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‘Fate of the Furious’ Holds, ‘Unforgettabl’ Folds at the Box Office

It was another Fast and Furious weekend at the box office, as the latest from Vin Diesel and his family drove over the competition. Here’s what went down:

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The Fate of the Furious remained in the top spot for the second weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $38 million, raising its total to $163 million. Though this is not a bad number at all, the film did drop a huge 63%, which means that this instalment in the franchise will likely not have serious legs. Not that that is really anything to worry about, consider The Fate of the Furious still managed to score the biggest global opening weekend of all time when it debuted. Nobody is crying here, that’s for sure.

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‘Fate of the Furious’ Rides To First Place At The Box Office

It’s been a successful, but not HUGELY successful weekend for this week’s big new release. Here’s what went down:

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Though we were optimistic and thought The Fate of the Furious would only drop slightly from the massive opening Furious 7 delivered a few years back, the latest instalment was definitely off from F7‘s $147 million. While The Fate of the Furious debuted in number one, as expected, it was with an estimated $100.1 million. To be fair, this is still a great number, and the film is tracking to also perform incredibly well overseas. It just appears that this time out, the family couldn’t quite capture the zeitgeist in North America the way it had a few years back.

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‘Fate of the Furious’ Looking to Drive Over the Competition This Weekend

This weekend, it’s a Furious world, and we’re just living in it. What will be the fate for the eighth instalment in a venerable franchise? Here’s our prediction:


Against all odds and expectations, the Furious franchise continues to bring in incredible numbers with each new movie. Last time, 2015’s Fast and the Furious 7 arrived with $147 million for it’s opening weekend. That’s a huge haul, and one that The Fate of the Furious might have a hard time reaching. However, even if it does come in under that number just a bit, we should be looking at an incredible debut weekend. Look for a first place showing for The Fate of the Furious with $135 million.

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Furious 7 will race to the top of the box office

Only one new release hits theaters this weekend, and there’s absolutely no question that not only will it top the box office, but it’s going to do so with a huge chunk of change. How much? Here’s our prediction:

imageFurious 7 finally makes its way onto screens this weekend, following a delay sadly caused by the unfortunate and untimely death of beloved series star Paul Walker. Filmmakers worked with CGI and body doubles in the form of Walker’s brothers to finish his relevant scenes, and there’s no question that the final product has been done as a tribute to him. All the stars of the franchise, including Vin Diesel, The Rock and even MMA star Ronda Rousey have been out in full force to promote Furious 7, so awareness is high. Even more impressive is the fact that advance reviews have been glowing. So what kind of money will the movie make? Fast and Furious 6 opened two years ago with $97.4 million, a number this film should significantly top. Look for a first place debut for Furious 7 with $135 million.

As for the rest of the top five, Home will drop to second place with $28 million. Get Hard will be in third with $18 million. Cindererella will grab fourth place with $14 million, while Insurgent will be right behind it with $13 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Furious 7 – $135 million
2) Home – $28 million
3) Get Hard – $18 million
4) Cinderella – $14 million
5) Insurgent – $13 million

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

Saturday At The Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy


I think some folks are afraid to say it, but I’m not. Guardians of the Galaxy is the best movie of 2014, and it’s only been out a couple days. I saw it once and I want to see it again. When’s the last time you heard someone say that about a movie? This is the one. Meet me after the jump for a quick spoiler-free review of Marvel’s newest hit flick, Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Trailer Time: Guardians of the Galaxy – International Trailer 2


After a couple of the most entertaining and amusing trailers we’ve seen in the superhero/scifi genre in some time, the new international trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy takes a more serious turn, and also gives us a bit of background on Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt. Take a peek, after the jump.

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Trailer Time: Guardians of the Galaxy – Second Trailer


This has been a big summer so far with Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla, and X-Men: Days of Future Past later this week, but many folks think the biggest of the blockbusters hits toward the end of the summer – here’s a second extended look at Guardians of the Galaxy, check it out after the jump.

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Trailer Time: Guardians of the Galaxy


First look at the new cinematic masterpiece from Marvel Studios – Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel Comics and characters of the same name – check it out after the jump:

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Riddick Rules – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

A fairly dull weekend at the box office, as the one major new release failed to make much of an impact. Here’s what went down.

Riddick_posterAs predicted, Vin Diesel’s Riddick topped the box office, though it only managed to bring in a somewhat lacklustre $18.6 million, less than the $24 million The Chronicles of Riddick made back in 2004. This film was inexpensive though, costing roughly $38 million, so it should manage to at least break even worldwide. However, Diesel will be better off sticking with The Fast and Furious series, not too mention whatever Marvel Studios has planned for him.

As for the rest of the top five, Lee Daniels’ The Butler hit second place with $8.9 million. Instructions Not Included is right behind it with $8.1 million, while We’re The Millers brought in $7.9 million to grab the fourth spot. Planes rounded out the top five with $4 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1)      Riddick – $25 million
2)      Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $9 million
3)      We’re The Millers – $7 million
4)      One Direction: This Is Us – $6.5 million
5)      Planes – $4 million

And here’s the weekend turned out:

1)      Riddick – $18.6 million
2)      Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $8.9 million
3)      Instructions Not Included – $8.1 million
4)      We’re The Millers – $6.5 million
5)      Planes – $4 million

Next weekend sees the release of The Family and Insidious Chapter 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

Riddick Returns – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Don’t expect too many fireworks at the box office this weekend. While the film world’s eyes will be turned to the Great White North for the Toronto International Film Festival, only one new release will be looking to make an impact. But will it? Here’s our prediction.

Riddick_posterRiddick reunites Vin Diesel and director David Twohy, the two men behind Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, the former which has a huge cult following, the latter, not so much. However, there’s been a solid demand for the further adventures of the character, and buzz is high for Riddick’s return. It’s also worth noting that former WWE star and future Guardian of the Galaxy Dave Bautista has a significant role in the film, which could help its numbers this weekend. Look for a first place finish for Riddick with $25 million.

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