THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 May Be Pushed to 2017

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You’d be forgiven for forgetting that a movie called The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actually came out this year.  In fact, it opened in theaters just over a month ago.  Though Sony’s villain-packed sequel wasn’t a total bomb at the box office, its worldwide total of $699.1 million is nearly $60 million short of the first film, and it marks a series low for the franchise; for the first time in history an X-Men movie is poised to surpass Spider-Man.  This isn’t a Wild Wild West-style disaster, but given that Sony was touting a massive interconnected Spider-Man franchise with two more sequels already dated and spinoffs for The Sinister Six and Venom in active development, one has to wonder if the studio may be rethinking its strategy post-The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

According to a new report, that may be exactly what they’re doing, as word comes that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 might be delayed to an unspecified date in 2017.  More after the jump.

Geek Gifts: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Electro Hot Toys Figure with Realistic Lightning and Aerial Posing

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If you loved Jamie Foxx’s villainous Electro in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, now you can take him home with you (in a sixth-scale version).  The new Hot Toys figure features a detailed head sculpt, detailed costume, and LEDs to give the appearance of “realistic lightning.”  It also comes with a figure stand that will let you pose your mini-Electro in aerial combat stances, so that you might re-enact the film’s electrifying battle scenes.  It’s available for pre-order now, with an expected ship date of April 2015.

Hit the jump for more images and details for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro figure or click here to buy it on Sideshow’s website.

Superhero Box Office 2014: How CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and X-MEN Stack Up to Previous Installments

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It’s no secret that superheroes rule the box office.  Studios are scrambling to tap into the genre with whatever comics characters they may have the rights to, and ever since The Avengers, the goal has now been to build interconnected superhero universes that tell stories across multiple films and characters.  The 2014 slate has its fair share of superhero blockbusters, but halfway into the year we’ve already seen most of them.  With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past having already opened in theaters, that leaves us with only Marvel’s August offering Guardians of the Galaxy and Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 in November.

Seeing as how the longevity of superhero adaptations is predicated upon how well the films do at the box office, we felt now would be a good time to take a look at how Cap 2, Spider-Man 2, and X-Men fared at both the domestic and international box office this year, and how they stack up to previous installments in their respective franchises.  Read on after the jump.

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.

Weekend Box Office: NEIGHBORS Moves in with $51 Million; THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Slides to Second

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The news on Neighbors kept improving as the weekend progressed.  After securing a better than expected $19.6 million debut on Friday, the Universal comedy wound up with $51 million for the three-day weekend.  That’s the second-highest debut ever for an original R-rated comedy, and beats the film’s most optimistic pre-launch projections by almost $20 million.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fell to second place, down an estimated 59% in North America as its international grosses crossed the $400 million mark – so it’s a good news/bad news morning for Sony.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Neighbors $51,070,000 $51
2.  Amazing Spider-Man 2 $37,200,000 $147.9
3.  The Other Woman $9,250,000 $65.7
4.  Heaven is for Real $7,000,000 $75.2
5.  Captain America 2 $5,619,000 $224.9
6.  Rio 2 $5,125,000 $113.1
7.  Mom’s Night Out $4,200,000 $4.2
8.  Legends of Oz $3,705,000 $3.7
9.  Divergent $1,700,000 $145
10.  Brick Mansions $1,480,000 $18.3

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: NEIGHBORS Takes Down SPIDER-MAN with Big $19.6 Million Debut

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One week into the summer movie season and we already have an upset.  Neighbors came out strong on Friday, earning an estimated $19.6 million from 3,279 locations, including $2.56 million from Thursday previews.  That puts the film on track for as much as $50 million this weekend, which would rate as one of the highest original R-rated comedy debuts of all time.  At the very least Neighbors will far exceed the $30 million that Universal said they were expecting.

Friday’s Top Five after the jump

THE COLLISION: Episode 87 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by contributing writer Jason Barr to talk about The Amazing Spider-Man 2. During our conversation, we discussed why the film is frustrating, how it fits into the recent history of superhero movies, the future of the franchise and the genre overall, 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 (“Star Wars: Episode VII Casting“), 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.

Deleted Post-Credits Scene from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Teased Character Appearance in Future Films

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Much has already been made about the fact that there is no formal post-credits stinger after The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Instead of a tease for the third film or another Spidey spinoff, fans were treated to a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past thanks to a deal between Sony and Fox.  However, we now know director Marc Webb did shoot a Spider-Man-relevant scene that would have played mid-credits or post-credits after the conclusion of the film, but for one reason or another Webb and/or Sony decided not to include it as part of the superhero sequel’s theatrical release. This deleted post-credits scene was shot and everything, and now images have surfaced online that reveal just what the scene entailed.  Unsurprisingly, it hinted at the appearance of a certain character in future Spider-Man films.

Hit the jump to check out images from the deleted The Amazing Spider-Man 2 post-credits scene, but beware of major spoilers for those that haven’t seen the film.

Watch the X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Post-Credits Scene from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Though post-credits stingers have now become the norm in superhero movies thanks to the folks at Marvel Studios, Sony did something a bit different for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Instead of teasing The Sinister Six or Venom with an after-credits scene, audiences were instead treated to a brief clip from Fox’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future PastThis was due to a deal in which Sony agreed to promote Fox’s X-Men film for free in return for Fox allowing director Marc Webb to breach his contract with that studio and direct the Spider-Man sequel instead of another Fox Searchlight film.  If you missed the X-Men tease in theaters, the clip has now been made available online.  It’s a hastily edited sequence that involves Mystique, Toad, and young William Stryker (I’m sure it’s longer in the actual film), and I still don’t see how this wasn’t incredibly confusing for audience members that were expecting a Spider-Man stinger.  Are they now expecting Spidey to pop up in Days of Future Past?

Hit the jump to watch the Amazing Spider-Man 2 post-credits scene, which is in fact an X-Men clip.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters on May 23rd.

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: What Did You Think?

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After an overload of marketing over the past few months, the superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now finally in theaters for all to see.  Though reaction to director Marc Webb’s first reboot was mixed, there was plenty in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to be optimistic about given that it wasn’t hindered by having to re-tell the origin story.  Unfortunately, I found the finished result to be wildly inconsistent, mixing grounded, character-centric material with embarrassingly cartoonish villains.  The most frustrating part is that there are shades of greatness amongst the schizophrenic execution.  The highlight of this series continues to be Webb’s handling of the small character moments, and the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone is once again magnificent.  Webb even shows growth in the action sequences, which are quite thrilling, but as a whole the film just doesn’t come together.

But now that the film is out to the public and Matt’s full review is up, we want to hear from you, dear readers.  What did you think about The Amazing Spider-Man 2?  Did you find it to be an improvement on the first film?  How did the villains stack up?  What do you hope to see in the next installments of the Spider-Man franchise?  Sound off in the comments after the jump.

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.

Andrew Garfield & Marc Webb Talk THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Hans Zimmer, Electro, Comparing the Filming Experience to the First Film, and More

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Now playing around the world and opening in North America this weekend is director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  As most of you know, 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 film also stars Emma StonePaul GiamattiSally FieldChris CooperB.J.Novak, and Felicity Jones.  For more on the film, here’s everything we’ve posted which includes trailers, clips, images, behind-the-scenes footage, toys, and much more.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb.  They talked about the experience of making the sequel compared to the first film, the vibe on the set this time around, whose decision it was to have Electro as the villain, the amazing musicians that recorded the score, and if Webb only took on the Spider-Man franchise because he wanted to play guitar with Hans Zimmer.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

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