‘Tomb Raider’ Runs to $2.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

Warner Bros. and MGM’s “Tomb Raider” grossed $2.1 million at the Thursday box office.

Inspired by Square-Enix’s 2013 reboot of the long-running video game series, the action film is looking at a start of $27-29 million from 3,854 screens, with WB projecting a start of $23-25 million against a reported budget of $90 million.

Valuable comps are “The Mummy,” which scored $2.7 million in previews before it grossed $31.8 million its opening weekend, and “Red Sparrow,” which earned $1.2 million in previews and $16.8 million over the weekend.

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“Tomb Raider” is expected to fight “Black Panther” for the No. 1 spot, after the latter has held first place at the box office for four consecutive weekends. With $1.09 billion grossed worldwide so far, “Black Panther” is expected to have a fifth weekend total in the high $20 million range.

Directed by Roar Uthaug, “Tomb Raider” features Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft as she goes off on her first adventure in search of her missing father (Dominic West). Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Kristin Scott Thomas also star. It holds a score of 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fox’s “Love, Simon” grossed $850,000 in previews on Thursday and is expected to open in the $10-$12 million range. In comparison, “Everything, Everything” grossed $525,000 in Thursday previews last year, and went on to earn $11.7 million its opening weekend.

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Based on the book “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, “Love, Simon” stars Nick Robinson as Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen who forms a relationship with an anonymous gay classmate online. His life is thrown into disarray when a blackmailer finds his online chats and threatens to out him to his family and school. Greg Berlanti directs the film, with Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., Katherine Langford and Alexandra Shipp also starring. The film currently holds a score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions’ faith-based film, “I Can Only Imagine,” is also opening this weekend. Based on the story behind the hit song of the same name by Christian rock band MercyMe, it stars J. Michael Finley as MercyMe vocalist Bart Millard and Dennis Quaid as his father, Arthur. The film is expected to open outside the top ten with a $2-4 million opening from 1,620 screens, with a reported budget of $7 million.

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Warner Bros. and MGM’s “Tomb Raider” grossed $2.1 million at the Thursday box office.

Inspired by Square-Enix’s 2013 reboot of the long-running video game series, the action film is looking at a start of $27-29 million from 3,854 screens, with WB projecting a start of $23-25 million against a reported budget of $90 million.

Valuable comps are “The Mummy,” which scored $2.7 million in previews before it grossed $31.8 million its opening weekend, and “Red Sparrow,” which earned $1.2 million in previews and $16.8 million over the weekend.

“Tomb Raider” is expected to fight “Black Panther” for the No. 1 spot, after the latter has held first place at the box office for four consecutive weekends. With $1.09 billion grossed worldwide so far, “Black Panther” is expected to have a fifth weekend total in the high $20 million range.

Directed by Roar Uthaug, “Tomb Raider” features Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft as she goes off on her first adventure in search of her missing father (Dominic West). Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Kristin Scott Thomas also star. It holds a score of 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fox’s “Love, Simon” grossed $850,000 in previews on Thursday and is expected to open in the $10-$12 million range. In comparison, “Everything, Everything” grossed $525,000 in Thursday previews last year, and went on to earn $11.7 million its opening weekend.

Based on the book “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, “Love, Simon” stars Nick Robinson as Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen who forms a relationship with an anonymous gay classmate online. His life is thrown into disarray when a blackmailer finds his online chats and threatens to out him to his family and school. Greg Berlanti directs the film, with Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., Katherine Langford and Alexandra Shipp also starring. The film currently holds a score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions’ faith-based film, “I Can Only Imagine,” is also opening this weekend. Based on the story behind the hit song of the same name by Christian rock band MercyMe, it stars J. Michael Finley as MercyMe vocalist Bart Millard and Dennis Quaid as his father, Arthur. The film is expected to open outside the top ten with a $2-4 million opening from 1,620 screens, with a reported budget of $7 million.

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‘13 Reasons Why’ Star Katherine Langford To Topline YA Film ‘Spontaneous’

EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Langford, a newly minted Golden Globe nominee for her role in Netflix’s drama, 13 Reasons Why, is attached as the female lead in sci-fi fantasy film, Spontaneous, from writer/director Brian Duffield, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Aaron Starmer.
Langford will star as Mara Carlye, whose life is forever changed when students in her senior class literally explodes for no discernible reason. As students continue to pop like…

EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Langford, a newly minted Golden Globe nominee for her role in Netflix’s drama, 13 Reasons Why, is attached as the female lead in sci-fi fantasy film, Spontaneous, from writer/director Brian Duffield, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Aaron Starmer. Langford will star as Mara Carlye, whose life is forever changed when students in her senior class literally explodes for no discernible reason. As students continue to pop like…

’13 Reasons Why’ Snags a Surprise Golden Globes Nomination Amidst Controversy for Its Treatment of Suicide

Apparently, the HFPA didn’t forget the Netflix drama that premiered back in March.

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first season of “13 Reasons Why.”]

The teen drama “13 Reasons Why” sparked plenty of controversy when Netflix released it in March, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association saw fit to give it a nod on Monday. It’s a show that’s all but been forgotten and didn’t really show up on many critical prediction lists. Although the series overall didn’t get recognition, its star Katherine Langford snagged the nomination in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category.

“Words cannot express my sheer excitement and gratitude for being nominated by the HFPA this morning for portraying ‘Hannah Baker,’ a young woman whom I have come to truly love and understand,” Langford said in a statement. “Hannah’s story resonated with so many people, and I feel truly grateful to Netflix, Paramount TV, Brian Yorkey, Tom McCarthy, Selena Gomez, and all of our tremendous producers…and to our incredibly talented cast – who are also my dear friends, and our wonderful crew for bringing this story to life. Most of all, my sincere hope is that the recognition continues to shine a light on so many of the important life issues and struggles we portray in ’13 Reasons Why.’ I’m forever grateful to have been given this opportunity and will continue to work hard to bring dignity, respect and grace to such a powerful character.”

In “13 Reasons Why,” based on the popular Young Adult novel by Jay Asher, teenager Hannah Baker (Langford) killed herself and then left a series of audio cassette tapes that list the various people who she claims contributed to her suicide. Each tape is dedicated to one person, and the series builds tension as each new name is uncovered.

Some fans appreciated the series for shining a light on the levels of bullying and pressure in the lives of young people today, especially with the prevalence of social media. It’s also been praised for starting a conversation between peers, family members, and in school about teen suicide.

Certainly Langford’s task was a daunting one. Every episode hinged on the Australian actress, whether it was Hannah’s wry voice on the tapes explaining her point of view or performing in the flashback scenes in which Hannah bounces back and forth from elated and hurt, to depressed and desperate. The most harrowing scene occurs when Hannah actually kills herself, slitting her wrists in a full bathtub. The scene never flinches away from her actions and follows it through to the point of her parents discovering her.

It’s scenes like these, in addition to the elaborate mystery conceit, however, that have been the receiving end of criticism for what some see as glorifying teen suicide. The literal life-and-death stakes and high school drama made “13 Reasons Why” one of the most-binged series of the year on Netflix. In death, Hannah received far more attention than in life, and as IndieWire pointed out earlier, media depictions of suicide often result in a spike in suicide rates. In the case of “13 Reasons Why,” its influence is inconclusive. While some may point to an increase in suicide attempts, that might also have accompanied a spike in people seeking out help.

How to deal with depictions of suicide on the screen, especially in young people, remains an ongoing conversation. The season finale ended on the suicide attempt of one of Hannah’s peers, and since the series has been renewed for a second season already, how this new installment plays out will add to the conversation.

Controversy aside, Langford breaking into the coveted list of nominees is a surprising one, although not entirely out of character for the HFPA, which likes to recognize newcomers. In this way, they were able to honor her standout performance despite the more problematic storytelling. She joins “Outlander’s” Caitriona Balfe, Her Majesty Claire Foy on “The Crown,” Maggie Gyllenhaal on HBO’s “The Deuce,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss. That means Langford also beat out fan-favorite choices like Winona Ryder on “Stranger Things” and critical darling Carrie Coon for the final season of “The Leftovers.”

The 75th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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20 Actors Who Are Way Older Than Their Characters (Photos)

Have you ever watched a show about teenagers and thought, wait, I didn’t look like that at 16? Us too. Here are some of your favorite stars who portray characters much younger than they are.

Katherine Langford

The breakout star of “13 Reasons Why” is 21 years old. Hannah Baker, the high schooler she plays who ends up committing suicide, is only 17.

Dylan Minnette

Minnette’s Clay Jensen plays the love interest to Langford’s Hannah. Clay is also 17 in the show, but Minnette is 20. Though only a 3 year difference, in that time teens turn to twenty-somethings that can vote and are in college.

Christian Navarro

Navarro’s Tony Padilla in “13 Reasons” is everyone’s favorite nostalgia-loving, good-haired guardian angel. But while his character is supposed to be 18, Navarro is 25. Talk about a super senior.

Alisha Boe

Boe plays 17-year-old cheerleader Jessica Davis on “13 Reasons,” but the actress is 20, just like Minnette. It’s clear from the way she delivers those dry one-liners that she has some more experience than her character.

Brandon Flynn

Rounding out the “13 Reasons” crew is Flynn, who plays 17-year-old bad boy Justin Foley. Flynn is 23, making him a whole kindergartner older than his character.

K.J. Apa

The main character in the CW’s “Riverdale,” Archie is only 15. Apa is 19. So while he’s the youngest on our list, he’s had time to grow up way more than most high school sophomores.

Lili Reinhart

The quintessential girl-next-door in “Riverdale,” based off of the “Archie” comics, is 20. That’s 5 years older than her character Betty. We’ve never seen a more put-together teenager.

Camila Mendes

New girl Veronica Lodge in “Riverdale” is of an age with Betty and Archie, but Mendes is 22.

Cole Sprouse 

The narrator of the murder-mystery, Sprouse plays Jughead on “Riverdale.” Jughead is also the same age as the rest of the sophomore crew, but the actor is 24.

Kit Harington 

Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow might know nothing, but we have a feeling Harington does. The actor, 30, plays the born-again hero who is supposed to be 14 at the start of the series.

Emilia Clarke

This mother of dragons is 30 IRL, but at the beginning of the series, Dany is only 14.

Jack Gleeson

We all love to hate the young King Joffrey, who is only 17 when he becomes protector of the realm. In the books, he was 13. Gleeson, though, is 25.

Lucy Hale

What a pretty little liar… when it comes to age. Hale is 27. Her character begins the show at 16.

Shay Mitchell

Mitchell plays another fourth in the girl squad on PLL. She’s 30, where her character Emily is 16 at the beginning of the series.

Ashley Benson

The actress is 27, whereas her character Hanna is 16 just like the rest of the group.

Troian Bellisario

The last of the PLL crew is also the oldest. She’s almost twice her character’s age at 31.

Jason Earles

Remember “Hannah Montana?” Remember Hannah’s annoying older brother? Yeah, he was 15. Earles is 40 now; he was 29 when he played Jackson.

Ian Somerhalder

The smoldering Damon in “The Vampire Diaries” was turned into a vampire when he was 17, but Somerhalder is 38.

Sophie McShera

McShera plays the young kitchen maid Daisy in “Downton Abbey.” McShera is now 32.

 

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Have you ever watched a show about teenagers and thought, wait, I didn’t look like that at 16? Us too. Here are some of your favorite stars who portray characters much younger than they are.

Katherine Langford

The breakout star of “13 Reasons Why” is 21 years old. Hannah Baker, the high schooler she plays who ends up committing suicide, is only 17.

Dylan Minnette

Minnette’s Clay Jensen plays the love interest to Langford’s Hannah. Clay is also 17 in the show, but Minnette is 20. Though only a 3 year difference, in that time teens turn to twenty-somethings that can vote and are in college.

Christian Navarro

Navarro’s Tony Padilla in “13 Reasons” is everyone’s favorite nostalgia-loving, good-haired guardian angel. But while his character is supposed to be 18, Navarro is 25. Talk about a super senior.

Alisha Boe

Boe plays 17-year-old cheerleader Jessica Davis on “13 Reasons,” but the actress is 20, just like Minnette. It’s clear from the way she delivers those dry one-liners that she has some more experience than her character.

Brandon Flynn

Rounding out the “13 Reasons” crew is Flynn, who plays 17-year-old bad boy Justin Foley. Flynn is 23, making him a whole kindergartner older than his character.

K.J. Apa

The main character in the CW’s “Riverdale,” Archie is only 15. Apa is 19. So while he’s the youngest on our list, he’s had time to grow up way more than most high school sophomores.

Lili Reinhart

The quintessential girl-next-door in “Riverdale,” based off of the “Archie” comics, is 20. That’s 5 years older than her character Betty. We’ve never seen a more put-together teenager.

Camila Mendes

New girl Veronica Lodge in “Riverdale” is of an age with Betty and Archie, but Mendes is 22.

Cole Sprouse 

The narrator of the murder-mystery, Sprouse plays Jughead on “Riverdale.” Jughead is also the same age as the rest of the sophomore crew, but the actor is 24.

Kit Harington 

Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow might know nothing, but we have a feeling Harington does. The actor, 30, plays the born-again hero who is supposed to be 14 at the start of the series.

Emilia Clarke

This mother of dragons is 30 IRL, but at the beginning of the series, Dany is only 14.

Jack Gleeson

We all love to hate the young King Joffrey, who is only 17 when he becomes protector of the realm. In the books, he was 13. Gleeson, though, is 25.

Lucy Hale

What a pretty little liar… when it comes to age. Hale is 27. Her character begins the show at 16.

Shay Mitchell

Mitchell plays another fourth in the girl squad on PLL. She’s 30, where her character Emily is 16 at the beginning of the series.

Ashley Benson

The actress is 27, whereas her character Hanna is 16 just like the rest of the group.

Troian Bellisario

The last of the PLL crew is also the oldest. She’s almost twice her character’s age at 31.

Jason Earles

Remember “Hannah Montana?” Remember Hannah’s annoying older brother? Yeah, he was 15. Earles is 40 now; he was 29 when he played Jackson.

Ian Somerhalder

The smoldering Damon in “The Vampire Diaries” was turned into a vampire when he was 17, but Somerhalder is 38.

Sophie McShera

McShera plays the young kitchen maid Daisy in “Downton Abbey.” McShera is now 32.

 

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’13 Reasons Why’ Linked to Steep Rise in Online Suicide Searches

Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” is linked to the rise of online searches for terms related to suicide awareness but also how to conduct suicide, according to a new study published by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

The study, based on Google Trends data and conducted by John W. Ayers, PhD, Benjamin M. Althouse, PhD, and Eric C. Leas, PhD, found that the search phrase “how to commit suicide” rose 26 percent since the series debuted, while “suicide prevention” went up 23 percent and “suicide hotline number” climbed 21 percent.

“All suicide queries were 19 percent higher for the 19 days following the release of ’13 Reasons Why,’ reflecting 900,000 to 1.5 million more searches than expected,” the study says. “How to commit suicide” rose by 26 percent, while “how to kill yourself” rose by 9 percent.

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The series, which debuted on Netflix in March, focuses on a high school student, Clay Jensen, whose friend Hannah Baker committed suicide, but left behind a series of cassette tapes detailing the 13 reasons why she ended her life.

The show attracted controversy over the series’ graphic depiction of the actual suicide. Mental health experts have expressed concern that the depiction could lead to copycat behavior from teen viewers.

However, the show appears to have also raised awareness of suicide prevention options. In May, WRAL reported that the number of calls to the suicide prevention hotline HopeLine in Raleigh, North Carolina nearly tripled since the series debuted.

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“‘13 Reasons’ Why elevated suicide awareness, but it is concerning that searches indicating suicidal ideation also rose,” reads the study. “It is unclear whether any query preceded an actual suicide attempt. However, suicide search trends are correlated with actual suicides, media coverage of suicides concur with increased suicide attempts, and searches for precise suicide methods increased after the series’ release.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Netflix has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” is linked to the rise of online searches for terms related to suicide awareness but also how to conduct suicide, according to a new study published by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

The study, based on Google Trends data and conducted by John W. Ayers, PhD, Benjamin M. Althouse, PhD, and Eric C. Leas, PhD, found that the search phrase “how to commit suicide” rose 26 percent since the series debuted, while “suicide prevention” went up 23 percent and “suicide hotline number” climbed 21 percent.

“All suicide queries were 19 percent higher for the 19 days following the release of ’13 Reasons Why,’ reflecting 900,000 to 1.5 million more searches than expected,” the study says. “How to commit suicide” rose by 26 percent, while “how to kill yourself” rose by 9 percent.

The series, which debuted on Netflix in March, focuses on a high school student, Clay Jensen, whose friend Hannah Baker committed suicide, but left behind a series of cassette tapes detailing the 13 reasons why she ended her life.

The show attracted controversy over the series’ graphic depiction of the actual suicide. Mental health experts have expressed concern that the depiction could lead to copycat behavior from teen viewers.

However, the show appears to have also raised awareness of suicide prevention options. In May, WRAL reported that the number of calls to the suicide prevention hotline HopeLine in Raleigh, North Carolina nearly tripled since the series debuted.

“‘13 Reasons’ Why elevated suicide awareness, but it is concerning that searches indicating suicidal ideation also rose,” reads the study. “It is unclear whether any query preceded an actual suicide attempt. However, suicide search trends are correlated with actual suicides, media coverage of suicides concur with increased suicide attempts, and searches for precise suicide methods increased after the series’ release.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Netflix has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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