The Big Screen Bulletin 6.30.14: Transformers: Age of Extinction Takes the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 06.30.2014
News and thoughts on the Fox's president talking about future of the X-Men franchise, Michael Bay responding to critics of Transformers: Age of Extinction, new Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumors and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $100 million ($100 million total)
2. 22 Jump Street - $15.4 million ($139.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $13.1 million ($121.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Think Like a Man Too - $10.4 million ($48.2 million total)
5. Maleficent - $8.2 million ($201.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Jersey Boys - $7.6 million ($27.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Edge of Tomorrow - $5.2 million ($84.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. The Fault in Our Stars - $4.8 million ($109.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $3.3 million ($223.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. Chef - $1.7 million ($16.9 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 Transformers critic proof?
Speaking to MTV, director Michael Bay responded to critics of Transformers: Age of Extinction. The film was No. 1 at the box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $100 million. The Transformers movies, all of which were directed by Bay, have long received poor film reviews but done very well at the box office.
Bay said on the critics of the film, "They love to hate, and I don't care; let them hate. They're still going to see the movie! I think it's good to get a little tension. Very good."
He added, "I used to get bothered by it, but I think it's good to get the dialogue going. It makes me think, and it keeps me on my toes, so it's good."
He makes a valid point. Do critics matter? No matter how poorly Transformers is reviewed by critics, audiences filled the theater in droves.
Casting of the Week!
Latino Review reports that Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It's unknown who she will be playing, but it could simply be a cameo.
She is Fisher's daughter with Bryan Lourd, the Parntner, Managing Director and Co-Chairman of Creative Arts Agency.
The film also stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
GottaBeKidding! Shia LaBeouf.
He's been banned in my Hollywood 5 & 1 and I'm sure his mentions in this column will be rare after this past week.
Comic Book Movie News!
Speaking to THR, 20th Century Fox President of Production Emma Watts talked about the next upcoming sequel to the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, and the studio's planned reboot for the Fantastic Four franchise. Below are some highlights.
Watts on Fantastic Four: "We're making a big bet for 2015 with The Fantastic Four and director Josh Trank. To me, the key is the originality of the filmmakers and the choices they make. Josh is another really interesting example, who is using the vision he gave us in Chronicle to reinvent a franchise he's loved his whole life. It's not that you can't make original ideas — you can, and we did it with Chronicle. The director is the key to not letting superhero movies go stale. That's the truth."
Watts on if Fantastic Four will have found footage elements: "It's Josh, so it can't not have that feel. That's his talent, that's what he does, and that's what excites him about it. It is a really interesting young cast, and he is the magnet that's brought them all together."
Watts on if Singer will return for X-men: Apocalypse: "Right now we are totally at the outlining phase. But nothing would make me happier than if it all worked out. It's always been the intention for him to do it."
X-Men: Apocalypse is due out on May 22, 2016. The Fantastic Four is due out on July 19, 2015.
Switching over to Marvel Studios. They've released another featurette for Guardians of the Galaxy with interviews from all five main cast members and new footage. The film was written and directed by James Gunn. It will be released on August 1 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
Here's a synopsis: 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.
In an interview with the Humans from Earth podcast, Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci said that the next installment of the franchise will take place in deep space.
Orci stated: "In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started," Orci said. "The first two films – especially the 2009 [Star Trek] – was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren't the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie. So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters than you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space."
Orci is co-writing the film with Patrick McKay and JD Payne. The new film is currently due out sometime in 2016.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!
20th Century Fox has released a new clip from Dawn of the Planet of Apes, which arrives on July 11. The film was directed by Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer.
Here's a synopsis: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
Universal Pictures has released the first trailer from Dracula Untold, which arrives on October 17. Luke Evans plays Vlad, a man who makes a "dark bargain" to save his people and family with unfortunate consequences. The film is PG-13 and was directed by Gary Shore.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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