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One of my favourite comic books growing up in the 80s was The New Mutants. As a very young kid who fell in love with the X-Men’s Kitty Pryde thanks to Marvel’s Secret Wars II and Uncanny X-Men 196 (“What Was That?”), I loved seeing how the two teams interacted with one another, and reading about a team of teenagers who were older than me, but somehow still relatable. And when (SPOILER) The Beyonder killed them off in issue 37, it actually scared the hell out of me.
Co-created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod, the New Mutants was an easy access point for young mutant lovers, especially as the original X-Men were growing up, marrying and having children. When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the original series, Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Beast, Angel and Iceman were teens themselves, while the All-New, All-Different line-up was full of older and, in some case, most battle-hardened characters. With the New Mutants, Claremont and McLeod were able to bring being a teenage mutant into the 1980s, exploring all the angst that came along with it.
It’s almost like summer at the box office, what with so many big movies opening over the last few weekends. The next three days are no different, as three new releases are about to be unleashed. Will any of them have the power to knock down the current beast at the box office. Here’s our prediction:
Power Rangers is the reboot/reinvention of the beloved 1990s television show that has a rabid fanbase. However, are there enough fans to make this a must-see in theaters this weekend. I’m going to go out with a firm maybe. Power Rangers certainly won’t knock Beauty and the Beast from the number one spot, but it may offer up some decent counter programming along with an appeal to families who already saw Disney’s latest. Look for a second place debut with $32 million.
The word of the weekend is huge, as Disney’s latest live action adaptation of an animated classic made all the money. Here’s what went down:
Beauty and the Beast was an absolute monster at the box office, debuting at number one with an astounding estimate of $174 million. That’s the biggest March opening in history, breaking the record set last March by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s $166 million. Reviews have been strong, hype has been in overdrive and there’s a lack of family films in theatres at the moment – all factors that have clearly made this film a hit. It should definitely have legs over the coming weeks, so it will be interesting to see how high Beauty and the Beast will climb during its theatrical run.
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend for one big new release at the box office, while all other films are going to have to take a back seat. Want to see our predictions? Be our guest:
Beauty and the Beast is the live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated film. Emma Watson stars as Belle, while Dan Stevens takes on the role of the Beast. Hype has been in overdrive for this film, so even though reviews haven’t been great, families are definitely going to come out in abundance for this theatrical experience. Look for a huge debut for Beauty and the Beast, with $150 million and an obvious first place showing.
What do you look for in a video game? For me, the most important thing is engagement. I want to be sucked in right away. Truth of the matter is, I sometimes have a pretty short attention span when it comes to gaming. If I don’t have a compelling reason to keep playing, it just isn’t going to happen.
Engagement, right? Or maybe even closer to the point, it all comes down to story.
And Horizon Zero Dawn has a hell of a story.
It was a huge weekend for the major new release to hit theatres, bringing to a close one actor’s career-making role. Here’s what went down:
Early Sunday morning estimates are putting Logan at number one with an incredible $85.2 million debut weekend. That puts it in the top five best openings for an R-rated film. It will also puts it $00.2 million ahead of X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s $85 million debut back in 2009. Clearly, audiences were excited to see Hugh Jackman unleash his claws one last time, in his ninth and final outing as Wolverine. Also of note is the film’s standing with critics; the film has a 93% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, making it clear that this is a movie that has exceeded expectations all around.
I had the chance to see Logan on Friday afternoon with Untold Horror’s Dave Alexander, and we both enjoyed this western-style take on the character who, in theory, has always been a loner. With director James Mangold focusing on story and character rather than explosions and end of the world scenarios, the movie transcends the typical comic book movie tropes and expectations. Logan is a movie that rewards observations – not everything is obvious and spelled out. There are subtleties you may miss if you’re not careful. Jackman and Patrick Stewart are phenomenal in their roles, and Logan is a memorable way for both men to leave their characters behind. Read the rest of this entry
That’s the sound of one movie slicing through all the competition this weekend at the box office. How much will this final franchise film make? Here’s our prediction:
Comic book fans have been eager to see Hugh Jackman cut loose as the Wolverine since he first unsheathed his claws back in 2000. 17 years later, Jackman’s final film as Logan, has been generating rave reviews and huge buzz (it must be noted that this will also be Patrick Stewart’s final appearance as Charles Xavier). With director James Mangold at the helm, who was also behind 2013’s The Wolverine, this take on an Old Man Logan story and the introduction of fan favourite character X-23 is sure to light up the box office, even with its R-rating. Look for Logan to debut in first place with $75 million.
One of the most anticipated thrillers of recent times opened this weekend, and audiences were ready and waiting for it. Here’s what went down:
Get Out, the psychological thriller from Jordan Peele, debut in the top spot this weekend with an estimated $30.5 million, definitely on the high side of estimates. I had a chance to see Get Out on Friday night and it was outstanding. The performances from all the lead actors were excellent, it dealt with the subject matter of race relations in a unique method and was genuinely tense throughout its entire running time. My one let down was I was hoping the film would be significantly scarier that it actually was. Regardless, Get Out is a thriller that delivered and then some. Read the rest of this entry
If you’re a fan of horror films, this is a big weekend, as one of the most anticipated genre films in quite a while is hitting theatres. Will it make any impact at the box office? Here’s our prediction:
Get Out is the new thriller from Blumhouse and Jordan Peele, who is best known for his work as one half of the comedy duo Key and Peele. The trailers for this clearly socially conscious film have been absolutely stunning, and should be big drivers in getting a diverse audience to check out the film this weekend. Combined with a current 100% fresh standing at Rotten Tomatoes and its clear that Get Out is the film to beat. Look for a first place debut with $29 million.
For the last two weeks at the box office, The LEGO Batman Movie has been on top. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Batman + LEGO = awesome, as anyone who saw the outstanding The LEGO Movie three years ago can attest. Will Arnett’s voice work as Batman is absolutely the best since Kevin Conroy took on the back in the early ’90s for Batman: The Animated Series. The new film manages to bring laughs to the character while also, perhaps surprisingly, finding a way to address the genuine gravitas that makes Batman so enduring.
The cinema isn’t the only place I’ve been enjoying The LEGO Batman Movie, though. Over the past week the Princess and I have been making our way through the LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack for LEGO Dimensions.