Wonder Woman Loses Steam, Yet Stays Ahead

In its second weekend in cinemas, Wonder Woman 1984 earned only about $5,5 million – significantly lower than the inaugural weekend’s $16,7 million. However, despite this, the latest superhero blockbuster by Warner Bros. remained the highest-grossing movie of the weekend, at least according to Box Office Mojo. Wonder Woman 1984 picks up the story seven decades after the events of the first film, with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine reprising their performances. They’re joined by Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Kristen Wiig (The Martian). The current domestic gross of Wonder Woman 1984 stands at $28,5 million.

In the second place is once again the animated family adventure The Croods: A New Age, with a bit over $2,2 million. Now in its sixth week in cinemas, this sequel to the 2013 film The Croods remains among the top five highest-grossing movies at the weekend box office. That’s hardly surprising, considering the lack of new movies in cinemas. The Croods: A New Age has so far earned $34,5 million domestically. Western drama News of the World starring Tom Hanks is in third place with almost $1,7 million and a total domestic gross of $5,4 million. Thomas W. S. Anderson’s sci-fi action-adventure Monster Hunter comes in next with $1,3 million. So far, this adaptation of the popular video game franchise earned $6,3 million. And finally, in fifth place at the last weekend’s box office is the crime thriller Fatale with a bit over $700,000. It’s total gross until now is almost $3,1 million.

Zack Snyder Teases New Details about Army of the Dead 

In his talk with EW, filmmaker Zack Snyder revealed new details and images from his upcoming zombie horror/heist film Army of the Dead. The film takes place in a world in which a zombie virus spread from Nevada’s Area 51. The government managed to contain the outbreak by building a wall around zombie-infested Las Vegas. The movie follows a group of mercenaries and criminals as they try to break the quarantine in order to steal the money in the casinos.

Army of the Dead features a roster of stars, including Nora Arnezeder as Lily (Mozart in the Jungle), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Garret Dillahunt (Looper), Omari Hardwick (Power), Tig Notaro (Star Trek: Discovery), Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Ana de la Reguera (Cowboys & Aliens), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy), Hiroyuki Sanada (Westworld), Matthias Schweighöfer (Kursk), and others.

Army of the Dead is Snyder’s first project for Netflix, but it won’t be the last. He’s also working on a four-hour animated prequel series titled Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas explaining the beginning of the zombie outbreak, with Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) lending his voice to the main villain.

Army of the Dead is coming out sometime this year on Netflix.

Whoopi Goldberg Returning to Star Trek

During her recent interview with SFX Magazine, Whoopi Goldberg confirmed she will be appearing in the second season of the TV series Star Trek: Picard. She will be reprising her performance as Guinan, mysterious bartender who used to work in Ten-Forward bar aboard the starship USS Enterprise-D.

Back when Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired; Goldberg approached producers of the show, asking for a role in the series. At the time, she was at the height of her fame, having won an Academy Award for her performance in the romantic supernatural drama Ghost as well as starring in several hugely successful movies like Color Purple and Jumping Jack Flash. And yet, Goldberg was such a huge fan of the original series, she was more than willing to play a mere returning character on The Next Generation. Gene Roddenberry, the show’s creator, wrote a role just for her. A mystic/bartender/therapist, Guinan is a member of a long-living species and a confidante to Captain Picard and other crew members.

The First season of Star Trek: Picard aired last year on NBC All Access, The filming of the show’s second season was set for June 2020 but had to be postponed until due to the pandemic. Shooting will resume this February.