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D23 News: Star Wars

We’ve been hearing a lot of Disney news over the past couple of days due to D23, an expo put on by the official Disney fan club. But with Disney news, we now get Star Wars news! There are three major things happening with the Star Wars universe…

Concept art for the Star Wars parks.

Concept art for the Star Wars parks.

1. Disney Star Wars Theme Parks

The theme parks are finally coming! In both Anaheim, CA and Orlando, FL, Disney will be opening up lands and rides that will finally feature Star Wars. We don’t know too many details right now, but we have concept art and can rest assured that they will properly make the world of Star Wars come to life. Find out more here.

2. Colin Trevorrow to Direct Episode IX

Although not coming out until 2019, Episode IX now has a director. Colin Trevorrow, best known for his work with Jurassic World, will be directing the final movie of the new Star Wars trilogy. We already knew Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) would be helming Episode VIII. More information on Trevorrow’s new gig here.

Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars Episode IX.

Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars Episode IX.

3. Rogue One Cast Announced

Lastly, Rogue One is well into production and now has a cast. This cast includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Mads Mikkelson (Casino Royale), Alan Tudyk (Firefly; I, Robot), and Riz Ahmed. We’ll be seeing this one hit theaters in 2016.

 

The cast of Star Wars: Rogue One.

The cast of Star Wars: Rogue One.

D23 News: Star Wars

Box Office Numbers: Aug 7-9, 2015

The latest box office numbers are in and surprise! Fantastic Four did not do well. Have you heard that enough? Well, it’s true, sad or not. The latest Fox Marvel superhero flick pulled in just over $26 million, falling short of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation which was in its second weekend. Pixar’s Inside Out and Universal’s Jurassic World finally dropped from the top 10 after eight and nine weeks at the box office, respectively. Meanwhile, the limited release film, The Gift (2015) averaged more than Fantastic Four and almost as much as MIssion: Impossible – Rogue Nation on a per theater basis and more than doubled its small $5 million budget. Shaun the Sheep Movie, which came out this weekend, didn’t even crack the top ten, bringing in just $4 million and averaging less per theater than Inside Out and just slightly more than Jurassic World. Check out this week’s top 10 box office films below and let us know if you were one of the few to go see Fantastic Four. 

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Box Office Top 10 – August 7-9, 2015

  1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($29.4 million in its second weekend, totaling $108.654 million)
  2. Fantastic Four ($26.2 million in opening weekend across 3,995 theaters)
  3. The Gift (2015) ($12.007 million in opening weekend across 1,648 theaters)
  4. Vacation ($9.145 million in second weekend, totaling $37.325 million)
  5. Ant-Man ($7.826 million in fourth weekend, totaling $147.436 million)
  6. Minions ($7.4 million in fifth weekend, totaling $302.754 million)
  7. Ricki and the Flash ($7 million in opening weekend across 1,603 theaters)
  8. Trainwreck ($6.3 million in fourth weekend, totaling $91.102 million)
  9. Pixels ($5.43 million in third weekend, totaling $57.645 million)
  10. Southpaw ($4.764 million in third weekend, totaling $40.726 million)

What did you see this weekend? Comment below!

Box Office numbers provided by Box Office Mojo.

Box Office Numbers: Aug 7-9, 2015

Box Office Numbers: July 31- Aug 2, 2015

Two films hit the box office this weekend, Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and reboot VacationRogue Nation is the fifth film in the spy franchise and comes to us from Paramount and Bad Robot starring Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ving Rhames. Vacation is a reboot\sequel of the 1983 Chevy Chase film of the same name. The new version stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, and Steele Stebbins with Chris Hemsworth. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo both return, though I would expect those roles to be primarily cameos.

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Domestic Box Office Numbers for July 31st – August 2nd Weekend

  1. Vacation (2015)Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($56 million in opening weekend across 3,956 theaters)
  2. Vacation (2015) ($14.85 million in opening weekend across 4,311 theaters, totaling $21.17 million in 5-day opening)
  3. Ant-Man ($12.62 million in third weekend, totaling $132.15 million)
  4. Minions ($12.2 million in fourth weekend, totaling $287.39 million)
  5. Pixels ($10.4 million in second weekend, totaling $45.61 million)
  6. Trainwreck ($9.7 million in third weekend, totaling $79.71 million)
  7. Southpaw ($7.52 million in second weekend, totaling $31.578 million)
  8. Paper Towns ($4.6 million in second weekend, totaling $23.82 million)
  9. Inside Out ($4.52 million in seventh weekend, totaling $329.6 million)
  10. Jurassic World ($3.8 million in eighth weekend, totaling $631.5 million)

As the numbers show, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation won the box office by more than double even with Vacation getting an extra day with their Wednesday opening. Ant-Man continues to fall about 50% per week but based on domestic numbers alone, it has finally passed its $130 million budget, making it profitable. Pixels is having a rough time falling to just $10 million in its second week and still just about 50% of the way to its budget of $88 million. Meanwhile, Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck is nearing $80 million on its $35 million budget and Southpaw just passed its $30 million budget. The big summer hitters, Inside Out and Jurassic World hold on to the last two top ten spots with Terminator: Genisys falling to 13th after five weeks in theaters, bringing its domestic total to just $87.65 million with a budget of $155 million.

Coming Soon to the Box Office

Fantastic Four (2015)

  • Fantastic Four (2015)
  • The Gift (2015)
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Underdogs (2014)

What movies are you most excited to see in theaters? Did you find anything on this week’s box office list surprising? Comment below!

Box Office numbers provided by Box Office Mojo.

Box Office Numbers: July 31- Aug 2, 2015

Box Office Numbers: July 3-5, 2015

Two new movies, expected to be major summer hits, sputtered in their opening box office weekend. Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL missed expectations, big time. In fact, Magic Mike XXL barely beat out Ted 2 which is in its second week while the box office winners were Jurassic World, which is now at $558.14 million domestically and Pixar’s emotional masterpiece, Inside Out.

Terminator Genisys was crushed by the previous franchise film, Terminator: Salvation which made $65.32 million in it’s 5-day total, over $20 million more than the new movie. Check out the list below and click on the links to see reviews for films. The original Magic Mike, meanwhile, made $49.62 million in its 5-day while the sequel pulled in just under $27 million.

 

  1. Jurassic World ($30.9 million in 4th week, $558.14 million total)
  2. Inside Out ($30.105 million in 3rd week, $246.16 million total)
  3. Terminator: Genisys ($28.7 million in opening weekend, $44.156 million in 5-day opening)
  4. Magic Mike XXL ($11.6 million in opening weekend, $26.66 million in 5-day opening)
  5. Ted 2 ($11.6 million in 2nd week)

The top 10 is rounded out by Max (2015), Spy, San Andreas, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl with Mad Max: Fury Road (8th week) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (10th week) finally dropping out of the list. Insidious Chapter 3 also dropped out of the top 10 after just 5 weeks.

Coming Soon:

Minions 7/10
Ant-Man 7/17
Mr. Holmes 7/24
Pixels 7/24
Southpaw 7/24

Box Office Numbers: July 3-5, 2015

Box Office Numbers: June 19-21 2015

Another big weekend at the box office thanks to Pixar’s new film, Inside Out, and an incredible second weekend by Universal Studios sequel, Jurassic World, which is on pace to being the fastest movie to gross $1 billion world wide. Inside Out, while Pixar’s first film not to debut #1 at the domestic box office had the highest opening weekend ever for an original film (meaning non-sequels, prequels, reboots, or based on existing material like books). The film also had Pixar’s second best opening weekend ever with Toy Story 3 still holding the top spot.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Jurassic World $102 million (down 51% in second week, total domestic gross at $398.2 million)
  2. Inside Out $91.06 million across 3,946 theaters domestically opening weekend
  3. Spy $10.5 million (down 32.8% from last week, in its third week, total domestic gross at $74.8 million)
  4. San Andreas $8.24 million (down 23.8% from last week, in its fourth week, total domestic gross at $132.23 million)
  5. Dope $6.018 million across 2,002 theaters domestically opening weekend
  6. Insidious Chapter 3 $4.11 million (total domestic $45.37 million)
  7. Pitch Perfect 2 $3.3 million (total domestic $177.5 million)
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road $2.815 million (total domestic $143.602 million)
  9. Avengers: Age of Ultron $2.723 million (total domestic $451.04 million)
  10. Tomorrowland $2.009 million (total domestic $87.7 million)

Coming out Soon

  • Ted 2 – June 26th
  • Magic Mike XXL – July 1st
  • Terminator: Genisys – July 1st

Updated 06-22-15 3:51PM CST: Jurassic World will pass $1 billion globally today, four days faster than the previous record holder, Furious 7.

Box Office Numbers: June 19-21 2015

Jurassic World Limited Edition Blu-Ray

Jurassic World hit theaters this past weekend, breaking records and grabbing the highest grossing opening weekend all all-time both domestically and globally. In the wake of this success, Universal Studios has announced their Limited Edition Gift Set which includes the 3D Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital copy of the major dinosaur blockbuster. On top of that, it includes a pretty exciting looking statue of the new Indominous Rex battling our hero T-Rex from the original Jurassic Park. While the set is available for pre-order on Amazon right now, the listing does not show the statue, so we’ve provided it here. What do you think? Is it worth the $107.98 price tag? Comment below and don’t forget… to hold on to your butts.

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Jurassic World Limited Edition Blu-Ray

Jurassic World – Review

Overview:

Disregarding the events of The Lost World and Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World is a film that takes place over 20 years after the Jurassic Park incident. During this time period, InGen Corporation has regained control of the island and has now opened the park to the public. Despite the success of the park, InGen has tasked their geneticists with creating a bigger, scarier, “cooler” dinosaur called the Indominous Rex. It is believed that this dinosaur will increase park attendance and gain worldwide acclaim.

 

 

 

The Good:

Dr. Wu & Dr. Malcolm in Jurassic Park

  1. The previous sequels unfortunately relied on characters from the first film to sort of be a “root” for the film. What would happen instead is that that character, or characters, would overshadow the new characters and make the viewer not care about the new characters. In Jurassic World, there are no main characters from the original movie, save for the head geneticist who had only a minor role in Park. This allowed the plot and the new cast of characters to breathe and become their own.
  2. Since Park, every single film has featured animatronic dinosaurs in addition CGI ones. This has most certainly helped the actors give better performances, as well as made the films have a more realistic look. World is no exception, also using animatronics. That being said, CGI has come a long way in the past 20 years. The marriage of CGI and animatronics is nearly flawless, making this one of the best looking Jurassic Park films to date.Injured dinosaur in Jurassic World
  3. Michael Giacchino does a fine job with the musical score, not overly relying on the previous themes established by the legendary John Williams. The original themes are used sparingly and in a meaningful fashion. One particular music cue is used very well toward the beginning of the film.
  4. With a good look and a good sound, this film also proves to have a pretty good plot as well. Coming up with a new dinosaur might seem trite, but it is actually handled quite well and draws the viewers into the movie. In addition to the plot, the characters and their relationships with each other come across as fluid and realistic. You actually care when you see them being chased down by dinosaurs, which is a testament to creating likable characters.Owen and his Raptor gang.
  5. As demonstrated in Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt proves that he is a fine fit for action flicks. Pratt plays Owen, a raptor trainer who imprints on the raptors when they are born and serves as the “alpha” raptor. This relationship with the raptors (named Blue, Echo, Delta, and Charlie) is both intriguing and fun, as each raptor seems to have a personality of its own like a dog or a cat.

The Bad:

Jurassic World actually has a couple of plot holes that are fairly minor. In one instance, an InGen head honcho executes a plan that he most likely knew would fail. Then again, corporate executives are rarely portrayed as being very bright. So it is possible that the film was merely reflecting that aspect. In another instance, the two boys’ parents are undergoing a divorce. The film emphasizes the divorce throughout. However, it never really resolves, though it did serve as a decent way for developing the relationship between the two brothers.

Zach and his little brother Gray in Jurassic World.

Conclusion:

It seems the years have been kind in allowing the Jurassic Park franchise to simmer. World has pretty good plot with a good cast. There is plenty of humor, which is surprisingly not too reliant on Chris Pratt. All in all, Jurassic World serves as an entertaining and fun summer blockbuster.

Jurassic World – Review