Roberto Orci “Not Officially Involved” in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3; Franchise Timeline in Limbo

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When your movie brings in over $700 million worldwide, you’d think you’re in pretty great shape, right?  Well, not when the movie is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and it ranks as the lowest box office in the franchise’s five films to date.  In the movie-making world of big studio productions, that means changes are a comin’.  One of the early casualties might just be screenwriter/producer Roberto Orci, who penned the Spidey sequel with former writing partner Alex Kurtzman.  While the duo went their separate ways to work on their own projects, Orci was supposedly part of Sony’s brain trust that would tackle not only The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but also franchise spin-offs Venom and The Sinister Six.  Now, the state of those future films also appears to be in disarray.  Hit the jump for more.

Weekend Box Office: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Nets $92 Million Debut; Worldwide Total Now $369 Million

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It wasn’t quite the highest debut of the year, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still managed to impress with its estimated $92 million domestic debut.  That’s a significant improvement over the 2012 launch of The Amazing Spider-Man reboot and only slightly under the $95 million opening of last month’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $92,000,000 $92
2.  The Other Woman $14,200,000 $47.3
3.  Heaven is for Real $8,700,000 $65.6
4.  Captain America 2 $7,762,000 $237.1
5.  Rio 2 $7,600,000 $106.4
6.  Brick Mansions $3,545,000 $15.4
7.  Divergent $2,175,000 $142.6
8.  The Quiet Ones $2,000,000 $6.7
9.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $1,735,000 $51.5
10.  God’s Not Dead
$1,725,000 $55.5

TOP 5: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, GODZILLA Trailer, Zack Snyder to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

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I’ll say this much for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: it’s unique. I can’t recall a film off the top of my head that delivers one cringeworthy moment after another, eye roll upon eye roll, only to stick the landing and actually make me semi-look forward to the next installment. As many have stated already, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are actually quite good in the film as its emotional anchors. As much as I enjoy Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man (and love his Spider-Man 2), I’ll take Garfield over Tobey Maguire as my wall-crawler of choice any day of the week. Still yet, that doesn’t change the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a tonal mess for about 90% of its runtime. To make matters worse, Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is so poorly written, and so ridiculously portrayed, that he’d be right at home in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. And yet, that ending still resonates with me and I’m kind of interested to see what’s next. Like I said, it’s unique.

We’ll talk more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 after the jump with Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews. In addition, this week’s Top 5 also highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII cast announcement, the new international Godzilla trailer, Zack Snyder officially landing the Justice League directorial gig, and the first trailer for the excellent looking doc The Internet’s Own Boy. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Earns $35.5 Million on Opening Day; On Track for $94 Million Weekend

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The first weekend in May has arrived, and with it the official start of 2014’s summer movie season.  Over the past two years this particular frame has hosted the two biggest domestic debuts of all time, with Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3.  Next to its Marvel brethren, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may look a bit weak by comparison; but compared to 2012’s first The Amazing Spider-Man, the sequel looks like a home run.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened at 4,234 locations yesterday and brought in an estimated $35.5 million, including $8.7 million from Thursday pm previews.  That’s just a bit lower than the $36.9 million ($10.2 million Thursday) that Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned in its debut last month.  Assuming the pattern holds, Amazing 2 should earn $94 million for its first three days.  Though a debut of $100 million is still technically possible, a failure to reach that goal will not in any way signal failure for the sequel.  Keep in mind that The Amazing Spider-Man brought in just $62 million for its first weekend in July 2012 and that its sequel has already earned over $155 million in limited international release.  We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $35,500,000 $35.5
2.  The Other Woman $4,800,000 $37.9
3.  Heaven is for Real $2,400,000 $59.3
4.  Captain America 2 $2,067,000 $231.4
5.  Rio 2 $1,725,000 $100.5

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Review

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When Sony decided to reboot Spider-Man, it was a bit of surprise since Sam Raimi‘s series still had life in it, and everyone involved in the production was eager to return for a fourth installment.  But the studio cravenly hit the restart button, and even though they hired a director with great potential and a strong cast, The Amazing Spider-Man was a weak return for the wall-crawler.  It was too gritty and the plot was an utter mess based on coincidence with entire plotlines cut to ribbons (what happened to Irrfan Khan?).  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wants to function as a reboot of a reboot, and while it’s marginally better than its predecessor, it suffers from an overstuffed plot where no one seems to be on the same page.  There’s a fun, lighthearted tone that always peeks out, especially in the scenes between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone) as well as Spidey at his most buoyant.  But that vibrancy is always snuffed out by ridiculous villains, cheap motivations, and shiny but lifeless action scenes.

SINISTER SIX Villains Revealed in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Credits Sequence

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The fact that Sony is planning a Spider-Man spin-off in the form of a Sinister Six film isn’t anything new; what is new is the possible reveal of just which villains it will feature.  As you can see from the above image, there are plenty to choose from.  Sony and Shazam have teamed up to tantalize fans via the following instructions:

After seeing THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 – opening on May 2nd - be sure to Shazam the end credit sequence to unlock a look into the sinister future.  Download @Shazam on iTunes or GooglePlay. #SpiderMan

Feel free to do that on your own when you check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters.  It will send a copy of the film’s credits to your mobile device which contains teasers for the Sinister Six movie.  We’ve included image grabs from those credits after the jump, but if you want to stay spoiler-free, now’s your chance to look away.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Special Edition Blu-ray Electro Bust Is a Bust

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hasn’t even opened in the U.S. yet, but Sony is already letting people pre-order the “Electro Collector’s Edition”, which is the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD bundled with a bust of Electro.  The bust not only looks like cheap plastic, but it’s creepy to boot.  Even if you end up really, really liking this movie, how much do you have to like it to say to yourself, “Yes, I would like Jamie Foxx sneering at me every time I walk through my home.  I can’t imagine this haunting my dreams in any way.”  I suppose it could be worse.  They could’ve have done a bust featuring Green Goblin.

Hit the jump to check out the full bust.  No release date for the collector’s set has been announced.

Geek Gifts: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Figure by Hot Toys

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Before production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 began, I loved the new costume.  I was so happy they ditched the one from the first movie, and went with something that wasn’t afraid to embrace a more comic-book style.  Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles are releasing a figure based on the character from the upcoming film, and here’s the good news: even if you don’t end up liking the movie, this is still a figure worth owning.  It may as well be a straight-up pull from the comics with the Amazing Spider-Man 2 branding.  That’s not to say I think the movie will be bad; I’m just glad that this figure looks great no matter what.

The 1/6th scale figure is expected to ship in October, and you can pre-order it now at Sideshow Collectibles for $229.99.  Hit the jump to check out some images of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Hot Toys figure.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach Comment on a Potential Marvel Movie Crossover for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

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Recent news of an X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credits tease at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had the internet all in a tizzy over the potential for a Marvel movie crossover in the future.  Although we updated our story to explain that this move was more to calm tensions between studios than it was to excite the fandom, there might yet exist some misunderstanding out there in the world.  Enter Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.  Both have offered up their comments on a potential crossover between the friendly neighborhood web-slinger and other Marvel franchises; it doesn’t seem likely with Arad convinced there are plenty of spider-stories to tell, and Tolmach likening the appearance of Spider-Man in, say, The Avengers, as a “stunt.”  Hit the jump for more.

Watch 4 Clips, 6 Minutes of B-Roll, and a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Hans Zimmer Recording the Score for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Sony Pictures has released new The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie clips, six minutes of B-roll, and a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the score.  The follow-up finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp.  The music stuff is particularly cool because it shows composer Hans Zimmer recording with the band. And if you don’t blink, you might see director Marc Webb playing guitar towards the end of the video.

Hit the jump to check out the clips, B-roll footage, and behind-the-scenes video of the scoring process.  The film also stars Emma StonePaul GiamattiSally FieldChris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.

New Clip from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx

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Sony Pictures has released another clip from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The follow-up finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp.  This clip features some admirable creativity when it comes to the variety of ways Spidey must weave his web in order to save New York City’s hapless citizens from Electro.  However, you have to accept the notion that his webbing can move faster than electricity.

Hit the jump to check out the Amazing Spider-Man 2 clip.  The film also stars Emma StonePaul GiamattiSally FieldChris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.

TOP 5: DRAFT DAY, Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Colbert Replacing Letterman, Drew Goddard Directing THE SINISTER SIX, STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST

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collider-top-5-sliceFor the first time that I can remember since I started writing for Collider in 2010, director Peter Weir‘s The Truman Show made headlines this week when we learned that Paramount is developing a TV series adaptation of the film. While I won’t waste any space today discussing my feelings on the adaptation (mostly because there aren’t any real details to dissect as of now), I will absolutely take this opportunity to talk about my adoration of the film. The Truman Show ranks among my all-time favorites with ease and, if pressed to name a lone favorite, it would likely make that cut too. I actually didn’t watch it until my second year of college, circa 2007, but I credit that first viewing as a benchmark cinematic experience for me; one that helped me begin to understand the impact that a movie could have on a person’s outlook and perception of the world around them. I would eventually go on to dedicate my graduate school research to the film, during which I watched it at least 15 more times; wrote this semi-boring perceptual effects analysis; and wrote/recorded this somewhat less boring seven song record. On paper, these projects were a way to fulfill requirements towards my degree. In reality, it was an excuse to delve further into the headspace of a work that, for all intents and purposes, changed my life.

All personal reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Draft Day, early reactions to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show, Sony selecting Drew Goddard to direct The Sinister Six, and the first look at Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 [Updated]

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Given the sheer magnitude of Sony’s marketing, it may feel like we’ve already seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but in fact the film had its first public screening just a few hours ago.  As such, the first reactions to director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel are now online and the verdict is…kind of all over the place.  Some were over the moon about the pic, some more reserved, and others downright negative.  The one agreeable factor seems to be the film’s unevenness, as even those who ultimately enjoyed the effort admitted that it was a bit scattershot.  That’s the risk you run when you up the ante in the villain department and inflate the scope of the film (which is also in service to expanding the Spider-Man universe for future films), but I’m hopeful that Andrew Garfield’s charisma and his chemistry with co-star Emma Stone at least give the film a character-centric grounding.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reviews won’t be available for a few weeks, but hit the jump to check out some brief Twitter reactions to this early screening.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd. [Update: A few full reviews have now landed online, and we've added a snippets from those after the jump as well.]

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 IMAX Poster; Plus Posters for 22 JUMP STREET, GOD’S POCKET, and THE HOBBIT Motion Posters

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A few posters to share tonight:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 IMAX poster will be handed out to those attending the first Thursday night IMAX screening.
  • 22 Jump Street - Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return for the sequel about the undercover cops transferring from high school to college.
  • God’s Pocket - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, and Christina Hendricks star in John Slattery‘s feature directorial debut.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - As a bonus, we have motion posters for the Hobbit sequel as it gets released on Blu-ray.

Check out the posters after the jump.

New Posters for Marc Webb’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Jon Favreau’s CHEF, and John Curran’s TRACKS

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Here’s a look at the latest and greatest posters from the following films:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Marc Webb’s superhero sequel starring Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Emma StonePaul GiamattiFelicity JonesChris CooperB.J. NovakColm Feore, and Sally Field opens May 2nd.
  • Chef – Writer-director-star Jon Favreau’s culinary comedy starring Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Emjay Anthony, with Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Robert Downey, Jr., opens May 9th.
  • TracksJohn Curran’s adventure drama starring Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth, Melanie Zanetti, and Jessica Tovey opens May 23rd.

Hit the jump to check out the new posters.

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