The first film in the rebooted franchise, “Dunkers” is being distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and it’s looking to make a splash in theaters, with a Friday opening that should bring in about $2 million.
While this is a relatively low-key debut for a movie with the kind of star power that director James Cameron brought to the franchise, it’s the kind that will get the film into more theaters across the country.
Sony Pictures Home, the studio behind the franchise and the upcoming James Cameron-directed “Dune,” announced on Tuesday that the film will open in over 2,000 theaters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by the end of the week.
“Dunkies” opens on Friday in select cities across the U.S. and Canada, including Los Angeles, Austin, New York, Chicago, Chicago-Naperville, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles-Long Beach, Miami, Minneapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Dunking is the fifth film in Cameron’s “Dome,” which opened in 2006.
The film stars Tom Hanks, who also directed the “The Dark Knight Rises” sequel, as a warlord in the fictional kingdom of Dunkirk.
Cameron said he wanted to get “Dunks” into theaters because he wants to show the world what’s possible with the franchise.
The movie was produced by Lionsgate, which will distribute the film.
It stars Tom Cruise, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Chris Pine, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jessica Chastain, Ana Gasteyer, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, James Franco, Michael Rooker, Tessa Thompson, Paul Bettany, Dwayne Johnson, Tom Sizemore, Kevin Costner, John C. Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Jeff Daniels, Mark Wahlberg, John Krasinski, Emma Stone, Jessica Biel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Shannon and Adrien Brody.
According to The Wrap, the film has a budget of about $5 million, and is being financed by Warner Bros. Entertainment, which is also producing the sequel, “Jaws.”