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 Dec 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $24.5 1 $24.5 B
2. $13.2 4 $277.4 B-
3. $7.3 3 $58.8 C-
4.
Top Five
Paramount
$7.2 1 $7.2 A-
5.
Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.1 6 $185.3 B+
6.
Interstellar
Paramount
$5.5 6 $166.8 B-
7.
Horrible Bosses 2
Warner Bros.
$4.6 3 $43.6 B-
8.
Dumb and Dumber To
Universal
$2.8 5 $82.1 C-
9. $2.5 6 $17.1 B+
10.
Wild
Fox
$1.5 2 $2.4 A-
* in millions

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