Let's break this down. Deadpool 2 has now been moved up from it's release date of June 1st to May 18th, which generally wouldn't be a bad thing if the R-rated comic film wasn't between Avengers 4 May 3rd release and Disney's Han Solo, scheduled to be released May 25th. While comic book films are known for having massive box office drops in their second week, this many big blockbuster films is bound to step on each others feet. On the other hand, the budget for Deadpool's sequel was said to not be "astronomically larger" than the first, meaning that even with their box office run cut at the ankles, they will probably still turn a nice profit. With all of this comes the news now that the Han Solo movie's release date could change, which might be ok considering we are due for our first teaser trailer (allegedly) this coming Monday. As for Channing Tatum's long time plagued Gambit solo film, not only has it lost it's director in Gore Verbinski but it was also pushed back to 2019. (Note: Verbinski is the third director to leave the film following both Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt). The teen horror film New Mutants has moved from April to February 22nd of 2019, which is insane considering the film appeared to be done and would likely move into promotion phase soon. The other flip side is that Deadpool's release before Memorial Day weekend will likely result in a pretty nice box office run even if only for a few weeks before the release of other summer blockbusters like the Jurassic World sequel.
This week will see a handful of new film releases but one is already in serious trouble. The latest wide scale natural disaster flick, Geostorm, is set come out on this weekend against Tyler Perry's Boo 2! and horror thriller, the Snowman (which has not being having the best reception). While the weekend prior to Halloween isn't generally a huge box office one, let alone with the fact that IT's historic box office run and slowing down, Geostorm doesn't stand much of a chance debuting number one. This also might be in part due to the many natural disasters that have afflicted the country over the last several weeks and with the popularity of the genre of disaster films having faded, the movie feels a few years too late. Geostorm is projected to bring in a soft 10 million dollar box office against a figure that is said to be 120 million, although could be more, positioning this disaster movie to potentially be one of the worst box offices of 2017. We will just have to wait and see what will happen after the weekend.
What is most likely the final trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has dropped tonight and it came with some jaw dropping moments. We see Finn get into some action with the return of Captain Phasma, some new creatures, and a what might be a heart breaking teaser moment. Take a look at the new trailer below and try your best to get those preorder tickets which are going quick
The summers have not been kind to the box office and this years another example of the public's lack of interest. Now, there is a number of reasons for the box office suffering but this past weekend saw the lowest box office haul of the last 16 years. With no major releases, there was nothing to draw a crowd to a usually slow month of August. This coupled with the highly anticipated Connor McGrogor and Flloyd Mayweather fight may have also contributed to the slow box office sales. The box office doesn't look great for the coming weekend either with no notable releases until Stephen King's IT on September 8th. Hopefully September will be a better month for an abysmally slow August.
DC's iconic villain, The Joker, is getting his own origin film but with a slight catch. The film is said to follow the beginnings of the Joker's madness without having anything to do with the current DCEU. There's speculation that the film will cast (yet another) actor, most likely younger, in the stand alone film that will have no relation to Jared Leto's Joker, which he is said to reprise in the sequel to Suicide Squad and Gotham City Sirens. The film will be set in the 80's with Hangover director Todd Phillips leading the picture. The film is also said to have a "hard-boiled crime feel." While a one off Joker film sounds nice, it seems like it's largely influenced by the wildly successful (although, well-deserved) Wonder Woman origin film. It also doesn't do a lot to support Leto's portrayal of the Joker that left a lot of fans unsatisfied. The announcement seems like more of a cash grab than anything else and I'm sure if it does well enough, they'll announce a sequel to the spin off as well. Looks like we are just going to have to wait and see how this one turns out for DC.
Moviepass made waves this week when it's pricing figure was reduced down to a simple 10 dollar a month plan. The idea is Moviepass would send subscribers a pre-loaded Visa card that would allow people to purchase a ticket for 1 film per day. You can also go on premier nights but you can not use the service towards Imax or 3D films. You won't be able to order tickets online however and will have to go in and pick up one in person. The company is essentially betting that a majority of their customers will only go to the theaters once or twice a month but the new low price will grow their base tremendously. After the announcement was made, AMC was quick to criticize the new price plan but it sounds like them banning it outright is less than likely. Other theaters are giving it a "wait and see," approach in the hopes that Moviepass will end up driving crowds to the theaters with the idea that they will have more money to buy items from the concession. We will just have to wait and see what will happen but you can sign up for the service here.
Sony may have handed Spider-Man to Marvel for the time being, but the company is definitely going to play around with some major Spidey-verse figures. After the Venom solo flick, Sony has now set an official date for Silver & Black, a film based on the bounty hunter Silver Sable and thief (and somewhat love interest of Peter Parker) Black Cat. The solo will also have no relation to the current Spider-Man or the Marvel Universe. The film is being described as as a "buddy film," as opposed to the horror angled Vemon film. The release date is Feburary 8th 2019 so be on the look out for more news at this film develops.
Deadpool 2 sent the internet into a frenzy with the official reveal of Josh Brolin as Cable slated to appear in next years sequel. The time traveling mutant is poised to play a major role in the 4th wall breaking super hero flick, but he's already been met with a tad bit of criticism over his appearance and pose. Regardless, we know Ryan Reynolds is going to have some fun with Brolin's ultra serious character. Read more about the history of cable by clicking that link and get ready for the movie to hit theaters in 2018.
Dunkirk managed to hold it's top spot this weekend against Sony's (almost) universally panned animated film, the Emoji movie. The movie, which moved form 0% to 6% on RT, made just over $25 million, which certainly isn't bad against it's $50 million dollar budget. The movie has been a massive failure among critics, calling it everything from unimaginative to just plain awful. Sony's ploy to make a quick cash flick off of a popular mobile feature won't end up earning the numbers they were hoping for and The Emoji movie is going to be towards the top of all the Worst Films list for 2017. Charlize Theron's action flick, Atomic Blonde, opened in 4th with a modest $18 million debut, just under the projected $20 million and third went to Girls Trip, the R Rated comedy that earned another 20 million in it's second week at the box office. You can view and updated totals list here.
The early reviews for the Emoji Movie have hit the net and they're probably worse than anyone predicted (or maybe, not). In what's being called an "Inside Out Knockoff," and simply, "Meh," the Emoji movie holds an impressive 0% right now on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, that scores bound to change as more reviews hit the net but it puts Sony's animated feature in an odd position. While it's 50 million budget is relatively modest, the fact that it is a kids movie might set it up to be a box office success especially since it's only competition is the R rated Atomic Blonde. We will just have to wait and see what happens after the weekend to see where The Emoji Movie lands on the box office.