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How long should a franchise lie fallow before it can be rebooted successfully? With its premier comic-book property, Warner Bros allowed an eight-year gap between Batman and Robin and Batman Begins, although it's worth remembering that grosses for the Christopher Nolan trilogy only reached spectacular levels with The Dark Knight, three years later; the sequel made £49.1m, as opposed to just £16.6m for Batman Begins. Sony did pretty well with The Amazing Spider-Man only five years after Spider-Man 3, whereas Universal didn't create much excitement with Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk, five years after Ang Lee's less-than-fully achieved Hulk.
Seven years after Superman Returns underwhelmed audiences with a total of £16.4m in the UK and Ireland, the pricey Man of Steel always looked likely to improve on that total. With Nolan on board as producer, »
- Charles Gant
Some bad news for anyone looking forward to the long-awaited Sin City sequel... with just under four months to go until its scheduled release date of October 4th, The Weinstein Company has decided to push back the Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller-helmed comic book adaptation a little over ten months, with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For now set to hit cinemas on August 22nd 2014.
The follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's cult 2005 hit, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is one of two Rodriguez-directed sequels in production (the other being Machete Kills, which arrives in September). The script has been written by Rodriguez, Miller and Oscar-winner William Monahan (The Departed) and the film is set to feature an all-star cast, with returning Sin City stars Bruce Willis (A Good Day to Die Hard), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Jessica Alba (Machete), Rosario Dawson (Trance), Jaime King (My Bloody Valentine »
- Flickering Myth
Steven Spielberg saw the end of New Hollywood in the late '70s as studios took control back from the directors they'd put so much faith in and now he seems to be predicting a similar meltdown, this time as a result of studios putting too much control in the hands of marketing teams and studio attempts to make movies for everyone. Speaking alongside George Lucas at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the duo that most recently collaborated to bring us the modern day classic Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull spoke to an audience of film students about the current state of cinema. "There's eventually going to be an implosion -- or a big meltdown," Spielberg said. "There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm. »
- Brad Brevet
It's top of the UK box office in spite of lacklustre figures, while Behind the Candelabra and Made of Stone sneak up the list
After landing at a disappointing third place in the Us chart the previous weekend, it was down to the overseas territories to pick up the slack for Sony's After Earth, which teams global superstar Will Smith with son Jaden. Could foreign make up for the weak results at domestic? Well, no complaints from Sony at its UK chart position (it's at the top) but the box-office number, £2.25m, is nothing to get excited about. By rule of thumb it's actually behind the pace of its Us debut of $27.5m – you'd expect a UK figure of around £2.7m. The result trails behind the debuts not just of 2013 franchise pictures such as Fast & Furious 6 (£8.72m) and Star Trek Into Darkness (£8.43m including previews), but also of similarly themed non-sequels. »
- Charles Gant
Last week M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, After Earth, debuted to $27 million, matching the opening gross of star Will Smith’s last sci-fi flop, Wild Wild West. Could the irony be any thicker? For Smith, it’s been a while since he’s sunk that low, especially in the summer season sci-fi genre. Of course, it’s been a while since Smith has done anything really remarkable to begin with. Last summer he phoned it in for Men In Black III, which »
- Paul Shirey
For the average Hollywood actor, a $26.5 million opening weekend box office take for a movie they're starring in, would probably feel like a gift. But Will Smith isn't the average Hollywood actor. He's an international superstar who's seemingly *transcended* race, with appeal to almost every circle. So a $26.5 million opening weekend for him is considered a disappointment in the industry. The studio, Sony, was expecting somewhere between high $30s to low $40s, in millions. His last starring effort, Men in Black 3, opened with a $54,592,779 weekend. Before that, Seven Pounds opened with $14,851,136. Hancock, $62,603,879. I am Legend, $77,211,321. The Pursuit of Happyness, »
Movie cliches are unavoidable; the director only has two-odd hours to take you from start to finish, so whether a high school's social structure is built on a thin foundation of classic nerd and jock stereotypes or a wedding is abruptly interrupted by the aw-shucks nice guy who's finally ready to spill his guts, there's bound to be some shortcuts along the way.
But sometimes Hollywood takes it a bit further, hitting us with cliches that are so oddly specific (and frequently divorced from reality) that they make you wonder if they've been written by a random plot-generating robot with limited resources and a tenuous grasp on the human experience. So sit back, relax, and set your deja vu detectors to "on" as we break down ten insanely specific things that are commonplace in the movieverse.
1. Character Dislikes Past/Future Version of Themselves
- Adam D'Arpino
Though writer Oren Uziel (21 Jump Street) has already been hired to write Men in Black 4, Smith himself doesn't sound too keen:
“I think three is enough for me. Three of anything is enough for me. We’ll look at it and we’ll consider it, but it feels like that it might be time to let someone else do that”.
With Tommy Lee Jones taking a back-seat for most of Men in Black 3 (more than ably impersonated by Josh Brolin), could the series move no past the Fresh Prince? Should it even continue at all? Let us know in the comments below. »
- Chris Cooper
Sony is already moving ahead with “Men in Black 4″, with a screenwriter already hard at work (or as “hard as work” as you can get when you sit in a room typing on a computer, I mean) on the screenplay. And why shouldn’t the studio already be looking forward to a fourth installment? Despite the fact that this series has run out of steam about, oh, halfway through part 2, last year’s “Men in Black 3″ still managed to rake in more than $600 million worldwide, the bulk of that coming from overseas box office. So yeah, it goes without saying, Sony wants a “Men in Black 4″. But there’s a chance they might have to do it without Will Smith. Maybe. While out promoting his latest sci-fi jaunt “After Earth”, starring a decidedly not funny Will Smith, the former Prince of Bel Air told the site Collider this about »
It was confirmed earlier this year that Sony was developing a fourth instalment, with Oren Uziel attached to write the script.
No cast members are yet attached, and Smith recently told Collider that he is uncertain about reprising the role of Agent J.
"I think three is enough for me," Smith said. "Three of anything is enough for me. We'll look at it and we'll consider it, but it feels like it might be time to let someone else do that."
Watch a trailer for Men in Black 3 below: »
News Simon Brew 4 Jun 2013 - 06:55
Sony spent an awful lot of money rebooting the Men In Black franchise last year, and just about won its gamble to do so. The worldwide take of Men In Black 3 in cinemas was just north of $620m (although it was the weakest performer of the series to date in the States), and in the aftermath of its release, Sony indicated that it had plans for Men In Black 4.
But might Will Smith's days with the franchise be coming to an end? Talking to Collider, Smith was asked about Men In Black 4, and he told the site that "I think three is enough for me. Three of anything is enough for me. We’ll look at it and we’ll consider it, but it feels like that »
Weekend Actuals: 'Fast & Furious 6' - $35.16M (-64%), 'Now You See Me' - $29.25M, 'After Earth' - $27.52M... ow.ly/lFoFX— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) June 3, 2013 Amid reports of a failure for After Earth, keep in mind that Will Smith, (just like Tom Cruise) does the majority of his box office power lifting overseas these days. Men In Black 3 earned 71% of its box office total overseas and Hancock earned a comparable 67% of its gross earnings internationally as well. While not expected to cross the $70M mark here in the U.S., experts predict that After Earth could earn 3x that number in foreign markets for a $280M worldwide gross. Nothing stellar to be sure but certainly not a failure of Battleship proportions. Iron Man 3 earned another $8.44M domestically and in its 5th week of release. Its earnings currently total $1.18B on a $200M production budget. »
After the success of Men In Black 3 it seemed a no-brainer for Sony to try and make a fourth film. The struggling studio has not had many successes and with After Earth flopping this past weekend they are in dire need of some good news. The Amazing Spider-man 2 doesn't hit until next year and their slate is not to populated with sure things after that. So, Men In Black 4 was put into development with 21 Jump Street 2 screenwriter Oren Uziel tasked with script duties. But, there may be a »
- Alex Maidy
Men in Black 3 got a good review on this website, and was universally acknowledged to be superior to the second instalment, but inferior to the first. Whether or not there needs to be yet another entry in the Men in Black saga is debatable on an artistic level, but on a financial level it’s clear that the world is crying out for more of them.
Men in Black 3, at $624 million, made more than Men in Black 2, which raked in a paltry $440 million (in 2002, back when we still had money). The original Men in Black made $589 million, still less than the third instalment, which by some bizarre witchcraft means that the third film is the most succesful.
To Hollywood producers, this upward trajectory means that audiences worldwide are clamouring for another piece of the Mib pie, because profits only go upwards, right? What’s that phrase again? »
- Rob Batchelor
One of America's most popular actors can only scrape in at No 3 with his latest film – is the Smith era officially over?
It is not too often that a Will Smith movie fails to open at No 1 so make a note of the weekend just past, when After Earth arrived in third place on $27m. With the exception of last year's cash-in Men in Black III, Smith has been off our movie screens since the self-righteous train wreck that was Seven Pounds in 2008. Perhaps he should have stayed away, because the box-office career of the man once known as Mr July 4th in homage to his seemingly inexhaustible multiplex magnetism could be in its death throes.
Men in Black III opened at No 1 in May 2012 and did extremely well in theatres, grossing $624m worldwide by the end of its run. Cast iron proof of Smith's enduring appeal, you might say. »
- Jeremy Kay
Has Will Smith hit the lowest point of his career? Certainly Wild Wild West was easily his most embarrassing low-point, but going off figures and reputation alone, his new movie After Earth, sold completely on the Smith family name and developed from the ground-up by arguably the biggest movie star on the planet, has turned out to be his worst performing summer outing of all time.
After Earth has slumped in its opening weekend in the Us – taking just $26.5 million since it opened on Thursday night. That’s only enough for third place on the weekend charts behind Fast And Furious 6 ($34 million) and Lionsgate’s surprise performer Now You See Me ($28 million).
Smith’s first original blockbuster since he took a three and a half year break away from our screens (his actual return last summer with Men In Black 3 collected a huge $624 million worldwide, but repeating an old »
- Matt Holmes
In the aftermath of the $27 million Stateside crash landing for “After Earth,” Sony has little to do but hope the film works internationally. So, can it? Right now, the outlook seems uncertain, at best, though comparisons to recent sci-fi pics like “Oblivion” paint a troubling picture.
This weekend, Sony launched “After Earth” in only one territory, South Korea, where the film grossed $2.7 million. That’s 10% better than “Prometheus” locally, but still behind “Oblivion,” which earned nearly twice that earlier this month.
While “After Earth” overperformed “Prometheus” in South Korea, the latter pic benefited from a cult-like word-of-mouth, with boffo results in places like the U.K.,where it grossed nearly $40 million. “Prometheus” topped out at $276 million internationally, with just north of $400 million worldwide.
“After Earth” will need to make at least that with a $100 million-plus budget and tens of millions of dollars spent on global marketing. “Prometheus” reached $126 million domestically »
- Andrew Stewart
Ever since Independence Day’s $50.2 million debut on July 4th weekend in 1996, Will Smith has been the undisputed king of the summer box office. He’s led films like Men In Black; Bad Boys II; I, Robot; and Hancock to massive grosses — both domestically and around the world.
But his latest effort, After Earth, landed with a major thud on opening weekend, grossing just $27 million (distributor Sony told outlets it was expecting $35 million before the weekend) and opening in third place with a tepid “B” CinemaScore. The $130 million M. Night Shyamalan-directed sci-fi film, based on an original story idea by Will Smith himself, »
- Grady Smith
Earlier this month news hit that Men in Black 4 was in development at Sony thanks to the success of Men in Black 3 last summer ($624 million worldwide). At the time nothing was said about Will Smith’s involvement, but recent quotes from the actor suggest a trilogy is more than enough for him. Smith [...]
- Liam Goodwin
Men in Black 3(D) outperformed its predecessors at the worldwide box office, but it didn’t exactly leave the door wide open for a fourth installment. The story involved Agent J (Will Smith) chasing a biker thug extraterrestrial back in time to the year 1969, in order to prevent him from killing 29-year old Agent K (Josh Brolin) before he grows up to be Tommy Lee Jones. By the end, J has learned the hard truth about his partner’s impersonal ways, and (back in the present) the pair’s friendship then became all the stronger for it.
When Collider asked Smith about ...
- Sandy Schaefer
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