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It’s Magic Mike XXL vs Terminator: Genisys at the box office this weekend

It’s the 4th of July long weekend, which should see some heavy movie theater attendance. But which film will show up on top? One of two new sequels? An animated flick? Or the king of the 2015 box office? Here’s our prediction:

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Magic Mike XXL is the sequel to the hit 2012 film that grossed $113 million at the box office. In that time, Channing Tatum’s star has continued to rise in a large way. This is a film that will definitely superserve the female audience this weekend (along with any audience that enjoys hot guys dancing around with their abs out), so look for an excellent debut weekend of $32 million and a third place showing.

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Also opening this weekend is Terminator: Genisys, which reboots the weathered franchise in a huge way. While Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in action and willingly out promoting the film, reviews have been absolutely horrid for the movie, which is currently sitting at a dismal 27% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. I think there’s little to no chance that this film will perform with any sort of success (but hell, I’ll still go see it). Look for a fourth place showing with $30 million, far off from what a storied franchise should be grossing.

As for the rest of the top five, Inside Out and Jurassic World are going to be duking it out for first place. I’m predicting the animated hit will finally claim the top spot by the slimmest of margins, with $35 million, while the dinosaurs will drop to second place with $33.5 million. Ted should close things out in fifth place with $18 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) inside Out – $35 million
2) Jurassic World – $33.5 million
3) Magic Mike XXL – $32 million
4) Terminator: Genisys – $30 million
5) Ted – $18 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see our predictions!

Jurassic World chomps down on Ted

Bear sees dinosaur. Dinosaur sees bear. Bear approaches dinosaur. Dinosaur eats bear. Emotions run wild.

That, my friends, is pretty much what happened at movie theatres this weekend, as a new release took a run at the top spots at the box office and failed miserably. Here’s what went down:

Amidst lousy reviews and audience apathy, Ted 2 debut in third place with an anemic $32.9, significantly down from the $50 + the first film arrived with with back in 2012. While awareness was high, the interest just wasn’t there, and I doubt we’ll see another one in this franchise. Ted 2 may make it past $100 million, but I’m doubtful of even that.  Read the rest of this entry

In memory of Chris Squire of Yes

Andy with Yes1997, outside Massey Hall, upon meeting Chris Squire of Yes for the first time:

Me: You’re the whole reason I play bass guitar.
Chris: Well, that’s a bloody good reason, isn’t it?

Chris Squire has passed away. If you know me at all, you know Yes has been one of my favourite bands for nearly a quarter century. My first bass was an imitation Rickenbacker like Chris’. When I played bass in bands, I did my best to emulate his sound, the way he’d play sliding up the neck.

The first time I saw Yes was in 1994, on the Talk tour with my best pal Perry. I wasn’t supposed to be at the gig. I had developed a horrible case of tinnitus that had left me looking at a bottle of pills, thinking that I couldn’t live with it. But thankfully, I got over that. We went to the gig at Kingswood Music Theater, maybe six rows back, and when Chris played the amazing bass intro on Heart of the Sunrise, I did the whole “we’re not worthy” thing. He saw and laughed. But it was true. We weren’t.

In 2004, thanks to kindness of Bruce Henne of hennemusic.com, I had the chance to interview Chris and his bandmate Alan White for Corus Radio Canada. It was pretty fantastic. I’d meet Chris over the ensuing years and what amazed me most was his gigantic hands – one of the world’s top five bassists simply was born to play the instrument. One of the last gigs I saw with Yes, I took my Uncle David to. We went backstage afterwards and my uncle had a chance to chat for just a brief moment with Chris. It was a memorable moment for both of us.

Along with being a master musician, Chris was also father to a young daughter. It’s such a shame she won’t have more time with her dad, but hopefully she’ll grow up knowing what a groundbreaking, influential man he was, and that those of us that loved his music loved the man as well.

Thank you, Chris Squire, for the inspiration and influence. Like the greatest of my heroes, I wouldn’t be whom I am today without your guiding light to help put me on a path.

Ted 2 looks to take down Jurassic World

Can a talking bear take down the biggest movie of 2015 (so far)? That’s what we’re going to find out this weekend. Here’s our prediction:

dirty-poster-for-ted-2Ted 2 is obviously the sequel to the 2012 hit from writer/director Seth McFarlane, and staring Mark Wahlberg. The original brought in an impressive $218 million in North America and (briefly) made McFarlane the toast of Hollywood. Makes sense to go back to the well, doesn’t it? Excitement hasn’t been particularly high for this one, though, and I doubt it will make any real improvements upon the original. In fact, look for a $49 million debut from Ted 2 (less than the original’s $54 million) and a third place showing, all in the shadow of Jurassic World.

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Jurassic World continues to rule, Inside Out has an joyful debut

Apologies for the late post – you know me, I like to get these up on Sundays, but yesterday was not only Father’s Day, but it was my daughter’s fifth birthday as well. As you can imagine, there was cake to be eaten, parties to be had and movies to see. In our case, it was the film that came in second at the box office. Here’s what went down:

insideoutHolding on to the top spot at the box office this weekend was Jurassic World, which brought in $102 million, an absolutely stellar number. The film has now grossed $399 million, and is well on its way to be being the biggest film of the summer, likely by far.

Debuting in second place with $91 million is the Disney-Pixar film Inside Out. Riding a wave of great reviews and the Pixar brand name, Inside Out was clearly the choice of families with little kids this weekend. The film is very sophisticated and plays well with adults, as I can attest to having seen it on Sunday. My little one loved it as well, even if I’m still trying to explain to her how one loses their train of thought. Highly recommended, though.

As for the rest of the top five, Spy was in third place with $10.5 million, San Andreas hit fourth with $8.2 million, while Dope closed things out in fifth place with a $5.8 million debut.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Jurassic World – $110 million
2) Inside Out – $90 million
3) Spy – $9 million
4) Dope – $7 million
5) San Andreas – $5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Jurassic World – $102 million
2) Inside Out – $91 million
3) Spy – $10.5 million
4) San Andreas– $8.2 million
5) Dope – $5.8 million

Out this weekend are Max and Ted 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

Can Inside Out take a bite out of Jurassic World?

Will a new animated film turn the box office inside out, or will the mighty power of Indominus Rex continue to chew on all the competition? Here are our prediction:

Inside_Out_PosterInside Out is the latest offering from Disney-Pixar, and as well all know, those guys have a pretty fantastic track record. The previews for this film, about the emotions that run our life, have been simply outstanding, and reviews have been generous as well. There’s no doubt that the film is going to be a big hit, but will it have the strength to knock down what’s already become one of the biggest hits of all time. I’m going to say no. Families will come out in full force, but I think Inside Out will have to settle for a strong second place with $90 million.

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Jurassic World roars to a record-breaking debut weekend

Big. Huge. Giant. Mammoth.

Those are just a few words we can use  to describe the massive debut this weekend for the number one film at the box office. Here’s what went down:

jurassicworldWe all knew Jurassic World would have a stellar opening weekend, but no pundit predicted that it would deliver the second largest opening in box office history. That’s right, Jurassic World debut in theatres with $204 million, second only to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers $207.4 million (and even Deadline is speculating that when the actuals arrive on Monday its number could rise even higher). Clearly audiences young and old were eager to return to the park which, combined with the glowing reviews for the film, made for a crowd-pleasing time at the movies, which is really what the summer box office season has always been about. Jurassic World could see some competition next weekend from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out, but for this weekend, the dino’s are roaring loud and proud.

As for the rest of the top five, nothing remotely came close to the top spot. Spy was in second place with $16 million, while San Andreas hit third with $11 million. Insidious: Chapter 3 dropped hard to fourth with $7.3 million, while the less than successful Entourage closed things out in fifth with $4.3 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Jurassic World – $135 million
2) Spy – $15 million
3) San Andreas – $13.5 million
4) Insidious: Chapter 3 – $7 million
5) Pitch Perfect 2 – $5.5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Jurassic World – $204.5 million
2) Spy – $16 million
3) San Andreas – $11 million
4) Insidious: Chapter 3 – $7.3 million
5) Entourage – $4.3 million

Next weekend sees the release of Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

The Soska Sisters lock up a solid prison flick with Vendetta

What are those Soska Sisters up to now?

Jen and Sylvia, the Twisted Twins directing duo from Vancouver, British Columbia have been on a roll the last few years with a series of great, genre-busting movies like American Mary and See No Evil 2. There latest endeavour, Vendetta, is more new ground, as Jen and Sylvia take their talents to the prison movie genre.

Another collaboration with WWE Studios following See No Evil 2, Vendetta stars Dean Cain as Mason, a no bs detective whose wife is killed at the hands of criminal Victor Abbott (Paul ‘The Big Show’ Wight) and who enters the same prison to exact his revenge.

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Trailer Time: Fantastic Four

A new commercial for Fantastic Four just dropped and honestly, the more I see, the more I like. I love the Ultimate universe tone we’re seeing here. Take a look and let us know if you’re more optimistic about the film or less.

Fantastic Four is out August 7th.

Jurassic World looks to massacre the competition at the box office

One movie is looking to stomp all over the competition, and should really no trouble doing so. How much will this blast from the past bring in? Here’s our prediction:

Jurassic_World_posterWho doesn’t love the first Jurassic Park? If there’s someone out there who raised their hand, I don’t want to meet them. The 1993 Steven Spielberg film is the definition of a classic, as it was both an event film and an epic execution of the then burgeoning world of CGI. The subsequent sequels were lacking in my mind (and in the minds of many others, as well), but they all made serious coin, which makes revisiting the franchise a no-brainer.  Having seen the latest film earlier this week, I can tell you that Jurassic World gives you your summer blockbuster’s money’s worth – just don’t think about it too much. There’s definitely hype and anticipation surrounding the film, especially thanks to Chris Pratt’s newfound star power, and I’m pretty sure audiences are going to swarm to theatres this weekend. Please, though, be aware – this is not a kids movie. There are some gruesome (and one could argue gratuitous) kills throughout the running time – this is definitely not our Jurassic Park. Look for a first place showing for Jurassic World with a mammoth $135 million.

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