Associated Press AP

Alita: Battle Angel Video Shows How The Manga Was Adapted For The Screen

Alita: Battle Angel came out all the way back in February and we are still waiting for it to arrive on home video in July. While this might seem like a long wait for a home video release, and it certainly is by modern standards, 20th Century Fox has fortunately been giving fans an early look at some of the bonus features we’ll find on the Blu-ray. The latest bonus feature talks about Alita’s journey from manga to big screen blockbuster. Check it out:

You’ve got to love when an adaptation of a beloved property endeavors to stay as true as possible to the source material and recognizing that it is beloved for a reason. For Alita: Battle Angel, director Robert Rodriguez scanned pages from the Gunnm/Battle Angel Alita manga and directly translated some of that into his film. There are some awesome frames in the movie that are ripped straight from the page, showing that this really was a true adaptation.

In this video we see that Alita’s fight with Grewishka was heavily influenced by the manga, with specific shots, such as Alita launching herself at Grewishka and balancing on one hand, looking just like their black and white counterparts. Alita’s look was also adapted right from the manga big eyes and all; a brave choice and one that could have easily landed in the uncanny valley but I think actually worked out really well.

This “From Manga To Screen” bonus feature from the Alita: Battle Angel home video release, provides some really cool insight, not just into how Yukito Kishiro’s 1990-1995 manga series informed the 2019 feature film, but how long that journey of adaptation took. James Cameron was working on the film since the early 2000’s and in this feature we see a reel of really beautiful concept art from 2005 that showed his vision for the film.

I like the idea that the concept art for James Cameron’s Gunnm/Battle Angel Alita adaptation became this legendary thing in the concept art community because of how awesome it was and the talented artists who worked on it. You can see why too, I think fans of Alita: Battle Angel would be happy to have prints of some of it to frame and hang on their walls.

So when the time came to finally make this movie happen, albeit under a different director, the team for Alita: Battle Angel got to look at that old art and keep as much of it as possible for their new designs. In so doing, the final film looks a lot like that old concept art nearly 15 years later.

That’s because director Robert Rodriguez wanted to make a James Cameron film, to make the movie that he wanted to see James Cameron make but that he never got to because of the Avatar sequels. So he collaborated closely with James Cameron and his team. We’ve already heard about James Cameron’s extensive notes on the property, but here we also see how he worked with Cameron’s designers from Avatar to help create the world both as Yukito Kishiro originally drew it and as James Cameron imagined it for the big screen.

You can check out this bonus feature and more when Alita: Battle Angel arrives on Digital July 9 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 23. For the dedicated and deep-pocketed fan, there will also be a Collector’s Edition of the movie that includes a 64-page art book and two framed art prints. You can pre-order the Collector’s Edition here.

The Hills: New Beginnings Review: This Show Is Truly About Nothing

I counted five long, awkward pauses during Audrina and Justin Bobby’s first encounter on The Hills: New Beginnings premiere. Five. And the final one lasted a whopping 15 seconds. That’s a whole lot of time to spend watching people stare at each other—but honestly, I could’ve done it for 15 more minutes. When The Hills first premiered 10 years ago, I was amazed by how much I enjoyed seeing pretty people sit around and do nothing. But reality TV has evolved considerably since then: Now, we have Bachelors jumping over fences and Real Housewives almost dying in boat accidents. So can The Hills keep up with that? Can the series’ iconic brand of nothingness work in a landscape of Kardashian cheating scandals?

The answer is a resounding, overwhelming yes. The Hills: New Beginnings has all the ingredients that made you fall in love with the franchise in 2006: stunning cinematography, Heidi Montag saying the word “yeah” repeatedly, and confrontations that last a total of 30 seconds. Truly! 30 seconds! The entire first episode built towards Stephanie Pratt’s “welcome home” party—she was living in London for years—but we only see three minutes of it at the end. That’s it. Forty-three minutes of pointless dialogue led to three minutes of action.

That’s exactly how The Hills hooks you, though. We’ll see what unfolds at Stephanie’s party next week, of course, but the drama will undoubtedly be followed by several scenes essentially recapping what happened. Then, Spencer will say something wild in the last minute of the show to hook you for the next episode. It’s a vicious cycle, but a cycle I’ll happily jump on time and time again.

Stephanie Pratt on The Hills: New Beginnings.

MTV

The most perplexing part about The Hills reboot is that it has the potential to be about so much more. These cast members have been through a lot, after all. Audrina is divorced; Stephanie is now a British reality TV star; and Heidi and Spencer are, well, Heidi and Spencer. There’s plenty of narrative to go around, but no one’s digging deep. Audrina talked about her situation with her ex-husband no less than six times during the premiere but didn’t really reveal anything. If you’re going to address something like that on camera—and on a show like this—why not go all in? (Pending there isn’t a legal reason, of course.)

That’s not to say the season won’t pick up as it continues. Stephanie told Glamour that so much of the new reboot is “nuts,” so maybe they were just table-setting in the premiere. There were some things that needed clarifying—like why actress Mischa Barton was added to the cast. Apparently, she was a part of The Hills gang’s social circle back in the day, so her presence here isn’t totally random. She only had one scene in the premiere with Stephanie, and it was quite interesting. Mischa didn’t say much—just that she was getting used to life in L.A. again—but she was extremely natural for someone who’s never done reality TV before. Perhaps more natural than some of her veteran co-stars.

Everything We Know About The Prom, the Netflix Musical Starring Ariana Grande and Meryl Streep

There is a lot happening at Netflix lately. There’s been some bad news, like the company announcing it would stop streaming The Office in 2021. But there are exciting developments too, like tons more Queer Eye, another round of Glow featuring Oscar winner Geena Davis, and even a series all about Dolly Parton.

And among those new developments is a star-packed musical we can’t wait to see. Deadline reported that Glee and Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy is getting started on a massive film called The Prom, starring Ariana Grande and Meryl Streep. Those two icons are just the tip of the iceberg. The script will be based on a Tony-nominated Broadway musical of the same name, and the cast is made up of a seemingly endless list of stars. Here’s what we know about the project so far.

It’s based on a Tony-nominated Broadway musical.

The Prom made its debut in Atlanta in 2016, and then it came to Broadway in 2018. It follows the story of two washed-up Broadway actors, Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, who travel to Indiana to defend a high school girl’s right to take her girlfriend to prom. The show scored six Tony nominations earlier this year, including nods for Best Musical and Best Direction.

Ryan Murphy poses backstage at the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall.Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

The cast is next-level good.

Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, and James Corden will star as her professional partner Barry Glickman. The cast will also include Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells as friends of the actors, while Awkwafina will play a publicist. Over at the high school, Keegan-Michael Key will take on the role of the principal, as well as a love interest for Streep. Grande will portray Alyssa, the popular secret girlfriend of the main character, Emma. There’s currently a national search for the actor who will play Emma.

The film is part of Ryan Murphy’s five-year Netflix deal.

Murphy previously made headlines for signing a five-year deal with Netflix, reportedly valued in the $250 to $300 million range. Murphy, who worked with Grande on Scream Queens, has shared that he has about 10 projects in the works for Netflix, including three moves, four TV shows, and three documentaries.

It will get both a Netflix and theater release late next year.

There’s no exact release date for this gem of a project, but Deadline predicts it’ll be some time around 2020.

Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Runtime Seemingly Confirms An Epic Marvel Theory

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed the landscape of filmmaking forever. Serialized storytelling has since become commonplace, as major blockbusters interconnect and crossover. But while there might be multiple shared universes releasing new blockbusters, it was Marvel Studios that introduced it to the world through Phase One.

Since then, the MCU has grown exponentially, and it’s also become a more interconnected place. Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame allowed the various franchises to collide, resulting in fun new character pairings. The franchise has done great things with serialized storytelling, but it turns out that Phase Three might be even more planned out than we thought. Namely, that the entire Infinity Saga will add up to a total of 3,000 minutes.

Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s runtime was recently revealed to be 129 minutes, which on the high side for the MCU, but nowhere near the runtime of the last two Avengers flicks. But when you add that number to the sum of the MCU’s time on screen, it equals 3,000 minutes. Marvel fans on social media noticed this, and believe it’s a direct reference to Tony Stark’s fate in Endgame, and the heartbreaking line “I Love You 3,000.”

Since Avengers: Endgame hit theaters two months ago “I Love You 3,000” is one of the most popular lines of dialogue, which was actually Robert Downey Jr’s idea. The first time it’s uttered is by Tony’s daughter Morgan, as he tucks her back into bed in the movie’s second act. He eventually repeats it back to her via a final message he recorded before the Time Heist. It’s an emotional gut punch, and one that’s further punctuated by the full runtime of the Infinity Saga, including Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Marvel Studios hasn’t made any official announcements or comments regarding the cumulative runtime of the MCU, but it seems unlikely that this was a happy accident. Smart money says that Spider-Man: Far From Home was specifically edited to be that runtime. It wouldn’t necessarily affect Jon Watts’ cut of the highly anticipated sequel, as the credits could be altered to properly meet the runtime, and hit that satisfying 3K minute-mark for the greater franchise.

While the hardcore fandom might be losing their minds over the runtime of the Infinity Saga, it’s also unlikely that the studio has been planning this all along, and methodically cutting the theatrical releases of each new blockbuster. Still, it’s one more final nod to the fans– a reward for spending the last decade watching all 22 movies in theaters.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the final installment of Phase Three, and will reveal how the MCU is moving on after the insane events of Infinity War and Endgame. This includes Peter Parker, who is mourning the loss of his mentor after Tony sacrificed himself. Plus, Tom Holland’s character been nothing but dust for the previous five years. The movie’s early reception is overwhelmingly positive, so so the fandom should be excited about its impending release.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will arrive in theaters on July 2nd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Will Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Ever Connect To Tom Holland’s Marvel Timeline?

Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Everybody has a favorite cinematic Spider-Man. Some prefer Tom Holland’s younger take on Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, others think that Tobey Maguire does not get enough credit for igniting the modern day wave of superhero films in the early 2000s, and there are certainly some folks who thought that John Mulaney’s Spider-Ham stole the show in 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

You can’t seem to please everyone with your interpretation of a widely beloved comic book property, but the beauty of securing distribution rights of a character is the ability to reboot your franchise with new writers, new directors and a new cast, as if you are creating a whole new universe. However, does the creation of a new Spider-Man timeline necessarily mean an official goodbye to the cinematic Peter Parkers of yesterday?

Such a topic was ignited recently following an interview between the cast of Spider-Man: Far From Home and reporter Jake Hamilton. In the video, Hamilton asks Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon, and Zendaya a question inspired by last year’s Academy Award-winning animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which gets a very alarming reaction out of Holland. After, perhaps jokingly, making an expression that suggests he knows something he shouldn’t publicly reveal, Holland said:

Of course I’d love to make a movie with those guys, that’d be so cool… It would be amazing, it’d be really, really cool. And it’s something that the fans really want, so whether Marvel and Sony decide to do that, it’s up to them. It’s not up to me. I can’t walk in and go, ‘Kevin, this is what we’re doing on the next one.’ But it would be really awesome.

Coincidentally, prior to Jake Hamilton’s question regarding potential for a Tom Holland/Tobey McGuire/Andrew Garfield crossover, he and the cast were discussing Tom Holland’s tendency to prematurely reveal certain plot details in the past. Thus, fans could not help but wonder, Is there something that he knows that we don’t?

On top of that, the following tweet from the official Twitter account of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse became a source of speculation back in May:

Now, what could that be? An official follow-up to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? A tease to a Spider-Gwen spinoff with Hailee Steinfeld? Or, something even grander than that?

Based on these “revelations,” fans have been theorizing the possibility that the multiverse concept shown off in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the reveal that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is, supposedly, a being from an alternate reality in Spider-Man: Far From Home could be key to an interdimensional crossover between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and separate cinematic timelines that have incorporated the Web-Slinger. In other words, imagine Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker all in the same movie.

Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland in a Spider-Man crossover?

In a conversation with ScreenRant, Spider-Man: Far From Home producer Amy Pascal commented on how closely Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs relate to Tom Holland’s MCU timeline, saying:

The most important thing is that each of these movies can stand on their own. So I think the first thing for us to think about is: Venom has to stand on its own, Far From Home has to stand on its own, Spider-Verse has to stand on its own. They all have to be great movies themselves. And then the possibilities are endless.

“The possibilities are endless,” eh? Well, that certainly does not sound like a denial.

While we cannot say that Tom Holland definitively teased a real crossover event between Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy and Andrew Garfield’s 2012 and 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man films, or a crossover between the MCU and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, or even both in the same project, it is not without its potential. Holland certainly sounds interested and it would not be the first time fans have asked to see Maguire join the MCU.

Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) in

I could, at least, see a post-credits scene in the recently confirmed sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that sees Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) falling into Wilson Fisk’s (Liev Schreiber) multidimensional collider, transporting him into a New York City that appears vastly unfamiliar to him and far less animated. He webs his way through Queens, seeking some resemblance to home, until concluding that he his far from it.

Suddenly, Miles’ Spider-Sense tingles, alerting him that he is about to collide with another person in midair. How could this be? No one else should be up there but Spider-Man.

Alas, he swings right into the direction of a man in red and blue tights, sending them both falling onto the roof of the building directly beneath them. Miles and the mystery Web-Slinger exchange confused looks, hidden beneath their masks, until the red-and-blue-clad one removes his mask to reveal the face of Tobey Maguire. Cut to black.

Of course, this would incite incessant fan speculation, which would lead to strong anticipation and the inevitable announcement of the epic Spider-Man crossover event that sees Miles Morales and Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker struggling to get return Miles to his world, but incidentally falling into the MCU timeline, where they cross paths with Tom Holland, and then receive an unexpected visit from Andrew Garfield, who has been transported into the MCU timeline mysteriously. Now, these four Spider-Men must team up to discover why they have been brought together, all the while battling the completed assembly of the Sinister Six.

There would, of course, be plenty of self-referential quips, self-reflective discussions whilst sitting on a giant web, a few moments of waterworks (especially from Andrew Garfield) and much of Tom Holland’s signature reactionary bewilderment to his new team of Web-Heads. If this sounds better as a cartoon (just like they did with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), the film could easily incorporate cartoonish, physical comedy melded with comic book action, as is the signature style of the perfect director for this project, Sam Raimi.

There are few characters in Marvel’s comic book universe as popular and as versatile as Spider-Man, especially with how many different iterations there have been on screen or in ink. Thus, the creative potential behind an idea like this is astounding.

Tom Holland himself said he would love to do a movie with both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire has said he would be open to another superhero role and he already knows how to play Spidey, and I imagine that no one would love to put the red and blues back on more than Andrew Garfield. Not to mention, Spider-Man fans would gush over it like Peter Parker and Mary Jane.

While Amy Pascal has said that the possibilities with Spider-Man are endless, by the time Sony and Marvel feel such an event is ready, it may be too late, but that is no reason to lose hope so soon. That is what Spider-Man is about after all: taking leaps of faith.

Until then, the closest thing we have to such an event is this:

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest updates about Spider-Man. The Web-Slinger returns to the big screen in Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 2.

Would you like to see an MCU/Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse crossover featuring Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield?

Blended From Around The Web

 

15 Best Straw Bags For Summer 2019

The summer trends of the moment are, first and foremost, controversial. My pointy cat-eye sunglasses and chunky dad sneakers upset my grandmother and attract funny looks from people on the street. I mean, I love them. I just know and accept that, to many, they’re confusing. There’s one trend, though, that’s neither controversial nor confusing—that everyone seems to be in agreement on. And that is the straw bag.

Straw bags are pretty. They’re beloved by cool people like Alexa Chung and Beyoncé. And, like that one leopard-print midi skirt, they’re everywhere.

They look good with bathing suits at picnics. They look good with floral dresses at weddings. They look good with carefree off-the-shoulder tops. No matter your style—or whether you “need” it—you could probably fit one into your summer wardrobe.

Shop the best straw bags for summer below, from an affordable Jane Birkin-esque Etsy option to an upscale Coach one. (Because, yes, even Coach makes straw bags now. Convinced yet?)

Unlike Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home Won’t Have You Worrying About Bathroom Breaks

I know multiple people who went into Avengers: Endgame with peeing strategies. They either dehydrated themselves or spoke to someone who had already seen the movie and asked when the best part to leave would be. Fortunately, for most people with at least average holding it skills, no such strategies will be needed for Spider-Man: Far From Home. The film isn’t short by regular movie standards, but by Marvel standards, it’s very reasonable.

According to the BBFC, the film’s official runtime is 129 minutes. For those of you who don’t feel like doing the math, that’s 2 hours and 9 minutes. Like I said, it’s a hefty film if you’re comparing it against say Norm MacDonald’s Dirty Work. If you’re comparing it to almost anything else in the MCU, however, it’s about what you’d expect. Marvel loves to dance around the two hour mark. This is the eighth Marvel movie between 2 hours and 2 hours and 10 minutes, and there are several more that are just short of 2 hours.

I’ve tried to have conversations with people before about what the ideal length of a movie is, and from my experience, there’s really no consensus at all. Some people always prefer shorter. Some people always prefer longer. For most people, it entirely depends on what type of movie it is and whether they’re enjoying it. Most of us, for example, had no issue watching 70 hours of Game Of Thrones.

The official reviews for Spider-Man: Far From Home haven’t started dropping yet, but the early buzz has been very positive. It’s apparently a very fun glimpse into what the world is like after Avengers: Endgame, and it’s able to find the balance between the normal Spider-Man tone and the more ominous setup the MCU has created. Personally, I can’t wait to see it and enjoy all 129 minutes.

So, to sum up here, Spider-Man: Far From Home is certainly not short, but it’s nowhere close to the 3 hour behemoth of Avengers: Endgame or the slightly less aggressive Avengers: Infinity War, which came in at 2 hours and 40 minutes. If you’re the type of person who has to pee on the regular, you’ll probably still be fine with a quick pre-movie pee and a speedy exit after the post-credits scene, at least provided you don’t go to town on soda, bottled water or whatever you prefer to drink at the movie theater.

Spider-Man: Far From Home opens on July 2nd, 2019 in the United States. Some countries share that same release date, while the rest are within a stone’s throw. Expect a huge opening thanks to the excitement surrounding the project, it being the first post-Endgame release and a nice little bump from people being off in the United States for the 4th of July.

Ellie Goulding And Juice WRLD Want To Vaporize Their Exes On ‘Hate Me’

The smell of rotten love is more of a stench, like dying roses and salty tears. It’s intoxicating and it changes the atmosphere of your reality. Sour love turns into resent, then hate, and then, sometimes, love again. But in the case of Ellie Goulding and Juice WRLD‘s new collaboration “Hate Me,” the much-coveted emotion was snapped away from their respective relationships without an Infinity Gauntlet. Now,  all that’s left is the emotional debris and memory of better times in the wake of the devastation. Raw, brutal anger burns their nostrils like acid.

Ellie Goulding’s latest sounds like a soft, mid-tempo, mild doctor’s case of the blues. She absolutely loathes an ex who has a new girlfriend. And she wants him to know, telling her everything that he doesn’t do with his new girl that he did with her. She knows that he doesn’t kiss her with his eyes closed. She knows that he moved on so fast because he wants to replace her. She spews the toxic fumes that cloud the atmosphere, enabling Juice WRLD to come in and immerse himself in the feels of the moment. His verse is equally as jarring as he reflects on a lover’s animosity towards him, revealing how she believes that he’s easily replaceable. He gets migraines from the pain that the relationship causes. Together, the two sound sick of the entire situation. And medicine won’t clear up the infection, only time apart will.

“Hate Me” follows Goulding’s recently released videos for both “Sixteen” and “Flux.” She was also featured on the Game of Thrones album For the Throne – Music Inspired by the HBO Series.

Listen to the toxic environment of “Hate Me” up above.

The Lion King Is Breaking Records For Pre-Sales

baby Simba being held up in The Lion King

When the original was released, The Lion King became one of the most successful animated movies ever made. It was a near certainty that, when Disney began to find fresh success in remaking its animated classics, that The Lion King would be back on the big screen before too long. We’re still a few weeks away from the remake’s release, but it’s clear that the love for The Lion King has not faltered in the least, as the movie is already setting ticket pre-sale records.

Fandango reports that, in the first 24 hours that tickets were on sale, The Lion King outpaced all of the other Disney adaptations the studio has released. It also outpaced the first 24 hours of tickets for the recent Toy Story 4, a movie which went on to make $120 million in its opening weekend.

The fact that The Lion King is pre-seliing more tickets than any other Disney adaptation is actually pretty big news. Disney’s 2017 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast ended up doing $1.2 billion in business and is the 15th highest grossing movie ever made, unadjusted for inflation. The Lion King is doing better with ticket sales right now than that movie did, which means we at the very least have the potential to see another billion dollar box office hit for Disney.

It’s honestly not all that surprising. the original Lion King almost broke the billion dollar mark back in 1994. It was, at one time, the fourth highest grossing domestic movie ever. If you adjust box office numbers for inflation, the original Lion King is actually the 20th highest grossing movie ever domestically, well ahead of the Beauty and the Beast remake.

Fandango isn’t the only ticket selling website that’s seeing The Lion King set records. Atom Tickets reports that The Lion King is outpacing every other family movie this year, as well as most of Disney’s own product from the last couple years. It’s sold more tickets than Black Panther did at this point, which was another massive hit.

Perhaps most telling, The Lion King sold four times more tickets in the first 24 hours than the recent Aladdin remake sold, That move saw an opening weekend of over $90 million and has gone on to gross over $800 million globally, so The Lion King‘s opening weekend is looking to be massive, likely second only to Avengers: Endgame for the year.

From everything we’ve seen, fans of the original will be quite happy with the remake, it appears to largely leave the plot and structure untouched, as Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast did before it. It seems clear this is the recipe for box office success, change as little as possible, keep the songs.

There does appear to be at least one “new” thing in the upcoming Lion King remake, a recent soundtrack listing included one “To Be Announced” track. Theories include the possibility that Beyonce could have her own song in the movie, which would be an addition, as the character of Nala doesn’t have her own song in the animated movie.

This would be fitting with current trends, the recent Aladdin remake also gave the female lead her own song after the animated original failed to do so. Also, having a movie with Beyonce in it and not having her perform her own song seems like pure insanity. The only new song officially announced for the film is the Elton John penned “Never Too Late” that will play over the end credits. It’s possible Beynoce could actually sing the song in the movie itself, or there could be an entirely separate all new song we don’t know about yet.

As popular as The Lion King is, it still seems like the movie has been sneaking up on us. With Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming out in 2019, that’s where the box office conversation has been focused, but odds are that The Lion King will absolutely be one of the highest grossing movies of the year. It’s been a popular movie for 25 years. There are multiple generations that are fans who will likely turn out to watch the remake. Entire families will be checking out the movie and those ticket sales are all going to add up.

It seems unlikely that The Lion King will ultimately compete with Avengers: Endgame. It probably isn’t going to do $1 billion around the world on its opening weekend, but at the same time if that did happen, it shouldn’t be all that surprising. The movie made more than a half billion dollars internationally during an era when Hollywood films were doing a fraction of the business internationally that they’re doing now. Those numbers could go way up.

Family films also have a tendency to have legs and see smaller box office drops from week to week than other movies. Whatever business The Lion King doesn’t do upon opening it could more than make up for in the weeks following release. The only reason The Lion King might not take over Endgame is that to do so it will have to become the highest grossing movie of all time, which is a tall order.

Currently, Disney holds the top three slots at both the domestic and international box office with Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin. The Lion King will certainly make it the top four. It was clear when this year began that Disney was going to be essentially unstoppable at the box office, but the studio is exceeding even the expectations that most analysts had.

There are still a couple weeks before The Lion King hits theaters, which means there’s plenty of time for people to pick up tickets early. All those sales will be added into the film’s opening weekend. If early sales remain brisk the opening weekend is just going to blow the doors off a summer that has, otherwise, been somewhat underwhelming. A lot of movies that were expected to do well have not seen the success that was predicted. However, it seems quite clear that The Lion King won’t be one of those movies.

Blended From Around The Web

 

How Much Annabelle Comes Home Made On Opening Night

Annabelle has come home; not only to the home of Ed and Lorraine Warren, where she will proceed to unleash all kinds of horrors, but also to theaters with the release of Annabelle Comes Home. The latest film in The Conjuring Universe is officially a Wednesday release, but got a head start on its 5-day opening weekend with preview screenings on Tuesday night, where it scared up a solid sum.

Annabelle Comes Home made $3.5 million at the box office in its opening night, according to Deadline. That is one of the better debuts for a Conjuring Universe movie, surpassing both of the main Conjuring films, with The Conjuring making $3.3 million and The Conjuring 2 making $3.4 million. The $3.5 million start is also better than the first Annabelle’s $2.1 million and The Curse of La Llorona’s $2.8 million from earlier this year.

This debut does not, however, best Annabelle: Creation, which opened to $4 million in 2017 or The Conjuring Universe’s biggest hit, last year’s The Nun, which made $5.4 million on opening night. Annabelle Comes Home will be playing in 3,525 theaters today and tomorrow before expanding a bit wider to 3,587 on Friday as it heads towards a projected 5-day weekend haul between $30-$35 million.

That would be right around the $31.2 million that The First Purge, another entry in an established horror franchise, made when it opened around this frame last year. An opening weekend between $30-$35 million would be below a bit below the $40 million the long-range tracking indicated a couple of months ago and it would also be one of the lowest openings for a Conjuring Universe movie.

Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation opened to $37.1 million and $35 million, respectively, with The Curse of La Llorona having the lowest Conjuring Universe opening with $26.3 million. Of course, those were all 3-day numbers. So a $30-$35 million opening would be on the lower end of the offerings of this universe, but would still be in line with how we expect an Annabelle film to perform.

Plus, like most modern horror, these movies are cheap to make, with the previous two Annabelle movies costing $6.5 and $15 million, respectively. So Annabelle Comes Home doesn’t need to set box office records for an opening weekend to be successful. Of course, if Annabelle Comes Home overperforms, it wouldn’t be the first film in this franchise to do so. Earlier this year The Curse of La Llorona opened to $26.3 million, nearly $10 million over the $17 million predicted.

Also, Warner Bros. and New Line probably made a smart call by making Annabelle Comes Home a Wednesday release, to give it a couple of extra days to make its money before Spider-Man: Far From Home opens on July 2 and takes over the box office.

Competition-wise, Toy Story 4 is still dominating and should stay in first place this weekend with $60-$70 million. As far as new releases are concerned, Annabelle Comes Home and Yesterday are the only two major ones, with the latter film looking at $10-$14 million opening weekend.

Negative reviews for horror films rarely seem to deter moviegoers, but for what it’s worth, Annabelle Comes Home is actually being pretty well received by critics, so perhaps that will give it an extra boost.

Annabelle Comes Home is now playing. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of everything you can look forward to this summer.