THE JUNGLE BOOK charms its way to the hearts of Moviegoers with $88 million from 4,028 theatres for Disney in its debut. This makes the Live Action Adaptation of Rudyard Kipling‘s beloved story the highest debut ever in April for a Film. Critics and Audiences both agree the Film is outstanding with an A CinemaScore and a 95% on the Tomatometer.
BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, the third Film in the Franchise, debuts in second with a solid $22 million for Warner Bros., from 2,661 theatres. It earns a B- CinemaScore and a superb 91% on the Tomatometer, gaining Fans with its statement about gun control.
THE BOSS continues to perform healthily at the Box Office with $10 million in its second week out for Universal Pictures. Thus far domestically it has made $40 million.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE sits in fourth this weekend for Warner Bros. with $8.5 million. Thus far it has grossed $310 million over four weeks.
ZOOTOPIA in its seventh week out earns $7.7 million for Disney, surpassing $306 million.
CRIMINAL debuts in sixth with $6.3 million in 2,683 theatres for VVS Films/Lionsgate Films. The Thriller starring Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds gets a 25% on the Tomatometer and much more favourable B- CinemaScore from Audiences.
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 isn’t doing too shabby at all in seventh with $3.3 million for Universal Pictures, just passing $52 million in its fourth week out.
EYE IN THE SKY rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.5 million for eOne Films/Bleecker Street now in its sixth week out.
THE BOSS starring Melissa McCa0rthy debuts on-top with a close $24.4 million from 3,480 theatres for Universal Pictures. It gets an 18% on the Tomatometer and a C+ CinemaScore. Let’s be clear, McCarthy is the Box Office Queen despite what some might say and this year is only going to get better for her as blockbuster Ghostbusters hits theatres this summer!
After a two-week reign, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE slips to second this weekend earning $23.3 million for Warner Bros. To date it is just shy of the $300 million mark over three weeks.
In its sixth week, Disney‘s ZOOTOPIA is in third this weekend with $14.2 million. It also nears that $300 million mark.
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 earns $6.8 million in its third week out, inching closer to $50 million for Universal Pictures.
HARDCORE HENRY debuts in fifth with $5.1 million from 3, 015 theatres for VVS Films and STX, getting a TIFF ’15Midnight Madness Award this past September. It gets 51% on the Tomatometer and a C+ CinemaScore.
EYE IN THE SKY rounds out the Top Ten as it expands to 1,089 theatres with $2.6 million, in its fifth week out earning $10 million for eOne Films and Bleecker Street Films.
Never mind those negative reviews and word of mouth, Warner Bros. reigns the Box Office this weekend achieving a record for best pre-summer opening with BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. The clash of the two superheroes plus Wonder Woman earns a smashing $170 million from 4,242 theatres! According to Deadline, this also is a record opening for the studio which had a prior best of $165 million with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2. Critics gave it a 30% at Rotten Tomatoes, Audiences gave it a B CinemaScore.
A humbled second with $23.5 million is three-week champ ZOOTOPIA. In four weeks it has made $240 million for Disney.
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 opens in third with $17.8 million from 3,113 theatres for Universal Pictures. It gets 25% from Critics at Rotten Tomatoes and a much better A- from Audiences at CinemaScore. Its predecessor opened with $597k back in 2002, via limited release.
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT lands in fourth in its second week out with a baffling $9.2 million in its second week out for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. In two weeks it has grossed $46 million.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is in fifth with $9.1 million for Sony Pictures benefiting from a market for moviegoers looking for faith-based Films this Good Friday/Easter.
DEADPOOL is in seventh with $4.7 million in its sixth week out, surpassing $350 million in North America for 20th Century Fox.
Rounding out the Top Ten is TIFF ’15 title EYE IN THE SKY with $958k, expanding to 123 theatres for eOne Films/Bleecker Street Films.
eOne Films + Mr. Will want to take Readers to see TIFF ’15 selection EYE IN THE SKY! Screenings take place Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and Winnipeg.
Synopsis: EYE IN THE SKY stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.
Also starring Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Iain Glen and Phoebe Fox, the film is directed by Gavin Hood (TSOTSI) and written by Guy Hibbert (“Prime Suspect”).
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eOne Films release EYE IN THE SKY on Friday, March 25, 2016.
In recent years cinema has seen a upswing in drone-based Movies, some of these titles have played commercial success and the festival circuit while others have been left in the dust of their own destruction. This year is no different as a star-studded cast makes its way to the TIFF ’15 in Eye in The Sky, a drone movie riddled with political ineptitude. The Film does present some very interesting dilemmas and issues surrounding drone based missile attacks, but at the same time the morality question has to be asked as well as is a strike justified if its for the greater good.
In the beginning of the Movie, we meet our hero and protagonist Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) a drone pilot whose mission is to fly over Nairobi, Kenya to track and capture three on the FBI/CIA’s most wanted list in Kenya. However, when thinks take a quick turn from a capture mission to a kill mission Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is faced with nothing but difficulty from the English government lead by Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) whose colleagues cannot make up their mind and consistently request it to be sent up for approval. With seconds literally ticking on the clock before mass casualties can occur, the thrill ride is keeping audiences constantly at the edge of their seats.
Aaron Paul who has proven he can be very good at persuasion in Breaking Bad is at it again with an incredible performance, not to be outdone by seasoned veterans Helen Mirren or Alan Rickman whom both are absolutely remarkable as well. Rickman who plays the seriously irritated and jaded lieutenant general, also provides some of the much needed light comic relief in the Film.
eOne Films’ Eye in The Sky premieres at TIFF on Friday September 11th at 6:30 pm at Roy Thomson Hall and again at a second screening on Saturday September 12th at 11:15 am at Isabel Bader.