Monday Movie Report: Oscars Museum Enters Final Construction Phase

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is getting closer to its expected opening in early 2019.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the building, with a footprint in Los Angeles, is entering its final phase of construction. A company that specializes in complex projects, MATT Construction, will oversee the building of the structure, THR reported.

The Academy’s website states that the structure is being designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and will include the addition of a 1,000-seat theater. The theater will be located in a new spherical structure, which has become the highlight of the project.

Additionally, the Academy states that the museum includes a major renovation of the Streamline Moderne May Company building, a structure in Los Angeles that was built in the 1930s.

Upon completion, the museum will feature six stories of dynamic space, including more than 50,000 square feet of immersive exhibition galleries, a state-of-the-art education studio, two film and performance theaters, a restaurant, a café and dynamic public and special event spaces.

In other news from Hollywood, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” won the top spot at the box office for a second week in a row. In total, the live action adaptation took in more than $88 million. Another big screen adaptation, meanwhile, took in a higher than expected $40.5 million.

The full top five was:
1. Beauty and the Beast – $88,347,00
2. Power Rangers – $40,500,000
3. Kong: Skull Island – $14,425,000
4. Life – $12,600,000
5. Logan – $10,145,000

Opening this weekend, meanwhile, includes the anime adaptation “Ghost in the Shell,” the animated feature “The Boss Baby” and the drama “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

A large variety of movies are also coming out on home video this week. They include:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – ATMR Rating: 3 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%
  • Patriots Day – ATMR Rating: 3.7 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%
  • Why Him? – Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40%
  • Silence – Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
  • 20th Century Women – Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%
  • A Monster Calls – Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%