Weekend @ the Box Office

American Sniper continues making waves through SuperBowl weekend, dropping 50.7% making a record $31,850,000 for the busy football weekend. What are you doing, people? Go watch a better movie like Selma or Paddington. Speaking of Paddington, the marmalade-loving bear made $8,505,000. New releases Project Almanac and Black or White brought in $8,500,000 and $6,456,000, respectively. J-Lo’s adaptation of Hot For Teacher, The Boy Next Door rounds out the top five at the Box Office with an intake of $6,093,000.

News Roundup

In the realm of possible reboots, Deadline says another Indiana Jones film is in the earliest possible stages of development over at Disney (Flashback to Disney buying LucasFilm). None other than the F.B.I.’s own Burt Macklin is the front runner in the eyes of Mickey Mouse to replace the previous archaeologist. Hey, it can’t be worse than Crystal Skull amirite?

In other Chris Pratt news, Variety reports the directors of the almost structurally perfect John Wick, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, are set to direct the exuberantly titled Cowboy Ninja Viking. I’m not sure what it’s about because the title is so elusive, but I’ll watch anything these guys are involved with.

Just when you thought you were going to make it a week without superhero news, Entertainment Weekly announced Rose Byrne will be returning as Moira MacTaggert from First Class (aka the best movie in the franchise). Since the character’s mind was wiped at the end of the first film, Moira will probably be rebooted with Bryan Singer boringness. I’ll keep my expectations in check. I actually had hopes that Rose Byrne would co-lead Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot down the line. Speaking of which…

 Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters promises to make Meninists cry as women get the spotlight in the reboot of the beloved first movie. We reported on it as soon as the news hit, so this is mostly just bringing it up again for a snarky joke. I hope these kick-ass ladies crush it.

Jurassic World could turn out to be pretty crappy or a total reinvention of the genre. Either way, we’re getting a genetically modified dinosaur called Indominus Rex (previously called Diabolous Rex, which I think is even cooler!). Indominus Rex can’t speak but it promises to be a cautionary science fiction tale’s wet dream! The description of the creature reads:

We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered. At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus. Fearsome indeed.

Indominus’ roar is estimated to reach 140-160db—the same as a 747 taking off and landing. And it can reach speeds of 30 mph…while confined to its enclosure. Come experience Indominus Rex for yourself beginning this summer. If you dare.

Trailer of the Week

No Super Bowl trailers here (they’re coming in another post), but I wanted to bring attention to Child 44. Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman are two actors who have experience with trying out ridiculous accents in various roles. Now we have a movie where not only do both actors sport incomprehensible Russian accents, but they also team up to take down a serial killer in Soviet Russia? I never knew I wanted this so badly. Now I can’t wait.

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