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American Sniper Shoots Down Depp, J-Low – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It was another incredible weekend at the box office for what’s already become the biggest movie of 2015, and which could go on to the sort of success usually reserved for summer blockbusters or Mel Gibson movies about Jesus. Here’s what went down:

American SniperThe magic number for American Sniper this weekend was $64 million. That’s how much the Bradley Cooper-starring film grossed in its second weekend, bringing the film’s two week total to an astounding $200 million. Whether you’re on board with the subject matter or not, clearly the film has captured the imagination of filmgoers in North America. The question now isn’t whether American Sniper will hit $300 million; it’s just how long.

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Blue on Black: The Frighteners (1996)

It was recently brought to my attention that my boyfriend had never seen The Frighteners. How had he missed this? How had I missed him missing this? This needed to be rectified immediately! Not that I needed an excuse to re-watch this Peter Jackson classic, but here was a perfect one and I wasn’t going to let it pass me by. So the other night we picked up some ice cream, threw the film on, and settled in for 110 minutes of spooky fun. Scene after scene, one-liner after one-liner, I fell in love with this movie all over again.


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J-Lo vs Johnny Depp – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

With all the hype that continues to surround last week’s number film at the box office, the odds of any of the three new releases making any form of impact are slim to none. How will theyt do, though? Here’s our predictions:


The new movies that enter the very crowded January fray inclue the thriller The Boy Next Store, with Jennifer Lopez; the Lucasfilm/Disney animated feature, Strange Magic; and Mortdecai, a comedy starring the faltering Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. The truth of the matter is, none of these films stand a chance at real box office success. J-Lo is far from a box office draw these days (though her American Idol fans may number enough to boost the film a bit); there’s little buzz around Strange Magic, which will have to do battle against the critically acclaimed family film Paddington; and Mortdecai is being hailed as yet another failure from Johnny Depp, who has been having a serious dry stretch of success these days. On that note, look for The Boy Next Door to debut in second place with $20 million, while Mortdecai will squeak into the top five with $9 million.

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American Sniper Takes Down The Competition – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Hey, when we’re wrong we’re wrong, and this weekend we were wrong big time. Of course, so was every other pundit. Here’s what went down at the box office:

American SniperWe all knew that Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was going to have a solid opening, the biggest of of his directorial career. The general consensus was that the film was going to open in the $50 million range, but with the solid reviews and Oscar nominations of the film and star Bradley Cooper, the hype turned into an amazing $90 million opening. For a non-sequel, non-blockbuster film, this is a simply unprecedented showing. As it is, American Sniper has already broken the previous January record of $41 million held by Ride Along, and is very likely on its way to a $200 million gross. Could this translate into Oscar success as well? We’ll find out in a few week.

Opening in second place was Kevin Hart’s The Wedding Ringer with $21 million, less than the comedian’s usual opening gross, but considering everyone was at American Sniper, it’s not a bad showing. Paddington opened in third place with $19 million, playing as the alternate for families. As for the rest of the top five, Taken 3 fell to fourth place with $14 million (a pretty hard 64% drop from its opening weekend), while Selma closed things out in fifth with $8 million. Meanwhile, Blackhat only managed $4 million to land in tenth place.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) American Sniper – $48 million
2) Paddington – $28 million
3) The Wedding Ringer – $25 million
4) Taken 3 – $20 
5) Blackhat – $14 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) American Sniper – $90 million
2) The Wedding Ringer – $21 million
3) Paddington – $19 million
4) Taken 3 – 14 
5) Selma – $8 million

Opening next week is Mortdecai, The Boy Next Store and Strange Magic. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

Blue on Black: Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

Few sequels are able to meet the standards set by an original. Usually “Part 2” sucks. Sometimes though, a sequel is just as thrilling as its predecessor, and in even fewer situations, the sequel is – Dare I say it? – better. The first Poltergeist film blew my young mind. I wanted to get lost in that white noise as many times as possible, and I remember impatiently telling the VCR to “Hurry uuuuup!” as it rewound the tape for often the second or third time in one night. I finally decided to take a chance on Poltergeist II: The Other Side. I had low hopes, pessimistic expectations, and pressed play with my guard up, carefully protecting the love I had for the original. I was worried The Other Side would ruin the first one for me, as so many sequels do. Well, 91 minutes later, I felt more than just pleasantly surprised. In fact, my feelings about the franchise were not only safe, but stronger than before.

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David Ward On… Hellblazer

My column on all things Hellblazer is going to start in the middle. Why? Because beginnings reek of convention, something that strikes me as anathema to John Constantine. So I’m going to skip over scores of brilliant writers and artists, some of whom are my favourite in the field, and go straight for Mike Carey, who took the reins of Hellblazer from Brian Azzarello in 2002. He starts with a dead man. Read the rest of this entry

Liam Neeson Takes The Top – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Even with critics slamming it with some absolutely horrid reviews, the final instalment in a surprisingly popular action trilogy managed to score at the box office. Here’s what went down:

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Debuting in first place was Taken 3, wrapping up the Liam Neeson starring trilogy with a $40 million debut. While it was down $9 million from the previous sequel, there’s no question that audiences still love Liam Neeson in an action role, and that Taken 3 held some serious appeal to moviegoers, even if critics hated it.

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