Earlier this year, Universal was so high on 'Snow White and the Huntsman' that they hired David Koepp to draft a sequel before the first film was even released. The film ended up doing $154 Million domestic and nearly $400 Million worldwide (on a $170 Million budget), so a sequel made sense. Then it came out that Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders had an affair. And now Koepp has left the sequel, Universal is saying that Stewart won't be back and they're talking about focusing on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Is it really September already? Movie (and Joss Whedon) lovers assemble! This month brings the highly-anticipated Blu-ray and DVD releases of 'The Avengers' and 'The Cabin in the Woods.' What else could you possibly need to beat the end of summer blues?
It's difficult to imagine two more different films going head-to-head at the box office. However, by appealing to completely different audiences, 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' and 'Prometheus' both managed to emerge from the weekend as big winners, making this the first weekend in months where two new major releases opened strong.
Universal was on shaky ground when 'Snow White and the Huntsman' hit theaters last Friday. Tracking suggested they could have back-to-back flops with it and 'Battleship.' But with a $55 Million weekend, and the likelihood that they will cross $100 Million domestic by Sunday means that they're stepping up their sequel plans.
‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ made a surprisingly impressive box office debut this past weekend, but the verdict on whether it’s actually a good or bad take on the classic fairy tale is up in the air.
A follow-up is indeed in the works (surely being fast-tracked now that the first is such a success), and given Hollywood’s mindset there is likely some truth to the presumption that ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2’ would sadly concentrate more on the love triangle and start morphing into another 'Twilight' rip-off.
The box office can be a funny thing. Last weekend, 'Men in Black 3' made $55 million and was considered a disappointment. This weekend, 'Snow White and the Huntsman' pulled in $56 million and it's considered a roaring success. As bizarre as that sounds, it all makes sense when you look at the details.
'Snow White and the Huntsman' is opening tomorrow, and it looks like another in this summer's line of films that were meant to be big blockbusters, but missed the mark. Perhaps audiences will enjoy it more than we did, but if you're on the fence, there's a last minute clip from the film to entice you.