It may have only been in cinemas for three weeks, but it seems Avengers: Endgame (2019) will soon be the inevitable box office king, as it closes in on reigning champion Avatar (2009) at a frightening pace. After opening to a staggering $1.2 billion dollars globally back in April, the Marvel megolith has barely slowed down, crossing the $2 billion dollar bracket on its second weekend and adding another $63 million dollars in America alone these last few days. In the US it currently sits as the third-biggest film of all time, while on an international stage it has overtaken Titanic's (1997) colossal $2.2 billion lifetime gross to earn an unprecedented $2.48 billion - just $300 million short of James Cameron's Pandoran epic.
Speaking of the famed director, on Wednesday Cameron tweeted his congratulations to the superhero team on their win, writing: "To Kevin and everybody at Marvel, An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You've shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it's bigger than ever!". It follows a long history of film executives paying homage to their competition when their records are broken, with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy congratulating Marvel Studios just last year after Avengers: Infinity War (2018) became the then biggest domestic opening, ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). While the comic-book champions have even done the same - praising Jurassic World (2015) when it roared to victory.
Meanwhile, with the official #dontspoiltheendgame spoiler ban now lifted, star Chris Evans used his weekend to share some special behind the scenes photos, including one of his make-up for Old Man Rogers. The look comes from the final moments of the film, which see Captain America travel back in time and live-out his days with his love Peggy, returning rather aged to pass on his shield to Falcon. The full effect was apparently achieved mostly through practical effects, but with some use of CGI as well. As director Anthony Russo told EW: "It was a very elaborate makeup job that was then augmented with CG... You can't shrink Chris Evans' neck on set, you know what I mean? He's still got that yoke neck."
It's hard to believe that we are almost halfway through 2018 already, especially given the quality movies we've already been delivered. From John Krasinski's tense and atmospheric thriller A Quiet Place (2018) to Marvel's box-office giant Avengers: Infinity War (2018), there's plenty of films to satiate every genre fan. But as May ticks over into June, we officially enter the summer blockbuster season and a slew of new pictures competing for the top spot. And not too long after the cinematic offerings will begin to showcase a flair for the dramatic as the end of the year heralds in the Awards season pictures. So, to help you plan out your time over the coming several months, we here at Cinematicism have compiled a list of the most promising upcoming releases from now until New Years. Enjoy!
June 1 - Adrift (2018): The real-life survival story of two avid sailors who were swept up into one of the most catastrophic storm hurricanes in history.
June 8 - Ocean's 8 (2018): A crime-caper that follows the infamous Danny Ocean's sister and her team of accomplices as they pull off a heist at the Met Gala.
June 8 - Hereditary (2018): Dubbed this year's The Exorcist (1973), this familial horror film has plenty of secrets to uncover.
June 8 - Hotel Artemis (2018): A group of criminals take refuge in a secret, members-only sanctuary.
June 15 - Incredibles 2 (2018): The whole Parr family is back in Pixar's highly-anticipated saving-the-world sequel.
June 22 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018): More dinosaurs, an exploding island and a dangerous conspiracy are part and parcel of this action-packed sequel.
July 6 - Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018): Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne team-up again in Marvel's latest action-packed superhero sequel.
July 13 - Skyscraper (2018): Dwayne Johnson plays a security adviser and father looking to protect his family in this high-rise picture.
July 20 - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018): Sophie learns about her mother's early days in the sequel to 2008's fun-filled musical.
July 27 - Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018): The sixth film in the series revolving around spy Ethan Hunt and his daring assignments.
August 3 - Christopher Robin (2018): Disney returns to the world of Winnie the Pooh as everyone's favourite bear helps his friend rediscover the joy of life.
August 3 - The Darkest Minds (2018): Based on the YA novel of the same name, the film follows a group of under 18's with special powers.
August 3 - The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018): Two best friends become entangled in an international conspiracy after finding out the true identity of an ex-boyfriend.
August 10 - The Meg (2018): A 70-foot shark and a vengeful Jason Statham. What could possibly go wrong?
August 10 - BlacKkKlansman (2018): An African-American police officer successfully infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in this based-on-a-true-story flick.
August 17 - Crazy Rich Asians (2018): An American-born Chinese professor travels to her meet her boyfriend's family in Singapore in this film based off the bestselling book.
September 7 - The Nun (2018): A priest investigates the mysterious death of nun in Romania in this side-story to The Conjuring 2 (2016).
September 14 - A Simple Favor (2018): A woman must uncover the truth of what happened to her missing friend Emily Nelson.
September 21 - The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018): A young orphan helps his uncle locate a clock with mystical and dangerous powers.
October 5 - Venom (2018): Journalist Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote and one of Marvel's villainous characters.
October 19 - Mowgli (2018): A young boy raised by wolves faces off against the menacing tiger Shere Khan in this latest adaption of Rudyard Kipling's famed book.
October 19 - Halloween (2018): Laurie Strode confronts the masked man Michael Myers four decades after that first terrifying night.
October 19 - The Hate U Give (2018): A young black girl witnesses the shooting of her friend by police and must find her voice to stand up for what's right.
November 2 - Bohemian Rhapsody (2018): The story of Queen's legendary front-man and iconic figure, Freddie Mercury.
November 9 - The Grinch (2018): A grumpy green figure plots to ruin Christmas in Illumination's new animation.
November 16 - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018): J.K. Rowling's wizarding world continues to expand in this magical sequel, featuring a young Dumbledore.
November 21 - Creed II (2018): Adonis Creed takes on Vitor Drago with a little training from Rocky Balboa.
November 21 - Robin Hood (2018): Sherwood Forest's famed crusader battles wages a revolt against the corrupt crown in this action-packed reboot.
December 7 - Mary Queen of Scots (2018): Mary Stuart faces execution as she attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I.
December 21 - Aquaman (2018): DC's Arthur Curry gets hi origin movie after discovering he is the heir to Atlantis.
December 25 - Mary Poppins Returns (2018): The continued saga of everyone's favourite British nanny, as she visits the now-grown Jane and Michael Banks.
Hold on to your butts because Jeff Goldblum is rumoured to be returning to the Jurassic Park Universe
He played one of the most annoying, handsome and downright hilarious chaos theory specialists in filmic history. And now, reports are emerging that Jeff Goldblum is set to reprise his role as the legendary Dr. Ian Malcolm in J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World 2 (2018). The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, and alleges that he will return for the fifth instalment in the dinosaur universe, currently untitled, which is scheduled for a June 22, 2018 release. If the news is true, he will join other actors already announced for the follow-up film, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, James Cromwell and Toby Jones.
Goldblum first brought the character to life in the original classic Jurassic Park (1993), before returning for its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) four years later. With his addition in the latest film, he will become the only person besides B.D. Wong to have starred in three of the dino films. The actor is familiar with reprising his role form throwback nineties flicks too, after starring in the Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) last year. While starring in television series and cameos seems to have become his thing since his big budget early years, Goldblum has been making somewhat of a resurgence himself lately (literal in some cases), as he is set to star in the latest Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok (2017). But his character from Jurassic Park remains one of his most iconic, after he delivered infamous speeches about God creating man and man creating dinosaurs, as well as showing off his shirtless body.
The new film will be written by Jurassic World (2015) helmer Colin Trevorrow, who penned the script alongside Derek Connolly. On the producing front, Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley, Steven Speilberg and Trevorrow will all return, with Belen Atienza and Universal VP Production Sara Scott joining them. While the storyline is being kept strictly under-wraps, it is believed that it will delve into the proliferation of dinosaurs, the use of them as weapons and how the technology of their creation is being warped across the world to suit different purposes. And while there has been no confirmation over which species may be the focus of this film, as the Indominus Rex was for the last, we're thinking it's got to be something big and bad enough to rival it in some way. And something threatening enough that Malcolm will come back preaching about looking at things rather than touching them.
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