Week-in-review: Weekend Box Office, Superman Becomes Witcher And Captain Marvel Revealed

    Asians and Megalodons Keep Getting Richer

    For the third week in a row, romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians managed to hold the first place of the weekend box office by earning $22,2 million. Produced for $30 million and based on a Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestselling novel, Crazy Rich Asians has so far grossed over $110 million domestically and another $20 million worldwide.

    Somehow even more impressive is the staying power of The Meg. A month ago, this sci-fi film about a giant prehistoric shark that cost more than all the Sharknado movies combined managed to reach the first place of the weekend box office. Since then, according to Box Office Mojo, The Meg stayed in the second place for three weeks. Last weekend, it earned $10,5 million, bringing its total domestic and worldwide gross up to $460 millions. Somewhere in Hollywood, someone is already plotting a sequel.

    In the third place of the last weekend’s box office is once again Mission: Impossible – Fallout with an even $7 million. In the fourth place with $6 million is Operation Finale – a real-life Mission: Impossible story about the dramatic capture of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1960 by the Mossad agents. Finally, in the fifth place with $5,7 million is the thriller Searching following a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing daughter with a help of a police detective (Debra Messing).

    Henry Cavill Cast In The Witcher TV Series

    iO9 reports that Henry Cavill, best known for his performances in Zack Synder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman movies, has been cast as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s upcoming The Witcher TV series. Cavill himself announced the news this week via an Instagram post, which was then quickly confirmed by the Netflix’s Twitter page.

    Saga of The Witcher first began back in the mid-1980s in a series of stories and novels by the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. His stories about the genetically enhanced hunter of supernatural monsters in a world heavily inspired by medieval Europe quickly became bestsellers in Poland. In 2007, Polish game developer CD Projekt Red introduced Geralt of Rivia to the world in a bestselling computer RPG The Witcher. Since then, this widely popular game has had two sequels. This, in turn, led not only to Sapkowski’s novels being translated into English but to a 2001 Polish movie The Hexer and a short-lived TV series.

    Over the past three years, Polish production company Platige Image has quietly worked on the American adaptation of Sapkowski’s novels. While at first, the company aimed to produce a big-budget movie adaptation, these plans changed in 2017 when Platige Image announced it intends to co-produce a The Witcher TV series with Netflix instead. Currently, not much else is known about the series.

    Captain Marvel Revealed

    While we still have to wait until teaser trailer, first official images from the upcoming Captain Marvel movie have been revealed, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Beside Larson who plays the titular character, the movie features Gemma Chan as the alien scientist Dr. Minn-Erva, Jude Law as Captain Marvel’s mentor Mar-Vell, Lashana Lynch as Maria “Photon” Rambeau and Ben Mendelssohn as the villain Talos. Captain Marvel will also see the return of several villains from the first Guardians of the Galaxy film: namely, Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace) and Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou). Finally, since the movie is set in the 1990s, it will also feature eerily unaged versions of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury alongside Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson.

    The twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel has reportedly been in development since 2013 while the casting of Brie Larson was first announced at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. Larson will play Captain Marvel AKA Carol Danvers – a former fighter pilot who, while faced with a threat of an alien invasion by the shape-changing race known as the Skrull, becomes one of the Earth’s most powerful superheroes. Produced by Disney and Marvel Studios, Captain Marvel is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, both of which also helped co-write the script. The movie will be released on March 8, 2019.

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