News of the World and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

By Chris Kavan - 11/04/20 at 10:27 AM CT

In another lackluster box office, Come Play topped the weekend with $3.12 million - at least doing much better than The Empty Man (which sits at just $2.28 million after two weeks). Meanwhile Christopher Nolan's Tenet added $885,000 (4th place) which gave it a new $53.3 million total - just enough to top Nolan's The Prestige at $53.1 million. And that's about all for the good news. In fact, Universal/Comcast is about the only studio willing to keep things afloat in the next few weeks with 11 offerings - including body-swap horror Freaky and Kevin Costner's Let Him Go with many titles heading to PVOD shortly after their respective theatrical release. None of the titles, however, are expected to make a huge impact and it still remains to be seen if Wonder Woman 1984 will ultimately change dates. In other news, AMC posted their quarterly earnings - with a loss topping $900 million, putting into stark perspective just how much the pandemic has affected theaters.

In weekly ratings news, one of the other last "big" films expected for 2020, the Tom Hanks Civil War drama News of the World, gets its ratings and while the rest of the list is long, no other wide releases are to be found.

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Tom Hanks has been a reliable draw for as long as I can remember. That is a big reason why News of the World may be able to salvage a 2020 release. The film follows Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks) a civil war veteran who spends his days traveling from town to town, telling non-fiction tales of the happenings of the world. He comes across a young girl, Joanna (Helena Zengel), who has been raised by the Kiowa people for six years, but who is now, by law, going to be returned to her biological family against her will. The pair with face dangers both natural and man-made on a perilous journey which on hopes will lead to a new place to call home. The set-up makes this look intriguing and the supporting cast (Elizabeth Marvel, Ray McKinnon, Mare Winningham and Neil Sandilands among them) looks strong as well. If there is still such a thing as awards-season hype, and if it indeed does still come out before the end of the year, it looks like a lock for at least some attention. We'll see how the shape of things are at the end of December, I guess. Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, thematic material and some language.

There is still quite a list to explore below, so check out the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin if so inclined:

BOMBAY ROSE

Rated PG-13 for thematic/suggestive material, smoking, some violence and language.


COPS & ROBBERS

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, violent images and some strong language.


DARK WEB: CICADA 3301

Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content, some violence, drug use and nudity.


FINDING YOU

Rated PG for language and thematic elements.


THE GREEN KNIGHT

Rated R for violence, some sexuality and graphic nudity.


HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS

Rated R for language and brief sexual material.


THE HUMAN VOICE

Rated R for some drug content and nude images.


I CARE A LOT

Rated R for language throughout and some violence.


LOVE, WEDDINGS & OTHER DISASTERS

Rated PG-13 for crude sexual material and some strong language.


THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some teen drinking and sexual references.


NEWS OF THE WORLD

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, thematic material and some language.


POSSESSOR

Rated R for strong bloody disturbing violence, strong sexual content, some graphic nudity, language and brief drug use.


REMINISCENCE

Rated PG-13 for strong violence, drug material throughout, sexual content and some strong
language.


SKYLINES

Rated R for violence and language.


SONGBIRD

Rated PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, sexual material, partial nudity and some strong language.


THE STAND IN

Rated R for language throughout including sexual references, and for drug use.


TOO CLOSE FOR CHRISTMAS

Rated G


THE VIRTUOSO

Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity and language.


WRONG TURN

Rated R for strong bloody violence, grisly images and pervasive language.

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