The World’s End, the third collaboration from director Edgar Wright and buddies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, is out this weekend, bringing an end to the trio’s hilarious and critically acclaimed “Cornetto Trilogy.” The new film has been met with rave reviews overall, with its 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes matching that of both of the previous entries, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
Most of the positive reviews highlight a focus on the fact that The World’s End focuses on slightly deeper, more “mature” themes within a well-developed science-fiction framework. It’s being praised for being a more serious film in places than either of the other two Cornetto films while still retaining much of the humor that made the first two such successes among fans.
According to Box Office Mojo, The World’s End is getting the widest release of any of the three films, hitting about three times as many theaters as Shaun of the Dead did in 2004 (and three hundred more than 2007’s Hot Fuzz). That increase in theaters bodes well for the movie’s box office numbers. It’s already up to about $3 million since coming out yesterday, which when projected to around $8-9 million would give it the highest opening-weekend gross out of the three by a couple million dollars.
That’s good news for Wright and the producers of The World’s End, as its $20 million budget is easily the highest of the trilogy. But with that solid domestic gross and close to $15 million internationally in the month it’s been out overseas, it’s a lock to turn a profit and very well could be the most financially successful movie in the trilogy.
Are you planning on seeing The World’s End this weekend? If you already have, what did you think?