“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Rises to Bottom of Top Ten Highest-Grossing Films of All Time

On the first day of January we reported that Disney and Lucasfilms’ Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which premiered on December last year, has broken the billion-dollar box office milestone. Three days later, it was 19th on the Top 20 All-Time Highest-Grossing Films. It’s now January 15. Guess what happened?

The Last Jedi, despite its divisive nature among the Star Wars fan base, despite its poor performance in the Chinese market, is now at the Top 10 Highest-Grossing Films of All Time. True, it’s currently at rank 10, but that’s quite the jump from its 19th spot on January 4.

All told, the total box-office take for Last Jedi in terms of its ranking is $1.26 billion. $591.5 million of that is from domestic theaters while $673.4 million comes internationally. That $1.26-billion earning to reach Top 10 had The Last Jedi bumping Beauty and the Beast (2017) off the list.

In addition, that current number also makes The Last Jedi the highest-grossing domestic and worldwide film of 2017. Were it not for the utter ambivalence that the film received in China, it would have been extremely close to reaching the initially-projected $1.6 billion box-office high-water mark before its run ended.

Much hay has been thrown about regarding the sheer vitriol some fans have for the storyline developments of The Last Jedi. Devotees of the original trilogy have cried foul over “mischaracterizations” of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, or the “Mary-Sue” nature of Daisy Ridley’s character Rey, and the plot twists.

As of now, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in cinemas, winding down to the end of its theater run. Meanwhile, Solo: A Star Wars Story is gearing up for a May 25 release, despite the surprising lack of any teasers and trailers for the viewing audience’s benefit.

Hyping “Avengers: Infinity War,” Chris Evans Says Marvel “Doesn’t Miss”

It’s the year 2018 and we’re so incredibly close to the marking of the first ten years for the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Marvel Studios. In that timeframe we’ve seen solo heroes rise, then assemble into a team, then fall apart in conflict. And that’s just the ones from Earth.

On the verge of its first decade the MCU has seen 17 films across three “phases,” and while their themes varied one element remains a near-constant in them: “fun.” One way to interpret that is the pervading sense of humor in the movies, so much that sometimes that seems all.

With Avengers: Infinity War coming this May and close to the heels of Black Panther, there’s been a bit of discussion among fans regarding the thematic direction of the MCU. Considering that this and February’s Black Panther are markedly serious in tone, some opine that the humor should finally stop.

But such concerns are far from the mind of actor Chris Evans, who has portrayed Steve Rogers, aka Captain America in three feature films and several others. During a panel at Ace Comic-Con he opined that every MCU installment was successful and he was proud to be part of it.

“Marvel doesn’t miss. They haven’t missed yet. They’re batting a thousand,” Evans noted. ““I don’t know how they do that…[To] see all these actors come together from all these other franchises that I’ve seen as fans be exchanging dialogue with me was overwhelming and really just so satisfying because really truly, there’s not one bad apple.”

The actor hinted that Infinity War, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, will more than fulfill fan expectations. This important owing to the ongoing narrative reaching a climax here and in the yet-untitled Avengers 4, already finished filming and set to premiere in 2019.

It’s been said sometimes that the Captain America films are some of the highest points in the MCU film series. This was touched upon during Evans’ panel time at the Ace Comic-Con in Arizona, where he was accompanied by co-stars Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier) and Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon).

Not putting down Black Panther with Chadwick Boseman, but with Avengers: Infinity War’s 4.39/5 rating at Comicbook.com, it’s been thus far the most highly-anticipated installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Join Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, and many others for when this climactic film hits cinemas on May 4.

New Additions and Events for Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2018

A New Year means new things, new places and new experiences. It may sound a tad poetic and idealistic cliché, but that statement holds true for even the Disney chain of theme parks. There’s a score of upcoming new attractions opening this 2018 that visitors would most certainly enjoy seeing.

These upcoming attractions run the gamut from being seasonal events to brand-new permanent additions to the parks where they’re opening in. Disneyland in Anaheim for example has a new “Pixar Fest” event beginning April, with a Nighttime Spectacular featuring Buzz Lightyear flying around Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and a Play Parade.

And the Pixar fever doesn’t stop there. Disney California Adventure sees its former Paradise Pier area returning to the public as Pixar Pier, with attractions from films Toys Story, The Incredibles and Inside Out taking prominence. Pixar Shorts will have a film festival in Hollywood Land, a Pixar musical group will star performances in Paradise gardens, and even more Pixar characters will be appearing in the Paint the Night event.

Downtown Disney meanwhile gets two major attractions. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire takes guests on a VR experience to meet their favorite characters from the franchise, while a staple from Walt Disney World, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, makes its debut in the Disney West Coast.

Disneyland and its surrounding resorts and parks don’t have a monopoly on new stuff for 2018. Over in Walt Disney World, Florida, Disney’s Hollywood Studios can finally celebrate the opening of its expansion theme area Toy Story Land, featuring a Slinky Dog roller coaster and the Woody’s Lunch Box restaurant.

Animal Kingdom also celebrates two decades of operation as the latest park addition to Disney World, with a Caravan Theater show featuring the characters of Pixar’s Up seeing all the bird species in the park. Next, Epcot is looking make their second year holding a Festival of the Arts to be even bigger than its first year in 2017, expanding its duration this year from January 12 to February 19.

To wrap things up in Disney World, Disney Springs will be seeing no less than seven brand-new dining places of various cuisines and styles opening all through 2018. And finally, the ESPN Wide World of Sports will be proud to inaugurate their 8,000-capacity multipurpose sports and entertainment venue, with six courts that can be alternately configured for basketball, volleyball, or concert performances. It’s a great year to be a Disney theme parks guest, of that there can be no doubt.

“Solo” May 25 Premiere Remains Firm Despite Lack of Trailers or Teasers Hinting at Later Release

It’s been said that as of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise finally falling under Disney, one can expect that a new film in the series would premiere in December, during the Holiday Season. It held true for The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and even the Rogue One spinoff.

That’s three straight years of a Star Wars movie for Christmas, but 2018 looks to be changing things up. Coming up next from Lucasfilm is another Star Wars Story spinoff in the vein of Rogue One. This is Solo, a prequel detailing the early adventures of a young Han Solo.

Rather than yet another December premiere, Solo is set to arrive in cinemas this coming May. Interestingly, May was the original Star Wars release date back when Lucasfilm was working with 20th Century Fox. That studio has two non-MCU Marvel films premiering before and after Solo, but have changed schedule.

First, The New Mutants that was supposed to release a month before Solo is now a February 2019 premiere, while the other, Deadpool 2, is shifting to open a week before the latest Star Wars installment after being originally scheduled for a week after. Solo however, remains in its place.

This could be a matter of concern, seeing as it’s less than five months away before premiere and we’ve had yet no teaser, much less trailer, of Solo that’s supposed to come out in May. The film has had some directorial trouble, with its original tandem at the helm fired.

Chris Miller and Phil Lord were let go from the project when they were only 85% finished filming. Their replacement, Ron Howard, appears to have lengthened the photography period, fueling concerns that the May release date be moved for later. But even without tangible previews, the premiere schedule remains firm.

While many fans may be worrying over the lack of any new stuff to hype up the coming of Solo, its stubborn May 25 premiere date may be at the insistence of Disney to avoid movie collisions. After all, their sequel film Mary Poppins Returns is set for December itself.

This surprise continuation from the 1964 musical classic starring Julie Andrews – whose role is being taken up by Emily Blunt – does come across as a better film to celebrate the Holidays with, than following the exploits of a galactic smuggler and future Rebel hero. Seen that way, it makes sense.

And while it’s frustrating not to see anything to give us an idea of what Solo will be like, for now we should trust Disney to carry the day. Someday before May, we hope to see Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as Han and Lando Calrissian on the first trailers.

Campaign on GoFundMe Hopes to Get Children Harlem Tickets to Watch “Black Panther”

Black Panther, as past articles prove so ably, is on every MCU fan’s brain right now, with every week elapsing before its great February premiere. The greatest buzz of interest of course belongs to the African-American community, many of them looking forward to seeing the adventures of a “black superhero.”

The sheer importance to this community to be able to see the Marvel Studios film, starring Chadwick Boseman and a slate of prominent African-American actors and actresses, is so utterly important that Frederick Joseph of New York has opened up a campaign on GoFundMe, which he called “Wakanda Forever!

Said campaign endeavors to fund as many tickets for Black Panther’s premiere as to allow children of color living in Harlem will be able to go and watch this latest installment of the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe in cinemas. “Wakanda Forever!” takes its name from a line mention in the trailers.

The 29-year-old Joseph says the idea formed from his wanting to do something for the color community of Harlem, especially the children. “I said to myself, how can I get as many children as possible to see this film and see themselves as a superhero or a king or queen?”

“Wakanda Forever!” on GoFundMe had a rather modest goal of making $10,000. Ten days after the campaign started, it has accumulated three times that amount. Of the over 700 people who have contributed, some include director J.J. Abrams and even former Presidential daughter Hillary Clinton.

The funding will go into two expenditures, as many tickets to Black Panther as can be bought, along with in-movie snacks for both the lucky children and their volunteer chaperones. Whatever’s left after the film showing will be donated by Joseph in turn to the Boys and Girls Club, a charitable organization based in Harlem.

“Representation and inclusion are legitimately essential pillars to creating dreams for yourself,” remarks Joseph. “The children are the future. It starts with them. We’re just vessels trying to make a change.” He’s also partnered with GoFundMe to encourage the opening of similar campaigns to benefit other communities in the country.

Upcoming Episode Titles of “Star Wars Rebels” S4 Hint at Possible Main Cast Casualty

For those who haven’t gotten the memo yet, the Disney XD 3D animated series Star Wars Rebels is set to resume its fourth season by next month, February. And from there, it’s all the way to the season finale and series finale, ending the show after 4 seasons of broadcast.

With the story of Rebels set to terminate, bets have started among viewers on what’ll be the fates of the characters by the last scene of the finale. Already the Rebel team leader Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall) seems safe, but the rest of her crew, it’s up in the air.

While web series Forces of Destiny (which also has a comic series on IDW) would have it that Hera would be at the after-party on Endor post-Return of the Jedi, no peep has been heard about what her crew got to until at least before the first Star Wars film.

Some episode titles and blurbs for the latter half of Rebels season 4 appear to spoil the fate of at least one member of the Ghost crew. Episode 10: “Jedi Night” involves the heroes pulling a rescue mission to save a captive teammate: Hera, caught in the 2017 midseason finale.

Episode 11: “Dume” however, notes the the Ghost team are reeling from a “devastating loss,” insinuating that one of their number doesn’t survive “Jedi Night.” The most likely character to get killed in fan theory is the blind Jedi Padawan Kanan, who’s also in a relationship of sorts with Hera.

In case nobody got the reference, the birth name of Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is Caleb Dume, the Episode 11 title. It’ll indeed be a heavy loss, but signs point to Kanan’s potential sendoff being most likely one of the most epic and talked-about series episodes before the ending.

Star Wars Rebels season 4 resumes February 24, with “Jedi Night” airing 9 PM / 8 Central on Disney XD.

“Black Panther” Holds New Record in First-Day Advance Ticket Sales for MCU

Here’s more updates for the oh-so-close (and coming closer) premiere of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. No more words that we could say here on Disney Movies List could further describe the excitement and anticipation that comic-book followers and fans of the ideal of a black superhero have for this movie.

Marvel Entertainment has already done its share of preparing moviegoers for the world of T’Challa, King and Black Panther of Wakanda in Africa, by compiling some of his more recent comic stories in a handy digest, Black Panther: Start Here. Even without that though, anticipation for the film’s very strong.

Strong in fact, that Black Panther’s first day for selling advance tickets to its February release has set a new record in terms of day-one advance ticket sales where a movie with a Marvel super hero is concerned. The eagerness of audiences to see the MCU film is utterly tangible.

According to Fandango, advance tickets of Black Panther sold as of Wednesday, January 10, have since surpassed the first-day sales of the previous record-holder, Captain America: Civil War last 2016 Incidentally, that was the first appearance of the titular character, played by Chadwick Boseman, for the Disney-Marvel Studios’ MCU verse.

Directed by Ryan Coogler of the Rocky series spinoff/sequel Creed, Black Panther follows up from the events of Civil War as King T’Challa struggles with keeping his highly-advanced nation concealed from the world while confronting hostile challengers to his rule. The film’s also expected to set up Avengers: Infinity War.

The rush to buy advance tickets for the MCU is lamp-shaded by cast member Lupita Nyong’o, who noted it on Instagram while grousing her difficulties in getting a ticket. No actual figures in day-one sales were put up by Fandango, but note that Civil War’s opening take was $179 million.

Black Panther also stars Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett. The movie premieres February 16, the first MCU film showing in 2018.