Early box office projections for Thor: Ragnarok put the film on track to easily enjoy the Thor franchise’s best opening weekend yet. Marvel Studios is changing things up for the third installment in the Thor movie series. They’re moving away from the Shakespearean approach of the previous films and moving completely into the cosmic realms that Thor is meant to roam. To do this, director Taika Waititi joined the project to further differentiate Ragnarok‘s look and tone from the previous films… and he was also given the franchise’s best cast, too.
It looks like one of the best scenes in Wonder Woman was almost cut from the film at one point. After proving herself for 75 years as one of the most beloved and iconic comic book characters of all time, Diana Prince has finally gotten the solo live-action feature film that she deserves. Following her brief introduction in last year’s Batman v Superman, the film follows Gal Gadot’s Diana as she ventures out of her secluded Amazonian island of Themyscira, into the world of man, in the hopes of ending the first World War before more lives are inexplicably lost.
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman posts a hilarious behind-the-scenes video from the set of Marvel’s highly anticipated film. Similar to Tom Holland’s beloved new take on Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Boseman was introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as T’Challa/Black Panther for the first time in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. That’s no easy task either – finding a way to stand out and prove yourself as an iconic character – when you’re in a film that features appearances from a majority of the MCU’s other, already established heroes. Yet, Boseman managed to do just that, solidifying himself as a worthy actor to bring the character of T’Challa to life in live-action form on the big screen for the first time.
The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange, opened in theaters this weekend. The film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character, is Marvel’s first major foray into magic and the mystic arts. As it stands currently, Rotten Tomatoes has the Sorcerer Supreme notching a phenomenal 90% from the critics and 91% from the users. Initial projections had Doctor Strange opening this weekend between $65 and $70 million, however, the film’s $9.4 million from Thursday night previews (more than both Ant-Man and Thor: The Dark World) suggested the number could be even higher.
With Thursday night previews normally accounting for 30-35% of a film’s Friday gross, it was expected that Doctor Strange could nab $26-31 million on its opening day. For comparison, Marvel’s last November release, Thor: The Dark World, opened to just shy of $32 million on Friday, before grossing $85 million in its opening weekend. Well, the numbers are in, and Doctor Strange has surpassed the God of Thunder’s opening day tally.
lthough moviegoers may have been initially hesitant of a film based on popular children’s toy LEGOs, Warner Bros’ The LEGO Movie was released in 2014 to praise from both critics and fans. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), the film went on to earn more than $469 million at the worldwide box office. Shortly after The LEGO Movie’s success, Warner Bros announced a shared universe based on the LEGO characters, including The LEGO Batman Movie.