The Relevant rallies from 2nd to take 16 million lead, Dirty Grandpa edges The Boy by 11.6 million just as Winter Storm Jonas moved in; Cheryl Boone Isaacs unveils diversity changes; Snowtime opens February 19th

 

 

The Fox thriller blows through tough snow! I’m Realistic Fish Head! Snow was blowing through the northeast this week, but that didn’t stop the box office from being buried. The Relevant rebounded from Ride Along 2’s exciting debut with 16 million. The thriller managed to avoid Winter Storm Jonas’ wrath with time to spare with Dirty Grandpa and The Boy following close behind. Can The Relevant continue fighting on since being in 2nd last week Gene?

 

 

Gene:

 

After finishing in a close second place each of the past two weekends, Fox’s The Revenant moved into first place this weekend with an estimated $16.0 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down a sizable 50 percent from last weekend, as the box office in general was slowed by Winter Storm Jonas hitting the East Coast. Today’s NFL Conference Championship Games are also expected to negatively impact Sunday’s grosses as well. Even with this week’s slowing, The Revenant continues to impress with $119.19 million after 17 days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running 24.5 percent ahead of the $95.75 million 17-day gross of 2010’s Shutter Island (which fell 42 percent in its third weekend to take in $13.23 million). The Revenant is likely to stabilize next weekend thanks in part to healthy word of mouth and the continued buzz around the film’s 12 Academy Award nominations.

Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was up one spot from last weekend to claim second place with an estimated $14.26 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down a respectable 46 percent from last weekend. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens claimed the eighth largest sixth weekend gross on record. The Force Awakens continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $879.29 million through 38 days of release. That leaves the film just $20.71 million away from becoming the first ever the reach the $900 million domestic mark. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently running 59 percent ahead of the $551.74 million 38-day take of 2009’s Avatar and 44 percent ahead of the $611.23 million 38-day gross of last year’s Jurassic World.

Universal’s Ride Along 2 was down two spots and a sharp 63 percent from last weekend to land in third with an estimated $12.96 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart held up much worse in its second weekend than 2014’s Ride Along, which declined 49 percent to take in $21.30 million. Clearly word of mouth isn’t as strong for Ride Along 2 as it was for Ride Along, though this weekend’s winter storm obviously had an effect on this weekend’s hold as well. Ride Along 2 has grossed $59.11 million in ten days. While that’s solid with the film’s price tag in mind, it’s below expectations and places the film 22 percent behind the $75.54 million ten-day start of Ride Along.

 

 

As had been expected, this weekend’s three new wide releases were fairly bunched together with one another. With estimates for the three films being separated by just $825,000, it’s possible that final rankings for the three could change when tomorrow’s weekend actuals are released.

Dirty Grandpa opened in fourth place with an estimated $11.53 million. The R-rated comedy from Lionsgate starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron performed towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. Dirty Grandpa opened 29 percent below the $16.33 million start of 2013’s Last Vegas and going forward are unlikely to hold up as well as that film did. Poor critical reviews and Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship Games (as well as more natural back-loading) appear to have had more of an effect on Dirty Grandpa this weekend than they did on The Boy and The 5th Wave.

Dirty Grandpa opened with $4.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $660,000 from Thursday night shows), was up 8 percent on Saturday to take in $4.58 million and is estimated to decline 41 percent on Sunday to gross $2.70 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.71 to 1. Dirty Grandpa received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics. At the same time, the film’s 51 percent audience score on Flixster is a concerning early sign going forward.

STX Entertainment’s The Boy debuted in fifth place with an estimated $11.26 million. The low-budget PG-13 rated horror film starring Lauren Cohan opened in line with expectations and was off to a solid start with its reported $10 million production budget in mind. The Boy opened 12 percent below the recent $12.74 million start of Focus’ The Forest and was at a bit of a disadvantage as a result of arriving in the marketplace just two weeks after The Forest.

 

 

The Boy held up well throughout the weekend, especially with its genre and the weekend weather in mind. The film opened with $3.90 million on Friday (which didn’t include any Thursday night shows), increased 18 percent on Saturday to take in $4.60 million and is estimated to fall 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.76 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.89 to 1. The Boy received a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable with the film’s genre in mind, but also has a lackluster current audience score of 53 percent on Flixster.

Sony’s The 5th Wave was off to an estimated sixth place start of $10.70 million. The young adult adaptation starring Chloë Grace Moretz opened in line with expectations. The 5th Wave debuted 32 percent below the $15.68 million start of 2014’s If I Stay. The 5th Wave started with $3.50 million on Friday (which included an estimated $475,000 from Thursday night shows), was up a healthy 29 percent on Saturday to take in $4.53 million and is estimated to fall 41 percent on Sunday to gross $2.67 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.06 to 1. The 5th Wave received a modest B- rating on CinemaScore and currently has a soft audience score of 51 percent on Flixster. It should be noted that the film is performing stronger overseas than it is domestically.

Meanwhile, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi followed closely behind in seventh place with an estimated $9.75 million. The Michael Bay directed action thriller from Paramount was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend, which represented one of the weekend’s better holds among wide releases. 13 Hours was helped out this weekend by healthy word of mouth and by expanding into 528 additional locations (which included an expansion into Canada). 13 Hours has grossed $33.48 million in ten days. That is a bit below expectations and places the film 26 percent behind the $45.11 million ten-day take of 2012’s Act of Valor (which fell 44.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.57 million).

 

 

To recap, The Relevant strikes triumphantly in 1st, Star Wars: The Force Awakens moves 2nd while Ride Along 2 zooms in 3rd, Dirty Grandpa performs well in 4th as did The Boy in 5th.

 

 

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs acted quickly after receiving harsh comments from black actors this week. The academy needed a way to fix the diversity problem fast so it never happens again. What did they come up with Angie?

 

 

Angie Angelfish (via Deadline Hollywood)- Among the key changes approved, AMPAS will increase the governing board with three new members to be named by the President and approved by the board in order to “allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making,” according to the organization, “and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.”

“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

Early tonight, Warner Bros Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara issued a statement on the Academy’s moves: “The changes being made by AMPAS are a great step toward broadening the diversity and inclusivity of the Academy and, by extension, the industry. Entertainment is a global business, and the content we produce and its creators need to reflect the diversity and different perspectives of the worldwide audience we serve. At Warner Bros, we’re committed to this goal, but there is more we must and will do.”

Here is the rest of the Academy’s release:

Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members. In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars.

At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.

In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.

The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.

Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives.

The announcement came shortly after news broke of the latest screen figure to join the raging debate on the issue of diversity and the lack of non-Caucasian nominees in the acting categories for two years running. In Paris, Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (for 45 Years) told a radio interviewer that the controversy “is racist to whites.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors has unanimously approved “substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse,” following a vote Thursday night. The goal, according to AMPAS, is to double the number of women and minority members of the Academy by 2020.

 

 

 

A new kids flick from Shout Factory debuted at the Sundance this week as winter is in full swing. With many more flick coming in this week, when will the snow packed flick make its snowy slide Dan?

 

 

Dan Barry (via Animation World) – Directed by Jean-François Pouliot and co-director François Brisson, and produced by Marie-Claude Beauchamp, this beautifully made, highly entertaining animated feature boasts an exceptional all-star voice cast of Golden Globe-winner Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Ross Lynch (Disney Channel’s hit series Austin & Ally and pop band R5), Angela Galuppo, Lucinda Davis (Winx Club), Sonja Ball (The Legend of Sarila) and Don Shepherd (Blue Mountain State).

New animated feature Snowtime! is a romp through childhood full of heart and humor. To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohorts defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict, where children learn valuable life lessons on friendship, the importance of unity, and the emotional consequences of vicious rivalry. The film’s underlying message – neither side wins in war — is as relevant today as ever.

Based on the acclaimed live-action film classic La Guerre des Tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War), Snowtime! is a captivating cinematic adventure about hope and friendship. The film explores the sometimes mercurial relations between friends during childhood, and the role that enthusiastic competition and energizing solidarity play in the lives of children.

The movie soundtrack features songs by Celine Dion, Simple Plan, Walk Off the Earth, Marie-Mai and Groenland.

 

 

Snowtime! opens in U.S. cinemas on February 19, 2016 in the following cities:

Los Angeles, New York City, New Jersey, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Madison, Maryland, Miami, Oklahoma City, Omaha (NB), West Palm Beach, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, South Bend, Tampa and Virginia.

 

 

1,516 fans are currently on the Penguins tally, as Team Skipper enjoys a belly slide through the snow after calculating the latest snowfall from Winter Storm Jonas.

 

 

Uncle Grandpa and crew are back once again with 5 brand new episodes! With extra help, he’ll make sure that you’ll keep going to succeed. And if you’re lucky, you might be able to join him on his best adventures. So make it a good week for Uncle Grandpa! This is Realistic Fish Head saying, have fun this week Uncle G!

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