Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Jordan Peele’s Candyman exceeded this weekend’s box office expectations with a $22.3M opening. With its debut at number 1, Candyman has the third best opening for the final weekend of August, trailing only behind 2009’s Final Destination ($27.4M) and 2016’s Don’t Breathe ($26.4M). 20th Century Studios’ theater exclusive, Free Guy took the number 2 spot earning an additional $13.5M for the weekend. PAW Patrol: The Movie landed in third with $6.6M, while Jungle Cruise ended the weekend in fourth place with $5M, and Don’t Breathe 2 rounded out the top 5 with $2.8M. (Noovie)
In celebration of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ theatrical release this weekend, Gold House Foundation is partnering with GoFundMe to launch the Shang-Chi Gold Open Community Fund. The fund will raise money to sponsor private screenings of the historic film for the API community and nonprofit groups. Gold House, an Asian American Pacific Islander nonprofit, will also donate to organizations and fundraisers who participate in the #shangchichallenge, which was started by Ron Han and Black Panther Challenge creator Frederick Joseph to help kids in the Boys & Girls Club and other underserved API youth a chance to see a hero that looks like them on the big screen. To contribute to the fund, visit their GoFundMe. (The Hollywood Reporter)
A final trailer for No Time To Die has arrived in preparation of its debut next month. The 007 trailer begins with a look back at Bond’s history and what has brought him to this point. The movie follows Bond as his retirement in Jamaica comes to a halt when his old friend Felix Leiter turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. Daniel Craig will star alongside Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes as “M”. No Time To Die is set to hit U.S. theaters on October 8th. Click to watch the full trailer on the James Bond YouTube channel. (Deadline)
The largest gathering of movie theater owners from around the world, took over Caesar’s Palacein Las Vegas this weekend. Studios including Lionsgate, Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, and others gathered at the 2021 CinemaCon for a weekend of industry-focused panels, previews of upcoming movies, presentations and more. During one of the many panels of the weekend, Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman, received an enthusiastic applause while she urged Hollywood studios to commit to the big screen experience as the industry emerges from the pandemic. “One studio should plant a flag and make a huge commitment to the theatrical experience and the filmmakers will go there,” Jenkins said. The director also shared she makes movies for the big screen experience and suggested that talent should also be involved in the decisions. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Calling all DC Comic lovers – DC FanDome will return this fall! The virtual event brings together the stars and creators of DC properties, from across feature films, TV series, games and comics, to offer comic book enthusiasts free access to breaking news, exclusive trailers and never-before-seen footage. Fans will be able to tune in to the event on Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. PT on either the official website or via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. A new trailer for The Batman, clips from DC League of Super-Pets, a behind-the-scenes look at Jason Momoa in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom plus many more will be shown at this year’s event. There’s also a kid-friendly experience aimed at young superhero buffs taking place on the same day. DC Kids Fandome will launch on its own website and will show sneak peaks of upcoming DC animated adventures. This is the second year DC FanDome will be held virtually due to the pandemic. Last August attendees were provided first looks at Pattinson as the next Batman, as well as James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League. (Variety)
Speaking of Batman, you can now add the Batmobile to your LEGO collection! Batman fans can pre-order the infamous vehicle from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy as a LEGO set. This version of the Batmobile first appeared in the reboot of the 2005 Batman franchise, Batman Begins, and was again featured in 2008’s The Dark Knight and then again in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. The set, which was designed more for display than play, consists of over 2000 pieces, including minifigures of Batman and The Joker. The new edition of The Dark Knight‘s Batmobile will ship on November 1st. To pre-order or check out images of this collectible, visit the LEGO website. (Screenrant)
For a full schedule of all the new movies coming to a theater near you, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.
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