The Marksman Outmarks Wonder Woman 1984
Last weekend, the action thriller The Marksman took over first place at the box office from Wonder Woman 1984. In it, Liam Neeson plays a rancher living in a small town near the Mexican border. One day, he discovers Rosa (Teresa Ruiz – Narcos: Mexico) and Miguel (newcomer Jacob Perez), a mother and a son on the run from a drug cartel. Since this is a Liam Neeson action film, you can pretty much see where the story goes. According to the Box Office Mojo, The Marksman grossed $3,1 million in its inaugural weekend.
Wonder Woman 1984 is now in second place with $2,6 million. The latest superhero blockbuster by Warner Bros. has underperformed in cinemas – a small wonder, especially since it is also available on HBO Max for a month. Its current domestic gross stands at almost $36 million, with another $107 million from overseas. This is a far cry from pre-pandemic earnings. Animated adventure film The Croods: A New Age is in third place with $2,5 million, followed by the western drama News of the World with almost $1,2 million. In fifth place is Paul W. S. Anderson’s sci-fi action film Monster Hunter with $1,1 million.
Unsurprisingly, 2020 was a terrible year for the movie industry – especially after the record-breaking 2019. But we’re still learning just how bad it was. According to Variety, last year US box office revenues reached a 40-year low, barely earning a total of $2.2 billion. That’s a staggering drop of eighty percent compared to the record-breaking 2019 when the box office reached $11.4 billion. At least so far, it doesn’t look like the situation will significantly improve soon.
Snowpiercer Renewed For a Third Season
Ahead of its second season premiere, TNT just renewed its dystopian sci-fi series Snowpiercer for a third season, reports BloodyDisgusting.
The show takes place on a giant, nuclear-powered train traveling across the frozen ruins of our world. A microcosm of humanity, the train becomes a battlefield as lower-class passengers start a revolution led by a former police detective (Daveed Diggs – Hamilton). The cast of the show also includes Annalise Basso (Slender Man), Jennifer Connelly (Dark City), Iddo Goldberg (Salem), Mike O’Malley (The Good Place), Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead), Mickey Sumner (The Borgias), Alison Wright (Castle Rock), and Sean Bean.
Created and developed by Josh Friedman and Graeme Manson, The Snowpiercer was based on a 2013 satirical science-fiction film by Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho. That film was, in turn, loosely based on a French graphic novel Le Transperceneige created in 1982 by Jacques Lob.
The Synder Cut of Justice League Will Be One Four Hour Movie
BloodyDigusting reports Zack Synder’s cut of Justice League won’t be a four-part limited series after all, but a four-hour movie instead. This confusing news won’t make much sense without getting into the complicated history of this film.
Justice League was to be the first DC superhero movie featuring Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, the Flash, Superman, and Wonder Woman together onscreen. Unfortunately, its director Zack Synder had to leave mid-production due to personal reasons. The studio replaced him with Joss Whedon. Justice League came out in 2017 and, while financially successful, wasn’t as great as fans hoped it would be.
Fast forward three years. After a long campaign by Snyder fans, WarnerMedia decided to support the so-called Synder cut of Justice League. Naturally, this led to a lot of speculation. People wondered would the actors return to film new scenes; or how much resources would Synder even have for completing his vision.
One of the more confusing pieces of information out there was that the film – which will premiere sometime this year on HBO Max – won’t be a movie at all, but a four part miniseries instead. That seemed very counterintuitive for a narrative that was originally written as a feature-length film. Since cinemas are mostly closed and running time isn’t nearly the same issue on streaming as it is in movie theaters, there’s no reason why Snyder’s cut of Justice League couldn’t be one very long movie.