Can Blade Runner 2049 Dethrone IT at the Box Office?

Thanks to three underperforming newcomers, the fall blockbuster IT returned to top the box office with a paltry $17.3 million in the estimates, but when the actual numbers were released yesterday, it was actually far worse, with Kingsman: The Golden Circle coming out on top with $16.93 million, and IT dropping to second with $16.9 million. Kingsman 2‘s two-week reign will most likely come to a close this weekend with Blade Runner 2049 hitting theaters, armed with a wealth of Blade Runner buzz and strong reviews, making it an easy choice to win this weekend, even while going up against a diverse slate of newcomers like 20th Century Fox’s The Mountain Between Us and Lionsgate’s My Little Pony movie. Still, the R-rated Blade Runner 2049 should have no trouble topping the box office with a projected $51.6 million.

Last month, the first box office projections put the Blade Runner 2049 opening weekend at north of $40 million, which, ironically, is more than the $32.8 million domestic lifetime total for the original Blade Runner movie, which includes theatrical re-releases. Still, that projection was made before the reviews came out, with the critics showering heaps of praise on the sci-fi sequel, earning an impressive 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with just four “rotten” reviews out of 63 total thus far. Given the tendency for R-rated fare to out-perform its projections, a $51.6 million debut for Blade Runner 2049 is certainly not out of the question, and may ultimately prove to be too low, if the buzz keeps building until Friday’s release.

Blade Runner 2049 is set thirty years after the events of the first film, following a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford lead a diverse cast that also includes Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. Acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners) directs from a script by original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, with Ridley Scott producing.

The R-rated Blade Runner 2049 is projected to debut in a whopping 3,900 theaters, but it’s possible it could be pushed into the 4,000 theater range. Only three R-rated movies in history have opened in more than 4,000 theaters, all released this year, Kingsman: The Golden Circle (4,003), Logan (4,071) and IT (4,103). While, in most years, a PG animated film like My Little Pony would be expected to easily walk away with the win, this year has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that audiences are craving R-rated fare more than ever, and it’s showing at the box office. Besides, My Little Pony is only expected to open in 2,500 theaters this weekend, with the PG-13 drama The Mountain Between Us arriving in roughly 2,900 theaters.

We’re predicting that the top 10 will be rounded out by The Mountain Between Us ($14.6 million), My Little Pony: The Movie ($13.5 million), IT ($10.1 million), Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($9 million), American Made ($8.8 million), The LEGO Ninjago Movie ($6.1 million), Flatliners $3.2 million), Battle of the Sexes ($1.9 million), American Assassin ($1.2 million). Also arriving in limited release are Vertical Entertainment’s 2307: Winter’s Dream, Dada Films’ Architects of Denial, Parade Deck Films’ Bad Grandmas, Well Go USA’s Better Watch Out and City of Rock, Hanover House’s Daisy Winters, BBC Worldwide North America’s Earth: One Amazing Day, A24′s The Florida Project, Freestyle Releasing’s Generational Sins, Film Movement’s Paradise, Good Deed’s So B. It, Purdie Distribution’s The Stray and Eammon Films’ Una. Focus Features’ Victoria and Abdul is also expanding to 750 films this weekend, but it may not be enough for it to crack the top 10.

Looking ahead to next weekend, Box Office Mojo reports that there will be four new movies opening in wide release, with STX Entertainment’s The Foreigner, Universal’s Happy Death Day, Open Road Films’ Marshall and Annapurna Pictures’ Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Also opening in limited release next weekend is IFC’s 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, Bleecker Street’s Breathe, Matson Films’ The Departure, Fox Serchlight’s Goodbye Christopher Robin, Indican’s The Lucky Man, Parade Deck Films’ Man From Earth: Holocene, Vertical Entertainment’s The Secret Scripture, Freestyle Releasing’s Swing Away and Super LTD’s WASTED! The Story of Food Waste. Take a look at our projected top 10 for the weekend of October 6, and check back on Sunday for the official box office estimates.

1Blade Runner 2049
2The Mountain Between Us
3My Little Pony: The Movie
5Kingsman: The Golden Circle
6American Made
7The LEGO Ninjago Movie
9Battle of the Sexes
10American Assassin


‘Imposters’: Uma Thurman Set To Return For Season 2

We’ll be seeing more of Lenny Cohen in Season 2 of Bravo’s Imposters. Uma Thurman will return as a guest star in the role of Lenny, the ultimate fixer.

When the reclusive ring-leader of a group of con artists needs to keep his employees in line, eliminate an enemy, or whip up a world class omelette, there is only one person for the job – the lethal, articulate and mysterious Lenny Cohen.

Imposters, from Universal Cable Productions, follows a persona-shifting con artist, as beautiful as she is dangerous, and her three most recent victims. Robbed of both their money and their hearts, the trio teams up to chase the woman who has left them questioning everything they believed to be true. Along the way, they learn the art of the con themselves, becoming embroiled in a thrilling game of cat and mouse that includes the beautiful grifter, her mysterious boss and his deliciously psychotic henchman… as well as the FBI. Inbar Lavi, Rob Heaps, Parker Young, Marianne Rendón, Brian Benben and Stephen Bishop star.

Production on Season 2 is underway in Toronto. Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein executive produce.


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‘The Gifted’ Off To OK Ratings Start, ‘9JKL’ Debut Modest Amid CBS Comedy Block Declines, ‘Good Doctor’ Holds In Week 2

Snapshot with fast nationals: New series premieres: CBS’ 9JKL (1.6 Live+same day rating in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers), Fox’s The Gifted (1.5, 4.8 million); Week 2 of new series: ABC’s The Good Doctor (2.4, even; 11.5 million), NBC’s The Brave (1.2, down -14%, 5.4 million), CBS’ Me, Myself & I (1.0, -41%; 5.2 million); Returning series premieres: Fox’s Lucifer (1.1, 3.9 million)

Following a strong Live+Same day premiere and big Live+3 gains, ABC’s medical drama The Good Doctor (2.4 in 18-49, 11.5 million) delivered an impressive Week 2 hold to make a solid case for an early full-season pickup. The Good Doctor matched the fast national for its series premiere last Monday. Both times, ABC’s early numbers were inflated by local NFL preemptions. Last week, the medical drama starring Freddie Highmore was adjusted down to a 2.2 in the finals. Another downward adjustment is expected later today but The Good Doctor is projected to finish at least even with its premiere. The drama once again built impressively onto its Dancing With the Stars lead-in (1.6, up a tenth from last Monday’s fast national, 9.5 million), rising by +50% in the demo.


After a flying start with a big return for The Big Bang Theory and big launch for spinoff Young Sheldon, CBS’ comedy block suffered major Week 2 slump. Big Bang (3.0, 13.7 million) set the tone, down -23% from the demo fast national for its eventful Season 11 premiere. It was followed by the debut of new multi-camera comedy series 9JKL (1.6, 8.3 million viewers), which marked the lowest-rated CBS comedy premiere behind Big Bang. Because Big Bang was lower than it has been when launching other shows, lead-in retention is a more accurate barometer. 9JKL, starring Mark Feuerstein, held onto 53% of the Big Bang demo lead-in vs. 72% for Kevin Can Wait and 59% for The Great Indoors, the two new multi-camera comedies to premiere behind the sitcom juggernaut last season.

With 9JKL vs. the Young Sheldon preview last week at 8:30 PM, the wheels fell off for the 9-10 PM portion of CBS’ comedy block. The rebooted Kevin Can Wait with new female lead Leah Remini (1.4, 6.8 million) was down -39% in the demo from its season premiere last week. In Week 2, Me, Myself & I (1.0, 5.2 million) was down -41% from the demo fast national for its debut. Drama Scorpion (0.9, 5.3) fared better in the week-to-week retention department, slipping a tenth in the demo from its season opener last week but that was another Live+same day series low for the action drama, which logged solid DVR bumps in Live+3.

After winning Premiere Monday in both adults 18-49 and total viewers last week, CBS slipped to third place in both categories, with NBC and ABC splitting the honors  — NBC topping the demo and ABC the viewership races, respectively.

After a slow start to the season last Monday, NBC’s The Voice (2.5, 10.8 million) showed resilience, with its second Monday episode down just a tenth in the demo from the premiere and the viewership ticking up. At 10 PM, new military drama The Brave (1.3, 5.4 million) was down a modest -0.2, -14%  from its fast national demo rating last week but still was not able to take full advantage of its strong  lead-in against ABC’s potent The Good Doctor.


There were encouraging signs in the debut of Fox’s new Marvel drama The Gifted. While not carrying Marvel’s moniker in the title like all ABC and Netflix series and not being able to capitalize on its ties to the X-Men universe in its marketing campaign, the Matt Nix-written The Gifted got off to a solid ratings start. It drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 L+SD rating and 4.8 million viewers, building upon its Lucifer lead-in (1.1, 3.9 million) by  +36% in the demo. It was up from last fall’s season premiere of Lucifer in the hour (1.3, 4.4 million) and outperformed any Fox Monday telecast from last fall among L+SD. It also handily topped the two-hour series opener of ABC’s Marvel’s Inhumans on the less trafficked Friday night. In its new 8 PM anchor slot, Lucifer was off from last fall’s 9 PM opener but up from its season finale.


Optimus Prime Is in the Bumblebee Movie

Transformers: The Last Knight moved the Transformers franchise pretty far down the food chain in terms of its place among the biggest franchises on the planet right now. Not only was it another critical disaster, but it proved that audiences are growing tired of seeing the same thing over and over again. Maybe the upcoming Bumblebee movie can change that, but the latest news on the spin-off proves that it is going to offer us more of the same in at least one very big sense. Even though this is being sold as a Bumblebee solo movie, Optimus Prime will be in the movie.

It has yet to be revealed exactly how much, or in what fashion, Optimus Prime is going to show up in this Bumblebee spin-off, but he’s definitely going to be in it. Peter Cullen, who voices Optimus Prime in the live-action movies, as well as the cartoons in the 80s, has been promoting the home video release for Transformers: The Last Knight. He was recently asked if Optimus Prime is going to show up in the movie while being interview by Cinemovie. He simply answered, “yes.”

So there you have it. Now it could simply be a voice cameo, it could be a flashback to their days on Cybertron. It could be any number of things, but Bumblebee won’t be the only Autobot in the movie. That much is clear now. The first Transformers made it seem as though 2007 was the first time Optimus had been to Earth, so it seems unlikely that he would physically appear on our planet in the movie. So a small cameo or flashback makes the most sense. However, since the movie is set in the 80s, it would give a chance to see Optimus Prime in his more classic form, which could help sell some merchandise.

Plot details have been a little scarce for the Bumblebee spin-off movie, which is being directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), but it certainly sounds interesting. For one, it is going to be a more modestly budgeted Transformers movie, which implies it will likely have a more intimate story. The 80s setting will also make for something pretty different and will be an excuse to include a whole lot of nostalgia into it. And the combination of Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen) and John Cena (Sisters) makes for a pretty, let’s say unique, pair of lead actors.

Over the summer, Transformers: The Last Knight brought in $605 million worldwide. While that is still a huge number, it is by far the lowest for any movie in the franchise and a dramatic drop from 2014′s Transformers: Age of Extinction. So perhaps a modest budget and not having Michael Bay directing this Bumblebee movie will help put the franchise in a better direction. Or maybe not. You can check out the clip of Peter Cullen’s interview on the Ramdeen Productions YouTube channel for yourself below.

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Jared Leto Is Hugh Hefner in New Biopic

It was announced back in April that Brett Ratner’s Hugh Hefner Biopic was happening and that it had the full support of the late Playboy creator and now it has been revealed that Jared Leto will step into the robe to play Hefner. Hugh Hefner passed away on September 27th at the age of 91, surrounded by his family, but he had already talked to Ratner about the project and was excited that the ball was finally moving after Amazon started their docuseries. The project is currently in the early stages of development, but they have just landed some major star power to portray Hugh Hefner.

Director Brett Ratner revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that Jared Leto would be playing Hugh Hefner in the long-awaited biopic, which was previously set to go forward in 2007 with Ratner on board as well. Ratner told THR that Leto actually approached him about the role. He explains.

“Jared is an old friend. When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me, ‘I want to play him. I want to understand him.’ And I really believe Jared can do it. He’s one of the great actors of today.”

The Academy Award winning Leto will surely be able to slip into the silk pajamas and get into what makes Hef tick, even though he was never able to meet the man. Ratner told THR he had hoped to introduce the Playboy magnate to his future portrayer at the premiere of Amazon’s American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story series, which was held at the Playboy Mansion back in April of this year, but Hefner was reportedly in poor health that day and not able to attend the party or meet Jared Leto. Brett Ratner isn’t worried about that fact and says that there is more than enough archival footage for Leto to study to get into character.

Jared Leto is a busy man these days. His band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, is about to launch a new album after a summer tour and the actor is currently out promoting his newest project, Blade Runner 2049. If that wasn’t enough, Leto is also stepping back into to his Joker persona for Suicide Squad 2 and The Joker and Harley Quinn movie, which is reportedly set too come out after the sequel of Suicide Squad. In addition, it was announced last year that Leto had signed on to play legendary artist Andy Warhol in an upcoming biopic as well.

As previously mentioned, Brett Ratner’s Hugh Hefner biopic is in the very early stages of development, so there is no current release date set. However, one of the hardest parts is already complete, which is finding the right actor for the job. It should be pretty interesting to see how the notorious method acting skills of Jared Leto are put to use to portray Hugh Hefner. You can read Ratner’s full statement on Jared Leto signing on to the Hugh Hefner biopic at The Hollywood Reporter.


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