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‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’ Finishes Third, ‘The Addams Family’ Drops to Fourth at Weekend Box Office

Facing the continued success of the scariest clown this fall season (Joker) and a good ole’ fashioned Disney witch (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Zombieland 2: Double Tap and The Addams Family had to settle for third and fourth place respectively at the weekend box office.

The star-studded cast of the original Zombieland returned for the sequel and delivered a respectable $26.7 million.  Double Tap outperformed the original (without taking inflation into account, of course) which made $24.7 million way back in 2009.  The new film also earned a B+ from those polled by Cinemascore on opening night and also clocked in with a score of 66% fresh on Rotten TomatoesZombieland 2: Double Tap will not have a great deal of competition for action/horror dollars next week, which should allow the film to hang out in next week’s top five (or six) as well. read more

‘The Addams Family’ Creeps Into Second Place at Weekend Box Office

Families turned out for a dose of nostalgia this weekend in the form of yet another reboot of The Addams Family, which earned just over $30 million in its opening frame for a second place finish at the box office.

Weekend audiences gave the film a B+ on CinemaScore, with women representing 59% of the opening weekend crowd.  48% of the overall audience was also under the age of 17, which is no surprise for an animated film.  The film fared much worse with critics, who gave the film an aggregate score of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Top critics polled like the film even less, only accounting for a score of 27%.  In both cases, the sample size was low for a film with this wide of a release, with only 63 reviews recorded.  The film will have added competition next week from Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil  so The Addams Family should see a sharp decline (60% or more).  The Halloween season may help the film in coming weeks if the kooky family can endure the assault of the popular witch from Sleeping Beauty. read more

Horror News Network’s Fall 2019 Movie Preview

After a busy, but underwhelming summer for horror films, this fall season offers a few less offerings than this past summer (and last fall).  The upside for horror fans (and studio executives) is the fact that this fall will bring two heavyweight Stephen King adaptations to the table, with one that is all but guaranteed to do some major damage at the box office: the jump-scare machine entitled It: Chapter Two.  The fall will also see the debut of King’s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, by the fan favorite creator of The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan. read more

MGM Hires Studio to Animate New Addams Family Film

The ghoulish family that never dies is being resurrected once again in cartoon form! According to Deadline, the upcoming MGM project, a reboot of The Addams Family franchise, will be given the CGI treatment after all.  On the heels of hiring Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party, Monsters vs. Aliens) to direct, MGM has brought on Cinesite Studios to create the digital visual effects and animation.  Production has already begun in Vancouver, BC.

The Addams Family is based on the iconic television show from the 1960s, which only ran for two seasons but continues to find life in syndication and overall pop culture lore.  The show spawned two big-budget Hollywood films (1991’s The Addams Family and 1993’s Addams Family Values), and multiple show reboot attempts and made-for-TV movies.  Although not nearly as popular, there were actually two separate cartoon series based on the family of freaks in 1973 and 1992.  While being in the works for the past 4 years, it is being widely speculated that the new CG film from MGM will be based more on the cartoons than the feature films.   Screenwriter Pamela Pettler (Monster House, Corpse Bride) has already created the script that Vernon will be working with. read more