Box Office Results
Dropping harder than Christian Grey’s pants, Fifty Shades of Grey brought in $23,246,000, which is a huge drop off from last weekend. Kingsman: The Secret Service held on to the number 2 spot, bringing in $17,525,000. Domestically, Kingsman is Matthew Vaughn’s second highest grossing film, after X-Men: First Class. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water also dropped 50%, earning $15,500,000. The film has crossed the $100 million dollar domestic line, and has already passed its predecessor’s worldwide box office gross. It was a photo finish for this week’s new releases, McFarland USA and The Duff. McFarland USA opened with $11,315,000 and The Duff only opened about $300,000 shorter than that. Outside the Top 5, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 opened to $5,800,000, performing way lower than what the studio was likely hoping for.
A lot of casting news broke this week. First, Deadline reports that Marion Cotillard has joined the cast of the Assassin’s Creed film. She’ll be reteaming with Macbeth director Justin Kurzel and co-star Michael Fassbender. The Macbeth reunion hits theaters December 2016.
In the world of mutants, THR is reporting that Morena Baccarin has landed the lead female role in the Deadpool movie. No news on who she will be playing, but I will no doubt fall in love with her because it’s Morena Baccarin. Colossus is also set to appear in the film, but Daniel Cudmore will not be returning to the role, after playing the character for about 15 minutes in 3 films.
Another X-Men fan favorite, Nightcrawler, will return to the film series. X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer revealed on his Instagram that they have cast Kodi Smit-McPhee as the young, blue teleporter. Singer is uniting Quicksilver and Nightcrawler in a competition to see who can have the cooler solo scene before being bogged down into an insignificant character.
Instagram is starting to become the #1 source for exclusives, as Chappie director Neil Blomkamp took to Instagram to reveal that his next film will be the long-rumored Alien 5. No details on the film just yet, but Sigourney Weaver is expected to star, along with Sharlto Copley and a few recycled District 9 themes.
Captain Jack is back… in the same adventure as last time. Walt Disney Pictures has revealed their plot synopsis for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales:
“Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.”
The writers are pretty much playing Mad Libs with each movie’s story at this point, switching out pirate villains and objects of desire.
If the pirate’s life isn’t for you, Warner Brothers has got you covered. Zack Snyder dropped a torpedo on Twitter in the form of our first look as Jason Momoa as Aquaman. The picture looks like what was expected, a dimmer color pallet with our hero looking menacing. It’s very DC looking.
Tweets of the Week
Who are we kidding? The best Twitters are from the Oscars and you can find them here.