The Big Screen Bulletin 04.14.14: Captain America Defends the Box Office
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 04.14.2014
News and thoughts on Bryan Singer discussing his plans for X-Men: Apocalypse, James Cameron on the future of Avatar, the latest on the Sinister Six and Venom films and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $41.4 million ($159 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Rio 2 - $39 million ($39 million total)
3. Oculus - $12 million ($12 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Draft Day - $9.8 million ($9.8 million total)
5. Divergent - $7.5 million ($124.9 million total)
6. Noah - $7.5 million ($84.9 million total)
7. God's Not Dead - $4.5 million ($40.7 million total)
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel - $4.1 million ($39.5 million total)
9. Muppets Most Wanted - $2.2 million ($45.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $1.8 million ($105.2 million total)
Box Office Survey!
Instead of me just repeating what you can see, how about we ask some questions about the weekend box office? Answer in the comments!
* What will Captain America: The Winter Soldier finish with at the box office?
* Why did Draft Day under-perform?
During an AMA session on Reddit, James Cameron spoke about the scripts to his Avatar sequels, which are in pre-production in New Zealand.
He said: "The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They're essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks….The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things – I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable. There hasn't been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie."
He also commented on the rumors from last September that Arnold Schwarzenegger would play the villain. He added: "As of right now, he and I have not discussed it, and I don't see a role as the scripts are coming together that would be appropriate for him, so I would say probably not."
The Avatar sequels will be written by Cameron along with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno. Avatar 2 arrives in December 2016, followed by Avatar 3 (December 2017) and Avatar 4 (December 2018). The series stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang.
Casting of the Week! Benedict Cumberbatch took time to squash the hopes of fans everywhere this weekend. The Iris reports that the actor said that he will not appear on Doctor Who, which is run by Sherlock's showrunner Steven Moffat.
Cumberbatch has long been a fan choice to pop up in a role on the show, with the Doctor's longtime adversary The Master as the most common choice. However, the actor said, "I'm never gonna play the Doctor – and nothing to do with the Whoniverse."
He also shot down the rumors that he was up for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Speculation about the actor appearing in that film has also been rampant thanks to his association with JJ Abrams via Star Trek Into Darkness. However, he noted, "I would've liked a part in JJ's new Star Wars but it won't happen, sadly."
When Karen Gillan shaved off her red hair to appear as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, she apparently donated them to Episode VII. Seriously. From an interview she did with Collider, they asked her:
Was it just very liberating to shave your head, or did you have any moments of tears while they were doing it?
GILLAN: No, I was laughing hysterically. It really hit me when I woke up the next morning. That's when I was like, "Oh, my god, where's my hair?!" But also, everyone kept me in good spirit. Everyone was laughing and telling jokes. Marvel are the best company to work for, they really are. They treat you really well. They made my hair into the most incredible well-made wig and they gave it to the Star Wars people. It's just so funny to think that my hair is made into a wig, next to all these Star Wars monster heads in a warehouse. I thought that was really funny.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Bryan Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg spoke about X-Men: Apocalypse, which will be released on May 27, 2016. The film is being developed with X2 writers Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty.
Singer said that the film will "somewhat" be based on the 1990 storyline Age of Apocalypse, which features an alternate universe in which the ancient villain Apocalypse has taken over the world. Singer said: "[The movie] won't necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I'm playing with."
Kinberg added: "From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there'll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply." When asked if Days of Future Past will set up the next movie, Singer replied: "You won't feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse. What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we'll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen. Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You're dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?"
The film will star James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult from deals they signed for First Class. Singer also said he's interested in bringing in mutants like Gambit and Nightcrawler. He added: "I'm excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s."
Spider-Man and Friends!
During a recent interview with Den of Geek, it was revealed that they have a timeline for the Sinister Six and Venom films. Producer Matt Tolmach spoke about the future of the franchise saying, "Before we know what we do with Spider-Man 4. We're going to do Sinister Six, Venom and Spider-Man 3. There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we're just not at Spider-Man 4, because we still have a whole other Spider-Man movie and two other movies. So we don't know yet what [Spider-Man 4] is going to be."
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon will write the Venom movie, which Kurtzman will direct. Drew Goddard will write and direct the Sinister Six film.
NBC and Hulu have released a video of Seth Rogen's opening monologue from last night's episode of Saturday Night Live. You can watch the video in the player below.
The monologue featured some cameos from Rogen's friend James Franco and also Zooey Deschanel and Taylor Swift.
Batman vs Superman: No Leaks From Garner!
Speaking to Collider, actress Jennifer Garner, wife of Ben Affleck, said that she is going to stop talking about Batman vs. Superman.
Garner said she got "in trouble" when she started talking about the new Batsuit being a "total reinvention" and that she was going to be in Detroit this summer when Affleck was filming there. This led to speculation that the movie was going to be shot in Detroit.
Garner said she won't talk about the film again in public, saying, "I have gotten in some trouble for my little quotes and I'm learning... I thought that I was saying things that were foregone conclusions and it turns out nothing is, and you won't be hearing from me on the Batman front."
Here is a new clip from Hercules. The film opens July 25th and stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie and Tobias Santelmann.
The film is based on the Radical Studios graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars." Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
Sony has released a new red band (NSFW) trailer for 22 Jump Street. The film will be released on June 13. It was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Amber Stevens, Nick Offerman, Rob Riggle, Richard Grieco and Brad Pitt.
Here's a synopsis: Officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) go deep undercover at a local college to crack a crime ring within a fraternity. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. In addition to cracking the case, the two freshmen must figure out if they can have a mature relationship like real men.
What do you think?
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