Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, Ghostbusters 3 and Chris Rock’s Saw Movie

    Spider-Man Swings to the Top

    In its inaugural weekend, Spider-Man: Far From Home swung its way straight to the top, earning $92,6 million. A sequel to 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony’s latest superhero adventure follows our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (once again played by Tom Holland) on a class trip around Europe. Shenanigans ensue as Spidey helps Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal – The Sisters Brothers) battle terrifying Elementals. Far From Home was directed by Jon Watts, who also made Homecoming.

    On top of being the highest grossing film of the weekend, Spider-Man: Far From Home is also the only newcomer among the weekend’s top five list. In the second place is Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 with $33,8 million. Romantic comedy Yesterday, featuring Himesh Patel, Lily James (Baby Driver) and Kate McKinnon (2016 Ghostbusters remake) is in the third place with just a bit over $10 million. Gary Dauberman’s third Annabelle movie – Annabelle Comes Home – is in fourth place with $9,4 million. Finally, in the fifth place is Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake. Still going strong after seven weeks in cinemas, Aladdin earned $7,5 million, bringing its total up to $300 million domestically and another $600 million globally. All of this data comes courtesy of the Box Office Mojo.

    Two Newcomers Join Ghostbusters 3

    Just this week, Variety announced that two newcomers joined the cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters 3 movie. Celeste O’Connor and Logan Kim will join the likes of Carrie Coon (TV shows The Leftovers and Fargo), Mckenna Grace (Annabelle Comes Home), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard. Moreover, there are rumors that Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, and Sigourney Weaver might reprise their roles from the first two Ghostbusters movies.

    We first reported about Ghostbusters 3 back in January. Since then, the pre-production continued apace. Jason Reitman, director of such critically-acclaimed movies as Juno, Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air will produce, direct and co-write the film along with filmmaker Gil Kenan (City of Ember, Monster House, Poltergeist remake). Ghostbusters 3 will apparently ignore Paul Feig’s all-female 2016 Ghostbusters remake. Instead, Reitman’s film will focus on the two Ghostbusters movies made in the 1980s by his father, director Ivan Reitman. Production of Ghostbusters 3 is in the way, with the movie set for a summer 2020 release.

    Chris Rock Teams Up With Lionsgate for a New Saw Movie

    According to The Playlist, Lionsgate Studio has teamed up with stand-up comedian Chris Rock for a new Saw movie based on his idea. Rock will also co-star in this film alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella (TV series The Handmaid’s Tale) and Marisol Nichols (TV series Riverdale). At the moment, there are no plot details. What is known, however, is, that screenwriters Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg will pen the script. Goldfinger and Stolberg already collaborated on Jigsaw and Piranha 3D. Furthermore, this sequel will be directed by filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman, who previously made three movies in the Saw franchise.

    First released in 2004, horror thriller Saw tells a story of Jigsaw Killer – a serial killer who captures his victims alive and forces them to solve a series of elaborate and cruel traps. Alongside Eli Roth’s 2005 horror film Hostel, Saw led to a thankfully brief resurgence of splatter horror often called “torture porn”. The success of the first Saw movie helped jumpstart the career of its director, Australian James Wan. Seven sequels followed. Currently, James Wan is working on equally lucrative The Conjuring series of horror movies.

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