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Will The Maze Runner Spring To The Top? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Three new movies are looking for your dollars, but only one is a lock for the number one spot at the box office. Here’s our predictions:

The_Maze_Runner_posterThe Maze Runner is the adaptation of the popular young adult novel of the same name, a dsytopian tale about a group of boys trying to find their way out of a changing labyrinth/maze (hence the title). There are no mega-stars in the film, which is toplined by Dylan O’brien from MTV’s teen wolf. I feel like there’s been some genuine hype and hope for this film, so it should perform better than some of the more recent YA adaptations. Look for The Maze Runner to debut on top with $40 million.

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No Good Deed Does Good Business – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

The early box office numbers are in and it appears as though No Good Deed did go unpunished. Here’s what went down:

No_Good_Deed_2014_movie_posterNo Good Deed, staring Idris Elba in a home invasion thriller, hit the top this weekend, bringing in an estimated $24.5 million. The film has already made back its $13 million budget in its debut weekend, so everything else is just going to be extra to the pot. A solid opening, and one shows that Elba’s star is shining brighter and brighter.

As for the rest of the top five, Dolphin Tale 2 debut in second place with a decent $16.5 million. While it’s nowhere in the realm of big time Disney films, there’s clearly a family audience that hasn’t been served for some time that was eager for some fun fare. Guardians of the Galaxy dropped to third place with $8.5 million, raising its tally to $305 million, the first movie this year to cross that $300 million mark. Who would have though it? In fourth place with $4.7 million was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while The Drop brought in $4.1 million in limited release. The final film from James Gandolfini should grow its audience in the next few weeks.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) No Good Deed – $17.5 million
2) Dolphin Tale 2 – $16.5 million
3) Guardians of the Galaxy – $7 million
4) Let’s Be Cops – $4.5 million
5) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $3 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) No Good Deed – $24.5 million
2) Dolphin Tale 2 – $16.5 million
3) Guardians of the Galaxy – $8.5 million
4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $4.7 million
5) The Drop – $4.1 million

Next week sees the release of The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You. Be sure to check back on friday to see our predictions!

No Good Deed vs Dolphin Tale 2 – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Two new releases want your money, but will either of them find an audience? Here’s our prediction:

No_Good_Deed_2014_movie_posterNo Good Deed stars the increasingly popular Idris Elba in a home invasion thriller. It’s been weeks since a new film has made any sort of impact in theatres, so No Good Deed could be want audiences ordered. Look for a first place debut with $17.5 million.

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TIFF 2014: Interview with Day 40’s Sol Friedman

So Darren Aronofsky’s Noah with Russell Crowe was a huge hit, grossing over $350 million so far this year. Seems like people respond to the story of God pressing the reset button on a wicked old civilization, drowning every living thing on Earth in a forty-day deluge save for a faithful family and the animals they take aboard their ark. Clearly, Mr. Biblical God has no sense of proportion. Sol Friedman has his own take on the classic Noah story, in his scabrous animated short Day 40. Appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Short Cuts Canada Programme 5, it’s a laugh-out-loud reimagining of the story loosely told from the animals’ perspective. Darkly comedic, Day 40 is sort of a pencil-sketch Animal Farm meets Robot Chicken, and boy does it go to some crazy places in its brief 6-minute runtime. Catch the sort-of-not-safe-for-work-but-not-really trailer and my interview with Friedman, after the jump.

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Somber on the High Seas: Haemoo Sinks Under Its Own Weight

Genre-bending is a real Korean specialty. From the family drama monster movie hybrid of Bong Joon-Ho’s The Host to the madcap martial arts western of Kim Jee-Woon’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird, films like these turn on a dime. You just never know what to expect. One big Korean film at the Toronto International Film Festival this year is Haemoo, directed by Shim Sung-bo. Relatively unknown, the first-time director co-wrote Memories of Murder in 2003 with Bong Joon-Ho, who returns the favour here producing and co-writing Haemoo. Not bad having the director of Snowpiercer in your corner. It isn’t all smooth sailing with Shim Sung-bo’s debut, though. Climb aboard, matey, and I’ll tell you the tale.

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TIFF 2014: Love And Mercy Reviewed

Ambivalence and apprehension. Those were the emotions I walked into Sunday night’s premiere screening of director Bill Pohlad’s Love and Mercy, a biopic based on the life and times of legendary Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson. As a died in the wool fan of the man and his music (this year marks 10 years since I was lucky enough to interview Brian at his Burbank, California rehearsal space), the idea of someone making a film out of his tortured existence always seemed like a tough nut to crack, and one that could be buried by the various myths of Wilson’s lost years.

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TIFF 2014: Interview with Entangled’s Tony Elliott

The eerie Entangled imagines living in two realities simultaneously.

Who hasn’t fantasized about living a different life, bifurcated, one where you could make a whole new set of choices and see where they lead? But still live your own life, because what’s the value in the difference if you can’t compare? Of course we want it all, to be able to say definitively “this grass really is greener.” Part of the Short Cuts Canada programme on at the Toronto International Film Festival, Tony Elliott’s short Entangled realizes that dilemma in a clever and tense slice of sci-fi thrillerdom. Entanglement is the typically strange quantum concept that two particles anywhere in the universe can become linked, regardless of distance, and what happens to one will also affect the other. The director cut his teeth as a screenwriter, most recently working on the hit series Orphan Black. In Entangled, Erin (Christine Horne) is forced to care for her catatonic lover Malcolm (Aaron Abrams) after a quantum experiment goes very wrong. Determined to find the cause, she runs the experiment again on herself. What she discovers is literally mind-bending, and forces her to question how far she will go for love. Catch my interview with Elliott and the trailer for Entangled after the jump:

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Got That Swing: Bang Bang Baby and Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

The super-stylized Bang Bang Baby follows Stepphy (Jane Levy) and her dreams of musical escape

Finding new talent is a thrill, that delectable shock when you hit on something that speeds your pulse and your synapses and says, “Hey, bet you’ve never seen it done quite like this before.” Getting that thrill is what the Discovery Programme at the Toronto International Film Festival is all about. It’s a showcase of forty films featuring the best new directors from around the world. There’s a bunch of Canadian films in the Discovery Programme, cuz hey there’s nothing wrong with a homer. Two of them happen to have a lot in common. Both Bang Bang Baby and Songs She Wrote About People She Knows are musicals with a hesitant lead finding her way to her dreams. Now those dreams are pesky things, and they never quite turn out the way you expect.

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