There was a lot of excitement surrounding Pitch Perfect 2 heading into this weekend, and thanks to a very successful marketing campaign, the movie ended up being a massive hit for Universal Pictures. The comedy/musical sequel opened to $70.3 million, which was more than the first film made in its entire box office run. That’s the biggest debut ever for a musical and may also be the biggest debut for a first-time director (the film was helmed by Elizabeth Banks). Mad Max: Fury Road ultimately didn’t come close, pulling in just $44.4 million, which still isn’t bad for an R-rated action film. It’s something that Warner Brothers can hopefully build on if they decide to greenlight a sequel. Meanwhile The Avengers: Age of Ultron fell to third place with another solid $38.84 million and there was a massive drop-off after that as Hot Pursuit and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 rounded out the top 5. It will be interesting to see what happens next week when Tomorrowland and Poltergeist jump into the ring.
1. Pitch Perfect 2 — $70.3M
2. Mad Max: Fury Road — $44.44M
3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron — $38.84M
4. Hot Pursuit — $5.78M
5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 — $3.6M
6. Furious 7 — $3.6M
7. The Age of Adaline — $3.2M
8. Home — $2.7M
9. Ex Machina — $2.1M
10. Far from the Madding Crowd — $1.3M
The standoff is over! After a month and a half of negotiation that probably seemed like an eternity to fans, David Lynch has patched things up with Showtime and will once again be involved in the new season of Twin Peaks. Last month he announced that he would be walking away from the series due to a budgetary dispute with Showtime. Showtime, however, indicated that they still wanted to work things out and now it looks like they were able to win him over. Lynch is back on board and they are reportedly doing more episodes than originally planned. Showtime president David Nevins made the following statement yesterday to confirm the good news:
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Although the initial teaser trailer for the second season of True Detective was a wordless affair more concerned with setting the mood, HBO has released a new trailer this week that actually features some dialogue and a better look at the primary cast of characters. Rachel McAdams in particular seems like she could be putting in a badass performance that will change people’s perception of her. As far as the plot goes, we still don’t know much, but there is mention of a missing girl. Nic Pizzolatto also revealed in a recent interview that the new season will no longer be about the “secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system.” Bummer. True Detective premieres on June 21st at 9 pm EST; check out the full trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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The summer movie we’ve been waiting thirty years to see is finally here. The highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road hits theatres this weekend and seems to be getting amazing reviews across the board, but will that translate to big box office numbers? We’ll find out soon enough. The other major release hitting theatres is Pitch Perfect 2, which is also expected to do well although it’s going after a completely different demographic. There is a plethora of stuff in limited release as well including the French cop drama The Connection starring Jean Dujardin, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill starring Ethan Hawke and I’ll See You in My Dreams starring Blythe Danner plus an intriguing documentary I hadn’t previously heard of called Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World. What will you be watching this weekend?
The ’90s are back baby! Over the past decade or so, Hollywood has been pretty obsessed with mining ’80s properties for remakes and adaptations, but now that their coveted 18 to 24 demographic is shifting, it seems like they are starting to bank on ’90s nostalgia instead. We’ve already got a Point Break remake coming out later this year, a Power Rangers reboot on the horizon, a new Stargate trilogy in the works and a remake of The Fugitive that was announced earlier this week (I’m sure there are others that I’m forgetting). Now Sony is reportedly moving forward with a remake of The Craft, the 1996 thriller about a group of teenage girls dabbling in black magic and witchcraft. Because let’s face it, goth girls never go out of fashion.
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One of the most talked about documentaries of the year so far is Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack, which premiered in January at Sundance to rave reviews. The movie tells the story of a group of brothers who grew up in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and were rarely allowed outside by their overprotective parents. They were homeschooled but mostly learned about the outside world by watching movies, many of which they chose to recreate in painstaking detail. We talked about the movie on our recent Hot Docs episode and enjoyed it quite a bit. The good news is that Magnolia picked up the film and will be giving it a theatrical release next month. The Wolfpack hits select theatres on June 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Over the past couple of years, 20th Century Fox has made it clear that one of their major priorities is to leverage more of their comic book properties by expanding the X-Men Cinematic Universe on the big screen. They currently have Deadpool and Gambit solo films scheduled for next year as well as an X-Force movie in development. Now this week comes news of another X-Men spin-off that revolves around another team of mutants… specifically, The New Mutants. The movie is probably still a couple of years away, but they already have a director locked down: The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone. Hit the jump for more details.
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The biggest new show coming to CBS this fall is, not surprisingly, one that involves a superhero. Following on the success of Arrow, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Gotham, CBS decided to greenlight a comic book property of their own: Supergirl, produced by Greg Berlanti and starring Melissa Benoist (Whiplash). This is something a little bit different for the DC Universe on screen in that it is colourful and lighthearted as opposed to dark and gritty. Still, the general reaction to the first trailer seems to be a bit mixed; some people are hating the rom-com vibe while others are loving the fact that it is all about female empowerment. Either way, the effects look pretty decent although it’s unclear if the rest of the series will live up to the pilot. Supergirl premieres this fall on CBS; check out the extended trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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We’ve got a pair of new trailers for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming gothic horror film Crimson Peak this week, although they both mainly consist of the same footage just re-arranged in a different order. The trailers flesh out the plot a bit more by emphasizing the love story between Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston as well as the hidden secrets of the old mansion in which they live. Del Toro’s knack for unique and memorable imagery continues to be on display here, although I can’t help but wonder if the movie may ultimately be too beautiful to be frightening. Either way, October can’t come soon enough. Crimson Peak hits theatres on Oct. 16th; check out the new trailers after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Along with the first trailer for The Muppets which we posted yesterday, ABC now has trailers for all of their other new fall shows online as well. You can currently watch all of them on YouTube (although not outside of the U.S. for some reason), but I’ve singled out a couple of new comedies that might be of particular interest to movie fans. The first is Dr. Ken, the semi-autobiographical comedy from Ken Jeong based on his time working as a doctor (you may remember his first big screen appearance was also as Dr. Kuni in Knocked Up). The other is Uncle Buck, based on the 1989 John Hughes film starring the late John Candy, only this time with an African-American cast instead. Personally, I wasn’t too impressed with either of the trailers, but I might still give them a shot come September. Dr. Ken and Uncle Buck will premiere on ABC sometime this fall; check out the trailers after the jump and see what you think.
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It’s mostly table scraps this week on DVD and Blu-ray as the two biggest releases hitting stores are the the January duds Blackhat starring Chris Hemsworth and Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp. Other new titles include the Alzheimer’s drama Still Alice, which earned Julianne Moore an Academy Award, Tracers starring Taylor Lautner and Thomas McCarthy’s poorly-received The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler. On Blu-ray, we also have a remastered version of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series plus a mixed bag of catalogue titles that includes David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer, Trey Parker’s Orgazmo and the two In the Heat of the Night sequels, They Call Me Mister Tibbs! and The Organization starring Sidney Poitier. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.
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Although he has plenty of fans within the genre film world, Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo still has yet to deliver the breakout hit that will finally make him a household name. After his 2007 sci-fi mindbender Timecrimes, I thought for sure he was on his way to directing some major blockbusters, but since then he has only offered up a few shorts, a couple of smaller films that mostly went under the radar (Extraterrestrial and Open Windows) and a pair of segments in horror anthology films (The ABCs of Death and VHS: Viral). Now this week we have some interesting news about his next project, which sounds like it could be the big one we’ve been waiting for. The movie is called Colossal and it is described as “Transformers versus Adaptation and Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich” and it now has a major A-list actress attached. The plot synopsis is as follows:
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