Author Archives: Andy Burns

The Endless Possibilities of No Man’s Sky

Pink Floyd is my favourite band. I’ve been listening since back in 1990, when a girl I was going to high school with loaned me a cassette copy of The Wall to listen too. I dubbed it, and while I didn’t really understand what I was listening to at the time, I still found myself transfixed by the double album, enough so that I began exploring the band’s entire catalog. I feel in love with the trippiness of albums like The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here, and Meddle. There were layers to all these recordings – explorations of sounds and lyrical meanings. I didn’t need to “get it” to get into it.

And that, my friend, is how I feel playing the new galaxy exploration video game, No Man’s Sky.

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“Suicide Squad” Holds Off Newcomers to Win the Weekend


There was noting terribly notable about this weekend at the box office – three new films debuts but none could unseat last week’s top two. Here’s what went down:

Suicide Squad managed to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, bringing in $20.7 million to raise its total to an excellent $262 million. For all the critical drubbings the film has taken, the fact that it’s narrowing in on $300 million is a good thing and demonstrates that Will Smith made a good move passing on Independence Day: Resurgence for entry into the expanding DC Universe.

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War Dogs looking to shut down Suicide Squad

Though there are new releases hitting theaters this weekend, none of them have much buzz going for them, and as they’re being released during the dog days of summer, they’re unlikely to have much traction. Will any come out on top? Here’s our prediction:

War Dogs is the highest profile new release this weekend, thanks to director Todd Phillips and stars Miles Teller and Jonah Hill. However, though Phillips gets kudos for the Hangover films (well, at least the first one), neither Hill nor Teller can open a film, even though they’re both outstanding actors. And with War Dogs falling into the dramatic category, odds are its not going to find a huge audience this weekend. Look for a third place debut with $14 million.

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“Suicide Squad” Stays Strong in its Second Weekend

In keeping with DC film tradition, last week’s number one had a substantial fall from grace, while an R-rated animated film made an impact. Here’s what went down:


Suicide Squad managed to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row with relative ease, bringing in an estimated $44 million, raising its two week total to a solid $223 million. The downside of that still strong number is the film fell 67% week to week, which is close to the 69% decline that Batman vs. Superman was hit with in its second weekend. It will be interesting to see if Suicide Squad is able to clear $300 in North America before its run is over.

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Can “Pete’s Dragon” Take Down “Suicide Squad”?

Can last week’s number one film hold on to the top spot, or will a new release lay claim to the throne? Here’s our prediction:

Pete’s Dragon is a remake of a Disney favourite, updated for the next generation. 2016 has been kind to Disney films, with both Zootopia and Finding Dory huge hits for the company (not to mention Captain America: Civil War). The summer season has also been flush with strong family films (once again, Finding Dory, along with The Secret Life of Pets), and there’s no reason why Pete’s Dragon won’t be able to continue the trend, especially with the solid critical notices its receiving. Look for a second place showing with $35 million.

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“Suicide Squad” Scores at the Box Office


It was a big weekend at the box office, as Suicide Squad managed to hold off bad reviews to bring in some decent money in its debut. Here’s what went down:

Suicide Squad debuted with an estimated $135 million to land at the top of the box office. It also beat the August record previously held by Guardians of the Galaxy with $94.3 million. This is a strong showing, especially in the face of the terrible reviews the film received. The big question now is how bad will next weekend’s drop be – anything more than 60% will be a disaster.

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Will Suicide Squad have the numbers this weekend?

Man, oh, man – I’d hate to be the big wigs at Warner Brothers. They just can’t seem to get it right with their DC properties, at least according to reviewers. Will the poor notices for their latest endeavour have an effect on the box office this weekend? Here’s our prediction:

Make no mistake about it, audiences are excited for the arrival of director David Ayers’ Suicide Squad. The trailers have been played ad infinitum, Jared Leto’s take on the iconic Joker has been much discussed, and Margot Robbie seems to be the physical manifestation of the beloved Harley Quinn. So what to make of the absolutely disastrous reviews that have appeared this week? The film currently sits at an abysmal 27% at Rotten Tomatoes, which currently makes it tied with the critical appraisal for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The anticipation for the film is definitely going to win out over the critics this weekend, as Suicide Squad is a lock for number one with somewhere in the neighbourhood of $135 million. However, we could see it crash and burn badly in week two.

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“Batman: The Killing Joke” is a Let Down

Maybe it’s the dad in me, but I found Batman: The Killing Joke, the latest DC Animated film and an adaptation of the classic Alan Moore/Brian Bolland story, to be incredibly pointless and at points, ridiculously offensive. All of this is mainly because of the first 30 minutes or so of the film, which seems to take a hell of a lot of glee in turning the character of Batgirl into a whining, petulant and misguiding apprentice. What the fuck?

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Jason Bourne bolts to the top of the box office

It was a big weekend for the man named Bourne, as the latest instalment of the venerable spy franchise managed to bring in an audience. Here’s what went down:


Jason Bourne, which saw the return to the franchise of both star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, managed an excellent debut weekend, hitting the top spot at the box office with an estimated $60 million. That would be the second highest in the franchise and the best showing since 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. Though the reviews were still decidedly lacklustre for the movie, audiences clearly had an appetite for Damon in what has become his defining role.

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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:


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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