‘Doctor Strange 2’ Again Dominates North American Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ theatrical hit, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, remained unchallenged for a third weekend, generating an estimated $31.6 million in North American ticket sales through May 22. The sequel starring Bennedict Cumberbatch in the title role, saw its domestic tally top $342 million and $803 million globally.

The global tally now exceeds the theatrical results for MGM Studios’ James Bond actioner No Time to Die ($774 million) and Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC superhero The Batman ($768 million).

The ongoing strong box office results were enough to thwart the theatrical return of Focus Features’ family period sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era, which generated a reported $16 million across more than 3,800 North American screens. The domestic opening was only about 50% of the 2019 original Downton Abbey movie, but still topped $51 million worldwide.

In a media interview, Lisa Bunnell, president of domestic distribution at Focus Features, said the sequel could help bring back the older female moviegoer.

“The only way you are going to get older audience[s] to theaters is to offer them films they want to see,” Bunnell told Variety.

Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness‘ box office reign is expected to end over the coming Memorial Day weekend when oft-delayed Tom Cruise action sequel Top Gun: Maverick hits big screens worldwide.

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Tom Cruise Action Thriller ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Headed to 4K July 5

The 2014 Tom Cruise action thriller Edge of Tomorrow will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital July 5 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Co-starring Emily Blunt and directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), the film takes place as an alien race, undefeatable by any existing military unit, has launched a relentless attack on Earth, and Major William Cage (Cruise) finds himself dropped into a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage is thrown into a time loop, forced to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. Training alongside Rita Vrataski (Blunt), his skills slowly evolve, and each battle moves them a step closer to defeating the enemy.  ​

The film also stars Bill Paxton (Aliens, HBO’s “Big Love”), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Noah Taylor (Lawless), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle”), Dragomir Mrsic (Snabba Cash II), Charlotte Riley (World Without End), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood”), Franz Drameh (Attack the Block), Masayoshi Haneda (Emperor) and Tony Way (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

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Special features include “Operation Downfall — Adrenaline Cut,” “Storming the Beach,” “Weapons of the Future,” “Creatures Not of This World,” “On the Edge With Doug Liman” and deleted scenes.

Vudu Offering Deal for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Theatrical Tickets

Vudu is hosting a special movie ticket offer toward seeing Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick on the big screen.

Vudu customers can receive a $5 promo code towards a Fandango movie ticket for Top Gun: Maverick with the purchase of participating titles on Vudu. Titles include previous Tom Cruise classics, such as the original Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

The deal runs through May 30.

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‘Vanilla Sky’ Due on Blu-ray Nov. 16 in ‘Paramount Presents’ Line for 20th Anniversary

Director Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky will arrive on Blu-ray as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on Nov. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Starring Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz and written for the screen and directed by Crowe, the film was newly remastered from a new 4K film transfer under his Crowe’s supervision.

Originally released on Dec. 14, 2001, Vanilla Sky follows a self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate (Cruise) who finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident.

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The Blu-ray includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with Crowe, access to a digital copy of the film, and extensive legacy bonus content.

The release features collectible packaging with a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

Tom Cruise Reflects on Original ‘Mission: Impossible’ Film 25 Years Later

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of first Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise took a break from filming the franchise’s latest installment (the seventh) with director/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie for a series of video interviews to look back on his path from actor to producer, why he chose Mission: Impossible as the first film he wanted to produce, his memories of working with director Brian De Palma, and more. Based on the classic 1960s TV series, Mission: Impossible was originally released May 22, 1996. A newly remastered 25th anniversary collector’s edition Blu-ray was released May 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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‘Top Gun’ Flying Back to Theaters for 35th

The Tom Cruise action classic Top Gun will land at more than 150 Dolby Cinemas at AMC across the country for an exclusive one-week engagement beginning May 13.

Newly remastered, the film will be presented with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio.

The limited theatrical release is timed to Top Gun Day on May 13, as well as the 35th anniversary of the film, which was originally released on May 16, 1986.

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The film, starring Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards,  is available now on digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, with more than four hours of bonus content, including a featurette that explores the film’s legacy and enduring popularity through interviews with Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and members of the cast of the new film Top Gun: Maverick.

The story of an elite group of pilots competing to earn the title of “Top Gun” ultimately earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million.

‘Mission: Impossible’ Getting Remastered Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release May 18 for Its 25th

Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing a newly remastered collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc of Mission: Impossible on May 18 for its 25th anniversary.

Originally released on May 22, 1996, the action film stars Tom Cruise in his debut as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The franchise is now filming a seventh installment.

In the film inspired by the TV show, framed for the deaths of his espionage team, top-secret agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is fleeing from government assassins. He breaks into the CIA’s most impenetrable vault and clings to the roof of a speeding bullet train in a race to stay one step ahead of his pursuers and draw one step closer to discovering the shocking truth.

Directed by Brian De Palma (The Untouchables), with a screenplay by David Koepp (Jurassic Park) and Robert Towne (Chinatown), the film will also return to select theaters for a limited run in May through Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures. Details about the theatrical run will be announced in April.

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The newly remastered collector’s edition Blu-ray includes an exclusive car decal and a gallery of the original trailers for the first six Mission: Impossible films. The disc also includes the following previously released bonus content:

  • “Mission: Remarkable — 40 Years of Creating the Impossible”
  • “Mission: Explosive Exploits”
  • “Mission: Spies Among Us”
  • “Mission: Catching the Train”
  • “Mission: International Spy Museum”
  • “Mission: Agent Dossiers”
  • “Excellence in Film: Cruise”
  • “Generation: Cruise”
  • a photo gallery
  • theatrical trailers
  • TV spots

Two IFC Films and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays of ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Hobbit’ Top Slate of New Releases Available Dec. 1

Two films released theatrically and digitally by IFC Films over the summer, The Rental and Made in Italy, are coming to Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 1, courtesy of independent home entertainment supplier Shout! Factory.

The week’s slate of new releases also includes the much-anticipated 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts of two fantasy trilogies, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” as well as the 1998 superhero film Blade, all from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment; the Tom Cruise classic Top Gun and the Eddie Murphy comedies Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America, from Paramount Home Entertainment; and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the “Jumanji” trilogy, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Rental, a horror film produced and directed by Dave Franco, follows two couples who rent a seaside home while on vacation, only to encounter an odd caretaker and suspect they are being spied on. The film was issued on video-on-demand and in select theaters in July by IFC.

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Made in Italy is a comedy-drama starring Liam Neeson as an artist who is restoring a villa with his estranged son (his real-life son, Micheál Richardson) after his wife dies in a terrible car crash. Made in Italy, too, was released on video-on-demand and in select theaters by IFC Films, in August.

“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies were all huge box office hits. The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy — The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and its two sequels, The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003) — earned nearly $3 billion in worldwide theaters and nabbed 17 Academy Awards.

The three “Hobbit” movies — 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2013’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 2014’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — also collected nearly $3 billion at the worldwide box office.

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Top Gun is being released in a limited-edition Steelbook 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack. The story of an elite group of pilots competing to earn the title of “Top Gun” ultimately earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million.  Cruise plays a daring young flyer who’s out to become the best of the best. The film also stars Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.

Beverly Hills Cop has been remastered in 4K with HDR and is available in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack with digital copy. Murphy plays Axel Foley, a street-smart cop from Detroit. Tracking down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills, Axel smashes through the local barriers in a hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice.

Also remastered in 4K with HDR — from a supervised restoration by director John Landis — Coming to America, too, is being issued as a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook. Murphy stars as an African prince trying to find a princess. The mission leads him and his most loyal friend (Arsenio Hall) to Queens, New York.  In disguise as an impoverished immigrant, the pampered prince quickly finds himself a new job, new friends, new digs, new enemies and lots of trouble.

To accompany those two releases, Paramount on Dec. 1 also is re-releasing, on Blu-ray Disc, two other Murphy comedies, Trading Places and The Golden Child, as part of its “Paramount Presents” line.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was initially released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in 2016, but is now back as a limited-edition Steelbook that includes the film on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The Steelbook also includes six deleted scenes presented in 4K Ultra HD with HDR, among other bonus features.

The “Jumanji” trilogy, previously available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, also becomes available in a three-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set on Dec. 1. The package includes all three films in the franchise, the original Jumanji (1995), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019). The films follow the adventures of a bunch of characters thrust into danger while playing a video game.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Paramount Releasing ‘Top Gun’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Dec. 1

The 1980s Tom Cruise pop culture classic Top Gun will be released in a limited-edition Steelbook 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack Dec. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The release includes an exploration of the film’s legacy and enduring popularity through interviews with Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and members of the cast of the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, including John Hamm, Miles Teller and Glen Powell. It also includes a retrospective segment from 2016 looking back at 30 years of Top Gun. Additional previously released bonus content includes commentary by Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps Jr. and naval experts; “Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun”; a look inside the real Top Gun; original theatrical promotional material; and music videos.

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The story of an elite group of pilots competing to earn the title of “Top Gun” ultimately earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million.  Cruise is the talented pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, a daring young flyer who’s out to become the best of the best. The film also stars Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.

The film’s soundtrack include’s Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” which won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone.”

The mass-market 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Top Gun was released in May to coincide with the planned June theatrical release of sequel Top Gun: Maverick. The sequel’s theatrical re-release was subsequently changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, first to December, then to July 2021.

‘Collateral’ Traveling to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 8

Director Michael Mann’s thriller Collateral arrives in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo  Dec. 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Remastered under the supervision of the director, the new 4K Ultra HD presentation features HDR. The Blu-ray in the combo pack is also remastered.

The film stars Tom Cruise as Vincent, a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Max, a cabbie with big dreams and little to show for it.  Max transports Vincent on his next job — one night, five stops, five hits and a getaway. And after the fateful night, neither man will ever be the same.

Collateral was released theatrically in 2004 and racked up a domestic gross of $101 million, with a worldwide take of nearly $217 million.

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The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the following previously released bonus content: commentary by director Michael Mann;  “City of Night: The Making of Collateral”;  “Special Delivery”; a deleted Scene with commentary; “Shooting on Location: Annie’s Office”; “Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx Rehearse”; and “Visual FX: MTA Train.”