Hobbs And Shaw Just Set A New Record For The Fast And Furious Franchise

The Rock also just pointed out Hobbs & Shaw‘s new record — it just had the biggest opening day for any movie in the franchise in South Korea. That country is the last stop on the road to China’s release this coming Friday, August 23. That opening is expected to be huge, since China gave The Fate of the Furious almost $400 million on its own.

According to Deadline, Hobbs & Shaw opened in Korea on Wednesday and made $2.4 million that day, topping The Fate of the Furious’ openingby 81% and Fast and Furious 7‘s opening by 176%. The movie made close to $9 million in South Korea by Friday.

Granted, that’s not massive money. But Fast movies do make huge money overseas, and South Korea is the only major market so far to have Hobbs & Shaw beat the previous Fast and Furious movies. It would be a first for the franchise if Korea ends up in the top 5 markets for the movie.

Dwayne Johnson always keeps a close eye on the international markets, since that’s where the big money really comes in these days. He appreciated that Koreans really turned out for Hobbs & Shaw. Here’s what he posted on Instagram:

Not too shabby, indeed. All eyes will be on China next, so we’ll keep an eye on the August 23 release. The previous two Fast movies made almost $400 million there alone. Hobbs & Shaw isn’t expected to do THAT well, but Dwayne Johnson does want to make more Hobbs movies, and the bigger the box office, the better the chances that will happen.

The Rock has made it clear he hopes to bring A-list cameo stars Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart back as members of the team in the next Hobbs movie. It may have helped this weekend’s domestic box office that fans now know those stars are in the movie. The cameos were secret for opening weekend, but now they are open members of the cast, and adding them to trailers and other promotion for a sequel will surely help that next film’s opening weekend.

Hobbs & Shaw just made another $14.1 million this weekend at the domestic box office, taking #2 to new movie Good Boys. The Fast spinoff just passed the $400 million mark worldwide with a current total gross of $437,041,600. How high will that number go once China gets involved? We’ll see, starting next week.

Meanwhile, Fast and Furious 9 is now filming with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and company. The Fate of the Furious, aka Fast 8, made $1,236,005,118 worldwide, with more than $1 billion of that from the foreign box office and “only” $226 million from the domestic box office. So you can see why The Rock keeps a close eye on the international numbers for his spinoff.

The Greatest Showman Made Hugh Jackman’s Life ‘Difficult’ In One Unexpected Way

That said, Hugh Jackman admitted the wide-reaching success of the movie has affected his life in a funny way. It’s actually kind of fitting for the story, too, when you consider his P. T. Barnum ends up being so caught up in his career that it briefly overshadows his wife and kids back home.

Here’s what Hugh Jackman told The Herald Sun in Australia (via Daily Mail) about one “difficult” thing about the movie’s success:

I’m disappointed to hear local dance schools in Australia aren’t doing Wolverine-themed performances. But it’s true that PG-rated The Greatest Showman was a change of pace for Hugh Jackman. He shot to worldwide fame as Logan/Wolverine in X-Men in 2000 and has mostly done serious dramas or stage productions apart from his time as the Marvel Comics hero.

It didn’t really occur to me that The Greatest Showman would be fully introducing Hugh Jackman to a whole new younger fan base, but it does make sense when you look at the rest of his filmography.

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have two children, including the now 14-year-old Ava. I wonder if she gets tired of hearing The Greatest Showman songs or loves them too.

I love Hugh Jackman almost as much as Ryan Reynolds loves him, but it is kind of a humble-brag for Jackman to point out how ubiquitous The Greatest Showman soundtrack has become. And in the past, he’s expressed delight at overhearing songs from the soundtrack in his everyday life. But I can see how it might make things awkward at his daughter’s dance class if he’s expected to sing along to the movie’s music — or pretend like it’s not playing in front of him.

Would you like to see a sequel to The Greatest Showman? I wonder if that soundtrack would do as well as the first one, and then it can play constantly at dance classes (and everywhere else). Hugh Jackman can next be seen in the comedy/drama Bad Education, which is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Keep up with all of the movies heading to the big screen this year with our 2019 movie release guide.

Avengers: Endgame Star Was Shocked To See Her Cameo In The Movie

Avengers: Endgame has one of the biggest ensemble casts in film history. In fact, the sheer number of people at play is so large that even the actors/actresses who filmed scenes weren’t sure if they’d make appearances in the film (or, in Gwyneth Paltrow’s case, if they’d even filmed scenes with certain characters). One of these people, Community star Yvette Nicole Brown, was stunned to find out that her character ended up in the final cut. Even more bizarre was the fact that she didn’t know the Avengers film for which she had filmed a scene.

In October 2017, she’d taken a week off from filming ABC’s The Mayor to shoot her Avengers scene. Brown’s cameo follows those of Community co-stars Jim Rash and Danny Pudi, who appeared in earlier MCU installments. All three of the aforementioned stars have worked with Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed a few episodes of Community (their paintball episode being a standout).

Yvette Nicole Brown ended up in the 1970s storyline for Avengers: Endgame, playing a government worker who shares an elevator with time-traveling Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). According to CNN, Brown had originally thought she would appear in Avengers: Infinity War, so when she didn’t show up on screen, she was disappointed.

Nearly two years after she’d filmed her part, she found herself shocked when Endgame included her scene.

She continued with the following admission:

Yvette Nicole Brown also proudly revealed her character on social media, once the spoiler ban was lifted:

Brown is only in the movie for a minute or so, but attentive viewers who love Drake and Josh and Community undoubtedly recognized her as she eyed Steve Rogers and Tony Stark warily in a government elevator while the two were time traveling. She nails the whole “withering stare” thing and totally stands out as one of the film’s more memorable cameo stars. Heck, there are so many cameos in this movie that it’s shocking that the Russos were able to identify which ones were most difficult to film.

Avengers: Endgame is now available on digital, Blu-Ray, and 4K. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. It’s incredible and it ties things together nicely. Oh, and if you haven’t checked out our list of upcoming 2019 films, use it to start planning what you’re going to see this year. There are some great films heading to theaters in the next few months!

James Gunn Keeps Teasing King Shark, But Who’ll Play Him In The Suicide Squad?

 

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I know it’s dangerous to assume. But fuck it. I assume James Gunn isn’t just trolling fans with his posts on King Shark and The Suicide Squad production. The DC movie is set to start filming in September in Atlanta for its August 2021 release date.

King Shark is not confirmed to be involved, but he is reportedly in The Suicide Squad, and at one point it looked like Michael Rooker might play him. Rooker appeared to shoot down that rumor, which could mean 1) he isn’t playing King Shark, but someone else is, 2) he’s still playing King Shark and was just trolling fans, 3) King Shark isn’t in the movie at all.

The first news about DC Comics supervillain King Shark/Nanaue being in The Suicide Squad came in March 2019 through a Collider report on the characters they heard would be in the movie. The site emphasized that nothing was confirmed, but the characters mentioned were Ratcatcher, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, and Peacemaker. At the time, Collider’s sources said James Gunn wanted Dave Bautista for Peacemaker.

That was a while ago and, at that time, Idris Elba was still expected to replace Will Smith as Deadshot. As we know, things changed since then and now Elba is playing a different mystery character. The Suicide Squad was initially thought to be a “total reboot” — since that’s what producer Peter Safran said — and then Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis were reported to be returning as Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller. James Gunn wouldn’t clarify whether his movie was a reboot or a sequel to Suicide Squad, since it sounds like those terms are too simplistic for his plan.

Reports came out that David Dastmalchian was cast as Polka-Dot Man, with Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher. John Cena was rumored to possibly play Peacemaker at that point.

In May, TheWrap reported that Michael Rooker would re-team with his Guardians of the Galaxy director for The Suicide Squad in the role of King Shark. However, Rooker seemed to dispute that report with a caption of “DA………..NOT!!!”

That left fans questioning whether King Shark would even be in The Suicide Squad, since there had been so many back-and-forth reports about the actors and characters. However, James Gunn has gone out of his way to keep King Shark in the conversation. In early August, he showed off the King Shark birthday cake he was given given at The Suicide Squad production offices:

And just the other day, James Gunn posted about a King Shark-ade game Microsoft gave The Suicide Squad staff during production.

Lucky production team! James Gunn doesn’t just post about every DC or Suicide Squad member, so I’m reading these as hints that King Shark may be a big deal in his movie.

If John Cena does play Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad, that would leave King Shark open for Dave Bautista. Just saying. Or Cena could actually be King Shark. Or maybe Michael Rooker is King Shark and he was just trolling us. Could Idris Elba play King Shark or do you think they moved him from Deadshot to one of these other options?

James Gunn is not known to be shy on social media when it comes to answering fan questions or correcting rumors, but he may also want to preserve the surprise of what characters and stars WILL in fact be in his DC Comics movie.

It’s probably fitting for The Suicide Squad to have so many question marks, since it’s been a series of surprises every step of the way. David Ayer was going to direct a sequel to his Suicide Squad, and then that didn’t work out. James Gunn later signed on to direct The Suicide Squad from his own script.

All we know is The Suicide Squad will have a “fucking phenomenal” villain, per Kevin Smith’s gossip, “explosions and falling structures,” per James Gunn himself, and maybe not Batman, although can we even say that definitively after what Gunn said here? I won’t be shocked if Robert Pattinson makes an appearance. The Batman comes out in June 2021, two months before The Suicide Squad.

The Suicide Squad currently has a release date of August 6, 2021, so there’s plenty of time to clarify who is playing what character. Plus, when actors start showing up to the set to film, we’ll probably get some hints.

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Don Cheadle Picked A Funny Favorite Avengers: Endgame Scene

Paul Rudd’s performances as Scott Lang/Ant-Man have been consistent sources of levity and heart that have added so much to these movies. Heck, he’s a big reason why these films are so enduring and endearing. So yeah, I get where Don Cheadle is coming from with this preference. He’s probably just as big a fan of Paul Rudd as I am, honestly. Can’t fault him for that. The guy is a delight.

Which Age Group Goes To The Movies Most Often? You Might Be Surprised

With the rise of exciting original content on streaming platforms to enjoy from the comfort of your couch, and big names moving to places like Netflix to produce their work, you’d think young people have fewer reasons to go out to movie theaters than the demographics with traditions more firmly rooted in the theatrical experience. Yet moviegoers aged 18 to 24 are the biggest age group buying movie tickets. Surprised?

Movie polling service PostTrak surveyed 1.25 million consumers for 1,002 films and found that 25% of tickets sold over the last seven years were bought by teens and early twenty-somethings (via Indiewire). Those under 25 actually made up about half of sold movie tickets. The other half of tickets belonged to those older than 25, with just 11% of ticket stubs belonging to movie fans over 55.

Looks like the movie-going experience very much belongs to the young! The 18 to 24 year-olds were willing to spend up to $20 on tickets even with their $10 Netflix subscriptions sitting there conveniently for them at home. This offers up a nice vote of confidence for studios. A trip to the movie theaters isn’t dying away, and maybe cinemas can successfully coexist with streaming too!

The top six movies of the year are all Disney produced, and sequels or adaptations as well. Some big hits so far this year were live-action remakes Lion King and Aladdin, Marvel’s three offerings, and Toy Story 4. Down at No. 7 is Jordan Peele’s Us, which impressed with $254 million globally. The poll also showed that while movie fans are primarily rating adventure films the highest, horror is second and gaining traction with viewers.

In the survey, about 35% of viewers also said they “frequently” stream movies and television as well. These results seem to note that the large amount of content on platforms such as Netflix and Hulu isn’t exactly stopping movie fans from going to the theaters to enjoy entertainment that way.

Disney is planning to soon launch its own streaming platform called Disney+. They’ll cleverly be tying in their original content with their MCU film slate. This could help balance the scales for fans to switch between theatrical and streaming when choosing their entertainment.

Whew! This survey is a bit of a sigh of relief for traditional theater-goers.

Ryan Gosling’s Meeting With Taika Waititi Launches Thor 4 Rumors

On Friday, Taika Waititi met with Ryan Gosling for lunch in Los Angeles, ahead of the production of Thor: Love and Thunder set to begin in early 2020. Fans naturally jumped to their hopes to see the two-time Oscar nominee join the MCU, but what are the chances the meeting was regarding Thor 4? Below is the pair walking out of the lunch, per Just Jared:

I could see Ryan Gosling signing up for Taika Waititi’s specific brand of storytelling, maybe as a one-off supporting character to add some comedy and color to the world established in Ragnarok. Gosling could take on a role like Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster: a small but memorable performance that didn’t require a huge commitment for Goldblum.

Ryan Gosling currently doesn’t have any project in the works since having a busy last few years as the star of First Man, Blade Runner 2049, La La Land, and The Nice Guys. He also has two children (ages three and four) with Eva Mendes, so he could be taking some time away to focus on family.

Taika Waititi also has another project in the works besides Thor: Love and Thunder as well. He’ll be adapting soccer British documentary Next Goal Wins for Fox Searchlight. Maybe the meeting could be about this project? Next Goal Wins primarily centers on Samoan soccer players and their older coach… so my bet’s on Thor 4 over this drama, even though it’s more Gosling’s M.O.

Waititi recently finished up the script for Thor: Love and Thunder and it already has a packed cast, also including Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. My other reservation about this rumor is it’s quite rare for Marvel news as big as Ryan Gosling joining the MCU to leak so easily.

Ryan Gosling would be a huge and incredible addition to the cast! What do you think? Is the actor being recruited for Thor: Love and Thunder? Sound off in the comments!

Dark Phoenix Officially Ends Run As Lowest-Grossing X-Men Movie: Disney Marketing (Partly) To Blame?

Despite what has been said, some superhero movies do fail. But Dark Phoenix does have its defenders, with some saying they liked it more than X-Men: Apocalypse. I also think it’s going to find a new audience at home, whether on disc, or through future streaming, on TV, whatever. Expectations are now low, so I can imagine people expecting the worst and being pleasantly surprised.

MCU Recruit? Ryan Gosling’s Meeting With Taika Waititi Launches Thor 4 Rumors

On Friday, Taika Waititi met with Ryan Gosling for lunch in Los Angeles, ahead of the production of Thor: Love and Thunder set to begin in early 2020. Fans naturally jumped to their hopes to see the two-time Oscar nominee join the MCU, but what are the chances the meeting was regarding Thor 4? Below is the pair walking out of the lunch, per Just Jared:

I could see Ryan Gosling signing up for Taika Waititi’s specific brand of storytelling, maybe as a one-off supporting character to add some comedy and color to the world established in Ragnarok. Gosling could take on a role like Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster: a small but memorable performance that didn’t require a huge commitment for Goldblum.

Ryan Gosling currently doesn’t have any project in the works since having a busy last few years as the star of First Man, Blade Runner 2049, La La Land, and The Nice Guys. He also has two children (ages three and four) with Eva Mendes, so he could be taking some time away to focus on family.

Taika Waititi also has another project in the works besides Thor: Love and Thunder as well. He’ll be adapting soccer British documentary Next Goal Wins for Fox Searchlight. Maybe the meeting could be about this project? Next Goal Wins primarily centers on Samoan soccer players and their older coach… so my bet’s on Thor 4 over this drama, even though it’s more Gosling’s M.O.

Waititi recently finished up the script for Thor: Love and Thunder and it already has a packed cast, also including Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. My other reservation about this rumor is it’s quite rare for Marvel news as big as Ryan Gosling joining the MCU to leak so easily.

Ryan Gosling would be a huge and incredible addition to the cast! What do you think? Is the actor being recruited for Thor: Love and Thunder? Sound off in the comments!

Spider-Man: Far From Home Dethrones A Bond Movie To Be Sony’s Top Movie Ever

Far From Home is currently the second highest-grossing film of the year in China, with its preceding MCU installment, Avengers: Endgame, leading by a fair amount. Domestically, the film made $185 million during its first six days in theaters, breaking records for both Sony and the Independence Day holiday. Its opening day haul came in at $39.3 million, an insanely impressive box office pull for a Tuesday. On the domestic front, it’s the second-highest grossing live-action Spider-Man film, with the Tobey Maguire-led, Sam Raimi-directed original still holding that coveted top spot. Worldwide, though, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the Spidey movie leader, and the only Spider-Man movie to pass $1 billion.