned $25.7 million in ticket sales in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday. It's the biggest R-rated opening of the year to date and a record for...

Monster Mashup Remains King
Godzilla x Kong Had
Nothing to Fear
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Godzilla x Kong Had Nothing to Fear

'Monkey Man' debuts a distant second

(Newser) - Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire easily swatted away a pair of challengers to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second week, according to studio estimates Sunday. After its $80 million launch , the MonsterVerse mashup brought in $31.7 million over its second weekend,...

Godzilla-Kong Pairing Surprises
Godzilla-Kong Pairing Surprises
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Godzilla-Kong Pairing Surprises

Monster movie has the year's second-biggest opening

(Newser) - The Godzilla-King Kong combo stomped on expectations as Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire roared to an $80 million opening on 3,861 North American screens, according to Sunday studio estimates. The monster mashup from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures starring Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry brought the second-highest...

Infamous Titanic Prop Sells for $720K

Viewers have long wondered why DiCaprio's Jack couldn't fit on wooden slab with Winslet's Rose

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists have long argued that Kate Winslet's Rose had plenty of room for Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack on the floating door she clung to in the icy waters of the movie Titanic, after they'd abandoned ship. Now, one lucky person will get to examine those dimensions for...

Audiences Welcome Ghostbusters Back
Ghostbusters Picks Up
Where It Left Off
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Ghostbusters Picks Up Where It Left Off

Sydney Sweeney's 'Immaculate' doesn't do much in debut

(Newser) - Ghost-busting is still a good business. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire collected $45.2 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, handing Sony Pictures the studio's first No. 1 film since last summer. The opening weekend for Frozen Empire, in 4,345 theaters, was nearly exactly...

May the Force Help You Sit Through 9 Star Wars Films

All 'Skywalker Saga' movies will play back to back in theaters on May 4, starting with 'Phantom Menace'

(Newser) - Have about 21 hours to spare on May 4? If you're up for it, there's a Star Wars megamarathon in the works for that day at select theaters, with all nine of the franchise's "Skywalker Saga" films planned for the big screen, in celebration of the...

Real-Life Couple Used an Intimacy Coordinator on Set

There's a crew watching, Ewan McGregor points out

(Newser) - "If you were doing a dance scene, you'd have a choreographer," Ewan McGregor said. So he didn't see the presence of an intimacy coordinator on the set as superfluous when he filmed certain scenes with Mary Elizabeth Winstead—though the two are married. The actor explained...

Dune Can't Topple Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda Edges Dune
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Kung Fu Panda Edges Dune

(Newser) - Kung Fu Panda 4 stayed at the top of the North American box office in its second weekend in theaters. The Universal and DreamWorks Animation movie earned $30 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The franchise featuring the voice of Jack Black is responsible for over $1....

Colin Firth's Sexy Shirt Sells for Twice the Estimate

Actor's outfit from 1995's 'Pride and Prejudice' nabs $25K at auction

(Newser) - The cultural impact of Colin Firth's dip in a lake cannot be in doubt now that the outfit the actor swore in that pivotal scene from 1995's Pride and Prejudice has sold at auction for $25,000—or twice the estimate. The 1810s-style outfit from costume designer Dinah...

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