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No one really thought much of The Rock’s transition from WWE to film. After all he had one bit role as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns and as awesome as he was, the CGI in the final battle was just horrible. His acting was great, but then he decided to return in The Scorpion King to resume the role and, unfortunately, it got a very PG rating which essentially killed the film. If he’d been allowed to cut loose and really be the deadly assassin he was supposed to be then everything would have been fine. But I
Can John Cena Make it to The Rock Status as a Movie Star? »
Sad news hit Universal Pictures this summer when their adventure thriller The Mummy flopped at the box office. It was supposed to ignite a sprawling monster franchise known as Dark Universe. But this first outing starring Tom Cruise was not the summer blockbuster hit the studio was hoping for. They have Bride of Frankenstein next on the docket. But many fans believe that this series, based on classic horror movies of yesteryear, is doomed. Well, guess what? It doesn't have to be that way. Universe can turn this sinking ship around, and we're confident that Dark Universe can live and thrive in today's modern cinematic landscape. But how you might ask? Let me explain.
With big movie franchises like Despicable Me, Jurassic World, Fast and Furious, The Bourne series, as well as the Fifty Shades of Grey films, one would think that Universal Pictures would be happy. This isn't to »
Universal Pictures kicked off its Dark Universe this past weekend with The Mummy reboot, which brings the iconic franchise to present day. This horror series stretches all the way back to 1932 with The Mummy, which starred Boris Karloff, although most fans are most familiar with the 1999 version of The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. While there was a reference to the 1999 film, some fans were wondering why there wasn't at least a cameo from Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell, but it turns out there's a perfectly good reason for that.
Last week, we reported that this reboot is connected to Brendan Fraser's Mummy, without featuring the actor himself. This entire Dark Universe centers around a corporation known as Prodigium, lead by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), and we see at its London headquarters that they have assembled a number of artifacts from various creatures throughout the years, »
Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017
Brendan Fraser seemed on the verge of being a major movie star in the late 1990s. But it never came to be. We look at why…
I remember going in to watch 1994’s Airheads at the cinema, at the time tempted to do so more by the name of Michael Lehmann on the end credits than Adam Sandler and Brendan Fraser above the title. Steve Buscemi’s presence helped too, of course. But Lehmann had, after all, come to the project off the back of the unfairly maligned Hudson Hawk, and also, this is the man who gave the world Heathers. Can’t grumble with that.
I’d not seen Brendan Fraser on the big screen before, although even by this stage, he’d earned some currency. Encino Man – California Man in the UK – had overcome savage reviews to prove a decent hit. School Ties, that I »
“Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.) built on its strong opening with a better than average second-weekend hold. The Patty Jenkins-directed D.C. Comic world entry is looking at strong foreign results, but it’s the domestic take where the response is strongest.
The same can’t be said for Universal’s attempt at a new series of classic monster character movies. “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise at the lead reinforced the big story for many top studio releases this summer so far. Foreign is strong initially, but domestic is weak even by relatively modest estimates.
In an otherwise unexceptional weekend, two wide releases — “It Comes At Night” (A24) and “Megan Leavey” (Bleecker Street) — from distributors usually associated with the specialized market placed in the top 10. Neither was stellar, but added about $10 million to the total. At this point, the boost is needed.
The Top 10
- Tom Brueggemann
Different weekend, similar story: “Wonder Woman” is box office royalty.
The Warner Bros. and DC Comics standalone will have earned $57.2 million from 4,165 theaters by the end of its second weekend, putting it solidly in first place. That’s only a 45% drop from its opening weekend, giving the film an estimated $205 million domestically in two weekends.
The Gal Gadot-starrer will also make more during its second frame than did both “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” despite those films having larger opening weekends than “Wonder Woman” ($133.7 million for “Suicide Squad” and $166 million for “Batman v Superman”). Unlike those two films, Patty Jenkins’ has critical support — a current 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
“It’s an extraordinary hold for an extraordinary film,” said Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief at Warner Bros. “When you open up at this high level, to have only a 45% drop, you just don’t see it. »
- Seth Kelley
Fans across the country were among the first to check out sneak preview screenings of The Mummy reboot last night, the first installment in Universal's Dark Universe franchise, which reboots classic horror characters from the studio's library with modern-day adventures. Universal's history with The Mummy goes all the way back to 1932, with the Boris Karloff classic that spawned numerous movies throughout the 1940s. Most fans, though, are more familiar with the most recent trilogy, which began in 1999 with The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser and a breakout performance by a talented young actress named Rachel Weisz. It seems that this new Mummy has a subtle Easter Egg that acknowledges the previous trilogy. There will be mild Spoilers below for The Mummy, so read on at your own risk.
Ahead of its release in the U.S., “The Mummy” is enjoying a strong opening in at least one overseas territory. The Tom Cruise film opened to $6.6 million in South Korea on Tuesday — that’s the biggest opening day ever in the market.
The previous record was set last year by “Train to Busan,” which went on to earn a record-shattering $34.3 million over its five-day opening run. The Korean zombie apocalypse movie still holds the record in the country for the highest single day gross with $9.9 million.
Cruise is toplining the newest Mummy movie, the cast of which also includes Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Russell Crowe. Alex Kurtzman directed the movie based on a script from a team of writers — David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman. Kurtzman, Jon Spaihts, and Jenny Lumet have story credits.
The original “Mummy” was released in »
- Seth Kelley
Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman headed into its box office opening weekend with a myriad of contrasting projections, with some predicting a debut between $65 million and $85 million, while others projected as high as a $105 million debut. As it turns out, the latter projection was more accurate, with the actual numbers coming in even higher than the estimates, with Wonder Woman earning $103.2 million in its debut. This weekend, the superhero adventure goes up against three wildly different films, Universal's The Mummy reboot, A24's thriller It Comes At Night and Bleecker Street's true story adaptation Megan Leavey. While it may be a closer race than some may expect, Wonder Woman should repeat atop the box office for its second straight weekend with $56.7 million.
It looks like Dwayne Johnson is still a contender to play The Wolfman for the Universal Studios’ Dark Universe. According to THR, the studio is looking at the actor very closely, as well as Angelina Jolie for the Bill Condon-directed Bride of Frankenstein. Now, this isn’t exactly breaking news: rumors of Johnson’s involvement stem all the way back to last June, while Jolie was first mentioned as a possibility for Bride of Frankenstein back in 2015.
Casting Dwayne Johnson in Universal’s ambitious “Monster-verse” is a no-brainer. Very few actors in Hollywood right now can come close to matching the crowds that the Fate of the Furious actor attracts; he is the very definition of an international superstar. Putting Johnson and Jolie into the mix with the likes of Tom Cruise, who is a mega-star in his own right, could prove extremely lucrative for Universal.
This wouldn’t »
- Jordan Jones
In the last twenty four hours we have heard a lot of concerning news about Universal Picture's Dark Universe. Like the fact that The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crow is projected to make around $40 million dollars domestically. Hardly the figures that you would want to see if you are kicking off an entire universe. Then there was the news about issues with the name "Dark Universe". Warner Bros. is thinking about taking legal action against Universal as they already had plans for the name using the supernatural heroes that in comic books form the Justice League Dark. This is definitely not the kick off that Universal Pictures wanted for their franchise that they are trying to resurrect.
Related: Should Universal Be Worried About Their Dark Universe?
But even with all these bad breaks, Universal Pictures has announced some of the films it intends to »
- Emmanuel Gomez
It's amazing to see how some people careers progress. In this case I am talking about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The former WWE superstar who's first match came in 1996 at Survivor Series at Madison Square Garden. His film debut came in The Mummy Returns in 2001 and since then he has taken the film industry by storm doing films like Walking Tall and joining the Fast and the Furious crew all the way to being The Tooth Fairy. With future films already in the works like Rampage and a future role as DC Comic's Black Adam, it is safe to say that Johnson isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
If wrestling and movies weren't enough, Johnson alongside Dany Garcia are expanding their production company known as Seven Bucks Productions. Variety is reporting that using their digital arm called Seven Bucks Digital Studios and in partnership with Studio71, Seven Bucks Productions has launched it's first-ever pilot program. »
- Emmanuel Gomez
A young woman claims the 2001 sequel to The Mummy 'told' her to kill her dad. Which she eventually did, stabbing the man. The indecent happened just as The Mummy is about to make a big comeback this summer in a new reboot starring Tom Cruise.
Former University of Pittsburgh soccer player Christina Nicassio killed her 69-year-old father, Dr. Anthony Nicassio, in cold blood, recounts a story in the Saturday edition of The New York Post. The 27-year-old woman says she was instructed to do the heinous deed while watching a copy of the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns.
She reportedly plunged the knife deep into her father's body twice, leaving the knife lodged inside the man on the second thrust. This happened Saturday morning in Plum Borough around 3 am in the morning. The incident took place at the 900 block of Capri Court. The deceased man tried to grab the knife away »
Like most famous people, Dwayne Johnson’s Wikipedia page includes a nifty sidebar that includes bare bones facts, like birthday and age, with a couple of lines reserved for “occupation.” Johnson’s “occupation” line is almost amusingly slim — it simply reads, “Actor, producer, singer, professional wrestler,” which is an understated way of saying “this guy does a lot.” And it doesn’t even mention his best-selling memoir, or his charity work, and “professional wrestler” hardly indicates the tremendous success he’s had in the ring.
And “actor”? That’s a very concise tribute to his blockbuster career on the big screen, one that’s amounted to dozens of credits and an estimated lifetime box office gross (domestic only!) that totals over $2.7 billion. With Johnson toplining the early summer’s biggest hit so far, the box office-dominating “Fate of the Furious” and a non-stop barrage of other features on the way, »
- Kate Erbland
We reported late on Friday that Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are to go head to head in a spin-off from the Fast & Furious movies, and now the actor has teased the forthcoming film via his highly-followed Instagram account.
“A very very special shout out to a certain bald-headed, English tea drinkin’, crumpets eatin’, God Save The Queen singin’ suuuuuum bitch, Jason Statham. One fine day, we will give the audience what they want and fight. And it will be the greatest fight in the history of movies. We will then drink like brothers as you nurse your wounds, because I’m gonna knock your teeth so far down your throat, you’re gonna have to stick a toothbrush up your ass to brush ’em. »
- Paul Heath
Everyone at Universal is likely popping a few bottles of champagne, and celebrating the strong performance of Fate of the Furious at the box office the past couple weekends. No, it may not have done anywhere near as well as Furious 7, but when all said and done, no one could have expected it to do as well, given the circumstances surrounding that particular film.
With Fate of the Furious currently at just north of $900 million, it’s pretty much guaranteed to hit $1 billion this week at some point, which is a huge success by any measurement. Even when you take into account the massive $250 million budget, the cost in print and advertising, and the cut for theater chains, the movie will be making plenty of cash for studio.
Related: Fate Of The Furious Wins For A Second Weekend
Actor Dwayne Johnson, social media master, and one of the hardest »
- Joseph Medina
In 2016, Dwayne Johnson became the highest grossing actor of the year. In a world where Robert Downey Jr, Tom Cruise, and Johnny Depp, that’s a huge deal. Even more impressive is when you look at the man’s WWF (pre-wwe) beginnings. Sure, he was a huge deal in his early wrestling career, but that doesn’t necessarily make for a good actor, or even a good action star.
However, with a whole lot of elbow grease, and the can-do attitude that only The Rock can exude, he’s launched himself all the way to the top. But it wasn’t always peaches and roses for the actor. Nor does he get everything he wants, even when auditioning, as evidenced by a recent reveal on Twitter. According to the actor, he actually auditioned for the role of Jack Reacher.
Yup, luv the character. Bout 10yrs ago I went after the role, »
- Joseph Medina
Dwayne "Formally-the-Rock" Johnson. What a turnaround his acting career has managed. Johnson has transformed from a CG mess with no acting skills in 2001's The Mummy Returns to A-list movie star and comedy god, with upcoming releases including Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Rampage. Now he's the latest actor to be cast as the lead in a Disney movie based on a theme park ride. More over, Johnny Depp.
Though he has been attached to the project since 2015, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Dwayne Johnson has officially come on board Jungle Cruise as an actor and producer with a production date now set for Spring 2018. Based on one of Disneyland's original rides that takes park-goers on a journey through environments made to look like the Nile, Congo, and Amazon rivers, Johnson will have to brave natives, crocodiles, and horrifying hippos.
Johnson already has a busy schedule with Baywatch, »
- Nick Doll
At this point in our lives some of us are beginning to roll our eyes every time Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is cast in a lead role for a film. From The Mummy Returns to the upcoming The Fate of the Furious we have all got our fair share of The Rock in many different roles. Today we are going to focus our attention on his first lead role in the film The Scorpion King.
Believe it or not The Scorpion King came out 15 years ago. It was made by Universal Pictures and was directed by Chuck Russell. The film also starred Steven Brand as Memnon, Michael Clarke Duncan as Balthazar and Kelly Hu as The Sorceress. It was released a year after his first appearance as an actor in The Mummy Returns.
With this month being it's 15 year anniversary, Dwayne Johnson released a video on his Youtube channel where »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Everyone needs to start somewhere, including Dwayne Johnson, who, believe it or not, wasn't always the franchise-saving charisma machine we know today. After appearing in The Mummy Returns as Mathayus, Dwayne Johnson got the chance to tackle his first leading role by reprising the character for a spin-off, The Scorpion King. Johnson's career has grown significantly in the fifteen years which has... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
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