Weekend at the Box Office

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicked some shell for their opening weekend, sending Guardians back into the galaxy with the top slot at $65 million. In it’s second week, Star-Lord and the gang continued strong at $41.5 million. Coming in at third and fourth place, we have two other movies that opened this past weekend as well, a tornado thriller and a foodie’s drama: Into the Storm brought in $18 million and The Hundred-Foot Journey served up $11.1 million. Last in the top five lineup, we have Lucy in her third week at the box office earning $9.3 million. Cowabunga, dudes — this weekend belongs to the turtles.

Movie News

Updates to Warner Bros. Releases: DC fans, we have not forgotten you! With Marvel continuously eating up the headlines, Warner Bros. recently announced the new release date for Batman v. Superman (March 26, 2016) as well as the release date for nine untitled movies (see below) as reported by The Wrap. Dan Fellman states that the titles of these movies should be revealed later this month. It will be interesting to see if they actually follow-through.

Untitled DC Film  – 08/05/16
Untitled DC Film  – 06/23/17
Untitled DC Film  – 11/17/17
Untitled DC Film  – 03/23/18
Untitled DC Film  – 07/27/18
Untitled DC Film  – 04/05/19
Untitled DC Film  – 06/14/19
Untitled DC Film  – 04/03/20
Untitled DC Film  – 06/19/20

Everything is Awesome! The LEGO Movie is perhaps one of the most surprising successes of 2014 (too soon to tell?) and a sequel is inevitable according to Hollywood Reporter, coming to the big screen in May of 2017 and before then a spinoff in September 2016 featuring based on Ninjago.

chesire-catAlice in Wonderland Sequel: Unsurprisingly, Disney is working on the Wonderland sequel and will to take us Through the Looking Glass on May 27, 2016 according to Empire Online. Currently starting production, James Bobin is taking the reins as director. We can expect the movie to feature Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor, Matt Lucas, and Timothy Spall to lend their voice talents. Coming back to the greenscreen, Mia Wasikowska will be side-by-side with the Mad Hatter Johnny Depp, the bulbous head of the Red Queen, Helena Bonham Carter; and Anne Hathaway’s White Queen.

Marvel Can’t Handle a Female Lead? Sony Takes on the “Challenge”: Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, recently discussed the timing difficulties in successfully pinpointing a movie featuring a strong female lead. According to CBR, Comic comics-spider-girl  Book Resources, Feige has commented, “I hope we do it sooner rather than later. But we find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have…” This statement comes after he previously commented that there have been outstanding movies in the past featuring a female lead and I do not think ‘timing’ was ever one of their factors for determining the success of a movie. Almost aligning perfectly with Feige’s doubts about a female superhero in the pipeline, Sony is a little more optimistic. Slated for 2017, Sony will feature a female superhero based off a Spider-Man spinoff. Many details are left undefined, however, Christopher Nolan’s sister-in-law, Lisa Joy Nolan will be one of the writers.

I’ll Be Back? Almost as a reminder that there is a Terminator movie coming out next summer on July 1, 2015, Arnold Schwarzeneggar revealed the new title for the movie as production for the movie wrapped up, as reported by CBS.  Previously, the movie was entitled Terminator: Genesis and after the official announcement, Terminator: Genisys. …There’s more to a name, right?

They Shall not Perish with the Dawn: According to Entertainment Weekly, it appears the wave of vampires has yet to breach a sandy shore and despite the glittery mess Twilight made, more of these bloodsuckers will be movie features. I hope Universal will balance out the skewed vision of the creature of the night and bring back the gothic monster that previously chilled the necks of movie goers with the rights to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles.

Trailers of the Week

Making its debut online, Two Night Stand, shows us what it would be like if we could not gracefully escape the walk of shame. Megan (Analeigh Tipton) has hit a wall: her roomies want her out, she lounges in PJs all day, her life has no direction, she is not in a relationship, and she is nowhere close to being in one. Sometimes, these “ruts” can be relieved with a one night stand. Hitting up the online dating scene, Megan fulfills her need with Alec (Miles Teller). Typically, there is no after. Tap and go. But what happens when you can’t…go?

On a more emotional note, The Theory of Everything is now available to view. For those of you who are easily moved to tears, this biopic focuses on English physicist Stephen Hawking, seemingly fusing two worlds of science and art, tragedy and triumphs, affection and heartache. The movie is scheduled to release later this year on November 7.

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