Trailer Talk — Thor: Ragnarok

 

Nerds have been salivating over the promise of footage of Thor: Ragnarok for awhile now and gearing up to release, Disney and Marvel are delivering.

In this full length trailer, all your hunky Thor favourites are back for the action with Chris Hemsworth returning as the titular character, as well as Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Idris Elba and…Erm… Anthony Hopkins.

The dastardly Cate Blanchett makes her debut too, sporting the worst English accent you have ever heard. It seriously makes Dick Van Dyke’s cockney monstrosity seem like a mastery of the English lilt.

It isn’t an impressive trailer by a long shot. The visuals, which remain the strongest part of the franchise, come closest to earning a thumbs up from me, but Blanchett’s mess of an accent, the inconsistent comedy-drama-action tone and the heinous scene of Thor and Loki teaming up to shoot at the enemy with blast guns is enough to earn my ire alone.

What do you think? Are you a fan of Blanchett’s horrific approach? Or are you down on superhero movies?

 

Box Office Results (17/07/17)

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This weekend promised and delivered BIG MONEY with Planet of the Apes beating out Spider-Man for the top spot, but audiences declined at theatres, suggesting summer is reaching the end and the BIG MONEY period is almost over for the year.

Let’s get down to it.

Click here for a refresher.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Synopsis: Another ape movie I won’t see.

Budget: $150 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Current Box Office: $0 million
Domestic Box Office: $0 million
Weekend Box Office: $56.5 million
Our Prediction: $75 million

Comments: Fox adjusted projections upon great buzz and phenomenal reviews, but War for the Planet of the Apes only managed to gross within its original projections range.

Less than Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. More in line with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Disappointing for our prediction, as well as industry estimates.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Synopsis: Another Spider-Man reboot. Seriously.

Budget: $175 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Current Box Office: $469.3 million
Domestic Box Office: $208.2 million
Weekend Box Office: $45.2 million.
Our Prediction: $53 million

Comments: Homecoming declined larger than we expected, losing 61% of its audience after a big opening in contrast to our expected 55%. It is line, however, with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which declined 60% in its second weekend.

Elsewhere: Despicable Me 3 added $18.9 million, whereas The Big Sick reeled in $7.6 million and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver added $8.8 million.

Next Weekend: Dunkirk is the big one. Valerian is another.

Last Year: The Secret Life of Pets took in $50.8 million in its second weekend.

Box Office Predictions & Analysis (14/07/17)

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Johnny Box Office is back, baby, with his first official post on the new site!

I’ve got a great weekend in store for my first post back. It’s going to be a BIG MONEY WEEKEND. You can’t get any better than that and that’s what I’m promising you in the forecast.

War for the Planet of the Apes and Spider-Man: Homecoming will be battling it out for the top spot and it’s going to be a close call.

Let’s get down to it.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Synopsis: Another ape movie I won’t see.
 
Budget: $150 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Current Box Office: $0 million 
Domestic Box Office: $0 million
Prior Weekend Box Office: $0 million
Our Prediction: $75 million
 
Comments: War was originally set for a $50-60 million weekend according to Fox projects, but thanks to good word-of-mouth and the unbelievable reviews, the studio is now hoping for a lot more.

Who can blame them? I’m expecting War to kill it at the box office and find $75 million. More than the $72.3 million takings of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014.
 
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Synopsis: Another Spider-Man reboot. Seriously.

Budget: $175 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Current Box Office: $293.6 million
Domestic Box Office: $154.6 million
Prior Weekend Box Office: $117 million.
Our Prediction: $53 million
 
Comments: Homecoming opened to HUGE numbers last week, so I’m definitely expecting a BIG drop this weekend. I feel as if 50% would be too generous. Let’s go with 55%.

$53 million.

Elsewhere: Despicable Me 3 should add $19 million, whereas The Big Sick aims to reel in $10 million and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is likely to add $8 million.

Next Weekend: Dunkirk is the big one. Valerian is another.

Last Year: The Secret Life of Pets took in $50.8 million in its second weekend.

TGL Round-Up: Lucy Liu To Direct, BoJack Horseman Return Date Announced, George R.R. Martin Producing New Show

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Lucy Liu will direct the first episode of Marvel’s Luke Cage series 2.

It’s not the first time the Charlie’s Angels actress has stepped behind the camera. She has already directed four episodes of her hit CBS show Elementary.

Luke Cage executive producer executive producer Jeph Loeb said of her debut, “When you’re dealing with a bulletproof man,” Loeb said, “it helps if you have a bulletproof director.”


 

BoJack Horseman’s fourth series will debut on Netflix on September 8th.

The animated show, which stars Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris and Alison Brie, shared the news on Twitter with the series’s main character tweeting out a picture.


 

Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin has signed on to produce a new show for HBO, Variety reports.

HBO is developing an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s book Who Fears Death, which is about a girl named Onyesonwu—or “Who fears death?”—in a post-apocalyptic Africa who realizes she has magical powers as she grows up, which threatens the rule of a genocidal tribe that is enslaving her people.

Okorafor announced the news herself on Twitter, noting that George R.R. Martin will be an executive producer.

Deadpool Trailer Released

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7 years on from X-Men Origin: Wolverines and a long development, the Marvel superhero Deadpool is finally getting his own movie with Ryan Reynolds caping up as the antihero.

The ultra violent trailer debuted on The Conan O’Brien Show and showcases the comedic superhero breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to the audience, a first for the genre.

Deadpool will be released on February 12th 2016. Watch the trailer here.