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It was a biggish weekend at the box office, but not the huge one that many pundits were expecting. Here’s what went down:
As predicted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opened in first place with an estimated $100 million. Any time you can open with that sort of number is good news; however, this was lowest opening weekend for any of the films in the franchise. Perhaps audiences have tired of Katniss and company, as comparable films such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 both had opening weekends that outperformed the previous entry in each franchise. However, $100 million is still a very solid opening, and Mockingjay Part 2 should play well over the coming weeks. Read the rest of this entry
You know and I know that there’s only one film this weekend that’s going to hit number one, and we both know it’s going to do it with a huge number. So let’s get right into it shall we. Here’s our prediction:
After four years, The Hunger Games saga comes to a close with Mockingjay Part 2. The film franchise that made Jennifer Lawrence into a mega-star is sure to go out with a big blockbuster bang. What kind of money are we talking about? I’m predicting that the film is going to get pretty darn close to the $150 million mark this weekend, as fans clamour to see the final hurrah of Katniss Everdeen. On that note, look for a first place showing with a massive $135 million opening.
This last summer saw the release of Vacation, the sequel cum reboot of the beloved National Lampoon’s Vacation series that starred Chevy Chase and Beverley D’Angelo. I don’t say I was a huge fan of the franchise growing up – I was actually more of a Fletch fan rather than a Vacation one. While I thought the trailers for this Vacation looked very, very funny, I just didn’t make it out to the movies to see this one. However, when a copy arrived in my mail last week, I had my chance to catch up.
The verdict: Vacation is indeed very, very funny.
It’s never to early to start considering what’s going to hit your Hanukkah or Christmas list. Especially for the Marvel Zombie in your life. And like clockwork, our pals at DK have a brand new title that will look oh so nicely on your shelf alongside all of their other fantastic hardcover Marvel books.
Let’s assemble after the jump and I’ll tell you all about The Avengers Encyclopedia!
This battle for first place this weekend wound up not being much of one when it was all said and done, as none of the new releases made much of an impact. Here’s what went down:
Spectre managed to hold on to the top spot at the box office for a second weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $33.9 million. That raises the film’s two-week total to $129.2 million. It’s not a bad number, but considering the production cost of Spectre is in the neighborhood of $300 million, it still has a serious way to go before it could be a profitable endeavour
Two big new releases want you to give them their money this weekend, but will last week’s heroes continue to have some legs? Here’s our predictions:
With American Thanksgiving coming up, and then Christmas right behind it, it should come as no surprise that we’ve got the first of the 2015 holiday film entries hitting this weekend. Love The Coopers features an ensemble cast that includes John Goodman, Diane Keaton and Olivia Wilde and should appeal to the family set looking to get into the spirit. However, though the acting pedigree is solid, Love The Coopers has no real box office draws to make it a must see, and still has to contend with a few other heavy hitters. Look for a third place debut with $15 million.
The early box office numbers are in and, as predicted, both new releases had very strong openings. Here’s what went down:
Spectre, the new James Bond film that could prove to be the final instalment with Daniel Craig, opened in the top spot with an estimated $72.5 million. That’s an excellent number, though not quite where Skyfall was when it hit theaters back in 2012. That film debut with $88.3 million, but it also hand stronger reviews going for it, along with a big hit single courtesy of Adele. Spectre has an alleged budget of $200 million +, so it’s going to have to perform extremely well both in North America and overseas to be considered a financial success. It remains to see if it can do it. I saw Spectre Friday night and I have to say, while I enjoyed a lot of the action set pieces, I thought the film was slower than previous Craig entries in the series, with far too much exposition trying to tie his four films all together. Credit to Dave Bautista for his performance as the physical heavy of the film, and I also enjoyed Christoph Waltz as Blofeld, but overall I thought Spectre was a lacklustre entry into the series. Read the rest of this entry
Two classic pop culture icons are entering the box office fray this weekend, and while one is guaranteed to hit the top, it should be very interesting to see how the other performs. Here are our predictions:
Spectre is set to be the final film in which Daniel Craig plays 007 James Bond. In this film, he’s up against Christoph Waltz as classic Bond villain Blofeld. The film’s budget is reportedly close to $300 million, so the movie is really going to have to perform well around the world to justify the dollars. Rotten Tomatoes has Spectre currently listed at just 65% Fresh, which is not the sort of numbers you want for such an expensive movie. However, it has already pulled in $80 million overseas in just a few days, an excellent start. Look for a first place debut this weekend for Spectre with $76 million.
I’ve always enjoyed films that are self aware – when the fourth wall is broken down and the characters address the audience. My favourite film to do such a thing is Annie Hall – expecially Alvy Singer’s tet-a-tet with a Marshall McLuhan spouting cinema goer. So brilliant.
While The Final Girls isn’t anywhere on the level of Annie Hall (really, they’re not even in the same stratosphere), I couldn’t help but think of Woody Allen’s classic when watching this humourous horror film.