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Free Guy was released in the United States on August 13, 2021 in RealD 3D, IMAX and Dolby Cinema formats. It was the first film during the pandemic released exclusively to theaters for 45 days before releasing on streaming services such as Disney+ Premier Access or Hulu/Disney+ Star. wikipedia.orgFree Guy

Posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2021 by Jeremy Mathai

Each and every new theatrical release these days brings a new guessing game of just how long we’ll have to wait until the studio makes the film available on streaming and/or video on demand. Thus far, we have been under the assumption that Disney would keep Free Guy, a holdover from their acquisition of 20th Century Fox, in a theatrical-only exclusive window for an undetermined period of time after its August 13 release. We now have news of a firm release date and it’s sooner than you might have thought.

The announcement has come down that Free Guy, the Shawn Levy-directed and Ryan Reynolds-starring video game spoof, will be made available on all major digital platforms on September 28, 2021 and will be coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD formats on October 12, 2021.

For those keeping track at home, a guesstimated 45-day window for a movie released on August 13 would end on September 27. The fact that Disney isn’t wasting a single day to throw Free Guy onto digital platforms sure feels like a quiet acknowledgment that theatrical pandemic-era box office receipts are simply not conducive to profits at this current point in time — not compared to what studios stand to gain from digital rentals and purchases, at least.

But in good news for physical media collectors, Free Guy’s Blu-ray special features include two deleted scenes, an extended scene, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Check out the cover art and details below.

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Free Guy stays at the top of the box office with Paw Patrol in a close second

Daily Mail 23 August, 2021 - 06:10pm

By Brian Marks For Dailymail.com

Free Guy showed remarkable staying power at the weekend box office where it was the highest-grossing film for a second week in a row.

The Ryan Reynolds–starring action–comedy had the best second-week hold, or the smallest drop off, of any film release since Memorial Day Weekend, according to Deadline.

Close on its tail was the animated family film Paw Patrol, while Disney's Jungle Cruise sailed to a solid third-place finish for its fourth week in theaters. 

Staying power: The Ryan Reynolds–starring action–comedy Free Guy topped the weekend box office with $18.8 million and had the smallest second-week drop of the summer, according to Deadline

It's not unusual for films to have significant box office drops in their second week, and big-budget films regularly drop more than 50 percent in week two, but Free Guy's earnings only dropped by about 34 percent.

It earned $18.8 million domestically in week two, bringing its 10-day total up to $58.8 million, against a $73.3 million budget, according to Box Office Mojo.

Deadline points out that that decline is significantly smaller than other impressive second weeks holds for Peter Rabbit 2 (-40 percent), and the Boss Baby 2 and the Matt Damon–starring film Stillwater, both of which dropped 45 percent in their second weeks. 

Free Guy also had the second-best second-week hold of Reynolds' career, improving on the performance of Turbo (which decreased 36 percent), The Croods (-39 percent), Amityville Horror (-42 percent) and The Hitman's Bodyguard, which saw grosses decrease 52 percent in its second week.

Impressive: Free Guy also had the second-best second-week hold of Reynolds' career, improving on the performance of Turbo, The Croods, Amityville Horror and The Hitman's Bodyguard

Owing to its large-scale action, the movie performed well on IMAX screens. With a 39 percent drop since its second week, Free Guy earned the second-highest second-week hold on IMAX screens since the start of 2021.

Reynolds stars in the film as the bank teller Guy, who learns that he's living in a video game world as a non-playable background character.

When he learns his world is about to be deleted in favor of a sequel video game, he decides to fight back to reclaim his freedom.

Flying high: The animated children's film Paw Patrol had a strong showing in the second-place spot for its debut week with $13 million in grosses from 3,184 theaters

The animated children's film Paw Patrol had a strong showing in the second-place spot for its debut week with $13 million in grosses from 3,184 theaters.

It was a particularly impressive performance, as the film is available for no additional cost to subscribers of Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access).

Paw Patrol wasn't even shown at Regal Cinemas theaters due to its dual streaming/theatrical release strategy, but viewership increased nine percent from Friday to Saturday.

The movie was popular with audiences and critics alike, earning an A- CinemaScore and an 84 percent fresh rating from critics surveyed by Rotten Tomatoes.

Unsurprisingly, families accounted for 88 percent of Paw Patrols opening-weekend audience.

Beating the odds: It was a particularly impressive performance, as the film is available for no additional cost to subscribers of Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access)

Extra boost: The film may have benefited from a strong social media push from its stars with large followings, including Kim Kardashian, Tyler Perry and Adam Levin

Part of its success may have been due to its strong marketing push, which benefited from the movie featuring several stars with massive social media followings who helped promote it, including Kim Kardashian, Tyler Perry, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and comedian Jimmy Kimmel. 

'Paw Patrol took a page out of the Sesame Street playbook by casting stars who have young children, all of whom want to impress their little kids,' said the analytics corporation RelishMix.

The rest of this week's box office numbers were less impressive.

Disney's Jungle Cruise only earned $6.2 million in its fourth weekend, for a total of $92.5 million against a $167.4 million budget.

Welcome to the jungle: The rest of this week's box office numbers were less impressive. Disney's Jungle Cruise only earned $6.2 million in its fourth weekend

Better showing: The horror–thriller Don't Breathe 2 wasn't far behind with $5.05 million for week two, though it only cost a little under $20 million to make

Middling: Jennifer Hudson's Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, which earned mildly positive reviews with some complaints about its familiar structure and lack of style, rounded out the top five with $3.8 million

The horror–thriller Don't Breathe 2 wasn't far behind with $5.05 million for week two, though it only cost a little under $20 million to make.

Jennifer Hudson's Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, which earned mildly positive reviews with some complaints about its familiar structure and lack of style, rounded out the top five with $3.8 million.

James Gunn's bloody superhero action–comedy The Suicide Squad cemented its status as a major box office disappointment with only $3.4 million in its third week.

Despite receiving solid reviews, it has failed to live up to its critically reviled predecessor, the confusingly titled Suicide Squad (2016).

The new film's failure is likely due to a variety of factors, as it was available for HBO Max subscribers to watch from the comfort of their homes.

The pandemic and the spreading Delta variant are still dissuading some people from going back to theaters, and the similar title and general antipathy toward its predecessor may have scared away some viewers. 

Ignored: James Gunn's bloody superhero action–comedy The Suicide Squad cemented its status as a major box office disappointment with only $3.4 million in its third week

Showdown: The action film The Protege came in seventh with a $2.93 million debut. It's led by Maggie Q with supporting performances from Michael Keaton (pictured) and Samuel L. Jackson

The action film The Protege came in seventh with a $2.93 million debut.

The film is led by Maggie Q with supporting performances from Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton, who will soon reprise his iconic role as Batman for the Warner Bros. upcoming spin-off for The Flash.

The Night House, a cosmic horror film with plenty of jump scares, was a hit out of Sundance and earned an impressive 85 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences didn't warm up to it.

The film took in $2.869 million, but its arthouse trappings may have turned off viewers looking for less-intellectual frights.

RelishMix also notes that The Night House received little social media promotion, and most of its cast don't have strong presences to push their movie. 

The arthouse horror film The Nighthouse earned $2.869 million in its debut, but may have turned off viewers who wanted less intellectual scares

Missed the mark: The Warner Bros. science fiction romance Reminiscence was one of the most disappointing debuts with a $2 million gross. The high-profile film is also streaming on HBO Max

The Warner Bros. science fiction romance Reminiscence was one of the most disappointing debuts with a $2 million gross.

The movie, which stars Hugh Jackman, Mission: Impossible — Fallout star Rebecca Ferguson and Thandiwe Newton, was also available to viewers on HBO Max, which may have kept them from making the trek to a theater.

Rounding out the top 10 was M. Night Shyamalan's Old with $1.14 million.

The horror thriller, about a group of tourists who find themselves trapped on a beach that prematurely ages them, received mixed reviews, but it has performed solidly for five weeks.

Old's success will likely result in a major payday for Shyamalan, as the film has well-exceeded its $15 million budget, and the director has self-financed his recent films, meaning that he'll keep a large share of the profits.

Aging gracefully: Rounding out the top 10 was M. Night Shyamalan's Old with $1.14 million. It's likely to generate a solid profit for director Shyamalan, who self-financed

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‘Free Guy’ Is the Rare Movie This Summer That Gets to Be an Only-in-Theaters Hit. Do You Think Other Movies Are Jealous? (Column)

Variety 23 August, 2021 - 06:10pm

By Owen Gleiberman

Free Guy,” starring Ryan Reynolds as a minor character in a video game who breaks out of his drone existence, is one of the fizziest movies you’ll ever see that has a bona fide brain. At first, it may remind you of a lot of other films — it’s like “The Truman Show” crossed with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” sprinkled with “The Lego Movie” and “Groundhog Day.” But it turns into a rollicking, candified head trip. It’s like a Christopher Nolan film that actually wants to do nothing but entertain you.

What’s infectious about “Free Guy” is that it’s such a smart kinetic comedy about what’s real and what’s not. Reynolds’ character, named Guy (and known as Blue Shirt Guy), lives a life of total hypnotized unreality; he thinks grabbing his coffee in the morning and going to work in a bank, where he says things like “Don’t have a good day — have a great day!,” is what happiness is all about. But when he puts on techno sunglasses and starts to see what the heroes of video games see, he wakes right up. His coded synapses begin to fire independently. He comes alive with a will of his own. He touches the reality on the other side of the game (and the people who designed the game start to see the reality they created reflected in him).

Directed with breakthrough levels of finesse by Shawn Levy, “Free Guy” is a delirious digital fairy tale about perceiving the virtual in the real and vice versa. It’s a hallucination for our time. And given that it’s a movie about one character’s crusade to connect with the real, there’s something about it that seems almost poetic: “Free Guy,” by being released in theaters only (it’s the rare movie this summer that’s not competing with itself on a streaming service), exists in a pure “real” zone of buzz-driven, old-school great escapism. It’s one of the most original films of the summer, one you have to go to a theater to see, and what that all adds up to is the sensation that “Free Guy” has achieved a minor event mystique. It’s that classic thing: a movie! One that’s not going to come to you. And if you seek it out, as audiences have been doing, you may be surprised by the high it gives you. I saw it in order to catch up with it, but when it was over I felt it had taken me somewhere. Out of the house, and out of my expectations. It’s a movie! It doesn’t just pass the time — it shakes up your body chemistry.

“Free Guy” had a solid opening weekend, bringing in $28 million, but back in those quaint analog days before Netflix changed the paradigm, it was often said that the second weekend was the one that told the tale, and with “Free Guy” that’s truly the case. This weekend, the film took in $18.8 million, declining only 34%, and that doesn’t simply mean that it now has the chance to be a solid money-maker. It means that audiences are excited by it. They want to go out of the house and see it! What video game are we suddenly living in?

One where the old rules still apply. Despite the tangle of unprecedented factors at play in the box office this summer ­— the slow fall of the pandemic followed by the rise of the delta variant; the sudden presence of half a dozen major studio streaming services — I have read (not in Variety! But in publications I won’t name) a fair amount of box-office analysis that tries to read the success or failure of any given film back into the aesthetics of the movie. Why did “The Suicide Squad” underperform? Because it was too dark and violent and didn’t have Will Smith! (But if the movie had scored, we’d all be talking about why it was just dark and violent enough, and why it didn’t need Will Smith.)

Look, in ordinary times, it’s fair to draw links between aesthetics and the box office; I do it constantly. But these are not ordinary times. And when I look at what’s performing this summer, and what isn’t performing, one trend is so obvious that maybe it just needs to be said, over and over again, until the whole universe hears it: Opening movies simultaneously in theaters and on streaming services is bad business. Your head can hurt hearing studios parse the metrics of whether such-and-such a movie made this much in theaters, and that much on home viewing, and whether it all added up to more than the film would have made had it been released in theaters only. But that kind of numbers-crunching, while hardly irrelevant, misses the forest for the trees.

The forest is this: A movie, even when viewed purely from a business angle, is more than a product that results in a week-to-week balance sheet. A movie has a populist identity. And that identity is an intrinsic part of its reality as an engine of profit. When you open a movie both in theaters and at home, you’re putting a crimp in the engine. You’re saying: This movie isn’t worth as much. You’re actually giving people a reason not to see it.

If “The Suicide Squad” had been a theater-only exclusive, it would have made more money in theaters on its opening weekend than it did — and if it had (if it hadn’t been branded a “disappointment”), that would have been an impetus for people to go out and see it. Instead, the film was hobbled, the same way other movies this summer, from “Black Widow” to “In the Heights,” have been hobbled. The lesson of “Free Guy” turns out to be right there in its title. The Ryan Reynolds character doesn’t want to be shackled to a program; he wants to be free. And movies, if they’re an art form that’s going to thrive, need to be put out there, not in your living rooms, so that audiences can form a connection to them that means more rather than less. It only diminishes movies if they have to get with the program.

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'Free Guy' Arriving on Digital and Home Release Very Soon

FOX 13 News Utah 23 August, 2021 - 06:10pm

Posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2021 by Jeremy Mathai

Each and every new theatrical release these days brings a new guessing game of just how long we’ll have to wait until the studio makes the film available on streaming and/or video on demand. Thus far, we have been under the assumption that Disney would keep Free Guy, a holdover from their acquisition of 20th Century Fox, in a theatrical-only exclusive window for an undetermined period of time after its August 13 release. We now have news of a firm release date and it’s sooner than you might have thought.

The announcement has come down that Free Guy, the Shawn Levy-directed and Ryan Reynolds-starring video game spoof, will be made available on all major digital platforms on September 28, 2021 and will be coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD formats on October 12, 2021.

For those keeping track at home, a guesstimated 45-day window for a movie released on August 13 would end on September 27. The fact that Disney isn’t wasting a single day to throw Free Guy onto digital platforms sure feels like a quiet acknowledgment that theatrical pandemic-era box office receipts are simply not conducive to profits at this current point in time — not compared to what studios stand to gain from digital rentals and purchases, at least.

But in good news for physical media collectors, Free Guy’s Blu-ray special features include two deleted scenes, an extended scene, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Check out the cover art and details below.

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Weekend Box Office: 'Free Guy' Holds on Tight to Top Spot

/FILM 23 August, 2021 - 06:10pm

Posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2021 by Vanessa Armstrong

Welcome to another weekend box office during the pandemic. A lot of new movies premiered, but Ryan ReynoldsFree Guy remained on top.

Free Guy continued to dominate U.S. gross sales this weekend, bringing in approximately another $18.8 million its second weekend out in theaters.

The movie’s relative success (and everything is relative during pandemic times) is probably in part because of positive word of mouth about the film. It’s also probably in part because theaters didn’t have to compete with it being released via streaming platform.

Don’t Breathe 2, which also premiered two weekends ago, dropped from second to fourth place and brought in approximately $5 million. Who’s in the second spot this weekend? The animated kids feature, PAW Patrol: The Movie, which is a slightly different demographic than the Don’t Breathe sequel.

Several other movies premiered this weekend that didn’t get those sweet PAW Patrol or Free Guy numbers. The Protégé, The Night House, and Reminiscence all came out and didn’t fare so well at the box office.

The Protégé came in sixth and made approximately $3 million despite a cast that included Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie’s ranking, however,  could in part be because of its lackluster reviews.

The Night House, the new horror movie from David Bruckner, did about as well as The Protégé. The Hugh Jackman-starring Reminiscence, however, only brought in about $2 million. Unlike the other two films previously mentioned, Jackman’s sci-fi noir film was also immediately released on HBO Max. That dual release undoubtedly hurt its sales.

PAW Patrol, however, was also simultaneously released on Paramount+, so who knows what these numbers suggest about the state of the theater business. A lot of people are staying home because they don’t want to get or potentially spread Covid. But there are still people — including a non-trivial amount of families with kids — that are comfortable braving the theater, even if the same movie is available on their television screen (assuming they subscribe to the correct streaming service).

The two remaining movies rounding out the Top 5 with Free Guy, PAW Patrol, and Don’t Breathe 2 includes Jungle Cruise, which came in third, garnering around $6 million to PAW Patrol’s $13 million. In fifth place is the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson, which made almost $4 million its second weekend out.

The fickleness of these numbers leads me to conclude that we really can’t conclude anything. Unprecedented times, and all that. Hopefully some day we’ll get a box office weekend that reminds us of the before times. That day, however, is not today.

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Free Guy Shows Hollywood's Franchise Approach Is Wrong

Screen Rant 23 August, 2021 - 05:30pm

In Free Guy, a non-playable character known as Guy (played by Ryan Reynolds) breaks free from his programmed and routine life in the digital Free City, a video game shooter world created by Taika Waititi's Antoine. However, Antoine and his company stole code from two indy programmers, resulting in Guy actually being a fairly advanced AI who decides he wants more from life. What follows is Guy finding love while also seeking to save all of the other NPCs who are just as capable of breaking their loops as he is before their game is deleted, making way for Antoine's sequel game.

While Free Guy has a strong plot, good acting, and an abundance of great humor and action, its true strength lies in the fact that there wasn't a pull of focus away from what was happening in the current story. Typically, the average and current Hollywood blockbuster will carry teases for future installments, foreshadowing sequels and/or spin-offs in the first film's third act (sometimes as soon as the second act). However, Free Guy bucks the sequel trend, deviating from this routine (much like Guy himself) which is a surprising change of pace and should be seen as a positive overall. While there's certainly nothing wrong with sequels and franchise building (when done well), it's refreshing to see a sequel being warranted purely for the strength of what could have remained a stand-alone story with solid world-building.

All in all, Free Guy exists as a rare anomaly amongst Hollywood blockbusters. While it is most likely getting a sequel from director Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds, it uniquely didn't try to sell one in the midst of their first film like so many other films in the current era. Here's hoping Free Guy 2 can live up to its predecessor down the line. Free Guy is now playing in theaters.

Ryan Reynolds' Free Guy Nabs Second Week at No. 1, Beating Paw Patrol and Reminiscence

PEOPLE 23 August, 2021 - 03:57pm

One week after it first premiered Aug. 13, Free Guy once again claimed the No. 1 spot this past weekend, pulling in $18.8 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters in just three days, Deadline reports. The film now boasts a 10-day box office total of $58.8 million.    

With its new numbers, Free Guy saw the most successful second weekend out of any movie released this summer since Memorial Day weekend, beating out Peter Rabbit 2, Boss Baby 2, Forever Purge and Stillwater

The hit action-comedy also triumphed over this weekend's new releases. Free Guy brought in higher box office revenue than Paw Patrol, which pulled in $13 million in its opening weekend and was available to stream on Paramount+. With Regal Cinemas declining to screen it, the family-friendly film only debuted in 3,184 theaters. 

Free Guy beat out Warner Bros.'s latest release, too, pulling in millions more than Hugh Jackman's Reminiscence. The film, which also premiered on HBO Max Aug. 20, brought in just $2 million at the box office in its opening weekend, according to IMDb's Box Office Mojo.  

The sci-fi thriller, which also stars Rebecca Ferguson, is the latest Warner Bros. film to hit theaters and HBO Max simultaneously, a release plan the studio announced late last year for all of its 2021 films. 

Free Guy is seeing remarkable success after the film's release date was pushed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it was originally slated for a July 2020 release, Free Guy was later moved to December 2020 and finally, to Aug. 13. 

Despite dropping films like Black Widow and Cruella both in theaters and on Disney+, Disney chose to keep Free Guy strictly theatrical, making it one of the first films from the company this year to premiere without a pre-planned streaming release. 

Reynolds, 44, celebrated his film's successful second weekend on Twitter Monday, sharing Deadline's report and writing, "Whoa. Week 2 #FreeGuy."

Free Guy follows a bank teller (Reynolds) who discovers he's been living as a background player inside of a video game. Determined to save his friends from being deleted by the game's creator (Taika Waititi), he decides to become the game's hero.

Reynolds told Screen Rant in an interview earlier this month that Free Guy is "probably the best film I've ever been lucky enough to be a part of."

Free Guy comes from director Shawn Levy (Stranger Things), and also stars Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery and Utkarsh Ambudkar

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