“New Zealanders are devastated,” Jackson said in a statement to Variety. We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this terrible tragedy.” Kiwis stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. “Our hearts go out to all those who have been harmed by this cowardly act of hate.
“I am dying knowing that this kind of hatred can happen in my homeland,” Waititi said. This is not us.”” /> “All my love goes out to Christchurch, the victims, the families, the Muslim community, and all who have chosen our islands as their home.
Jackson’s statement Saturday was one of many expressions of sympathy and solidarity from well-known personalities in the aftermath of Friday’s terror attacks. “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi, who also hails from New Zealand, said the bigotry of the killer did not reflect his native country.
A 28-year-old Australian man, a suspected far-right extremist who posted a manifesto detailing his anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim views, was charged with murder in a New Zealand court Saturday. New Zealand and much of the world was stunned by the massacre of dozens of people who had gathered for Friday prayers inside the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.
The films vaulted the country into the international spotlight and drew tourists eager to see the movie locations. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novels. Before the attacks, New Zealand was widely considered a placid, scenic land that doubled as the home of the hobbits in Jackson’s cinematic versions of J.R.R.
“Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson said Saturday that he and his fellow New Zealanders “stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters” in the wake of the devastating terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that left at least 49 people dead.

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5, which were No. 5 and No. 4 and Fox's "Ferdinand" at No. 6, respectively, on the Blu-ray chart. Rounding out the top five on the overall sales chart were Warner's "Justice League" at No.
The No. 4 Blu-ray was another Disney-distributed title, "Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok," which was No. 6 overall.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" debuted atop the national home video sales charts by a wide margin the week ended March 31.
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"Ferdinand" moved up a spot to No. 3, while "Last Jedi" debuted at No. 4 (Disney is the only studio without a distribution agreement to provide titles to top rental outlet Redbox, which limits copy depth on some top titles as the kiosk vendor acquires its Disney-distributed fare from retail stores).
Dropping to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier, was Sony Pictures' "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," which sold 29% as many copies as Last Jedi during the week.
The Rian Johnson-directed film easily took the No. 1 spot on both the NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. The eighth numbered installment of the "Star Wars" saga and the ninth live-action film in the franchise took in $620 million at the domestic box office and $1.33 billion worldwide — making it the top earner released in 2017.
Blu-ray accounted for a whopping 80% of first-week Last Jedi disc sales; 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributed 15% to the total.
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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 1, the "Jumanji" sequel took the top spot for a second week, while "Justice League" held onto the No. 2 spot.
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Rounding out the top five is Universal's Pitch Perfect 3, down two slots from the previous week.
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Disney's "Coco," in its fifth week, moved up a slot to No. 3 on both charts.

Opening with a teleprompter-like crawl, a letter from the comedy trio — Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone — reads, "We were asked to write a song for this year’s Oscars… Unfortunately it wasn’t chosen because it was ‘financially and logistically impossible,’ so for fun we thought we’d share the rough storyboards of what would have been a fully shot, star studded music video of exorbitant cost."
The Lonely Island released a video lamenting the lack of nominations for Hollywood blockbusters at the Oscars, which they claim was supposed to air during Sunday's ceremony.
The video continues with a slideshow of stills featuring characters from popular 2017 movies — including "Wonder Woman," "Thor: Ragnarok," "It," and "Girls Trip" — as dubbed musical voiceovers play in the background.
“Saved the world from the devil below, but I’m sure it was hard for Sir Daniel Day Lewis to learn how to sew,” Wonder Woman chimes in.
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"We’d like to petition for a new category: best Chris," they sing in unison. "Or, you can just write ‘Chris’ on an Oscar, and we can share it."
"We both faced death, it’s true, but at least 'Lady Bird' got into NYU," they sing, poking fun at the film's five Oscar nominations. The pair then harmonizes in superhero solidarity.
Meryl Streep has never done that!" "Girls Trip" and Oscar presenter Tiffany Haddish joins the cry, too, proclaiming, "I peed while hanging from a zipline!
Several other blockbuster characters and celebrities lend their dubbed voices to the rally throughout the remainder of the music video, including four of Hollywood's Chrises — Hemsworth, Pine, Evans, and Pratt" — as they beg for some kind of recognition.
The music takes a dark turn as "It's" Pennywise enters the chorus, questioning why "All the Money in the World" deserved a nomination for kidnapping one kid while he murdered hundreds.
Do I not deserve a nomination?" Thor muses as an illustration of the superhero reading through “Thor: Ragnarok’s” rave reviews in the paper flashes onto the screen. "Why not me?

"Thor: Ragnarok" has pushed Disney past the $5 billion mark at the 2017 worldwide box office for the third year in a row.
2" with $863.6 million worldwide; and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" with $794.8 million worldwide. Disney also noted that it's responsible for four of the top nine highest-grossing films of the year, including "Beauty and the Beast" with $1.26 billion ($504 million domestic and $759.7 million international); Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
Disney's final release of 2017 is "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," which is opening day-and-date in most of the world on Dec. 15. Early tracking has estimated that the ninth "Star Wars" movie will open at around $200 million domestically in its first weekend.” />
Of the 17 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is the seventh to reach this milestone and the third to do so this year. Disney-Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" is expected to surpass $800 million globally on Thursday.
Disney said Thursday that it's become the first and only studio to have reached this threshold for three consecutive years. The current totals are $1.76 billion domestically and $3.24 billion internationally.
Other major titles include Pixar’s "Cars 3" ($383.5 million global) and "Coco" ($178.9 million global) as well as two 2016 titles — Lucasfilm’s "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" with $309.3 million during 2017 and Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" with $252 million during 2017.

 
Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, "Coco" centers on a 12-year-old who dreams of becoming a musician and sets off to explore his family history in the Land of the Dead. Disney-Pixar hasn't revealed the cost, but such titles are usually budgeted in the $175 million to $200 million range.
Year-to-date grosses are down 4.3% to $9.47 billion. "Coco," "Justice League," "Wonder" and "Thor: Ragnarok" have helped lift the November box office by 8.7% to $725.8 million so far, according to comScore.
Sony's legal thriller "Roman J. Israel, Esq." took in $930,000 on Thursday from 1,648 locations and is projected to finish the weekend with $6.1 million. The studio is marketing the movie as a potential awards contender for Denzel Washington’s performance. The budget is $22 million with financing from Macro, Topic, Cross Creek Pictures, Bron, and The Culture China – Image Nation Abu Dhabi Content Fund.
The film, which stars Jacob Tremblay as a fifth grader with a facial deformity, has a modest $20 million budget. Lionsgate's family drama "Wonder" continued showing impressive traction in third with $3.9 million at 3,140 locations on Thanksgiving for a first-week total of $47.1 million.
Warner Bros. has not disclosed the production cost, which is believed to be as much as $300 million. Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman along with Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
Disney-Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" finished fourth with $3.5 million at 3,281 sites on Thursday, lifting its 21-day domestic total to $260.7 million. It will surpass "Despicable Me 3" as the sixth-highest grosser of 2017 over the weekend — always one of the highest moviegoing periods of the year.
That was the second-highest opening for the period, trailing only Disney's "Frozen" at $93 million in 2013. On the same holiday weekend a year ago, Disney's "Moana" scored $25.4 million on its first two days and went on to earn $82 million over the five days.
 
But it's also the lowest performer among those high-priced titles. "Justice League," the fifth installment of the DC Extended Universe, has finished its first week with a cumulative $130.8 million domestic total and a respectable B+ CinemaScore. "Wonder Woman" had grossed $147.8 million in its first week in June and "Suicide Squad" took in $179.1 million in its first seven days last year.
Last year’s five-day Thanksgiving weekend saw total grosses his $260.5 million with “Moana” opening with $82 million, and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” taking in $65 million in its second weekend — marking the fifth best Thanksgiving holiday of all time. The record was set in 2013 at $294 million when the second weekend of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” took in $109 million and “Frozen” opened with $93 million.
"The 2017 box office rollercoaster ride continues as November enjoys a nearly 9% advantage over the first 22 days of the month last year and in the process has knocked the year to date deficit down nearly a full percentage point," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. "An unexpectedly strong Thanksgiving frame will provide a much needed boost as the crowd-pleasing melodies of 'Coco' combined with the second weekend performances of 'Justice League' and 'Wonder' plus a half dozen holdovers both big and small will drive solid returns."
The animated musical has taken in $22.2 million in its first two days, while the superhero mashup grossed $18.9 million during the same period. Projections have shown that "Coco" will wind up the five-day Thanksgiving holiday with about $70 million during the Wednesday-Sunday period, beating  "Justice League" by about $10 million.
Disney-Pixar's "Coco" topped Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment's "Justice League" at the Thanksgiving Day box office by $400,000 with $8.9 million at 3,987 North American sites.
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"Coco" is performing significantly above pre-release forecasts, which had been in the $55 million to $60 million range. It received an A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers, indicating that the film could be lifted by strong word of mouth during the rest of the holidays.
21 that he was taking a six-month leave and apologized for making employees feel disrespected or uncomfortable. “My hope is that a six-month sabbatical will give me the opportunity to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve,” he wrote. "Coco" is produced by Darla K. Anderson and executive produced by Disney Animation chief John Lasseter, who announced on Nov.

3. release on Nov. The superhero film topped the international box office with $107.6 million in 52% of overseas markets, a week ahead of its U.S. The third Thor movie has now totaled 1.87 million new conversations.
STXfilms' "A Bad Moms Christmas" produced 20,000 new conversations last week as the studio staged promotional interviews with stars Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis. Recent tracking showed that the comedy sequel, which opens Nov. 1, is heading for a five-day opening of about $25 million.
"Thor: Ragnarok" is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
15 launch. Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" left off. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has pulled in more than 3.53 million new conversations two months before its Dec.
Recent early tracking for "Justice League" showed the movie heading for a $110 million opening weekend in North America. Zack Snyder began shooting "Justice League" in April, 2016, from a script by Chris Terrio.
26, new magazine covers, and its Beijing premiere on Oct. 17 and stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ezra Miller as the Flash. 29. Warner Bros.' superhero tentpole "Justice League" produced 22,000 new conversations last week following the release of a Wonder Woman-centric trailer on Oct. "Justice League" opens Nov.
Disney-Marvel’s "Thor: Ragnarok" dominated social media last week with a hefty 196,000 new conversations thanks to the international release of the tentpole, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
The delayed finale of the dystopian "Maze Runner" trilogy, starring Dylan O'Brien, opens Jan. 26.” /> Fox's "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" generated 10,000 new conversations last week as the studio announced a graphic novel plot prelude on Oct. 27 (to be released Nov. 1) and a social promotion with a downloadable Halloween mask.
26, and star Adam Driver revealing character details in a GQ feature. Disney-Lucasfilm’s "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" generated 60,000 new conversations last week with the release of behind-the-scenes photos and footage on Oct. 22-24, the release of new action figures on Oct.

3. Here's what the critics are saying: "Thor: Ragnarok" smashes into theaters Nov.
The Verge's Bryan Bishop:
 
USA Today's Brian Truitt:
Variety's Peter Debruge:
Four years after his last solo film, the Norse god Thor returns to the big screen in "Thor: Ragnarok." Currently sitting comfortably at 97% with 30 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, most critics agree that this lighter, less brooding take on the character and his mythos is far superior to the two previous entries in the Thor series and finally gives the character a personality.
"'Thor: Ragnarok' is a goofy, kitschy- but- fun romp and the most purely entertaining of the three Thor movies, marked by its distinctive designs, '80s synth score, and assemblage of spirited characters. But it’s also a film fragmented by its clear preference for its B storyline (Sakaar) over its A storyline (Asgard). 'Thor: Ragnarok's' desire to go for the gag also hurts the movie in a few key serious moments that deserved to pack more punch than they did." It’s carried by the excellent chemistry between Thor, Hulk, and Valkyrie, who give humanity to a visual effects-heavy spectacle that finally makes good on Thor’s title of God of Thunder.
Loosely borrowing from the Norse doomsday myth, "Thor: Ragnarok" finds the hero banished to a distant planet and forced to fight gladiator battles against his "friend from work," the Hulk, essentially giving fans a "planet Hulk" movie despite Marvel repeatedly denying that fans would see the popular storyline in a film. At the same time, the thunder god must try to return to his home world of Asgard to prevent the goddess of death, Hela, from destroying his home and killing everyone in it.
"Like Thor’s two previous solo outings, this one is pretty much skippable, although it’s not without its pleasures — most notably, the fact that Thor’s not so solo this time around, with cameos/co-starring opportunities for the Hulk, Doctor Strange and a few leftover bits of Tony Stark’s wardrobe (including a retro Duran Duran T-shirt that’s good for a laugh). And while it’s not saying much, 'Thor: Ragnarok' is easily the best of the three Thor movies — or maybe I just think so because its screenwriters and I finally seem to agree on one thing: The Thor movies are preposterous…Irreverent almost to the point of camp, that approach fits comfortably within the wheelhouse of Kiwi director Taika Waititi."
The Guardian's Steve Rose:
That's not to say the film's perfect, however. While it's been praised for its humor, a few critics pondered if there actually might be too many jokes in the action-packed romp.
And while it takes its hero’s story to surprising new places, it has an endearing reverence for his comic-book roots: he keeps calling himself 'The Mighty Thor,' because that used to be the title of his monthly comic. "Undoubtedly the best of the character’s three films, it’s more confident than the others, more kaleidoscopically colourful, and more eye-catching in its design. More importantly, this sequel, or threequel, establishes its blond leading man as somebody who’s fun to hang around with for two hours." It has more coherent fight sequences and more impressive digital effects than its predecessors did.
BBC's Nicholas Barber:
Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty:
The movie is fun. Taika Waititi was mostly the right director for the job. Tessa Thompson is going to be a star. "'Ragnarok' is basically a Joke Delivery System — and on that score, it works. And while 'Ragnarok's' story is an aimless mess, you won’t stop laughing." Chris Hemsworth is hilarious.
Instead, it’s an enthusiastic, hilarious reboot of the idea of what a Marvel movie can actually be, resulting in an effervescent, delightfully self-aware ride that was the most fun I’d had in a superhero movie in years." "'Thor: Ragnarok' is [Taika Waititi's] first Hollywood feature, but what he’s done with 'Ragnarok' doesn’t just boil down to adding new characters or throwing in extra comedy.
Polygon's Brock Wilbur:
The price of this irreverence is the possibility of taking anything that happens all that seriously – even the potential destruction of the Norse gods' home (that’s not a spoiler either: it’s the title of the movie)." "It basically throws up its hands at its own ridiculousness and plays it all for laughs – and it gets them.
IGN's Jim Vejvoda:
"'Thor' movies have always looked cool in terms of eye-popping locales, but Waititi takes it to the next level: Everything on Sakaar is like a trippy 1960s Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Thor comic book come to life, while the more fantastic environments are akin to Led Zeppelin putting a Frank Frazetta painting to song…'Ragnarok' is also the closest The House That Iron Man Built has come to a pure comedy. The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movies, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' and even 'Ant-Man' struck an enjoyable balance between the absurd and the serious that 'Ragnarok' just doesn’t quite nail."
"Is there anything to criticize? There's some sleight drags in the pacing that are entirely excusable based on the service they give to the characters…There's some world-building lore and backstory that fails to answer the complicated questions that the film asks, probably because it just wasn't nearly as much fun as everything else happening on screen. Of course. But to say that there's ten minutes that could've been cut, that's a pretty mild criticism."” />