‘Deadpool 2’ Rules Box Office Roost With $125 Million Debut Weekend

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Colossus in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

Leave it to another comic book movie to unseat another comic book movie off the box office throne, as Deadpool 2 beat Avengers: Infinity War with a $125 million weekend. Avengers: Infinity War was hardly a slouch, though it came in a distant #2 with $26.6 million. Book Club had a solid opening weekend with $12.5 million. Here’s the top 10:

  1. Deadpool 2 – One wonders how many more sequels are left for the merc with a mouth, but considering the reception, Ryan Reynolds’ superhero job is safe for years to come. $125 million.
  2. Avengers: Infinity War – A worldwide gross of $1.8 billion is highly impressive. It scores $26.6 million this weekend.
  3. Book Club – It does good enough business with a $12.5 million debut.
  4. Life of the PartyMelissa McCarthy comedy has performed sub-par with a total domestic gross of $31 million. It takes in $7.7 million in its second weekend.
  5. Breaking InGabrielle Union thriller collects $6.5 million.
  6. Show Dogs – This one is literally for the dogs, as it barely makes a dent with a $6 million debut.
  7. Overboard – Comedy makes $4.7 million and to date it’s taken in $49 million worldwide.
  8. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski directed sleeper is still ticking with $4 million.
  9. RampageDwayne Johnson headlined film has raked in over $406 million worldwide. This weekend it collects $1.5 million domestically.
  10. RPG – Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary amasses $1.3 million.

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Five DVD Set ‘Sid Caesar: The Works’ Comes Out In August Via Shout! Factory

Your Show of Shows is considered one of television’s best (and most groundbreaking) programs of all time, but that is just part of the reason why Sid Caesar was a creative trailblazer. Shout! Factory’s Sid Caesar: The Works, which comes out as a 5-DVD set on August 14, spans over 11 hours of Caesar’s work, including previously unreleased material. Throughout his career Caesar collaborated with such comic stalwarts as Imogene Coca, Nanette Fabray, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Woody Allen, and the set will feature footage from The Admiral Broadway Review, Your Show of Shows, and Caesar’s Hour. A 20-page book along with the 2014 Paley Center for Media Tribute Program is also featured in the collection.

TV and comic buffs who order Sid Caesar: The Works via ShoutFactory.com will also receive Sid Caesar: Extra Portion, a single disc that includes two hours of additional sketches. Also included is the first time DVD release of the 1973 feature Ten From Your Show of Shows and the Emmy winning 1967 CBS Reunion Special.

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‘Suspiria’ Set To Make An Even “Bigger Splash” With November Release

Though an official trailer has yet to be released, the announcement of Suspiria’s November 2nd release is huge thanks to the momentum of Call Me By Your Name filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. He reteams with his A Bigger Splash actors Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton with Suspiria, a thriller inspired by the Dario Argento classic of the same name.

The storyline centers on a new dancer (Johnson) of a world renowned troupe who uncovers the dance company’s dark secrets. Swinton is the artistic director in the flick, which also features Chloe Grace Moretz and Mia Goth. In an inspired bit of casting, Guadagnino also has original Suspiria lead Jessica Harper as part of its ensemble. Harper, who is also known for her work in Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise, has heaped her share of praise on the film.

Do you think Suspiria will be remembered come awards time just like Black Swan? Feel free to comment below!

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Donald Glover Lives The Lando Dream With “Star Wars” Experience

Solo: A Star Wars Story is not just the origin story of Han Solo and his best buddy Chewbacca. Donald Glover takes on the role of Lando Calrissian, a role that was originally played in The Empire Strikes Back by Billy Dee Williams.

“I just love the way it looks,” said Glover. “It feels like a very edgy film and I feel like there is enough there to satisfy anybody who has wondered about Han or Lando. There’s so much about Han in this movie that you connect with . . . I just hope that people can really connect and they’re interested in this world because I would love to be a part of this world again. It’s really great.

Click on the media bar to hear Glover elaborate on why it was a “dream” to take part in Solo: A Star Wars Story:

Solo: A Star Wars Story, co-starring Alden Ehrenreich, opens May 25.

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Uma Thurman And Tim Roth Caper-Comedy ‘The Con Is On’ Hits Blu-Ray In July

The Con Is On, which stars Pulp Fiction actors Uma Thurman and Tim Roth, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital July 24 via Lionsgate. The project centers on a con-artist couple named Harriet and Peter (Thurman, Roth) who attempt to pull off a jewel theft operation in Los Angeles to pay off a gangster (Designated Survivor’s Maggie Q). Alice Eve co-stars as Peter’s ex-wife, with Parker Posey (Superman Returns) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) rounding out the ensemble. The feature was previously titled The Brits are Coming

It’s great to see Uma Thurman and Tim Roth ham it up in the trailer, and Alice Eve, who’s usually one for dramatic fare (The Stolen, Cold Comes The Night), also looks like she’s having a good time. We’ll be checking out the Blu-ray closer to its release date, but until then, check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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Jane Fonda Takes A Page Out Of ‘Book Club’ And Discusses Life At Eighty

Book Club centers on the lifelong friendship of four women (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) whose lives take a turn after reading 50 Shades of Grey. Jane Fonda is Vivian, the most confident of the friends who has no-strings attached relations with men.

“It’s about friendship and sex,” said Fonda. “(It’s about a) woman being able to decide from a fully authentic place when she is ready to give up hope for a relationship, hope for sensuality, hope for a love affair. It’s not meant to make people who are older and not having sex feel bad about it. Nobody has to keep on being sexual later in life. But it should be up to us to make the decision.”

Click on the media bar to hear Jane Fonda explain why, no matter what age, on can stay engaged in life and relationships:

Book Club, co-starring Don Johnson and Andy Garcia, opens nationwide May 18.

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