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THE HUNGER GAMES Hits the Bull’s-eye – Weekend Box Office Report (March 23 – 25, 2012)

March 25, 2012 Leave a comment

As expected by many, the extremely popular book-turned-movie The Hunger Games hit the #1 spot, grossing way over budget.  The film made nearly twice its budget in the U.S. alone, as it raked in an estimated $155.0 million for a $78 million production budget.  This is not only the biggest opening weekend ever for a non-sequel, but it’s the third highest grossing opening weekend of all time, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight.  It took in another estimated $59.3 million overseas for an estimated worldwide total of $214.3 million.  This is great news for Lionsgate, as it’s easily their highest grossing opening ever, and they have the sequel, Catching Fire, slated for a Thanksgiving 2013 release (Click here for my review of The Hunger Games). Read more…

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WRATH OF THE TITANS – Movie Review

March 24, 2012 1 comment

If I were to make a list of unnecessary movies coming out in 2012, Wrath of the Titans would be towards the top.  I, along with many, immensely hated the first film from 2010, Clash of the Titans.  And while this new installment is marginally better than the first one, it’s ultimately more of the same. Read more…

THE RAID: REDEMPTION – Movie Review

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment

As of late, many fights in action films from Hollywood really lack strong choreography.  Every gun seems to have an unlimited supply of bullets, and the main character never seems to get hurt.  However, leave it to the new Indonesian action film, The Raid: Redemption, to deliver on the fights, as it has some of the best action scenes I’ve ever seen. Read more…

THE HUNGER GAMES – Movie Review

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

The hype leading up to the release of The Hunger Games was one of the most massive and widely known in some time.  I haven’t fully read the books, however I knew that there was more to this film than the typical teen novel adaptation (looking at you, Twilight).  So, going in with this mindset, I ended up enjoying the film quite a bit, a lot more than I was expecting. Read more…

21 JUMP STREET Arrests the Competition – Weekend Box Office Report (March 16 – 18, 2012)

March 18, 2012 Leave a comment

A trend of successful movies last year was R-rated comedies.  The Hangover Part II, Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses, and Bad Teacher all crossed the $100 million mark.  This year, the Todd Phillips-produced Project X has already grossed way over its budget, and a sequel has already been announced.  And with this weekend’s opening of 21 Jump Street, this year seems to be following a similar pattern.  The buddy cop comedy opened at #1 with an estimated $35.0 million, which is great considering its production budget was only $42 million.  This is also great news for stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, as they have more releases coming out later this year (Click here for my review of 21 Jump Street). Read more…

JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME – Movie Review

March 17, 2012 1 comment

I was a big fan of the 2010 entry from directors Mark and Jay Duplass, Cyrus.  The dramedy really hit home with its authentic blend of comedy and drama, something the Mumblecore film subgenre, which the Duplass brothers pioneered, is known for.  Their new film, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, has a bigger budget and equally big stars (Cyrus starred John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill), however it still retains the sense of heart and personal filmmaking the Mumblecore genre is all about. Read more…

JOHN CARTER Can’t Defeat the Colossal LORAX – Weekend Box Office Report (March 9 – 11, 2012)

March 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, many predicted it, many said it was doomed from the start, and this weekend’s domestic box office results prove that John Carter will not make back its $250 million production budget, at least here in the U.S. Read more…

21 JUMP STREET – Movie Review

March 10, 2012 Leave a comment

I had heard strong early buzz from 21 Jump Street going in, but I ultimately wasn’t impressed by any of the marketing.  However, I was intrigued that Jonah Hill co-wrote the screenplay, and it was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind the surprisingly charming animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  And like the duo’s previous film, 21 Jump Street really surprised me; it’s one of the strongest comedies of the year so far. Read more…

JOHN CARTER – Movie Review

Like many, I was completely unenthused by the marketing for John Carter, as it looked rote, bland, and downright silly.  Not to mention that the film cost $250 million for production alone, and has been forecast by many to be one of the worst box office disasters in movie history.  Now that I’ve seen John Carter, I can confirm that my expectations were accurate; there’s a likely chance that it’ll end up on my top 10 worst films of the year list. Read more…

THE LORAX Chops Down Competition; PROJECT X Has a Good Turnout; THE ARTIST Taps into the Top 10 – Weekend Box Office Report (March 2 – 4, 2012)

Due to a lack of family movies out, Universal had the advantage by releasing the year’s first mainstream one, The Lorax, which opened big at #1, taking in an estimated $70.7 million dollars.  Not only does that match the budget of the film, but it also marks the highest opening weekend to date for a Universal animated feature, topping Despicable Me’s $56 million opening back in 2010.  The odds are now in Universal’s favor for their release of Despicable Me 2 in Summer 2013, as audiences for The Lorax were even treated to a short teaser trailer of it (Click here for my review of The Lorax). Read more…