skyscraper box office tracking

Skyscraper is aiming for some sky-high box office numbers. The early box office tracking numbers suggest that the Dwayne Johnson movie could become the highest-grossing original live-action movie of 2018. Not just of the summer — of the entirety of 2018.

Those are some towering box office expectations for the Rawson Marshall Thurber-helmed movie, but it’s something that the action film could potentially, maybe pull off.

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skyscraper trailer

At this point, we know the gist of what happens in Dwayne Johnson‘s latest movie, Skyscraper. The Rock is working at the highest tower in the world, that tower gets set on fire, and he must save his family from certain death and fight off some terrorists. It’s a mash-up of Die Hard and The Towering Inferno. Dwayne Johnson jumps a lot.

But the latest Skyscraper trailer knows what we really want to see: one of the most suspenseful scenes from the movie, played out in full.

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skyscraper featurette

It’s no secret that action thrillers like Die Hard and The Towering Inferno are heavy influences on this summer’s new Dwayne Johnson action movie Skyscraper. But a new Skyscraper featurette explains exactly how the new movie differs from the action disaster dramas that came before it.

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Skyscraper trailer

Update: After the Super Bowl TV spot, Universal debuted the full Skyscraper trailer on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Check it out below, and our original article follows.

Nothing can stop Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, not even a really, really big building. In Skyscraper, Johnson plays a muscular man who assesses security for skyscrapers. As bad luck would have it, some nefarious fiend has set the tallest building in the world on fire, and framed Johnson for the deed. Big mistake. The Skyscraper Super Bowl spot shows off all this blockbuster madness as we wait for a full trailer later tonight.

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Skyscraper synopsis

Here’s something I didn’t see coming: Scream star Neve Campbell has signed on to star in Skyscraper, the new Dwayne Johnson-led action film from Dodgeball and Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Plus, there’s a new synopsis that fills in a bit more of the movie’s plot, which involves Johnson’s character’s quest to rescue his family from a burning building.
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Neve Campbell Joins ‘House of Cards’ Season 4

Neve Campbell in House of Cards

With three seasons gone, the Netflix series House of Cards feels now like it needs a shot in the arm. The series debuted strong as Netflix’s flagship streaming series, but in its second and third season the show has contended with the loss of David Fincher, who moved on to other projects, and an audience that, based purely on anecdotal evidence, is growing wary of the show’s tricks.

Netflix and creator Beau Willimon are powering forward with House of Cards season 4, however, and the show has just added Neve Campbell as a regular.  Read More »

Sneak peaks, new additions, premieres and premature cancellations are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Check out a teaser trailer for the sixth season of Californication.
  • Deadwood and Pirates of the Caribbean star Ian McShane is joining American Horror Story: Asylum.
  • Scream-queen Neve Campbell is joining Grey’s Anatomy for a few episodes.
  • Eric Dane will star in a new, Platinum Dunes produced pilot called The Last Ship.
  • Watch a clip of Olympian Ryan Lochte‘s cameo on 30 Rock.
  • The HBO shows Girls and Enlightened will both return January 13.

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A new take on one of the most famous stories of all time, one of our favorite filmmakers starts to think about a project down the road, Catwoman puts another possible project on her plate and a four time Oscar-nominee gets another shot at gold. After the jump, read about these casting bits:

  • Chris Noth and Neve Campbell are in talks for Titanic: Blood and Steel, a prequel mini-series
  • Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to be circling a new Spike Jonze project
  • Anne Hathaway might star in a new romantic comedy being re-written by a 30 Rock writer
  • Annette Bening is attached to the Douglas McGrath’s new film Worst Year Of My Life

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‘Scream 4’ – What Did You Think?

There are a lot of questions surrounding the release of Wes Craven’s Scream 4 this weekend. Can Craven still pull off a solid horror thriller? (Obviously the man is a legend, but 2010’s My Soul To Take wasn’t exactly his most impressive work.) Even if Craven succeeds as a director, can he reinvigorate a moribund franchise? And can said franchise, which itself was a shot-in-the-arm to the horror genre during its initial release in 1996, still maintain its relevance in the midst of increasing cynicism in today’s horror cinema?

Be sure to check out Germain’s review of the film, and share your thoughts in the comments below. And assume SPOILERS lie after the jump and in the comments.
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Movie Review: ‘Scream 4′

Note: This review was originally published earlier this week.

The Scream series has always been a great, commercial representation for our love of cinema. They’re the rare movies that said, “If you are a fan of movies, this is for you” and actually found success. The problem with that, however, was as the films got more and more self-aware, character and storyline took more and more of a back seat. There in lies the problem with Scream 4. It tries so hard to be smarter, funnier, gorier and scarier than all of its predecessors that it often misses the mark. When it hits the mark, it hits it hard and in a near totally redeeming manner, but it’s impossible to totally redeem a lazy narrative structure that’s almost devoid of scares. Fans of the franchise will find plenty to enjoy, but others might find themselves frustrated.

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