The Upside, a remake of the revered film The Intouchables, made $19.6 million to claim the top spot at the box office. Starring Kevin Hartand Bryan Cranston, the flick dethroned Aquaman, which came in second with $17.2 million. Here’s the top 10:
The Upside– Drama takes in $19.5 million.
Aquaman– It’s number two with $17.2 million and to date it’s made over $287 million domestically.
A Dog’s Way Home– Family film debuts with $11.3 million.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse– Animated feature collects $9 million.
Escape Room – Thriller checks in at #5 with $8.9 million.
Mary Poppins Returns – Mary Poppins sequel collects $7.2 million.
Bumblebee– Transformers spin-off makes $6.7 million.
On The Basis of Sex– Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic amasses $6.2 million.
The Mule – Clint Eastwood drama takes in $5.5 million.
Halloween turned out to be one of last year’s biggest hits, as it collected over $253 million worldwide. Shot on a modest $10 million budget, the picture promised a final showdown between Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers. The feature hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on Tuesday, January 15.
Halloween’sspecial features (featured in all of the versions) include deleted scenes and several featurettes (“Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween,” “The Original Scream Queen,” “The Sound of Fear,” Journey of the Mask,” and “The Legacy of Halloween.”
Throughout her career, Curtis has starred in a diverse array of films including Trading Places, Blue Steel, True Lies, and A Fish Called Wanda. Click on the media bar to hear Jamie Lee Curtis explain why she initially decided to stop doing horror films after shooting Halloween II.
It’s been 20 years since M. Night Shyamalan made Unbreakable with Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis. Now, the trio has reteamed for Glass, a sort-of sequel to Unbreakable. Shyamalan said it’s something he’s been talking about with Jackson and Willis for years, and he’s excited that they were finally able to make it happen. (Click on the media bar below to hear M. Night Shyamalan)
Not surprisingly, Bohemian Rhapsody has rekindled interest in Queen’s music, so the band will be going back out on tour again. For the past several years, lead singing duties have been handled by former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, who told us the show was the perfect training ground for him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Lambert)
The Queen tour, featuring Adam Lambert, will begin on July 10.
Dr. Gregory House was one of the most memorable doctors we’ve seen on television; this year, it will be 15 years since we first met the character on House. The show made British actor Hugh Laurie a household name in America, earning him six Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globes awards. Why was he so convincing in the role? Laurie told us the role was a particularly appealing one for him, since he’d always had an interest in medicine. (Click on the media bar below Hugh Laurie)
House is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and can still be seen in syndication around the world.
Not only is Keanu Reeves the star of the new movie Replicas, he’s also one of its producers. He’s been enamored of the project since he first became aware of it, and he hopes to be able to share his passion for the film with audiences. (Click on the media bar below to hear Keanu Reeves)
Is Samuel L. Jackson the most influential actor of all time? That’s the assertion made in a lengthy new feature published by The Hollywood Reporter, citing a recent published study. Of course, his fans don’t need a study to tell them that — they’ve seen him in dozens of influential movies, both blockbusters and cult favorites. Did Jackson set out to try and build his career into something that would be called “influential”? When he talked to us, he said he just wanted to be able to keep making more movies. (Click on the media bar below to hear Samuel L. Jackson)
Jackson’s new movie, Glass, opens next Friday in theaters.
After The Big Bang Theory signs off later this year, at least fans will still be able to get their Sheldon Cooper fix through Young Sheldon. The show has been a hit with fans and critics, who have had great things to say about Iain Armitage, the actor playing the title character. Jim Parsons, who plays “old” Sheldon and contributes voiceovers to the series, is also an executive producer on the show. He told us that when he and the show’s creators, Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, came across Armitage in the audition process, they realized right away they’d found something special. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jim Parsons)
Young Sheldon airs Thursday nights at 8:30/7:30c, right after The Big Bang Theory on CBS.
On January 10, 1999, America witnessed the premiere of a groundbreaking new TV series: The Sopranos. Never had there been a crime series as gritty and intense — it’s no wonder the show aired on cable. Taking an intimate look at the intertwined professional and personal lives of New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, the series treated its subject matter in a way we’d never seen outside a movie theater, and there were episodes that nearly matched the genre’s gold standard — The Godfather — in intensity. The late James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano so masterfully, once told us the series may have been about the mafia, but managed to tell its stories in a way where its main characters may have been sympathetic at times, but they were never glorified for their evil deeds. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Gandolfini)
For those who have never stopped believing, The Sopranos is still streaming on the HBO GO app.
This is the day that Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans have been waiting for: the show’s return after NBC literally brought it back from the dead. Every single cast member we’ve talked to has spoken about how chaotic and emotional the show’s cancellation and resurrection were, and Melissa Fumero is no different. In fact, she told us she’d never experienced anything like it in her entire life. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa Fumero)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Thursday nights at 9/8c on its new home, NBC.