The Boxtrolls In this stop-motion kids' flick, gremlins that wear cardboard boxes like turtle shells emerge at night to Dumpster-dive. The script lacks the wit of Wallace… The Boxtrolls In this stop-motion kids' flick, gremlins that wear cardboard boxes like turtle shells emerge at night to Dumpster-dive. The script lacks the wit of Wallace… 2014-09-26 PG PT100M Animation Toni Collette Elle Fanning Ben Kingsley Focus Features
Movie Review

The Boxtrolls (2014)

MPAA Rating: PG
The Boxtrolls | THE BOXTROLLS Eggs is the main character in this animated film
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THE BOXTROLLS Eggs is the main character in this animated film
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 26, 2014; Rated: PG; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Toni Collette, Elle Fanning and Ben Kingsley; Distributor: Focus Features

In this stop-motion kids' flick, gremlins that wear cardboard boxes like turtle shells emerge at night to Dumpster-dive. The script lacks the wit of Wallace & Gromit — even the trolls groan at a giant cheese named the Briehemoth — and never sinks its teeth into the twisted fantasy of its premise. But voicing the putrid villain Archibald Snatcher (who's modeled as either a tribute or an insult to actor Timothy Spall), Ben Kingsley gives the funniest performance of his career. B-

Originally posted Sep 24, 2014 Published in issue #1331 Oct 03, 2014 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Nov 23 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $123.0 1 $123.0 B-
2.
Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Pictures
$20.1 3 $135.7 B+
3.
Interstellar
Paramount
$15.1 3 $120.7 B-
4.
Dumb and Dumber To
Universal
$13.8 2 $57.5 C-
5.
Gone Girl
Fox
$2.8 8 $156.8 A
6.
Beyond the Lights
Relativity
$2.6 2 $10.1 B+
7.
St. Vincent
Weinstein Co.
$2.4 7 $36.6 B
8.
Fury
Sony
$1.9 6 $79.1 C+
9.
Birdman
Fox Searchlight
$1.9 6 $14.4 A-
10.
Nightcrawler
Open Road
$1.2 4 $27.2 B+
* in millions

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