“San Andreas” hits theaters today, hoping to provide a jolt to the summer box office after Memorial Day ticket sales barely registered on the Richter Scale.
The 21st century answer to Irwin Allen’s disaster films of yore is on pace to debut to $40 million domestically when it bows in 3,777 locations. The Warner Bros. release deploys the latest CGI razzle dazzle in the service of depicting a massive earthquake that threatens to turn much of California into ocean bottom. The best special effect at its disposal may be Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, a reliable draw at the box office in films such as the “Fast and Furious” and “G.I. Joe” movies.
In those films, however, he was part of an ensemble cast, so this will be a real test of Johnson’s ability to open and carry a movie on his prodigious back during the most competitive time of year. Village Roadshow Pictures co-financed and co-produced “San Andreas” with Warners to the tune of $110 million.
The disaster genre has been dormant of late, with more recent efforts such as “Into the Storm” and “Poseidon” failing to generate much excitement at the multiplexes. It’s also always difficult to launch an original film during the summer, a time of year usually dominated by sequels and comic book movies. However, “San Andreas” may benefit from an easily identifiable marketing hook through the recognizable fault that lends its name to the film.
“When you say that title people instantly understand what they’re in for,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “People are fascinated by this kind of thing — this type of end of the world stuff.”
Internationally, the film is set to open in 60 markets today and 13,000 screens. The rollout includes such major territories as France, Germany, Russia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia. “San Andreas” debuts the following week in seven additional territories, including China and Korea.
The weekend’s other new wide release, Sony Pictures’ “Aloha,” is positioned as a counterprogramming option that will appeal to women. The Cameron Crowe romantic comedy made headlines last winter during the Sony hack, when emails were leaked from Amy Pascal in which the deposed studio chief disparaged the film and its script.
Despite the brush with ignominy, “Aloha” represents only a modest financial risk for the studio. The film cost $37 million to make. It also boasts a likable cast in Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams that could draw crowds for whom Pascal’s name is likely to elicit blank stares. The movie is on track to open to $12 million, although Sony is being more conservative and predicting an opening in the $8 million to $10 million range.
Despite overseeing film classics such as “Say Anything” and “Jerry Maguire,” Crowe has seen his commercial appeal wane during the last decade, following box office disappointments like “Elizabethtown” and the less-than-stellar “We Bought a Zoo.”
The summer box office had been proceeding at a furious clip until last weekend’s Memorial Day holiday. Disney’s “Tomorrowland” underwhelmed with a $41.7 million debut, sending the overall box office for the four-day holiday to its lowest numbers since 2010. However, the box office is up about 3.6% year-to-date. Ticket sales will likely give back some of those gains, because revenues will have trouble matching the same weekend last year when “Maleficent” debuted to nearly $70 million.
Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75
Hollywood star Rutger Hauer has died aged 75.
The actor was best known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner and also Sin City, Batman Begins and TV show True Blood.
His agent Steve Kenis confirmed Hauer died on Friday following a short illness. His funeral was held on Wednesday.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the star, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeting to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.”
KISS musician Gene Simmons wrote: “Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”
Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor.
He got his big break in 1969, when he became the lead in TV series Floris.
Away from acting, Hauer launched The Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially within children and pregnant women.
Issuing a statement following his death, the foundation said: “The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.
“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.
“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”
Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!
Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!
If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!
Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.
The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!
Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.
Robert Pattinson is Officially The New Batman, Film Releases in 2021
After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck. The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck
The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
Pattinson’s first film as the billionaire crime fighter Bruce Wayne, who assumes a full-body black costume to battle baddies in Gotham City, will be titled The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, and set for release in June 2021. Originally scheduled to start shooting in 2017, The Batman will be the first solo Caped Crusader film to form part of the DC Extended Universe.
The Warner Bros studio confirmed to Variety on Friday that Pattinson had beaten the other names on the shortlist – which included Nicholas Hoult – to the role. Following breakthrough performances in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Pattinson has spent some years steering clear of the mainstream, instead working with directors such as David Cronenberg, David Michôd, the Safdie brothers and James Gray.
His recent collaboration with the French director Claire Denis, erotic sci-fi mystery High Life, won Pattinson considerable acclaim. He also stars in one of the best-reviewed films from this year’s Cannes festival: Robert Eggers’s The Lighthouse, an intense psychodrama set in 19th-century Maine.
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