1. Thor: The Dark World - $86 million [debut week] – This was pretty much a given especially considering other studios didn’t bother putting up anything big by way of competition for Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston’s return to Asgard. The sequel was much more anticipated than the 2011 original, which opened to $65.7 million and $449.3 million worldwide total. As expected, the sequel got a nice post-”Marvel’s The Avengers” boost. Still, this clearly underscores the importance of Robert Downey Jr. in the Avengers franchise for distributor Walt Disney Pictures. Downey’s second turn as Iron Man opened to $128 million and “Iron Man 3” had an expectation-shattering $174.4 million opening. After opening overseas last weekend, “The Dark World” has already grossed $327 million worldwide. With an”A-” CinemaScore, audiences clearly enjoyed it all but ensuring that Thor will have a second stint on top before “The Hunger Games” sequel arrives.
There’s two ways to make a successful comic book movie. One takes a comic property and force it to fit in a more reality-based setting a la Christopher Nolan. The other sees the filmmaker happily embrace the source material’s limitless imagination and brings that larger than life world to the big screen.
Like its big brother, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” the latest Marvel Studios release, “Thor: The Dark World,” is a full-force comic book spectacle. It’s packed with a ton of superhero grand scale action, complex characters and never loses sight of one of the most important traits of this comic book movie sub genre — it’s a heck of a lot of fun.
Six years ago, if you knew who Chris Hemsworth was you deserved a gold star, but now he’s well on his way to becoming one of the more recognizable up and coming actors around thanks to starring roles in films like “Thor,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Cabin in the Woods.” We’ll all just go ahead and pretend that awful “Red Dawn” remake never happened.
My pal Jay Ryan got a chance to meet Hemsworth at last year’s Wizard World convention in Philly, but it was a lot more eventful than he hoped: Continue Reading
[2012 Flash Forward: Following the unexpected success of 2008′s “Iron Man” and perfectly acceptable “The Incredible Hulk,” Marvel Studios continued its momentum for “The Avengers” with “Iron Man 2,” but it’s biggest challenge was to come with 2011′s “Thor.” Audiences weened on science-fiction could buy a genius making his own suit of armor and who knows what a different type of radiation could do to you so it could turn you into a raging monster, but Thor was another story entirely. Continue Reading
I get to share my thoughts on “Thor: The Dark World” Friday at midnight, but until then, here’s a look at most of the cast at the L.A. premiere last night as well as the entire cast of “Marvel Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and even another Avenger. Enjoy! Continue Reading
I’m really loving that Hollywood execs seem to be more willing to take risks with comic book properties. After all, we don’t need every comic book movie to be as dark and gritty as Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Next year we’ve got “Guardians of the Galaxy,” about a team of aliens teaming to stop galactic threats, and in 2015, “Ant-Man,” is slated to deliver our first superhero heist film. The “Man of Steel” sequel gives us another comic staple as Batman and Superman duke it out before our first team-up movie.
There’s another genre I’d like to see that I’m kinda surprised we haven’t seen yet — the action/buddy comedy. I’m not talking some shark-jumping “Batman The Movie” type comedy. I’m thinking more of the “Lethal Weapon” and “Bad Boys” style where the action remains the focus and occasionally, there’s some elements that will make you laugh too.
It seems rare for the main cast members to all be present for a big premiere of their films these days, and that was the case with “Thor: The Dark World,” but with the exception of Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo, the rest of the gang were on hand Oct. 22 for the London premiere of the movie, including everyone’s favorite “villain” Tom Hiddleston. Enjoy the pics! Continue Reading
There’s not much I’m looking forward to seeing in September and October. For me, the next exciting month of the remaining 2013 movie season is definitely November and it kicks off in a big way with “Thor: The Dark World.”
Figured I’d share some of my excitement by taking a look at some new images from the film. Enjoy. Continue Reading
“Rush” is the kind of spectacular sports drama that’s so well executed, it won’t matter if you’ve never cared about racing before. Just sit back and enjoy Director Ron Howard’s latest exhilarating effort based on the real life story of one of the most competitive rivalries in sports history. Continue Reading
Here’s the new trailer for Marvel Studios’ other big release this year featuring everyone’s favorite Asgardian, Thor, and his scheming brother Loki.
This time out, we’re going to see a lot more of Asgard – a smart move as it further expands the Marvel Studios films to show that chaos and madness can occur somewhere besides New York City.
And what do you think of the payoff poster? Looks solid and does an excellent job of highlighting the cast right down to Odin’s ravens and Loki manically laughing in the background.