UPDATE: Year of the Spy

Taken 3 poster

Taken 3 poster

Last December, we dubbed 2015 as the “Year of the Spy.” Here’s a quick update how things are going after five months.

Taken 3: Intended as the final of a trilogy with Liam Neeson as an ex-spy, Taken 3 got a lot of bad reviews. It had a $39.2 million opening weekend, according to BOX OFFICE MOJO. That was OK, but about $10 million less than Taken 2 in 2012.

As of June 1, Taken 3 had worldwide box office of $325.8 million, down from Taken 2’s $376.1 million. It particularly tailed off in the United States, with $89.3 million, compared with Taken 2’s $139.9 million. Perhaps it really “ends here,” as the movie’s advertising slogan said.

Kingsman: The Secret Service: Matthew Vaughn’s version of the Mark Millar-Dave Gibbons comic book generated worldwide box office of more than $400 million, including more than $275 million outside the United States. The movie had a reported $81 million budget.

THE WRAP ENTERTAINMENT NEWS WEBSITE reported in late April that was enough to start developing a sequel.

Spy: Not on our original preview list, the Melissa McCarthy comedy — where an analyst gets a chance to be an undercover agent — debuts Friday, June 5. As of June 1, PROBOXOFFICE.COM is projecting a $43 million opening weekend in the U.S.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation: Since December, the fifth Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible movie got a title and, more importantly, a new release date. Paramount moved up the M:I adventure to July 31 from Dec. 25.

If the tighter post-production schedule concerned anyone associated with the film, they’ve kept it to themselves. A teaser trailer has been out since March.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Warner Bros. is beginning to ramp up publicity for Guy Ritchie’s much-different take on the 1964-68 television series. A teaser trailer debuted in February and a second trailer was at some U.S. theaters last weekend. Warners also had a big publicity event for the film in Rome last month. The movie comes out Aug. 14, just two weeks after Mission: Impossible.

SPECTRE teaser poster

SPECTRE teaser poster

SPECTRE: The 24th James Bond film still is filming, with principal photography to conclude later this month. There have been some bursts of publicity (in Rome and Mexico City during filming there).

The movie, with a budget exceeding $300 million, is on pace to be one of the most expensive of all time — costing about $50 million more than Avengers: Age of Ultron. If anybody’s actually worried about those figures (which became public because of hacking of documents at Sony Pictures last year), they’re keeping mum.

Despite the outlay, the parties involved will probably do OK, but the bigger budget could eat into profits. Then again, that’s a problem for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony, not movie goers, who’ll line up to see the movie in early November.

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3 Responses

  1. I so far agree with the editors box office figures for the taken film
    franchise takings.
    however i really dont think it’s figure’s making the producers decide
    on retiring liam neeson’s character bryan mill’s special skill’s.
    two thing’s come to mind, neeson’s age and there’s really not
    much to be taken in the series is there ?
    I enjoyed the three movies anyway.

    I believe the movie ‘tophat’ was mentioned in the line-up of ‘the
    year of the spy’ watched it last month and found it terribly boring.
    As for ‘the kingsman’ secret service. it done well, but still not my
    idea of a great movie of the spy genre. especially filled with parody,
    but trust me, the audience is out there for this kind of movie.

    now we come to the three heavy hitters for this year, ‘mission impossible rouge nation will do very well, because of the already
    established track record of tom cruise’s other outting’s as
    special agent ethan hunt.

    So then it narrow’s down to two movies ‘the man from u.n.c.l.e’
    will henry cavill and armie hammer shine as the two legendary
    tv/film icon’s ?
    I personally believe this new version, is going to surprise us
    at the box office, reason’s being. it has a large fan base globally
    which is phenomenol.
    the number #1 iconic film franchise ‘the james bond movies
    will be under pressure to retain it’s position with ‘spectre’
    if the movie perform’s largely above the other’s then it
    would prove that bond is for ever.

  2. So many more, too! American Ultra, Bridge of Spies, Sicario, Our Kind of Traitor… to name just a few.

  3. Dear editors from The Spy Command. I think you might like the theme song for the Melissa McCarthy starring Bond spoof “SPY”. Sang and composed by Ivy Levan, it most certainly screams “Bond” :-):

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