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Summer Movie Box Office Predictions: Blockbusters To Bombs

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Godzilla – Few summer films have had marketing as impressive as this monster mash, which is seeing release after two more frivolous summer entertainments (Amazing Spider-Man 2Neighbors). Ads have obscured the monster, but favored the disaster footage, a money-shot heavy approach that likens this picture to, ironically, a film like the ones made by 1998 Godzilla director Roland Emmerich, albeit more serious. That film, by the way, grossed $379 million globally despite being hated by just about everyone. With an inflated overseas market, this thing could be looking at upwards of $200 million domestically, and $600 million global. 

X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Strangely enough, the X-films haven’t broke out like other superhero franchises: the highest grossing effort is the $459 million registered byX-Men: The Last Stand. Because it’s eight full years later, because the overseas market has changed, because this is in 3D, and because this is following the Fast And Furious model of filling the cast with characters from all previous films, there’s reason to believe this film will obliterate that number. Last year’s The Wolverine was extremely well-received internationally, grossing $414 million worldwide, but it was a smaller, lower-budgeted affair. This new film promises armies of mutants, killer robots and time travel, basically the exact opposite elements that made The Wolverine the lowest grossing X-film domestically. X-pect (EL OH EL) grosses close to $275 million domestically, and $600 million worldwide. 

How To Train Your Dragon 2 – The animated sequel bump doesn’t always occur for some films: Kung Fu Panda 2 and Happy Feet Two are two recent examples of animated sequels that lacked the domestic success of the originals. But consider the case of Shrek 2 and Despicable Me 2, and realize that Dreamworks’ Dragonsfranchise has had a presence on television with the Riders Of Berk series, and you’re looking at the first animated kid flick of the summer obliterating the original’s $494 million take, with possibly a $700 million worldwide tally. 

Transformers: Age Of Extinction – Transformers: Dark Of The Moon was weaker domestically than its predecessor, though the strong global numbers took the film over the billion dollar mark. The signs would suggest a slightly shrinking appeal, but no studio dared to challenge this franchise’s dominance over the 4th of July weekend. Not only is it opening a full week before Independence Day, but there’s very little to challenge the picture on that date, giving Age Of Extinction two full weekends to most likely cross $200 million domestic, on its way to a $300 million franchise-standard domestic gross and at least $800 million worldwide. 

Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes – The earlier film was an August surprise, coming out of nowhere to gross $481 million. This one comes two weeks after Transformersdominates the marketplace, and does so with the added strength of 3D, and an arguable upgrade at director in Matt Reeves. This franchise remains beloved by fans – even 2001’s hated reboot earned $362 million worldwide – and as they move closer to territory established by the original films, expect new fans and baby boomers to be intrigued, to the tune of $525 million global. 

Watch Godzilla Make A Convincing Argument For 3D Conversion


The biggest debate in 3D filmmaking is, and has always been, whether post conversion efforts are worth the time or if native 3D filmmaking is the only way to go. The argument for native 3D has been the more strongly supported argument for a while now, but a new featurette for Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla film has made probably the best argument for 3D post-conversion processing ever.

Cinema Procinal has the video on their official YouTube channel, which features several key figures from the film’s production. The film’s director is the most enthusiastic about the entire process, which is best summed up in one of his initial thoughts in the video.

“I think it’s better, because you have more control. When you convert it afterwards, you can push things back, pull them forwards, shape things more, and you can finesse it a lot more in post.”

Producer Thomas Tull had an even grander statement to make regarding the advancements of technology that have made this film possible, stating that:

“In the end, when you see the finished product, you’re gonna see Godzilla in detail and in movement that were not possible 15 or 20 years ago.”

Mr. Tull’s claim seems like an obvious dig at Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla, but is it as easy of a dig as we think? After all, Jurassic Park boasted computer graphics in 1993 that still hold up to this day. To accurately compare the Godzilla of the past to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, we’ll need to consult footage from the former for comparison to the latter. Here’s footage from one of the 1998 film’s chase scenes, presented as evidence.

Judging that footage by the cinematography alone, we see that we have a very limited view of the character. It’s almost as if the filmmakers were either hampered or uncomfortable with presenting the creature outside of a certain range of focus. From a special effects standpoint, the older Godzilla looks more like a modified tyrannosaur model than a more imaginative, or even traditional, take on the character. Godzilla ’14, on the other hand, looks truly monstrous in scale and in actual detail. It nods to the style of the original film, while doing its own thing with the character.

Finally, there’s a little bit of new footage included in this segment, including a hint towards the film’s ending. At least, that’s what it looks like at 01:43 into the video, as Aaron Taylor-Johnson looks exhausted and beaten up as a gigantic (possibly nuclear?) flash goes off in the background. We also get more of a glimpse at Muto, the “other” monster in the picture, as it stomps around and knocks over a fire truck. Cap everything off with some new establishing shots of Godzilla from the water, and a sampling of Alexandre Desplat’s score for the film, and you have a nice look at next weekend’s possible box office champ.

Godzilla opens in theaters next Thursday night.

Godzilla (2014)

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Release Date: May 16, 2014

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

Written by: Max Borenstein, David Callaham

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sally Hawkins

Synopsis:

A giant radioactive monster called Godzilla appears to wreak destruction on mankind