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It’s a magic heist vs. a new film from M. Night Shyamalan as they try to dethrone Justin Lin’s “Fast and Furious 6”.

A decade ago, Will Smith and Shyamalan would have equaled a major blockbuster. But thanks to Shyamalan’s films like “The Village”, “Lady in the Water”, “The Happening” and “The Last Airbender”, his name hasn’t appeared in any of the marketing. Will and Jaden Smith are both stars in their own right but reviews have been terrible and nearly everyone laughs when they find out Shyamalan is involved at all, let alone directing. On the heels of film after film in May being aimed at young males, this is going to be the first film not to earn a ton of money its opening weekend and will struggle to break $40 million.

Opening weekend: $35-40 million

Part of the reason why the above movie will struggle is because “Now You See Me”, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Common, Melanie Laurent and Dave Franco is vying for the same audience. Its premise has gotten a lot of people intrigued, looking like its mixing “Ocean’s 11” and “The Prestige”. Reviews have been lukewarm, which doesn’t speak well for its potential long term legs. Plus, facing big sequels second weekends and a movie starring Will Smith means this film is likely to get lost in the shuffle.

Opening weekend: $25-30 million

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

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It’s strange to even be asking this. Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, which brought together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) set an opening weekend record and became the highest grossing film in the U.S. and worldwide not directed by James Cameron. And it earned significantly more than any single Marvel film before it. Which makes it surprising that “Iron Man 3” earned $195.3 million internationally last weekend, besting “The Avengers” opening at $185 million. The question becomes, is “Iron Man 3” going to beat “The Avengers”? The short answer is I don’t think so. Even if “Iron Man 3” has decent legs internationally, it’s tough to see it earning more than $650-700 million. The wild card is its release in the U.S. The good news is that Regal and AMC are selling tickets for the film again, meaning Disney/Marvel worked out its disagreement with the two chains. But how big will it open? “Iron Man 2” opened to just more than $128 million in 2010. That means even if this film received a 30 percent bump like “Iron Man 2” did its first weekend from the first Iron Man, then we’re looking at roughly $170 million for its opening, well below “The Avengers”. That would be a feat in of itself though, given how third films in series tend to not do as well (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Matrix: Revolutions”). So if this film builds on its opening at all, that’s a good start, the big question is will it have any legs. The answer to that is yes. This film is getting rave reviews right now, although that might indicate hype will become too high. Still, this film should reach $1 billion worldwide, just don’t expect it to get to “The Avengers” box office marks.

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

Here’s the good news. The cast for “Eliza Graves” looks amazing. Based on the Edgar Allen Poe short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, the story follows a recent medical graduate who takes a job at a mental institution and falls for a beautiful colleague. Of course it’s not that simple…

Jim Sturgess and Kate Beckinsale are in as the leads. Now comes news that Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley are joining the cast as well. The down side? Brad Anderson is directing, whose most recent effort “The Call” was…very generic. But hopefully this turns out well and isn’t just the British “Shutter Island”, a great film in its own right starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo.

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

Bad news for Hulk fans

For comic book fanboys, one detail in the latest “Iron Man 3” trailer sent them into a frenzy. There is an appearance of Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster armor, a suit built to control the Hulk. Since then, the web has buzzed about the potential of Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk, played now by Mark Ruffalo, would make an appearance in the anticipated sequel. Ruffalo, however, said that he won’t and that the next time we see the Hulk is in “The Avengers 2”. That’s too bad!

“Iron Man 3” stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and more.

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

Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”), Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) and Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) will all present at the Oscars on Feb. 24. They join Mark Wahlberg and Ted, from “The Avengers”: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep;Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

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

Marvel’s Phase 2 is just about to get started with “Iron Man 3” starring Robert Downey Jr. and “Thor: Dark World” starring Chris Hemsworth. But that doesn’t mean Phase 3 isn’t being mapped out. And the Latino Review is reporting some big spoilers if they’re true.

According to the trade, “The Avengers 2” will see the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) shipped off to space by Marvel’s equivalent of the Illuminati. In the comics, that group is led by Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Charles Xavier, Reed Richards, Namor and Iron Man but obviously that line up will have to change. That will set up a “Planet Hulk” film in Phase 3 and having “The Avengers 3” follow the “World War Hulk” story line. Still just rumors, but producer Kevin Feige has teased interest in both those story lines in the past.

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

Ang Lee’s regrets on Hulk

Marvel is hot, so is Mark Ruffalo’s version of the Hulk. But back in 2003, Ang Lee released his version of “Hulk”, which was a box office disappointment and split critics. Now, doing press for his new film “Life of Pi”, Lee said he had some regrets.

“The hardest thing to do is the weight, not the skin, because there’s no reference for something that size that is agile. And the technology’s improved, so you can have more details with Mark [Ruffalo]’s Hulk. My problem is that I took the whole thing too seriously. I should have had more fun with it, instead of all the psychodrama,” Lee told Vulture.

Interesting. I agree. It took itself way too seriously.

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

Joss Whedon is developing a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show for Marvel Studios. Now, reportedly these are the first four characters:

Agent Grant Ward

  • Bad temper, but calm and collected in sticky situations.
  • Slightly anti-social.
  • Strong Morals.
  • “Deadly”

Agent Althea Rice

  • Also known as ”The Cavalry”
  • Quiet.
  • Proven veteran pilot and soldier.
  • “damaged” from previous combat experience.

Agent Leo Fitz & Agent Jemma Simmons

  • Also known as ”Fitz-Simmons”
  • Inseparable like siblings.
  • Attractive nerds.
  • Fitz is weapons/tech specialist.
  • Simmons is science buff. 

One that that comes to mind is that Whedon could be lying. I wouldn’t put it past him to give out false information. If this is true, like Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) these are characters who are not from the comics. One has to imagine Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will at least make an appearance. And, one has to think that Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth may make cameos.

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

There’s been a ton of Marvel rumors. But, let’s start with this development. In a recent interview, Mark Ruffalo said he believed the Hulk would not get his own film, saying the studio tried solo films and that they don’t know where to go with the character. That’s a shame because Ruffalo was perhaps the best part of “The Avengers” from Joss Whedon.

In other rumors, this is probably the biggest: That Dr. Strange will be in “Thor: Dark World” starring Chris Hemsworth. And, the name being thrown around to play him is Viggo Mortensen. Marvel has shot down that rumor though…however, the man that broke it did also predict that Falcon would be in “Captain America: Winter Soldier”.

Obviously, we have to take this with a grain of salt, but it would be nice if it was true. In another rumor this guy is saying that Mandarin will indeed be the main villain in “Iron Man 3” and that Pepper Potts may don a suit.

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

Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” is the third highest grossing film of all time. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and more, the all-star cast led an enjoyable summer epic. In anticipation of its release to home video, here’s an alternate opening that would have given the film a very different beginning.

What do you think?

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