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A Disappointing Debut For The Hobbit: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

While the number one spot was an easy lock, the amount of money the first place film brought in was shockingly low. Here’s what went down:

battle-of-the-five-armiesNobody questioned that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was going to top the box office for its opening weekend, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted just how low its estimated weekend numbers were going to be. Debuting with $56.2 million, the film was a far cry from The Desolation of Smaug’s $73 million and An Unexpected Journey’s $84 million. With this sort of showing, I wouldn’t be surprised to see The Battle of the Five Armies wind up with the lowest gross of all Lord of the Rings films, at least in North America. Read the rest of this entry

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: TV Shows On DVD

It’s the era of binge watching, and for the holiday season we’ve got some television series on dvd and blu-ray that you definitely will enjoy watching all at once. From full seasons to full series, check out our list, complete with links to buy.

91mEJsebzpL._SL1500_Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series – The fine folk at Shout Factory have done a fantastic job putting together a gorgeous blu-ray set of arguably the most wacked-out Saturday morning television show from our youth. Through 5 seasons and 45 episodes Paul Reubens’ manic creation Pee-Wee Herman takes kids on a technicolour journey through his madcap playhouse where anything and everything can happen. Personal favourite moments include the secret word and Laurence Fishburne’s Cowboy Curtis, just one of many stars who show up throughout the series, which probably looks better now than when it first did in the 80s.

A1mz9EsWNPL._SL1500_Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery (+ The Missing Pieces) – It took twenty years for fans to final see the deleted scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, director David Lynch’s 1992 prequel film to the television cult classic he and co-creator Mark Frost developed for ABC and which ran from 1990-1991. Those 90 minutes worth of outtakes are just part of the gorgeous blu-ray set that was released this past summer compiling the entire series, the film and myriad extras. Consider this an essential purchase for anyone who loves brilliant, dramatic television. (Shameless plug – my book Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks is out this February; you can pre-order it here.)

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The Hobbit vs Annie vs Night at the Museum – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

One ring is looking to rule them all this weekend at the box office, and it probably won’t have any trouble at all doing so, even against a return trip to a museum and a little orphan girl. Here’s our prediction:

The_Hobbit_-_The_Battle_of_the_Five_ArmiesThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has already grossed $25 million on its opening day this past Wednesday, and should destroy all the competition it will be up against. Peter Jackson has once more captured the imagination of fantasy fans with his Hobbit trilogy, and while I can’t say I’m a fan, millions of folks are, and will no doubt arrive in droves to see the final adventure of Bilbo Baggins. Look for a first place showing with $72 million.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Three’s Company The Complete Series

Come and knock on our door,
We’ve been waiting for you,
Where the kisses are hers and hers and his,
Three’s Company too

In the list of great tv sitcoms, I rank Three’s Company incredibly high, even if it did first air nearly 40 years ago. For its theme song alone, it would have been a classic. But the series, about three roommates and their chronic misunderstandings, well, it’s truly the perfect sum of all its parts.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Savvy Reader Returns With Gifts For Pop Culture Fanatics

SV1Still looking for the perfect gift? The Savvy Reader has prepared a perfect gift guide for the Pop Culture fans/Readers in your life! Whether they obsess over boy bands (Directioners), television cult-classics (Whovians), or 90’s heart-throbs (Team Brandon), we have a book for just about everyone!

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Will Exodus: Gods and Kings Climb The Mountain – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

After the slowness that was last weekend, Hollywood should be happy to see a guaranteed epic arrive on the scene. But will “thou shalt see this movie” command audiences into theaters this weekend? Here’s our prediction:

Exodus2014PosterExodus: Gods and Kings is a retelling of the Biblical story of Moses, staring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Aaron Paul, and directed by Ridley Scott. The big name draws are clearly Bale and Scott, a combination that should make for an entertaining film and some decent box office returns. Reviews so far have been mixed, but audiences needs a spectacle and Exodus: Gods and Kings should deliver. Look for a first place debut with $35 million.

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Trailer Time – Mad Max: Fury Road

mad-mad-fury-road-comic-con-posterIt’s almost here! Mad Max: Fury Road will be upon us this summer, with Tom Hardy taking over the title character role from Mel Gibson. Director George Miller has been working on this film for years and, judging by this awesome trailer, it looks to be worth the wait. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Trailer Time: San Andreas

San-AndreasSan Andreas looks to be the exact sort of film that will scare the crap out of me. I don’t know about you, but natural disaster flicks just make me feel sick, in that roller coaster sort of way. Check out the trailer for Dwayne Johnson staring film, opening in May.

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