Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, Keanu Reeves, And Even More Keanu Reeves

    Smile, for You Have All Become Children of Infinity War

    Continuing its conquest of the entire planet like a purple alien megalomaniac, Avengers: Infinity War held in the first place of the domestic box office throughout its second weekend in cinemas. Filled to the brim with all of the Marvel superheroes the studio could squeeze in, Avengers: Infinity War earned around $114,8 million. Marvel’s latest blockbuster has so far earned around half a billion dollars domestically and almost eight hundred million dollars abroad, thus ensuring we’ll get to watch Marvel superhero movies whether we like them or not, forever and ever, amen.

    So, what about other top-grossing movies of the last weekend? According to the Box Office Mojo, in the second place is the newly released romantic comedy Overboard, starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez in the gender-swapped remake of a 1987 movie of the same title starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Overboard grossed $14,7 million in its opening weekend. In the third place is John Krasinski’s horror film A Quiet Place with $7,7 million. Fourth place belongs to I Feel Pretty – another romantic comedy – that earned a bit over $5 million. Finally, fifth place of the last weekend’s box office belongs to Rampage, a sci-fi disaster flick that earned $4,6 million.

    Bill and Ted’s Excellent Comeback

    Way before he played the likes of John Wick, Neo or even Jack Traven, Keanu Reeves portrayed a dim-witted slacker dreaming of becoming a rock superstar in the 1989 comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. A modest commercial success, this comedy became a cult classic and was quickly followed in 1991 by Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, in which our duo of dunces goes on a whirlwind tour of the afterlife. Now, almost three decades after the last film, the best comedy about time-traveling stoners ever filmed is getting its second sequel.

    According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, the plans are already in motion. After dissuading the studios from remaking the first movie with younger stars, series’ creators Ed Solomon (Men in Black) and Chris Matheson (Rapture-Palooza) wrote a new script together. The movie – titled Bill & Ted Face the Music – will follow middle-aged Bill and Ted as they once again travel through time while facing their own mortality and younger selves. Keanu Reeves will reprise his role as Ted alongside Alex Winter as Ted’s equally dumb best friend Bill. The movie will be directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest).

    Third John Wick Movie Gets a Cool Working Title

    Written by Derek Kolstad and directed by the former stuntman Chad Stahelski, John Wick was a surprise hit of 2014. A more-stylish-than-usual action thriller about a former contract killer (played by the stone-faced Keanu Reeves) avenging the death of his dog, John Wick features charismatic performances by the likes of Ian McShane (Deadwood) and Lance Riddick (The Wire), plenty of good old-fashioned stunt work as well as impressively well-choreographed fight scenes. Bigger-budgeted John Wick: Chapter 2 followed three years later in 2017.

    According to Screen Rant, the third film in the series just got its working title: Parabellum. This is a name of a pistol model produced by the German manufacturer Luger that is in turn an allusion to a Roman saying “Si vis pacem, para bellum”, a Latin for “If you want peace, prepare for war”. As we prepare for the next installment in the cinematic adventures of the world’s coolest dog-loving assassin, it’s worth remembering that Lionsgate is also developing a TV spin-off of the movie called The Continental for the network Starz. According to an article by AVClub, the series will focus on other deadly denizens of a shadowy, yet stylish New York underworld inhabited by the Reeves’ character.

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