Liam Neeson’s latest thriller, Marksman, dethroned 1984’s Wonder Woman at the box office during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Marksman had sales of $3.7 million in its first weekend, putting the Wonder Woman sequel in third place behind Croods : New era. Wonder Woman 1984 was released in theaters on Christmas Day, at the same time as its release on WarnerMedia’s streaming service, HBO Max, where the film will be available to all subscribers until the end of January. The sequel was not as well received by critics as its predecessor, getting just 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is just fresh on the magazine’s aggregation site.
Brandon Davis gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars. In his review, he writes that Wonder Woman 1984 learns from the criticism of its superior predecessor by offering a much more meaningful ending than the extravagant and oversized third act of the first film, but that it would have benefited from a little more character work, a more precise rhythm and conclusion and, finally, a little more Wonder Woman. The team present an exciting and inspiring new story, with a surprising amount of secular commentary given the time period in which it was filmed, as well as a much-needed message of hope – all strongly complemented by Hans Zimmer’s ever perceptive music.
Patty Jenkins, the director of the original Wonder Woman, is back to direct the sequel. Stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor will also be back on the scene. Newcomers to the cast are Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord and Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/Gita. Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen also return as the aunt and mother of Diana, Amazon, Antiope and Ippolit.
Further down the charts, Monster Hunter, an adaptation of the popular game series, is in fifth place and Disney’s cult animated film The Emperor’s New Groove is the last film from the old catalogue to return to cinemas during the coronavirus pandemic. Read on to see the full list of the top 10 box-office films of the week.
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- Opening weekend
- Weekend: $3.7 million
Jim is a former Marine living a lonely life as a rancher on the Arizona-Mexico border. But his peaceful existence is soon shattered when he tries to protect an escaped boy from members of a vicious cartel.
Marksman is directed by Robert Lorenz. He directs Liam Neeson, Catherine Winnick, Juan Pablo Raba and Teresa Ruiz.
2. Kruda: New Century
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- eighth week
- Weekend: $2.9 million.
- Total: $40.1 million.
In search of a safer place to live, the prehistoric Crowd family discovers an idyllic walled paradise that meets all their needs. Unfortunately, they also have to learn to live with the Lettermans, a family a few rungs above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. As tensions mount between their new neighbors, a new threat soon drives the two clans into an epic adventure that forces them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other, and survive together.
Kroods: Directed by: Joel Crawford, based on a screenplay by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan. The film’s cast includes Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann and Kelly Marie Tran.
3. Wonder Woman 1984
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- TFour Week
- Weekend: $2.7 million.
- Total: $35.9 million.
Diana Prince lives quietly among mortals in the 1980s, a time of overbidding, driven by the desire to have it all. Although she is a full apparition, she keeps to herself, preserving ancient artifacts and performing only heroic deeds incognito. But soon Diana must use all her strength, wisdom and courage to take on Maxwell Lord and Cheetah, a villain with superhuman strength and agility.
Wonder Woman 1984 was directed by Patty Jenkins, who co-wrote the script with Jeff Jones and Dave Callaham. The film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen.
4. World news
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- fourth week
- Weekend: $1.27 million.
- Total: $8.7 million.
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd and a 10-year-old girl captured by the Kiowas cross paths. The child, forced to return to his aunt and uncle’s house, agrees to accompany the child through the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. But soon the long journey becomes a struggle for survival as the companions encounter human and natural hazards at every turn.
News from director Paul Greengrass and stars Tom Hanks and Elena Zengel. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Paulette Giles, published in 2016.
5. Monster hunter
- fifth week
- Weekend: $1.09 million.
- Total: $9.2 million.
Beyond our world lies another world – a world of dangerous and powerful monsters who rule their domain with deadly cruelty. When Lieutenant Artemis and his loyal soldiers are transported from our world to a new one, the unflappable lieutenant gets the shock of his life. In a desperate struggle for survival against giant enemies with incredible strength and terrifying, unstoppable attacks, Artemis teams up with a mysterious hunter who has found a way to fight back.
Based on the Capcom video game series, Monster Hunter will be directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The stars: Milla Jovovich, Tony Yaa, Tip T. I. Harris, Meagan Goode, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Young and Ron Perlman.
- fifth week
- Weekend: $630,000
- Total: $4.8 million.
A married man turns into a living nightmare when he has a one-night stand with a manipulative woman who turns out to be a detective.
Directed by Deon Taylor, based on a screenplay by David Loughery. The film stars Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, Mike Coulter and Jeffrey Owens.
7. Promising young woman
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- fourth week
- Weekend: $518,000
- Total: $3.4 million.
Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it seems: she is mischievously clever, seductive and cunning, and leads a secret double life at night. Today, an unexpected encounter gives Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past.
One promising young woman is director Emerald Fennell. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Beau Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox and Connie Britton.
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- Opening weekend
- Total : $251,000
A charming young professor (Vijay), addicted to alcohol, despises his colleagues but loves his students. He is sent to a home for young offenders for a three-month training course. He realizes that the jail is run by Vijay Sethupathi, who uses the children in the home for his evil and unscrupulous activities. The story is about the clash between the two, and whether the truth prevails!
It is directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, who wrote the script with Ratna Kumar and Pon Parthiban. Movie stars: Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan, Arjun Das, Andrea Jeremiah, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj.
9. New Emperor’s Furrow
- Weekend of discovery (reprint)
- Weekend: $239,000
- Total: $89.6 million.
The arrogant young emperor Kuzko is turned into a llama by his power-hungry advisor, the sly diva Isma. Kuzko is stuck in the jungle and his only chance to return home and regain his dignity lies with a kind-hearted farmer named Pasha. Together, they must put Kuzko back on the throne before Izma hunts them down and finishes them off.
The director of the New Keizersgracht was Mark Dindal. The cast includes David Spade, John Goodman, Erta Kitt, Patrick Warburton and Wendy Malick.
10. War with Grandfather
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- Week 15
- Weekend: $200,000
- Total: $19.2 million.
Peter and his grandfather were very close, but when Grandpa Jack moves in with the family, Peter is forced to give up his most treasured possession: his bedroom. Peter does everything he can to get his room back and plans a series of pranks with his friends to scare him away. But Grandpa doesn’t give up easily, and an all-out war ensues between the two.
Grandpa’s War is directed by Tim Hill and based on the novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith. The film stars Robert De Niro, Oakes Fegley, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Laura Marano, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken.
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