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Godzilla dominated the weekend box office in the U.S. with an estimated $49 million in ticket sales.

The King of Monsters sequel easily bested Paramount's Rocketman and Blumhouse's Ma, which already earned back its low budget.

Rocketman failed to match Bohemian Rhapsody's opening weekend sales. In fact, Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as Sir Elton John, took in less than half of Rhapsody's sales.

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According to Variety.com, part of the problem were the homosexual scenes - which Elton insisted stay in the film. The raunchy scenes may have discouraged moviegoers from buying tickets.

The homosexual scenes were censored in Russia and certain territories where homosexuality is still banned. China refused to allow Rocketman to be shown in theaters at all.

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Blumhouse's B-Roll thriller Ma topped expectations with domestic ticket sales of $18.2 million on a shoestring budget of $5 million.

Ma stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as a middle-aged, socially awkward divorcee named Sue Ann, whose chance encounter with a group of teens will soon spell disaster for a small Ohio town.

The teenagers convince Ma to buy them beer, and she convinces them to drink freely in her unfinished rec room in the basement of her large house.

As it turns out, Ma has a hidden agenda for transforming her basement into an underage drinking hangout spot.

In high school, she was impregnated by Ben, father of Andy, the cutest boy in the group. In flashbacks, young Ma (Kyanna Simone Simpson) was bullied by the parents of the other teens.

Typical of the recurring pedo agenda in other recent Hollywood films, Ma flirts with young Andy (Corey Fogelmanis). But the fun and games end abruptly when Ma forces another teenage boy to strip naked at gunpoint, saying, "You think I'm Madea?"

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Ma reunites Spencer with The Help director Tate Taylor and actress Allison Janney, who co-starred with Spencer in The Help.

Bold name actors Juliette Lewis and Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans) round out the cast.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Ma looks stupid. It may be good, but it looked like an off brand reverse Get Out.

    In related movie news, Tiffany Haddish's new movie The Kitchen actually looks good. I want to see that.

  • Kanyade

    hmm. well Blumhouse has a penchant for making pretty good horror flicks for cheap. if they made back their budget, cool. i had no idea there would be a back story for "ma". i thought the character was just crazy for no reason.

  • Junkanoo

    Elton John is incredibly boring who needed another film about a British musician after the Freddie Mercury film which wasn't good either I didn't learn that much about Freddie from the film so it was a waste of time. Wish I could of seen the disappointment in Elton Johns after learning his film was a bust.

  • hi-liter

    Ma was sound out in my city all weekend.

  • Phillybruh

    Ma was ok, I just love Octavia and anything she is in.

  • Renee26

    I will be to see Ma this weekend... Thanks for the spoilers

  • heavn_sent

    Sandra Rose, where did you get this info love?
    I believe the movie was set in Mississippi.. passed Natchez Trace (shown in movie) omw to my neices graduation from Alcorn. Annnnnd she did NOT get pregnant by Ben. They were never even intimate.
    You're welcome.

  • Gloria

    Ma was good. There were some cringe worthy scenes but a good horror movie will make you do that right? I liked it and I like how Octavia Spencer is taking on diverse roles.

  • stav

    Right ! 2 British queen movies back to back ...too much!

  • Topic Influencer

    Ma was decent. Had a few plot twists. Movie was PACKED.

    Some of those facts are WAY off in SR's spoiler and I am glad for those who havent seen it lol

  • Nita Pie

    Im going to go see MA, it look good.

  • iWasteTime

    Sandra what are Rocketman's numbers?
    You gave us numbers for Godzilla and Ma

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Ma was okay. I think the overall motive behind her madness was really sad. The penis part and when she hit the girl with the car was like an OMG did that just happen moment for me. I had to cover my eyes cuz i wasn't ready. lol the movie kinda dragged before all the good stuff happened but I love me a crazy bish movie and she played that role well! so I was glad I saw it. lol

  • hottlanta

    Anybody see all if how they see us over thé weekend about the central park 5. I saw all of it. When l saw the part where dad told him to lié to save dad skin n job l was floored. When he got out if jail n mom wanna brag about him coming back to her he said he came back bcas he had no where else to go. Ava did a good job on showing the central park 5 llives. I can see it again.

  • free

    godzilla was worth the coin i spent to see it in 3-D, XD, PHD, whatever the hell they're charging extra for these days.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I was reading her write like what? she never did anything with Ben, she apparently got pregnant by her husband who left her. She just had a MAD crush on Ben. Damn Auntie did you see the movie? lol

  • Kimocha

    I still wanna see Ma tomorrow on my Birthday bc it's a different topic and plot... Has anyone seen it yet?... If so, please let me know if I should even waste my time....

  • Applebootay

    I saw the movie Ma this weekend and your write up is all the way wrong...it had absolutely nothing to do about a pedo agenda....it was never based on her being attracted to a young white boy, other than that boy she made strip naked was the son of the father who she was seeking revenge on..(I won't spoil it)...and they never said anything about her being pregnant by him because they never really had intercourse...it was good the entire theater were ALL into it...it made us jump and scream and Octavia is a damn good actress....oscar worthy goood.

  • Applebootay

    I did and I would recommend it...It is good...

  • Coffee1st

    Was it really??!!
    If the previews were an indication of how good that movie actually is I want to go see it

  • Kimocha

    Cool... Thanks!

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I really think you could wait for cable. She was a crazy bish tho for sure!!! lol It just dragged a lil in the beginning that's all. mostly everything happened at the end that's why I say wait.

  • jazmine

    I could tell from the previews Rocket Man wasnt bout to touch Bohemian Rhapsody.

  • jazmine

    $25 mill

  • Applebootay

    I did and I'm speechless...the 4 part series was one of the best series I've seen in YEARS....Ava derserces an Oscar for this ...from the actors superb acting to the way the script was written and the cinematography was INSANE....I sobbed...like I had the "Sup sups"...I'm still reeling from it ...I watched it last night...

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I said the same thing like which movie was she watching. lol That kid was not his.

  • Applebootay

    I thought it was better than ok....It didn't drag for me other than it had to unfold so we could have an idea of why she was doing what she was doing...but I thought it was great...everyone in the theater was into it....

  • Yoni7

    I stopped reading because I don't want it to be spoiled for me when, if I ever do, plan on seeing it. LOL

  • Topic Influencer

    I mean it wasnt earth shattering. It was decent tho. We enjoyed it

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Oh I was into it too and I understand the back story had to be told but idk the movie seem very short to me and everything happened all at once and then next thing you know the movie was over. I definitely liked seeing her as as a crazy bish she was as crazy as I hoped she would be. lmao

  • Junkanoo

    I really like Horror films watching white folks get killed off is great fun especially if Octavia Spencer is doing the killing , I will definetely watch Ma .

  • Topic Influencer

    For me Im more of a Freddie Mercury fan anyways. I paid to go see Bohemian Rhapsody and went dolo. But Rocketman I wouldnt pay. Its personal taste. Also Elton is still roaming around here. Nobody wants to see him til he manages to die perhaps? IDK. Could be the diff. tho.

  • Coy little wink

    My coworker says he went to see rocketman...I will stream it as I'm sure Elton don't need my coins ?

  • Topic Influencer

    She terrorizing majority white people. Always gonna get MY vote. https://media0.giphy.com/media/jPAdK8Nfzzwt2/giphy.gif

  • Jordan’s Memory

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GrambosTheHealer

    :) CTHU!

  • Carrington

    I'm going to see both. Octavia's flick because I like to support black films that are of decent quality (unlike Tyler Perry's flicks, which I'll watch from Red Box, when I've seen everything else)... I'll watch Rocketman because I'm a study of people and I like to know their stories, even random people that I don't care about otherwise. (For some reason, I bought Tom Jones' autobiography last week and, in reading it, was reminded that he cheated on his wife for two years with Mary Wilson (which I had forgotten although I read it in her book)...

  • the guest

    Beautiful comment!

  • JV

    The good parts were really good, even if some of the dialogue and plot points were insane. If you'd have dubbed the actors over, you'd swear this came on Saturday morning. It's a 200 million dollar cheesy movie, but I like that kind of stuff.

  • JV

    This is why you shouldn't go based on "who made the most." Godzilla had a budget of 180-190 million, so they need to bring in at least 450-500 million in revenue to make even when you factor advertising and cost of production. Ma, on the other hand, had a tiny budget under 10 million & it's already made it's money and then some. Godzilla has way more *revenue*, but Ma will definitely make more in *profit*.

  • YellowSauce

    I'm not really into other people's opinions so critics can suck it every time lololol ...................

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I never believe anything these out-of-touch critics says

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I know that's right

  • hottlanta

    They never mentioned who the jogger worked for and blair underwood n neicy nash was the business. They thought corey was crazy but he beat them at their own game. What was sooooo strange they didnt even know each othet before that. My coworker said the prosecutor got a book out n has been dragged by twitter she closed her page.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    “Typical of the recurring pedo agenda”

    Hollywood is waaay too interested in pubescent kids!

  • RealATLPeach36

    I seen the previews and it was too damn weird

  • YellowSauce

    LOL !!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL

  • abby500

    All my votes. I’m from Chicago...we vote early and often.

  • Applebootay

    Really? I don't feel that way....you need to see this on the big screen for the shock factors....unless you have a theater room...LOL....what you are referring to as dragging I call suspense....I like a build up..LOL..now if the dragging was boring then I'll agree....but it was suspenseful....IMHO

  • Applebootay

    She did them DIRTY too....I almost wanted to stand up and applaud ...LOL

  • Applebootay

    MA was good.

  • Applebootay

    Definitely a back story....and when you find out what that is....BAYBE.....I SAY KILL EM ALL...LOL

  • Applebootay

    I agree about most movies being short....this was short enough...cause if it were any longer then it would be dragging on like you mentioned....I feel like she should've killed more of them...that would've made it a bit longer...LOL

  • Applebootay

    MA was good...

  • Phillybruh

    I watched it with my boys yesterday lets just say they were speechless as was I and kudos to the young man who played Korey he ate that!

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I think that's what I am trying to say when I say dragging. I guess I am use to Lifetime movies where them white bishes be killing in the first 5 minutes and throughout the movie. lol Looking at the commercial I just knew she killed everyone in that room she took a pic with. lol I thought she was gonna go on a murderous spree but everyone survived but 2 people well 3 if you count herself. I hope I didn't ruin the movie for those who haven't seen it. It was still a good movie tho.

  • leapyearpisces

    I was post to go see it this weekend. I wasn't able to make it. I think I will just mosey on down to CineBowl and watch it BY MYSELF!

  • leapyearpisces

    Yeah like the only other one I can think of other than Freddy (who I loved), that I would pay to see is a movie on David Bowie. Rocketman's commercials were dry...and Elton don't have the hmmm..MOJO that Freddie crazy, cocky behind did. LOL

  • Applebootay

    LOL....EXACTLY....like she fvked them up tho.....and OMG what she did to the black boy was HILARIOUS....

  • leapyearpisces

    A movie that drags for the first 45minutes to an hour but is a DAMN good movie is Bad Times at the El Dorado. DAMN GOOD MOVIE, but you have to get through the 45 minute character development, that is very important and needed!

  • Guest©

    Glad you didn't do spoilers. I saw the movie as well and I don't know where Sandra obtained the info for this movie, lol. It's definitely a dark movie but I enjoyed it. The takeaway from this movie should be, be careful who you mess with.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    She said it's only room for one of us LMAO

  • Guess Who

    Ok, it was nauseating and stupid though.

    I went to see it yesterday, SMH. Not as bad of a disappointment than Us but it's not good.

    She's played a sexually frustrated, bitter millennial Mammy.

  • Bree

    I was afraid to go see it because of what Get Out did to me. I won't disclose. I must say that seeing movies where Caucasians are targeted or our story is told is really interesting.

  • Applebootay

    MAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNN.....I BUSTED OUT LOL.....I be ghetto azz hell in the theater...

  • interestingconcept1

    Please go see Ma. I dont know if Sandra just made all this up because... "recurring pedo agenda"???? WTF?? There is Absolutely no pedo agenda in this movie. It was good.

  • Bree

    I don't understand why men cheat on their wives. And I don't understand how women can carry on an affair. I was in a situation where I found out I was the other chick. I ran faster than Shug in the Color Purple.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    lol Don't worry the movie is nothing like Get Out.

  • Guest

    I will wait till these movies start streaming. I don't go to the movies anymore. Bed bugs, Spree shooters and whatever else can pop off it's not worth it to me.

  • Andrea Williams

    Hey Yoni my girl.....How are you? Child, go see Ma. I watched it on my stick this morning. She played that part. She was one crazy heifer. And that is all that I will say about it. I don't know what pedo agenda they are talking about. It is a good movie in my opinion. The budget was 5 million and I think that they have grossed 18 million? Not too shabby in my book.

  • Andrea Williams

    I say no she didn't see it.

  • Reenaface

    I saw Ma last Friday, I thought it was a decent thriller?????

  • Lovely1

    This movie can't be any worse than "Us". lol Definitely going to support.

  • Bree

    Thanks! I may have to give it a try.

  • Navybeans95

    Us was alllll ova the place. .He tried to fit in too many symbolic meanings ...Ma previews look stupid so the movie probably is stupid...may order on demand...

  • TheOwley

    I know a job is a job but Olivia is too good to lend herself to this garbage.

  • Lisa Left Eye

    Wowwww u need to put a spoiler alert!!!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Spoiler alert? I didn't give away the ending.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Agree, hopefully he does the Candyman remake proper justice.

  • Lady_Elle

    I totally agree!

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Damn bed bugs LMAO!

  • Lady_Elle

    That is what I heard! :-)

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    I’m glad it is doing well , it made triple its budget , that’s dope.

  • Lady_Elle

    I heard it was good! A couple of critical friends!

  • Nunya Business

    Yeah. But Sandra you told a lot of the plot minus the ending that most people didn't already know. Smh.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I only told 2 or 3 things that people already knew from the trailer. ??

  • KcoolMuziq

    Oscar winner Octavia(whom I met after one of the NAACP Awards) is very approachable & deserves ALL the success she's getting. She STAY booked! Plus owes her new svelte figure to Mark Wahlberg.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I’m still going to see it

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    US wasn’t that bad , especially after you learn of the plot twist with the mom Lupita, unfortunately US tried to squeeze in too much symbolism.

    Get out was a cinematic masterpiece that he tried to top with US. He literally made the most racist horror film of all time and never had the “N” uttered one time in the movie , that’s genius.

  • yvette46

    Seen it + hated it.. But LOVE Octavia so that's all I got!!

  • https://play.nylaxy.com/twitch twitch.tv/Nylaxy

    I agree. Totally ruined her reason for torturing the kids ?

  • Li-Wright

    I haven't seen a good movie yet this year. And because US disappointed I decided to wait until the fall for more movies. I'm not a Comic book fan, so I don't do the superhero thing.
    I saw the trailer for MA and Octavia just looked stupid. She can do better. But it's a paying job.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    U might as well not come out the house if you are that worried

  • T Willis

    Octavia does? To mark wahlberg?

  • Lisa Left Eye

    "In high school, she was impregnated by Ben, father of Andy, the cutest boy in the group" people who haven't seen it yet don't need to know this going in

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    I watch this last night in bed, so glad I did pay, it was bland. But I love octavia.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Yep that's what I said

  • Cricket404

    Where do all the movies go after they leave the theatre, HBO & Showtime are not showing new releases like they used to, Netflix is too selective and by the time it leaves the theater I forget most titles to search. Aladdin was good, my daughter loves the soundtrack, the lyrics are fun, clean and catchy.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    that was false something else happened though! I just saw it yesterday in the theater

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I disagree. Every reviewer mentions Ma was knocked up by Andy's dad. Pretty much everyone knows this going into the theater. Did you notice I didn't say what happens to Ben?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    So was it goodt?

  • Lisa Left Eye

    Thanks. I haven't read that tidbit on any other review. Im going to see it in a few days and now i feel like i have a good idea why she flips on the kids, when i otherwise wud have had no clues

  • Lisa Left Eye

    So I'll still be able to be surprised by the ending? Great to know, thanks!!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You're welcome, hun.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    No. That was not the only reason for destroying that man's peen.

  • yvette46

    And I agree with you. ?

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Save your money auntie! Wait until you get a free rental from red box!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Not true. I told a few things that most people already knew going into the theater.

  • Ryan

    When I found out the director for "MA" was the same fool who did "The Help", AND Octavia was in it - NOPE.

  • datjerk

    She wasnt knocked up by the dad. She had a crush on him and he humiliated her in front of the school. She was never pregnant

  • ?AndGodCreatedWoman?

    I enjoy Octavia's work...I might not make it to see MA in theaters, though.

    As far as major American films go, I would like to see more black women in TRUE romantic & feminine roles, ya know?? I would be completely fine with watching a film where the LEAD black actress (especially a dark-skinned one) isn't saving someone from Lord knows what, fighting off an abuser, or being aggressive & bitter. Just a simple, beautifully told love story will do for me ?

    In the meantime, in between time...is that movie LOQUEESHA still a go?? #QTNA

  • free

    mark got a new lil workout place.

  • free

    cold-blooded but i said the same thing.

  • free

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!!
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    the plot was so dumb but i think that's all they can do with it. i liked bringing back the old crew of all the monsters. i need to see more monster vs monster action. godzilla has always had a kinda cheese about it but i love it. loved the mothra twins twist!!!

  • Kvngbalor

    No she wasn't pregnant by Ben and I've saw it twice

  • JV

    I've been waiting my whole life for CGI Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra, so just on that alone I was happy!

  • Trace da Ace

    IONO...I will catch it when it comes out on HBO next month.

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Facts

  • PetiteButterScotch

    You kinda did give some details away lol

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    I watched this weekend.. You are so right.. I didn't know where the movie was going... Then the plot thickened, lol.

  • free

    i needed more mothra though.

  • Maxx

    Actually Ma did very well as it surpassed the numbers they were expecting.

  • sjames

    Freddy's spirit coursed through Rami's veins. that was the biggest difference to me. everybody who watched BR was stuck on QUEEN and FM for at least a month after (mine was a smooth 2.5 months lol)

  • TheWildChild

    ? thanks for the "no spoilers" I have this movie on my agenda this weekend to see.

  • sjames

    yea her motive was super sad. but when she ran that bish over OMG LOL i laughed so hard!!!

  • sjames

    she spoiled nothing LOL the whole thing was wrong

  • Renee26

    Good ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Well, you missed that part. She got an abortion while still in high school. That's why she was mad.

  • MrJamisonsWife

    I liked Ma, but then again I like thriller/horror movies. I didn't catch that she was pregnant though. SPOILER ALERT***** My take on it was that she was tricked into thinking she was "having fun" w the popular boy but it was a nerd instead. The popular kids saw her and the nerd and she was mortified. She has a kid but the dad was never mentioned much.

  • MrJamisonsWife

    Yup the movie was on point! People always hating! Glad to see Octavia out of her comfort zone. My theater too was poppin lol.

  • MrJamisonsWife

    100%FACTS!

  • MrJamisonsWife

    Thanks sugning right away!!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    MA was filmed in my hometown... Natchez, MS! They used Alcorn State University (HBCU) for majority of the scenes #ProudASUAlumni

  • Kvngbalor

    Something is wrong with you to just make up shit

  • lovelygamour

    I havent seen ma yet because it looked to scary for me. lol.