Jason Clarke (Winchester) delivers one of his most challenging roles to date as Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick. Kate Mara co-stars as Mary Jo Kopechne, and her tragic downing as well as the effects it had on Kennedy’s life as well as its influence on American politics, is covered in the ambitious feature. John Curran, a versatile filmmaker (We Don’t Live Here Anymore, The Painted Veil) who helmed the underrated 2013 feature Tracks (starring Mia Wasikowska), directs the feature.
Clarke initially read the script (penned by Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen) while on the plane with his wife and was immediately hooked by the narrative. Click on the media bar below to hear Clarke explain how he went down the “rabbit hole” in his research for Chappaquiddick:
Chappaquiddick, co-starringOlivia Thirlby and Ed Helms, opens nationwide April 6.
It was a resounding success for Black Panther, as this Marvel Studios feature earned over $192 million at the box office. The figure was astronomical for the film (in comparison, The Avengers’ three day opening weekend was $207.4 million domestically). Coming in a distant second was Peter Rabbit with $17.2 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Black Panther – $192 million
2. Peter Rabbit – $17.2 million
3. Fifty Shades Freed – The flick had made over $266 million worldwide. This weekend, it takes in $16.9 million stateside.
4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $7.9 million
5. The 15:17 to Paris – Clint Eastwood directed feature takes in $7.68 million
6. The Greatest Showman – $5.1 million this weekend and to date it’s made over $154 million domestically.
7. Early Man – Animated flick disappoints with $3.1 million
Even though it’s not a critical darling and succeeds more on its camp factor, Fifty Shades Freed was the overwhelming leader at the box office with a $38.8 million debut weekend. Fellow newcomer Peter Rabbit also enjoyed an excellent outing with a second place finish and a $25 million take. Although Clint Eastwood’s critically drubbed The 15:17 to Paris was #3 with just $12.6 million, it was made for a reasonable $13 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Fifty Shades Freed – Score another win for cinematic lovebirds Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan! $38.8 million
2. Peter Rabbit – $25 million
3. The 15:17 to Paris – $12.6 million
4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – It makes $9.8 million this weekend and currently it’s collected over $365 million domestically.
5. The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackman musical makes $6.4 million. Budgeted at $84 million, it’s collected over $146 million domestically.
6. Maze Runner: The Death Cure – $6 million
7. Winchester – Helen Mirren thriller earns $5 million
8. The Post – $3.5 million
9. The Shape of Water – Oscar favorite collects another $3 million.
10. Den of Thieves – Gerard Butler and50 Cent action flick holds on to the top ten with $2.87 million
Helen Mirren’s haunted house feature Winchester couldn’t stop Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle for the top spot at this weekend’s box office. With Jumanj: Welcome to the Jungle making just $11 million, it was a tame Super Bowl weekend for movie watchers (Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Winchester finished at the #2 and #2 spots). Here’s the top 10:
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Tops all comers with $11 million and to date it’s made over $352 million stateside.
2. Maze Runner: The Death Cure – $10.2 million
3. Winchester – Helen Mirren thriller takes in $9.2 million in its debut weekend.
4. The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackman led musical continues to do solid business with $7.8 million.
5. Hostiles – $5.5 million
6. The Post –Steven Spielberg’s latest checks in at number six with $5.2 million
7. 12 Strong – $4.7 million
8. Den of Thieves – Gerard Butler action flick makes $4.6 million./
9. The Shape of Water – The odds on favorite to win Best Picture collects $4.3 million.
In the critically acclaimed feature Mudbound, Jason Clarke collaborated with celebrated actress Michelle Williams as well as double Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige (who’s also nominated for the song “Mighty River”). With the haunted house thriller WinchesterClarke gets to work with another acting powerhouse in Helen Mirren.
“She makes an enigma real but still keeps it an enigma,” says Clarke. “There’s still a sense of mystery with Helen because she’s just got that charismatic weight about herself as a person. To work with her, she just keeps you laughing. She’s funny and sharp and witty. Intelligent and strong but really simple and basic. There’s nothing pretentious about Helen or pretend about her. She’s a lot of fun.
Click on the media bar below to hear Clarke explain why the Spierig Brothers were the perfect choice to helm Winchester.