Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Three Musketeers: First 5 minutes of the film are online (legally & in HD)

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So after swiftly picking up over $50m from some of the international market, The Three Musketeers arrives in Norht America this weekend. To be fair to this Euorpean co-production (France – Germany – U.K)

 “Based on Alexandre Dumas' classic novel comes a big-screen action adventure update of The Three Musketeers, conceived and shot in state-of-the-art 3D. They are known as Porthos, Athos, and Aramis--three elite warriors who serve the King of France as his best Musketeers. After discovering an evil conspiracy to overthrow the King, the Musketeers come across a young, aspiring hero -- D'Artagnan -- and take him under their wing. Together, the four embark on a dangerous mission to foil the plot that not only threatens the Crown, but the future of Europe itself.”

It is hardly the most orthodox version of the tale, but every film does put its own spin on the story and this version is entertaining enough, if unpolished. I’d expect better from the sequel (Which it probably needs about another $150m to secure.)

The North American box office will always have been looked upon as the icing on the cake for this film, much like it is for Mila Jovovich & Paul W. S. Anderson’s Resident Evil films (He wrote all 4 and directed films 1 & 4, as well as writing & directing the currently shooting 5th instalment.) but they will be hoping the film makes as much as possible there never-the-less.

Resident Evil blossoms internationally...

North American Gross
International Gross
Resident Evil
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Resident Evil: Extinction
Resident Evil: Afterlife
The Three Musketeers
*Approx still in early release.

It may seem like an odd comparison, but both the writer / director and star of the Resident Evil films are present here, both are based on established media and whilst this is the first of these films (more are clearly planned, success permitting, as this films ending is effectively a Pre-Credits scene for a 2nd film) it is such a well known, and oft filmed story that is similar to a sequel in recognition terms. 
It would be overly ambitious to expect a return the size of Resident Evil 4, but the filmmakers are more likely hoping to reach somewhere in between Resident Evil: Extinction’s $147m and Resident Evil: Afterlife’s $296m to reach both profit and a sequel. Resident Evil has much stronger presence in territories like Asia, but The Musketeers are a stronger force n Europe and parts of South America. We’ll see how it does, but it faces very strong competition from both Johnny English Reborn and Real Steel for the family viewers.

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