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‘Shaft’ on Independence Day: The Film That Changed History on July 4th Weekend 1971

This weekend marks the 49th anniversary of the release of “Shaft.” Released in 1971, it grossed about $90 million in adjusted prices — a huge success, more than 25 times its cost. More importantly, it forced studios to acknowledge the Black audience segment that was long taken for granted.By 1969, Hollywood studio filmmaking was 105 […]

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The ‘Tom & Jerry’ Feature Team Proves Filmmakers Can Get Creative in Global Lockdown

With no live-action shooting possible because of the global lockdown, animation and post-production, however, are continuing productively via social distancing. That’s a great advantage for Warner Bros.’ live-action/animated “Tom and Jerry” feature (scheduled for December 23). While shooting is complete on the hybrid directed by Tim Story (“Shaft”), which stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a […]

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Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International,’ ‘Shaft’ Add to Summer Sequel Slump

As “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft” join the growing list of under-performing sequels this summer — an ignominious group that includes “Dark Phoenix” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” — worries of franchise fatigue are beginning to simmer in Hollywood.“Franchises that don’t up the ante or bring anything new into the fold are suffering […]

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Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International’ and ‘Shaft’ Belly Flop

Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” can’t come soon enough to buoy the floundering summer box office. This weekend’s openings are pathetic. Franchise reboot “Men in Black: International” (Sony) and the second remake of “Shaft” (Warner Bros.) together grossed under $37 million. Two summers ago, when “War for the Planet of the Apes” opened to “only” $56 […]

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‘Men In Black: International’ at North American box office fuels premature early talk of summer franchise fatigue

Samuel Jackson in Shaft also slips up, but summer is long and packed with potential hits.The dismal $28.5m estimated North American box office debut by Men In Black: International came as little surprise given generally poor reviews and tepid advance word, adding fuel to possibly premature early summer talk of franchise fatigue.However the summer is […]

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‘Men in Black’ & ‘Shaft’ Become Latest Summer Sequels to Disappoint

It was another disappointing weekend for a pair of new sequels as both Sony’s Men in Black International and WB’s Shaft were both unable to reach even the slimmest of studio expectations heading into the weekend.The weekend is down significantly compared to last year when Incredibles 2 bowed with a record-shattering $182.6 million opening and […]

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‘Men In Black: International’ Taking in $26 Million Amid Franchise Fatigue

North American moviegoers spurned sequels this weekend with Sony’s “Men in Black: International” heading for a modest $26 million debut while “Shaft” will finish with a dismal $7.3 million in seventh place.“Men in Black: International,” the fourth iteration of the sci-fi comedy franchise, is performing under expectations, which had been in the $30 million range […]

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‘Men In Black: International’ Taking in $26 Million Amid Franchise Fatigue

North American moviegoers spurned sequels this weekend with Sony’s “Men in Black: International” heading for a modest $26 million debut while “Shaft” will finish with a dismal $7.3 million in seventh place.“Men in Black: International,” the fourth iteration of the sci-fi comedy franchise, is performing under expectations, which had been in the $30 million range […]

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‘Men in Black’ and ‘Shaft’ to Continue a Summer of Slumping Sequels

While the last two weeks have featured several struggling new releases, and this weekend looks to be no different, the summer movie season is actually up +12.6% compared to last year and currently ranks as the second largest summer movie season of all-time through June 12. However, a lot of that is due to Disney […]

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Film Review: ‘Shaft’

The new “Shaft” is an upgrade that’s also a downgrade. It’s not a “blaxploitation” movie, whatever that would now look like. It is, rather, a rudely conventional, entertainingly junky badass-for-the-megaplex action comedy. Yet since the film has the audacity — or maybe it’s just the shameless huckster savvy — to go out with the exact […]

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