Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, Zombies and Batman

    Glass Remains Unbreakable, Refuses to Split

    M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero thriller Glass remained in the first place of the weekend box office with $18.9 million, according to the Box Office Mojo. The third installment in Shyamalan’s trilogy of low-key superhero movies that began back in 2000 with Unbreakable, Glass‘ total earnings is now over $73.4 million. Not too shabby for a $20 million film!

    In the second place with almost $12 million is once more Neil Burger’s comedy-drama The Upside, featuring Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle), Kevin Hart (Undeclared) and Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies). Superhero extravaganza Aquaman is in the third place with $7.2 million. Now in its sixth week in cinemas around the world, James Wan’s Aquaman just earned over $1.09 billion, becoming the most successful DC movie in history. In the fourth place of the weekend box office is The Kid Who Would Be King with $7.2 million. This kid-friendly fantasy adventure was directed by Joe Cornish, best known for his 2011 film Attack the Block. Finally, in the fifth place is the excellent CGI-animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse with $6.1 million.

    Zombies Swarm Netflix

    South Korean historical horror drama Kingdom just premiered on Netflix and the streaming giant is already planning to unleash even more zombies on its viewers. First of their reanimations is a movie called Army of the Dead. As envisioned by its director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300), the film has been described by The Hollywood Reporter as a crossover between a horror, a war movie, and a heist movie. Army of the Dead will follow a team of mercenaries as they try pulling off the biggest heist in the history of Las Vegas – during a zombie outbreak. It’s worth mentioning that Synder first drew attention with his 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake that remains pretty watchable even today.

    However, Army of the Dead isn’t the only undead project shambling to LCD screens everywhere. According to the AVClub, Netflix is also producing a Resident Evil TV show. Capcom’s survival horror games have been going strong for over twenty years now, and this wouldn’t be their first cinematic adaptation either. Since 2002, director and producer Paul W. S. Anderson helped make six surprisingly successful action horror movies starring his wife Milla Jovovich. Resident Evil TV series will be produced by Constantin Film, which also produced the movie versions.

    Ben Affleck Is Out, Batman Is Still In

    After several years of rumors and speculations, Deadline confirmed what we’ve all suspected for a while now: Ben Affleck (Argo, Good Will Hunting) won’t be reprising his role as Batman. Years ago, two-times Academy Award winner Affleck was pretty into the role of the Caped Crusader and there were even talks of him directing his own solo Batman movie. However, personal issues possibly coupled with a troubled production and less-than-stellar performance of Justice League seemed to have cooled off Affleck from portraying the world’s greatest detective.

    Nevertheless, screenwriter and director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, War for the Planet of the Apes) remains confident that this new solo Batman movie will be made, with or without Ben Affleck. In a recent talk with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves shed light upon some of his ideas for the upcoming movie. According to him, the next Batman would follow a younger Bruce Wayne and feature Batman “in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films.” The movie will supposedly have more of a noir vibe and feature a rogues’ gallery of classic Batman bad guys. The next Batman movie is set for release on June 25, 2021.

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