It should come as no surprise that Toy Story 4 topped the box office this past weekend. However, what is surprising is that the acclaimed sequel from Pixar Animation opened significantly lower than the studio projections heading into the weekend.
In its opening weekend, Toy Story 4 raked in $118 million, which would be a strong opening for any movie. But Walt Disney Pictures saw the sequel making around $140 million or more heading into the weekend. The number is still enough to give it the best opening in the franchise (without adjusting for inflation), and the third largest opening weekend of the year. But could this be a sign of audience fatigue when it comes to sequels, reboots and remakes? Read More »
It’s a cruel summer at the box office this year. Avengers: Endgame may have started off the blockbuster season with loads of cash and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum may be surpassing its predecessors on the charts with great success, but most of the other sequels are crashing and burning spectacularly. And despite topping the box office this past weekend, Men in Black International is another one of those disappointments.
The Men in Black International box office debuted with only $28.5 million from a whopping 4,224 screens. That’s massively disappointing, especially since it’s a record-low opening for the Men in Black franchise. It’s even below what analysts expected for the movie, showing that audiences aren’t attracted to summer movies simply because they have previously established intellectual property involved. Read More »
There’s a good chance you’ve already heard the new original song written for Naomi Scott to sing as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. That’s because the song and music video were released before the movie even hit theaters. But now that the movie has been around for a week, Disney wanted to pump up this musical moment even more with a clip from the scene where Jasmine belts out this tune and refuses to be oppressed by royal tradition. Read More »
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Indulge me in a bit of a thought experiment. Think, for just a second, of the films of the Disney Renaissance. Films like Aladdin, The Lion King, and Hercules. Leave aside what you think of these movies — maybe your favorite is The Lion King, or maybe it’s Beauty and the Beast. Think about these movies, and specifically conjure up one thing that these movies share, a common element that binds them. While the Renaissance-era films are quite beautifully animated (primarily by hand), what really unites them is their music. These films all feature memorable, show-stopping, Broadway-style songs. You may not love them all, but you know them.
Now think about the recent wave of live-action remakes. And think about the new Aladdin.
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When Devindra is away, David and Jeff come out to watch the latest Disney live-action Aladdin. Together with Aisha Harris from the New York Times, the cast find out whether the remake live up to the original 1992 version.
Read Aisha Harris’s article in the New York Times on why the reiteration doesn’t make Disney more progressive, and Anisa Khalifa’s blog post on why the casting can’t solve its flawed foundations.
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The Memorial Day weekend box office gave audiences an extra day to catch new releases this weekend, and it seems like everyone was clamoring to see how Disney fared with their latest live-action remake of an animated classic.
Aladdin topped the weekend box office with a three-day opening weekend of $85 million. But when all is said and done for the four-day holiday weekend, the movie will have raked in $112.7 million. However, some estimates see the movie possibly hitting around $110.9 million, which would have it take the #5 spot of the biggest Memorial Day weekend openings from X-Men: Days of Future Past. But how did other new releases like Brightburn and Booksmart turn out? Find out in the rest of our box office report. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch an extensive discussion about the real world impact that the snap of Thanos (as well as undoing it) would have on the world in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, check out some Terminator: Dark Fate trailer Easter eggs, and watch as the live-action Aladdin remake takes to the streets in James Corden‘s latest edition of Crosswalk: The Musical. Read More »
The original Aladdin was made all the way back in 1992. So it only makes sense that the music video for a new original song in the live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic is a throwback to that decade too.
Disney has just released the full version of “Speechless,” a new song that Naomi Scott sings in the movie as Princess Jasmine. It’s a powerful ballad that gives Jasmine a new dimension as she sings that she won’t be silenced or shut down. The oppression of women is something that wasn’t overtly touched upon in the original movie, so we’re interested to see how they handle that with this movie. Listen to the new Aladdin song in the music video below. Read More »
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This weekend brings Disney’s remake of their 1992 animated classic Aladdin to theaters. If the early buzz is to be believed, the movie is surprisingly better than the marketing has indicated so far, though with only 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clearly not impressing everyone.
But before you get to this updated version of Aladdin, it’s time to look back at the original Disney version to see how it should have ended. Because if you think about it, Aladdin shouldn’t have really had a problem with being a real prince and marry Princess Jasmine. He really doesn’t understand how wishes from genie’s work. Find out how Aladdin should have ended below. Read More »
At a crucial juncture in the new live-action Aladdin, our eponymous hero is in the puffed-up guise of a fancy prince, supposedly encountering the comely Princess Jasmine for the first time. In reality, though, they’ve met before even as Aladdin is trying to pretend otherwise. In this moment, Aladdin is hopelessly tongue-tied, desperate to please but failing at just about every moment, valiant effort aside. Such is the experience of Aladdin in a microcosm. This film is desperate to please, and trying very hard to do so. And it comes up short almost every chance it gets.
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