Can you believe it’s the last weekend of March? We are a quarter of the way through 2017. OMG we are three years from 2020.
Anyyyyyway, winter is officially over. So it’s blockbuster season. Beauty And The Beast already broke the March opening weekend box office record with $170 million domestically and over $460 million worldwide so far. Next up… The Fate Of The Furious on April 14. The Wrap projected last night that it could bring in as much as $120 million opening weekend. Or more. Chances look good right now that it might be more. After all, Fast Furious 7 opened with $191 million a few years ago and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide.
Here are Charlize Theron and Jason Statham in Beijing, getting that Chinese money on the first stop of what will likely be a major press tour. There is no doubt that F8 will be massive. And that we can include it on Charlize’s win ledger. After that she’ll try to add to it with Atomic Blonde. It already played at SXSW and was generally well-received. Atomic Blonde comes out 6 weeks after Wonder Woman. Sarah’s been worried for months that Wonder Woman will be better in trailers than it is in theatres. If Wonder Woman delivers though and Atomic Blonde follows, that’s two female-led action blockbusters in one summer. And back to back action blockbusters for Charlize Theron. After that?
Tully. Directed by Jason Reitman, written by Diablo Cody. Shot in Vancouver. Like Juno. Jason Reitman has strong roots in Toronto. I’m assuming they’re in post right now trying to ready it for TIFF in September and then a potential award season run, considering the Reitman-Diablo track record (also Young Adult). Summer of Charlize? Or Year of Charlize?
PS. I’m not sure how I feel about this half-knot on her.