Hot off its Golden Globe wins this past weekend, 1917 expands to 3,434 theatres this weekend for Universal Pictures, taking top spot at the Box Office with $34 million. The Sam Mendes war flick gets 89% on the Tomatometer and also an A- CinemaScore. Looks like momentum is peaking right in-time for Monday’s Oscar nominations.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER still is going strong in second with $17.3 million for Disney, a tally of $477 million domestically in its run so far.
Third spot goes to JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL which still continues to perform for Sony Pictures with $13 million, a total $255 million gross over five weeks.
LIKE A BOSS debuts in fourth spot with $12 million in 3,078 theatres for Paramount Pictures. The Comedy sees 21% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
JUST MERCY opens in sixth with $10.5 million from 3,275 theatres for Warner Bros. It gets 82% on the Tomatometer and an exceptional A+ CinemaScore.
UNDERWATER debuts in ninth with $6 million from 2,791 theatres for 20th Century Fox/Disney.
SPIES IN DISGUISE rounds-out the Top Ten with $5.2 million for 20th Century Fox/Disney.
After garnering much acclaim out of TIFF ’19, Destin Daniel Cretton‘s JUST MERCY is soon to hit theatres. The powerful Drama based on a true story about one man’s wrongful conviction and the lawyer who went to battle for him in a history-making fight for justice. The Film stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson.
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For a limited time only, Toronto will get a chance to witness the #JustMercyNOW Experience courtesy of Warner Bros. Canada and Innocence Canada. The latter since its inception has successfully exonerated 23 innocent people put who were imprisoned.
The installation gives us a peak what it’s like to be in an inmate visitation area, while hearing true stories of wrongful conviction told by the brilliant Cast of Just Mercy and advocate George Stroumboulopoulos.
WHEN: Open to the public from January 7 to 9 from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Show Time: 7:00 PM
Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg
817 St. James Street
Winnipeg MB, R3G 3L3
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Show Time: 7:00 PM
Scotiabank Theatre Halifax
190 Chain Lake Dr.
Halifax NS, B3S 1C5
Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “Short Term 12,” “Captain Marvel”) star in “Just Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen.
Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle,” “Short Term 12”) directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote, based on Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling memoir.
“Just Mercy” is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system— stacked against them.
The main cast also includes Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) as Herbert Richardson, a fellow prisoner who also sits on death row awaiting his fate; Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”) as Ralph Myers, whose pivotal testimony against Walter McMillian is called into question; Rafe Spall (“The Big Short”) as Tommy Chapman, the DA who is fighting to uphold Walter’s conviction and sentence; O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Anthony Ray Hinton, another wrongly convicted death row inmate whose cause is taken up by Bryan; and Karan Kendrick (“The Hate U Give”) as Walter’s wife, Minnie McMillian, who stands by her husband.
The film was produced by two-time Oscar nominee Gil Netter (“Life of Pi,” “The Blind Side”), Asher Goldstein (“Short Term 12”) and Michael B. Jordan. Bryan Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll and Charles D. King served as executive producers.
Cretton co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Lanham (“The Glass Castle”), based on Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Published in 2014 by Spiegel & Grau, the book has spent more than 180 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List and counting. It was also named one of the year’s best books by a number of top publications, including TIME Magazine. For the book, Stevenson also won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, an NAACP Image Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.\
Cretton’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Brett Pawlak, production designer Sharon Seymour, editor Nat Sanders and composer Joel P West, all of whom previously collaborated with the director on “The Glass Castle.” They are joined by costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Detroit,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”).
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in Association with Endeavor Content/One Community/Participant Media/Macro, a Gil Netter Production, an Outlier Society Production,
“Just Mercy.” The film is slated for limited release on December 25, 2019 and will go wide on January 10, 2020. “Just Mercy” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and has been rated PG-13 for thematic content, including some racial epithets.
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Rain and the cold can’t stop us! While this has been one of the chillier editions of TIFF ever, the show must still go on! Lots of amazing sightings as the Festival gets ready to hit a high-point this weekend! See the snaps!