Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report: April 6th

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News from the last week

The CW’s Arrow/Flash spinoff series has announced two major casting announcements via Deadline, Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders aka Hawkgirl, and Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter.  The spinoff has yet to finalize all casting, and to get a show title.  In other news, Arrow star Stephen Amell  has picked up the role of Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Disney is developing a live-action version of its animated movie Mulan.

Scott Eastwood and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje have been cast in Suicide Squad, according to Variety.  They have not confirmed who they would be playing, but rumor is Eastwood will cameo as Scott Trevor, a character who would later become a love interest in the Wonder Woman movie, and Akinnuoye-Agbaje, is said to be playing Killer Croc.

Jeff Bridges has been cast in David Mackenzie’s Comancheria, with Chris Pine and Ben Foster according to Deadline.

In Neflix news Special Correspondents, a new original feature film written and directed by Ricky Gervais and starring Eric Bana and Gervais, will debut worldwide on Netflix next year.  Netflix has ordered Montauk, a new drama series written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer.  Eight one-hour long episodes of the series will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016.  They also ordered a sketch comedy show, With Bob and David, 4-half-hour episodes and one 60-minute “making-of” special from Bob Odenkirk and David Cross.  House of Cards has been renewed for a fourth season.  Finally, TVLine has reported Netflix is close to resurrecting Full House as Fuller House for a 13 episode season, it remains to be seen if this is good news, or a sign of an oncoming apocalypse.

In “you have to be kidding” news Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox and Hasbro are working on a film based on, and I wouldn’t have made this up in a million years, Play-Doh.

Box Office Results from April 3-5
Well, Furious 7 exceeded the high expectations it had to be a high grossing film this past weekend by obliterating the previous April opening record held by Captain America: The Winter Soldier by $52.5 million.  It also set a high opening gross for 2015, it is very likely that Avengers: Age of Ultron will surpass this number, the question is by how much.  Aside from the big winner at the box office the winner of the fight for leftover audience members went to Home, which did surprisingly well in its second week, pulling in $27 million.  Coming in at third is Get Hard which only managed to pick up $13 million.  The only film that didn’t slip, or wasn’t a newcomer was Cinderella which managed to hang onto the forth position bringing in $10 million in its fourth week, just barely beating out Insurgent.  This brings us to the question we have to ask every week, well, we don’t have to ask it, we choose to ask.  What will happen next week?  My answer, a lot of not very much at all.  The Longest Ride has a very narrow appeal and is likely to open a distant second to Furious 7.  
TW LW Title (click for review) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week 
1 N Furious 7 Uni. $147,187,040 4,004 $36,760 $147,187,040 1
2 1 Home (2015) Fox $27,011,303 -48.2% 3,801 +93 $7,106 $95,241,397 $135 2
3 2 Get Hard WB $13,128,219 -61.2% 3,212 +37 $4,087 $57,215,636 $40 2
4 4 Cinderella (2015) BV $10,178,750 -40.3% 3,404 -411 $2,990 $167,139,868 $95 4
5 3 The Divergent Series: Insurgent LG/S $10,126,715 -53.0% 3,442 -433 $2,942 $103,511,529 $110 3
6 5 It Follows RTWC $2,513,459 -34.0% 1,655 +437 $1,519 $8,589,144 4
7 N Woman in Gold Wein. $2,091,551 258 $8,107 $2,187,302 1
8 6 Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox $1,808,652 -39.0% 1,327 -458 $1,363 $122,366,182 $81 8
9 7 Do You Believe? PFR $1,544,423 -33.1% 1,218 -138 $1,268 $9,855,236 3
10 9 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel FoxS $1,079,747 -49.0% 1,060 -438 $1,019 $30,140,329 $10 5
Opening in Theaters this week

The Longest Ride

Former bull-riding champion Luke (Scott Eastwood) and college student Sophia (Britt Robertson) are in love, but conflicting paths and ideals threaten to tear them apart: Luke hopes to make a comeback on the rodeo circuit, and Sophia is about to embark on her dream job in New York’s art world. As the couple ponder their romantic future, they find inspiration in Ira (Alan Alda), an elderly man whose decades-long romance with his beloved wife withstood the test of time.

New to Blu-Ray and DVD: Note the Amazon links for your convenience.

The End – now pick up some new DVDs, Blu-Rays, and go enjoy a film, stay away from the pop-corn, we hear things about what is in that butter-flavoring.

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