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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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:
Holding 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!
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 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.
World War Z Surprises, Monsters University Scores – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report
It was an absolutely fantastic weekend at the box office, as two new releases performed incredibly well. Here’s what went down.
We’ll get to number one in a minute, but bucking for our tradition, we’re going to celebrate the second place film this week, as the odds were not looking good for World War Z. Massive rewrites and a huge budget had this film all set up to be a failure, but thanks to strong word of mouth, some surprisingly strong reviews, and star Brad Pitt’s willingness to go out and work for the film, World War Z managed to beat the odds and score a more than solid opening weekend gross of $66 million for second place. This exceeded all expectations (including our own), and bodes well for World War Z’s legs over the next few weeks.
Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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This weekend sees two films aiming to send Man of Steel flying from the top of the box office. Which one will come out on top? Here are our predictions:
Sure to be a monster in theaters this weekend is Pixar’s Monsters University, the prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. There’s little question that this will be the movie to beat, thanks to the reliable Pixar brand, the legacy of the original film, and the lack of big time family films since the release of Epic. Look for Monsters University to hit number one this weekend with $80 million.
Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn out after the jump!
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