You’ve waited 19 years (wait, has it really been that long?) and the moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – Indiana Jones is back on the big screen and you saw the movie! So what next? It’s time to tell us about your experience! Vote in the poll below which I’m running in conjunction with FilmSchoolRejects, and please leave your thoughts in the comment area. We will updating this feedback thread to the top of the site throughout the weekend.
Did it live up to expectations?
Where does it place in the series?
What did you love? (the jungle chase?)
What did you hate? (Shia and the monkeys perhaps?)
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The Sunday Box Office estimates are in and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has taken in an estimated $126.3 Million. Steve Mason is predicting that Crystal Skull will be the All-Time #2 Memorial Day Opening and the All-Time #5 Five-Day Opening in movie history. Indy is projected to add another $21.72 million on Memorial Day, giving the sequel a 5-day domestic total of $151.3 Million. The international box office total has already reached $143 million from 8,300+ locations, the sixth-biggest foreign debut of all-time.
Update: We’ve embedded the International version of the movie trailer in this posting.
Want to see the movie trailer for David Fincher‘s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? I’ve heard it’s playing in front of most prints of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
And word has it that the trailer won’t show up online in official form until the end of next week. International trailer below:
So if you haven’t seen Indiana Jones 4, you might now have a reason. From what I understand the majority of the trailer has no dialogue and is almost completely cut to music (I’m being told that it uses “Aquarium” section of “The Carnival of the Animals” by the composer Saint-SaÃ«ns). Alex Billington of FirstShowing saw the trailer and is already calling the movie “next year’s Best Picture.”
“At my local theater nearby, I’ve gone in and watched this trailer four times just to bask in its brilliance, writes Billington. “I wouldn’t be hard-pressed to call it potentially a masterpiece. The music in the trailer is really what makes it extraordinary. It’s one of the most emotional, thrilling, and tragic trailers I’ve seen that encapsulates the entire story in itself. … I haven’t been this affected since I saw the trailer for Zack Snyder’s 300 back in at Comic-Con in 2006.”
Sure, Mr. Billington tends to get excited easily, but I’ve gotten a bunch of emails from readers and friends who were also taken away by the surprise trailer. One reader named Andy actually sent us an email about the trailer from his screening. Here are some other reactions:
LiquidFilmmaking: Even if [Indy 4] sucked that is one of the best trailers I’ve seen. It’s up there with the Thin Red Line trailer or the Episode 1 trailer, at least for me.
Steven Cravens: Just from the trailer I can tell Fincher is going to get his nomination. It was epic as hell. I can’t wait.
JimmiesCoffee: My jaw dropped throughout the entire thing. The best part was that David Fincher never put his name on the screen. Now THATS modesty. Eat your heart out Brett Ratner. Its #1 on my list of movies this year. I cannot wait. WOW.
Carson Patrick: This was one of the best trailers I’ve ever seen. Didn’t give too much away, and left you really wondering what it was all about. plus, the imagery and the scope of the movie was amazing and epic. Fincher seems to have really outdone himself with this one. I hope he and Brad get Oscar nominations.
HurtsLikeHellFire: Freaking sweet! Great trailer. The fx look worth the long wait. And what beautiful music. I almost didn’t notice it I was so engrossed with the images.
I’m very excited about this film. Fincher’s Fight Club is one of my all time favorites. Panic Room felt more like a pointless clinical cinematic experiment than anything else, and Zodiac was probably one of the best films of last year films, bad sadly mis-marketed and underrated. Academy Award winner Eric Roth also wrote the screenplays for Forrest Gump, The Horse Whisperer, and Munich. But what is Benjamin Button about? I’ve included the official plot synopsis below
“I was born under unusual circumstances.” And so begins “Benjamin Button,” adapted from the classic 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards. A man, like any of us, unable to stop time. We follow his story set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the twenty-first century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, “Benjamin Button,” is a time traveler’s tale of the people and places he bumps into along the way, the loves he loses and finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
The early first day box office estimates for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull have arrived. Steve Mason is reporting the film took in $26 Million. Nikki Finke says that “analysts believed that any total over $18 million for Thursday would be considered major moolah.”Â The Wednesday midnight shows were also a bit softer-than-expected (around $4 million).
The film is said to be playing “very strongly with families,” showing good ticket sales for early evening show-times, but thinning out later in the evening. But tracking is showing that the film’s three strongest demos are 45-69, 35-44, and 25-34, which may translate into larger than expected Saturday, Sunday and Monday matinee shows. The film is also expected to make more in the coming weeks due to the older demo. Older moviegoers generally wait until the second or third weekend to see a theatrical movie, avoiding the teen crowds.
Early Thursday Night Estimates
1. Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount) – $26 million, $6,103 PTA, $26 million cume
2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Disney) – $2.46 million, $626 PTA, $68.14 million cume
3. Iron Man (Paramount) – $1.77 million, $427 PTA, $232.11 million cume
4. What Happens in Vegas (20th Century Fox) – $1.09 million, $337 PTA, $45.32 million cume
5. Made of Honor (Sony) – $423,000, $160 PTA, $35.72 million cume
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You will be able to read my review of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull later, but for now let’s take a look at what the rest of the movie critics are saying:
“I can say that if you liked the other Indiana Jones movies, you will like this one, and that if you did not, there is no talking to you. And I can also say that a critic trying to place it into a heirarchy with the others would probably keep a straight face while recommending the second pound of sausage.” Roger Ebert
“This is a 90-minute story pumped up to 123 minutes, not so much on steroids as on Frappucino, and the chance sing the old four-note tune again.” Lisa Schwarzbaum, EW.com
“KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL is very much an Indiana Jones movie and it’s a really hard movie to dislike. Everybody is having a ton of fun and it is really infectious. The film has its weaknesses, though.” Quint, AICN
“There’s a lot of magic in this film. A lot of it. I don’t think you have to be a chapter and verse fan of Indiana Jones to love it. Yes, LOVE IT. I think you just have to let go, believe and be willing to have another adventure with INDIANA JONESâ€¦ because nobody, anywhere does it like Indy.” Harry, AICN
“Once you get past the initial reintroduction, though, it’s obvious that this fourth film in the Indy series really has no idea where to go. Except for the opening – which literally starts the film off with a bang – and a couple of dazzling chase sequences, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is about as unfocused and meandering as the title itself.” Christy Lemire, Salon.com
“If only Steven Spielberg had said “No thanks, George, I’m not into corpse fucking.” Then a trusting, wide-eyed, helplessly nostalgic audience might’ve been spared the shockingly listless spectacle that is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” “Everyone who’s written a positive review of this movie will regret it in a year.” Jeremy Smith, CHUD
“If you want to get prepared for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, don’t go back and watch the other Indy movies. Pull out The Lost World instead. Both films are directed by the same Steven Spielberg – bored, only mildly engaged and seemingly going through the motions. In both cases the result is superior to your average dumbass summer blockbuster, but when weighed against Spielberg’s filmography and the previous films in the franchise comes up sorely lacking.” Devin, CHUD
“There’s an unsettling amount of science-fiction in this Indy film and I don’t want to say who included it but my guess is that he may have raped your childhood back in 1999 (unfortunately, the statute of limitations has run out so tough luck). And yet, considering the time period of the 1950s and the space race with the Soviets (the new baddy army now that the Nazis are kaput), science fiction elements don’t automatically ruin this film but their inclusion is just sloppy and in bringing Indiana Jones out of the 1940s, they’ve lost the reason for why they brought him into existence.” Matt Goldberg, Collider
“He may be more grumpy and he may not be much of a dresser, but the glimmer hasn’t entirely gone out of Harrison’s eyes.” Josh Tyler, CinemaBlend
“…wraps up in a spectacle of fantastic implausibility. You can’t go into this movie expecting anything but. This is the ride you paid for, and by god, I’m happy this ride exists. So, you go with it, and you aren’t disappointed most of the time.” Matt Dentler, indieWIRE
“This is the Indiana Jones film people have been waiting for.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“The ”Crystal Skull” managed to capture that magic again in a way that sequels (especially long awaited sequels) very rarely do!” Captain Cumquat, moviehole
“The rollicking set pieces of Crystal Skull are filled with joy and are a much-needed lesson to younger directors on how to shoot action. Rather than just throwing CGI clusterbombs of explosions at the screen in an attempt to make the audience go “Wow” due to sensory overload, Spielberg structures his set pieces like a finely-oiled machine. They have beats of action and dialogue which build upon each other and keep building, to the point that you’re out of breath when they finally end. None of the action sequences quite hit the level of the giant rolling ball of the Lost Ark opening, but the car/truck chase through the Amazon is a classic of its type – more enjoyable, in my opinion, than the truck chase in Lost Ark.” The Hollywood Interview Terry Keefe
“For the hardcore Jones fans, this film was never going to live up to expectations. One cinemagoer leaving the first press screening in Cannes said: “George Lucas, you gotta stop hurting us”. But this is no Phantom Menace or Godfather III. The quality control has been maintained, despite the 19-year wait. And as Indy himself says, “I dunno kid, it’s just a story.”” Mark Savage, BBC
“Indy 4 has all the sharp writing and set design of the previous installments, but a failure of scope makes the movie seem small, and diminishes the wonder.” Ken Lowery, Pop Syndicate
“Loaded with moments referencing the earlier films and full of action sequences that don’t measure up to past highlights of the series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crustal Skull feels simultaneously self-conscious and self-satisfied, as if a little warm glow of past glory will soothe our bumps and blows from the clumsiness of the script.” James Rocchi, Cinematical
“If this film had been called by another name, and the lead character was named “Edward Cummings” or something like that instead of Indiana Jones, I probably would have walked out of the theaters saying “You know what, that was a pretty damn good (not GREAT) movie”. But as an Indiana Jones filmâ€¦ one we’ve been waiting 20 years for, I can’t help but feel a little let down by it. Don’t get me wrong, I still think it was a pretty entertaining movie and well worth going to seeâ€¦ but it never felt like an Indy film to me, and it certainly wasn’t great enough to be worthy of the “Indiana Jones” name.” John Campea, The Movie Blog
“The big question probably on a lot of people’s minds is, “does it ruin the series the way George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels raped the magic of the Skywalker tales”? and the answer is no, but it doesn’t really elevate the series in quality either.” The Playlist
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Someecards has an awesome new ecard which takes aim at Indiana Jones, pictured above.
Up to three “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies might get made later this year. But no deals have officially been signed. [chicagotribune]
BenderSpink and FilmEngine announced they are making a Butterfly Effect 3. Who knew there was even a sequel? [shock]
FirstShowing noticed that The Incredible Hulk CGI has been upgraded in the recent tv spots. The photo on the left is from the first trailer. You’ll notice that they have added a t-shirt and have done a considerable amount of shading work.
Brian Levant (The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Are We There Yet?) has signed to direct a tv movie prequel to the two Scooby Doo films. [Moviehole]
BadTaste.it has two new italian WALL-E posters, seen above.
TwitchFilm has the first photo of Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.
David Poland calls the NYTimes story idiotic, insisting that the highest profile spot in the domestic summer will always have an out-of-competition premiere at Cannes because most of the movie critics are there.
Variety has one of the first reviews of Michel Gondry, Joon-ho Bong and Leos Carax’s Tokyo!: “First and arguably best of the bunch is Gondry’s deviously titled “Interior Design,” which opens on a dark and stormy night as young, self-deluded aspiring filmmaker Akira (Ryo Kase) and his supportive but directionless g.f. Hiroko (Ayako Fujitani) arrive in Tokyo. Gondry handles the light intrusion of Cronenbergian body-horror with minimal f/x and old-fashioned visual sleight-of-hand, keeping his camera focused on Fujitani’s engaging performance. The Gallic helmer may have a reputation for dazzling directorial whimsy, but his restraint pays off here in a work at once poignant and slyly Kafka-esque.”
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and the stars of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull answered questions on seesmic. [Rejects]
Xbox.com is giving away five limited edition Indiana Jones customied XBox 360s.
Warner Bros has launched three viral sites to promote the upcoming release of Lost Boys: The Tribe: LunaBay.org, CCMPF.org, and FrogBrosBoards.com.
Vulture says that the Guerrilla Marketing is the Only Funny Thing About The Love Guru.
George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) announced that he and his long-time partner Brad Altman are now engaged to be married. [trekmovie]
Arcade Fire is not doing the score for Richard Kelly’s The Box after all. [playlist]
Oliver Stone’s W. began shooting in Shreveport on May 12th. [Variety]
Rumors began in July 2007 that Shia LaBeouf signed a contract to reprise his role of Mutt Williams, in a series of Indiana Jones sequels. MTV quickly got a denial from LucasFilm, although it turns out that IESB.net’s source probably wasn’t far off after all. It has now been revealed that George Lucas has an idea to make more Indy films with Mutt as the lead character.
“I haven’t even told Steven or Harrison this,” Lucas told Fox News. “But I have an idea to make Shia [LeBeouf] the lead character next time and have Harrison [Ford] come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.”
And I’m betting that like most Hollywood contracts, LaBeouf probably has stipulations which lock him into a sequel/spin-off if Paramount wanted to make one, despite what LucasFilm claimed last year. And LaBeouf says he would be interested.
“I don’t think a Mutt spinoff would be as big as Indiana Jones,” LaBeouf told MTV. “[But] fingers crossed!”
Harrison Ford told USA Today in April that “he also might consider a fifth installment of Indiana Jones, though he hopes it wouldn’t take 20 years to pull together.”
“And it’s not like Harrison is even old,” admits Lucas. “I mean, he’s 65 and he did everything in this movie. The old chemistry is there, and it’s not like he’s an old man. He’s incredibly agile; he looks even better than he did 20 years ago, if you ask me.”
Even director Steven Spielberg admitted a years back while developing Crystal Skull, that he wouldn’t rule out a fifth film.
“Oh, I don’t know,” Spielberg told the Chicago Sun Times. “Of course, I said the third INDY would be the last one. And obviously it’s not. So I can’t even comment whether the fourth will be the last one or not. I’m not looking to redesign the wheel. I just want to continue the saga.”
If Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull does the business that everyone is expecting, I don’t see how they couldn’t launch a sequel/spin-off. What about a storyline where Shia has to find and rescue Indiana Jones, a callback to The Last Crusade.
Discuss: Would you see a Indiana Jones spin-off starring Shia LaBeouf?
A large crystal skull, the real life basis for the upcoming Indiana Jones film, was stolen from a Southern California-based New Age store. The 500-year-old skull was on loan at Kindred Spirits in Claremont for about the last four months before it went missing about two weeks ago. Hundreds of crystal skulls are believed to be in existence, most of which experts dismiss as fakes made by antiquities traders in the 19th century.
The shop owner believes the attention from the upcoming release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull prompted the theft. If movies have taught me anything, I suspect either the evil Russian Soviets or a guy with a fedora hat and leather whip is likely involved.