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American Sniper Rules the Box Office for a Third Weekend

It was a fairly unsurprising weekend at movie theaters, as the biggest hit of the winter so far continued to its winning ways, while new releases failed to make an impact. Here’s what went down:

imageAmerican Sniper held on to the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, bringing in $30 million. The film has raised its total North American gross to an incredible $247 million. Give it a few more weeks and American Sniper should gross the magical $300 million number, typically reserved for big summer blockbusters.

As for the rest of the top five, the results were far from impressive. New sci-fi film Project Almanac had an anemic debut in second place, grossing just $8.2 million. Paddington was right behind it in third place with $8.0 million; don’t be surprised to see the two of them flip spots when the final numbers come out on Monday. Another new release, Black or White, starring Kevin Costner debut in fourth place with $6.1 million, while J-Lo’s The Boy Next Door closed things out in fifth place with $6.0 million. Overall, it’s clear that every movie not starring Bradley Cooper coudn’t really compete.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) American Sniper – $43 million
2) Project Almanac – $14 million
3) The Boy Next Door – $9 million
4) Paddington – $8.5 million
5) The Wedding Ringer – $7.5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) American Sniper – $30 million
2) Project Almanac – $8.2 million
3) Paddington  – $8.0 million
4) Black or White – $6.1 million
5) The Boy Next Door – $6.0 million

Next weekend see the release of Jupiter Ascending, The Spongebob Movie and Seventh Son. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predicitons.

 

Will You See American Sniper This Weekend?

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty confident that for the third week in a row, one movie will be on the lips of movie goers. Here’s our predictions:

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Debuting this week is the science fiction film Project Almanac, which, as my neighbour described it after attending a screening the other night, is about “teenagers time travelling. Oooo.” There hasn’t been any real hype surrounding the movie, and I wouldn’t anticipate a very large debut, especially with what it’s up against. While teens may check this one, I can’t see them coming out in full force. Look for a second place showing with $14 million.


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American Sniper Shoots Down Depp, J-Low – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It was another incredible weekend at the box office for what’s already become the biggest movie of 2015, and which could go on to the sort of success usually reserved for summer blockbusters or Mel Gibson movies about Jesus. Here’s what went down:

American SniperThe magic number for American Sniper this weekend was $64 million. That’s how much the Bradley Cooper-starring film grossed in its second weekend, bringing the film’s two week total to an astounding $200 million. Whether you’re on board with the subject matter or not, clearly the film has captured the imagination of filmgoers in North America. The question now isn’t whether American Sniper will hit $300 million; it’s just how long.

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J-Lo vs Johnny Depp – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

With all the hype that continues to surround last week’s number film at the box office, the odds of any of the three new releases making any form of impact are slim to none. How will theyt do, though? Here’s our predictions:

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The new movies that enter the very crowded January fray inclue the thriller The Boy Next Store, with Jennifer Lopez; the Lucasfilm/Disney animated feature, Strange Magic; and Mortdecai, a comedy starring the faltering Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. The truth of the matter is, none of these films stand a chance at real box office success. J-Lo is far from a box office draw these days (though her American Idol fans may number enough to boost the film a bit); there’s little buzz around Strange Magic, which will have to do battle against the critically acclaimed family film Paddington; and Mortdecai is being hailed as yet another failure from Johnny Depp, who has been having a serious dry stretch of success these days. On that note, look for The Boy Next Door to debut in second place with $20 million, while Mortdecai will squeak into the top five with $9 million.

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American Sniper Takes Down The Competition – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Hey, when we’re wrong we’re wrong, and this weekend we were wrong big time. Of course, so was every other pundit. Here’s what went down at the box office:

American SniperWe all knew that Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was going to have a solid opening, the biggest of of his directorial career. The general consensus was that the film was going to open in the $50 million range, but with the solid reviews and Oscar nominations of the film and star Bradley Cooper, the hype turned into an amazing $90 million opening. For a non-sequel, non-blockbuster film, this is a simply unprecedented showing. As it is, American Sniper has already broken the previous January record of $41 million held by Ride Along, and is very likely on its way to a $200 million gross. Could this translate into Oscar success as well? We’ll find out in a few week.

Opening in second place was Kevin Hart’s The Wedding Ringer with $21 million, less than the comedian’s usual opening gross, but considering everyone was at American Sniper, it’s not a bad showing. Paddington opened in third place with $19 million, playing as the alternate for families. As for the rest of the top five, Taken 3 fell to fourth place with $14 million (a pretty hard 64% drop from its opening weekend), while Selma closed things out in fifth with $8 million. Meanwhile, Blackhat only managed $4 million to land in tenth place.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) American Sniper – $48 million
2) Paddington – $28 million
3) The Wedding Ringer – $25 million
4) Taken 3 – $20 
5) Blackhat – $14 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) American Sniper – $90 million
2) The Wedding Ringer – $21 million
3) Paddington – $19 million
4) Taken 3 – 14 
5) Selma – $8 million

Opening next week is Mortdecai, The Boy Next Store and Strange Magic. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

American Sniper vs Paddington vs The Wedding Ringer – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

January is heating up with the release of a few new films that should get audiences into movie theaters. Will any of them top the box office? Here’s our prediction:

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There’s absolutely huge buzz for American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring the Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper. A lot of pundits are predicting an opening of over $50 million, which would be the highest debut for a Clint Eastwood film. I’m hesitant on that number though, so I’m going to predict a strong showing, but one that’s closer to $48 million. American Sniper should still be number one that the box office, though.

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Liam Neeson Takes The Top – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Even with critics slamming it with some absolutely horrid reviews, the final instalment in a surprisingly popular action trilogy managed to score at the box office. Here’s what went down:

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Debuting in first place was Taken 3, wrapping up the Liam Neeson starring trilogy with a $40 million debut. While it was down $9 million from the previous sequel, there’s no question that audiences still love Liam Neeson in an action role, and that Taken 3 held some serious appeal to moviegoers, even if critics hated it.

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Will It Be Status Quo For Three Days? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

As the festive season wraps up, it looks to be a relatively quiet weekend at the movie. The only new release, The Woman In Black 2, won’t make a dent in the top (due to the fact that Daniel Radcliffe isn’t involved in this one), so it will be the holdovers from last weekend who will make up the numbers.

url13Look for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies to continue its reign at the top of the heap with $21 million. Into The Woods will be right behind it in second place with $18 million. Angelina Jolie’s surprisingly popular World War II film Unbroken will be in third spot with $16 million, while Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb will grab fourth place with $15 million. Annie should close things out in fifth with $11 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – $21 million
2) Into The Woods – $18 million
3) Unbroken – $16 million
4) Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb – $15 million
5) Annie – $11 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

Biff Bam Popcast: The Best of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, spend it with Biff Bam Pop’s panel of pop culture experts, as we look back on the year that was, what we loved and what we didn’t.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading! We look forward to seeing you in 2015.

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The Hobbit Reigns – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It was an impressively competitive weekend at the box office, with new releases managing to find some solid footing, even against the unconquerable inhabitants of Middle-Earth. Here’s what went down:

The Hobbit-The Battle of the Five ArmiesThe Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies retained the number one spot at the box office for a second week in a row, bringing in $41 million to raise its North American total to $168 million. It’s definitely a good number, but there’s no chance the film will hit $300 million.

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