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What did you see this weekend?

Weekend Box Office Estimates
May 3rd-5th (ESTIMATES)
๐Ÿ”บ = New or Expanded Theater Count
800+ screens
800 screens or less
Long Shot El Chicano
1 Avengers: Endgame  $145.8 (cum. $619.6) 
1๐Ÿ”บ El Chicano  $700k on 605 screens *NEW* 
2 ๐Ÿ”บ The Intruder $11 *NEW* 
2 ๐Ÿ”บ Amazing Grace $367k on 263 screens (cum. $2.7)
3 ๐Ÿ”บ Long Shot  $10 *NEW* REVIEW
3 ๐Ÿ”บ Red Joan $253k on 139 screens (cum. $527k) DAME JUDI
4 ๐Ÿ”บ Uglydolls  $8.5 *NEW* 
4 The Mustang  $151k on 229 screens (cum. $4.8)
Captain Marvel $4.2 (cum. $420.7) REVIEW
5 ๐Ÿ”บ The White Crow $98k on 19 screens (cum. $210k)


Though they didn't hit the top five among limited releases both Olivier Assayas's Non-Fiction and Zhang Yimou's Shadow opened with decent per screen averages in very limited release so expect them to expand a bit soon. Meanwhile Claire Denis's High Life just crossed the million dollar mark making it her biggest hit in the US since Chocolate back in 1989. 

Avengers Endgame is already the 2nd biggest film of all time globally (not adjusted for inflation) having beaten Titanic's total gross this weekend by just a single million at this writing. Only Avatar remains to be conquered. 


"Endgame" breaks all the records. Is counterprogramming dead?

What did you see over the weekend? Or perhaps we should ask "Were you part of the record 1.2 billion global haul of Avengers Endgame?" Yes, we're living in the capitalist end times when one corporation (Disney) will soon control the entire world. Or 50% of showbusiness soon. With that in mind let's look at everything in wide release (that's only 13 films and just barely that with Endgame on 4661 screens) and their limited/platform counterparts... 

Weekend Box Office (Actuals)
April 26th-28th 
๐Ÿ”บ = new or expanded theater counts
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Avengers Endgame $357.1 on 4662 screens *NEW*
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Amazing Grace $519k on 245 screens (cum. $2.1)

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Oscar Rule Changes. It's about time with the Makeup & Hair, Academy

They finally listened! Or, rather...

We are now allowing ourselves to freely fantasize that our annual griping here at TFE for the past forever years that Makeup and Hair deserves as many nominations as any other filmmaking craft, planted the seeds that eventually led to discussions on the other coast. The Academy announced that there will be five nominees going forward in the category starting this next season. (We've already adjusted this year's April Foolish Prediction Chart). Should we go power-mad, loyal readers??

Alas, nope.  The other rule change we've requested for a long time, didn't happen...

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Podcast: Cannes + Oscar + Listener Questions

by Murtada Elfadl & Nathaniel R


With the weekend bringing so few movies to theaters we opted for an all listener questions episode of the podcast. You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunesWe hope you enjoy our answers and provide some of your own in the comments.

So many good questions, thank you. Comment party in 3...2...1... Go! 

Listener Qs: Cannes, Oscar, More


New in Theaters: Greta, Transit, Climax, and Woman at War

by Nathaniel R

Woman at War -- see it before the American remake dumbs it down!

Consider this weekend a warm-up to the 2019 Film Year! Yes, yes, we've technically had 2 full months of releases but for us each new year begins once we've recuperatd from the Oscars. So our personal rebirth begins next weekend with a double dose of Best Actresses Brie Larson and Julianne Moore (in Captain Marvel and Gloria Bell, respectively) -- Actressexuality forevah!

But if you're ready to dive into 2019 already, there are a lot of films opening this weekend and we happen to have covered three of them already so check it out. โ˜… = highly recommended...

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Half of the Oscar nominated films are still in theaters. Catch up!

Yesterday we saw huge increases in theater counts for several of the 37 Oscar nominated films (marked by up arrows below). If you've missed any of them, this is the week for it. The titles marked with an asterisk below were already on their way out of the theaters and did not add screens, so you'd best hurry up if you can find them! 

  • ๐Ÿ”บ The Favourite -10 nominations. (back in wide release)
  • ๐Ÿ”บ A Star is Born - 8 nominations. (back in wide release)
  • ๐Ÿ”บ Vice  - 8 nominations 
  • ๐Ÿ”บ BlacKkKlansman - 6 nominations. (re-release, limited only)...

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