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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]
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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]

New in Theatres · April 13, 2012

Big excitement this weekend in the SurlyGurls camp as ‘Cabin in the Woods‘ finally is released! We’ve been waiting for a damn long time for this movie and are pretty excited. Reviews and audience reactions are good and maybe this clever little twisted horror flick could take down Katniss and company.

At the total other end of the spectrum is 2012 update of  ‘The Three Stooges‘. Why anyone would think that today’s movie audiences would pay $15 bucks to sit through an hour and a half of grown men poking each other in the eye is beyond us. This thing is going to tank; like we’re talking a ‘Bucky Larson‘ level bomb!!

Your best bet: Hands down, is ‘Cabin in the Woods’.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
If an old man warns you not to go there… make fun of him.

Directing: Drew Goddard
Writing: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Starring: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly

Price of Admission will get youa brilliant balance of horror and humour, as well as an incredible overload of pop culture and general geekery! (we ♥ you Joss Whedon!)

Running Time · 95 min  
Genre · Horror / Thriller
Rating · R

THE THREE STOOGES
Just Say Moe.

Directing: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writing: Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Starring: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch                     

Price of Admission will get you: Essentially nothing. In fact, you will be less of a human being for having paid money to see this. Stay Away!!

Running Time · 92 min
Genre · Comedy
Rating · PG 

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Chuck vs. The SurlyGurls: Reactions to the Finale

“I love Chuck Bartowski, and I don’t know what to do about it.” You and us all, Sarah Walker!

Friday night NBC aired the two-hour series finale of ‘Chuck’ and we were definitely not prepared for the emotional roller coaster it took us on. As we sat eating our Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwiches from Subway, we quickly realized that our napkins would be used for wiping away tears, not teriyaki sauce. (Just because we’re Surly, doesn’t mean we don’t have hearts, and Mr. Bartowski stole them 5 years ago.)

It was quite a surprise when Super-Spy Sarah, who we already knew was on a mission to kill Chuck, showed up bruised and bloody and knocking on his door two minutes into the first hour. We thought the writers would make us wait a lot longer for the reunion of memory-wiped Sarah and love-will-conquer-all Chuck. It was brutal watching her lie straight to his face, cuddling up and pretending to love him still, all while being fed info from the villainous Quinn. Our heartbreak was only deepened as we watched Chuck become suspicious of the woman he loved, as he knew instantly that she wasn’t the Sarah he married. (Side note: Peter Bishop needs to take a few lessons from Chuck, as he couldn’t even tell that he was dating a completely different human entity when Fauxlivia showed up on ‘Fringe’)

(Continue reading our reactions to the ‘Chuck’ finale, click to read more!)

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SurlyGurls Give Thanks For Our Favourite Pop Culture Contributors

As the Americans celebrate another successful harvest with football and food, we SurlyGurls would like to give thanks for these entertainment icons and their outstanding collection of contributions to the Pop Culture landscape.

The following purveyors of Pop have inspired us from a very young age and have had a huge impact on our love and appreciation of creative media. And for this; we give thanks!

STEVEN SPIELBERG

Andrea’s Thank-you:

Dinner and a Movie was the big birthday treat when I was growing up and my first trip to the movie theatre was for my 4th birthday – the movie was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I was all dressed up and dragging along my beloved E.T. doll. I love this movie. I could watch over and over. The friendship between Eliot and E.T. is beautiful, the film is touching and genuine and skilfully crafted. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want an adorable alien botanist as a friend! This one theatre trip ignited my passion for movies and the movie-going experience as a whole, despite the fact there may or may not have been a mini (major) emotional breakdown when E.T. gets sick.

Jaws was also hugely popular in my house growing up. Between my brother’s consequential obsession with sharks and me and my sister’s secret crush on Matt Hooper, that movie was in the VCR non-stop. It was responsible for three kids running around the house singing sea shanties and proclaiming we were going to need a bigger ­(insert just about anything and everything here).

Jurassic Park was another big movie-going experience for the family. We all piled into the car and drove over to the local movie theatre. We were there SUPER early in order to get tickets. We waited in line for over an hour, and then crammed into that packed and humid theatre. I mean, I remember the first time I saw the TRAILER for this movie!? A commercial!! It was during the Oscars and I thought I would die of anticipation long before the June 11th release date. I will never get sick of this movie. Ever! In fact, the scene when everyone first gets a glimpse of the Brachiosaurus eating from the treetops is so incredible; I still get goose bumps!

Ironically, I put off writing this article for a couple hours because Jurassic Park was on television… also on another side note; this movie still holds my record for most theatrical viewings.

Whitney’s Thank-you:

My biggest thanks to Mr. Spielberg is probably for writing The Goonies. That movie is one of those classics from childhood that just kind of stays with you throughout your life. The people I met in college, and who became my best friends, and I were brought together by our love of that movie – it’s how we refer to ourselves. We really were a bunch of misfits and outcasts brought together to fight the evils of Journalism school. Having said that, the man has given us so many memorable, thought-provoking, emotionally-charged movies it’s incredible! E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was the first movie I ever saw in the theatre and the first character I ever fell in love with – this extraterrestrial creature was so sweet and kind and friendly. I had to sneak out of my house and defy my mother (which was a ballsy move back in the day) to see Jurassic Park – and it was worth it. Who else could make a ripple of water so terrifying? His work has to be some of the most iconic, quoted and referenced in the world.
Goonies never say die!

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Whitney’s Love Letter To Firefly

So yesterday I read an article about Sean Maher, and his revealing that he is gay on his new show ‘The Playboy Club’. (http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/09/26/firefly-playboy-club-actor-sean-maher-comes-out-ga/)

The ensuing words of support and love from the rest of the ‘Firefly’ cast on Twitter reminded me of why a show that lasted only one season has become such a big part of who I am.

Some people think that letting a television show influence the person you are is a laughable thing. They think that your life must be empty of anything else, which is far from the truth, at least in my case.

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