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The most-rented movie of 2017 was … Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’?

Charmaine Blake

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At the U.S. box office, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was far and away the biggest film of 2017, followed by Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman.

At home, though, it was a whole different story.

According to the MPAA (via THR and /Film), the top digital rental of 2017 was The Accountant – you know, the 2016 thriller starring Ben Affleck as an autistic accountant who works for the mob.

The film made just $86 million domestically during its theatrical run. That’s not awful, considering The Accountant has a reported production budget of $44 million, but it’s nothing to write home about, either. It didn’t even crack the top 30 releases of that year.

Nor was it particularly well-loved by critics. The Accountant‘s Rotten Tomatoes score stands at a fine-but-not-fantastic 52%.

That stands in sharp contrast to the second and third most-streamed movies of last year, Moana and Wonder Woman. Both of those were bonafide blockbuster hits. It’s no surprise they were as popular at home as they were in theaters.

But The Accountant? Why?

Well, we don’t really know. But we’ve got a few theories.

For starters, it may have benefitted from good timing. The Accountant‘s digital release date fell at the very end of 2016, which means it had all of 2017 to keep making money. Compare that to a film released in, say, October of that same year, which would have had to split its earnings between 2016 and 2017.

Moreover, The Accountant does not appear to have been available on subscription sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Most people who wanted to see it would have had to pay to rent it. (It was streaming on HBO, but that accounts for a smaller slice of the pie.)

Then there’s the film itself. Critics may have been unmoved by The Accountant, but general audiences apparently liked it just fine. It has an A Cinemascore and earned decent audience ratings from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. (Grain of salt and all, but still.)

Plus, honestly, The Accountant just seems like something you’d watch at home. It’s not an Avengers-style event movie, that has people flocking to theaters opening weekend – but it looks just sturdy and familiar enough that you might be inspired to give it a shot if you see the cover on iTunes.

Does any of this definitively explain why The Accountant was America’s digital movie rental of choice in 2017? Well, no. But the only other explanation we could come up with is “2017 was wild.” Which, come to think of it, makes as much sense as anything else.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/06/the-accountant-most-rented-movie-2017/

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Spielberg Casts 17 Year Old Youtuber as Maria in West Side Story

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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.

Read more:  https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/15/steven-spielberg-casts-17-year-old-youtuber-latest-probable-blockbuster-west-side-story-8346545/?ito=cbshare

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Netflix is begging people to stop doing the ‘Bird Box’ challenge

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Always look where you’re driving, no matter what they do in ‘Bird Box.’

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“Despite warnings from Netflix and just general common sense, it looks like people are still participating in that stupid Bird Box Challenge. Now, it has reportedly caused a car crash.

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.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/bird-box-challenge-car-accident/

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Two ties and more surprises at the Critics’ Choice Awards

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(CNN)Hollywood’s award season festivities continued Sunday with the Critics’ Choice Awards.

“She went on to tie for best actress in a motion picture with Glenn Close, who won for “The Wife.”
That wasn’t the only category with a double win. Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette tied for best actress in a movie made for TV or limited series and they gave a joint impromptu speech.
The historical comedy-drama “The Favourite,” starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, took the lead with 14 nominations and took home the award for best acting ensemble.
Mahershala Ali and Regina King, who each won Golden Globe awards one week ago, were acknowledged again for their respective performances in “Green Book” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
It was a big night for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Darren Criss won the best actor in a movie made for TV or limited series for his role as Andrew Cunanan and the show took home the award for best limited series.
The big prize of the night went to the Netflix drama “Roma” for best picture.
See below for the complete list of nominees and winners.”
Best Picture
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“The Favourite”
“First Man”
“Green Book”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Roma” *WINNER
“A Star Is Born”
“Vice”
Best Actor
Christian Bale, “Vice” *WINNER
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Ryan Gosling, “First Man”
Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio, “ROMA”
Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”
Glenn Close, “The Wife” *WINNER
Toni Collette, “Hereditary”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born” *WINNER
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/13/entertainment/critics-choice-awards-winners/index.html

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