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1. Molly’s Game
2. Darkest Hour
4. Pitch Perfect 3
5. All the Money in the World
6. The Greatest Showman
7. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
The story of a peaceful bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in the bull rings of Spain, is now an animated feature with a voice cast led by John Cena and Kate McKinnon.
Timeless book: The film is based on the 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. Because of its themes of pacifism, it was reportedly one of the books burned by the Nazis in Germany.
Fast work: It was written very quickly, Munro’s widow Margaret Leaf told NPR in 1986. She said it took her husband about 40 minutes to crank out the story, in pencil, on six yellow legal-pad pages.
Short winner: Walt Disney turned the book into a 7-minute film in 1938 (directed by Dick Rickard) and it won an Oscar for best animated short subject.
Tops at the box office
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, $100.6 ($397.2 total)
2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $55.4 ($72)
3. Pitch Perfect 3, $26.5 (new)
4. The Greatest Showman, $14 ($18.5)
5. Ferdinand, $9.6 ($29.1)
New on Netflix
1. Travelers: Season 2
3. Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 2 (Friday)
4. Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (Sunday)
5. Fun Mom Dinner (Sunday)
Beauty and the Box Office
Yes, it’s bigger than Thor, bigger than Spiderman, bigger than It. The live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as feisty, singing Belle, is the top box office draw of 2017, earning more than $504 million. (It will likely be surpassed eventually by the recently released Star Wars: The Last Jedi.) In the meantime, live-action do-overs are in the works for The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan and Dumbo, among others.
Trans-Siberain Orchestra — The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Where/When: Quicken Loans Arena, 3 and 8 p.m. Friday
Tickets: $36-$86. www.theQarena.com
Weekend Tipsheet: Trans-Siberain Orchestra The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ lands at the Q
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