Godzilla will return to movie screens with a sequel to be released June 18, 2018, Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures announced Thursday.
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After a sweltering few days in San Diego, Legendary Pictures offered up some chills in the form of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, wedged in between the revelation of some Godzilla 2 monsters and footage teasing a new King Kong movie called Skull Island.
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The mutants might be fighting for their lives in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but everything is smooth-sailing for the explosive, star-studded saga at the box office.
Professor X (old and young) and his friends helped usher in a mighty $111 million domestically for X-Men’s first four days in theaters. It now ranks fifth among the top Memorial Day weekend openings of all time, behind last year’s Fast & Furious 6 ($117 million) and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand ($122.9 million). The $200 million pic also opened day and date in most major markets internationally to a cool $171.1 million. Technically the seventh installment in the long-running franchise, this super debut bodes well for X-Men: Apocalypse, set to open on the same spot on the calendar in 2016.
Memorial Day weekend means big things at the box office, and what better movie to flex its muscles for such a high-profile debut than Fox’s star-studded X-Men: Days of Future Past?
The seventh movie in the long-running franchise brings the original characters together with their “younger” selves from 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Though it’s the third comic book film to open this year, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it could prove the biggest opening yet. But, as far as Memorial Day records go, it may only crack the top five. The biggest is 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which made an enormous $139.8 million. X-Men: The Last Stand is the third biggest Memorial Day weekend opening of all time with $122.8 million, but tracking indicates that this latest installment won’t quite reach those heights.
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s comedy Blended also opens wide this weekend, providing some alternative programming to the superhero/monster fare and the comfort of a reliable comedic pairing.
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Get ready for lots of monster puns and destruction jokes: Godzilla had a clear path to box office domination this weekend. After setting a new record for best opening day on Friday with $38.5 million, the King of the Monsters handily won the weekend with an estimated $93.2 million.
The reported $160 million film — directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, and a couple of MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) — got a B+ Cinema Score, though critical reception has been decidedly mixed (EW’s Chris Nashawaty gave it a B-; you can read his review here). IMAX grosses were responsible for $14.1 million of Godzilla‘s total haul, which means when people want to see giant lizard-y monsters wreck a city, they want to see it big. (Side note: Another peripheral winner thanks to Godzilla? New York City, which — for once — is not the scene for urban destruction. Thanks for taking your turn, San Francisco!)
Coming in second place is the frat-tastic Neighbors, which — even with a 47 percent dip for its second weekend — grossed $26 million this weekend, bringing its total to $91.53 million (not to mention the $54.8 million overseas, bringing its global total to $146.3 million). Not bad for an R-rated comedy with an estimated $18 million budget. The movie — starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, and Dave Franco — has now officially bypassed other recent comedies such as 21 Jump Street and The Heat. To-ga! READ FULL STORY
The King of the Monsters took the box office crown on Friday. Godzilla, starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and a few enormous radioactive monsters, earned an estimated $38.5 million in theaters on its first day in theaters — the best opening day yet for 2014. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened with $36.9 million last month, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took in $35.2 on its first day two weeks ago.) That puts the film on track for an opening-weekend total around $97 million. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), Godzilla reportedly cost $160 million — an amount it should easily make back in the coming weeks. The last U.S.-made Godzilla movie was Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version, a notorious misfire that cost $130 million and grossed just $136.3 million domestically. READ FULL STORY
When I watched Godzilla Thursday with an enthusiastic late-night audience, the crowd broke out in spontaneous applause during two specific moments. The first was when Ken Watanabe’s scientist mentioned the legendary creature’s name for the first time. And the second came when Godzilla unleashed one of his most famous weapons on a nasty rival beastie. The audience went home happy — much happier than in 1998, when Godzilla invaded New York in Roland Emmerich’s stinker.
This time around, it’s director Gareth Edwards at the controls, a massive promotion from his low-budget Monsters debut. Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston and Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche play a married couple who work at a Japanese nuclear plant in 1999. Something goes wrong, people die, and 15 years later, Cranston is a raving lunatic who thinks the government is hiding something in the quarantined area surrounding the radioactive accident. His son (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is now a soldier, with a pretty wife (Elizabeth Olsen) and son in San Francisco. But when the ground begins to shake again, no one is prepared for the creatures that have awakened from their slumber. Two Alien-looking MUTOs — Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms — wreck havoc on nuclear installations, and man’s only hope is… Godzilla. “When Godzilla first lumbers on screen to hunt the MUTOs and ‘restore balance,’ he feels both nostalgically familiar and excitingly new,” writes EW’s film critic Chris Nashawaty. “As big as a Sheraton and with a shriek that rumbles your insides, he appears beefier and meaner than you remember.”
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The King of the Monsters prepares to be the King of the Box Office, as Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla stomps into theaters this weekend.
As one of cinema’s most beloved icons, this new take from indie director Gareth Edwards promises a terrifying origin story for the ancient beast and a drama about one particularly unlucky family. Sixteen years after Sony and Roland Emmerich’s botched attempt to kick off an exciting Godzilla franchise, it remains to be seen whether audiences are interested in the atomic-breathed monster and how well it might stand up to the army of summer superheroes.
Disney’s PG-rated sports drama Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm, also opens wide this weekend. Though it won’t be competing for the top spot — or anywhere close to that — it will be interesting to see whether a sincere, and somewhat sugary, sports pic will appeal to audiences in the long term as 42 managed to do last spring.
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As if airports weren’t already stressful enough. In this clip from Godzilla, in theaters May 16, Lieutenant Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is on his way home to his wife (Elizabeth Olsen) when his airport tram is demolished by a radioactive monster called a MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism). There’s panic, mayhem, and destruction — and that’s before Godzilla sets his enormous foot on the scene. (Check out the video below.) READ FULL STORY
This new clip makes a strong case for the Gareth Edwards-directed reboot. It features Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and military man Admiral Stenz (David Strathairn) discussing their plan of attack: sic the scientist’s “alpha predator” on the titular beast.
“The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in their control, and not the other way around. Let them fight,” Serizawa says.
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