In a modern world where film piracy runs riot, it’s pleasing to see that cinema can still survive as a major source of entertainment – but this is where it gets really interesting… Not only has the box office survived a technological revolution, it’s on track to bring it’s most profitable year in history.
To-date, 2002 has held the title of most profitable year in domestic (US) box office history – I mean it’s no surprise considering it was year that saw franchises including Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Spider-Man 2 and Star Wars: Episode II – The Clone Wars – but 2015 is hot on its heals and is destined to overtake when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens at the end of the year.
It really has been a phenomenal year with some of the biggest releases in recent memory, including, and not limited to, Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 to name just a few, not to mention this months release of Spectre (007) which will be looking to beat it’s predecessor.
Take a look at some of this year’s biggest releases and why it will be a record-breaking year for cinema:
- Jurassic World – $1.665 billion
- Furious 7 – $1.511 billion
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.402 billion
- Minions – $1.153 billion
- Inside Out – $832 million
- Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $680 million
- Fifty Shades of Grey – $569 million
Certainly a year of pleasant surprises and one that will continue into Christmas with Star Warsbeing tipped to become the highest grossing film of all time, having already broken box office pre-booking records in the US and UK.
This year will definitely be remembered, but with Marvel and DC Comics redefining box office revenues, cinema will continue to feature prominently for years to come. Check back in December for a break down of 2016 most anticipated releases.
We all know how special the love/hate relationship between Thor and Hulk is – it’s one that’s captured the hearts of ‘Avengers’ fans the world over and left us asking the question, ‘when will Hulk get his own solo film?’.
Well the Gods seem to have heard because sources close to Marvel HQ have let-slip that Mark Ruffalo is set to team up with his ‘best bud’ Chris Hemsworth in the third solo film in the Thor series, aptly entitled Thor: Ragnarok.
It’s probably a good job that Thor will have a bit of help from is ‘temper prone’ fellow Avenger considering the colossal storyline that will take place.
Most of the fine details are still unknown but seeing as Marvel as staying true to the comic universe, Thor: Ragnarok will involve a Norse apocalypse – considering the end of the universe can be quite a pivotal subject matter for any film, it’s clear that Thor and Hulk will play a key role in Marvel’s ‘Phase 3’ story arch and could set up the potential and long awaited ‘Planet HULK’ storyline.
So here’s what we known so far… Mark Ruffalo’s HULK is in and playing a key role, Tom Hiddlestone is also back as Loki (obviously), and the film itself will play a crucial part in setting up the next phase of Marvels cunning and ingenious plan to take all our money (not exactly a bad thing I might add). We do however have have to wait another two years until we see this third installment, but fear not, Captain America and his epic Civil War against Iron Man (and pretty much the entire Avengers cast) will keep us well and truly entertained in the mean time.
Buddy cop action-comedies have always been popular at the box office, and none more so than Michael Bay’s highly successful Bad Boys films – though for the last 12 years we’ve been left without a complete trilogy for one reason or another.
Hope did surface briefly a couple of months back during Sony Pictures annual upcoming release announcement, when not one but two ‘Bad Boys‘ sequels were announced for release – though the studio did remain coy on confirming Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s involvement in the projects.
More developments have recently come to light during a Beats 1 interview with megastar Will Smith, who seemed to majorly hint to interviewer Zane Lowe that Bad Boys 3 could in fact hit cinemas within the next 12-18 months, bringing it inline with its original intended release date.
Of course Smith and Lawrence have yet to confirm their involvement in the sequels, though surely they must be returning otherwise there would surely be no logical reason in carrying the franchise on – both stars have frequently hinted at their interest in reprising the characters of Detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence).
There could however be a new direction in store for the franchise after Michael Bay handed over the directors seat to Smokin’ Aces and A-Team helmsman Joe Carnahan.
Let’s just hope this isn’t the end of the road for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s characters, especially considering they’re “…bad boys for life”.
Most top filmmakers in Hollywood are not shy about pushing the boundaries of acceptability nowadays, especially in a film climate that leans heavily towards the big-budget blockbusters – but ‘Sin City‘ visionary Robert Rodriguez seems to going to extreme lengths with his latest film.
‘100 Years‘, a new short film starring John Malkovich, is set to make film history in some form or another when it is locked away for one hundred years to coincide with the intended release of Louis XIII Cognac, a luxury and prestigious brand that’s known for maturing its product for a century at a time.
Hollywood it’s certainly no stranger to product endorsements, with current James Bond release ‘SPECTRE‘ currently advertising over 50 different brands during its two and half hour running time – but this odd partnership has got to the most ambitious to date.
Rodriguez, known for action-thrillers such as From Dusk Till Dawn and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, will lock away the film in a time capsule volt for one hundred years, where it will then be released in conjunction with the next batch of Louis XIII Cognac, who’s current bottle has just hit shelves after being locked away since 1915.
It’s certainly bad news for any Robert Rodriguez or John Malkovich fans out there who will most likely never see the mysterious film – though your grandchildren certainly will one day, as the intended release is November 18, 2115.
For now all we can see of the project are three teaser trailers starring John Malkovic, and depicting three different versions of what the world may look like in ‘100 Years‘.
Who knows, maybe it will claim the Christmas top spot that year.
View the teases trailers below:
Just when you think J.J. Abrams can’t surprise us any more, he goes and releases a brand-new, exclusive trailer containing unseen footage of next months gargantuan release Star Wars: The Force Awakens – just a week after telling fans not to expect any other trailers I might add.
Never before seen Star Wars footage is like a drug to many fans around the world – so when a new trailer hit the Japanese market, the internet went into meltdown once again as people rushed to view the new trailer, and were left in a state of shock to watch yet more unseen footage. This time however I don’t think anyone seemed to surprised that the illusive Luke Skywalker was nowhere to be seen…again, as Abrams and Disney had made it perfectly clear that the Jedi hero would not be seen until the film’s release on December 17.
The new trailer did however pack a punch, delivering yet more action, dialogue and the first real introduction of the new droid we’ve seen so much of over the last couple of months – and did you notice something different about this yet, unnamed droid? Many fans seemed quick to highlight the droids feminine sounding voice that could spell a first for the Star Wars universe, as all droids up until now have been referred to as “he”.
Considering the randomness surrounding the release of Star Wars trailers, and the fact that we never seem to know when or if one may be released, we might yet see more unseen trailers hitting the airwaves between now and December 17, as Disney continue to ramp up the frenzied buzz that surrounds what’s sure to be the biggest cinematic release so far this century.
Check out the new trailer below:
Pre-box office forecasts had tipped Spectre to do well upon its release and it’s likely we may well see further UK box office records smashed in the coming weeks as the latest instalment in the blockbuster franchise continues to draw crowds to their local cinemas.
James Bond has become a major player in the world of cinema since Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes teamed up for Skyfall, and although the duo will be returning for ‘Bond 25‘, it’s not yet known whether this successful partnership will continue past 2017 – though with the $1.1 billion that the last film made, and the likelihood that Spectre will match that colossal haul, there will certainly be some big-money offers on the table to entice them to continue with this winning formula.
Spectre, co-starring Christoph Waltz, Naomi Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista and Lea Seydoux, is in cinemas worldwide now.
Check out the trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Now You See Me – starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Caine and Mark Ruffalo.
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.