Today in show business news: Marvel's latest is tracking well at the box office, Jason Bourne has his next director, and a bunch of women decide to make horror movies.
Early box office numbers are in for Thor: The Dark World, and it's gonna be a hit, folks. I know that's shocking, because Marvel movies are pretty alienating art-house fare meant for a niche audience, your Film Forum types and whatnot, but this one is connecting for some reason. The show pulled in $7.1 million in midnight screenings last night, and has already grossed $150 million overseas, where the film opened last week. Projections are putting the North American gross at possibly around $90 million for the weekend, and the film's total haul may wind up at $300 million by Sunday. That's a lotta scratch! And it means I won the bet. I said $300 mill, and it looks like it's gonna be $300 mill. So, sorry Chris, but the next Thor movie has to be called Thor 3: The Search for Thor's Shirt but he never finds his shirt, so he can never wear a shirt again. Those were the rules of the bet. Go tell Marvel Studios that that's how it's going to be. They'll understand. A bet is binding. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Justin Lin, of Fast and the Furious fame (infamy?), may be directing the next Bourne movie. As in classy, Paul Greengrass-directed Bourne. Or at least Tony Gilroy-directed Bourne. And it's not really even Bourne, it's Aaron Cross, the character played by Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy. But still! Still. Justin Lin has directed four Fast/Furious movies and not much else. Oh, sorry, Annapolis, with James Franco and Jordana Brewster. I just don't know if he has the seriousness for the franchise. This is going to be like Brett Ratner directing X-Men: The Last Stand, only potentially worse. Do not approve. Nope. [Deadline]