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Box-Office Weekend: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Top Again

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle once again stood tall over the box-office weekend bringing in an additional $20 million. This gives the film a five-week domestic total of $317 million. Second and third places belong to two films making their debuts this week. With $16.4 million, the war drama 12 Strong finished just ahead of the heist-thriller Den of Thieves which brought in $15.3 million.

Steven Spielberg’s The Post dropped from the second to the fourth spot this week, earning $12.2 million. Despite the lower finish, the film has still made a decent $45.2 million during its five-week run. Elsewhere, The Greatest Showman also dropped a spot, yet it added $11 million to raise its five-week total to $113.5 million.

The family-friendly Paddington 2 held onto the sixth spot with $8.2 million. In just two weeks, the film has earned an impressive $25 million. As sustainable as Paddington’s success seems to be, that does not appear to be
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‘Jumanji’ Stays Strong, Topping ’12 Strong,’ ‘Den of Thieves’ With $20 Million

‘Jumanji’ Stays Strong, Topping ’12 Strong,’ ‘Den of Thieves’ With $20 Million
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won its third weekend box office title with ease, topping newcomers “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves,” with $20 million at 3,704 North American locations.

Afghan war drama “12 Strong” took second with $16.5 million at 3,002 sites for Warner Bros. and STXfilms’ “Den of Thieves” followed with $15.3 million from 2,432 venues. Fox’s “The Post” finished fourth with $12 million at 2,851 venues and its fifth weekend of “The Greatest Showman” remained a solid draw in fifth with $11 million at 2,823 screens.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has shown remarkable staying power, declining only 28% this weekend and lifting its 33-day North American total to $317 million — the 61st highest of all time. It’s Sony’s fifth highest domestic grosser of all time, trailing only the first three Spider-Man titles and last summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Jumanji” is also singular in winning the box office in its third, fourth and fifth weekends after finishing second in its
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The Commuter review – a bonkers pleasure

Liam Neeson plays a salesman asked to find a fellow passenger in a film lacking a coherent narrative

In its hideously edited opening montage, The Commuter takes great pains to communicate that, yes, as per the film’s title, Liam Neeson’s cop turned insurance salesman has taken the commuter train to Manhattan every single day for the past 10 years. Unexpectedly, he is made redundant (“I’m 60 years of age, Frank!” he tells his boss), and his bad luck takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) chats him up on the commute home and asks if, hypothetically, he’d locate a passenger in exchange for a hefty wad of cash – or else she’ll have his family killed. Would you do it? That’s what she wants to know. As a thought experiment it’s kind of interesting. As the plot of a film? Frankly,
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Liam Neeson on the prospect of a Qui-Gon Jinn return for the Obi-Wan Star Wars spinoff

Although the Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology movie is yet to be officially announced by Disney and Lucasfilm, it was revealed back in August that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) has been tapped to develop the project with a view to directing, with a report last month claiming that the Star Wars spinoff is aiming to go into production in January 2019.

Aside from the expected return of Ewan McGregor as the Jedi Knight, we know absolutely nothing about what Daldry and Lucasfilm could be cooking up – although it seems a pretty safe bet that the film will take place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with Ben Kenobi presumably getting into some kind of adventure on Tatooine as he keeps a watchful eye on young Luke Skywalker.

Assuming that is the case, it does open the door for Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn to make
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Review: The Commuter (2018)

Back in 2008, Liam Neeson went full ‘beast mode’ playing Bryan Mills in the action thriller Taken. He reinvented himself as a middle-aged father, loving husband, and retired CIA agent with a passion for brutally merking bad guys without hesitation. Ten years later, Neeson’s still in the ass-kicking business, and why not? After all he is one of the founding members of the geri-action genre and clearly age is just a number… And his age is slowly catching up with his on-screen bodycount. But there’s no shame in that, the Irishman’s right-hook is still as strong as ever.

The Commuter is the fourth team-up between Neeson and Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, with their second outing being the similarly themed transportation nightmare on a plane Non-Stop (2014). But this time around, the boys are playing with a locomotive train-set in upstate New York, and of course mayhem ensues.

The setup is simple.
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‘Den of Thieves’ Review: This Bank Heist Thriller Underuses O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Overplays Its Hand

‘Den of Thieves’ Review: This Bank Heist Thriller Underuses O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Overplays Its Hand
Los Angeles may be the “bank-robbery capital of the world,” as stated in the opening of “Den of Thieves,” but this aggressive action flick commits something closer to robbery of the senses. Offering cheap thrills at a high price, “Den of Thieves” pits two sketchily drawn caricatures of early-aughts machismo against each other in a pissing contest that ends with both of them holding their…guns in their hands. Save for a few clever twists and winning performances from O’Shea Jackson Jr. and 50 Cent (née Curtis Jackson), “Den of Thieves” is the kind of bloated crime thriller that could have been made in any decade — which is not to call it timeless so much as way past its time.

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Appearing grizzled almost beyond recognition, Gerard Butler plays hardened antihero “Big Nick” Flanagan.
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Box Office: ‘Den of Thieves’ Outshoots ’12 Strong’ on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Den of Thieves’ Outshoots ’12 Strong’ on Thursday Night
Heist thriller “Den of Thieves” took in $950,000 on Thursday night, edging Afghanistan war drama “12 Strong” with $900,000.

STXfilms will open the R-rated “Den of Thieves,” starring Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, in 2,342 locations on Friday with a projected opening in the $9 million range. That’s similar to the launch of Open Road’s crime drama “Sleepless,” which opened on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend last year with $9.8 million in its first four days, including $410,000 in Thursday night previews. Liam Neeson’s “The Commuter” opened a week ago with $700,000 in Thursday previews on its way to a $15.8 million Friday-Monday.

Den of Thieves,” which was fully financed by Diamond Film, follows the intersecting lives of an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Christian Gudegast is directing
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‘The Commuter’ Review: Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra (2017)

The Commuter review: It’s Liam Neeson on a train in this new actioner from Jaume Collet-Serra.

The Commuter review by Awais Irfan.

The Commuter review

Cinema has come to see great actor-director collaborations such as Scorsese and DiCaprio, Tarantino and Jackson over the years and, now, there’s Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson as they work together for their fourth time on The Commuter.

Having worked on Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night together, with their fourth film The Commuter out this weekend, and their fifth in the works, the pairing of Collet-Serra and Neeson has certainly been pretty entertaining thus far and one that doesn’t look like slowing down; those 3 aforementioned films, whilst not ground-breaking, are fairly enjoyable action-flicks – it’s a refreshing partnership in the B-rate action genre that works for what it needs to. However, whilst The Commuter certainly boasts a promising premise and some cool action,
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Poised for Three-Peat, Despite Challenge From ‘12 Strong’

Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Poised for Three-Peat, Despite Challenge From ‘12 Strong’
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is poised for a three-peat at the North American box office this weekend, but will face challenges from Afghanistan war drama “12 Strong” and heist thriller “Den of Thieves.”

Jumanji” is likely to take in between $15 million to $20 million in its fifth frame, which will lift its total domestic take to around $320 million — making the action-comedy one of the top 60 domestic performers of all time, with plenty of drawing power in the weeks to come. International performance for the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart vehicle has been impressive with $385 million so far.

12 Strong,” produced by Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, and Jerry Bruckheimer, will pose the greater threat, with tracking showing an opening in the $14 million to $17 million range at 3,002 locations — including Imax, premium large format, and Dolby Cinema. Warner Bros. is handling distribution through its output deal with Alcon.

Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon star in “12 Strong” in a
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Exclusive: Liam Neeson on ‘popcorn thriller’ The Commuter

Author: Stefan Pape

Another year, another uncynical, riotously entertaining Liam Neeson action thriller. Which means, another chance we have of sitting down with the man himself. This time he was in London promoting the release of The Commuter, his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra.

Neeson discusses the unadulterated, unrelenting nature of the picture, in which he plays a regular guy thrown into irregular circumstances; tasked with uncovering the identity of a passenger aboard a train before it’s too late. Given the narrative there are plenty of big action sequences too, and we asked the Irish actor about getting in to shape for the role – particularly given he had to lose weight for Scorsese’s Silence.

We then speak about whether he misses being a commuter, just somebody who can blend in and not be stopped. This leads into a chat about the challenges in observing everyday human behaviour
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Rushes. Republic Rediscovered, Argento on "Suspiria", Tribute to Straub

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGWe found Kiyoshi Kurosawa's semi-serious, semi-tongue-in-cheek sci-fi film Before We Vanish one of the best premieres of last year. The trailer for the American release plays it straight, but captures the wry verve of the film. Highly recommended.We adore the output of Poverty Row studio Republic (Driftwood, The Inside Story, I've Always Loved You), but rarely have had the chance to see the movies on celluloid and looking good. So we'll be front row, center for the Museum of Modern Art's "Republic Rediscovered" series, curated by Martin Scorsese. But just as good as any of those 1940s classics is the trailer for the retrospective, cut by filmmaker Gina Telaroli.The first look at Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, Gus Van Sant's new film, set to premiere at Sundance.
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Exclusive Interview – Liam Neeson on his return to high-octane action in The Commuter

Tom Beasley sits down with action man Liam Neeson ahead of the release of The Commuter in UK cinemas…

Liam Neeson has become known over the last decade as one of Hollywood’s most reliable action leads, whether he’s cracking human skulls or punching a wolf in the face. His latest movie, The Commuter marks his fourth collaboration with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Neeson for Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night.

Neeson plays the eponymous train traveller, who is visited on the day of his sacking by a new passenger, who poses an unusual challenge. There is someone on board the train who doesn’t belong there and Neeson must identify them. If he does so successfully, there’s a hefty financial reward, but if he doesn’t, there are consequences for him and everyone he loves.

See Also: Read our review of The Commuter here
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Patrick Wilson would like to reprise his Watchmen role

Arguably one of the best and most under appreciated actors working today, Patrick Wilson, who’s currently doing the press-rounds for Liam Neeson on a train action flick The Commuter (read our review here), has spoken exclusively to Yahoo Movies about reprising his role as Nite Owl from Zack Snyder’s Watchmen.

HBO will begin production on a TV adaptation of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel at some point this year, with Wilson expressing his desire to reprise the role of Daniel Dreiberg, saying “It was such a joy shooting that movie, I wanted there to be more of them”.

It’s doubtful that he’ll be involved with showrunner Damon Lindelof’s iteration, even though he jokingly states, “I certainly think we’re all more age appropriate now!” adding “I’m sure they want to stay as far away from us as possible, but I love Damon Lindelof.
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Interview: Director Jaume Collet-Serra on The Commuter

Author: Jon Lyus

For the latest Liam Neeson-led thriller the action star reunites with his Non-Stop, Unknown and Run All Night director for The Commuter. Collet-Sera came to the attention of many with his 2009 twisted horror film Orphan, a genre he returned to seven years later with the marvelous shark movie The Shallows.

Our man in New York, James Kleinmann, sat down with the director to talk about his latest movie The Commuter in which he cast Liam Neeson, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Sam Neill.

In the interview they discuss how he got ideas by watching people on the train, why it’s such a joy working with Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga and what we can expect from his next movie Jungle Cruise.

Jaume Collet-Serra Interview

The Commuter Movie Synopsis

Insurance salesman Michael is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger,
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Liam Neeson Wants to Return as Qui-Gon in Obi-Wan Movie

News is starting to pick up regarding Lucasfilm's standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie and now Liam Neeson has expressed interest in returning to the franchise as Qui-Gon. The news comes after Ewan McGregor was seen looking remarkably similar to Obi-Wan, which led to speculation about his involvement in the project. McGregor's return to the iconic role could make or break the project in the eyes of Star Wars fans, but when asked about returning to the character last week, McGregor admitted that he had not heard from Disney or Lucasfilm in regard to the standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.

Liam Neeson is currently out promoting his latest movie The Commuter, and he was recently asked about a possible return as Qui-Gon Jinn in the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, which is currently in the very early stages of development. Neeson admitted that he did not even know that the project had been announced and much like Ewan McGregor,
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Box-Office Weekend: Jumanji Maintains Hold on Box Office

Bringing in an estimated $35.4 million over the four-day holiday weekend allowed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to easily retain its perch atop the box office. In just four weeks, the film has grossed an impressive $291.6 million. Steven Spielberg’s new film The Post locked in at the second spot in its fourth week, and first week of wide release with a showing of $23.4 million.

Liam Neeson’s newest action thriller, The Commuter, debuted with a tangible $16.4 million, which was good enough for third place in this week’s top ten. Meanwhile, the Hugh Jackman vehicle, The Greatest Showman held onto the fourth spot, bringing in $15.3 million to raise its four-week total to $98.4 million. Although Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi fell to fifth place just behind The Greatest Showman with $15.3 million, the film’s five-week total of $595.6 million is probably leaving everyone involved with it smiling these days.

The
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Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Powers Solid Holiday Weekend With $35.4 Million

Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Powers Solid Holiday Weekend With $35.4 Million
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is showing plenty of staying power at the North American box office with an estimated $35.4 million at 3,849 sites, easily winning the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

“Jumanji” will finish the holiday with $291.6 million in 29 days, now ranking as the eighth highest grosser released in 2017. The action-comedy, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, has won the first two weekends of 2018 after debuting Dec. 20 in the shadow of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — and began significantly outperforming forecasts.

Jumanji” has been the key factor in keeping overall business for the four days solid in the $197 million to $200 million range, up at least $10 million from the 2017 total. That leaves the year-to-date domestic total at $560 million through Monday — 4.9% ahead of the same point last year, according to comScore.

“Jumanji” could win its third straight box office crown during the upcoming weekend when new entries include Warner Bros.’ Afghan war drama “12 Strong,
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‘The Commuter’ Cinematographer Paul Cameron on Creating Tension, Spatial Coherence, ‘Collateral,’ and Tony Scott

The current state of action cinematography owes a debt to Paul Cameron. Along with being on the forefront of the digital revolution with his stunning night-time work on Collateral, he also collaborated with Tony Scottt on films which have an experimental visual energy simply missing from the genre today.

His latest feature, The Commuter, finds him collaborating with one of the great directors of today’s thrillers, Jaume Collet-Serra, and working carefully in the confines of a single train car. Through a custom rig and well-executed trickery, he expands the scope of this location while still adhering to lucid spatial coherence, something Collet-Serra can pride himself on film after film.

I spoke with the cinematographer about the utterly brilliant opening sequence, utilizing the new technology of Cinefade, the custom rig he built, his collaboration with Michael Mann and Tony Scott, his early film-going memories, and more.

Let’s start at the beginning.
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'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut

'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut
Star Wars: The Last Jedi drops out of top five.

Source: Universal Pictures

Darkest Hour

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running Total Week 1 Darkest Hour (Universal) £4.04m £4.04m 1 2 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) £2.5m £29.9m 4 3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox) £2.16m £2.35m 1 4 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £2.14m £13.53m 3 5 Coco (Disney) £1.88m £1.88m P*

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.38. *P = previews.

Universal

Gary Oldman-starring Churchill biopic Darkest Hour opened to a strong £4.04m from its 607 locations this weekend. Universal’s awards contender posted a hefty screen average of £6,656.

The debut is comfortably director Joe Wright’s best UK opening, far ahead of Pan (2015) on £2.74m and Pride & Prejudice (2005) on £2.53m. Pride & Prejudice remains his best total on £14.57m, ahead of Atonement (2007) on £12.4m, and Darkest Hour will be looking to surpass those figures, particularly as the film continues to attract awards buzz. Gary Oldman starrer
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