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The Maze Runner Rules – Biff Bam Pop Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It wasn’t even a close race at the box office this weekend, as three new releases performed relatively as expected, if not a little on the lower side of predictions. Here’s what went down:

The_Maze_Runner_posterThe Maze Runner debut at number one this weekend with an ok $32 million. Once again, we have another adaptation of young adult novel that really failed to take off. Studios will likely have to be a little more discerning when it comes to picking up titles, as it’s clear that few of them are going to be Twilight or The Hunger Games.

As for the rest of the top five, neither A Walk Among The Tombstones nor This Is Where I Leave You managed to find much of an audience, the former bringing in $13 million for second place, while the latter could only muster up $11 million for third place. No Good Deed would hit fourth place with $10 million, while Dolphin Tale 2 closed things out in fifth with $9 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Maze Runner – $40 million
2) A Walk Among The Tombstones – $19 million
3) This Is Where I Leave You – $13 million
4) No Good Deed – $11 million
5) Dolphin Tale 2 – $10 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) The Maze Runner – $32 million
2) A Walk Among The Tombstones – $13 million
3) This Is Where I Leave You – $11 million
4) No Good Deed – $10 million
5) Dolphin Tale 2 – $9 million 

Next weekend sees the release of The Boxtrolls and The Equalizer. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictons.

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Will The Maze Runner Spring To The Top? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Three new movies are looking for your dollars, but only one is a lock for the number one spot at the box office. Here’s our predictions:

The_Maze_Runner_posterThe Maze Runner is the adaptation of the popular young adult novel of the same name, a dsytopian tale about a group of boys trying to find their way out of a changing labyrinth/maze (hence the title). There are no mega-stars in the film, which is toplined by Dylan O’brien from MTV’s teen wolf. I feel like there’s been some genuine hype and hope for this film, so it should perform better than some of the more recent YA adaptations. Look for The Maze Runner to debut on top with $40 million.

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Biff Bam Pop Exclusive: 5 Questions With Peter David + A Preview Of The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner Issue 2

Legendary comic scribe Peter David is just that – a legend, thanks to defining runs on the Incredible Hulk and X-Factor, to name just two. For the past seven years, he’s been writing the Marvel adaptation of Stephen King’s seminal The Dark Tower series of books, alongside noted Dark Tower authority and King colleague Robin Furth. We had the chance to talk to Robin a few years ago, at the time of the release of the first Dark Tower Omnibus, and now, with we’ve got Peter David, who answered five questions about the series The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner, which tells of the early days of future ka-tet member Eddie Dean. The first issue was absolutely stellar for this Dark Tower devotee, full of familiar characters, great storytelling and easter eggs. So take a taste of what awaits you at the Dixie Pig.

DTTPCoverAndy Burns: As a big Dark Tower fan, seeing a whole new side of Eddie Dean was a real gift, so thank you for that. Could you talk a little about how this particular series came into being? 

Peter David: I’m reasonably sure it came into being because of me.  I was in Jacksonville, Florida, a year and a half ago, recovering from a stroke, and Steve was kind enough to come visit me.  He drove five hours to come up and spend an hour and a half at the facility with me.  And while he was there, I told him–quite honestly–that fans kept asking when we were going to stop adapting book two.  That they were anxious to see Eddie Dean and the others and continue Roland’s adventures.  And Steve said, “Really?”  And I said “Yeah.”  And Steve said, “We should do that, then.”  A month later I got a call from my former editor Bill Rosemann and he said, “Guess what?  We’re back!”  So thank God I had a stroke!

Andy Burns: One aspect of the first issue I really enjoyed was that a newcomer could pick up the issue and be immediately engaged, while Dark Tower devotees get to see familiar places or concepts. How different is the approach to this series from previous Dark Tower comics? Read the rest of this entry

No Good Deed Does Good Business – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

The early box office numbers are in and it appears as though No Good Deed did go unpunished. Here’s what went down:

No_Good_Deed_2014_movie_posterNo Good Deed, staring Idris Elba in a home invasion thriller, hit the top this weekend, bringing in an estimated $24.5 million. The film has already made back its $13 million budget in its debut weekend, so everything else is just going to be extra to the pot. A solid opening, and one shows that Elba’s star is shining brighter and brighter.

As for the rest of the top five, Dolphin Tale 2 debut in second place with a decent $16.5 million. While it’s nowhere in the realm of big time Disney films, there’s clearly a family audience that hasn’t been served for some time that was eager for some fun fare. Guardians of the Galaxy dropped to third place with $8.5 million, raising its tally to $305 million, the first movie this year to cross that $300 million mark. Who would have though it? In fourth place with $4.7 million was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while The Drop brought in $4.1 million in limited release. The final film from James Gandolfini should grow its audience in the next few weeks.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) No Good Deed – $17.5 million
2) Dolphin Tale 2 – $16.5 million
3) Guardians of the Galaxy – $7 million
4) Let’s Be Cops – $4.5 million
5) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $3 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) No Good Deed – $24.5 million
2) Dolphin Tale 2 – $16.5 million
3) Guardians of the Galaxy – $8.5 million
4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $4.7 million
5) The Drop – $4.1 million

Next week sees the release of The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You. Be sure to check back on friday to see our predictions!

No Good Deed vs Dolphin Tale 2 – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Two new releases want your money, but will either of them find an audience? Here’s our prediction:

No_Good_Deed_2014_movie_posterNo Good Deed stars the increasingly popular Idris Elba in a home invasion thriller. It’s been weeks since a new film has made any sort of impact in theatres, so No Good Deed could be want audiences ordered. Look for a first place debut with $17.5 million.

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TIFF 2014: Love And Mercy Reviewed

Ambivalence and apprehension. Those were the emotions I walked into Sunday night’s premiere screening of director Bill Pohlad’s Love and Mercy, a biopic based on the life and times of legendary Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson. As a died in the wool fan of the man and his music (this year marks 10 years since I was lucky enough to interview Brian at his Burbank, California rehearsal space), the idea of someone making a film out of his tortured existence always seemed like a tough nut to crack, and one that could be buried by the various myths of Wilson’s lost years.

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Another Guardians of the Galaxy Winning Weekend – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

As predicted, it as a slow weekend at the box office. With no major new films released, the numbers were lacklustre, even as the biggest film of the summer continued to bring in the bucks.

Guardians of the GalaxyGuardians of the Galaxy was number one for another weekend, bringing in an estimated $10.6 million, raising its total to $295 million. By this time next week, GOTG will be the first film of 2014 to cross the magical $300 million mark.

As for the rest of the top five, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was in second with $5.5 million. Let’s Be Cops was close behind in third place with $5 million. If I Stay was in fourth place with $4.9 million, while The November Man closed things out in fifth with $4.1 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Guardians of the Galaxy – $12 million
2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $9 million
3) If I Stay – $6 million
4) Let’s Be Cops – $5 million
5) The November Man – $4.5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Guardians of the Galaxy – $10 million
2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $5.5 million
3) Let’s Be Cops – $5 million
4) If I Stay – $4.9 million
5) The November Man – $4.1 million

Next weekend sees the release of Dolphin’s Tale 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

Who Will Top A Slow Weekend? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

While the eyes of the film world are on Toronto with the Toronto International Film Festival, the regular box office is going to be extremely quiet, with no big new releases hitting theaters.

gotgWhat that means is that Guardians of the Galaxy is going to have any easy time holding on to the top spot at the box office this weekend. Look for a first place showing with $12 million, as the film inches closer and closer to breaking the $300 million mark. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be in second place with $9 million, followed in third by If I Stay with $6 million. Let’s Be Cop will be in fourth place with $5 million, while The November Man should close things out in fifth with $4.5 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Guardians of the Galaxy – $12 million
2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $9 million
3) If I Stay – $6 million
4) Let’s Be Cops – $5 million
5) The November Man – $4.5 million

Check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out. In the meantime, I’ll be hitting some TIFF films this weekend, including the premieres of Roger Waters’ The Wall and Love and Mercy, the bio-film about Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson. Look for those on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

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