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The Week in Film: February 1-7, 2019

New Releases, Box Office Stats, and More

Hello and welcome to the Week In Film, where I give you a recap on everything that happened in the world of film in the past week. I'm gonna give you some box office stats as well as some news and general updates for the week of February 1-7, 2019.

Let's get it started!

New Releases!

This week, one new film received a wide release. Miss Bala, an action thriller based on the 2011 Mexican film of the same name, was released in 2,203 theaters last Friday.

It stars Gina Rodriguez (from Jane the Virgin) as a woman who trains to take down a Mexican drug cartel after they kidnap her friend. The film has received generally negative reviews from critics.

Box Office Stats!

Here are the biggest hits at the box office this week.

  1. Glass — $12,934,480
  2. The Upside — $11,840,238
  3. Miss Bala — $9,140,096
  4. Aquaman — $6,504,802
  5. Green Book —  $6,430,445

For the third week in a row, Glass is at the top of the box office list, despite its mixed reviews from critics. If you want to watch my review of the film, check it out here:

On to the next one!

Coming up second on the highest-grossing films of the week is The Upside, a comedy-drama starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. The film is an American remake of The Intouchables, and, like Glass, has received mixed reviews with critics, but positive reviews from audiences.

And the third highest-grossing film this week is Miss Bala, despite the overall negative critical reception. Audiences were a bit warmer to the film however, and it currently has a 66% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

At fourth in the box office hits of the week, we have Aquaman, the newest installment in the DC Extended Universe, starring Jason Momoa as the title character, and with James Wan at the helm of the film. It has received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.

And fifth on the list is Green Book, a 2018 film that was recently rereleased in theaters in anticipation of the upcoming Academy Awards. The film has been nominated for five categories at the Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Other News!

Speaking of the Academy Awards, it has just been announced that the 2019 show will not be having an official host for the first time in 30 years after Kevin Hart stepped down from the job.

However, there will still be a large number of presenters, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Constance Wu, Tessa Thompson, and Amy Poehler. Sounds like a fun show.

The red carpet premiere for Liam Neeson's new revenge actioner, Cold Pursuit, was cancelled following the controversy surrounding Neeson, who recently came under fire by the public after he mentioned wanting to kill a random black man 40 years ago after his friend was raped by a black man.

I personally don't think Neeson deserved that much backlash because while his intentions were terrible, it was something that Neeson brought up himself and it's very clear to me how much his mindset changed since it happened many years back.

A film adaptation of the famous Broadway musical, Wicked, has just been given a release date for December 22, 2021. The film will be directed by Stephen Daldry and will be composed by Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote the music for the Broadway play.

Speaking from experience, you have not lived until you've heard "Defying Gravity" performed live. They had better cast Idina Menzel for the role of Elphaba, and she had better do the song again.

Super Bowl Trailers!

While many, like me, were underwhelmed by the very low-scoring Super Bowl, we were at least able to get a few new trailers for the upcoming films of 2019. Above, we have the new trailer for Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel movie that everyone on the planet will watch.

And below, we have the new trailer for Captain Marvel, a movie getting a really stupid amount of hate when it hasn't even come out yet.

Here, we have the new trailer for Us, a new psychological horror film from Jordan Peele, the writer/director of Get Out, one of my favorite films of all time.

And this, of course, wasn't the only appearance by Peele at the Super Bowl. He also appeared in this trailer for the upcoming reboot of the classic TV series, The Twilight Zone.

And I believe that's everything. If you liked this article, please share it and thank you so much for reading.

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