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The Big Screen Bulletin 7.14.14: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Rule the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 07.14.2014

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Welcome to the Big Screen Bulletin! My name is Steve Gustafson and this is where we hit the big movie news from the weekend and anything else going on in the world of Hollywood! Follow me on Twitter for random bits, news RT's, and updates! Only at http://www.twitter.com/stevethegoose! For some additional reading you can check out my Comics 411. Also, if you like hot women, my Hollywood 5 & 1 will keep you occupied.

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1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - $73 million ($73 million total)
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $16.5 million ($209 million total)
3. Tammy - $12.9 million ($57.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. 22 Jump Street - $6.7 million ($172 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $5.9 million ($152.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Earth to Echo - $5.5 million ($24.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Deliver Us From Evil - $4.7 million ($25 million total)
8. Maleficent - $4.2 million ($222 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Begin Again - $2.9 million ($5.3 million total)
10. Jersey Boys - $2.5 million ($41.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!

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 Apes did as well as it did?

* Even with a strong Box Office performance, is the Transformers franchise showing signs of slowing down?

In a Reddit AMA, Guillermo del Toro talked about what his plans would have been for Hellboy 3 if he got the chance to make the movie and complete his trilogy. Below are some highlights:

On what the story would have been for Hellboy 3: "Well, you know, we don't have that movie on the horizon. But the idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film. He has to become the beast of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It's a very interesting ending to the series, but I don't think it will happen."

Del Toro on the business trouble with getting the third movie made: "I think that the first movie made its budget back, and a little bit of profit, but then it was very very big on video and DVD. The story repeated itself with the second already, it made its money back at the box office, but a small margin of profit in the release of the theatrical print, but was very very big on DVD and video. Sadly now from a business point of view all the studios know is that you don't have that safety net of the DVD and video, so they view the project as dangerous….Creatively, I would love to make it. Creatively. But it is proven almost impossible to finance. Not from my side, but from the studio side. If I was a multimillionaire, I would finance it myself, but I spend all my money on rubber monsters."

My question:

Casting of the Week!
Ian McKellen has given us the first look at him as a ninety-three year-old Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's new film. McKellen shared a picture of himself as the great detective from Mr. Holmes, which is set in 1947. It follows Holmes at the age of 93 without his only friend Dr. Watson and retired to his seaside country home with no company but his housekeeper Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son.

Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late. Also starring in the film are Hattie Morahan (The Golden Compass), Patrick Kennedy (War Horse), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Roger Allam (Tamara Drewe), Phil Davis (Vera Drake), Frances de la Tour (The History Boys), and Milo Parker (Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails).

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Digital Spy reports that Stan Lee confirmed at an appearance at the London Movies and Comic-Con that he will have a cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel is currently due out May 1, 2015.

Lee stated, "The movies have been great. We have been so lucky. We've got the best directors, the best special effects people and wonderful actors. People that had not been big stars before like the fellow who plays Thor (Chris Hemsworth) – he's wonderful! I was with him yesterday – I did my cameo of course."

He also said Warner Bros. should consider giving him a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, saying, "DC could probably make a lot more money with Superman and Batman if they announced that I'd have a cameo in it! People wouldn't believe it – they'd have to go to the theatre to see it!"

Bleeding Cool reports that several sources have reported that there are designs for Doomsday to appear in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The character was created by Dan Jurgens for the 1992 story "The Death of Superman" and featured a battle that took place in all Superman-related titles. Doomsday is a genetically-engineered monster that actually killed Superman. He has appeared several times, even after dying, and made his live action debut in Smallville. The character returned to the New 52 Superman titles in the Scott Lobdell story "Doomed".

There is no official word that Doomsday is in the film and it's unknown how he'll be used if he is. It's best to just take this as a rumor for now.

Is this movie officially out of control to you?

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A new TV Spot has been released for Paramount Pictures' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film will be released on August 8 and stars Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, and William Fichtner.

Here's a synopsis: In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.

Big Hero 6!
Walt Disney Studios has released the first TV spot for the CG animated movie Big Hero 6. Big Hero 6 hits theaters on November 7. Here is an official synopsis:

"Big Hero 6" is a heartfelt comedy adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, clean freak Wasabi No-Ginger, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a cutting-edge robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the MARVEL comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Trailer Talk
Marvel Studios has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Guardians of the Galaxy, highlighting the character of Gamora (Zoe Saldana). You can watch the video below.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1.

What do you think?

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