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Guardians Set To Guard The Box Office – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

guardian-of-the-galaxy-poster1Biff Bam Pop’s Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, is away this weekend, touring the locales of scenic cult classic Twin Peaks.

That’s right! He’s attending the 2014 Twin Peaks Festival in North Bend,Washington, and you can follow the blogging exploits of that adventure at Wrapped in Plastic: Twin Peaks And Andy Burns. Have a good time, Andy. And ekil uoy mug yojne.

That leaves me with the duty of predicting what could very well be the biggest opening box office weekend for a film in the history of all Augusts.

Follow me after the jump for this weekend’s galactic-sized predictions!

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Trailer Time: Marvel’s Phase 1 & 2: A Look Back

guardian-of-the-galaxy-poster1As I’m sure you know, Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest film in the Marvel Entertainment line of films, was released last night. Look for it to have a big weekend at the box office – our predictions for it (and the other films available this weekend) will be posted later this afternoon.

In the meantime, Marvel Entertainment has just released a five-plus minute trailer detailing the first and second phases of their movie franchises.

It’s an amazing tapestry of cinematic storytelling that catches you up to where we are right now. Catch it after the jump!

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Trailer Time: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

The Hobbit-The Battle of the Five ArmiesIt’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it?

I can still remember the teaser trainer to the first The Lord of the Rings film, The Fellowship of the Ring. I think it was in the fall, nearly fifteen years ago and I was completely captivated by it, freeze-framing every still so that I could get a good look at all the imagery that director Peter Jackson had put on display.

Today, we have our first teaser trailer for the final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy. This is, as they say, the defining chapter of the six films.

Follow me after the jump for an early look at December’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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Orphans of the Storm: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are the languorous undead and effortlessly cool in Only Lovers Left Alive

Few directors instantly conjure an image of cool aloofness in the way that Jim Jarmusch does. The man, in his dark clothes with his shock of white hair in a spiky pompadour, is probably as famous for his image as for his work. Such is the immortality that appearing on The Simpsons gets you. And yet the work is at least as distinctive. Slow, laconic stories about drifters and outsiders unspool inexorably as we share their reveries and defeats, and the occasional small triumph. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is an interesting shift, as he turns his attention from his usual pantheon of beautiful losers to the immortal thirst of vampires.

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Scarlett Johansson Takes Down The Rock – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Lucy_(2014_film)_posterIt was an excellent weekend at the box office for the new Luc Besson film Lucy, staring Scarlett Johansson. Here’s what went down:

Lucy debut at the top of the box office with an outstanding $46 million. The unique concept combined with Johansson’s post-Marvel star power helped bring this sci-fi action flick to a wide audience. While it certainly won’t hold onto the top spot come next weekend, Lucy certainly has achieved worthwhile bragging rights for the moment.

The other new movie to debut in the top five, Hercules simply did ok, bringing in $30 million to place second. I can’t say I’m surprised – as mentioned on Friday, mythological flicks don’t tend to perform particularly well at the box office. Even the power of The Rock couldn’t raise this movie to blockbuster heights.

As for the rest of the top five, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hit third place with $16.5 million, The Purge: Anarchy was in fourth place with $10 million, Planes: Fire and Rescue closed things out in fifth with $9.5 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Hercules – $35 million
2) Lucy – $32 million
3) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $20 million
4) Planes: Fire and Rescue – $12 million
5) The Purge: Anarchy – $10 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Lucy – $46 million
2) Hercules – $30 million
3) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $16.5 million
4) The Purge: Anarchy – $10 million
5) Planes: Fire and Rescue – $9.5 million

Next weekend sees the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Check back on Friday to see our predictions!

Hercules vs Lucy – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

To of the biggest names in Hollywood are gunning for the top spot at the box office this weekend, but as we know, only one will come out on top. Who will it be? Here’s our prediction:

Hercules_(2014_film)Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is arguably the biggest male action star in the world today, and this weekend he takes on the role of the legendary Hercules in the movie of the same title. The Rock knows how to engage his audience via social media, and he’s been hyping this film for months now. The problem is, historical/mythical characters just haven’t been big bucks in the action genre lately, and I think that could have a detrimental effect on Hercules this weekend. I’m going to predict Hercules will come out on top with $35 million.


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The Ghost of an Idea: The Films of Sara Driver

Alfred Molina and Maggie O’Neil might find each other, with a little ghostly help in Sara Driver’s charmingly offbeat When Pigs Fly

An escaped mental patient (Suzanne Fletcher) places stones in the mouths of bodies she finds laid out by a roadside accident. A woman translating an ancient Chinese scroll sees her fingertips begin to bleed, mimicking the story in the fairy tale she’s just transcribed. A down-and-out jazzer’s life changes oddly for the better when he’s haunted by two ghosts tragically tied to an antique rocking chair. Each scenario is unlikely, unsettling and fantastical. And each one is central to the films of 80s director Sara Driver. A sometime collaborator with Jim Jarmusch, Driver’s work had moderate acclaim but then disappeared. Her first film, You Are Not I (1981), was lost in a New Jersey warehouse fire shortly after its successful festival run. The negatives were rediscovered in 2009 in the Tangiers apartment of Paul Bowles, the author of the story the film is based on, and now TIFF is showing her work in a mini-retrospective. Turn the page if you dare, brave reader, or okay, just give ‘er a click…

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Apes. Not. Lose. Top. Spot – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

An interesting weekend at the box office, as there was a bit of a tight race for the top spot. Here’s what went down.

dawn1After duking it on Friday night, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes managed to hold off The Purge: Anarchy from the number one spot, bringing in a very strong $34.5 million to bring it’s total to $139 million. Meanwhile, The Purge: Anarchy’s debut at number two with $28.9, less than the original’s debut total but a decent enough number for a film with a $9 million budget. It likely won’t have real legs, but at this point it really doesn’t need them.

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