‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Hits Higher Note At Weekend B.O. With $51M Opening

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20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films’ Bohemian Rhapsody had the best Sunday hold of any title in the top 10, off just 29% from Saturday with $13.4 million, sending the Freddie Mercury biopic’s opening to $51M, $1M higher than the studio wa…

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sends Thunderbolts And Lightning Through B.O. With $43M-$45M Opening Weekend

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2nd Update, Friday midday:  When it comes to brands, don’t underestimate the music of Queen, and as expected, 20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films’ Bohemian Rhapsody is poised to go past $40M this weekend — how about $43M-$45M &#8212…

‘Nobody’s Fool’ Film Review: Tyler Perry Makes Tiffany Haddish Do All the Work

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Tyler Perry loves to torture rich characters and female characters who put career over love and family, so just one look at the New York apartment of rising ad exec Danica (Tika Sumpter, “Southside With You”) in “Nobody’s Fool” makes it apparent that the writer-director has put two targets on her back.

Her high-rise two-bedroom has the kind of Manhattan square footage usually reserved exclusively for oil sheiks and media heiresses, and it’s furnished with the soullessness of a Wayfair.com commercial. It also boasts the phoniest skyscraper views this side of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” although the latter film made them obviously fake on purpose.

I mention the apartment because it makes no sense, which makes it the perfect avatar for “Nobody’s Fool,” a comedy that, even by Tyler Perry’s notoriously lax standards, has very little internal logic or narrative drive. The movie is ostensibly the story of Danica learning to loosen up and love her own flaws, and those of other people, but it’s really a delivery device for Tiffany Haddish as Danica’s sister Tanya.

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Where Danica is hard-working, focused and soft-spoken, Tanya is her exact opposite: she’s just gotten out of jail after five years, announces inappropriate opinions at full volume, and cuts through other people’s B.S. so they can stop kidding themselves and start living better lives. In short, she’s this movie’s Madea, and boy does it need one.

The plot involves Danica taking Tanya in post-release, and as Tanya gets back on her feet by working at a coffee house owned by nice-guy Frank (Omari Hardwick, “Power”), a budding relationship between Frank and Danica is stymied by her long-distance boyfriend and by the fact that Frank doesn’t fit all the items on Danica’s literal list of attributes she wants in a man; he has a child with another woman (we see this kid once before he disappears from the movie), is a recovering addict, and has been to jail, even though he’s obviously gotten his act together.

(Whoopi Goldberg, sporting a wig and an indoor marijuana farm that make her this movie’s Aunt Bam, pops up occasionally as Tanya and Danica’s mom in Jersey to dispense advice and toughlove.)

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If a rumor started going around that Perry and his cast were just making up the movie as it went along, that would be a credible story. The plot galumphs around from idea to idea: the issue of whether or not Danica is being catfished by her long-distance man prompts the appearance of Nev and Max from MTV’s “Catfish” (MTV is the Viacom sibling of BET, and BET Films produced this movie), and Danica spends lots of time working on an ad campaign in scenes that indicate that Perry learned everything he knows about the world of business from the Hallmark Channel.

When most of Haddish’s scenes end with one of her co-stars breaking character and laughing, it’s clear that Perry just turned the cameras on and let his comedic leading lady go wild. And while Haddish is certainly gifted enough to run with this flimsy material, she would have benefited from someone at the helm paying attention. Poor Sumpter, saddled with this uptight character who exists to embarrass herself and to learn lessons, is game but overwhelmed, while Hardwick makes his character into one of Perry’s more interesting Flawless Rescue Studs. (The FRS is critic Witney Seibold’s male counterpart to Nathan Rabin’s legendary Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope.)

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Perry puts some talented comic performers at the margins — Amber Riley, Missi Pyle, Jon Rudnitsky — but they’re mainly stuck either reacting to Haddish or sucking in the huge pockets of dead air in this movie’s comedic timing. It’s interesting to see Perry risk alienating his conservative fans by working in the R-rated sphere (between Haddish’s improvisations and those of a legendary comedian who turns up well into the film, there was probably no way to edit them to PG-13), but given that this is the auteur’s 20th theatrical feature film, there’s no longer any excuse for the pacing issues, the scenes that don’t end and the general flaccidness of his direction.

After Haddish’s star-making turn in “Girls Trip,” many of the internet’s more enthusiastic voices started saying, “Put her in everything!” Perhaps they should have been more specific.



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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Drums Up $3.9 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Rami Malek and Fox hit a high note with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” drawing $3.9 million in Thursday night showings as it stays on track for a $40 million box office bow.

For comparison, Warner Bros.’s critical and commercial hit “A Star is Born” earned $3.2 million in early Thursday showings on its way to a $42.9 million opening weekend. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” hit theaters with $3.4 million in early previews, pulling in $35.0 million in its first weekend for Universal. Independent trackers are looking for “Bohemian Rhapsody” to open to the tune of $35-$40 million.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” has been heavily criticized for its series of events and its effectiveness as a biopic for Queen front-man Freddie Mercury.

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The film has a 59 percent score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and critics have panned the film’s screenplay for leaning on biopic cliches and heavily altering the history of the famed British rock band, while failing to reveal anything insightful about them.

Malek’s portrayal of Mercury, however, has been praised by critics, even earning some Oscar contention buzz that Fox will surely want to ride into awards season.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” which was co-produced and c0-financed by New Regency, had a long and often tumultuous road through development and production. The film was directed by Bryan Singer before he was fired from the set in December amid reports of unprofessional behavior and on-set clashes with star Rami Malek. Singer later said Fox fired him because he wanted to take a break to care for an ailing parent.

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Dexter Fletcher (“Eddie the Eagle”) finished the film after Singer left. Anthony McCarten, who earned Oscar nominations as producer and writer for “The Theory of Everything” and “Darkest Hour,” wrote the screenplay.

Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opened its theatrical run with just $625,000 at the box office on Thursday. Trackers expect the Christmas film to open in the low $20 million, coming out just two days after Halloween.

By comparison, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” earned $1.3 million at the Thursday box office earlier this year before debuting to $33.1 million. And “Alice Through the Looking Glass” pulled in $1.5 million in early previews back in 2016 before disappointing with a $26.9 million opening weekend.

The film, which has a 33 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, stars Mackenzie Foy (“Intersteller”) as Clara, a girl who receives a key to a priceless Christmas gift from her godfather Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman). But the key disappears into a magical world where, with the help of a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), Clara must retrieve the key and save the land’s three peaceful realms from the dark Fourth Realm and its ruler, Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).

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Lasse Hallstrom directed the film, with reshoots directed by Joe Johnston and a screenplay by Ashleigh Powell and Tom McCarthy. Keira Knightley, Misty Copeland, Eugenio Derbez and Richard E. Grant also star.

The last wide release for the weekend, Tyler Perry’s “Nobody’s Fool,” pulled in $600,000 at the Thursday box office. Trackers expect the Tiffany Haddish-led film to open between $12-$14 million.

For comparison, Perry’s “Acrimony,” starring Taraji P. Henson, earned $1 million in its Thursday showings and $17.2 million across its opening weekend Lionsgate.  Another of the year’s R-rated comedies “Blockers” pulled in $1.5 million in early showings before raking in $20.6 million in its debut weekend for Universal. And Lionsgates “Uncle Drew,” which also starred Tiffany Haddish, earned $1.1 million in Thursday showings and $15.2 million in its opening weekend.

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Written and directed by Perry, “Nobody’s Fool” stars Haddish as a woman recently released from prison who reunited with her sister (Tika Sumpter) and discovers that she is in an online relationship with a man who might not exist. Whoopi Goldberg stars as the sisters’ mother, with Omari Hardwick also starring.

Also releasing this weekend in a limited number of theaters is the Lucas Hedges-led “Boy Erased” from Universal’s Focus Features, and Rosamund Pike’s “A Private War.”

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After an October that blew by everyone’s expectations and set industry records, the calendar now turns to a November that should eventually keep the momentum going after a relatively slow start this weekend, with Fox/New Regency’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” leading the release slate and expected to take No. 1 this weekend with a $35-40 million opening from 4,000+ screens.

The Queen biopic is facing mixed reviews with a 56 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have panned the film’s screenplay for leaning on biopic cliches and heavily altering the history of the famed British rock band, while failing to reveal anything insightful about them.

The parts of the film that did earn praise are the elements that mainstream moviegoers are likely to be interested in, namely the lead performance by Rami Malek as Queen’s iconic frontman Freddie Mercury. The role is getting buzz for potential Oscar contention this winter, and Fox will be looking to that buzz to sustain interest in the film.

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The film’s elaborate concert scenes also earned praise, which critics said evoked Queen’s onstage power even as the actors lip-synced to the original band recordings. Casual moviegoers and hardcore Queen fans alike are expected to flock to the film out of interest in seeing the band’s heyday re-enacted on screen, with Fandango and Atom Tickets reporting that presales for the film on their respective sites are beating those of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” and “A Star Is Born,” the latter of which opened to $42 million.

If audiences are as pleased with the film’s spin on “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” that may be enough to get the movie the word of mouth it needs.

“For a while, critics and audiences have been on the same page, but with ‘Venom’ and possibly now with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ we may be seeing regular moviegoers reaching a different consensus than the reviews,” said comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian.

“It’s the critics’ job to look closer at things like the script’s historical accuracy, but we’ve seen time and time again that accuracy isn’t really a deal-breaker for moviegoers. If the film delivers the excitement of going to a Queen concert, it’s going to do well,” he added.

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” was directed by Bryan Singer, with Dexter Fletcher completing the film after Singer left during production. Anthony McCarten, who earned Oscar nominations as producer and writer for “The Theory of Everything” and “Darkest Hour,” wrote the screenplay.

Also releasing this weekend is Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” a Christmas film hitting theaters just two days after Halloween. Tracking for the film shows the signs of a major bomb, with projections of an opening in the low $20 million range against a reported budget of $130 million.

But if there’s any studio that could take this sort of hit at the box office and easily dust itself off, it’s Disney. We already saw proof of that earlier this year, when “Solo” set a shocking franchise low for “Star Wars,” only for Disney to get back to its winning ways when “Incredibles 2” set a new animation box office record less than a month later.

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Even the release date for “Nutcracker” shows the strength of Disney’s slate. The reason why the film isn’t opening closer to Christmas is because the studio is reserving its holiday season slots for two highly anticipated sequels: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” on Thanksgiving and “Mary Poppins Returns” on Christmas. “Ralph” is expected to improve on the $471 million global cume of its 2012 predecessor, while “Mary Poppins” has a strong chance of legging out well into January in the same way that “The Greatest Showman” did last year.

With $2.75 billion already grossed domestically, Disney should easily pass its own industry record for annual domestic gross with $3 billion in 2016. And a lack of interest in “Nutcracker” won’t stop it.

“Nutcracker and the Four Realms” stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, a girl who receives a key to a priceless Christmas gift from her godfather Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman). But the key disappears into a magical world where, with the help of a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), Clara must retrieve the key and save the land’s three peaceful realms from the dark Fourth Realm and its ruler, Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).

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Lasse Hallstrom directed the film, with reshoots directed by Joe Johnston and a screenplay by Ashleigh Powell and Tom McCarthy. Keira Knightley, Misty Copeland, Eugenio Derbez and Richard E. Grant also star.

Finally, there is “Nobody’s Fool,” the latest film from Tyler Perry that sees the prolific actor/writer/director team up with Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish in his first R-rated comedy. Distributed by Paramount, the film is projected to open to $12-14 million. While that would be Perry’s lowest opening in more than 10 years, a lower start compared to his past comedies is to be expected given the film’s rating.

Written and directed by Perry, “Nobody’s Fool” stars Haddish as a woman recently released from prison who reunited with her sister (Tika Sumpter) and discovers that she is in an online relationship with a man who might not exist. Goldberg stars as the sisters’ mother, with Omari Hardwick also starring.

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Tyler Perry on Why He’s Ending ‘Madea’ Franchise Next Year: ‘Time for Me to Kill That Old Bitch’

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Tyler Perry’s character Madea is extremely hard to kill — she even came back to life in “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.” But Perry says he’s finally retiring the character for good in his upcoming “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral.”

“This is it,” Perry told SiriusXM radio host Bevy Smith on her show “Bevelations” on Monday. “It’s time for me to kill that old bitch. I’m tired!”

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“Family Funeral,” which opens in theaters on March 1, 2019, will be the eighth and final film in the Madea franchise and the 11th film in which Perry’s portrayal of Madea has appeared. Perry clarified that he shot the film two years earlier and planned to release it in between “Boo 2!,” the drama “Acrimony” with Taraji P. Henson and his latest film “Nobody’s Fool,” which opens this weekend.

“We’re gonna say goodbye in ’19,” Perry said. “I just don’t want to be her age playing her.”

Perry also said on the show that he’ll be taking the character on a “farewell” stage tour, including some of the original characters and actors from across the franchise of films.

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Meanwhile, Smith also asked Perry if he would ever consider doing a play on Broadway, and it looks like that’s extremely unlikely.

“My thing with Broadway is that you got to do the exact same thing every night, the exact same way. That wouldn’t work for me,” Perry said. “I’d piss off all the producers. I’d be like, look, we gotta do something different.”

Listen to Perry talk about Madea above. “Nobody’s Fool” opens Nov. 2, and “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral” opens March 1, 2019.

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‘Nobody’s Fool’ Trailer: Tiffany Haddish Is Out of Prison and Ready to Kill the Guy Catfishing Her Sister (Video)

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The person who tries to dupe Tiffany Haddish’s sister is in for a world of hurt in the first trailer for “Nobody’s Fool.”

In the upcoming dramedy flick, written and directed by Tyler Perry, Haddish plays wild child Tanya, who is fresh out of prison and about to go down the straight and narrow path. “Out of jail, free at last free at last, Imma go out there and shake my ass,” she sings in the clip.

Yes, it looks like everything is coming up Tanya, until she finds out that her sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) is being catfished. She met this person online a year ago but has never even seen him in person. Now she’s gotta go and plan a hit job.

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While Danika is not on board with the idea, it looks like Tanya will stop at nothing to help her sister out, offering sage advice along the way like take a trip to the bathroom before they head out on a hit. “Every time you try to kill a man, you’re gonna squirt a little pee,” she says. “I know that for sure.”

And Tanya is most definitely ticking off their mother, played by Whoopi Goldberg, in the process.

Watch the trailer above.

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Tyler Perry’s Tiffany Haddish Paramount Pic Gets Title, First Image Revealed

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Tyler Perry’s upcoming comedy-drama with Paramount is now titled Nobody’s Fool. The movie previously went under the title of The List when it went into production Release date of Nov. 2 remains the same.
In the pic, wild child Tanya (Tiffan…