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Box Office Results · April 08, 2012

Two more cannons were fired over the weekend as ‘American Reunion’ and ‘Titanic 3D’ failed to defeat the Box Office champion, ‘The Hunger Games’.

‘The Hunger Games’ has now won the Box Office crown for the three consecutive weeks, passing the #300M mark in just 17 days. Making it the sixth-fastest film ever to hit that milestone, and second only to ‘Avatar’ to hit it among the non-sequels.

Sadly, like most actual high school reunions, audiences weren’t really interested in attending ‘American Reunion’. Despite debuting in second place with $21.5M, the fourth installment in the raunchy comedy series grossed far below the other films. Maybe next time don’t kill your franchise with countless, horrible straight-to-DVD movies. Oh, and guess what! Most people don’t want to watch 30-year-olds behaving like high school kids. It’s sad.

As for the 3D re-release of ‘Titanic’, on its second theatrical voyage the epic romance didn’t really sink or swim. Granted, It pulled in $17.4M over the holiday weekend, which is less than the recent 3D re-releases of ‘The Lion King’, ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. But, you could also argue that since its Wednesday release, ‘Titanic 3D’ has earned $25.7M, which would rank its five-day opening second behind the ‘The Lion King’ ($35.1M).

Yeesh! All we know is a lot of tired old junk is making a lot of money!

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 1 The Hunger Games $33,500,000 $302,839,000 3
2 American Reunion $21,500,000 $21,500,000 1
3 Titanic 3D $17,350,000 $25,710,000 1
4 2 Wrath of the Titans $15,010,000 $58,899,000 2
5 3 Mirror Mirror $11,000,000 $36,473,000 2
6 4 21 Jump Street $10,200,000 $109,577,000 4
7 5 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $5,000,000 $198,200,000 6
8 7 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $975,000 $4,639,000 5
9 6 John Carter $820,000 $67,973,000 5
10 12 Safe House $581,000 $124,751,000 9

(via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Lionsgate]
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Box Office Results · April 01, 2012

The Box Office phenomenon ‘The Hunger Games’ easily defeated both myth and magic over the weekend.

Katniss Everdeen just always gets the job done. Her and her fellow Tributes managed to pull in $251M in just ten days!! Making ‘The Hunger Games’ the fourth fastest movie to ever hit the quarter of a billion dollar mark! But, the three films in front of it are all sequels (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Dark Knight), which makes ‘THGthe fastest non-sequel to gross that much money!

In the second position was ‘Wrath of the Titans’, a sequel based on a mediocre remake and that evidently interested very few moviegoers. Despite the wildly improved CGI and 3D effects it just wasn’t enough to get people attracted to this flick. Not even Sam Worthington’s fancy new ‘time-period appropriate’ hair-do could heal the pain caused by his ‘Clash of the Titans’. The poor showing may also have something to do with the fact everyone saw basically the same story in ‘The Immortals’ a few months ago!
But, if you want to dump $150M bucks into a sequel for a movie that no one liked, starring an actor who can’t act and is nothing but Box Office poison lately, don’t be shocked when you only make $34.2M in your opening weekend. Just saying.

Also coming as no surprise to the SurlyGurls, or anyone else, ‘Mirror Mirror’ opened with some pretty lack-lustre numbers too. The Snow White comedy starring Julia Roberts secured the third position; hunting down about $19M. Really the only silver lining here is that the studio was able to throw ‘Mirror Mirror’ into the theatres before ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.

Finally, in the limited release world of cinema, ‘Bully’ made its big five-theatre debut earning $115,000. For all those “mental math” haters, that’s an average of $23,000/theatre, a pretty solid haul. Considering all the pre-release buzz this un-rated film received, along with the strong reviews and emotional reactions over the weekend, we’ll all be hearing more about this flick.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 1 The Hunger Games $61,100,000 $251,033,000 2
2 Wrath of the Titans $34,200,000 $34,200,000 1
3 Mirror Mirror $19,000,000 $19,000,000 1
4 2 21 Jump Street $15,000,000 $93,100,000 3
5 3 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $8,000,000 $189,600,000 5
6 4 John Carter $2,005,000 $66,210,000 4
7 16 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $1,274,000 $3,171,000 4
8 5 Act of Valor $1,006,000 $67,750,000 6
9 6 A Thousand Words $915,000 $16,520,000 4
10 10 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $835,000 $98,480,000 8

(via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Lionsgate]

Box Office Results · March 25, 2012

Over the weekend ‘The Hunger Games’ feasted on essentially all of the money going into movie theatres! All of it!!

In three days Katniss and Company reaped an astounding $155M to dominate the Box Office. Let’s review the extensive list of records this movie broke since its release on Friday:

First of all, it is the third-best debut of all time, sitting just behind ‘The Dark Knight’ ($158M) and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ ($169M). It is also the best opening for any film outside of the summer blockbuster season as well as the biggest opening for a non-sequel.

The big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel captured an estimated $68M on Friday alone, making it the fifth-best opening day ever.

Also, ‘The Hunger Games’ pulled in a nice chunk of change from its IMAX release. But, if you’d like to see it in the staggering majesty of IMAX you’d better hurry because it’s a limited one-week engagement. This Friday all the Tributes gets the boot for ‘Wrath of the Titans’.

Be sure to check out our review of ‘The Hunger Games’.

Since we’re chatting about sci-fi book-to-movie adaptations, let’s briefly touch on the fact that ‘John Carter’, which cost Disney $250M to make has only pulled in $62.3M in three weeks – that is less than ‘The Hunger Games’ grossed in one day… and it only cost Lionsgate $80M to produce. Yikes!

What’s that? Oh yeah, there were other movies that opened on Friday! The drama ‘October Baby’ entered the top ten in the 8th position with a decent $1.7M in just under 400 theatres.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW

Movie Title

Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 The Hunger Games $155,000,000 $155,000,000 1
2 1 21 Jump Street $21,300,000 $71,051,000 2
3 2 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $13,100,000 $177,300,000 4
4 3 John Carter $5,014,000 $62,347,000 3
5 5 Act of Valor $2,062,000 $65,942,000 5
6 4 Project X $1,950,000 $51,752,000 4
7 6 A Thousand Words $1,925,000 $14,926,000 3
8 October Baby $1,718,000 $1,718,000 1
9 7 Safe House $1,400,000 $122,600,000 7
10 8 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $1,373,000 $97,155,000 7

 (via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Lionsgate Entertainment]

Box Office Results · March 11, 2012

Well, after the dust settled ‘The Lorax’ is still your Box Office champion. That orange little environmentalist totally defeated ‘John Carter’ and has also gone on to become the most profitable movie so far of 2012! Earning almost $122 million in only 10 days! At least it’s no longer ‘The Vow’.

Disney’s wildly expensive ‘John Carter’ pulled in just a little over what experts were predicting, but still had a disappointing opening. The sci-fi flick debuted in the number two spot with just over $30.6M. It’s sad that the movie based on books that influenced so many sci-fi classics (Star Wars, Avatar) just ended up looking like a rip-off of those earlier films.

Eddie Murphy continues to be box office poison with his recent flick earning only $6.4M and a spot just out of the Top Five. Apparently ‘A Thousand Words’ is so unspeakably bad it has joined the few movies with the rare 0% rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

Not to be outdone on the ole “crap-o-meter”, the horror movie ‘Silent House’ managed to accomplish the rare  “F” CinemaScore rating! Making it the second found-footage horror movie to gain that honour this year; the first being ‘The Devil Inside’. ‘Silent House’ also scared up $7.0M and a debut in the fourth spot.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 1 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $39,100,000 $121,950,000 2
2 John Carter $30,603,000 $30,603,000 1
3 2 Project X $11,550,000 $40,125,000 2
4 Silent House $7,010,000 $7,010,000 1
5 3 Act of Valor $7,000,000 $56,100,597 3
6 A Thousand Words $6,350,000 $6,350,000 1
7 4 Safe House $5,000,000 $115,800,000 5
8 7 The Vow $4,000,000 $117,614,000 5
9 8 This Means War $3,750,000 $46,889,000 4
10 6 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $3,685,000 $90,716,000 5

 (via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]

Box Office Results · March 04, 2012

Families were out in full force over the weekend to support that grouchy little tree-huggerThe Lorax’. The animated adaptation pulled in a record-breaking $70.7M, easily winning the top spot at the box office!! This marks the best opening for a Dr. Suess adaptation ever as well as the top opening of 2012, crushing the $41.2M debut ‘The Vow’ received only a few weeks ago. Take that, Channing Tatum!

Though, the teen party comedy ‘Project X’ didn’t shatter any records it did still make a pretty decent showing with $20.8M, debuting in the second position.

Also, hot off its Oscar success last weekend, ‘The Artist’ cracked the top ten over the weekend with $3.9M. This makes us happy!

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $70,700,000 $70,700,000 1
2 Project X $20,775,000 $20,775,000 1
3 1 Act of Valor $13,700,000 $45,239,000 2
4 4 Safe House $7,200,000 $108,200,000 4
5 2 Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds $7,000,000 $25,745,000 2
6 3 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $6,925,000 $85,611,000 4
7 5 The Vow $6,100,000 $111,712,000 4
8 7 This Means War $5,625,000 $41,464,000 3
9 6 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $4,700,000 $44,881,000 3
10 13 The Artist $3,900,000 $37,088,000 15

(via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]

The 32nd Annual Razzie Award Nominations

As per their special 2012 schedule, the RAZZIE nominations were announced on Saturday. It was no great surprise that Adam Sandler led the nominations, but what did come as a bit of a shock was just how many nominations he earned.

Little Billy Madison churned out an unprecedented amount of cinematic garbage this year and all his hard work didn’t go unnoticed. His contributions to ‘Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star’, ‘Jack & Jill’ and ‘Just Go With It’ earned him an outstanding 11 nominations!!

This record-breaking achievement crowns Sandler with the title of the most RAZZIE nominations in a single year. Thanks in part to Sandler’s annoying, unfunny and unconvincing role as his twin sister, he was able to more than double the five nominations that earned Eddie Murphy the title back in 2007.

That note-worthy haul gets even more impressive when you take into account that the RAZZIE’s only have TEN categories! We think it will be quite a while before anyone is able to outshine Adam Sandler and his truly embarrassing 2011 offerings.

(Read the rest of the this entry for a full list of the nominations…)

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The Dictator reacts to Oscars ban

Yesterday, The Republic of Wadiya Media and Admiral General Aladeen released this video response to being banned from the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.

His Excellency begins with a pretty cheery greeting for the “Great Satan of America”, but then he quickly turns on the crazy. Sacha Baron Cohen and his Kramer wig (both on his head and chin) go on and on about injustice and freedom of speech and Hilary Swank… and who knew Admiral General Aladeen was such a Meg Ryan fan?

And it’s not like we don’t get what Sacha Baron Cohen is doing. We do. But, holy shit! It’s getting boring! It’s the same routine. A bunch of sexist and racist jokes delivered by some strangely adorable character who doesn’t know any better. We saw in ‘Borat’ and ‘Brüno’ and here it is again in ‘The Dictator’. Don’t get us wrong, we think Cohen and his movies are funny, but it’s just we’re already bored with ‘The Dictator’ and the movie isn’t scheduled to be released until May!

…Granted, his sign off is funny.

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