Category Archives: Movies

Joker” Movie Now Highest Grossing R-Rated Film Ever

(AP) – “Joker” is now the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. The film about a troubled man who turns to a life of violent crime has pulled in about 788-million dollars at box offices around the globe.

That surpasses the previous record-holder “Deadpool,” and the film’s star Ryan Reynolds tweeted a congratulations to “Joker.”

The movie is still far behind “The Passion of the Christ” for the highest-grossing R-rated film domestically.

“Joker” Is No Joke At The Box Office

(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — The Warner Brothers movie “Joker” finished in first place in the U.S. and Canada — earning 93-and-a-half-million-dollars in its debut weekend. “Abominable” came in second with 12-million-bucks.

The big screen adaptation of “Downton Abbey” is third — selling eight-million-dollars worth of tickets in its third weekend of release.

Rounding out the Top Five are the Jennifer Lopez crime drama “Hustlers” followed by “It — Chapter Two.”

Two Theater Chains Ban Masks And Face Paint At Joker Screenings

(AP) – Two movie theater chains are banning masks and face paint at screenings of the new movie “Joker.” The origin story of the Batman villain opens nationwide October 4th. Landmark Theatres owns 52 theaters across the country, and has released a “Joker” policy on their ticket purchase websites that states, “We want all our guests to enjoy the Joker,” but “no masks, painted faces or costumes will be permitted into our theatres.”

The nation’s largest chain, AMC, has released a statement saying guests are welcome to come dressed in a costume, but they do not permit masks, face paint or any object that conceals the face.

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is getting critical acclaim, but is also raising concerns that it may inspire violence like the Colorado theater shooting in 2012.

Meghan Markle Finally Meets Beyonce At Lion King Premiere

(London) –– British royalty meets Hollywood royalty at the Lion King premiere in London. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were at the premiere last night, and mingled with Lion King star Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z.

Beyonce reportedly talked with the Duchess of Sussex about her new baby, Archie. Other celebrities at the premiere included Seth Rogen, Elton John, Taron Egerton and Vin Diesel. The new live-action version of The Lion King hits U.S. theaters this Thursday.


Robert Downey Jr. Got A Blockbuster Payout For Endgame

(MSN) – Avengers: Endgame‘s success at the box office made for an even bigger payday for star Robert Downey Jr.

Downey, who made his 9th appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Endgame, has made $75 million now that the movie has found blockbuster success at the office, according to a new report from Forbes. The Iron Man actor had a salary of $20 million up front, while his 8% in back-end points once the movie hit theaters brought him an additional $55 million, per the outlet.

Avengers: Endgame shattered box office records, starting with its astronomical $1.2 billion opening weekend worldwide. It’s gone on to earn $2.7 billion at the box office, trailing just $14.6 million behind 2009’s Avatar for the highest grossing movie of all time.

Downey first joined the universe in 2008 with the first Iron Man film.

“The percent of budget cost have certainly skewed heavy, particularly on the Avengers movies, to cast now, whereas maybe in the early ones it was more visual effects or below the line,” Marvel president Kevin Feige told Forbes in 2017. “But that’s okay because [the actors] are the best effects.”

Downey, who has starred as Iron Man since the release of his 2008 film, also earned $5 million for 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for three days of work, according to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year.

Downey Jr. isn’t the only star set to make some serious cash: THR also reports that Scarlett Johansson will be returning to her Black Widow character for a 2020 standalone film for which she is reportedly making around $20 million.

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans were also able to renegotiate their Marvel contracts to place themselves within the earning range of $15 million to $20 million for Infinity War and Endgame, according to THR.

Avengers: Endgame Shatters Box Office Record With $1.2-Billion Worldwide

(Worldwide-AP) — Avengers: Endgame is destroying box office records. The latest installment in the Marvel superhero franchise is setting opening weekend records for domestic and international ticket sales.

Avengers: Endgame took in an estimated 350-million dollars at U.S. and Canadian theaters since Friday. It’s grossed an estimated 859-million dollars outside North America.

That’s more than one-point-two billion dollars in ticket sales worldwide. It’s the fastest any movie has generated a billion dollars in ticket sales. The previous record-holder was last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which ran up a billion dollars in tickets in eleven days.

Black Panther” Wins Big At SAG Awards

(AP) – Black Panther is taking home the top prize at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The superhero film scored best performance by a cast in a motion picture last night, the show’s top honor. It also picked up best stunt ensemble performance in a motion picture. The awards for best male and female actor in a leading role went to Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, and Glenn Close for The Wife.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept the TV categories, taking home best comedy series ensemble, and best male and female actor in a comedy series for Tony Shalhoub and Rachel Brosnahan.

Other winners were Mahershala Ali and Emily Blunt for best male and female actor in a supporting role, Sandra Oh and Jason Bateman for best male and female actor in a TV drama series, and the cast of This Is Us for best drama series ensemble. Alan Alda also picked up this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The show was hosted by actress Megan Mullally.

Jordan Peele Shares Trailer For New Horror Movie

(AP) — Jordan Peele is releasing another horror movie, after the success of his box office hit, Get Out. He shared a trailer yesterday for a new one called Us, which is about a family who comes face to face with a group of evil beings who look exactly like them.

The film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke. It hits theaters in March. Get Out was nominated for multiple Oscars this year, and picked up one for best original screenplay.

Donald Glover Shares Trailer For He And Rihanna’s Movie, “Guava Island”

(AP) – Rihanna and Donald Glover are working on a surprise new movie. Glover shared a teaser from the film, titled Guava Island, on social media.

In it, Glover talks about being in paradise, but not having the means to actually live there. He and Rihanna’s characters are believed to be love interests. The movie does not have a release date yet.