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Despicable Me 3 wins the weekend, Baby Driver debuts strong

Gru and his Minions returned this weekend, and managed to wipe out all the competition. Here’s what went down:

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3, while down from the previous film’s opening weekend gross, still had a solid debut, bringing in an estimated $80 million. That’s slightly off from the previous film’s $83 million debut, and far off from Minions‘ $115 million two years ago. However, there’s still life in the franchise, to be sure.

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Despicable Me 3 looking to top the box office this weekend

It’s Canada Day Long Weekend and July 4th Long Weekend, which means folks will definitely be heading to the movies this weekend. With a bunch of new releases in theatres, there will be lots to choose from. But, only one film can be number one. Which will it be? Here’s our prediction:

Despicable Me 3 is the third entry in the popular franchise featuring the voice of Steve Carell (fourth if you count the spin-off Minions film). This animated feature should easily lock up the top spot at the box office, as it will be the choice for families over the long weekend. Though there’s some potential audience fatigue, I’m betting that there’s still big demand for this franchise. Look for Despicable Me 3 to debut with $98 million.

Baby Driver is the new car chase/heist film from director Edgar Wright. The film opened this past Wednesday to near unanimous praise. Wright films don’t usually perform well in North America, but this should be a breakthrough for him. Look for it to arrive in second place with $19 million. Read the rest of this entry

Scene Stealers: The Minions of “Despicable Me”

The Minions“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing.  The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” – Mark Twain

And that folks, is why I love The Minions (the true stars of both Despicable Me 1 & 2).  I could literally be fired from my job, have my house burn down and watch the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship (all catastrophic events from my point of view), but one YouTube clip of these guys and you’d see my frown turn upside down. More on The Minions after the jump.

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Leiki Veskimets’ 2014 Oscars Roundup


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I’m going to say it, the Oscars were Fun this year. Yes, with a capital F. Although I like them even when they’re James-Franco-bad so my view is definitely biased. But Ellen Degeneres is a great host. As good last night as she was when she first hosted seven years ago, she’s funny and hits the right note by amusing but not offending. It’s hard to make the 86th of anything seem unique. But she managed it.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Show

She joked about ordering the starving audience pizza, then actually brought them pizza. She even went and got money from Harvey Weinstein to pay for it, who forked over $200. “It’s a good start” Ellen retorted. More Oscar mayhem after the jump.

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The Wolverine Is Somewhat Toothless (And Snikt!-less): Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Every once in a while within the confines of this column, I get to play the Muppet Show’s Statler and Waldorf to Editor-in-Chief Andy Burns’ box office predictions. It’s a fun gig because being Statler and Waldorf is, essentially, the no-lose scenario: they are the world’s first “anonymous” internet post – untouchable trolls with too much free-reign negativity to say about other people’s hard work and effort.

Now, I may not be posting anonymously, but it’s important to realize that Andy Burns is no Fozzy Bear when it comes to predicting the weekend box office. He’s right more often than he’s wrong. But I remember him relentlessly making fun of my Speed Racer box office prediction, back in the day. And today, I do get a chance to “pick” at his picks.

With the release of the highly anticipated Hugh Jackman ticket, The Wolverine, you’ve got to wonder how well it – and Andy Burns did.

Follow the Statler and Waldorf troll and find out after the jump!

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Conjuring a Victory – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

box1I took a shot in the dark my first time out with these Box Office Predictions, and I think I did all right. The numbers are pretty close, but it looks like The Conjuring is number one, while Despicable Me 2 went to, um, number two, while Turbo sped right into third place. Grown Ups 2 is still strong, but R.I.P.D. had some bad luck finding an audience this weekend. We’ll take a look at the real numbers in the Wrap-Up Report, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Red, Dead, or Conjured? – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

246460id1c_Conjuring_INTL_27x40_1Sheet.inddOkay, editor-in-chief Andy Burns usually does the weekly Box Office Predictions, but seeing as he’s out in San Diego enjoying himself at Comic-Con, I will be giving this a shot. Remember, folks, I’m not a gambler, or a psychic, and kids, don’t try this at home. Box office predictin’ is dangerous business.

This weekend brings The Conjuring, Red 2, and R.I.P.D. into theaters. Can Despicable Me 2 hold on to its lead for a third weekend in a row? Let’s see what my guesses are, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Despicable Me 2 Destroys All Competition – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

A huge weekend at the box office, with one film performing exceedingly well, while another failed, even though it had good marks from audiences. Here’s what went down.

Despicable Me 2Not surprisingly, Despicable Me 2 was the big winner at the box office this weekend, hitting the top spot with an outstanding $81 million. Audiences and critics embraced this sequel, and since its July 3rd, the film has grossed a stellar $140.5 million. The film is well on its way to a domestic home run of at least $250-$275 million.

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!

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Saturday at the Movies: Despicable Me 2

despic1If you’ve already seen the big three of the summer so far – Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Iron Man Three – and are hoping to stay away from what may or may not be a disastrous revamp of the legendary Lone Ranger this weekend, the 3D CGI animated sequel to 2010’s Despicable Me might be right for you. Join me after the jump for a look at Despicable Me 2.

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Despicable Me 2 vs The Lone Ranger – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

It’s the long weekend in the US of A, and the weekend box office has already started up with the release of two would-be blockbusters. Which will hit number one? Here’s our prediction:

Despicable_Me_2_posterEverywhere you look, there are minions! Despicable Me 2 is the hugely hyped sequel to the 2010 original animated smash, starring the voice of Steve Carrell and Russel Brand. Since its release on July 2nd, the film has already grossed more than $70 million and is the surefire winner this weekend. Look for a huge three-day total to be $85 million.

Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn out after the jump!
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