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The Week in Film: January 25-31

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 January 25-31, 2019.

Well, here we go.

New Releases!

This week, two new films received a wide release. First, we have The Kid Who Would Be King, a family fantasy comedy-adventure film that was released in 3,521 theaters on Friday, and has been well-received by critics.

It follows a young boy who stumbles across the mystical sword, Excalibur. He and his friends then team up with Merlin to save mankind from the villainous Morgana.

The next film released this week is Serenity, a neo-noir thriller that reunites Interstellar co-stars, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. It was written and directed by Steven Knight, the writer of Locke and Dirty Pretty Things, and it was released in 2,561 theaters to negative reviews.

Box Office Stats!

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

  1. Glass — $24,578,965
  2. The Upside — $15,835,282
  3. Aquaman — $9,538,166
  4. The Kid Who Would Be King — $8,973,676
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — $7,985,953

For the second 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:

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 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.

At fourth in the box office hits of the week, we have The Kid Who Would Be King, a new release that has received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences.

And fifth on the list is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the film that recently won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. The film has received widespread praise for its unique animation style and its story. I've watched it myself and I loved it.

Other News!

There is an upcoming DCEU film tentatively called The Batman to be released on June 25, 2021 with a script from Matt Reeves. It will feature a younger Batman, and will therefore no longer be starring Ben Affleck in the lead role.

I guess it's the end of Batfleck.

Production on The Spongebob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, the third Spongebob film, has begun, and Paramount has moved the release date forward from July 2020 to May 2020.

I don't care what anyone says. The first one was much better and funnier than the second one.

The Sundance Film Festival also began last week and has continued into this week. Some notable films to be premiered at the festival this year are Blinded by the Light, The Last Black Man In San Francisco, and Knock Down the House.

No matter how fast you run, you'll never outrun Tom Cruise and his kick-ass, action-packed Mission: Impossible franchise, in which each sequel appears to outperform the last in terms of quality and high-caliber stunts.

Following the success of Rogue Nation and Fallout, two new installments, tentatively called Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, are to be written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. The seventh film will premiere on July 23, 2021 and the eighth film will premiere on August 5, 2022.

And finally, the trailer for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw has just been released. The film is directed by John Wick director, David Leitch, and stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as their respective roles in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Watch the trailer here:

The whole "supervillain" idea is kinda ridiculous to me, but I'd be lying if I said this didn't look badass.

But anyways, thank you guys so much for reading and that is your week in film.