This weekend welcomes only one brave little soilder to challenge ‘The Avengers‘ at the Box Office. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s eighth colaboration brings the updated 60s/70s gothy soap ‘Dark Shadows‘ to the big screen. Though the original was dark and dramatic, they’ve gone the ‘21 Jump Street‘ route and turned it into a campy comedy.
Though, I would be a liar if I told you I’m not looking forward to seeing something along the lines of a blood-sucking Captain Jack Sparrow in a severely manicured hair-do!
Also, don’t forget that Mother’s Day is this weekend! Be sure to do something nice for her!! The SurlyGurls wish all the Moms out there a great day on Sunday!!
“Every Family Has Its Demons.“
Directing: Tim Burton
Writing: Seth Grahame-Smith (screenplay/story), John August (story), Dan Curtis (television series)
Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter
Price of Admission will get you: Johnny Depp flouncing about the disco era as an out-of-touch, and undead romantic dandy in this fun and stylish reboot of the old vampire soap opera.
Running Time · 113 min
Genre · Comedy / Fantasy
Rating · PG-13
‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ smashed almost every Box Office record in its path over the weekend.
Joss Whedon’s ensemble comic book masterpiece pulled in $200.3M in three days! Easily breaking the opening weekend record. The final chapter in the Harry Potter series had held the record, after conjuring up a $169.2M opening last summer.
In addition to breaking the best opening weekend record, ‘The Avengers’ took the title of second-best opening day, behind ‘Deathly Hallows — Part 2’, after earning $80.5M on Friday. Oh, don’t forget to add to the list that the adaptation broke the record for the biggest Saturday gross and experts predict it will break the record for the biggest Sunday gross as well.
But, you don’t have to be a Tony Stark-level genius to realize that the combination of Marvel Universe All-Stars, Joss Whedon, and incredible CGI effects would equal Box Office gold. Just look at the earnings for the first and second place movies – there is a difference of about $190 million dollars?! That’s crazy!! No one was seeing anything other than ‘The Avengers‘ this weekend!
This is a great start to the Summer Movie Season… and judging from the previews running before ‘The Avengers’ we are going to be spending a lot of time in the theatres this summer.
Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:
|TW||LW||Movie Title||Weekend Gross||Total Gross||Week|
|1||–||Marvel’s The Avengers||$200,300,000||$200,300,000||1|
|2||1||Think Like a Man||$8,000,000||$73,029,000||3|
|3||3||The Hunger Games||$5,700,000||$380,727,000||7|
|4||4||The Lucky One||$5,510,000||$47,917,000||3|
|5||2||The Pirates! Band of Misfits||$5,400,000||$18,563,000||2|
|6||5||The Five-Year Engagement||$5,100,000||$19,200,000||2|
|10||9||The Three Stooges||$1,800,000||$39,637,000||4|
[Image Credit: Marvel Studios]
When we aren’t get our nerd on at San Diego Comic Con, we like to venture out “together” and explore the natural beauty of California. Here, we’re celebrating the awesome that is Death Valley National Park.
“Together” we do lots of nerdy things, watch lots of nerdy movies and television shows and then write about them! If you would like to get “together” and read more about our nerdiness, check out our other blogs!
(To be honest, we tried REALLY hard to incorporate our most favourite faux-boyband 2ge+her into this post. Oh, Evan Farmer, where are you now?)
Lots and lots of choices this week! There are four new major flicks fighting for your theatre-going dollars.
There’s Mr. High Fidelity in his macabre Edgar Allan Poe crime drama. You’ve got another raunchy romantic comedy from the unstoppable Apatow machine! Jason Statham and his gun show even make it out to kick the shit out of everyone in sight.
And if you’re thinking to yourself “Hey SurlyGurls, what about the families!? I’m not taking my kids to any of those!”… don’t you worry! The people behind ‘Chicken Run’ have an adorable little animated pirate movie for you! They’ve got your back! That’s so nice! You should do them a solid and go see their movie, it looks like your best bet at the Box Office this week.
“The only one who can stop a serial killer is the man who inspired him.”
Directing: James McTeigue
Writing: Ben Livingston, Hannah Shakespeare
Starring: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson
Price of Admission will get you: another example of Cusack’s recent poor movie choices. Sure, visually it looks good, but the whole idea is ridiculous – merging Edgar Allan Poe and ‘Seven’ is a terrible idea. We think John Cusack is well on his way to being the next Nicolas Cage!!
Running Time · 111 min
Genre · Mystery / Thriller
Rating · R
THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT
“A comedy about the journey between popping the question and tying the knot.”
Directing: Nicholas Stoller
Writing: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie
Price of Admission will get you: an uncompromisingly formulaic and predictable rom-com about the unpredictability of love and life.
Running Time · 124 min
Genre · Comedy / Romance
Rating · R
It took five weeks, but the Box Office finally has a new victor.
The new relationship comedy ‘Think Like A Man’ stole the crown from ‘The Hunger Games’ over the weekend, ending its month-long reign atop the Box Office. The movie based on the popular Steve Harvey book ‘Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man’, pulled in $33M over the weekend. Apparently, audiences decided to trade the battle royale of ‘The Hunger Games’ for the Battle of the Sexes.
Speaking of relationships, Pretty Boy Zac Efron’s new romance flick ‘The Lucky One’ debuted in second place with $22.8M – much better than ol’ ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ did! (Remember that thing!?) But, this movie has Nicholas Sparks behind it, and evidently everything he cranks out is goddamn gold! Seriously, this is the SEVENTH film based on one of his novels!!
Disney’s ‘Chimpanzee’ also had a pretty good weekend. The film opened in the fourth spot with $10.2M, making it the most successful opening of all the DisneyNature documentaries; earning more than ‘Earth’, ‘Oceans’, and ‘African Cats’.
Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:
|1||–||Think Like a Man||$33,000,000||$33,000,000||1|
|2||–||The Lucky One||$22,805,000||$22,805,000||1|
|3||1||The Hunger Games||$14,500,000||$356,900,000||5|
|5||2||The Three Stooges||$9,200,000||$29,355,000||2|
|6||3||The Cabin in the Woods||$7,750,000||$26,980,000||2|
|9||8||21 Jump Street||$4,600,000||$127,066,000||6|
[Image Credit: Screen Gems]
Happy 420 Everyone!
Many people will be spending the weekend sparking up or heading out into their communities to pick up trash for Earth Day. But, if somewhere between the mary jane and the garbage collecting you’d like to see a movie or two…here are your new choices.
Directing: Scott Hicks
Writing: Will Fetters (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart
Price of Admission will get you: Zac Efron doing his best in a movie that looks like it was tailor-made for Channing Tatum (He’s so hot right now).
Running Time · 101 min
Genre · Drama
Rating · PG-13
THINK LIKE A MAN
“Let the mind games begin.”
Directing: Tim Story
Writing: Steve Harvey (book), Keith Merryman, David A. Newman (screenplay),
Starring: Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy
Price of Admission will get you: so-called “comedy” about how all men are selfish jerks and all women are scheming bitches. Sounds like a great date movie!
Running Time · 123 min
Genre · Comedy
Rating · PG-13
Directing: Alastair Fothergill | Mark Linfield
Starring: Tim Allen
Price of Admission will get you: a cute documentary with cheesy narration by the Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor and some bold anthropomorphization of the title subjects.
Running Time · 78 min
Genre · Documentary
Rating · G
One of our favourite things about attending comic conventions is the chance to be surrounded by artistic and creative people. We spent an inordinate amount of time walking the aisles of Artist Alley at C2E2 this year, blowing most of our money on prints and original artworks.
Aside from broadening our already large collections of art from cons all over North America, we got to meet some of the nicest, most talented people we have ever had the chance to chat with. Not only does it mean more when you learn the story behind the prints you’re buying, but it also tends to give Andrea the desire to draw and draw and draw whenever we return home. (She’s the creative genius behind our SurlyGurls yelling faces!)
We thought we would enlighten you all with some of our favourite artists that we met this year. They are all 100% worthy of your time, so you should check them out…NOW!
One of the coolest things that happened this year was a small Twitter sensation over our friend Matt Graham’s commissioned piece from Mark Brooks. Matt had Mark sketch Kristen Stewart as the new Snow White from the upcoming film ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.
Brooks is best known for his exclusive partnership with Marvel, having contributed art work to many of their most popular titles including Marvel Age, Cable & Deadpool, The Amazing Spiderman and New X-Men.