Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report: April 14th

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What news you may have missed:

Carl Ellsworth has been enlisted by Warner Brothers to script the remake of Gremlins.  This remake will be produced by original Gremlins screenwriter Christopher Columbus.  Via Deadline.

Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in Disney’s The Haunted Mansion directing by Guillermo del Toro, which del Toro said would not be a comedy.  Via Variety

Julianne Moore is in negotiations to star in Nicole Holofcener’s Can You Ever Forgive Me.  Holofcener is also writing the script, which is based on the 2008 memoir by Lee Israel.  Via Variety.

Fox will mark the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a remake of the cult classic. The two-hour taped event special, which is in development the 1975 movie’s producer Lou Adler; and Kenny Ortega, who is set to direct and choreograph.  Via Deadline.

Sofia Boutella, who starred as the blade-legged assassin in Kingsman: The Secret Service has been cast in a lead role in Star Trek 3.  Via Deadline

Eddie Redmayne, is the current favorite to play Newt Scamander in the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them according to Variety.

Ian McKellen’s next role will be a clock, Cogsworth to be specific, in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Emma Thompson Variety has reported.

Bryan Singer announced via Instagram that Olivia Munn will be playing the part of Betsy Braddock, A.K.A, Psylocke in the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse.

Wonder Woman has hit a major snag in production as director Michelle MacLeren has left the production due to creative differences, as reported by Variety.

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together,” the studio said in a statement.

Finally, Netflix has announced that Orange Is the New Black will receive a fourth season, ahead of the season three premiere on June 12.

Box Office results April 10-12

Here we have an example of a weekend about which I can say “move along, nothing to see here”, which puts me into the unique position of figuring out how now to talk about it. Furious 7 has crossed the $800 million mark worldwide after picking up an additional $59.5 million, right now they are leading the box office with no challenge due until May 1st when Avengers: Age of Ultron opens. Newcomer The Longest Ride picked up $13 million for a very quiet opening, odds of this film picking up any additional momentum is unlikely.  The only real movement in the top ten this week comes from the small films and While We’re Young wich all picked up additional theatres and attracted audiences.  All told, this past weekend was half of what last weekend saw.  With this upcoming weekend opening Unfriended, Paul Blart:Mall Cop 2 and Disney documentary Monkey Kingdom next weekend is due to be quiet too.

TW LW Title (click for review) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week 
1 1 Furious 7 Uni. $59,585,930 -59.5% 4,022 +18 $14,815 $251,516,400 2
2 2 Home (2015) Fox $18,532,280 -31.4% 3,703 -98 $5,005 $129,085,777 $135 3
3 N The Longest Ride Fox $13,019,686 3,366 $3,868 $13,019,686 1
4 3 Get Hard WB $8,218,246 -37.4% 3,132 -80 $2,624 $70,783,826 $40 3
5 4 Cinderella (2015) BV $7,137,814 -29.9% 3,025 -379 $2,360 $180,686,540 $95 5
6 5 The Divergent Series: Insurgent LG/S $6,710,498 -33.7% 3,111 -331 $2,157 $114,708,645 $110 4
7 7 Woman in Gold Wein. $5,483,125 +162.2% 1,504 +1,246 $3,646 $8,934,023 2
8 6 It Follows RTWC $1,943,868 -22.7% 1,633 -22 $1,190 $11,717,669 5
9 17 Danny Collins BST $1,479,158 +325.3% 739 +656 $2,002 $2,375,703 4
10 14 While We’re Young A24 $1,377,000 +184.7% 246 +212 $5,598 $2,355,000 3

Opening April 17th

Monkey Kingdom

In South Asia, Maya the monkey and her son Kip struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the troop at Castle Rock. When neighboring monkeys take over their home, Maya’s whole troop is forced to relocate. She uses her ingenuity to lead the members of her extended family to untapped resources amid strange new creatures and unfamiliar surroundings. Ultimately, the entire troop must work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya hopes her son will have a bright future.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Paul Blart (Kevin James) takes his teenage daughter (Raini Rodriguez) with him to Las Vegas for a security-guard expo. While there, he stumbles upon a heist and must single-handedly apprehend the crooks.

Unfriended

A teenager and her friends become the prey of an unknown online presence that wants revenge for a shaming video that caused a classmate to kill herself one year prior.

New this week on DVD/Blu-Ray – Amazon links provided for wallet weight loss.

That’s all for this week, we assume you are just waiting for May 1st, like us, see you then.

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