Week-in-review: Weekend Box Office, Dune and Star Trek

    Three Cheers For Aquaman!

    For the third week in a row, superhero spectacle Aquaman has remained on the top of the weekend box office, says Box Office Mojo. DCEU’s latest outing earned $31 million domestically, bringing its domestic gross up to $260 million. Internationally, Aquaman earned an extra $681 million, bringing its total gross dangerously close to one billion dollars. It is quite remarkable that the second place of the weekend’s box office belongs to a total outsider: a low-budget horror flick Escape Room. Exploiting the newfangled trend of physical adventure games so popular among the kids with their Walkmans and skateboards proved a lucrative move: Escape Room grossed $18,2 million in its opening weekend, pretty much covering its $9 million production cost.

    In the third place of the weekend box office with $15,9 million is Mary Poppins Returns. Domestically, Disney’s musical fantasy so far earned $138,9 million domestically and an extra $119 million internationally. Bumblebee is in the fourth place with $13,2 million. Produced for around $130 million, the latest Transformers movie has so far grossed about $289,1 million both in the USA and abroad. Finally, in the fifth place of the weekend’s box office is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse with $13,1 million. Produced for $90 million, this CGI-animated superhero film has more than made up for its cost with its total gross being over $275 million.

    Dave Bautista and Stellan Skarsgard Join Denis Villeneuve’s Dune

    The AV Club recently reported that Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor) have joined Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Dune movie. Skarsgard will play the role of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the story’s disgusting and despicable main villain. Bautista will play Baron’s nephew Beast Rabban, merciless ruler of the desert planet of Arrakis. Skarsgard and Bautista will thus join the cast that already includes Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) as Paul Atreides and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) as Lady Jessica.

    In March 2018 we first reported that the French-Canadian filmmaker Villeneuve – best known for his crime thriller Sicario and sci-fi movies Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 – will helm the two-part big budget movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic. Ever since it was first published in 1965, Herbert’s psychedelic space opera about ecology, religious fanaticism, and aristocratic intrigue in the far future of humanity has been considered impossible to film. Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried and failed to produce the movie version in the 1970s. In the process, he introduced Dan O’Bannon, H. R. Giger and Moebius to Hollywood. A decade later, David Lynch filmed version that, while being a commercial failure, nevertheless gained something of a cult status over time.

    New Details Emerge About Upcoming Star Trek Shows

    Over the last several months, we covered new developments in the Star Trek TV Land. Among them: a Star Trek miniseries about Jean-Luc Picard with Patrick Stewart returning to the role that made him famous among geeks all around the world. Also, an animated TV show called Star Trek: Lower Decks, created by Mike McMahan, one of the writers on cult favorite Rick and Morty.

    Now, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we know that CBS All Access is planning at least one other Star Trek cartoon, albeit a more “kid-friendly” one as opposed to Star Trek: Lower Decks. Star Trek: Discovery‘s producer Alex Kurtzman adds that two more Star Trek: Short Treks will be coming too, albeit in an animated form and only after the end of the second season of Discovery.

    GeekTyrant reports that both Stewart and Kurtzman have teased details about the Jean-Luc Picard miniseries. While nothing is set in stone yet, the story will apparently be set in the Prime Timeline after the events of the 2009 J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek. That film revealed how the Romulan homeworld was destroyed by a supernova, leading to a dissolution of the Romulan Empire and Picard working as a diplomat alongside Mr. Spock to unite the Romulans and the Vulcans.

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