The Big Screen Bulletin 5.19.14: Godzilla Destroys the Competition!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 05.19.2014
News and thoughts on Hugh Jackman discussing the future of Wolverine, new footage from X-Men: Days of Future Past, a new teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy, a Godzilla sequel being in the works and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. Godzilla - $93.2 million ($93.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Neighbors - $26 million ($91.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $16.8 million ($172.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Million Dollar Arm - $10.5 million ($10.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. The Other Woman - $6.3 million ($71.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Heaven is for Real - $4.4 million ($82.5 million total)
7. Rio 2 - $3.8 million ($118.1 million total)
8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $3.8 million ($250.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return - $2 million ($6.6 million total)
10. Mom's Night Out - $1.9 million ($7.3 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 Godzilla made as much as it did?
* Will Million Dollar Arm find better success when it comes out on video?
Warner Bros. and Legendary are already working on a sequel to Godzilla. Deadline has confirmed that a follow-up film to the movie is in the works, with Gareth Edwards likely to return as director.
The site notes that Edwards has previously said he "would use the same kind of restraint he did for this one" in terms of the monster itself, coming from his experience watching Spielberg films where the creatures weren't revealed until later in the pictures. Edwards previously directed Monsters which gave him the experience with giant monsters before taking on Godzilla.
The film has grossed $93.2 million domestically and $196.2 million worldwide.
Casting of the Week!
There's been some doubt as to Hugh Jackman's status for future outings as Wolverine. The actor said recently that he was "genuinely at that point where unless it's better than the last one I'm not going to do it."
That appears to have changed though, as Jackman told IGN that he's ready to continue going as long as he can.
Jackman said, "At one point, you're right, I said I was pretty sure. But I'm less sure as it goes along. Because after seeing this movie, the whole thing feels fresher to me than ever. And during this movie...I don't want to spoil anything, but it's kind of like a clean slate, so who knows where it's going to go. As long as I have the passion for it, and the fans will have me."
In an interview with The Telegraph, Viggo Mortensen revealed he's not really a fan of the second (The Two Towers) and third (Return of the King) films in the Lord of the Rings series. Here are highlights:
On not knowing the films would be a success: "Anybody who says they knew it was going to be the success it was, I don't think it's really true. They didn't have an inkling until they showed 20 minutes in Cannes, in May of 2001."
On the second and third films of the series: "They were in a lot of trouble, and Peter had spent a lot. Officially, he could say that he was finished in December 2000 – he'd shot all three films in the trilogy – but really the second and third ones were a mess. It was very sloppy – it just wasn't done at all. It needed massive reshoots, which we did, year after year. But he would have never been given the extra money to do those if the first one hadn't been a huge success. The second and third ones would have been straight to video. It was very confusing, we were going at such a pace, and they had so many units shooting, it was really insane. But it's true that the first script was better organized."
On Jackson's use of CGI: "Also, Peter was always a geek in terms of technology but, once he had the means to do it, and the evolution of the technology really took off, he never looked back. In the first movie, yes, there's Rivendell, and Mordor, but there's sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it's grittier. The second movie already started ballooning, for my taste, and then by the third one, there were a lot of special effects. It was grandiose, and all that, but whatever was subtle, in the first movie, gradually got lost in the second and third. Now with The Hobbit, one and two, it's like that to the power of 10."
20th Century Fox has released some behind-the-scenes B-roll footage for X-Men: Days of Future Past. You should probably know that these can be considered SPOILERS, so watch at your own risk! The film hits theaters on May 23.
Marvel has released another teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy, showing off new footage. We briefly see and hear Rocket Raccoon speak. The film was written and directed by James Gunn. It stars stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Vin Diesel. The film arrives on August 1.
Here's a synopsis: An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
DreamWorks Animation has released a new clip and featurette for the upcoming sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2. You can watch the videos in the players below and the film opens in theaters on June 13.
While this came out last week, it has remained a topic of conversation over the weekend. What are your thoughts on the picture?
Sony has released a new trailer for Scott Derrickson'sDeliver Us From Evil that runs three minutes long. The film stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris and Joel McHale. It will be released on July 2.
Here's a synopsis: Follows New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), who is struggling with his own personal issues. As he begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes, he joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. The film is based upon the book, which details Sarchie's bone-chilling real-life cases.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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