‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3’ Announced As Switch Exclusive

Over the last few days there’d been rumours that we were finally going to get some details on the Untitled Avengers Project that Marvel announced some time ago now. However, what we’ve received instead is our first look at Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – which will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

The first trailer offers us a look at just some of the playable characters, which includes Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Guardians fo the Galaxy and lots more.

The game is being developed by Team Ninja and is set to release next year.

 

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Carol Unleashes Her Powers In A Brand New ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer

“The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast: Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Lee Pace, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Mckenna Grace

Release Date: March 8th, 2019

REVIEW: Venom

Year: 2018
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed

Written by Megan Williams

Ever since I went to see Spiderman 3, I’ve been waiting for Sony to grant Venom a second chance and give the character a stand-alone film. And, after writing two articles on the trailers, Venom is finally here!

Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a reporter who is assigned an interview with Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), the CEO of the ‘Life Foundation’. After finding out that Carlton is experimenting on people by combining them with alien symbiotes, Eddie accidentally becomes intertwined with one of the symbiotes named Venom.

When the film was released it was met with critical slating, saying that the film’s tone was odd and uneven and that, overall, it wasn’t very good. However, I am in the minority. Venom is nowhere near as bad as critics are saying.

Tom Hardy was great as Eddie Brock and the voice of Venom; their interactions with each other was the biggest highlight of the film. It also brought in a lot of humour that blended in effectively with the visuals; most of it came from Venom’s dialogue, as he reacted to each scenario, as well as Eddie’s dialogue and actions towards this unfamiliar creature.

The soundtrack and score were also fantastic, bringing in a mixture of classical music, hip-hop and rock, all of which suited the film’s tone and story. Venom wouldn’t have looked out of place if it had been released in 2005, and while some people would see this as a problem, I personally didn’t; the presentation of the film worked for the most part.

Unfortunately, the first act’s tone and pacing was a little uneven and seemed ‘uncomfortable’ with setting the story up. However, once Venom was introduced, these aspects improved and the film flowed a lot better than it did in the first act. Another issue I had was with the CGI. Throughout most of the film, it was fantastic and Venom’s portrayal was very accurate to the comic books, which I loved. However, the CGI was extremely dodgy and hard to follow in the third act so, unfortunately, it wasn’t consistent.

Overall, Venom was entertaining, funny and a lot of fun. It is not as bad as initial reviews have been saying and, if you are still interested in seeing it, then I would recommend it.

MEGAN’S RATING:

4

Marvel Release Hotly Anticipated First Teaser Trailer For ‘Captain Marvel’

“The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast: Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Lee Pace, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Mckenna Grace

Release Date: March 8th, 2019

Ant-Man & The Wasp

Year: 2018
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Forston

WRITTEN BY CHRIS GELDERD

This 2018 American superhero film is the sequel to 2015’s ‘Ant-Man’ and the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park and Michelle Pfeiffer.

One of the most under-rated Marvel superheroes launched in 2015 with his big-screen debut, bringing together a solid cast and adding more pieces to the MCU puzzle. In ‘Captain America: Civil War’, Ant-Man stole the show by becoming Giant-Man in an all to brief but highly entertaining appearance. Now it’s time for the inevitable sequel; one that not only surpasses the original, but lets core Marvel values shine brightly in a franchise currently clouded by recent doom and gloom.

Grab your popcorn and kick back. It’s time to have some fun once again.

This film belongs to Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly – it’s a film about partnership, about family, friendship and being. It’s ‘Ant-Man & The Wasp‘; equal heading, equal footing on marketing and everything in-between. Rudd doesn’t need to try too hard to be humorous, but he still manages to do it in a very heartfelt and endearing way, making Scott Lang stand out as one of the Marvel heroes simply wearing a super suit and uses his heart, head, and honour to fight evil, rather than gifted God-like superpowers.

On the other side of this duo, Evangeline Lilly holds her own across the whole film. She is ballsy, brainy and badass.  She’s a real humane hero who doesn’t become a damsel in distress. She clearly takes care of herself when the heat is turned up and, along with Rudd, shows some real heart and emotion that pushes the core themes forward. Rudd and Lily are equal, neither have greater ability than the other when it comes down to fighting the good fight, and none of them are there as a spare tool. It’s equality, and then some, and so much more enjoyable for it with them being together. The trailer used lyrics It takes two to make a thing go right. It takes two to make it outta’ sight.” Never a truer phrase in this case.

With a stellar supporting cast including veterans Michael Douglas (who has even more to do this time around thankfully) and the amusing guilty-pleasure comedy of Michael Peña who all add to the story rather than be expendable, new faces also add to the overall quality. Laurence Fishburne helps expand character relations and morals, Walton Goggins as our charming black market bad guy for hire and Michelle Pfeiffer as the original Wasp and wife of Hank.

Young Abby Ryder Forston as Cassie, Lang’s daughter, shines with as much warmth and wit as Rudd in her scenes and is a joy to see on screen. But it is Hannah John-Kamen who strikes a chord as Ava Starr – our ‘Ghost’ – who has a molecular instability thanks to reasons left to be discovered. She’s pushed as the villain of the piece, but is she? Director Peyton Reed tiptoes towards MCU cliché in her goals and actions, but each time pulls back from the brink to give us something a little different and unexpected. Her story is a sad one and while she is highly dangerous in what she does and why, it’s the journey she takes mirroring the heroes that add some great moments and thrills, thrills that come thick and fast, and help define “popcorn entertainment”.

We have a brilliantly choreographed car chase that involve trucks, motorbikes, Pez dispensers and Hot Wheels racers. We have a hotel lobby and kitchen fight, once more perfectly choreographed, that showcases Lily in full force. We also have eye-popping ‘Doctor Strange’-esque quantum realm travel and bone-crunching hand to hand combat. The whole pace of the movie is perfect, and the action compliments each development and progresses everything and everyone without being pointless.

There isn’t the need for city-wide destruction and mass genocide here. It’s a family-friendly film, but one that harkens a little more to classic Marvel themes before the stakes were as high as they could be and it felt things had peaked. ‘Ant-Man & The Wasp’ takes the threat of Thanos out of the equation for a couple of hours and reduces all pointless cameos and Avenger interaction to give Ant-Man both a fair stand-alone sequel but also presenting new ideas for the future of the franchise.

The humour is on top form where you will find yourself chuckling along a lot of the time without even knowing it thanks to the snappy character exchanges. Yet, fear not, the movie isn’t stupid nor does it rely on infantile humour to get the laughs. There is a lot of heart to this film – the narrative is more about family and faith over Infinity Stones and nuclear wars – so you will certainly be able to invest in the characters, what they do and why.

Another strong reason this film seems to make great leaps forward to Marvel is the visual effects that stand amongst the best in the current franchise. There is no need for constant green screen and masses of CGI locations thanks to keeping things Earth based with practical sets and effects. The stand-out moments are the shrinking and enlarging of Ant-Man and Wasp. Split second transformations in the middle of breakneck fights are seamless and fluid, with the environment and characters reacting accordingly. Nothing feels jarred or loose. It’s tight, imaginative, entertaining and exciting. And when Ant-Man loses control of his suit’s regulator, there’s just more good fun to be had.

Ant-Man & The Wasp’ doesn’t try to compete with the juggernaut of ‘Infinity War’, it instead does the wise thing and distances itself far from it. If the bar to judge all MCU films hinges on ‘IW’, then you’ll find you miss out on these smaller gems that expand the forgotten heroes and their own stories.

However, for the ones who are worried, then don’t be. Events of ‘Infinity War’ are referenced in the film. How? When? You’ll have to find out for yourself and watch that Marvel cloud of doom and gloom smother the care-free fun you just had.

CHRIS’ RATING:

5

Deadpool 2

Year: 2018
Directed by: David Leitch
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin

Written by Rhys Bowen Jones

The runaway smash-hit of 2016 ‘Deadpool’ saw the debut (yes, debut) of a fan favourite character known for breaking the fourth wall and being supremely foul-mouthed, as played by Ryan Reynolds in a passion project in the works for years. 2 years on, Deadpool is a household name thanks to Reynolds being widely considered the perfect man for the role and the film being supremely entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny from its opening credits right to its post-credits scene. 2 years on, we have been given the inevitable sequel a record breaking film was destined to have, and I’m happy to report that Deadpool hasn’t changed one bit.

‘Deadpool 2’ sees Deadpool fully invested in his saving-the-world-as-unethically-as-possible shtick as we are shown in the opening sequences. When tragedy strikes, Deadpool finds himself in a rut and it’s up to Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapcic) to pick him back up and continue his attempts at turning him into a true member of the X-Men. Meanwhile, mutants are popping up left and right, namely young Russell Collins, a teenager who can control fire, and Cable, a time-travelling cybernetic soldier who arrives, Terminator style, to complete a personal revenge mission.

What immediately comes across as you watch is ‘Deadpool 2′ has a far wider scope than the original. Where Deadpool spent the majority of its runtime on one section of a motorway, Deadpool 2 zips around the world in a montage sequence catching us up on what Deadpool has been up to since we last saw him. This sequence showcases impressive choreography thanks largely to its new director, David Leitch, fresh off his impressive work on ‘John Wick’ and ‘Atomic Blonde’, while also informing us that the jokes will fly at you faster than you can process them.

The wider scope isn’t only evident visually either, as the dialogue very heavily references other Marvel films, from the X-Men franchise (which Deadpool is very much a part of) to the MCU (which Deadpool isn’t a part of…yet). Some jokes come obviously (Josh Brolin’s Cable is the target of multiple MCU jokes for obvious reasons), while others are far more subtle. It also does very well at referencing lines from the first Deadpool that, granted, not many in my screening caught, but I did, and I appreciated the commitment to writing jokes to include everyone in the audience, from the casual viewers to the hardcore fans.

The quality of filmmaking itself is evident as Leitch brings his stunt related past to the film, showcasing the talent we have clearly seen in his previous work in genuinely impressive sequences like a slow-motion one-take sequence that Deadpool narrates over near the beginning of the film, as well as the fight choreography on the truck in the climax of Act 2. There are no annoyingly fast cuts to be found as the punches are given time to land and take effect; one of the biggest factors in well-shot action is the geography, and it was always clear where each character was after every hit. David Leitch is an exciting director that I hope continues this impressive form throughout his inevitably successful career.

‘Deadpool 2’ continues the trend from the first by being very funny and very entertaining on every level. The jokes do come at you at a supreme pace that you will not catch all of them even after multiple viewings, but ‘Deadpool 2’ is definitely going for re-watchability, which it most definitely is. And yet, while the film is consistently very funny, it doesn’t quite manage to tip over into hilarious territory. A few sequences come very close – Basic Instinct, X-Force for reference – but it doesn’t quite get there as well as ‘Deadpool’ does. “A fourth wall break inside a fourth wall break? That’s like…16 walls” from the first film is an all-time favourite quote of mine, there isn’t a line in ‘Deadpool 2′ that matches this one.

‘Deadpool 2’ does a lot of things very well, not least the cast. Everyone on screen is evidently having a blast with the film, and so many of them are perfect for the role. As aforementioned, Reynolds is Deadpool, Zazie Beetz almost steals the show as Domino, the endlessly cool and very lucky (it’s definitely a superpower and definitely cinematic) member of the X-Force, and Josh Brolin for the second time this year knocks a major Marvel character out of the park with a terrific performance as the time-travelling badass, Cable.

The true MVP of the film though is Julian Dennison as Russell Collins. Fresh off his hilarious turn in Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, Dennison has charm for days and has the ability to make any line, any look, any body movement funny. On top of being funny, Dennison genuinely makes Russell (or Fire Fist as he hilariously named himself) a character you empathise with, even as he descends into pyromania in the final act.

While there are a lot of positives to take from ‘Deadpool 2′, the film does have its flaws that teeter on the edge of having a significant effect on the film. Given the nature of firing jokes at you at an alarming rate, it falls occasionally on the side of jokes not landing. When they land, they’re great, but when they don’t land, you can feel the awkward silence in the room waiting for the next one. There are several of these moments, and they all add up into stretches of the film feeling like dead air. This wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but the film is 2 hours long, and these long stretches of jokelessness, or unfunny jokes, stay with you.

Secondly, I have praised the film’s wider scope already in this review, but this proves to be the film’s double-edged sword. At several points, the film tries to do things that are just too much for its budget. There’s a very fun sequence that’s effectively a truck chase sequence and the truck, at multiple points, looks like it belongs in a PS2 racing game. In the final act, there’s a self-aware CGI fight (Deadpool literally shouts “CGI fight!” at the screen to set it up) that feels weightless when it really shouldn’t given the characters involved because of how blatantly CGI it is.

Finally, ‘Deadpool 2′ suffers from the same problem as the first film. ‘Deadpool’ very clearly set itself up as the antithesis to the MCU, a superhero film that breaks all the rules and refuses to follow convention, and yet follows all the rules and the convention. The act of acknowledging the conventions before they happen doesn’t excuse the fact that they remain followed. I enjoyed the self-referential nature of the film because it’s something that’s so rarely seen, but it frustrated me to see the trends followed and see missed opportunities to do change things up.

All told, I did really enjoy ‘Deadpool 2′. I thought it was funny throughout, the cast were all excellent, and it has, without a doubt, the best mid-credits scene of all-time. There are problems abound that come with trying to exceed the expectations set by a great first outing, but I honestly feel ‘Deadpool 2′ has more re-watchability than the original because of its attempts to go bigger than the first. Oh, and keep an eye out for some excellent cameos!

Rhys’ Rating:

3.5

Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Infinity War’ Continues To Conquer While New Openers Battle For A Top 10 Finish

Written by Dapo Olowu

While ‘Infinity War’ gets ready to enjoy another weekend at the top of the table, three new openers (‘Overboard’, ‘Bad Samaritan’, and ‘Tully’) look to establish themselves in a Box Office weekend that’s as close as ever. The question is, what will drop out of the top ten?

So, what’s opening this weekend?

Firstly, we have ‘Overboard’ starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez, in a gender-swapped remake of the 1987 cult-classic, which featured couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. What’s interesting here, is its similarities to 2017’s ‘How to Be a Latin Lover’: the producers, production company, lead actor, release date, genre, age-rating, and even the reviews are mirroring the comedy that opened to $12.2m last year. ‘Overboard’ is hoping to emulate Latin Lover’s success with the Hispanic community, and opening in 500 more cinemas could give it that needed boost in the Box Office totals. Diminishing returns from the extra seats may set in, but we predict a solid $14m start nonetheless.

Opening in around 1,350 cinemas is Charlize Theron’s ‘Tully’, a difficult one to predict, as we’d usually expect such a highly rated comedy-drama to have a limited (under 600 cinemas) release at first. From this, we’ve done a bit more maths than we’d have wanted and predicted an opening of around $4.5m, based mainly on the per-cinema averages of similar films, like 2017’s ‘Lady Bird’. Its 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as director Jason Reitman’s previous successes (‘Juno’, ‘Up in the Air’), gives us reason to be optimistic — but this is a poor opening regardless.

Finally, ‘Bad Samaritan’ looks to be the lowest earner from the newbies this weekend, even though it’s the only new release entering at least 2,000 cinemas. ‘Bad Samaritan’ doesn’t even have the luxury of being potential counter-programming to ‘Infinity War’, as direct competitor ‘A Quiet Place’ continues to hold strong in week 5 of its release. We’re using last year’s ‘A Cure for Wellness’s $4.4m opening as a measure: both had middling reviews, both opened during a competitor’s 5th week (‘Split’ had been out for over a month by then), and both had no true star power in the lead roles. ‘Bad Samaritan’, however, also has the looming figure of ‘Infinity War’ clouding its horizon, so we estimate around a gross around $3m.

What else is on?

Infinity War’ will comfortably top the charts by a good $100m+ margin in its second weekend, but will fall short of ‘The Force Awakens’ record of $149.2m, with an estimated $116m (a 55% drop). This is not an issue, as ‘Infinity War’ aims to reach $1bn worldwide by Sunday (without China) and could be the quickest to do this (beating ‘The Force Awakens’ record of 12 days). Even if somehow it doesn’t manage this, it’ll always have the record of out-grossing the entirety of ‘Justice League’ in 3.5 days — a lovely plaque to have on the shelf.

Next, we have ‘A Quiet Place’, which has continued to perform strongly going into its 5th weekend of release. It’ll hope to reach the coveted quarter-of-a-billion dollars mark worldwide by the end of the weekend, with still enough gas in the tank to potentially land in the $270m region. Taking into account ‘Split’s 41% average weekend drop (in wide release) and ‘A Quiet Place’s 39.4% average so far, a 40% fall is a safe bet.

After the release of ‘Overboard’, it isn’t absurd to wonder if this would have a large effect on ‘I Feel Pretty’, which suffers from poorer reviews than the comedy starring Anna Faris. However, being available to watch in 1,500 more cinemas gives it a locational advantage, which should lead to just a 50% drop this week. A similar fall is in store for ‘Rampage’, which could bounce back from the major hit it took during ‘Infinity War’s opening last week.

Black Panther’s resurgence in the wake of ‘Infinity War’ means its sights are firmly on the $700m domestic goal, a feat only two films (‘The Force Awakens’, and ‘Avatar’) have ever achieved. A 30% drop is expected this week as normal service resumes, but I won’t be surprised if it ends in a much lower drop, with filmgoers continuing their MCU double-bills.

The horror ‘Truth or Dare’ has been consistent with its 58% weekend drops, so there’s little reason to deviate from the average here, and it should pull in around $1.3m going into its 4th weekend. Finally, ‘Super Troopers 2’ shouldn’t plunge to the 75%+ depths that it did last weekend, but it won’t be impressing anybody with a $1.3m haul to round off the top 10.

What do you think ‘Infinity War’ will make in its 2nd weekend? Will the new releases impress, or will the older films prevail? Let us know on Twitter – we’re @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

Rank Last Week’s Rank Film US Gross so far Budget Jumpcut’s prediction Weekend drop Week no. BoxOfficeMojo’s prediction Deadline’s Prediction Variety’s Prediction
1 1 Avengers: Infinity War $322.8m $300m+ $116m -55% 2 $116m $100m-$125m $100m-$130m
2 Overboard $15m $14m 1 $15.2m ~$12.2m $10m-$12m
3 2 A Quiet Place $151.4m $17m $6.6m -40% 5 $6.8m
4 Tully $4.5m $4.1m $3m-$4m $4m
5 3 I Feel Pretty $32.1m $32m $4.1m -50% 3 $4.3m
6 4 Rampage $3.6m -52% 4 $4m
7 5 Black Panther $689.6m $200m $3.3m -30% 12 $3.3m
8 Bad Samaritan $3m $2m $2m
9 7 Truth or Dare $36.2m $3.5m $1.3m -59% 4
10 6 Super Troopers 2 $23.3m $13.5m* $1.3m -66% 3 $1.8m

*I wrongly suggested ‘Super Troopers 2’s budget to be $4.4m in previous posts. Oops.

Weekend BO Prediction: Forget Infinity Stones – Thanos Aims For The Opening Record

Written by Dapo Olowu

What this weekend lacks in new releases, it more than makes up for in pure spectacle. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, the culmination of a decade’s-worth of MCU films, opens in the U.S. this Friday, leaving the rest of the Box Office in its wake. The big question is, of course, what records will this break?

So, what’s opening this weekend?

Opening in almost 4,500 cinemas in the U.S. (nearly a record in itself), the Russo brothers flick is looking to break all sorts of records, both in the States and abroad. From Vietnam and India, to Australia and America, it seems as if ‘Infinity War’ is breathing down the neck of various opening weekend records across the globe. Just a couple of weeks ago, its U.S. pre-sales (according to Fandango) were already outpacing the last 7 MCU films combined. Here’s a reminder of the records it may actually achieve this weekend:

  • Sixth film to make over $200m in its opening weekend (after ‘The Force Awakens’, ‘The Last Jedi’, ‘Jurassic World’, ‘The Avengers’, and ‘Black Panther’)
  • Biggest MCU opening (beating ‘The Avengers’ $207.4m in 2012)
  • Biggest pre-summer opening (beating ‘Black Panther’s $202m in 2018)
  • Biggest opening of 2018 so far (beating ‘Black Panther’s $202m in 2018)
  • Biggest April opening (beating ‘Furious 7’s $147.2m in 2015)
  • Biggest Spring opening (beating ‘Beauty and the Beast’s $174.8m in 2017)
  • Biggest worldwide opening (beating ‘Fate of the Furious’ $541.9m in 2017)

What ‘Infinity War’ is really aiming for, is the final jewel in the gauntlet: the domestic opening record. It’s currently held by the biggest film in the U.S. of all time, ‘The Force Awakens’, at $248m, but Marvel will hope to take the crown from their Disney-counterparts over at LucasFilm. We at Jumpcut think it’ll be a tight race, but ‘Infinity War’ may just fall short and reach $240m. With some sites predicting a high of $275m, however, nobody can say for definite where this film will land.

What else is on?

After last week’s close encounter, ‘A Quiet Place’ will put more distance between itself and ‘Rampage’ this weekend. The counter-programming element to ‘AQP’ sets it apart from the rest of the pack, meaning that it won’t drop as much this week as the others will. But, the same can’t be said for ‘Rampage’, which is looking like the first casualty of ‘Infinity War’s introduction. We’re expecting to see close to a 60% drop, as Thanos takes no prisoners in his quest for top spot.

For ‘I Feel Pretty’, which opened to a decent $16m last week, we’re comparing it to ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’, which dropped by around 60% in its 3rd week in 2015 – after the release of ‘Age of Ultron’ that is. There are multiple differences between the 2 films, but around $7.5m (thus a similar 53% drop) is probable.

The biggest surprise of last weekend, ‘Super Troopers 2’, isn’t looking to replicate the astonishing achievements of its opening. Its daily grosses haven’t been encouraging; its heavy 4/20 Friday promotion and fan-base popularity imply a front-loaded box office run, a point bolstered by the fact that 52% of its opening weekend gross was made on Friday (including Thursday previews). So, we’re predicting a drop between 60-65%, fairing slightly worse than another cult sequel, ‘Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’ (2008).

Now, here’s a strange one to predict: ‘Black Panther’. Back in 2012 when ‘The Avengers’ was released, we saw quite a large consolation boost to Disney’s flop, ‘John Carter’ at the same time. As it turns out, many cinemas across the U.S. played a Disney-double bill, allowing viewers to watch both at a discount. A similar scenario may play out this weekend with ‘Infinity War’, and we’ve already seen ‘Black Panther’s latest Tuesday and Wednesday grosses improve upon last week’s totals. It can go either way, but we’re thinking it could maybe surprise the rest and get a good boost from ‘Infinity War’. Maybe.

Truth or Dare’ will continue its steep drop by pulling in just over $3m this weekend, as its been unable to establish itself in an already crowded market after an $18.7m opening. Once ‘Ready Player One’ was surprisingly hit hard by ‘Rampage’ a couple of weeks back, I suspect ‘Infinity War’ to turn the screw, with ‘Ready Player One’ pulling in a similar amount to ‘Truth or Dare’. ‘Blockers’ may be insulated, though, and leave this weekend with a decent 50% drop. Finally, its ‘Isle of Dogs’ that rounds off the top 10 again, closely battling ‘Traffik’, but only just prevailing with a $2.1m gross.

What do you think? Will Infinity War break the box office opening record in the US? Will Black Panther get a IW boost? Let us know on Twitter at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

Rank Last Week’s Rank Film US Gross so far Budget Jumpcut’s prediction Weekend drop Week no. BoxOfficeMojo’s prediction
1 Avengers: Infinity War $300m+ $240m 1 $230m
2 1 A Quiet Place $136.3m $17m $11.7m -44% 4 $10.2m
3 2 Rampage $70m $120m $8.2m -59% 3 $9m
4 3 I Feel Pretty $20.3m $32m $7.5m -53% 2 $8.9m
5 4 Super Troopers 2 $17.9m $4.4m $5.7m -62.5% 2 $5.9m
6 8 Black Panther $683.1m $200m $5.6m +15% 11 $2.9m
7 7 Blockers $49.9m $21m $3.4m -50% 4 $3.4m
8 5 Truth or Dare $31.8m $3.5m $3.2m -59% 3 $3.7m
9 6 Ready Player One $127.9m $175m $3.2m -57% 5 $3.4m
10 9 Isle of Dogs $4.9m $2m -42% 2 $1.7m

JUMPCUT’s ‘Infinity War’ Victims

We are now just under 48 hours away from witnessing Thanos’ arrival in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – so to help pass some time, the team decided to vote on who they think won’t survive the Mad Titan’s fury.

Remember – we have no clue who bites the dust, and there are no spoilers ahead, just guesswork!

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Oh Vision, we hardly knew ye – but the JUMPCUT team don’t like your chances in ‘Infinity War’ thanks to that Mind stone lodged in your forehead (we guess not for long!). We were introduced to Paul Bettany’s Vision in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and he quickly became a fan favourite. It would be a crying shame to lose Vision in the MCU before seeing him take on a bigger role, but the trailers don’t look promising for Vision as we witness the Black Order retrieving the Mind stone from him for Thanos.

 

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War Machine came close to death during the third act of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ after Vision accidentally shot him down – but the team think ‘Infinity War’ might finished of Rhodey once and for all. He now relies on Stark technology to help him walk, but does this affect his performance in the War Machine armour? We haven’t seen much of him in the trailers, other than him charging in to the battle in Wakanda with Cap and Black Widow, but who knows!

 

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Tom Hiddleston’s Loki has been a big player in the MCU thus far – going as far as introducing aliens to planet Earth in a bid for power on behalf of the Mad Titan himself. But we feel that Thanos will take his opportunity to get rid of Loki after his invasion of Earth failed in the first ‘Avengers’ film. The trailer did show Loki regained possession of the Tesseract (which we all know holds an infinity stone) before the fall of Asgard in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – but we don’t think even using that as some sort of bargaining chip will be enough to save him. Sorry, Tom!

 

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As much as it pains us to admit it, ‘Infinity War’ could well be the final time we see Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. Rogers has been through a hell of a lot through his solo trilogy and the ‘Avengers’ films – he’s now S.H.I.E.L.D-less and shieldless and he looks like he’s had a hell of a rough time being on the run following the events of ‘Civil War’. We don’t doubt he won’t go out without a fight, so we’re going to make the most of him whilst we can!

 

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Our journey began 10 years ago with Tony Stark, it would be only fitting for him to exit the MCU during the event that it’s all been leading up to. Tony looks worse for wear in some of the footage in the trailers, despite his fancy new upgrades, which doesn’t bode well for the toll this fight will take on him. We’re damn sure he’s going to give everything he’s got to the fight, and maybe, just maybe, that includes his life.

Those are our guesses – who do you think will suffer at the hands of Thanos?

Oh, and remember – #ThanosDemandsYourSilence!