John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was the clear cut winner in its debut weekend, as it made $57 million. Coming in second was Avengers: Endgame with $29.4 million, followed by Pokemon Detective Pikachuwith $24.8 million. Here’s the top 10:
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – Keanu Reeves scores once again at the box office with $57 million.
Avengers: Endgame– On the domestic end, feature has made over $770 million. This weekend it picks up $29.4 million
Pokemon Detective Pikachu – It’s another strong weekend for the feature which had made $94 million domestically.
A Dog’s Journey – Family film checks in with $8 million.
The Hustle – Comedy with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson collects $8 million.
The Intruder – Thriller grosses $4 million.
Long Shot – Comedy makes $3.4 million.
The Sun Is Also A Star – Romantic drama has a weak debut with $2.6 million.
Elizabeth Banks stars in Brightburn, the story of a married couple (Banks, David Denman) who have been trying to have kids but to no avail. As luck would have it, a fiery space capsule crash lands in a Kansas forest near their farm holding a baby. They name this alien Brandon, hoping he would adjust to humanity. But Brandon’s (Jackson A. Dunn) alienation from his classmates, coupled with his own super powers. ends up being a deadly combination, and this town ultimately becomes his playground for violence.
“When I first read Brightburn, I knew it was special,” said Banks. “I knew it was different from things I’d seen before. It didn’t fit into either the horror category or the superhero category. It was an incredible blend of both things.
Click on the media bar to hear Elizabeth Banks talk about the original concept behind Brightburn:
When George Clooney finally decides to retire from showbiz, there will be plenty of highlights to look back on. Batman and Robin, though, won’t be one of them. In fact, it was recently revealed that Clooney tried to convince Ben Affleck — unsuccessfully, of course — that playing the Caped Crusader would be a huge mistake. Still, when he talks about his one and only Batman fiasco, er, film, Clooney tries to take the diplomatic approach. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)
Following in the footsteps of Rami Malek’s Oscar-winning performance as one of Britain’s most famously flamboyant pop singers, Taron Egerton plays a man who was every bit Freddie Mercury’s equal when it came to talent and outrageous behavior, Elton John. Just as Bohemian Rhapsody gave us the backstory behind some of Mercury’s most divaesque behavior, Egerton is hoping you walk away from Rocketman with a greater understanding of what drove John and his occasional outbursts. (Click on the media bar below to hear Taron Egerton)
Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood paid a visit to the show this season, and of course she’ll be watching when Idol crowns its new champion this weekend. When she does, her mind will inevitably drift back to that magical night in her own past when she was on that stage, though she admitted to us that she was so nervous, she doesn’t really remember all of the details. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
Although her own memories of Idol finale night are a bit fuzzy, she definitely knows what this year’s finalists will be going through as they await the results. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
The American Idol finale will air live across all time zones Sunday night at 8 ET/5 PT on ABC.
As we’ve seen with the incredible success of Avengers: Endgame, people have no problem going to movie theaters to see films if the product is worth seeing on a big screen. Keanu Reeves told us the team in charge of his latest movie, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, worked very hard to make sure the film was one of those worth seeing on the biggest screens possible.
John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum is now playing in theaters… including, of course, many IMAX screens.
George Clooney’s latest project, Catch-22, is a period piece based on the iconic Joseph Heller novel about World War II. That gave him a chance to wear authentic-looking military outfits from that era, and he told us that putting on the uniform had a profound impact on him during filming. (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)
There have been plenty of workplace ensemble comedies on TV over the years, and the best ones always seem to feature characters who really feel like they belong in the workplace. Now that we’ve gotten to know the cast of Superstore over the past few seasons, we can believe they’d all have reasons for working at the store. Ben Feldman, who stars as Jonah on the show, told us he thinks this realism makes the show — and his character — much more interesting.
Two episodes of Superstore air Thursday nights, starting at 8/7c, on NBC.
For millions of parents, Disney’s animated Aladdin was an unforgettable part of their youth. Not only did they watch it in the theater, they probably wore out their VHS copies of the film, too! (Yes, it’s been that long.) Now, those parents will get a chance to take their children to the new, live-action version of Aladdin. Will Smith stars as The Genie, and he told us he thinks there are a lot of wonderful stories and messages in the movie that he thinks will appeal to all kinds of audiences. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)
When The Big Bang Theory premiered in 2007, it was a much different show than the one we’ll see for the last time tonight. The focus was squarely on Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny; Howard and Raj were much less prominent in the show’s storylines. Sure, Leonard had a thing for Penny, but none of the other women in the series were part of the cast. (Poor Raj, he couldn’t even talk to women yet.) And, of course, some things haven’t changed. Even though he got the woman he loved, Leonard is still as neurotic as ever; Sheldon is — knock knock knock — still as OCD as ever; the apartment building’s elevator is still out of service; and the show is still as funny as ever.
Twelve seasons and three marriages later, the show has morphed from a story about socially awkward loners who found solace in their geeky group of peers into a story about how even geniuses could have trouble navigating their way through life, love, marriage, and even parenthood. At first, we liked the characters because we felt sorry for their social ineptitude. But as the show went on, we started to care about them — and even love them — for who they were, quirks and all. We got to know their stories and their backstories, to the point where we even got a Young Sheldon spinoff. We started to see them not as gawky nerds, but as real people who, for all their brainpower, still had to deal with all of the emotional issues we all experience.
Now, it’s time to say goodbye. We’re going to miss our weekly visits to Pasadena. We’re going to miss the running gags. We’re going to miss the amazing array of guest stars and cameos. (After all, no other show can boast seven appearances by Stephen Hawking, along with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader.) We’re going to miss the take-out meals in the living room. We’re going to miss the scientific equations drawn on their home whiteboards (which, yes, had some real science behind them). We’re going to miss the laughs. We’re going to miss the emotional moments. We’re going to miss Sheldon and Amy. We’re going to miss Leonard and Penny. We’re going to miss Howard and Bernadette. We’re going to miss Raj and his dog.
We hope the show will give us a proper send-off. Maybe we’ll get a look into their future — we could certainly imagine seeing them at a Nobel Prize ceremony or at a science fair where their kids are even smarter than they are. But however the end is envisioned, we hope the group will stay together. Over these twelve seasons, they’ve embarked on an incredible journey together, and we can’t see them breaking up now. Just like Sheldon will always have his spot on the couch, these characters and this show will always have a spot in our hearts. Because, ultimately, this show about people with big brains did win us over with their equally big hearts. Thanks for the laughter, the tears, and the unraveling of mysteries, Big Bang Theory. We’re going to miss you.