Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
Black Panther set new box office records on its way to a $242 million debut. In just three days, the film earned $192 million, the fifth-largest opening in history. It is also the second-largest debut for a Marvel film behind The Avengers. Black Panther could be on pace to earn over $440 million domestically. (Forbes)
In response to the overwhelming reaction to Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler penned an emotional letter thanking fans for their support. “Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong,” wrote Coogler. “Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.” (Marvel)
Do you want to visit Wakanda? Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport posted a photo on Twitter of a flight departing for the fictional African nation. Several actors from Black Panther have chimed in with their enthusiasm for the flight. (Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport)
While Black Panther dominated the box office, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home top honors at the BAFTA Film Awards including Best Film, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding British Film. Click here to see the complete list of winners. (Variety)
Isle of Dogs kicked off the 68th Berlin Film Festival, becoming the first animated film to open the event. 19 films will compete for the Golden Bear, including Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, 3 Days in Quiberon and Museum. (Variety)
Following the incredible success of Get Out, Jordan Peele is ready to begin his next project with Universal. Simply regarded as an “Untitled Social Thriller,” the film is slated for release in March 2019 with production beginning later this year. Peele revealed that his next film will be another genre piece, but that it will tackle a different “social monster” than race. (ScreenRant)
The Academy released the full list of presenters for the 90th Oscars. Among them will be A Fantastic Woman’s Daniela Vega, the first openly transgender presenter. The category she will be presenting has not been announced. (HuffPost)
Jessica Chastain is in talks to join the It sequel as the adult version of Beverly. Director Andy Muschietti mentioned Chastain would be “a top choice to play adult Beverly in the sequel.” (Variety)
Steven Spielberg is in Ireland filming a new horror film titled The Turning. Starring Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, the plot and production of this film are currently under wraps. Spielberg’s next project to hit theaters will be Ready Player One. (ScreenRant)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- Gringo (Release Date: March 9)
- Ready Player One (March 30)
- Mary Magdalene (March 30)
- Kings (April 27)
- The Incredibles 2 (June 15)