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April Foolish Predictions: 4 Questions About Best Animated Feature

Last year's Best Animated Feature field was remarkably empty and 2018, at first glance, also doesn't look that promising. You can probably take it to the bank that Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs will be squaring off against the sequels to Wreck it Ralph and The Incredibles. And it shouldn't be THAT easy to know what's going to happen a full year in advance, should it?

Of course we don't know everything yet. It's tough to foresee which foreign entries will qualify, for example. 2018 seems bereft of an obvious non-American competitor (last year it was easy to see The Breadwinner coming, which is why we predicted it a year in advance). [Four questions and ways to improve the category after the jump...]

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Isle of Dogs Goes Wide. 

What did you see this weekend? We'll skip the charts this week but let it be known that The Rock had another #1 opening weekend ($34 million for Rampage), horror hit A Quiet Place closed in on $100 million, and Isle of Dogs went wide in its 4th weekend and has a cumulative gross of $18 million. That means it's going to be about as succcessful as Fantastic Mr Fox and The Life Aquatic (i.e. his second tier successes) with his tier 1 biggest hits by a large margin being Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Moonrise Kingdom

I've been a bit sad that the inventive delights and storytelling nuances of Isle of Dogs aren't being discussed as thoroughly as the film's take on Japan...

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Box Office: Ready Player Dogs

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (March 23rd-25th)
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1.๐Ÿ”บReady Player One $41.2 (cum. $53.2) NEW REVIEW
1. ๐Ÿ”บ Isle of Dogs $2.8 on 165 screens (cum. $5.9) CAPSULE | HOMAGE OR APPROPRIATION
2. ๐Ÿ”บTyler Perry's Acrimony  $17.1 NEW 2. ๐Ÿ”บ The Death of Stalin $1.4 on 484 screens (cum. $3.9) REVIEW
3. Black Panther $ 11.2 (cum. $650.6) PODCAST
3. ๐Ÿ”บ Baaghi 2 $580k on 123 screens NEW
4. I Can Only Imagine $10.7 (cum. $55.5) NEW 
4. ๐Ÿ”บ The Leisure Seeker $248k on 38 screens (cum. $1) 
5. Pacific Rim Uprising $9.2 (cum. $45.6) REVIEW
5. ๐Ÿ”บ Finding Your Feet  $61k on 14 screens NEW


Spielberg had his biggest opening in years with Ready Player One, though a lot of people (including our own Chris Feil) don't love the film. Black Panther just won't quit, now nearing the domestic totals of Titanic  (unadjusted) and Jurassic World  and only just starting to lose theaters in its 7th weekend. Meanwhile...

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Isle of Dogs and Japanese culture: Riff, love letter, or appropriation?

by Lynn Lee

A friend on Facebook recently asked me, after I posted a positive response to Isle of Dogs, what I thought about the controversy over Wes Anderson’s alleged cultural appropriation of Japan.  My initial answer was that it bothered me a little bit, but not enough to mar my enjoyment of the movie.  Later I realized that I’d just implicitly accepted the charge that there was cultural appropriation and, as an Asian American, felt mildly guilty that it didn’t bother me.  But on further reflection, I’m not sure either of those knee-jerk reactions was warranted.  It’s more complicated than that.

The question of cultural appropriation can be broken down a few different ways...

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Tweetweek: Eye Moisture, Sitcom Troubles, Cat Content

Before we begin a shout out to Katya who is back with us after taking care of her mental health first. As one should. Blessed be.

 After the jump tweets on Rent the musical (just because), Love Simon, Roseanne, political confusions, and more... 

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What did you see this weekend?

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (March 23rd-25th) Estimates
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1. ๐Ÿ”บPacific Rim: Uprising $28 NEW 
1. ๐Ÿ”บ Isle of Dogs $1.5 on 27 screens NEW CAPSULE
2. Black Panther  $16.6 (cum. $630.9)  PODCAST 2. ๐Ÿ”บ The Death of Stalin $1 on 140 screens (cum. $2) REVIEW
3.๐Ÿ”บ I Can Only Imagine $13.8 (cum. $38.3) 
3. The Leisure Seeker $315k on 117 screens (cum. $717k) 
4. ๐Ÿ”บ Sherlock Gnomes $10.6 NEW 
4.  Thoroughbreds $160k on 117 screens (cum. $2.7) REVIEW
5. Tomb Raider $10.4 (cum. $41.7)
5. ๐Ÿ”บ Flower  $125k on 57 screens (cum. $190k)
6. A Wrinkle in Time $8 (cum. $73.8)  REVIEW  6. ๐Ÿ”บ Getting Grace $107k on 60 screens NEW  
7. Love, Simon $7.8 (cum. $23.6) REVIEW 7. A Fantastic Woman $100k on 121 screens (cum. $1.6)   REVIEW  | OSCAR WIN
8. Paul, Apostle of Christ $5 NEW
8. Foxtrot  $76k on 26 screens (cum. $270k)
9. Game Night $4.1 (cum. $60.8)  REVIEW 9. The Party $$47k on 70 screens (cum. $677k)
10. ๐Ÿ”บ Midnight Sun $4.1 NEW  10. ๐Ÿ”บ Itzhak $41k on 29 screens (cum. $115k)
๐Ÿ”บ = new or expanding its theater count
numbers (in millions unless otherwise noted) from box office mojo 


What did you see this week? I did a triple feature to try to not fall any further behind with Pacific Rim: Uprising, Isle of Dogs, and Unsane.  Curiously, Pacific Rim Uprising, the #1 film of the weekend, was the only theater that wasn't jam-packed. Then again this is NYC so directors are more of a draw here so Soderbergh and Wes Anderson pulled them in. Especially Anderson. The movie is such a delight. I'd totally be okay with him making every other movie of his as an animated feature.