Box Office Results
Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie takes the top spot this weekend, with $13,300,000. The film was a critical and financial disappointment, being Blomkamp’s worst opening weekend to date. Focus drops down 46% to the #2 spot, bringing in $10,020,000. It’s not one of those big Will Smith hits, but it’s slowly making back its money. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened at third best this weekend, bringing in $8,600,000, which is quite impressive for a film that only opened in 1,573 theaters. Kingsman: The Secret Service moves to the #4 spot, taking in $8,300,000, while The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water follows with $7,000,000. Outside the Top 5, Unfinished Business goes under, taking in only $4,800,000, Vince Vaughn’s worst bomb to date. Also, American Sniper has now become the highest grossing domestic movie of 2014. We have failed.
Roland Emmerich has finally assembled the cast for Independence Day 2! The film will see Jeff Goldblum return, alongside newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher. It’s great that they’re bringing back Goldblum, but I don’t like the new bloods. Apparently, they gave Usher an audition after seeing him do push-ups at the gym. Now I know where to look for Emmerich to pitch him my idea for White House Down 2.
The live-action Beauty and the Beast remake also cast two important roles last week. The Wrap is reporting that Luke Evans is in talks to play village hunk Gaston, while Dan Stevens confirmed his casting as the Beast. I’m a fan of both of these actors. I’m looking forward to seeing Stevens in anything he does after The Guest, and as for Evans, well, I’m just looking forward to seeing him lead a village against a beast again.
In an interview with Disney Latino, Pixar president Jim Morris stated that Toy Story 4 will not be connected to the original trilogy, and will be a romantic comedy. I like Morris’ statement. I think he has a lot of respect for the original trilogy and wants the new film to be its own thing, which is why I can get behind this. I’m not sure about a romantic comedy with toys, but hey, if 50 Shades of Grey can find success with it, I’m sure Pixar can too.
In other toy news, Deadline is reporting that Sony has set Diablo Cody to write the Barbie movie. Cody is definitely a good screenwriter, but her previous work (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) doesn’t assure me that she’s a right fit. However, she’s apparently a huge Barbie fan, so let’s hope it works out.
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has secured the rights to It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War with Steven Spielberg to direct and Jennifer Lawrence to star. A match truly made in heaven. I can already see the award nominations.
Every week, we’d get that one very big piece of comic book news that just breaks the internet. This week, Jared Leto got a haricut.
Trailer of the Week
Our site’s very own Diego Crespo has summarized what already most of us are thinking about the new trailer here.
Tweets of the Week
If you take Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory and lock him in a room with Vanilla Ice, he emerges as CHAPPiE
— JAPSPEPORJ FENWAY (@SidizenKane) March 5, 2015
Dame Maggie Smith leaving Downton Abbey just as Marvel is about to cast a new Spider-Man. INTRIGUING. — Joseph Scrimshaw (@JosephScrimshaw) March 3, 2015
Twitter: “We love you.” Harrison Ford: “I know.”
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 6, 2015
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel cannot by definition be as good as the first one
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) March 7, 2015
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE THOR – “here” HULK – “here” IRON MAN – “here” CAPT. AMERICA – “here” USELESS ARROW GUY – … I SAID- HAWKEYE- I HEARD YOU — Bucky Isotope (@BuckyIsotope) March 4, 2015
Remember Jar Jar Binks? He’s back. #Chappie
— Sleepy Skunk (@sleepyskunk) March 7, 2015
No good writer has ever described their own work as being “edgy.” — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 7, 2015
AGENT: This movie is going to be shit VINCE VAUGHN: Where do I sign
— Michael (@Home_Halfway) March 4, 2015