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Jurassic World chomps down on Ted

Bear sees dinosaur. Dinosaur sees bear. Bear approaches dinosaur. Dinosaur eats bear. Emotions run wild.

That, my friends, is pretty much what happened at movie theatres this weekend, as a new release took a run at the top spots at the box office and failed miserably. Here’s what went down:

Amidst lousy reviews and audience apathy, Ted 2 debut in third place with an anemic $32.9, significantly down from the $50 + the first film arrived with with back in 2012. While awareness was high, the interest just wasn’t there, and I doubt we’ll see another one in this franchise. Ted 2 may make it past $100 million, but I’m doubtful of even that.  Read the rest of this entry

Ted 2 looks to take down Jurassic World

Can a talking bear take down the biggest movie of 2015 (so far)? That’s what we’re going to find out this weekend. Here’s our prediction:

dirty-poster-for-ted-2Ted 2 is obviously the sequel to the 2012 hit from writer/director Seth McFarlane, and staring Mark Wahlberg. The original brought in an impressive $218 million in North America and (briefly) made McFarlane the toast of Hollywood. Makes sense to go back to the well, doesn’t it? Excitement hasn’t been particularly high for this one, though, and I doubt it will make any real improvements upon the original. In fact, look for a $49 million debut from Ted 2 (less than the original’s $54 million) and a third place showing, all in the shadow of Jurassic World.

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Jurassic World continues to rule, Inside Out has an joyful debut

Apologies for the late post – you know me, I like to get these up on Sundays, but yesterday was not only Father’s Day, but it was my daughter’s fifth birthday as well. As you can imagine, there was cake to be eaten, parties to be had and movies to see. In our case, it was the film that came in second at the box office. Here’s what went down:

insideoutHolding on to the top spot at the box office this weekend was Jurassic World, which brought in $102 million, an absolutely stellar number. The film has now grossed $399 million, and is well on its way to be being the biggest film of the summer, likely by far.

Debuting in second place with $91 million is the Disney-Pixar film Inside Out. Riding a wave of great reviews and the Pixar brand name, Inside Out was clearly the choice of families with little kids this weekend. The film is very sophisticated and plays well with adults, as I can attest to having seen it on Sunday. My little one loved it as well, even if I’m still trying to explain to her how one loses their train of thought. Highly recommended, though.

As for the rest of the top five, Spy was in third place with $10.5 million, San Andreas hit fourth with $8.2 million, while Dope closed things out in fifth place with a $5.8 million debut.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Jurassic World – $110 million
2) Inside Out – $90 million
3) Spy – $9 million
4) Dope – $7 million
5) San Andreas – $5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Jurassic World – $102 million
2) Inside Out – $91 million
3) Spy – $10.5 million
4) San Andreas– $8.2 million
5) Dope – $5.8 million

Out this weekend are Max and Ted 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

Can Inside Out take a bite out of Jurassic World?

Will a new animated film turn the box office inside out, or will the mighty power of Indominus Rex continue to chew on all the competition? Here are our prediction:

Inside_Out_PosterInside Out is the latest offering from Disney-Pixar, and as well all know, those guys have a pretty fantastic track record. The previews for this film, about the emotions that run our life, have been simply outstanding, and reviews have been generous as well. There’s no doubt that the film is going to be a big hit, but will it have the strength to knock down what’s already become one of the biggest hits of all time. I’m going to say no. Families will come out in full force, but I think Inside Out will have to settle for a strong second place with $90 million.

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Jurassic World roars to a record-breaking debut weekend

Big. Huge. Giant. Mammoth.

Those are just a few words we can use  to describe the massive debut this weekend for the number one film at the box office. Here’s what went down:

jurassicworldWe all knew Jurassic World would have a stellar opening weekend, but no pundit predicted that it would deliver the second largest opening in box office history. That’s right, Jurassic World debut in theatres with $204 million, second only to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers $207.4 million (and even Deadline is speculating that when the actuals arrive on Monday its number could rise even higher). Clearly audiences young and old were eager to return to the park which, combined with the glowing reviews for the film, made for a crowd-pleasing time at the movies, which is really what the summer box office season has always been about. Jurassic World could see some competition next weekend from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out, but for this weekend, the dino’s are roaring loud and proud.

As for the rest of the top five, nothing remotely came close to the top spot. Spy was in second place with $16 million, while San Andreas hit third with $11 million. Insidious: Chapter 3 dropped hard to fourth with $7.3 million, while the less than successful Entourage closed things out in fifth with $4.3 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Jurassic World – $135 million
2) Spy – $15 million
3) San Andreas – $13.5 million
4) Insidious: Chapter 3 – $7 million
5) Pitch Perfect 2 – $5.5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Jurassic World – $204.5 million
2) Spy – $16 million
3) San Andreas – $11 million
4) Insidious: Chapter 3 – $7.3 million
5) Entourage – $4.3 million

Next weekend sees the release of Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

Jurassic World looks to massacre the competition at the box office

One movie is looking to stomp all over the competition, and should really no trouble doing so. How much will this blast from the past bring in? Here’s our prediction:

Jurassic_World_posterWho doesn’t love the first Jurassic Park? If there’s someone out there who raised their hand, I don’t want to meet them. The 1993 Steven Spielberg film is the definition of a classic, as it was both an event film and an epic execution of the then burgeoning world of CGI. The subsequent sequels were lacking in my mind (and in the minds of many others, as well), but they all made serious coin, which makes revisiting the franchise a no-brainer.  Having seen the latest film earlier this week, I can tell you that Jurassic World gives you your summer blockbuster’s money’s worth – just don’t think about it too much. There’s definitely hype and anticipation surrounding the film, especially thanks to Chris Pratt’s newfound star power, and I’m pretty sure audiences are going to swarm to theatres this weekend. Please, though, be aware – this is not a kids movie. There are some gruesome (and one could argue gratuitous) kills throughout the running time – this is definitely not our Jurassic Park. Look for a first place showing for Jurassic World with a mammoth $135 million.

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Spy has a soft start but still snags the top spot at the box office

The early box office estimates are out, and it wasn’t quite the home run for this week’s first place film. Here’s what went down:

Spy_throwAs predicted, Spy topped the box office this weekend, but it only brought in an estimated $32 million. Not a horrible number, to be sure, but not really blockbuster bucks, especially in the high visibility and ultra competitive summer season. Reviews have been exceptional, though, and the film could have legs over the next few weeks, though Spy is sure to lose the top spot next weekend when Jurassic World hits.  Read the rest of this entry

Melissa McCarthy is spying on first place at the box office this weekend

Who will win this weekend at the box office? My money is on a comedy staring one of the hottest female leads out there right now. How much will she bring in? Here’s my prediction:

Spy2015_TeaserPosterMelissa McCarthy is right beside Amy Schumer as the hottest ladies in comedy right now. We’ll see how Amy does at the box office later this summer, but for this weekend, it’s all about Melissa and her latest flick, Spy. The film, her latest collaboration with directer Paul Feig has garnered stellar reviews, which is only going to help pull in audiences that already are enamored with the star, Look for a first place debut with $47 million.

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There’s no fault with The Rock’s San Andreas weekend debut

It was a big weekend at the box office, as one of Hollywood’s shining stars achieved a record debut. Here’s what went down:

The RockDwayne Johnson has come a long way from his spot in the WWE’s Nation of Domination back in the Attitude Era of professional wrestling. Now The Rock is a certified bankable movie star, which he continues to prove every year. While he was part of the massive opening weekend for Furious 7 a few months ago, that was clearly an ensemble piece. His solo time to shine this summer comes with San Andreas, which opened this weekend with $53.2 million, higher than many expected and a personal best for The Rock as the solo star. Heavy promo tours and an understanding of how to reach out to his fan base via viral videos and social media helped make The People’s Champ the weekend champ at the box office.
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The Rock and San Andreas are coming to lay the smack down on theaters this weekend

Can you smell what The Rock is cookin’? If all goes according to Dwayne Johnson’s plan, you will be this weekend, as his latest big budget film enters the summer race. How will it do? Here’s our prediction:

San_Andreas_posterSan Andreas is The Rock’s answer to blockbuster disaster flicks like The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact and 2012. I don’t know about you, but those movies both engross me and freak me out. We all know the world is going to hell in a bucket, but at least I’m enjoying the ride when I see it on the big screen. That’s what I’m expecting out of this film – the horror of a world destroying itself, with innocent people helping one another out along the way. It’s a good formula, though not necessarily the stuff of a good movie. Reviews are 52% rotten over at Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences looking for spectacle are likely going to be satisfied. Look for a first place showing for San Andreas with $48 million.

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