THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE gets the love of Moviegoers taking the top of the Box Office in its debut Valentine’s Day weekend with $54.5 million from 4,088 theatres for Warner Bros. Pictures. Its 2014 predecessor made $69 million in its opening, while Critics love it equally as much with 91% on the Tomatometer and Audiences gave it a great A- CinemaScore.
Debuting right behind in second with $48.3 million from 3,710 theatres is FIFTY SHADES DARKER, also a second series installment like LEGO. It gets 10% on the Tomatometer and a much better B+ CinemaScore from Audiences. By contrast, its predecessor made $85 million it its 2015 debut.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 opens in third with $29.6 million from 3,113 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. This bests the series’ first installment which opened in 2014 with $14.4 million domestically. It gets a fantastic 91% on the Tomatometer from Critics and also an A- CinemaScore.
SPLIT still is going strong in fourth after three weeks on-top, with $9.1 million from 2,961 theatres for Universal Pictures. It has made $112 million thus far.
A DOG’S PURPOSE is in sixth with $7.7 million for Universal Pictures, a tally of $42.9 million over three weeks.
LA LA LAND is in eighth with $5 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films, tallying-in at $126 million over ten weeks.
THE SPACE BETWEEN US rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.7 million for STX Entertainment/VVS Films, a total $6.5 million over two weeks.
For a third straight week, SPLIT takes the top of the Box Office for Universal Pictures with $14.3 million from 3,373 theatres. It nears the $100-million-mark, with a tally of $98.3 million domestically thus far.
RINGS debuts in second spot with $13.3 million for Paramount Pictures, from 2,931 theatres. The third Film in the Japanese-adapted Horror franchise, it also ranks third in highest opening after 2005’s THE RING 2 ($35 million) and 2002’s THE RING ($15 million) respectively. It gets a C- CinemaScore from Audiences and a paltry 6% on the Tomatometer.
HIDDEN FIGURES still is going strong in third with $10.2 million for 20th Century Fox. In seven weeks it is just shy of $120 million in North America.
A DOG’S PURPOSE is in fourth with $10.1 million for Universal Pictures, a total $32 million in two weeks.
LA LA LAND is in fifth with $7.4 million for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films, a total $118 million over nine weeks.
RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER is in sixth with $4.1 million for Sony Pictures, a two-week total of $21.5 million.
THE SPACE BETWEEN US opens in ninth with $3.5 million from 2,812 theatres for STX Entertainment/VVS Films. It gets 16% on the Tomatometer from Critics, while Audiences loved it with an A- CinemaScore.
xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE rounds-out the Top Ten with $3.4 million, a total $39 million over three weeks earned for Paramount Pictures.
At age 19, Asa Butterfield already has stamped himself as a real force to be reckoned with. The English actor, who hails from London, has built a concise, quality-packed résumé working with the likes Martin Scorcese in the titular role of 2011’s 11-time Oscar-nominated Hugo. Additional prominent roles had him in Box Office successes like Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Ender’s Game and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Although he’s visited Toronto prior for the 2014Toronto International Film Festival with X+Y, he makes a rare return to the city in support of his latest Film, the Sci-Fi/Romance, THE SPACE BETWEEN US. The Film which also stars Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson, centers on the first ever human born on Mars and his journey to earth. His existence very much is kept a secret following his astronaut mother’s premature death. He meets a girl named Tulsa (Robertson) online and makes it a mission to find her, and also his birth father. Time is of the essence as it is learned he has a medical condition which requires him to return back to Mars, leaving behind some important things at stake for him back on earth including Tulsa.
We had the pleasure of chatting with the brilliant Butterfield, who despite being under the weather after a rigorous press tour, still was a great sport. He tells us about his experience working on Peter Chelsom‘s THE SPACE BETWEEN US – what was required getting into his character Gardner’s mindset and the wonderment of discovering earth for the first time.
In preparing for the role, he also tells us what was involved in being physically convincing as Gardner, visiting earth for the first time. Butterfield says, “The change of gravity affects the way he’s walking. I had to practice and tie-on ankle weights and sandbags around my feet to weigh twice as much and walk around in that state.”. “We would film it, look at the footage and break down what works and looks interesting.”.
On working with the equally up-and-coming Robertson, he reveals “She started working two weeks into the shoot. She hit the ground running, she was great and took it in her stride and it really worked.”.
His greatest challenge? He tells us, “We had to shoot in very little time (seven to eight weeks). Every day we had to bring it. Everybody had to come with all their energy and know their parts – this Film more than others I have done.”.
Watch our interview with Butterfield here:
Butterfield next can be seen in World War I Drama JOURNEY’S END late 2017.
VVS Films x Mr. Will want to take Toronto Readers to a special Advance Screening on Monday, January 30, 2017 with star Asa Butterfield in-attendance!
A group of astronauts go on a mission to colonize Mars. After they land on Mars, one of the astronauts discovers she’s pregnant. She gives birth to a boy, but dies from complications.
Sixteen years later, her son, Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), is now a teenager who has lived his entire life on Mars, raised by the remaining astronauts. He wants to find his father, whom his mother never named, so he uses the Internet to communicate with Tulsa (Britt Robertson), a teenage girl who lives in Colorado.
When Gardner and the astronauts return to Earth, he begins exploring in order to find his father, but discovers his organs aren’t used to the Earth’s atmosphere. He’s placed in a medical facility but breaks out, finds Tulsa and they go on the run.
You must see this new Trailer for the intriguing THE SPACE BETWEEN US starring Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson, out this Summer!
In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.
See the Trailer:
VVS Films release THE SPACE BETWEEN USFriday, December 21, 2016.