Deadpool increases box office lead to 55 million as it approaches 500 million worldwide; Playmates to command DreamWorks Voltron; Bob’s Burgers goes back to Los Angeles with live special April 29th

Deadpool continues blasting with lots of antics! I’m Realistic Fish Head. The merc continued to hold off two new defiant box office hits after scoring the highest 4-day estimates last week. With that and Kung Fu Panda 3 still fighting Gene, can both Fox films continue to hold on as long as possible?

 

Gene:

 

Fox’s Deadpool easily remained in first place at the box office this weekend with an estimated $55.0 million. The Ryan Reynolds led antihero film was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend, as exceptional word of mouth wasn’t enough to offset initial fan-driven front-loading. With that said, Deadpool held up better than 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which fell 64 percent in its second weekend to gross $32.55 million. In general, X-Men universe films have tended to experience very sharp second weekend declines. In the bigger picture, the relatively modestly budgeted Deadpool has already grossed a massive $235.39 million in just ten days of release. That is a very impressive 45 percent stronger than the $162.02 million ten-day take of Days of Future Past (which also had the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions; something that Deadpool doesn’t have). Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Deadpool is already the highest grossing X-Men universe film of all-time domestically, as it has passed the $234.36 million total gross of 2006’s X-Men the Last Stand.

Fellow Fox release Kung Fu Panda 3 held steady in a distant second place with an estimated $12.5 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from DreamWorks Animation was down a solid 37 percent from last weekend. Kung Fu Panda 3 has grossed $117.10 million through 24 days of release. That places Kung Fu Panda 3 14 percent behind the $136.81 million 24-day take of last year’s Hotel Transylvania 2 (which fell 38 percent in its fourth weekend to gross a similar $12.65 million). Kung Fu Panda 3 is likely to hold up well next weekend, before taking a hit the following weekend from the arrival of Disney’s Zootopia on March 4.

Risen was the weekend’s top new release with an estimated third place debut of $11.8 million. The faith-based film from Sony’s AFFIRM Films label starring Joseph Fiennes was off to a solid start, as it opened on the high end of expectations. Compared to previous films from AFFIRM Films, Risen opened 41 percent ahead of the $8.38 million debut of 2014’s When the Game Stands Tall and 4 percent ahead of the $11.35 million start of last year’s War Room. Due in part to the faith-based competition the film will be facing in March, it seems likely that Risen will display holding power more similar to When the Game Stands Tall than War Room, but that remains to be seen. Risen opened with $4.02 million on Friday (which included an estimated $425,000 from Thursday night shows), increased 10 percent on Saturday to gross $4.43 million and is estimated to decline 24 percent on Sunday to gross $3.36 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.94 to 1. Risen received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore and has a very solid 80 percent Flixster audience score.

The Witch debuted in fourth place with an estimated $8.69 million. A24’s low-budget R-rated horror film opened on the high end of expectations and performed very nicely with its price tag in mind. The Witch benefited from its strong critical reviews, as the film currently boasts an 88 percent Tomato meter on Rotten Tomatoes. However, The Witch doesn’t appear to be going over anywhere near as well with moviegoers, as the film received a soft C- rating on CinemaScore and currently has a Flixster audience score of just 54 percent. Regardless of how well the film ultimately holds up going forward, The Witch generated a healthy opening weekend performance for A24 as the distributor’s first traditional opening weekend wide release. The Witch opened with $3.29 million on Friday (which included an estimated $630,000 from Thursday night shows), increased 2 percent on Saturday to gross $3.37 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.02 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.64 to 1.

Warner’s How to Be Single rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $8.22 million. The romantic comedy from New Line and MGM featuring Dakota Johnson was down 54 percent from last weekend. That represented a very respectable second weekend hold; especially given that last weekend’s performance was inflated from Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday. How to Be Single has grossed $31.76 million in ten days. That is towards the higher end of expectations and places the film 16 percent ahead of the $27.38 million ten-day start of 2009’s Confessions of a Shopaholic (which fell 55 percent in its second weekend to gross $6.74 million).

Race debuted in sixth place with an estimated $7.28 million. Focus’ Jesse Owens biopic opened a bit below its modest expectations and 34 percent below the $11.02 million start of McFarland, USA over the same weekend last year. Race opened with $2.37 million on Friday (which included an estimated $205,000 from Thursday night shows), was up a healthy 29 percent on Saturday to gross $3.07 million and is estimated to fall 40 percent on Sunday to gross $1.84 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.07 to 1. Race will hope to hold up well going forward thanks in part to skewing heavily towards older moviegoers (76 percent of the film’s audiences was 25 years and older) and in part to strong early word of mouth (the film received a very promising A rating on CinemaScore and boasts a current Flixster audience score of 83 percent).

Meanwhile, Paramount’s Zoolander 2 continued its disappointing run with an estimated seventh place take of $5.50 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson was down a very sharp 60 percent from last weekend. Zoolander 2 has grossed just $23.72 million in ten days, which places the film an underwhelming 16 percent behind the unadjusted $28.34 million ten-day take of 2001’s Zoolander (which fell 39 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.52 million). Zoolander 2 should continue to fall off quickly going forward due in part to poor word of mouth among moviegoers.

 

 

To recap, Deadpool continues to fire at all cylinders in 1st, KP3 holds steady in 2nd, Risen rises in 3rd, The Witch flies in 4th, and How To Be Single stays in 5th.

 

Playmates Toys, made famous for its entire TMNT line since the 2014 refresh, has found a familiar defender to add in its arsenal: Voltron. In prep for DreamWorks’ reboot Voltron: Legendary Defender after Voltron Force on Nicktoons, the defender of the universe is called upon again to fight an ongoing battle. What will fans of the show be looking for once Playmates unveils the arsenal Danny?

 

Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)- Playmates Toys and DreamWorks Animation has announced plans for a new toy line based on the new DreamWorks Animation series Voltron: Legendary Defender, a reimagining of the classic property featuring five teenage pilots of mystical robot lions that combine to form Voltron, the most powerful defender in the universe, set to debut as a Netflix Original Series in 2016. Playmates Toys will serve as the master toy licensee and will create an expansive line of toys set to launch in spring 2017.

“We are excited to work with DreamWorks Animation on the resurgence of such a beloved brand, and are looking forward to providing nostalgic fans and new audiences with a heroic space adventure toy line,” commented Thomas Chan, CEO of Playmates Toys. “We are dedicated to developing an innovative line of toys that will bring the series to life, allowing fans to be immersed in the epic adventures of Voltron, as the team liberates the universe.”

“Voltron is an incredible property, rich with mythology and lore, and we couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Playmates Toys to bring this legendary defender to life off the screen,” said Tim Erickson, Global Head of Licensing, DreamWorks Animation. “Voltron: Legendary Defender is an action-packed series that will have kids lining up to see what Playmates has in store.”

Voltron: Legendary Defender follows five unsuspecting teenagers as they are transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war and become pilots for five mystical robotic lions in a battle to protect the universe from evil. Only through the true power of teamwork can they unite their lions to form Voltron, the towering warrior that represents the last best hope for good in the universe. Voltron: Legendary Defender premieres on Netflix in 2016.

 

 

Fox’s animated show Bob’s Burgers has ventured with lots of fun, suspense, action, and danger. Now Bob and his family are going live just after the network announced last week that The Simpsons are going live on May 15th. When will Bob serve up some live-action by the time Homer does Dan?

 

Dan Barry (via Animation World)-  Bento Box Entertainment, in partnership with Loren Bouchard’s Wilo Productions, has announced they are bringing Bob’s Burgers Live! back to Los Angeles. Since Bob’s Burgers Live! began touring in 2013, every show across the country has been a sell-out and, in 2015 alone, Bob’s Burgers Live! averaged nearly 3,000 fans at eight events in Minneapolis; Chicago; Madison; Detroit; Washington; Philadelphia; New York City and Boston.

The first Bob’s Burgers Live! date of 2016 is April 29 at 8 p.m. at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. It will bring together the cast and creator of the Emmy award-winning FOX hit Bob’s Burgers for an exclusive comedy and musical extravaganza, celebrating 100 episodes of the series, with the 100th scheduled to air May 22, 2016 on FOX. The night will include a live table reading of a classic episode script by the cast, standup-comedy performances, a sneak-peek of clips from future episodes, musical performances and more that will bring the fans an unforgettable and unique experience. Tickets go on sale on February 19 at 10 a.m. PST at wiltern.com and livenation.com.

The cast of Bob’s Burgers scheduled to perform and participate in a fan Q&A at the live show includes H. Jon Benjamin (Bob Belcher); Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher); Eugene Mirman (Gene Belcher); Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher); John Roberts (Linda Belcher); and Larry Murphy (Uncle Teddy). They will be joined by show Creator and Bob’s Burgers Live! Executive Producer Loren Bouchard and surprise celebrity guests.

Greg Lombardo, Senior Vice President of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment for Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, commented, “Bob’s Burgers Live! has sold out venues across the country, as fans of the hit Sunday night series have flocked to see the incredible voice talent and creative team behind the show live and in person. Now, we’re happy to be bringing the experience to the show’s home town of Los Angeles, and what better time than on the eve of our 100th episode broadcast? It’s going to be a night to remember.”

Bob’s Burgers Live! is produced by Bento Box Entertainment and Wilo Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. Bento Box Entertainment and BOB’S BURGERS LIVE! is represented by WME and promoted by Live Nation.

A 20th Century Fox Television production, Bob’s Burgers was created by Loren Bouchard (Home Movies). Bouchard and Jim Dauterive (King of the Hill) serve as executive producers and writers, with animation produced by Bento Box Entertainment.

 

Checking the Penguins tally, 1,513 fans are currently on the board as the dragon warrior holds steady at the box office which Team Skipper is still monitoring.

 

Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear return for Season 2 on We Bare Bears this Thursday with a new episode, while a new Clearence finds him at the wrong school. Then everything gets crazy on Friday with new episodes of Fairly OddParents, Harvey Beaks, and Pig Goat Banana Cricket. This is Realistic Fish Head saying to Grizz, Ice, and Panda, welcome back bears!

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