The weekend box office is fairly surprising this week, as most expected Man of Steel to continue its strong hold on the #1 spot, but it’s now been toppled by Monsters University, and World War Z. Both films ended up having very strong opening weekends and knocked Man of Steel down to #3.

Monsters University opened at #1 with $82 million at the domestic box office, and $54 million in foreign markets. A very strong start for Pixar’s latest animated film. It’s had impressive marketing and despite opening during a crowded weekend, it seems families came out in droves to take the kids to see Pixar’s latest work. Check out Hypable’s review of Monsters University.

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World War Z, the zombie-flick featuring Brad Pitt has pulled in a fairly strong $66 million domestically despite reportedly having problems in the last few months of production. It doesn’t seem like moviegoers care about the filming hangups as they’ve come out in force to see their favorite leading man. World War Z has a worldwide total of $111 million and a sequel is reportedly already in the works. Check out Hypable’s review for World War Z.

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It’s possible that the film gained some potential viewers due to the massive success of the AMC TV show, The Walking Dead. There’s millions of new zombie fans which we have to imagine went to get their zombie-fix during Walking Dead’s break. World War Z may continue to impress at the box office if its word of mouth improves, as that’s exactly how films like these start to bring in numbers that the studio didn’t expect.

Man of Steel made $41 million domestically and $188 million in its foreign markets, which puts the film’s total at $398,306,000 worldwide. While dropping two spots domestically, it certainly remains strong, and while it didn’t help that two competitive genre films spread the moviegoers into three separate ways this weekend, it had a strong foreign market opening. Once the rest of foreign markets get Superman on their screens, we’ll be seeing some even bigger jumps in its worldwide total. Check out Hypable’s review of Man of Steel.

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Man of Steel is underperforming slightly though, with a 71% drop from its opening Friday to this Friday, but that’s fairly normal for a film which makes such a splash during its first weekend. For reference, Iron Man 3 also saw a 71% drop during its second Friday in theaters.

The light at the end of the tunnel is that Man of Steel still has quite a few foreign markets to open in, where recent blockbusters are making 70% of their box office numbers. Success in these foreign markets will be vital for those who wish to see Man of Steel’s box office numbers continue to grow.

Iron Man 3 made $803 million dollars at the foreign box office, while it only made $400 million from the domestic box office. While Man of Steel isn’t likely to see those numbers, fans shouldn’t be too worried, Man of Steel’s sequel is most likely already into its early phases and scripts are probably being revised.

This radical change from domestic box office numbers being dominant is remarkable in the film industry, and we imagine foreign markets will continue to be the bread and butter for the foreseeable future for massive blockbusters such as these.

Expect to see more promotion seep out of the U.S. and head overseas to the larger foreign markets such as the U.K., China, and Russia.

Which film did you check out this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21