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Everything about Marvel typically runs like a well-oiled machine. For the past decade or so, the company has churned out hit after hit and enjoyable film after enjoyable film, mirroring the early run of fellow Disney subsidiary Pixar. Yesterday, however, the studio may have made a horrific blunder.
I'll be recapping the highs and lows of the movie business experienced over the past 12 months. 2013 has been a pretty fascinating time for film, full of reversals of fortune, dizzying successes and even some truly polarizing pictures. So let's look back and GIF out!
Thor thundered back into theaters this weekend riding high on the big buzz that Marvel has generated for its Avengers franchises over the last year and a half. Banking a $86.1 million first place opening, Thor 2 handily exceeded the $65 million debut of the first Thor film back in 2011. When added to the substantial sum the movie has made world-wide, its total international sales exceed $320 million.
Looking to About Time, Ender's Game and Thor: The Dark World for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of sci-fi romances, out of this world children movies, and Marvel superhero stories.
Ender's Game was the easy champion of the weekend box office, netting $28 million and a first-place finish. And while $28 million is a hefty amount for many films, it's not that gigantic for a film with a reported budget of $110 million. And as THR reports from several analysts, it's not the kind of money that immediately leads to a sequel
It was pretty well expected that the highly anticipated (or, at least, highly marketed) Ender's Game would be number one this weekend, but just how close it would come to missing that mark wasn't on most box office radars.
Heading To Battle School With Ender's Game Stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield And Hailee Steinfeld
At a recent press event for Enderís Game held in Beverly Hills, California I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with the filmís three main stars, and with the movie in theaters this weekend now is the perfect time to share the experience.
Still, because the perspective in the novel needed to be changed to suit the needs of the film and because Cardís original novel is highly detailed and accurate in its intentions, Enderís Game is a different but similar adventure on the big screen when compared to its novel counterpart.
Were kids across America packing up their trick-or-treating hauls and bringing it to the movie theater last night? At least enough of them were to make midnight showings of Ender's Game a solid success. Early numbers at The Hollywood Reporter say the PG-13 sci-fi film made $1.4 million from early screenings on Thursday, putting in a good position for a weekend box office contest it's expected to win.
Comparing a film to the book on which itís based is always a tricky task, as we all have our own mental visualization of how a story looks. My hopes for the feature adaptation of Enderís Game were high, but I left the screening thinking that Gavin Hoodís adaptation did about as good a job as it could have with the source material, turning Orson Scott Cardís story into a movie without compromising the core message or the lead character.
There are a lot of great reasons not to see Enderís Game this weekend. Advertisements for the film have been confusing. The footage looks a little video game-ish. Itís only getting blah plus reviews from critics. Director Gavin Hoodís take on Wolverine was not very good. All of these and a whole lot more are perfectly valid reasons to stay away, but let me tell you one that isnít: Orson Scott Cardís hatred for gay people.
Though its release date isnít technically until tomorrow, Enderís Game arrives in theaters across the country tonight, and at long last for those who have been waiting decades to see Orson Scott Cardís novel adapted since it was published back in 1985. But how much does the bookís author actually stand to gain from the success of the film at the box office?
Getting to wander through the Ender's Game set was one big geeky dream come true, as I loved the book and I'm truly hopeful that the movie will be fantastic. The Ford encounter came later in the expedition through the set, but since I've gotten us onto that topic, and there isn't a whole lot more to report, I'll give you the rest of that before we go back to where we left off in Part 1.
Getting a late start this week, but believe me itís worth the wait. Well at least one of the movies is worth it. The other two? Not so much. This week Ender plays his game, old dudes go to Vegas and birds go free
As we've pointed out in the past, much of what we've seen from the upcoming feature adaptation of Ender's Game has focused on alien invasion, war and what may very well prove to be some impressive visual effects. But those who have read the books know that there are key elements in this story that have yet to be revealed. The above photo gives us a look at one of them...
In just two weeks time, the feature adaptation of Ender's Game will arrive in theaters. We've seen quite a bit of promotional content for the film in the recent weeks, including half a dozen new clips, and a preview of the excellent Mondo poster that's set to go on sale next week. And today brings this new featurette, which shows us "Building Ender's World."
If you've been keeping track of Mondo these days, you know they've been showcasing Universal monsters with some pretty outstanding limited edition prints, but the latest poster to unveil for the site is for a more current film. With Ender's Game set to arrive in theaters in a matter of weeks, the timing seems right for a Mondo poster to celebrate the anticipated sci-fi film, and artist Martin Ansin has delivered.
After a series of trailers and TV spots, most of which have emphasized the alien invasion and war aspect of Summit's sci-fi thriller Ender's Game, we now have six new clips to add to the pile, the above video included, most of which focus on Ender. Is he the one who will save mankind from the next "eminent" invasion? Harrison Ford's Colonel Graff seems to think so, but others aren't so sure.
As the release of Ender's Game approaches, that steady trickle of promotional content that's been coming in for the last couple of months appears to be turning into a virtual flood, with new TV spots, photos and other tidbits giving us new glimpses of the sci-fi film. That includes the above TV spot, titled "Morality," as well as a very spoilery peek at the giant featured in the Mind Game, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.
No matter what happens, at least in the short term, movies set in or around outer space are going to be compared to Gravity. ďSure, it looks OK, but itís not Gravity.Ē Unfair? Maybe. But itís reality. So what are the five upcoming sci-fi projects that should be a little bit concerned by the success of Cuaronís Gravity?
I haven't exactly been shy about expressing my observation that lot of the footage we've seen from the upcoming feature adaptation of Ender's Game has focused on the threat of alien invasion and the space war side of this story. So I'm especially excited to see the above clip from the film, which focuses on the lead character's training in Battle School.
If the trailers and TV spots for Ender's Game aren't selling you on the IMAX experience for this movie, perhaps this new poster will. The image shows the silhouetted figure of Ender Wiggin standing in front of a row of monitors while giant freaking lasers blast off in front of him.
The promos for Ender's Game focus a lot on the alien war man is preparing to fight, but the photos for the feature adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel tell a different story, as they place a higher emphasis on the preparation aspect of this story as opposed to the war. And while we're on the subject of emphasis, does anyone else notice there's an abundance of Petra in the promotional content lately?
A lot of what we've seen from the Ender's Game promotional content has focused on the threat of an alien war -- the latest TV spot included -- and given the backdrop of this futuristic story, that's not all that surprising. The cast -- which includes Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield -- and the visual effects are two huge selling points for the film. But those who've read Orson Scott Card's novel know there's a bit more to this story than thrilling space battles and apocalyptic alien invasion imagery.
Those die-hard Ender's Game fans eager for the film to finally make its way into theaters may already be aware that the 2014 calendar for the film has recently become available for sale. The wall calendar includes a number of colorful images from the feature adaptation of Orson Scott Card's popular sci-fi novel.