Welcome to this week’s edition of “Movie News Monday!” (“MNM!”)!!
What is ‘MNM’ all about?
In case this is your first time here, “Movie News Monday!” (MNM) is the place to visit every Monday for a quick recap of trending entertainment news! I’ve collected info, rumors, etc from all over just for you to keep you updated on movies being released, actors/actresses in roles, dvd releases to keep a lookout for, which movie won in the box office over the weekend, etc! Are you ready for your weekly update? Here it is!
This Just In!!…
#1- “The Weekend Winner.” Last weekend, the 1 wide new releases entered the box office arena and blew the other contenders to oblivion. Tom Cruise starred in the #1 film of the weekend and took over the box office. In other box office news, however, it was nice to see 42 pass its budget mark as its total domestic gross is now at $54M after a budget of $40M. Other limited new releases still fared pretty well over the weekend, they just didn’t make it into the Top 10.
Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, April 19 -Sun, April 21:
- Oblivion ~$38M
- 42 ~$18M
- The Croods ~$9.5M
- Scary Movie 5 ~$6.3M
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation ~$5.8M
- The Place Beyond the Pines ~$4.7M
- Olympus Has Fallen ~$4.5M
- Evil Dead ~$4.1M
- Jurassic Park 3D ~$4M
- Oz the Great and Powerful
*Actuals may vary as earnings are updated much later on Monday afternoons. For updates, visit boxofficemojo.com.
What did YOU watch this weekend?
#2- “A SUPER Photo Album.” All eyes seem to be on the next installments of the superhero movie genre as the summer nears! This past week, some “sneak shots” of Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit the web (you can google them if you so choose), but today I have a couple of images from the following upcoming superhero films: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel and Thor: The Dark World. (Click the photos to enlarge)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Man of Steel
Thor: The Dark World
Some nice looks at what’s to come! Interestingly enough, the Thor: The Dark World photos come just a day or two prior to the first trailer releasing (expected to arrive tomorrow…look for the trailer on this week’s Trailer Time Thursday!).
Both Man of Steel and Thor: The Dark World are slated for 2013 releases (June 14 and November 8 respectively) while The Amazing Spider-Man 2, currently filming, is scheduled for a May 2, 2014 release. (You can visit HERE for even more photos of Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro).
Which of these photos do you like the most? Which film are you most ready to see?
#3- “And the Story Continues…“ Sequels, sequels, sequels. Roll your eyes or Jump for joy. Those are often the two variant responses to the news of cinematic continuations. While some we can only hope to hear of (I’m still waiting for The Incredibles 2, Serenity 2 and Prometheus 2), others are disappointingly neverending (Scary Movie 5, Saw 658, Transformers 4).
This week, two more sequels were announced that were a bit expected given the success of the first film:
- 21 Jump Street 2 –
- Sony announced last week that 21 Jump Street would see a sequel as early as next year. Both Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are expected to reprise their roles as the young looking undercover cops on a sting, this time on a college campus. Plenty more area for them to cover comically, it will be interesting to see how they go with this.
- The Croods 2 –
- Dreamworks has confirmed moving forward with a part 2 of the animated adventure about a prehistoric family of survivors. The first one met with great success not only domestically, but worldwide, and the sequel is now on the drawing board of filmmakers at Dreamworks’ studios. While there is no ETA currently, expect to see more news on The Croods 2 as time goes on.
Any thoughts on these sequels? Prefer to see others given the sequel treatment instead?
#4- “Something for Loki to “Crow” About.” Tom Hiddleston is apparently in talks to be the titular character of the upcoming reboot of The Crow. Originally played by the late Brandon Lee in the cult classic from 1994, The Crow is a hero who, after being killed, returns to life to exact revenge upon those that took his life.
Reportedly, Hiddleston has been pushing for the role with producers and even did his own makeup test for the part. When it comes to the film project’s production, here’s what ComingSoon.net had to report:
This new version will be directed by Spanish filmmaker F. Javier Guttierez from a script by Cliff Dorfman (Warrior) with production planned to start in the fall depending on various factors. Ed Pressman (Pressman Film), Kevin Misher (Misher Films) are producing with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, Jeff Most and others.
Hiddleston going from villain to hero. What do you think?
Is The Crow even a film that you think is worthy of a reboot?
#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection:
The Impossible– This amazing true story of a family, torn apart by a powerful tsunami, and their journey to trying to find one another was one of the most moving and amazing films of 2012. Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and more, this film finally makes its way to blu-ray and is definitely worth a watch. Check out my review HERE.
Several other films also release this week. Check it out!
Also releasing: Gangster Squad (Read my Review), Jurassic Park 3D, Promised Land, A Haunted House and more.
Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!”
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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