Thursday, December 30, 2010

Little Fockers to Hold onto New Year's 2011 Weekend?

No new movies hit wide release this New Year Weekend. Little Fockers will have a tough time holding on to the top spot as its reviews have been scathing and True Grit is looking strong. There probably wont be a big drop this weekend as everyone is still on vacation.

My Predictions:

Movie
True Grit
Little Fockers
Tron Legacy
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Yogi Bear
Weekend Gross (millions)
$22
$18
$15
$7
$6

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

10 Biggest Box Office Flops of 2010

10 Biggest Box Office Flops of 2010

Movies, movies, movies... what would the world be without those box office flops, bombs, or duds? Actually, most of the year (up until fall) there really weren't too many movies that flopped; there were a lot of disappointments (Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, A-Team, and so on...) Then Fall and the Holiday season came around, and boom! Movies, everywhere failing at the box office, hard.

Take into account that movie studios make a little more than half the box office receipts as the other portion goes to the movie theaters and exhibition. I am assuming that usually a movie studio would want to at least make it's budget back in the United States alone, because usually overseas grosses usually doubles that take. This is why movie like Prince of Persia (US Gross: $90 million, Foreign Gross: $244 million, Budget: $200 million), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (US Gross: $63 million, Foreign Gross: $152 million, Budget: $150 million), and The A-Team (US Gross:$77 million, Foreign Gross: $99 million, Budget $110 million) are considered disappointments... because even though they did poorly in the US, they made a nice chunk of change overseas. Although, come to think of it, those movies probably didn't really see a profit considering movie studios would want to make at least double of their budget.

Anyways, by that note, Disney's Tangled can be considered a disappointment even though it is doing decently well at the box office (it reportedly costs $260 million to make (although, I'm a bit skeptical as to how a new animated film can cost that much) US Gross: $147 million so far, Foreign Gross: $118 million so far). But we'll see how much this will do when it opens in more theaters overseas, and finally when it hits the DVD and Blu-ray market as well as merchandising, where a movie like this does extremely well.

Enough, of this mumbo jumbo talk about box office movies and lets finally get to the list of the
10 Biggest Box Office Flops of 2010:

*I had to take off Gulliver's Travels from this because although it is flopping in the States, it's starting to recoup a little bit of its $112 million budget overseas.

10) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
I hate to put this movie on here because I thought it was a great film... but even great films flop.

Budget: $60 million
US Gross: $31.5 million
Foreign Gross: $16 million
Total Gross: $47.6 million
Tomatometer: 81%


9) Repo Men

Jude Law in a movie a could care less to see. Seems like it should have made more than it did... but it didn't.
Budget: $32 million
US Gross: $13.8 million
Foreign Gross: $4.6 million
Total Gross: $18.4 million
Tomatometer: 22%



8) Green Zone

Was Billed to be the next Bourne Identity as it starred Matt Damon and director of two of the Bourne series Paul Greengrass. It even looks like Bourne, but instead Matt Damon's a US soldier... Surefire win right? Wrong.
Budget: $100 million
US Gross: $35 million
Foreign Gross: $59.8 million
Total Gross: $94.9 million
Tomatometer: 54%



7) Extraordinary Measures

How can a movie with Harrison Ford flop? Well, this is one that did. Trailer looks like a TV movie series of the week.
Budget: $31 million
US Gross: $12 million
Foreign Gross: $3 million
Total Gross: $15.1 million
Tomatometer: 27%



6) Jonah Hex

Megan Fox was going to finally break away from the Transformers franchise... and that didn't happen, and so leaving, quitting or getting fired from the Michael Bay franchise may not have been the best career move.
Budget: $47 million
US Gross: $10.5 million
Foreign Gross: $0.3 million
Total Gross: $10.9 million
Tomatometer: 13%



5) The Warrior's Way

Ninjas, Cowboys, and Kate Bosworth... makes for a very interestingly weird movie. An Asian cinema cult film with western actors.
Budget: $42 million
US Gross: $5.5 million
Foreign Gross: $2.9 million
Total Gross: $8.4 million
Tomatometer: 37%



4) Enter the Void

An independent arty, edgy pic by Gaspar NoƩ. Not exactly box office profit material... didn't even pass a million bucks yet... ouch!
Budget: $16 million
US Gross: $0.3 million
Foreign Gross: $0.4 million
Total Gross: $0.8 million
Tomatometer: 71%



3) The Tempest

Still in limited release, one wonders if it will ever reach a wide release... maybe only then, it will be taken off this list. Poor Julie Taymor, first Spiderman broadway issues now The Tempest.
Budget: $20 million
US Gross: $0.2 million
Total Gross: $0.2 million
Tomatometer: 25%



2) How Do You Know

Getting Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson was already half the budget.
Budget: $120 million
US Gross: $15 million as of 12/27/10
Total Gross: $15 million as of 12/27/10
Tomatometer: 35%



1) The Nutcracker in 3D

Umm not even half a million dollars gross yet... for a $90 million movie that is bad... very bad.
Budget: $90 million
US Gross: $0.2 million
Foreign Gross: $0.04 million
Total Gross: $0.2 million
Tomatometer: 0% I'm not kidding.

CHECK OUT this amazing GRAPH of the Biggest Box Office Flops of 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Little Fockers Makes Little Christmas Box Office

Little Fockers, the third installment of the Meet the Parents franchise debuted in first place this Christmas Weekend. However, it's first place win isn't going over so well, as it only made $34 million, compared to Meet the Fockers'$46.1 million in 2004. The terrible reviews for this film also didn't help as it is currently getting an 10% fresh rating on rottentomateos (which is actually rotten, for those of you not in the know). Little Fockers may finally be the last of the franchise.

True Grit on the other hand did better than expected, as it landed a second place finish with about $25 million.

Gulliver's Travels came in seventh with $7 million for 2 days, since it opened on Christmas Day. I have a feeling this movie will get lost this week.

Overall the box office was down 44% from last year, when Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, and Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 dominated.

MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Little Fockers
2) True Grit
3) Tron Legacy
4) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
5) Yogi Bear
6) The Fighter
7) Gulliver's Travels
8) Black Swan
9) Tangled
10) The Tourist
$34 million
$25.6 million
$20.1 million
$10.8 million
$8.8 million
$8.5 million
$7.2 million
$6.6 million
$6.5 million
$5.7 million
$48.3 million
$36.8 million
$88.3 million
$63.9 million
$36.8 million
$27.6 million
$7.2 million
$29 million
$143.8 million
$41.2 million
$100 million
$38 million
$170 million
$155 million
$80 million
$25 million
$112 million
$13 million
$260 million
$100 million

Thursday, December 23, 2010

True Grit vs Little Fockers vs Gulliver's Travels

It looks like to be a three way showdown, between a critic favorite movie and two other not-so-favorite movies.

True Grit
Hit Factor: Great reviews, trailer looks awesome, bout time for a good Western.
Flop Factor: Western hasn't really been relevant in some years.



Little Fockers
Hit Factor: Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, and practically the entire case back for round three.
Flop Factor: Reviews are some of the worst of the year...currently 8% on Rotten Tomatoes (that's pretty bad). Also, expensive budget, reporting around $120 million... for a comedy (granted the last two grossed over $800 million combined).



Gulliver's Travels
Hit Factor: Jack Black
Flop Factor: Comes out on Saturday, Christmas Day, not a full weekend. Reviews also have not been so kind to this film.



My Predictions:

Movie
Little Fockers
Tron Legacy
True Grit
Gulliver's Travels
Black Swan
Weekend Gross (millions)
$30
$24
$18
$12
$9

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tron Legacy Leads Weak Pre-Christmas Weekend

The highly anticipated movie event of the year, Tron: Legacy, managed to cough up a decent opening weekend with just above $43 million... Good, but not nearly as enough as the hype led you to believe, and not even close to Avatar's $77 million, which debuted on the same weekend last year.

As for Yogi Bear, he should have got a bigger "pic-a-nic basket" (sorry just had to) as it will have a tough time making it's money back even though it debuted in second with about $16 million.

How do You Know, well... I just learned it cost roughly around $120 million. What!!!?? (Well, it'll be down to $100 million after tax rebates). Yes, supposedly it was a long shoot and all the actors involved - that was pretty much half the budget. Ouch! El Floppo.

MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Tron Legacy
2) Yogi Bear
3) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4) The Fighter
5) The Tourist
6) Tangled
7) Black Swan
8) How do You Know
9) Harry Potter 7
10) Unstoppable
$43.6 million
$16.7 million
$12.4 million
$12.2 million
$8.7 million
$8.7 million
$8.3 million
$7.6 million
$4.8 million
$1.8 million
$43.6 million
$16.7 million
$42.8 million
$12.6 million
$30.8 million
$127.8 million
$15.7 million
$7.6 million
$265.5 million
$77.3 million
$170 million
$80 million
$155 million
$25 million
$100 million
$260 million
$13 million
$120 million
$250 million*
$100 million

*Reported under $250 million

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tron Legacy Takes on Yogi Bear

A few movies open this weekend, and a Black Swan and a Fighter goes into wider release.

Tron: Legacy
Hit Factor: The coolest trailer I've seen all year.
Flop Factor: The hype was unbelievable early this year, now... it seems to have tapered off.


Yogi Bear
Hit Factor: Kids, families
Flop Factor: Besides that target audience, no one else wants to see it.


How Do You Know

Hit Factor: Reese Witherspoon, it looks kinda funny.
Flop Factor: It looks like every other kinda funny romantic comedy that came out this year.


My Predictions:

Movie
Tron: Legacy
Yogi Bear
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Fighter
Black Swan
Weekend Gross (millions)
$52
$24
$14
$12
$9


Your Predictions?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Narnia's Dawn Treader Opens to a Weak Weekend

Yes, the latest in the Chronicles of Narnia saga, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, treaded shallow waters this weekend as it grossed just over $24 million; good enough for first place, but not good enough considering the franchise. Dawn Treader is the lowest opening for a Narnia film, where 2005's The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe took in $65.6 million, and 2008's Prince Caspian took in $55 million. The bright side is that overseas, Dawn Treader already took in $80 million making for a $105 worldwide million total, and it's budget is $155 million compared to Prince Caspian's $225 million.

The Tourist, despite mega stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, couldn't pull in higher than $17 million. Probably mostly due to the terrible reviews this movie is getting.

Meanwhile, Darren Aronofksy's Black Swan managed to break the top ten this weekend.

MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
2) The Tourist
3) Tangled
4) Harry Potter 7 Part 1
5) Unstoppable
6) Black Swan
7) Burlesque
8) Love and Other Drugs
9) Due Date
10) Megamind
$24.5 million
$17 million
$14.6 million
$8.5 million
$3.8 million
$3.3 million
$3.2 million
$3 million
$2.5 million
$2.5 million
$24.5 million
$17 million
$115.6 million
$257.7 million
$74.3 million
$5.6 million
$32.6 million
$27.6 million
$94.9 million
$140.2 million
$155 million
$100 million
$260 million
$250 million*
$100 million
$13 million
$55 million
$30 million
$65 million
$130 million

*Reported under $250 million

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Narnia's Dawn Treader vs Tourists

Two new movies hit theaters this weekend.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Hit Factor: The First Narnia made almost $750 million worldwide.
Flop Factor: It's been awhile since the last one and a lot's happen: Prince Caspian did less than expected especially with it's $225 million budget and Disney dropped the franchise altogether, leaving Fox to pick it up. Many critics say this is 'make or break' for the Narnia franchise.


The Tourist
Hit Factor: Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie
Flop Factor: The plot seems a little on the uninteresting side.


My Predictions:

Movie
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Tourist
Tangled
Harry Potter 7 Part 1
Unstoppable
Weekend Gross (millions)
$45
$24
$17
$10
$3


What are yours?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tangled Wraps up Harry Potter 7


Tangled dethroned the magical Hogwart's kid (Harry Potter, in case some of you have been in a hole this past decade) from the top spot this weekend. That's good news for Disney, especially since new reports but Tangled's budget at $260 million... whoa...(that would make it the most expensive animated movie ever.

As for the only wide released movie opening this weekend, The Warrior's Way, it's getting slammed hard. This movie will probably not see a profit.

MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Tangled
2) Harry Potter 7 Part 1
3) Burlesque
4) Unstoppable
5) Love and Other Drugs
6) Megamind
7) Due Date
8) Faster
9) The Warrior's Way
10) The Next Three Days
$21.6 million
$17 million
$6.1 million
$6 million
$5.7 million
$4.9 million
$4.1 million
$3.9 million
$3 million
$2.6 million
$96.8 million
$244.5 million
$27 million
$68.8 million
$22.6 million
$136.6 million
$90.9 million
$18.2 million
$3 million
$18.3 million
$260 million
$250 million
$55 million
$100 million
$30 million
$130 million
$65 million
$24 million
$42 million
$30 million

Saturday, December 4, 2010

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