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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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Saudi Arabia’s first cinema in over 35 years opens with Black Panther

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Private screening of blockbuster follows lifting of cinema ban in ongoing modernisation drive by reformist crown prince

Saudi Arabia has unveiled its first cinema in over 35 years with a private screening of the blockbuster Black Panther.

The invitation-only gala event in a converted Riyadh concert hall on Wednesday was the first in a series of test screenings after a ban on cinemas was lifted last year. US giant AMC has been granted the first licence to operate movie theatres.

The AMC chief executive, Adam Aron, said ticket sales will start on Thursday for the first public shows on Friday, but local authorities indicated the test screenings could last for days. Officials earlier said movie theatres are expected to open to the public in May.”

 

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/20/saudi-arabias-first-cinema-in-over-35-years-opens-with-black-panther

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People are already very excited about the third ‘How to Train your Dragon’ film

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Hiccup and Toothless will be back in March 2019.

Image: paramount pictures

Let’s face it, people love training adorable dragons.

Dreamworks announced the name of the third ‘How to Train your Dragon’ film on Tuesday.

The news brought all the How to Train your Dragon fans out to play.

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Five summer movies to get your adrenaline pumping

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Chewie and Han speeding along to a theater near you.

Image: Jonathan Olley / Lucasfilm Ltd.

“Welcome to our 2018 summer movie preview. With so many films coming over the next few months, no one’s got time to catch ’em all – so we’re here to tell you about the ones you need to know. Today, a rundown of this season’s biggest and baddest action adventures.

After a long, cold winter, warmer temperatures are finally here.

Which, naturally, means we’re running off to seek refuge in our air-conditioned local cinema at the earliest opportunity.

There’ll be no shortage of stuff to watch over the next few months. Whether you love laughing, swooning, crying, or screaming, Hollywood’s gonna have you covered.

With that in mind, then, we think it just makes sense to hit the ground running. So today we’re kicking off our summer movie preview series with a list of films to watch if you’re ready for some action…

… with a side of cheeky comedy: Deadpool 2 (May 18)

Deadpool 2 is being directed by David Leitch of Atomic Blonde and John Wick fame, so you know you can expect some deadly action…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/16/summer-movie-preview-2018-action/

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