Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Narrowly Defeats ‘Grinch’ in Sleepy Pre-Holiday Weekend

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” topped a quiet weekend at the domestic box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it ope…

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” topped a quiet weekend at the domestic box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving. Another cartooned adventure almost gave “Ralph” a run for its money. Illumination and Universal’s […]

‘Ralph’ Owns Weekend For Third Time In A Row With $15M As B.O. Slows Down In Pre-Holiday Period –Midday Update

Friday 12:55PM update: With zero studio wide entries, the weekend box is Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet to own for an estimated third weekend take of $15M, -41% for what will be a running total of $139.7M.
While we were in a slightly similar …

Friday 12:55PM update: With zero studio wide entries, the weekend box is Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet to own for an estimated third weekend take of $15M, -41% for what will be a running total of $139.7M. While we were in a slightly similar situation last weekend (Screen Gem’s The Possession of Hannah Grace was the only wide release at 2,065 locations), interestingly enough the frame wasn’t the lowest grossing-one of the year with total ticket sales per ComScore of…

Michael B. Jordan Knows He’s a Star, But He’s Proceeding With Caution After ‘Black Panther’

Twenty years into his career, the actor is adjusting to the baggage that comes with superstardom, but intends to exploit the potential of superstardom.

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Michael B. Jordan is currently being embraced as the star of “Black Panther” and the “Creed” franchise, but he’s been in the business for 20 years — the last five of which have catapulted the 31-year-old actor to a previously unknown level of stardom. And now that he has it, he intends to exploit that power to the best of his abilities.

“It’s fucking insane, bro,” he said. “All my friends and family are like, ‘Mike, you gotta let your mind catch up to where you are.'”

Where is he? Apparently, everywhere. He’s at the end of an extraordinary year that will see him Oscar campaigning for “Black Panther” — the Marvel movie with a nearly all-black cast that has a real shot at multiple nominations, including Best Picture (and may even be the frontrunner). “Creed II,” which he executive produced, further minted Jordan as an A-list lead, and has already earned $100 million worldwide.

He also starred in (and executive produced) HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451,” and took another executive producing credit on the Lionsgate sci-fi thriller “Kin.” (That one starred Myles Truitt; Jordan appeared as “Male Cleaner.”) Currently in post is “Just Mercy,” a biopic of world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson in which he stars (and executive produces) opposite Brie Larson and Tim Blake Nelson, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (“Short Term 12”).

It’s not like he doesn’t realize his power and influence. However, as he said, experiencing it is a little like the moment immediately after a blow to the head.

“I guess I’m going through a process of finding out what I’m comfortable with,” he said. “As a naturally reserved and quiet person, it’s definitely a challenge being thrust into this atmosphere of celebrity and everything that comes along with that. Some parts I’m resisting more than others, but can’t for much longer, so I’m just trying to find a way to make sense of it all.”

Most difficult for the actor is determining how much of himself to share with his fans, especially on social media. But in an era of clickbait journalism, Jordan realizes that he has to take control of his own narrative.

The actor recalled his frustration over a recent Vanity Fair profile that implied he was ignorant of black mythology, which led to widespread public censuring. “I could say a million things in this or any other interview, but the headline will be something that has nothing to do with what the article is about,” Jordan said. “I’m like, we just had a fucking three-hour conversation about so many amazing things, but the only thing that you highlight is this one part. And then people just retweet a quote that’s taken out of context, and all of a sudden it’s fact.”

In an effort to control that narrative, the actor recently hired a videographer to capture moments of his life and create short-form content that he will share with fans via social media. He emphasized that it’s not a vanity project; it’s also meant to address a personal weakness. As a diary of sorts, it lets him relive moments that he may otherwise not enjoy, or recognize the significance of, while experiencing what he acknowledges are a series of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

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Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther”

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“There’s just so much happening, so fast, that I can’t even really stop to enjoy right now,” said Jordan. “Look, I don’t know what’s going to happen in 30, 40 years. So I just want to have these moments to be able to look back on. Especially those smaller moments between the big ones, you know what I mean? They might not seem significant in the moment, but then, years later, you realize that they actually were.”

Jordan is familiar with the Hollywood rollercoaster. His first role (as “Rideland Kid”) came in 1999, on HBO’s “The Sopranos;” in 2002, he returned to the network in a recurring role on the first season of “The Wire.” From there he spent four years on ABC soap opera “All My Children” (as Reggie Porter Montgomery, a gang member adopted by pool boy-turned-attorney Jackson Montgomery), three years on DirecTV’s “Friday Night Lights,” and two years on NBC’s “Parenthood.”

In a bit of self-deprecation, the actor describes his current life as “Michael B. Jordan, Phase Two.” He’s even trying to make the transformation a physical one, mocking his own attempt to grow facial hair. “I just got a beard, man,” he said, massaging his jawline. “Finally! Ryan [Coogler] has got the whole thing growing all out. I’ve never been the guy that could ever grow anything, so this is major for me.”

The real shift comes with changing his own work habits: Next year, he won’t appear in any features. He’ll voice the Rooster Teeth animated web series “Gen:Lock,” and executive produce the mother/son superhero series “Raising Dion” at Netflix (he has a recurring role). At OWN, he’ll be a full producer for the first time on the coming-of-age drama series “David Makes Man,” from Oscar-winning “Moonlight” co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney (Jordan will not appear in the program).

“I came to the realization that I can also satisfy my creative side by giving somebody else a chance,” he said. “I don’t have to be in front of the camera for every project. I think that’s part of my evolution; realizing that I can say ‘no’ to things, even when I’m faced with that lull that comes between projects, and I get anxious because I feel like I need to be constantly working.”

For Jordan, there’s no greater touchstone than Coogler; they’ll next team on “Wrong Answer,” which was adapted from a New Yorker article about the scandal surrounding an Atlanta math teacher when he sought school funding by altering his students’ test scores. He said the director is family.

“We’re real close, and because of that, I’m real territorial with Ryan,” he said. “That dude’s like my brother, man, and I want to make movies with him for the rest of my career, if I could. I want to do all his movies. I want to be the lead in all his films. Why wouldn’t I wanna get up and go to work with one of my best friends?”

Their relationship began just six years ago with “Fruitvale Station,” in which Jordan portrayed Oscar Grant III, the young black man who was fatally shot on New Year’s Day, 2009, by a BART Police Officer in Oakland, California.

Jordan didn’t have to audition for the role; he said Coogler wrote it for him, although they’d never met. Recounting the story, Jordan said when Coogler workshopped the “Fruitvale” script as a Sundance Labs fellow, he met an assistant to Jordan’s agent at the time. Coogler passed the script to the assistant, who then got it to Jordan’s agent, before it landed in Jordan’s lap.

“I read it, was fucking blown away, and flew back to LA, and immediately met with Ryan at a Starbucks,” Jordan said. “We sat down, talked, and 10 minutes into the conversation, I said I’ll do it. I didn’t know this dude, but I felt a vibe. He just oozed leadership and confidence, so I wanted to follow him, because I felt comfortable and protected already.”

Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler

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They reteamed for “Creed,” which saw the $35-million picture gross over $173 million worldwide and turned the Coogler/Jordan tag-team into a force to be reckoned with. Their timing was excellent: As words like “diversity” and “inclusion” became causes célèbres, and with Marvel Studios in search of a director to shepherd its long-in-development “Black Panther,” Coogler suddenly became the obvious choice. “It’s like, everything he and I had done together until that point, was in preparation for ‘Black Panther’,” Jordan said.

As villain Eric Killmonger, Jordan acknowledged that the role had the hard edge that’s become a familiar element in the characters he’s played. “I just want to make the characters real,” Jordan said “Killmonger, with his background, that’s just who he was, man. I mean, as with every actor, every role we play has a piece of us in it. That’s what makes them personal. And, bro, as you likely know, being a black man in America right now makes you automatically have a little chip on your shoulder. You see that in Killmonger.”

Despite proclamations that he’s the “next Denzel Washington” — a suggestion strengthened after both actors sat down for a high profile April 2018 tête-à-tête, captured by the New York Times in an account titled “Passing the Torch” — Jordan eschews comparisons. “I understand why people do it,” Jordan said. “They always try to compare somebody who’s a staple, to somebody up and coming. Like in basketball. Where’s the next LeBron James? Where’s the next Michael Jordan? Who’s the next Kobe Bryant? That’s just part of the game.”

He does consider Washington an idol, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio (who’s at the top of the list of actors he’d like to work with) and Tom Cruise, all A-list actors-cum-producers who’ve enjoyed career longevity.

“You borrow from the greats and you make your own path, without losing the core of who you are,” he said. “You look at Tom Cruise for example, he’s been in this thing for almost 40 years man, since he was a kid, almost kind of like me, doing a mixture of small films that really hit home and have messages, and bigger, action-packed, fun studio movies. I love that shit!”

Topping his filmmaker wishlist are David O. Russell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Barry Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ben Affleck, Patty Jenkins, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson. “There’s so many,” Jordan said. “I want to have the type of career where I’m able to come in and collaborate with any of them, in any genre, and kill it!”

He also plans to direct a feature in the next few years, with two projects already in development. (He wouldn’t discuss either.) However, he recently went behind the camera with mentor, acclaimed music video and commercial director Paul Hunter, to direct the official campaign for Bacardi’s new Premium Collection, “The Angel’s Share.”

With varied interests that include gaming, comic books, animation, visual effects, marketing, and even education and cookery, long term Jordan plans to build a multi-faceted, self-sustaining media ecosystem. Citing NBA star and blossoming media mogul LeBron James as a model, Jordan envisions a one-stop shop that caters to a myriad of trades, which he sees as necessary for brand longevity.

“I think about this every day because it constantly evolves, since I’ve checked off so many boxes I’ve dreamed about,” Jordan said. “I feel like I’ve hardly scratched the surface of the things that I want to do, the opportunities and new paths that I now see, that weren’t evident before. I want to have my hands in a whole bunch of different things, where I can write, create, incubate, put on other people, help different brands and everything else, since I’m now in a position to do all of that.”

Amidst all this frenetic empire building, is he genuinely happy? After a brief contemplation, Jordan conceded that he is, but has yet to fully appreciate the experience.

“I’m happy, man, but I can’t wait to start living for me, though, like really living,” he said. “Right now, I’m in grind mode, non-stop. But I can’t wait to really start feeding my soul, and just really start working on who I am on the inside. Because, to be honest, I have not done the best job at that so far. I think that’s why I’m working so hard, so I can hurry up and get to that part.”

‘Creed II’ Production, Costume Designers Worked Together to Get the Right Look

Below-the-line department heads who have the opportunity to work together on more than one film often develop a kind of communications shorthand. For production designer Franco-Giacomo Carbone and costume designer Lizz Wolf, “Creed II” marks their four…

Below-the-line department heads who have the opportunity to work together on more than one film often develop a kind of communications shorthand. For production designer Franco-Giacomo Carbone and costume designer Lizz Wolf, “Creed II” marks their fourth collaboration — a relationship that began with 2008’s “Rambo.” This worked to the great advantage of the eighth […]

‘The Favourite’, ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’, ‘Vox Lux’, ‘Ben Is Back’ & More Banking On Quiet B.O. Weekend & Potential Golden Globe Love

While last weekend with $118.2M in ticket sales was considered to be slow given its overall -45% drop from the previous Black Friday 3-day period, this weekend’s box office will ratchet down even more as the major studios opt to hold back on any …

While last weekend with $118.2M in ticket sales was considered to be slow given its overall -45% drop from the previous Black Friday 3-day period, this weekend’s box office will ratchet down even more as the major studios opt to hold back on any wide entries. Again, this is due to the annual distraction of holiday activities; their thinking is that it’s better to starting teeing off next weekend and play into Christmas, after which point moviegoing explodes. What is going…

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Heads for Box Office Three-peat

It’s the calm before the storm. Next weekend kicks off a competitive box office race that will carry through the end of the year. Until then, it’s more Thanksgiving leftovers for all. With no fresh wide releases hitting domestic theaters, D…

It’s the calm before the storm. Next weekend kicks off a competitive box office race that will carry through the end of the year. Until then, it’s more Thanksgiving leftovers for all. With no fresh wide releases hitting domestic theaters, Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” should retain its No. 1 spot in North America for […]

Post-Thanksgiving Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Stays No. 1 With $26 Million

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” recharged for its second consecutive weekend atop the North American box office, generating a healthy $26 million. That marks a decline of just 53%, and pushes the animated sequel’s domestic …

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” recharged for its second consecutive weekend atop the North American box office, generating a healthy $26 million. That marks a decline of just 53%, and pushes the animated sequel’s domestic haul past $100 million. Overseas, “Ralph” has earned $42 million. Keeping in line with end of the year traditions, major […]

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Stays No. 1 With $26 Million

With Thanksgiving releases still casting a large shadow over the market and moviegoers generally skipping the cinemas as the Christmas season kicks off, post-Thanksgiving weekend tends to be a quiet one at the box office. This year was no different, as the top five went unchanged and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” easily held on to the No. 1 spot.

In its second weekend, “Ralph” added $26.1 million to bring its domestic total to $119.7 million after two weekends. By comparison, “Wreck-It Ralph” had grossed $101 million at the same point in its theatrical run six years ago, signifying a 18.5 percent increase for the sequel.

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Outside the top five, the only new wide release this weekend, Sony’s “The Possession of Hannah Grace,” hit tracker projections with a $6.5 million opening from 2,065 screens. While the film was panned with a C- on CinemaScore and a 20 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, Sony reached their launch goal on this thrifty, $12 million horror title.

As for the rest of the charts, Illumination/Universal’s “The Grinch” continues to have a strong hold with family audiences despite the presence of “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” In its fourth weekend, the film has hit $200 million domestic with a total of $17.7 million, pushing its cume to $203 million.

In third is MGM’s “Creed II,” sitting just behind “Grinch” with a $16.8 million second weekend. Like “Ralph,” the “Rocky” spinoff is showing an improvement over the first “Creed” with an $81 million total and a 25.5 percent improvement over the $64.5 million two-weekend total of its predecessor.

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Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” takes fourth with $11.2 million, taking its total to $134 million after three weekends. Fox/New Regency’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” completes the top five with just under $8 million and $164 million after five weekends.

Finally, down in tenth place, Universal/DreamWorks/Participant Media’s “Green Book” had the strongest post-Thanksgiving hold with $3.9 million. That’s just a 29 percent Fri.-Sun. drop from last weekend, showing that the awards contender is finding the word of mouth that Universal is hoping will carry it through December despite the muted wide opening. “Green Book” now has a domestic total of $14 million.

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With Thanksgiving releases still casting a large shadow over the market and moviegoers generally skipping the cinemas as the Christmas season kicks off, post-Thanksgiving weekend tends to be a quiet one at the box office. This year was no different, as the top five went unchanged and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” easily held on to the No. 1 spot.

In its second weekend, “Ralph” added $26.1 million to bring its domestic total to $119.7 million after two weekends. By comparison, “Wreck-It Ralph” had grossed $101 million at the same point in its theatrical run six years ago, signifying a 18.5 percent increase for the sequel.

Outside the top five, the only new wide release this weekend, Sony’s “The Possession of Hannah Grace,” hit tracker projections with a $6.5 million opening from 2,065 screens. While the film was panned with a C- on CinemaScore and a 20 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, Sony reached their launch goal on this thrifty, $12 million horror title.

As for the rest of the charts, Illumination/Universal’s “The Grinch” continues to have a strong hold with family audiences despite the presence of “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” In its fourth weekend, the film has hit $200 million domestic with a total of $17.7 million, pushing its cume to $203 million.

In third is MGM’s “Creed II,” sitting just behind “Grinch” with a $16.8 million second weekend. Like “Ralph,” the “Rocky” spinoff is showing an improvement over the first “Creed” with an $81 million total and a 25.5 percent improvement over the $64.5 million two-weekend total of its predecessor.

Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” takes fourth with $11.2 million, taking its total to $134 million after three weekends. Fox/New Regency’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” completes the top five with just under $8 million and $164 million after five weekends.

Finally, down in tenth place, Universal/DreamWorks/Participant Media’s “Green Book” had the strongest post-Thanksgiving hold with $3.9 million. That’s just a 29 percent Fri.-Sun. drop from last weekend, showing that the awards contender is finding the word of mouth that Universal is hoping will carry it through December despite the muted wide opening. “Green Book” now has a domestic total of $14 million.

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Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Refreshes for Another No. 1 Weekend

The second weekend of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is dominating North American moviegoing with an estimated $28 million at 4,017 locations, early estimates showed Friday. The second weekend of “Creed II,” the third weekend of &#…

The second weekend of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is dominating North American moviegoing with an estimated $28 million at 4,017 locations, early estimates showed Friday. The second weekend of “Creed II,” the third weekend of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” and the fourth frame of “The Grinch”  are battling for second place in the […]

Box Office: ‘Possession of Hannah Grace’ Materializes $625,000 on Thursday Night

“The Possession of Hannah Grace” materialized with $625,000 at 1,866 North American locations on Thursday night. Sony’s supernatural horror film, the weekend’s only nationwide opening, is set to debut at 2,065 sites, with the st…

“The Possession of Hannah Grace” materialized with $625,000 at 1,866 North American locations on Thursday night. Sony’s supernatural horror film, the weekend’s only nationwide opening, is set to debut at 2,065 sites, with the studio anticipating a three-day performance of about $3 million. The sophomore weekend of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is pegged to take […]

‘The Possession Of Hannah Grace’ Grabs $625K In Thursday Night Previews

There’s only one new wide release this weekend and that’s Screen Gems microbudget R-Rated  horror movie The Possession of Hannah Grace from helmer Diederik Van Rooijen, and last night from 1,866 locations, the movie made $625K from shows th…

There’s only one new wide release this weekend and that’s Screen Gems microbudget R-Rated  horror movie The Possession of Hannah Grace from helmer Diederik Van Rooijen, and last night from 1,866 locations, the movie made $625K from shows that started at 7PM. Sony is expecting $3M for the weekend, however industry estimates think it could do $7M and that’s a great number we hear for this movie that cost under $10M and has an estimated P&A around $12M. Most of the studios…

Dolph Lundgren Says Sylvester Stallone Isn’t Ready to Stop Playing Rocky Yet: ‘I’ve Heard That Before’

Could Sylvester Stallone be throwing in the towel as portraying Rocky Balboa? Dolph Lundgren, the actor who played his greatest foe, Ivan Drago, doesn’t buy it.

Stallone posted a video on Instagram Wednesday teasing that his time playing Rocky could be coming to an end as he steps aside for Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed. But Lundgren responded to that video early Thursday and expressed his doubts.

“I’ve heard that before,” Lundgren told Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid on “Good Morning Britain” (via Digital Spy). “I don’t really believe it, but we’ll see.”

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Florian Munteanu, the actor who plays Drago’s son, Victor Drago, in “Creed II,” also wasn’t sure about Stallone’s proclamation, guessing that he still might make cameos as Rocky in future installments.

“I don’t think so either, but maybe not the big way that he turned out in the Rocky and the Creed franchise,” Munteanu said. “I think, like, a smaller role maybe. We’ll see.”

“Creed II” stars Stallone as he trains Jordan’s Adonis Creed, now a boxing champion, to take on Victor Drago, whose father Ivan Drago killed Creed’s father, Apollo Creed, in the ring in “Rocky IV.”

Also Read: How ‘Creed II’ Composer Ludwig Göransson Evolved From Producer to Musical Mash-Up Artist

Stallone wrote in an Instagram post, along with a video shot from a beach with the cast and crew of “Creed II,” that “all things must pass…and end.”

“This is probably my last rodeo,” Stallone said. “As I step back, as my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s going to be opening up for the audience, for this generation.”

“I thought Rocky was over in 2006, and I was very happy with that,” he added. “And then all of a sudden this young man (Jordan) presented himself, and the whole story changed. It goes on to a new generation, new problems, new adventures.”

“Creed II” is in theaters now. Watch Stallone’s Instagram video below:

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Could Sylvester Stallone be throwing in the towel as portraying Rocky Balboa? Dolph Lundgren, the actor who played his greatest foe, Ivan Drago, doesn’t buy it.

Stallone posted a video on Instagram Wednesday teasing that his time playing Rocky could be coming to an end as he steps aside for Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed. But Lundgren responded to that video early Thursday and expressed his doubts.

“I’ve heard that before,” Lundgren told Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid on “Good Morning Britain” (via Digital Spy). “I don’t really believe it, but we’ll see.”

Florian Munteanu, the actor who plays Drago’s son, Victor Drago, in “Creed II,” also wasn’t sure about Stallone’s proclamation, guessing that he still might make cameos as Rocky in future installments.

“I don’t think so either, but maybe not the big way that he turned out in the Rocky and the Creed franchise,” Munteanu said. “I think, like, a smaller role maybe. We’ll see.”

“Creed II” stars Stallone as he trains Jordan’s Adonis Creed, now a boxing champion, to take on Victor Drago, whose father Ivan Drago killed Creed’s father, Apollo Creed, in the ring in “Rocky IV.”

Stallone wrote in an Instagram post, along with a video shot from a beach with the cast and crew of “Creed II,” that “all things must pass…and end.”

“This is probably my last rodeo,” Stallone said. “As I step back, as my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s going to be opening up for the audience, for this generation.”

“I thought Rocky was over in 2006, and I was very happy with that,” he added. “And then all of a sudden this young man (Jordan) presented himself, and the whole story changed. It goes on to a new generation, new problems, new adventures.”

“Creed II” is in theaters now. Watch Stallone’s Instagram video below:

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Sylvester Stallone Tossing Towel On Rocky Balboa? Dolph Lundgren Unconvinced

Sylvester Stallone might be tossing in the towel on Rocky Balboa: The actor, whose boxing hero has been looking tigers in the eye since the 1976 Rocky, suggests in an Instagram post that the recently released Creed II will mark his final involvement in…

Sylvester Stallone might be tossing in the towel on Rocky Balboa: The actor, whose boxing hero has been looking tigers in the eye since the 1976 Rocky, suggests in an Instagram post that the recently released Creed II will mark his final involvement in the 42-year franchise. “I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years,” Stallone wrote in a post that accompanied a video of what seems to be a…

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ to Lead Quiet Post-Thanksgiving Box Office

After a record-breaking Thanksgiving feast, the domestic box office is getting a little room to breathe. With little competition, Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” should easily maintain its reign in North America. If the animated …

After a record-breaking Thanksgiving feast, the domestic box office is getting a little room to breathe. With little competition, Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” should easily maintain its reign in North America. If the animated sequel sees a similar hold to the original “Wreck-It Ralph,” it could earn as much as $38 million in its […]

‘And Creed Staggers Back!’: When Bad Sports Commentaries Ruin Good Movies (Photos)

I’d like to alert you to a medical condition I have made up called Obvious Sportscaster Syndrome (OSS), also known as Commentator Mouth. Movies that display symptoms of Commentator Mouth include broadcasters in sports movies delivering painfully …

I’d like to alert you to a medical condition I have made up called Obvious Sportscaster Syndrome (OSS), also known as Commentator Mouth. Movies that display symptoms of Commentator Mouth include broadcasters in sports movies delivering painfully obvious and exposition-laden dialogue during boxing matches, football games or the like. OSS most commonly affects genuinely talented, real-life sports journalists making cameos in otherwise good films. And the worst cases of OSS range from mildly irritating to completely taking you out of the moment. Not once has the presence of commentators actually added to a movie, and sadly, there is no cure. The latest to come down with the disease is “Creed II,” contracting it from the first “Creed” film and as far back as the “Rocky” sequels. If you or a movie you love suffers from Commentator Mouth, you may see it represented in the list below:

“Creed” and “Creed II” – Max Kellerman

Ryan Coogler was smart enough in his long-take fight sequence to strip out boxing commentators entirely, but of course HBO’s own Max Kellerman lends his voice to both “Creed” films. In the first film he’s just singing Adonis Creed’s praises, interviewing him and saying, “He’s got his daddy’s heart.” But the new film has him joining screenwriter Sylvester Stallone’s Best Adapted Screenplay campaign, calling Creed’s story “Shakespearean.” “Rocky knows better than anyone exactly how this story ended 30 years ago!”

“Warrior” – Jon Anik

“Warrior” is a relentless, punishing movie, but director Gavin O’Connor has commentator Jon Anik berate you, not with bad commentary necessary, but certainly far too much of it.

“Friday Night Lights”

Yes, even a movie about a high school football team found a way to work color commentators into local Texas scrimmages. In fact, the broadcasters in “Friday Night Lights” are almost like a Greek chorus, doing the world building in Peter Berg’s film and illustrating the intense degree with which locals in this town value their football team. But Berg’s film is otherwise so visceral that all the comments from the peanut gallery do more than any announcer.

“42” – Red Barber (John C. McGinley)

“This game is just as tight on a new pair of shoes on a rainy day,” the great Red Barber (John C. McGinley) says in the Jackie Robinson biopic “42.” A piece in Bleacher Report argues that Barber’s depiction in Brian Helgeland’s film isn’t strictly accurate, with Barber priding himself on never rooting for the home team Brooklyn Dodgers, and certainly never so frequently saying his famous “Oh, doctor!” catch phrase as he does in the film.

“Draft Day” – Rich Eisen

“Draft Day” recruits NFL commissioner Roger Goddell, Chris Berman, Mel Kiper Jr. and Jon Gruden for the film, but the worst example of the film’s Commentator Mouth has to come from Rich Eisen, who says this brilliant piece of analysis in the film: “And the pick is in. It’s currently being brandished by some walkie-talkied individual taking it up to the commissioner’s podium.”

“Pitch” – Joe Buck

Fox rolled out the red carpet for “Pitch,” what they hoped would be a splashy, history-making drama imagining the first female pitcher in MLB history (it was canceled after one season). That included Fox Sports’ near-entire roster of broadcasting talent, including a brief commentary from Katie Nolan and reporting by Ken Rosenthal. But it was the call from mainstay Joe Buck that sticks in our mind. “I can’t watch this anymore,” he says after seeing the show’s star throw a half-dozen wild pitches in a row. Neither can we, Joe.

“BASEketball” – Bob Costas and Al Michaels

“What could go wrong,” Bob Costas said of appearing alongside Al Michaels in David Zucker’s much-maligned sports-spoof “BASEketball.” “Ernest Borgnine is in it!” Not only is much of Costas and Michaels’s dialogue calling the games not funny, he’s putting on an acting clinic pretending he takes any of this seriously.

“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” – Cotton and Pepper (Gary Cole and Jason Bateman)

Alright, we give. ESPN 8: The Ocho broadcasters Cotton McKnight and Pepper Brooks might actually be the best part of “Dodgeball.” Why write bad dialogue for real broadcasters like Bob Costas and Al Michaels to call a fake sport and instead write great dialogue for fake broadcasters to imagine how someone might actually call this would-be sport? “It’s a bold strategy Cotton, let’s see if it pays off for ‘em.”

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Two sequels entered a competitive box office ring this weekend. Both emerged victorious. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Creed II” dominated the domestic box office,  generating a respective $84.5 million and $55 million over t…

Two sequels entered a competitive box office ring this weekend. Both emerged victorious. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Creed II” dominated the domestic box office,  generating a respective $84.5 million and $55 million over the five-day holiday. Those numbers buoyed the stateside market to a record Thanksgiving weekend at multiplexes as ticket sales soared past […]

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and ‘Creed 2’ Devour Thanksgiving Box Office

Michael B. Jordan is official A-List, while “Robin Hood” must make do with cold, lumpy leftovers.

Sequels led the holiday weekend with “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Creed 2.” Usually one of the most lucrative periods of the movie calendar, attendance this year was the best since 2013. There’s evidence that non-sequels can break out (See: remake “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”), but in prime periods studios play it safe. 

Of course, “safe” doesn’t always mean sure. The second weekend of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is falling short in domestic results, and while the new “Robin Hood” aimed at a wide, younger, and more diverse crowd, its intended audience showed little interest.

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz—along with her best friend Ralph—ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film, features several of the original princess voices, including Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018...©2018 Disney. All Rights Reserved.“Ralph Breaks the Internet”

In adjusted terms, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” equaled the early-November 2012 opening of “Wreck-It Ralph.” This homegrown Disney (as opposed to Pixar) animated release took a date the studio tries to claim most years, to very good results comparable to”Coco” or “Moana.” Unlike those predecessors, “Ralph” doesn’t appear to be a major awards contender; it’s more along the lines of the fun-driven films with which Universal and 20th Century Fox thrive, which reflects Disney tweaking development to reflect shifting audience tastes.

"Creed II"Creed II

Meanwhile, “Creed II” nearly doubled the reboot’s Thanksgiving 2016 opening. Its five-day total of $56 million is among the best openers for the date. That jump suggests Michael B. Jordan has secured a position as a top draw. It will likely end up bigger domestic than foreign, but a clear success for MGM and all involved.

"Robin Hood"

“Robin Hood”

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Robin Hood remakes seem to be a decennial staple, but the newest outing (starring Taron Edgerton as the titular hero, opposite Jamie Foxx and Ben Mendelsohn) might end that trend at last. With a production cost of $100 million, it earned less than $14 million in five days and will be lucky to reach $25 million domestic. However, Lionsgate will escape catastrophic losses since they sell advance foreign rights that cover the majority of its budget.

“Widows”

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The holiday weekend lends itself to above-average holdovers that give strong indications of the futures for recent releases. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” couldn’t even manage to beat out “The Grinch,” which opened a week earlier, and fell to #4 with a steep 52 percent drop. It will be saved by foreign, with worldwide totals up to $440 million. Still, for a $200 million production, this is not a strong showing.

“The Grinch” dropped only 22 percent. Through three weekends, it has managed to gross $180 million. In context, that’s only $11 million less than the longer-running “A Star Is Born.” Although it’s lost 40 percent of its theaters, gross dropped only 30 percent and it’s still on track for over $200 million.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” fell only 14 percent, increasing its per-theater average. Its success has exceeded all expectations, with a real shot at reaching $175 million. Somewhere, Bryan Singer is smiling.

“Instant Family” remains a disappointment compared to previous Mark Wahlberg comedies. It also dropped 14 percent, but started at such a modest level it will be lucky to reach $50 million.

The much-discussed “Widows” did not fare well: With a 36 percent drop and an $8 million total, it only reached eighth place. Steve McQueen’s first production to aspire for a wider audience will struggle to reach $40 million, making this well-reviewed film a disappointment.

“Green Book” went ahead with its questionable, quick 1,000+ theater expansion to results that are a bit more  promising than its shaky debut.

 

The Top Ten (initial grosses all estimates for three day weekend)

1. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney) NEW – Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 71; Est. budget: $175 million

$55,672,000 in 4,017 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $13,859; Cumulative: $84,472,000

2. Creed 2 (MGM) NEW – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 67; Est. budget: $50 million

$35,293,000 in 3,441 theaters; PTA: $10,257,000; Cumulative: $55,806,000

3. The Grinch (Universal) Week 3; Last weekend #2

$30,210,000 (-22%) in 3,960 theaters (-181); PTA: $7,629; Cumulative: $180,442,000

4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Lionsgate) Week 2; Last weekend #1

$29,650,000 (-52%) in 4,163 theaters (no change); PTA: $7,122; Cumulative: $117,117,000

5. Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) Week 4; Last weekend #3

$13,885,000 (-14%) in 2,927 theaters (-883); PTA: $4,734; Cumulative: $152,014,000

6. Instant Family (Paramount) Week 2; Last weekend #4

$12,500,000 (-14%) in 3,286 theaters (no change); PTA: $3,804; Cumulative: $35,752,000

7. Robin Hood (Lionsgate) NEW – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 33; Est. budget: $95 million

$9,125,000 in 2,827 theaters; PTA: $3,228; Cumulative: $14,220,000

8. Widows (20th Century Fox) Week 2; Last weekend #5

$7.955,000 (-36%) in 2,803 theaters (no change); PTA: $2,838,000; Cumulative: $25,586,000

9. Green Book (Universal) Week 2; Last weekend #22

$5,443,000 (+1,599%) in 1,063 theaters (+1,038); PTA: $5,120; Cumulative: $7,800,000

10. A Star Is Born (Warner Bros.) Week 8; Last weekend #7

$3,005,000 (-30) in 1,202 theaters (-808); PTA: $2,500; Cumulative: $191,005,000

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Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” dominated the Thanksgiving box office, generating a massive $84.6 million at 4,017 locations over the five-day holiday period and $56 million for the weekend. Propelled by solid word of mouth, the …

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” dominated the Thanksgiving box office, generating a massive $84.6 million at 4,017 locations over the five-day holiday period and $56 million for the weekend. Propelled by solid word of mouth, the Disney animated sequel now ranks as the second-best Thanksgiving debut ever, behind another Disney title, “Frozen,” which earned $93.6 million […]

‘Creed II’ Almost Featured the Return of Mr. T’s Clubber Lang

He’ll destroy any man who tries to take what he’s got.

Creed II” features a blast from the past in the form of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgreen), who killed Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the ring in “Rocky IV.” It appears that Drago — whose son Viktor faces off against Michael B. Jordan in the new film — wasn’t the only one planned to reprise his role, as Mr. T almost returned as Clubber Lang, the antagonist of “Rocky III.”

“I’m not going to lie. There was a moment where I got pretty stingy and was thinking about Clubber Lang,” says “Creed II” director Steven Caple Jr. in an Uproxx interview. “I was like, ‘Dang, wouldn’t it be cool if we brought in Clubber Lang?’ And I think there was a version of this where [Michael B. Jordan] was also talking about it too. Like him having a daughter or something like that out in the West or New Mexico. We were playing with a lot of different ideas. But no, I don’t know if Clubber Lang will come back.

“He’s an interesting character. And just to see where he’d be at now, where they try make him grounded and seeing where Mr. T is at. Again, nostalgia and just finding a way to bring back characters, but in 2018 and 2019 they have a more modern day level and will always be interesting,” he continues.

“You know what I mean? I love challenges like that. Trying to make Drago human. How to make Clubber Lang human. Like, where is he at today? Those are the interesting routes to go in developing characters. That’s my favorite part of character development.”

“Creed II,” which co-stars Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson, is now in theaters. As for Clubber, well, there’s always “Creed III.”

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