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Warner Bros. and the DCEU collectively breathed a sigh of relief after their newest super hero film, “Shazam!”, was both a critical success as well as a box office hit. The film continues the recent success of DCEU movies following “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman”, and while those two films were gigantic box office draws, they both had the character recognition to go with it. “Shazam!” on the other hand, doesn’t quite carry the same character recognition as the Justice League members. However, a smartly made film that focuses on the characters rather than the plot turned out to be a great move by the studio and led to the film making $54M over the weekend (coupled with the $3M it made in its one day advanced screenings two weeks ago, brings the total to $57M) domestically, while the film scored $102M internationally from 79 different markets. It’s a huge win for the WB and leads me to believe that this will allow the studio to take more chances on lesser known heroes rather than sticking to the already established ones. It’s also a huge win for the studio considering it’s production budget was only $100M.

According to Box Office Mojo “Shazam!” is tracking in the same direction as 2015’s Marvel title “Ant-Man” which had the virtual same domestic opening and ended up grossing around $160M domestically in its run.

In second place at the box office was the Stephen King remake “Pet Sematary” which brought in $25M domestically. The film’s budget was only $21M so everything from here on out is money in the bank for Paramount. Internationally the film made $17.3M.

Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” remake placed third at the box office this weekend with $18.2M. This brings the film’s domestic total to $76M. It’s a rare struggle for a Disney tent pole film, which reportedly cost $170M to make. Internationally the film has made $137.5M for a worldwide total of $214M.

The Jordan Peele horror film “Us” came in fourth with $13.8M. It was a foregone conclusion that the film would struggle going up against another horror film. The film has now totaled $152M domestically and has been printing money since it released over two weeks ago.

Rounding out the top five was Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” which managed $12.6M for a domestic total of $374.1M. It crossed the $1B threshold earlier last week and is firmly in the conversation as one of Marvel’s most successful titles to date.

Here is the rest of the top 10:

6. “The Best of Enemies” – $4.5M (new)

7. “Five Feet Apart” – $3.7M ($41.5M)

8. “Unplanned” – $3.2M ($12.4M)

9. “Wonder Park” – $2M ($41.9M)

10. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” – $1.9M ($156.6M)

Here’s what’s new at the box office, streaming to the tube, and in you ears this weekend –

Box Office

Shazam! – PG-13 – starring Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Grace Fulton – running time 2 hours 12 minutes

Pet Sematary – R – starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence – 101 minutes

Teen Spirit – PG-13 -starring Elle Fanning, Zlatko Buric, Rebecca Hall, Millie Brady – 92 minutes

Best of Enemies – PG-13 – starring Tarij P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley – 133 minutes

The Public – PG-13 – starring Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater – 119 minutes


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 – MA – TV Series

Our Planet Season 1 – TV-14 – Documentary

Quicksand Season 1 – Swedish – TV Series

Roman Empire Season 3 – TV-MA – Documentary

Spirit Riding Free Season 8 – TV-Y7 – Animated Series

Unicorn Store – R – Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitfield – 92 minutes


Free Spirit – Khalid – 17 songs

Kill This Love (EP) – BLACKPINK – 5 songs

Reboot – Brooks & Dunn – 12 songs

Bill Murray is back cracking jokes in the post-apocalyptic world featuring zombies. The film, directed by Jim Jarmusch (Paterson), also stars Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, and Tom Waits.

The film centers around a community, during the zombie apocalypse, who seemingly live undeterred and oblivious to the outside world until zombies start showing up in their community.

The film is in theaters on June 14th.

Netflix’s latest original film telling the true story of the two ex Texas Rangers hired by the federal government to track down and capture the outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow is longwinded and mundane.

Starring Kevin Costner as Frank Hamer and Woody Harrelson as Maney Gault, the film centers around Costner as his character is pulled out of retirement by the government as Bonnie and Clyde continue to evade capture and continue to terrorize the public. It’s certainly Costner’s film as he plays the grizzled lawman who can’t turn away the offer of hunting down the nations most notorious criminals. Costner does well in this role of the aging law enforcement officer who can’t seem to let go of his past. He’s the right actor to play the part, even if the part was written to where he doesn’t get to do much with it. Costner is an excellent actor and can be charismatic when the part is right. Sadly he doesn’t get much of an opportunity to do it here.

Costner is teamed up with an even better actor in Woody Harrelson, even though Harrelson is a stand-in for three fourths of the film. It’s a shame that these two actors characters were so thinly written because a Costner-Harrelson team up in a film that is well written likely would earn Oscar buzz. Harrelson’s character is a down-on-his-luck ex lawman who can’t seem to find work when the only thing he ever knew was the law. Much of the film is Harrelson being in awe of Costner and only a handful of times do we actually see evidence that Harrelson’s Maney Gault is actually a force on his own. He’s written in a way that depicts him as a bumbling doofus that can’t seem to do right. Factually, that wasn’t the case and I wonder why the decision was made to depict the character in that way.

The film is over long stretching at two hours and 12 minutes. However, it’s impeccably shot with sweeping landscapes of the Midwest and the depiction of the early 1930’s.

If you’re looking to kill two hours watching two excellent actors scowl at the camera, “The Highwaymen” is your cup of tea. If you’re looking for a historically accurate film with great dialogue, sadly you’ll want to look elsewhere. The film is the rare miss for director John Lee Hancock who’s credits range from “The Blind Side” and “Saving Mr. Banks”, two Oscar nominated films with excellent dialogue to go with excellent acting.

Disney’s live-action remake “Dumbo” took the number one spot at this weekend’s box office, giving the studio yet another win in the live-action category.

While the film claimed the top spot amongst weekend moviegoers, it underwhelmed considering the film’s expectations. “Dumbo” brought in an estimated $45M, about $5M short of where studio executives expected it to be. While it performed better than recent live-action Disney films (“Christopher Robin”, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, and “Pete’s Dragon”) it failed in comparison to the studio’s last heavily marketed live-action remake, “Cinderella”, which managed to open to $67.9M. Experts expect “Dumbo” to gross around $145M in its domestic run, which would put it as a failure for Disney.

Second at the box office was Jordan Peele’s “Us”, which dipped 53% in audience from its first week. The film still managed to pull in $33.6M, narrowly missing out on upsetting the Disney machine. Domestically the film has grossed $128M and reassures studios that Peele can print them money. Next week the horror film will square off against the Stephen King remake “Pet Semetary”.

In third place Disney managed another win with “Captain Marvel” pulling in $20.5M in its fourth weekend. The comic book title has now grossed $353M domestically, with the film now totaling $990M worldwide. The film is expected to cross the $1B threshold in the next few days, becoming the seventh Marvel film to do so.

Fourth place at the weekend box office belongs to the CBS Films drama “Five Feet Apart”, which has shown some serious staying power. The film pulled in $6.25M domestically, totaling 35M in its four weeks. Worldwide the film has made $50M.

Rounding out the top five was the Christian drama film “Unplanned”. A film about anti-abortion. The film brought in 6.1M, which is impressive considering the film had virtually no marketing. Several television channel providers refused to show ads for the film due to the film’s message and content.

Here is the rest of the top 10:

6. “Wonder Park” – $4.9M ($37.8M)

7. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” – $4.2M ($152.9M)

8. “Hotel Mumbai” – $3.1M (new)

9. “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” – $2.7M” ($70M)

10. “The Beach Bum” – $1.8M (new)

Here’s what’s new this weekend on the tube, at the box office, and in your ears!

Box Office

Dumbo – PG – starring Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Alan Arkin – running time 112 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes score – 53%

The Beach Bum – R – Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Martin

Lawrence, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill – 95 minutes

RT score – 53%



The Highwaymen – R – Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens – 132 minutes

RT score – 51%

On My Block – Season 2 – Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Jessica Marie Garcia, Sierra Capri, Brett Gray 

Osmosis – Season 1 – Hugo Becker, Agathe Bonitzer, Gael Kamilindi

Santa Clarita Diet – Season 3 – Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo 

The Legend of Cocaine Island – R – Bo Butterworth, Matthew Ezell, Emily Hyden, Jamie Hyden – 87 minutes



“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” – Billie Eilish – 14 songs, 42 minutes

“Volume 2” – Pink Sweat$ (EP) – 5 songs, 13 minutes

“ICY” – Saweetie – 7 songs, 21 minutes

“Table of Context” – Cautious Clay (EP) – 6 songs, 16 minutes 

“phAses” – Melii – 14 songs, 41 minutes

“Trauma” – I Prevail – 13 songs, 40 minutes

“Sing To Me Instead” – Ben Platt – 12 songs, 44 minutes

“Honky Tonk Time Machine” – George Strait – 13 songs, 46 minutes

“Va Por Todos” – El de La Guitarra – 12 songs, 35 minutes

Paramount Studios and Nickelodeon have released the first trailer for their upcoming live-action Dora the Explorer film, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold“.  Spoiler alert, it looks terrible.

The film is out on August 2nd, 2019.