Pixar hits home run; horror remake No. 2
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One of 2019’s most anticipated films, Toy Story 4, opened at the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office, selling a decent $118 million over its first three days of release. Add in foreign sales and Toy Story 4 has already brought in $238 million over only three days. That’s huge. Look for this one to top the $1 billion mark.
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Keegan-Michael Key, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, and Keanu Reeves voice the film while Randy Newman returns to do the score. The film currently holds a score of 84/100 on Metacritic.
My favorite current film critic, Sean Fennessey, called the movie an “instant classic.”
Also at the Box
United Artists’ remake of Child’s Play took the No. 2 spot over its first weekend of release, selling just over $14 million. The movie, which stars Aubrey Plaza and the voice of Mark Hamill, looks really bad (47/100 on Metacritic).
Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Aladdin continued to sell strong, taking the No. 3 spot at last weekend’s box office with another $12.2 million, upping the flick’s five-week worldwide sales total to $810 million. Gotta say, I didn’t expect Aladdin, which stars Will Smith as a rapping genie, would do this well.
Men In Black: International continued to bomb, bringing in just $10.75 million over its second weekend of release, bringing the film’s 10-day sales total to just $52 million against a $110 million budget. Bummer. I secretly hoped this movie — which stars Chris Hemsworth and was directed by F. Gary Gray — would be good. Seemed possible.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the weekend’s box office with another $10.2 million in sales, upping the flick’s 17-day worldwide sales total to $194 million. Looks really good.
Also of note: Dark Phoenix continued to bomb in the U.S., selling just $3.6 million over its third weekend of release, bringing the X-Men movie’s domestic sales total to just $60 million so far (against a $200 million budget).
So hopefully this is a sign that people are getting bored with comic book movies? Fingers crossed? Please, guys?
New this Week
This coming weekend will probably be all about Toy Story 4 again, and thus none of the studios wanted to compete.
And so we only get two modest releases this weekend, starting with horror flick Annabelle Comes Home, starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and McKenna Grace. This one looks truly awful. Check out the trailer, look up the stills.
Also out everywhere is the more promising Danny Boyle film Yesterday, in which Boyle and his cast imagine a world in which only one person remembers The Beatles. What a brilliant premise. I’d love to see this one do really well, but advance reviews have been very mixed.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to the late fall, both for its weather and its film release schedule.