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Double, double toil and trouble;
Films will play, and our coin will tumble!
All apologies to William Shakespeare, but the accurate prognostication of the cinematic box office takes a bit of the black magic. JP here, filling in for the currently indisposed Andy Burns, Editor-in-Chief of Biff Bam Pop! and regular sorcerer of this column. Hey, we’re six days away from Halloween. I’m in the mood!
There are three new movies out this week, and all are looking to re-write physics and bring Gravity, the current cinema champion, down to earth.
Follow me after the jump to see what answers my black art drums up!
Every once in a while within the confines of this column, I get to play the Muppet Show’s Statler and Waldorf to Editor-in-Chief Andy Burns’ box office predictions. It’s a fun gig because being Statler and Waldorf is, essentially, the no-lose scenario: they are the world’s first “anonymous” internet post – untouchable trolls with too much free-reign negativity to say about other people’s hard work and effort.
Now, I may not be posting anonymously, but it’s important to realize that Andy Burns is no Fozzy Bear when it comes to predicting the weekend box office. He’s right more often than he’s wrong. But I remember him relentlessly making fun of my Speed Racer box office prediction, back in the day. And today, I do get a chance to “pick” at his picks.
With the release of the highly anticipated Hugh Jackman ticket, The Wolverine, you’ve got to wonder how well it – and Andy Burns did.
Follow the Statler and Waldorf troll and find out after the jump!
I took a shot in the dark my first time out with these Box Office Predictions, and I think I did all right. The numbers are pretty close, but it looks like The Conjuring is number one, while Despicable Me 2 went to, um, number two, while Turbo sped right into third place. Grown Ups 2 is still strong, but R.I.P.D. had some bad luck finding an audience this weekend. We’ll take a look at the real numbers in the Wrap-Up Report, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
In an amazing showing, The Purge was the number one film this weekend, bringing in a simply stellar $36.4 million. The film was low budget and snuck up on everyone, but there was some signs that The Purge would resonate, with 8 million views for the trailer on YouTube. The Purge should enjoy its weekend, since next week sees the release of Man Of Steel.
Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump:
This week, instead of “Wrap-Up Report”, we should have titled this column the “Warp-Up Report”. I mean, really, there’s only one film to talk about, isn’t there?
Last Friday, our esteemed Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, threw down the gauntlet, decreeing that the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise would beam up $90 million of box office revenue. Today, I get to sit in the catbird’s seat and reflect on his predictions alongside the actual numbers. It’s an easy job.
Did J.J. Abrams’ second stab at Trek beam up the goods? How did Iron Man 3 fare? And what did the classic The Great Gatsby garner from the movie-going public?
Find out after the jump!
The summer movie season is in full swing and our next entry is Baz Lurman’s The Great Gatsby. This is a supposedly unfilmable novella. Other productions have been somewhat cursed. Even the Robert Redford version fell flat. In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Baz stated box office sales were of no concern. The truly artistic director saw this as a challenge to his creative yen and that was satisfied just by making the movie. This attitude prepares you a bit for what you will see on the screen. The love and reverence for which Baz holds Fitzgerald’s actual words is obvious. Not only do they literally float across the screen in some places, we see Nick Carraway’s narration literally rips quotes from the book.
It’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation Vs. Evil Dead Vs. Jurassic Park 3D – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions
All bets are off this weekend at the cinema!
No, it’s not the release of the summer’s first tent-pole feature (Iron Man 3 is still a month away) – it’s just BBP’s esteemed Editor-in-Chief, Andy Burns, asking me to do him a solid and come up with astute predictions for the box office this weekend. As you might recall, I’m not so good at this job, and on this particular weekend, the science of money prognostication is…even more complicated.
You see, it’s the second weekend of G.I. Joe Retaliation battling some downright Evil Dead remake, which are both up against the re-release of the classic Jurassic Park (in 3D this time out). Accounting has never been more difficult!
Check out my (hopefully not-so futile) attempts at number crunching after the jump!
Vegas junkies, rejoice! The trailer for The Hangover Part III has just been released, and this spring the wolf pack heads back to the strip to wrap up the unhappy trilogy of errors – Vegas-style.
Slotted for release on May 24, 2013, the third and final chapter will see Galifinakis, Helms, Cooper, Jeong and other favourites going hard on the hijinks. Also rumoured? Melissa McCarthy – which has me sold.
But here, enjoy the trailer:
I’m a huge fan of sin city; this is why I loved The Hangover. I don’t think I’m alone… the first movie grossed almost $45 million in its opening weekend; this may look dismal compared to The Hangover Part II, which took place in Bangkok and took in over $85 million at its debut. But the Las Vegas antics were always at the heart of the movie’s success, and if the franchise hopes to continue its box office run to the bank, it’s wise to bring the wolf pack back to the familiarity of the strip.
No doubt The Hangover Part III will prove one of the bigger summer blockbusters; even if the movie can’t live up to the original, everyone loves a good Hangover story… not to mention another movie-based excuse to go on a Vegas binge of your own!