The second outing of "Finding Dory" is reportedly set to win the U.S. box office this weekend with a sophomore haul of about $67 million.
That puts it ahead of the $48 million opening that Fox's "Independence Day: Resurgence" is currently indicating, along with "The Shallows" opening around $13-15 million and the Matthew McConaughey civil war drama "Free State of Jones" which will score a soft $7-8 million opening.
The 'Dory' drop is around 50%, but even so gives it a very impressive 10-day domestic haul of $260 million. 'Resurgence' made $4 million in Thursday night previews and is on course for an $18 million opening day, but cost a reported $165 million to make and will need to do well overseas.
Should 'Resurgence' prove a success, director Roland Emmerich told Empire this week there's already plans for a third which would take the cast on "an intergalactic journey" and be set a year or two after the events of the sequel. He also says he would definitely direct.
First tracking figures are in for Sony's "Ghostbusters" reboot with early estimates indicating the film will debut to a figure in the $40-50 million range over the July 15th-17th weekend.
The film cost a reported $154 million to produce so the studio would likely hope for the higher end of that estimate. The big final marketing push for the film has yet to begin though so those estimates could easily go up, Sony is seeing that with "The Shallows" this weekend which early tracking indicated an opening of $8 million but it is now on course for nearly double that with $13-15 million.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the new Ghostbusters who'ev been at the center of a social media firestorm. Sony studio head Tom Rothman is unphased, saying to THR this week the controversy is "the greatest thing that ever happened... Are you kidding me? We're in the national debate, thank you. Can we please get some more haters to say stupid things?."
One of the big surprises of the teaser trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" was the appearance of a familiar face from "Return of the Jedi" - the Rebel Leader Mon Mothma.
Genevieve O'Reilly, who first played the role ten years earlier in a deleted scene from "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith," reprises it in the new film in what was suspected to be just a cameo. Turns out she has a significantly larger role than that. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells EW:
"We actually see quite a bit of her. The Rebel alliance is in disarray. Pretty panicked. Up against it. And she is trying the best she can to provide the leadership, in amongst a wide variety of Rebel soldiers that have very differing opinions as to what to do."
That's not all though, several more photos from the project have been revealed by the publication including better looks at the Death Trooper outfits and characters played by the likes of Donnie Yen and Diego Luna. Check out those new photos below.
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" opens December 16th.
Yesterday we heard from "Hannibal" showrunner Bryan Fuller about the production schedule and tone of his upcoming "Star Trek" TV series for CBS' All Access streaming service. One thing he didn't touch upon though is the question that all Trekkies want to know - WHEN is the series set.
Specifically will this take place in the old timeline or the alternate J.J. Abrams film one, and in either case what time period will it be set in? Mid-late 23rd century (Kirk), mid-late 24th century (Picard), between those eras, before them, after them, etc.
Fuller seems to be keeping that information under his hat, but speaking with Moviefone this week, he did shoot down some of the rumors that have gone online about it:
"I mean, it's funny. I've read that we're [set] before 'Next Generation,' after '[Star Trek VI: The] Undiscovered Country,' which is false. I've read that it's an anthology show, which is not accurate. So it's interesting to see those suggestions, and seeing the truth mixed in with them and going like, 'Oh, they got that part right…' But it's sort of on the truth-o-meter on PolitiFacts. It's sort of like some truth, and a lot of like, 'No - pants on fire! That's not true.'
One of the things that is exciting for me is that we are telling a 'Star Trek' story in a modern way. We're telling a 13-chapter story in this first season. It's nice to be able to dig deep into things that would have been breezed passed if we were doing episodic and had to contain a story to an episode."
Fuller also indicates we'll see multiple crews in the storyline and we'll 'eventually' see some familiar characters. The series is slated to go into production in September.
As we've heard that even with the Marvel deal in place, Sony Pictures is still intent on developing an onscreen "Spidey-verse" featuring supporting characters from the comics.
Now, Meet the Movie Press has heard about one potential Marvel antihero who might be a part of that - Silver Sable. News of this potential first hit back during the Sony hack in late 2014, and The Wrap editor Jeff Sneider reportedly says on the podcast that Sony still wants to move forward with a Silver Sable movie.
In fact, it is indicated that "Shame" scribe and "The Hour" creator Abi Morgan is in talks to potentially pen the script. In the comics, Silver Sable is a mercenary (without superpowers) who has been both an ally and enemy of Spider-Man and several other characters.
No other details are provided. It's still early days though with Sony likely waiting to see how audiences react to "Spider-Man: Homecoming" which just began production this week in Atlanta and has just added Garcelle Beauvais to the cast. New set photos out today show "Beasts of No Nation" actor Abraham Attah on the film's set along with Martin Starr, Laura Harrier and Kenneth Choi.June 24, 2016
Filmmaker David Ayer has used Twitter to confirm that post-production work on the "Suicide Squad" film is now complete with the final sound mix and coloring now in place. He just tweeted a few hours ago:
"Squad is completed! Finished final mix and coloring. Now it;s off to the lab and then the world. Nothing like it out there. It.Is.a.Beast."
Ayer took the time to shoot down a rumor that the DC Comics adaptation's runtime clocked in at just 100 minutes, saying it's categorically "not true" but not indicating what the actual runtime is.
Ayer also confirmed the existence within the film of A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans), a creation of DC's The New 52 reboot five years ago, along with plans for N.H.E.J.C.O. (Non-Human Entity Joint Combat Operations). Either way it sounds like A.R.G.U.S., as opposed to the likes of Checkmate, CADMUS and The Agency, will be the ones to assemble Taskforce X.
In related news, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted the second music video from the film, this one "Sucker For Pain" by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors. Like the Twenty One Pilots video the other day, this one is also set within the Belle Reeve prison.
Will Smith leads an ensemble cast that includes Margot Robbie, Violet Davis, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Ben Affleck. The film is set to hit cinemas August 5th.
As filming continues on the eighth "Fast and Furious" film, Universal Pictures has posted several new photos of cars used during the production's shoot in Iceland a few weeks ago.
F. Gary Gray helms the new film which sees Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and Kurt Russell reprising their roles and are joined by Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and Dame Helen Mirren.
Shooting is also taking place in New York, Atlanta and Georgia with rumors of some taking place in Russia as well. The movie will open in cinemas April 14th.
Just as his "Independence Day: Resurgence" hits cinemas, filmmaker Roland Emmerich is setting up another sci-fi event feature with the spec script "Moonfall" being picked up by Universal Pictures.
Emmerich, Harald Kloser ("The Day After Tomorrow") and Spencer Cohen ("Extinction") penned the script about a band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth. The film is described as "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" meets "2012".
The picture will be fast-tracked to serve as Emmerich's next directing effort and he will also produce the film with Kloser.
The new, extended second trailer has been released for the James Wan-produced horror tale "Lights Out". David F. Sandberg makes his directorial debut on the project about a family stalked by a terrifying ghost that can only manifest in darkness. It's a feature adaptation of his short which is built upon the same premise. Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello star in the film which opens in cinemas July 22nd.
Michael Sheen ("Underworld," "Tron: Legacy") will both star in and make his feature directorial debut on the thriller "Green River Killer" for QC Entertainment.
Sheen will portray the serial killer Gary Ridgway, who pleaded guilty in 2003 to forty-eight charges of first-degree murder of women in the state of Washington during the 1980s and 1990s. Ridgway was spared the death penalty in exchange for co-operation in locating the victims.
The story of follows the relationship between Ridgway and Tom Jensen, the latter spent two decades hunting the Green River Killer and is soon forced to live and work together with him in a dark alliance to uncover the truth.
Sheen will direct from his own screenplay, which made last year's Black List and is based on Jeff Jensen's Eisner award-winning graphic novel about the true story tale. Sheen, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Sean McKittrick and Ray Mansfield will produce.
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