The Big Screen Bulletin 05.12.14: Neighbors Tops The Amazing Spider-Man 2!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 05.12.2014
News and thoughts on Simon Kinberg discussing X-Men: Apocalypse, Michael Fassbender returning for Prometheus 2, more Fantastic Four casting, Sigourney Weaver on the Avatar sequels and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. Neighbors - $51.1 million ($51.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $37.2 million ($147.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. The Other Woman - $9.3 million ($61.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Heaven is for Real - $7 million ($75.2 million total)
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $5.6 million ($245 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Rio 2 - $5.1 million ($113.2 million total)
7. Mom's Night Out - $4.2 million ($4.2 million total)
8. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return - $3.7 million ($3.7 million total)
9. Divergent - $1.7 million ($145 million total)
10. Brick Mansions - $1.5 million ($18.3 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!
* Are you surprised Neighbors beat out The Amazing Spider-Man 2?
* Will Godzilla be #1 next week?
Last weekend it was reported that some Japanese fans were making fun of the new Godzilla film, accusing the monster of being too fat after a still of him was released. Ken Watanabe, director Gareth Edwards and Legendary's Thomas Tull were asked about the comments by IGN and had some pithy responses. Check them out below:
Edwards: "I think two people Japan said that. But let's pretend it's the whole world for a moment. I just think it's comments like that that give giant monsters an image complex. That's what makes him angry in the first place."
Tull: "We think our Godzilla is just right and we're not asking him to go on a diet, even for the red carpet."
Watanabe: "He's getting some good exercise."
The film opens on Friday.
Casting of the Week!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reg E. Cathey has been cast as Dr. Franklin Storm, the father of Sue (Kate Mara) and Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) in the reboot of The Fantastic Four. At this time, it is unknown which origin they will use for Dr. Franklin Storm. In the original comic series, Dr. Storm was accused of murder and thought to be dead. He actually operated on and saved his daughter's life when she suffered a life threatening injury at the hands of the Mole Man. In Marvel's "Ultimate" universe, Dr. Storm is partially responsible for the creation of the Fantastic Four.
The film opens on June 19th, 2015 and stars Jamie Bell, Jordan, Mara and Miles Teller as the Fantastic Four, Toby Kebbell as Victor Von Doom and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man.
In movie reboot news, Will Ferrell and Anchorman director Adam McKay will executive produce a new Flintstones movie at Warner Bros. The studio will bring The Flintstones back as an animated feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chris Henchy has already signed on to write the script.
The Flintstones fans will remember that the franchise first ran as a cartoon sitcom from 1960 to 1966, and Steven Spielberg produced a live-action movie in 1994 starring John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis and Rosie O'Donnell. The film pulled in more than $130 million in North America. Seth MacFarlane previously tried to launch a revamped Flintstones television show at Fox, but reports claimed the network wasn't wowed by the script and shut down the project back in 2012.
Now it looks like Ferrell and his comedy buds will have no trouble getting this done.
SuperHeroHype recently spoke with X-Men: Days of Future Past writer and producer Simon Kinberg at the New York press junket this week about the future of franchise and X-Men: Apocalypse. The next sequel is due out on May 27, 2016.
Kinberg stated on the film:
"We want to tell the Apocalypse story and there's massive scale and scope to telling that story. There's going to be set pieces that I suspect are going to be bigger than anything we've ever done in an X-Men movie before and he's a great character. The biggest and funnest challenge of the Apocalypse movie to me is his character. How do you create a new villain for the X-Men world that is as good as any villain that's come before, is compelling philosophically as Magneto, not just in his physical powers, but in his philosophical depth. 'Apocalypse' is going to be a fun movie to write and make."
You can check out a video of his comments below.
Avatar! Sigourney Weaver has dropped a tantalizing little hint as to how she will come back in the Avatar sequels. Weaver, whose character of Dr. Grace Augustine died in the first film, told Vulture that she will be on all three sequels and teased what she might be coming back for.
Weaver told the site, "It will be challenging for me. I can't talk about it, but my part is a little different in each one. I'll transform somewhat."
Grace was fatally shot by Stephen Lang's Colonel Quaritch in the first film and the Na'vi clan attempted to transfer her from her body into that of her avatar via the Tree of Souls, but she died before the process could complete. Assuming she was midway in the transformation process, her consciousness might be out there somewhere and she could always end up in a Na'vi body or perhaps be stuck in the Tree of Souls somehow.
The films are being shot back-to-back-to-back and will be released in December of 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Collider reports that actor Michael Fassbender has confirmed that he will appear in the planned sequel to Prometheus. However, Fassbender does not know when the movie will start filming.
When asked about Ridley Scott, Fassbender said, "I love Ridley. He's a master filmmaker." He added when he was asked if he would appear as the cyborg, David 8, in the sequel, "Yeah, but when I don't know."
You can check out a video of the exchange below:
Take a look at Smaug coming to life for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Animation supervisor Dave Clayton shows how the team at Weta Digital brought the famous dragon to life.
Here is the first TV spot for Edge of Tomorrow. The film opens on June 6th and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, Ciaran Hinds, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda and Tony Way.
The action unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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