When Tom Cruise was cast as Jack Reacher in Christopher McQuarrie’s adaptation of Lee Child’s novel, ‘One Shot’ (which has since been retitled to ‘Jack Reacher‘), fans of the character were none too pleased. Written as a 6’5″ man with a fifty inch chest and the ability to kill his foes with a single punch, Cruise seemed all kinds of wrong for Child’s soldier-turned-drifter protagonist. With the arrival of a the first ‘Jack Reacher’ trailer, we can all see first hand how Cruise looks in the role.
When Disney bought Marvel a few years back, everyone’s imaginations went into hyperdrive. With Disney’s resources and bank account account at their disposal, surely we’d see our favorite Marvel characters brought to life in new and exciting ways. In fact, the day of the acquisition, your couldn’t browse the internet without stumbling over the question “Will Pixar get to make a Marvel movie?!” in every forum and comments section.
Well, the day has come. Disney’s first stab at an animated Marvel movie has been revealed…and it’s not what you think. In fact, if you guessed this, you’re probably a comic book psychic or something.
When ‘Prometheus‘ opened big last month, there was the usual “Ah, so R-rated movies can perform well at the box office!” discussion that tends to happen every year or so. Well, that has nothing on this weekend, which found two R-rated movies topping the box office. And it’s not like ‘Ted‘ and ‘Magic Mike‘ just did okay either…both films opened big, blowing away expectations and leading the charge in one of the most interesting box office weekends of the summer so far.
Would you pay one million dollars for a movie poster? With an original one-sheet from Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent masterpiece ‘Metropolis’ going to auction soon, that’s the big question. Commonly cited as the most valuable movie poster in the world, the iconic piece of art is expected to fetch huge piles of cash from a collector with very deep pockets.
When it comes to winning big at the box office, never bet against Pixar. ‘Brave‘ is not only the acclaimed animation studio’s thirteenth film, it is their thirteenth film to open at number one at the box office. It’s a track record that just about everyone else in Hollywood would kill for.
It’s difficult to imagine two more different films going head-to-head at the box office. However, by appealing to completely different audiences, ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted‘ and ‘Prometheus‘ both managed to emerge from the weekend as big winners, making this the first weekend in months where two new major releases opened strong.
The box office can be a funny thing. Last weekend, ‘Men in Black 3‘ made $55 million and was considered a disappointment. This weekend, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman‘ pulled in $56 million and it’s considered a roaring success. As bizarre as that sounds, it all makes sense when you look at the details.
‘Battleship‘ was supposed to be the film that nudged ‘The Avengers‘ out of the number one spot at the box office, but instead you can just go ahead and insert your own “You sank my battleship!” joke here. ‘The Avengers’ didn’t cling to the top spot for the third week in a row, it dominated the top spot for the third week in a row, taking in another $55 million for a grand domestic total of $457 million.
Poor Barnabas Collins never stood a chance. Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows‘ found itself clobbered to death over the weekend courtesy of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, who rode a perfect cocktail of hype and stellar word-of-mouth to an unprecedented second weekend. It’s no longer a question of whether or not ‘The Avengers‘ will be one of the biggest movies of all time, mainly because it already is one of the biggest movies of all time: after only nineteen days, it’s crossed the $1 billion mark. The question we should be pondering now is whether or not it will become the biggest movie of all time.
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