Spinning Headlines – Week 13: Weekend Box Office, The Mummy, Terminator, Annabelle, War for the Planet of the Apes, Game of Thrones, King Arthur, Valerian…
Time for that weekly Headlines-routine once again. A whole heap of trailers got released once again, among with some other misc. thangs, so here we go.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||N||The Boss Baby||Fox||$50,198,902||–||3,773||–||$13,305||$50,198,902||–||1|
|2||1||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$45,420,743||-49.8%||4,210||–||$10,789||$393,337,585||$160||3|
|3||N||Ghost in the Shell (2017)||Par.||$18,676,033||–||3,440||–||$5,429||$18,676,033||$110||1|
|4||2||Power Rangers (2017)||LGF||$14,200,307||-64.8%||3,693||–||$3,845||$64,762,477||$100||2|
|5||3||Kong: Skull Island||WB||$8,587,454||-41.5%||3,141||-525||$2,734||$147,635,658||$185||4|
|10||N||The Zookeeper’s Wife||Focus||$3,288,835||–||541||–||$6,079||$3,288,835||–||1|
I sure as hell couldn’t have predicted the #1 of this weekend. Or maybe I could have – animations do seem to snag the big bucks almost every time. This time it was the new film from Dreamworks Animation, “The Boss Baby”. “Beauty and the Beast” still kept making that “ka-ching” sound for the 3rd week – and currently stands at $874,8 million in worldwide grosses. I guess you could call the $18,6 million opening on Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell” a disappointment already at this leg, and the lukewarm reviews won’t probably fair well for it’s placement on this list come next week.
ABOUT THAT SPIDER-MAN AND MCU-FUTURE…
It was a bit of case of strange timing last week, when almost the same day as the latest trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” made it’s debut, there was something of a puzzling statement from producer Amy Pascal, saying that after the sequel to “Homecoming” it’s in no way certain, that Spidey would be continuing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No surprise there, as Sony was already planning on Venom and another movie being separate from that world anyway. Also not a surprise, because Sony has a nice, clean recent track-record of fucking everything up.
Well – turns out that this might just be a case of negotiation-tactics, as this week the tone of the producers’ comments has been a bit milder, with Eric Carroll saying the following: “Going forward we would definitely treat them all as the same slate. So we would be as strategic about where future Spider-Man movies fall in the MCU of it all as we would if Sony weren’t involved, because there’s nothing in it for us or Sony to put a movie out at the wrong time or start confusing the continuity“, and Pascal now stating “I think we found the right formula and I think everybody is going to want the right thing to continue. And I think that there’s a surprisingly generous and cooperative thing and if it works, then it’s going to work for everybody.” So who knows – maybe they’ll be smart. Or maybe they won’t. I guess we’ll see.
“THE MUMMY” TRAILER
So, it’s the 2nd trailer for the Alex Kurtzman-directed “The Mummy“-reboot/starter of the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, and I have only one thing to say – and it was the first thing that came to my mind after watching this trailer; this thing is starting to look less and less like a reboot and more and more like a sequel/spinoff to the Stephen Sommers‘ “Mummy“-movies. Except for the first 20 seconds which were right out of “Mission; Impossible“. And the zero G plane-scene too. And the bit where Tom Cruise runs.
Oh – they put out a new poster for this one too:
ARNOLD IS ON BOARD FOR FURTHER “TERMINATORS”
Who the hell knows what the future of this franchise is now – I guess everyone is eagerly expecting that “huge announcement” that Skydance CEO David Ellison was hyping a few weeks past. But Arnold Schwarzenegger gave his two cents on the subject for Fandango:
“I’m looking forward to doing another Terminator movie, yes.” And when asked about the headlines of “is the franchise over?” that emerged after Paramount decided not to opt on a “Genisys”-sequel, he replied: “I don’t want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things – I have no idea why. Just because Paramount doesn’t want to pick up the Terminator franchise, you have 15 other studios willing to do it – that doesn’t mean the Terminator franchise is finished, right?
It just means they are on their way to negotiate with another studio, but I can’t give you the details of that. They’ll announce that. But, yes, the Terminator franchise is never finished. And remember that after 2018, James Cameron is getting it back, and then it will continue on!”
MEANWHILE, STALLONE IS NOT CONTINUING WITH “EXPENDABLES”
Well, to be fair, the box office for “The Expendables 3” was pretty abysmal. Be it because of the PG-13 watering down, the screener leak or whatever. I will go on the record (and possibly take a lot of shit) for saying that the unrated extended cut of that film was actually enjoyable. Why they didn’t release THAT version in the theaters will forever remain in the archive of cinamatic fuck-ups.
But anyway, the news broke out that Sylvester Stallone has stepped away from the franchise, because of that classic pair of words; “creative disagreements”. The word is that this is mostly due to some clashing with producer Avi Lerner. Lerner himself still remains positive of the future of the franchise, commenting on the situation “We’ve got disagreements with Sly, but we’ve had them for over a year and a half. Right now, each one has opinion. We agreed on 95% of things, but there are certain things in production we don’t agree on. I don’t think it’s over, but what write whatever you want. In my opinion, it’s not dead.”
Maybe just let this one to the rest now.
“ANNABELLE: CREATION” TRAILER
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first “Annabelle“-film – in fact I felt it was lame as hell. MY review of that one can be read HERE. I did enjoy “Lights Out“, which was the director David Sandberg‘s previous film – but I dunno….
“KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD” FINAL TRAILER
As there has been more and more trailers of this Guy Ritchie-fantasy yarn, my interest curve has gone from “meh” to “I actually wanna see this one”. That’s an impressive feat.
I CAN ALREADY HEAR THE NARRATION
Apparently the legendary private eye Philip Marlowe is being brought back on screen. The new film will NOT be based on Raymond Chandler‘s novels though, as the “The Departed” and “The Gambler”-screenwriter William Monahan is adapting Benjamin Black’s(real name John Banville) 2014 book “The Black-Eyed Blonde”. The short description of the book is that it’s story “follows the tough as nails private detective the early 1950s where Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. That is until a beautiful blonde client comes in and asks Marlowe to find her ex-lover. He soon comes to find out that the ex-lover’s disappearance is just a part of bigger mystery and soon has Marlowe wrapped up with one of the more powerful families in Bay Cities who are willing to go to any length’s to protect their fortune.”
The real kicker here is who they’ve got to play the ever-narrating detective: Liam Neeson. I like this choice. I like it very much.
“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” 2ND TRAILER
I just wanna see how they end this reboot-saga and wish it will become a 3/3 aka. a rare occasion of Fox not fucking up a good series.
“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE” POSTER
Continuing very much with the advertising style of the previous film. I’m just gonna say: how effing badass is that cast list there?
“GAME OF THRONES” SEASON 7 PROMO
At least it’s not the melting of the ice cube now. I like the idea of this promo – just show the major players, without any story spoilers. In fact; I’d like it very much if this was the ONLY promo HBO ever put out before the season began…
JOSS WHEDON TO WRITE & DIRECT “BATGIRL”
I think the internet exploded enough on this already, so I’m just gonna stay out of this discussion. That is the NEWS – and as a continuation a little while later it was said that this version of the Batgirl will be Barbara Gordon and based on the DC “New 52” version of the character.
2ND “VALERIAN” TRAILER
It does look like an incredibly colorful and lush fantasy. And to all the people that have been remarking on how familiar elements it seems to hold, I just gotta say that pretty much EVERY scifi-property from the last 40 years has taken influences from the original “Valerian“-comics, so is it really such a big surprise?
-“Prison Break“-creator Paul T. Scheuring said that the current event-series revival run is designed as a “close-ended piece” and the series continuing beyond this is pretty unlikely. As he puts it “I couldn’t tell you another story about this group of people. Maybe somebody else can, or by accident, I’ll somehow, possibly, dream up another prison escape that’s new and fresh, but I would bet against it.”
-The production for Netflix’ “Jessica Jones” season 2 has officially begun.
-Hasbro is planning to reboot the “G.I. Joe“-franchise – now here’s a scary description – “with a revamped look intended to appeal to younger audiences”. And also building a possible Cinematic Universe with other Hasbro titles like ROM, Micronauts, Visionaries and M.A.S.K.. No news on it the Transformers fit in there….
-“Aquaman” screenwriter Will Beall will next be writing a remake of “Creature From the Black Lagoon“, because why wouldn’t he?
-Apparently Rainn Wilson is going to play a young Harry Mudd in “Star Trek: Discovery“. This does not boost my confidence on the series now. I’ve just been reading the second volume of the “Fifty-Year Mission“-books, especially on the making of “Star Trek: The Next Generation“, and this concept is EXACTLY like one the producers (Rick Berman, Michael Piller) just completely shot down in that show – because rehashing the TOS-stories just showed “complete unoriginality and a total lack of ideas“.
–Jordan Peele‘s stocks are on the rise with the success of “Get Out“, it seems – he is now on the shortlist of directors for the ages-in-development-hell live action “Akira” movie. Thoughts?
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
In another piece of “never think that a finished franchise is truly finished”-news, the writer for this week’s box office #1, Michael McCullers said that he has just finished a script for the fifth “Shrek” film. Which will – surprise surprise – be a partial reboot. Or a “re-invention” – which is the hip bullshit-slang for “A reboot”.
That is all.