Monday, February 01, 2016

'The Witch' trailer

David Prowse reveals Darth Vader’s actual helmet 30 years late

From slashfilm, As you already know, Kylo Ren has somehow managed to acquire the melted and twisted remains of Darth Vader’s helmet, rescued from Anakin Skywalker’s funeral pyre on Endor. What he doesn’t know is that he has the wrong helmet. We now know this because David Prowse, the actor who actually wore the Darth Vader suit in all three films of the original trilogy, has the burnt remains of the costume from the original Return of the Jedi shoot and he shared picture of them onFacebook. Not quite as cinematic as the movie version, huh? Instead of looking like a broken monument, it looks more like something out of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Box Office

From cinemablend, Kung Fu Panda 3 landed in first with a $41 million opening take. That's down from the $47 million of Kung Fu Panda 2, but not bad considering it's been almost five years since the last movie was released. Both movies have fallen well short of the original Kung Fu Panda's strong $60 million opening weekend in the summer of 2008, but given that both sequels have opened above the $40 million mark shows some staying power for the franchise.

Thanks to a hold over of strong performers from 2015, new movies have had a hard time breaking into the top three, much less the number on spot. Kung Fu Panda 3 is only the second new movie of the month to land number one along with Ride Along 2 which held the position for one weekend two weeks ago. The latest based-on-a-true-story-inspirational-hero-story from Disney/Buena Vista had a hard time staying afloat. The Finest Hours opened in fourth place with just $10 million, a hard start against its reported $70 million production budget. That's a tough break for director Craig Gillespie whose past movies have not only been better, but also cheaper and more financially successful.

There's probably a really good reason why a movie like Fifty Shades of Black makes as much as $6 million, enough for ninth place this weekend, but it's hard to come up with anything plausible. Since taking up the mantle of writer/producer as well as actor, this marks the worst performance for a Marlon Wayan's project which still doesn't seem strong enough of a rejection for what has become an embarrassment to the parody genre.

Natalie Portman's latest offering Jane Got a Gun opened in more than 1,000 venues but made less than $1,000 per screen, leaving it without sufficient box office steam to break into the top ten. With less than a million dollars in sales it took a very distant 17th place this weekend.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Box Office

From comingsoon, Despite hundreds of East Coast theaters closing due to winter storm Jonas this weekend, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant (20th Century Fox) performed strong and took first place for the first time its third weekend of wide release. Made for $135 million and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter, the Golden Globe winner added $16 million for a total of $119.2 million after five weeks.

Rising a spot from third to second, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens added $14.3 million domestically and $23.3 million internationally for a total of $37.6 million globally for the weekend. The J.J. Abrams-directed film has now earned $879.3 million in North America and $1.060 billion internationally for a worldwide total of $1.940 billion. Domestically, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the #1 movie of all-time. Internationally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earlier this week became the #4 movie of all-time, passing Jurassic World. Globally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the #3 movie of all-time, trailing just Titanic ($2.186 billion) and Avatar ($2.788 billion).

Dropping two spots to third and 63% in tickets sales, Universal Pictures sequel Ride Along 2 earned $12.96 million its second weekend to take its two-week total to $59.1 million. Starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, the $40 million-budgeted action comedy is trailing the first film, which had made $75.5 million in the same time.

The three newcomers took the next three spots at the box office, with fourth place going to Lionsgate’s R-rated comedy Dirty Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron. The film earned $11.5 million from 2,912 theaters, an average of $3,958 per theater. Dirty Grandpa received a B CinemaScore from audiences.

STX Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment’s The Boy, starring “The Walking Dead’s” Lauren Cohan, opened in fifth place with $11.3 million from 2,617 theaters, an average of $4,216. Receiving a B- CinemaScore, the film cost just $10 million to make.

Rounding out the top five was Sony Pictures’ The 5th Wave, the big screen adaptation starring Chloë Grace Moretz. The film debuted with $10.7 million from 2,908 locations, an average of $3,680 per site. The movie was made for $38 million and also received a B- CinemaScore.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Kylo Ren cat!

Want: You Can Buy Luke Skywalker’s Blaster from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ for a Small Fortune

From slashfilm, Props from popular movies are pretty hard to come by. And when it comes to props from the original Star Wars trilogy, they’re nearly impossible to get ahold of without selling a kidney, a child, or a child’s kidney. Therefore, whenever one ends up for sale, it might be worth it to take out a small loan.

This time it’s Luke Skywalker’s DL-44 blaster from The Empire Strikes Back that will be on the block at Nate D. Sanders auction house, and this is a genuine screen-used prop straight from the set. So how much could this end up costing you? Find out after the jump!

Here a close-up image of the blaster from the auction listing (via Polygon):

If you’re going to attempt to pick up the Luke Skywalker blaster, the opening bid is $200,000. That’s not entirely unreasonable when you consider just how popular The Empire Strikes Back is, even if it’s not a real blaster. Instead, this version of the blaster, which shares some similarities with Han Solo’s blaster, was used in the movie during non-firing scenes. It’s made of gray, silver, and brown colored fiberglass, and it’s one of the rarest items from Star Wars history.

Besides being a screen-used prop, which shows some wear and tear from use on the set, this once belonged to Mark Hamill after it was gifted to him on an episode of the BBC children’s show Jim’ll Fix It. That’s a nice little bit of trivia, but maybe not enough to spend $200,000. It makes me wonder how much Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber from The Empire Strikes Back would fetch at auction. Kylo Ren would spend any amount of credits to get his hands on it.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Star Wars Land Map: See a Projected Layout of Disneyland’s New Galaxy

From slashfilm [excerpt] Disney has still not shown us what Star Wars Landwill look like, aside from a few pieces of concept art released at D23 Expo 2015 (some of which were pieces of concept art from The Force Awakens). We’ve previously learned that the 14-acre Star Wars Land would be built in the top left corner of the park, taking over land previously occupied by backstage areas, Big Thunder Ranch as well as some of Rivers of America. We’ve even seen beautiful official concept art of what the Rivers of America will look like after the construction is completed. But now we finally get a look at the layout of Star Wars Land.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Box Office

(CNN)In the end, it was a couple of buddies who knocked The Force out.

"Ride Along 2," the Universal sequel starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, opened at No. 1 for the weekend with an estimated $34 million box office.

After four weekends of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at No. 1, the Disney film dropped to No. 3 in its fifth week of release, earning $25 million, according to RenTrak's three-day box office estimates.

"Star Wars" fans may mourn the day the Force bowed to mere mortals.

But there's no need to feel sorry for Disney.

Oscar nominations 2016: 'Revenant' leads with 12

After 31 days, the newest "Star Wars" episode has earned an estimated North American total of more than $851 million and more than $1 billion internationally, for a total of more than $1.8 billion globally.

"The Force Awakens" became the highest-grossing film in North American history earlier in the month when it grossed $764.4 million in the United States, putting it over the $760.5 million mark set by "Avatar" over the life of the film.

With 12 Oscar nominations, 20th Century Fox's "The Revenant" was at No. 2 in its second weekend of release with $29.5 million.

Michael Bay's "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" debuted in fourth place with $16 million.

Paramount's "Daddy's Home," starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, landed in fifth place in its fourth weekend of release, earning $9.3 million.

Hysterical: Kylo Ren on 'Undercover Boss' (SNL)