I have really enjoyed writing about gaming news the last few weeks, so I am going to bring that same format to the Movie news world, bringing you all the news that interested me, including the box office news and my thoughts on any trailers from the last week. This week Us released in theatres, I go back over the Avengers trailer, and the Elton John biopic runs into some rating issues.
Box Office Breakdown
This week Get Out director Jordan Peele released his newest film into cinema’s, the freaky horror “Us”. I haven’t got round to seeing it yet, partly because of a busy weekend, partly because I think it might scare the bejesus out of me. That didn’t keep a lot of people in the US from going out this weekend and watching it. Bringing in $70 million on its opening weekend is a great showing, and proves the director has really caught the attention of the movie going audience. The aforementioned Get Out made a respectable $33 million on its first weekend, so doubling that with your second film will make studios desperate to get their hands on his next script.
Coming in second this weekend is Captain Marvel, hanging in there at $35 million and taking its worldwide total over $900 million and up to 10th in the MCU domestic rankings. It’s another example of how well Marvel have brought in regular members of public hooked on their films. Captain Marvel is a very obscure character, and yet its made $100 million more than Wonder Woman, an iconic character known around the world. Marvel will be very happy with this just a month before Avengers Endgame hits theatres.
Avengers Trailer Spoilers?
Speaking of the Endgame, what I hope is the final trailer dropped a couple of weeks ago and predictably sent the internet crazy with theories and speculation. The trailer does give a little away, supposedly anyway, and I will be mentioning that in some detail here but I personally don’t think any of it is a spoiler.
In the trailer there is a clear shot towards the end that shows Tony Stark and Nebula on earth, with the rest of the Avengers in hitherto unseen matching white suits. This is considered by some as a major spoiler, as it gives away that Tony and Nebula make it back to earth when in previous trailers and the end of the last film we saw them on their own in outer space with no way of getting home. For me this breaks down to being about the journey, not so much the destination.
Avengers Endgame is going to be the story of how the avengers will overcome Thanos and save the heroes they lost. There is little doubt in my mind that the vast majority of the heroes who got ‘dusted’ at the end of Infinity War will be saved somehow. What I am in the dark about is how, and that is why I am so excited to see Endgame. The journey to that point and the wins and losses along the way have been set up so perfectly that Endgame is the most anticipated movie in my lifetime.
Kingsman star Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John is one of the most anticipated movies of the year for many. The success of Bohemian Rhapsody last year paved the way for another music icon based biopic, and Rocketman is looking to fill that place. One part of what made Bohemian Rhapsody successful was that it was a film for the entire family, however it’s looking like Rocketman is unlikely to have that same wholesome quality.
Rocketman apparently contains scenes with strong sexual content and hard drug consumption, suggesting the film will go into the dark side of being a rockstar much more than the Queen biopic dared to. The scene has led to suggestions that the film may receive an “R” rating and lead to a narrowing of the potential audience for the picture.
The film is still a way off, not being due for release until 17th May 2019. That gives them a few months to edit the scene and cut around the F words and any nudity to earn the scene, and the film, the PG 13 rating that I think they are aiming for. I for one hope the film gets the lower rating, as I am hoping for a celebration of Elton John’s music in the same way Bohemian Rhapsody celebrated Queens.
Thanks for reading this, This Week in Film will develop just as This Week in Gaming does, and Wednesday’s will be new reviews of new and old films, till next time!