Tomb Raider, a featuring starring Alicia Vikander taking on the role of Lara Croft, hits Blu-ray and DVD June 12 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. One of feature’s biggest draws, along with Vikander, is director Roar Uthaug is adept at crafting character driven, humanistic stories within an epic canvas. His previous feature The Wave exemplified the merging of micro and macro style storytelling, and hopefully those elements are featured in Tomb Raider (we’ll be reviewing this title closer to its Blu-ray release). Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Wu round out the ensemble.
Tomb Raider special features include four featurettes (“Tomb Raider: Uncovered,” “Croft Training,” “Breaking Down the Rapids,” “Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon”) that center on the making of the movie. The DVD version comes with the “Tomb Raider: Uncovered” segment.
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(L to R, center) CAILEE SPAENY as Amara, SCOTT EASTWOOD as Lambert and JOHN BOYEGA as Jake with Amara’s fellow Cadets in “Pacific Rim Uprising.” The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity.
Pacific Rim Uprising unseated Black Panther to capture the #1 spot at the box office, taking in $28 million in its debut weekend. Black Pantherhad another strong weekend with $16.6 million, good enough for second place while the faith based drama I Can Only Imaginecontinued its successful run with $13.8 million. Here’s the top 10:
Pacific Rim Uprising– It did land at the top spot,but it has to continue its solid run as it’s budget is estimated at $150 million! $28 million 2. Black Panther – It has made over $630 million domestically, and this weekend it takes in $16.6 million. 3. I Can Only Imagine– Drama makes $13.8 million and has collected over $38 million domestically. It’s a huge hit considering its $7 million budget! 4. Sherlock Gnome – A $10.6 million debut is disappointing for this $59 million budgeted flick. 5. Tomb Raider – Flick plummets in its second weekend with $10.4 million. 6. A Wrinkle in Time– $8 million 7. Love, Simon– Critically acclaimed flick takes in $7 million 8. Paul, Apostle of Christ – Its $5 million debut was not too shabby, since it opened in just over 1,400 screens (compared to 3,700 plus with Pacific Rim Uprising. Plus, its production budget is $5 million 9. Game Night – $4.1 million 10. Midnight Sun – Romantic drama collects $4.1 million its its debut weekend.
Alicia Vikander doing her take on Lara Croft was unable to dethrone Black Panther as the Marvel flick made over $27 million and retained the #1 spot. Tomb Raider managed a respectable $23.5 million opening, and worldwide the flick has already amassed $126 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Black Panther – $27 million
2. Tomb Raider – $23.5 million
3. I Can Only Imagine – Faith based drama, starring Dennis Quaid and Madeline Carroll, does solid business with a $17 million debut.
4. A Wrinkle In Time – Critically mixed flick takes in $16.5 million.
5. Love, Simon – Teen drama collects $11.5 million
6. Game Night – Jason Bateman/Rachel McAdams comedy earns $5.5 million and to date it’s grossed over $54 million domestically.
7. Peter Rabbit – $5.2 million
8. Strangers: Prey at Night – $4.8 million
9. Red Sparrow– Jennifer Lawrence thriller earns $4.4 million and it’s been a critical and commercial disappointment.
10. Death Wish – It’s more like DOA, as this movie failed to set the box office world on fire. Bruce Willis flick makes $3.4 million.
With the Tomb Raider franchise being rebooted, Alicia Vikander takes on the Lara Croft role played by Angelina Jolie in the original movies. When it came to preparing for the role, though, Vikander had one big advantage over Jolie: She grew up playing the Tomb Raider video games upon which the films are based.
It was the director Alex Garland’s taught sci-fi thriller Ex Machina which turnedAlicia Vikander’scareer around, and in the ensuing years she received an Oscar nod for her work in The Danish Girl and starred in the underrated drama The Light Between Oceans.
Tomb Raider is yet another big challenge for Vikander, since she not only takes on the shoes filled by original franchise star Angela Jolie, but she also has the responsibility of doing justice to adventurer Lara Croft. Millions of gamers and cinephiles are waiting to see if Vikander has the right stuff to pull off the role. One of the many great news is the film is directed by Roar Uthaug, the Norwegian filmmaker who received heaps of praise for his excellent and refreshingly character 2015 disaster feature The Wave.
Click on the media bar to hear Vikander talk about the joys of playing the “bad ass” being known as Lara Croft:
Co-starring Walton Goggins, Tomb Raider opens nationwide March 16.