Movie Talk: ‘Finding Dory’ Breaks Box Office Records; ‘Stargate’ Reboot in the Works

     June 20, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 20, 2016) Mark Ellis, Kristian Harloff, Dennis Tzeng, and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Box office report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Ben Affleck’s Live By Night get’s a new awards targeted release date
  • New Suicide Squad poster released
  • Mail Bag

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Shocking and tragic news yesterday. Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the Star Trek films, was killed in a freak car accident at his home in Studio City. He was 27 years old. Yelchin first gained critical attention for his work as Zack Mazursky in Alpha Dog and the title role in Charlie Bartlett before going on to major studio productions like Star Trek, Terminator Salvation and the underrated Fright Night remake. Throughout his career, Yelchin continued to pick exciting roles and work with respected filmmakers like Drake Doremus on Like Crazy and Jeremy Saulnier on this year’s critically acclaimed Green Room. As news of his passing spread, others began to share their thoughts on the actor like J.J. Abrams, John Cho, Kat Dennings and Anna Kendrick. We here at Collider offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. Another box office record was set this past weekend, with audiences easily finding Pixar’s Finding Dory. The sequel to the 2003 blockbuster, Finding Nemo, shattered box office records with $136.2 million for an easy No 1 spot, becoming the biggest opening for an animated movie of all time. Coming in at No 2 was the weekend’s other major newcomer, Central Intelligence, racking up a $34.5 million dollars thanks in part to the star power of Dwayne “The Rock”Johnson and Kevin Hart. Last weekends No 1 champ, The Conjuring 2, slipped to No 3 with $15.6, bringing its domestic total to $71.7 million in just two weeks. Lionsgate’s Now You See Me 2 took the No 4 spot with $9.7 million, while Universal’s Warcraft rounded out the top five, grossing $6.5 million for the No 5 spot.

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Two years before Independence Day blew up the White House and box office records, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin explored extraterrestrial life with Stargate. The film went on to gross $200 million worldwide, spawning three live-action spinoff series, which ran for a cumulative 354 episodes. Now with their Independence Day Resurgence hitting theatres next week, Emmerich and Devlin are now looking to revisit Stargate. Speaking with Variety, the filmmakers revealed that Stargate was initially conceived as part of a trilogy, with Devlin saying that because of what happened with the rights they never got the chance to do parts two and three. Now the duo are in active development on a reboot, produced by MGM and Warner Bros. The film is being penned by Resurgence writers James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright, and is intended to kickstart the franchise that Emmerich and Devlin always hoped to create. A release date has yet to be set.

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Warner Bros. announced this weekend they have given The LEGO Movie 2 another significant delay, pushing the animated sequel back from May 18, 2018 to February 8, 2019. For the sequel, The LEGO Movie writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller remain on board as screenwriters alongside Michelle Morgan and Jared Stern. Rob Schrab, whose writing and directing credits include episodes of Community, The Mindy Project, and Children’s Hospital, is stepping in to direct. With Lord and Miller being two of the most in-demand filmmakers on the market, LEGO co-director Chris McKay was initially slated to helm the sequel, but jumped aboard The LEGO Batman Movie when the team decided to move forward on that movie first. Little is known about the story at this point, but Lord and Miller previously teased a four-year time jump in the narrative. The duo also teased seeing how those four years affected the boy inside the real-world story and how his perspective changes as he moves into adolescence.

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Looks like you the wait for Ben Affleck‘s directorial follow-up to his best picture-winning Argo will be a lot shorter. The prohibition era crime thriller Live by Night was originally slated for a prime, awards-friendly October 20, 2017 release date and now, Warner Bros. has bumped the film up nine months to January 13th, 2017. The move is an interesting one considering the original release date was considered prime for awards contention, mirroring that of Argo, which landed in theaters on October 12, 2012, leaving room for fall festivals and a long campaign period. However, it’s still possible that Warner Bros. will position Live by Night as an awards player by giving it a limited release in December of 2016. As was last year with The Revenant, arriving late in the year can still warrant a successful Oscar campaign.

Sony Pictures has released the latest TV spot for their Ghostbusters reboot. From Bridesmaids and Spy director Paul Feig, the film stars Melissa McCarthy as Abby, Kristen Wiig as Erin, Leslie Jones as Patty, and Kate McKinnon as Holtzmann, about a team of women attempting to bring down an infestation of ghosts in New York City who begin possessing human bodies. The film also stars Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Chris Hemsworth. Ghostbusters opens in theatres this July 15th.

miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-poster-banner20th Century Fox has released a new set of character posters and trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Directed by Tim Burton, the film is based on the novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs and stars Asa Butterfield as a young boy who stumbles upon a secret refuge for supernaturally gifted youngsters, headed up by the mysterious Miss Peregrine played by Eva Green. Butterfield’s character soon learns that the children are in danger from an ever-growing host of malevolent forces. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, and Rupert Everett. The movie is written by Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman. The movie opens in theaters on September 30th.

As we approach August 5th, Warners Bros’ marketing campaign kicks into high gear with more on the second film in their DC expanded shared universe – Suicide Squad. This past weekend, another poster was released, this time by director David Ayer, who tweeted the image himself from his official twitter account. Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, and Ike Barinholtz, and arrives in theaters on August 5th.

MAIL BAG

Justin Clark writes:

Hello and how you doing, Collider crew?  Greetings from Miami.  My favorite film genre is mystery so my question is in regards to one of my favorite films Clue.  From what I understand Clue is the only movie to be released with different endings.  So, depending on which theater you went to – you would get a different ending each time.  So my question is two fold.  One, do you think this tactic will ever be explored by a wide release again?  Two, which ending in Clue is “canon?” Thanks for taking my question. You guys rock in stereo.


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