On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, John Campea, Adrian Askarieh, and Mark Ellis discuss the following:
Weekend Box Office Report
Warner Bros react to Batman V Superman
Mortal Komat reboot
Hansel and Gretel 2
Ice Age: Collision Course
Bill Murray to appear in Ghostbusters
When to purchase tickets for The Force Awakens
…and a few things more!
It’s Monday, which means it’s time for our weekly Box Office Report brought to us by our friends at AMC Theaters. Coming in the #1 spot in an upset for the second week in a row is the Tom Cruise film Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation making $29.4 million dollars in its second week in release and dropping only 47% from its opening weekend. Coming in second place and having to be considered the biggest box office disappointment of the year is the new Fox film Fantastic Four which brought in just $26 million dollars, nearly half of its original $40-$50 million estimates. Coming in the number 3 position is thriller The Gift which exceeded most expectations with $12.7 million. In 4th is the comedy Vacation making $9.1 million in its second week of release, and rounding out the top 5 is Marvel’s Ant-Man making $7.8 million in its 4th week of release.
According to the website Den Of Geek, a secret screening of the upcoming Batman V Superman took place at Warner Bros for the WB executives as well as some crew from the film. According to the report the screening earned a standing ovation from the group, leading WB execs to proclaim Ben Affleck as “The definitive Batman.” The report also claims that the overwhelmingly positive reception also pulled the trigger on an alleged 3 picture Batman deal for Ben Affleck to both star in and direct.
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If you’re one of the many people out there yearning to hear the words “FINISH HIM!” on the big screen again… then good news. According to reports The Conjuring and Furious 7 director, James Wan, has reportedly signed on to produce Warner Bros.’ rebooted Mortal Kombat movie. Not much is yet known about the project but it is said it will follow a male protagonist who becomes drawn into the interdimensional tournament, and who begins to realize his true potential as a result of the experience.
The 2013 film Hansel and Gretel met with lukewarm critic and audience reviews, however the film also made north of $220 million dollars worldwide on a modest $50 million dollar budget. The result was that Paramount was interested in a sequel and tasked the director of the first film, Tommy Wirkola, to develop and write a follow up. According to reports the project now seems to have some momentum as commercial director Bruno Aveillan has been brought on to direct the sequel. Little is known about the new film except in a previous interview Wirkola said the new story would involve Voodoo.
As many of you know, the fifth installment of the Fox Studios popular Ice Age franchise is coming to theatres in 2016 and it now has a title. According to reports the new film will be called Ice Age: Collision Course. The film WAS slated to release in theaters on July 15th 2016, but Sony has recently moved their upcoming Ghostbuster film to that date and Fox has decided to move Ice Age back a week to July 22nd against the Guy Ritchie directed King Arthur movie instead. The previous 4 Ice Age movies have made a combined $2.8 billion at the worldwide box office.
Speaking of the upcoming Ghostbusters film, according to reports actor Bill Murray is currently in Boston to shoot a spot for the upcoming film. For years Murray has denied he would have any involvement in a future Ghostbusters film, but that no longer appears to be the case.
Liam Martin writes: Hello Collider Crew, I watch everyday and think you do a great job. I have a question regarding Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I know that when The Phantom Menace came out in 1999 people waited for around six weeks in line before the movie came out to get tickets and a seat in the theater. My question is how long before The Force Awakens opens do you think people will have to get in line to get a seat in the theater? I know the lines probably won’t be quite as long because we are able to buy tickets online months before the film comes out, but buying a ticket still does not guarantee a decent seat in the theater. Thanks for taking the time to answer this question and May the Force Be With You.
Sharrod Richey writes: Hey guys, love the show. My question is: Why do you guys get excited about how much a movie makes? I notice how you guys say things like “I’m glad so-and-so movie made that much,” why? It’s almost like you’re happy that the fat cat movie studios made a billion more dollars, almost like you’re rooting for the rich to get richer. The movie made X amount of money, but so what? You don’t get anything out of it, so why care?