The Curse of La Llorona rocks North American box office

New horror film The Curse of La Llorona has scared up a storm to debut at the top of the North American box office over the Easter holiday weekend (19-21Apr19). The Mummy star Patricia Velasquez plays a mother struggling to protect her children from t…

New horror film The Curse of La Llorona has scared up a storm to debut at the top of the North American box office over the Easter holiday weekend (19-21Apr19).

The Mummy star Patricia Velasquez plays a mother struggling to protect her children from the vengeful entity, who, according to Latin American legend, killed her two sons after finding her husband in bed with another woman – and then drowned herself, leaving her doomed to roam the earth, looking for children to replace her own.

The scary story, which was directed by Michael Chaves and produced by horror filmmaker James Wan, grossed an impressive $26.5 million (£20.4 million) to take the number one spot, even though the North American box office suffered its worst Easter slump in 14 years.

The Curse of La Llorona, made on a $9 million (£6.9 million) budget, also did well in a slow weekend outside of the U.S. and Canada, bumping its opening take to $56.4 million (£43.4 million).

Meanwhile, back in the North American box office chart, Shazam! slips to second place with $17.3 million (£13.3 million) after a two-week run at number one. The DC Comics superhero blockbuster, starring Zachary Levi in the titular role, has now earned $322.8 million (£248.4 million) worldwide.

In third place is actress Chrissy Metz’s faith-based film Breakthrough, while Captain Marvel comes fourth as it continues to be a popular pick with fans in its seventh week on release.

The Disney and Marvel movie has now become the 11th comic book adaptation to crack the $400 million (£307.8 million) milestone in North America.

Comedy Little, featuring Regina Hall, Issa Rae and Marsai Martin, rounds out the new top five at five.

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Tom Cruise confirms two more Mission: Impossible instalments are in the works

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022. On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalment…

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022.

On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalments, 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, had signed on to continue as writer and director of the seventh and eighth chapters, which would be shot back-to-back and be released in the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Cruise, who has played IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the action franchise since 1996, confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing a video of the M:I logo with fuses burning at both sides. In the caption, he wrote, “Summer 2021 and Summer 2022.”

McQuarrie also confirmed his returning roles by tweeting, “Missions: Accepted #MissionImpossible” and sharing Cruise’s post.

The news comes six months after the release of Fallout, which made more than $790 million (£614 million) at the global box office, a franchise best, and was the best-reviewed instalment so far.

McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, will now set to work on developing the script while Cruise finishes shooting Top Gun: Maverick, in which he reprises his role of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell more than 30 years after his original outing in 1986’s Top Gun. The sequel is set for release in June 2020.

Bosses at Paramount Pictures used to switch up directors of the Mission franchise with each instalment, but seemed to have settled on McQuarrie since 2015. He has also worked closely with Cruise at other points in his career – writing and directing his 2012 movie Jack Reacher and serving as scribe for his movie The Mummy, Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow.

According to Variety, Mission: Impossible is likely to begin filming later in 2019. It is not yet known if franchise regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson will return.

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The Emoji Movie wins big at Razzies

The Emoji Movie scooped top honours at the Golden Raspberry Awards on Saturday night (03Mar18). The animated movie, which featured the vocal talents of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden and Patrick Stewart, landed the dubious gongs for Worst Pictu…

The Emoji Movie scooped top honours at the Golden Raspberry Awards on Saturday night (03Mar18).

The animated movie, which featured the vocal talents of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden and Patrick Stewart, landed the dubious gongs for Worst Picture, Worst Screen Combo, Worst Director for Tony Leondis, and Worst Screenplay.

In a statement, Razzies organisers branded the film a talking poop opus, and said “Hollywood’s recycled trash heap attained an all-time high” and saw a “toxic-level lack of originality” in movies in 2017.

Ahead of the awards, organisers said 87 of the top-earning 100 films last year were “sequels, remakes or rip-offs”.

Other winners at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards included Worst Actor Tom Cruise for The Mummy, Worst Supporting Actress Kim Basinger for Fifty Shades Darker, and Tyler Perry, who landed Worst Actress for playing Madea again in BOO 2!: A Madea Halloween.

The worst supporting actor award was given to Mel Gibson for comedy Daddy’s Home 2.

The tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony is traditionally held in Los Angeles the day before the Academy Awards.

Awards organisers courted controversy this year, as they introduced a special In Memoriam section for those in Hollywood who have been named in sexual misconduct scandals.

Featuring in the video included Harvey Weinstein, Steven Seagal, James Toback, Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, James Franco, Casey Affleck and Russell Simmons, among others.

The famous men have all faced allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault, with even more women and men coming forward since the New York Times expose on film mogul Weinstein in October last year.

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