A24’s Political Thriller ‘Civil War’ Sets Studio Record With $25.7 Million Opening Weekend Box Office

A24’s politically charged dystopian thriller Civil War topped the weekend box office with an estimated $25.7 million in ticket sales through April 14. The tally was the largest ever for the indie studio, which typically launches new releases across limited screens before expanding distribution based on moviegoer response.

Indeed, A24’s Oscar-winning Best Picture Everything Everywhere All At Once opened to just $501,000 in revenue across 10 screens in March 2022. The movie went on to generate $143.4 million globally.

Civil War supplanted previous box office polesitter Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the latter adding upwards of $15 million in ticket sales for the weekend to up its North American tally past $157 million, and $384 million globally.

The Civil War story arc revolves around a team of military-embedded journalists (led by Kirsten Dunst) covering a bleak U.S. landscape where armed militia groups from Texas and California are heading to Washington, D.C., to confront an autocrat president, played by Nick Offerman.

Meanwhile, Columbia Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire made a projected $5.8 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $96.967 million through Sunday.

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Romance ‘Elizabethtown’ Debuting on Blu-ray Feb. 9 in ‘Paramount Presents’ Line

Director Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy Elizabethtown debuts on Blu-ray Feb. 9 in time for Valentine’s Day as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The limited-edition Blu-ray Disc includes the film newly remastered from a 4K transfer supervised by Crowe.

Orlando Bloom (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) star in the 2005 romance set against a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. Hot-shot designer Drew Baylor’s (Bloom) life becomes completely unraveled when he loses his father and his job on one fateful day. En route to Elizabethtown to visit his family, Drew meets Claire (Dunst). She’s beautiful, unstoppably positive, and just the gal to guide Drew on his journey back home and to teach him what it means to live and love along the way. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Judy Greer and Jessica Biel.

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The disc is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. It also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with Crowe, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and an alternate ending with an introduction by Crowe. Along with access to a digital copy of the film, the Blu-ray also includes previously released special features, including deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Crowe, the “On the Road to Elizabethtown” “The Music of Elizabethtown,” “Meet the Crew,” and “Training Wheels” featurettes, and a photo gallery.

‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘The King of Queens’ Series Sets on Mill Creek October Disc Slate

Complete series sets of the classic 1970s TV show “Charlie’s Angels” and “The King of Queens” are among the titles on the October disc slate for Mill Creek Entertainment

Due Oct. 15 is the complete series of “The King of Queens,” starring Kevin James and Leah Remini, on DVD. The series, which ran for nine seasons, stars James as Doug Heffernan, a lovable regular guy with an adoring wife, Carrie (Remini), and a frustrating father-in-law (Jerry Stiller) under his roof. The set is priced at $74.98.

Oct. 29 comes the complete series set of “Charlie’s Angels” on Blu-ray Disc for the first time at $169.98. The 1970s detective show stars Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts. The series, about three girls who go to work for Charles Townsend, a mysterious man they never see, at his Beverly Hills detective agency, ran for five seasons. The set includes the 2011 TV reboot starring Rachel Taylor, Anne Ilonzeh and Minka Kelly.

Also due Oct. 29 is the double feature Blu-ray of Little Women and Marie Antoinette at $14.98. Little Women stars Claire Danes, Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”) and Kirsten Dunst in the class Louisa May Alcott story. Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola, stars Dunst as the famously fashionable and villainous queen who purportedly told her starving people, “Let them eat cake.” Dunst portrays the ill-fated child princess who married France’s young and indifferent King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman). Feeling isolated in a royal court rife with scandal and intrigue, Marie Antoinette defied both royalty and commoner by living like a rock star, which served only to seal her fate.

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Finally, on Oct. 29, Mill Creek releases the horror thriller The Thing (2011), a prelude to John Carpenter’s 1982 classic film, at $14.98 on Blu-ray. When paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive.