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Ant-Man sticks to the top, Pixels debuts in second

It was another solid weekend for Marvel’s newest hero, while the latest from Adam Sandler took a serious dive. Here’s what went down at the box office:

Marvel's Ant-Man..Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal..? Marvel 2014

For the second weekend in a row, Marvel’s Ant-Man topped the box office bringing in a solid $24.77 million to raise its two week total to $107 million. While the film is not doing the numbers of an Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s a smaller film and one that cost less than the others. The film should hit $150 million in North America before its run ends.

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Pixels looks to knock out Paper Towns, Southpaw

Last year, around this very time I believe, we were dropping off my daughter at daycare during the week, and were faced for what feels like weeks upon weeks of traffic and road closures. The reason – one of the few times that I’ll ever be able to say Adam Sandler, who was filming the movie that’s released this weekend. Will the finished product be as annoying to filmgoers as the filming was to commuters and parents? Here’s our prediction:

PixelsPixels, in which aliens send video game characters like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to invade Earth, looks mildly entertaining, I suppose. I mean, really, really, mild. But then you start to see the reviews, which are currently at just 12% fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes. Is anyone surprised? When was the last time Sandler did a really good movie? Or had an outstanding opening? It’s been a while. While 80s nostalgia fans may get a kick out of this one, I don’t see Pixels doing big numbers. On that note, look for a first place debut with $35 million.

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Ant-Man wins the weekend but with a small number

It was a biggish weekend for Marvel’s new super-hero, but definitely not one worth bragging about. Here’s what went down:

ant-man-costumeAfter almost a decade in development and two years of behind the scenes drama, Marvel’s Ant-Man finally debut in theaters with great reviews and $58 million. While not a bad number, and actually in line with industry expectations (though not our own), it’s fair to say the studio wasn’t able to make this one a must-see film for a mass audience. It was the studios second lowest opening ever, with only 2008’s The Incredible Hulk doing less with $55 million. While the movie is a creative success and very well-reviewed, Ant-Man’s B-level status and the simple fact that Paul Rudd is a reliable actor but not one who can open a film is going to put an air of disappointment around this one, especially in North America, where it will be lucky to hit $150 million. Rudd will be better served in a supporting role in Captain America: Civil War and the next batch of Avengers films.  Read the rest of this entry

Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck goes up against Marvel’s Ant-Man at the box office this weekend

Will it be a trainwreck at the movies this weekend for the little guy, or will we marvel at his success? Here’s our prediction:


After some troubled birthing pains, including almost a decade of development and the loss of its first director, Edgar Wright, Marvel’s Ant-Man finally makes its way on to screens this weekend, directed by Peyton Reed and staring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lily. Reviews have been solid, to say the least, comparing the film’s comedy and action to that of Guardians of the Galaxy. Ant-Man is entering into a crowded summer season though, and believe it or not, the film is a little more grounded than other Marvel films, so I don’t think it’s going to be a massive hit, only a minor one. Look for a first place debut with $73 million.

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Marvel’s new Siege tops this week’s Wednesday Run

It’d PanAm Games mania here in Toronto, Biff Bam Pop central, and our illustrious JP Fallavollita is off checking out all the action over the next few weeks. I’m you’re fill-in for this week, and the title that makes my Wednesday Run is part of the ongoing massive Marvel Secret Wars event that is generating a lot of cool comic books at the moment. Find out what’s laying siege to my wallet after the jump!
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Nobody is saying “WTF” about Minions outstanding debut weekend

It was a big weekend for one new release, while two others pretty much crashed and burned big time. Here’s what went down:

imageMinions was the biggest movie of the weekend, which should come as no surprise. The film had a built in audience and, even though the reviews haven’t been super strong, families came out in full force. The early weekend estimates put Minions on top with $115 million, an absolutely outstanding debut. Even alledged swearing Minion toys at McDonald’s couldn’t put a damper on this film.

As for the rest of the top five, Jurassic World slipped to second place with $17.8 million, bringing its North American total to $590. The movies should pass the $600 million mark this week, making it the biggest film of the year by far, and one of the most succesful films of all time. Inside Out was in third place with $17.4 million, while Terminator: Genisys sputtered to fourth place with $13.5 million. New release The Gallows closed things out in fifth place with $10 million.

Meanwhile, the Ryan Reynold/Ben Kingsley sci-fi film Self/Less could only muster up $5.3 million to land in eighth place.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Minions – $125 million
2) Inside Out – $20 million
3) Jurassic World – $18 million
4) Terminator: Genisys – $12 million
5) Magic Mike – $10 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Minions – $115 million
2) Jurassic World – $17.8 million
3) Inside Out – $17.4 million
4) Terminator: Genisys – $13.5 million
5) The Gallows – $10 million

Next weekend sees the debut of Ant-Man and Trainwreck. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

Trailer Time: The Walking Dead Season 6

walkingdeadseason6When last we left Rick, he was making a strong statement about who was in charge in the city of Alexandria, just as the wandering Morgan arrived. Season 6 looks to continue the happy-go-lucky feel the show has become well known for. Check out the new trailer and let us know what you think.

The Walking Dead Season 6 begins Sunday, October 11 on AMC.

Minions to take over the box office this weekend

I know what I’m seeing this weekend. Do you? Will it be one of the new releases that are out? More dinos? Will do you be dealing with some emotions? I think we can guess what moviegoers as a whole are going to be flocking to – here’s our prediction:

minions-poster-1Minions is a prequel to the Despicable Me franchise, staring those loveable yellow fellas that have proved to be the most endearing parts of the previous films. The multiple trailers have all been extremely entertaining, and with Inside Out having been around now for a few weeks, the timing is perfect for a new family film to take over at the box office. Look for a first place debut with $125 million.

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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:


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.


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


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