Mile 22

Year: 2018
Directed by: Peter Berg
Starring: Mark Wahlberg,, John Malkovich, Iko Uwais, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey

Written by Elena Morgan

When police officer Li Noor (Iko Uwais) hands himself into the US Embassy with the promise to give the Americans information on missing nuclear substances in exchange for getting him out of the country, it’s up to intelligence officer James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) and a secret tactical command unit to do just that.

‘Mile 22’ is an action thriller where the action is overly edited and there aren’t many thrills. Honestly, my eyes and my head hurt by the end of this film. There are so many cuts in a scene, even the mundane ones of two people talking at a table, that it puts that scene in ‘Taken 3′ where there are about 14 cuts in the 6 seconds it takes Liam Neeson to climb a fence to shame.

When you’ve got a fantastic martial artist like Iko Uwais starring in your film, why on earth would you film and edit every single one of his fight scenes so incomprehensible that you never really get to see what he does best?! The editing is so quick, the cuts are at weird places, and the camera is constantly shaking. In one scene it’s so difficult to follow what is going on I somehow managed to confuse Uwais for Wahlberg. The problem with a lot of the action sequences is that there are so much shaky cam and far too many cuts, that it was difficult to make out where characters were in relation to one another, even when they were in one room.

Mark Wahlberg’s James Silva is one of the rudest, abrasive and unlikable characters I’ve seen in a long time. He monologues in people’s faces, is disrespectful towards his colleagues (some of whom are supposed to be his friends as well) and to make sure you know how smart he is from the outset, in one of his first scenes he completes the “World’s Most Difficult Puzzle” – though besides from doing that you never really see him being smart, he just shoots a lot of people and talks very quickly.

‘Mile 22’ revels in its violence. Characters are mowed down by gunfire left and right, both good guys and bad guys, but none of them are fleshed out or remotely interesting so you feel nothing when they die a gruesome death. ‘Mile 22′ is full of American patriotism, but not the good kind. This is the hateful, toxic kind where Americans play God with no real thought paid to those everyday people who are living in an apartment block where they are having a shootout in the hallway. And then there’s the member of the tactical unit who controls a drone and is so eager to destroy property and kill people that when he finally gets the chance he pushes that button with glee. The fact this is played for laughs makes it even more distasteful.

‘Mile 22’ is an incomprehensible overly-edited mess. It’s a hateful film full of hateful characters who bark out not-so witty one-liners one minute and technical jargon the next – none of these characters seem like real people. Even with this super-secret all-knowing task force being a part of its plot, the script offers nothing new to the genre and its attempt at flashiness fails to hide how dull and predictable the story really is.

ELENA’S RATING:

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Weekend BO Results: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is The Biggest Comedy Of The Year – After Just 20 Days!

Written by Dapo Olowu

After just three weekends in U.S. release, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ once again topped the charts to become the biggest grossing comedy of the year – ‘Deadpool 2’ not included. A $22m gross over the 3-day weekend marks an 11% fall from 7 days ago, allowing Jon Chu’s adaptation of the bestselling 2013 novel of the same name to hit a hattrick of consecutive number ones.

It left both shark-thriller ‘The Meg’, and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ (which is just $50m away from breaking $700m worldwide) trailing its wake, with $10.5m and $7m respectively. Its Labor Day total brought in $28.6m, just below the 4-day record set by 2007s Halloween ($30.6m).

By Sunday night, the film had made $110.7m domestically, and currently sits at $117.3m – bigger than the global gross of the previous highest-earning comedy of the year ‘Game Night’, and even above 2017s sensation ‘Girls Trip’. It’s record-breaking $5.3m Australian opening (their biggest for a rom-com) gives the film a $20m overseas cushion, and by the time this sentence is over, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ will be sitting on $140m worldwide.

The biggest new release this weekend was MGM’s ‘Operation Finale’, the historical nazi-drama fronted by Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley. Opening on Wednesday, it earned $7.9m by the end of Monday night, including a $6m Friday to Sunday to put it just behind ‘Searching’s $6.1m. Not the best start for Chris Weitz’s $24m-budgeted flick, which hopes to leg it out post-summer.

The aforementioned ‘Searching’ brought in the weekend’s second best per-cinema average of $5k (after ‘Crazy Rich Asians’), as it played in only 1,200 cinemas but still finished fifth in the rankings. The thriller stars John Cho as David Kim, whose on the hunt for his missing daughter Margot (played by Michelle La). Its $8.1m domestic gross and $15.2m global take makes for a solid start after just 1 weekend in wide release.

In what was a true disappointment this weekend, comedy ‘The Happytime Murders’ capitulated by earning a lowly $4.4m. The gross fell below ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’s $5.3m and ‘Alpha’s $4.5m, and will likely become Melissa McCarthy’s lowest grossing film as a lead. The only solace lies in the fact that it at least outgrossed ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Mile 22’, whose $4.2m and $3.8m earnings placed them 9th and 10th.

Finally, sci-fi action film ‘Kin’ is a certified flop, after earning just $3m from Friday to Sunday. This gross put it below a Disney expansion for ‘Incredibles 2’, which became the first animated film to ever make $600m domestically, by grossing $3.4m from 2,890 cinemas.

With the end of summer officially upon us, which film has surprised you the most? Can ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ continue its impressive Box Office run? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.  

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Reel Women: September UK Releases

Written by Elena Morgan

Welcome to September’s edition of Reel Women, the feature that highlights the films being released in the UK that are written and/or directed by women. This month there’s a whole host of different films made by women to choose from, both at the cinema and new Netflix original movies. There are documentaries, dramas, thrillers and thanks to its success across the pond, Crazy Rich Asians is now being released in the UK almost a month earlier than expected!

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7 September

Puzzle
Directed by Marc Turtletaub
Written by Polly Mann and Oren Moverman

Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) is a taken for granted suburban mother and wife, but when she meets Robert (Irrfan KKhan) and discovers a passion for puzzles, she finally does something for herself.

This is Polly Mann’s first produced screenplay.

 

The Hows of Us
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina
Written by Carmi Raymundo, Gilliann Ebreo and Cathy Garcia-Molina

A young couple who dream of growing old together struggle with the realities of being in a long-term relationship.

Cathy Garcia-Molina is a director, writer and actress with over thirty directing credits to her name. The Hows of Us is Gilliann Ebreo’s fifth writing credit and Carmi Raymundo is a writer and producer who also produced The Hows of Us.

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Directed by Desiree Akhavan
Written by Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele

When Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is discovered making out with a female classmate, she’s sent to a gay conversion therapy center called God’s Promise by her conservative aunt.

This is Akhavan’s second feature film and The Miseducation of Cameron Post won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Frugiule is a writer and producer and she and Akhavan have worked together before on Akhavan’s directorial feature debut Appropriate Behaviour.

You can read our review right here

 

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
Directed by Ian Samuels
Written by Lindsey Beer

A text sent to the wrong number sparks a virtual romance between Sierra (Shannon Purser), who’s smart but unpopular, and jock Jamey (Noah Centineo) who thinks he’s talking to cheerleader Veronica (Kristine Froseth).

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is Lindsey Beer’s first produced screenplay. Her other writing credits include upcoming films Chaos Walking and Masters of the Universe.

 

City of Joy
Directed by Madeleine Gavin
Written by Madeleine Gavin

A Netflix documentary about the unlikely friendship that develops between Congolese doctor Dr. Denis Mukwege, Eve Ensler, and human rights activist Christine Schuler-Deschryver who join forces to create a safe haven for women survivors in the middle of violence-torn Eastern Congo.

Madeleine Gavin is a writer, director and editor. She’s edited over 30 films included Nerve and What Maisie Knew.

 

12 September

On My Skin
Directed by Alessio Cremonini
Written by Alessio Cremonini and Lisa Nur Sultan

This Netflix film is about the true story of Stefano Cucchi (Alessandro Borghi) who was arrested for a minor crime and was then mysteriously found dead during his detention.

On My Skin is Lisa Nur Sultan’s first produced screenplay.

 

14 September

Crazy Rich Asians
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim

Rachel (Constance Wu) and Nick (Henry Golding) have been dating for over a year, and when it’s Nick’s best friend’s wedding in Singapore, it’s the perfect chance for Rachel to meet Nick’s family and friends – what she doesn’t expect is for them all to be super rich and famous!

Adele Lim is a producer and writer whose previous work has been in TV including One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected and Lethal Weapon. Crazy Rich Asians is her first film writing credit.

You can read our review right here!

 

Down to Earth
Directed by Renata Heinen and Rolf Winters
Written by Rolf Winters

Documentary about husband and wife, Rolf Winters and Renata Heinen, who take their family on a five-year journey across the world to find a new perspective on life.

Down to Earth is Renata Heinen’s directorial debut.

 

Husband Material
Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Written by Kanika Dhillon

When Rumi (Tapsee Pannu) gets tired of waiting for Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) to grow up and ask her to marry him, she asks her parents to find her a husband.

Kanika Dhillon is an actress, screenwriter and author. She has released three books and Husband Material is her sixth screenplay.

 

Reinventing Marvin
Directed by Anne Fontaine
Written by Pierre Trividic and Anne Fontaine

A young man runs away from home to become an actor.

Anne Fontaine is an actress, writer and director who was nominated for a BAFTA in Best Film Not in the English Language for Coco Before Chanel.

 

The Rider
Directed by Chloé Zhao
Written by Chloé Zhao

After suffering from a near fatal head injury from the rodeo, young cowboy Brady (Brady Jandreau) tries to find a new identity for himself when he is not able to do what he’s always known and loved.

The Rider is Chloé Zhao’s second feature film. As well as writing and directing it she also produced it. For The Rider, Zhao was nominated for Best Director at last year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards and she won the C.I.C.A.E Award at Cannes last year too.

 

The Land of Steady Habits
Directed by Nicole Holofcener
Written by Nicole Holofcener

After leaving his wife and career to “find happiness” Anders (Ben Mendelsohn) clumsily tries to put back together his fractured life.

The Land of Steady Habits is Nicole Holofcener’s seventh feature film – her film Friends with Money is currently on Netflix – and she’s also directed episodes of TV shows including Parks and Recreation and Orange is the New Black.

 

Wajib
Directed by Annemarie Jacir
Written by Annemarie Jacir

A father and his estranged son must hand delivery the invitations to his daughter’s wedding as per local Palestinian custom.

Annemarie Jacir is a writer, director, producer and editor. Wajib is her third feature film.

 

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19 September

Mile 22
Directed by Peter Berg
Written by Lea Carpenter

Elite American intelligence officer James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) is tasked with smuggling a mysterious police officer out of the country.

Mile 22 is Lea Carpenter’s first produced screenplay. She is also an author whose developing her debut novel Eleven Days for television.

 

21 September

A Simple Favour
Directed by Paul Feig
Written by Jessica Sharzer

When beautiful yet mysterious Emily (Blake Lively) disappears, her friend Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) sets out to uncover the truth of what happened.

Jessica Sharzer is a director, writer, editor and producer who has been nominated three times for a Primetime Emmy for American Horror Story. Her last feature film, which she wrote and directed, was Speak (2004) starring Kristen Stewart.

 

Faces Places
Directed by JR and Agnès Varda
Written by JR and Agnès Varda

Documentary about director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. who journey through rural France together and form an unlikely friendship.

Agnès Varda is a legendary director who has the title of “grandmother of the French New Wave”. She has over 50 directing credits to her name and has won dozens of awards. Faces Places was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this years Oscars.

 

Never Here
Directed by Camille Thoman
Written by Camille Thoman

Disturbing events lean to an artist who photographs and interviews strangers to suspect that someone is watching her.

Camille Thoman is a writer, director, producer, editor and actress. Never Here is her first feature film.

 

The Little Stranger
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Written by Lucinda Coxon

After a doctor is called to an old mansion, strange things begin to occur.

The Little Stranger is Lucinda Coxon’s fifth feature screenplay. She has previously written Wild Target and BAFTA nominated The Danish Girl.

 

Nappily Ever After
Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
Written by Adam Brooks and Cee Marcellus

Tired of having to be perfect for everyone including herself, Violet (Sanaa Lathan) takes dramatic action and shaves off her hair. This kickstarts a whole new chapter in her life.

Nappily Ever After is Haifaa Al-Mansour’s third feature film, her feature film debut Wadjda was nominated for a BAFTA. Nappily Ever After is Cee Marcellus’s first produced screenplay.

 

Quincy
Directed by Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones
Written by Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones

A Netflix documentary taking an intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones.

Rashida Jones is an actress best known for playing Ann Perkins in comedy series Parks and Recreation. Quincy is her feature-length writing and directing debut.

 

28 September

Anchor and Hope
Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet
Written by Carlos Marques-Marcet and Jules Nurrish

A lesbian couple’s plan to ask a friend to be a sperm donor brings surprising changes for all three of them.

Anchor and Hope is Jules Nurrish’s first feature film.

 

Skate Kitchen
Directed by Crystal Moselle
Written by Crystal Moselle, Jen Silverman, and Aslihan Unaldi

Teenager Camille (Rachelle Vinberg) befriends a bunch of older skateboarding girls in New York City.

As well as directing and co-writing Skate Kitchen, Crystal Moselle also produced the film. Aslihan Unaldi is a director, writer, editor and producer. This is Jen Silverman’s first feature film.

 

The Gospel According to André
Directed by Kate Novack

Documentary on operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley’s life and career.

Kate Novack is a writer, director and producer. The Gospel According to André is her second documentary film and it was nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year.

 

The Wife
Directed by Björn Runge
Written by Jane Anderson

Joan (Glenn Close) begins to question her life choices when she is in Stockholm with her husband who is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Jane Anderson is a writer and director; her previous film The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson is currently on Netflix.


I do believe that this month sees the most films written and/or directed by women released in the UK since Reel Women began. Twenty-four films in total are realised in the UK in September that are made by women, six of those films are going to be released onto Netflix. Do let us know what you think of any of these films if you get the chance to see them.

 

Weekend BO Report: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Mirrors Opening In Historic Weekend

Written by Dapo Olowu

Hands up – who said ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ would gross a sub-$20m second weekend? Well, they (we) were dead wrong, because the romantic-comedy, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Awkwafina, dropped just 6% to earn $24.8m from Friday to Saturday, after it’s opening last weekend of $26.5m.

It’s a weekend fall that marks the 3rd smallest ever for a wide release (in over 3,000 cinemas, not in December, and not during an American holiday weekend, mind you) behind 2011s ‘Puss in Boots’ and 2003s ‘Brother Bear’, and leaves the film on a domestic gross after 2 weekends of $76.6m. The opening weekend multiplier already stands at 2.90x, and will only grow as the film continues to benefit from good reviews, a stellar cast, and strong word of mouth.

The question on the industry’s lips now is: just how far can this thing go? With the U.S. celebrating Labor Day next Monday, the first September weekend itself is notorious for low drops, giving ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ more room to grow. Gone are the comparisons with ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ and in come the estimates alongside award-winning drama ‘The Help’, which finished on a remarkable $169.7m. It takes a brave somebody to bet against ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ beating that target.

Warner Bros. will be equally happy with the performance of ‘The Meg’, which earned $12.8m to breach the $100m domestic total. Its $411.6m global total so far is just $15m away from another WB monster-flick ‘Rampage’, and a $500m total looks nailed on as weeks go by.

Not all studios can say they’re having such a good year however, as both STX and Global Road faltered this weekend with their releases. While Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Happytime Murders’ saw a career-low opening for her as lead with just $9.5m, Global Road’s ‘A.X.L.’ brought in just $2.8m off a $10m budget.

The former continues the downward-trend in the openings of R-rated comedies this year, after ‘Blockers’ ($20.6m), ‘Super Troopers 2’ ($15.2m), ‘Tag’ ($14.9m), and ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ ($12.1m) in recent months. Its $40m budget draws similarities to 2017s ‘The House’, starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell, which opened to $8.7m and finished on $26.5m in the U.S. Although ‘The Happytime Murders’ looks to slightly improve on this, its C- on Cinemascore practically ensures it’ll flop, meaning another poor financial showing for STX. It’s last release, ‘Mile 22’, only just reached $25m domestically after a $6.4m weekend.

Meanwhile, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is just $6m away from $200m in the U.S. after its $8.1m weekend. Its current worldwide total of $538.8m puts it just behind ‘M:I2’ as the 4th biggest in the franchise so far. ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’s $6.3m gross put it just ahead of ‘Alpha’ ($6m), ‘BlacKkKlansman’ ($5.1m), and ‘Slender Man’ ($2.8m).

How far can ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ go? Could it hit a $200m domestic total? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Strike Gold Again As ‘The Happytime Murders’ Can’t Muster A Smile

Written by Dapo Olowu

It won’t be a joyous affair for ‘The Happytime Murders’ this weekend, as Jon Chu’s rom-com ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, based on the bestselling 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan, looks to kill any chance of being overthrown. A sub-$20m gross will take pole position for the first time since February, when ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s $10.9m was enough to hold off competition from ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ and ‘Winchester’.

It draws similarities to last year’s drab August finish; just 12 months ago, ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ needed just $10.3m to top the worst Box Office weekend in 15 years – this time around, we’re a little luckier, as ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ aims to flash the cash with a total close to $17m, a few days after Warner Bros. announced a sequel is in works.

Melissa McCarthy’s second comedy of the year in ‘The Happytime Murders’ on the other hand, is a sad sight. The R-rated Sesame Street ‘adaptation’ pales in critical comparison to similar movies, as its 29% on the Tomatometer can’t hold a candle to ‘Team America: World Police’s 77%, or ‘Sausage Party’s 82%, let alone ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s 97% (or even ‘Space Jam’s 38%).

It doesn’t help that its lead is unpredictable when opening at the Box Office: for every ‘The Heat’ ($39.1m off $43m), Melissa McCarthy’s had a ‘Life of the Party’ ($17.9m off $30m) meaning this $40m comedy is anything but a guaranteed success.

It’s directed by ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ and ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ director Brian Henson (son of Muppets creators Jim & Jane Henson), and stars McCarthy alongside Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks, and Joel McHale. Set in a world where puppets and humans co-exist, Detective Connie Edwards (McCarthy) aims to find a serial killer murdering cast members of the 1980s show ‘The Happytime Gang’.

Recent R-rated comedies (from ‘Game Night’ to ‘The Spy Who Dumped Mecomes to mind) have all opened in the low-to-mid-teens region, and it’s likely that ‘The Happytime Murders’ uniqueness in its puppetry won’t give it a helping hand (nor will its 3,224 cinema count), with a $14.5m gross on the cards. This will be followed by Jason Statham-led ‘The Meg’, which should (barring a freak collapse) make it over the $100m domestic mark this weekend by earning $10.8m.

One film that won’t even get close to that number is ‘Mile 22’, looking to muster some dignity in its second weekend after its poor $13.7m showing 7 days ago. A $6.9m gross will be enough to put it ahead of ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ ($6.5m), ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’ ($5.8m), and fellow second-weekender ‘Alpha’ ($5.3m). ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is already Focus Features’ biggest film of the year both domestically and worldwide, and looks to build on its $30m global gross with a weekend earning of around $5m, beating ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’s $2.4m.

Finally, this weekend is rounded off by the second new wide release of the weekend, ‘A.X.L’ In a market inundated with franchises and remakes, it’s lovely to see an original family-adventure film about a dog made from top-grade military tech. The film stars Thomas Jane and Alex Neustaedter, and will only open in approximately 1,600 cinemas. Global Road, whose torrid time this year in the Box Office (think Show Dogs’, ‘Midnight Sun’, andHotel Artemis’) has culminated in being partly taken over by its creditors, are looking to complete its flop-quadrant with an opening around $2m.

It’s looking like being a close weekend between the top 2, so can ‘The Happytime Murders’ spring an upset, or will ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hold onto first place? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Report: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Beat The Rest To Top The Box Office

Written by Dapo Olowu

It was always going to be a close fight, but this weekend saw Jon M. Chu’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ outgross shark-thriller ‘The Meg’ for first place. The U.S. Box Office saw Warner Bros take the top two spots for the first time in just over a year, when ‘Annabelle: Creation’ and ‘Dunkirk’ brought in $35m and $10.9m alike last August. This time around, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘The Meg’ brought in $26.5m and $21.2m, with the latter having a total gross of $35.3m after its early Wednesday release.

The opening marks the second biggest start for a romantic comedy in 2018, just behind ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s $35m in July, with the big difference being that ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ wasn’t coming off the back of a $614m global phenomenon, but a well-renowned novel from 2013. Regardless of the origins, this is a clear win for the film that was heavily-skewed towards women (68% of the opening weekend audience) and over-25s (66%). The aim now is to push on with this solid opening, and its A on Cinemascore should help the film leg out to a domestic total over $100m.

Abroad, however, it was ‘The Meg’ that continued to dominate, bringing in around $67m from international screenings to take its global total to $316m, compared to the $730k brought in by ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ from just 6 countries. It was a similar story for the Mark Wahlberg release ‘Mile 22’, which saw just $538k from 6 overseas countries, and a disappointing $13.7m in the U.S. Audiences (60% male and 73% over-25) were seemingly put off by the ‘thrill-deficient’ action flick from Wahl-Berg (ha), which opened in-line with another middling STX-thriller ‘Den of Thieves’ ($15.2m) from January. A similar opening weekend multiplier would leave ‘Mile 22’ with a domestic total in the region of $40m – a poor return off of a $35m budget.

The biggest surprise of the weekend goes to Sony’s ‘Alpha’ ($10.4m), which squared up to Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ ($10.8m) in a close encounter. Although ‘Alpha’s $51m budget puts more emphasis on its international gross for any chance of it breaking-even (especially with its B- on Cinemascore harming chances of a potential leggy run), the opening marks a semi-respectable start compared to forecasts that saw the film making around half as much.

Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ earned $8.9m for 6th place, narrowly beating out Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’, which brought in $7.4m to take its domestic total up to $23.4m. Horror ‘Slender Man’ performed better than expected, with $4.8m in its second weekend, while ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ and ‘Mamma Mia 2’ earned $3.8m and $3.4m respectively to round off the top ten.

So, with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ topping the charts this weekend, what’s next for the film? How will it do next week against ‘The Happytime Murders’, and ‘A.X.L.’? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ To Splash The Cash With An Opening Above $20m

Written by Dapo Olowu

As the summer comes to an end and the blockbusters become few and far between, herein lies the opportunity for a breakout film to end the season strongly, compared to this time year, when ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ spent the last 3 weekends of August atop the charts with a combined gross of just $42.3m.

This year feels different, however, as ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Mile 22’, and ‘Alpha’ all aim to land big in the U.S. this weekend. It’ll be a 3 days to remember for Warner Bros especially, as their surprise hit ‘The Meg’ looks to bring in around $22m this weekend, just ahead of the $30m-budgeted ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, to give the studio a 1-2 finish.

The latter film, based on a novel and directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) looked to cash in early, opening on Wednesday to a solid $5m. It marks a great first day for the romantic-comedy that becomes the first Hollywood film since 1993 (Disney’s ‘The Joy Luck Club’) to star an almost-entirely Asian cast, a feat that will (hopefully) continue a trend of greater diversity on our screens.

The film stars Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, who discovers on a trip to Singapore that her boyfriend, Nick Young, is part of a one of the country’s richest families. We also see Ken Jeong, Gemma Chan, and ‘Ocean’s 8’ star Awkwafina. The ‘fish out of water’ story is one that’s well-known in the comedy circles, but it hasn’t stopped the film from a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on Cinemascore.

Ticketing site Fandango have apparently reported the film’s pre-sales to be above that of ‘Girls Trip’ at the same time of release, although the early release may throw a spanner in the works. The aforementioned film opened to a magnificent $31.2m last summer, on its way to earning $115.2m domestically. Although such an opening is likely for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ first five days, we’re predicting a modest $21.6m for its Friday-Monday.

Trailing in its wake is the fourth Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg collab, ‘Mile 22’. Coming after biopics such as ‘Lone Survivor’, Deepwater Horizon’, and ‘Patriots Day’ (which opened to an ever-decreasing $37.8m, $20.2m, and $11.6m alike), ‘Mile 22’ marks the first time the duo have made a film not made a film based on real life, with Wahlberg reportedly saying that they ‘wanted to do something less intense’. With each previous film being positively rated on the Tomatometer, all carry some goodwill into this latest action-thriller, that cost around $35m to produce.

The goodwill can only carry them so far, however, as ‘Mile 22’ carries a rotten 21% on the Tomatometer. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and John Malkovich as CIA operatives, and are joined by Ronda Roussey, Lauren Cohan, and ‘The Raid’s Iko Uwais. Although ‘Mile 22’s audience will differ massively from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, its opening will still be on the lower side of the Wahl-Berg (ha) group, with around $14m. This’ll be enough to become STX Entertainment’s third biggest opening of the year, below ‘I Feel Pretty’s $16m and ‘Den of Thieves$15.2m, so at least there’s decent news for some.

Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ should earn just under $12m to close in on the $200m domestic total, a mark only 2 ‘M:I’ films (‘M:I2’ and ‘Ghost Protocol’) have ever reached. Following this is ‘Christopher Robin’ which, like Disney’s ‘Pete’s Dragon’ 2 years ago, should see a drop in the mid-30s to gross $8.4m. The final new release of the week is Albert Hughes’ ‘Alpha’, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee. The pre-historic adventure film has a good 80% on the Tomatometer, and looks to make an (albeit small) impression from around 2,700 cinemas. The film shares similarities with 2008s ’10,000 B.C.’, but its $35m+ opening offers no help, so we’re looking at this year’s ‘Early Man’ as comparison. A $7m-ish gross looks likely for the Sony Pictures film, which has suffered from animal abuse investigations, and multiple release delays.

Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ looks to continue its solid start with a $6.7m gross, while ‘Slender Man’ is expected to fall by the wayside, with just over $4m to be made. ‘Mamma Mia 2’ and ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ round off the weekend’s top ten, with close to $4m from both.

In a tight weekend, who will prevail as the victor? Will ‘The Meg’ hold out, or will ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ take first place? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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“An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.”

Directed by: Peter Berg

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich, Iko Uwais

Release Date: August 27th, 2018