Daily Archives: December 9, 2012
It wasn’t a good weekend for Gerard Butler, as his new flick Playing for Keeps flopped, earning a paltry $6 million. The star of the weekend? James Bond and Skyfall, which – with its return of $11 million – puts it on par to eclipse The Amazing Spider-Man as Sony’s top grossing film in over 5 years.
In 2nd place, a surprise appearance from Rise of the Guardians, proving that parents and kids were indeed interested in this movie. Though it’s probably not going to earn its budget back, it surprised us by earning over $10.5 million over the weekend. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 held in there for another week for 3rd spot, earning $9.2 million. Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln came in 4th earning $9.1 million, and Life of Pi rounded out the top 5 with a respectable $8.3 million.
So to recap, here were our predictions:
1) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – $10.5 million
2) Skyfall – $10 million
3) Lincoln – $9 million
4) Life Of Pi – $7 million
5) Rise Of The Guardians – $6.5 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) Skyfall – $11 million
2) Rise Of The Guardians – $10.5 million
3) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – $9.2 million
4) Lincoln – $9.1 million
5) Life Of Pi – $8.3 million
Next weekend should be interesting with the release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as well as This is 40 and Zero Dark Thirty – which has already received some Oscar buzz. Be sure to check back on Friday for our predictions!
When it comes to video game companies, Nintendo has been there from the beginning. They’ve consistently put out quality, revolutionary consoles and games for the last 20+ years. So when I watched the E3 press conference reveal of the new Wii U, I was a little confused. It wasn’t different enough from its predecessor to be considered revolutionary.
The Wii, upon its initial release, was one of the most anticipated consoles ever. The motion control was really the first of its kind, and allowed young and old to intuitively grasp the controls for games that would otherwise be out of their league. Lines on launch day wrapped around store corners and it was all but impossible to procure one for the holidays. The Wii U, in comparison, can be found on shelves everywhere and for all intents and purposes, is simply a Wii with a video-screen controller. The graphics weren’t much different – albeit a bit better – and there seemed to be no real motivation to run out and buy one.
I got to try it out first-hand at an event put on by Warner Bros. in Toronto (Thanks WB!), and it was an opinion changing experience.
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TV on DVD is my favourite gift to give during the Holiday season AND also to receive. It’s the perfect gift to give to someone when you don’t know what to get them. I’ve selected a few of my favourite options, but the sky is the limit when it comes to giving TV on DVD. It is the best feeling when someone calls you a week later dying to talk about the show that has taken over their life.
Is there anything better than getting into your new Christmas PJ’s, relaxing on the couch, drinking hot chocolate, and watching an unhealthy amount of Television? Heck, no. Read the rest of this entry