Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, James Bond News, and Jurassic World’s Sequel’s Sequel

    Black Panther Roars to Power

    It was a weekend of Black Panther. The latest Marvel superhero blockbuster, based on a superhero hailing from the secret technologically advanced city-state in Africa, arrived in cinemas and earned over $200 million in its opening weekend alone, making this, according to the Box Office Mojo, fifth-largest movie opening of all time. Black Panther‘s director Ryan Coogler previously helmed Creed, the seventh installment in the Rocky saga starring Michael B. Jordan. Jordan appears in Black Panther as well, alongside Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis.

    In its second week in cinemas, children’s film Peter Rabbit remained in the second place, earning around $17.5 million. Meanwhile, erotic drama Fifty Shades Freed wasn’t as lucky: in its second weekend it dropped from first to the third place and grossed just shy of $17.3 million. In fourth place of last weekend’s box office is once again Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $10 million. Finally, in fifth place is Clint Eastwood’s drama The 15:17 to Paris that earned $7.5 million.

    Danny Boyle Rumored to Direct Bond 25

    English filmmaker Danny Boyle might direct the 25th installment of the unkillable franchise about the unkillable secret agent with a license to kill. According to an article in Variety, there are anonymous rumors coming from MGM suggesting that Boyle might be their choice of director for the next James Bond film. This comes after the likes of Dennis Villeneuve (Sicario, Blade Runner 2049) and Christopher Nolan (Inception, Dunkirk) both confirmed they are already involved with other projects. After making his mark with his 1996 dark comedy Trainspotting, Danny Boyle directed a number of critically acclaimed movies, ranging from the 2002 post-apocalyptic horror 28 Days Later to 2008 Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

    Another possible director for the next James Bond film might be the young French director Yann Demange, whose earlier film ’71 is a visceral thriller set in Belfast during the worst conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants in the 1970s. It’s quite possible though that the studio will want a big name tied to the 25th installment in this venerable franchise. Daniel Craig will return to the titular role, quite possibly for the last time, while the movie should come out on November 8, 2019.

    Jurassic World 3 Release Date Revealed

    While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still months away from roaring into cinemas all over the globe, The Hollywood Reporter has already announced the release date of its sequel: June 11, 2021. Studio’s confidence is understandable: in 2015, Jurassic World earned over $1.6 billion worldwide, making it one of the most profitable movies in cinematic history. Jurassic World was directed by the indie filmmaker Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Book of Henry) who, alongside Derek Connolly, also co-wrote this soft reboot of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 sci-fi blockbuster that was, in turn, based on a best-selling novel by Michael Crichton.

    Trevorrow and Connolly will also write the script for this as-yet-untitled Jurassic World sequel. They will be joined by screenwriter Emily Carmichael who is working on Pacific Rim: Uprising. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is helmed by the Spanish director J. A. Bayona (A Monster Calls, The Orphanage). The movie will feature volcano eruptions, mutated killer-dinosaurs and Jeff Goldblum as the elderly Dr. Ian Michael, amazed yet amused that, decades after the Jurassic Park disaster, humanity still keeps trying to bring dinosaurs back with a disastrous effect.

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