THOR: THE DARK WORLD Blu-ray Review

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As the Marvel movie juggernaut thunders on, we’re beginning to realize how carefully they’ve thought all this out. Kevin Feige and Co. have built their franchise for the long haul, which means pausing to take a breath every now and then instead of constantly trying to top the previous entries (and eventually crashing to the earth as a result). Captain America: The Winter Soldier shows us how that equation can expand this universe in unexpected directions, but the process also creates its share of placeholders: solid movies that nonetheless do little more than entertain us while their creators ramp up for the next mindblower. Case in point: Thor: The Dark World. Hit the jump for my full Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray review.

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims New Record with $96.2 Million

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set a new opening weekend record for April with its estimated debut of $96.2 million.  That tops the opening of Thor: The Dark World, last November, and beats Captain America: The First Avenger by 48%.  For proof of how dominant Captain America was this weekend, just take a look at the difference between first and second place: poor, poor Noah.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96,200,000 $96.2
2.  Noah $17,000,000 $72.3
3.  Divergent $13,000,000 $114
4.  God’s Not Dead $7,726,000 $32.5
5.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $6,300,000 $33.3
6.  Muppets Most Wanted $6,285,000 $42.1
7.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman $5,300,000 $102.2
8.  Sabotage $1,908,000 $8.7
9.  Need for Speed $1,836,000 $40.8
10.  Non-Stop $1,827,000 $88.1

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Targets April Record After $37 Million Opening Day

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After collecting $10.2 million from its Thursday night previews, Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned an estimated $37 million from 3,938 locations on Friday – setting a new record for the highest domestic opening day in April.  That means that The Winter Soldier should also secure a new weekend record for the month with close to $95 million.  April’s previous box office champ was Fast Five, which took in $34.3 million on its first day and $86.2 million for its first weekend in 2011.

After Thursday’s estimate, it looked like Captain America: The Winter Soldier would have a shot at hitting $100 million in its debut: a number that would put the First Avenger in the company of Batman, Iron Man and other blockbuster superheroes who hit triple digits on their first weekends.  This morning, however, it looks like Captain America will fall short of that mark – though it will still best the $85.7 million debut of Thor: The Dark World last November.  The Winter Soldier has already earned almost $100 million from its international markets since last weekend, which means the Disney/Marvel sequel will be close to $200 million in worldwide grosses after ten days.  That’s already over half of the final global total of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger – and that’s before China releases its estimate for the sequel’s opening this weekend.  We’ll have full details and the weekend top ten tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier $37,041,000 $37
2.  Noah $4,913,000 $60.2
3.  Divergent $4,180,000 $105.2
4.  God’s Not Dead $2,223,000 $27
5.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $1,825,000 $28.9

Check out Deleted Scenes from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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A deleted scene has been released from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as another deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World.  The Catching Fire scene has Sam Claflin explaining how his learning to tie a noose in less than ten seconds ultimately went to waste, and while this scene does show more of his character Finnick Odair being charming, I can understand why it was left on the cutting room floor.  As for the scene from Thor, it’s a brief fight between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and some Asgardian guards, and that’s about it.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scenes.  Click here to pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will be released on March 7th.  Thor: The Dark World is now available to own, and you can click here to go buy it.

New to Blu-ray: GRAVITY, HARRY POTTER Hogwarts Collection, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and More

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This week’s bounty of new Blu-ray releases includes a couple of prestigious Oscar nominees, a new box set version of the Harry Potter series, Marvel’s latest superhero pic, and some truly great Criterion Collection additions.  Briefly:

Exclusive Deleted Scene from the THOR: THE DARK WORLD Blu-ray Features Thor, Volstagg, and Fandral Celebrating on Asgard

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With Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World arriving on Blu-ray and DVD later next month, we here at Collider are happy to offer an exclusive preview of a deleted scene that will be included on the home video release.  This is a scene that takes place towards the beginning of the film in Asgard, as Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), and Fandral (Zachary Levi) sit around a large table while Volstagg recounts some close battle encounters to a group of eager-eyed children.  It’s a nice scene that serves to flesh out the world of Asgard, and there’s plenty more fascinating material from the film included on the Blu-ray release.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  Thor: The Dark World will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download on February 25th.  Click here to pre-order.

Deleted Scene, Gag Reel, and Behind-the-Scenes Featurette from the Blu-ray for THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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Thor: The Dark World will soon be on Blu-ray, and so Marvel is releasing a peek at some of the special features.  Among them is a behind-the-scenes featurette talking about casting Tom Hiddleston as Loki (it contains the full video of his audition for Thor; we previously posted GIFs), a gag reel (they had fun!), and a deleted scene where Freya (Rene Russo) explains why Loki, an adopted child, has her powers.  It’s solid material, and I hope there’s more of this good stuff on the disc.

Hit the jump to check out the special features.  Thor: The Dark World will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download on February 25th.  Click here to pre-order.

Watch Tom Hiddleston Dress up as Captain America and a Get a Glimpse of His Screen Test for Thor

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You can always use more Tom Hiddleston in your life, so in addition to the new Super Bowl spot where he’s featured alongside Ben Kingsley and Mark Strong, we also have some his Marvel shenanigans. [Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Thor: The Dark World]  First, there’s an alternate scene of Loki messing with Thor, and unlike the movie where they were able to sub in Chris Evans, this version has Hiddleston in the Captain America gear.  It’s pretty fun, especially since it allows Hiddleston to do his amusing impression.  As for Hiddleston playing other Avengers, there’s a brief GIF of Hiddleston testing to play Thor.  The full screen test is unavailable, but it provides a glimpse of what might have been.  Ultimately, I can’t imagine anyone else playing Loki, I’m glad everything panned out the way it did.

Hit the jump to check out the video and the GIFs.

First Look at the Return of Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery in the Marvel One-Shot ALL HAIL THE KING

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Last fall, we learned that Ben Kingsley was shooting a “secret Marvel project”, and last week we reported that the upcoming Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray would contain the latest Marvel One-Shot, “All Hail the King”.  Unsurprisingly, that’s the “secret Marvel project”, and now we have the first images and details regarding Kingsley reprising his role as delightful dupe Trevor Slattery.  The short will be an epilogue to Iron Man 3 and see Trevor receiving the acclaim and adulation he’s always wanted albeit from within prison.  However, not everyone is a fan, and writer-director Drew Pearce (who co-wrote Iron Man 3) says this short will actually provide some comfort to the comic book fans who were upset that Kingsley wasn’t actually the Mandarin.

Hit the jump for more including four images from the short.  Click here to pre-order Thor: The Dark World, which will be released on February 25th.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD Blu-ray Special Features Revealed; Marvel One-Shot Titled “All Hail the King” [Updated with Artwork and Trailer]

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There’s currently no home release date for Thor: The Dark World, but a list of the special features have popped up online.  The special features include six deleted/extended scenes with audio commentary, a gag reel, an audio commentary track for the feature, a few featurettes, and an “Exclusive Look – Captain America: The Winter Soldier“.  The set also includes the new Marvel One-Shot, “All Hail the King”.  You may remember that a few months ago, we reported that Ben Kingsley was shooting a secret project for Marvel.  Could this be what Kingsley was working on?  Is the “King” of the title the King Lear that made Trevor Slattery the “toast of Croydon”?

Hit the jump to check out the list of special features.  Thor: The Dark World will be available for digital download starting February 4th and will be released on Blu-ray February 25th. [Update: Disney has released the official artwork for the two Blu-ray releases as well as a trailer, which all can be viewed after the jump.]

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Stays on Top with $31.4 Million; ANCHORMAN 2 in Second with $26.7 Million

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may have pulled off a (very narrow) victory on Friday, but the weekend treasure remained in Bilbo’s hands.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was down 57% from its debut, earning an estimated $31.4 million and a second frame on top of the domestic box office.  Anchorman 2 came in second with $26.7 million: a softer launch than the sequel’s omnipresent marketing suggested.  Meanwhile, American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks made their first appearances in the top ten, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World hit important milestones.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit 2 $31,455,000 $127.5
2.  Anchorman 2 $26,776,000 $40
3.  Frozen $19,163,000 $191.5
4.  American Hustle $19,100,000 $20.2
5.  Saving Mr. Banks $9,321,000 $9.9
6.  Catching Fire $8,750,000 $371.7
7.  A Madea Christmas $8,500,000 $28.3
8.  Walking With Dinosaurs $7,300,000 $7.3
9.  Dhoom 3 $3,305,000 $3.3
10.  Thor: The Dark World $1,328,000 $200.7

Oscar Visual Effects Short List Includes PACIFIC RIM, OBLIVION, THE HOBBIT, and GRAVITY; MAN OF STEEL Fails to Make the Cut

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The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences has announced its short list for the films that will vie for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.  A total of 10 films will compete in a vfx “bakeoff” in January, where select scenes from each movie are shown to the voting members.  Among the short listed titles are Pacific Rim, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness, and of course Gravity.  Curiously, Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel failed to make the cut, as did Ender’s Game and The Wolverine.  Though critics were mixed on Man of Steel and Ender’s Game, both films showcased some seriously excellent visual effects—especially Ender’s Game—so it’s surprising to see them left off this Oscar short list.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of films that made the cut, and sound off in the comments with which one you think featured the best visual effects of the year. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 1st, 2014. 

Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Look at THOR: THE DARK WORLD’s Visual Effects

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If you have theories about the percentage of blue/green-screen effects used in Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, you might want to check out this behind-the-scenes look at the film’s visual trickery.  It not only includes a look at the pre-viz stage (courtesy of digital effects company, The Third Floor), but more than a few instances of practical effects used in the film.  Taylor also appears to comment on the extensive location shooting in the Marvel sequel along with the effects process.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings and Idris Elba, Thor: The Dark World is now playing in theaters.  Hit the jump to check out the featurette.

Weekend Box Office: THOR 2 Retains the Crown but THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY Steals Some Thunder

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Bouncing back from its second-place finish on Friday, Thor: The Dark World was back on top this weekend. That victory may have felt a bit more thunderous, however, had it not been for The Best Man Holiday. Instead of opening with the respectable $18 million that was forecast,  Holiday’s weekend estimate came closer to first place than most had imagined.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $38,454,000 $149.9
2.  The Best Man Holiday $30,593,000 $30.6
3.  Last Vegas $8,850,000 $46.9
4.  Free Birds $8,300,000 $42.2
5.  Bad Grandpa $7,670,000 $90.2
6  Gravity $6,280,000 $240.5
7.  Ender’s Game $6,200,000 $53.7
8.  12 Years a Slave $4,700,000 $24.9
9.  Captain Phillips $4,500,000 $97.6
10.  About Time $3,620,000 $11.5

Friday Box Office: THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY Pulls Off Surpise Win Over THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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One week after Thor: The Dark World stormed the domestic box office, the God of Thunder is facing some unexpected competition from The Best Man Holiday. In a surprise finish, Universal’s ensemble dramedy edged out Thor 2 for Friday’s top spot by just over $200,000. The Dark World is still expected to retain its crown with a projected $37 million this weekend, though the surprising draw of The Best Man Holiday may render Thor’s hold a little less impressive than anticipated.

Thanks to some last minute schedule changes, The Best Man Holiday was Friday’s only new wide release. The sequel to the 1999 sleeper-hit The Best Man, Holiday earned an estimated $10.7 million from 2,024 locations on its first day in theatres. That puts the Universal release on track for about $31 million by Sunday, or nearly double the studio’s own projection. We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Best Man Holiday $10,700,000 $10.7
2.  Thor: The Dark World $10,489,000 $119
3.  Last Vegas $2,520,000 $40.6
4.  Bad Grandpa $2,302,000 $84.8
5.  Free Birds $1,770,000 $35.6
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