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Creations of Chaos: Long Way North

Travel, adventure, and a healthy dose of girl power, brought to life using interesting, visual, artistry. On this edition of Creations of Chaos, it’s production studio Shout! Factory’s, Long Way North.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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I love film sagas. I call them escape films because with film franchises like Twilight, Harry Potter, The Maze Runner, and The Hunger Games, my female friends and I can anticipate seeing several installments of our favorite movies as an excuse for a girl’s night out. I look for any excuse to get out of making dinner. After thirty-six years of marriage, I’m tired of looking at that stupid stove.

Today, I did something completely different. My husband and I made arrangements to see the last installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 with our neighbors, Rita and her husband. We went to the morning showing of the film, which meant that I still got home early enough to cook dinner. Damn!  Was Mockingjay – Part 2 worth dragging the hubbies to the movie? Read the rest of this entry

It Looks Like Kingdom Come For Exodus: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Exodus2014PosterWell, something of a minor calamity has befallen yet another recent adaptation of an Old Testament Bible story.

Earlier this year, Noah with all of it’s Lord of the Rings-esque trailer glamour, failed to impress critics and audience-goers alike, which made for a poor showing at the box office. But this weekend saw the release of fan and critic favourite director, Ridley Scott’s latest, Exodus: Gods and Kings. The film is the distinctly Hollywood-ized story of Moses and the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. So, how would it fare, especially against our predictions?

Follow me after the jump and we’ll take a look at what films rejoiced – and what films caught plague at the box office this weekend!

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Steampunk Granny’s Take on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

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I have a secret to tell you. I have all the Hunger Games books, but I haven’t read any of them yet. I’ve made a conscious decision to watch the films first, and then read the books. This is a reverse of what I normally do, but I’ve found that I’m less disappointed in the films if I don’t come to the table with a fixed notion on how or if the film and book jived. This past Saturday night, I went with a friend to watch the latest addition to the Hunger Games franchise. Did Mockingjay Part 1 meet my expectations? Follow the rose. Read the rest of this entry

Mockingjay Wins A Slow Weekend: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

mockingjay jlWith no new releases this weekend, it was pretty much slow and steady at the box office this weekend. Here’s a quick rundown, beginning with our predictions:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $25 million
2) Penguins of Madagascar – $15 million
3) Big Hero Six – $10 million
4) Interstellar – $7 million
5) Horrible Bosses 2 – $5 million

And here’s how things turned out:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $21.6 million
2) Penguins of Madagascar – $11.1 million
3) Horrible Bosses 2 – $8.3 million
4) Big Hero 6 – $8.1 million
5) Interstellar – $7.8 million

Apart from Horrible Bosses 2 performing a little better than expected, there’s clearly wasn’t anything notable for the weekend. Next weekend should be different, with the arrival of Exodus: Gods and Kings. Be sure to check back on Sunday to see our predictions.

Mockingjay to soar above the competition – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

It’s a quiet weekend at the box office, which means a pretty quiet edition of box office predictions.

jennifer-lawrence-the-hunger-games-mockingjay-part-1With no new releases, look for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should hold on to the top spot at the box office. Look for it to bring in $25 million on its quest to be the biggest film of the year. Penguins of Madagascar will be in second place with $15 million, with Big Hero Six right behind it in third with $10 million. Interstellar will grab fourth place with $7 million, while the underperforming Horrible Bosses 2 will narrowly make it into the fifth spot with $5 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $25 million
2) Penguins of Madagascar – $15 million
3) Big Hero Six – $10 million
4) Interstellar – $7 million
5) Horrible Bosses 2 – $5 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out.

A Horrible Debut For Horrible Bosses 2 – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It was an interesting weekend at the box office, as one new release performed fairly well, while another wound up a big disappointment. Here’s what went down:

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 really destroyed the competition in its second weekend in release, grossing $56 million to easily hold on to the top spot at the box office. The film has now grossed an impressive $225 million, on its way to becoming the biggest film in North America for 2014.

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Mockingjay Flies High-ish – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It was a big weekend at the box office, but not quite as big as thought it would be. Here’s what went down.

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debut in theatres this weekend and, as expected, rocketed to the top, with an impressive $123 million. It’s not a number to sneeze at, but it is actually below the opening gross for both the first Hunger Games, and its follow-up, Catching Fire, which debut with $152 million and $158 million, respectively. I’d chalk this lower number up to the fact that the film finale is still a year away; splitting things in two takes a bit of excitement away, excitement that will surely return next year at this time when Mockingjay Part 2 is released.

As for the rest of the top five, Big Hero 6 was in second place with $20 million. Interstellar grabbed third with $15 million, while Dumb and Dumber To fell to fourth place with $13.8 million. Gone Girl closed things out in fifth with $2.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $155 million
2) Big Hero 6 – $21 million
3) Interstellar – $19 million
4) Dumb and Dumber To – $17 million
5) Gone Girl – $3 million

And here’s how the weekend went down:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $123 million
2) Big Hero 6 – $20 million
3) Interstellar – $15 million
4) Dumb and Dumber To – $13.8 million
5) Gone Girl – $2.8 million

Next weekend sees the release of Horrible Bosses 2 and Penguins of Madagascar. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

The Mockingjay Will Soar – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Let’s be quick and to the point – we know The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is going to top the box office with oodles of cash this weekend. How much will it bring is the only question. Here’s our prediction:

newmockingjay_largeBoth of the previous installments in the Jennifer Lawrence staring series of films have done gangbusters their opening weekends and Mockingjay should no doubt do the same. Look for a first place debut with $155 million, for the biggest opening of the year.

As for the rest of the top five, Big Hero 6 will be in second place with $21 million. Interstellar will be close behind with $19 million, with Dumb and Dumber To following in fourth place with $17 million. Gone Girl will close things out in fifth with $3 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $155 million
2) Big Hero 6 – $21 million
3) Interstellar – $19 million
4) Dumb and Dumber To – $17 million
5) Gone Girl – $3 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns our!

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