BREAKING NEWS, GUYS! BLACK PANTHER brings in an estimated $192 million in its opening weekend!
Far and above expectation, this makes the Marvel Release the fifth highest opener in history behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247M,) Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220M,) Jurassic World ($208M) and Marvel's The Avengers with $207M.
Not only does Black Panther edge out Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191M) and Captain America: Civil War ($179M,) it is now the highest-grossing superhero standalone film with Iron Man 3 pushed to second place at $174 million.
Tack on the four-day weekend due to the President's Day Holiday in America and Black Panther is set to blow the doors off the box office with a projected $218M by the end of Monday. To provide context for just how astounding these numbers are, it took Justice League (released November 2017) thirteen weeks to cross that two-hundred-million-dollar mark. So invariably, Kevin Feige and those other motherfuckers at Marvel have recouped their budget for the two-hundred-million-dollar African Outing domestically in JUST FOUR DAYS! DANG! If I don't one day break into Hollywood with this filmmaking ehn, my real name is not Gbolahan lol.
Right now I'll comfort myself with the knowledge that GUYS, I PREDICTED THIS SHIT! Lol. Or at least came hella close with my $198 million ballpark. And who knows? That number might end up accurate as the reported $192 million is still only a modest guesstimate considering sales for Sunday's Box Office are still being counted. Tracking updates are that it may round out at $195.3 million with a $225.7 million four-day. Can't wait till the official math rolls in.
Ryan Coogler and Chadwick Boseman steady laughing to the bank up there.
Ryan be like: Yo, Chad. You better say cheese.
Chadwick be like, with T'Challa's accent: I never say cheese
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Guy Pearce here portrays pretty much a man more miserable than John Wick. Yes. Such a thing is possible.
As for Robert Pattinson, he's the polar opposite of the hopelessly-romantic, woe-is-me, diamond-encrusted vampire he was known to be prior to this film. Either the Twilight Saga was his stop-gap to do more serious cinema, or he's still trying to purge himself of that YA schlock because seriously, I was utterly befuddled by his acting chops. Dude got range... Geddit? Range... Rover? Lol.
Some say this movie was anticlimactic, but if you're more a believer in the journey than the destination, then strap in and kick back for some bloodcurdling action because this one's for you. It gets really violent.
Movie Title: THE ROVER
Premise: Ten years following a global economic collapse, a cold-blooded drifter traverses the scorched Australian outback on a mission to track down the men who stole his last remaining possession. When he crosses paths with a badly wounded member of the gang, he takes the vulnerable young man along as his unwitting accomplice.
Director: David Michod
Writer(s): David Linde, Joel Edgerton, David Michod
Director of Photography: Natasha Braier
Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes
Year of Release: 2014
Country of Origin: Australia
Studio: A24 Films
PS: If you're having trouble finding it, hit me up in the comments for assistance.
REAL QUICK before Black Panther drops this Friday, guys... How much do y'all think this movie will gross in its opening weekend?
After its teaser-trailer dropped last year, spurring the #BlackPantherSoLit Twitter Trend, it was projected to rake in $95 million.
Sequel to the world premiere in January and early reviews from critics, that number spiked to a whopping $120 million and then updated to $150 million merely a week ago.
Now in less than twenty-four hours, according to NRG and The Hollywood Reporter, we are staring down the barrel of a $170 million haul in its first weekend. Should it achieve this feat, Black Panther will both become the highest opener for a standalone MCU offering and, beat out Deadpool for the best-selling superhero theatric release in February - a month formerly reserved for ne'er-do-well, low-budget films before Deadpool came in and shattered misconceptions.
Having already outpaced Captain America: Civil War and Batman v. Superman to have the highest advance ticket sales in history, coupled with the fact that it opens over a four-day weekend off the President's Day Holiday in America, Black Panther now has ample room to clean house at the Box Office far beyond industry's tracking estimates.
Now, here are MY PREDICTIONS;
Opening Weekend - $198 million
Total Box Office (Worldwide) - $1.1 billion.
What can I say? I'm an optimist. And soon to be a prophet lol. Not a cent more, not a cent less.
So guys! What are YOUR predictions? Let's have some fun and see who was right come Tuesday when the opening weekend figure for Black Panther conclusively rolls in.
Remember the casino fight sequence in that 'Making & BTS of Black Panther' post I published the day before yesterday? Well, here's how an assembly of that setpiece looks after editing, sound design, scoring, colour correction, and imperceptible visual effects.
I've watched this clip a billion times mostly for the camera-work and how sprightly and masterful Danai Gurira was with that spear. UTTER BADASSERY.
In an interview, she revealed her martial arts training for the combative Michonne in the Walking Dead helped ease her into the part of General Okoye in Black Panther.
Ironically, Director Ryan Coogler had never seen an episode of The Walking Dead when he cast her. He discovered her off an independent Nollywood Movie 'Mother of George' by Andrew Dosunmu where she portrayed the titular lead of 'Adenike Olumide Balogun' for which she won the Jean-Claude Gahd Dam Award at the Guys Choice Awards and Best Actress at the American Black Film Festival both in 2013. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and also starred renowned Nigerian-Ivorian, Isaach de Bankole. Before that she had featured again with Bankole in another Dosunmu Film as 'Sisi.' The Zimbabwean-American Actress was however unaware her Black Panther Name, 'Okoye,' was Nigerian until popular comedian and talk-show host, Stephen Colbert brought it to bear, referencing an American Football Legend in the nineties, Christian Emeka Okoye, who was also nicknamed 'The Nigerian Nightmare' owing to his powerful running style and ability to counter tackles.
Ugandan-American Actress, Florence Kasumba, is another Wakandan with the Nigerian designation of 'Ayo' - a member of the Dora Milaje and personal security detail to The Black Panther and Wakandan King, T'Challa.
Black Panther is JUST THIS FRIDAY, guys. "We are home," in the words of Okoye.
1. BLACK PANTHER becomes the first MCU movie to grace the cover of TIME MAGAZINE.
Author Jamil Smith, who first tweeted out the cover, interviews both Ryan Coogler and Chadwick Boseman about the cultural significance and impact of the Black Panther entry.
To that, "You might say that this African nation is fantasy. But to have the opportunity to pull from real ideas, real places and real African concepts, and put it inside of this idea of Wakanda – that’s a great opportunity to develop a sense of what that identity is, especially when you’re disconnected from it,” Chadwick answers.
2. REG E. CATHEY has passed away at the age of 59, possibly from lung cancer.
He began his career as the announcer at mathematics-based children's show, Square One. His filmography afterwards spanned Chevy Chase, The Mask, Se7en, Star Trek: The Next Generation, ER, American Psycho, S.W.A.T, Law & Order, The Fantastic 4, The Wire, The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Inside Amy Schumer and perhaps the role he was most popular for, Restaurant Owner Freddy Hayes in House of Cards. A role that also won him a 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Series.
3. JOHN GAVIN, born Juan Vincent Apablasa, passes away at 86. His acting career took off in the '60's after starring as young Julius Caesar in Spartacus, and as Janet Leigh's boyfriend in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
He later served as president of the Screen Actors Guild of America and eventually left acting to be Ambassador to Mexico under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1986. He is survived by a wife, two children and two step-children.
4. HULU - the streaming service owned by Comcast, Twentieth Century Fox, Time Warner and Disney - is said to have lost over $900M in 2017. A consequence of its original content and live TV service not gaining traction with audiences with the exception of The Handmaid's Tale that became the first streaming service to win an Emmy for Best Drama.
Despite trailing closely behind Netflix and Amazon Prime respectively with an increasing subscriber count, the platform is predicted by Variety's analyst to lose $1.7B in 2018 if content continues to underperform.
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GUYS!!! I've been terribly itching to share today's MTR with y'all. Netflix's latest film, 'The Cloverfield Paradox.' Now, full disclosure, I'm not itching because I've seen it and it's the best thing since jollof. Nor because it's sci-fi and thus in my wheelhouse. But because it's by a friend o' mine, Julius Onah.
This project has been in the works since 2014 if my facts are straight, largely due to its embattled preproduction, from cast such as Will Smith, Noomi Rapace and Jared Leto dropping out for scheduling conflicts, to weather disruptions and of course, pesky studio meddling.
Formerly titled 'God Particle,' it was intended as a standalone sci-fi until it was later rebranded to fit into the Cloverfield Universe for ease of creating awareness, reportedly after principal photography was already underway. A marketing decision critics are now dumping on because the Cloverfield B-story is said to feel shoehorned.
In any event, Netflix acquired the $40M sequel from Paramount Pictures in secret, then in a fashion being dubbed as cutting-edge, proceeded to promote it with a Super Bowl ad before dropping it on their streaming service that same night after the game. Essentially, Netflix pulled a Beyoncé lol. A notable first for the American Film Industry.
So now I've just dusted up my cheap Netflix subscription in support and I'm about to see what all the Twitter storm that was drummed up the morning after by the franchise's enthusiasts was for. For Jules' sake, I really hope it's great. Fingers crossed, y'all. I'm going in!!! *L'il Wayne's voice* lol.
Movie Title: THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX
Premise: Orbiting above a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.
Written by: Oren Uziel
Directed by: Julius Onah
Director of Photography: Dan Mindel
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl, Chris O'Dowd, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki.
Year of Release: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
NEW 'VENOM' TEASER-TRAILER
In the unintelligible words of my long-lost high school friend who used to twist her braids when she was desperately looking for a word to complete any given sentence, "Eum, eum, eum..." Lol.
Sony has put out a teaser-trailer to their upcoming Marvel movie, 'VENOM,' to which I am now asking, "Eum, eum, eum... Where's the Venom?" Last month, our first look at the titular anti-hero was a shot of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock looking like his flight had been delayed at the airport. Now in this preview, we get some philosophical rhetoric about the devastation of tragedy with still not a glimpse of, you guessed it, Venom.
Why are they hiding him so much? Either the CGI isn't ready and it still looks cartoonish OR it is so awesome they do not yet deem us worthy to behold it for all its ferocious glory.
Anyway, come OCTOBER, we shall be in the theaters to see it. Prayerfully before the closing credits roll in, we get a chance to see him. Or it. Or whatever pronouns they use for symbiotes.
The events of Venom, according to director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland,) takes place in San Francisco in line with the two comics on which the story is based - Lethal Protector, and Planet of the Symbiotes.
This iteration features the adorable Michelle Williams as Anne Weying AKA the not-so-adorable She-Venom. Riz Ahmed also stars as Dr. Carlton Drake while Woody Harrelson is conjectured to portray Cletus Kasady, the human alter ego to Carnage. I wonder if they cast Riz Ahmed because if you combine his first name with that of his character, you get Riz Carlton... lol sorry.
On paper, this all sounds pretty lit. Hope it translates on-screen much better than the tease.
Synopsis: A man develops superpowers after becoming a host to an alien. Finish lol.
Swipe for full teaser-trailer. Peace.