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‘Black Panther’ posts a record-setting box office opening for Marvel

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Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we’re rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week.

We knew Black Panther would be a hit. And now, the box office figures are here to prove it.

The latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened with an estimated $218 million earned over the weekend, including Monday’s holiday. That’s enough to give King T’Challa’s adventures in Wakanda a second-place finish among all other MCU movie openings.

Black Panther‘s Friday-Saturday-Sunday opening accounts for an estimated $192 million. That’s just enough to secure an all time top-five finish among Friday-Saturday-Sunday opening weekends, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220 million), Jurassic World ($208.8 million), and The Avengers ($207.4 million).

At least part of the sensational box office success is due to the fact that the movie dropped in February. The early months of the year are typically quiet ones for Hollywood, though risk-averse studios have more recently taken advantage of the period’s empty release calendar to showcase unproven blockbusters.

In 2016, that was Deadpool. The R-rated superhero movie was in many ways a first for the genre, proving that an adults-only audience could carry a comic book adaptation to box office success. Until Black Panther came along, Deadpool‘s $132.4 million opening weekend made it the all time winner for February releases.

Black Panther was considered “risky” — from a studio exec’s perspective, to be clear — for a different, and arguably more controversial, reason. Its predominantly black cast of stars and politicized themes fall outside the typical recipe of a successful Hollywood blockbuster, which tends to center around white male leads.

What’s more, the Black Panther character is among Marvel’s lesser-known heroes on the world stage. Any fan of Marvel comics would call foul on that, but stand, say, Spider-Man, or Wolverine, or Captain America up against Black Panther and there’s really no contest: One is a household name, the other isn’t.

This movie changes that. Buzz around Black Panther had been building for months. As the Feb. 16 release drew closer, all the usual background buzz about box office predictions grew on a weekly basis. At one point, Black Panther was on the road to a $150 million opening. Barely a day later, that number had climbed to $165 million.

To anyone paying attention, it was clear from not just the buzz but also the cultural movement building around the movie that it was going to be something special. Then, it screened for critics and reviews came out. That made things internet-official: Black Panther was a hit.

The numbers don’t lie. An estimated $192 million in three days. $218 million in four. Another $169 million from releases in countries outside the U.S., with many first-place weekend finishes among them. Black Panther is fully owning its moment.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/18/black-panther-box-office-opening-weekend/

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‘Fortnite’ composer Pinar Toprak will score ‘Captain Marvel’

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“Turkish-American composer Pinar Toprak has been hired to compose the score for Captain Marvel, which will premiere in March of next year.

Even if you’re not a film score buff, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with Toprak’s work. In addition to writing additional music for Justice League in 2017, she is responsible for some of the incredibly catchy music from Fortnite. Yes, the stuff that is stuck in your head all the time…….”

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‘Incredibles 2’ breaks box office records with a whopping $180 million

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“For every unmitigated disaster like Solo, there are multiple other box office hits for Disney. Incredibles 2 is the latest.

The 14-years-later sequel is on a pace to finish off its opening weekend with a $180 million box office haul in the United States. That’s the highest opening to date for any animated release, and for any PG-rated release as well. It’s also the eighth-largest domestic opening weekend ever, overall.

Incredibles 2 soars past another Pixar sequel, Finding Dory, the previous top animated opener. The Finding Nemo sequel launched in 2016 on the same June weekend as Incredibles 2, but it only (only!) managed to pull in $135.1 million in its first three days.

The new $180 million bar will be a tough one for future competitors to beat, though even that record is bound to eventually fall. Inflation and rising ticket prices all but ensure it.

Disney currently has three recent releases in the weekend box office top 10. Solo: A Star Wars Story comes in at #4 on this weekend’s chart, with an estimated $9.1 million. That brings its domestic total up to $192.8 million.

Solo will probably cross $200 million domestic in the next week or two, but it’s currently the lowest-earning live action Star Wars movie to date. There’s even some question at this point as to whether or not it will manage to beat The Empire Strikes Back. Not accounting for inflation, that second-ever Star Wars movie ended its box office run in 1980 with $209.4 million.

Disney’s lowest entrant on this weekend’s box office top 10 is Avengers: Infinity War, at #8. The April 2018 release is still kicking in its eight week after hitting theaters. It picked up an estimated $5.3 million this weekend…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/17/incredibles-2-opening-weekend-box-office-records/

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Apple and Oprah sign a multi-year partnership on original content

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Apple announced today a multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey to produce programs for the tech company’s upcoming video-streaming service. Apple didn’t provide any specific details as to what sort of projects Winfrey would be involved in, but there will be more than one it seems.

Apple shared the news of its deal with Winfrey in a brief statement on its website, which read:

Apple today announced a unique, multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed producer, actress, talk show host, philanthropist and CEO of OWN.

Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.

Winfrey’s projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.

The deal is a significant high-profile win for Apple, which has been busy filing out its lineup with an array of talent in recent months.

The streaming service also will include a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Storiesa Reese Witherspoon- and Jennifer Aniston-starring series set in the world of morning TVan adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books, a thriller starring Octavia Spencer, a Kristen Wiig-led comedy, a Kevin Durant-inspired scripted basketball show, a series from “La La Land’s” director and several other shows.

Winfrey, however, is not just another showrunner or producer. She’s a media giant who has worked across film, network and cable TV, print and more as an actress, talk show host, creator and producer.

She’s also a notable philanthropist, having contributed more than $100 million to provide education to academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, and is continually discussed as a potential presidential candidate, though she said that’s not for her.

On television, Winfrey’s Harpo Productions developed daytime TV shows like “Dr. Phil,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Rachael Ray.” Harpo Films produced several Academy Award-winning movies, including “Selma,” which featured Winfrey in a starring role. She’s also acted in a variety of productions over the years, like “The Color Purple,” which scored her an Oscar nom, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Winfrey also founded the cable network OWN in 2011 in partnership with Discovery Communications, and has exec produced series including “Queen Sugar,” “Oprah’s Master Class” and the Emmy-winning “Super Soul Sunday.”

The latter has a connection with Apple as it debuted as a podcast called “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” and became a No. 1 program on Apple Podcasts.

Winfrey recently extended her contract with OWN through 2025, so it’s unclear how much time she’ll devote specifically toward her Apple projects.

Apple also didn’t say if Winfrey will star or guest in any of the programs themselves, but that’s always an option on the table with a deal like this. CNN, however, is reporting that Winfrey “is expected to have an on-screen role as a host and interviewer.”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/15/apple-and-oprah-sign-a-multi-year-partnership-on-original-content/

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