‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ a ‘Hit’ at Weekend Box Office

Lionsgate’s action comedy The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard overcame poor reviews, topping the domestic weekend box office through June 20 with a projected $11.7 million in ticket sales across 3,331 screens. The pandemic-delayed sequel to the 2017 original, featuring the return of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayak, plus newcomer Antonio Banderas, has generated $17 million since sneak peek showings on June 15.

The movie edged out Paramount Pictures’ enduring A Quiet Place Part II, which generated an estimated $9.4 million, down slightly from the previous weekend when it upset Warner Bros. Pictures’ In the Heights in box office revenue. A Quiet Place Part II has now topped $125 million, making it the top-grossing movie domestically in the pandemic era.

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Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway rounded out the podium with an estimated $6.1 million, bringing the sequel’s total to more than $20 million.

Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It continues to have legs, generating $5.1 million and $53.6 million since its debut three weeks ago. Disney’s Cruella also took in $5.1 million to being its gross above $64.7 million — a notable tally considering the movie is available as a $29.99 Disney+ add-on.

Finally, Heights saw its box office decline to $4.2 million, bringing its total to just shy of $20 million after two weekends. The movie is also streaming on HBO Max.

Weekend Box Office Preview: Can ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ Find His ‘Quiet Place’?

NEWS ANALYSIS — From the trailers, previews and press images, Mexican actress Salma Hayek makes a lot of noise in Lionsgate action comedy sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which generated $3.9 million in early domestic screenings entering the Father’s Day weekend.

Wife’s Bodyguard, which brings back the first movie’s stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, is the lone new entry to U.S. theaters through June 20, and is projected to generate from $8 million to $11 million in revenue across 3,321 screens — underscoring the reality that while movie theaters have largely returned to full capacity, moviegoers remain cautious.

Will it be enough to unseat Paramount Pictures’ post-apocalyptic sequel A Quiet Place: Part II — the John Krasinski-directed follow up to his 2018 sleeper hit co-starring his wife Emily Blunt? A Quiet Place Part II, which is projected to sell more than $9 million in ticket sales this weekend, last week rebounded in its third week of release to upset Warner Bros. newbie In the Heights with $12 million in ticket sales compared to $11.5 million for Heights.

Based on Lin-Manuel Maranda’s Broadway musical, Heights is concurrently streaming on HBO Max.

Indeed, Disney/Pixar Animation Studios’ new movie release Luca is bypassing theaters and debuting exclusively on streaming platform Disney+.

Shawn Robbins with Box Office Pro expects the impact to be minimal based on historical comparisons of streaming debuts in tandem with major theatrical releases as many have often co-existed.

“It will be intriguing to see if that impacts [Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway] and other family holdovers by any significant amount,” Robbins wrote in a blog post.

The relative weekend box office lull — estimated to decline nearly 19% from June 13 — portends the anticipated theatrical rush for Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga on June 25. The ninth installment of the venerable fast car franchise has already generated $270 million at the global box office.

This weekend holdovers include Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It; Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway; In the Heights (Warner); Walt Disney Pictures’ Cruella; Universal Pictures’ Spirit Untamed, and MGM/United Artists’ Wrath of Man, among others.

Disney Bowing ‘Free Guy’ and ‘Shang-Chi’ in Theaters Exclusively for 45-Day Window

Disney Studios is returning to the movie theater in the late summer with exclusive (and curtailed) 45-day windows for 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy and Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Free Guy launches Aug. 13 and Shang-Chi Sept. 3.

In Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy, a bank teller and NPC (non-playable character) who discovers he’s living in a video game.

Shang-Chi is based on the Marvel Comics.

The films mark Disney’s first exclusive theatrical releases since the Aug. 28 release of The New Mutants.

Meanwhile, theatrical titles Cruella (June 18), Black Widow (July 9) and Jungle Cruise (July 30) will debut in cineplexes and on $29.99 Premier Access through Disney+ simultaneously.

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Netflix Releasing 53 New Shows, Movies in December

Netflix is ending 2019 with a flurry (53) of new-release series and feature-length movies, including two highly anticipated titles not named The Irishman.

The three-and-a-half-hour mobster film from Martin Scorsese and starring Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro, launched in November, part of 73 new shows (“The Crown”, “The End of the F***ing World”, etc.) and movies Netflix bowed last month.

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This month the SVOD pioneer launches new seasons of “Fuller House,” “Lost in Space,” Magic for Humans” and “You,” in addition to a Kevin Hart documentary.

On Dec. 13 Netflix launches international action film 6 Underground, starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Michael Bay. On Dec. 20 the streamer bows “The Witcher,” a series based on fantasy novels of the same name.

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December 1
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Cut Bank
Dead Kids (Netflix Film)
Eastsiders: Season 4
Malcolm X
Searching for Sugar Man
Sweet Virginia
The Tribes of Palos Verdes

December 2
Nightflyers: Season 1
Team Kaylie: Part 2 (Netflix Family)
December 3
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos: A Primeira Tentação de Cristo (Netflix Film)
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (Netflix Original Special)
War on Everyone

December 4
The Last O.G.: Season 2
Let’s Dance (Netflix Film)
Los Briceño (Netflix Original Series)
Magic for Humans: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

December 5
Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez (Netflix Original Series)
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (Netflix Film)
Greenleaf: Season 4
Home for Christmas (Netflix Original Series)
V Wars (Netflix Original Series)

December 6
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show (Netflix Original Series)
The Chosen One: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
The Confession Killer (Netflix Documentary)
Fuller House: Season 5 (Netflix Original Series)
Glow Up (Netflix Original Series)
Marriage Story (Netflix Film)
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas (Netflix Family)
Teasing Master Takagi-san: Season 2 (Netflix Anime)
Three Days of Christmas (Netflix Original Series)
Triad Princess (Netflix Original Series)
Virgin River (Netflix Original Series)

December 8
From Paris with Love

December 9
A Family Reunion Christmas (Netflix Family)
It Comes at Night

December 10
Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (Netflix Original Special)
Outlander: Season 3

December 11
The Sky Is Pink

December 12
Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos (Netflix Film)
Jack Whitehall: Christmas with My Father (Netflix Original Special)

December 13
6 Underground (Netflix Film)

December 15
A Family Man
Dil Dhadakne Do
Karthik Calling Karthik

December 16
Burlesque
The Danish Girl
The Magicians: Season 4

December 17
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (Netflix Original Special)

December 18
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Netflix Documentary)
Soundtrack (Netflix Original Series)

December 19
After The Raid (Netflix Documentary)
Ultraviolet: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Twice Upon a Time (Netflix Original Series)

December 20
The Two Popes (Netflix Film)
The Witcher (Netflix Original Series)

December 22
Private Practice: Season 1-6

December 23
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 1

December 24
Carole & Tuesday: Part 2 (Netflix Anime)
Como caído del cielo (Netflix Film)
Crash Landing on You (Netflix Original Series)
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (Netflix Original Special)
Lost in Space: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020: Part 2 (Netflix Original Series)

December 25
Sweetheart

December 26
The App (Netflix Film)
Le Bazar de la Charité (Netflix Original Series)
Fast & Furious Spy Racers (Netflix Family)
You: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)

December 27
The Gift (Netflix Original Series)
Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up (Netflix Documentary)
The Secret Life of Pets 2

December 28
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy (Netflix Film)
December 29
Lawless

December 30
Alexa & Katie: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened (Netflix Anime)

December 31
The Degenerates: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Die Another Day
GoldenEye
Heartbreakers
The Neighbor (Netflix Original Series)
Red Dawn
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World Is Not Enough
Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures (Netflix Original Series)

Ryan Reynolds Teases DVD in New Netflix Movie Tweet

Actor Ryan Reynolds apparently still loves DVD.

The actor Oct. 1 went on social media to announce the launch date of his new Netflix vigilante action movie, 6 Underground, launching Dec. 13.

Directed by Michael Bay, the movie about six billionaires who fake their deaths to pursue criminals also stars Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy.

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In a twist, Reynolds on Twitter posted: “Warm up those DVD players because we’re coming to a mailbox near you, December 13th!”

The tweet included an image of Netflix’s legacy by-mail DVD, Blu-ray Disc rental service, which still caters to about 3 million monthly subscribers in the United States.

Netflix Gets Universal’s ‘Red Notice,’ Adds Ryan Reynolds to Cast

Netflix has taken over production of action-adventure movie Red Notice, from Universal Pictures.

The film — originally slated for Universal’s 2020 theatrical schedule — stars Dwayne Johnson (Skyscraper, Jumanji: The Next Level) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), with Netflix reportedly adding Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) to the cast.

Dwyane Johnson

Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions is co-producer on the globetrotting action-thriller centered on the pursuit of the most-wanted art thief in the world and is set to begin principal photography in various locations in 2020.

The film is written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Skyscraper, Central Intelligence).

“With Red Notice, our goal at Seven Bucks Productions was to break down traditional barriers and create a true global event for the audience,” Johnson said in a statement. “Netflix has illustrated that they are the perfect partners to accomplish this goal.”

With Netflix’s business model mandating streaming access with scant simultaneous theatrical distribution, Johnson & Co. are sacrificing back-end compensation — a growing trend among studios — for instantaneous distribution in more than 190 countries.

“[Netflix’s] original content generates critical acclaim and invites full collaboration on every level of production,” Johnson said. “Their unbridled enthusiasm for Red Notice is equally matched by their commitment to entertaining audiences on an international scale. As the landscape of movies, distribution and audience consumption continues to evolve, our Seven Bucks focus is to continue to find the best platform and partners to thrive in this ever changing environment.”

Netflix is currently in development on John Henry and The Statesman with Johnson attached to star and Seven Bucks Productions, among others, producing.

Pokémon Fans Can Catch ‘Detective Pikachu’ Digitally July 23, on Disc Aug. 6

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Pokémon Detective Pikachu through digital retailers July 23, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 6.

Based on the popular gaming brand, the first-ever live-action “Pokémon” adventure features Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu. When detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his son Tim (Justice Smith) joins forces with the cuddly Pokémon to unravel the mystery.

The film earned $142.1 million at the domestic box office.

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The digital, Blu-ray and special-edition DVD editions of the film will include an alternate opening; a “My Pokémon Adventure” featurette; five “Creating the World of Detective Pikachu” featurettes — “Welcome to Ryme City,” “Uncovering the Magic,” “Action,” “Colorful Characters” and “Bringing Pokémon to Life”; a “Ryan Reynolds: Outside the Actor’s Studio” featurette; Mr. Mime’s audio commentary; and a “Carry On” music video by Rita Ora and Kygo.

The Blu-ray edition will feature a “Detective Mode” to allow viewers to uncover hidden clues, behind-the-scenes footage, pop-up trivia, Pokémon facts, featurettes, Easter eggs and more as they watch the film.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of the film will feature HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

For a limited time, disc versions of the film will include a special “Pokémon” game card.

‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ on Blu-ray Jan. 15

Once Upon a Deadpool will be available  through digital retailers and Movies Anywhere Jan. 15 and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The ‘PG-13’ edited version of Deadpool 2 was released in theaters for two weeks before Christmas and earned $6 million. The family friendly version includes 20 minutes of new footage, including a Princess Bride-inspired framing device of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) telling the story of the movie to Fred Savage.

As with the limited theatrical release, Fox will donate $1 from every Blu-ray purchase or digital transaction in the United States through Jan. 28 to Fudge Cancer, with a minimum donation of $100,000.

Deadpool 2 was previously released on Blu-ray as an ‘R’-rated theatrical cut and an unrated extended cut.

Deadpool 2

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Fox;
Action Comedy;
Box Office $318.37 million;
$29.99 DVD; $34.99 Blu-ray; $44.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material.
Stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Julian Dennison, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Shioli Kutsuna, Eddie Marsan, Rob Delaney.

In the age of the superhero movie, you can always count on Deadpool to take the utter piss out of the genre — and in doing so, provide a bit of the counter-balance to how seriously some of the films take themselves.

Sure, movies like “Ant-Man” or “Guardians of the Galaxy” might lighten the mood a bit with some jokes and irreverent characters, but Deadpool takes it to that next level, where there is no reference that can’t be made, and no gag that is out of bounds.

And what makes it work is that, just like the comic books that inspire it, the “Deadpool” movies are also the very thing they are making fun of — intense action, complicated plots, larger-than-life characters. It’s just a healthy dose of meta-humor can go a long way in setting it apart.

In this second film, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) finds himself trying to protect a mutant teenager (Julian Dennison) from a mutant from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin) who wants to kill him before the kid fully unleashes his powers and becomes one of the world’s greatest villains.

To do that, and with the X-Men not available (thanks to one of several hilarious cameos), Deadpool forms X-Force, a team of marginal superheroes to help him rescue the kid and change the future.

With David Leitch taking over directing duties, the action is much more intense than the first film, and without the structural limitations of needing to tell Deadpool’s origin story, the script this time out doesn’t feel the need to follow any rules. (For example, with Brolin also playing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, you can bet Deadpool 2 isn’t going to let that one slide without a comment).

Part of what makes the humor so effective is the commitment the filmmakers make to the material, putting absurd characters in the middle of a serious situation. The highlight is a pitch-perfect parody of a James Bond opening title sequence, complete with a haunting ballad sung to the hilt by Celine Dion.

The Blu-ray includes a 15-minute longer “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut” that, based on what some of the filmmakers say during the bonus materials, seems like it could have been the original version of the movie before it was trimmed for time and softened up a bit to hit the ‘R’ rating. This version has more violence, more guns, alternate jokes and some different music in parts. It’s an intriguing version but not a fundamentally different film.

The Super Duper cut is included on its own disc with no extras, as all the bonus materials are included with the disc containing the theatrical cut. And, as with the first film, the extras are a trove of Deadpool material from a hilarious marketing campaign.

This section includes several promotional spots and all the trailers, plus some international pieces such as Deadpool offering free tattoos to attendees of a Brazilian comic book convention. There are also a few music videos, including for Dion’s title-sequence tune, and a stills gallery.

The disc also offers a three-minute gag reel and a couple of deleted scenes, including the oft-mentioned scene in which Deadpool embarks on a quest to kill Baby Hitler (also included in the Super Duper cut).

The theatrical cut comes with a great audio commentary with Reynolds, Leitch, and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Warnick, who collectively discuss structuring the story and why they chose to include the gags that they did.

Finally, the Blu-ray includes about 75 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

“Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters” is a 15-minute profile of the characters; “David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2” is a 12-minute look at the new director’s influence on the film and cast; “Deadpool’s Lips Are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs” is a 13-minute look at how the film maintained secrecy while including a ton of surprises for fans; “Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes” is nine minutes mixing some of the alternate line readings with interviews about what makes a “Deadpool” film such a lively set; “Roll With the Punches: Action and Stunts” is a seven-minute look at the film’s action scenes; “The Deadpool Prison Experiment” is an 11-and-a-half examination of the film’s scenes set at a prison for mutants; “The Most Important X-Force Member” is a two-minute profile of Deadpool’s new pal Peter; “Chess With Omega Red” is a minute-long revelation of one of the other prisoners; “Swole and Sexy” is a two-minute profile of some of the film’s other characters; and “3 Minute Monologue” offers two minutes of Brolin’s ruminations as he gets into his Cable makeup.

 

 

‘Deadpool 2’ Extended Cut in High Demand, Fandango Survey Finds

Marvel’s Deadpool 2 is making its digital debut Aug. 7 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and a survey conducted by Fandango found that most fans plan to watch the extended cut.

According to the survey of more than 1,000 movie watchers planning to see Deadpool 2 at home, 92% plan to watch the special edition of the film, Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut, which features 15 minutes of extra footage.

The film is also available in the theatrical version and is available for purchase Aug. 7 in standard definition, HD and 4K UHD from FandangoNOW.

Fans ordering Deadpool 2 on FandangoNow will receive an exclusive Fandango FanShop poster from Deadpool 2 creator Rob Liefeld while supplies last.