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Scarlett Johansson Takes Down The Rock – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Lucy_(2014_film)_posterIt was an excellent weekend at the box office for the new Luc Besson film Lucy, staring Scarlett Johansson. Here’s what went down:

Lucy debut at the top of the box office with an outstanding $46 million. The unique concept combined with Johansson’s post-Marvel star power helped bring this sci-fi action flick to a wide audience. While it certainly won’t hold onto the top spot come next weekend, Lucy certainly has achieved worthwhile bragging rights for the moment.

The other new movie to debut in the top five, Hercules simply did ok, bringing in $30 million to place second. I can’t say I’m surprised – as mentioned on Friday, mythological flicks don’t tend to perform particularly well at the box office. Even the power of The Rock couldn’t raise this movie to blockbuster heights.

As for the rest of the top five, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hit third place with $16.5 million, The Purge: Anarchy was in fourth place with $10 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue closed things out in fifth with $9.5 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Hercules – $35 million
2) Lucy – $32 million
3) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $20 million
4) Planes: Fire and Rescue – $12 million
5) The Purge: Anarchy – $10 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Lucy – $46 million
2) Hercules – $30 million
3) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $16.5 million
4) The Purge: Anarchy – $10 million
5) Planes: Fire and Rescue – $9.5 million

Next weekend sees the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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Comic-Con 2014: The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer

TheWalkingDeadAttention, Walking Deadheads! A brand new trailer, straight out of Comic-Con just dropped. Check it out below and start counting the days until Sunday, October 12, 2014, when the new season debuts on AMC.

Hercules vs Lucy – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

To of the biggest names in Hollywood are gunning for the top spot at the box office this weekend, but as we know, only one will come out on top. Who will it be? Here’s our prediction:

Hercules_(2014_film)Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is arguably the biggest male action star in the world today, and this weekend he takes on the role of the legendary Hercules in the movie of the same title. The Rock knows how to engage his audience via social media, and he’s been hyping this film for months now. The problem is, historical/mythical characters just haven’t been big bucks in the action genre lately, and I think that could have a detrimental effect on Hercules this weekend. I’m going to predict Hercules will come out on top with $35 million.


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Apes. Not. Lose. Top. Spot – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

An interesting weekend at the box office, as there was a bit of a tight race for the top spot. Here’s what went down.

dawn1After duking it on Friday night, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes managed to hold off The Purge: Anarchy from the number one spot, bringing in a very strong $34.5 million to bring it’s total to $139 million. Meanwhile, The Purge: Anarchy’s debut at number two with $28.9, less than the original’s debut total but a decent enough number for a film with a $9 million budget. It likely won’t have real legs, but at this point it really doesn’t need them.

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Can Any Movie Purge The Apes From The Top? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

The summer movie roles on, this weekend with the arrival of two sequels and another R-rated comedy. Only one can top the box office. Which will it be? Here are our predictions:

The_Purge_–_Anarchy_PosterThe Purge: Anarchy is the sequel to last summer’s horror hit, which grossed $34 million on its opening weekend. Don’t look for this one to do as well; it’s got some serious competition for the top spot with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which should hold onto number one for the second weekend in a row. Look for The Purge: Anarchy to debut in second place with $30 million.


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Yes Move Heaven and Earth And Create A Beautiful Album

A new album from a classic group can often be problematic – nobody sells albums anymore, especially bands of an older ilk who are faced with an aging fan base that solely wants to hear the hits of yesteryear delivered live. Try as I might to convince someone that the Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang was a solid addition to their catalogue, or that The Who’s Endless Wire was a consistently strong piece of art, there’s a good shot it will fall on deaf ears. The same can be said for prog rock masters Yes, who, in 2011, put out Fly From Here, an album I consider to be their best since 1980′s Drama. Some of their unrelentingly vocal fan base may agree with, while others would take the absence of founding member and lead singer Jon Anderson as reason enough to dismiss that effort.

If that’s the case, there’s no way I’ll be able to convince you that the band’s latest album, Heaven and Earth, is even better than Fly From Here. Or that, in my humble opinion, Yes has delivered a modern masterpiece.


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Apes Rule – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

An intelligent blockbuster? That’s what we got with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, an audiences responded with an excellent debut weekend. Here’w what went down.

DawnofDawn of the Planet of the Apes debut with an exceptional $73 million, good enough for first place and a substantial increase over Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ $54 million opening back in 2011. This is a franchise that is both entertaining and intelligent, and this summer is showing movies with those traits have been few and far between.

Speaking of which, Transformers: Age of Extinction was in second place with $16.5 million. Tammy was in third with $12.9 million, 22 Jump Street hit fourth with $6.7 million, while How To Train Your Dragon 2 closed things out in fifth with $5.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $75 million
2) Transformers: Age of Extinction – $20 million
3) Tammy – $10 million
4) 22 Jump Street – $7 million
5) How To Train Your Dragon 2 – $6.5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $73 million
2) Transformers: Age of Extinction – $16.5 million
3) Tammy – $12.9 million
4) 22 Jump Street – $6.7 million
5) How To Train Your Dragon 2 – $5.8 million

Next weekend sees the release of Planes: Fire and Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy and Sex Tape. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

How High Will Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Rise? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

It should be an excellent weekend at the box office, as one of the most anticipated new releases of summer climbs into the ring. Will it find its way to the top? Here’s our prediction:

Dawn_of_the_Planet_of_the_ApesDawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the excellent 2011 hit film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which made a solid $176 million and helped reboot the entire franchise. Set a few years after a plague killed off a significant amount of the population. Rise…should do extremely well this weekend. Reviews have been solid and anticipation is high, thanks in no small part to the return of Andy Serkis as Caesar. Look for a first place debut with $75 million.


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