The weekend box office is fairly surprising this week, as most expected Man of Steel to continue its strong hold on the #1 spot, but it’s now been toppled by Monsters University, and World War Z. Both films ended up having very strong opening weekends and knocked Man of Steel down to #3.

Monsters University opened at #1 with $82 million at the domestic box office, and $54 million in foreign markets. A very strong start for Pixar’s latest animated film. It’s had impressive marketing and despite opening during a crowded weekend, it seems families came out in droves to take the kids to see Pixar’s latest work. Check out Hypable’s review of Monsters University.

box office monsters

World War Z, the zombie-flick featuring Brad Pitt has pulled in a fairly strong $66 million domestically despite reportedly having problems in the last few months of production. It doesn’t seem like moviegoers care about the filming hangups as they’ve come out in force to see their favorite leading man. World War Z has a worldwide total of $111 million and a sequel is reportedly already in the works. Check out Hypable’s review for World War Z.

weekend box office world war z

It’s possible that the film gained some potential viewers due to the massive success of the AMC TV show, The Walking Dead. There’s millions of new zombie fans which we have to imagine went to get their zombie-fix during Walking Dead’s break. World War Z may continue to impress at the box office if its word of mouth improves, as that’s exactly how films like these start to bring in numbers that the studio didn’t expect.

Man of Steel made $41 million domestically and $188 million in its foreign markets, which puts the film’s total at $398,306,000 worldwide. While dropping two spots domestically, it certainly remains strong, and while it didn’t help that two competitive genre films spread the moviegoers into three separate ways this weekend, it had a strong foreign market opening. Once the rest of foreign markets get Superman on their screens, we’ll be seeing some even bigger jumps in its worldwide total. Check out Hypable’s review of Man of Steel.

weekend box office man of steel

Man of Steel is underperforming slightly though, with a 71% drop from its opening Friday to this Friday, but that’s fairly normal for a film which makes such a splash during its first weekend. For reference, Iron Man 3 also saw a 71% drop during its second Friday in theaters.

The light at the end of the tunnel is that Man of Steel still has quite a few foreign markets to open in, where recent blockbusters are making 70% of their box office numbers. Success in these foreign markets will be vital for those who wish to see Man of Steel’s box office numbers continue to grow.

Iron Man 3 made $803 million dollars at the foreign box office, while it only made $400 million from the domestic box office. While Man of Steel isn’t likely to see those numbers, fans shouldn’t be too worried, Man of Steel’s sequel is most likely already into its early phases and scripts are probably being revised.

This radical change from domestic box office numbers being dominant is remarkable in the film industry, and we imagine foreign markets will continue to be the bread and butter for the foreseeable future for massive blockbusters such as these.

Expect to see more promotion seep out of the U.S. and head overseas to the larger foreign markets such as the U.K., China, and Russia.

Which film did you check out this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.