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SOLO BOMBS at the Box Office: Has STAR WARS Fatigue Set in? – The CineFiles Ep. 74

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Written by Matt Campbell The CineFiles Ep. 74

Did you hear that Solo: A Star Wars Story bombed at the box office? That Sesame Street is suing Melissa McCarthy’s new movie over their marketing campaign? What about Jamie Foxx being cast as Spawn in the new Blumhouse production? No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz-worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.

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Written by Matt Campbell

The CineFiles Ep. 74

Did you hear that Solo: A Star Wars Story bombed at the box office? That Sesame Street is suing Melissa McCarthy’s new movie over their marketing campaign? What about Jamie Foxx being cast as Spawn in the new Blumhouse production? No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz-worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.

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#3: Jamie Foxx to Star as Spawn in New Blumhouse Movie


It’s been over 20 years since Spawn last hit the bigscreen, and Blumhouse productions think it has found the perfect actor to take up his mantle. Academy Award Winning actor, Jamie Foxx has been cast as the titular character, and will work with the comic’s creator and the film’s director, Todd McFarlane and producer Jason Blum. McFarlane will also pen the script, and co-produce. Spawn starts off as Lt. Colonel Al Simmons, who after saving the President’s life in a failed assassination attempt, is recruited by CIA Director Jason Wynn to join an important black ops mission. After butting heads with Wynn, the director ordered Wynn’s friend and partner to assassinate him, sending him to hell. There, Wynn makes a deal with the demon Malebolgia to live again as an agent of vengeance. This won’t mark the first time Foxx has starred in superhero fare, as he played Electro in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

#2: “Sesame Street” Suing Melissa McCarthy’s Puppet Movie Over Marketing Campaign


The creators of Sesame Street really channeled their inner Oscar the Grouch. The popular IP unsuccessfully tried suing STX Entertainment after the company dropped the first trailer to its R-rated puppet film, The Happytime Murders, which they claimed was an “unlawful attempt to deceive and confuse the public into associating it with the most celebrated children’s program in history.” According to the Associated Press, a judge in New York dismissed the case, saying that there was no proof that moviegoers were actually confused. Sesame Street also claimed the trailer depicted the Jim Henson-like puppets as “explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic and violent.” Ironically enough, The Jim Henson Company is actually producing the film, with Jim’s son Brian directing. The Happytime Murders lawyer Fred, was ecstatic with the decision, saying “We fluffing love Sesame Street and we're obviously very pleased that the ruling reinforced what STX's intention was from the beginning — to honor the heritage of The Jim Henson Company's previous award-winning creations.” The film is set for release August 17th.

Before we get to our final entry, here are a couple new releases:

“Adrift” (2018)
“Action Point” (2018)

#1: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Bombs at the Box Office


Apparently Disney can put out a stinker every once in a while. No, Han. The odds went against you on this one. The stand-alone Solo: A Star Wars Story was projected to make Disney an estimated $150 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, but by the time the long weekend had passed, the latest installment in the galaxy far, far away raked in a disappointing $101 million domestically, well below projections. So below in fact, that when adjusted for inflation, the film has become the lowest-grossing opening weekend for a Star Wars movie ever, according to ComScore. What about the overseas box office you ask? Just as bad, with the film only earning a total of $68.2 million over the same period. While the box office numbers themselves aren’t horrible, they’re quite low for a Star Wars movie, and the reviews somewhat mirror that, with a 71% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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