Posted by: moviechat | November 17, 2008

The biggest James Bond opening in franchise history

Quantum of Solace estimated $70.4M this weekend exceeding industry expectations. Solace also ranks as the fourth biggest opener of 2008 and the fifth best November bow ever.
Overseas, Craig and company raked in another $56.1M on 10,460 screens in the third weekend of international play to boost that tally to $252M putting the worldwide cume at an eye-popping $322M. Look for the $400M barrier to crumble as soon as next weekend as Quantum eventually makes its way past Casino Royale to set a new high for the lucrative franchise, especially with major markets like Japan and Australia still to open

I did like the film, but it didn’t feel like a Bond film. When it comes down to it, this film was not a satisfying conclusion to Casino Royale, but rather an excellent set up to the third chapter in an amazing trilogy. I believer the quality of the third chapter will determine how QoS is remembered. If it knocks it out of the park and delivers an unbelievable finale, then QoS will be considered The Two Towers of the Daniel Craig trilogy, an action packed second chapter in a phenomenal trilogy. If the third film sucks, the Quantum of Solace will be the Matrix Reloaded, the action packed second chapter in a trilogy that started out promising and declined with each iteration.

Posted by: moviechat | September 25, 2008

I Am Legend Is Back As a Prequel

Will Smith will reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, and Francis Lawrence will returning to direct. The script is being written by D.B. Weiss (an up-and-coming writer with a few other scripts in the works around Hollywood). The prequel, which is based on a detailed outline developed over the past few months by Smith and Lawrence, will chronicle the final days of humanity in New York City before a man-made virus caused a plague that left Robert Neville the lone survivor among a mutated mob in the city.

Posted by: moviechat | September 9, 2008

Rumors

Normally I do not talk about rumors, but they such a big rumors, that I couldn’t go without posting it:
The first one is that Will Smith is Captain America. They offered Will Smith to be Captain America in The First Avenger: Captain America film which it will hit theaters on May 6th, 2011. until now no replay from Will.
The second big Rumor is that Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.

Posted by: moviechat | September 7, 2008

Inside Man, Spider-Man, and Ninja Turtles are back

Inside Man 2

Spike Lee confirmed that Inside Man 2 is moving forward at Universal. Terry George (of Hotel Rwanda and Reservation Road) is in negotiations to write the screenplay with Spike Lee planning to return as director as well. The sequel will pick up with the same characters and dynamic but not the same storyline

Spider-Man 4

Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire will be returning to Spider-Man 4 (2011). The deal apparently came together recently, because Finke says that a few weeks ago “Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal was openly discussing Tobey’s potential replacements.” Finke also adds that “the studio is trying to figure out if it can feasibly shoot Spider-Man 4 and 5 at the same time

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be Live-Action

It’s been confirmed, by TMNT creator Kevin Eastman. He writes that “it is true” and that Imagi is trying to do a “re-invention” or reboot rather than a sequel.

Posted by: moviechat | August 27, 2008

The Good the Bad of 2008 summer

What a great summer it was much more of a hit affair than the misses. A few disappointments, but that is expected. This is a list of the best and worst 5 films of summer 2008.

Worst Film

1-The Happening:M. Night Shyamalan did it once again. What a waste of time. Bad story and very bad performances. Last when we finally get to the twist @WTF@.
2-The Love Guru: Unfunny return for Mike Myers. The only good thing about the film is Jessica Alba’s “fun to look at”, but the rest of the movie certainly isn’t.
3-The – X Files: I waited for 6 years for this?
4-You Don’t Mess With The Zohan: This movie just a waste of time. Not funny at all.
5-Speed Racer: The only good thing about this film is the special effects.

The Best film

5- Kung Fu Panda: When I was watching this I felt the same type of refreshing feeling I did when I saw first Shrek installment years ago. It’s witty, smart and actually utilizes its voice cast more than just to gather a bunch of stars and see if you can guess who it is.
4- Tropic Thunder: Ben Stiller is the writer, Director, and producer, but the funny thing is, he is the weakest part of the film. Robert Downey Jr., in an even better turn than Iron Man, Knocked Up’s Jay Burachel and Brandon T. Jackson anchor the movie’s funniest parts. The fake trailers alone at the beginning of the movie are priceless.
3- Iron Man: Downey Jr., he IS Tony Stark. He nails the role down, and the ending cliffhanger is actually worth sitting through the credits for.
2- The Dark Knight: What can I say, the movie’s made nearly $500 million at the box office, and If you haven’t seen it yet, go. And if you have, see it again.
1- Wall-E: What? The Dark Knight isn’t my number one film of the summer? Will, the only reason that I gave Wall-E number one is that the fact that it goes thirty minutes without a hint of dialogue and still Beautiful, funny, and entertains is mesmerizing and something that will withstand the test time. It is a piece of artistry. In other words, it is a classic.

Posted by: moviechat | August 11, 2008

Things That I Did Not Like About The Dark Knight – Spoiler

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The Dark Knight grossed an estimated $26M in its fourth weekend to boost the 24-day total to an unbelievable $441.5M, the superhero sequel shot up to number three on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters and sits behind only Titanic which grossed $600.8M during one theatrical run across 1997 and 1998, and Star Wars which took in $461M from multiple releases over different decades.

The Dark Knight is damned good movie, and the best this year, but this is a list of things that I did not like, If you did not see the film stop reading this blog big spoiler is coming.

2 hours, 32 minutes. Now, the film didn’t feel that long while watching it and it didn’t really drag at all, but the length did affect some of the “wow” feeling.
– Two-Face Dies. Now this is a comic movie and it’s possible he’s alive and will be back, but I’m not sure if I like the habit of killing off the villains at the end of the Bat movies. Batman isn’t supposed to be a killer and yet in the past two films he’s definitely helped along their deaths, whether by tackling them over a ledge or just refusing to rescue them.
– Christian Bale’s Batman voice. WTF is sounds like cookie monster.
– Gordon “Dies.” I should have known something was up when we didn’t see much of the actual ‘death’ but I was legitimately pissed at the movie at that point. If not for his resurrection, I would hate this film. I was totally convinced the mysterious driver was a bad guy right until the end of the chase. I love Gordon and I love Gary Oldman.
– cell phone gps or bat sonar city wide cell phone thing. I’m not sure I need to say more but I found this really lame, and it started to have problems it blinded Batman, what theres no off switch?
– The Rachel Dawes character wasn’t good or interesting and I’m kinda glad she died
– Last I do not know if I like or dislike that Gotham is now Chicago not Manhattan

Posted by: moviechat | August 10, 2008

Justice League is Back

Justice League was slated to start production earlier this year in Australia, but in April, Warner Brothers shut down the project until further notice, but it is back on track. Warner Brothers’ adaptation of Justice League with Happy Feet’s George Miller directing will apparently gear up again and start shooting sometime next year.

Posted by: moviechat | July 30, 2008

Comic-Con 2008 news

I Am Legend Director Francis Lawrence Talks Prequel

Director Francis Lawrence revealed at Comic-Con this past weekend that he is, in fact, thinking seriously on a prequel to the Will Smith vehicle that collected nearly $580 million worldwide.

Vampires and Zombies Last Blood Comic Being Adapted
production company Benderspink announces that they’re adapting the horror comic Last Blood into a feature film. “Family Guy” executive producer and show regular David A. Goodman has been hired to write the screenplay. The comic, created by Bobby Crosby and Chris Crosby, follows the human survivors of a zombie massacre who find themselves protected by a band of vampires who need their blood to survive. No details on who is expected to direct or even what studio this will end up at yet

Sam Raimi Considering Making Evil Dead 4

Sam Raimi mentioned that he would love to make another Evil Dead movie! The unofficial title would be Evil Dead 4, since Army of Darkness is the sequel to Evil Dead II, and Raimi mentions that he’s going to work on the script with his brother Ivan Raimi starting next week. If you’re concerned that this would cause Raimi to skip out on Spider-Man 4, or he would not direct that fourth movie.

Terminator Salvation Rated R

The Director apparently convinced the Warner Brothers execs to let them shoot it how they want and thus it could end up being rated R in the end! Additionally, he hinted that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 model Terminator might make an appearance

Robert Rodriguez Producing Conan As Well As Red Sonja

Rodriguez would be producing a Red Sonja movie with McGowan starring and Robert’s ex-second unit director Douglas Aarniokoski directing

Posted by: moviechat | July 28, 2008

The Dark Knight Smashed More Records

More records were smashed into bits by the unstoppable megahit The Dark Knight which grossed an estimated $75.6M and cumulative $314.2M after only ten days, the Warner Bros. release shattered the $300M mark in record time. The old record was held by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest which banked $258.4M of loot over its first ten days and crossed the triple-century mark in 16 days.

The new Batman film also set a new record for the largest second weekend gross outdistancing the $72.2M that Shrek 2 hauled in back in May 2004. Knight has now virtually matched the $314.9M collected by Iron Man over the last three months and will become the year’s highest grossing blockbuster on Monday. On the all-time list, the new Joker saga has quickly climbed up to number 23 sitting right next to 2001’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Overseas, The Dark Knight was a dominant force grossing an estimated $65.6M and ranking number one in 43 markets. The opening in the United Kingdom which followed last week’s glitzy London premiere led the way with $22.3M, including previews, while holdover markets dropped by an average of only 38%. The early international cume rose to $126.3M putting the global tally at a stunning $440.5M with major territories like Japan, Germany, Korea, and France still to open. A worldwide haul of more than $1 billion is certainly possible for Bruce Wayne and pals.

Top Ten Summer 2008 Blockbusters (28 July 2000)

1-Iron Man $314.9
2-The Dark Knight $314.2
3-Indiana Jones $313.6
4-Kung Fu Panda $209.0
5-Hancock $206.4
6-WALL•E $195.2
7-Sex and the City $150.7
8-The Chronicles of Narnia $139.8
9-The Incredible Hulk $132.3
10-Wanted $128.6

Posted by: moviechat | July 21, 2008

New opening weekend box office record

The Dark Knight made $155.3M over the Friday-to-Sunday period to set a new industry benchmark, the PG-13 comic book flick edged past the previous opening weekend record of $151.1M held by another superhero sequel Spider-Man 3 from the first weekend of May last year. Batman’s gross included $18.5M from Thursday night shows between midnight and 3am which also set a record beating the $16.9M of 2005’s Star Wars Episode III. Critics piled on praise for the $180M-budgeted Dark Knight which scored some of the best reviews of the year.

Also adding excitement to the film’s release was the fact that Dark Knight was the first regular movie to use IMAX cameras during filming. Six action sequences were shot with the heavy-duty equipment allowing those who see the film in IMAX theaters a greater entertainment experience. This helped Knight set a new record for biggest IMAX opening with $6.2M from 94 venues this weekend for a scorching $66,000 average. Ticket prices are also higher for the large screen format

After just three days of release, The Dark Knight is already the sixth biggest blockbuster of the summer and is virtually guaranteed to swipe the 2008 box office crown away from Iron Man in the coming weeks. With all students out of school in July, midweek grosses will be much stronger than in early May when the metal man and the last webslinger pic debuted.

Top Ten Summer 2008 Blockbusters (21 July 2008)

1 Iron Man $314.4 May
2 Indiana Jones $312.6 May
3 Kung Fu Panda $206.5 June
4 Hancock $191.5 July
5 WALL•E $182.5 June
6 The Dark Knight $155.3 July
7 Sex and the City $149.9 May
8 Chronicles of Narnia $139.5 May
9 The Incredible Hulk $131.8 June
10 Wanted $123.3 June

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