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‘The Bad Guys’ Steals No. 1 Spot at Box Office With 25 Million Opening

Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s “The Bad Guys” made off with the No.1 spot at the box office this weekend, earning 8 million on opening day for an estimated 25 million opening from 4,009 theaters, and beating box office projections for a poor opening in the mid-teens.While that launch is nowhere near the opening for past DreamWorks films […]

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‘The Bad Guys’: DreamWorks Embraces the Latest 2D Trend for Its CG Heist Comedy

The influence of “Into the Spider-Verse” continues to infiltrate the Hollywood mainstream, with DreamWorks’ latest heist comedy, “The Bad Guys,” following in the footsteps of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines,” “Luca,” and “Turning Red” to subvert CG animation with a handmade, illustrated look. First-time feature director Pierre Perifel definitely wanted to break through the “boring” […]

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Can’t Stop The Trolls: Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick Return In New Holiday Special Coming To NBC

If you thought the Minions were bad enough, allow me to reintroduce you to the unstoppable might of the “Trolls” franchise. At least the Minions were forever immortalized as ancient American gods in that one incredible scene in “Mortal Engines” a couple of years back. What can “Trolls” consider to be its claim to fame? […]

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‘The Rental’ Is Second Film Ever to Be #1 on Both Theatrical and VOD Charts at Same Time

For only the second time in the five months of parallel theatrical/Video on Demand releases, one film led grosses both in available theaters and on at least one home viewing chart. Dave Franco’s “The Rental” (IFC) grossed $404,000 in 250 theaters, two thirds of them drive-ins, to easily best several library titles made available this […]

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‘Scoob!’ an Instant #1 on Premium VOD Charts; ‘Capone’ #2 on iTunes

Warner Bros. home release of the animated “Scoob!” began today, and it’s already #1 on the iTunes and Amazon Prime charts ranking transactions. (Rental price $19.99; digital download $24.99.)With so little in the way of new releases, it might be more surprising if it didn’t reach #1. What’s impressive here is how quickly it happened. […]

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‘The Assistant,’ Featuring ‘Ozark’ Star Julia Garner, Overperforms on VOD

A handful of indoor theaters opened up to customers this weekend, mostly in Texas. But under these unusual pandemic conditions, the box-office numbers don’t shed much light on what will happen when more theaters reopen with brand new titles.With stringent safety controls including social distancing, the indoor theaters are grossing far less than the drive-ins […]

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