“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…..”
James Gandolfini’s son has been cast as a young Tony Soprano in prequel movie
Michael Gandolfini at HBO’s Official Golden Globe Awards After Party in LA, January 2019
The upcoming Sopranos prequel movie just found its young Tony Soprano, and the casting couldn’t be more perfect.
19-year old actor Michael Gandolfini, son of James Gandolfini (and the original Tony Soprano), will revive his father’s most famous role in the prequel movie called The Many Saints of Newark.
While the shoes of Tony Soprano are some mighty big ones to fill (James Gandolfini won two SAG awards, one Emmy, and one Golden Globe for the role)Michael Gandolfini, who previously starred in The Deuce, said he’s thrilled to take on the role made so famous by his late father.
“It’s a profound honour to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” he said in a statement to Deadline, in which he also expressed his excitement to work with Sopranos creatorDavid Chase.
“I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.”
Chase is writing and producing The Many Saints of Newark, which is to be directed by Alan Taylor.
Per Deadline, the movie will be set in Newark in the 1960s. The story will not specifically centre around young Tony Soprano, but around Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti, whose son, Christopher, is a recurring character on The Sopranos.
Since Moltisanti is Italian for “many saints,” it’s really right there in the title.
Spielberg Casts 17 Year Old Youtuber as Maria in West Side Story
Director Lord Steven Spielberg has plucked a relatively unknown 17-year-old schoolgirl from the depths of the internet and dropped her right in the middle of his upcoming most-likely box office gold hit movie West Side Story. The 72-year-old ET director is helming the modern adaption of the classic musical, and felt New Jersey student Rachel Zegler would make a perfect Maria, once made famous by late screen siren Natalie Wood in the 1961 original. The student will star alongside Ansel Elgort, who is in the role of Tony in the movie that is bound to be take all our money in tickets.
Netflix is begging people to stop doing the ‘Bird Box’ challenge
Always look where you’re driving, no matter what they do in ‘Bird Box.’
On Friday morning, the Layton Police Department of Layton, Utah shared the images showing the aftermath of a car crash in which one of the drivers was allegedly trying to drive with their eyes covered. They reportedly called out the Bird Box Challenge specifically.
Police told KSL that the driver, a 17-year-old girl, was driving the pickup truck seen in the photos above on Monday when the incident occurred. Additionally, Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman said of the 17-year-old driver:
“Apparently, as a part of this ‘Bird Box Challenge,’ (the driver) used her beanie to pull over her eyes as she was driving on Layton Parkway, and she ended up losing control of her car and skidded into the westbound lanes of Layton Parkway and hit another car and ended up hitting a light pole as well.”
Of course, if you’ve seen Bird Box, you know there’s a scene in which several characters make a white-knuckle drive in a car with the windows covered, and it’s hardly a smooth ride.
It’s also — and I can’t believe we’re at the point where this actually has to be said — an incredibly dangerous stunt to pull off the in real world.
Luckily, no one was hurt as a result of the crash. But whatever punishment the driver faces, authorities should also consider revoking their Netflix account if this is how they’re gonna behave.”
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