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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:

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.

Will Insurgent diverge from the success of the first film?

It’s the last weekend of March Break, so theaters should be packed, likely with families catching up on last week’s big release. But there are a few new films looking to score as well. Will they? Here’s our predictions:

The big new release is the second film in the Divergent series, Insurgent. The first film did strong business last year, bringing in $150 million in North America. Those aren’t The Hunger Games numbers, but it’s still enough to hope for a decent showing for Insurgent. Typically, you want to see your numbers go up with a second film, so that’s what Insurgent needs to do. However, I’m just not sure the hype is there. On that note, look for a first place showing with $54 million, the same amount Divergent debut with in 2014.

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Audiences slip the glass slipper on Cinderella at the box office

The early weekend box office numbers are in and, as expected, one movie among all others managed to hit hard. Here’s what went down:


The live action version of Disney’s classic Cinderella had a fantastic opening weekend, debuting in first place with $72 million. This one definitely had an audience desperate for family fare, and with some decent reviews going along with it, Kenneth Branagh’s film certainly scored and scored big time. I don’t think anyone really ever thought of Branagh as a blockbuster film director, but with two big hits with Thor and now Cinderella under his belt, he’s certainly become a go-to for Disney. Could a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe be next? With this sort of acclaim, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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Will you pick Cinderella or Liam Neeson this weekend?

Any plans on taking in a ball this weekend? Ok, I know. That was weak. Let’s ignore the attempts at movie humour and jump straight into what’s happening at the box office this weekend. There’s a sure fire new number one entering the fray, but just how much will it bring in, as March Break kicks off in North America? Here’s our prediction:


Director Kenneth Branagh teams up with Disney for a live action version of the classic Cinderella. Consider this along the lines of Maleficent, but far more kid friendly, which should make it prime for family viewing. Reviews have been positive and, as the father of a little girl, I feel confident in saying that princess (or would-be ones) always have a built-in audience. Look for a strong debut weekend for Cinderella, with $62 million and a lock on first place.

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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:


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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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:


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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