Although this new international trailer for The Wolverine (2013) contains a ton of new footage I just can’t shake the feeling that everything seen so far about this movie screams mediocrity. The narrative might be based on one of the most loved story lines from the comic but the film doesn’t seem to have a distinctive visual style of its own. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating that the trailers don’t have any real money shots in them either except for more angles of Hugh Jackman grimacing whenever his claws come out.
Not much has changed in regards to Star Trek Into Darkness versus the 2009 reboot as the new installment still trails by about $10 million USD. There’s really no way that the sequel will beat the original at this stage in the game especially since Man of Steel will rip through the box office this weekend and dramatically reduce the number of screens Into Darkness is playing on.
I briefly mentioned in my last post that I was very interested to see where Star Trek was making gains in International Box Office and here at last is a breakdown I have come up with of the top 15 countries where Into Darkness is raking in the most money. Please note that this table will definitely change as the movie is still playing around the world.
“For those who are impatiently waiting my review of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness I present the following mini review in two simple lines.
Is it good? Yes.
Is it better than the all-time franchise standard bearer, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? No.”
Feeling a sense of déjà vu? For long time fans of this blog some might notice that the previous italicized lines come from my review of JJ. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot but as I started to write my critique of Into Darkness it came to my mind that the same two questions needed to be answered yet again. However, this time around it is the second question that needs major attention as it has the power to play havoc with how you will feel coming out of this new installment.
I forgot to put the newest versus chart in my weekend box office update so here it is in another separate post. The past weekend was not exactly great for Star Trek Into Darkness as it dropped 56% although just about every other film collapsed just as badly as the collective air went out of the box office. I’m expecting it to stabilize this weekend and the next week until Man of Steel arrives.
Weekend Box Office May 31-June 2: Everything collapses & we have our first flop of the summer; Star Trek Into Darkness Achieves Warp
The last week of May is traditionally a down week as everyone recovers in the USA after Memorial Day weekend so it is expected that the box office will sag. However, it certainly dropped more than anticipated as every movie had 50%+ drops with a few even higher than 60%. Ouch.
The big news this weekend is the arrival of After Earth which continues the summer trend of studios messing around with a film’s release date after spending millions advertising another. Also opening this week is Now You See Me which stars an ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Melanie Laurent, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson.