Connect with us

Movies News

Spider-Man: No Way Home Now the 6th Highest Grossing Movie of All Time

Published

on

Spider-Man: No Way Home Now the 6th Highest Grossing Movie of All Time

Spider-Man: No Way Home has passed the $1.69 billion mark at the global box office to become the sixth highest grossing movie of all time.

Spider-Man: No Way Home has enjoyed huge box office success to become the sixth highest grossing movie of all time. Starring Tom Holland in the lead, the movie marks the third installment of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series, as well as the seventh appearance of the character in the MCU. Holland’s Spidey was last seen in a mid-credits cameo in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, with his last featured role coming in 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, the last movie of the MCU’s Phase 3.

The Spider-Man franchise is one that has been fraught with complexities and off-screen difficulties for years, with a legal ownership battle between Marvel Studios and Sony. It is also a franchise that has seen three different actors cast in the lead role in the space of 14 years. Tobey Maguire’s live-action debut Spider-Man hit the big screen in 2002, and was followed by two sequels, before he was replaced by Andrew Garfield, who played Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Holland was ultimately cast in another reboot, and made his debut as Spidey in 2016’s MCU hit Captain America: Civil War, with most recent release Spider-Man: No Way Home being his seventh (cameo included) appearance as Peter Parker.

Advertisement
SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY

Related: No Way Home’s Ending Brilliantly Flip’s Iron Man’s Endgame Sacrifice

The 27th MCU movie has proven to be a massive box office success, with reports in Variety detailing that the film has now grossed more than $1.69 billion globally (not adjusted for inflation), and as a result has become the sixth-highest grossing movie of all time. Reports come as the movie No Way Home fulfilled box office projections and returned to #1 at the North American box office this weekend, taking in a little over $14 million domestically between Friday and Sunday. The movie first opened in December 2021, and has so far taken $721 million domestically, as well as $970 million internationally, enjoying great success in the U.K., where it is the fourth-biggest movie ever.


Box office performance is key for blockbusters; they are typically the tentpole releases that keep the studios successful and make money, and there is little doubt that both Sony and Marvel Studios will be delighted by the success this film has enjoyed. Even by MCU standards, the Jon Watt’s directed epic has been a resounding success, which could be down to the surprise appearances of both Maguire and Garfield as Spider-Man within the movie, a plot twist that generated a lot of hype upon release. The success of the film indicates that the box office is beginning to return to some degree of normalcy, which bodes well for future releases, particularly for MCU Phase 4.


Advertisement

Spider-Man: No Way Home is the highest grossing Spider-Man movie, which would suggest that audiences’ appetite for the character remains as strong as ever. Marvel will no doubt be looking to build on this success moving forward, and will hope that upcoming MCU releases, such as Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder, perform as well if not better. No Way Home marks the final film of Holland’s MCU contract, but the actor has expressed enthusiasm at the prospect of playing the character again, and a sequel is believed to be in development. Even if Holland never dons the Spidey suit again, his legacy will certainly be cemented by the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, and its role in reviving the post-pandemic box office.


Next: Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man: No Way Home Ending Was Sadder Than Holland’s

Source: Variety

Advertisement


About The Author

Advertisement

Movies News

Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Published

on

By

Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

Advertisement

The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

Advertisement

Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

Samaritan

Cast
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Movies News

Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

Published

on

By

According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

Advertisement

To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

Continue Reading

Movies News

Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

Published

on

By

Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

Advertisement

Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

Continue Reading

Trending