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Suicide Squad Assembles for an August Record

Suicide SquadSuicide Squad found success this weekend setting an August record with an estimated $135.1 million earned. With a budget of $175 million, the film also brought in $132 million its international release for a total of $267.1 million. That domestic total is $40 million more than the previous record. That total beats Guardians of the Galaxy which held the previous record of $94.3 million.

Other records broken includes the largest opening day in August with $65.2 million and the largest Thursday preview total with $20.5 million. The film’s international earnings came from 57 territories and its total of $267.1 beat Deadpool‘s $264.7 million in 63 markets.

The long term run of the film will be interesting as it has just 26% on Rotten Tomatoes as of this post, a B+ Cinemascore, and a 7.1 rating on IMBD. Expect a large drop next weekend and the tune of “success” to turn to “failure” in the media.

In second place was last week’s winner Jason Bourne which earned an estimated $22.7 million. Bad Moms earned an estimated $14.2 million to remain in third place. The Secret Life of Pets remained in fourth with an estimated $11.56 million. Finally, Star Trek Beyond dropped from second to fifth to earn $10.2 million. The film Nine Lives debuted this week to come in sixth with an estimated $6.5 million.

When it comes to comic adaptations, Captain America: Civil War added an estimated $203,000 to its total to bring its domestic amount to $407.2 million and worldwide to $1.151 billion.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows brought in an estimated $130,000 to bring its domestic total to $81.6 million and worldwide total to $237.1 million.

This coming weekend sees the opening of Pete’s Dragon, Sausage Party, and Florence Foster Jenkins.

Movie Review: Star Trek: Beyond

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 Paramount Pictures is back at it again with their third installment of the rebooted Start Trek series featuring Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zacahary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Bones McCoy), Simon Pegg (Chief Engineer Scotty), Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Uhura), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) the U.S.S. Enterprise and directed by Fast Furious savior Justin Lin

It’s been 3 years since the events of “Into Darkness” and 3 years that the Enterprise has been on its’ 5-year mission. After docking at a Starfleet base called “Yorktown”, the Enterprise ventures into a dangerous new uncharted territory, where a ruthless new enemy with a deep hatred of the Federation destroys the Enterprise and strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet. Can Kirk reunite his crew and stop this dangerous new threat?

After Star Trek: Into Darkness I was left speechless and wondering if the next movie could top such an awesome cinematic adventure. Going into Star Trek: Into Darkness I was very leery because I really disliked the Original Wrath of Kahn and when I heard that they were infact doing a Wrath of Khan reboot I was very scared. But was proven wrong with how solid plot was combined with the acting of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Khan, Alice Eve (Men In Black 3) as Carol Marcus, Peter Weller (Robocop) as Admiral Marcus and Bruce Greenwood (Double Jeopardy) as Admiral Pike.

Star Trek: Beyond for the most part is a fast paced movie with tons of action which is pretty typical however this time most of it was done without the U.S.S. Enterprise and I think this is where Director Justin Lin shines the brightest as we have seen with his work in the Fast and Furious films. There was a lot of hand to hand combat and as with the first film of the rebooted franchise there was a new villain to get acclimated to named Krall played by Idris Elba (Thor, Pacific Rim) who has a bone to pick with the Federation and surprisingly enough he had a legit beef and a new hero name Jayla who spent most of her life stranded on this Class M planet and at one point had been held captive by Krall, played by Sofia Boutella.

In separate ways both Spock and Kirk are struggling emotionally with their lives. Kirk is trying to figure out who he is and why he’s in Starfleet and Spock has learned that a part of him has gone away and now he is wondering what to make of his situation which puts a strain on his relationship with Uhura. The theme to this movie is Strength in Unity and because of the adventure the Crew of the Enterprise went through has brought them even closer together.

This is the first Star Trek Movie since the passing of Leonard Nemoy and the writers did an amazing job in incorporating a small tribute to him and Ambassador Spock Prime. Also a month prior to the film being released on Father’s Day Pavel Chekov actor Anton Yelchin tragically passed away when his Jeep rolled backwards pining Yelchin to a security gate at his home suffocating him. It was hard not feeling sad every time he was on-screen. Thankfully the 4th installment of Star Trek will not replace Anton Yelchin with another actor, which I believe is the right thing to do and I can’t wait to see how they are going to honor him in the film.

Overall Star Trek: Beyond is a cinematic masterpiece and respectfully done for those who are Trekkies (like myself) and those who are new to the Star Trek universe. It was visually stunning, well written and fast paced that never seemed to drag out which is a hard feet to do with a 2 plus hour movie. I hope the next installment (which is rumored to bring back Chris Helmsworth as George Kirk) lives up to both Star Trek: Into Darkness as Well as Star Trek: Beyond. I highly recommend you go out and see this film. It will not disappoint!

After Nine Years Jason Bourne Tops the Box Office

Jason BourneJason Bourne was the top of the box office earning an estimated $60 million for the second best opening for the movie series. The Bourne Ultimatum was the best opening with $69.2 million in 2007. The film also earned an estimated $50.1 million for $110.1 million total. The movie had a reported budget of $120 million.

In second place was Star Trek Beyond which dropped from first. The film earned $24 million to bring its domestic total to $105.7 million. The film has a worldwide total of $160.5 million for its $185 million budget.

In third place was Bad Moms which debuted with $23.4 million. With a budget of just $20 million, that’s a solid debut and those behind the film must be very happy with the results.

In comic related film news….

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows added $200,000 to its domestic total to bring it to $81.4 million. Worldwide the film has earned $236.3 million. The film is third for non-adjusted domestic earnings for TMNT films (fifth when adjusted). The film ranks second for worldwide but is far behind 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle‘s $493.3 million.

Captain America: Civil War earned $74,000 to bring its domestic total to $406.9 million and worldwide total to $1.151 billion.

This coming week sees the opening of Suicide Squad which is expected to top the box office, it’s just a question as to how well it does. It’ll be the widest August release of all time and some say it’ll open over $100 million.

Star Trek Beyond Soars Into First

Star Trek BeyondIt shouldn’t be a surprise, but Star Trek: Beyond came in first this past weekend earning an estimated $59.6 million. the previous Star Trek: Into Darkness opened to $70.1 million. The film received positive reviews and got an A- from Cinemascore. It had a reported budget of $185 million.

Coming in second was The Secret Life of Pets with $29.3 million and third was Ghostbusters with $21.6 million.

Next up are new films, Lights Out which did really well with $21.6 million and Ice Age: Collision Course disappointed with $21 million.

In comic book related movie news, Captain America: Civil War continued to earn money with an estimated $108,000. The film has earned $1.151 billion so far.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows added $105,000 to its domestic total. The film has earned $81.074 million domestically and $235.2 million worldwide.

Elana Guests on Blastr’s Who Won the Week

This week, special guest Elana Levin joins Blastr for a discussion of a couple of big changes in the sci-fi canon: Riri Williams taking over for Tony Stark as Iron Man in Brian Michael Bendis’s post-Civil War II run, and the announcement that a well-known character would be written as gay in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. Are these good steps toward a more diverse and inclusive genre? They break it all down.

 

Star Trek Goes Where No Trek Has Gone Before– Explicitly LGBTQ Characters

Star+Trek+Beyond+SuluStar Trek as a franchise has often touched upon social issues via metaphor and innuendo. The show hasn’t had issues discussing hot button topics or being rather progressive in some of its views, such as being credited for the “first interracial kiss.” However, in the 50 years of the franchise, the series has never had an out LGBTQ character, until today.

In the Herald Sun, it was revealed that Helmsman Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho, is shown in Star Trek Beyond as not just having a daughter, but also in a same-sex relationship. Director Justin Lin said the decision to make Sulu gay was a nod by writer Simon Pegg towards George Takei who originally played the character and came out in 2005.

The inclusion of LGBTQ characters in the Star Trek world hasn’t been an easy one.

In 1987 series creator Gene Roddenberry stated there’d be LGBTQ characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation, but that never materialized. That promise was reiterated in 1991 as reported by The Advocate and supported by Leonard Nimoy who wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Times on the subject. In an interview with The Humanist in 1991 Roddenberry said:

My attitude toward homosexuality has changed. I came to the conclusion that I was wrong. I was never someone who hunted down ‘fags’ as we used to call them on the street. I would, sometimes, say something anti-homosexual off the top of my head because it was thought, in those days, to be funny. I never really deeply believed those comments, but I gave the impression of being thoughtless in these areas. I have, over many years, changed my attitude about gay men and women.

Roddenberry passed away soon after those interviews and the plan for gay crew members never materialized.

The series stumbled over the years to address LGBTQ inclusion including a controversial episode “The Outcast” which was both praised and derided. The episode addressed sexual discrimination and involved an androgynous race and gender identity. Some felt the episode didn’t go far enough to exploring the issue and others felt it sanctioned brainwashing therapy. Actor Jonathan Frakes commented he felt the alien the episode revolved around and whose attraction to Riker was at the center should have been more evidently male.

Star Trek television writer and producer Ronald D. Moore admitted that including LGBTQ characters was something that they “just failed at” in a 2008 interview. Actors such as Kate Mulgrew and Whoopi Goldberg have admitted it was a struggle for the various series and there were disagreements regarding decisions to not include such characters.

In 2016 Queer Frontier was launched to petition for the inclusion of an LGBT captain in the 2017 Star Trek television show by CBS, Paramount, and producer Bryan Fuller. The organization applauded this announcement.

J.J. Abrams addressed the issue in 2011 saying he was “shocked” that there were never any gay characters and while it “was not on the list of [his] priorities… it [would] now be in the hopper.” While there were no LGBTQ characters in his two films written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the third times a charm with Simon Pegg having now taken over on writing duties.

Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters July 22, 2016.

Pop! Star Trek Beyond in July

The latest Star Trek film strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet during the first leg of the USS Enterprise’s five year mission!

Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, medical officer Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy encounter new species and characters like the warrior Jaylah!

They’ll need all the help they can get from Sulu, Chekov, Scotty, and Uhura to face the great unknown!

Little is known about Krall the assassin, but one thing is for sure: he’s up to no good!

Pop! Star Trek Beyond are out from Funko in July.