Daily Movie Update!
Another big weekend, and plenty of news to go along with it!
Paramount has been awfully silent about news regarding Star Trek Into Darkness, but it looks like that curtain is about to be unveiled pretty soon, December 14th in fact. Paramount has announced that the first nine minutes of the film will debut with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 500 IMAX 3D theaters. For those who are unable to make it to the IMAX, a new trailer will also be debuting with prints of The Hobbit. Seems like WB is returning the favor after Paramount graciously attached the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises last year with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. I would assume this means the first nine minutes has a pretty impressive set piece that will wow audiences; the previous film certainly had a memorable sequence. I really enjoyed the last film so I’m eager to see what direction they’re going with this one.
The Splinter Cell series has long since waned in popularity and the film itself was stuck in development hell for years. So imagine everybody’s surprise when it was announced on Wednesday that Tom Hardy had attached himself to play Sam Fisher in an upcoming film. Doesn’t seem like the first person to come to mind when I think Sam Fisher, who has the deep voice, and is a little bit older than Tom Hardy’s age, but hey, I’m sure he can pull off the demeanor pretty well. Ubisoft also has an Assassin’s Creed film lined up with Michael Fassbender to star. Meanwhile, in other spy flick news, Christopher McQuarrie, upcoming director of Jack Reacher has been offered the director’s chair for the next Mission Impossible film. That isn’t too much of a surprise, given how much he’s worked with Tom Cruise but it is a bit sad to hear that Brad Bird will not return. At the same time, it looks like we’ll be seeing a 5th film sooner rather than later, unusual for the series.
There are two major films coming out this weekend, obviously the first is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, which will finally bring an end to this series. The plot has something to do with vampire clans going head to head along with some werewolves (one of which is madly in love with the main character). The film has a surprisingly acceptable 56% on Rotten Tomatoes currently, the highest rated film of the series. Meanwhile, Lincoln is heading into its wide release after a successful limited release last weekend. That film still has a strong 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and will be showing in roughly 1800 theaters, so not a huge amount. Speaking of theater counts, Flight is finally expanding into a wide release as well, showing in 2600 theaters, a near 600 theater increase from the previous two weekends.
Box office, I think a safe pick for Twilight would be in the $150 million range (including Thursday 10 PM shows). It’s certainly possible it can go higher if it catches on throughout the weekend. Skyfall might drop around 50% (probably a bit more) to about $43-45 million, while Wreck-It-Ralph should drop to around $20 million or so. All in all, another big weekend for the box office seems more than likely.