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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“A Very Groovy Mutation”: Matt Revisits X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

As I said in my X-Men: The Last Stand review, Professor X and Magneto were the pillars of the franchise’s narrative.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn’t an outright flop, but it certainly underperformed, and combined with the scathing reviews from fans and critics, the X-Men franchise wisely returned to a central problem about how to fight persecution—with peace or with fury? Then they brought these characters to the forefront, and wrapped the subtext in a movie with vibrant visuals, humor, charming performances, and terrific action.  By going back to the beginning in more ways than one, X-Men: First Class was giving the X-Men franchise a fresh start.

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy Talk X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the Ambition of the Sequel, Future X-MEN Movies, the PROMETHEUS Sequel, More

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Opening this weekend is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed a great video interview with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.  They talked about the ambition of the sequel, signing a multi-picture deal to play the characters, future movies, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Nicholas Hoult Talks Beast’s New Makeup, His Relationship with Mystique, the Giant Cast, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Last year, when Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was filming in Montreal, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  For those not familiar with the story, the movie finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  Trust me, Days of Future Past is a very cool storyline, and a perfect way to have the old and new cast in one film.

During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Nicholas Hoult.  As someone that loved his portrayal of Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: First Class, it was great to be able to ask him a few questions about the sequel.  During the interview he talked about Beast’s new makeup, his character’s relationship with Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), the amazing cast, filming some of the action scenes (including taking a hit to the crotch from McAvoy), working with Bryan Singer, whether the script changed on set, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Director Bryan Singer Talks Bringing Back the Original Cast, Sentinels, Shooting in 3D, Time Travel Mechanics, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Bryan Singer doesn’t get enough credit for the popularity of comic book movies around the world.   About 15 years ago, before Marvel was MARVEL, and before movie studios announced release dates for superhero movies years in advance, Singer was directing his fourth feature–a modestly budgeted movie called “X-Men“.  At the time, movie studios weren’t making tentpole superhero movies, and the ones that were being made treated the genre like a joke (e.g. Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin).  But Singer changed that.  He created a world with interesting characters that dealt with real-world problems.  He also was able to update the civil rights message of the original X-Men comics and reapplied it to current discrimination against homosexuals.  Singer showed what the genre was capable of, and for that I will forever be grateful.

Now that you know how I feel about the X-Men movies and Singer, you can imagine how excited I was when 20th Century Fox invited me to visit the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past when the production was filming in Montreal last August.  During a break in filming a very cool plane sequence featuring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman, I was able to participate in a group interview with Singer.  He talked about bringing back the original cast, time travel, how he was directing another X-Men movie, the Sentinels, casting Peter Dinklage, easter eggs, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.   X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg Talks the Evolution of the Script, Time Travel, the X-MEN Franchise, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox owns many of my favorite Marvel characters.  Since Marvel has done such an amazing job combining their various characters across their movies, I was wondering when Fox might do something similar with the ones they own.  During a group interview with writer-producer Simon Kinberg on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past last summer, he revealed the studio was finally thinking about it:

“Fox is a very different place than it was when I made X-Men 3 there. And it’s been evolving since X3 to First Class to this, and there’s no question that the Marvel model has influenced and inspired them. We approached this movie from the standpoint of what to do with the universe rather than what to do with the story. We talked about other Marvel properties at Fox and talked a lot about what the future stories would be, whether they followed the cast in the future or the cast in the past and they’re all about trying to do what Marvel’s done and create different platforms for different stories.”

During the rest of the great interview, Kinberg talked about the evolution of the script, time travel, changes from the comic storyline, the X-Men franchise, having both casts in the film, the challenges of scheduling the various actors, how he approached the Sentinels, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Bryan Singer Confirmed to Direct X-MEN: APOCALYPSE; Will Focus on FIRST CLASS Characters

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Last week, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer tweeted that in 2016, the franchise would continue with X-Men: Apocalypse.  We assumed that since he tweeted that information, he would be directing the film.  Vulture has now confirmed that Singer will be returning to helm the sequel, making it his first back-to-back franchise venture since X-Men and X2.  Furthermore, Days of Future Past will lead directly into X-Men: Apocalypse, and “the new film is intended to focus strictly on the younger McAvoy-Fassbender cast”.  So where does that leave the franchise superstar Wolverine?  Perhaps off on another solo adventure?  Either way, it looks like DOFP will probably be a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’m glad Singer will be staying at the helm as the series moves to its next chapter (assuming DOFP is good, and as someone who thinks X2 is the best film in the franchise, I think it will be).

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.  X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.

Weekend Box Office: THE WOLVERINE Claims First with $55 Million; Excellent Hold for THE CONJURING

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As the only major studio release this weekend, it’s no shock to find The Wolverine in first place. With an estimated $55 million from 3,924 locations, the sixth entry in Fox’s X-Men franchise more than doubled the total of the second place The Conjuring but still managed to look a bit disappointing in the process.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Wolverine $55,000,000 $55
2.  The Conjuring $22,130,000 $83.8
3.  Despicable Me 2 $16,000,000 $306.3
4.  Turbo $13,325,000 $55.7
5.  Grown Ups 2 $11,500,000 $101.6
6.  Red 2 $9,400,000 $35
7.  Pacific Rim $7,540,000 $84
8.  The Heat $6,850,000 $141.2
9.  R.I.P.D. $5,900,000 $24.3
10.  Fruitvale Station $4,657,000 $6.3

Blu-ray Deal: Marvel Bundle with All X-MEN Films Plus DAREDEVIL, FANTASTIC FOUR, and More for 70% Off

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Comic-Con 2013 is officially in full swing, and to celebrate the occasion Amazon has a pretty geek-friendly Blu-ray deal as today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day.  The Marvel Blu-ray bundle (sadly no the Disney-owned Marvel) is now 70% off, which is only $59.99 down from $199.99.  The set is a bit of a mixed bag, as it includes X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, Daredevil, Fantastic 4, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and ElektraClick here to buy.

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Bryan Singer Reveals Possible New Beast Concept Art for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Director Bryan Singer may have just given X-Men fans a sneak peek of the new look for Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The story of the film will include not only the characters seen in Matthew Vaughn’s successful X-Men: First Class, but will also incorporate a huge cast of characters from Singer’s original X-Men trilogy.  While the exact details of the film have been under wraps for the most part, the plot from the mythology involves Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat traveling back in time to warn past X-Men of an event that could rock the globe.

Singer recently tweeted an image of what appears to be concept art for Beast, and the design is a bit different from the one seen in X-Men: First Class.  Hit the jump for more, including the image.

Bryan Singer Talks JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, and More

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Over the past seventeen years, Bryan Singer been able to jump from genre to genre with great results.  While he’s previously made superhero movies (X-MenSuperman Returns), thrillers (The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil), and a film about trying to assassinate Hitler during WWII (Valkyrie), in his upcoming Warner Bros. fantasy Jack the Giant Slayer, he’s tackling a classic children’s fairy tale with a modern twist.  As usual, he’s delivered a fun ride that audiences will love.

Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Singer.  We talked about making the film, the CGI and 3D, his thoughts on 48fps, how they rewrote the whole film during pre-production, Twitter, X-Men: Days of Future Past, his Battlestar Galactica remake, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Nicholas Hoult Talks WARM BODIES, MAD MAX FURY ROAD, the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Sequel, JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, and More

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Ever since Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, zombies have become synonymous with lifeless, dead-eyed beings, a void – existential nothingness in its simplest form. Zombies, as characterized, exhibit no human emotion, feeling, remembrance – and it’s been that way through Dawn of the Dead (1978) to Dawn of the Dead (2004) to The Walking Dead (2013). This Friday’s release Warm Bodies attempts to redefine the zombie not as death incarnate but merely as a lost and lonely soul… Sure the zombies still want to eat human brains but it has less to do with hunger than a need to connect. It should come as no surprise that the cure for all that brain munching, lethargic walking and indecipherable growling – as posed in Warm Bodies – is quite simple: love.

Nick Hoult stars in the picture as R, a zombie who slowly comes back to life after he falls in love with the beautiful ex-girlfriend (Teresa Palmer) of the guy he’s just eaten. Complications obviously then ensue. In the following interview with Hoult, he discusses imbuing the living dead with personality, transitioning from being a child actor (he was the titular boy in About A Boy), and his bevy of future film projects (Jack The Giant Slayer, Mad Max: Fury Road and X Men: Days of Future Past). For the full interview, hit the jump.

Hugh Jackman in Talks to Reprise Role as Wolverine in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Apparently Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) didn’t listen when Wolverine told them to, “Go fuck yourself,” because Hugh Jackman is reportedly in negotiations to reprise his role in the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. A brief, but fan-favorite moment in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, the gruff response from Logan when asked to join the X-Men was spot-on for his character and delivered by the face of the franchise in Jackman. With the director of two of the original films, Bryan Singer, now directing the sequel, it’s even more likely that we’ll get to see another classic moment. Hit the jump for more. 

Bryan Singer Set to Direct X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Sequel, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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We recently reported that Matthew Vaughn, director of X-Men: First Class, was stepping down from heading up the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.  On the shortlist of replacement directors was one Bryan Singer, who was already acting in a producing capacity for the sequel.  Singer has now been confirmed as the director for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  There is still no explanation as to why Vaughn stepped aside, but he is in the process of inking a deal to stay on with the project as a producer.  (He did turn in the film’s screen treatment after all.) Hit the jump for more on Singer’s attachment to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Matthew Vaughn Out as Director of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Sequel, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Bryan Singer May Replace Him

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Director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) has reportedly decided not to direct the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.  At this time, there is no explanation for Vaughn’s departure, but this doesn’t mark the first change of heart in the director’s history.  He previously toyed with the notion of dropping out of helming 2010′s Kick-Ass before changing his mind and returning. He then opted out of directing the sequel, which is currently being directed by Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down).  Fox wants to keep their July 18th, 2014 release date and will have to move on landing a new director soon, especially since the original cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, are all expected to return.  Tops on their list is Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2).  Hit the jump for more. 

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