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MAY 7

Halloween 2018YOU DUG IT - YOU BURIED IT
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
YOU DUG IT
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Steam rolls on. During its week in the world market it crossed the billion dollar mark while finishing its second weekend with $453 million at the box office.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is Written by the Writing team of Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), Directed by the Directing team of brothers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), and Produced by Kevin Feige (IRON MAN [all], THE INCREDIBLE HULK, THOR [all], CAPTAIN AMERICA [all], THE AVENGERS [all], GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [all], ANT-MAN, DOCTOR STRANGE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, BLACK PANTHER).

A QUIET PLACE
In its 5th week, A QUIET PLACE slips from #2 to #3 with a 152 screen cut, yet only a 29% drop in ticket sales. It should also be noted that A QUIET PLACE has a per-screen-average as one of the biggest ticket sellers in the Box Office Top Ten. It's incredible that this low budget horror movie can hold its own so well against such furious competition.

A QUIET PLACE is by the writing/producing team of Bryan Woods and Scott Beck and stars John Krasinski (MONSTERS VS ALIENS), Emily Blunt (THE WOLFMAN, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU), Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Leon Russom.

Produced by Michael Bay and Andrew Form (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE [2003], THE AMITYVILLE HORROR [2005], THE ISLAND, TRANSFORMERS [2007], THE UNBORN [2009]).

RAMPAGE
Slips from #4 to #5 in its fourth weekend, losing 357 screens but only suffering a 35% drop in ticket sales, which is pretty decent. You're still digging it.

RAMPAGE was written by Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal, Adam Sztykiel. It's Directed by DJ's GoTo guy, Brad Peyton (INCARNATE) and stars Dwayne Johnson (THE MUMMY RETURNS, THE SCORPION KING, DOOM),
Naomie Harris (28 DAYS LATER, TRAUMA, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, FRANKENSTEIN [2011]),
Malin Akerman (THE FRATERNITY, WATCHMEN),
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (WATCHMEN, THE RESIDENT, THE POSSESSION, THE WALKING DEAD [TV]).

BLACK PANTHER
In its 12th week, BLACK PANTHER slips from #5 to #7. It's world-wide cume stands at well over with a world-wide cume of over $1.28 billion dollars. BLACK PANTHER is in the home video market while still being in the top ten!

BLACK PANTHER is Co-Wrote and Directed by Micheal B. Jordan's GoTo Guy, Ryan Coogler, with co-writing by Joe Robert Cole and Stars Chadwick Boseman (CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), Michael B. Jordan (FANTASTIC FOUR), Martin Freeman (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, THE HOBBIT [2012 - all]), Angela Bassett (INNOCENT BLOOD, SUPERNOVA), Forest Whitaker (BODY SNATCHERS, SPECIES, BATTLEFIELD EARTH, PANIC ROOM, PHONE BOOTH, REPO MEN), and Andy Serkis (Peter Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS [all], KING KONG [2005], THE PRESTIGE, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [2011 - all], THE HOBBIT [2012 - all]).

TRUTH OR DARE
Slipped from #7 to #8 in its fourth weekend. Low budget Horror Thriller movies are doing amazingly well at the box office against the big blockbuster tentpoles.

TRUTH OR DARE was Written, Directed, and Executive Produced by Jeff Wadlow (BATES MOTEL [TV], NON-STOP, THE STRAIN [TV]), Co-Wrote and Co-Executive Produced with Christopher Roach (NON-STOP), additional writers are Jillian Jacobs and Michael Reisz (also story pitch). and stars,
Lucy Hale (SCREAM 4), Tyler Posey (SCARY MOVIE 5), Violett Beane (THE LEFTOVERS).

READY PLAYER ONE
In its 6th weekend, Steven Spielberg's READY PLAYER ONE, with another heavy cut of theater screens (960), drops off the Top Ten to #12.

Co-wrote by Zak Penn (X-MEN 2, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND), READY PLAYER ONE is directed by Steven Spielberg (JAWS, POLTERGIEST, MINORITY REPORT, WAR OF THE WORLDS) and stars Tye Sheridan (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE), Olivia Cooke (THOROUGHBREDS) and features fan favorites like Simon Pegg (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, LAND OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, STAR TREK [2009]), Ben Mendelsohn (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) and T.J. Miller (CLOVERFIELD).

YOU BURIED IT
You buried them all. Nothing left on the Top Ten but winners!

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MAY 1

Halloween 2018YOU DUG IT - YOU BURIED IT
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
YOU DUG IT
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Did you dig it? And how! God damn man, who could have possibly thought that a superhero movie could rock so damn hard?

And make no mistake, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is entirely comic book in its scope, histrionics, and action, yet still retains the human touch, despite being spread across 15 separate characters all in a single movie.

I was just agog watching the whole thing!

Total talley after the U.S.A. opening weekend dust settled (and after Disney's original lowball estimate) puts AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR at over $257 million dollars for an average three day weekend.

This makes two powerhouse Marvel/Disney movies in the first half of 2018 and the audience response is nothing short of phenomenal.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is Written by the Writing team of Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), Directed by the Directing team of brothers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), and Produced by Kevin Feige (IRON MAN [all], THE INCREDIBLE HULK, THOR [all], CAPTAIN AMERICA [all], THE AVENGERS [all], GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [all], ANT-MAN, DOCTOR STRANGE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, BLACK PANTHER).

A QUIET PLACE
You would think, after four weeks against BLACK PANTHER and READY PLAYER ONE, and with a cut of 241 screens to free up room for the new Narvel movie, that a low budget Horror flick like, A QUIET PLACE, would get its ass stomped by so many mega budget studio tentpoles at once. Yet in its 4th unbelievable week at the top, A QUIET PLACE is at #2 pulling in more than 8 times its budget!

A QUIET PLACE is by the writing/producing team of Bryan Woods and Scott Beck and stars John Krasinski (MONSTERS VS ALIENS), Emily Blunt (THE WOLFMAN, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU), Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Leon Russom.

Produced by Michael Bay and Andrew Form (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE [2003], THE AMITYVILLE HORROR [2005], THE ISLAND, TRANSFORMERS [2007], THE UNBORN [2009]).

RAMPAGE
Slips from #2 to #4 in its third weekend as it lost 607 screens and a 64% drop in ticket sales. You might still be digging it. However, it looks unlikely to match its $120 mill. budget, at the box office, let alone surpass it into profit (twice the box office ticket sales). RAMPAGE is getting love from its small-ish audience.

RAMPAGE was written by Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal, Adam Sztykiel. It's Directed by DJ's GoTo guy, Brad Peyton (INCARNATE) and stars Dwayne Johnson (THE MUMMY RETURNS, THE SCORPION KING, DOOM),
Naomie Harris (28 DAYS LATER, TRAUMA, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, FRANKENSTEIN [2011]),
Malin Akerman (THE FRATERNITY, WATCHMEN),
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (WATCHMEN, THE RESIDENT, THE POSSESSION, THE WALKING DEAD [TV]).

BLACK PANTHER
In its 11th week, BLACK PANTHER gets a Dead Cat Bounce as it moves back up from #8 to #5. It's world-wide cume stands at well over with a world-wide cume of over $1.24 billion dollars. This despite a 280 screen cut, it must be noted that the home video version goes on streaming sale next week, and DVD/BLU-RAY/4K, the week after that!

BLACK PANTHER is Co-Wrote and Directed by Micheal B. Jordan's GoTo Guy, Ryan Coogler, with co-writing by Joe Robert Cole and Stars Chadwick Boseman (CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), Michael B. Jordan (FANTASTIC FOUR), Martin Freeman (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, THE HOBBIT [2012 - all]), Angela Bassett (INNOCENT BLOOD, SUPERNOVA), Forest Whitaker (BODY SNATCHERS, SPECIES, BATTLEFIELD EARTH, PANIC ROOM, PHONE BOOTH, REPO MEN), and Andy Serkis (Peter Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS [all], KING KONG [2005], THE PRESTIGE, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [2011 - all], THE HOBBIT [2012 - all]).

TRUTH OR DARE
Slipped from #5 to #7 in its third weekend. With a $3.5 million budget and 3,000 plus screens, Blumhouse' latest brings in theater ticket sales of just over $35 million in its third weekend even with the loss of 648 screens.

TRUTH OR DARE was Written, Directed, and Executive Produced by Jeff Wadlow (BATES MOTEL [TV], NON-STOP, THE STRAIN [TV]), Co-Wrote and Co-Executive Produced with Christopher Roach (NON-STOP), additional writers are Jillian Jacobs and Michael Reisz (also story pitch). and stars,
Lucy Hale (SCREAM 4), Tyler Posey (SCARY MOVIE 5), Violett Beane (THE LEFTOVERS).

READY PLAYER ONE
In its fifth weekend, Steven Spielberg's READY PLAYER ONE, suffers the largest screen cut, 843, of any movies in the Top Ten moving it from #6 to #9. After BLACK PANTHER and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, READY PLAYER ONE has the largest gross on the Top Ten board.

Co-wrote by Zak Penn (X-MEN 2, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND), READY PLAYER ONE is directed by Steven Spielberg (JAWS, POLTERGIEST, MINORITY REPORT, WAR OF THE WORLDS) and stars Tye Sheridan (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE), Olivia Cooke (THOROUGHBREDS) and features fan favorites like Simon Pegg (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, LAND OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, STAR TREK [2009]), Ben Mendelsohn (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) and T.J. Miller (CLOVERFIELD).

YOU BURIED IT
You buried them all. Nothing left on the Top Ten but winners!

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