A few days ago, “Avengers: Infinity War
” co-director Joe Russo
put a few of the $2 billion the tentpole just earned toward an opening weekend ticket to “Eighth Grade
.” If the selection sounds surprising, remember that Russo and his brother, Anthony, made their dual debut 21 years ago with “Pieces,” leaping from obscurity when Steven Soderbergh
caught the film at Slamdance Festival. Also, Russo is a father who knows what it’s like to raise a 13-year-old girl.
At San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, Russo commended Bo Burnham
’s first feature: “I saw ‘Eighth Grade
’ this weekend, which is a fantastic film.” The praise came during a panel for fellow 2018 Sundance premiere “Assassination Nation
,” which Neon and the Russos — via their company, Agbo
— acquired at Park City for $10 million. In “Assassination Nation
,” a young female quartet fights for their lives as their town descends into violent chaos after every single resident’s phone is hacked.