Spinning Headlines – Week 15: Weekend Box Office, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy vol.3, Hans Zimmer, Bride of Frankenstein, The Bad Batch, Aquaman, Deadpool 2… Spinning Headlines – Week 15: Weekend Box Office, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy vol.3, Hans Zimmer, Bride of Frankenstein, The Bad Batch, Aquaman, Deadpool 2…
Weekend Box Office, the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" trailer & poster, Hans Zimmer performing at Coachella, Bill Condon in talks to direct "Bride... Spinning Headlines – Week 15: Weekend Box Office, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy vol.3, Hans Zimmer, Bride of Frankenstein, The Bad Batch, Aquaman, Deadpool 2…

Hola. Afternoon. Time to get one’s head around all the hubbub of the past week or so. Let’s start with the obvious…

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1 N The Fate of the Furious Uni. $98,786,705 4,310 $22,920 $98,786,705 $250 1
2 1 The Boss Baby Fox $16,012,349 -39.3% 3,743 -86 $4,278 $116,793,579 3
3 2 Beauty and the Beast (2017) BV $13,705,122 -42.1% 3,592 -377 $3,815 $454,720,873 $160 5
4 3 Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony $6,714,300 -49.2% 3,610 $1,860 $24,945,059 $60 2
5 4 Going in Style (2017) WB (NL) $6,288,402 -47.3% 3,076 +15 $2,044 $23,318,880 $25 2
6 16 Gifted FoxS $3,079,308 +589.8% 1,146 +1,090 $2,687 $4,449,330 2
7 8 Get Out Uni. $2,985,945 -26.4% 1,424 -150 $2,097 $167,615,960 $4.5 8
8 6 Power Rangers (2017) LGF $2,814,175 -54.6% 2,171 -807 $1,296 $80,527,923 $100 4
9 10 The Case for Christ PFR $2,758,271 -30.5% 1,386 +212 $1,990 $8,485,975 2
10 7 Kong: Skull Island WB $2,707,371 -51.4% 2,018 -735 $1,342 $161,284,775 $185 6

The number one of the past weekend was not a surprise. Well – there was a surprise and there wasn’t. Let me explain; while “The Fate of the Furious” was the clear number one of the weekend AND it broke the record of the biggest International opening weekend with $532 million (previous record-holder was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $529 million), it did significantly less in the US market ($98,7 million) than the previous film of the franchise, “Furious 7” ($147,1 million opening weekend). Now – is this an indicator that the franchises popularity in the domestic market is slowly on a downward curve – or was much of the previous film’s success because of the Paul Walker‘s death and all the news surrounding that. Who knows.

 

THAT TRAILER AND THAT POSTER EVERYONE MUST’VE SEEN ALREADY

The weekend’s news was pretty much dominated by Star Wars, as on saturday the first teaser trailer as well as the first teaser poster for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” were released as part of the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. I’m just gonna leave those here just in case someone was camping in a Dark Territory over the last few days and hasn’t seen these yet…

In a related note, the question of “will Carrie Fisher be seen in Colin Trevorrow‘s “Star Wars: Episode IX“?” that’s been bounced around for the last few weeks was given a pretty definitive-sounding answer: NO. This was confirmed by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy in “Good Morning America“:

So that (I think?) is the end of that discussion.

 

JAMES GUNN WILL RETURN TO WRITE & DIRECT “GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY VOL.3”

In a fairly long Facebook-post on monday, Gunn confirmed this. Here’s the post in it’s entirety:

 

NOT REALLY NEWS, BUT…

…I just felt that this video of Hans Zimmer & band performing music he composed for “Inception” at the Coachella festivl is a trip. I assume that a large part of the audience is also on a trip.

 

“BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN” LANDS A DIRECTOR

It’s actually kinda strangely fitting that the director of the next film (most likely, still “in talks” though) in the Universal Monster-verse, “Bribe of Frankenstein“, might be Bill Condon. After all, he directed the Ian McKellen-starring 1998 film “Gods and Monsters“, which focused on James Whale – the director of the original “Frankenstein” and “Bride of…“. Coincidence? I think not. It’s too fitting to be a coincidence. Okay, Condon is something of a hot property now too, as his live-action “Beauty and the Beast” just made a billion and change – so that might have been a factor as well. But I’m leering more towards the earlier connection. No other news on this film yet; all that IS known is that Universal was eavily courting Angelia Jolie as the titular Bride, and the script is written by David Koepp.

 

“THE BAD BATCH” GETS ANOTHER TRAILER

I said this after seeing the first trailer – and I’ll repeat it again; this one looks to be a roller-coaster of extreme grimness and weirdness. In a good way…

 

“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE” STILLS REVEAL NEW CASTMEMBERS

Well, there’s Halle Berry as the American counterpart of Mark Strong‘s Merlin, the Dude as the Head of the Statesmen and Channing Tatum as Tequila – a Statesmen agent. Some peeps we still haven’t seen: Julianne Moore (who is to be the main villain in the film), Elton John and Pedro Pascal. I’d also expect the first trailer for this to appear pretty soon-ish.

 

“AQUAMAN” CASTS DOLPH LUNDGREN

Now that’s some inspired casting! Dolph Lundgren has been cast in James Wan‘s “Aquaman as King Nereus. Nereus rules the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, who claims Mera (played by Amber Heard) as his own and wants to kill Aquaman. So, he’s the third villain to be featured in the film, following Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta and Patrick Wilson as Orm.

Production of the movie is expected to start in May, in Australia.

 

ON OTHER MAJOR CASTING-NEWS…

After a lot of speculation, the casting of Cable for “Deadpool 2” was finally locked in. Over such candidates as David Harbour, Michael Shannon and more recently Russell Crowe and Brad Pitt (the latter two might be just some sort of general non-serious name-throwing), it was surprisingly Josh Brolin who took the part – making him another actor having multiple roles in Marvel properties. As is well known, Brolin is also Thanos in the MCU and will probably be a major player in the “Infinity War“.  Reportedly Brolin’s deal is for FOUR films, so expect him to stay in the 20th Century Fox Marvel-verse for quite a while as well.

 

“THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD” TRAILER

Another one that was completely off my radar. Love the use of music in this trailer. Expect — a lot of F-bombs, I guess…?

 

FIRST TRAILER FOR KATHRYN BIGELOW’S NEXT FILM, “DETROIT”

Hell – I needn’t even see the trailer, all you relly had to say was “Kathryn Bigelow’s next”.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS

-Filming of Marvel/Netflix series “The Punisher” was completed last week, and to honor the wrapping the production had a special poster created by Joe Quesada:

-Also, some set pics of Jon Bernthal wearing the trademark Punisher-attire got posted:

-For some reason, Warner Bros. might be considering an R-rated animated adaptation of “Watchmen.

Tom Cruise is back on the motorcycle again, as they continue to film scenes for “Mission; Impossible 6″ in Paris. Still no helmet, I see:

 

SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK

Well, it sure as hell is this troublesome news that Fede Alvarez has been hired to direct a sequel/spinoff/re-imaging/something to the 1986 Jim Henson-classic, “Labyrinth“.

Now – I have nothing against Alvarez; I just last week finally watched “Don’t Breathe” and I quite liked it, but a FUCKING SEQUEL/SPINOFF/RE-IMAGING/REBOOT TO “LABYRINTH”?!!? Is there nothing sacred?

 

That is all.

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