It was the sixth highest grossing movie of 2018, worldwide. Sixth may not sound that impressive, but it definitely is when you consider its peers — Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Incredibles 2, and Aquaman. Bohemian topped the worldwide grosses of Venom, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Deadpool 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Ready Player One.
There’s all this talk about Hellboy under-performing in its opening weekend — the hellish, going up in flames jokes write themselves — taking third place below both Shazam! and Little. But Missing Link would’ve been happy with such a finish. Instead, it opened in 9th place, even after playing on more screens than fellow newcomers Hellboy, Little, and After.
Missing Link only made $5.8 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office. That’s the lowest opening yet for Laika. The stop-motion animated adventure — starring the voice talents of Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, and Zoe Saldana — had been tracking for $8 million-$12 million, per THR. That’s still not a wow, but this is worse.
So what happened?
Sometimes you can look to reviews. But not this time. Hellboy, After, and Little were all trounced by critics, with 15%, 13%, and 49% respective Rotten Tomatoes scores. Missing Link, on the other hand, has an 89% RT score with a still positive 74% audience score. Missing Link also earned a B+ CinemaScore from moviegoers polled opening night. That’s the same score as Little, and higher than After‘s B and Hellboy‘s C.
So it wasn’t bad reviews, which was probably a factor in turning people away from Hellboy. With Missing Link, I’d wager lack of publicity was a factor. I may not have been the target audience, but I saw very few ads for this movie. Then again, I could say the same for the romantic drama After, which opened above Missing Link with $6.2 million from 2,138 screens. That’s a thousand fewer screens than Missing Link, which opened in 3,413 theaters.
Missing Link actually opened in about a hundred more theaters than Hellboy, and nearly a thousand more than Little. It had fewer than Shazam! but the per-screen average for Missing Link was only $1,712, vs. $5,838 for Shazam! this week, $5,811 for second place Little, and $3,638 for Hellboy.
Expect a lot of chatter about the Hellboy reboot and what that could mean, but I’m wondering what this could mean for the studio behind Oscar-nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings. Maybe the international box office will help.
None of the Laika films have been blockbusters, but worldwide Coraline made $124.6 million in 2009, with $75M of that from the domestic box office. Subsequent films made a bit less money, per Box Office Mojo. Kubo and the Two Strings has the lowest total so far with $69.9 worldwide — $48M from domestic — after its opening in 2016. Missing Link looks to be on track to end with less.
Missing Link could be one of those films that picks up as it goes along, but with Avengers: Endgame coming April 26, there isn’t much time to build momentum. That thing is going to take over all screens. As we wait to see what happens from here, be sure to come back to CinemaBlend to check out our weekend box office roundup, and bookmark our 2019 movie schedule to keep up with everything headed to theaters this year.
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Anyway, right after his second Conan movie, his Hollywood career really took off. He landed the role of T-800 in The Terminator and went from that to Red Sonja, Commando, Predator, The Running Man, Twins, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, T2, Last Action Hero, True Lies, Junior, Eraser, Jingle All the Way, Batman & Robin, End of Days, Collateral Damage, The Expendables, and now more Terminator in Terminator 6, Dark Fate.
J.J. Abrams was recently asked to compare his last days filming the two Star Wars films. As you can imagine, Rise of Skywalker had more emotional impact than Force Awakens:
Yes, we so often focus on first and last days of filming, but there’s so much that happens before the actors even get to set, and still more after they leave. It would be a dream to watch John Williams and the orchestra working on any Star Wars score.
J.J. Abrams continued telling Jake Hamilton how the end of his first Star Wars movie was quite different from his (probably) last:
There’s a lot of hugging in the Star Wars galaxy, and you’ll probably remember the Rey/Finn/Poe hug photo J.J. Abrams shared on February 15 to mark the official end of Episode IX filming.
Thanks to his new interview with Jake Hamilton at Star Wars Celebration 2019, we have more insight into how J.J. Abrams was feeling that day. We’ll be hearing a lot more from Abrams and the cast as we get closer to The Rise of Skywalker‘s release.
Once the movie opens, we’ll hear even more from J.J. Abrams as he explains the decisions that were made along the way. He had to do a lot of that after The Force Awakens, just as Rian Johnson did after The Last Jedi, and George Lucas has had to do for decades now, especially after the prequels. Fans love Star Wars films, but they also feel so passionately about them — well, you know.
Rhodey got to be the one to ask Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) the pressing question of where the hell she’s been this whole time. Don Cheadle said his character is certainly wary of this stranger comin’ in hot with bold plans:
Fair enough. As Don Cheadle suggested to EW, it would be weird if they just immediately started following this stranger without testing her mettle. But we know Captain Marvel is up to that challenge, and she’s already been shown in other trailer shots to be part of the team that heads out to get the Thanos job done.
Here’s how that sneak peek scene played out, showing the initial tension in the room between Rhodey — although he was probably speaking for all of them — and Carol:
That’s when Thor took a bread break and tested Carol, in his way, ultimately saying of her: “I like this one.”
Captain Marvel has a healthy ego, but no ego is healthier than Thor’s, so it should be interesting to see them together in more scenes. She fed their egos with her answer, basically saying this planet was already covered so they didn’t need her help — until now.
In other trailer shots, Rhodey is also shown heading off into space — apparently for the first time — with Captain Marvel and the surviving Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite appearing to have a big presence in the movie, Don Cheadle doesn’t seem to know too much more than The Rest Of Us about how Avengers: Endgame will play out. At least, that’s what he told EW:
Don Cheadle said “they” — presumably directors Joe and Anthony Russo — would tell them this sequence would fold into that one, but they may change it and get rid of this whole other sequence. So the final three hour-plus runtime may include some surprises for the actors themselves, if certain scenes did or did not make the final cut.
Mark Hamill said he pitched his idea to J.J. Abrams when they were making Episode VII, The Force Awakens, as an alternate way for Luke to make a surprise late-in-the-film appearance while still managing to get the OG gang together again.
So Mark Hamill told THR what he had previously pitched to The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams:
Well, you’ll get no argument from me. J.J. Abrams has already taken heat for The Force Awakens showing Leia hug Rey after Han’s death instead of Han’s other BFF Chewbacca. ‘Cause it’s true, Rey barely knew Han Solo. It would’ve had more impact to see Luke, Leia, and Chewie’s emotional reactions. Abrams has shared regrets about the blocking of that particular scene, since it did come across as “a slight” to Chewie, which was not intended.
So it sounds like Mark Hamill had issues with both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, since he has also been candid with his frustration on the direction of Luke’s storyline in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Even if Episode IX somehow cobbles a Skywalker reunion together, it’s too late for it to have the same kind of impact it could’ve had in The Force Awakens. Han Solo was killed by his son Ben/Kylo in The Force Awakens, Luke died in The Last Jedi, and Leia actress Carrie Fisher died in real life. Luke is still returning somehow in The Rise of Skywalker — perhaps the title is a hint there — and Leia will be shown in previously unused footage. But Star Wars lost its chance to get the original trio back.
Mark Hamill recently posted a photo hugging Harrison Ford, showing his own version of a Luke/Han reunion. He’s really laying it on thick, but the frustration is shared by fans. That said, unlike Hamill, we as fans don’t know what The Rise of Skywalker has in store in terms of Skywalker family reunions. The teaser trailer already showed Carrie Fisher’s Leia in another mid-hug moment, but maybe we can hope for even more from J.J. Abrams, who has learned from his experience on The Force Awakens.
Last month, Captain Marvel debuted in theaters, introducing audiences worldwide to Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers. Fans won’t have to wait long at all to see her again as she’ll be appearing in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame as a crucial piece of the film. Despite the fact that Captain Marvel arrived in theaters first, Larson’s first time playing the character was actually in Endgame. Thus, she had to work closely with both the Russo Brothers and her Captain Marvel co-directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, to nail her character down.
Marvel Studios has been hyping up Captain Marvel for years and she didn’t disappoint when she finally arrived in March. The film has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, and the character looks to have left a positive impression on the fanbase. Marvel will be bringing her photon blasts straight to Thanos’ doorstep in Endgame, where much purple face punching will happen.
Because Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame filmed back-to-back, Brie Larson’s first time playing Carol Danvers was in the Endgame. There wasn’t a script for either Endgame or Captain Marvel at the time, so Larson had to figure out the character from scratch. Luckily, she had the help of the Russo Bros., Boden, and Fleck, which was a prime example of Marvel collaboration, according to Joe Russo.
Joe Russo told Mashable that he and his brother Anthony worked closely with the Captain Marvel directors to make sure that the character translated the same in both films. Collaboration is no strange thing at Marvel Studios. Directors often work with each other to make sure all of the individual character’s traits and quirks ring true during crossovers.
One example of how Captain Marvel is different in Endgame is that she’s a bit more glammed up than she was in her solo movie. While fans originally wondered if that was just the effect of male directors being in charge, Joe Russo clarified that it was Larson who ultimately decided how her character would look in the film.
Fans are no doubt excited to see Carol interact with the Avengers and they don’t have to wait much longer. Avengers: Endgame is all set to arrive in theaters on April 26. To learn more about the film, here’s what we know so far. For everything Marvel has going in the near-future, here’s our Marvel movie release guide.
As fans gear up for Avengers: Endgame in a couple weeks, they can expect more fun match-ups between the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more recently introduced MCU characters. Throughout Chris Hemsworth’s time as Thor, over eight years, he’s had tons of memorable moments playing off other characters in the universe. But if he had to choose one to work alongside with, it would be the King of Wakanda:
Marvel, are you listening? Because we need this to happen! The God of Thunder and T’Challa teaming up is a great choice from Hemsworth, from his an interview with MTV, and we hope they’ll get to share the screen in the MCU at some point. When Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther was introduced during Captain America: Civil War, Thor was notably absent. In Infinity War, Thor spent much of his time with Rocket and Peter Dinklage’s Eitri before wreaking havoc in the Wakanda battle, though he didn’t have much (if any) screen time alongside Black Panther.
We have no idea whether Thor and Black Panther will be sharing scenes in Endgame because T’Challa was one of the dusted Avengers. When asked about his return to the MCU, Chadwick Boseman recently went viral with his blunt “I’m dead” responses. However, the character is set to return in Black Panther 2, coming up in Phase Four, so there may be more opportunities for the two characters to interact… that is, if Thor makes it out of Endgame alive.
Since the film is the culmination of the MCU thus far, fans are bracing themselves for some potentially sad goodbyes – most looking to the original six Avengers. Chris Hemsworth seems game to keep going with the MCU, recently even stating his interest in doing a Disney+ series with Thor’s Australian roommate Darryl, his co-star for a few funny Marvel shorts.
Per an Endgame scene from the trailers that has Thor interacting with Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, some fans have speculated the two heroes may have a romantic storyline together. The first MCU leading lady was purposefully not given a love interest in Captain Marvel to best serve her individual storyline. Instead, fan art started to emerge of Carol and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie.
There’s tons of possibilities as far as the MCU is concerned, and with Chris Hemsworth’s sharp humor and fun Thor character, we hope he stays on for more MCU films and gets some moments with T’Challa someday. Who knows? Maybe he’ll have a scene with him in Endgame when it hits theaters on April 26.
One of the first things we learned about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge‘s Millennium Falcon attraction was that it would be possible to bring the iconic ship back in great shape, and it would also be possible to bring the ship back severely damaged, depending on how you and your flight crew performed your duties. However, beyond a few passing comments, we had little idea exactly what that meant. Today at Star Wars Celebration we learned a little more about what can happen after your flight in the Falcon is finished, and how you’ll be able to see just how good, or bad, a job you did.
Asa Kalama is the executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering and is in charge of Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, and he revealed that the experience of flying the Falcon doesn’t end when you leave the cockpit. Instead, as you exit down the Falcon’s main hallway, that we’ve seen countless times before in the movies, that hallway will actually look different depending on what happened on your trip. According to Kalama…
The idea that the results of your Smuggler’s Run experience would continue after the attraction ended had been part of the description of the attraction since early on, but what we heard about most was that you might run into somebody at Oga’s Cantina who could respond to you in a particular way based on your experience, but this is the first we’ve heard that the Falcon itself would show the results of your ride.
Star Wars Celebration did show off the hallway in question in good condition, we didn’t get a chance to see how it will be different if you do a bad job..
Everything else we know about how your Smuggler’s Run experience will impact the rest of your time on Batuu involves the idea that cast members or animatronics might react to you differently based on how well you did on the ride. We also got to see more of the Hondo Okana animatronic that will be part of the attraction. Asa Kalama spoke about how Okana himself will react to you if you beat up his ship too much.
The more we hear about Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the more exciting it becomes. We’ll finally get a chance to experience it all when the new land comes to Disneyland May 31 and Walt Disney World August 29.
Star Wars fans were in for a massive treat this week with Star Wars Celebration, a kind of convention exclusively for the Star Wars franchise. At Celebration, the cast and filmmakers of Episode IX took to the stage and finally dropped details about the movie. While there was a lot to chew on, maybe the biggest revelation was the reveal that the Emperor would be returning in the film. That’s pretty huge — and Ian McDiarmid, who played Palpatine in all the movies, had some fun teasing his return.
The first footage for Episode IX — now forever known as The Rise of Skywalker — was dropped during Star Wars Celebration. It’s a seriously awesome trailer that showcases Rey, Finn, and Poe on a mission together (finally!), some new planets, Kylo Ren doing his thing, and the return of Lando. But Lando isn’t the only original trilogy character making his comeback as the ominous laugh of Emperor Palpatine closed out the trailer.
As if that wasn’t enough confirmation that old papa Palps is back, Ian McDiarmid took the stage and had the trailer play a second time. Somehow, Paplatine will once again torment the galaxy, and while fans are already cooking up their theories, McDiarmid took to Twitter to raise the hype even further.
McDiarmid has played Palpatine in all of his live-action appearances, perhaps featured the heaviest in the prequel trilogy. Now, the actor is back and he’s teasing fans that the dark side is stronger than ever. Seeing as how Palpatine is THE Star Wars bad guy, that statement certainly rings true.
The reveal of Palpatine certainly must have caught plenty of fans by surprise, but when you think about it, there weren’t many options available to The Rise of Skywalker for villains. After the death of Snoke, there’s really no one left. Yes, there’s Kylo Ren, but his story is so tied up in the will he/won’t he be a good guy, that he doesn’t really feel like a final boss. You can’t introduce a new guy because what good would that do in the last film? So, you bring back the guy everyone knows and it becomes a lot stronger.
We’re still far away from learning more details about Palpatine and the movie. Maybe he’s back as a Force ghost or the First Order actually figured out a way to resurrect him. I’m sure there won’t be any shortage of theories! But will those theories be any … good?
It’s still a long wait, but all the answers to our questions will be revealed when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 20, 2019. To learn as much about the film as you can, be sue to check out what we know so far about the movie, which we’ll continue to update as more news drops.