As of Sunday, August 4, Toy Story 4 has made $959,250,743 worldwide, from $410 million at the domestic box office and $549.2 million from the foreign markets.
That total includes the roughly $7.15 million the fourth Toy Story movie just made at the domestic box office from August 2-4, 2019. That placed Toy Story 4 at #5 on the box office charts, with a drop of 31.6% from last week, which is normal. The movie only lost 385 screens from last week to now, and it’s still playing in a very healthy 3,225 theaters. That’s a lot of screens for a movie that’s been out since June 21.
So Toy Story 4 needs about $40 million to pass the $1 billion mark, but it would take over $100 million to pass Toy Story 3. I can see it tackling the former goal, but I don’t think it has legs strong enough to pass Toy Story 3.
Here are the worldwide grosses for the Toy Story franchise so far (unadjusted for inflation), per Box Office Mojo:
Toy Story (1995) – $373,554,033 Toy Story 2 (1999) – $497,366,869 Toy Story 3 (2010) – $1,066,969,703 Toy Story 4 (2019) – $959,250,743 (so far)
All four Toy Story movies have either 100% or near 100% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, and three have “A” CinemaScores, with Toy Story 2 earning a rare “A+.”
As Forbes noted, the Toy Story franchise is on the verge of crossing $3 billion total. It’s currently at $2,929,400,000 worldwide. Will Toy Story 4 be able to make the $70+ million needed to push the entire franchise past the $3B mark? I’m not sure, but I’m not willing to take a strong stand against it.
Most of Toy Story 4‘s 2019 Disney/Marvel buddies have already passed the $1 billion mark — including Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Aladdin, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and The Lion King. (Bless poor Dumbo. He never stood a chance.) Aladdin came out in late May and kept quietly making money every week until it passed $1B, and now it’s at $1.025 billion and still going. It’s at #9 this week on the domestic box office chart, just a few places behind Toy Story 4. So it makes sense to think Toy Story 4 will also pass $1B, it’s just not operating at the lightning speed of the Marvel movies or The Lion King.
Unlike some blockbusters, which see a huge gap between the domestic and foreign box offices, it’s pretty close for Toy Story 4 with $410M/$549M so far. Contrast that to Aladdin with $350.3 million domestic/$675.2 million foreign. Also, Toy Story 3 made $415 million domestic and $651.9 million at the foreign box office. So Toy Story 4 will be able to pass Toy Story 3 at the U.S./Canada box office, but it has some making up to do overseas.
Do you think Toy Story 4 will make the $40 million it needs from here to make $1 billion? What about the $70 billion for the franchise to pass $3 billion? Does it have a shot of topping Toy Story 3? Vote in the poll below.
James Cameron has had a long and storied career. He gained prominence after he directed the sci-fi action film The Terminator, a success which would eventually allow him to direct Aliens, Titanic,Avatar (which we liked quite a lot), and many others. One of the films I didn’t mention that also deserves recognition is his 1989 film The Abyss. Michael Biehn, one of the main actors in the film, holds every bit of Cameron’s career in extremely high regard. Well, except for a notable “misstep.” And that misstep is the ending of The Abyss.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Biehn commented on how the technical achievements required to make the ending work hadn’t happened yet, resulting in a film that felt disjointed, especially after a strong second act. If you haven’t seen the film but want to know what James Cameron and his crew were working with, there are pictures for that.
Honestly, that’s not really a misstep. A misstep would be the entirety of Dark Phoenix, a few scenes in The Last Jedi, and maybe Jon Favreau’s underwhelming remake of the The Lion King. It seems like in the case of The Abyss, the constraints of the time in which it was filmed were to blame, not James Cameron’s storytelling abilities. I guess we’ve resorted to blaming filmmakers for being ambitious (totally kidding, kind of).
The Abyss made $90 million worldwide after its release in 1989. It has an 89% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, albeit from only 44 critics, and an 83% audience score from 109,000 users. The film also has an “A-” CinemaScore from polled moviegoers.
Michael Biehn portrayed US Navy SEAL Lieutenant Hiram Coffey, a major character in the film who ends up being a big problem for the rest of the crew. Biehn starred in a few of James Cameron’s films, including Aliens and The Terminator, as well as movies such as Tombstone and The Rock. His parts in James Cameron’s movies were usually characters who were in the military, something for which he quickly became known.
But what do you think? Does the ending of The Abyss ruin the entire movie or is Michael Biehn just being critical because he’s so attached to the project? Sound off in the comments below, and keep your eye on our news feed for more industry-related news, including updates on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Keep up with everything heading to the big screen this year with our 2019 movie release date schedule.
Alita: Battle Angel officially headed onto DVD, Digital and Blu-ray last month. It was a late release for the movie starring Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz that came out way back in February. In all the time since we haven’t heard a peep from Disney about greenlighting Alita: Battle Angel 2, despite there being interest from director Robert Rodriguez in making a sequel.
This is possibly because the movie was totally a bubble film in terms of being a hit or a miss in theaters, as its large budget and only middling box office have made a sequel a question mark, despite there being plenty of fans of Alita: Battle Angel. Star Rosa Salazar says the real reason may have to do more with the Disney-Fox merger.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that Rosa Salazar is not a person having these behind-the-scenes conversations at Disney. Still, she does have a point in her comments to Slashfilm: There have been a lot of projects that have been delayed and even cancelled since the Disney and Fox merger. A lot of people have also lost their jobs as departments within the company have consolidated. In that way, perhaps no news on Alita: Battle Angel 2 is good news.
Still, Alita: Battle Angel has an avid #AlitaArmy who really hope for a sequel and have been taking to social media to push the movie during its home video release window. They aren’t the only ones, either.
Previously, we spoke with Rosa Salazar at Comic-Con 2019 and she told us she really loves the way she gets to play characters like Alita due to the range of stuff she gets to do to bring them to life on the screen. She told CinemaBlend:
Rosa Salazar will hopefully have more job prospects coming up beyond Alita and Undone. (She allegedly has The Bang Bang Girls and Pink Skies Ahead in development right now.) Regardless, it’s clear she loved getting to play Alita. It’s also clear that Alita: Battle Angel clearly sets up its final story to lead into a sequel. So, now it’s just about getting Disney to sit up and pay attention.
Just don’t try calling Alan Horn right now, because not only would that be a difficult task, if Rosa Salazar is correct, it would be an unfruitful one. There’s a lot of ducks the studio needs to get in a row as we eke closer and closer to 2019.
So you can see why comparing these movies is pointless. They’re vastly different films with different tones, but somehow, Spider-Man: Far From Home almost contained a scene that some could say is identical to a moment in Shazam! Both movies are already great (with Spidey’s latest solo outing being slightly superior) so adding a similar scene wouldn’t be too unforgivable of a crime.
In a recent interview with Backstory Magazine (via Comicbook.com), Spider-Man: Far From Home co-writer Chris McKenna explained how they almost included a really funny Peter/Aunt May scene picking up directly from the ending of Spider-Man: Homecoming, following Aunt May’s f-bomb shock at learning Peter is Spider-Man. They were ultimately glad director Jon Watts went in a different direction for the opening of Far From Home, because their other idea bore an obvious resemblance to one of the best moments in Shazam!, which opened earlier in 2019. Here’s how McKenna broke down the scrapped Aunt May/Peter scene:
Writer Chris McKenna continued, saying:
This would have been really funny to see in Far From Home, but I do think it worked better in Shazam! So yeah, Chris McKenna, Jon Watts, and the other creative leads made a wise choice when they decided to cut the bit.
Spidey’s latest adventure had too much going to necessitate such a scene, plus the film and the titular character are entertaining enough on their own. Shazam!, on the other hand, is much more focused and much smaller in scale, making a moment as simple as a montage of hilarious blunders more appropriate and more welcome. Plus, it’s got charm, endearment, and fun out the wazoo, so this bit falls in with the rest of the film’s content perfectly.
If you liked both of these films and want to see more of what 2019 has to offer, check out our movie release schedule. Some amazing films are coming out this year, so if you’re into going to the theater, that’s your one-stop shop!
Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse reportedly broke up this month after two years of dating—though the two quickly took to social media to troll the “sources” that put the story out there. And on Sunday (August 4), Reinhart posted a lovey-dovey poem she wrote for Sprouse in honor of the actor’s 27th birthday—seemingly single-handedly shutting down all those breakup rumors.
The Riverdale co-stars have a thing for social media public displays of affection, and it seems like they’re going to stick to their habits. On Sunday morning, Reinhart posted a photo of Sprouse wearing a hat and lounging around with a cigarette. She then included a sweet poem she wrote for him, joking that it was a “sappy nighttime birthday poem.” It goes:
“I tried to find a poem that I could send to you. Because my words were failing me. But I searched and found nothing that did you justice. All of these love poems can’t get it right. No one else’s words could ever fit. They haven’t known the fortune it is to love you.”
Judging by this, their joint W magazine cover, and how the two addressed the break-up news on Instagram, it seems like these two are still together (or had the world’s most amicable breakup). Over a photo of their joint W magazine last week, shortly after the rumors broke, Reinhart wrote, “BREAKING: A reliable source has confirmed that none of you know shit.” Sprouse later joked, “UNPRECEDENTED: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart consume the flesh of ‘reliable sources’ to fuel their bacchanalian sex cult.”
This might be as close as we get to confirmation, but until they explicitly say they’re still together, it’s a bit unclear exactly where they stand. Still, they’ve both stressed that what they really want is for some of the attention to be taken off of their romance. “We’re acknowledging that we’re in a relationship, but it’s a small part of who we are as people,” Reinhart said in the W magazine article. “We want our own separate identities.”
For many fans, it wasn’t Idris Elba’s “black Superman” or vehicles grounding a helicopter that turned them off, it was the age difference between Jason Statham and Vanessa Kirby that caused them to draw the line between what they saw as unrealistic fun and utter ridiculousness.
People seriously had a field day online pointing out that Jason Statham just so happens to be 52 while Vanessa Kirby is only 31 in real life.
The thing is, siblings are often years and years apart. In the Fast & Furious movies, Deckard Shaw and Hattie Shaw even have another middle sibling separating them who is played by Luke Evans, an actor who just so happens to be 40 years of age. He is a character that is the middle sibling and bridges their ages, but unfortunately he’s not in Hobbs & Shaw at all.
So, I hope people aren’t as mad about the age gap between siblings as they are with the way Hobbs & Shaw uses flashbacks in the movie. And this is where I start to get into some minor spoilers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Apparently, Deckard Shaw and Hattie Shaw got into some grifts as kids, one of which is The Mick Jagger, a grift that is shown in flashbacks when Deckard and Hattie are kids before being used later in the movie. The issue is not the grift or the time period, but the fact that Deckard and Hattie are only shown to be a few minor years apart in the flashback. It’s not like she’s a 10-year-old kid running around with her 30-year-old sibling, which would be kind of weird anyway.
I suppose given actors play characters all the time outside their age range, that could be the attempt here. Jessica Rothe—who is roughly the same age as Vanessa Kirby—has been playing a college student in the Happy Death Day franchise in her thirties. Kirby has a pretty mature look and outlook in the movies, and could theoretically be playing older than she actually is while Jason Statham I assume is still trying to look as if he’s in his forties and not his fifties.
At the end of the day, if that’s the case, people even seemed to be personally affronted the movie would even attempt to pass the two actors off as being of a similar age. One person noted Vanessa Kirby wasn’t the right age to play Jason Statham’s wife, much less sibling.
I would like to take this moment to point out that in real life Jason Statham is engaged to Rosie Hungtington-Whitely, who is 32 years of age at the time of this writing. They have one child together, born in 2017.
Another even took the flashback gaffe as a sign that Hobbs & Shaw really saw no value in timeline continuity or believability.
The issue between the actual real-life ages of Vanessa Kirby and Jason Statham is something I noticed and thought was a little weird during the flashback scenes in my own screening, but to be totally honest, it didn’t take me out of the movie all that much. I guess I’m just used to actors playing older or younger, but your experience may vary depending on how much this sort of thing bothers you.
That said, if you are expecting Hobbs & Shaw to place a lot of value on creating plotlines that make total sense, you may be out of luck. I personally still think it’s a blast though.
Kensington Palace’s Instagram account, which represents Prince William, Kate Middleton, and the rest of the Cambridges, also wished Markle a happy birthday. No drama here!
“Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex today! 🎈” @kensingtonroyal captioned the picture they posted, which features Prince Charles, William, Middleton, Markle, and Harry walking together at Christmas last year.
Markle was initially reported in June to be joining the queen at Balmoral in Scotland to celebrate her big day, but later reports indicate that she’ll be keeping it low-key at Frogmore with a quiet celebration with the family.
“The Sussexes have been so busy this year that I can imagine her birthday will simply involve a well-deserved day of rest with a few friends—and, of course, precious moments with Archie,” royal commentator Omid Scobie said on Friday. Given how full Markle’s plate is—she guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue on maternity leave, after all—here’s hoping she has a wonderfully chill birthday with friends and family.
Warning: light spoilers forHobbs & Shaware in play. If you haven’t seen the film yet, please back out and come back once you’ve caught up.
If you ever want proof that dreams come true, never forget that Academy Award winner/acting icon Dame Helen Mirren told the world she wanted to be in The Fate of The Furious, and found herself brought into the fold of that very franchise.
Now, with her reprising the role of matriarch Queenie Shaw in both Hobbs & Shawand the upcoming Fast 9, it’s clear Helen Mirren’s work on the franchise is more than a mere one-off favor. Which asks the question of whether or not we’ll see Mother Shaw kicking ass and driving fast, like she’s always wanted to? The short answer, for the time being, is that it’s currently undecided.
During the recent junket day in London for Hobbs & Shaw, I attended on behalf of CinemaBlend and asked about this very prospect, which you can see for yourself below.
Much like you wouldn’t hire Idris Elba as a powerfully enhanced villain that could easily be offed, you don’t hire Helen Mirren to play the mother of the Shaw family just to have her sit behind bars or make pithy comments. Thankfully, that first part of the equation is solved during the end of Hobbs & Shaw, as Queenie’s son and daughter visit her with a particularly special cake that’ll help her bust out of the clink.
For the moment, it seems that the prospects of Queenie Shaw getting behind a wheel for Fast 9 are up in the air. But considering how much her role means to the worlds of both Fast & Furious and Hobbs & Shaw’s ultimate narratives, it really shouldn’t be a hard decision.
Queenie is equally bound to the code of defending family as everyone else is in the saga. In fact, she’s lived up to her end of the bargain by helping Dom in a pretty huge way, both in lending resources to defeat Cipher and also with having her boys save Dom’s little baby boy from said villain towards the end of The Fate of The Furious.
More importantly, and to a similar effect that I mentioned earlier, this is Dame Helen Mirren we’re talking about here. The woman’s more than earned her ability to write her own ticket in this industry, and with her third appearance in Fast 9, she has more than enough backstory to allow her to become a part of the action.
Mirren certainly is no stranger to action and adventure, as her role of Victoria in the RED series of films had her playing a former spy/assassin who comes out of retirement to help Bruce Willis and his friends on a couple of capers. While she admits this is probably her most badass role as of yet, Helen Mirren is more than willing to outdo herself with Fast 9, or any other Fast & Furious film that allows her to do so. For the sake of the fans, it’ll be great when that time finally comes, especially if it brings any more members of the Shaw family we haven’t seen yet.
For now, though, you can see Mirren’s Queenie Shaw pop up for a little in Hobbs & Shaw, which is breaking bones and buildings at the box office at this very moment.
Why go outside and deal with the blistering August heat when there are so many TV shows and movies to watch in your air-conditioned living room? From the return of Bachelor in Paradise to The Real Housewives of Orange County, you can watch people do things in sunny, hot environments while staying cool yourself. That, my friends, is the dream.
Below, check out all the TV shows and movies to earmark for this week.
Flip It Like Disick: Scott Disick’s new house-flipping show, co-starring pop star-turned-interior designer Willa Ford. 10 P.M. ET on E!
Bachelor in Paradise: All your favorites from Colton Underwood and Hannah Brown’s seasons are coming together to find love—and spon-con deals—in Mexico. 8 P.M. ET on ABC
The Real Housewives of Orange County: See what drama is to come this season in the trailer, below. 9 P.M. ET on Bravo
The Jonas Brothers: Their Happiness Begins Tour kicks off today in Miami. Buy tickets here.
BH90210: Your favorite actors from Beverly Hills, 90210 are back and playing heightened versions of themselves in this reboot hybrid. 9 P.M. ET on Fox
Two Sentence Horror Stories: Because who says you have to wait until October to watch something scary? 9 P.M. ET on The CW
Brian Banks: Here is the official synopsis of this film: “The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star with a full scholarship to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite a lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.” In theaters
In the early days of what was once known as the DC Extended Universe, there were a lot of plans for projects that would stem from the story that was forming in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. As the obvious endgame of a once two-part Justice League film loomed on the horizon, another planned component to this new universe of filmmaking was a movie centered around the misadventures of Barry Allen, better known to the world as The Flash.
With Ezra Miller cast in the role, and the seeds being sewn in a Dawn of Justice cameo exploring the future of the DCEU and also in a quick cameo in Suicide Squad, a plan was in motion to get that movie into theaters for 2018. Unfortunately, in the five years since that initial plan was hatched, delays have plagued The Flash-oriented solo film; mostly due to the fact The Flash’s director’s chair is about as popular as the plague.
Though the project seems to be in stable hands at the moment, with a new director recently being announced in IT’s Andy Muschietti, looking back on the history of The Flash’s rather eventful development seems like a good reminder that while the film might be on firm footing now, a lot could change, fittingly, in a flash.
The Flash On The Starting Line Of The DCEU (2014)
Late in 2014, a little over a year after director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel forged a path for the future of DC Comics’ theatrical enterprises, a slate of films that were to be their first wave of box office bonanzas was announced. During an investor’s call, that blueprint was dropped, starting with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice being set for release in 2016.
Also in the mix were solo films, such as Wonder Woman, and other team-up films like Suicide Squad. The most ambitious part of this schedule was to take place between 2017 and 2019, as Justice League Part 1 and 2 were to be bookends to three solo films: The Flash, Aquaman and Shazam. The year 2018 was supposed to be the home for The Flash and Aquaman, with Shazam leading up to Justice League Part 2’s release that summer.
Of the ambitious plans that DC Comics and Warner Bros. originally had for that DCEU schedule, all but two films would be released: The Flash and Justice League Part 2. With all of the turmoil this first wave put the studios through, these two projects ultimately became casualties of fate. Though the former project more fell by the wayside, thanks to the problems it had with securing a director.
The Flash, As Directed By Seth Grahame-Smith(October 2015 – April 2016)
Believe it or not, it was initially rumored that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were being pursued to become the directors for The Flash, and their names would surface again in the now future past of the project’s life span. But when it comes to who actually took the chair first by signing on the dotted line, it was without question writer/director Seth Grahame-Smith.
Hired in October 2015, Grahame-Smith was supposed to work off of a Phil Lord & Chris Miller treatment to turn The Flash into his directing debut, keeping the project on track for its 2018 debut. Alas, it was mere months before Seth Grahame-Smith left the project in early 2016, citing that famous and most repeated reasons for departing: “creative differences.” Get used to that story, as it pervades much of the events that will follow.
Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope Adventure With The Flash (June 2016 – October 2016)
The Flash would bounce back pretty quickly after drafting a new director to sit in the chair vacated by Seth Grahame-Smith, as Dope director Rick Famuyiwa would settle into the duties. Even better, it looked like Famuyiwa would be the one to bring this project to the end goal, as he actually cast two important characters for his Flash film that would set the stage for their characters in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
With Kiersey Clemmons starring as Iris West and Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, both actors filmed their roles for Snyder’s 2017 centerpiece film to the DCEU. Here’s where the wheels come off yet again, as Clemmons was eventually deleted from Justice League’s final product, and Rick Famuyiwa would leave the project after only months of work. It should also be noted that not only did the director lend his re-writing skills to The Flash’s script, but King Arthur: Legend of the Swordwriter Joby Harold also took a go.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s Homecoming With The Flash (March 2018 – July 2019)
Between Rick Famuyiwa’s departure, and the next directors hired onto The Flash’s long and winding road of delays, a lot of names popped up in the offing. After Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Sam Raimi, and Marc Webb had all fallen off the radar for directing duties to The Flash movie, the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein was eventually hired. Considering they’d had a comic hit as writers who were part of the team that made Spider-Man: Homecoming such a hit, this seemed like a good sign.
Of course, with a film that has often felt as cursed as The Flash has, there were premature rumors that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein had jumped ship. For the time, that was proven to had been false, and the project was even moving away from being a straight-up Flashpoint adaptation, as it was originally intended through the various story strands that were set up in the DCEU at the time. This most recent hiring really did feel like it had stuck the landing, that is until some surprising news in early July 2019 changed it all.
For Andy Muschietti, The Flash Is It (Now)
Out of nowhere, an announcement came stating that IT director Andy Muschietti was the new man to take The Flash into the future. With the film now slated for a 2021 release, Muschietti’s duties will come hot on the heels of his work on IT: Chapter Two, and more than likely preempt his work on anime adaptations such as Attack On Titan and Robotech.
Though that’s not to say the horror mastermind is jumping into The Flash ASAP. Andy Muschietti has gone on record stating that he’s going to take a couple of months to break and recharge his batteries, before getting to work on the DCEU solo flick. While this does sound reasonable, wary fans of the Scarlet Speedster are undoubtedly going to be holding their breath until production is officially announced on The Flash’s solo movie. As evidenced above, anything can happen in the span of a couple of months.
In a history of blown start dates, tons of star power being attracted to the director’s chair, and even a failed re-hiring of Ben Affleck taking place in the search for a helmer to get The Flash going, it always feels like there’s something around the corner that’ll set the film back even more. As 2018 and 2020 release dates went out the window, 2021 is the current year we just might see Barry Allen ride again.
However, should something else happen to derail this once promising prospect of the DCEU, we’ll probably be adding a chapter into this horrid history’s contents to reflect any changes that happen between now and then. For now, let’s just cross our fingers and hope that Ezra Miller, in his capacity as star and now maybe even screenwriter for The Flash, doesn’t have to use the Speed Force to get this project back on track.