Film Daily debrief: Killer clowns, killer women, and Woody Allen
It cartwheels over the competition to weekend box office #1
Like a deranged clown in the night, the New Line and Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is killing the box throughout its opening weekend. As of Monday morning, the cautionary tale had made a devilish $123.1 million from 4,103 locations U.S.-wide. So far, It has been the third-biggest opening of 2017, following Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Critics and punters both loved the fright fest, which earned a fresh 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ on CinemaScore. But as the internet will attest, you can’t please everyone; while the horrific violence of the Stephen King-penned shocker barely raises an eyebrow, the child sex orgy scene has been the subject of much web-based chatter. Ya win some, ya lose some.
Wonder Woman 2 is signed, sealed, and delivered
Variety has reported Patty Jenkins confirmed her deal to bring Wonder Woman back to the screen. According to the entertainment daily, she is currently working hard on the script, with the glamazonian Gal Gadot signing on to play the titular heroine. Sources say this deal will make Patty Jenkins the highest-paid female director of all time. How’s about that, James Cameron?
Woody Allen staffs up his next feature
Woody Allen shows no sign of slowing down. Before his next feature Wonder Wheel has even premiered, he’s been sniffing out talent for his next Amazon Studios flick. The auteur recently cast Liev Schreiber (Spotlight) and Diego Luna (The Bad Batch) to join Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Timothée Chalamet (Lady Bird), Jude Law (Enemy at the Gates), and Elle Fanning (The Beguiled). Let’s hope they don’t Take The Money and Run before it hits theaters.