Weekend @ the Box Office
The BO this week was a bit of a mixed bag. On one end, American Sniper had a 15,465% increase in revenue, earning $90,205,000 in its first wide release weekend, claiming the number one spot. The Wedding Ringer had a less stellar opening with $21,000,000. Paddington hasn’t made its mark only settling for third place with $19,287,000. Finally, on the positive side, Taken 3 dropped 64.2% into fourth place with $14,050,000. Tragically, Selma only made $8,300,000.
Big week for movie news, and by movie news, I mean Superhero News. Yup, as is weekly tradition, superheroes take over the internet.
- Until people involved with the projects absolutely confirm the addition of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is nothing more than rumor. But oh, what a juicy rumor this is. After much deliberation, Latino Review reports the Spider-Man deal between Marvel and Sony went through. Audiences everywhere could be seeing Spidey join the Avengers as early as 2018 in Infinity Wars: Part 1. BE WARNED: The official report from Latino Review contains potential MAJOR SPOILERS.
- The Wrap reports Tom Hardy has dropped out of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Set to play Rick Flagg, Hardy cut ties to the project after Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Western Revenge project, The Revenant, is going over projected completion dates. Hardy still has to do press for Mad Max: Fury Road in the coming months so he just won’t be able to have time in his schedule to lead a team of DC villains. Jake Gyllenhaal is set to replace Hardy as the leader of the squad. Although, Latino Review believes Hardy only confirmed his dropout once the latest draft cut time of the lesser known characters to add more Deadshot and Joker material.
- Kingsman: The Secret Service is a riot. You can read my review at a later time but know that should see it because 1) It’s Matthew Vaughn’s best movie and 2) Fantastic Four trailer will be attached to the film. FF is doing some reshoots, which isn’t inherently worrisome. (Marvel movies work it into budgets/schedules.) It’s the lack of good news that makes this movie terrifying. Read the report from Bleeding Cool.
Unrelated to superhero news, but news that makes this Edge of Tomorrow fan happy, is the news that Tom Cruise and Doug Liman are reteaming for a 1980s crime-thriller.
And the news we were all waiting for: James Cameron’s Avatar sequels have been pushed back to 2017! Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll be pushed back so far, they’ll never need to be released.
Trailer of the Week
There were many trailers released this week from Age of Ultron to Unfriended. Paul Feig’s Spy got a trailer and it was fine. Some Shakespeare adaptation has the name Anarchy and it stars Ethan Hawke and some other people. I’m not really sure what to make of that. Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo, I don’t have to ever know what to make of that other trailer because we now have an exclusive look at Taken 4: A-paco-lypse. It almost makes up for Taken 3. Just kidding, nothing could make up for that one.
Tweets of the Week
“REMAKES SUCK! #Boyhood is nothing like Boyz in the Hood!!! Save your money!!!!”
— FatMovieGuy.com (@TheFatMovieGuy) January 17, 2015
Any film with a gun shooting raccoon should win any category….period. #CriticsChoice
— Channel Awesome (@ChannelAwesome) January 16, 2015
*Annie cast black* “Wow why is she black” *Rue cast black* “Wow why is she black” *0 people of color Oscars nominations* “stop complaining”
— Nathan Zed (@TheThirdPew) January 15, 2015
In my opinion, The Lego Movie is one of the visually innovative animated movies of all time. And it’s good. What are they looking for?
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 16, 2015
People saying “Glad more people will see ______ b/c of its Oscar nomination(s)!” You should go see Selma because of its lack of nominations
— Ethan (@ethanwilliams) January 15, 2015
Imagine being a black female Lego moving forward in the industry now.
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) January 15, 2015
tbh i dont care about the oscars, but they’re certainly a spectacle of larger social issues like representation and industry opportunities.
— Laci Green (@gogreen18) January 15, 2015
If you wanna get an Oscar you have to make the money to buy one. #Nightcrawler
— Chris Stuckmann (@Chris_Stuckmann) January 15, 2015
Wait, Mortdecai is rated R? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA
— Jeremy Kirk (@JeremyKKirk) January 14, 2015
Live action emojii pic.twitter.com/GrgHBUDMGO
— Alexandra Daddario (@AADaddario) January 12, 2015
— GotHeem (@BWGotheem) January 13, 2015
“Chris Hemsworth as a computer hacker is acceptable. He is a fine actor. But to restore balance, Paul Giamatti must play Conan.”
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 13, 2015
The best movie I’ve seen so far this year is Agent Carter.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) January 13, 2015
“Lego Movie” trending. “Dick Poop” also trending. #poetry
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015
I swear to god if my white male privilege cannot get me a fucking pc version of GTA 5 what good is it?
— Boogie2988 (@Boogie2988) January 13, 2015
YouTube comment on the day: “I dislike Jim, something about him annoys me” YOU’RE WELCOME
— Jim Vejvoda (@StaxIGN) January 14, 2015
Holding onto this in case Spider-Man does go back to Marvel. pic.twitter.com/zcXLoGf4xF
— Gimmicky Handle TBD (@keltar93) January 14, 2015