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