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‘The Incredibles 2’ Soars to Record $18.5 Million at Thursday Box Office

“The Incredibles 2” earned $18.5 million at the Thursday box office, surpassing “Finding Dory’s” animation preview record of $9.2 million.

“Minions” earned $6.2 million in Thursday previews, while “The Secret Life of Pets” grossed $5.3 million. The preview gross for “Incredibles 2” is higher than those for “Beauty and the Beast” ($16.3 million), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($15.4 million) and “Justice League” ($13 million).

The sequel to “The Incredibles” is looking at a weekend opening of $120 million to $145 million.  The first “Incredibles” opened to $70 million in 2004, and “Incredibles 2” will still have a higher opening than its predecessor even after inflation adjustments are made.

Also Read: ‘Incredibles 2’ Film Review: Pixar’s Superhero Family Is Back, Baby – and What a Baby

Taking place right after the end of the first film, “The Incredibles 2” sees the Parr family face a new family dynamic after Elastigirl is recruited for a campaign to help bring superheroes back. While she fights the bad guys, Mr. Incredible is left to take care of his three kids, including the infant Jack-Jack, who begins to develop his own powers.

Brad Bird returns to write and direct, as well as provide the voice for fan favorite Edna Mode. Craig T. Nelson, Helen Hunt, and Samuel L. Jackson also return to the cast, being joined by “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. Critics have nearly unanimously praised the film, giving it a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 94 percent.

Warner Bros./New Line’s “Tag” earned $1.33 million in preshows, compared to “Game Night,” which grossed $1 million in February.

Also Read: Does ‘Incredibles 2’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

“Tag” is based on the true story of a lifelong group of friends who played a game of tag for 23 years. The film stars Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Burress, and Jake Johnson as the crew of friends, with the cast completed by Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Leslie Bibb, Brian Dennehy, and Lil Rel Howrey. Jeff Tomsic directed from a script by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen.

Sony/Silver Pictures’ “Superfly” opened on Wednesday and is looking to earn $7 million to $12 million over the five days., with the film sporting a reported budget of $16 million.

“Superfly” stars Trevor Jackson as Youngblood Priest, a career criminal who wants out of the Atlanta drug business, only to get dragged into even deeper trouble after one bad deal. Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, and Jennifer Morrison also star, with Director X helming the film. “Watchmen” co-writer Alex Tse penned the script, with Joel Silver producing with Atlanta rapper Future.

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“The Incredibles 2” earned $18.5 million at the Thursday box office, surpassing “Finding Dory’s” animation preview record of $9.2 million.

“Minions” earned $6.2 million in Thursday previews, while “The Secret Life of Pets” grossed $5.3 million. The preview gross for “Incredibles 2” is higher than those for “Beauty and the Beast” ($16.3 million), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($15.4 million) and “Justice League” ($13 million).

The sequel to “The Incredibles” is looking at a weekend opening of $120 million to $145 million.  The first “Incredibles” opened to $70 million in 2004, and “Incredibles 2” will still have a higher opening than its predecessor even after inflation adjustments are made.

Taking place right after the end of the first film, “The Incredibles 2” sees the Parr family face a new family dynamic after Elastigirl is recruited for a campaign to help bring superheroes back. While she fights the bad guys, Mr. Incredible is left to take care of his three kids, including the infant Jack-Jack, who begins to develop his own powers.

Brad Bird returns to write and direct, as well as provide the voice for fan favorite Edna Mode. Craig T. Nelson, Helen Hunt, and Samuel L. Jackson also return to the cast, being joined by “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. Critics have nearly unanimously praised the film, giving it a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 94 percent.

Warner Bros./New Line’s “Tag” earned $1.33 million in preshows, compared to “Game Night,” which grossed $1 million in February.

“Tag” is based on the true story of a lifelong group of friends who played a game of tag for 23 years. The film stars Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Burress, and Jake Johnson as the crew of friends, with the cast completed by Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Leslie Bibb, Brian Dennehy, and Lil Rel Howrey. Jeff Tomsic directed from a script by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen.

Sony/Silver Pictures’ “Superfly” opened on Wednesday and is looking to earn $7 million to $12 million over the five days., with the film sporting a reported budget of $16 million.

“Superfly” stars Trevor Jackson as Youngblood Priest, a career criminal who wants out of the Atlanta drug business, only to get dragged into even deeper trouble after one bad deal. Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, and Jennifer Morrison also star, with Director X helming the film. “Watchmen” co-writer Alex Tse penned the script, with Joel Silver producing with Atlanta rapper Future.

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Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening Row Into This Year’s Oscar Race in ‘The Seagull’ Trailer (Video)

Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening could be angling for a return to the Oscar race based on the classy new trailer for director Michael Mayer’s “The Seagull.”

Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Michael Zegan, Glenn Fleshler, with Billy Howle and Brian Dennehy also star in the film, which Sony Pictures Classics plans to release on May 11.

The new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, with a script by Tony winner Stephen Karam, follows a family and their hangers-on and lovers at a lakeside Russian estate during one summer weekend.

Also Read: Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss’ ‘The Seagull’ Flies to Sony Classics

While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a rich story unfolds about art, fame, parents and children, and human folly.

The film is produced by Jay Franke, David Herro, Robert Salerno, Tom Hulce and Leslie Urdang.

Watch the trailer above.

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Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening could be angling for a return to the Oscar race based on the classy new trailer for director Michael Mayer’s “The Seagull.”

Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Michael Zegan, Glenn Fleshler, with Billy Howle and Brian Dennehy also star in the film, which Sony Pictures Classics plans to release on May 11.

The new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, with a script by Tony winner Stephen Karam, follows a family and their hangers-on and lovers at a lakeside Russian estate during one summer weekend.

While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a rich story unfolds about art, fame, parents and children, and human folly.

The film is produced by Jay Franke, David Herro, Robert Salerno, Tom Hulce and Leslie Urdang.

Watch the trailer above.

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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: Brian Dennehy Tackles an All-Too-Real Issue in New Clip — Watch

The newest episode, “Ticking Mojo,” will air March 22 at 10 p.m. on SundanceTV.

“For far too long, our community has been divided,” declares Brian Dennehy in this exclusive clip from the upcoming episode of “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo.” Currently in its second season, the SundanceTV original series looks to draw parallels between its storyline and current events.

Evoking far too many memories of recent police shootings, the upcoming episode of  the SundanceTV original series aims to tackle the all-too real issue as seen in this exclusive clip from the episode “Ticking Mojo.” The clip features the wealthy and powerful Sheriff Valentine Otis (Brian Dennehy) as he eulogizes a young boy in front of the African community he is supposed to protect, much to the chagrin of a mistrusting Hap (James Purefoy).

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Adapted from the second book in Joe R. Landsdale’s popular “Hap and Leonard” series, the second season of SundanceTV’s highest rated original series finds Hap (James Purefoy) and Leonard (Michael Kenneth Williams) in yet another murder mystery surrounded by skeletons, missing ashes, disgruntled drug dealers, and the powerful Sheriff Valentine.

Joining Purefoy and Williams for Season 2 are Irma P. Hall (“Collateral”, “The Ladykillers”), Cranston Johnson (“Find a Way,” “Atlanta”), Dohn Norwood (“Hells on Wheels”), and Tiffany Mack (“Timeless”).

The second episode of season 2, “Ticking Mojo” can be seen on SundanceTV on Wednesdsay March 22 at 10 p.m. Check out the exclusive clip below.

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