Deadline has released a report claiming that “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is projected to lose upwards of $100M for Disney (Although, I do wonder how much of the production costs were already paid for by Fox). The report quotes sources and analysts, they predict “Dark Phoenix” will probably take in approximately $325 million worldwide at the box office, making it a major bomb if that’s the case. But a sub-$300 million intake is also not out of the question, which would render its losses at much higher than $100M. What a disaster.
When Ron Howard took over directorial duties for "Solo: A Star Wars Story," replacing original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, he knew the task at hand was enormous. After all, the "Star Wars" brand is as important, if not more so, for Disney than their cherished Marvel brand. He was seen as the ‘savior’ as trouble was brewing between Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and Lord/Miller during production of the film. Howard had to steer the ship back in the right direction and have fans that were turned off by Rian Johnson's Episode 8 come back onboard this more by-the-numbers movie. Suffice to say, the underwhelming box-office clearly showed that not to be the case and "Solo," a film that no doubt had major flaws on-screen, was not saved by Howard.Read More
“Avatar,” was a major cultural shapeshifter when it was released 9 years ago. It also turned out to be the last James Cameron film to hit screens. He’s been working on those damn sequels ever since — more precisely, four of them. We did, however, wonder if any changes would be made with the, now, Disney/Fox merger coming into full fruition.Read More
Is it just me or is the ridicule being thrown at Disney’s upcoming live-action “Aladdin” worrying Disney? In terms of box-office prospects, at the very least. If anything, it seems, to me at least, that people have already looked past “Aladdin” and are now looking to “The Lion King” as the next Disney ticket they will buy.Read More
The mega-billion dollar conglomerate that is Disney has just taken a major step in taking over the world of movies further this past weekend, that is if they even haven’t already. “Avengers: Endgame” made $350 million domestically and $1.2 billon worldwide this past weekend.Read More
Tim Burton and Screenwriter Ehren Kruger, who penned the catastrophic “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” have decided to turn “Dumbo,” an animated classic which ran for just 64-minutes, into a two-hour movie.Read More
Make sure to go to bathroom before you watch “Avengers: Endgame,” especially if you have a sensitive bladder. If the 149 minutes of last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” was the record-setter for a Marvel movie, that number will soon be broken by its follow-up which clocks in at 182 minutes. The news was confirmed by Fandango,
“Captain Marvel” has so far made, since Wednesday, close to $155M domestically, not to mention $455M worldwide. This is yet another spring success for Marvel, as practically at the same time last year, “Black Panther” was nearing record-breaking domestic box office receipts.Read More
Ah yes, Mr. Mark Hamill is at it yet again. He’s currently promoting his latest project “Knightfall,” but was asked , again, about the bewilderment that was “The Last Jedi,” even 14 months since its release.Read More
Skydance Animation experienced some expected blowback when they hired ex-Pixar boss John Lasseter to head their animation department. The blowback stems from Lasseter being accused of sexual misconduct in the past and consequentially being fired by Pixar because of it. And so, It was shocking to see Lasseter re-hired because, truth be told, most of the industry thought he was persona non grata in after that controversy.Read More
By all accounts, Disney and Lucasfilm’s second Anthology film “Solo: A Star Wars Story” was a box-office disappointment. There was already a troubled production where Ron Howard had to be hired to reshoot practically the whole film, after the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The mixed reviews that Solo garnered confirmed for many the doubt that was already very much at the forefront of this film’s pre-release buzz. This all resulted in a $392 million worldwide box-office intake, a very average result in terms of “Star Wars.”
Speaking to THR, Disney’s film chief Alan Horn expressed frustration over the reception “Solo” got:
“It’s always a challenge because — and I say this with love and respect for media — the thing about these big movies is they get a lot of attention, whether positive or negative. So when they don’t work, like Solo, the media says it’s a failure. I think it was a pretty good movie. It didn’t resonate as much as we’d hoped it would, but the press writes it up in a more negative way than I would. These are very high-profile movies. If Aladdin, which I happen to think is a terrific film, doesn’t work somehow, that’s big news and much bigger news than if a movie somewhere else, like The Kid Who Would Be King [at Fox,] doesn’t work.”
The chances of a Disney MCU movie being rated R are next-to-nada. The Mouse House’s bottom line has always been about making money first and then, buried much lower down its list of priorities, artistic merit. Sorry Fanboys, that’s just the way it is, we could have gotten better versions of the “Iron Man,” Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America” movies if it were not for the constraints that come in attaining that ever-so-box-office-cushiony-PG-13 rating. So, no, contrary to what many thought would happen, I knew all along that “Black Widow” was not going to be blessed with an R.Read More
The elite Hollywood directors that have clamoring about the demise of the “theatrical experience” need to man-up and accept the concessions being made by Netflix. Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, and Christopher Nolan have to accept that this is where cinema is headed and that Netflix has become a Godsend in terms of being a place where viable adult entertainment is now made. You know, the mid-tier budgeted movie ($ 40-50 million) that most people say Hollywood just does churn out anymore because, well, they are monetary risks. And so, Netflix to the rescue!Read More