Capping off our coverage of Colombia President Doug Belgrad’s recent interview to THR, it is worth noting that he nonchalantly threw in there that the studio is currently working on an idea for Men in Black 4. This is somewhat of a no-brainer considering the most recent effort in the series banked over $600 million at the global box office, but there remained some doubts simply because of how much hell they went through to pump out the third MiB.
For those not in the know, the film cost well over $200 million. You may be saying to yourself, ‘well, it certainly didn’t show up on screen,’ and you would be right. Most of that money was guzzled in lengthy production delays as the movie’s script was incomplete by time production began. The studio actually had to shut down filming at one point because there was no place to go. They brought in a bunch of writers to polish the script and the end result was the most expensive Men in Black film to date. Continue Reading
Thanks to a better than average international performance from the latest Men in Black film, the movie delivered at the box office in a big, big way by passing the $400 million mark within its first two weeks of release. Continue Reading
It took four weekends, but a new film managed to beat The Avengers. That is about the only good thing being said right now about Men in Black III’s box office performance as the film only found $55 million in its first three days in release. Continue Reading
According to numerous sources, the price tag for Men in Black III came in around $375 million for all facets of this film (production, marketing, distribution) which is actually $25 million above the costs that Disney incurred to bring The Avengers to the big screen. Continue Reading
Going into the month, it appeared as if Men in Black III was preparing for a $90+ million Memorial Day weekend. These were huge expectations that were built on the basis of demand for Will Smith and a beloved franchise’s shot at redemption. Continue Reading
Bill Hader plays Andy Warhol in the new Men in Black III movie which provided the SNL cast member a reason to show up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Friday night. He talked about his dad’s Don Johnson-like perm, The Californians bit on Saturday Night Live, and Stefan.
Hader also discussed his latest movie role and the realization that he actually has become a Men in Black member. That part of the interview was brief, but it did provide us with some insight as to what actors do when confronted with four and a half hour-long make-up sessions to get into character.
If you have not seen The Californians, it is definitely worth the view. At face value, its a back-end sketch that really is not that funny; however, the fact the the actors can never seem to get through it without ‘breaking’ makes the sketch worth it for those who may not buy into the soap opera parody. Those of you who are interested can check it out on Hulu.
Josh Brolin was on Conan Thursday night to promote his new film, Men in Black III. Here is the interview in which he remembers his days of shooting Goonies and discusses being overshadowed by Will Smith on the promotional tour for MiB. Continue Reading
Josh Brolin went on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night for yet another appearance for Men in Black III. The film hits theaters on Friday and it needs $375 million to recoup its investment which explains why he and Will Smith are seemingly everywhere this week. Here is his latest interview in which he talked about his grooming habits, his protection detail in Russia, and a war of photos with John Krasinski.
According to numerous sources, the price tag for Men in Black III is around $375 million for all facets of this film (production, marketing, distribution) which is actually $25 million above the costs that Disney incurred to bring The Avengers to the big screen.
Why did it cost so much? Well, apparently the studio had to grab Will Smith while he was available so they actually began production before the script was even finished. As anyone can tell you, that often translates into a bloated production budget, and given the obligatory $100 million marketing campaign, that implies a production cost of at least $230 million which is inclusive of actor salaries, various rewrites, etc.
Now that the money is gone, the focus has turned to whether or not Sony could actually recoup their investment. All early signs point to yes. While the second installment in the saga shrank from $590 to $440 million globally, pent up demand for a Will Smith-lead blockbuster coupled with a shot at franchise redemption is expected to drive this movie to box office glory. Early projections have Men in Black III opening up to $80+ million in its first weekend which would mark a best for the 15-year-old franchise.
Of course, such a debut would barely make a dent despite its impressive nature. Audience reaction will likely dictate whether the movie does indeed make a profit as it will require a lot of repeat business amidst heavy box office competition in the weeks that follow.
It has been four years, but Will Smith has finally made it back to Ellen to promote another movie. This time around, he a talked about a variety of things including his kids (Jaden and Willow) as well as a recent trip to the White House during which his son asked the president about the existence of aliens. The following is a clip from the appearance. Continue Reading