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Kim Kardashian 1 2 Kim Kardashian splashes about with North and Saint in adorable family snaps from Mexico break

Kim Kardashian on holiday with children North (pictured) and Saint at Casa Aramara, Punta Mita, Mexico

Kim Kardashian is enjoying quality time with her children as they spend some time in the sun to make the most of the summer months.

The proud mum-of-two looked so happy as she splashed around in the pool with her daughter North, three, and eight-month-old son Saint this week.

The family are currently having a sun soaked break in Casa Aramara, Punta Mita, Mexico and the trio were all smiles in super cute snaps taken as they played together at their luxurious accommodation.

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The proud mum looked in her element

Both the kids couldn’t stop giggling as they splashed about in the water and floated around on pool toys.

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Making a splash

Meanwhile, little Nori looked so excited as she took a running leap to belly flop off the side.

In another very cute moment, Saint was seen beaming as he played with a bucket and spade.

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Future Olympic diving champion? Kim Kardashian 9 1 Kim Kardashian splashes about with North and Saint in adorable family snaps from Mexico break

Saint looks adorable in the snaps

Kim looked in her element as she played with her children, smiling as they enjoyed their sunny break.

At one point, Nori was totally gleeful as she was swung round by her mum by the side of the pool.

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The mum flaunted her toned figure

It comes as Kim continues to stun passersby with her racy bikini choices.

In what appears to be snaps from an upcoming photoshoot, the star could be seen in a see through white top as she splashed in the sea .

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Kim Kardashian wearing a see-through top whilst on holiday with friends at Casa Aramara, Punta Mita, Mexico

Kim Kardashian is very proud of her post-baby body and she continues to flaunt it as much as possible.

The reality TV star and mum-of-two put her boobs on display in a wet t-shirt as she enjoyed some time in the sun with friends during their holiday in Casa Aramara, Punta Mita, Mexico.

She left very little to the imagination on the beach in a sheer white top, which clung to her famous figure as she completed the steamy outfit in a pair of matching briefs.

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Her white top went see through in the water

Going bra-less, Kim flashed her chest and toned abs as she soaked up the warm weather with her pals.

It comes as the social media queen continues to flaunt her body in a series of racy swimsuits during her time in Mexico.

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The star flaunted her body in the ensemble Kim Kardashian 5 1 Kim Kardashian flashes boobs in wet t shirt as star gets wild on the beach in Mexico

Always time for a steamy selfie

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Kim looked relaxed in a very revealing swimsuit

On Friday, all eyes were on her as she posed on the sand in a VERY revealing one piece, which put a lot of underboob on display.

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Kim shows off her post-baby body

The high-cut suit showed off her flat tummy and long legs – and didn’t do much to cover her famous bum.

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Soaking up the sun

Meanwhile, Kim almost broke the internet all over again as she twerked her oiled up butt on Snapchat .

The booty blessed star has been showing off the results of her post-baby weight loss and during a getaway with her children North and Saint and while she might by on mummy duties, she made sure there was time for some twerking as well.

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Chloe Ferry leaving Bijoux in Newcastle

The MTV star was up to her usual antics in Newcastle last night as she partied with pals

It was another boozy night out for Geordie Shore star Chloe Ferry on Saturday as she enjoyed hit the town with pals and – surprise, surprise – she ended up on the ground.

The brunette stunner, who showed off plenty of cleavage in a sheer black top that flashed her nipples, looked a little worse for wear as she left Bijous in Newcastle with a pal.

Holding hands with the pretty blonde, Chloe made her way down the street in sky high heels and it looks like her fancy footwear got the better of the Toon lass, who ended up in a heap on the street with her friend.

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And they’re down
Not that she seemed to mind, as Chloe burst out laughing as she picked herself off the pavement.

The MTV star didn’t let the tumble ruin her night and she carried on, hitting another bar in the city.

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Chloe showed off her curvy figure in the raunchy outfit, teaming the sheer nipple flashing top with skintight black jeans.

It’s not her raciest look of the week though, on Wednesday she shared a mirror selfie that saw her posing in just a TINY pair of black knickers.

We’re not surprised she’s keen to show off her body after shedding two stone in just eight weeks.

Speaking to Now magazine, the Geordie Shore favourite admitted she’s finally happy with her appearance.

She told Star magazine: “I’m really happy, there’s nothing I regret getting done. And I have no plans for anything else right now. Maybe in the future, but not now.

“Even though my boobs have shrunk after the diet, I’m just wearing push-up bras from Primark.”

Imperium Imperium (2016) Movie ReviewImperium (2016 film)
Release Date: 08/19/2016; Release Date Limited: 08/19/2016; Release Date Wide: 08/19/2016

It’s no secret that Daniel Radcliffe has had a—well—eclectic post-Potter career. The former Boy Who Lived has played everything from a farting corpse in Swiss Army Man to Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. But his latest project, writer-director Daniel Ragussis’ feature debut Imperium, shows Radcliffe in what might be his most unsettling role yet: hurling racial slurs and preaching about white supremacy.

To be fair, Radcliffe actually plays a bespectacled and academic FBI agent named Nate Foster, the kind of idealistic introvert who spends his nights listening to classic music alone in his apartment. His background is in studying and tracking Islamic terrorism, but it isn’t long before his ability to analyze and empathize with suspects attracts the attention of his superiors—particularly Toni Collette as a no-nonsense official named Angela Zamparo.

While the rest of the bureau is focused on terrorism that originates abroad, Zamparo devotes her attention to home-grown terror, and she’s convinced that an extremist white nationalist organization is gearing up for a global race war, beginning with a dirty bomb right here in Washington, D.C. So, she recruits the inexperienced Nate to shave his head and go undercover as a radical skinhead. It’s his job to memorize white nationalist literature and make enough of an impression with the low-level skinheads to get close to a radical conservative radio host named Dallas Wolf (Tracy Letts), the kind of blustery bald guy who spouts things like, “Diversity is a code word, and what it means is white genocide.”

The belligerent Wolf and the trigger-happy skinheads are disturbing, but perhaps the most unsettling scenes take place not in the Neo-Nazi clubs or the isolated bunkers but the ordinary, domestic scenes—like a backyard barbecue, where various member of “the movement” meet to talk shop. Hosted by the mild-mannered Gerry (Sam Trammell), these parties include housewives bearing swastika-adorned cupcakes and small children proudly showing off the treehouse they built to keep out other races. It’s easier to dismiss the cartoonish young skinheads, but it’s the suburban, seemingly educated white nationalists who are perhaps the most terrifying. (And in 2016’s political climate, they have a chilling relevancy.)

Imperium doesn’t have anything particularly innovative or new to say about what sparks domestic terrorism, and instead of diving into the psychology behind extremism, Ragussis doubles down on the shock factor, stitching together lots of frenzied montages of Nazi and Ku Klux Klan footage. Subtlety is not Imperium’s strength. But as a solid thriller, it’s far more successful, and Radcliffe is brilliant as the quick-on-his-feet agent. Whenever Nate faces a situation that could blow his cover—like when an acquaintance recognizes him at a white pride rally or when he tries to prevent his skinhead cohorts from attacking an interracial couple—you can see the gears turning in his head. The result is a tense, chilling thriller that suggests that the most dangerous extremists are not the ones marching in the streets, shouting racial slurs, but the ones hiding behind closed doors.

natalie portman A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Movie ReviewA Tale of Love and Darkness
Genre: Drama; Director: Natalie Portman; Release Date: 08/19/2016; Runtime (in minutes): 95; MPAA Rating: PG-13

Exactly halfway through A Tale of Love and Darkness, we witness a large Jewish crowd gathered in Jerusalem in 1947 as they listen to the United Nations vote to partition Palestine. Essentially, it’s a vote for the creation of the State of Israel. The alphabetical roll call is read: “Syria—No; Turkey—No; Ukraine—Yes; South Africa—Yes; Soviet Union—Yes; United Kingdom—Abstain; United States—Yes.” The resolution, of course, is passed. Violence and chaos erupt in the weeks (and years and decades) ahead, and we hear the words of Amos Oz, over documentary footage of bloodshed, saying, “Only in the imagination do the persecuted unite in solidarity. In reality, two children of the same abusive father will not necessarily become allies.”

The sequence is haunting. You can’t hear those countries’ names and not think of strife in the world today. Oz, Israel’s most acclaimed living author, writes words that resonate with generosity and bitter truth. And you’ll hear a lot of them (voiced by Moni Moshonov) in this adaptation of his 2002 autobiographical novel, adapted and directed by Natalie Portman. The Oscar-winning actress also stars as Oz’s tragic mother, a gloomy, geo-political Virginia Woolf-like character named Fania, who nurtured young Amos (Amir Tessler) by telling him melancholy fables, which are visualized onscreen. In one, a soldier shoots himself; in another a heartsick woman self-immolates. Portman delivers a hushed, unmannered performance; though her directorial approach—or at least the Darkness of the title—is steeped in the heavy, morose style of a past collaborator like Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan).

And that’s certainly not a bad thing. But Portman also appears to be influenced by the recent output of another collaborator, Terrence Malick (Knight of Cups), and A Tale of Love and Darkness suffers from aimlessness and an absence of levity. Tonally, the film doesn’t quite match with the universality of Oz’s shimmering prose. Yet Portman’s evocation of this world has a strange, captivating pull. Assisted by the great Polish cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (Gattaca, Black Hawk Down, The Double Life of Veronique), she has created a visual landscape filled with nightmares. And, in the end, in a scene that hurts your eyes because of the amount of sun, the sliver of a dream.

Morris From America Morris From America (2016) Movie ReviewMorris From America
Genre: Comedy; Starring: Craig Robinson; Release Date: 08/19/2016; Runtime (in minutes): 89; MPAA Rating: R

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea managed to suck up most of the available oxygen—which is fine, because they’re both great. But I’ll admit that there’s a small shred of underdog justice in the fact that writer-director Chad Hartigan’s Sundance charmer, the irresistibly sweet coming-of-age story Morris From America, is beating both of those splashier films to theaters. After all, it’s the definition of a crowd-pleaser.

Newcomer Markees Christmas (speaking of irresistible) stars as a chubby, 13-year-old African-American kid whose recently widowed father (The Office’s Craig Robinson) has moved them to Heidelberg, Germany, for his new job. Father and son are both still numb and grappling with loss in their own unique ways, but Markees’ Morris certainly has the tougher adjustment.  It’s hard enough being the new kid in school, but being the new kid in a foreign country, where the color of his skin leads every one of his classmates to the knee-jerk assumption that he can rap, has to be its own circle of adolescent hell.

Morris is a confused, charming, funny kid who has trouble making friends. At least, until he meets a beautiful 15-year-old German bad girl (Lina Keller, a dead ringer for a young Julie Delpy), who befriends him. Is it out of pity, curiosity, or is she attracted to him? It’s clear which of those options Morris is hoping for. And misguidedly, he tries to impress her by boasting that he can rap like a young Jay-Z. He can’t. In fact, he’s a pretty bad rapper—something his father is quick to point out in one of their many heart-to-hearts that give this little film its stealthy emotional appeal. He cautions his son to try not to grow up too fast, which on paper sounds cliché, but—thanks to Robinson’s deeply affecting and deeply real performance—it will put a lump in your throat.

Morris From America isn’t a coming-of-age comedy of the kind that John Hughes once specialized in. It wears its heart much too openly on its sleeve for that. Its laughs don’t come fast and furious. They come from a sneaky place, but thanks to its exotic setting, the welcome diversity of its cast, and one indelible scene in a car between Christmas and Robinson late in the film, it makes a familiar story that could have otherwise felt too familiar seem fresh and unexpected. It’s a delight.

Kingsglaive Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016) Movie ReviewKingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Genre: Adventure; Starring: Sean Bean, Aaron Paul, Lena Headey; Release Date: 08/19/2016; Runtime (in minutes): 110; MPAA Rating: PG-13

Hollywood has long struggled to make a true video game movie; this year’s earlier effort, Warcraft, fizzled out critically (EW’s Chris Nashawaty compared it to “being bludgeoned on the head with a Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual for 123 minutes”). Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV takes a slightly different approach. Instead of trying to adapt the video game experience into a film format, Kingsglaivetransforms the movie-going experience into something familiar to video game fans. It’s essentially a really long cutscene.

Designed to introduce fans to the world of Final Fantasy XV, due out later this year, Kingsglaive is set mostly in the fantasy country of Lucis, the only sovereign land to have withheld the iron-fisted rule of the Niflheim Empire. That’s thanks to King Regis (Sean Bean) and a magic crystal whose power he redistributes into an elite fighting force known as the Kingsglaive. As the film opens, however, it’s clear that even the high-flying heroics of Kingsglaive star fighter Nyx Ulric (Aaron Paul) won’t be enough to withstand Niflheim’s magical might for much longer. The king is aging and his power is flagging, so he agrees to marry his son Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya (Lena Headey), a royal from one of Niflheim’s occupied territories, as part of a peace deal with the empire.

Although he is often mentioned and flagged as being important, Noctis never actually appears in the film. That’s presumably because he’s the protagonist of Final Fantasy XV, and Square Enix wants to save the good stuff for the game itself. Much of Kingsglaive, in fact, is little more than set up for the video game. It introduces fans to the game’s world (almost every Final Fantasy game has a slightly different setting), and what a beautiful world it is. It retains much of modern technology, though with fascinating twists. There are cars and highways and TV news anchors, but also magic crystals and sword-wielding generals and militaries that summon demons as weapons. It seems like a world that would be a lot of fun to run around in, rather than simply watch pass in the background.

Recognizable voices like Paul, Headey, and Bean go a long way toward making the thin material somewhat compelling, though even that can get confusing. An old king voiced by Bean sends mixed signals about his ultimate fate, and Headey is by now so recognizable as Game of Thrones’ scheming queen Cersei Lannister that it’s somewhat disorienting to hear her voice coming from such a young, good-hearted princess.

The movie’s visuals basically offer a deep dive into the Uncanny Valley. These CGI figures are fine enough to watch for five minutes in between game levels, but stretched out to a nearly two-hour run time, they really start to falter. The characters look less and less realistic the more time you spend with them, and there are lots of disorienting fades and cuts between scenes. Much of the action is hard to follow, what with the rapid-fire teleporting (the Kingsglaive’s tactic of choice) and numerous soldiers that look identical to each other. Really, in an entirely CGI world, is it too much to ask for some variety in skin color, body builds, or outfits?

Now that Final Fantasy XV itself is delayed an extra two months,Kingsglaive should whet the appetites of hungry fans. But for the average moviegoer, it’ll prove a pretty hollow experience.

anthropoid ver2 Anthropoid (2016) Movie ReviewAnthropoid
Genre: War; Starring: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Toby Jones; Release Date: 08/12/2016; Runtime (in minutes): 120; MPAA Rating: R

Anthropoid will set off alarm bells in the hearts and minds of sci-fi aficionados, who will surely assume that this new movie includes at least one robotic life form. (Apart from Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan.) But the title actually refers to a real World War II secret mission: In 1942, at the height of Czechoslovakia’s Nazi occupation, a team led by two Czech men (Dornan and Cillian Murphy) were parachuted into Prague on orders to assassinate one of Hitler’s top commanders, an SS ghoul named Reinhard Heydrich (German actor Detlef Bothe).

British director Sean Ellis has a knack for staging the film’s early plotting-the-scheme scenes in dimly lit, monochrome interiors, but the storytelling is disappointingly square. Both protagonists are bestowed with a boring female love interest (“Maria makes me feel that there is hope,” Dornan says in a tremulous Czech accent) and the action lumbers from one stone-cold serious moment to the next. The movie shares qualities with Paul Verhoeven’s 2006 naughty Black Book (and to a lesser extent, Inglourious Basterds), but needed much more of those filmmakers’ genre-blasting verve. Even Bryan Singer’s Tom Cruise vehicle Valkyrie, about at assassination attempt of Hitler, benefited from a game supporting cast. Here, the film is only occasionally goosed by the ever-welcome presence of Toby Jones, once a Nazi in Captain America: The First Avenger, now lending support as a soulful resistance fighter. (Meanwhile, there’s another version of the Operation Anthropoid story, which delves deeper into Heydrich’s life, coming next year called HHHH — not exactly the winner of the movie title lottery either.)

But though Anthropoid lacks narrative ambition, the film justifies its reason for being thanks to a devastating final half-hour. Some audiences might not know whether the resistance fighters were successful in killing Heydrich (if you don’t, save the Wikipedia reading until after the movie’s done), but sufficed to say, the Czech team eventually become cornered in a Prague church. And Ellis stages their last stand with all the dazzling fervor of a Spielberg battle scene, grenades and gunfire that you’ll feel in your bones, while also not skimping on the terror and violence that coursed through Nazi society. In one scene, a teenager is tortured for information and shown a tin metal bucket containing something too horrific to reveal here in words. As a depiction, ultimately, of the unbelievable gruesomeness of a world gone completely upside-down, Anthropoidlives up to sci-fi name.

the martian jessica jones Jessica Jones, The Martian win big at 2016 Hugo Awards(Aidan Monaghan; Myles Aronowitz/Netflix)
Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Netflix’s Marvel series Jessica Jones and Ridley Scott’s The Martianboth took home top honors at this year’s Hugo Awards ceremony, which annually honors the best in science fiction.

As announced on Saturday night, Jessica Jones took home Best Dramatic Presentation in the Short Form category for its season finale, titled “AKA Smile.” Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, Scott Reynolds, and Jamie King penned the episode, while Michael Rymer directed.

The show’s official Twitter account celebrated the win, writing, “Cool. Won something at the #HugoAwards. Shots on Trish then?”

See the full list of winners below.

Best Novel: The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
Best Novella: Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
Best Novelette: “Folding Neijing,” Hao Jingfang with translation by Ken Liu
Best Short Story: “Cat Pictures Please,” Naomi Kritzer
Best Related Work: No award
Best Graphic Story: The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman with art by J.H. Williams III
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Martian
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Jessica Jones, “AKA Smile”
Best Editor, Short Form: Ellen Datlow
Best Editor, Long Form: Sheila E. Gilbert
Best Professional Artist: Abigail Larson
Best Semiprozine: Uncanny Magazine
Best Fanzine: File 770
Best Fancast: No award
Best Fan Writer: Mike Glyer
Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Andy Weir

Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Johnson leaves Vin Diesel out of Fast 8 thank you list

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Fast & Furious 8

The Rock says cast and crew ‘kicked ass’ after wrapping production

Dwayne Johnson has wrapped production on Fast and Furious 8, commemorating the end of his time shooting the latest movie in the high-octane franchise on Instagram Friday.

“Finished strong and on to the next,” the actor said in his post, below, where he posed standing next to a private plane. “Thank you to our director [F. Gary Gray] for the vision and execution. Thank you Universal for being tremendous partners as always.”

While The Rock went on to express his gratitude to “all my fellow co-stars for the daily effort and grind,” singling out Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Tyrese Gibson, one noticeable omission was Vin Diesel. For his part, Diesel namechecked Johnson in a Facebook Live stream earlier Friday, crediting fans who called for the Rock’s casting.

Johnson’s post comes after a reported behind-the-scenes feudbetween the two, which first came to light after Johnson called attention to his male costars on Instagram. “Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t,” he said in an Aug. 8 post. “The ones that don’t are too chicken s-?? to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”

Johnson seemed to address the controversy in a post a few days later, noting that the film’s stars are a family and that disagreements are inevitable. “Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when its followed by great resolution,” Johnson said. “I was raised on healthy conflict and welcome it. And like any family, we get better from it.”

(Costars Gibson and Ludacris also weighed in on the controversy on social media.)

Johnson — who starts shooting the Jumanji “continuation” alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black in two weeks — made sure to let fans know in his latest Fast 8 post that the feud will have no effect on the action movie. “In the end, we all rallied, as great teams do, kicked ass and will deliver an amazing movie to the world. Proud of our entire FAST FAMILY.”

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Fast 8, which also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren, drives into theater on April 14.

ben hur 1 Weekend Box Office: Ben Hur Crashes Chariot With $11.4M Opening

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Holdovers ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Sausage Party’ stay No. 1 and No. 2, respectively; Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ finally opens at specialty box office.

 ‘Ben-Hur’ Becomes Latest Big Budget Flop

Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur was shut out of the box-office chariot race this weekend, debuting to a mere $11.4 million from 3,804 theaters despite a hefty production of nearly $100 million and getting beat by a pair of smaller new films, War Dogs and Kubo and the Two Strings.

Ben-Hur narrowly beat holdover Pete’s Dragon to place No. 5.

Overall, Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad stayed No. 1 in its third weekend, grossing $20.7 million 3,924 theaters for a domestic total $262.3 million. Overseas, the anti-superhero film jumped the $300 million market after earning another $38 million from 64 markets for global tally of $572.7 million.

But that wasn’t enough to beat out Illumination and Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pet, which beat Suicide Squad to win the foreign weekend race with $45 million, putting its global total at $674.5 million.

Back in North America, the R-rated Sausage Party, from Sony and Annapurna, took second place with $15.3 million from 3,103 locations for a strong 10-day domestic total of $65.9 million. Sausage Party dipped 55 percent.

Ben-Hur — slammed by critics but earning an A- CinemaScore — is the latest sword-and-sandal movie to underperform. It also hoped to wow faith-based moviegoers, but even that effort lagged. (The film counts Hollywood Christians Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the producing team behind the 2014 hit movie Son of God and the 2013 miniseries The Bible, among its executive producers.)

MGM partnered with Paramount in making Ben-Hur and put up the majority of the financing, or 80 percent. Overseas, the epic rolled out in about a third of the marketplace, grossing $10.7 million for a global start of $22 million. It did best in Mexico and Brazil.

“This has definitely been a rough summer for remakes and sequels,” says Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount.

Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi and Morgan Freeman star in the film, a reimagining of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, not a remake of the classic 1959 film. (Burnett has billed the movie as a “story of forgiveness with an underlying story of Jesus.”)

Paramount’s Noah and Fox’s Exodus: Gods and Kings were likewise big-budget offerings that hoped to appeal to all demos, including faith-based moviegoers. Noah opened to a solid $47 million, while  Exodus: Gods and Kings took in only $24 million.

Todd Phillips’ first film since The Hangover trilogy, War Dogs, opened in third place with $14.3 million from 3,258 theaters. The war dramedy, earning a B CinemaScore, stars Miles Teller and Jonah Hill and is loosely based on the true story of two young Florida men who became international arms dealers during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Internationally, War Dogs debuted to $6.5 million from 31 markets for a global blow of $20.8 million. The film cost just under $50 million to make.

The well-reviewed Kubo and the Two Strings, grabbing an A CinemaScore, placed No. 4 with an $12.6 million from 3,260 theaters. It’s the lowest opening for a Laika and Focus collaboration.

From Focus and Laika, Kubo centers on a young boy who embarks on a quest to unlock the secret of his legacy and fulfill his heroic destiny. Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey star as the voice cast.

Pete’s Dragon, from Disney, took in $11.33 million for a domestic total of $42.9 million and global total of $57.1 million.

The critically acclaimed heist film Hell or High Water, from CBS Films and Lionsgate, continued to do nice business in its limited rollout, grossing $2.7 million as it expanded from 32 theaters into a total of 472 for an early domestic total of $3.5 million. The movie, billed as a modern-day Western, is scoring in both arthouses and in theaters across Texas, the Southwest and South. Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster star.

Also at the specialty box office, Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, finally opened at the specialty box office more than a year after premiering at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The historical biographical film, also starring Portman, debuted to a $36,000 from two theaters in New York and Los Angeles for an average of $18,000.

Focus Features’ division Focus World, a theatrical-VOD label, is handling Love and Darkness.

Next weekend sees the release of Fede Alvarez‘s SXSW standout Don’t Breathe into ~2,900 theaters, Summit will release Mechanic: Resurrection into ~2,200 theaters and The Weinstein Co. delivers the boxing dramaHands of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro into ~2,000 theaters.

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Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Burn Gorman
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An FBI agent goes under cover to disrupt a local terrorist group’s effort to make a dirty bomb. Based on a true story.