A smear campaign, nor critical panning could stop Marvel’s VENOM from taking the top of the Box Office this weekend. The Blockbuster starring Tom Hardy opens on-top with a stellar $80 million for Sony Pictures from 4,250 theatres across North America. It also gets 31% on the Tomatometer and much better B+ CinemaScore from Audiences.
By no means disgraced, A STAR IS BORN opens in second spot with an excellent $42.2 million from 3,686 theatres for Warner Bros. The directorial debut from Star and Writer Bradley Cooper gets unanimous praise out of the Festival circuit with 91% on the Tomatometer and an A CinemaScore from Audiences. It is seen as an Oscar Frontrunner at this point, getting a head start on Awards Season.
SMALLFOOT earns $14.5 million in its second week out for Warner Bros., a total $42.2 million gross over two weeks domestically.
NIGHT SCHOOL, last week’s #1 Movie, slips to fourth with $11.9 million for Universal Pictures, a total $39.1 million in two weeks.
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS is in fifth this weekend with $7 million, bringing it to $54.7 million in its third week for Universal Pictures.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS shows incredibly longevity in eighth with $2.1 million for Warner Bros., now in its eighth week out. It is just shy of $170 million to date in these parts.
THE PREDATOR rounds-out the Top Ten with $900k for 20th Century Fox, a total $49 million over four weeks.
THE PREDATOR, hot off its TIFF ’18 debut last week, preys upon the competition and devours them to the tune of $24.7 million from 4,037 theatres at the Box Office this weekend, taking top spot for 20th Century Fox. It gets 34% on the Tomatometer and a C+ CinemaScore.
In second is last week’s champ THE NUN, which takes $19 million in its second week for Warner Bros. The latest in the bankable Conjuring Franchise has a two week tally of $86 million domestically.
Debuting in third is A SIMPLE FAVOR, Director Paul Feig‘s first foray into Thrillers. It opens with $16 million from 3,102 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films with 82% on the Tomatometer and also a B+ CinemaScore.
Another TIFF ’18 selection, WHITE BOY RICK opens in fourth with $9.3 million from 2,504 theatres for Sony Pictures. It gets 63% on the Tomatometer and B CinemaScore.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT with $2.3 million for Paramount Pictures. It tallies approximately $215 million in its North American run to date.
Nearly 32 years after the Predator landed on Earth, Co-Writer/Director Shane Black has returned to his roots and brought TIFF along for the World Premiere. A group of soldiers haunted by their PTSD must fight off the Predator after he crash lands on Earth, avoiding the massive government cover up along the way.
The Predator is the very definition of a mixed bag. I went in with a fair amount of hype and trepidation, but was ultimately left cold. The Film has the trademark Shane Black-written wit and laughs, and is also rather viciously violent with its gore. The beast delightfully murders anyone he crosses paths with in increasingly more inventive ways. And while there are plenty of arguments to be made about the right balance between CGI and practical make-up effects, The Predator’s biggest issue is its editing. It distracts in some instances with how choppy it is (and how some scenes feel completely tacked on), and in others, does away with some characters entirely. But the Film’s MVP is without a doubt, Sterling K. Brown. He has a blast hamming it up for the camera, leaving smouldering ash in his wake.
The Predator screens on Thursday, September 6 at 11:59 PM at Ryerson Theatre [World Premiere], Friday, September 7 at 9:30PM at Scotiabank Theatre and Tuesday, September 11 at 9:45 PM at Scotiabank Theatre.
It was an action-packed Day One at TIFF ’18! We had a blast doing the rounds including an appearance on Global News Toronto with Farah Nasser, plus a stop-off at NKPR‘s famed gifting lounge where Rolling Stone will be doing their portraits this year!
It was an intense day but we were game snapping stars of the Opening Night Gala THE OUTLAW KING, a Netflix Film starring Chris P,ine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson! The stars did doubke-duty walking the carpets at Princess of Wales Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall, super-gracious!
Some Can-Con for you. Toronto’s Patrick J. Adams, formerly of SUITS, was spotted back in town for CLARA.Stephan James stars in IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, the latest by Barry Jenkins who directed Best Picture, MOONLIGHT, at TIFF a couple years back!
20th Century Fox Canada x Mr. Will want to take Readers to an Advance Screening of TIFF ’18 selection, THE PREDATOR! Screenings take place in Toronto, Montreal (English, French) and Vancouver as follows:
Monday, September 10
Silvercity Yonge + Eglinton
MONTREAL – ENGLISH
Monday, September 10
Cinema Banque Scotia
MONTREAL – FRENCH
Wednesday, September 12
Cinema Starcite Montreal
Monday, September 10
A sequel to the 1987 sci-fi hit Predator, in which a team on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves relentlessly hunted by a terrifying extraterrestrial warrior.
In the sequel, a young boy named Rory McKenna (Jacob Tremblay) plays with the wrong “toys” and accidentally summons the deadly Predators to his small town. Rory’s father, Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook), puts together a team of ex-soldiers to protect the human race from these threats to mankind.
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20th Century Fox Canada release THE PREDATORFriday, September 14, 2018.