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‘Coco’ to take the top spot from ‘Justice League’

It’s the Thanksgiving Weekend in the United States, so first of all, thanks to all of readers, along with the American contingent of Biff Bam Pop! writers who do such an amazing job. This Canadian is thankful for you all.

Is there a surefire number one this weekend? In all likelihood, yes. Here’s our prediction:


Coco is a brand new film from the folks at Disney/Pixar. I should just stop right there, since that brand is all most audiences need to head to theaters. With its Day of the Dead theme, Coco has already broken records in Mexico, and with a 94% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear that this is a quality film that should appeal to audiences this weekend. Look for a first place debut with $60 million.

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Creations of Chaos: The Pocket Man & Snack Attack

snack attack animation

When Fathom Events and GKids announced that they were teaming up to host a Studio Ghibli Fest, I was thrilled. The fest would include six animated features from the Studio Ghibli collection. The films would appear on the big screen, one per month, for six months, starting in June. What I missed when reading up on Studio Ghibli Fest, was that the event would also include a mini animated shorts fest. GKids would select some of the best animated shorts from around the world to show after each Ghibli feature. You can imagine my excitement as I bounced to the last few notes of My Neighbor Totoro’s ending credits song, and then suddenly, a new piece of dazzling animation popped up on the screen, followed by another. In this edition of Creations of Chaos, we look at The Pocket Man and Snack Attack.

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Cars 3 zooms to the top, All Eyez On Me surprises

Don’t ever count out the legends. That’s the lesson from this past weekend at the box office. Here’s what went down:

As expected, Cars 3 was the new number one in theaters, bringing in $53 million. Though landing in the top spot is nothing to sneeze at, it is with the second lowest opening for Pixar franchise. Word of mouth might keep Cars 3 going over the next few weeks though, as the reviews have been strong for this third installment.

The big story of the weekend is the outstanding debut for the 2pac biopick, All Eyez On Me, which landed in third place with a surprising $27 million. Why the shock? Simply put, the reviews for this film have been horrid. Clearly reviews didn’t matter for the hardcore hip-hop fans, though there will likely be a significant drop-off once the fan base is serviced this weekend.

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Cars 3 should cruise to the top spot at the box office

This week sees the return of a venerable kids franchise that’s should have no trouble grabbing the top spot at the box office. Here’s our prediction:

Cars 3 has been getting the sort of reviews that eluded the previous two instalments in the Pixar franchise, which is unusual, but exciting. The film, which finds Lightning McQueen debating retirement in the face of a new hot car on the scene, is being lauded for its emotional hooks, which help get partners into theatres this weekend. As if they really have a choice – Cars 3 is the family choice for Father’s Day, and will no doubt debut in first place. Look for it to bring in $65 million.

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TIFF’s Virtual Reality Show a Revealing Revolution

Eagle Flight, from Ubisoft

The revolution is coming. It’s coming for your flat screens and your movie theatres and when it’s done, nothing will be the same. Virtual reality has at long last arrived, with tech that is ungainly, expensive and wondrous. Like all tech innovations, the race to consumer affordability is on, and within five years you can bet that VR will be cheap and ubiquitous. Right now, though, we’re in the supercomputer-that-fills-a-room days (metaphorically—the actual gear is already quite compact). In Toronto, TIFF saw the exciting breakthroughs in the medium and seized the opportunity to let people experience VR firsthand, minus the outlay for an Oculus rig. POP 03 is TIFF’s latest public pop-up installation, a three-day hands-on for people to check out what VR is about. I got my own eyes-on yesterday, and I gotta tell ya, the impact is powerful.

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You don’t need Central Intelligence to know Finding Dory will be a hit

There’s definitely something fishy going on at the box office this weekend, and it’s looking to have a huge opening. How much will this new release find? Here’s our prediction:


Finding Dory is the long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s 2003 massive hit Finding Nemo, which grossed $930 million worldwide some 13 years ago. This second instalment has been generating great reviews, and awareness is huge with families. This is going to be one of the biggest movies of the summes and it should have a huge debut to along with it. Look for a first place arrival for Finding Dory with $136 million.

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The Ten Percent: Now and Then, Here and There (1999 – 2000)

Poster for Now and Then, Here and There.

Poster for Now and Then, Here and There.

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Hello and welcome to another installment of “The Ten Percent,” a regular column here on Biff Bam Pop! where every other week K. Dale Koontz and I take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the ten percent of everything which is not crud. Sometimes it can be hard to remember that for each film or television show that gets people talking years after its premiere, there are hundreds of others that barely cleared the horizon before being (thankfully) shot down. The works that soar above the rest – well, those are the works that stand the test of time. And don’t be fooled into thinking that genre matters to the Ten Percent – slapstick comedy is in here, along with science fiction, animation, bloody horror, toe-tapping musicals, and more. The Ten Percent last for two reasons: (1) they are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception and (2) they somehow manage to capture something fleeting and rare and preserve it for the lucky viewing public.

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The Make Mine Magic Podcast: The Good Dinosaur


The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The Make Mine Magic Podcast, featuring Jennifer Walker and Glenn Walker talking about Disney, parks, movies, travel advice, characters, games, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Studio Ghibli, etc., if it’s Disney, it’s fair game! See and hear more after the jump.

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Jurassic World continues to rule, Inside Out has an joyful debut

Apologies for the late post – you know me, I like to get these up on Sundays, but yesterday was not only Father’s Day, but it was my daughter’s fifth birthday as well. As you can imagine, there was cake to be eaten, parties to be had and movies to see. In our case, it was the film that came in second at the box office. Here’s what went down:

insideoutHolding on to the top spot at the box office this weekend was Jurassic World, which brought in $102 million, an absolutely stellar number. The film has now grossed $399 million, and is well on its way to be being the biggest film of the summer, likely by far.

Debuting in second place with $91 million is the Disney-Pixar film Inside Out. Riding a wave of great reviews and the Pixar brand name, Inside Out was clearly the choice of families with little kids this weekend. The film is very sophisticated and plays well with adults, as I can attest to having seen it on Sunday. My little one loved it as well, even if I’m still trying to explain to her how one loses their train of thought. Highly recommended, though.

As for the rest of the top five, Spy was in third place with $10.5 million, San Andreas hit fourth with $8.2 million, while Dope closed things out in fifth place with a $5.8 million debut.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Jurassic World – $110 million
2) Inside Out – $90 million
3) Spy – $9 million
4) Dope – $7 million
5) San Andreas – $5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Jurassic World – $102 million
2) Inside Out – $91 million
3) Spy – $10.5 million
4) San Andreas– $8.2 million
5) Dope – $5.8 million

Out this weekend are Max and Ted 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

Can Inside Out take a bite out of Jurassic World?

Will a new animated film turn the box office inside out, or will the mighty power of Indominus Rex continue to chew on all the competition? Here are our prediction:

Inside_Out_PosterInside Out is the latest offering from Disney-Pixar, and as well all know, those guys have a pretty fantastic track record. The previews for this film, about the emotions that run our life, have been simply outstanding, and reviews have been generous as well. There’s no doubt that the film is going to be a big hit, but will it have the strength to knock down what’s already become one of the biggest hits of all time. I’m going to say no. Families will come out in full force, but I think Inside Out will have to settle for a strong second place with $90 million.

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