‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Is Box Office Champ With $83 Million Debut

Box Office numbers through Sunday places Solo: A Star Wars Story as the clear #1 with an $83.3 million debut, followed by Deadpool 2 with $42.7 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

  1. Solo: A Star Wars Story – Thought made $83.3 million, its international numbers at just $65 million are disappointing. Good word of mouth will hopefully keep this movie on solid ground in the coming weeks.
  2. Deadpool 2 – In just two weeks it’s made over $207 million domestically. This weekend, it takes in $42.7 million.
  3. Avengers: Infinity War – Comic book juggernaut collects $16.4 million.
  4. Book Club – Comedy makes $9.4 million
  5. Life of the PartyMelissa McCarthy comedy has underperformed. It takes in $5.1 million and is barely cracking $40 million domestically.
  6. Breaking In Gabrielle Union flick earns $5.1 million.
  7. Show Dogs – Canine feature makes $3.1 million
  8. Overboard – Remake collects $3 million.
  9. A Quiet Place John Krasinski directed thriller is still ticking with $2.2 million.
  10. RBG – It’s rare for a documentary to crack the top ten, and this project is one of this year’s box office surprises. $1.1 million.

 

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Sam Claflin Sails Sans Shoes During ‘Adrift’ Production

Adrift is based on the true story of couple Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), sailors whose lives take a tragic turn when they experience a catastrophic hurricane. The feature was shot over several months in Fiji, and most of the scenes are shot in natural light, on water, and amidst the elements. Shooting on water is not the easiest of experiences (anyone remember Waterworld?), and Claflin talked about shooting Adrift on the ocean.

“It’s a very unpredictable beast,” said Claflin. “And we kind of had to resign ourselves and sort of hand ourselves to Mother Nature. Thankfully it kind of embraced us and we were very lucky.”

Click on the media bar to hear Claflin talk about the challenge of playing a seasoned sailor (the actor didn’t wear shoes during his scenes) in Adrift:

Adrift opens nationwide June 1.

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Alden Ehrenreich: We Made ‘Solo’ The Old-Fashioned Way

The original Star Wars movie was a breathtaking piece of filmmaking in its day. In 1977, CGI animation was still in its infancy and virtually nonexistent, so all of the special effects in Star Wars were done the old-fashioned way. Now, CGI technology is commonplace, and most of the newer Star Wars movies rely heavily upon computer graphics. Ron Howard, however, bucked that trend while making Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the film’s star, Alden Ehrenreich, is amazed by how cool the old-style effects look.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, is playing now in theaters everywhere.

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Barry Manilow Brings His Hits Back To Vegas

Although Barry Manilow’s 75th birthday is less than a month away, he’s not ready to give up performing just yet. Though he’s cut back on his touring, Manilow has signed a deal for a residency at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with shows running through early October. Manilow told us that when he was offered the residency, it was just too good to pass up.

 

With a career to draw from that has now spanned five decades, Manilow said his fondest memories are of the decade that started it all for him, the ’70s.

One of the things Manilow finds surprising is that there’s a whole new audience at his shows, one that wasn’t even born in the ’70s! And he thinks it’s wonderful that new generations have been finding his music… and singing along!

Barry Manilow: The Hits Come Home is running selected weekends through early October at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Ryan Reynolds On Why ‘Deadpool’ Delivers

With $150 million domestically and $330 million worldwide in its first five days of release, Deadpool 2 is another huge hit. In a world that’s jammed full of superhero movies — some of which have performed dismally — why is the Deadpool franchise doing so well? Ryan Reynolds thinks it’s because the character — and the films — are so unique. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Reynolds)

Deadpool 2 is playing now in theaters everywhere.

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Debra Messing & Eric McCormack Wowed By ‘Will & Grace’ Success

When the Will & Grace reboot was announced, nobody knew quite what to expect. What really happened was beyond anybody’s wildest dreams. Not only did the show get a second-season pickup early in its new run, it’s already been given a third season in 2019! The show’s stars, Debra Messing and Eric McCormack, have one word in common to describe how they feel about its continued success. (Click on the media bar below to hear Debra Messing & Eric McCormack)

Season 2 of the Will & Grace reunion will be back this fall on NBC.

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Blake Lively’s Simple Reason For Doing ‘A Simple Favor’

While Blake Lively’s husband, Ryan Reynolds, enjoys his box office win with Deadpool 2, she’s looking forward to what she hopes will be her next box office champion. She’ll co-star with Anna Kendrick in the Paul Feig-directed mystery A Simple Favor later this summer, and she told us there was one reason in particular why she wanted to star in the movie. (Click on the media bar below to hear Blake Lively)

 


 A Simple Favor will open in theaters on September 14.

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Johnny Knoxville Nearly Killed Himself On ‘Action Point’ (But It Was Worth It)

Johnny Knoxville may have left Jackass in his rear-view mirror 16 years ago, but he’s managed to hang on to that mentality in at least one way: He still likes to do stunt work. In the new movie Action Point, which he also helped write and produce, Knoxville does all of his own stunts. (That might now have been the best idea — he wound up in the emergency room several times during filming.) Still, Knoxville is proud of the work that he did, and he thinks it made the movie better. (Click on the media bar below to hear Johnny Knoxville)

 

Action Point opens in theaters on June 1.

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Robert Pattinson Ventures Out West With ‘Damsel’ Trailer

Director David Zellner’s 2014 feature Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter was a visual and atmospheric thriller that only gets better with time, and having him take on the Western genre sounds like an absolutely great idea. Damsel, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, should, even at its worst, be interesting.

This time out Zellner co-directs the feature with his brother Nathan (they co-wrote Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter) in the story about a pioneer named Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) who travels through the Wild West to marry his true love Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). Accompanying him on his journey is a drunkard named Parson (David Zellner) and a miniature horse named Butterscotch. From the looks of the trailer, Damsel is not a by the numbers Western, and hopefully the Zellners’ blend of comedy and darkness will give us another memorable cinematic experience.

Pattinson received some of the best reviews of his career with last year’s Good Time (Wasikowska was last seen in The Man With The Iron Heart). The feature hits theaters June 22nd via Magnolia Pictures. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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Sarah Shahi Takes A Virtual Approach To New Series ‘Reverie’

Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest, Life) headlines the new series Reverie, a thriller that centers on Mara Kint (Shahi), a former hostage negotiator turned college professor. Haunted by a personal tragedy, Mara is offered a new job by her former boss (24’s Dennis Haysbert) to save people from an addictive virtual-reality program that has dangerous repercussions.

“These people are getting stuck in there and they don’t want to come out,” said Shahi. “I’m somebody who has to go in, learn about them, learn about their subconscious behavior and try to convince them to come back to reality.”

Click on the media bar to hear Shahi talk about Reverie’s prescient themes:

Reverie, co-starring Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) and Jessica Lu, premieres May 30 on NBC (10 pm et/pt).

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