GODZILLA 2 Announced at Comic-Con; Will Feature Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah

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Godzilla was announced at Comic-Con a few years ago.  The teaser was unannounced, but when we heard the King of the Monsters’ might roar, it brought the house down.  The film finally came out this summer, and it was a huge hit.  Soon after, a sequel was announced.  The question then became what other monsters we would see.  Godzilla has a tremendous rogues’ gallery, and none of them were featured in the first movie.  Now it was time to reward the fans with not just a “Thank you” but with a taste of what’s next.

Hit the jump for more about the Godzilla 2 monsters.

Why Summer 2014 Never Had a Shot at the Box Office

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The holiday box office totals are in and, frankly, they’re not good.  We had three new wide releases make their way into over 3,000 theaters this weekend, but they still couldn’t top last weekend’s top contender, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  As noted in our weekend box office recap, Tammy took $21.2 million, Deliver Us From Evil claimed $9.5 million and Earth to Echo kicked off its run with just $8.3 million.  Even if you add up all three of those opening totals, that’s only about $39 million and even that pales in comparison to last year’s Independence Day weekend top earner alone, Despicable Me 2, which posted an impressive $83.5 million to start.

Sure, you could blame the weak holiday weekend on the fact that the new releases aren’t all that good or perhaps because July 4th fell on a Friday, but this isn’t the only problematic weekend of summer 2014.  The box office is down significantly for the summer season overall.  Why is that?  The answer is actually pretty obvious.  Find out what it is after the jump.

Friday Box Office: MALEFICENT Casts a Spell; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Misfires

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On its first day in theatres, Disney’s Maleficent earned an estimated $24.2 million from 3,948 locations, including $4.2 million from Thursday evening previews.  That puts PG-rated fantasy on track for over $60 million through Sunday, which is in line with pre-release expectations.  Maleficent pushed last weekend’s X-Men: Days of Future Past into second place.  The all-star mutant sequel picked up a few large format theatres formerly held by Godzilla, but was still down 73% on Friday.  The X-Men are expected to earn about $30 million in their sophomore frame, bringing their global cume close to $400 million.

Which brings us to A Million Ways to Die in the West.  The Seth MacFarlane Western earned an estimated $6.1 million from 3,158 locations on Friday – well below even the lowest projection for the R-rated comedy.  Though Westerns have had a hard time breaking through at the box office, Universal hoped that MacFarlane’s success with Ted would be enough to secure at least $25 million for his follow-up’s first weekend.  Instead, A Million Ways to Die in the West may bring in under $15 million in its first three days – about what Adam Sandler’s Blended opened with one week ago. Ouch.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Maleficent $24,248,000 $24.2
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $9,400,000 $138.8
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $6,100,000 $6.1
4.  Godzilla $3,305,000 $165.7
5.  Neighbors $2,400,000 $123.2

Weekend Box Office: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Wins Holiday Frame with $90.7 Million

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No surprise here, X-Men: Days of Future Past was the clear winner this weekend.  What is a bit more surprising is the number attached to that win, which was not as close to $100 million as projected.  The all-star mutant sequel took in an estimated $90.7 million from 3,996 locations through Sunday and is now expected to top $100 million after tomorrow’s Memorial Day holiday.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $90,700,000 $90.7
2.  Godzilla $31,425,000 $148.7
3.  Blended $14,245,000 $14.2
4.  Neighbors $13,946,000 $113,6
5.  Amazing Spider-Man $7,800,000 $184.9
6.  Million Dollar Arm $7,093,000 $20.6
7.  The Other Woman $3,675,000 $77.7
8.  Rio 2 $2,500,000 $121.5
9.  Chef $2,260,000 $3.5
10.  Heaven is for Real $1,950,000 $85.7

 

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Friday Box Office: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Opens with $36 Million; Tracking $113 Million for Memorial Day Holiday

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Opening estimates are in for X-Men: Days of Future Past and it looks like the franchise is on its way to its best debut since 2006.  From 3,996 locations, Days of Future Past brought in an estimated $36 million on Friday, including $8.1 million from Thursday pm previews.  That’s the second-highest opening day this year, behind last Friday’s monster Godzilla launch.  The all-star X-Men sequel is expected to bring in close to $95 million through Sunday, which would put it just under 2014′s weekend title holder: Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  In terms of the four-day holiday, Days of Future Past is projected to earn about $113 million.  That would qualify as one of the top five Memorial Day debuts of all time, behind last year’s Fast & Furious 6 and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

The weekend’s other major release, Blended, got off to a disappointing start.  The romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore earned an estimated $4.4 million from 3,555 locations, which suggests that $20 million for the four-day holiday is now out of reach.  We’ll have updates on the holiday box office later this weekend.

 Title Friday Total
1.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $36,000,000 $36
2.  Godzilla $8,840,000 $126.1
3.  Blended $4,405,000 $4.4
4.  Neighbors $4,200,000 $103.8
5.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $2,000,000 $179.1

Screenwriter Max Borenstein Talks GODZILLA, Criticisms About the Lack of Godzilla in the Film, SEVENTH SON, PALADIN, His Jimi Hendrix Script, More

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The world’s most revered monster has been reborn, in a huge way, with Godzilla taking in big money at the box office and already setting a sequel in motion.  Just before the film hit theaters in the U.S., Collider got on the phone with screenwriter Max Borenstein for this exclusive interview.

During the interview, he talked about what made him want to have a hand in reinventing such an iconic cinematic character, the challenge of making a film that’s fun and entertaining but also has real heart and humanity, why they wanted to create and anticipation for Godzilla instead of an over-saturation, what it was like to collaborate with director Gareth Edwards, how many variations of Godzilla’s origins and motivations they discussed, and finding the right ending for the film.  He also talked about his work on Seventh Son, the Jimi Hendrix script that he wrote for Legendary and whether that might ever get made, what having scripts on The Black List did for his career, what happened with the sci-fi space adventure Paladin that he wrote for Disney, and that he definitely wants to direct again soon.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

GODZILLA Sequel in Development Following Monster Box Office Weekend

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As I said on this week’s The Collision, I’m awful at predicting box office, and while I thought Godzilla would do well, I didn’t expect it to have the second-highest opening weekend this year with an estimated $93 million.  That’s particularly encouraging since the studio used a smart marketing campaign that didn’t spoil the movie, and audiences clearly went for a movie that didn’t give them a constant barrage of carnage.  It’s a good movie, and I’m glad it succeeded.

Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are moving forward with a sequel, according to Variety, although there are currently no details about the plot.  Personally, I’d be fine if they changed up the cast, or at least made way for a new protagonist while keeping supporting actors Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn around for a sense of continuity beyond Godzilla.  Now the question is what to do with the sequel, and I assume they’re going to start bringing in his famous fellow kaiju like Mothra and/or Ghidorah.  Hit the jump for what Legendary CEO Thomas Tull had to say to Steve about Godzilla 2.

THE COLLISION: Episode 89 – GODZILLA

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by Haleigh Foutch to talk about Godzilla.  During our conversation, we talked about why we like Gareth Edwards‘ film, how it bucks against the current trend of blockbusters, the franchise’s history, criticisms of the thin plot and characters, why this movie succeeded at the box office while Pacific Rim failed, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Neighbors“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Friday Box Office: GODZILLA Eyes “King of the Box Office” Title with Gargantuan $38 Million Debut

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The “King of the Monsters” Godzilla made a triumphant return to movie theaters this weekend, and it looks as though the monster is making his presence very known.  Director Gareth Edwards’ new film Godzilla scored a huge $38.5 million on Friday, which puts the film on track for an incredibly impressive $98 million debut.  That’s way above the pre-release predictions, and the film could topple the superhero debuts of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million) earlier this year.  Though some are inexplicably complaining that the film isn’t two hours of non-stop CG-overload, reviews for Godzilla are generally positive, and it appears that the excellent marking campaign brought in considerable interest.

Check out Friday’s full box office report after the jump.

GODZILLA: What Did You Think?

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The last time Hollywood tried to make a Godzilla movie in 1998, the result was panned. TriStar was forced to abandon plans for the sequel that was teased at the end of the film.  The screen rights eventually ended up at Legendary Pictures—Legendary believed enough time had passed to return to Godzilla as a blockbuster property.  Legendary and Warner Bros. have proven surprisingly successful at changing the discussion surrounding Godzilla, starting with the the unique and effective teaser trailer.  Later stages of the marketing played up the creative vision of director Gareth Evans as well as the monster’s iconic stature in pop cultureGodzilla beat the odds to open this Friday on a wave of hopeful buzz.

Now you’ve seen the movie and read Matt’s review.  It’s time for you to weigh in.  What did you think of the reboot?  Does it make up for the bad taste the 1998 adaptation left in your mouth?  Does this Godzilla live up to the franchise reputation?  Sound off in the comments after the jump.

GODZILLA Review

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Godzilla is a difficult character.  He’s been a hero and a villain.  He’s been a loaded symbol and an empty set piece.  He’s a cultural icon and a punchline.  He’s fought on our planet and in other worlds.  He has decades of history and still defies simple definition beyond being a big, rampaging monster.  And while this size and action is all we truly demand of the character, he can be so much more.  In the character’s latest film, Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards has created a labor of love that attempts to draw from the monster’s rich history to appeal to his fans, but not make him so esoteric as to alienate those who only know the name.  Although the characters and plot can barely hold the grim vibe, Edwards’ respectful and careful approach to the big guy is more than enough to hold the tension and make us cheer for monster mayhem.

Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talk GODZILLA, the Positive Reviews, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Joss Whedon, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.  Produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the film is a new take on the classic monster and it’s loaded with an awesome cast led by Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonKen WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  For more on the film, watch a featurette on the new Godzilla roar, check out new images, watch 5 clips along with 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or click here for all of our previous coverage.

At last weekend’s New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.  They talked about their favorite moments from shooting Godzilla, going to Japan to promote the movie and the country’s culture that embraces its mythology, their reaction to seeing the finished film for the first time, the positive reviews, and more.  Of course with Olsen and Taylor-Johnson currently working on Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, they also talked about working with Whedon, the set photos, singing multi-picture deals with Marvel, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

2 New GODZILLA Images Offer Clear Look at the Full Monster; New Featurette Focuses on Alexandre Desplat’s Score

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We’re just a day away from early screenings of Godzilla, but in case you can’t wait that long, Warner Bros. has released a pair of new Godzilla images that reveal the titular monster in full.  I liked the film a lot, and director Gareth Edwards does an excellent job of teasing out the Godzilla reveal through a slow build to the thrilling climactic finish.  It’s essentially a masterpiece of foreplay, and it’s a refreshing reprieve from the current trend of bludgeoning the audience’s eyeballs with CG-overload for two hours.  If you want to go in as cold as possible, I might suggest steering clear of these images until after you’ve seen the movie.  But if you really want to get a look at the full creature design, help yourself.  We’ve also included a new featurette that offers a behind-the-scenes look at composer Alexandre Desplat’s fantastic score.

Hit the jump to check out the Godzilla images and featurette, and be sure to read our interviews with Edwards and producer/Legendary CEO Thomas Tull.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, and Bryan CranstonGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Legendary CEO Thomas Tull Talks GODZILLA, the Project’s Inception, the Slow Build Structure, the Prospect of a GODZILLA/PACIFIC RIM Crossover, More

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Opening this weekend is director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.  Produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the film is a new take on the classic monster and it’s loaded with an awesome cast led by Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonKen WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  For more on the film, watch a featurette on the new Godzilla roar, check out new images, watch 5 clips along with 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or click here for all of our previous coverage.

At last weekend’s New York City press day, I was able to participate in a group and exclusive interview with Legendary CEO Thomas Tull, which I’ve combined into one big interview here.  During the interviews he talked about the scale of the movie, how everyone they wanted to cast said yes, his reasons for hiring Gareth Edwards, the design of Godzilla, how the project came about, who ultimately decided on the budget, the importance of international box office, the magic number needed for Legendary to make a sequel, the prospect of a Godzilla/Pacific Rim crossover, his thoughts on possibly delving into the Universal Monsters library, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Director Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA, Making the Leap to Blockbuster Filmmaking, the Inspiration for the Monster’s Design, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.  Produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the film is a new take on the classic monster and it’s loaded with an awesome cast led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  For more on the film, watch a featurette on the new Godzilla roar, check out new images, watch 5 clips along with 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or click here for all of our previous coverage.

At last weekend’s New York City press day, I was able to participate in a group interview with Gareth Edwards.  He talked about Godzilla’s new design, how he represents nature, the massive scale of the film compared to Monsters, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

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