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‘War Dogs’ hustles ahead of ‘Ben-Hur’ at Thursday box office with $1.25 million

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Paramount and MGM’s Ben-Hur is off to a rocky start at the box office. On Thursday evening, the film previewed in 2,389 theaters and earned $900,000. For a film with a production budget of $100 million, opening weekend isn’t looking so good. As mentioned in the original Thursday box office report, which you can read below, the film is tracking a doomed $12 million opening. Paramount was expecting a somewhat decent $20 million opening, but it is likely that analysts were correct were their $10 million to $12 million predictions.

With the way things are looking at the moment, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ben-Hur fall behind War Dogs and Kubo and the Two Strings at the box office this weekend. War Dogs has received fairly mixed reviews from critics, sporting a 58% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Kubo on the other hand is “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes with an impressive 95%. Stay tuned to Silver Screen Beat for the latest box office news, such as the Friday box office report, which will arrive early on Saturday morning.

ORIGINAL STORY [August 19, 2016 at 8 A.M.]: War Dogs, the latest from Hangover director Todd Phillips starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, earned a respectable $1.25 million on Thursday evening. Based on a true story, the film follows two twenty-something-year-old friends living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military. Also starring Bradley Cooper, the film is expected to reel in an estimated $13 million.

Kubo and the Two Strings strummed its way into theaters on Thursday with a modest $515,000. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron among others, Focus Features predicts a $12 million opening weekend for the critically acclaimed animated feature. Kubo and the Two Strings was produced on a $55 million budget.

Paramount has yet to reveal their Thursday night earnings for Ben-Hur, their reimagining of the 1800’s novel which the 1959 classic that starred Charlton Heston was based upon. However, we aren’t expecting much. As revealed in my previous box office report, the film is currently tracking a disastrous $12 million opening. Keep in mind, the film was produced on a massive $100 million budget.

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A new ‘It Chapter Two’ trailer finds the Losers Club facing off against Pennywise one last time

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Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for It Chapter Two, the eagerly awaited follow-up to Andy Muschietti’s 2017 critically acclaimed box office smash based on Stephen King’s iconic horror novel of the same name.

Set 27 years after the events of the first movie, It Chapter Two stars Jessica Chastain as Beverly, James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, and Andy Bean as Stanley as they return to Derry to confront Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) one last time.

“Something happens to you when you leave this town. The farther away, the hazier it all gets,” we hear an adult Mike say as the trailer shows a flashback from the 2017 film. “But me — I never left. I remember all of it.”

Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor will all reprise their roles as the original members of the Losers Club from the first movie.

Muschietti directed It Chapter Two from a screenplay written by Gary Dauberman, based on King’s best-selling 1986 book. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producers, with Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg serving as executive producers.

It Chapter Two will float into theaters on September 6.

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With their case diminishing, prosecutors drop sexual assault charges against Kevin Spacey

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With their case against Kevin Spacey diminishing, Nantucket prosecutors asked Wednesday for charges to be dropped against the actor, who had been facing a felony charge for the alleged sexual assault of the teenage son of a former Boston TV news anchor in 2016.

In a document filed in the Nantucket District Court, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said he was filing a “nolle prosequi,” which, in a criminal case, is an admission that the charges against the defendant cannot be proven. O’Keefe cited the “unavailability of the complaining witness” as his reason for the dismissal of the case.

O’Keefe’s decision to drop the charges against Spacey is not a particularly surprising one. During an evidentiary hearing last week, Spacey’s accuser refused to testify about what happened to a missing cellphone containing text messages — and possibly video — the night the alleged assault took place.

When asked if he knew that he could be charged with a felony should an investigation find that he had tampered with or destroyed evidence on the phone, Spacey’s accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment and was unwilling to continue his testimony, according to The New York Times.

The accuser’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, said in a statement that the accuser and his family “have shown an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances,” and added that he will not be commenting on the case any further at this time.

Spacey’s lawyer, Alan Jackson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In December, just moments before the news of the felony charge against Spacey broke, the actor posted to YouTube a bizarre video in which he appears as his character Frank Underwood from the Netflix series House of Cards and says he is “certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do.”

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Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu lead a band of grifting strippers in the ‘Hustlers’ trailer

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STX Films has released the first trailer for Hustlers, the upcoming stripper comedy featuring an all-star cast that includes the likes of Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, and Cardi B.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film follows a group of savvy former strip club employees who come together to turn the tables on their unsuspecting, money-grubbing Wall Street clients.

“These Wall Street guys — you see what they did to this country? They stole from everybody,” Lopez’s character says. “Hard-working people lost everything and not one of these douchebags go to jail. The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules. It’s like robbing a bank; except you get the keys.”

Scafaria based Hustlers on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled “Hustlers at Scores,” which tells the real-life story of a band of New York City strippers scamming their wealthy clients out of thousands of dollars before eventually being caught by authorities.

In addition to starring in the film, Lopez also serves as a producer on Hustlers alongside Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Jessica Elbaum, Benny Medina, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay. The film is a co-production between STX and Annapurna.

Hustlers will open in theaters on September 13.

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