Original films that exceed Hollywood expectations surprise at the box office

Hollywood’s hunger for authenticity may be bearing fruit, says Kim Masters. The action-historical drama “The Woman King” with a cast of black women did not disappoint at the box office, and a sequel may be coming. Despite several controversies over its director and cast, the psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling” could have a surprising opening this week. Meanwhile, James Cameron’s upcoming “Avatar” sequel could be a “heavy roll of the dice” for Disney, Masters says.

Open for original material

Who: People in Hollywood are delighted to see “The Woman King” alongside Viola Davis, an original action movie featuring gorgeous black actresses, with $19 million expected to be a total dead zone in September. This twin isn’t a “Top Gun: Maverick” trick, it has an A+ cinematic rating.

Hollywood was hungry for original material that could perform in movies, and so it encouraged these people.

“Don’t Worry Darling” controversy

Who: “Don’t Worry Darling” is another original project. Most people have heard this from Olivia Wilde’s incredible discussion, and the question will be: “Does this help or hurt?”

Mat: I don’t think we need to go into all the details of what happened. If you know, you know. But there’s a question as to whether all these distractions, off-camera things will make people willing to watch the movie. The follow-up is about $16, 17, 18 million for this weekend. Some believe it can go up to $20 [million].

All these other things are just noise”

Mat: I think most moviegoers don’t care about these things. When they decide to go to a movie, maybe they heard it in the discussions, I think they look at the reviews, see if there are any stars they know, if it appeals to them. I think all these other things are just noise and it doesn’t really affect the urge to go to the movies.

Who: I don’t know what motivates people to go to the movies at this point, but I have to think it’s a bit of curiosity. Some of these rumors about this movie went wild, but maybe people want to see if they can spot the tension between some of the main characters.

The producer of the movie, Olivia Wilde, was dating Harry Styles, who starred in the movie. Florence Pugh’s supposedly didn’t want anything to do with these people anymore when it was made. And maybe it’s just a bit of a tickle thing for people to look at and try to say, “I wonder if I’ll be able to see it in their performance.”

Harry Styles factor

Mat: There’s an element of a car crash, but there’s also the Harry Styles factor here. He’s a big pop star, and even if his Rotten Tomatoes score is zero, he’s probably got fans to watch this movie. would be around 33 [percent], which is not great. Critics didn’t like this movie, but this movie could still do number one because of the Harry Styles factor.

The whole movie business is gambling

Who: Look, the whole movie business is gambling. You think you have the elements. You hope you have the elements. You spend the money and you pray.

Mat: This can also be said for the “Avatar” series, because we have [another] great movie. This weekend, the original “Avatar” brings us 13 years later to “Avatar:[The Way of Water]” Coming in December.

Mat: This is a franchise that Fox has agreed to make four sequels to. They’re investing nearly $1 billion in this franchise, and then all of a sudden Fox is gone. Filmed by Disney. Now Disney is either blessed with four “Avatar” movies or stuck.

“A heavy rolling of the dice

Who: When I say movie business and all business is gambling, never more than Jim Cameron. Delivered. I mean, those of us who are old enough remember the suffering of the “Titanic”, and it definitely worked.

I don’t usually believe in the phrase “Don’t bet against this person” because sometimes I think you can really bet against someone. I don’t want to bet against Jim Cameron, but this time it’s like a heavy roll of the dice. The effects will be great but “Avatar” has been out for a long time. These characters are long [time] before.

Mat: They are, but that’s why they’re doing the rebroadcast. And I think marketing will make us very familiar with them again before this movie comes out. It’s hard to bet against the sequel to the highest-grossing movie of all time when it was released.

Who: There is this!

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