Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report: April 21st

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Old News is Good News

Variety has reported that Patty Jenkins has been tapped to fill the director’s chair for Wonder Woman after Michelle MacLaren’s departure.

Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, directed by Denis Villeneuve and produced by Ridley Scott with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard.  There is no word what Gossling’s role would be.  via Deadline

Alan Rickman, Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth have signed on to Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno And The Limehouse Golem, the film, which will be directed by Juan Carlos Medina, will simply be called The Limehouse Golem.  Via Deadline

During Star Wars Celebration it was announced the upcoming standalone films will be billed as Star Wars Anthology, the first of which will be Rouge One wich will be set just before A New Hope.  Rogue One will be absent any Jedi, and focus on the theft of the Death Star plans.

Meryl Streep has funded a screenwriter’s lab for women writers over 40, to be run by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers. The program aims to increase opportunities for female screenwriters over the age of 40.  Variety

Warner Bros has confirmed The Lego Batman feature has been moved up to February 10, Ninjago has been moved back to September 22, 2017. The Lego Movie sequel will open May 18, 2018.  Via Deadline

Marvel announced Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve will write the screenplay for Captain Marvel.   Perlman was the co-writer of  Guardians of the Galaxy, and LeFauve most recently co-wrote Disney•Pixar’s  Inside Out.

Pan, directed by Joe Wright, will now open Oct. 9, instead of July 24. Starring Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund, the Peter Pan adaptation was moved away from the larger tent pole films of the summer, which are sure to draw the majority of audiences.  Via Variety

Box Office April 17-19

Furious 7 just did something unbelievable.  In the space of three weeks this film has grossed B1.152 billion, thanks in part to massive numbers from Asia.  Domestically the film is doing great, and is sitting at the top of the 2015 domestic box office gross list at $294.5 million.  For those curious that places this film at seventh on the all-time worldwide gross list and 53 on the all-time domestic gross list.  The question of why this film is doing well may never be answered, but it does raise questions about what is going to happen when bigger films hit these same international markets.  Outside swindled $23.7 million away from audiences, and Unfriended tricked $15.8 million away from unsuspecting teens.   Home, The Longest Ride, Get Hard andThe Woman in Gold held their positions relative to each other, while Cinderella lost its magic touch and plummeted to tenth, and Insurgent ninth.  This upcoming weekend with two smaller films opening, not much more will change until Avengers opens next week.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week 
1 1 Furious 7 Uni. $29,156,595 -51.1% 3,964 -58 $7,355 $294,510,675 3
2 N Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sony $23,762,435 3,633 $6,541 $23,762,435 $30 1
3 N Unfriended Uni. $15,845,115 2,739 $5,785 $15,845,115 1
4 2 Home (2015) Fox $10,608,947 -42.8% 3,488 -215 $3,042 $142,917,827 $135 4
5 3 The Longest Ride Fox $7,020,782 -46.1% 3,371 +5 $2,083 $23,681,298 2
6 4 Get Hard WB $4,944,381 -39.8% 2,655 -477 $1,862 $78,393,149 $40 4
7 7 Woman in Gold Wein. $4,596,287 -16.2% 2,011 +507 $2,286 $15,951,799 3
8 N Monkey Kingdom BV $4,577,861 2,012 $2,275 $4,577,861 1
9 6 The Divergent Series: Insurgent LG/S $4,096,952 -38.9% 2,542 -569 $1,612 $120,552,425 $110 5
10 5 Cinderella (2015) BV $4,025,469 -43.6% 2,414 -611 $1,668 $186,478,482 $95 6

Opening this week

The Age of Adaline

Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has miraculously remained a youthful 29 years of age for nearly eight decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reawakens Adaline’s long-suppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis’ parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.

Little Boy

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

New to Blu-Ray and DVD

Finally, there were a few new trailers released.  Just in case you missed them, I will put them here.

Fantastic Four

Terminator Genisys

Jurassic World

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Star Wars: The Force Awakens



That will do for this week. Enjoy, have a popcorn on us

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