Despite lukewarm reviews, Jason Bourne was the top earner ar this weekend’s box office as it took in $60 million. Considering the movie has an estimated budget of $120 million, Jason Bourne should reap a solid profit for Universal. Meanwhile, Bad Moms had a solid debut with $23.4 million,and the Mila Kunis headlined comedy’s economical $20 million budget makes this film another box office winner. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Jason Bourne – $60 million is a great opening for the film – and thanks to the franchise’s continued success it won’t be another 9 years before Matt Damon returns as Bourne.
2. Star Trek Beyond – $24 million and a worldwide gross of $165 million
3. Bad Moms – $23.4 million
4. The Secret Life of Pets – $18.2 million
5. Lights Out – Horror film has already been greenlit for a sequel. This weekend it makes $10.8 million
6. Ice Age: Collision Course – $10.5 million over the weekend, and much of its business is coming from international markets ($183 million to date).
7. Ghostbusters – $9.8 million and a worldwide gross of $158 million. Considering the picture cost $144 million (this doesn’t include the marketing budget), Ghostbusters has underperformed.
At just 15 years old, actress Mackenzie Foyhas already carved out a solid resume thanks to her work in two Twilight films and her standout turn in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar. Foy spent four years voicing the “little girl” in the upcoming animated feature The Little Prince which premieres on Netflix August 5.
The feature is a partial retelling of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s inspiring story and also deals with the girl’s personal journey as she’s introduced to the Little Prince’s universe.
During our interview with Foy, she talked about her close collaboration with The Little Prince filmmaker Mark Osborne.
“The book,which I new about the film, meant a lot in a way that it taught you about imagination and love, and death, and how to deal with it. After it, it just makes me think of all the memories. When I read it, I think about all the silly voices (Mark) did when we were filming and all of the great times that I had.”
Click on the media bar to hear Foy talk about what makes The Little Prince a special moviegoing experience:
Opening in select theaters July 29, Gleason centers on former NFL defensive back Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS. Upon receiving the news, Gleason also learns that his wife Michel is pregnant and immediately decides to tape video messages to his son Rivers for posterity. Throughout the documentary we also witness Steve and Michel’s hard work in forming the foundation Team Gleason (which provides help to ALS patients), Gleason’s complicated and loving relationship with his own father, and Michel’s monumental responsibility in raising their son and providing care for her husband.
“I am not that strong all the time,” said Michel Varisco. “That’s not shown in the documentary. It’s hard to be looked at as strong when I really have my moments of complete weakness as well.”
Click on the media bar to hear Michel Varisco humorously describe herself as “the giving tree” as Gleason director Clay Tweel talks about a specific moment in the documentary.
On this week’s CinemAddicts podcast, we review Jason Bourne, the latest installment of The Bourne Identity franchise. Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are back to spearhead the project which is a follow-up to 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum (the companion piece The Bourne Legacy, which stars Jeremy Renner, came out in 2012). With close to a decade absence from the franchise, one would think there is a ton of things to cover and explore with Jason Bourne, but unfortunately this installment just doesn’t cut it.
Thankfully this movie week isn’t a complete waste as Gleason, a documentary which spotlights former NFL player Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS, is simply an unforgettable experience. Upon learning he had ALS at the age of 34, Steve and his wife Michel received news that she was pregnant, and the film details the couple’s journey on both fronts. The picture also captures footage from Gleason’s video journals to his son, and director Clay Tweel’s even handed and oftentimes raw approach in documenting their life is one of the film’s many strengths.
Also covered on the episode is Anderson’s streaming pick Print The Legend, a documentary that’s co-directed by Tweel, and Dark Passage, a Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall film noir that I absolutely love.
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The CW hit series The Flash has delivered excellent storytelling in its first two seasons. If you feel like we do, you can’t wait until the third season, which premieres in October. After losing his father to Zoom in last season’s finale, The Flash (Grant Gustin) decides to travel back in time to save his mom, but that fateful action leads to huge repercussions in the present, as such DC superheroes as Wonder Woman and Superman have become villains! This season will revolve around Flashpoint, one of Flash’s most popular comic book story arcs, and its ambitious scope should add an even deeper dimension to the show.
We caught up with Grant Gustin, who told us he is very excited for the new season and gave us details about the Flashpoint storyline. He also adds that before he was cast, he was a Flashpoint fan, and thankfully the series gives its own personal spin on this pivotal storyline. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)