Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Defends Second Weekend

Peter Jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien's final Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies easily defended it's top spot at the box office this Christmas weekend ($41.4 million), while Unbroken ($31.7 million) and Into the Woods ($31 million) battled for second place.  The Battle of the Five Armies has so far made $168.5 million domestically and a grand total of $573.6 million worldwide.

If you're wondering about The Interview, it made $1.8 million from just over 300 theaters which is pretty good considering most of those theaters are art house theaters and have very limited seating.  Still, it's no where near the $30 million or so analysts were predicting before it was pulled.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Battle of the Five Armies  
2) Unbroken
3) Into the Woods
4) Night at the Museum 3
5) Annie
6) HG: Mockingjay Part 1
7) The Gambler
8) The Imitation Game
9) Exodus: Gods and Kings
10) Wild
$41.4 million
$31.7 million
$31 million
$20.6 million
$16.6 million
$10 million
$9.3 million
$7.9 million
$6.8 million
$5.4 million
$168.5 million
$47.3 million
$46.1 million
$55.3 million
$45.8 million
$306.7 million
$14.3 million
$14.6 million
$52.5 million
$16.4 million
$250 million
$65 million
$60 million
$127 million
$65 million
$125 million
$25 million
$15 million
$140 million
n/a

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Unbroken vs Into the Woods vs The Gambler

A few new movies hit theaters in wide release this Christmas weekend… Also, The Interview gets put back into theaters, but limited.


Unbroken
Hit Factor: Looks like a formulaic story of hope that's ripe for the Holidays.
Flop Factor: Seeking awards contention but just might outside of that group.



Into the Woods
Hit Factor: After watching The Battle of Five Armies, families may want to watch this film. Going for the Alice in Wonderland crowd.
Flop Factor: Looks somewhat expensive.



The Gambler
Hit Factor: For the adults that don't want to see Unbroken.
Flop Factor: Seems like a movie that should have come out in September or October.




My Predictions:

Movie
Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies
Into the Woods
Unbroken
Night at the Museum 3
Annie
Weekend Gross (millions)
$40
$30
$22
$14
$13




Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Conquers Pre-Christmas Weekend


In a rather unsurprising move, the final film from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit franchise easily debuted in the top spot this weekend with about $56.2 million and $90.6 million total since opening Wednesday.  The Battle of the Five Armies already has a worldwide total of $355.6 million since it opened internationally a week ago.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb ($17.3 million) and Annie ($16.3 million) round out the top three.

Exodus: Gods and Kings, slips more than 66% to $8.1 million this weekend ($38.9 million total) which doesn't fare well for the reported $140 million epic.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) The Battle of the Five Armies  
2) Night at the Museum 3 
3) Annie
4) Exodus: Gods and Kings
5) HG: Mockingjay Part 1
6) Wild
7) Top Five
8) Big Hero 6
9) Penguins of Madagascar 
10) P.K.
$56.2 million
$17.3 million
$16.3 million
$8.1 million
$7.8 million
$4.2 million
$3.6 million
$3.6 million
$3.5 million
$3.5 million
$90.6 million
$17.3 million
$16.3 million
$38.9 million
$289.2 million
$7.2 million
$12.5 million
$190.4 million
$64.2 million
$3.5 million
$250 million
$127 million
$65 million
$140 million
$125 million
n/a
$12 million
$165 million
$132 million
$14 million

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies vs Annie vs Night at the Museum 3

The final Hobbit film battles a bunch of other pre Holiday movies.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Hit Factor: The end to the very successful Hobbit franchise.
Flop Factor: Still not as good as the Lord of the Rings franchise.



Annie
Hit Factor: Family friendly fare
Flop Factor: Early reviews are less than stellar (21% Tomatometer)



Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Hit Factor: Franchise strong enough to warrant a third film.
Flop Factor: Does it really warrant a third film?



My Predictions:

Movie
Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies
Night at the Museum 3
Annie
Exodus: Gods and Kings
HG: Mockingjay Part 1
Weekend Gross (millions)
$65
$26
$16
$15
$8




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings Debuts on top of the Box Office

It was an easy box office win for Exodus: Gods and Kings, mainly because The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has already reached it's fourth weekend.  Exodus still has a long way to go to recoup it's reported $140 million budget... and though the upcoming Holiday weeks may help, it also brings along a slew of other big budget films that tear into its audience.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Exodus: Gods and Kings 
2) HG: Mockingjay Part 1 
3) Penguins of Madagascar
4) Top Five
5) Big Hero 6
6) Interstellar
7) Horrible Bosses 2 
8) Dumb and Dumber To
9) The Theory of Everything 
10) Wild
$24.5 million
$13.2 million
$7.3 million
$7.2 million
$6.1 million
$5.5 million
$4.6 million
$2.8 million
$2.5 million
$1.6 million
$24.5 million
$277.4 million
$58.8 million
$7.2 million
$185.3 million
$166.8 million
$43.6 million
$82.1 million
$17.1 million
$2.4 million
$140 million
$125 million
$132 million
$10 million
$165 million
$165 million
$42 million
$40 million
$15 million
n/a


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings vs Top Five vs Mockingjay Part 1

A couple of new movies hit theaters this weekend.

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Hit Factor: A big budget Gladiator meets The Ten Commandments.
Flop Factor: Director Ridley Scott's last few movie release track record has been spotty at best… also getting mediocre reviews (43% Tomatometer).



Top Five
Hit Factor: Low budget… 93% Tomatometer.
Flop Factor: Trailer has the I'll wait for Netflix vibe.



My Predictions:

Movie
Exodus: God and Kings
HG: Mockingjay Part 1
Top Five
Penguins of Madagascar
Big Hero 6
Weekend Gross (millions)
$35
$16
$12
$7
$6



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1 Easily Tops Third Weekend in a Row

With no new movies hitting theaters in wide release this weekend, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 ($21.6 million) easily took the top spot for the third weekend in a row. It has already made $257.7 million domestically and will surpass Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.7 million) in the next day (or so) to become the second highest grossing film (domestically) of 2014.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) HG: Mockingjay Part 1 
2) Penguins of Madagascar 
3) Horrible Bosses 2
4) Big Hero 6
5) Interstellar
6) Dumb and Dumber To
7) The Theory of Everything 
8) Gone Girl
9) The Pyramid
10) Birdman
$21.6 million
$11.1 million
$8.6 million
$8.1 million
$8 million
$4.2 million
$2.7 million
$1.5 million
$1.4 million
$12 million
$257.7 million
$49.6 million
$36.1 million
$177.5 million
$158.7 million
$78.1 million
$13.6 million
$162.9 million
$1.4 million
$18.9 million
$125 million*
$132 million
$42 million
$165 million
$165 million
$40 million
$15 million
$61 million
n/a
$18 million

*Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 reported budget is $250 million together.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1 Set to Top Third Weekend in a Row

No new movies hit theaters in wide release this weekend. So, expect The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 to stay on top the box office for the third straight weekend.


My Predictions:

Movie
Mockingjay Part 1
Penguins of Madagascar
Big Hero 6
Interstellar
Horrible Bosses 2
Weekend Gross (millions)
$27
$15
$13
$10
$8




Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1 Easily Tops Thanksgiving Weekend

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 ($56.9 million) easily fended off newcomers Penguins of Madagascar ($25.8 million) and Horrible Bosses 2 ($15.7 million) to take the top spot on Thanksgiving weekend.

Considering the lowest opening for a Madagascar franchise is $47.2 million (for the first film) and the first Horrible Bosses opened to $28.3 million, Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 have performed much less than expected.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) HG: Mockingjay Part 1 
2) Penguins of Madagascar 
3) Big Hero 6
4) Interstellar
5) Horrible Bosses 2
6) Dumb and Dumber To
7) The Theory of Everything 
8) Gone Girl
9) Birdman
10) St. Vincent
$56.9 million
$25.8 million
$18.8 million
$15.8 million
$15.7 million
$8.3 million
$5.1 million
$2.5 million
$1.9 million
$1.8 million
$225.7 million
$36 million
$167.2 million
$147.1 million
$23 million
$72.2 million
$9.6 million
$160.8 million
$17.2 million
$39.3 million
$125 million*
$132 million
$165 million
$165 million
$43 million
$35 million
n/a
$61 million
$18 million
$13 million

*Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 reported budget is $250 million together.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar vs Horrible Bosses 2 vs Mockingjay Part 1

A couple of new movies hit theaters this Thanksgiving Day weekend looking to dethrone The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 1

Penguins of Madagascar
Hit Factor: They're funny in the Madagascar series.
Flop Factor: But an entire movie about them?



Horrible Bosses 2
Hit Factor: Looks funny.
Flop Factor: Early reviews have not been good (31% Tomatometer)


My Predictions:

Movie
Mockingjay Part 1
Penguins of Madagascar
Horrible Bosses 2
Big Hero 6
Interstellar
Weekend Gross (millions)
$50
$30
$24
$17
$11




Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Rakes in $123 Million

Mockingjay Part 1 easily topped the box office this weekend with $123 million, making it the top debut of the year (beating out Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million).  However, it's a bit down from the first Hunger Games' $158.1 million and Catching Fire's $152.5 million.  Worldwide, Mockingjay Part 1 has already grossed $275 million.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) HG: Mockingjay Part 1 
2) Big Hero 6
3) Interstellar
4) Dumb and Dumber To
5) Gone Girl
6) Beyond the Lights
7) St. Vincent
8) Fury
9) Birdman
10) Nightcrawler
$123 million
$20.1 million
$15.1 million
$13.8 million
$2.8 million
$2.6 million
$2.4 million
$1.9 million
$1.9 million
$1.2 million
$123 million
$135.7 million
$120.7 million
$57 million
$156.8 million
$10.1 million
$36.6 million
$79.2 million
$14.4 million
$27.2 million
$125 million*
$165 million
$165 million
$35 million
$61 million
$7 million
$13 million
$68 million
$18 million
$8.5 million

*Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 reported budget is $250 million together.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 vs Interstellar vs Big Hero 6 vs Dumb and Dumber To

Only one (but giant) movie hits theaters this weekend before Thanksgiving.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Hit Factor: Umm… Have you been under a rock that past few years?
Flop Factor: Lowest reviewed of the franchise so far (now a 69% Tomatometer).

Probably closer to 0%, but I didn't make a 0% graphic.

My Predictions:

Movie
Mockingjay Part 1
Big Hero 6
Interstellar
Dumb and Dumber To
Beyond the Lights
Weekend Gross (millions)
$150
$24
$19
$17
$4




Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dumb and Dumber To Tops Box Office

It was a Dumb weekend as the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels flick Dumb and Dumber To ($38.1 million) edged passed Big Hero 6 ($36 million) for the top spot at the box office.  This is a much needed hit for Jim Carrey and is his biggest live action debut since 2003's Bruce Almighty ($68 million).



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Dumber and Dumber To 
2) Big Hero 6
3) Interstellar
4) Beyond the Lights
5) Gone Girl
6) St. Vincent
7) Fury
8) Nightcrawler
9) Ouija
10) Birdman 
$38.1 million
$36 million
$29.2 million
$6.5 million
$4.6 million
$4 million
$3.8 million
$3 million
$3 million
$2.5 million
$38.1 million
$111.7 million
$97.8 million
$6.5 million
$152.7 million
$33 million
$75.9 million
$25 million
$48.1 million
$11.6 million
$40 million
$165 million
$165 million
$7 million
$61 million
$13 million
$68 million
$8.5 million
$5 million
$18 million

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dumb and Dumber To vs Beyond the Lights vs Big Hero 6 vs Interstellar

Will the Dumb take over Big Hero 6 and Interstellar?

Dumb and Dumber To
Hit Factor: I love the original.
Flop Factor: Seems like this should have been made 10 years ago.  This type of comedy may not work with today's audience. Jim Carrey seemed opposed to making a sequel… I wonder what changed?


Beyond the Lights
Hit Factor: Positive so-early-that-it-probably-shouldn't-count-yet reviews (91% Tomatometer).
Flop Factor: I've never heard of this film until writing this post.



My Predictions:

Movie
Big Hero 6
Interstellar
Dumb and Dumber 2
Beyond the Lights
Gone Girl
Weekend Gross (millions)
$35
$30
$27
$7
$4




Sunday, November 9, 2014

Big Hero 6 Edges Past Interstellar

Disney animation is on a role as Big Hero 6 took the top spot this weekend with $56.2 million.  This bested the Christopher Nolan's space opera Interstellar ($50 million).  Both films oddly cost around $165 million to make, so expect some comparisons and duels.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Big Hero 6
2) Interstellar
3) Gone Girl
4) Ouija
5) St. Vincent
6) Nightcrawler
7) Fury
8) John Wick
9) Alexander and...
10) The Book of Life  
$56.2 million
$50 million
$6.1 million
$6 million
$5.7 million
$5.5 million
$5.5 million
$4.1 million
$3.5 million
$2.8 million
$56.2 million
$52.2 million
$145.4 million
$43.5 million
$27.4 million
$19.8 million
$69.3 million
$34.7 million
$59.2 million
$45.2 million
$165 million
$165 million
$61 million
$5 million
$13 million
$8.5 million
$68 million
$20 million
$28 million
$50 million

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Interstellar vs Big Hero 6

Get ready for a box office boost as two new big budget films hit theaters this weekend.

Interstellar
Hit Factor: Epic, original, Christopher Nolan behind the helm
Flop Factor: May be too out there for the general public.



Big Hero 6
Hit Factor: From the creators of Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph. That Marvel Logo.
Flop Factor: n/a



My Predictions:

Movie
Big Hero 6
Interstellar
Nightcrawler
Gone Girl
Fury 
Weekend Gross (millions)
$60
$55
$7
$5
$5






Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Movie Review: Interstellar


I don't really do movie reviews, but since I got a sneak peak of this film, why not?

Yes, there are probably spoilers in this review.

Interstellar is one of those movies where people will absolutely love this film and others will absolutely hate it.  If you are expecting Gravity-like action and mindless popcorn fun, you'll be disappointed (I enjoyed Gravity, btw). Running at almost 3 hours long, Interstellar is much more a drama with some action sequences. It's cast is perfect. Matthew McConaughey has been making great and bold choices as of late. And you also probably want to bring a tissue or two, as there a quite a bit of tear-jerky moments.

My biggest complaint was that when it ended, I didn't feel the sense of "hell yeah!" satisfaction. There was something that I felt was off about the movie, but I couldn't figure what it was.  There was applause, but it was a spattering of applause in that packed house.  Maybe the story or the character choices were a bit weird.  Maybe the A-list cameo in the late 2nd act, while awesome in the beginning, turned into a scene that reminded me too much of the cameo Tim Robbins did in War of the Worlds, the point at which I thought that film turned from awesome to sour.

The music, which is great and very non-Hans Zimmer like, jumps out at you more than the characters who are speaking. In fact there were some scenes where I couldn't understand what was being said (I think Christopher Nolan likes doing this ala Bane in The Dark Knight Rises). I thought I was zoning out or something, but eventually you understand what's been said as the story unfolds into the next sequences… and you're like "oh."

The 3rd Act brings upon a deeply 'meta' moment which works, but also feels a bit off at the same time. However, I'm still on the fence about that thought because maybe… just maybe… I have to watch this film again to fully digest it.

Now with these cons, you'd think I didn't like this film.  However, there is a great deal to like about Interstellar. As noted above, the cast is great everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Jessica Chastain to the girl who plays the younger version of her (Mackenzie Foy). Nolan is also known for his grand scale, and it doesn't fall short here.  The VFX and cinematography is amazing, I'd be surprised if this doesn't win or at least get a nod when award season comes around.  Interstellar has to be seen on the big screen just for the fact that there are shots where the space ship is a but a speck on screen passing a massive planet which that would look terribly bad on blu-ray. So if you're going to see this film anyway, I'd see it in the theater. IMAX preferably, and get a good seat.  Now on the IMAX note, I thought this entire film was shot on IMAX, it's not, but a good chunk of it is, though.

My quick comparisons to this film are 2001: A Space Odyssey, Sunshine, a little bit of Terence Malick, and a dash of Gravity.  It's a movie that I don't think the general public will necessary like.  But I hope they do because Hollywood needs to make more movies like this rather than milking franchises that have long passed it's prime.

 Grade: B

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Nightcrawler and Ouija Tie For Halloween Weekend

Thanks to Halloween weekend the critically panned Horror flick, Ouija, (Yes, 8% Tomatometer) managed to tie with the critically acclaimed pic Nightcrawler (94% Tomatometer) for first place with both making about $10.9 million.  Overall, it wasn't enough to scare up a huge box office as this may be one of the lowest weekends of the year.

The 10th anniversary rerelease of Saw didn't help either… as it only took in $650 thousand out of about 2,000 theaters… which is pretty dismal… even for a rerelease. Luckily for Saw, it was already a hit 10 years ago.



Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Ouija
2) Nightcrawler
3) Fury 
4) Gone Girl
5) The Book of Life
6) John Wick
7) St. Vincent
8) Alexander...
9) The Judge
10) Dracula Untold 
$10.9 million
$10.9 million
$9.1 million
$8.8 million
$8.3 million
$8.1 million
$7.6 million
$6.5 million
$3.4 million
$2.9 million
$35 million
$10.9 million
$60.4 million
$136.6 million
$40.5 million
$27.6 million
$19.5 million
$53.6 million
$39.6 million
$52.9 million
$5 million
$4.3 million
$68 million
$61 million
$50 million
$25 million
$13 million
$28 million
$50 million
$70 million

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nightcrawler vs Saw vs Ouija

Only one new movie opens this weekend along with the 10 year anniversary release of Saw.

Nightcrawler
Hit Factor: Looks interesting… could be a sleeper awards contender.
Flop Factor: You mean to tell me this has nothing to do with the X-Men?



My Predictions:

Movie
Saw
John Wick
Nightcrawler
Ouija
Fury 
Weekend Gross (millions)
$15
$10
$10
$9
$9







Monday, October 27, 2014

Ouija Scares Up the Box Office

Ouija spooked the competition this weekend at the box office with $20 million.  Meanwhile, the Keanu Reeves action-revenge flick, John Wick, managed to do some moderate damage ($14.2 million) with little marketing and positive reviews.


Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Ouija
2) John Wick
3) Fury 
4) Gone Girl
5) The Book of Life
6) St. Vincent
7) Alexander...
8) The Best of Me
9) The Judge
10) Dracula Untold 
$20 million
$14.2 million
$13 million
$11.1 million
$9.8 million
$8.1 million
$7 million
$4.7 million
$4.3 million
$4.3 million
$20 million
$14.2 million
$46.1 million
$124.1 million
$29.9 million
$9.2 million
$45.5 million
$17.7 million
$34.4 million
$48.3 million
$5 million
n/a
$68 million
$61 million
$50 million
$13 million
$28 million
$26 million
$50 million
$70 million

Friday, October 24, 2014

John Wick vs Ouija

A couple new movies hit theaters this weekend.

John Wick
Hit Factor: Surprisingly getting good reviews (90% tomotometer). I actually want to see this film.
Flop Factor: Probably too cool for it's own good.



Ouija
Hit Factor: A scary movie in time for Halloween.
Flop Factor: With a 9% tomatometer, it's one of the worst reviewed films of the year.



My Predictions:

Movie
Fury
Ouija
John Wick
Gone Girl
The Book of Life 
Weekend Gross (millions)
$17
$17
$16
$12
$11





Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fury Tops Weekend Box Office with $23.5 million

The Fast and… Wait... It's just Fury? Okay Brad Pitt's Fury easily topped the box office this weekend with about $23.5 million while Gone Girl slipped to number 2 ($17.8 million).  The Book of Life had a decent sized debut at $17 million for third place.  Though, the same can't be said for the latest Nicholas Sparks' inkling, The Best of Me ($10.2 million) debuted fifth.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Fury
2) Gone Girl
3) The Book of Life 
4) Alexander...
5) The Best of Me
6) Dracula Untold
7) The Judge
8) Annabelle
9) The Equalizer
10) The Maze Runner 
$23.5 million
$17.8 million
$17 million
$12 million
$10.2 million
$9.9 million
$7.9 million
$7.9 million
$5.5 million
$4.5 million
$23.5 million
$107.1 million
$17 million
$36.9 million
$10.2 million
$40.7 million
$26.8 million
$74.1 million
$89.2 million
$90.8 million
$68 million
$61 million
$50 million
$28 million
$26 million
$70 million
$50 million
$6.5 million
$55 million
$34 million

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fury vs The Best of Me vs The Book of Life

A few new movies hit theaters this weekend.

Fury
Hit Factor: Brad Pitt in a War movie that's getting early positive reviews (80% Tomatometer).
Flop Factor: Seems like another War movie.



The Best of Me
Hit Factor: Low-Budget Nicholas Sparks novel gets females in theaters regardless of reviews.
Flop Factor: There's like one of these every year.



The Book of Life
Hit Factor: An animated flick for the kids.
Flop Factor: Feels a lot like The Boxtrolls, and that didn't do too amazing.




My Predictions:

Movie
Fury
Gone Girl
The Book of Life
The Best of Me
Alexander
Weekend Gross (millions)
$30
$20
$18
$15
$11




Sunday, October 12, 2014

Gone Girl Tops Second Weekend

David Fincher's Gone Girl had some staying power this weekend as it remained at the number one spot at the box office ($26.8 million).  Dracula Untold ($23.5 million) and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day ($19.1 million) had decent openings.

Robert Downey Jr.'s The Judge came in a little under expectations ($13.3 million), but it's not a terrible start.

Dracula Untold has also already made a blood-sucking $62.6 million overseas which will prove to be a much needed hit for Universal and their upcoming monster reboot.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Gone Girl
2) Dracula Untold
3) Alexander...
4) Annabelle
5) The Judge
6) The Equalizer
7) Addicted 
8) The Maze Runner
9) The Boxtrolls
10) Left Behind
$26.8 million
$23.5 million
$19.1 million
$16.4 million
$13.3 million
$9.7 million
$7.6 million
$7.5 million
$6.7 million
$2.9 million
$78.3 million
$23.5 million
$19.1 million
$62.2 million
$13.3 million
$79.9 million
$7.6 million
$83.8 million
$41 million
$10.9 million
$61 million
$70 million
$28 million
$6.5 million
$50 million
$55 million
$3 million
$34 million
$60 million
$16 million

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Judge vs Dracula Untold vs Alexander and the Very Long Movie Title

Can Gone Girl remain on top? A few new movies hit theaters this October weekend.

The Judge
Hit Factor: Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall
Flop Factor: Early reviews are surprisingly not that spectacular (45% Tomatometer)

Dracula Untold
Hit Factor: Umm…
Flop Factor: Universal's supposed monster reboot… starts with this unfortunate movie.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Hit Factor: Something light that the families can watch.
Flop Factor: The title isn't long enough.


My Predictions:

Movie
Gone Girl
The Judge
Alexander
Annabelle
The Equalizer 
Weekend Gross (millions)
$25
$18
$17
$15
$11




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gone Girl Edges Out Annabelle

It's a tight race at the box office this weekend as the critically praised Gone Girl ($38 million) comes out barely ahead of horror flick Annabelle ($37.2 million).  In fact, it might be almost too close to call yet, as things could change when the final tally comes in tomorrow. Despite that fact, both of these movies debuted to much higher numbers than expected… which is a good thing for the box office, or the fact that there is really nothing else to watch.

It's also surprising to note that Gone Girl's $38 million debut marks director David Fincher's biggest opening, despite all the movies he has made.

Since Annabelle is a prequel to The Conjuring expect more sequels(?) or prequels to The Conjuring.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Gone Girl
2) Annabelle
3) The Equalizer
4) The Boxtrolls 
5) The Maze Runner
6) Left Behind
7) This is Where I Leave You 
8) Dolphin Tale 2
9) Guardians of the Galaxy
10) No Good Deed
$38 million
$37.2 million
$19 million
$12.4 million
$12 million
$6.9 million
$4 million
$3.5 million
$3 million
$2.5 million
$38 million
$37.2 million
$64 million
$32.5 million
$73.9 million
$6.9 million
$29 million
$38 million
$323.4 million
$50.2 million
$61 million
$6.5 million
$55 million
$60 million
$34 million
$16 million
$19.8 million
$36 million
$170 million
$13.2 million

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gone Girl vs Annabelle vs Left Behind

Here come the Award season movies.

Gone Girl
Hit Factor: Directed by David Fincher
Flop Factor: Trailer doesn't seem as interesting as his other films (though it'll still be good).



Annabelle
Hit Factor: Scary movie in time for Halloween.
Flop Factor: Trailers made me laugh.



Left Behind
Hit Factor: Nicolas Cage is attached
Flop Factor: Have you seen the trailer?



My Predictions:

Movie
Gone Girl
The Equalizer
Annabelle
The Maze Runner
The Boxtrolls 
Weekend Gross (millions)
$30
$18
$16
$11
$11