Author Archives: Andy Burns

Will Jason Bourne top the box office this weekend?

Bourne is back, but will he be able to go beyond the current Star Trek movie in release? Here’s our prediction:

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Matt Damon returns to the title character of the latest Jason Bourne film, which brings with it returning director Paul Greengrass, lofty expectations and some lacklustre reviews. Could we be seeing yet another summer sequel that simply won’t cut it with audiences? All signs are pointing to yes. Look for a first place showing with $49 million.

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Star Trek Beyond soars to the top spot at the box office

Two solid debuts at the box office, including one from a venerable science fiction franchise. Here’s what went down.

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Star Trek Beyond debut in first place at the box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $59 million. While that’s a solid number, it’s certainly off from the $70 million that the previous entry in the franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness made upon its release some three years ago. With strong critical reviews, it’s hard to figure out exactly why the number was off, though I’d argue that this summer is particularly crowded with sequels, many of which, as we know, simply aren’t resonating. It would be interesting to see if Paramount considers moving the franchise out of the crowded summer blockbuster season for the fourth instalment, which has already been green lit.  Read the rest of this entry

Trailer Time: Wonder Woman

The trailer for Wonder Woman is here, giving us all more of what we wanted from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -more Gal Gadot. The film is going the Captain America route, taking place in the early 20th century, and this trailer captures the vibe perfectly.

Trailer Time: Suicide Squad

The final trailer for Suicide Squad dropped today, and it’s three minutes of serious noise and action. I’m still curious what the actual plot of the movie, but we’ll find out soon enough.

Trailer Time: Justice League

The Justice League trailer just dropped at Comic-Con, and it feels pretty darn good to us.

How about you?

Will Star Trek Beyond Beam Up An Audience?

It’s a big weekend at the box office, as two more sequels look to duke it out for the top spot. Can either of them take down the reigning animation champion? Here are our predictions:

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Star Trek Beyond is the third film in the rebooted franchise. This one is a stand alone, original story, rather than the pseudo-remake of the original Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan the previous film, Into Darkness acted as. Directed by Fast and Furious helmer Justin Lin, the film currently has solid reviews and decent word of mouth going for it, even in the face of the tragic death of series co-star Anton Yelchin. The question is, following the lacklustre reception to Into Darkness from die hard fans, has Star Trek Beyond lost a piece of its core audience? The secret weapon here is Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the film, along with co-starring as Scotty. Pegg is a geek and knows what the audience wants, and I’d be surprised if this third film doesn’t deliver. Look for a first place showing with $65 million.

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“Ghostbusters” Arrive with a Bit of a Bang

While last week’s number one film held strong for a second weekend, all eyes were on four ladies with proton packs on their backs. How did things turn out at the movies? Here’s what went down:

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The Secret Life of Pets held on to the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, bringing in an estimated $50.5 million, raising its two week total to an excellent $203 million on a $75 million budget. It looks as though Illumination has a new franchise on its hands.  Read the rest of this entry

Saturday at the Movies: These Ghostbusters are kick ass and inspiring

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I took a half day off of the day job on Friday because I wanted to see Ghostbusters this weekend and the timing just wasn’t going to work otherwise. Seeing Paul Feig’s film felt important to me. As a Ghostbusters fans, though not a die-hard like so many others. As a pop culture fan. As a guy who works with with a lot of incredible women who are writing in the genre field and who may have felt attacked by the misogynists out there who thought an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters who would somehow ruin their childhood.

But mainly I think I wanted to see it because I’m a dad to an awesome little girl who rules my world.

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“The Secret Life of Pets” Looks to Top the Box Office

It’s a good weekend for families looking to hit movie theatres, as a new animated adventure is out and ready for your dollars. How much will this new movie make? Here’s our prediction:

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After a year of previews, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets has finally hit theatres, and it has a lot going for it. First, it comes from the same studio that’s behind the Despicable Me/Minions franchise, the last film which made $1 billion worldwide last year. The Secret Life of Pets is also coming a few weeks after the release of Finding Dory, which has made all the money and will likely begin its slow but steady decline. All of this points to a strong debut for these Pets, so look for a first place showing with $75 million.

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There’s No Dark Side to “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

We’ve reviewed the various LEGO games over the last few years here at Biff Bam Pop, and all of them have been highly recommended for the most part. The latest entry in the franchise, though, takes the games to a new level of fun, thanks in no small part to the outstanding intellectual property its based upon.

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