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‘Coco’ reigns at weekend box office, but ‘Disaster Artist’ and ‘I, Tonya’ thrive

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There was a sense of déjà vu at the weekend box office, with the top three movies remaining the same from last week as Hollywood settles into a holding pattern awaiting the arrival of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.

Disney and Pixar’s animated feature Coco was the weekend’s top movie for the third straight week, topping Warner Bros. Pictures’ underperforming superhero team-up film Justice League once again. Coco follows in the footsteps of last year’s animated feature Moana — another Disney movie — which won the weekend box office every week following its Thanksgiving debut, right up until the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The entire top ten wasn’t a holdover from last week, though, as a few new films appeared among the weekend’s highest-grossing movies.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total   Worldwide Total 
1. Coco $18.3M $135.5M $389.5M
2. Justice League  $9.5M $212M $613.3M
3. Wonder $8.4M $100.3M $129.6M
4. The Disaster Artist  $6.4M $8M $9.7M
5. Thor: Ragnarok $6.2M $301.1M $833.1M
6. Daddy’s Home 2 $6M $91.1M $142.3M
7. Murder on the Orient Express  $5.1M $92.7M $274.7M
8. The Star $3.6M $32.2M $36.8M
9. Lady Bird $3.5M $22.3M $22.3M
10. Just Getting Started $3.1M $3.1M $3.1M

Coming in fourth over the weekend was James Franco’s The Disaster Artist — a comedy chronicling the creation of one of Hollywood’s most infamously terrible movies, The Room. After an impressive premiere in just 19 theaters last week that raked in more than $63,000 per theater, the film expanded to 840 theaters this week and cracked the weekend’s top five films with $6.4 million, giving it a still-impressive $7,661 per theater in its second week.

Given the warm welcome The Disaster Artist has received from critics and audiences, the film is poised for a strong run in theaters now that it’s going wide.

The only new release to make it into the weekend’s top ten films was the comedy Just Getting Started, which only managed a meager $3.1 million from its debut in more than 2,100 theaters. Combined with its “C” grade on audience polling site CinemaScore and a painfully bad 9-percent positive review rating on RottenTomatoes, the film is likely to disappear from theaters before anyone even knows it’s there.

Although it didn’t make it into the weekend’s top ten films, Margot Robbie’s biopic of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, I, Tonya, premiered in just four theaters but earned $245,602 from its limited release. The film’s per-theater average of $61,401 and the Oscar buzz it’s already receiving certainly bodes well for its wider theatrical run in the weeks to come.

The upcoming weekend’s biggest movie is a foregone, with The Last Jedi hitting theaters with a high likelihood of setting a host of box-office records. The latest installment of what is arguably the biggest movie franchise of all time, The Last Jedi is the direct sequel to 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the highest-grossing movie of all time in U.S. theaters and the third highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide.

The only other noteworthy film arriving in theaters is the animated feature Ferdinand, which could carve out a nice debut as the next major, family-friendly animated film to kick off its theatrical run after Coco.

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Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke wins 2019 Literature award

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Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, with Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o overlooked.

Image caption: Olga Tokarczuk won for 2018 and Peter Handke is 2019’s winner

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, with Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o overlooked.

Two winners were named – one for 2019 and one for 2018 – because the prize was not awarded last year.

The Swedish Academy, which oversees the prestigious award, suspended it in 2018 after a sexual assault scandal.

Tokarczuk, who also won the Man Booker International Prize last year, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize, with this year’s Nobel going to Handke.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o had been considered a strong candidate for the prize, but he failed

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Kelvin Gates announces new song “I’m Him”

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In just a few hours, we’ll be hearing Kevin Gates’ latest musical offering in its entirety. For months, we’ve been hearing about his I’m Him project and we’re about to find out exactly why Gates is that dude.

After his release from prison early last year, the Baton Rouge veteran released his Chained To The City EP before coming through with Luca Brasi 3. It’s officially album time and his fans couldn’t be any more excited. Kicking off the campaign, the Bread Winner is starting us off with the introductory song on I’m Him, dropping a video for “RBS Intro.”

The video for “RBS Intro” was filmed during Gates’ trip to Amsterdam and the track itself is hard-hitting like most of his other hits. This will be the first cut from the new album.

Kevin Gates has described this journey as a reintroduction to himself, showing off all sides of his mind and truly remaining an open book. He said: “All of those negative connotations the world puts out…I’m him. All of those positive connotations the world puts out…I’m him as well. This is the new Kevin versus the old Kevin. It’s a celebration. It’s a rebirth. It’s redemption. I’m overcoming who I used to be in order to be greater.”

Stay tuned for the new album tonight!

Quotable Lyrics:

Hold it down when I’m on lock
Calling shots from the box
Diamond teeth full of rocks
I’m a real big speaker

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