Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report June 15th

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All the news you might have missed:

Director Justin Lin has signed a deal with Cinemax for the development of a drama series titled Warrior, inspired by writings of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee.  First reported by Deadline

Variety has reported that director Sofia Coppola has left production of Working Title and Universal’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid, over creative differences.

Eddie Redmayne has been cast as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the highly anticipated expansion of the Harry Potter cinematic universe.  Via Deadline.

Walt Disney is producing an animated television series Based on the 2010 feature film Tangled. The series is set to premiere on Disney Channel in 2017. Both Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles.  Via Variety.

James Wan has signed on to direct Aquaman for Warner Bros. Wan will also be supervising the script, written by Kurt Johnstad. Via Variety

Variety is reporting that Bruce Willis has signed on to a key role in a Chinese language World War II epic now in production.

Emily Blunt is in talks for an adaptation of The Girl on the Train with DreamWorks, based on Paula Hawkins’ popular novel. Tate Taylor has signed on to direct Erin Cressida’s script. Via Variety.

Netflix has picked up distribution rights to Brad Pitt’s War Machine. A comedy, directed by David Michôd, based on Michael Hastings’ book The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.

Marvel announced Jon Bernthal has joined Netflix’s Daredevil as The Punisher.

Lou Diamond Phillips has been cast in thriller The Night Stalker, Variety has reported. Phillips will play serial killer Richard Ramirez, dubbed “the Night Stalker” by the Los Angeles press during his 1985 killing spree.

Variety is reporting Chris Hemsworth has been cast to play the receptionist in the female-driven Ghostbusters reboot.

Deadline has reported what role Chiwetel Ejiofor will play in Doctor Strange. Ejiofor will play Baron Mordo, an enemy of Doctor Strange who first appeared in the comic Strange Tales in 1963.

Rupert Wyatt has been hired by Twentieth Century Fox to direct Channing Tatum’s X-Men spinoff Gambit.  Via Variety

Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to join the cast of the Star Wars Anthology film Rogue One. Via Variety

Variety is reporting that Katherine Waterston will be the Female Lead in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
With Eddie Redmayne.

Legendary actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.  This loss has been felt in every corner of the film industry.  The Telegraph has published a detailed list of tributes and reactions, to the actors passing, I highly recommend spending some time to understand Lee’s impact.

Weekend box office results for June 12-14

This week it is all about Jurassic World, it has stomped, chomped, or bitten every opening weekend record on the books.  With a domestic weekend gross of $204.6 million it is just shy of the all time domestic opening weekend record, and a worldwide gross of $511.8 million it is now the undisputed worldwide opening weekend champion.  In a distant, a very distant second is Spy, which managed to wrestle $15.6 million away from some dinosaurs, while San Andreas only caused $10.8 million in damage.  Next we have the film that took the biggest hit of the weekend, Insidious Chapter 3 lost 67.8% of its audience to much better films, in contract, the film that lost the least audience members Pitch Perfect 2 only had a 15.5% drop, this could be that it is in the fifth week and has already had its biggest drops, or it could be that the audience for this film is fairly consistent.  Entourage took a big hit, dropping 59.3% and bringing in only $4.18 million.  Mad Mad, and Age of Ultron are both still plugging away, but not putting up huge numbers domestically.  Then we have Tomorrowland, the Disney film that didn’t hit the mark with the audience, earned $3.49 million, bringing its domestic total to $83.68 million and global to $177.18 million, after four weeks this film has not broken even for Disney.  Fortunately for Disney, this upcoming weekend they have a highly anticipated Pixar film ready for the world.

TW LW Title  Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week #
1 N Jurassic World Uni. $208,806,270 4,274 $48,855 $208,806,270 1
2 1 Spy Fox $15,613,686 -46.3% 3,175 -536 $4,918 $56,550,930 2
3 2 San Andreas WB $10,812,387 -58.2% 3,535 -277 $3,059 $119,123,301 3
4 3 Insidious Chapter 3 Focus $7,311,963 -67.8% 3,014 +12 $2,426 $37,382,544 2
5 6 Pitch Perfect 2 Uni. $6,398,030 -15.5% 2,677 -726 $2,390 $171,113,415 5
6 4 Entourage WB $4,186,984 -59.3% 3,108 $1,347 $25,717,456 2
7 5 Mad Max: Fury Road WB $4,065,967 -48.1% 2,234 -486 $1,820 $138,543,794 $150 5
8 8 Avengers: Age of Ultron BV $3,675,057 -42.0% 2,156 -315 $1,705 $444,777,275 $250 7
9 7 Tomorrowland BV $3,492,475 -51.5% 2,540 -472 $1,375 $83,682,888 $190 4
10 Love & Mercy RAtt. $1,672,325 -21.2% 573 +92 $2,919 $4,680,936 2

Opening this week:

Max

Dope

Inside Out

On Blu-Ray and DVD this week: [you may click the links below to go directly to Amazon where you can trade currency for movies with ease]

Now go enjoy some of these movies in a fashion that will not make your ancestors feel shame.

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