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Andy Burns On…the Mad Max Legacy

Was it not the great Tom Petty who once said that “the waiting is the hardest part?”

Of course it was. I think most, if not all of us are familiar with that sage piece of wisdom from one of Gainsville, Florida’s favourite sons. So imagine then, if you will, waiting for a brand new Mad Max film.

Imagine waiting thirty damn years.

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Pitch Perfect 2 sings loud and proud, Mad Max: Fury Road debuts strong

it was a big weekend at the box office, with the top two films both having strong openings. Here’s what the early estimates indicate went down:

PP2As predicted, Pitch Perfect 2 debut at the top of the box office with a fantastic showing, bringing in $69 million, well ahead of the second place film. Though reviews haven’t been glowing, there was clearly an appetite to see the Bellas once again. The film should have no problem making at least $150 million in North America.

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Pitch Perfect 2 looks for a perfect opening, Mad Max hopes to unleash fury at the box office

Can the Mighty Avengers hold strong this weekend, or will a new release manage to topple them from the top? Here’s our prediction:

Pitch_Perfect_2_posterI don’t know about you, but I’m actually pretty psyched to see Pitch Perfect 2. The first one, which the Queen and I recently watched on Netflix, was a hell of a lot of fun, and there’s some serious hype built around this second instalment. The first wound up a decent sized hit back in 2012, making $65 million off of its $17 million budget. In the past three years, appreciation has certainly grown for the film, and I feel confident that the movie will have an outstanding opening weekend. I even think it will take down the Avengers. On that note, look for a first place debut with $65 million.

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Trailer Time: Lucifer

The trailer for FOX’s Lucifer, based on the Vertigo series is here and it is excellent. Take a look and let us know if you agree.

Andy Burns finds out why We Can Never Go Home with writer Matthew Rosenberg

Black Mask Studios is putting out a lot of great work right now. Some of it maybe flying under the mainstream comic radar, but their titles are well worth tracking down. Last week, Ron McKenzie gave a stellar review for the studios Ballistic compilation, written by Adam Egypt Mortimer and illustrated by Darick Robertson. This week, we’ve got an interview with Matthew Rosenberg, writer of the series We Can Never Go Home, its second issue now currently available in shops and online. I was impressed with the first issue, and the second one carries on with the strong storytelling and excellent art. So check out my interview with Matthew and find out why you should really be reading We Can Never Go Home.

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Avengers remains strong, Witherspoon and Vergara are a bust at the box office

The early weekend box office estimates are out and, once again, Avengers: Age of Ultron had a massive weekend. Meanwhile, the one notable debut had a notably lacklustre opening. Here’s what went down:

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Though it hasn’t been as universally acclaimed as the first film, Avengers: Age of Ultron is still a certifiable crowd pleaser, which meant decent word of mouth was going to keep it strong for its second weekend in release. The film held onto the top spot, grossing an estimated $78 million, raising its total to $313 million in North America in just one week. That’s a huge number, though it is off from the first film’s gross during the same time frame by about 14%. In some cases, this would be cause for a bit of studio alarm, but the truth of the matter is, the first Avengers was a once in a lifetime box office bonanza that was unlikely to be replicated. Should the second film end its run in North America between $450-$500 million, I’d like to think it will still be considered a huge success. Worldwide including this weekend’s estimate, Age of Ultron has grossed $875 million, so everybody should be thrilled.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron looks to maintain its grip at the box office

The weekend is here, and the number one spot will be a lock once again. But how much will Earth’s Mightiest Heroes bring in this time? Here’s our prediction:

Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t the record breaker that we all thought it would be (opening with a still stellar $191 million), and it’s a little off pace from the original (a $30 million difference after the first six days), but it’s important to note that the movie is still doing mammoth business and will likely end its run with $450-$500 million. We’ll definitely see a steep decline week to week, as should be expected. Look for a first place showing with $90 million.

Reese and sofia

Opening this weekend as counter-programming is Hot Pursuit with Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon. Reviews have been pretty poor, but both ladies have a strong fanbase which could make for a decent debut, though nowhere near Avengers numbers. Look for a second place debut with $19 million. 

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May The Fourth Be With You and DK in 2015

There’s little doubt that 2015 is going to be the biggest year in Star Wars history since the Revenge of the Sith hit theatres back in 2005. Star Wars: The Force Awakens had tongues wagging as it went on to amass 88 million YouTube Views in just a few days. It’s a spectacular trailer, so it really does make sense.

Admit it, don’t you get goose bumps every time you watch it? How can we not be excited to see what happens in the bold new Star Wars universe that’s being created?

Of course, how do you keep track of what’s new and part of the canon and what has become part of “legend”, as it were> Unsurprisingly, DK, masters of the coffee table pop culture book, have put together Ultimate Star Wars, a gorgeous hardcover that compiled every piece of story and character that is part of the new and official continuity. Read the rest of this entry

Audiences assemble for an outstanding Avengers: Age of Ultron opening

The early weekend box office estimates are out, and really, there’s nothing terribly surprising about them. Here’s what went down:

AvengersAgeofUltronAs expected, Avengers: Age of Ultron absolutely annihilated the competition, on the way to having a record breaking opening weekend. The film grossed an estimated $210 million, bettering the previous record holder, the first Avengers film, by about $3 million. We had predicted a little bit higher gross, but as many pundits acknowledged, its total may have been affected by the Manny-Floyd boxing match and the Kentucky Derby. Either way, the film delivered on all its promise and then some. It’s current projected worldwide total is $411 million. Not too shabby.

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Put your back into it: Avengers The Vibranium Collection reviewed

Sometimes bigger is better. And sometimes it’s really, really better. That’s the idea behind the massive, oversized collection Marvel has been releasing the last few years. Roughly the height of of IDW’s Artist Edition collections and the width of a slightly smaller Marvel Omnibus, we’ve seen Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection, X-Men: The Adamantium Collection and Marvels: The Platinum Edition Collection. I’m the proud owner of that last one, it being the fourth time I purchased the seminal Kurt Busiek/Alex Ross story (after a softcover version, a signed hardcover, and then the 10th anniversary reissue). This is literally a tome, expensive yet well worth the money.

The latest large-sizedc collection to hit well-inforced store shelves is Avengers: The Vibranium Collection, itself perfectly timed to coincide with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read the rest of this entry

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