And the award for filler story of the day goes too…Jack Reacher sequel news. That’s because there is none and everyone is picking up on an ASSUMPTION that Paramount’s newest Tom Cruise-starring franchise will go one-and-done. You can all blame THR for that as their logic is fairly sound: $153 million worldwide is not enough to warrant a second outing going into the Asian territory releases. There is just one problem with that–it might actually be enough.
The math shows a probable $200 million+ close out to Jack Reacher at the global box office which is comparable to what The Bourne Identity scored in 2002. The budget? A mere $60 million. It does not a rocket scientist to find out the movie was a winner, so what is the deal? Perhaps the studio is attempting to mislead Mr. Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie of their willingness to back another installment as they most likely would prefer to avoid a Tom Cruise salary hike.
A reasonable conclusion with all this is that the studio will choose to pursue another Jack Reacher film although it could take a while as Paramount might opt for patience above a quick payday. Considering the horrible timing of release (one week after the Sandy Hook tragedy,) a noticeable sequel boost is assured if the pic is moved away from blockbusters like Django Unchained which many consider to be partially responsible for the deflated performance at the box office.
In terms of the Bourne Identity comparison, it should be noted that the Matt Damon-starrer did bank $120 million of that at the domestic box office. Two years later, The Bourne Supremacy surged 50% and again three years later with The Bourne Ultimatum. In other words, the money was in the sequels.
Here is a holiday surprise. The weekend box office numbers show that Jack Reacher is overperforming slightly. The pic landed a $15.6 million opening its first three days in release, building off a $5.1 million Friday. This is a pretty big deal because Hollywood was expecting a weaker debut and a dud overall even though the film’s source material pretty much deserves the Bad Timing Award. Now, a tad better down the road, fans of the action flick could be in store for seconds. Both director Christopher McQuarrie and the film’s star Tom Cruise are said to be up for sequel duty if demand is there.
This Is 40 came in third with a $12.0 million weekend. That is not great by any means, but it definitely could have been worse considering it had to compete with The Guilt Trip which looks like a colossal bomb. At a cost of $40 million, the Seth Rogen-Streisand road trip movie only found $1.5 million on its third day of release. Ouch!
1. The Hobbit – $36.7 M/$149.9 M
2. Jack Reacher - $15.6 M/$15.6 M
3. This Is 40 - $12.0 M/$12.0 M
4. Rise of the Guardians - $5.9 M/$79.7 M
5. Lincoln- $5.6 M/$116.8 M
6. The Guilt Trip - $5.4 M/$7.4 M
7. Monsters, Inc- $5.0 M/$6.5 M
Another Jack Reacher movie clip has made its way to the net. This one we have not seen before from the talk show circuit as it features the title character aka Tom Cruise leading the cops on an epic car chase in his Chevelle. It pretty much embodies what one could expect from this film, so definitely go see the movie if you appreciate this footage. Director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise have both said that there will be more Reacher movies if this one proves successful. Continue Reading
Just a reminder, the weekend starts early headed into the crowded holiday lineup with two new films releasing today. Monsters, Inc 3D and The Guilt Trip are already vying for families’ Christmas cash and Jack Reacher will arrive in less than 48 hours. Some are suggesting Tom Cruise’s latest will flop hard, but this is a pretty capable action film so we are not exactly set on counting the action star out of the conversation just yet.
The competition he must face comes out on Tuesday in the form of Les Miserables and Django Unchained. Both films are considered to be major award contenders and are each heavily anticipated by their own audiences. Of the two, Les Miserables is considered to be tracking a lot better in advance, but that information comes from online ticket brokers Movie Tickets and Fandango which only represents a small segment of the movie industry.
This Is 40 and Parental Guidance also are hitting theaters within the next week as well with releases scheduled for Friday and Tuesday respectably.
Check back for results throughout the next few weekends as business will definitely be booming at the box office.
This is not exactly a great time to go around championing your film that has a serial sniper on the loose, but Tom Cruise is doing it anyways due to something called studio obligations and back-end. The purpose of that is to gain all the free press and awareness that one could possibly garner going into release for Jack Reacher–a potential franchise launcher for Paramount. Odds are it will work though because despite the actor’s personal life issues so publicized in the tabloids this past year, the actor brought it hard on Jimmy Fallon last night by going so far as to participate in a game of Water War with the late night host. Continue Reading
A shooter is on the loose, and Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher is the only one who can stop him. That is the premise of the actor’s latest film which explains why this is highlighted in its most recent clip released earlier today. The takeaway from this one? We now know why Cruise is driving a car backwards in the promos (for those of us who have not read the book One Shot) and audiences get to see more footage of Robert Duvall. In addition to today’s advance look, theatergoers also received a featurette for the Chevelle used in the movie. Hit the jump to check both videos out. Continue Reading
Two more posters hit the web today that we need to pass along. The first is another look at A Good Day to Die Hard which is the next installment of the Bruce Willis-led Die Hard series. This has him and his son as played by Jai Courtney. We have already seen the trailer for this as well as a featurette on Courtney’s involvement; however, today’s new art does serve a purpose: to help announce the movie’s IMAX release which was a story that broke earlier today.
As for poster number two, it is another one for Jack Reacher, and it is as cookie cutter as they come. News for that release at the moment is light as release is scheduled for next Friday, but it may be worth noting the reviews are very positive early on for Tom Cruise’s latest action flick. Hit the jump for the view and the release dates. Continue Reading
Paramount has kicked off Friday with the reveal of three more promos for Jack Reacher. The movie still is probably not as high profile as the studio would like it to be, but at the very least it appears like a good watch for anyone who is aware this pic actually exists. As I stated before, there is some buzz behind this one as director Christopher McQuarrie is the frontrunner to helm the next Mission: Impossible–something that Paramount would never do in a million years if they failed to believe Reacher was up to par. Hit the jump for the view which includes two more of those Reacher Rules promos that landed online just yesterday. Continue Reading
The second movie clip for Jack Reacher has hit the web courtesy of an IGN exclusive. This time it, it shows less of Tom Cruise shopping at Good Will and more of him kicking ass. More specifically it is the extended version of a scene some of us have already witnessed from the film’s promos where he explains that ‘the last two guys always run’ before taking on five people at once. Go ahead and check it out as the scene might pleasantly surprise those who regarded Jack Reacher’s leading man as unfit for the gig when casting was first announced. Continue Reading
For the past few days, Paramount has been pounding out promotional materials to help introduce the world to Jack Reacher as a character, so it is only suiting that the first clip we receive for the feature does just that. While two the supporting stars gush over the guy’s credentials, viewers are treated to a montage of him getting new threads at Good Will. Where else? Hit the jump for the view which also includes a fresh TV spot entitled Reacher Rules. Continue Reading
Audiences received yet another look at Paramount’s Jack Reacher today. The film is based on a book called One Shot which is actually the ninth edition of a Lee Child-written set of novels, but for the most part movie fans are likely in the dark when it comes to this guy’s identity. If you missed the first featurette released just last week, be sure to check out the following spot which introduces the title character using lines from the movie. Continue Reading
One of the big movies coming out next month is Jack Reacher–a film that aims to launch another Tom Cruise-led action franchise from a property previously successfully in another form. Christopher McQuarrie who also wrote Valkyrie managed to helm this one which is expected to receive great reviews, and that is why we are paying attention. McQuarrie is not only the frontrunner to direct Mission: Impossible 5, but he is also reportedly already signed on to do behind-the-camera duty on Paramount’s Jack Ryan spin-off Without Remorse. In other words, we should get familiar with the man’s work because odds are we will start to see a lot of it soon enough. Continue Reading
A lot of featurettes for Hollywood’s latest and greatest tend to trot out the star-studded cast, directors, and possibly even the producers, but for Paramount’s Jack Reacher the studio has enlisted the help of author Lee Childs to sell this one. Watch as the writer introduces the character that he has used many times as this movie’s plot was the center of his ninth book for the franchise. He also defends the casting of Tom Cruise as this tall drifter despite the actor’s size by basically saying to audiences, “Hey, come on. It’s Tom Cruise.” Continue Reading
Earlier this evening, the fourth and fifth spots for Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher film hit the web. Since the beginning of the actioner’s television campaign we have been pleasantly surprised with a load of new dialogue, so we will be keeping an eye on all future spots particularly when awareness seems to be ‘zero’ at the present moment. Paramount has eyes on a franchise for this one, and even if that fails to come to light, it should at least be worth noting that the director is being targeted by the studio for Mission: Impossible 5 at the present moment. In other words, they think the film is a winner. Continue Reading
The promotional campaign is now in full gear for Jack Reacher as new spots are hitting the web every few days. The latest television ad for the Tom Cruise-starrer is just as good as the first couple if not better, leading us to believe that some initial grumblings about this Christopher McQuarrie-directed film were built on the premise that the trailer intentionally used Mission: Impossible sounding music to create a false sense of association. Ultimately, everything sense that has been a whole lot more appealing suggesting that maybe Jack Reacher could be the franchise launcher that Paramount suspected it could be after all. Continue Reading