Weekend at the Box Office

Guardians of the Galaxy had an out-of-this-world weekend at the box office, recording an almost record breaking $94 million dollars this weekend. Its debut marked the second highest opening this year, just shy of beating Captain America: The Winter Soldier at $95 million.

The Scarlett Johansson thriller, Lucy, came in at a distant 2nd place at the box office taking in $18.3 million. Universal’s James Brown biopic Get on Up featuring Chadwick Boseman as the soulful singer opened in third place with $14 million. Rounding out the top 5 were Hercules at $10.7 million and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at $8.7 million during it’s fourth week in theaters.

Movie News

Have you heard? Paul Feig, the acclaimed director who brought us the hilarious Bridesmaids and The Heat, is allegedly in talks to direct a female reboot of Ghostbusters. Hello, this sounds like all my favorite things all wrapped into one. Idea: Can we add a gratuitous scene with, like, a ghost Magic Mike? Yes.

Speaking of Ghostbusters, Disney announced this week that Bill Murray has just been cast in Jon Favreau’s new live action/CG blend of The Jungle Book. Murray will be voicing the happy-go-lucky Baloo who befriends human Mowgli. We think: spot on casting. Murray joins a star-studded cast lending their voices to the animals that already includes Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlet Johansson as Kaa, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera and more. The release date is October 9, 2015.

Trailers of the Week

The first non-teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released this week! The trailer offers a more detailed glimpse of what’s happening in District 13 and the Capitol. We did take note that Mockingjay is clearly more eerie and dark – a revolution in all senses. It also into-the-woods-anna-kendrickincludes scenes featuring Julianne Moore as well as the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Into the Woods released a teaser this week, getting us all HYPED for the Broadway-turned-Hollywood adaptation. You will find me on Christmas Day standing in line to catch this one!

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