The Big Screen Bulletin 5.26.14: X-Men Take the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 05.26.2014
News and thoughts on Ant-Man losing its director, the latest on Channing Tatum possibly playing Gambit, Hugh Jackman wanting a Wolverine vs Deadpool movie, Frozen making a big move on the box office chart and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $90.7 million ($90.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Godzilla - $31.4 million ($148.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. Blended - $14.2 million ($14.2 million total)
4. Neighbors - $13.9 million ($113.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $7.8 million ($184.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Million Dollar Arm - $7.1 million ($20.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. The Other Woman - $3.7 million ($77.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. Rio 2 - $2.5 million ($121.6 million total)
9. Chef - $2.3 million ($3.5 million total)
10. Heaven is for Real - $2 million ($85.8 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!
* Is the X-Men franchise healthy?
* Do you want to see a Godzille sequel?
In a post on Facebook, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn added his thoughts on the story of Edgar Wright leaving the production of Marvel's Ant-Man.
He wrote: "Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they're amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn't it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren't meant to be together - not because there's anything wrong with either of them, but they just don't have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don't make each other happy. Although it's sad to see them split, when they do, you're surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next. It's easy to try to make one party "right" and another party "wrong" when a breakup happens, but it often isn't that simple. Or perhaps it's even more simple than that - not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn't mean they're not wonderful people. And that's true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn't a person, but I think you get what I mean."
Casting of the Week!
THR recently spoke with actor Channing Tatum at Cannes this week, and Tatum revealed that while he's "dying" to work on X-Men: Apocalypse, he's not 100% confirmed for the project yet.
Tatum stated: "I hope to be joining — everything's not done yet. I've obviously been in talks, and we're on the one-yard line. I'm always afraid of being like, 'Yes, it's totally happening,' and then it doesn't happen."
Previous reports indicated that Tatum would play the reintroduction for the character of Remy LeBeau aka Gambit for the next X-Men sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, and then he would return to play Gambit again in a spinoff movie. Currently, there's no director attached to the project.
This story is really heating up! David Goyer is showing his colors and causing concern over his involvement with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Goyer, who co-wrote the upcoming DC Comics film, has earned the venom of Marvel fans, as well as those of superheroins in general, by going off on an ignorant rant about the Marvel character of She-Hulk, calling her a "giant green porn star".
Goyer, who has been involved in several DC and Marvel projects over the years, appeared on the Scriptnotes podcast and talked about She-Hulk among other things. Both Goyer and host Craig Mazin went over the top, with Mazin calling She-Hulk "Slut-Hulk" and Goyer calling her the "extension of the male power fantasy" and denigrating comic book readers and writers in the process.
Mazin: "The real name for She-Hulk was Slut-Hulk. That was the whole point. Let's just make this green chick with enormous boobs. And she's Hulk strong but not Hulk massive, right? … She's real lean, stringy…"
Goyer: "She's still pretty chunky. She was like Chyna from the WWE." (This is funny because Chyna DID play She-Hulk in the porn parody)
Mazin: "The whole point of She-Hulk was just to appeal sexistly to ten-year-old boys. Worked on me."
Goyer: "I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It's like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the s**t kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could f**k if you were Hulk, you know what I'm saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it's like if I'm going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let's create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could f**k."
Goyer at one point also took a shot at comic book fans in general when he asked, "How many people in the audience have heard of Martian Manhunter?...How many people that raised their hands have ever been laid?"
What are your thoughts on Goyer?
In an interview with IGN, Hugh Jackman and writer Simon Kinberg revealed that there are "easter eggs" in X-Men: Days of Future Past for fans that reference the comics and previous films. Jackman said: "Maybe funniest or coolest is when he first arrives back in the ‘70s. He lands back in his apartment – and I don't want to tell you where it is. But you should pause it because there's a lot of really cool clues in his apartment. Nick-nacks and stuff that he's got around. And of course it's Wolverine, so literally he wakes up in bed, morning, and within five minutes he's in a massive fight."
Kinberg added: "The scene that takes place after Logan wakes up, at the end of the movie, in the future, is filled with obvious things that are for the fans. But there are also some very subtle things for the fans, when he's walking around the environment in which he wakes up. We wrote it wanting it to be a really deep dive for the fans, so that almost every scene would have little tickles of other moments from the comics, or moments from the movies. But we also wrote it with the intention that it's going to be the most watched X-Men movie of all-time, and if it works, it's going to bring an audience that's never seen these movies, or only casually seen them. So those things need to be invisible for a general audience."
Jackman also stated that he loves the character Deadpool and thinks it would be cool to see Deadpool vs. Wolverine on screen again. Jackman said, "We sort of took a pretty strong choice on Deadpool, where we kind of stitched him up. And I love the character of Deadpool and I think that the sort of badass, fast-talking, funny, annoying Deadpool vs. Wolverine would still be cool. We've sort of done it, but I think we could have done that much better."
SPOILER PART ABOUT THE POST-CREDIT TEASE IN X-MEN
Kinberg said: "The post-credit sequence is a tease into what will be the Apocalypse movie. Now the Apocalypse you see – that young boy – may not be the actor who plays the character in our movie. It's a deep back story glimpse into the character, but our movie doesn't take place in ancient Egypt and will likely not star a young boy Apocalypse."
On The Tonight Show, Will Ferrell and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers had a "greatest drummer" face-off. The two dressed up the same outfit to play on the fact that some people say they look alike. Fallon was the judge of the "traditional drum-off", which featured four solos each. The winner was the one who "whacks, smacks and slaps the skins best." Smith did what he does best and so did Ferrell, who was quick to deliver trash talk. At one point he said: "That was cute. Do you play for the Luke Warm Chili Peppers?" Fallon actually awarded the victory to Ferrell after he brought out a cowbell to use.
The drum battle was set up after Ferrell challenged Smith (during Smiths' Reddit AMA) for charity. Ferrell drummed for www.cancerforcollege.org, while Smith drummed for www.littlekidsrock.org. The Red Hot Chili Peppers made a surprise appearance on the same show to perform a cover of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper", with Ferrell on cowbell.
Per Box Office Mojo, the Disney CG animated movie Frozen has now surpassed Iron Man 3 as the as the fifth highest grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office. Frozen surpasses Iron Man 3 with $1,219.3 billion. Iron Man 3 sits at No. 6 on the chart now with $1,215.4 billion.
Of course, this gives Disney four releases now in the top 10 highest grossing movies ever. The Avengers still sits at No. 3 at the worldwide box office with $1,518.6 billion. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is ranked at No. 7 with $1,045.7 billion.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the teaser trailer for Marvel's Big Hero 6. The film is based on the comics of the same name and features the voices of TJ Miller, Jamie Chung and Maya Rudolph. It arrives on November 7.
Here's a synopsis: Big Hero 6 is an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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