Paramount’s Family Film ‘IF’ Tops Weekend Box Office With $35 Million Opening

Paramount Pictures’ family movie IF opened with an estimated $55 million in worldwide ticket sales through May 19, and as the No. 1 film at North American theaters with $35 million. IF is the first major original ‘PG’-rated live-action family film to hit theaters since 2018.

Paramount reported exit polls found that 68% of kids, 34% of the general audience, and 28% of parents found the film exceeded their expectations. With school summer vacation starting this week, the studio expects the John Krasinski-directed movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Cailey Fleming to benefit from strong word of mouth and an extended theatrical run.

Internationally, IF collected an estimated $20 million in ticket sales from 58 territories. The film expanded into 56 markets, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, after opening last weekend in France and Belgium. The total international tally stands at $24 million and $59 million globally.

Disney/20th Century Studios’ previous-weekend box office topper, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, was the runner-up with $26 million in its second weekend, crossing $100 million in North American revenue and  $237.5 million globally.

Lionsgate’s new imagining of The Strangers significantly overperformed expectations as The Strangers: Chapter 1budgeted at $8.5 million, scared up an estimated $12 million for the weekend in 2,856 locations in North America. Heading into its debut, the film was expected to take in $7 million to $9 million. The film’s marketing was driven by an edgy campaign that led to the menacing Strangers central to the film appearing randomly at events nationwide, including the Trump trial, Times Square, the Miami Heat Playoff Games, Coachella and Stagecoach, as well as being captured on various Ring Cameras around the country.

Universal Pictures’ actioner The Fall Guy, starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, added $7.1 million in revenue across North American screens and $15.6 million in worldwide ticket sales in its third weekend. The movie has generated $64.5 million in North America and $127.5 million worldwide.

Focus Features’ Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black rounded out the top five with $2.85 million in revenue across 2,010 screens. Meanwhile, Screen Gems’ Tarot followed close behind with a projected $2 million, bringing its total domestic gross to $15.4 million through Sunday.
 
Finally, Paramount’s Bob Marley: One Love opened in Japan over the weekend with $750,000 in ticket sales across 213 screens, drawing a broad audience, with generally positive audience reactions. The biopic’s international box office now stands at $81.6 million and $178.5 million worldwide.
 

Creepshow: Season 1

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

RLJ/Shudder;
Horror;
$34.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Not rated.
Stars Tobin Bell, Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, Cailey Fleming, Jeffrey Combs, DJ Qualls, Bruce Davison, David Arquette, Dana Gould, Tricia Helfer, Scott Mescudi.

This original series of the Shudder streaming service continues the tradition of anthology horror established in the 1982 movie Creepshow directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King, as well as the 1987 sequel written by Romero.

The new series, executive produced by Greg Nicotero of “The Walking Dead,” offers two short stories per hourlong episode, with six episodes in the first season. The series expands on the visual style of the films, which were heavily influenced by horror comic books of the 1950s and 1960s. Episodes frequently use comic book-style artwork for story introductions and scene transitions, as well as a vibrant color palette for the title designs and linking materials.

The shorts are a mixture of adaptations of existing stories and original material. They range from the downright disgusting to the generally creepy, typically offering a helpful metaphor to a real-life problem. For example, the first story in the first episode, “Grey Matter,” presents an allegory for the dangerous effects of alcoholism on friends and family, in transforming a drunk father into a monster who eats local pets and absorbs anyone he comes into contact with, causing him to duplicate and spread his numbers to the rest of society.

The back half of the episode is the charming “The House of the Head,” about a little girl (Cailey Fleming of “The Walking Dead”) whose dollhouse seems to be haunted by a strange miniature rotting head that causes the figures of the family to move while she isn’t looking (shades of the Weeping Angels from “Doctor Who”) leading to her discovering them in new poses of varying degrees of terror as she tries to figure out what is happening to them.

Those looking for a more comedic mix in their horror should like “The Finger,” which stars DJ Qualls as a loner who stumbles upon a weird demon-like creature that ends up doing his bidding in ridding the world of the people who plague his life.

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The Blu-ray is absolutely loaded with bonus materials, including several episode commentaries, featurettes for each episode and myriad behind-the-scenes galleries. There’s also a special featurette about the Easter Eggs in the episodes that reference the movies — and as a fun touch it’s set up like an unlabled old-school DVD Easter Egg you actually have to search for in the menus. It’s a nice touch that lends to the throwback nature of the series.