Box Office Battle Conclusion April 21st

The weekend has come to an end and with that comes the results from this weekend’s Box Office Battle. Let’s see how this weekend went!

5. Smurfs: The Lost Village


Taking fifth this weekend is Smurfs: The Lost Village with $4.88 million. This movie has still made only a bit more than half its budget back and this is its third week. This really goes to show what happens when you make two less than satisfactory adaptations of a beloved IP. I’m not saying the Smurfs brand is ruined forever, but for the foreseeable future Smurfs should stay out of theaters

4. Going in Style


In fourth place we have Going in Style at $4.91 million in its third week. The movie has made its money back, so that’s good. As a big fan of the director Zach Braff (JD from Scrubs), it’s nice that this movie isn’t a complete bust. Granted they didn’t do as well as one would hope, but they’re doing okay. So yay for him.

3. Beauty and the Beast


Taking the bronze this weekend is (unsurprisingly) Beauty and the Beast with $9.66 million. This movie just further strengthens Disney’s belief in the live action remake of an animated classic. I haven’t yet been completely convinced of this whole formula. I won’t call it lazy, but do we really need Lion King with realistic lions? Or creepy looking furniture that talks? But anyway, good for BANB for making hella money.

2. The Boss Baby


Second place this weekend is The Boss Baby with $12.71 million in its fourth weekend. For a movie I didn’t expect much of, this movie is doing extremely well. As of right now, its total gross is $138 million which is great. The fact that April was empty as hell probably really helped this movie. It’s always a success to see an animated film that is not Disney or Pixar that still manages to make the big bucks. So, despite my reluctance, rock on Boss Baby!

1. The Fate of the Furious


And taking the gold this weekend is none other than The Fate of the Furious with $38.41 million in its second weekend. It’s not a surprise that FOTF is on top, but the fact that it dropped so much is interesting. Now, a 61% drop isn’t horrible for these big budget movies because with these films people aren’t waiting around to see what the critics are saying. The majority of people have already decided if they would see it, so the people coming in week two are more so those who aren’t as interested in the franchise or those who are coming back for seconds. Looking back at the record breaking Furious 7, one can see that that film dropped around the same percent between week 1 and week 2. So all in all this movie seems to be doing A-Okay, although it won’t be making Furious 7 money.

Honorable Mentions

6. Born in China


So close and yet so far. Coming sixth this weekend is Disney nature’s Born in China with $4.79 million in its opening weekend. Honestly this isn’t super surprising. The Disney nature films, though enjoyable, never seem to make much in the theaters. But I’m happy Disney keeps making them. So yay for Born in China for almost making it in the top five!

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Turner Acquires the Film TV Rights for Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy I like to call 1977 (that’s basically a whole different galaxy) a movie came out that changed cinema forever. That movie was A New Hope, the first Star Wars movie to ever hit the big screen. Within the next 6 years the Star Wars movies grew into a phenomenon never before seen in the film world. I changed lives and made nerds out of many a young man and woman in its short time on the big screen. But of course they couldn’t leave well enough alone which gave us the prequel trilogy. Let’s just say that wasn’t received very well. But now the Star Wars train is chugging at full speed again with its newest trilogy in the works, accompanied by several animated cartoons that are indeed canon. So long story short it’s a good time to be a Star Wars nerd, and it’s about to get even better.tnt-logo-01

Turner acquire the film TV rights to Star Wars. I know what you’re thinking, why does this affect me? What even is Turner? Well I’ll tell you. Are you familiar with the channel TNT? Well that first T just so happens to stand for Turner. GASP. For those of you still not getting this, I’ll spell it out. You will soon be able to watch Star Wars on TNT, which is great (assuming you haven’t already cut the cord). I mean, have you ever seen a Star Wars movie just on TV? I haven’t, but that sounds like a life I wanna live. And I will be soon
enough. And to ice that awesomeness cake, Starting September 20 there will be a marathon of the original six installments in the Star Wars franchise and they’ll do it again in December leading up to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So I guess I know what I’m doing next week.

c9987f44b39e6f9a1faf7188a38936d4-650-80As for the newest films in the franchise, don’t fret. Turner got those too in the deal, but you won’t be seeing them for a little bit. The Force Awakens won’t become Turner’s until early 2018 thanks to a deal Lucasfilm made with Stars, and as for the movies that have not yet come out each will be able to come on tv around three years after their release. I know it’s a bummer but this is kind of standard issue. But don’t fret, you can still see Rogue One a gazillion times in theaters in a few months and then just feed on that.

So how excited are you? Are you wishing you didn’t cut that cord? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Star Wars and other things in the world of movie news.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes to theaters December 16th of this year.


Wreck-it Ralph 2 Gets a Release Date


When one thinks of animation the first thing that comes to most minds is Pixar. However they are not the only people animating stuff. There’s stuff like Sausage Party and Kubo and the Two Strings going on, so there’s more to animation than Pixar. Another great example is actually something Pixar adjacent: Disney. While most of their best work has been in conjunction with Pixar, there are a few gems that stick out even with the famous animation company backing them. One example of this is Wreck-It Ralph. A movie about being more than what you’re ‘supposed’ to be, Wreck-it Ralph was a heartwarming movie about a video game villain that didn’t want to be a villain. And along with that lovely premise it had great voice talent, some names being John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman.

And now that lovely family film is getting a sequel. Wreck-It Ralph 2 has just been given a March 9th, 2018 release date. It is confirmed that John C. Reilly will be returning to voice the ‘villain’ Wreck-it Ralph. the director of the original, Rich Moore, will be co-directing this sequel alongside Phil Johnston, who  co-wrote the film’s script. It is unclear at the moment who else will be joining Reilly in this sequel, but we have till 2018 so we have time.


As for plot not too much has been revealed, however John C. Reilly and a photo have given us a bit of insight about what it’ll be about. According to Reilly, “It’s top secret but I’ll tell you this much… Ralph leaves the arcade and wrecks the Internet” So if that’s not enough to reel you in I don’t know what will. And as you can see from the photo he looks like he will indeed be ‘wrecking the internet’.

So I’m pumped! How about you? Do you want other characters from the original to return? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Wreck-it Ralph 2 and other things in the world of movie news.

Wreck-it Ralph 2 comes to theaters March 9th, 2018.


Disney Continues to Kick the Dead Horse that is Live Action Remakes of Disney Classics



Like the title? I think this may be my favorite one yet. But anywho, Disney has made quite a few remakes in these most recent years and they don’t seem to be slowing down. Just within the last 6 years there has been the Alice in Wonderland movies (speaking of which, Alice through the Looking Glass arrives in theaters TODAY) , MaleficentThe Jungle Book (well that was partially live action but I’ll count it), and Cinderella. While some of these movies definitely do the originals justice, others are less than satisfactory. And there’s even more coming down the pipeline, possibly even one for our favorite semi-aquatic creature.

That’s right! Ariel, Flounder, and the rest of the undersea gang may be gracing the big screen once again in a live action adaptation of the blockbuster animated film, The Little Mermaid. Realize this isn’t officially happening just yet, however considering Disney’s recent love of live action remakes it doesn’t seem unlikely.

The only real question now is when this will happen, if it actually does. An adaptation of neon_0001_largethe original Hans Christian Anderson book The Little Mermaid is currently stuck in development at Universal, so Disney may be hoping to get in first like they did with The Jungle Book. Within the coming weeks and months we shall see which studio will prevail and I have decided to never bet against Disney. I mean, Universal can’t even use any of the original 1989 movie’s songs. It’s kind of a no-brainer.

But what do you think? Are you rooting for Universal to step up and get their movie done? Or are you on the Disney train with yours truly? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on a Little Mermaid live action film and more in the world of movie news.

It is unclear when either of these movies will come out. However if you want to get a taste of live action Disney, Alice through the Looking Glass just came out today so go see that (at your own risk)!









Netflix to Exclusively host all Disney Films come September


I know this in its simplest from don’t have anything to do with sequels, prequels or remakes (oh my!), but this is big news that I think everyone in the US and Canada needs to hear.

Have you ever been planing to watch a movie or finish that one TV show and then you turn on Netflix and it’s gone. That’s a struggle we deal with all the time, but this new deal with Disney is gonna give us at least a few movies we can be sure to hold on to. This exclusive deal made between Netflix and Disney means all Disney movies to come out post this September will be goinforceawakens-hamill-endingg to Netflix. For all the nerds out there, that includes anything by Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar as well. See, I told ya. Big news! But the small sad part is that it only includes the movies that come out post-September. So no Captain America: Civil War, no Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and no Finding Dory. But don’t be bummed. At least we’ll have Episode 8 and Doctor Strange to look forward to.

As for just Netflix in general, over this Summer they will be adding a bunch of new movies you’ll want to see along with old favorites and that new Adam Sandler movie. Here’s a link to a little video on that:

So what do you think? This seems like all around good news to me! But are you so bummed that TFA won’t be on there that you wanna scrap the idea completely? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Disney and other things in the world of movie news.

This deal goes into place this September. And although this deal does not include Civil War, there’s still time to see it in theaters! You can check out my non-spoiler review for that here.


Andy Serkis says his Jungle Book Movie will be darker than Disney’s

It’s really been a crazy time in the world of talking animal movies. Disney has been knocking them out of the park in recent months, especially with their remake of the beloved animated classic The Jungle Book. This movie was a masterpiece, beautiful as is expected from a Disney film. But now something interesting is coming up the horizon: ANOTHER Jungle Book film. This one comes from the mind of world renowned motion capture artist Andy Serkis. While this project is based of the original Rudyard Kipling novel rather than the classic film, this version has been kept in the Disney remake’s shadow. Recently Serkis discussed his film and why his is something worth watching.

“Ours is for a slightly older audience…it’s a PG-13, more a kind of [‘Planet of the Apes’-esque] movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling’s…it’s great to scare kids in a safe environment because it’s an important part of development, and we all loved to be scared as kids, so we shouldn’t overly protect them”

Serkis also went on to summarize the film: “It’s a story of an outsider, someone who is trying to accept the laws and customs of a particular way of living and then has to adapt to another culture, a human culture, which of course he should be able to adapt to, because this is what he is. So it’s about two different species and their laws and customs, and neither are entirely right.”

So as you can see, this is going to turn out to be a very different movie than Disney’s version was. With an interesting plot and a cast including Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch, this movie is seeming to be something to really look for ward to. Let us hope this one doesn’t get caught in the shadow of Disney’s Jungle Book 2.

But what do you think? Is Disney’s version enough for you or are you intrigued? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book and more things in the world of movie news.