After several weeks of strong ticket sales, the North America box office slowed down a bit this weekend as a trio of new films –Pixels, Paper Towns and Southpaw- all failed to make much noise. Not one of the three new arrivals could dislodge Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man from the top spot. The mediocre selections in the market helped cool business by five percent in comparison to last year at this time when Lucy opened with $43.8 million and Hercules arrived with $29.8 million.
Ant-Man saw its fortunes shrink 57% on 3,868 screens where it earned an estimated $24.7 million. The film’s 10-day domestic total currently stands at $106 million. Overseas totals are at $120 million. Depending on how much of a direct hit the Paul Rudd flick takes from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation next weekend and Fox’s Fantastic Four the week after, Ant-Man could work its way to $150-160 million by the end of the summer. »
Despite competition from three new movies in wide release this weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man held on to the top spot at the box office with $24.7 million. The studio's final Phase Two adventure dropped 56.7% from last weekend's $58 million tally, currently standing at $106 million domestically and $120.4 million internationally for a worldwide total of $226.4 million, from a $130 million budget. The superhero movie pulled in a respectable $6,403 per-screen average this weekend from 3,868 theaters, and its 56.7% drop is actually better than The Incredible Hulk and Captain America: The First Avenger, both of which dropped more than 60% in their second weekends in theaters.
Ant-Man just barely beat out its top competitor this weekend, Sony Pictures' video game comedy Pixels, which debuted in second place with an estimated $24 million. Pixels scored a $6,446 per-screen average from 3,723 theaters, opening far lower than many projections, some of which had it earning over $40 million this weekend. The film, which stars Adam Sandler, »
Chris Evans, along with most of the other original Avengers stars are most likely not going to come back for more films after Avengers: Infinity War-Part 2. There have been rumors about replacing the characters with new actors, such as having Sam Wilson, Aka the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) take over, as was done in the Marvel comic. But would this work? Would people accept a new Cap? There’s a way to test out the public’s tolerance for a replacement actor, and the Agent Carter TV show is the place to do it.
We all know the story of how Steve Rogers, Aka Captain America, was frozen at the end of WW2 and remained on ice until his revival decades later. In the comics, however, there were stories featuring Captain America that took place in the late 1940s-early 1950s. How could that happen? The answer to that question points to »
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With Aquaman finally coming to the big screen, a mere 75 years after his comic debut, DC now has to make the Atlantean hero interesting and entertaining to casual fans, as well as comic readers. They have a lot of damage to undo since Aquaman’s image has suffered over the years. Here are 5 ways that Zack Snyder and Jason Momoa can make the King of the Seas cool again.
Aquaman, Aka Arthur Curry, was created in More Fun Comics #73 in 1941. Since then, he’s been seen in several animated series, most notably the Filmation studios Superman/Aquaman Adventure Hour in 1967, and the Super Friends (1973-82). He’s also appeared in live-action form in Smallville, and the pilot film for a TV series, Aquaman: Mercy Reef, starring Justin Hartley. Now he’s making his way to the big-screen.
What most non-comic readers remember about Aquaman is that he’s a »
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During an interview with Film School Rejects, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed has spoken about the inclusion of Thomas the Tank Engine in the memorable climactic battle of the Marvel superhero blockbuster, discussing how the scene came about, and the conditions that were imposed by rights holder Mattel in order for Thomas to be included.
“I believe in Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original drafts it was a train set,” states Reed. “At some point in the process that predated my involvement it became Thomas. As I came on, they had not secured the rights to Thomas. We had to do this whole thing where we did this presentation for the people who own the rights to Thomas. Thank God they agreed and found it funny, but there were definite stipulations. For example, nobody could be tied to the tracks and run over by Thomas. Thomas couldn’t be doing »
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Having showcased its 18-foot long 1/6th scale Star Wars Millennium Falcon collectible at Hong Kong’s An-Com and Games Convention [see here], Hot Toys has now turned its attention to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, releasing some official promotional images of its Ant-Man on Flying Ant miniature collectible…
Ant-Man sees Peyton Reed (Down with Love) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Maggie, Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play) as Paxton, Michael Peña (American Hustle) as Luis, Abby Ryder Fortson »
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Pixels opened at #1 on Friday with $9.2 million, but the latest estimates predict that it will fail to retain that spot for the weekend. Instead, it will be Ant-Man which just manages to beat it to the top of the North America box office with $26.1 million compared to Pixel's $23.8 million. This could change as these sorts of estimates can sometimes be off by a few million every now and again, but with such negative buzz surrounding the Adam Sandler led release, it's hard to imagine it getting a sudden increase thanks to positive word of mouth and a so/so B CinemaScore. Ant-Man continues to do well regardless. If it does earn around $26 million this weekend, that will be a drop of only 55%, a fairly strong hold and less of a decline than both Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk (they fell by 60%). What did »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Justice League Dark, Hellboy 3, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: The Killing Joke, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and more…
After topping the worldwide box office last weekend with $114 million – including £4 million here in the UK, where it dethroned Minions – Marvel’s Ant-Man is set to face new competition from Pixels in the States this weekend, but with $133 million in the bank by close of play on Thursday the miniature superhero is performing on par with Captain America: The First Avenger and will be looking to crack the »
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'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
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After a somewhat troubled production that led to the departure of director Edgar Wright, Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man has finally been released in theaters. Audience response seems to be generally positive, with the film becoming Marvel’s 12th straight number one opener. While Ant-Man as a whole embraces the tenets and surroundings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it also represents a bit of a different approach in their films. While entries like Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and Guardians of the Galaxy tell origin stories that have a general truthfulness to the source material, Ant-Man takes a bit of a different approach. It doesn’t necessarily deviate too heavily from what...
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According to Access Hollywood, Jeri Ryan – best known for her role as Seven of Nine – will play Jessica Danforth, who is described as “a friend of the Queen family [whose] political ambitions will place her in the crosshairs of a menacing antagonist.” Meanwhile, The Wrap has revealed that Jr Bourne will play Jeremy Tell, a.k.a. the supervillain Double Down.
Other newcomers to Starling City for the fourth season of Arrow include Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Damien Darhk, Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate) as Mr. Terrific, Alexander Calvert (Bates Motel) and Jimmy Akingbola (Sons of Liberty) as Baron Reiter, »
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Damien Darhk, Anarky, Double Down, Baron Reiter. Here are the new baddies Oliver Queen will be putting arrows into in Arrow season 4…
The very nature of Arrow means that there’s never a shortage of villainous guest stars. Things would get pretty dull if there was.
So, then, it’s hardly a surprise that some new names are being announced as the production of season 4 gets going.
Today we have four evildoers to tell you about, so we’d better get cracking…
Jimmy Akingbola (pictured above) will play Baron Reiter. In the comics, Baron Reiter’s villainous identity is Baron Blitzkrieg, an evil Nazi supervillain. They won’t be taking that route in the show, though.
“When people meet this character, he's not German, he's not a Nazi, he doesn't subscribe to any Nazi philosophies," said executive producer Marc Guggenheim. "We were attracted to an organization that actually in the »
The opening scene of Marvel's Ant-Man features a scene from several decades earlier, where Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is seen meeting with Howard Stark (John Slattery) and Mitchell Carson (Martin Donovan) to resign from S.H.I.E.L.D. in the year 1989. This meeting helps set in motion the primary, present-day story, but those who have seen the superhero movie in theaters may still be scratching their heads over how young Michael Douglas looked in this scene. Vulture spoke with one of the men responsible for this "de-aging" process, Trent Claus, whose company Lola VFX specializes in "visual cosmetics" that can make any actor, "older, younger, thinner [or] fatter."
Lola VFX was put on the map from their work in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where they "de-aged" Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett's characters. They also created the much skinnier version of Chris Evans' »
One of the most striking visual effects in Marvel's Ant-Man takes place at the very beginning of the movie, with Michael Douglas looking almost 30 years younger as Hank Pym. Given the veteran actor was actually 70 years old when he filmed the scene set in 1989, Marvel had recruited Lola VFX, the same company that shrunk Chris Evans' Steve Rogers on Captain America: The First Avenger and previously de-aged both Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian Mckellan years ago on X-Men: The Last Stand. Speaking with Vulture, Lola visual effects supervisor Trent Claus explained how the studio worked with Marvel to achieve the flawless cosmetic effect. "They asked for advice for what they could do when they were shooting that could aid us, which is very much appreciated," he said. "We put our two cents in, and they did everything we needed right from the start." Claus also revealed that Douglas' past »
Yesterday we brought you some comments from Peyton Reed as he outlined the original ending for Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Ant-Man, and now the director has revealed an oepning scene that was shot, but ultimately discarded during post-production.
“It was basically a standalone sequence where you really did not see it was Hank Pym,” Reed said. “He was retrieving some microfilm from this originally Cuban general and then it because a Panamanian general… It really was designed in those early drafts to be almost like a Bond movie standalone scene in the beginning. It was going to show the powers. You never saw Ant-Man, it almost felt like an Invisible Man sequence, and it’s really, really cool. [It felt] tonally disconnected from the movie we were making and story-wise, [but] we actually talked at one point about releasing [it] like a standalone, Hank Pym as Ant-Man [short]. Who knows if that will still happen. »
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UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July 2015…
After three weeks atop the chart, Minions has been knocked from pole position at the UK box office by Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Ant-Man, which debuted in first place with an opening weekend of £4,011,345.
While certainly solid, Ant-Man’s opening is the lowest for Marvel on these shores since Captain America: The First Avenger, which debuted with £2.98 million back in 2011, and the third-lowest overall, with The Incredible Hulk pulling in an opening weekend of £3.25 million (including £500k of previews) in 2008.
In addition to Ant-Man, three other newcomers cracked the top ten, with a live-stream of Dutch violinist Andre Rieu’s 2015 Maastricht Concert earning £1,107,000 to claim fifth, followed by Bollywood drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan in seventh with £758,195 and horror The Gallows down in ninth with £335,421.
Number one this time last year: Transformers: Age of Extinction
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Warning: Spoilers for Marvel’s Ant-Man follow. You have been warned…
If you’ve seen Marvel’s latest blockbuster (or if you haven’t, but don’t mind spoilers), you’ll know that the film ends with a set-up for Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) next appearance in the McU in Captain America: Civil War, with Luis (Michael Pena) informing Scott that an Avenger – Falcon (Anthony Mackie) is on the look out for him.
Well, according to Peyton Reed, that wasn’t the original ending for the film, as the director has revealed to Cinema Blend that the initial plan was to tie up a loose end in Mitchell Carson (Martin Donovan), with Scott confronting the S.H.I.E.L.D. / Hydra agent:
“At the end of the movie [Carson] gets away and has these Cross particles, and there was a sequence where Ant-Man has an encounter with him,” states Reed. »
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But we would argue that Marvel should be pleased with the performance of its latest film and be prepared for more relatively modest successes further down the line.
The trouble with Ant-Man
It's small wonder that there has been some surprise over Ant-Man's opening weekend Us gross of $57,225,526 (£36,807,903). The Edward Norton-starring, largely forgotten 2008 film Incredible Hulk (which took $55,414,050 / £35,645,019) was Marvel Studios' first official release, and since then their profile and success has been consistently on the rise.
Ant-Man was a challenge for Marvel, and the company didn't make it easy on itself. It wasn't the first release on the more obscure end of its catalogue, but 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy overcame scepticism with what was probably »
Minions has been at the top of the UK box office for three weeks now, but Ant-Man finally dethroned the animated feature this past weekend with $6.2 million. That may not sound like a lot (especially when compared to how the movie fared in North America), but it's a higher debut than both Captain America: The First Avenger ($4.6 million) and The Incredible Hulk ($5.1 million). Inside Out and Southpaw open in the UK this Friday which could pose a problem for Ant-Man, but it's now the school holidays, so parents have had the entire week to take their kids to see the latest Marvel release. It's performing well everywhere, so here's hoping we get news on a sequel in the near future! Be sure to check out my review of the movie by clicking here. Have you seen it? »
Warning: Spoilers for Ant-Man below…
A couple of weeks ago, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige said there are big plans for The Wasp off the back of Ant-Man (read our reviews here and here), but now we could have some new light on what he means.
“It’s going to be certainly a part of our Phase 3; some of the films we’ve announced in Phase 3″ Kevin Feige revealed to Yahoo! “It is going to be a very important moment [in Ant-Man], and — spoiler alert! — we see that suit for the first time, and her father now is finally giving it to her and realizes that he can’t hold her back from what is essentially her destiny. It’s gonna be a very big part of one of our upcoming films.”
Could this be Captain America: Civil War? Or even Avengers: Infinity War?
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