Ford v Ferrariwas the resounding winner at the box office, as it took in $31 million. The feature, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, has also received heaps of critical praise and it should continue to have a steady run in theaters. Coming in second was Midway with $8.75 million. Here’s the top 10:
Ford v Ferrari – Picture has a solid $31 million debut and worldwide it has made $52 million!
Midway– WWII epic takes in $8.75 million.
Charlie’s Angels– Latest iteration of the franchise debuts with $8.6 million.
Playing With Fire – John Cena comedy rakes in $8.5 million.
Last Christmas – Holiday comedy grosses $6.7 million.
Doctor Sleep– The Shining sequel collects $6.1 million.
The Good Liar– Warner Bros. flick takes $5.6 million in its first weekend.
Joker – Joaquin Phoenix hit makes $5.6 million.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – Disney movie keeps making money with $5.2 million.
Harriet – Harriet Tubman drama grosses $4.7 million.
Queen & Slim centers on a lawyer named Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) who goes on a Tinder date with Slim (Daniel Kaluuya), a blue collar guy who’s also looking for love. Their evening turns tragic after Slim kills a police officer in self defense. Directed by Melina Matsoukas and penned by Lena Waithe (The Chi), the feature immediately stood out to Kaluuya.
“It felt radical,” said Kaluuya, whose credits include Get Outand Black Panther. “If I was working at a bank, I’d watch this, which is kind of my litmus test for all kind of scripts that I read. It’s like do my friends that work on trains or I’ve grown up with, would they be excited about it?”
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Sir Patrick Stewart knows a thing or two about good acting. Classically trained, he’s earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Britain’s finest actors. So, when he bubbles over with effusive praise for the women he worked with in Charlie’s Angels — Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, and writer/director Elizabeth Banks — we believe him 100%.(Click on the media bar below to hear Sir Patrick Stewart)
While Matt Damon may not have been a car enthusiast, he still found plenty of reasons to get excited about making his new movie, Ford v. Ferrari. At the top of his list? Working with his co-star, Christian Bale. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Damon)
With Disney’s new streaming service launching just prior to the start of the holiday season, of course one of their initial offerings is a Christmas movie. Noelle stars Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter, who need to take over for dad on the big day. Kendrick leads a stellar cast that also includes Shirley MacLaine, Bill Hader, and Billy Eichner; she told us the quality of the ensemble made being on set a real joy — not just for the action in front of the camera, but the things that went on behind the scenes, too. (Click on the media bar below to hear Anna Kendrick)
There haven’t been a lot of television shows that can claim the same kind of longevity as The Conners. Going back to its origins as Roseanne, most of the cast first started working together back in the 1980s. Several of the cast members, like Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert, were just kids when they started out on the show. When we spoke to Goranson and her on-screen aunt, Laurie Metcalf, she told us the connection between the show’s cast members is something really special. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lecy Goranson & Laurie Metcalf)
John Cena’s new film, Playing With Fire, is a little bit of a throwback — it’s a family comedy with a strong physical component. (Think of something like Home Alone, which mixed kids and slapstick humor to great effect.) Even though his character occasionally winds up being on the wrong end of that physical humor, Cena told us he’ll take those kinds of physical stunts over the ones he has to do in his action films. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Cena)
When producer Dick Wolf announced a spin-off series from his wildly successful Law & Order back in the last millennium, he felt confident that he was getting a quality female lead in Mariska Hargitay, who was just coming off a recurring role on ER at the time. Twenty-one years later, his choice has been validated over and over and over again. Not only has Hargitay done a phenomenal job as Olivia Benson over the years, but Wolf likely couldn’t have picked an actress who would be more passionate and dedicated about the role, the show, and its mission. With the show still going strong, Wolf is amazed — and gratified — that Hargitay is just as excited about the show as the day it premiered. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dick Wolf)
Through 15 seasons, Supernatural has been more than just a television show. To its fans, it’s also been a community… and an obsession! “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles told us he’s heard hundreds — if not thousands — of stories from fans who have bonded with fellow fans of the show, and he’s elated that so many of those friendships will be around, even after the show’s series finale. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jensen Ackles)
Before he was hired for Terminator: Dark Fate, Tim Miller had directed only one feature-length film before. But seeing what he’d done with Deadpool was enough to convince the movie’s producers — including star Arnold Schwarzenegger — that he was capable of taking on such a massive, effects-laden project. After shooting the film with him, Schwarzenegger told us that faith in him was entirely justified. (Click on the media bar below to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger)