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(Deadline)   Timeless tale of Stockholm Syndrome Beauty and the Beast is #1 with $173 million, Kong: Skull Island #2 with $25 million, Get Out #4 with $12 million, Christian propaganda The Shack #5 with $5.8 million, The Belko experiment a soft #7 with $3 million   ( deadline.com) divider line
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2017-03-19 11:48:26 AM  
I figured B&B would do well, but not 173 million well.  No wonder studios keep rebooting certain stories.
 
2017-03-19 12:37:30 PM  
Good to see Dan Stevens killing it all over the place. Legion is fantastic, and now this.
 
2017-03-19 01:40:30 PM  
Funny thing is, the buzz on B&B is that it's a creepily unnecessary remake at best, and a lot of people seem to think it's nowhere near the quality of the original.

But hey, member berries, amirite?
 
2017-03-19 01:43:45 PM  
$173 million?  Looks like the religious crazies' boycott went well.
 
2017-03-19 01:45:06 PM  

secularsage: Funny thing is, the buzz on B&B is that it's a creepily unnecessary remake at best, and a lot of people seem to think it's nowhere near the quality of the original.

But hey, member berries, amirite?


Almost everybody I knew with a daughter 15 or younger went to see it this weekend. It's Spring Break, there aren't a lot of family movies out right now, people that saw it as kids are old enough to have daughters that age, and girls like princess stories. The more I thought about it, the less surprising this debut was.
 
2017-03-19 01:51:11 PM  
I really enjoyed Get Out. Lot of people in the theater, too. BatB was sold out for several showings.
 
2017-03-19 01:52:38 PM  
I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.
 
2017-03-19 01:53:24 PM  
The Shack contains thirteen heresies.  This Christian doesn't claim it.
 
2017-03-19 01:54:49 PM  
Tale as old as time,
true as it can be,
girl and man's best friend,
a peanut butter trend,
unexpectedly

Just a little smear,
small to say the least.
Starts with just a sniff,
then he takes a lick,
Beauty and the beast

/ew
 
2017-03-19 02:02:53 PM  
Everyone at work who have seen Beauty and the Beast have raved about it.
 
2017-03-19 02:05:13 PM  

DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.


Maybe they could do anniversary showings... not unheard of.  I recall seeing Grease during a '20 year' anniversary in theaters in 1998.  The place was sold out and it seemed most of the theater was singing along to every song, it was wild.
 
2017-03-19 02:13:07 PM  

Johnny Rockets: I figured B&B would do well, but not 173 million well.  No wonder studios keep rebooting certain stories.


Well, the recent "leak" of Ms. Watson's photographs might or might not have been a concerted marketing effort by the Disney team. We'll never know. Either way, she was coincidentally in the news for this controversy on the same week her big movie opened.

They've also been pushing the hell out of the movie. She's been on every show, in every magazine, and everywhere talking it up. The Alabama theater's ban on the movie because of the gay character all-but guaranteed  that every LGBTQ person with an axe to grind against fundamentalists or Republicans went to see the movie.

It was a marketing success, is what I'm saying. Someone at Disney's PR/marketing branch really did their job this time.
 
2017-03-19 02:14:35 PM  

DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.


It's awesome on Valentine's Day at the theaters around here
 
2017-03-19 02:15:41 PM  

DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.


It shows up for family film nights in some theaters. It does okay, but people know they can get it for $9 on home video, so they're not as compelled to see it in theaters these days.

Disney's a little better about such things. They have "the vault", which is their marketing term for "taking a movie out of print to drive up desire and increase demand". It works. Disney collectors will go apeshiat when a movie that has been in "the Disney vault" is re-released.
 
2017-03-19 02:21:58 PM  

secularsage: Funny thing is, the buzz on B&B is that it's a creepily unnecessary remake at best, and a lot of people seem to think it's nowhere near the quality of the original.


The Jean Cocteau original?
(anyone here remember the TV series starring Linda Hamilton and Barbra Streisand?)
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2017-03-19 02:28:08 PM  

WilderKWight: DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.

It shows up for family film nights in some theaters. It does okay, but people know they can get it for $9 on home video, so they're not as compelled to see it in theaters these days.

Disney's a little better about such things. They have "the vault", which is their marketing term for "taking a movie out of print to drive up desire and increase demand". It works. Disney collectors will go apeshiat when a movie that has been in "the Disney vault" is re-released.


To be fair, when they bring them back out, they've usually remastered them, and Disney doesn't fark around or cheap out when they do it. They just had a few Donald Duck shorts on TCM a couple of nights ago, and the colors were a lot brighter/deeper than my old VHS copies I had as a kid.
 
2017-03-19 02:41:07 PM  

STRYPERSWINE: The Shack contains thirteen heresies.  This Christian doesn't claim it.


Huh?
 
2017-03-19 02:41:43 PM  
I tried to go see Beauty and the Beast on Saturday but it was sold out. I had forgotten about the Spring Break crowd.
 
2017-03-19 02:44:44 PM  
Go see Logan.  If you've seen it, see it again.
 
2017-03-19 03:01:04 PM  
There were lines like crazy for the showing last night.

It wasn't bad, but it was a completely unnecessary remake

Kevin Kline was really good though
 
2017-03-19 03:06:26 PM  

DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.


Yeah!! Seeing The princess Bride in the theater IS a good idea!
 
2017-03-19 03:08:37 PM  

Tarl3k: DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.

Yeah!! Seeing The princess Bride in the theater IS a good idea!


This is unbelievableincrediblestupendousawesome, inconceivable!
 
2017-03-19 03:11:30 PM  
Meanwhile, this weekend I saw the cannibal coming of age story Raw, which was excellent. See it if you get a chance (and have a strong stomach).
 
2017-03-19 03:13:11 PM  

secularsage: Funny thing is, the buzz on B&B is that it's a creepily unnecessary remake at best, and a lot of people seem to think it's nowhere near the quality of the original.


One of the reasons I'm not that bothered, despite loving the original is that I just feel like in 25 years, we've changed a bit in terms of expectations for girls. It could be argued that the 1991 film was advanced for the time: she was bookish, quite feisty and independent, which is some progress from Snow White and Cinderella. But it's still about getting a man with a large house. You go from there to Frozen or Moana, and they just feel so much more modern.
 
2017-03-19 03:13:13 PM  

Derwood: There were lines like crazy for the showing last night.

It wasn't bad, but it was a completely unnecessary remake

Kevin Kline was really good though


it was good, it was fun. i thought the Cinderella live action 2015 was a much better movie
 
2017-03-19 03:13:20 PM  

kronicfeld: Good to see Dan Stevens killing it all over the place. Legion is fantastic, and now this.


It was fun seeing B&B after binging Legion a week earlier because I could clearly see the face he made for every one of the Beast's expressions during the movie.

His facial mannerisms were clearly visible through the CG.
 
2017-03-19 03:28:22 PM  
Well, I guess the reviewers who didn't like B&B don't really have their finger on the average movie goer's pulse.
 
2017-03-19 03:29:59 PM  
Anyone see Kong? Good, bad, meh? Universal is investing a new
 
2017-03-19 03:35:24 PM  

DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.


Have you got this in the USA?

https://www.ourscreen.com/film/The-Princess-Bride

You can book a screening at a cinema in the UK. Guarantee enough people paying and the screening happens.
 
2017-03-19 03:38:16 PM  

DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.


The Alamo Draft house has shown it before with a special dinner menu.
 https://s3.drafthouse.com/images/made/Princess_Bride_Menu_drafthouse​_8​00_1237_81_s.jpg
 
2017-03-19 03:42:16 PM  
Just got out of Logan. An excellent end to Jackman's run as Wolverine.
 
2017-03-19 03:55:50 PM  
Unfortunate Implications - Beauty and the Beast
Youtube gGRmTmA6znk
 
2017-03-19 04:10:33 PM  

secularsage: Funny thing is, the buzz on B&B is that it's a creepily unnecessary remake at best, and a lot of people seem to think it's nowhere near the quality of the original.

But hey, member berries, amirite?


Honestly, it's going up against a pretty weak field.  Look at the other movies on that list, man... exactly one  of them has reasonably good critical reception, and it's a horror film that thus has a kinda fundamentally limited audience.  173$mil is more "big disney release when nothing else is out" money than anything to do with B&B specifically, I think, though nostalgia's obviously helping.

Wide release and a good marketing and scheduling strategy can pretty easily turn a "pretty decent" film into a massive blockbuster.
 
2017-03-19 04:12:46 PM  

AquaTatanka: DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.

Maybe they could do anniversary showings... not unheard of.  I recall seeing Grease during a '20 year' anniversary in theaters in 1998.  The place was sold out and it seemed most of the theater was singing along to every song, it was wild.


30th anniversary showings nationwide in October.
 
2017-03-19 04:13:03 PM  
So Disneyfied beastiality is a seller.  Who knew?
 
2017-03-19 04:30:27 PM  

SpiritualRemains: AquaTatanka: DRTFA: I wonder if The Princess Bride would do well if they put the original in theaters again.  It still holds up, but I imagine there's some psychology about only seeing new things in theaters.

Maybe they could do anniversary showings... not unheard of.  I recall seeing Grease during a '20 year' anniversary in theaters in 1998.  The place was sold out and it seemed most of the theater was singing along to every song, it was wild.

30th anniversary showings nationwide in October.


Damn, beat me too it by a mere 17 minutes!
 
2017-03-19 04:31:17 PM  

BullBearMS: Well, I guess the reviewers who didn't like B&B don't really have their finger on the average movie goer's pulse.


One thing I think is important to keep in mind, most critics are comparing the movies they see to everything they've ever seen when evaluating the quality of a movie.

Most moviegoers are comparing a movie to everything that is out that month when deciding whether to go see it.
 
2017-03-19 04:37:13 PM  

SithLord: So Disneyfied beastiality is a seller.  Who knew?


If Greta Garbo's reaction in 1946 is anything to go by, Jean Cocteau among others.
 
2017-03-19 05:02:08 PM  

EdwardTellerhands: secularsage: Funny thing is, the buzz on B&B is that it's a creepily unnecessary remake at best, and a lot of people seem to think it's nowhere near the quality of the original.

The Jean Cocteau original?
(anyone here remember the TV series starring Linda Hamilton and Barbra Streisand?)
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ha, don't insult the Beast
 
2017-03-19 05:24:19 PM  

Teufelaffe: [iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/gGRmTmA6znk - 480x270]


This girl....I like this girl
 
2017-03-19 05:25:57 PM  

SithLord: So Disneyfied beastiality is a seller.  Who knew?


He's really a guy underneath the fursuit, so Belle's more of a furry-lover.
 
2017-03-19 05:26:33 PM  
Oh man, they made a movie out of The Shack? Someone bought that book for me once. I politely accepted it, read the description with a smile, and then unceremoniously buried it in a box somewhere when I got home.
 
2017-03-19 06:09:56 PM  
The best thing about that 80s series Beauty and the Beast was the SNL sketch mocking it.
 
2017-03-19 06:11:34 PM  

maniacalclown: Oh man, they made a movie out of The Shack? Someone bought that book for me once. I politely accepted it, read the description with a smile, and then unceremoniously buried it in a box somewhere when I got home.


Holy crap. I knew nothing about The Shack till this thread, so I Wiki'ed it. "The Shack is a novel by Canadian author William P. Young, a former office manager and hotel night clerk." Erm, OK. Reading on..."The main character is Mackenzie Allen Phillips, a father of five.... As the novel begins, Mack receives a note in his mailbox from "Papa", saying that he would like to meet with Mack that coming weekend at the shack."
Really? Really?
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That's 20 pounds of WTF in a 5-pound bag.
 
2017-03-19 06:28:53 PM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: secularsage: Funny thing is, the buzz on B&B is that it's a creepily unnecessary remake at best, and a lot of people seem to think it's nowhere near the quality of the original.

But hey, member berries, amirite?

Almost everybody I knew with a daughter 15 or younger went to see it this weekend. It's Spring Break, there aren't a lot of family movies out right now, people that saw it as kids are old enough to have daughters that age, and girls like princess stories. The more I thought about it, the less surprising this debut was.


Wow. I hadn't thought of it like that: a tale as old as every girl who's told her parents, "You don't understand!! You don't know what he's like when we're alone! I love him!!"
 
2017-03-19 06:34:04 PM  
I had no idea that B&B was really a thing until I went to see 'Logan' this weekend. it was on 7 screens and the place was as packed as I've ever seen it. It's as if they'd just released 'Star Wars vs. the Avengers.'
 
2017-03-19 07:11:37 PM  
How good was "Kong: Skull Island?"  I'm going to be picking between it and "Ghost in the Shell" next weekend.
 
2017-03-19 07:17:50 PM  

Branch Dravidian: I had no idea that B&B was really a thing until I went to see 'Logan' this weekend. it was on 7 screens and the place was as packed as I've ever seen it. It's as if they'd just released 'Star Wars vs. the Avengers.'


Why is it surprising? Millions of parents grew up watching the VHS of the 1991 version constantly.
Beauty and the Beast was part of that last great gasp of Disney's ink and paint animated movies (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and the Lion King being the others). And along with being great Disney movies, they were actually just great movies.
Now, those parents who grew up on those movies are taking their kids. Along with the fact that, since Jungle Book was a smash hit, they know that Disney has figured out how to translate their old stories to live action really well.

Beauty and the Beast was going to be a cash machine for Disney from the start.

As far as surprises, I'm stunned that Get Out has turned into such a monster hit.
$176 million gross on a $4 million R-rated horror movie that's not part of an established franchise is phenomenal.
Looks like Jordan Peele doesn't have to worry about playing standup clubs or writing sketch comedy ever again if he doesn't want to.
 
2017-03-19 07:28:11 PM  
Just to throw some gas on this here fire. . .

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Go ahead and boycott some more stuff because you don't like gay people, you Bible-beating buttheads. It worked out reaaaaalllllyyyyy great for you this time.
 
2017-03-19 07:32:07 PM  

Polish Hussar: How good was "Kong: Skull Island?"


Popcorn movie, great cinematography.
 
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