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Trolls World Tour Has Been the Top Box Office Draw Since Easter, Not The Wretched

Trolls World Tour Has Been the Top Box Office Draw Since Easter, Not The Wretched
There has been very little box office to speak of for the past two and a half months as most movie theaters in the U.S. have been closed since mid-March. However, it was recently reported that IFC's The Wretched became the little horror movie that could, topping the box office, or what remains of it, for the past five weeks. However, a new report states that it is actually Universal's Trolls World Tour in the top spot, and it has been for nearly two months.

According to a new report, Trolls World Tour brought in $337,800 last weekend. The weekend before, it earned $604 thousand. Meanwhile, The Wretched pulled in $175,600 and $216,000 on those weekends, respectively. It wasn't even close. What's more, The Wretched was also topped by Jumanji: The Next Level, The Hunt and The Invisible Man. So how is that the box office totals were so widely reported,
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The Wretched Just Made Box Office History Thanks to Drive-In Movie Theaters

The Wretched Just Made Box Office History Thanks to Drive-In Movie Theaters
There has been hardly any box office to speak of in the U.S. for about a month and a half, given the widespread movie theater shutdown that took place in mid-March. Yet, during that time, IFC Films' The Wretched quietly matched a rather impressive box office record while nobody was looking. The horror flick has now topped the domestic box office for five weekends in a row, making it just the fifth movie to do so since Titanic accomplished the impressive feat in 1997.

The movie, directed by Brett and Drew Pierce, has earned approximately $841,000 during its run. Granted, that is but a fraction of what a typical big Hollywood movie would earn in a weekend, but for a tiny horror flick that is also available currently on VOD, it's pretty impressive. What's more, The Wretched has accomplished this largely through a release at drive-in movie theaters. Up until a couple of months ago,
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May. It's a Wrap

May. It's a Wrap
Another shut-in month is coming to a close in this dread Covid-19 season. We're trying to keep you entertained without new movies in theaters. Here are a dozen key posts from the month that was in case u missed 'em.

Down With Love - Costume designer Daniel Orlandi shares his memories of working on this one of a kind romantic comedy and 60s riff

Nightmare Alley - The fine original demands rediscovery. The remake might be interesting

How to Build a Girl -Beanie Feldstein's star vehicle reviewed

• Over & Overs: Anatomy of a Murder - this courtroom drama so rewatchable?

• The New Classics: Two Days One Night -sublimely truthful Marion Cotillard

• Hot Emmy Contest -Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries? Super competitive!

• Loretta vs Roz - Two friends vied for Best Actress 1947

• 5 Things I Learned from Bob Mackie - Costume Designer Daniel Orlandi shares career advice for young movie
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Here’s How Low-Budget Horror Film ‘The Wretched’ Is Breaking Box Office Records

  • Variety
Here’s How Low-Budget Horror Film ‘The Wretched’ Is Breaking Box Office Records
Indie horror film “The Wretched” is inching toward a milestone, eyeing the top spot on box office charts for the fifth weekend in a row. It’s a rare feat that hasn’t been achieved since Marvel’s superhero juggernaut “Black Panther” debuted in 2018.

Notching this particular benchmark, in this case, comes with a pretty big caveat; “The Wretched” is one of the only movies on box office charts. But its relative dominance of a sparse field highlights what has become a winning strategy for IFC Films, the specialty label that behind the supernatural thriller.

At a time when Hollywood studios have delayed, amended, or scrapped plans to debut major movies, IFC Films has decided to keep release dates and continue rolling out films as scheduled. It’s allowed the company to carve out a prime position at the few moviegoing venues — most of which are drive-in theaters — that have
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‘Scoob!’ and ‘Capone’ Pull Strong VOD Numbers as Drive-Ins Lure Moviegoers

‘Scoob!’ and ‘Capone’ Pull Strong VOD Numbers as Drive-Ins Lure Moviegoers
The big new movie of the week is VOD release “Scoob!” (Warner Bros.). All three VOD charts list the animated reboot at #1 for numbers of transactions (not revenue).

Warners had intended to release the Hanna Barbera feature in theaters, but moved it swiftly to Pvod where it clicked instantly, even faster than the April 10 Pvod launch for “Trolls World Tour” (Universal), which has remained high on VOD charts; three weeks ago it had been rented more than 95 million times in the U.S. With this apparent success, Warners Bros. might be expected to release some results, but unlike the theatrical box office, there is no established system for revealing immediate numbers.

Josh Trank’s “Capone” (Vertical), starring a cigar-chomping Tom Hardy as the ultimate gangster, was released last Tuesday at $9.99 (priced higher than the standard VOD release) and ranked as high as #2 on iTunes before settling there at #4 as well as FandangoNOW.
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Horror Movie ‘The Wretched’ Leads Small North American Box Office as Drive-Ins Resurge

  • Variety
Horror Movie ‘The Wretched’ Leads Small North American Box Office as Drive-Ins Resurge
With North American moviegoing slowly coming back to life, IFC’s horror movie “The Wretched” is leading the weekend with $85,000 at 21 drive-in movie theaters.

The Wretched,” written and directed by Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce, follows a young boy who discovers an evil witch in the nearby woods. The cast include John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Zarah Mahler, Azie Tesfai and Jamison Jones.

The horror, which premiered at the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival, has scared up a total of $296,954 since launching on May 1 at 11 drive-ins, including the Mission Tiki in Montclair, Calif., where it had an informal premiere. Friday night’s showing at the Mission Tiki was sold out.

IFC also reported its Beanie Feldstein comedy “How to Build a Girl” took in $36,000 at nine drive-in locations and had a 10-day total of $55,802. The film is an adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s 2014 semi-autobiographical novel about an awkward teen who becomes a music critic.
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U.S. Theatrical Releasing Slowly Returning With 200 Locations Open

  • Variety
U.S. Theatrical Releasing Slowly Returning With 200 Locations Open
Movie theaters in the North America are slowly coming back to life with about 200 locations open as of Friday — nearly double last weekend’s total, Comscore is reporting.

Drive-in movie locations are dominating the landscape with about 150 of the nation’s 306 drive-in locations now open, acccoding to Comscore. About 50 brick-and-mortar locations are now open.

Texas has by far the biggest number of open locations with 29 including several brick-and-mortar locations. Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma and South Dakota — where the state governments have begun easing social distancing requirements stemming from the coronavirus pandemic — have also opened brick-and-mortar locations.

The nation’s three largest chains — AMC, Regal and Cinemark — closed in mid-March as concerns grew about the pandemic. Most theaters are not expected to open until mid-summer with no major releases set to launch until July 17 when Warner Bros. is currently scheduled to open Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet.” Disney plans to open its live-action
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Listen: Beanie Feldstein Talks Zoom Meetings With Friends and Her Accent Work for ‘How to Build a Girl’

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Listen: Beanie Feldstein Talks Zoom Meetings With Friends and Her Accent Work for ‘How to Build a Girl’
Beanie Feldstein is following stay-at-home orders at her parents’ house in Los Angeles.

When she’s not watching “Ozark,” she’s hanging out with the family’s 90-pound English bulldog Jackie or Zoom-ing with friends.

“We’ve been doing some trivia in my friend group,” Feldstein says on Thursday’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.” “Two people have to come up with a quiz and then we all take it — and you have to show up in costume — and then the losing teams have to donate to the charity of the game masters’ choice.”

“It’s like nice to see all your friends, and to have an activity, and have it be fun,” she continues. “And then it’s always like, whenever we’re losing, we’re like, ‘But then we get to give to charity.’ It’s great. It’s all good losing methods because you’re like,
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Author Caitlin Moran picks her top 5 coming-of-age movies

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Author Caitlin Moran picks her top 5 coming-of-age movies
As the author of a number of books about growing up, Caitlin Moran is no stranger to telling a coming-of-age tale. One of her most successful twists on her own story, How To Build A Girl, is even in select theaters and on VOD now, and was penned for the screen by Moran herself. The A.V. Club thought the author and UK…
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IFC Films Liam Neeson & Micheal Richardson Pic ‘Made In Italy’ Eyes Late Summer Release

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IFC Films Liam Neeson & Micheal Richardson Pic ‘Made In Italy’ Eyes Late Summer Release
Exclusive: Deadline has learned that IFC Films has set Aug. 7 for the release of the Liam Neeson and Micheál Richardson heart-warming movie Made in Italy. The pic, which reps the feature directorial debut of Dunkirk actor James D’Arcy, will hit drive-ins, those theaters that are open, and on-demand.

IFC Films is arguably the only distributor out there that’s making fresh titles available to those theaters that are open right now during some states’ early reopenings as the Covid-19 crisis calms. To date IFC has put five titles in drive-ins since March – Swallow, Resistance, True History of the Kelly Gang, How To Build A Girl, and The Wretched.

IFC took U.S. rights to HanWay Films’ Made in Italy back in February. In the pic, Liam Neeson plays Robert, a bohemian London artist who returns to Tuscany, Italy with his estranged son played by Micheál Richardson, to sell the house
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Caitlin Moran Talks ‘How To Build A Girl’ And Adapting Your Own Work For The Screen [Interview]

Caitlin Moran Talks ‘How To Build A Girl’ And Adapting Your Own Work For The Screen [Interview]
Best known for her novels “How to Build a Girl” and “How to Build a Woman” and her prominent work as a journalist and feminist, Caitlin Moran is poised to break into the world of the big screen. Even though she created a television series with her sister Caroline Moran in 2014, her adaption of “How to Build a Girl” starring Beanie Feldstein marks her first foray into screenwriting – and she’s already working on more.

Continue reading Caitlin Moran Talks ‘How To Build A Girl’ And Adapting Your Own Work For The Screen [Interview] at The Playlist.
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New Movies to Watch This Week: ‘Becoming,’ ‘Valley Girl,’ ‘How to Build a Girl’

  • Variety
New Movies to Watch This Week: ‘Becoming,’ ‘Valley Girl,’ ‘How to Build a Girl’
Theaters have been closed long enough now due to Covid-19 that distributors are starting to figure out how to launch their limited-release movies via streaming services instead. May 8 brings more than two dozen new releases, including a handful that can be seen on drive-in screens, and a high-profile Netflix original in the form of Michelle Obama documentary “Becoming.” Here are the week’s new releases, with excerpts from reviews and links to where you can watch them.

Playing in extremely limited release, and widely on demand:

How to Build a Girl (Coky Giedroyc)

Distributor: IFC Films

Where to Find It: Select drive-in theaters, or rent via digital and on-demand platforms.

Playing a budding rock critic, today’s go-to cannonball Beanie Feldstein rampages through high school hallways and nightclubs like she’s terrified that if she stops moving, she’ll be stuck. The film races at her pace, leaving the audience frantic to keep up.
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Streaming This Weekend: Valley Girl Remake, Spaceship Earth, Fangoria's Porno and More

Streaming This Weekend: Valley Girl Remake, Spaceship Earth, Fangoria's Porno and More
We still have several weeks left, at a bare minimum, before the majority of movie theaters attempt to reopen. But fear not, lovers of cinema as there are plenty of new movies arriving via streaming this week to keep you occupied. Be it brand new releases or recent movies that are now making their way to a major streaming service, this week's options are abundant and varied.

From a would-have-been major film festival debut to a new DC animated feature, this week's new releases run the table. We also have a recent horror flick making its way online, Liam Neeson taking a break from action movies and a critically-acclaimed documentary, amongst others to choose from. Here are this week's streaming movie selections.

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This long-gestating remake of the Nicolas Cage 80s classic has, more or less, been collecting dust for some time.
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‘How To Build A Girl’ Movie Review: Development Arrested In Coky Giedroyc’s New Film

‘How To Build A Girl’ Movie Review: Development Arrested In Coky Giedroyc’s New Film
How to Build a Girl will not be a fun movie to speak poorly of. Some movies hit the theaters (laptops?) full of ill-considered elements and vapid stylings that make them easy to pile criticism on. Coky Giedroyc‘s first film in two decades, however, is not one of those films. Based on the popular novel of the […]

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‘How to Build a Girl’ Is a Charming Showcase for Beanie Feldstein | Review

‘How to Build a Girl’ Is a Charming Showcase for Beanie Feldstein | Review
If you've seen Booksmart or Neighbors 2, you know that actress Beanie Feldstein has no problem stealing the show, and now she gets to shine center stage with Coky Giedroyc's delightful adaptation of Caitlin Moran's novel How to Build a Girl. The coming-of-age story is a terrific lens in how teenagers work to build an identity and how that identity has to be constantly rebuilt and torn down to find some semblance of honesty, which is tough when your desires and your truths easily conflict with each other. Although the role has comic beats, Feldstein …
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Review: How to Build a Girl

Review: How to Build a Girl
by Chris Feil

Beanie Feldstein has spent her time in coming-of-age comedies sharing the screen, whether in a tandem spotlight in Booksmart or stealing scenes in smaller doses in Lady Bird. With Coky Giedroyc’s early-90s-rock infused How to Build a Girl, she gets her own showcase this time. While the actress makes good on her potential to carry her own vehicle, the film itself offers more modest results.

From Caitlin Moran’s popular and semi-autobiographical novel, Feldstein stars as Johanna Morrigan, a teenage music obsessive and writer with dreams outsized to her family’s low income. After an embarrassing public attempt at sharing her writing, she adopts a brash exterior as Dolly Wilde to pursue a journalism career and sexual liberation. As she is confronted by the ingrained sexism of a male dominated industry, Johanna develops Dolly’s voice into caustic extreme to establish herself, reaping success through persona.
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Film Review: HollywoodChicago.com On the Air with ‘The Half of It’ & ‘How to Build a Girl’

Film Review: HollywoodChicago.com On the Air with ‘The Half of It’ & ‘How to Build a Girl’
Chicago – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on Wbgr-fm on May 5th, 2020, discussing new releases “The Half of It” and “How to Build a Girl.”

The Half of Us, the recent Best U.S. Narrative at the online 2020 Tribeca Film Festival is the second feature film by Alice Wu, and creates a tasty palette combining teenage coming-of-age films, love triangles and fluid genderism without preaching or being trite.

How to Build a Girl is released through IFC Films, and available on May 8th for rental on various streaming platforms (see below).

The Half of It” is currently streaming on Netflix. Featuring Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer and Alexxis Lemire. Written and directed by Alice Wu. Rated “PG-13” “How to Build a Girl” is available for download May 8th on Amazon, Apple TV, YouTube, Vudu, Xfinity, Xbox and more. Featuring Beanie Feldstein, Alfie Allen, Paddy Considine,
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New to Streaming: Spaceship Earth, Feast of the Epiphany, Tsai Ming-liang, The Lodge & More

New to Streaming: Spaceship Earth, Feast of the Epiphany, Tsai Ming-liang, The Lodge & More
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options—not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov)

The horrors of war are often told through male-centric narratives. Heroes who go through hell on the battlefield, brothers who sacrifice everything for each other, soldiers who return home scarred for life etc., all of which we’ve seen put on the big screen time and again. But wars are of course collective nightmares, tears in the fabric of history that leave no one–men, women, children–unscathed. This is the premise of Russian writer–director Kantemir Balagov’s second feature Beanpole, a radical relationship drama that examines the trauma of war from a distinctly female perspective. – Zhuo-Ning Su (full review)

Where to
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How I'm Living Now: Beanie Feldstein, 'How to Build A Girl' Star

How I'm Living Now: Beanie Feldstein, 'How to Build A Girl' Star
With production grinding to a halt in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the entertainment industry has found itself navigating uncharted territory. To offer a better sense of how, The Hollywood Reporter is running a regular series that focuses on how Hollywood's writers, actors, directors, executives and others are living and working in these challenging times.

Fresh off of a pair of breakout roles in Booksmart and Lady Bird, Beanie Feldstein is now promoting her next film, How To Build a Girl, from her childhood bedroom. The star of the film, which is being released on demand May 8, has been ...
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‘How To Build A Girl’: Beanie Feldstein’s Charm Saves This Derivative Teen Comedy [Review]

‘How To Build A Girl’: Beanie Feldstein’s Charm Saves This Derivative Teen Comedy [Review]
In the long, inglorious catalog of cheap tricks used by filmmakers to signify a character’s colorful inner life—and by proxy denote their movie as equally creative—having the protagonist carry on conversations with imaginary figures is near the bottom. But to be fair, director Coky Giedroyc’s “How to Build a Girl” had numerous strikes against it without even considering the protagonist’s bedroom wall covered in pictures of her heroes, who come to life just long enough for you to say, “Hey, is that Michael Sheen playing Sigmund Freud?

Continue reading ‘How To Build A Girl’: Beanie Feldstein’s Charm Saves This Derivative Teen Comedy [Review] at The Playlist.
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