The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report
In this week's edition...
Arnold Schwarzenegger trades in his walking cane for a machine gun in The Terminator, the Walking Dead will continue to be brutal and the Guardians of the Galaxy remain supreme! Welcome to The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of September 7th.
- Due to a lackluster summer movie season, Marvel’s C-List group of superheroes, The Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing film of 2014, a title the film will most likely keep for the remainder of the year (see below). Lackluster openings for films including Sin City and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were an assisting factor in helping Guardians reach $280 million thus far.
- Warner Bros. made a bold move this week by registering four superhero related internet domain names. The domains, which include AquamanMovie.com, JusticeLeagueFilm.com, ShazamMovie.com and WonderWomanTheMovie.com seem to be obvious announcements of plan projects surrounding these superheroes. The questions of who will helm said projects, who will play these heroes and when the films will be released remain to be answered.
- Those eagerly anticipating a 67 year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger to make his triumphant return to a brand new Terminator franchise received some exciting news this week. Terminator: Genisys (yes, that's how they spell it), the first of the new upcoming trilogy has officially been set for a release date of July 1, 2015. If that's not enough, release dates for the following two now unnamed sequels have been set for May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018 respectively.
Weekend Box Office
- Guardians of the Galaxy - $10.16 Million
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $6.5 Million
- If I Stay - $5.75 Million
- Let's Be Cops - $5.4 Million
- The November Man - $4.2 Million
If the final grosses this year seem a bit low, it's because the weekend after Labor Day is notorious for being the lowest grossing weekend of the year and is also the threshold between summer movie season and Oscar contender season. This weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy continued it's amazing run (see above) while this week's only new release, the Christian family drama The Identical failed to make the top 5, grossing barely over a million dollars at number 11.
For those who have yet to jump on the bandwagon, check out the trailer!
This week's actor-off: The Martian
Who should win the lead in The Martian?
- Actors Miltos Yerolemou and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) have reportedly been tapped to join the cast of the J.J. Abrams helmed Star Wars: Episode VII in unknown roles.
- Other actresses Jessica Chastain (Mama) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaides, SNL) are in contention to play the lead in the science fiction film The Martian. The winning actress would star along side Matt Damon (Elysium) in the film that tells the story of an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must fight for his survival.
Finally, with the return of Autumn, we have falling leaves, dropping temps and of course, a new season of AMC's The Walking Dead. Series star Andrew Lincoln promises that it will be another stellar season, telling Entertainment Weekly that the upcoming season is guaranteed to be full of brutality, saying: "So it feels like it’s a more grown-up show. It fees like we’re heading into the heart of darkness. Brutal is the word for this season. It’s always been pretty intense, but this season I think is very hard hitting. People should be prepared for that, I think."
So hold on tight! Season 5 of The Walking Dead starts October 12th.