‘Wonder Woman’ earns P233-M at PH box office in 4 days

MANILA, June 5, 2017 – One of the best-reviewed and most-anticipated Super Hero movies of all time, director Patty Jenkins’s epic action adventure “Wonder Woman” soared to the top of the Philippine box office on its opening weekend, earning a record-shattering P233-M, and still climbing.

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The Warner Bros. Pictures release, which stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as her ally Steve Trevor, marks the global icon’s first-ever solo feature film and the first female-led big screen adventure of the modern superhero era. The announcement was made today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The massive weekend figures have given “Wonder Woman” the country’s biggest female superhero movie opening of all time, and the biggest opening for a foreign movie directed by a woman (outgrossing “Fifty Shades of Grey” at P94.5-M).

Other notable records achieved were the second biggest opening weekend for the year (surpassing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” at P159-M); fourth biggest June opening weekend all-time (ahead of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” at P210-M) and second biggest opening weekend ever for a Warner Bros. (overtaking “Batman v Superman: Dawn Justice at P162-M for a two-day weekend).

“Wonder Woman” arrived in PH cinemas on a wave of universally enthusiastic reviews and unprecedented want-to-see scores. Soliven said, “Patty Jenkins and her talented cast and crew have delivered the Wonder Woman adventure that new and longtime fans have been waiting for, and we’re glad to see the film connect in such a big way with moviegoers across the Philippines.”

Globally, “Wonder Woman” is the weekend’s greatest box office draw, taking in $223 million worldwide, and counting.

The impressive global total makes “Wonder Woman” the largest female-lead superhero movie opening of all time, the biggest opening in June for a superhero movie, and the biggest opening in June for a Warner Bros. film. With a Certified Fresh rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is also one of the best-reviewed superhero films ever, and its CinemaScore of A shows audiences agree.

In the US, the film has grossed $100.5 million and has the highest opening weekend box office of all time for a female director.

Back in the Philippines, the ten topgrossing cinemas are SM Megamall (P9.52-M), SM Mall of Asia (P9.39-M), SM North EDSA (P9.36-M), Trinoma (P7.43-M), Glorietta 4 (P5.49-M), SM Cebu (P4.65-M), Theatremall (P4.20-M), Power Plant (P4.12-M), Greenbelt III (P3.96-M) and Uptown Taguig (P3.75-M).

In the top twenty rankings are Gateway (P3.61-M), Shang Cineplex (P3.45-M), Eastwood (P3.42-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.36-M), Ayala Cebu (P3.30-M), SM Southmall (P3.29-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P3.21-M), SM Seaside Cebu (P3.16-M), SM Aura (P3.15-M) and Fisher Mall (P2.91-M).

Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Now playing across the Philippines, “Wonder Woman” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Horror fan-favorite James Wan to produce ‘The Conjuring’ spin-off ‘The Nun’

Filmmaker James Wan, director of the record-setting horror hits “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” explores another dark corner of that universe with New Line Cinema’s “The Nun.”

Helmed by award-winning director Corin Hardy (“The Hallow”), the new fright-fest has begun production on location in Romania. It will be produced by Wan through his Atomic Monster production company, along with Peter Safran, who has produced all of the films in “The Conjuring” franchise. “The Nun” is set for release on July 13, 2018.

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

“The Nun” stars Oscar nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Sister Irene, Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) as local villager Frenchie, Charlotte Hope (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (“Toni Erdmann”) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her “Conjuring 2” role as the title character.

Wan’s Atomic Monster slate includes “Annabelle” and “Lights Out,” as well as the upcoming “Annabelle: Creation,” with Wan serving as producer on all. Co-creator of the “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises, Wan directed the worldwide hit “Furious 7,” and is next set to helm the highly anticipated feature “Aquaman.”

Safran also produced the sequel “Annabelle: Creation,” opening August 10th and is producing “Aquaman.”

Hardy will direct “The Nun” from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (upcoming “It”), story by Dauberman & James Wan.

Serving as executive producers are Gary Dauberman and Todd Williams, with Michael Clear as co-producer.

Joining Hardy behind the scenes are director of photography Maxime Alexandre (“The Voices,” upcoming “Annabelle: Creation”), production designer Jennifer Spence (“Lights Out,” the “Insidious” films), editor Michel Aller (“Lights Out,” “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension”), and costume designer Sharon Gilham (TV’s “Black Mirror”).

“The Nun” is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster / Safran Company production, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Robot dog is a girl’s best friend in comedy adventure film ‘A.R.C.H.I.E.’

Known for the iconic classic blockbuster “Back to the Future” franchise, Michael J. Fox is back in the modern-day comedy adventure movie “A.R.C.H.I.E. (Artificial Robotronic Canine Hyper-Intelligence Experiment).”

Directed by Robin Dunne and inspired by classic endearing movies such as “Iron Giant,” “Short Circuit” and “Air Bud,” “Archie” is an enchanting tale about a young girl named Isabel (Sarah Desjardins) who makes friends with a robotic dog that possesses many special abilities. Archie is initially owned and created by world-renowned roboticist Brooke Benton (Katharine Isabelle) to help those in need. Though he looks like a normal dog, he is anything but. He can talk. He can run at blinding speed. He’s got super strength and x-ray vision. On the news of her research program being shut down by the military, Brooke helps Archie escape in the hopes of finding a family to care for him.

As Isabel and Archie’s paths connect, they find a bond and become fast friends helping out and relying on each other for company. Things are going well for both Isabel and Archie until a con artist named Hugh (Fred Ewanuick) tries to steal Archie for his own evil plans.

“Archie” explores the universal themes on the power of friendship, the importance of being true to one’s self, and what it means to belong. This humorous yet heartfelt story also explores themes of putting aside one’s own ambitions to do the right thing.

“Archie” opens June 7, 2017 in Philippine cinemas from CrystalSky Multimedia.

Tom Cruise leads cinematic re-invention of ‘The Mummy’

Global superstar Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy (in Philippine cinemas on June 7, 2017).

Cruise plays Nick Morton, a soldier of fortune who plunders conflict sites for timeless artifacts…ones he sells to the highest bidder. When Nick and his No. 2 are attacked by insurgents in the Middle East, in the ensuing battle, they accidentally unearth a tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh they come to know as Ahmanet. Nick is not simply the one responsible for setting Ahmanet free, he’s fulfilling an ordained destiny he couldn’t have possibly imagined. Now, he is the only one who can stop her ascension to a global ruler who will enslave humanity.

The Mummy is the first chapter in Universal Pictures’ new series of films called Dark Universe which will revive the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation.

Cruise offers that he grew up watching monster movies, and that not only inspired him to become an entertainer, but it is what drove him to this particular labor of love. “I love The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy,” he says. “It was terrifying as a child seeing these films. This movie is genuinely terrifying as well, yet it has the kind of scope and elegance of the original ones.”

In their initial conversations, Cruise and his producers made a pact to honor the tradition of these monster movies, and respect what the characters mean to audiences…while giving them something entirely unexpected. Explains Cruise: “You want to see the monsters win. That’s what is interesting about the way these stories are told. They both terrify us and yet your feel sympathy for them. It’s transcendent.”

Cruise and director Alex Kurtzman, who previously collaborated on Mission: Impossible III, were very much on the same page when it came to their vision for The Mummy. The director lauds that what makes his star connect so well with moviegoers is that we’re all on the same cinematic journey together: “We both feel a tremendous inheritance and a sense of responsibility. Tom thinks how the audience thinks, and he brings everything to life in a unique and an exciting way.”

Producer Sarah Bradshaw says that she appreciated having such an involved collaborator as Cruise on the production. “You definitely have to be on your toes with Tom because, when he comes on set, everything is always about making it better. Tom will see something that perhaps the rest of us haven’t seen and you’ll say, ‘Oh….okay.’”

As they worked together, Cruise and his producers created an experience that was as scary and exotic as it was bold and daring. The Mummy for a new generation is as audacious as it is unexpected. While people will recognize core elements from Universal’s monster universe—this film celebrates classic mythologies—The Mummy’s characters are grappling with all of their lives upended as Ahmanet enters today’s world.

The producers welcomed Cruise’s involvement at every step of the process in making The Mummy a reinvention, one that drew its key elements from the cinematic canon. “In preproduction, Tom would gather us together to watch films such as The Shining and Seven,” recounts producer Sean Daniel. “He drove everyone to think creatively throughout all phases of pre-production, shooting and post.”

The Mummy is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.