The Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot, ‘Man Of Steel,’ has debuted to $113.1 million at the US box office to score the top opening weekend of all time for June in North America. Including the $12 million grossed Thursday night from special screenings, the film’s opening clocked in at a whopping $125.1 million. ‘Man of Steel’ eclipsed the previous June record-holder, ‘Toy Story 3,’ which debuted to $110.3 million in June 2010. The event pic, costing a hefty $225 million to produce, received a fantastic ‘A’ CinemaScore, which should mean that it has staying power at the box office. ‘Man of Steel’ grossed $13.3 million in IMAX theaters, and 41% of its business came from 3D ticket sales. This weekend, the movie opened in 24 international markets, but returns were not yet available. It is projected that ‘Man of Steel’ will make $200 million at the box office worldwide this weekend. UPDATE: the opening international box office gross for ‘Man of Steel’ has been recorded at $71.6 million, for a worldwide debut of $196.7 million.
Alongside Henry Cavill in the dual role of Superman/Clark Kent, the key cast for ‘Man of Steel’ includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive father Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive mother Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Superman’s Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, Michael Kelly as Steve Lombard, Richard Shiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Russell Crowe as Jor-El; Superman’s Kryptonian father.
Fun “Barrels” Illustration For ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Featuring Richard Armitage’s Thorin, Aidan Turner’s Kili & More
Kibbitzer has put together this great “BARREEEEEELS” illustration for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ featuring Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield, Adam Brown’s Ori, Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins and Aidan Turner’s Kili. The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece ‘The Hobbit,’ by J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Universal Pictures has revealed this new Comic-Con poster for ‘Riddick.’ The film, written and directed by David Twohy (The Chronicles of Riddick, A Perfect Getaway), stars Vin Diesel, Katee Sackoff, Jordi Molla, Karl Urban, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Dave Bautista, Keri Hilson and Nolan Funk. Universal Pictures has set a September 6th release for ‘Riddick.’
The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered.
After a phenomenal Thursday night of $21 million at the US box office, including $12 million from Thursday 7pm screenings and $9 million from midnights, the Superman tentpole ‘Man of Steel’ soared to $44.1 million on Friday (including those $9 million midnights) and has already reached $56.1 million total at the US box office. According to reports, ‘Man of Steel’ is on course for a North American debut in the $122 million to $125 million range – colossal numbers! The Zack Snyder-directed film should easily race past the $200 million mark globally by the end of the weekend. The event pic, costing a hefty $225 million to produce, received an excellent ‘A’ CinemaScore, which should mean that it has staying power at the box office.
David S. Goyer penned the ‘Man of Steel’ script based on a story he crafted with Christopher Nolan. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures turned to Nolan as a producer on the project after he successfully revived the Batman franchise with his Dark Knight trilogy. Internationally, ‘Man of Steel’ is opening day-and-date in 24 markets, landing first in the Philippines and Taiwan on Wednesday, where it earned $1.7 million and $794,742, respectively. It was the largest opening day ever in the Philippines and the largest Warner Bros opening in Taiwan. Among other major markets, it opened in the UK and Mexico on Friday. The following weekend, the tentpole opens in 26 additional markets, including China, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain.
Walt Disney Pictures has released these two new international character posters for ‘The Lone Ranger.’ A stellar cast has been assembled for the film, with Armie Hammer (The Social Network) taking on the role of the titular character, Johnny Depp playing Tonto, and the likes of Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson and James Frain co-starring. The film, which takes place in 1869, is directed by Gore Verbinski for Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films. ‘The Lone Ranger’ marks Verbrinski and Depp’s fifth collaboration after the first trio of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies and the Oscar-winning ‘Rango.’
The film is described as “a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought tolife through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.” ‘The Lone Ranger’ has been pencilled in for a July 3rd release in the US and a August 9th release in the UK. The production details and official synopsis for ‘The Lone Ranger’ can be read below.
Boup0quod has put together these two great unofficial posters for ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ big-screen take on the popular Ubisoft video game that has Michael Fassbender attached to star. Ubisoft’s Eli Richbourg, Frank Marshall, Fassbender and his partner Connor McCaughan are producing.
The plot for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ centers on a bartender who is captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors – all of them assassins – and retrieve ancient artifacts.Two years ago Ubisoft invested in launching UMP (Ubisoft Motion Pictures), headed by Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, to adapt the company’s games into films, TV shows and digital projects. Adaptions of the games ‘Splinter Cell’ and ‘Ghost Recon’ are also in the works, with Tom Hardy set to lead ‘Splinter Cell’ and Michael Bay attached to produce with an eye to direct, depending on scheduling and the script, ‘Ghost Recon.’