It’s been a little over a year since the Brad Bird-directed, IMAX-amplified, heavily-punctuated Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol. The movie was a box office hit, a critical sensation, and a boon to the Dubai tourism board. It also rejuvenated the Mission: Impossible franchise. Producer-star Tom Cruise has been circling another sequel, and early rumors had his Jack Reacher writer-director Christopher McQuarrie as a strong possibility to helm the five-quel. McQuarrie’s best-known work was the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Usual Suspects, but he’s lately become a Cruise favorite, having written Valkyrie and co-scripted the upcoming All You Need Is Kill – a movie which, we need to stress, is still titled All You Need Is Kill, thank goodness. READ FULL STORY
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Goose and Maverick are back and quite literally bigger than ever.
Beginning on Feb. 8 and ending Feb. 13, Tom Cruise’s hit film Top Gun will return to theaters, but this time, you can feel the need for speed in a whole new way: IMAX 3-D. And if the movie’s 1986 success — it grossed more than $350 million in the box office worldwide — is any indication, we’d expect a large turnout.
Take a look at the Top Gun 3D trailer … which looks a lot like just another Top Gun trailer … which it kind of is. READ FULL STORY
Despite the arrival of two holiday heavyweights, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey retained the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row.
Warner Bros.’ $250 million fantasy prequel was held out of the top spot from Tuesday until Thursday by Les Miserables, but over the traditional weekend frame Hobbit dipped only 11 percent to bring in $32.9 million, and its domestic total now stands tall at $222.7 million. After 17 days, The Hobbit is performing well ahead of 2001’s The Fellowship of the Ring, which had earned $189.3 million at the same point in its run (though that number climbs to about $260 million after accounting for inflation), but it still trails the 17-day cumes of The Two Towers ($243.6 million), and The Return of the King ($272.8 million). Notably, those films did not have 3D or IMAX surcharges boosting their totals. READ FULL STORY
Snowstorms in the northeast may be limiting moviegoing attendance this weekend, but inclement weather won’t stop Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf from ringing in the New Year in style.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey returned to the top of the box office on Friday, crossing the $200 million mark in the process. The $250 million Warner Bros. release grossed an estimated $10.7 million on Friday, putting it on pace for a $31 million weekend, which would bring its total to about $221 million and lift its worldwide cume past $600 million. READ FULL STORY
Whether or not the world ends tomorrow, things are looking pretty dire for the four new wide releases entering theaters this weekend: Jack Reacher, This is 40, The Guilt Trip, and Monsters Inc. 3D. Of course, December movies need not earn gargantuan grosses on their debut weekends to eventually end up with respectable totals. In 2010, Yogi Bear opened with a weak $16.4 million, but thanks to easy accessibility over the holiday season, when kids are out of school and adults off of work, the film eventually topped out at $100.2 million.
Studios will be hoping for similar endurance from this week’s crop of newcomers — none of them are tracking particularly well, and all of them will likely be crushed by the second weekend of The Hobbit. Here’s how I think the box office might shake out over the Friday-to-Sunday period:
1. The Hobbit – $37 million
The Warner Bros. release has earned $106.5 million in its first six days (for reference, The Return of the King had earned $137.6 million in the same period of time), and it will likely drop by about 55 percent this weekend to $37 million, which would lift its total to about $150 million after ten days. READ FULL STORY
Paramount Pictures announced late Friday that tomorrow’s planned world premiere of the Tom Cruise thriller Jack Reacher has been postponed “due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken.”
Based on the pulp thrillers by author Lee Child, the PG-13 film opens with a random shooting in a public place as seen through a sniper’s rifle. READ FULL STORY
It’s unlikely that Top Gun 2 will come together now, in the wake of the tragic death of director Tony Scott. But Paramount has finalized plans to re-release the original 1986 Top Gun, with a 3-D transfer, on the biggest screen possible. Paramount announced in a press release that Top Gun will play in IMAX theaters for six days starting Feb. 8. The addition of 3-D promises to add incredible depth to the airborne jet scenes, while also adding important depth to the various pectorals in the volleyball scene. READ FULL STORY
Breaking news… author Lee Child’s literary hero Jack Reacher is still six-feet, five-inches tall. And Tom Cruise is still not.
Ever since Cruise was announced to star in a film adaptation of Child’s best-seller, One Shot, some fans of the Reacher novels have dwelled on the fact that Cruise is… well, more point-guard than power-forward. When the Mission: Impossible star introduced the first footage of the Reacher movie at CinemaCon in May, he prefaced the clip by saying, “For those of you who know the books, I’m obviously not 6-foot-5, like Jack Reacher. But Lee felt that I was the right guy to drive fast cars and kick the s–t out of people onscreen.”
But until the movie opens on Dec. 21, Cruise is doomed to answer questions about it. At last night’s London premiere, he explained that Reacher’s size was a “characteristic” rather than a “character,” according to Reuters. “You know, [Child] created the character, I had my own opinion that I didn’t say to Lee, and then he came back and pretty much reflected what I had felt about it,” Cruise said. “But had he said ‘look I’d rather not’, I would not have played the character.”
Watch the Associated Press’s video clip of Cruise discussing Reacher on the red carpet. READ FULL STORY
A mere month after the universe granted us the explode-y first look at Tom Cruise’s sci-fi adventure All You Need Is Kill, Universal has released the first poster for Cruise’s other sci-fi adventure, Oblivion. Although the movies are superficially similar — Cruise plays some kind of space soldier in both — Oblivion looks like the quieter of the two, judging by the desolate image of a beautiful waterfall flowing out of a ruined Empire State Building in this poster. (Just for funsies, there’s also a robot-spaceship thing that looks like something out of Portal.) The poster bears a superficial similarity to the one-sheet for Star Trek Into Darkness, indicating that Spring 2013 will be a good time for mournful futurism. Check out the Oblivion image below, and click on it for a bigger look:
Tom Cruise clearly packs a powerful punch.
In a new clip from Jack Reacher, which opens in theaters Dec. 21, Cruise stares down — and then beats up — multiple baddies by himself. “Remember,” Cruise says before taking the ringleader down. “You wanted this.”
Based on Lee Child’s popular series of novels, Reacher features Cruise as a rogue ex-military cop. The film is adapted and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Check out the clip — with clocks an impressive amount of groin kicks — below: READ FULL STORY
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