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The Secret of Gundam’s Success Explained

Well known anime streaming site, Crunchyroll has put together a mini-documentary on the massive success of the Gundam franchise. Gundam began in 1979 with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam. From there, the franchise would receive numerous shows, video games, manga, and of course, the plastic model kits.

To date, Gundam has received over 15 television shows. The impact of the franchise on popular culture cannot be overstated. Gundam is arguably the most popular of the mecha genre, though you can find many Gundam-like robots in countless anime, such as The Vision of Escaflowne and Eureka Seven. The franchise is best known for its emphasis on warfare, something that other anime in the robot genre didn’t really focus on until Gundam. Gundam remains popular worldwide, and a live-action adaption of Gundam is even being prepped by Legendary Entertainment, with Brian K. Vaughn reportedly working on the script.

Related: 8 Most Powerful (And 7 Weakest) Gundam Suits Of All Time, Ranked

Tim Lyu hosts “How Gundam Became an EMPIRE”, the min-documentary created by Crunchyroll. In the video, Lyu goes over the original Mobile Suit Gundam show and how the model kits became massively popular once to Bandai stepped in. Watch the mini-doc, below.

For those who may only know Gundam by reputation, it may be surprising to learn that the original show had its planned episode count shortened due to lackluster toy sales. What’s also interesting is how Gundam differentiated itself from the “Super Robot” genre. Prior to Gundam, there were shows like the live-action show Giant Robo (US audiences know it as Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot), and as the video mentions, Mazinger Z, where there was one central, powerful robot.

Though the shows are mentioned in Crunchyroll’s video, the primary focus is on the popularity of Gundam kits. Without the kits, the series would not be what it is today. As Lyu demonstrates, kit building can be a satisfying task to accomplish. One doesn’t even have to spend a lot of money on a quality kit, as the smaller scale ones can be as cheap as $15.

Gundam remains one of the most well known Japanese media franchises, and for good reason. The early Gundam robots are as iconic as Optimus Prime or Voltron. If Legendary’s film gets made and is well-received, Gundam‘s popularity could reach even greater heights. Those on the fence about kit building could be inspired, and who knows; maybe someone from the US or Canada will finally take first place at the World Championship.

More: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Mobile Fighter G Gundam

Source: Crunchyroll


2019-04-20 01:04:26

Daniel Alvarez

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in HBO Limited Series Lake Success

Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in HBO’s limited series Lake Success. Based on the wildly popular novel of the same name penned by Gary Shteyngart, Lake Success marks Gyllenhaal’s first leading role in a television series.

Gyllenhaal is one of the most recognized and renowned actors of his generation. He’s best known for his work in Donnie Darko, Zodiac, Love & Other Drugs and Brokeback Mountain – for which he earned an Oscar nomination for supporting actor. Recently, Gyllenhaal starred in the films Velvet Buzzsaw, and The Sisters Brothers. Gyllenhaal will make his debut as a Marvel Comics character as Quentin Beck (Mysterio) in the upcoming and highly anticipated Spiderman: Far From Home. Now, Gyllenhaal joins his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal at HBO – who currently stars in The Deuce – in a series of his own.

Related: 10 Jake Gyllenhaal Roles Everyone Has Forgotten About 

Per Deadline, Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s production company, Nine Stories, will bring the Lake Success series to life. Shteyngart’s novel – hailed as one of the best books of 2018 – follows Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal), a recently divorced hedge-fund manager with a self-delusional and narcissistic personality. Cohen abandons all of his responsibilities and begins a trek across the country via bus in search of his college girlfriend. Back at home in New York, Cohen’s ex-wife Seema struggles to balance taking care of their autistic son and newfound relationship. With an enticing plot line and profound look at human nature, it didn’t take long for a series based on the book to go into production. Gyllenhaal and Marker expressed excitement about the series in a statement:

Gary’s novel is a beautifully executed character study highlighting the depth of human contradiction and complication, set against the backdrop of America today. We are thrilled to partner with HBO, who has consistently been home to some of the most exciting and acclaimed premium content over the past two decades.

Lake Success is also in the creative hands of Shteyngart and Tom Spezialy – who will co-write and co-showrun the series. Spezialy recently created CBS drama series Chaos, and serves as executive producer to HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series. As the limited series goes into further production, more details will unravel, including a release date and the pivotal casting choice of Gyllenhaal’s onscreen ex-wife Seema.

This year marks one of epic transition for HBO. The network is bidding farewell to major viewer staples including, Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies and Veep. HBO partnering with Gyllenhaal comes at an opportune time for the celebrated actor to make his television series debut. Over the past few years, audiences have witnessed A-list movie stars transition from the big screen to television, including Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep. No doubt Gyllenhaal’s reputation as a celebrated actor and Shteyngart’s decorated novel will make Lake Success a success on the HBO network.

More: Jake Gyllenhaal Reveals Why He Joined Spider-Man: Far From Home

Source: Deadline


2019-04-11 07:04:18

Bethany Guerrero

Alita: Battle Angel Was (Just) A Box Office Success

Now that Alita: Battle Angel has been in theaters for about a month, it’s clear the film was a box office success – but only barely. After lingering in development for several years, the manga adaptation from producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez finally hit theaters this February, looking to deliver a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. It’s no secret this genre hasn’t fared particularly well in the past (Ghost in the Shell), but Alita proved to be an outlier in that regard. With stunning visual effects and a creative team with obvious love for the source material, the film was generally well-received by critics.

Despite some narrative shortcomings, the general consensus was that Alita was worth checking out on the big screen. As a result, the film exceeded box office expectations. Initially, it was thought to be a major bomb with only $23 million in its opening weekend, but it ended up grossing around $43 million over Presidents Day. That’s by no means a record-breaking figure, but it was still an impressive haul in relation to the projections. With business for Alita starting to decline in the wake of Captain Marvel, it’s time to examine the movie’s overall box office performance and what it means.

Related: Every Alita Movie Change From The Anime

Domestically, Alita didn’t leave much of a sizable impression. Its U.S. gross of $78.3 million is only 20.5 percent of the film’s total global total. As one can imagine, it was the international box office that propelled Alita to its status as a success. Significantly bolstered by China ($127.4 million), Alita currently stands at $382.4 million worldwide. Like the opening weekend numbers, that figure isn’t exactly jaw-dropping, but it still illustrates there was some interest in seeing Alita in theaters. There are several examples from years past of films being salvaged by a strong showing overseas, and this is just the latest instance.

Alita was budgeted for about $170 million, meaning its break even point was approximately $340 million. It’s obviously past that point, turning an extremely minor profit in the process. The margin is around $42.4 million, which admittedly isn’t anything to write home about, but proof this won’t go down as a loss for Fox. Alita is still playing in theaters and will continue to add what it can to its totals before bowing out, and then there will be the subsequent home media release to add some ancillary revenue to the bottom line. For a film that was one time pegged to be a disaster, this is a welcome turn of events.

Related: Alita Could Have Been A Hit (But James Cameron Chose Avatar Instead)

Fox proved to be incredibly savvy with their handling of Alita. Some might recall it was scheduled to be the studio’s big tentpole release over the 2018 holiday season, where it would have almost definitely been overshadowed by more high-profile titles like $1 billion hit Aquaman and Bumblebee. If Alita stayed in that window, the end results would not have been pretty. Instead, Fox decided to move it to the less-competitive period of February, where Alita basically ran unopposed as the main genre film in town. It arrived one month after Glass and there was still a sizable cushion before Captain Marvel premiered. The release date switch helped Alita stand out instead of getting lost in the shuffle.

Ultimately, Alita looks like it will fall into a nuanced, tricky middle ground in regards to the box office. It goes down as another win for Cameron (and people still continue to doubt him), though it’s a far more subdued one when compared to the heights of Titanic and Avatar. Since Alita was not a runaway smash, it paints a murky picture when discussing the property’s cinematic future because the final gross might not be high enough to warrant any followups. With Fox about to transition into a new era, executives will have to take a long, hard look at the numbers.

Page 2: What Alita’s Box Office Means for Possible Sequels

As stated earlier, there have been plenty of times when a film underwhelms domestically, yet still spawns a franchise thanks to the international box office. Pacific Rim is one of the more famous examples. Guillermo del Toro’s creature feature grossed $411 million worldwide against an $190 million budget and got a followup in 2018. Granted, that film, Pacific Rim Uprising, did not perform well ($290 million globally against a $150 million budget), but it still illustrates studios are willing to give a fringe series a chance if the original movie is successful enough. With China ranking as the second-largest film market, there’s incentive to develop projects audiences there might be interested in.

Unfortunately for Alita, it may not get a second opportunity to appeal to moviegoers. Though the film is in the black, it’s not like Fox saw a sizable return on their investment. Any other Alita movies will most certainly need a budget in a similar range of the original ($170+ million), so a case can be made that from a pure business perspective, it simply isn’t worth it. M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass went down as a disappointment compared to Split, but Universal should still be happy with the results because that film made $245.3 million worldwide against a budget of only $20 million. To put things in perspective, Alita cost more than Captain Marvel to make and will end up grossing considerably less. For many reasons, that’s not a straightforward apples-to-apples comparison, but it’s hard to argue why the studio should bankroll a second Alita film. Even Cameron may have difficulty with that.

Related: Alita Cast – Who Plays What Character

There’s also the matter of the impending Disney/Fox acquisition, which is finally cleared to be official next week. Much has been made over what the deal means for Marvel characters like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, but it impacts several other franchises too. Alita is one of them, and Disney may opt to pull the plug on it. Even if they don’t kill it right away, it’s unlikely Alita becomes a pressing priority for the Mouse House. Things would be different if it made more money, but with Disney going so far as to put the X-Force spinoff on hold until further notice, fans of Alita may have to accept that this property is one-and-done in regards to the movies. Disney simply has too much else going on with all of their other subsidiaries and they need to take time to figure out what they’re going to do with Fox and all of the other in-development projects under that umbrella.

It’s a shame, because Alita was a promising enough start for a new sci-fi franchise, introducing viewers to a strong heroine and immersive world that could have been fleshed out further in more installments. The source material is certainly rich and expansive enough to carry at least a trilogy, but that doesn’t seem like it will pass. Again, the film’s cumulative gross (while marginally successful) is to blame here because it pales in comparison to similar titles. Just because something made its money back doesn’t make it a major hit. Fox did the right thing by taking the necessary steps to ensure Alita didn’t catastrophically bomb, but everyone involved was probably hoping for a little bit more when it was all said and done.

More: What An Alita Sequel Could Be About

2019-03-12 01:03:18

Chris Agar

Glass Was A Box Office Success AND Disappointment (Compared To Split)

Now that M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass has been in theaters for a few weeks, it’s safe to say the film was both a box office success and disappointment. Billed as the first proper “event” film of 2019, Glass arrived in theaters with much fanfare since it served as the long-gestating conclusion to Shyamalan’s Eastrail 177 trilogy. The unlikely franchise kicked off with the director’s 2000 film Unbreakable and surprisingly continued with 2017’s Split. Fans of both movies were excited to see what Shyamalan had in store, especially since there seemed to be endless potential in combining the intriguing characters.

Sadly, the end results were something of a mixed bag. While there’s no denying Glass contains some truly fascinating ideas and is a refreshing change-of-pace from the typical superhero movie, it was bogged down in baffling execution and narrative twists that left viewers feeling confused and unsatisfied. After a small comeback, Shyamalan was unable to live up to expectations (again), and Glass’ word-of-mouth seemed to have some impact on its commercial performance. The film will go down as a box office hit, but those involved were likely hoping for much more.

Related: Glass’ First Twist Completes The Unbreakable Story

After a string of duds that culminated with the failure that was After Earth ($60.5 million total domestically), Shyamalan went back to his roots with the well-received thriller The Visit, which made $98.4 million worldwide against a $5 million budget. But it wasn’t until Split that Shyamalan’s redemption arc seemed complete. Buoyed by James McAvoy’s scintillating performance as Kevin Wendell Crumb (and his numerous personalities), Split likewise earned positive reviews and grossed $278.4 million globally against only a $9 million budget. Split, of course, ended with the now-famous reveal that it’s set in the Unbreakable universe, setting the stage for an exciting showdown.

Given the success of Split coupled with the palpable hype for Glass, it seemed like Shyamalan’s latest could be destined for the record books. The earliest box office projections for Glass had it pegged for as much as $75 million in its domestic opening weekend, which would have been a new all-time mark for Shyamalan’s career. However, these estimates came out weeks before the first Glass reviews went live, and the film’s mixed reception apparently killed some of the enthusiasm casual audiences had for the project. Glass ended up earning $40.5 million in its first three days, a respectable number for sure, but one that barely topped the $40 million debut of Split.

Related: Glass Is Shyamalan’s Star Wars Prequels (And That’s Not A Bad Thing)

And this is why a case can be made Glass’ box office is a tad underwhelming. In a vacuum, the film is in solid shape (more on that in a bit), but it’s still a step back from Split. Remember, Split was marketed as a standalone Shyamalan thriller, with its larger connections saved as a surprise for the premiere. The fact that it made $40 million was an impressive accomplishment, seeing that its projections were set at a far more modest $25.5 million. In the case of Glass, it premiered against minimal competition (the glut of Christmas releases had already done most of their damage) and boasted a very visible marketing campaign akin to a Hollywood tentpole. Not only that, fans of Unbreakable had waited close to two decades for David Dunn and Elijah Price to return to the big screen, so it was surprising to see the turnout be so low relative to what was expected.

Things didn’t exactly improve for Glass as its domestic run continued. Despite winning three consecutive weekends (which can be attributed to the films Glass played against, rather than Glass’ merits), the film saw a steady decline in business. Through 19 days in theaters, it’s earned $90.6 million domestically. Split, on the other hand, made $101.1 million in the same timeframe. In all likelihood, Glass will not outgross its predecessor Stateside, especially with some high-profile new releases on the horizon. Surely, its time at the top of the charts will come to an end this weekend with The LEGO Movie 2 opening, and next week sees titles like Happy Death Day 2U and Alita: Battle Angel compete for ticket sales. Glass is going to slide down the rankings now, but Shyamalan can rest easy knowing his passion project wasn’t a lost cause.

Page 2: Why Glass Is Still A Box Office Success

While it’s unfortunate Glass didn’t perform in line with the initial projections (it even couldn’t top Universal’s more conservative estimates of $50 million), the film is still very much a profitable endeavor. The production budget, which Shyamalan self-financed, came in at around $20 million. Going by the general rule of thumb, Glass needed to earn $40 million to break even. It was able to do that just after three days in America, and it has since soared past that benchmark. The current global total stands at $202.2 million, giving Glass a profit margin of $162.2 million just from ticket sales. That’s enough to make eight more Glasses and you’d still have a little extra change on the side.

Looking beyond the budget, Glass didn’t represent a longterm investment from Universal (and international distributor Disney) because it was always intended to be a one-off. The very idea of the film (mashing up Unbreakable and Split) reads as a natural entry point for the shared universe era, but Shyamalan envisioned this as the definitive conclusion of his trilogy and has no plans for sequels. As such, Glass did not have the future of an entire franchise riding on its success. Studios can get into trouble when they put the cart before the horse and announce numerous spinoffs and solo movies well in advance, only for their plans to crumble into dust (see: Justice League). That Glass didn’t generate widespread excitement for more stories set in this world is of no concern. Universal and Disney will happily take that $202.2 million to the bank and thank Shyamalan for delivering a profitable film.

Related: Glass Reviews Are Being Too Hard on Shyamalan’s Unbreakable Sequel

Usually when an anticipated film struggles at the box office and doesn’t meet expectations, it spells disaster for the studio. Glass is a unique case in the sense that there was sizable room for error; the film earned $30 million less than its original projections and still ended up in the black. Glass illustrates the virtues of keeping production costs down, ensuring maximum profitability for executives. The biggest box office bombs of the year suffer their fate in large part due to monetary mismanagement. Solo: A Star Wars Story was originally budgeted at $125 million, but that figure ballooned to $250 million because of the extensive reshoots. Obviously, it’s virtually impossible to make blockbuster movies for $20 million, but producers can still learn a valuable lesson from Glass. Aquaman was budgeted at $160 million and did not need to make $1 billion worldwide in order to qualify as a success. That it hit that mark is just icing on the cake.

It’ll be interesting to see how Glass’ box office impacts Shyamalan’s career moving forward. One of the reasons why he needed to self-finance his three most recent movies is because producers were leery about investing in Shyamalan following his 2000s dark period and Shyamalan himself (understandably) wanted to have creative control over his movies. He’s already said he’s not all that interested in making a Marvel or DC movie, so it stands reason to believe he’s going to stay in his wheelhouse and focus on making smaller pictures where his unique cinematic voice can thrive. He’s struck up a fruitful partnership with Blumhouse, which seems like the perfect avenue for Shyamalan’s work. With him coming off three consecutive financial hits, he should be able to continue directing in the future. Shyamalan is currently working on an Apple TV series starring Rupert Grint and has yet to line up a new feature film.

Glass’ box office is a fascinating topic shaded with nuance. By the textbook definition, it’s most definitely a success and it’ll only generate more revenue once the home media release drops. At the same time, there was certainly hope it could have been more, building off Split. This was the first time in quite a while there was genuine excitement surrounding the release of a new Shyamalan film and it unfortunately let a lot of people down. Based on these results, viewers can appreciate that Shyamalan was able to tell this story on his own terms, but it’s probably for the best he’s leaving the world of Unbreakable behind now.

More: Glass Is Full of Unanswered Questions & Plot Holes



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2019-02-07 01:02:44

Bumblebee Was A (Small) Box Office Success

NOTE: Box office grosses are as of January 13, 2019

Bumblebee turned a profit and will ultimately go down as a minor box office success, though its performance still raises questions about the future of the Transformers film franchise. After Michael Bay captained the ship for five movies released over a period of 10 years (culminating with the lackluster The Last Knight in 2017), Paramount opted to go in a different direction for the next film on the docket. For spinoff Bumblebee, they not only went back in time to the 1980s, but also recruited Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight to call the shots. The hope was that Knight would be able to inject some genuine heart and emotion into the series, revitalizing it in the process.

Based on Bumblebee’s critical reception, Knight very much accomplished that goal. The spinoff is far and away the best reviewed installment of the franchise and even received the Certified Fresh seal of approval. While the word-of-mouth was fantastic, it didn’t seem to have much of an impact on the film’s box office prospects. Opening in theaters at the same time as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Aquaman, and Mary Poppins ReturnsBumblebee fell behind and got lost in the glut of Christmas releases.

Related: Predicting Transformers’ Future After Bumblebee

Bumblebee is the Lowest-Grossing Transformers Film

Despite being subject to widespread critical panning, the Transformers movies were a reliable cash cow for Paramount early in the franchise’s run. Derided 2009 entry Revenge of the Fallen earned $402.1 million domestically, and both Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction grossed $1 billion worldwide. With those kinds of returns, it’s no wonder the studio kept bringing Bay back to make more. Whatever the faults of the director’s Transformers installments were, they obviously worked for audiences, who kept flocking to the theater to see what outrageous action Bay staged next. But things changed when The Last Knight came out two summers ago.

When Bay’s fifth Transformers hit the scene, the cracks finally started to show. At the time, it was the worst all-around performer in the series, no matter which way you sliced it. Its domestic opening weekend ($44.6 million) couldn’t hold a candle to the 2007 original ($70.5 million); it earned $130.1 million total in the United States when Revenge of the Fallen made $108.9 million in a single weekend; and its global haul of $605.4 million was $104.3 million less than the original – and that was with inflation and 3D/IMAX premiums. The Last Knight ultimately ended up in the black, but it was clear the formula needed to be reworked. Viewers didn’t respond to Bay’s approach as strongly as before, and the damage done by The Last Knight likely (and unfortunately) reverberated into Bumblebee.

Related: How Bumblebee’s Post-Credits Scene Retcons Transformers

Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee

The budgets of the two projects make it more of an apple-to-oranges comparison, but Bumblebee fared worse than The Last Knight across the board. Its domestic debut of $21.6 million was lower than other 2018 offerings like Tomb Raider ($23.6 million), Maze Runner: The Death Cure ($24.1 million), and The Predator ($24.6 million). It has earned only $108.9 million in the States as of this writing (the exact figure Revenge of the Fallen pulled in its first three days), and the $367 million worldwide gross is behind Fifty Shades Freed ($371.9 million), Solo: A Star Wars Story ($392.9 million), and A Star is Born ($404.2 million). Nothing against Bradley Cooper’s Oscar frontrunner, but few would have predicted a remake of a romantic musical drama (even one starring Lady Gaga) would outgross a Transformers movie globally. This turn of events is quite shocking.

Transformers has always done exceptionally well overseas, particularly in China (the saving grace for many woebegone tentpoles). Even The Last Knight earned $228.8 million in the Middle Kingdom, but Bumblebee had no such luck. Currently, the spinoff has made a paltry $59 million in China, which can likely be attributed to Aquaman dominating the multiplex over there. The latest from DC grossed $284.9 million from Chinese theaters, earning a rare extension in the process. Bumblebee simply couldn’t compete with that and had to make do with the loose change it could find. There’s now a cloud of doubt hanging over what was once Paramount’s go-to cinematic property. If Transformers is to march forward, some serious changes need to be implemented.

Page 2: What Paramount Can Learn From Bumblebee’s Box Office

Bumblebee’s Box Office Lessons

The good news for Paramount is that Bumblebee was not a total loss. Because its production budget was a very manageable $135 million, its break even point was roughly $270 million. It’s clearly passed that at the worldwide box office, turning a $97 million profit based on ticket sales. That margin will definitely expand once ancillary revenue like home media sales comes into play (and, to be fair, Bumblebee still playing in theaters), but these results are hardly what Paramount was looking for. $97 million wouldn’t be enough to cover the costs of the hypothetical Bumblebee sequel the studio is interested in, so if that followup does indeed move forward, the studio has to rethink their strategy a bit.

Since Bumblebee received positive reviews and was well-liked by those who saw it, it’s safe to say the spinoff fell victim to an awful release date. Paramount’s desire to have a holiday blockbuster in the first Star Wars-less December since 2014 is perfectly understandable, but the multiplex was way too crowded this year. Aquaman (which targets largely the same demographic) opened in theaters on the same day as Bumblebee, and Mary Poppins and Spider-Verse were also there as options for families. As evidenced by The Last Knight, general viewers were beginning to tire of Transformers movies, which put Bumblebee at a disadvantage. Yes, Justice League didn’t break any records and caused Warner Bros. to drastically shift the entire DC Extended Universe, but at least Aquaman represented something new. There had never been an Aquaman movie before, and its trailers promised breathtaking spectacle. Much like Solo, promotional materials for Bumblebee did little to showcase why this was a must-see on the big screen. It never felt like an “event,” even as the good reviews piled up.

Related: Bumblebee Is A Much Better Remake of the Original Transformers

Perhaps smartly, there currently are no upcoming Transformers movies officially scheduled on Paramount’s slate. Transformers 6 was supposed to come out this year, but the studio ultimately pulled it before any real headway was made (most likely due to The Last Knight’s gross). The wise thing to do would be to move ahead with the Bumblebee sequel, but make sure to put it in a position where it can thrive. Paramount needs to find a less competitive window for it so it can post a healthy gross and help the property return to form. If summer or the holidays are too crowded, it would behoove Paramount to think outside the box. Black Panther shattered records in February. Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned $714.2 million worldwide in April. Audiences have shown they’ll come support a good film no matter what time of year it premieres. Should the Bumblebee sequel have the marketplace to itself, it ideally will perform better. If not, then it might be time to let Transformers rest.

One thing’s for sure – Paramount should absolutely bring back the creative team of director Knight and writer Christina Hodson, both of whom have ideas for where they want the sequel to go. They do not deserve any of the blame for why Bumblebee came up short at the box office. They did their job extremely well and delivered a film reminiscent of old school Amblin productions bursting with a big heart. Usually, when a movie struggles at the box office and becomes a catalyst for changing things, it’s because a new artistic voice is needed to reinvigorate things. Bumblebee’s disappointment is more on the studio. They lucked into a winning combination, and Knight & Hodson deserve a second chance at legitimate success. Hopefully, Paramount doesn’t drop the ball again.

Bumblebee is a pretty interesting box office case. It’s by no means a bona fide flop (Paramount didn’t lose money on it), but it isn’t a runaway smash either. The spinoff falls into the tricky middle ground where the studio needs to proceed with caution moving forward, or else they’ll potentially lose a tentpole. Paramount is in dire straits when it comes to blockbusters (remember, Star Trek 4 was just cancelled), so fingers crossed they figure something out.

More: Movie Franchises That Got Better In 2018



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2019-01-15 01:01:55

Black Ops 4 Beginners Guide: How to Play (& Win) in Zombies Mode

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.

Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.

Related: Black Ops 4 Blackout Guide: Pro Tips For Battle Royale Beginners

Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.

What’s New In Zombies Mode?

This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.

Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.

Prioritize Your Points

As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.

It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.

Keep Moving

Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.

Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.

Use Your Perks

In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.

Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.

Work Together

As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.

It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.

With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.

More: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Trophy List Completely Revealed



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2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!





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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

Black Panther 2 Moving Forward With Ryan Coogler Set to Write & Direct

Ryan Coogler is confirmed to return to write and direct Black Panther 2. Marvel Studios found massive success earlier this year with the launch of Black Panther. It was the first MCU movie to star a person of color in Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The movie featured almost an entirely black cast and wound up receiving rave reviews, in addition to earning over $1 billion at the box office.

Due to the success, there’s been heavy speculation about the status of a sequel. There’s been no official word from Marvel Studios about where the movie stood, let alone the status of the film’s cast. However, the biggest focus for many was whether or not writer-director Ryan Coogler would return.

Related: Michael B. Jordan Open to Black Panther 2 Return

THR has now confirmed that Ryan Coogler is indeed returning to Wakanda. They’ve confirmed that he’ll write and direct Black Panther 2 for Marvel Studios. Production is currently expected to get started in late 2019 or early 2020.

Coogler returning to direct Black Panther 2 has been expected for some time, but now it is nice to finally have the confirmation that he’s returning. He’d signed up for other projects since Black Panther hit theaters, so he took his time deciding to return to Wakanda. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said he wanted Coogler to make the sequel. They’re doing just that with this announcement, as they may have wanted to get the sequel moving even quicker because of just how big of a hit the original was.

Now that Coogler is locked in for Black Panther 2, the hope to shoot the sequel in late 2019 or early 2020 will depend on a few things. The first will be Coogler finishing the script and getting it into the proper place to actually start production. Feige previously said they have a “pretty solid direction” for the sequel’s story, so this may just be a matter of Coogler putting pen to paper. The other major step that will need to be completed is actually aligning the franchise’s multiple stars’ busy schedules. Boseman is continuing to take on new projects, while breakout cast members like Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have also continued to book future movies.

Although Marvel has yet to confirm Coogler’s return or even that they’re making Black Panther 2, the longterm planning on their part clued many in on this timetable for the sequel. They previously dated untitled Marvel movies into 2022, and the February 2021 release date was quickly pointed to by many as Black Panther 2‘s likely landing spot. This reported production schedule should only reaffirm that belief. Of course, Marvel doesn’t plan on announcing any of their future projects officially until after Avengers 4 hits theaters, so it may still be several months before Coogler’s involvement and Black Panther 2‘s release date become officially official. But for now, his involvement has been confirmed by several sources and is a great step forward for the sequel.

MORE: Letitia Wright Wants Shuri to Become Black Panther

Source: THR



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2018-10-11 01:10:10 – Cooper Hood

The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Is Aiming For An R-Rating

Doctor Sleep – the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – is aiming for an R-rating, according to director Mike Flanagan. Just about as long as there have been Stephen King books, there have been Stephen King movies. King’s first published novel, 1974’s Carrie, was translated into a film by no less a director than Brian De Palma in 1976. Ever since, King’s work has remained a go-to source for Hollywood studios, including several franchises. However, while sequels to King-based movies are common, very rarely are they based on actual follow-ups by the author.

The reason for that is simple: King doesn’t write sequels often. For the most part, King is content to let his stories stand alone, outside of the Easter eggs and select recurring characters he enjoys throwing in for fans as a way to establish that most of his work takes place in the same universe. While some notable exceptions exist – The Dark Tower saga, the Mr. Mercedes books – King generally prefers to tell new stories, rather than revisit his old ones. Which is what made King’s decision to release a sequel to The Shining in 2013 such a delight for his longtime fans.

Related: Ewan McGregor Says Doctor Sleep Movie is Faithful to Stephen King’s Book

While most King diehards would be unlikely to argue that Doctor Sleep measures up to its classic predecessor – a novel many hold up as one of King’s all-time best – reaction to the book – which focuses on the adult life of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), decades after the spirits of the Overlook Hotel corrupted his father Jack – was largely positive. Now, five years later, Warner Bros. is prepping a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. For anyone worried that King’s sequel will be sanitized of violence, adult content, and language in order to draw in more viewers with a PG-13, director Mike Flanagan tells Collider that the film will likely be rated-R.

The news that Doctor Sleep is aiming for an R-rating is sure to please both fans of King and fans of the horror genre as a whole. While there have certainly been good horror films made with a PG-13-rating, too often studios are all too willing to compromise a story’s content in order to make it more accessible to a wider theatrical audience. For example, one need only look at the heavily compromised Dark Tower movie, although to be fair, the rating was hardly its biggest problem. Thankfully, with the runaway success of films like and Deadpool and Warner Bros’ 2017 King adaptation IT, studios are becoming less resistant to the idea that a film can be both R-rated and hugely successful financially.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of years for King fans, as 2019 will see both IT: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary hit theaters, with both films also expected to receive R ratings. A Netflix original film adaptation of King and son Joe Hill’s novella In The Tall Grass is also slated for next year, while Doctor Sleep will arrive in early 2020. In the meantime, Hulu’s Castle Rock series is set to return for season 2, while the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes show continues to air, and CBS All Access is in development on a limited series adaptation of The Stand. It’s good to be the King, and right now, it’s good to be one of his fans.

More: 25 Crazy Facts Behind The Making Of The Shining

Source: Collider



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2018-10-10 08:10:58 – Michael Kennedy

Crazy Rich Asians Is Highest-Grossing Rom-Com This Decade (So Far)

Wildly successful romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians looks to be leader of the pack in box office receipts for the decade. It’s been roughly two months in theaters since its mid-August release, and the runaway hit adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book has handily outsold every other rom-com in the 2010s, and yet remains in theaters at time of this writing.

Crazy Rich Asians broke early ticket sales records from its premiere, dominating the box office for three straight weekends with no signs of slowing down. The film stars Constance Wu ( Fresh Off the Boat ) in the leading role, alongside veteran Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Star Trek: Discovery) and rising star Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8), among others. Directed by filmmaker Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians’ immediate success followed positive early buzz, making its opening weekend the biggest rom-com opening since 2015’s Trainwreck.

Related: Crazy Rich Asians’ Michelle Yeoh & Awkwafina Reunite For Action Film

That early attention simply did not waver, and the film has seen eight solid weekends of consistent sales thus far, placing in top 10 tickets sold in the first weekend of October. That momentum has seemingly secured its legacy, and, according to Box Office Mojo (via Screen Crush), Crazy Rich Asians as the sixth-highest grossing romantic-comedy of all-time at the domestic box office, with over $169 million in sales, which also makes it the highest grossing rom-com of the decade.

This news makes reports of the imminent sequel, which arrived a mere week after opening weekend, seem particularly wise on the part of Warner Bros. Titled China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel is based on the follow-up novel of the same name, and will push the story presented in the original forward. Limited information about the sequel is available at present – and there’s considerable speculation as to plot details when weighing the changes made in the Crazy Rich Asians adaptation – but the director and writers are expected to return.

Aside from its profitable reign in theaters, Crazy Rich Asians was notable as the first Hollywood studio film with primarily Asian-American leads since 1993’s award-winning The Joy Luck Club. News of the sequel aside, this distinction may have spearheaded a new trend, and Warner Bros./New Line’s recently-acquired Singles Day may represent increased trust being placed in Asian-American actors and actresses to draw audiences to theaters.

For now, Crazy Rich Asians continues its run in theaters across the country, and a mere $7 million more will see it crack the top five romantic comedies and outsell 1998’s There’s Something About Mary.

Update: Corrected the filmography of Constance Wu.

More: Crazy Rich Asians Review: This Is What Big Studio Rom-Coms SHOULD Be

Source: Box Office Mojo



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2018-10-10 06:10:50 – Leo Faierman