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New in Theatres · May 11, 2012

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!!

DARK SHADOWS
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

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Box Office Results · May 07, 2012

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
7 7 The Raven $2,508,000 $12,047,000 2
8 6 Safe $2,470,000 $12,874,000 2
9 8 Chimpanzee $2,395,000 $23,012,000 3
10 9 The Three Stooges $1,800,000 $39,637,000 4

(via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Marvel Studios]

Box Office Results · April 22, 2012

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:

TW

LW

Movie Title

Weekend Gross

Total Gross

Week

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
4 Chimpanzee $10,205,000 $10,205,000 1
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
7 5 American Reunion $5,200,000 $48,300,000 3
8 4 Titanic 3D $5,000,000 $52,828,000 3
9 8 21 Jump Street $4,600,000 $127,066,000 6
10 7 Mirror Mirror $4,114,000 $55,206,000 4

 (via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Screen Gems]

New in Theatres · April 20, 2012

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.

THE LUCKY ONE

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

CHIMPANZEE

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

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Box Office Results · April 15, 2012

Well friends, one month has passed and ‘The Hunger Games’ is still in the top spot at the Box Office. Setting up shop in the top of the charts hasn’t happened since ‘Avatar’ hit theatres in January 2010 and the sexy blue cat-people of Pandora took over the Box Office.

Even stranger than those blue cat-people, is the fact that ‘The Three Stooges‘ reboot did better than Joss Whedon’s latest project?!

‘The Three Stooges’ secured the second place with about $17M. How that managed to occur is well beyond the SurlyGurls realm of understanding! There was virtually no advertising, no real pre-release reviews and the little bit we did see looked like a cinematic atrocity!!! But, men love it and it was relatively family-friendly… so we suppose all the Dads were eager to take their sons to see something that wasn’t ‘The Hunger Games‘ or ‘Mirror Mirror‘.

Like we were saying, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ opened in third place with $14.7M. Though we haven’t had a chance to see this movie yet with all our C2E2 fun this weekend in Chicago, it simply blows our minds that this didn’t do a little better. The horror/comedy has been well-received by the critics and is currently sitting at a 92% on RottenTomatoes.com.
Oh well, we will most likely see it before the week is out, love it and then really be confused about the fact a reboot about three idiots and their out-dated vaudevillian comedy stylings was able to overtake …anything!

Barely breaking into the Top Ten, was Lockout’ with $6.2M and a spot in the ninth position. Guy Pearce’s “Let’s borrow from absolutely everything” sci-fi extravaganza failed to connect with audiences in spite of the fact it ripped off all its ideas and concepts from anything that was ever even remotely popular.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW MOVIE TITLE Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 1 The Hunger Games $21,096,824 $336,666,363 4
2 The Three Stooges $17,010,125 $17,010,125 1
3 The Cabin in the Woods $14,743,614 $14,743,614 1
4 3 Titanic 3D $11,930,249 $44,723,819 2
5 2 American Reunion $10,473,810 $39,712,535 2
6 4 Wrath of the Titans $6,906,209 $71,252,005 3
7 5 Mirror Mirror $6,847,924 $49,316,185 3
8 6 21 Jump Street $6,558,868 $120,323,681 5
9 Lockout $6,231,836 $6,231,836 1
10 7 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $3,051,285 $204,513,915 7

(via boxofficemojo.com)

 [Image Credit: Lionsgate]

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]

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]
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