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Next years brings movie goers Avengers: Infinity War, which promises to showcase a team-up between the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, as they take on the power that is Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. If you can’t wait that long to see Marvel’s finest join together, we’ve got good news. There’s a new LEGO game on stores shelves that puts you incontrol of Marvel’s biggest and brightest superheroes, including the Guardians and the Avengers.
Enter LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.
When is a good debut not a good debut? When a film can’t meet even tempered expectations, as this week’s number one film demonstrated. Here’s what went down:
Justice League debut on top of the box office this weekend, as expected, but DC’s version of Marvel’s Avengers could only deliver an estimated $96 million. The first Avengers film meanwhile debut with over $200 million for its opening weekend! There is simply nothing good about this number for Warner Brothers. Justice League was designed to bring all of DC’s heroes together for an epic story and big box office money. Well, the movie isn’t particularly epic (thanks to a lacklustre villain) and the box office return just wasn’t there. None of this is the fault of the cast, all of whom do strong work in a weak film. Instead, this poor performance is a rejection from the majority mainstream audience of the storytelling style of previous Zack Snyder DC films, Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (and once again, I liked that film). Hopefully, the strength of the characters and new creative blood will bode well for upcoming films with Aquaman and The Flash, but for now, this weekend can be seen as nothing but a disappointment.
It’s a big weekend for super hero fans, as one of the greatest teams in comic book history comes to life on the big screen. If there’s any justice, it will be a decent film. How will it perform? Here’s our prediction:
At long last, Justice League arrives in theaters. Our own JP Fallavollita did an exceptional job tracing all the twists and turns it took to get Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Flash together in a live action environment. Now that we’re here – what happens next? Well, reviews are underwhelming for the Zack Snyder directed film (with a helping hand from Joss Whedon), though reactions are not as terrible as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Justice League is definitely going to be the number one film of the weekend, and it will likely have a strong showing, regardless of what the critics are saying. Look for it to debut with $115 million.
This Friday sees the release of the long-awaited Justice League film. Well, long-awaited for folks who may have avoided the recent DC Universe films or weren’t entirely impressed by the ones they saw. Look, I hear you. Man of Steel lacked optimism, while Suicide Squad lacked pretty much everything that’s supposed to make a movie good. However, though I may stand on my own, I do believe that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a masterpiece in its Director’s Cut form (go watch it – I’ll be here when you get back in three hours).
As expected, last week’s number one held off its challengers. However, both new films in release still performed strongly. Here’s what went down:
Thor: Raganarok remained in the top spot at the box office, bringing in an impressive $56.1 million. Its already grossed more in North American than the first Thor film, and is days away from passing Thor: The Dark World’s take as well. By the time it finishes its domestic run, Thor: Raganarok should be the first film featuring the God of Thunder to break $300 million.
Debuting in second place was Daddy’s Home 2 with a very solid $30 million. Audiences have been enjoying the comedy, even though critics received it poorly. Putting Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg together again was certainly key in turn-out, as was the PG-13 rating that allowed the film to be a family experience.
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Day of the Dead: Bloodlines come to VOD, mother! gets a Blu-ray release date, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror!
Official release details for Day of the Dead: Bloodlines
This week, more details emerged regarding the new reimagining of George A. Romero’s classic Day of the Dead (the less said about the Mena Suvari take, the better). “Day of the Dead: Bloodline is set in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world where a former med school student is tormented by a dark figure from her past. The only thing is, he’s a half-human, half-zombie hell-bent on destroying her world.” The film, directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens and written by Mark Tonderai & Lars Jacobson based on the motion picture “Day of the Dead” by George A. Romero, will be released on VOD, theaters and Digital HD on January 5th, 2018.
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There are a few new releases hitting movie theaters this weekend, but neither of them should have the power to unseat the God of Thunder. How will they perform? Here are our predictions:
With an ensemble cast and director Kenneth Braunaugh leading the charge, Murder on the Orient Express should prove to be the adult choice this weekend. Agatha Christie remains one of the defining mystery writers of all time, and her Hercule Poirot is still a beloved character. The film skews older and is really the only appealing entry for non-genre fans. Look for Murder on the Orient Express to debut in second place with $24 million.
In a world where the third entry in a film series is supposed to deliver lesser returns, the latest Marvel Studios epic has bucked the trend, and delivered and outstanding debut. Here’s what went down:
Thor: Ragnarok arrived in theaters this weekend with a thunderous slam dunk, bringing in an estimated $121 million. That’s significantly more than 2011’s Thor ($65 million) and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World ($85 million) delivered on their respective opening weekends. Having Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk certainly helped out, but director Taika Waititi’s humours tone definitely put the film on a unique path that other Marvel movies haven’t taken.
It’s a huge weekend at the box office, as the final Marvel Studios film of 2017 is unleashed. How much will it dominate by? Here’s our prediction:
The hype is in overload mode for Thor: Ragnarok, which sees the return of Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston to their beloved roles as Thor, Hulk, and Loki, respectively. Joing them are newcomers Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. Directed by Taiki Waititi, Ragnarok has been getting absolutely outstanding reviews for its heavy comedic tone. It currently sits at 94% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, the best performing Thor film so far. At this point, the sky is the limit for this third Asgardian tale, and I’m feeling it’s going to perform on the higher end of the scale. Look for a first place debut for Thor: Ragnarok with $125 million.