Movie Talk: ‘Rogue One’ Box Office Results; ‘Pirates 5’ to Bring Back Franchise Character

     December 19, 2016

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On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (December 19th, 2016) John Campea, Kristian Harloff, and Wendy Lee discuss the following:

  • Box Office – Rogue One performs beyond estimates with 155 million
  • Gerard Butler’s Geostorm loses director, undergoes extensive reshoots
  • Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara join Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant film
  • Darth Vader Stand Alone
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Image via Lucasfilm

It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you AMC theatres. The Force is strong with Disney and Lucasfilm as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened as the second best December opening of all time with $155 million for the No 1 spot at the domestic box office, and $290.5 million globally, which is the second-highest opening in December behind Force Awakens. Disney also scored with Moana, which took the No 2 spot with 11.66 million for a domestic total of $161.86 million. Office Christmas Party came in at No 3 with $8.45 million dollars in its second week of release. Collateral Beauty opened horribly with only $7 million from 3,028 theaters for the No 4 spot. And at No 5 was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which grabbed another $5 million to add to its domestic total of $207.68.

Minor spoiler alert here as we discuss Pirate of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Though production on the fifth film in the billion-dollar franchise has been done for awhile now, it does appear there is one more addition to the cast that hasn’t been reported. According to TooFab (via a report from Slash Film) Keira Knightley has secretly joined the cast, reprising her role as Elizabeth for some scenes. The movie sees the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Sparrow, along with Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner; who will be joined by Javier Bardem who is cast as the new villain. The movie is set for release on May 26, 2017.

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THR reports that two years after principal photography was completed on the disaster movie Geostorm, the film is going back for reshoots. The Skydance production stars Gerard Butler and would have marked the directorial debut of Independence Day co-writer/producer Dean Devlin. Devlin was replaced with Judge Dredd director Danny Cannon for the reshoots on the movie that is about Butler going into space in order to prevent climate-controlling satellites from creating “a man-made storm of epic proportions” while also trying to stop an assassination attempt on the president of the United States. It’s slated for release on October 20, 2017.

Image via Paramount Pictures

Image via Paramount Pictures

A new international trailer debuted for Ghost in the Shell. Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, the movie follows the Major played by Scarlett Johansson; a special ops, human-cyborg who leads the elite task force Section 9. Ghost in the Shell arrives in theaters on March 31, 2017.

Variety reports that Oscar nominees Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara are in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant’s new biopic about the quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. Based off the bio: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Phoenix will play Callahan, a controversial figure who became paralyzed following a car accident at age 21. He turned to drawing as a form of therapy, and when his cartoons started appearing in the Portland newspaper Willamette Week, the town reacted with boycotts and protests.

A new trailer has been released for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Directed by D.J. Caruso, the film stars Vin Diesel, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Donnie Yen and Samuel L. Jackson. It is set for release on January 20th, 2017.

MAIL BAG

Rick writes:

Hello Collider Crew,

With the release of Rogue One finally making its way to the masses one of the more consistent criticisms being heard from otherwise overjoyed fans has concerned the musical score feeling too different or at least somewhat off when compared to what we have become accustomed to with John Williams. So I’ll pose my question in the form of a “Would You Rather?” Would you rather Giacchino be given a second chance or see Alexandre Desplat (or someone else) given another opportunity?

Andrew writes:

Hey big fan of the show and the reviews you do, just wondering do you ever think the will make any movies based on the canon novels Lords of the Sith, or even a Palpatine and Plaugus? After Vader is getting so much love in Rogue One, could a spin-off of him happen? Do you think that or the books will be to dark for the movie screen?

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