Will Smith is King of the Box Office in 2008

Can wait to see what he does next. Even more amazing is that his son is probably going to be even better and bigger than him.

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via Huffington Post

NEW YORK — No name on the marquee was more pleasing to theater owners in 2008 than Will Smith, according to a survey of movie exhibitors. Smith, star of “Hancock” and “Seven Pounds,” was voted the star who generated the most box office revenue for theaters in an annual survey by Quigley Publishing Co.

Smith is only the second black actor to be chosen in the Quigley poll, which since 1932 has asked movie exhibitors to vote on the 10 stars who brought in the most business. Sidney Poitier topped the poll in 1968.

Smith’s superhero summer blockbuster, “Hancock,” grossed $228 million. “Seven Pounds,” currently in theaters, has pulled in a somewhat lackluster $39 million in two weeks.

Following Smith, in order, were Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Tropic Thunder”), Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight”), Shia LaBeouf (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”) and LaBeouf’s “Indiana Jones” co-star Harrison Ford.

The top 10 were rounded out by Adam Sandler, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig.

Last year’s winner, Johnny Depp, who didn’t have a film released this year, didn’t make this year’s poll, nor did seven-time winner Tom Cruise.

Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”) was voted the top “star of tomorrow” along with Chris Pine of “Bottle Shock.”

Will Smith wants to do more ‘Bad Boys’ movies with Martin Lawrence

I must say I was a fan of both movies and would pay the outrageous $12.50 to see another installment. Martin the ball is in your court!

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via Filthy Rag

Will Smith wants to make more Bad Boys movies.

Smith – who is married to actress Jada Pinkett Smith – says if his co-star Martin Lawrence is up for the challenge he would love to carry on the successful franchise.

Will says, “I would do up to Bad Boys 6 if I could. I have so much fun working with Martin Lawrence. I love Miami.

“It’s like that little boy fantasy is fast cars and girls and I got the gun and the bad guy’s always lose. It’s like I would make Bad Boys forever if I could.”

Showbiz Spy reported yesterday that Will is currently in talks for Hancock and I Am Legend

I AM LEGEND GETS A PREQUEL

I think it is a good idea because parts of the back story were not fully fleshed out.Glad to see the Big Willie still connected to the franchise. I predict bigger success than the first installment.

via Latino Review

According to the trades, Warner Bros. has set in motion a prequel to the Will Smith starrer “I Am Legend.”

The plan is for Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, with Francis Lawrence returning to direct. Akiva Goldsman and his Weed Road banner will produce with James Lassiter, Smith’s partner in Overbrook Entertainment.

The studio has set D.B. Weiss to write a script that is based on a detailed outline that was hatched over the past few months by Smith, Goldsman, Lassiter and Lawrence.

The prequel will chronicle the final days of humanity in New York before a man-made virus caused a plague that left Smith’s character the lone survivor among a mutated mob in the city.

Making a prequel was the only way to extend a franchise that grossed $584 million worldwide for Warner Bros. and keep Smith in the lead role. His character was killed in the first film, after extracting a potential cure for the virus for the scattered survivors.
Weiss at present is scripting the adaptation of Neil Strauss’ book “The Game” for Spyglass Entertainment. He’s also working on a project for Relativity, “Kashmir.”

Humanity Was On the Brink Of Extinction 70,000 Years Ago, Saved By Africans

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Scientists are saying through the use of mitochondria DNA evidence they are theorizing that a natural disaster (widespread drought) brought the population of the planet down to a number dangerously close to extinction. But rather than fall off the face of the Earth, the small pocket of 2,000 survivors migrated out of Africa and re-populated the planet some 70,000 years ago.

Paleontologist Meave Leakey, a Genographic adviser, asked, “Who would have thought that as recently as 70,000 years ago, extremes of climate had reduced our population to such small numbers that we were on the very edge of extinction?

“Tiny bands of early humans, forced apart by harsh environmental conditions, coming back from the brink to reunite and populate the world. Truly an epic drama, written in our DNA.”

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He’s a Legend! Will Smith Triumphs Box Office

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 Will Smith continues his uncontested reign as the Blockbuster King.  After carrying the summer consecutively Smith was the hottest thing this winter weekend with an astounding $76.5 million debut for “I AM LEGEND”- an apocalyptic epic about Smith being the last “human” on Earth.  Not only did he shatter box-office records for the highest debut in the month of December but he’s so nice he did it twice!  Last year this time he pulled in $26.5 million with “The Pursuit of Happiness.” A year later five million more people turned out to see Will save the planet from genetically mutated Night Walkers.  “It’s nice to be in the Will Smith business,” said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros. “He is just the No. 1 box-office star in the world today.”  Click HERE for full story, and other Box Office numbers.

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Editor’s Note: Wow, who would’ve ever thought…The Fresh Prince, a rapper from Philly would reign on the top of the Hollywood Hills as the number-one man in the business?