Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report: January 26th

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A little news in the happenings of the film industry, in case you missed something neat.

Bryan Singer has announced some casting for X-Men: Apocalypse via Twitter:  Alexandra Shipp is Storm.  Sophie Turner is Jean Grey.  Tye Sheridan is Cyclops.  The big name there is Game of Throne’s Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark).

Marvel has announced the casting of David Tennant as Kilgrave in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.  Set to premiere this year on Netflix.

Emma Watson has been cast as Bell in a live action Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, confirmed by Watson via Facebook.

I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx

Simon Pegg has been confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter to be co-writing or, co-re-writing the Star Trek 3 script with Doug Jung.  This is arguably the best thing to happen to Star Trek since it was rebooted in 2009.

Lastly Dreamworks Animation has announced, via a detailed press release, a dramatic restructuring, resulting in the loss of 500 jobs, and the scaling back of feature film releases.  The release states:

DreamWorks Animation is implementing a new strategic plan to restructure its core feature animation business to ensure the consistent and profitable delivery of the high quality films that audiences have come to expect from the studio. Following a full review of the business, the company will focus its feature production from three films per year down to two, maximize its creative talent and resources, reduce costs, and drive profitability. … the studio’s core feature animation production will now focus on six specific movies for the next three years – one original film and one sequel each year – including Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 18, 2016), Trolls (Nov. 4, 2016), Boss Baby (Jan. 13, 2017), The Croods 2 (Dec. 22, 2017), Larrikins (Feb. 16, 2018) and How to Train Your Dragon 3 (June 29, 2018). Captain Underpants, which will be produced outside of the studio’s pipeline at a significantly lower cost, is scheduled for release in 2017. The company’s 2015 release, Home, will premiere domestically on March 27. … The overall reduction of DreamWorks Animation’s feature production output will result in a loss of approximately 500 jobs across all locations and all divisions of the studio.

Now on to the Box Office Report:  American Sniper is doing extremely well, far better than a film of this caliber deserves.  Is everyone too interested in that fake baby?  Jennifer Lopez returns in The Boy Next Door opening with a respectable $14.9 million, followed by Paddington at $12 for its second week.  The oddball musical Strange Magic, from the imagination of George Lucas wandered into theatres to pick up $5.5 million that was left laying around.  While Mortdecai found the $4 million lost in the parking lot.  Audiences seem to be losing interest in Selma and Into the Woods, while The Imitation Game held steady in 6th place, having grossed nearly $60.5 million.  Meanwhile a slight revision of the top grossing film of 2014 is now The Hunger Games: Mockingjay as it just recently elbowed past Guardians of the Galaxy as Guardians was leaving the party.

TW LW Title  Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week #
1 1 American Sniper WB $64,628,304 -27.6% 3,705 +150 $17,444 $200,400,417 $58.8 5
2 N The Boy Next Door Uni. $14,910,105 2,602 $5,730 $14,910,105 $4 1
3 3 Paddington W/Dim. $12,266,287 -35.3% 3,355 +52 $3,656 $39,937,717 2
4 2 The Wedding Ringer SGem $11,309,381 -45.2% 3,003 $3,766 $39,385,881 $23 2
5 4 Taken 3 Fox $7,412,597 -49.6% 2,909 -685 $2,548 $75,863,651 $48 3
6 6 The Imitation Game Wein. $6,946,076 +2.1% 2,025 +414 $3,430 $60,452,357 9
7 N Strange Magic BV $5,504,441 3,020 $1,823 $5,504,441 1
8 5 Selma Par. $5,418,572 -38.3% 2,046 -189 $2,648 $39,138,346 $20 5
9 N Mortdecai LGF $4,200,586 2,648 $1,586 $4,200,586 $60 1
10 7 Into the Woods BV $3,884,471 -42.7% 2,270 -488 $1,711 $121,493,132 $50 5

Opening this week in theatres:

Black or White

Black or White is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

Writer/Director: Mike Binder

The Loft

Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved.

Director: Erik Van Looy
Stars: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller

Project Almanac

A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

Director: Dean Israelite
Stars: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Virginia Gardner

On Blu-Ray and DVD this week (click the title to view on Amazon):

It is not a bad week for Blu-Ray and DVDs, let us know what you pick up, or what you saw this past week.

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