What's Popping: 'The Avengers', 'Prometheus', Kick-Ass 2', Pinocchio', 'Iron Man 3'

The Avengers

Before The Avengers was released over here, it was breaking records overseas. Now that it had opened here, the movie was bigger than projected. The $207.4 million the movie made in its opening weekend is one for the record books and puts it on the top of the opening weekend list over Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2, the former champion. To date, The Avengers has made over $830 million worldwide and it's not done yet. The Avengers may end up as the biggest movie of 2012 in terms of box office and will secure a place as one of the top 10 money makers of all time.

Guillermo Del Toro has been trying to get his adaptation of Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness made for over a decade now, but the $150 million budget and the R rating of the movie gave Universal pause. However, if one wants to see Madness on the big screen, then go check out Ridley Scott's Prometheus since, according to Del Toro, it's the same movie.

When Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar was telling everyone that the sequel will certainly happen, there were doubts because he was the only one saying it was: Lionsgate, nothing; director Matthew Vaughn, nothing from him on that front. Obviously, being so close to the project, he knows things we don't. Kick-Ass 2 is definitely shooting this year in August, and Universal is in talks with Vaughn to finance and distribute the movie. Since Vaughn is busy with the X-Man: First Class sequel, he's handing over the directorial duties to Jeff Wadlow.

That long gestating Pinocchio movie Guillermo Del Toro is developing will finally start production in the summer of 2013, but instead of Gris Grimly and Mark Gustafson co-directing the movie, it'll be Del Toro and Gustafson. Apparently, Del Toro felt the movie is complex enough that his expertise is needed to fully translate his vision to the big screen. Del Toro is currently in post for the alien invasion movie Pacific Rim, which is coming to theaters next summer.

Jessica Chastain is currently one of those in-demand actresses so it's not surprising to see her name attached to any and every movie in development. Chastain was originally considered for the role of a bright, sexy scientist in Iron Man 3, but due to her schedule, she had to pass. Recently, Deadline reported that she's back for the role, but that turns out to be premature since Rebecca Hall is being eyed as her replacement. In related news, Ben Kingsley's mystery role is still being worked on. Trying to make his role more politically correct, perhaps?

Other News & Notes:

Shawn Levy in talks to direct The 39 Clues for DreamWorks.

Warner Bros. wants to make Contagion 2.

Will Ferrell punches a baby in the trailer for The Campaign.

Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand will star in Woody Allen's next comedy Man That Rocks The Cradle.

Niel Marshall will direct the feature adaptation of The Last Voyage of the Demeter.

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil's Eli Craig will direct the comedy Your Bridesmaid's a Bitch.

Robert De Niro joins up with Michael Douglas for Dan Fogelman's comedy Last Vegas.

Sony is already working on The Smurfs 3.

Harry Potter producer David Heyman is bringing Paddington Bear adaptation to the big screen.

Edgar Wright's The World's End will start production this September.

Luke Evans officially joins Fast and the Furious 6 as the villain.

4-minute preview of The Amazing Spider-Man on May 14th. Is Sony worried about the movie?

Joss Whedon thanks fans with a letter.

Kyle Chandler added to Martin Scorsese's thriller The Wolf of Wall Street.

New Prometheus featurette talks about the origin of life.

Cameron Diaz joins Ridley Scott's thriller The Coun‎selor.

Clifford the Big Red Dog being adapted by Illumination and Universal.

The Farrelly Brothers plan holiday comedy Dear Satan.

Prometheus has been confirmed to have an R rating.

Arnold Schwarzenegger boards David Ayer's action movie Ten.

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