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Has Thor Struck Hammer Blow In Superhero Wars?

This weekend Thor managed to stay in the top 3 at the box office, adding another $15.5m to its haul, for a total domestic gross so far of $145m. Thor’s box office performance so far isn’t a patch on many of the comic-book adaptations we’ve seen recently, but as a second tier hero played by a virtual unknown, it is a pretty good number. Will it be enough, though, to see Thor standing victorious in the comic-book movie wars at the end of the Summer? Continue reading

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I Cannot Condone Pirate Movies

When Disney first announced that they were making a movie based on one of their theme park rides, it bemused the film industry. The idea that a film company was so lacking in creativity that they had to draw inspiration from a structure of wood and steel was almost alarming in its idiocy. This, of course, was before movies began being based on board games like Monopoly and Battleship, and children’s gadgets like Viewfinder 3D. Not much was really expected from the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, despite the presence of Johnny Depp, and though they clearly had some belief in the project, Disney could not have predicted the success The Curse of the Black Pearl would enjoy. Continue reading

Why I’m Excited For Transformers 3

As we enter the summer movie period with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, the hype begins in earnest for the season’s biggest blockbusters. Possibly the biggest of them all is one that a couple of years ago I vowed I would never see. As I sat at the IMAX in Waterloo flabbergasted by the nonsense I saw before my, I made a decision. I would never watch another Michael Bay Transformers movie. I was completely serious. It was one of the few occasions I felt personally insulted by a movie. Continue reading

Sequel Haters? Here’s The Bad News…

It’s official, the sequel is here to stay. OK, so it’s really no great revelation. There were some signs, however, that audiences were starting to get a little bored of shameless cash-ins, and were looking for something a little bit different. This week’s box office, unfortunately, told a slightly different story. Thor won the weekend with an admirable $65M plus, however that was not the big box office story. In second place was Fast and Furious 5, with a $32M haul. It may have been beaten into second place this weekend, but this added to the total gross it had already accumulated means the sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a sequel has made a massive achievement. It has become this year’s highest grossing film so far. Continue reading

More Animated Audiences Emerging

This past weekend, the new animated feature from 20th Century Fox, Rio, won the US box office with a $39M opening, beating highly fancied Scre4m into second place with a disappointing $19M. There was a lot of expectation from the fourth movie in the Scream franchise. The first three movies grossed around $300 million dollars between them, with the second and third installments opening with over $30M each, and that nearly 15 years ago. Continue reading

Disney Desperate To Create A New (Tron) Legacy

This week at aintitcoolnews.com Harry Knowles wrote a post revealing that Walt Disney Pictures may be about to announce that Tron 3 has been given the greenlight. Tron: Legacy has been successful at the box office, though not nearly as successful as Disney were probably hoping, and now that the film is effectively in the black, the company is apparently ready to begin development of the sequel. With a production budget of $170m and a worldwide gross of $300m, it looks on the surface like a no brainer. If, however, you take into consideration the marketing budget, which i would guess must almost equal that of the production, and it does not look quite so financially successful. The movie will make a small profit, particularly with merchandise and DVD/Blu-Ray sales yet to come, but conditions certainly don’t look ideal for a follow-up. Continue reading

Colin Farrell Could Recall His Career Potential

It was confirmed this week that Colin Farrell will play the lead in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall adaptation, to be released in 2012. Rather than a straight remake of the 90’s movie, it is expected to be much closer to Philip K. Dick’s original novel. This is good news for the film, and even better news for Farrell. The talented Irishman has not had the most stellar of careers to this point, and hopefully an intelligent Dick adaptation with a hard sci-fi edge can help him continue his journey back to the A-list. Continue reading