Popcorn News – June 1

Box Office Weekend Report: Maleficent scored the number one spot of the weekend earning $70 million in its theatrical debut. X-Men: Days of Future Past scored $32.6 million in its second weekend, making its domestic total $162 million thus far. Seth MacFarlane’s western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West didn’t fare as well during its opening weekend as it opened in third place grossing $17 million, which is a big drop from MacFarlane’s previous film, Ted, which grossed $54 million its opening weekend. Godzilla took fourth with $12.2 million and Adam Sandler’s Blended took fifth with $8.4 million. The remainder of the top ten are (in order): Neighbors with $7.7 million, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with $3.7 million, Million Dollar Arm with $3.7 million, Jon Favreau’s Chef with $2 million and The Other Woman with $1.4 million. (Box Office Mojo)

Josh Brolin will play the voice of Thanos in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 3. (Latino Review)

It was reported on Friday that Adam McKay (AnchormanStep Brothers) was in final negotiations to replace Edgar Wright on Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Then a day later, it was reported that McKay had abruptly changed his mind and has officially pulled out of negotiations. With McKay gone, it looks like Marvel will revisit its short list of desired directors, which includes Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re The Millers, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), to see who will helm the picture which begins shooting in just a few weeks. (The Wrap)

An Eva Green character poster for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has been released online after the MPAA rejected it. Their reasoning for the disapproval of the poster is “for nudity – curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.” (New York Post)

Eva Green Sin City character poster

Producer Neal Moritz and Studio Canal are moving forward with a re-imagining of Cliffhanger, which starred Sylvester Stallone. They’ve hired Joe Gazzam to write the screenplay after he was among a group of screenwriters who pitched their take on the movie. (Deadline)

Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are set to direct and produce, respectively, a reboot of the Stargate franchise for MGM with intentions of a new trilogy. No word yet on when the reboot will hit theaters. (Ain’t It Cool)

Paramount has pushed back its new Friday the 13th movie from March 13, 2015 to a more appropriate fall release date, November 13, 2015. Paramount is also moving it’s Christopher Landon-directed horror comedy, Scouts vs. Zombies, into the vacated March slot. (Comingsoon.net)

Hulu is in preliminary talks with Sony to bring back the recently cancelled Community. Creator Dan Harmon has warmed up to the idea but seems hesitant as he says, “I’m not going to be the guy that re-cancels cancelled Community.” Nothing has been made official yet except that both parties are interested in discussing the possibility of the show’s continuation. (Deadline)

The trailer for the Robin Wright-led sci-fi drama, The Congress, has appeared online. The movie, which is directed by Ari Folman (2008’s Oscar-nominated animated war documentary, Waltz with Bashir), has Wright playing a fictionalized version of herself as she brokers a deal to allow a studio to scan her whole image into a computer and keep it as their own in order to receive a healthy compensation so she can take care of her ailing son. The Hollywood satire/fantasy film opens in theaters on August 29.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter: @monsterpopcorn

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