Wkd Box Office - 11•29-12•1•19 - Rian Johnson Continues Streak of Critical and Commercial Success with Knives Out. Oh, and Frozen is still #1.

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VinylCassette64

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Oct 26, 2017
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Given US audiences'/US studios' aversion of stop-motion animated films (and to a lesser extent, non-CG animated films altogether) is at an box office all-time high; I can't say I'm too surprised Aardman went the Netflix route. On one hand, this all but guarantees Farmageddon won't be playing in any of the theaters near where I live; so I can't say I'm thrilled about that. On the other hand, Aardman's last US distributor in Lionsgate did a lousy job handling Aardman's most recent movies (the first Shaun the Sheep Movie and Early Man); so in certain respects, Netflix gaining the distribution rights is actually an improvement.

A woof seems more appropriate.
 

stealthyfrog

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Given US audiences' aversion of stop-motion animated films (and to a lesser extent, non-CG animated films altogether) is at an box office all-time high; I can't say I'm too surprised Aardman went the Netflix route. On one hand, this all but guarantees Farmageddon won't be playing in any of the theaters near where I live; so I can't say I'm thrilled about that. On the other hand, Aardman's last US distributor in Lionsgate did a lousy job handling Aardman's most recent movies (the first Shaun the Sheep Movie and Early Man); so in certain respects, Netflix gaining the distribution rights is actually an improvement.
Definitely better to have stop-motion movies go direct to Netflix than to just stop getting made entirely
 

RoboPlato

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Oct 25, 2017
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Very interested to see the holds for Knives Out. I think it could have a long, strong run with how good word of mouth has been and nothing really directly competing with it genre-wise.
 

Salty Catfish

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Oct 25, 2017
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Fun fact: Greatest Showman is the second highest grossing non-Disney musical (domestically) behind only Grease. I'm still confused about how it was such a hit.
 

Mcfrank

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Oct 28, 2017
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Tell them to shut the fuck up. I do it all the time. First time a phone comes out, I tell them to put it away. First time someone starts talking, I shush them. Occasionally you get a chode who puffs his chest up over it, but they are typically cowards who won’t do shit about it except try to look tough in front of their girlfriends
And like clock work the dude next to me at Knives Out pulled his phone out 20 min into the movie, I said “please put your phone away” he sighed but complied. Don’t let people ruin your movies.
 

Salty Catfish

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Watched The Farewell tonight and I'm glad this movie was a modest hit and has kinda elbowed its way into Oscar discussions. Given that we might have two Netflix best picture nominees (The Irishman and Marriage Story), 2019 might break the record for lowest total grossing best picture nominees.
 
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Watched The Farewell tonight and I'm glad this movie was a modest hit and has kinda elbowed its way into Oscar discussions. Given that we might have two Netflix best picture nominees (The Irishman and Marriage Story), 2019 might break the record for lowest total grossing best picture nominees.
From what I read, Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes is a dark horse pick for Best Actor.

I am personally pulling for Adam Driver in Marriage Story.
 

Cpt-GargameL

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Oct 27, 2017
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JOKER has passed Batman v Superman domestically. $5m more and it'll top Aquaman and be DCs biggest domestic earner only behind Wonder Woman.


Frozen 2 looks like it'll be #1 until Jumanji.


What a beast

 

Blue Skies

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All I remember about Great showman is that I looked up the true life story after watching, and it was nothing like that. I hate when movies do that.
 
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Fun fact for The Greatest Showman: The director's next project is supposed to be a live action Naruto movie.

Been on his radar for awhile.
 

Cass_Se

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2019 is the best year for quality cinema since 2005 imo
Yeah seriously the year is crazy. I still haven't seen many films from the upcoming oscar season and we've already had Lighthouse, Irishman, Knives Out, OUATIH, Parasite, Pain and Glory, Midsommar, Rocketman, Us, with movies like Jojo Rabbit (not released yet in my region), 1917, Little Women, Bombshell, A Hidden Life, Farewell (not released yet in my region) and more still to come. It's insane how much good stuff there's been in 2019
 

TheZjman

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Nov 22, 2018
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Really pleased for Rian. Knives Out was brilliant and extremely well written and filmed. Loved it.
 

Kewlmyc

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Oct 25, 2017
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Frozen II is probably going to cruise by the Billion, as a reminder, this film has basically zero competition during the Christmas Period. The only other animated film coming out is.



Spies in Disguise, which Disney also owns now as well considering Blue Sky was part of Fox, and I'm sure Disney are going to push their own film over Fox. Add to that the Christmas Period in general benefits family films a lot when the kids get out of school... Yeah, Frozen II is going to do very well in the long run of things.
Imagine sleeping on Playmobil: The Movie.

 

Shugga

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Oct 25, 2017
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I saw the spies in disguise trailer before knives out. Never heard of it before.
Made me understand the complaints about the Soul trailer (black lead that gets turned into something that isn't a black person)

The trailer was also thoroughly unfunny.
 

Alexandros

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Oct 26, 2017
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Knives was absolutely incredible. Super tight script and great dialogue. Rian is really very talented, I still want to know how Canto bight and the resistance plot happened in TLJ from a writer of his skill. Also Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas are fantastic actors.
Not every person is suited for every type of material. I think it's pretty obvious that Johnson works a lot better as a creator of original works instead of someone continuing an established franchise.
 

BarrBarr

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Oct 25, 2017
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Went to see Knives Out yesterday; and it was great! So glad to se Rian Johnson doing so well.
 

Shugga

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You'd believe Rian Johnson is a woman with how much he is being questioned after all of these successful projects
 
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Not every person is suited for every type of material. I think it's pretty obvious that Johnson works a lot better as a creator of original works instead of someone continuing an established franchise.
Yeah, pretty obvious indeed. I mean when I see a filmmaker release a film that grosses over a billion dollars and recieves glowing critical acclaim my first thought is "it's obvious they were a bad fit for this project" too.
 

2Bee

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Oct 27, 2017
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If Rian Johnson could makes a billion dollar+ movie with critical acclaim on a project he was not “suited” for then damn, I’m even more impressed by TLJ now.
 
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