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It’s a Home run for Dreamworks at the box office

Well, it was a huge weekend at the box office, and not nearly the tight race that we anticipated. As you’ll see by the numbers, families were clearly starved for some fare, at one film delivered above all others. Here’s what went down:

The Dreamworks animated film Home had a stellar opening weekend, bringing in $54 million to claim the top spot at the box office. While reviews have been decidedly down the middle for this one, families didn’t care, as they flocked to theaters. Home should enjoy a nice little run at the box office over the next few weeks until the summer box office season kicks off May 1st.

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Will you Get Hard or go Home this weekend?

A powerhouse couple and a new animated flick are taking over theaters this weekend and looking for your money. Will either of them hit the top spot at the box office? Here are our predictions:

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Get Hard is a comedy starring the reigning king of movie laughs, Kevin Hart and the one and only Will Ferrell. In theory, that should be enough to have this movie top all others this weekend, and it likely will do reasonably well, even as it battles middling reviews. Hart’s recent release, The Wedding Ringer, didn’t light up theaters, so it will certainly be interesting to see how Get Hard performs. Look for a first place debut with $33 million.

That is, if it can hold off the new animated feature, Home, starring the voices of Jim Parsons and Rhianna. Now, truth be told, I hadn’t heard too much about this new Dreamworks film until a few nights ago when my daughter and I came across the trailer, which she found absolutely hillarious (and I admit, I thought it was pretty funny as well). Families with younger children haven’t had anything to look forward to for a little while now, so Home could be the answer to parents’ prayers. Look for a second place showing right behing Get Hard with $31 million, with a good chance it could wind up in first place.

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Little divergence year to year for Insurgent

Hi gang – the box office wrap is going to be brief. Main reason is, I’m just wiped out. Here at Biff Bam Pop central, it’s been a busy few days. Our own Amanda Blue is in town with her fella, and we’ve been keeping busy eating, visiting and hittin the Toronto ComicCon, along with a wonderful BBP Pub Night with our other Toronto writers on Saturday night. So, I’m pooped, and not feleing too analytical.

Insurgent_posterI will say that our predictions about Insurgent was pretty much on the money, as the film opened in number one with $54 million, just $600,000 less than Divergent did last year. That’s not horrible, but as mentioned on Friday, you want to see franchises increase their opening weekend takes, and that just wasn’t accomplished here.

As for the rest of the top five, Cinderella fell to second place with $34.9 million. Run All Night was in third place with $5.1 million. The Gunman debut in fourth place with a lacklustre $5 million, while Kingsman: The Secret Service closed things out in fifth with $4.6 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Insurgent – $54 million
2) Cinderella – $35 million
3) Run All Night – $9.5 million
4) The Gunman – $9 million
5) Do You Believe? – $7 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Insurgent – $54 million
2) Cinderella – $34.9 million
3) Run All Night – $5.1 million
4) The Gunman – $5 million
5) Kingsman – $4.6 million

Next weekend sees the release of Get Strong, Me sure to check on Friday to see our predictions.

Robot down! CHAPPiE lands hard at the box office this weekend

Well, it was an incredibly terrible weekend at the box office for every new release. In fact, for every film, it was lacklustre and disappointing. Here’s what went down:

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Do you know wanted to see Neil Blomkamp’s CHAPPiE? Absolutely nobody. The sci-fi film debut with $13 million, a number that is nothing short of a gigantic letdown for all involved. Even with Hugh Jackman attached, audiences literally turned their noses up at this one. It’s safe to say that Blomkamp better nail his new Alien film if he wants to keep doing big budget Hollywood flicks.

As for the rest of the top five, Focus fell to second place with $10 million. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel debut in third place with $8.6 million, definitely on the low side of expectations. Kingsman: The Secret Service was in fourth place with $8.3 million, while The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water closed things out in fifth place with $7 million.

Meanwhile, Vince Vaughn’s Unfinished Business bombed, landing in tenth place with just $4.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) CHAPPiE – $20 million
2) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $14 million
3) Focus – $10 million
4) Unfinished Business – $8 million
5) The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – $5.9 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) CHAPPiE – $13 million
2) Focus – $10 million
3) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $8.6 million
4) Kingsman: The Secret Service – $8.3 million
5) The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – $7 million

Next weekend sees the release of the live action Cinderella and Run All Night. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

Will you be taking in CHAPPiE this weekend?

Three new movies are out this weekend and hoping you’ll take an interest in either of them. Can any of them take down last week’s champ? Here’s our prediction:

CHAPPiE is the new robot science fiction film from director Neil Blomkamp, the auteur behind Elysium and District 9. It stars Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, which is a pretty excellent fanboy combo. But, here’s where I see the problem – more people are talking about the announcement that Blomkamp is taking over the Alien franchise with Weaver in tow rather than their new film. That doesn’t exactly bode well for CHAPPiE . Look for a first place debut with an underwhelming $20 million.

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Trailer Time – Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer 3

A brand new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron just dropped and, boy, things don’t look good at all for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Check it out below and let us know what you think!

Will Smith loses Focus, audiences still dig Kingsman

It was a seriously lacklustre weekend at the box office, as none of the new releases managed to bring home any significant dollars. Here’s what went down:

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As predicted, Will Smith and Margot Robie’s Focus managed to debut in the top spot this weekend, but it was with a fairly unimpressive number, grossing just $19 million. This is certainly not what Will is looking for; me thinks he best serves his audience in larger, tentpole style films such as Men In Black. Maybe he’s going to be rethinking returning to Independance Day as well. Unless Focus manages to find some unexpected legs, this one should come and go from theaters vert quickly.
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Will your focus be on Focus this weekend?

Another weekend, another battle at the box office. Can the latest from a tried, tested and true movie star take down Ana and Christian? Here are our predictions:

imageFocus will hopefully be a return to form for the usually dependable Will Smith. His last flick, After Earth, was a colossal bomb on all fronts, so Will needs a hit to be back on track. Focus is a con flic, and we haven’t really had a notable one of those since Now You See Me from a few summers ago. The film’s not so secret weapon could very well be co-star Margot Robbie, who has some serious buzz around her after having accepted the role of Harley Quinn in the upcoming DC Comics film, Suicide Squad (also set to star Smith). With all these factors in play, I think we’ll see a first place showing for Focus with a solid $25 million.

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Apparently you had no interest in Hot Tub Time Machine 2

A big opening weekend for a film at the box office oftentimes equals a fairly large drop during its second weekend, which is exactly what transpired over the last three days. Even still, last week’s number one still had enough juice to hold off any newcomers. Here’s what went down:

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With horrible reviews and its core audience satisfied during its opening weekend, Fifty Shades Of Grey had a steep, steep drop of 72% week to week. While it still made $24 million, enough to hold on to the top spot, I think we’re going to see this film fade fast from theatres. Mind you, it will likely hit $200 million in North America, so other than director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s obvious embarrassment at having worked on this film and Jamie Dornan’s potentially career killing decision to play Christian Grey, I’m sure everyone is thrilled with the results. Read the rest of this entry

A final goodbye to Comics and More and Rob Charpentier

Today, Sunday, February 15th 2015, marks a sad moment in the little area of Toronto where I live with my Queen and Princess. After 26 years on the Danforth, our local comic book shop, Comics and More is closing its doors. Not for bad retail reasons; not for a lack of audience. But sadly, because of the passing of its owner, Rob Charpentier, who went to the great and wonderful comic book store in the sky this past October.

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I know that his family tried to find someone to buy the shop, but for various reasons it just didn’t work out. I would have liked for his legacy to continue so that I could still walk into Comics and More with my daughter, but it’s not to be. Luckily, we’ll both have memories of the shop and the man, memories that won’t be going anywhere.
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