Captain Marvel Could Make Less Than We Thought Opening Weekend

Back at the beginning of 2019, the long-range box office forecasting on Disney’s Captain Marvel had the debut flick for Brie Larson’s ultra-powerful character tracking at a massive $140 million opening weekend. We’re now only a few weeks away from seeing the heroine that Nick Fury called when the need was most dire on the big screen, and it’s looking like Captain Marvel could make less than we thought opening weekend, coming in around $100 million.

The early tracking estimates are largely confident Captain Marvel will hit the $100 million mark in its opening weekend, according to Deadline. The metrics, like the fact that the trailer was viewed 109 million times in the first 24 hours, indicate that there is a lot of interest in this movie.

An opening weekend of $100 million is way below the huge $140 million that was predicted in January, but the closer you get to a film’s actual release, the more reliable the tracking becomes. Therefore, this $100 million estimate is probably a safer bet than the previous long-range prediction.

That said, it is always worth mentioning that box office prognosticating is more guesswork than science. This was made evident recently when Glass was tracking at upwards of $70 million opening weekend and came in at around $40 million. The box office is in a bit of a funk right now and one of Deadline’s sources indicated that Captain Marvel could make anywhere from $80 million to $120 million.

Despite the drop from the previous tracking, $100 million would still be a major win for Captain Marvel’s opening weekend. Although Captain Marvel is a huge MCU release, it is also an origin film for a superhero we haven’t seen onscreen before. The only MCU origin films to pass $100 million in their opening weekend were Iron Man with $102 million in 2008 and Black Panther last year with $202 million.

Anecdotally, it does seem like Captain Marvel has a fair bit going for it that could elevate it to the $100 million mark and possibly beyond. For one, it’s Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, and there is certainly an appetite for that as Wonder Woman’s $103 million opening weekend showed.

Captain Marvel is also arguably the year’s first, real, big name blockbuster, and it has been a while since the last MCU movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp last July. The trailers have also been solid, including a Super Bowl spot and Captain Marvel was teed up for success about as well as a film can be with the tease in Avengers: Infinity War’s end-credits scene.

We only have a few more weeks to find out if Carol Danvers indeed goes higher, further, faster at the box office. Captain Marvel opens on March 8. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see everything else you can look forward to this year, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your movie news.

The Black Panther Line That Was Essential To The Movie, According To Kevin Feige

Not every line of dialogue a screenwriter pens for a movie will end up making into the final cut. However, during Black Panther’s development, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige made sure that Erik “Killmonger” Stevens’ last words before his death would not be altered in any way during shooting, as he felt that the entire movie could be built around them. When asked at what point he realized that Black Panther was going to “attract a community that has been underserved” in the superhero genre, Feige responded:

There are a lot of ways that Black Panther stood out from other superhero movies, Erik Killmonger being among them. Michael B. Jordan received heaps of praise for his performance as Killmonger, and the character has since been labeled by many as one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best villains. But as Kevin Feige told THR, Killmonger’s final moment was instrumental to building the entire movie. Like any other major motion picture, Black Panther went through alterations, including a deleted Killmonger line before his death resulting in the movie’s ending being changed, but it was ensured that Killmonger’s last words about not wanting to be imprisoned was kept in, and that proved to be the right call.

Although the MCU has experienced a lot of success in the nearly 11 years since Iron Man came out, Black Panther stands out a particularly notable triumph. Besides being incredibly successful critically and commercially (it’s collected over $1.3 billion on the latter front), T’Challa’s standalone feature has earned numerous accolades over the last couple months, including winning two Grammys and two SAG awards. Next up on Black Panther’s awards season journey is the Academy Awards, where it’s been nominated in seven categories, including Best Picture. As for Killmonger, despite him dying, it’s been rumored that Michael B. Jordan could reprise the character in the future.

You can find out how Black Panther fares in the Oscars race when the 91st Academy Awards air on Sunday, February 24 on ABC. As for the future of the property, Chadwick Boseman and Letitia Wright will reprise T’Challa and Shuri, respectively, in Avengers: Endgame this April. Black Panther 2 has also officially been given the green light, with Ryan Coogler returning to write and direct. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates on how the sequel is developing.

How A Scream Mask Came In Handy For One Million Lottery Winner

In general, Halloween costumes are the kind of things you use once and then throw away, because unless you reuse them year after year, there’s not really a good reason to hang onto them. However, having a costume lying around can come in handy in unexpected ways as one lottery winner in Jamaica proved. The lottery winner actually wore the Ghostface mask from Scream to collect his winnings. Take a look:

What an odd sight. Surrounded by people in professional-looking business attire is a dude in a mask from the classic 1996 horror film. The photo of him signing official documents is especially funny, like “If you could just sign here and here Mr. Ghostface.” This wasn’t just a stunt or an attempt to be funny though; the lotto winner is wearing the Ghostface mask in order to conceal his identity.

That’s likely because lottery winners in some countries dress in disguises as a way to protect their identities out of fear for their safety. Better to not open yourself up to a potential crime by letting people know who you are and how much money you have thanks to the lottery.

This individual opted for a fun movie reference when collecting his winnings. Maybe he’s a fan of Wes Craven’s movie or maybe this was just the mask he had. He didn’t wear the full Ghostface costume though, so perhaps he couldn’t find the rest or never had it, either way, the mask came in handy. He didn’t take any chances either, in addition to covering his face he even wore gloves to make sure he couldn’t be identified in any way.

Evidently a Jamaican woman previously collected her prize dressed as an emoji, which it must be said, does not represent a movie that is as good as Scream. So this kind of thing isn’t unexpected, which is probably for the best because I tend to think walking into a place that distributes money wearing a Ghostface mask might give off the wrong impression.

According to USA Today, the winner, referred to as “A. Campbell” purchased the ticket in Kingston, Jamaica and won over $1.1 million from the Jamaican gambling company. He waited 54 days to come forward, which was probably a savvy move if he was getting his affairs in order and looking for that mask.

The man going by A. Campbell apparently plans to use his winnings to buy a house. He looks happy about it too. The Ghostface mask is quite expressive and actually appropriate for a lottery winner, a mix of shock, happiness and a little bit of fear.

Check out our 2019 release schedule for the biggest movies you can look forward to this year and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the ways movie memorabilia can help you. And if you have the winning lottery numbers, go ahead and leave them in the comments.

The Emotional Reason Sam Elliott Had A Hard Time With A Star Is Born’s Press

Following its $420 million+ worldwide box office earnings and whopping eight Oscars nominations, A Star is Born has a lot to celebrate. The film has become one of the buzziest films of awards season, largely thanks to the talent of Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott’s work on the musical drama. Amidst the starry-eyed success, Elliott was surrounded by devastation. In his words:

Wow, that’s intense! In his interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sam Elliott spoke out about how the Woolsey Fire that swept across Southern California’s Malibu in November affected his and his wife Katharine Ross’ home, which was almost destroyed. It’s crazy to imagine promoting a glitzy film such as A Star is Born while dealing with the emotional tragedy that brushed through his neck of the woods. It certainly couldn’t have been easy.

Sam Elliott said while much of Malibu is covered in green now, a lot was lost in the Woolsey Fire and it’s going to be a long time before it goes back to how it was. Thousands of homes were burned during the wildfire, including the homes of Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus and Neil Young, along with The Bachelor mansion from the ABC show and sets used for HBO’s Westworld.

As Malibu begins to pick up its feet, Sam Elliott can celebrate his first Oscar nomination ever for Best Supporting Actor, among the many nominations the Bradley Cooper film has received nods for, including for Best Picture and Best Original Song for “Shallow.” The actor has been performing for 50 years and known best for his roles in Road House, Tombstone and The Hero, to name a few.

The actor was particularly a highlight in A Star is Born as Jackson Maine’s older brother and manager, who says the film’s most memorable lines about “12 notes” (if you know, you know). In terms of the Oscar’s race, Elliott shares the category with Green Book’s Mahershala Ali, who has overwhelmingly been the favorite during award season.

Sean Penn recently penned an essay about his disappointment how he thinks A Star is Born isn’t being recognized enough as other nominees such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book have been elevated in conversation. The film has already reached and touched so many and Sam Elliott’s honest story about promoting the film through the Woolsey Fire is incredible.

A Post-Dark Universe Reboot Of The Mummy Was Pitched

It hasn’t even been a full two years since Universal Pictures attempted to kick off the Dark Universe with The Mummy. Unfortunately for the studio, the movie underperformed commercially and was met with mostly negative critical reception, resulting in the Dark Universe stalling before it had a chance to properly get off the ground. Still, evidently Universal is still interesting in keeping The Mummy property alive, as Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander pitched a Mummy reboot to the studio. Here’s a “little peek” of the filmmaker’s pitch:

After a fan expressed enthusiasm at seeing what she could do helming a Black Widow movie, Lexi Alexander, whose directing credits also include Lifted and episodes of TV shows like Arrow, Supergirl and S.W.A.T., revealed on Twitter that she’d gone to pitch her idea for a new Mummy movie a few weeks ago. As the above character dialogue indicates, Alexander’s take on The Mummy mythology had a “reverse-orientalism” tilt, something quite different from what we’ve seen in previous Mummy movies.

For those of you interested in this kind of Mummy reboot, it doesn’t look like we’ll ever see this, as Lexi Alexander noted that her pitch “will obviously never get made.” Still, considering how the last Mummy movie, which starred Sofia Boutella as the eponymous entity and Tom Cruise as U.S. Army sergeant Nick Morton, was received, it could be interesting to take the next reboot in a drastically different direction to distinguish it from its predecessors.

It was announced last month that the Dark Universe, for all intents and purposes, is dead, and that forthcoming movies centered on the Universal Monsters will take an “individualized approach” that are filmmaker-driven. In other words, just like what’s happening with the DC Extended Universe franchise at Warner Bros, Universal is no longer as concerned with focusing on the interconnectivity of a shared universe. So this kind of Mummy movie could stand out better if it didn’t have to work with tying in with the other creature properties.

There’s no word yet on what the next Universal Monsters movie to be released will be, although currently The Invisible Man is in development as a standalone feature. Johnny Depp is no longer attached to the project, Upgrade writer Leigh Channel is penning the script and Jason Blum is producing. Bill Condon’s The Bride of Frankenstein is also still in development, but there’s been no major update on its progress for over a year.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the biggest updates concerning the Universal Monsters, including if/when a new Mummy reboot gets the green light. For now, you can look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what movies are arriving later this year.

Dane Cook Sent An Apology Letter To Marvel Casting After His Captain America Audition

I think it’s fair to say that Dane Cook is known as a stand-up comedian first and as an actor second. That might not have been the case though, because once upon a time, the actor/comedian auditioned to play none other than Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. Dane Cook actually announced that he auditioned on social media, which lead to him sending an apology letter, as he explained:

Dane Cook got so excited about his audition and the prospect of playing Captain America and he needed to shout in from the rooftops, or in modern parlance, post about it on social media. That was a little bit too much excitement for Marvel’s taste, because the whole thing was meant to be hush hush, as we’ve come to expect all superhero casting to be these days.

Dane Cook got in big trouble for his lack of secrecy on a public forum so, as he told The Hollywood Reporter, he wrote an apology letter to the casting director on the film that was upset with him, to try and make amends. It was a misstep in the entertainer’s career and you’ve got to imagine it didn’t help his case for the part either.

He owns up to the mistake and the fact that he sent something as personal as an apology letter shows Dane Cook knew he screwed up. Nevertheless, he did not land the role and the situation now stands as a learning experience.

Today, the idea that someone would announce their audition for a Marvel movie seems ludicrous. Sure, Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo are about as good at keeping secrets as 2011 Dane Cook, and spoil movies on the regular, but generally the secrecy around MCU movies is intense and everyone knows to say nothing to no one.

As far as Dane Cook as a potential Captain America, it certainly would have been an interesting choice. I think we all see Dane Cook as a stand-up and the guy from Employee of the Month and Good Luck Chuck so at that time it definitely would have been hard to imagine him in that more serious role. Plus now Chris Evans is Captain America and it’s impossible to consider anyone else. Then again, Dane Cook was an amateur superhero called The Waffler in Mystery Men, so who knows.

Dane Cook may have been the most open about it but he wasn’t the only actor who went out for the part of Captain America in The First Avenger. A Quiet Place’s John Krasinski came very close to landing the role that also looked at names like Channing Tatum, Ryan Phillippe, Garret Hedlund and Daredevil Season 3’s Bullseye, Wilson Bethel.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest movie news and check out our 2019 Release Schedule for the movies you can get hyped for this year.

Brie Larson Already Has A Marvel Hero In Mind To Join Captain Marvel’s Sequel

It’s an extremely exciting time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as there are only two movies left before Phase Three concludes. While all eyes are on what the surviving heroes will do against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, there’s another highly anticipated blockbuster arriving first: Captain Marvel. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the upcoming Marvel flick will split its time between Earth and Space as Carol Danvers gets an origin story that will finally bring Brie Larson’s character to the silver screen.

With the OG Avengers’ contracts coming to an end with Endgame, Marvel Studios will likely put more focus on the newer additions like Black Panther and Captain Marvel. As such, it seems logical that there will be a Captain Marvel sequel sometime in Phase Four, likely allowing Carol Danvers to interact with more of the shared universe’s big names. And Brie Larson knows exactly what hero she’d like to be paired with in a future installment, recently saying:

There you go, ladies and gents. Rather than getting a movie alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy or The Avengers, it looks like Brie Larson wants to introduce Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Kahn to the shared universe with Captain Marvel’s potential sequel.

Brie Larson’s comments come from the Captain Marvel cast’s recent Panel Discussion with ABC News. The Oscar winning actress fielded a question about future crossovers, where Larson revealed that she wants Ms. Marvel to have a role in Captain Marvel‘s follow-up movie. And she’s not the only one, as the call for Kamala Kahn to be adapted into live-action has been slowly growing throughout this phase of the MCU.

For those unfamiliar, Kamala Kahn is Marvel’s first Muslim character to have her very own comic book. She’s an Inhuman from Jersey City, who discovers she’s able to shape shift, as well as heal herself from extensive injury. Captain Marvel is a major inspiration for the young hero, as she comes into her own as a vigilante and superpowered being. As such, Brie Larson’s idea for bringing Ms. Marvel into the Captain Marvel franchise makes a great deal of sense.

Adding Ms. Marvel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe would break new ground for the massive franchise in a couple of ways. Kamala’s shape shifting power set is one that hasn’t really been shown on screen, with the exception of the Fantastic Four movies. This could challenge Marvel’s visual affects team in new ways, while also providing a unique experience to moviegoers who shell out money to see every new Marvel flick.

Additionally, Kamala Kahn’s inclusion would continue moving Marvel Studios forward when it comes to onscreen representation. Having a Muslim comic book hero was a major cultural moment when Ms. Marvel burst onto the page, and it will no doubt be just as powerful if/when she makes her way to the silver screen. Additionally, she’d likely function with the same naivety as Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, showing how kids live in a superpowered world.

Alas, that’s all just speculation at this point, even for Brie Larson. Fans will get to see Carol Danvers (sans Ms. Marvel) when Captain Marvel arrives in theaters March 8th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

How Much Brie Larson Is Earning For Captain Marvel

In less than a month, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will bring forth another superhero origin story: Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers. It marks the first female-led MCU film and looks to be a crucial precursor to Avengers: Endgame. Larson is reportedly making $5 million for Captain Marvel, from a $150 million budget that is certainly expected to be one of the year’s biggest blockbusters.

Yes, girl! Brie Larson’s paycheck tops the $500,000 Robert Downey Jr. received for his first Iron Man film and Chadwick Boseman’s $2 million for Black Panther, per The Hollywood Reporter. However, she won’t be making more than Scarlett Johansson for her upcoming solo Black Widow movie, which she is reportedly getting $15 million for. Johansson’s earnings compare to Chris Evans’ for Captain America: Civil War and Chris Hemsworth’s for Thor: Ragnarok, who were also paid $15 million.

For the 29-year-old actress’ first outing as the hero, Brie Larson is certainly getting a fair wage for starring as the hero. For the DC Extended Universe’s first female-led origin story, 2017’s Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot was reportedly only paid $300,000, though after the incredible $822 million worldwide success of that movie, she likely took home some sweet bonuses and was said to be renegotiating her base salary for Wonder Woman 1984.

Brie Larson is previously best known for her 2015 Best Actress Oscar-winning performance in the emotional drama Room, although she has also starred in Kong: Skull Island, Short Term 12 and The Spectacular Now. The actress transformed her body for the role, working four hours a day in the gym with a personal trainer to achieve the power to literally push a Jeep up a hill, dead-lift 225 pounds and hip-thrust 400 pounds.

Captain Marvel will follow the heroine in the ‘90s as she lands on Earth with some memory loss about her past and teams up a younger Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the planet becomes caught in the middle of a galactic war between the Skrulls and Kree. The movie also stars Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Lee Pace as Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau and Jude Law as the still-to-be-officially-identified commander of Starforce.

Early tracking has Captain Marvel scoring $140 million during its opening weekend, with the potential to break records for March currently held by Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and Warner Bros’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The release will undoubtedly win the weekend, as no other major movie has dared to go head-to-head with Captain Marvel’s opening day.

Eyes are especially on Captain Marvel’s release because it is said to have an important connection to Avengers: Endgame, coming less than two months later and also starring Brie Larson with the rest of the broken-hearted Avengers. Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8.

We Actually Have A Box Office Horse Race At Movie Theaters This Weekend

Normally, the weekly box office results are a foregone conclusion. There’s usually only one major film release on any given weekend, perhaps with a couple of smaller entries, and those who estimate what the numbers will look like have gotten pretty good at being right. However, for the first time in a long time we’re going to have a real race for the number one spot at the box office this weekend as three films vie for the top spot, and all three are predicted to do about the same amount of business.

This weekend sees Happy Death Day 2U, Isn’t it Romantic and Alita: Battle Angel all opening in theaters. HDD technically opened yesterday and the other two open today and with Monday being the Presidents’ Day holiday, it’s essentially a five-day weekend at the box office. What makes this holiday weekend especially interesting, however, is that there is no clear front runner. All three films are looking at totals estimated to be between $20 and $25 million.

According to Box Office Pro, Happy Death Day 2U is expected to be the winner, with estimates putting the film at $25 million. Alita: Battle Angel is looking at $22 million and Isn’t it Romantic is looking at third place with about $20 million. But those numbers are so close together that it’s really anybody’s game.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was expected to clear $50 million last weekend and it only brought in about $35 million so if any of these three movies even slightly underperforms, or overperforms, compared to the expectations we could see a very different result.

It’s unusual to have this sort of a close race when it comes to the box office. Normally, the studios stake out the weekends well in advance and once one major film gets set, the rest steer clear in order to actively avoid the competition. Alita: Battle Angel feels like the movie that was trying to be the blockbuster release for this weekend. However, since the film is based on an anime that the broader audience isn’t all that familiar with, it’s not expected to do the same sorts of numbers that other action tentpoles might do.

While there will be natural competition between the three movies for the consumer’s dollar, each has the benefit of playing to a different audience. Happy Death Day 2U is the sequel to a popular horror movie. Alita: Battle Angel will scratch the itch for the action fan, and Isn’t it Romantic is a romantic comedy.

The fact that today is Valentine’s Day might help out Isn’t it Romantic. If there’s a movie that might exceed current projections, that might very well be the one.

However the box office turns out, it will likely be close. Isn’t it Romantic and Happy Death Day 2U are likely excited by the potential numbers, as both films were relatively cheap to produce, so a $20 million weekend is just fine. For Alita: Battle Angel and its reported $170 million budget, it will need to exceed its projections by quite a bit to have a weekend considered to be successful, though the movie might do much better with international audiences.

Michael B. Jordan Seems Down To Play DC’s Superman, On One Condition

When the news dropped last year that Henry Cavill might be out as Superman in the DCEU, it was also rumored that Warner Bros. might be looking to go in a different direction with the character, possibly considering actor Michael B. Jordan to don the cape down the road. We still don’t have much clarity on Henry Cavill’s future as the character, but Michael B. Jordan has addressed the rumors and possibility of playing Superman. He said:

Michael B. Jordan sounds down to play the Man of Steel, but he also seems to struggle with the idea a bit. The idea of playing Superman is exciting, but he also knows that such a role comes with pros and cons. He has an astute understanding of what him taking on the role would mean, and all the baggage that comes with it.

The Black Panther actor knows that anyone who takes on a beloved character like Superman would be subject to intense scrutiny and dissection. He would also be constantly compared to the many Supermen that have come before him. That’s a big downside. So rather than fight the tide of history and expectations, Michael B. Jordan told Oprah on OWN that he would rather play a character that hasn’t been seen on the big screen before, Superman Calvin Ellis.

Michael B. Jordan proved his comic book bona fides here because a lot of people reading this probably thought ‘Who?’ Calvin Ellis, born Kalel, no hyphen, is the Superman of Earth-23, a different Earth in the Multiverse. On his Earth, Calvin Ellis is both Superman and the President (way to underachieve, Clark!). He made his debut in Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis #7 in March 2009 and was based on President Barack Obama. You can see him in the image below:

In addition to pulling a deep comics cut here, Michael B. Jordan also proposed a way that he could be Superman, without having quite the same level of comparison to the other cinematic Supermen. And while I’m sure there would still be endless comparisons made, at least Jordan would be occupying new space onscreen.

Calvin Ellis is Superman, but he’s not Clark Kent. It is very similar to Miles Morales and Peter Parker. They are both Spider-Man, but they are not the same person. Both can exist and be appreciated equally. He could also play Earth-2’s Val-Zod as some fan art has suggested.

It’s a pretty savvy idea on Michael B. Jordan’s part and he really seems to have a firm grasp on the fervor that surrounds superhero casting. He played the Human Torch in Fantastic Four and Killmonger in Black Panther. The latter role had never been seen onscreen before, so he could make the role his own without drawing comparisons to what came before. But Superman is an entirely different animal than Johnny Storm or N’Jadaka and Michael B. Jordan knows that.

It must be said, Henry Cavill could still return to the Superman role but if he doesn’t Michael B. Jordan has proposed an interesting way we could get a new and different Superman onscreen.