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The Flash S03 E14: ‘Attack on Central City’

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In the first half of this special Flash: Gorilla City two-parter, the showrunners gave us a taste of what Super Gorilla Grodd was like in the Silver Age of comics, but this time we see just how dangerous Grodd can be these days. We’ve seen Gorilla City, meet me after the extradimensional jump for my thoughts about “Attack on Central City.” Can The Flash survive?

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Creation of Chaos: “From Up on Poppy Hill”

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High school, that time of life when you mock your friend’s lunch, execute a plot to save your academic clubhouse, and meet that special someone who turns out to be your sibling.  I’m either a glutton for punishment, or an eternal optimist, as I give Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki a second chance with Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill in this installment of Creations of Chaos.

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Defiance S03 E10: When Twilight Dims the Sky Above

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The introduction of the Omecs and General Tak to the cast of “Defiance” in season three was brilliant. Our heroes are only as interesting as their adversaries make them. Lee Tergesen’s ear eating, head spiking, General Rahm Tak brought some great old fashion fun to the series. But, it was the Defiance ladies who stole the show on last week’s episode. Amanda is made an offer by the Votanis Collective, but she’ll need Stahma’s help. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S02 E06: Glorious Horrors

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On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” we had a betrayal, a love fest, and a death. Blame it on the Voodoo, if you want, but Madame Kali is only guilty of the death. Ethan and Vanessa are sexy and they know it, but both are in danger and their allies may not be able to help them. It’s time to attend a ball. Read the rest of this entry

Furious 7 pulls no punches, rules the top again

The early box office numbers are in and, no surprise, it was another huge weekend for one film in particular. Here’s what went down:

furious-7-06Furious 7 held onto the top spot at the box office for a second weekend in a row, bringing in $60 million and raising its total to a simply outstanding $252 million. There’s not juice in this franchise’s tank – there’s rocket fuel. So far, Furious 7’s worldwide gross is $497 million, which is literally out of this world. The movie should continue to post huge numbers for the next few weeks until Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts.

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Furious 7 speeds to a record debut

As predicted, it was absolutely huge weekend at the box office for one film in particular. Here’s what went down:

imageDefying even the most optimistic of predictions, Furious 7 vaulted to the top of the box office with a stellar $143 million opening. That seriously exceeds the $97.4 million that Fast and Furious 6 pulled in two years ago. Awareness was high, due in part to Furious 7 being Paul Walker’s final film, along woth the exciting trailers showcasing the intense action sequences. Furious 7 should rule the box office for at least a few more weekends, and could be staring down a $300 + North American gross.

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Little divergence year to year for Insurgent

Hi gang – the box office wrap is going to be brief. Main reason is, I’m just wiped out. Here at Biff Bam Pop central, it’s been a busy few days. Our own Amanda Blue is in town with her fella, and we’ve been keeping busy eating, visiting and hittin the Toronto ComicCon, along with a wonderful BBP Pub Night with our other Toronto writers on Saturday night. So, I’m pooped, and not feleing too analytical.

Insurgent_posterI will say that our predictions about Insurgent was pretty much on the money, as the film opened in number one with $54 million, just $600,000 less than Divergent did last year. That’s not horrible, but as mentioned on Friday, you want to see franchises increase their opening weekend takes, and that just wasn’t accomplished here.

As for the rest of the top five, Cinderella fell to second place with $34.9 million. Run All Night was in third place with $5.1 million. The Gunman debut in fourth place with a lacklustre $5 million, while Kingsman: The Secret Service closed things out in fifth with $4.6 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Insurgent – $54 million
2) Cinderella – $35 million
3) Run All Night – $9.5 million
4) The Gunman – $9 million
5) Do You Believe? – $7 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Insurgent – $54 million
2) Cinderella – $34.9 million
3) Run All Night – $5.1 million
4) The Gunman – $5 million
5) Kingsman – $4.6 million

Next weekend sees the release of Get Strong, Me sure to check on Friday to see our predictions.

Will Insurgent diverge from the success of the first film?

It’s the last weekend of March Break, so theaters should be packed, likely with families catching up on last week’s big release. But there are a few new films looking to score as well. Will they? Here’s our predictions:

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The big new release is the second film in the Divergent series, Insurgent. The first film did strong business last year, bringing in $150 million in North America. Those aren’t The Hunger Games numbers, but it’s still enough to hope for a decent showing for Insurgent. Typically, you want to see your numbers go up with a second film, so that’s what Insurgent needs to do. However, I’m just not sure the hype is there. On that note, look for a first place showing with $54 million, the same amount Divergent debut with in 2014.

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Audiences slip the glass slipper on Cinderella at the box office

The early weekend box office numbers are in and, as expected, one movie among all others managed to hit hard. Here’s what went down:

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The live action version of Disney’s classic Cinderella had a fantastic opening weekend, debuting in first place with $72 million. This one definitely had an audience desperate for family fare, and with some decent reviews going along with it, Kenneth Branagh’s film certainly scored and scored big time. I don’t think anyone really ever thought of Branagh as a blockbuster film director, but with two big hits with Thor and now Cinderella under his belt, he’s certainly become a go-to for Disney. Could a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe be next? With this sort of acclaim, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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Will you pick Cinderella or Liam Neeson this weekend?

Any plans on taking in a ball this weekend? Ok, I know. That was weak. Let’s ignore the attempts at movie humour and jump straight into what’s happening at the box office this weekend. There’s a sure fire new number one entering the fray, but just how much will it bring in, as March Break kicks off in North America? Here’s our prediction:

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Director Kenneth Branagh teams up with Disney for a live action version of the classic Cinderella. Consider this along the lines of Maleficent, but far more kid friendly, which should make it prime for family viewing. Reviews have been positive and, as the father of a little girl, I feel confident in saying that princess (or would-be ones) always have a built-in audience. Look for a strong debut weekend for Cinderella, with $62 million and a lock on first place.

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