UPDATE ‘TMNT’ opens to $65M domestic, $93.7M worldwide

UPDATE ‘TMNT’ opens to $65M domestic, $93.7M worldwide

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UPDATE: Studio estimates on Sunday are forecasting that ‘TMNT‘ will take $65M at the domestic box office over the weekend, with an additional $28.7M from overseas openings the franchise reboot looks set for a worldwide opening weekend of $93.7M.

The domestic total sets the film up as the fourth biggest opening weekend for August behind ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum‘ and ‘Rush Hour 2‘.

A sequel to ‘TMNT‘ has now been lined up for release on 3rd June 2016. No word yet on whether Liebesman will return to direct but expect this new big-screen franchise to continue.

 

Read our original article on the opening day gross below:

Great news for fans of the ninja turtles as the new film directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay opened in the us on Thursday night taking $4.6M followed by a further $22M on Friday.

Paramount Pictures had publicly stated they hoped for an opening weekend in the high $40M bracket but forecasters now expect the film to reach a weekend gross closer to $60M.

Like it or not the heroes in a half shell are having a good weekend! You can checkout all our coverage of ‘TMNThere.

TMNT‘ opens in the UK on 17th October. Go ninja, go ninja, go!

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‘Batman v Superman’ moves to March 2016 + 9 more DC films

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Promo Logo
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Promo Logo

Ever since the announcement that ‘Batman v Superman‘ would be released on the same day as Marvel’s ‘Captain America 3‘ speculation has been rife that one of the films would budge but nobody quite expected an announcement like this!

Warner Bros. Pictures this week announced that ‘Dawn of Justice’ will be hightailing it out of the May 6th 2016 release date and instead landing in cinemas on 25th March 2106 instead. Firstly this puts it up against far less competition with only ‘Beverly Hills Cop‘ being directed by Brett Ratner currently set for release the same day but secondly leaving a clear path for DC Comics to own cinemas until the release of Marvel’s ‘Captain America 3‘ which coming off the success of it’s predecessor and the upcoming ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ is bound to be a hit.

But Warner Bros. did not stop there! Shortly after the announcement came a follow-up with dates for 9 (!!!) further DC Comics properties to be released through to 2020. Here’s the list of dates for your calendar:

– August 5, 2016 
– June 23, 2017 
– November 17, 2017 
– March 23, 2018 
– July 27, 2018 
– April 5, 2019 
– June 14, 2019 
– April 3, 2020 
– June 19, 2020

By the time I get around to reviewing that June 19th film in 2020 I’ll be 35 which doesn’t bare thinking about but right now there are no clues out there as to what these films will be but it is safe to say that one of these dates will soon have the words ‘Justice League‘ written next to it!

What do you think these films will be?!

 

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ returning to theatres in 2015?

The 'X-Men: DoFP' Cast
The ‘X-Men: DoFP’ Cast

One of the most talked about stories in the ‘X-Men’ universe this year has been the loss of Anna Paquin’s Rogue from this years ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. First glimpsed in the trailer and part of the early promo it was announced before the films release that scenes featuring Rogue had been cut from the film.

In interviews the creative team behind the film calmed the waters by claiming her scenes were part of sub-plot which would have little effect on the main story by not appearing in the theatrical cut of the film but of course that hasn’t stopped fans from clamouring to see these scenes.

Initially it was expected that these scenes would form part of the deleted scenes that we know appear on the home video release with optional commentary by director Bryan Singer. But now word has spread this week that an extended cut of the film may make its way in to theatres sometime in 2015.

Take the news f a theatrical release with a pinch of salt as the only concrete news we have comes from a tweet by 20th Century Fox EVP James Finn which states that an extended cut is coming. Here’s the tweet:

For now this could be a double-dip home video release or the film could indeed be returning to theatres. Either way we’ll be watching!

Checkout the theatrical trailer for the film here:

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ comes to DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK on 10th November and you can pre-order from Amazon.co.uk! Technical specifications for the US release can be found here.

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24 New Images from ‘TMNT’ 2014

In readiness for Friday’s US release of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Paramount Pictures has released a batch of new hi-res images which you can find in the gallery above.

Film review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes currently has the film as 33% fresh but has yet to make a final ruling on the film as only 11 reviews have been collected so far giving an average score of 4.5/10. You can check out those reviews here.

Remember us UK fans have to wait an extra couple of months for the film which finally sees the light of day here on 17th October.

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Batman 75 SDCC Announcements

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Jim Lee’s Batman cover for SDCC 2014 souvenir book

Big Batman news coming out of San Diego right now as the ‘Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight’ panel has been announced take place on Thursday July 24 at 3:30pm at San Diego Comic Con with guests including Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, current series writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

Next up the costumes worn by Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and even George Clooney will be on display at the Warner Bros. booth on the SDCC exhibition floor.

In addition to the ‘Batman ‘66’ and ‘Batman 75’ panels taking place there will also be a screening ‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’ the next film to come from the DC Animated Universe on Friday 25th July in ballroom 20.

Lastly Warner Bros. Interactive will be exhibiting not one but TWO Batman games at this years convention with special exhibits for both ‘Arkham Knight’ and ‘Lego Batman 3’ taking place throughout the con.

Checkout the official SDCC site (http://www.comic-con.org) for more!

‘Robocop’ 2014

‘Robocop’ 2014

TRAILER REVIEW: ‘Robocop’ 2014

Due for a USA release date of February 4th 2014 this ‘Robocop’ reboot sets out to stand on its own merits against the nostalgic and cult success that was the original franchise.

From the outset the trailer sets out to show the level of special effects that will be on show in the final movie. The opening shots of the flying drone and the destruction being rained down on the city setup the dystopian nature of the future without relying on a voice over to set the scene.

There’s a similar ambience to the recent ‘Dredd’ movie which has shown a level of cult success that this film will clearly want to match.

We’re introduced to lead character Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) before we’ve even reached the 20 second mark and we use establishing shots of him helping a fallen colleague to show the compassion of the character.

What follows is a quick montage of shots which setup both Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman’s characters (nice to see Batman and Gordon together again… sort of…) and also gives us a brief look at Samuel L Jackson as Pat Novak introducing us to the technology that will eventually become Robocop.

It’s instantly obvious that this film will have a level of gloss to it that the budget of the original franchise could never reach but within that there is a danger that this film could come off as too slick. Part of the charm of the older movies was that they had a level of gore to them that was cheap to produce but effective to the audience. In an era where we’re now handed massive amounts of SFX movies filled with gore and violence that this reboot could become generic.

There’s a slight change to the mythos in seeing Murphy blown up by his car exploding outside his house but it feels organic to the footage we’re seeing in the trailer. Fanboys will be outraged for now but I’ll hold of on passing judgement until the film comes out.

After the MGM logo we jump in to some of the transformation footage as Murphy is brought back from the brink of death to become the titular character. Again the music is eerily reminiscent of ‘Dredd’ but nobody can fault the team working on the trailer for trying to engage a similar audience.

Some major criticism was heaped on this movie after set photos began to leak which showed the Robocop suit to be black rather than the original silver look from previous iterations. The trailer takes great care in showing us that upon first becoming Robocop the suit will be the original silver but with a slightly less bulky 80s look allowed by the use of CGI.

In a very ‘Batman Begins’ moment Michael Keaton quickly says ‘let’s go with black’ and with that we are introduced to the new and improve 2013 Robocop.

A further montage of shots featuring both costumes show off all the character aspects of Robocop that we have come ti know over the years including the gun in his leg, the visor etc… before bringing us to a point where we learn that Murphy is overriding his programming and bringing back his free will.

Aside from showing us that the franchise has been well and truly overhauled for a modern audience we don’t learn a lot about the potential story the film will feature outside of the Robocop origin.

The visuals and the music in the trailer work together well to make sure that the trailer packs the kind of punch that will bring fans of the franchise to theatres for the full movie but I’m not sure that it’s going to be enough to capture the casual viewer.

There’s clearly a strong origin in play in this movie but we need to see more character moments before ‘Robocop’ become more than an average reboot.