Underworld 5 initially went by the title Underworld: Next Generation. However, fans of the Vampires-versus-Lycans film series did not go well with the initial title, and so the creators of the movie gave them a chance to offer their suggestions. They eventually settled on Blood Wars. The new title has been in the media for the better part of the last few weeks, but it had not been made official.
On Thursday, Sony, the producers of the film made the announcement of the new title, Underworld: Blood Wars, thereby making it official to the world, and especially to the die-hard fans. This change suggests that the target audience does really matter to the creators of the film.The fifth installment of the Underworld movie series will feature lead character The Death Dealer, Selene, reprised by Kate Beckinsale, while Charles Dance will also return to play the role of a vampire elder.
On the other hand, Theo James (The Divergent Series and Golden Boy) will return to take the role of David, Selen's side-kick in the war against the Lycans and their leader Marius, reprised by Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones, Outlander, The Night Manager and Rome). Bradley James (Merlin and Damien) also joins the cast crew alongside Lara Pulver (Da Vinci's Demons and Spooks).Underworld: Blood Wars release date is October 14 this year, and as always, fans are anticipating an action-packed adventure that will see a lot of blood spilled. That has always been a major characteristic of Underworld movies. This is why even after giving due credit to the previous titles, the title for Underworld 5 might be the best ever in the entire film series.
Just to give you a quick rundown, the first installment went by the title Underworld, and it was released in 2003. Its sequel followed in 2006 under the title Underworld: Evolution, whereas Underworld 3 was titled Rise of The Lycans, and it hit the screens three years later. In 2012, the fourth installment, titled Underworld: Awakening, was released, but we've now waited for four years for Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth movie in the series to be released, contrary to the previous periods when it took three years each for a new title to come out.Ideally, the films usually carry the theme of a struggle for power in the world unknown to man. However, that seemed to change in the previous installment in the film series, with some humans colluding with one side of the two rivals. It would be interesting to see how much of that is carried to Underworld: Blood Wars, as the two rival species continue to battle for power and domination by eliminating the other from the face of the earth.
In Underworld:Awakening, Selene's Lycan/Vampire friend, Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman), appeared to have escaped from a containment unit similar to the one that held her at the start of the movie. However, his whereabouts were never revealed from that point going forward. It would be, therefore, interesting to see whether his name pops up in Underworld 5.The new Underworld movie has arguably the best title, but it faces a huge task of beating its predecessors in box office sales. Currently, the previous four titles have managed to bring in a total of $458 million in worldwide Box office versus a total budget of about $177 million, which translates to an average of about $115 million versus $44 per movie, respectively.
Underworld:Awakening is the highest grossing title of the film series with $160 million, whereas Rise of The Lycans managed the least with just $91 million. On the other hand, Underworld: Evolution brought in $111 million while the first movie in the series, Underworld garnered $95 million. It is also good to note that Awakening had the highest budget of $70 million, while the first film was created with the lowest budget of $22 million.
In summary, Underworld: Blood Wars is the best title compared to the rest given the nature of the film series, but is the name enough to make the sales?
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