Box Office

There are two times of the year where audiences everywhere (Hey, that’s our name!) must slog through decrepit movie seasons to get to the real meat of the year: Summer movies and Oscar season. We’re in a deadzone in terms of new movies. But that’s okay because Guardians of the Galaxy deserves every cent it’s making here with $10,160,000 and is the top grossing Marvel movie for a first entry in a new franchise. It’s easy to see why Guardians is making so much money. Sure it’s a great time at the movies but what else is out? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a mediocre movie with one or two decent bits of actual movie, and it still manages to stay at #2 with $6,500,000. If I Stay keeps the teenage love-struck audience returning for a decent #3 spot with $5,750,000. Let’s Be Cops chugs along to a modest $5,400,000 so there may be franchise potential yet, though I doubt anyone is asking for it. The November Man did something remarkable this week in that it actually entered the top 5 with $4,200,000 against it’s opening weekend at #6 with $7,660,000. That’s how slow the recent box office numbers have been. With the exception of Guardians, there are no welcome additions. I actually had a friend ask me what he should watch at a drive-in this weekend. The first and only thing I could recommend was the one with the talking tree and gun-toting raccoon. Everything else ranges from mediocre to depressingly pedestrian.

News

After months and months of hinting at who he might play in the DC movie verse, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has finally announced that he will play Black Adam in a Shazam movie. There’s good news and bad news. Bad news: It doesn’t sound like Shazam will be part of the DC Cinematic Universe with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc. Good news: The tone of the movie will be more lighthearted and will have a sense of fun. At least there is hope for some DC movies. The difference between the two universes can be solidified by New Line (Warner Bros. subsidiary) producing the film, and this quote from Toby Emmerich, president of New Line: “It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto itself,” he explains. “It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.” (via Inside Movies)

Were you throwing up by the end of the last Hansel and Gretel movie because of how shitty it was? Well now you can rest easy with the knowledge that Neil Gaiman’s (Sandman) own twisted version of the story will hit bookshelves this fall. People assume it’s going to be a hit so there is also a movie in the works! Premature pre-production, away! (via Variety)

I guess it’s just a slow week for movie news. It’s such a slow week that Terminator: Genisys (No, that’s not a misspelling) already greenlit two sequels! One slated for 2017 and the second for 2018. If this reboot/sequel/prequel isn’t good, somebody is getting fired. (via Variety)

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Frozen Fever isn’t just a state of mind in the consciousness of the public, now it’s the title of a Frozen short film coming in 2015! I only wanted that sentence to sound semi-snarky because I actually adore the movie and am totally interested in seeing these characters in a short, complete with an entirely new musical number. The core characters (Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff) are all set to reappear but no word on whether the same voice cast will return to voice their respective characters. Here’s a description put out by Disney: “It’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk,”

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