This year was a trash fire of epic proportions. If I have to spell it out for you, let me just say it starts with T and ends with Rump. However, despite all of the horrors we witnessed, all was not lost on the pop culture front. I’m sure I’m not the only one to find solace in art this year.
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As expected, last week’s number one held off its challengers. However, both new films in release still performed strongly. Here’s what went down:
Thor: Raganarok remained in the top spot at the box office, bringing in an impressive $56.1 million. Its already grossed more in North American than the first Thor film, and is days away from passing Thor: The Dark World’s take as well. By the time it finishes its domestic run, Thor: Raganarok should be the first film featuring the God of Thunder to break $300 million.
Debuting in second place was Daddy’s Home 2 with a very solid $30 million. Audiences have been enjoying the comedy, even though critics received it poorly. Putting Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg together again was certainly key in turn-out, as was the PG-13 rating that allowed the film to be a family experience.
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There are a few new releases hitting movie theaters this weekend, but neither of them should have the power to unseat the God of Thunder. How will they perform? Here are our predictions:
With an ensemble cast and director Kenneth Braunaugh leading the charge, Murder on the Orient Express should prove to be the adult choice this weekend. Agatha Christie remains one of the defining mystery writers of all time, and her Hercule Poirot is still a beloved character. The film skews older and is really the only appealing entry for non-genre fans. Look for Murder on the Orient Express to debut in second place with $24 million.
In a world where the third entry in a film series is supposed to deliver lesser returns, the latest Marvel Studios epic has bucked the trend, and delivered and outstanding debut. Here’s what went down:
Thor: Ragnarok arrived in theaters this weekend with a thunderous slam dunk, bringing in an estimated $121 million. That’s significantly more than 2011’s Thor ($65 million) and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World ($85 million) delivered on their respective opening weekends. Having Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk certainly helped out, but director Taika Waititi’s humours tone definitely put the film on a unique path that other Marvel movies haven’t taken.
It’s a huge weekend at the box office, as the final Marvel Studios film of 2017 is unleashed. How much will it dominate by? Here’s our prediction:
The hype is in overload mode for Thor: Ragnarok, which sees the return of Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston to their beloved roles as Thor, Hulk, and Loki, respectively. Joing them are newcomers Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. Directed by Taiki Waititi, Ragnarok has been getting absolutely outstanding reviews for its heavy comedic tone. It currently sits at 94% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, the best performing Thor film so far. At this point, the sky is the limit for this third Asgardian tale, and I’m feeling it’s going to perform on the higher end of the scale. Look for a first place debut for Thor: Ragnarok with $125 million.
There was a lot happening at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con… the Hulk speaks, Steppenwolf revealed, young Harry Mudd, new X-Men, and Will Smith in Bright… and here’s a round-up of some of the more exciting trailers and teasers released this weekend, starting with the most anticipated of all, Stranger Things 2, right after the jump…
The trailer for Thor: Ragnarok just dropped and it’s the most fun you’re going to have today!
Thor: Ragnarok is out November 3rd, 2017.
With the Red Hulk turned into a “perfect weapon” by the Leader last episode, the Avengers, without their own Hulk, have to stop the bigger, badder, and hotter Rulk by themselves. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the latest episode of Avengers: Ultron Revolution – “World War Hulk!”
The Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is back from the dead. Well, not dead, really. I knew there would be a second season, but really, I thought we were done with the first season already. The Guardians are back however, along with Nebula, Ronan, and the Grandmaster. Meet me after the jump for my review of “Fox on the Run.”
This afternoon, Marvel Studios held a press conference at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles to announce the next batch of movies in their ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. There were some surprises, some we already knew, but all of it is exciting. Meet me after the jump for all the news.