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The Hunger Games holds strong at the box office + Creed micro review

It was a very strong holiday weekend for holdovers and new comers alike at the box office. Here’s what went down:


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 held on to the top spot for the second weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $50.3 million over the three-day weekend. It’s total now stands at $197.1 million which, while behind the first Mockingjay, is still an outstanding number.

Opening in second place was the Disney-Pixar film The Good Dinosaur, which brought an estimated $39.5 million. Though not as high as some other Pixar films, clearly this was the pick for families over the long weekend.

Debuting in third place with $28.7 million was the critically acclaimed seventh film in the Rocky franchise, Creed, with Michael B. Jordan playing the role of Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis and Sylvester Stallone returning as Rocky Balboa in a Mickey-type role. I had the chance to see Creed Saturday night and it was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Director and co-writer Ryan Coogler walked into the franchise as a die-hard fan of the previous films, and worked hard to get Stallone onboard for a film he would neither writer nor direct. Coogler nails everything that matters about Rocky – the heart, determination and the soul of men trying to find purpose – and delivers a superior movie. Jordan is outstanding and carries the film, though many with rogue that Stallone is an absolutely revelation. Rocky Balboa has always brought the best in Stallone and he simply delivers a heartfelt, moving performance. There’s talk of an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor and in my mind, Stallone absolutely deserves one. You can walk in blind to Creed and still get so much out of it. Highly recommended, and it’s great to see audiences responding to the film by turning out. Read the rest of this entry

The Good Dinosaur, Creed debut in theaters this weekend and look for box office success

It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend in the U.S., which typically means big time bucks for movie theaters. This year should prove to be no exception. Will it be a new movie or a holdover from last week that will reign at the top of the box office? Here’s our predictions:

New this weekend is The Good Dinosaur, from Disney and Pixar. With credentials like that, you know that this is going to be the choice for families celebrating the holiday weekend, even if reviews have been calling the film good but not great. Look for a first place showing for The Good Dinosaur with $60 million.

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The Hunger Games bows out on top with Mockingjay Part 2

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

Mockingjay will soar this weekend

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.

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Spectre stands tall in its second weekend

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

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Will audiences Love The Coopers this weekend?

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.

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Spectre and The Peanuts Movie both have solid debuts this weekend

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

It’s Bond vs Brown at the box office this weekend as Spectre takes on The Peanuts Movie

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_posterSpectre 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.

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Bradley Cooper’s Burnt flames out at the box office

The early weekend estimates are out and, by all indications, it was a horrible outing for the new releases. Here’s what went down:


The Martian grabbed the number one spot again this weekend, with and estimated $10.7 million. The movie is now sitting at $182 million in North America and should have no problems hitting that magic $200 million. Somewhere a studio exec is defnitely thinking about how they can turn this film into a franchise. The Martian 2: Electric Boogaloo? Maybe not. Read the rest of this entry

Will Burnt heat things up at the box office this weekend?

A quick and dirty box office predictions entry this week, as it looks to be fairly quiet across theatres, with big movie stars opening films with little interest. Will any make waves? Here’s our prediction:

BurntThe biggest new release this weekend is Burnt, a chef film starring Bradley Cooper and his American Sniper co-star Sienna Miller. Reviews haven’t been great, and had I not heard Cooper’s excellent interview with Howard Stern last week I may not have been aware this movie was even coming out. If anything, this is going to be a slow burn film (no pun intended) as we move towards Oscar season. Look for a third place showing opening with $8.5 million.

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