Weekend @ the Box Office

Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in. Taken 3 tricked us all into thinking it would be any good by pulling in $40,400,000 – nearly making back its budget through the first weekend alone. I don’t know if we should expect a Taken 4, but you know what they say, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” In good movie news, Selma took to a wide release and hopped up to number 2 at the BO making $11,200,000 with a 1,668.9% increase in revenue. At number 3, Into the Woods dropped to the third spot with $9,750,000. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies dropped 3 spots into fourth place with $9,435,000. Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken was able to scoop up $8,368,000 in its third week of release.

Weekly Roundup:

Superhero movies are all the rage nowadays. Along with splitting final chapters of a franchise into multiple parts, it only makes sense that the two event type gimmicks will continue to coincide (Avengers 3 is two parts). A giant dumb rumor came about from a fan website that claimed Batman v Superman would be split into two parts. Since BvS is just Justice League 5, even more so than Iron Man 2, so it would make little sense to split up a movie that is just teasing another movie. They’re not Sony. Henry Cavill is letting this rumor die a quick death as he just laughed off the ridiculous claim with Variety. No, BvS will not be split into two movies. 

In related superhero news, Latino Review dropped a scoop detailing several casting choices for young Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. The actors in talks for Cyclops are: Taron Edgerton (Kingsman), Jaime Blackley (If I Stay), and Tye Sheridan (Mud). Actresses in line for Jean Grey are Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) and Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel). And finally, actresses who will almost certainly give better performances than Halle Berry as Storm are Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton) and Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up).

I wasn’t crazy about Birdman, but I am crazy about Michael Keatman. I’m also crazy about King Kong. The Hollywood Reporter confirms the first decent Batman on film will be joining Loki and J. Jonah Jameson in their pursuit of King Kong in Skull Island. The movie’s release date has been changed to March 10, 2017.

And of course, Star Wars movies are all under microscopic attention. Even the spin-offs! The Hollywood Reporter continues reporting with Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars movie is looking for another screenwriter after Gary Whitta wrote the a first draft for the film. This is completely normal for a movie to undergo writer changes so early on in production. Don’t freak out. Stay calm. Stay f***ing calm! In all honesty, we’ll be seeing a new writer in a few months or so. Everything else is still in play. As long as it doesn’t focus on Boba Fett, a character who is literally a cardboard cutout, I think we’ll be fine.

Trailer of the Week

Is Neill Blomkamp a one-trick pony? Probably. After last week’s rad as hell Alien 5 concept art, I’m convinced Blomkamp would have done something special with the project. Now that I’ve seen this new Chappie trailer, I was probably wrong. Chappie will probably have lots of well-directed action but his emotional centers are just rinse and repeat. I can’t muster up much enthusiasm for the film itself other than “I hope it’s good.”

Tweets of the Week