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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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Tammy vs Transformers – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

It’s the fourth of July weekend, which sees three new movies gunning for the top spot at the box office. Will any of them have the power to take down Transformers? Here’s our prediction:

Tammy_posterTammy is the latest comedy to star Melissa McCarthy, who has been striking gold with her last few films. Co-written by McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, this one feels like the first where the actress is carrying things on her own, rather than with a big name co-star (Sandra Bullock or Jason Bateman). However popular McCarthy may be right now, she doesn’t stand a chance against robots in disguise. Look for a second place showing with $25 million.

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Here Comes Another Transformers Movie – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

This weekend’s winner is going to be a no-brainer, regardless of how poor the reviews are (16% rotten at Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing). So the question is, just how much money will the flaming pile of Michael Bay garbage bring in? Here’s our prediction:

TransformersFessing up here, I skipped the last Transformers film after the incredibly awful second movie that I spent money on. Gosh, that was an absolutely horrible experience. But hey, summer audiences love to watch giant robots smash stuff up, which I’m assuming we’re getting with Transformers: Age of Extinction. I don’t know, I’m not seeing it, but maybe you will, alongside the masses who will make this yet another hit. Look for a first place showing with $120 million.


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John Romita Jr Takes On Superman

One of my favourite artists of all time is John Romita Jr. He was the illustrator on the first X-Men issue I ever picked up (#195), and I’ve followed his work ever since. For the most part JRJR has been fantastic, lending his distinctive style to Thor, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and so many more. But a few years ago, beginning with World War Hulk, I started feeling as though the artist had lost his inspiration, at least when it came to superheroes. His work, to my eyes, was no longer popping; sadly, I felt as though JRJR was bored.

A few months ago it was announced that the artist was leaving his Marvel home to work for DC. Honestly, I felt betrayed. How could a man so loyal to the Marvel Universe cross the fence? And then, when I read he’d be working on Superman, and saw some initial sketches, I was dismayed. “He’s done,” I thought.

JRJRSuperman32Today, John Romita Jr.’s first issue of Superman was released, and I couldn’t be more happy to wrong.
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