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Greengrass and Hanks Action Thriller: Both 'Incomplete' and 'Less Than Completely Satisfying'

Captain Phillips’: ’Incomplete’ and ’less than completely satisfying’ (photo: Mahat M. Ali, Tom Hanks, Faysal Ahmed in ’Captain Phillips’) In Paul Greengrass’ thriller starring Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips, the titular Captain is a merchant ship’s skipper whose cargo vessel, the Mv Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by Somali pirates in March 2009. The event became worldwide news in nearly real time after the Captain was taken hostage by the pirates, who fled the merchant vessel in one of its lifeboats. In short order, the four pirates, with Captain Phillips under armed duress, found themselves pursued and surrounded by several American naval war vessels intent on preventing the Captain from being taken to Somalia — the inference being quite clear to all. Mostly adapted from the Captain’s memoir — a book with the unwieldy title A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea — Captain Phillips is conversely
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Captain to Give Hanks One of His Biggest Domestic Box Office Openings in a Decade

Tom Hanks’ ‘Captain Phillips’ weekend box office: One of Hanks’ biggest domestic openings in the past decade Starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the title role — though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the film’s poster — Paul Greengrass’ inspired-by-real-life-events Captain Phillips grossed an estimated $8.5 million from 3,020 venues on Friday, October 11, 2013, including $600,000 from Thursday night showings, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Captain Phillips chronicles the adventures of the titular captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. (Photo: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.) Budgeted at $55 million — not including marketing and distribution expenses — Captain Phillips should collect anywhere between $23-25 million by Sunday evening. A major Saturday surge and a strong Sunday hold could lead to even higher results, but for now that’s mere speculation. Either way, Captain Phillips has absolutely no chance of topping this weekend’s domestic box office chart,
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Hollywood, American Heroes, and Muslims Villains: Captain Phillips Poised to Surpass Argo Opening Weekend

Captain Phillips’: Tom Hanks’ Somali pirates movie likely to trail ‘Gravity’ by a wide margin Starring Tom Hanks in the title role, Paul GreengrassCaptain Phillips grossed an estimated $600,000 from showings on Thursday night, October 10, 2013. The film follows the titular real-life captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009 — reportedly the first such hijacking in two centuries. (Photo: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.) Seven years ago, Paul Greengrass came up with another film inspired by real-life events pitting heroic Americans vs. Muslim evildoers: the well-received domestic box office disappointment United 93, about the one September 11, 2001, flight in which the passengers rebelled against the Muslim terrorists. Distributor Sony Pictures is obviously expecting much better business for the less traumatic movie-fied events found in the $55 million-budgeted Captain Phillips, which, even factoring in inflation, has a price tag more than three times higher than that of United 93. In fact,
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