This headline is a true representation of the fact that we cannot judge a book simply by looking at its cover. Despite being a restricted, R-rated movie, this film has crossed expectation and collected $30m in its opening week. The opening day alone amassed $16.8m on Friday. Along with an 85 rating on Metacritic, the movie has been widely well received by critics and filmgoers alike.
Time magazine described the film as “one of Tarantino’s best”. It is Tarantino’s first made outside of the Weinstein Company or its predecessor Miramax and is one of his most expensive films to make, costing a reported $90m. It follows DiCaprio and Pitt as an ageing actor and his long-time stunt double. Margot Robbie stars as Sharon Tate. Tarantino’s Django Unchained is still – to date – his highest grossing film internationally.Empire gave it four stars, while the Guardian heaped praise on the film, giving it five out of five.
Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood has given the maverick filmmaker his biggest opening weekend at the US box office.Its $40m (£32.4m) nudges it ahead of 2009’s Inglourious Basterds’ $38m (£31m) debut and Django Unchained’s $30m (£24.3m) opening in 2012.The new film, set in 1969 around the time of the Manson murders, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
On the other hand, The Lion King has also seen many fan hitting the theatres in large numbers. The photo-realistic re-versioning of the 1994 Disney classic, starring a vocal cast which includes Beyonce, Donald Glover and British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, has now taken $350m (£284m) at the North America box office and $963m (£780m) globally.
We haven’t seen either, but we’re excited and you should be too! Check out this space for our reviews of these movies. At the very least, this will give us and everyone a reason to get out of bed and go socialise on a weekend. Well done Tarantino, making antisocial people go to small, closed, crowded spaces. Hats off to you!