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“Beauty and the Beast” was always going to open big. How much did it make?

Estimates place the remake of the Disney classic earning $170 million. That would be enough to top the $166 million earned by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for a new March record and is the seventh-biggest opening weekend ever.

“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

“Kong: Skull Island” dropped to second, earning $28.9 million. That’s a decent hold for the monster film, while “Logan” took third with $17.5 million.

Here’s the first trailer for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.

From director Peter Jackson comes the sequel to “The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey” starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

Well, not really. But Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has taken over the box office world. You think I’m kidding? EW pointed this out: Take a look at the last 16 weeks. There has been a movie starring Johnson in the top 10 every week since Feb. 22. It started with “Snitch” and most recently continued with “Fast and Furious 6”, which co-stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Luke Evans and more:

Feb. 22-24 – Snitch (No. 2)
Mar. 1-3 – Snitch (No. 4)
Mar. 8-10 – Snitch (No. 5)
Mar. 15-17 – Snitch (No. 6)
Mar. 22-24 – Snitch (No. 10)
Mar. 29-31 – G.I. Joe: Retaliation (No. 1)
Apr. 5-7 – G.I. Joe: Retaliation (No. 2)
Apr. 12-14 – G.I. Joe: Retaliation (No. 4)
Apr. 19-21 – G.I. Joe: Retaliation (No. 5)
Apr. 26-28 – Pain & Gain (No. 1), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (No. 6)
May 3-5 – Pain & Gain (No. 2)
May 10-12 – Pain & Gain (No. 3)
May 17-19 – Pain & Gain (No. 4)
May 24-26 – Fast & Furious 6 (No. 1)
June 1-3 – Fast & Furious 6 (No. 1)
June 7-9 – Fast & Furious 6 (No. 2)

His last three movies have reached No. one at the box office for its opening weekend and combined, his 2013 movies have earned $956 million. And I thought Channing Tatum had a good 2012. This puts that to shame. Also, Johnson hosts the TNT show “The Hero”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Fast and Furious 6” is on its way to becoming the highest grossing film domestically and internationally in the hit franchise. The film set an opening weekend record for Universal when it opened to $97 million. The film has now crossed $500 million, the fastest to reach that mark in Universal history. The film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Luke Evans and more. Justin Lin directed.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Fast and Furious 6” is probably my favorite film of the summer so far. From director Justin Lin and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Luke Evans, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Gal Gadot and a lot more, the film is a total blast. SPOILERS: the most entertaining scene? The third act where they take down a plane. Here’s a featurette that shows how Lin and the crew tried to shoot as much of that as possible.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

They’re back. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson and company are back for “Fast and Furious 6”, this time facing off against Luke Evans. Does this film compare to “Fast Five” or is Justin Lin’s latest running out of gas?

The Good 

This movie, like “Fast Five” is so much fun. The action is crazy and raised to a new level. The flip car driven by Evans is kick-ass in action. And yes, the set pieces do get ridiculous. But scenes with a tank driving down a highway and the plane sequence might discard any form of realism, but they’re hugely entertaining. Evans is clearly having fun as the villain and the fight scenes, most notably Rodriguez vs. Gina Carano are very well staged. There are some funny wise cracks and, stay tuned during the credits for a tease to “Fast and Furious 7”, because it should get action movie fans very, very excited.

The Bad

Diesel at times seems to be phoning in his performance. Not that I’m expecting Oscar worthy performances, but at times he seemed a little bored and just going through the motions. Also, the humor doesn’t always work in the film. And let’s face it, if you’re not a fan of “Fast Five”, you’re not going to be a fan of this film as the action gets more ridiculous.

The Final Word 

An Oscar winner this ain’t. But “Fast and Furious 6” is a fantastically enjoyable action film. The action is relentless, fun and entertaining and it seems the franchise is taking off. For those looking for an exciting summer action film, look no further than this one.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Two highly anticipated sequels and one new film on the block look to take advantage of the lucrative Memorial Day weekend. What film will come out on top?

This is going to come down to a (pardon the pun) race between “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6”. Todd Phillips’ latest wisely decided to open one day early. But this one has a lot working against it. The second film opened big a couple of years back, but then went away quickly, not even matching its predecessor, despite opening twice as big. Third films in franchises, (“Shrek the Third”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Matrix Revolutions”) rarely perform as well as the first two installments. And the second one was hated by critics and fans a like. This one’s getting trashed by the critics too, so this one won’t come close to the first two film’s grosses. Still, a five-day opening of $95-105 million seems possible, but expect it also to fade fast.

“Fast and Furious 6” on the other hand is hot on the heels of “Fast Five”, which became the highest grossing film in the franchise and the most critically loved one as well. The film sees Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson return, as well as Michelle Rodriguez and a lot of others. Luke Evans joins as the villain. This film may have a tough time matching the last film because of all the competition this summer, but Universal clearly believes in this film, hiring “Saw” director James Wan to take over from Justin Lin for “Fast and Furious 7”. This one has a lot of pent up demand and is a lot more accessible than “The Hangover Part III”, though it still targets males.

A four-day opening north of $100 million should be the standard (If you include Thursday night shows).

“Epic” seems like the odd film out. It should be a hit. It’s the first animated film since “The Croods” and families will be looking for a movie to see. But, animated action films always tend to be a tougher sell and previews have given off very different tones for the film. A voice cast that includes Pit Bull, Christoph Waltz, Amanda Seyfreid, Beyonce and Colin Farrell is an interesting mix. And this one should be a modest hit over the four-day weekend. However, this is also a film that could break out in a big way if families are determined to see a film, though I think most will wait for “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University”. But I think a four-day opening of $45 million plus is within reach.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Dominic Cooper, who played Howard Stark in “Captain America: The First Avenger” has joined “Dracula”, formerly known as “Dracula: Year Zero”.

 

Luke Evans (“Fast and Furious 6”) is playing the lead, Prince Vlad of Transylvania, the inspiration for Dracula as he risks his soul to save his family. No word on who Cooper is playing, but maybe the villain? Cooper also appeared in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” so he’s no stranger to the genre. Hopefully this turns out alright and not another “The Wolfman” for Universal.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

“The Crow” is…

In recent months, several actors have been attached to “The Crow”. The list includes James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard but now reports are that Luke Evans is going to play the title character. Evans was the original choice, but because of scheduling conflicts, he backed out. Now the movie will be pushed to 2014 to accommodate his schedule. Evans can next be seen in “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

He’s already battling Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson in “Fast and Furious 6”. Now reports are that Luke Evans has signed on to play Dracula in upcoming film “Dracula”, formerly called ‘Dracula: Year Zero”. The film, as you might imagine from the former title, tells the origin of Dracula, mixing mythology and the true story of Prince Vlad the Impaler. Looks like this could be a big couple years for Evans. He’s also in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” from Peter Jackson.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.