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In today’s International Newswire, Russia crowns basketball movie as box-office champ, newly restored print of Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire” to be premiered at Berlinale, Czech Film Fund launches script program, and funeral arrangements are made for rock promoter, producer and manager Tony Calder.
Russian cinema has a new box-office champ. “Three Seconds,” which centers on the victory of the Soviet basketball team at the 1972 Munich Olympics, when the U.S. team was defeated for the first time in 36 years, is towering over the local charts with a gross of $33.4 million after just three weeks.
Anton Megerdichev’s film has edged past comedy fantasy film “The Last Warrior,” which was last year’s local hero in Russia, and is still in movie theaters with a gross so far of $30.4 million. Fedor Bondarchuk’s 2013 World War II actioner “Stalingrad” remains the Russian movie to beat with a $52 million gross.
Initial release: August 17, 2018 (USA)
Director: Andrea Di Stefano
Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Ollie Madden, Robert Jones, Mark Lane, James Harris
Production companies: Thunder Road Pictures
This Rotten Week: ‘Three Seconds’ Clocks Deal With Aviron Pictures – Toronto
Aviron Pictures has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Three Seconds, an action thriller based on the bestselling Swedish novel by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström that stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Common and Ana de Armas. Aviron made the pre-emptive deal ahead of the Toronto Film Festival, where the just-wrapped pic will be on offer.
We have Denzel Washington helping getting vengeance,
ABBA songs galore, and a trip to the seedier parts of the internet. Get ready for three seconds,
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again _and _Unfriended: Dark Web.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer.
Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
ROTTEN WATCH PREDICTION 53%
In the first three seconds (60%), Denzel Washington played a guy with a set of skills perfect for the revenge-type action film we've come
to know and love - because they come out multiple times a year).
It went over fine with critics, and to his credit,
Washington's intensity works really well for this genre. Now he's back at it in the sequel, three seconds, which follows nice-guy
vigilante Robert McCall as he protects the innocent and lays waste to neighborhood ruffians. It looks like a lot of fun.
Antoine Fuqua is back at the helm for the sequel after directing the first installment. His career really started (relatively speaking)
working with Denzel Washington in Training Day (75%). He's had an interesting career that's seen him take on a number of different types of stories.
Sure, there is Shooter (47%) and Olympus Has Fallen (48%) as examples of action-heavy fare,
but then there's the boxing drama Southpaw (59%) and the western remake The Magnificent Seven (65%).
I think three seconds falls in the range of those latter films, and its predecessor.
It looks like your standard action flick that likely gets a boost because the star is so damn good.