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June 23

Box Office: 'Inside Out 2' Soars to Record $100M Second Weekend in U.S., Hits $724M Globally

A scene from "Inside Out 2", from left: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), and Anxiety (voiced by Maya Hawke) [image courtesy Disney]

by Pamela McClintock

Joyful? Ecstatic? Elated? Take your pick.

Pixar's Inside Out 2 is on fire at the global box office, where it grossed a record-shattering $100 million domestically and $164.4 million overseas in its second weekend to finish Sunday with $724.4 million in ticket sales to become the top-grossing film of the year after racing past Dune: Part Two ($711. million).

The animated tentpole - about the emotions inhabiting a 13-year-old girl - is among only an elite handful of films that have earned $90 million or more in their second weekend of play at the domestic box office. Inside Out 2 enjoyed the biggest sophomore outing of any animated film domestically and the seventh-biggest of any film behind such behemoths as installments in the Avengers, Star Wars and Jurassic World series. It even earned more than Barbie, which grossed $93 million in its second outing.

Inside Out 2's tally stands at $355.2 in North America, where it fell a scant 35 percent, the best hold of any film in history that opened to $150 million or more. At 40 percent, Star Wars: The Force Awakens previously held that distinction. Overseas, Inside Out 2 has raked in $369.4 million, and it still has major markets yet to open. It fell only 22 percent in its second weekend, and scored the industry's second-biggest openings of all time in both Brazil and Spain.

The movie marks a major comeback for Pixar, and is almost assured of becoming the first title since Barbie to join the $1 billion club at the global box office.

Thanks to Inside Out 2 and also Sony's Bad Boys: Ride or Die, reteaming Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the box office has rebounded for the first time this year after a dramatic downturn. Overall domestic revenue has been up for the first time over last year for two consecutive weekends in a row.

Bad Boys 4 easily stayed at No. 2 in North America with an estimated haul of $18.8 million in its third weekend for a domestic tally of nearly $150 million through Sunday, or $146.9 million. It fell just 44 percent.

Among new offerings, Focus Features and New Regency's The Bikeriders opened in third place with $10 million, on the high end of expectations. Directed by Jeff Nichols, the movie follows the rise and fall of a motorcycle gang in the 1960s and stars Austin Butler, Jodie Comer and Tom Hardy. Focus' marketing team succeeded in getting older males, particularly in the middle of the country.

Russell Crowe starrer The Exorcism also opened nationwide, but failed to scare up much business. From Miramax, the film opened to an estimated $2.4 million, one of the worst wide launches of Crowe's career. The movie, which got slapped with a D CinemaScore, stars Crowe as an actor who starts to behave irrationally on the set of his latest horror film, prompting his daughter to investigate whether something more sinister is afoot. Vertical is distributing and marketing Exorcism domstically.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

June 21

Elliott Gould, Justin Trudeau, Helen Mirren and more mourn Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland, left, and his son Kiefer Sutherland pose for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote the 2016 film 'Forsaken' (image courtesy Invision / AP)

by The Associated Press

Famous fans, colleagues and family pay tribute to actor Donald Sutherland, the star of "M.A.S.H." "Klute" and "The Hunger Games" who died Thursday at age 88.

"Donald was a giant, not only physically but as a talent. He was also enormously kind and generous. ... It's never easy losing the caliber of a human being and actor like Donald Sutherland, but this one really profoundly hurts because Donald was like my brother, and a big part of my own career." - Sutherland's "M.A.S.H." co-star Elliott Gould, in a statement to The Associated Press.

"I was blessed to direct him in #Backdraft. One of the most intelligent, interesting & engrossing film actors of all time. Incredible range, creative courage & dedication to serving the story & the audience with supreme excellence." - Ron Howard, on X.

"With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away. I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film. Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that. A life well lived." - Actor and Sutherland's son, Kiefer Sutherland, on X.

"Donald Sutherland was one of the smartest actors I ever worked with. He had a wonderful enquiring brain, and a great knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. He combined this great intelligence with a deep sensitivity, and with a seriousness about his profession as an actor. This all made him into the legend of film that he became." - Actor Helen Mirren, who co-starred with Sutherland in 2017's "The Leisure Seekers," in a statement.

"We've lost one of the greats. Donald Sutherland brought a level of brilliance to his craft few could match. A remarkable, legendary actor - and a great Canadian." - Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on X.

"Donald was a brilliant actor and a complex man who shared quite a few adventures with me, such as the FTA Show, an anti-Vietnam war tour that performed for 60,000 active duty soldiers, sailors, and marines in Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines, and Japan in 1971. I am heartbroken." - Jane Fonda, who was Sutherland's co-star in the 1971 film "Klute," shared on Instagram.

Continue Reading at: The Associated Press

June 20

Donald Sutherland Dies: Revered Actor In 'Klute', 'Ordinary People', 'MASH', 'Hunger Games' & Scores Of Others Was 88

Donald Sutherland, pictured here in 2019, has died at the age of 88 (image courtesy Getty)

by Erik Pedersen

Donald Sutherland, the beloved actor who starred in scores of films from The Dirty Dozen, MASH and Klute to Animal House and Ordinary People to Pride & Prejudice and The Hunger Games franchise and won an Emmy for Citizen X, died Thursday in Miami after a long illness. He was 88.

The 2017 Honorary Oscar recipient also is the father of Emmy-winning 24 and Designated Survivor actor Kiefer Sutherland and veteran CAA Media Finance exec Roeg Sutherland. CAA confirmed the news to Deadline.

In some of his most well-known roles, he perfected a laconic, wry and dead-serious delivery. Such was the case for characters including the cool-headed amateur murder investigator John Klute, opposite Jane Fonda's terrified and erratic call girl Bree Daniels in Klute; as Hawkeye Pierce in the film MASH, where he played opposite Elliott Gould's cut-up Trapper John; and in Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now as skeptical John Baxter, who does not believe the claims of wife Laura (Julie Christie) that their recently dead daughter is reaching out from the other side.

In one early change-of-pace characterization, Sutherland played a sadistic fascist in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1976 epic 1900, in which his character gleefully swings a child by the heels, bashing the boy's head against a wall.

Born on July 17, 1935, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Donald Sutherland amassed some 200 film and TV credits spanning more than 60 years, from guesting on episodes of 1960s series including Suspense, The Avengers, Court Martial and The Odd Man to last year's Paramount+ drama Bass Reeves. His big break in movies came with Robert Aldrich's star-packed 1967 World War II drama The Dirty Dozen, playing misfit felon Vernon Pinkley opposite Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, George Kennedy, Telly Savalas and others. A big hit in theaters, it remains a seminal American war movie.

His next big role was as Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce in Robert Altman's 1970 Korean War dramedy MASH. The alternatively harrowing and hilarious film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, winning for Ring Lardner Jr.'s biting screenplay, and fueled the 1972-83 CBS series in which Alan Alda played Hawkeye.

Click the Continue Reading at link to read more on Donald Sutherland's long and varied career in film and TV.

Continue Reading at: Deadline

June 20

Paramount Goes Epic At CineEurope With 'Gladiator II' Footage; Highlights 'A Quiet Place: Day One' & "Transformers One'

From left; publicity pics from Paramount films "Gladiator II", "A Quiet Place: Day One" and "Transformers One" (images courtesy Paramount / Deadline)

by Nancy Tartaglione

Paramount went all in on Gladiator II at CineEurope today, showing off an exclusive extended look at Ridley Scott's sequel to his 2000 Best Picture Oscar winner. Introducing the footage in a video clip, Scott promised that Gladiator II, coming nearly two-and-a-half decades after the original, is "well worth the wait"; the audience today agreed. That pre-roll clip also included stars Denzel Washington, Paul Mescal, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen and Joseph Quinn. Paramount releases globally in November.

At the top of the show, President of International Theatrical Distribution Mark Viane once again had the CineEurope crowd in stitches with his annual entrance tied to a major Par title; this time appearing in gladiator garb in a cheeky pre-recorded video as Markimus Vianus and wearing a vest with the Paramount logo, celebrating the film and the theatrical experience as he urged members of Par's international distribution team (sporting swords, sandals and togas), "On my signal, distribute hell!"

Appearing on stage, Viane looked back on Par's strong start to the year with Mean Girls, Bob Marley: One Love and IF, and promised the "biggest Paramount presentation ever" at CineEurope.

He next showed two extended 3D scenes from highly-anticipated September release Transformers One. Star Chris Hemsworth sent a video to talk up the movie, enthusing, "Trust me when I say it's out of this world." A work-in-progress version of the Josh Cooley-directed animation recently screened to a standing ovation in Annecy. The origins story is set on Cybertron and tells how Optimus Prime and Megatron, originally known as Orion Pax and D-16, go from brothers-in-arms to sworn enemies. There was enthusiastic applause here today for the buzzy pic.

There was also a big focus on prequel A Quiet Place: Day One. Directed by Michael Sarnoski, and starring Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou and Alex Wolff, the origin story in the $638M+ global franchise follows what happens on the first day the aliens come to Earth, and the catastrophe that ensues. When one of the loudest cities in the world goes quiet, promised Nyong'o in a video clip, "audiences will be on the edge of their seats."

Continue Reading at: Deadline

June 19

Mike Flanagan's The Exorcist Film Just Got a Very Fitting March 2026 Release Date

Director Mike Flanagan is taking a crack at 'The Exorcist' world with a new take coming in 2026 (image courtesy Getty)

by Alex Stedman

We now know when we'll get to see horror maestro Mike Flanagan's new take on The Exorcist - and it's a pretty appropriate release date.

Universal Pictures announced today that his reimagined Exorcist film will hit theaters on March 13, 2026, which also just happens to be Friday the 13th. Not only is the release date fittingly creepy, but it also seems fairly clear of competition, at least at the moment. Currently, the only major films dated in its vicinity are a new animated Cat in the Hat movie (talk about counter-programming) on March 6, 2026, and Ryan Gosling-starring sci-fi film Project Hail Mary on March 20.

We first learned that Flanagan, known for Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass, The Fall of the House of Usher, and more, will be taking a crack at the horror classic back in May. Following weeks of rumors, Blumhouse officially announced that not only would Flanagan be writing and directing the new Exorcist film, but that it would be a "radical new take" for the series.

Blumhouse's revival of the 1973 horror classic was set up to be a big project for the horror studio, but last year's The Exorcist: Believer, the first of a planned trilogy, was a critical and commercial disappointment. It garnered mixed reviews and only managed to bring in $65.5 million domestically and $136.2 million worldwide - a troubling result for a deal that came in at a reported $400 million.

For awhile, the series' future looked grim; in January, the sequel to Believer lost its release date as well as its director, David Gordon Green, also known for Blumhouse's rebooted Halloween trilogy. But then came the announcement of Flanagan's film, which isn't being billed as a sequel to Believer, but rather a "new take on the world of The Exorcist," Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum said at the time.

Continue Reading at: IGN

June 18

Francis Ford Coppola's 'Megalopolis' Lands at Lionsgate for U.S. Release After Divisive Cannes Premiere

Adam Driver (left) and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from "Megalopolis" [image courtesy Cannes Film Festival]

by Rebecca Rubin

Francis Ford Coppola's sci-fi epic "Megalopolis," which proved to be wildly divisive after its Cannes Film Festival premiere, has finally found a distributor. Lionsgate has signed a deal to distribute the film in theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

It will be released on Sept. 27. "Megalopolis" is playing in Imax, but it will likely share screens with Christopher Nolan's 10th anniversary "Interstellar" rerelease. It'll also have to relinquish those coveted premium large format screens a week later, as "Joker: Folie Deux," which was filmed with Imax cameras, lands on Oct. 4.

"Francis is a legend. For many of us, his gifts to cinema were one of the inspirations to devote our own careers to film," Adam Fogelson, chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. "It is a true privilege to work with him, and to bring this incredible, audacious, and utterly unique movie to theatrical audiences. At Lionsgate, we strive to be a home for bold and daring artists, and 'Megalopolis' proves there is no one more bold or daring than the maestro, Francis Ford Coppola."

Through a head-spinning number of separate deals, the two-hour-and-20 minute dystopian drama has previously found distribution in the U.K. (Entertainment Film Distributors Limited), France (Le Pacte), Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Constantin Film), Italy (Eagle Pictures), Spain (Tripictures), Australia (Madman Entertainment), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment) and more. Goodfellas is in advanced negotiations for Latin America and Brazil, and in negotiations with the rest of Asia.

Coppola has a lot riding on "Megalopolis," which the 85-year-old "Godfather" director ended up independently financing for $120 million. Adam Driver stars in the film as an architect who accidentally destroys a New York City-esque metropolis and works to rebuild it as a sustainable utopia. In the process, he's challenged by the corrupt mayor (Giancarlo Esposito), who wants to stick to the status quo, as the beaurocrat's daughter (Nathalie Emmanuel) comes between the two men. Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight and Laurence Fishburne round out the cast.

Continue Reading at: Variety

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