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Box-Office Weekend: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Top Again

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle once again stood tall over the box-office weekend bringing in an additional $20 million. This gives the film a five-week domestic total of $317 million. Second and third places belong to two films making their debuts this week. With $16.4 million, the war drama 12 Strong finished just ahead of the heist-thriller Den of Thieves which brought in $15.3 million.

Steven Spielberg’s The Post dropped from the second to the fourth spot this week, earning $12.2 million. Despite the lower finish, the film has still made a decent $45.2 million during its five-week run. Elsewhere, The Greatest Showman also dropped a spot, yet it added $11 million to raise its five-week total to $113.5 million.

The family-friendly Paddington 2 held onto the sixth spot with $8.2 million. In just two weeks, the film has earned an impressive $25 million. As sustainable as Paddington’s success seems to be, that does not appear to be
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‘Paddington 2’ Becomes Rotten Tomatoes’ Best-Reviewed Movie of All-Time

I’m sure Paddington 2 is worth the chance to go see but endorsing it by saying that it’s been the best-reviewed movie of all time by Rotten Tomatoes is hardly the greatest achievement in the world. Instead everyone’s favorite bear that loves to make people’s lives easier would be better served if fans would speak out and say just why it’s so great. Honestly, Rotten Tomatoes is perhaps one of the most vicious and sometimes very unfair critics page ever conceived. Paddington is a sweet and very lovable character but he most definitely a kids’ movie and as such it’s

Paddington 2’ Becomes Rotten Tomatoes’ Best-Reviewed Movie of All-Time
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Marc Munden to direct new adaptation of The Secret Garden

Heyday Films and StudioCanal are teaming up for a new adaptation of Frances Hogson Burnett’s classic 1911 book The Secret Garden, which has Marc Munden (National Treasure, Utopia) set to direct from a script by Jack Thorne (The Scouting Book for Boys, Wonder).

The Secret Garden follows Mary Lennox, a sickly 10-year-old orphan who is set to live with her uncle after her parents die during a cholera outbreak in India. As she begins to explore her uncle’s estate, Mary hears of a secret walled garden, which she soon discovers has magical properties.

The new movie is described as “a fresh take” on the classic story, and continues the partnership between Harry Potter producer David Heyman’s Heyday Films and StudioCanal, which has recently scored a major critical and commercial hit with Paddington 2.

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Sundance Review: ‘Lu Over the Wall’ is a Riveting Ride from One of the Best Contemporary Anime Directors

Japanese animation director Masaaki Yuasa, long a cult figure in the U.S., is getting new exposure this year. Following up on Netflix’s release of his series Devilman Crybaby, Gkids has picked up three of his films for distribution this year. One of these, Lu Over the Wall, demonstrates everything that makes Yuasa one of the best contemporary anime filmmakers. It’s an energetic, frequently hilarious, always visually riveting ride.

Teenager Kai lives with his dad in a sleepy seaside town in the wake of his parents’ divorce. After joining two classmates for a band practice session, they encounter Lu, a young mermaid with a love of song and dance who’s drawn by their music. The trio soon learn that the secluded cove their town is built around is home to many merfolk, living in secret because of human legends that they are vicious man-eaters. Kai’s friendship
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‘Jumanji’ Rules Again, as the Box Office Just Can’t Shake Off 2017

As “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (Sony) plunders its way to a potential $400 million domestic gross (and not that far under $1 billion worldwide), it took the #1 spot for its third time. Despite the lack of breakout performers, grosses were close to totals last year.

Still, any reversal from the early uptick might be a warning sign. Final 2017 statistics on ticket sales came in, with the six percent fall in total audience making it the lowest attendance since at least 1993, and per capita the lowest draw among the public in even more decades.

All three new releases in the top 10 — “12 Strong” (Warner Bros.), “Den of Thieves” (Stx) and “Forever My Girl” (Roadside Attractions) — are independent productions utilizing distributors through service deals. It’s not uncommon (technically, that was the case with “Blade Runner 2049” and Warners), but none are big-ticket items for their distributors. Still, their performances still might suggest a weaker start to the year.
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‘White Fang’ Review: Jack London’s Classic Story Is Vividly Reimagined in Lush Animated Offering — Sundance 2018

‘White Fang’ Review: Jack London’s Classic Story Is Vividly Reimagined in Lush Animated Offering — Sundance 2018
Jack London’s “White Fang,” the classic story of a wild wolf-dog rendered against the harsh environment of gold-rush Alaska, has spawned a number of cinematic adaptations — a well-regarded 1991 live-action feature starring Ethan Hawke, a 1993 animated series — but it’s in the hands of French animator Alexandre Espigares that the tale comes to its most vivid life. Adapted from London’s novel by a cadre of screenwriters (there are three listed in the film’s official press kit: Dominique Monfery, Philippe Lioret, and Serge Frydman), Espigares’ film captures the essence of London’s hard-knock story while reimagining it for a slightly younger audience (in short, it’s still traumatic, but not traumatic enough to drive away the audience who will also love it so very much).

That the film includes some star-studded voice talent for this American version (the film will be translated for a variety of territories), including Nick Offerman,
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‘Jumanji’ Stays Strong, Topping ’12 Strong,’ ‘Den of Thieves’ With $20 Million

‘Jumanji’ Stays Strong, Topping ’12 Strong,’ ‘Den of Thieves’ With $20 Million
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won its third weekend box office title with ease, topping newcomers “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves,” with $20 million at 3,704 North American locations.

Afghan war drama “12 Strong” took second with $16.5 million at 3,002 sites for Warner Bros. and STXfilms’ “Den of Thieves” followed with $15.3 million from 2,432 venues. Fox’s “The Post” finished fourth with $12 million at 2,851 venues and its fifth weekend of “The Greatest Showman” remained a solid draw in fifth with $11 million at 2,823 screens.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has shown remarkable staying power, declining only 28% this weekend and lifting its 33-day North American total to $317 million — the 61st highest of all time. It’s Sony’s fifth highest domestic grosser of all time, trailing only the first three Spider-Man titles and last summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Jumanji” is also singular in winning the box office in its third, fourth and fifth weekends after finishing second in its
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Paddington 2 becomes the best-reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes

StudioCanal’s acclaimed sequel Paddington 2 has set a new record on movie review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, where it has toppled Toy Story 2 to become the best-reviewed movie of all time.

The Paul King-directed film, a follow-up to 2014’s box office smash, has scored 168 ‘fresh’ reviews, without a single ‘rotten’. That puts is ahead of Disney’s Toy Story sequel, which has 163 positive reviews and no negatives.

“It’s incredibly gratifying,” King tells Deadline. “It’s such a strange process making these films which are preposterously labor-intensive. Normally you feel a film is coming into shape fairly quickly, but when it’s semi-animated so much of it evolves over the following year and you spend so many dozens of hours in darkened rooms looking at incredibly small details. You get incredibly meticulous and controll-y over every last frame. But there’s a danger you entirely lose your mind
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‘Paddington 2’ Is Now the Best-Reviewed Movie in Rotten Tomatoes History

Paddington loves marmalade sandwiches, and critics love Paddington — so much so, in fact, that “Paddington 2” is now the best-reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes history. The movie is 100% “fresh” on the review aggregator with 167 reviews, meaning it’s now surpassed “Toy Story 2” (which has a paltry 163 positive notices to its name). “Lady Bird” briefly held the same record last year until a single negative review came along; Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed coming-of-age drama now has 217 positive reviews total.

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Paul King, who directed both “Paddington” movies, had this to say:

“The ‘Paddington’ films are a real labour of love. So many people pour their hearts and souls into them for months or even years, hand-crafting every last frame, and we are all incredibly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had so far. We
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Paddington 2 sets record as the best reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes

  • JoBlo
Given the large and diverse number of movie critics out there, it's remarkable that any film can recieve unanimous praise, but Paddington 2 seems to have managed it. The sequel has now become the best reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes, with 167 consecutive Fresh reviews without a single Rotten write-up, breaking the record previously held by Toy Story 2. Director Paul King reacted to the news while... Read More...
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Paddington 2 Is Rotten Tomatoes Best Reviewed Movie of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes has revealed that Paddington 2 is the best reviewed movie of all time, knocking out the previous record holder Toy Story 2. To celebrate, the movie review site notified Paddington 2 director Paul King to share the news. The director noted that the Paddington Bear movies are a "real labor of love" and that many people put their "heart and soul" into the projects for months and even years. The movie has been a critical success since its release in the United States on January 12, 2018 and worldwide since December.

As of this writing, Paddington 2 has 164 consecutive Fresh Ratings, beating out Disney's Toy Story 2, which previously held the record at 163 consecutive Fresh Ratings. As for the rest of the current competition, Ladybird was in the running for quite a while until it received one Rotten review on the site, leaving Paddington 2 to come in and swoop up
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Paddington 2 becomes best reviewed film ever

Bear gets his sticky paws on Rotten Tomatoes record for longest run of positive reviews

In the lineup of the most critically acclaimed films, Citizen Kane and The Godfather have been bested by a bear from “darkest” Peru. The aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes has declared Paddington 2 to be the best reviewed film in the site’s history.

The comedy – which is directed by the British film-maker Paul King and stars Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville, – has received 164 consecutive positive reviews from critics.

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‘Paddington 2’ Devours ‘Lady Bird’ As Rotten Tomatoes Best-Reviewed Movie Of All-Time

Move over “Lady Bird”, Paddington Bear is the new king of the jungle. “Paddington 2” is officially the best-reviewed film of all-time on Rotten Tomatoes after scoring its 165th consecutive positive review. Related: A Pregnant Kate Middleton Shares A Dance With Paddington Bear The animated family flick premiered in early November, two months after Greta Gerwig’s
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‘Paddington 2’ is the Best Reviewed Movie of All Time on Rotten Tomatoes (For Now)

‘Paddington 2’ is the Best Reviewed Movie of All Time on Rotten Tomatoes (For Now)
Paddington 2, a film about a very polite bear who has to face-off against Hugh Grant in a bunch of wigs, is now the best reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. For now. This will change! But at this very moment in time, the film has held fast to its 100% rating. Let’s […]

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Move Over ‘Lady Bird’ – ‘Paddington 2’ Is Now Best-Reviewed Movie on Rotten Tomatoes

In a battle between bear and bird, who do you think wins? “Paddington 2,” the family film sequel about the UK’s beloved Paddington Bear, has broken a record on Rotten Tomatoes, upending the records for the most consecutive Fresh ratings for a movie, previously held by 1999’s “Toy Story 2” and this year’s awards season darling “Lady Bird.” “Paddington 2” currently has a 100 percent on Rt, scoring 165 Fresh reviews to “Toy Story 2”‘s 163. You may recall that “Lady Bird” broke this very record back in November, however, that movie eventually did get a Rotten review, which Rotten Tomatoes...
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Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Poised for Three-Peat, Despite Challenge From ‘12 Strong’

Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Poised for Three-Peat, Despite Challenge From ‘12 Strong’
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is poised for a three-peat at the North American box office this weekend, but will face challenges from Afghanistan war drama “12 Strong” and heist thriller “Den of Thieves.”

Jumanji” is likely to take in between $15 million to $20 million in its fifth frame, which will lift its total domestic take to around $320 million — making the action-comedy one of the top 60 domestic performers of all time, with plenty of drawing power in the weeks to come. International performance for the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart vehicle has been impressive with $385 million so far.

12 Strong,” produced by Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, and Jerry Bruckheimer, will pose the greater threat, with tracking showing an opening in the $14 million to $17 million range at 3,002 locations — including Imax, premium large format, and Dolby Cinema. Warner Bros. is handling distribution through its output deal with Alcon.

Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon star in “12 Strong” in a
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Awfully Good Movies: The Country Bears (Video)

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The Country Bears (2002) Director: Peter Hastings Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Christopher Walken, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell While audiences of all ages are delighting in the continuing misadventures of Paddington Bear in Paddington 2, Awfully Good Movies is kicking off this new year with another kids’ movie about talking bears that is a bit more...unBEARable (*cue Roger Daltrey scream*),... Read More...
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Paddington 2 Blu-ray/DVD release date and bonus features

Kirsten Howard Jan 17, 2018

One of 2017's best films, Paddington 2, is now heading for its home release here in the UK. Details...

Paddington 2: the sequel that was so good, even the Mail On Sunday gave it five stars (we may all take a wee moment to stand back and delight in the glorious irony, there).

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Paul King's second film held further metaphors for immigration and London as a multicultural melting pot, expanding on the themes of the first, but somehow delivering them in an even more poignant fashion. It also had nothing but joy and loveliness to dish out to cinemagoers of all ages, even in its more perilous moments. There's a reason Paddington 2 has gone on to become only the fourth movie ever to score a 100% positive rating on
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Daily Podcast: Sundance 2018 Most Anticipated, Venom, Fantastic Beasts, Creed 2, Paddington

Daily Podcast: Sundance 2018 Most Anticipated, Venom, Fantastic Beasts, Creed 2, Paddington
On the January 16, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest news, a Venom rumor, Fantastic Beasts sequel details, Paddington 2 breaks records, and Creed 2 casting. And Ben Pearson will be joining us for Our Feature Presentation […]

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Will 12 Strong Dethrone Jumanji at the Box Office This Weekend?

Will 12 Strong Dethrone Jumanji at the Box Office This Weekend?
After opening behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi in its first two weekends at the box office, Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has come on strong by winning its next two frames in a row. This blockbuster adventure faces its biggest test yet this weekend, going up against three newcomers, Warner Bros.' 12 Strong, set in the direct aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Stx Entertainment's Den of Thieves, starring Gerard Butler and 50 Cent, and Roadside Attractions' Forever My Girl, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe. While it certainly may be a close call at the box office this weekend, we're predicting that 12 Strong will barely be able to take down Jumanji with $16.2 million, with Jumanji close behind earning $15.8 million.

Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle}, another big hit from The Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson), has been posting minimal decreases over the past two weekends,
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