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Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
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A scattershot weekend at the box office. What did you see?

Since we haven't done a massive box office chart of everything in wide release (800+ screens) and the corresponding specialty titles in a month or so, let's do that shall we? What did you see on this scattershot weekend that had literally 9 new releases premiering and nothing truly dominant? After the jump the full chart and some context about The Farewell's major financial success (and Oscar dreams)...

Weekend Box Office
August 9th-11th (Actuals)
πŸ”Ί = new or expanding / β˜… = recommended
1 Hobbs & Shaw $25.2 (cum. $108.3) REVIEW  β˜…
1 πŸ”Ί The Farewell $2 on 704 screens (cum. $10.2) PERSONAL TAKEINTERVIEW  β˜…
2 πŸ”Ί  Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark $20.9 *new*
2 πŸ”Ί  Maiden $258k on 173 screens (cum. $1.9)  REVIEW β˜…
3 The Lion King  $20.2 (cum. $473.3) REVIEW
3 πŸ”Ί   The Peanut Butter Falcon $204k on 17 screens *new* REVIEW β˜…

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Oscar Predictions for August Complete!

It only took three days to revamp all the charts. Woohoo. Have a looksie.

In this mass overhaul we have major gains for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Farewell, naturally, since both have proven themselves with critics and at the box office already. Experiencing small gains are The Irishman and Just Mercy (now that they're officially going to be premiering this year), The Lighthouse and 1917 (after their stunning teases), and Judy (sigh). Small losses were incurred by Harriet (after a somewhat generic trailer) and The Report (given Amazon's sudden cold feet about regular theatrical exposure for their films). Films tumbling downward since our April Foolish wild guesswork include The Good Liar, Ford v Ferrari, and The Goldfinch (though we're definitely looking forward to two of those).

We've also added documentary predictions for the first time this year though this is still blindfolded guesswork since we won't know what's actually eligible and long-listed for quite some time still. 

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Oscar Chart Updates: 5 Questions about the Actresses

It was long past time for a revision of those April Foolish Oscar Predictions charts. ("That's an understatement," the readers scream in unison) so here we go, finally for early August. It's just a few weeks before things really get churning with the fall festivals. So here are ten questions that are on our mind now that we've finished updating the BEST ACTRESS and BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS charts - so check them out. And please to do your own speculation in the comments about these questions.

01. Will Scarlett Johansson finally get an Oscar nomination? Or TWO? She's got a lead actress bid with the buzzy Marriage Story and we know that Noah Baumbach is good with actors. But we still think she's more likely as the brave mother in Taiki Waitit's satire JoJo Rabbit. The hilarious thing about Scarlett is she's so underrated as an actor now -- given her years in franchiseland and her recent missteps in interviews -- that she might even qualify as a "I didn't know she had that in her" surprise type player... even if that's a case of willful amnesia about her talent...

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The Farewell: Where personal and universal meet

By Lynn Lee

Coming out of The Farewell, I jokingly asked my husband, “Any of those family dynamics ring a bell?”  It was a double-edged joke, as one of the most challenging differences between us is our night-and-day attitudes towards our respective families, which we attribute to our different backgrounds.  He’s white and can trace his American lineage back to the Mayflower, but feels no particular responsibility to his immediate family and rarely sees his extended family; I’m a second-generation Korean American, born to naturalized U.S. citizens who, despite having now been here far longer than they ever lived in Korea, have maintained strong ties to their birth country and culture.  As such, they regularly remind me of my obligations to my immediate family, my extended family, and even my husband's family - something that both amuses and bemuses my husband.

No surprise, then, that The Farewell was a must-see for me.  True, it’s not “my” story: I’m not Chinese, after all, and as far as I know no one in my family has ever lied to anyone else in the family about their health.  But the film’s broader underlying themes – the feeling of being caught between the values of East and West, and not fully belonging to one or the other – spoke to me at a gut level...

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The Lion King's Leftovers

What did you see this weekend? Disney's photorealistic animated remake of the animated classic was all the rage as audiences stampeded to theaters like a herd of wildebeests. Though the numbers below are just estimates it's accounting for about 72% of the nation's box office. Insanity. Next time you hear someone complaining about 'Hollywood running out of ideas' check how many of Disney's recent remakes they've seen before taking them seriously.

Weekend Box Office Estimates
July 19th-21st 
πŸ”Ί = New or Expanding / β˜… = Highly Recommended
The Lion King The Farewell
1 πŸ”Ί The Lion King  $185 *new*
1 πŸ”Ί The Farewell $1.1 (cum. $1.6) REVIEWINTERVIEW β˜…

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The Farewell has a stunning opening weekend! 

What did you see this weekend?

Weekend Box Office Estimates
July 12th-14th  
πŸ”Ί = New or Expanding / β˜… = Highly Recommended
Spider-Man: Far From Home The Farewell
1 Spider-Man Far From Home  $45.3 (cum. $274.5) on 4634 screens  TOM HOLLAND, REVIEW
1 πŸ”Ί Super 30 $923k new on 317 screens
2 Toy Story 4 $20.6 (cum. $346.3) on 4210 screens PODCAST, REVIEW
2  Last Black Man in... $361k (cum. $3.3) on 207 screens REVIEWPODCASTBEST OF β˜…
3 πŸ”Ί Crawl $12 new on 3170 screens REVIEW
3 πŸ”Ί The Farewell $351k new on 4 screens REVIEW, INTERVIEW β˜…
4 πŸ”Ί Stuber $8 new on 3050 screens REVIEW
4 πŸ”Ί Wild Rose $294k (cum. $751k) on 161 screens PODCAST, SOUNDTRACKING
Yesterday $6.7 (cum. $48.3) on 2755 screens
5  Pavarotti $255k (cum. $3.5) on 196 screeens
Aladdin $5.8 (cum. $331.4) on 2557 screens  REVIEW1992 RETRO
6 πŸ”Ί Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable $250k new on 205 screens
Anabelle Comes Home $5.5 (cum. $60.7) on 3209 screens
7 πŸ”Ί Maiden $224k (cum. $484k) on 68 screens  REVIEW β˜…

numbers on that chart are pulled from boxofficemojo

The weekend was very kind to Far From Home which is outpacing its predecessor and is already the 3rd highest grossing Spidey worldwide behind Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Homecoming (2017)... for now at least. The new wide releases performed around expectations. Crawl did solid business (especially given that it's budget is a low $13 million) but Stuber struggled

The best news is that it was a huge weekend for Lulu Wang's awards-hopeful The Farewell, which earned the highest opening per screen average of the year so far ($87,833 per theater). The film expands from NY and LA to other top markets next week and goes wide on August 2nd. That's quicker than we were expecting but the numbers are strong. That's good news for cinephiles since any success for artful indies is to be celebrated in this tough theatrical market.