Director/writer Dean Devlin, best known for his Independence Day and Stargate screenplays, is behind the camera with the underrated disaster epic Geostorm. Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, the picture had a worldwide gross of $220 million, but it should have received much more attention stateside (it reached just $33 million in receipts).
For one, Gerard Butler is an engaging protagonist as Jake Lawson, the creator of the network of satellites that has kept Earth from succumbing to natural disasters and the destructive effects of climate change. Lawson’s understandable aversion to authority leads to his eventual unemployment, but he’s needed three years later when a “geostorm” threatens the planet.
Jim Sturgess is Jake’s brother Max, a career driven climber in politics who’s tasked by his superior (Ed Harris) to enlist Jake for the latest mission, with Abbie Cornish starring as Max’s girlfriend (and agent) Sarah. Andy Garcia rounds out the A-list cast as the President, a man who, upon seeking reelection, may be a conspirator behind the latest satellite debacle.
Click on the media bar below to hear Butler talk about working with Geostorm co-star Jim Sturgess:
The Blu-ray comes with the featurettes “Wreaking Havoc,” “Search for Answers,” and “An International Event.” In the “Search for Answers” segment, Devlin added that he rifles through his first draft of a screenplay in a quick manner to give even more time for the succeeding drafts and edits. He also adds that Geostorm’s idea came from his own daughter, who asked him why there wasn’t a big machine to actually combat climate change.
Geostorm, an epic film directed by Independence Day scribe Dean Devlin, hits Blu-ray and DVD January 23 via Warner Bros. Home Entertaiment.
The feature centers on a scientist named Jake (Gerard Butler) who is racing against time to discover why a network of satellites which are controlling the global climate is now wreaking havoc on earth. Jim Sturgess co-stars as Jake’s brother who helps him on his dangerous quest, with Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) co-starring as a Secret Service agent.
Click on the media bar to hear Butler talk about the brotherly dynamic in Geostorm:
Geostorm Blu-ray special features include featurettes centering on the film’s visual effects (“Wreaking Havoc”), Dean Devlin’s creative journey with Geostorm (“Search for Answers”), and cast interviews (“An International Event). The DVD version comes with the “Search for Answers” featurette.
Surprising absolutely nobody, Thor: Ragnarok retained the top spot at the box office with $56.6 million. Newcomer Daddy’s Home 2 fared well with a second place finish and $30 million weekend, and Murder on the Orient Express took in $28.2 million for third place. It was a robust box office weekend for the topline features, and here’s the top 10:
1. Thor: Ragnarok – $56.6 million
2. Daddy’s Home 2– This sequel is another hit for Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. This weekend it makes $30 million
3. Murder on the Orient Express – $28.2 million
4. A Bad Moms Christmas – $11.5 million
5. Jigsaw – Latest Saw installment collects $3.4 million. To date, it’s grossed over $34 million domestically which is not bad considering its $10 million budget.
6. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $2 million
7. Geostorm – $1.4 million
8. Blade Runner 2049 – One of this year’s biggest box office disappointments collects $1.4 million.
9. Happy Death Day – Horror flick makes $1.3 million.
10. Lady Bird – Indie drama with Saoirse Ronan takes in $1.2 million.
It was a phenomenal box office weekend for Thor: Ragnarok as the film made over $121 million at the box office. Coming in a distant second was A Bad Moms Christmas which took in $17 million. Slinking in at a distant third was Jigsaw with $6.7 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Thor: Ragnarok – $121 million domestically and to date it’s made over $427 million worldwide.
2. A Bad Moms Christmas – A solid debut for the Bad Moms sequel as it collects $17 million.
3. Jigsaw – $6.7 million
4. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $4.65 million
5. Geostorm – $3 million
6. Happy Death Day – It’s one of this year’s biggest surprises with over $52 million worldwide (it cost less than $5 million to make. This weekend it makes $2.8 million.
7. Thank You For Your Service – Military drama headlined by Miles Teller takes in $2.2 million.
8. Blade Runner 2049 – $2.2 million
9. Only The Brave – $1.9 million
10. The Foreigner – Jackie Chan/Pierce Brosnan action flick makes $1.5 million.
The latest Saw installment Jigsaw was the #1 film over the weekend with $16.2 million, followed by Tyler Perry’s Boo2! A Madea Halloween with $10 million. It was an overall slow box office weekend, as witnessed by the poor showing of director George Clooney’sSuburbicon (#9, $2.8 million). Here’s the top 10:
1. Jigsaw – $16.2 million
2. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $10 million
3. Geostorm – Gerard Butler flick checks in with a disappointing $5.6 million (movie’s budget is $120 million).
4. Happy Death Day – Horror movie takes in $5 million and currently it’s made over $48 million domestically. With a budget of under $5 million, this is a bonafide hit for Universal Pictures.
5. Blade Runner 2049 – $3.9 million
6. Thank You For Your Service – Miles Tellerdrama makes $3.7 million in its debut weekend.
7. Only The Brave – $3.4 million
8. The Foreigner – $3.2 million
9. Suburbicon – George Clooney and Matt Damon’s star power didn’t save this movie from tanking. $2.9 million.