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Box office success: ‘Don’t Breathe’ reels in $26.1 million during opening weekend

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After a summer of lackluster reboots and sequels that ultimately turned out to be box office flops, Don’t Breathe appears to be a breath of fresh air for moviegoers. Produced on a modest budget of less than $10 million, the film has more than doubled what it cost to produce, earning an impressive $26.1 million during its opening weekend. Box office analysts had originally predicted a $22 million opening for the film.

Don’t Breathe follows a trio of friends who break into the home of a wealthy blind retired Iraq War veteran who supposedly has a large amount of cash hidden somewhere in his house. Just as they begin to believe they’re getting away with the perfect heist, things take a turn for the worst, and a terrifying game of cat and mouse ensues. The film is directed by 2013 Evil Dead remake helmer Fede Alvarez and stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephen Lang.

What contributed to the success of Don’t Breathe? It’s simple. Positive support from critics (the horror-thriller currently holds an 86% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes), great word of mouth beyond moviegoers, and a fantastic marketing campaign. It was hard to go on Twitter without seeing an advertisement for the film while scrolling through my newsfeed or watch television without seeing one of the TV spots. Unless you’re living under a rock, it’s hard to not know about this film.

Mechanic: Resurrection, the sequel to 2011’s The Mechanic, unsurprisingly earned $7.5 million from 2,258 theaters in its opening weekend. Directed by Dennis Gansel, Mechanic: Resurrection stars Jason Statham as Arthur Bishop, as well as Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Yeoh. Boxing biopic Hands of Stone reeled in $1.7 million from 810 theaters this weekend. The Weinstein Company plans to add 2,500 theaters for the film over Labor Day weekend.

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We regret to inform you that Neill Blomkamp is no longer directing the ‘Robocop’ sequel

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In a very, very disappointing turn of events, Neill Blomkamp took to Twitter late last night to break the news that he is no longer directing the eagerly awaited sequel to Robocop, which he first signed on to direct for MGM last year.

Blomkamp wrote that he is “off Robocop” due to the fact that he’s “shooting [a] new horror/thriller and MGM can’t wait” and needs cameras to start rolling on Robocop sooner rather than later. “Excited to watch it in theaters with other fans,” he added.

While we can only imagine what a Blomkamp-directed Robocop movie would’ve looked like at this point, I guess there are a couple of silver linings in this rather unfortunate development, depending on how you look at it.

On one hand, it’s good to know that the Robocop sequel, which is said to be based on a script from original Robocop writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, isn’t off the table altogether and is still going to get made — let’s just keep our fingers crossed MGM finds a suitable replacement that can fill Blomkamp’s shoes.

And on the other hand, I’m really looking forward to seeing what this mysterious horror/thriller Blomkamp is working on right now turns out to be. To the best of my knowledge, this project was previously unheard of before and I’m hoping we’ll get some more details on it in the very near future.

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Please let Henry Golding show off all of his charm and handsomeness in the ‘Snake Eyes’ movie

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Well, here’s something I certainly have mixed feelings about: THR is reporting that Crazy Rich Asians heartthrob Henry Golding is in negotiations to star in Paramount’s G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes, which will aim to tell the story of the mysterious sword-wielding ninja commando.

The movie, which was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and is being directed by Robert Schwentke, will reportedly “center on Snake Eyes seeking revenge for his father’s death by joining [the] ninja clan, in the process finding acceptance.”

Let me be clear: my reservations with this project have absolutely positively nothing to do with Henry Golding, who is charming and handsome as hell, but the rather the fact that he’ll be playing a character who usually just wears a mask that covers his entire and doesn’t really have a whole lot to say.

My hope is that Spiliotopoulos’ script doesn’t stick too close to the source material and will allow Golding to have the opportunity to showcase all of those incredible qualities he has about himself, otherwise it seems like this project will be wasting such an immense talent. (I also just want an excuse to look at and be charmed by Henry Golding for two hours.)

Another thing I’m a little concerned about here is Schwentke’s involvement. The dude is more than capable of making a decent movie (e.g. The Captain, Red), but he always seems to fumble these big-budget studio projects (e.g. that godforsaken Divergent: Allegiant movie), but I suppose I’ll remain cautiously optimistic about this one for the time being — only because of Golding’s involvement, though.

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The US trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winner ‘Parasite’ is finally here to infect your mind

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Ever since it premiered at Cannes back in May, I’ve been hearing nothing but the highest of praise for Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winner Parasite, which Neon debuted the official US trailer for this morning, and boy oh boy does this thing look like one hell of a rollercoaster ride of a film.

Described as a “pitch-black modern fairytale,” Parasite tells the story of the Park and Kim families, who, despite their differences in class, end up crossing paths and forming a symbiotic relationship between themselves.

However, their relationship slowly begins to unravel “when a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort” and “a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.”

The less you know about Parasite, the better, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, you may want to avoid this particular trailer and check out the Korean one instead, which does a pretty good job of staying fairly ambiguous and doesn’t give away nearly as much as the US trailer does.

Parasite reunites Bong with actor Song Kang-ho, who stars in the film alongside Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, and Lee Jung-eun. The film is set to hit US theaters on October 11, so mark your calendars accordingly, Bonghive.

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