New York, July 7 (AP/UNB) — It pays to have one of the biggest lead-ins ever.
"Spider-Man: Far From Home," the first Marvel movie after "Avengers: Endgame," swung past any franchise fatigue to dominate the July Fourth holiday weekend, raking in an estimated $185.1 million since opening Tuesday and earning $93.6 million from Friday to Sunday in North American theaters.
The opening gave Sony Pictures one of its best weeks ever. "Far From Home," which opened overseas before landing in the U.S., has grossed $580 million worldwide in 10 days of release.
It also came with an assist from Disney's Marvel Studios, which has partnered with Sony on this and its last two "Spider-Man" releases: 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and last year's animated spinoff "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."
Though "Far From Home" fell short of the $117 million Friday to Sunday domestic opening of "Homecoming," its unconventional Tuesday opening paid off. The film's $39.3 million opening day set a record for any movie on a Tuesday.
To help whet the appetites of Marvel fans — and to approach the record $2.79 billion gross of "Avatar" — Disney re-released "Endgame" in theaters the weekend ahead of "Far From Home."
Part of the draw of the film, starring Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, was seeing the first installment in a new chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ("Endgame" still narrowly trails "Avatar," unadjusted for inflation, with $2.77 billion.)
The strong performance of "Far From Home," which cost approximately $160 million to produce, along with the sustained interest in holdovers like "Toy Story 4," ''Yesterday," ''Annabelle Comes Home" and "Aladdin," helped the industry knock down the deficit compared with this time last year about a percentage point.
Due in part to a number of underperforming sequels including "Godzilla: King of Monsters" and "Men in Black International," the year is running 8.4% behind last year. But Marvel has been immune to the ups and downs of sequel making — it's behind the year's top two films: "Endgame" and "Captain Marvel."
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, thinks "Far From Home" may have turned the tide.
"This movie was exactly the shot in the arm the summer needed, emotionally and spiritually if not financially," said Dergarabedian, who noted the weekend overall was roughly equal to the same timeframe last year. "The whole notion of franchise fatigue, while true in some cases, is not in all. When movies aren't great, that's when people get fatigued."
Perhaps just as cheering for the industry is how well a number of films are holding.
After two weeks atop the box office, "Toy Story 4" slid a modest 43% to second place, with $34.3 million. It has now taken in $650 million globally. Universal Pictures' Beatles-themed romantic comedy "Yesterday" dropped only 37 percent in its second weekend, with $10.8 million.
The Warner Bros. "Conjuring" spinoff sequel "Annabelle Comes Home" snagged $10.8 million in its second weekend. And Disney's "Aladdin," with $7.6 million in its seventh week of release, has accumulated $921.7 million worldwide.
Just behind those films was Ari Aster's sun-dappled horror tale "Midsommar," starring Florence Pugh, drawing $6.6 million over the weekend and $10.9 million since opening Wednesday. The debut was well shy of the $13.6 million opening of Aster's first-feature sensation "Hereditary," starring Toni Collette, which became A24's highest grossing film, with $79.3 million worldwide.
A24 nevertheless hailed the results for "Midsommar," saying "it firmly cements Aster as one of the most exciting new directors to come around in a long while."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.
1. "Spider-Man: Far From Home," $93.6 million ($238 million international).
2. "Toy Story 4," $34.3 million ($43.1 million international).
3. "Yesterday," $10.8 million ($7.9 million international).
4. "Annabelle Comes Home," $10.8 million ($20.4 million international).
5. "Aladdin," $7.6 million ($16.2 million international).
6. "Midsommar," $6.6 million ($761,000 international).
7. "The Secret Life of Pets 2," $4.8 million ($22.4 million international).
8. "Men in Black International," $3.6 million ($3.7 million international).
9. "Avengers: Endgame," $3.1 million ($1.3 million international).
10. "Rocketman," $2.8 million ($1.5 million international)
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore.
1. "Spider-Man: Far From Home," $238 million.
2. "The White Storm 2: Drug Lords," $59.7 million.
3. "Toy Story 4," $43.1 million.
4. "The Secret Life of Pets 2," $22.4 million
5. "Annabelle Comes Home," $20.4 million.
6. "Aladdin," $16.2 million.
7. "Yesterday," $7.9 million.
8. "Spirited Away," $4.1 million.
9. "Men in Black International," $3.7 million.
10. "Pig Man: Happy Pig Year," $3.1 million.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB)- Mike Richardson, creator of The Mask and Dark Horse Comics founder, has revealed that he has a few ideas in place for a woman-fronted reboot of the iconic movie, reports The Indian Express.
In an interview with Forbes, Richardson said he has an actor in mind for the role but he believes they would have to push really hard to get her on board.
“I’d like to see a really good physical comedian (in the role). I have one in mind, but I’m not gonna say her name. We have to do a lot of convincing for this particular actor, but we’ll see. You never know what’s coming in the future. We have some ideas,” he said.
The first movie in the franchise was Jim Carrey-starrer The Mask (1994). It was followed by failed sequel Son of The Mask in 2005, featuring Jamie Kennedy.
The first film received a positive critical reception. It holds a 77 per cent rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus reads, “It misses perhaps as often as it hits, but Jim Carrey’s manic bombast, Cameron Diaz’ blowsy appeal, and the film’s overall cartoony bombast keep The Mask afloat.”
The second film was panned by critics, holding a mere 6 per cent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with the critical consensus being, “Overly frantic, painfully unfunny, and sorely missing the presence of Jim Carrey.”
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Disney-Pixar has quietly removed a scene from its 1999 animated feature “Toy Story 2” that alluded to casting couch in the film industry, reports The Indian Express.
The controversial scene was part of the blooper reel that played during the end credits and is now found to be missing from the latest home releases of film, reported The Wrap.
The scene featured the character Stinky Pete aka the Prospector who is caught talking salaciously to two Barbie dolls while stroking their hands.
“So you two are absolutely identical. You know, I’m sure I could get you a part in Toy Story 3,” Pete says in the clips.
When he realizes the camera is on him, he says, “I’m sorry are we back? Lovely time talking with you, yes, any time you’d like some tips on acting, I’d be happy to talk with you.”
The removal of the scene comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement which saw the downfall of Hollywood’s some of the most powerful men over the accusations of sexual misconduct.
Incidentally, the film was directed by Disney animation chief and Pixar co-founder John Lasseter.
He quit Disney in June last year after acknowledging that he had made the company’s staff feel “disrespected or uncomfortable” with unwanted hugs.
Allegations against Lasseter were unearthed in an investigation by The Hollywood Reporter which described a “pattern of alleged misconduct detailed by Disney/Pixar insiders.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Spider-Man: Far From Home offered a few surprises. Some fell flat, but others we did not see coming in our wildest dreams, reports The Indian Express.
In Far From Home, there were three huge surprises, and two of them might have repercussions in the entire MCU. We unpack both the scenes in detail below.
The mid-credit scene began with Peter Parker watching a news report. The anchor is JK Simmons’ J Jonah Jameson. The veteran actor famously played the role in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man films as well, and it was really great to see him return in the role. However, we are not sure if it was just an appearance or something permanent. Simmons was also cast as Commissioner Gordon in DC’s Justice League as well, but since we are not going to see another Justice League movie anytime soon and Ben Affleck’s Batman had ceased to exist, it is unlikely he will return in the role.
So, he might reprise the role in future Spider-Man movies.
The mid-credit scene also contained another and narratively more important reveal. Simmons’ Jameson played a clip of Mysterio (as he lay dying) announcing to the world the true identity of Spider-Man and also accusing him of murdering common people of London. Peter Parker is basically a fugitive now if law enforcement takes Mysterio’s claims seriously.
He will not be safe as Peter Parker and he will not be safe as Spider-Man. It is dangerous for the people close to him as well, as the bad guys will try to harm them to hurt Spider-Man, and this is why Peter acquired a made-up identity in the first place. Whatever happens, we are excited to see what comes next for the wall-crawler.
The post-credit scene is also blowing the minds of Marvel fans. It revealed that “Nick Fury” and “Maria Hill” we saw in the movie are actually Talos and his wife Soren. We met Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) in Captain Marvel. He seemed like a malevolent Skull, the leader of an invading force until the film revealed that he and his people were actually refugees and oppressed by the Kree empire. While Talos is impersonating Fury, he is not doing it without Fury’s permission. Fury is commanding a Skrull spaceship and has probably left Talos to do what he did while on earth and is perhaps on an important mission. It may be to eliminate the threat of other skrulls (the “sleeper cells” mentioned in the film) or to fight the Kree empire that may still survive.
The Skrull “sleeper cells” thing might also be teasing the Secret Invasion storyline of the comics in which Skrulls took the forms of Marvel superheroes and almost assumed control of the entire planet. Talos is a good Skrull, but he is not necessarily the typical example of his people.
That “Fury” was actually Talos also explains why “Fury” could not see through Quentin Beck and his deceit. The real Fury may not have taken Beck’s claim of belonging to a parallel universe at face value.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn’s production venture Brightburn received mixed reviews upon its release. And now the fans are excited to know whether the horror-superhero flick might get its own sequel, reports The Indian Express.
Recently, a fan asked Gunn on social media whether the movie will branch out into a franchise of its own. The question read, “We definitely need @brightburnmovie sequel! Would you be so kind and direct it? @jamesgunn.”
The director responded by saying, “I think I’m tied up for the next few years with Suicide Squad and then Guardians, but we’re talking about the sequel.”
David Yarovesky directorial Brightburn took the Superman myth and turned it on its head. The film’s main plotline revolves around a couple who are trying to have a child. One fine day, a spacecraft crashes into their backyard and on it arrives a kid with superhuman abilities. But the million dollar question is whether the child will use his powers for the betterment of the world or not.
On the work front, Gunn has a lot on his plate right now. He will be helming the third part of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Apart from the Marvel movie, the filmmaker has also been roped in to direct the reboot of DC’s The Suicide Squad.