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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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New in Theatres · April 27, 2012

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 RAVEN
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

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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]

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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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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