Box Office Results

House of Cards premiered on Netflix on Friday, so the box office wasn’t exactly set on fire. The Deadshot/Harley Quinn prequel Focus opened with $19,100,000 and claimed the #1 spot for the weekend. Kingsman: The Secret Service hung on to the #2 spot for the third week in a row with $11,750,000. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hardly made a splash but manages to stay at #3 with $11,200,000. Following a huge opening, Fifty Shades of Grey plummeted from audience favor, landing in spot #4 with $10,927,000. The Lazarus Effect opened at #5 with $10,600,000, but given the $3.3 million budget, it won’t have to worry about subsequent weekend drops.

News Roundup

Denis Villeneuve is going take Harrison Ford back to the world of Blade Runner. Ridley Scott will still be producing, but Villeneuve still has a grasp on how to make good movies, so this is for the best. The story will take place several decades after the original, and Harrison Ford is returning as an old Deckard. Just remember: the spiders represent women.

In the span of a week, I went from championing the idea of Neill Blomkamp doing an Alien movie, to being repulsed at the idea of retconning the last two movies, to ultimately just being cautiously optimistic. Blomkamp came out to clarify that he would not erase the last two movies, but have Alien 5 feel like a spiritual successor to Alien and Aliens.

Avengers: Age of Ultron characters posters have begun making rounds on the internet. Not much here to talk about, or in the posters if we’re being honest. We’re all going to watch the movie. We know it’ll be on a spectrum of good. It doesn’t even need posters. But if you’re inclined to check them out, they were released on Twitter.

The Lego Movie (aka the best movie of 2014) had a sequel announced last year, but Variety reports the project finally has a director. Rob Schrab, mostly known for his work in Community and as the writer of Monster House, will be directing the sequel. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who wrote and directed the first film, will return as producers and writers for the project.

There were plenty of news stories last week, but only one that truly matters: Nicolas Cage joined Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden movie as a former U.S. Intelligence Official. Variety reports the film has begun filming in Munich, with future locations in the works until May.

Rosamund Pike may have lost the Oscar, but she won’t be short of good acting opportunities. Variety reports Pike has entered discussions to star opposite Christian Bale in The Deep Blue Good-by which I know nothing about. Rosamund Pike will probably frame Christian Bale for her murder. I hate it when people get typecast.

Sam Mendes can’t wait to show us more of what Spectre has to offer for James Bond. Here’s a little video from the official Bond YouTube channel on what he aims to present to audiences everywhere later this year.

Trailer of the Week

Every once in a while, we should appreciate fandom. Yeah, lots of hardcore fans are slightly repulsive in their “gimme, gimme” nature but the essence of fandom I think stems from awakening our inner child. This documentary, Raiders!, touches that part of me in a profound way. A group of 11 year old kids came together to share their love of Raiders of the Lost Ark by honoring it with their attempts at a shot for shot remake. The only sequence left unfinished was the plane fight sequence with the propeller. They spent 7 years working on this project before it all fell apart. Now we get to see them finish it. I can’t wait for this one.

Tweets of the Week

 

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