Weekend Report: More Big 3D Profits

To the surprise of no one, Monsters vs. Aliens handily crushed the competition at the box office with $59,321,095, $3 million north of my prediction. The interesting bit is that the 3D screens accounted for around 55% of the total gross. Fandango reports that the premium for a 3D showing of MvA at a local theater is $3.50. If that represents the average bump for 3D, then the average 3D ticket would be about $10.70. So if 3D accounted for $32.9 million, that would be about 3.07 million tickets. That leaves about $26.4 million for the 2D tickets, about 3.66 million of them. Even though 2D sold 20% more tickets, 3D represented 10% more in the gross. If there were no 3D, the gross [...]

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Weekend Predictions: 03-27-09

It looks like March is going to go out the same way it came in- with a big blockbuster movie.

Monsters vs. Aliens will be the recipient of all the love this weekend. The hype has been building for months, peaking with the flashback-inducing Super Bowl commercial. It probably would have helped if I had a pair of the 3D glasses to watch it, but spending a few minutes back in 1986 wasn’t so bad. You know how porn movies will take the title of a legitimate movie and make sound dirty, like Forrest Hump or Teenage Mutant Ninja Dildos? I think this movie is starting that trend in kid’s movies, obviously taking it’s title from Alien vs. Predator. But there’s a good chance [...]

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Yahoo Knows How To Make A Movie List

yahoo-logoMovie lists are nothing new. In fact, I’d dare you to find a movie website that doesn’t contain one. The most well known movie list manufacturer is probably the American Film Institute. Those bastards just love turning out lists, most likely with a goal of putting every movie ever made on some type of list.

AFI’s biggest list is the 100 Greatest American Movies. Not to be outdone, others have come up with their own 100 movie lists, such as Time’s All-Time 100 Movies. These lists are nice and all, but trying to list the best movies is so subjective that the lists really aren’t more than a soon forgotten conversation piece.

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More Mattel Madness: Major Matt Mason

major-matt-masonHaving not grown up in the 1960′s, I’ve never heard of Major Matt Mason and would never have assumed it was a beloved action figure along the lines of the original G.I. Joe. Major Mason was an astronaut who lived and worked on the moon, first appearing in 1966, just in time to capitalize on the Space Race frenzy.

Mattel is pulling the old Mason doll out of the bottom of their toy chest, developing it into a movie as a vehicle for Tom Hanks. I’m sure Hanks would fondly remember playing with his Major Matt Mason doll seeing as he brought one along to a development meeting, but I’m wondering why Mattel would make [...]

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Unbeknownst To Him, Dennis Quaid’s Career Is On Fire

dennis-quaidDennis Quaid gets a lot of work. A damn lot of work, but it’s not like he’s the draw he once was. He’s gone from “let’s see this Dennis Quaid movie” to “oh, Dennis Quaid is in this movie.” It’s not good when a career resurgence consists of Meg Ryan making you into a cuckold.

Whilst discovering the bestowment upon Michael Bay of a possibly prestigious/possibly dubious award from ShoWest, I also perused the other award winners, such as Chris Pine (who?) as the Male Star of Tomorrow and Bradley Cooper (who?) as the Comedy Star of the Year. But they gave Michael Caine the Lifetime Achievement Award, so it’s not like they’re completely idiotic.

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Like Michael Bay’s Head Needs To Be Any Bigger

michael-bayShoWest is a big annual convention put on by the Nielson Film Group, the people behind such industry rags as Film Journal International and The Hollywood Reporter. It’s a big fancy trade show for those in the cinema exhibition and distribution community: distributors, theater owners, and the like.

As we all know, one of the traits common to all in the movie business is the love of showering each other with awards. And ShoWest is definitely no exception, bestowing no less than eight awards each year. But based on the recipients, I’m not entirely sure how much prestige is attached to the awards, though I highly doubt they ever get turned down.

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Weekend Report: Knowing What The People Want

It’s a pretty down time for movies, not just during this time of year, but in the quality and variety of movies in general. This past weekend took in $105 million overall, down $8 million from last year, $30 million from 2007, and $4 million from 2006, a time when tickets were about 10% cheaper. My predictions were all off in the neighborhood of $4-5 million.

Knowing came in first with $24,604,751, awfully close to the same number Race to Witch Mountain did last week, despite getting pretty bad reviews. Nicolas Cage used to have a reputation for taking on very diverse and interesting roles, but since he won Best Actor for Leaving Las Vegas, he’s plunged himself headlong into generic action-y movies, only [...]

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Is The Cottage A Crime Caper Or A Horror Comedy?

the-cottageMr. Furious (that’s my dad) is a bit of an odd duck, especially when it comes to movies. It’s not really accurate to say he has an eclectic taste, it’s more random than that. Some of his favorite movies include Curly Sue, Dudley Do-Right, and While You Were Sleeping. But he also loves movies filled with nudity and gratuitous violence. His main complaint about Troy wasn’t the heavy focus on Brad Pitt’s oiled body, but that the movie wasn’t nearly bloody enough.

Since he doesn’t watch TV and hasn’t rented a movie in this millennium, he buys a lot of DVDs, especially the ones costing $5 dollars or less. If he doesn’t like the movie [...]

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Weekend Predictions: 03-20-09

This weekend Hollywood is changing things up a bit. Instead of giving us another Disney family movie, another horror remake, and another sex comedy made by a bunch of people no one has ever heard of, we get an action movie, some sort of spy movie, and a dick flick- it’s like a chick flick but about guys and features dirty jokes rather than romance.

The big movie this weekend is Knowing, kind of a big scif-fi/action/thriller sort of thing. Nicolas Cage digs up a time capsule and finds it chock full of predictions of the future- some that have come true and some that have yet to. It sounds like it could be more garbage along the lines of Next, but Ale Proyas [...]

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Stimulating The Economy In 3-D

monsters-vs-aliens-3dEveryone knows that 3-D is the future of movies. Every week or two we get another new 3-D movie event to go see, even dreck like a remake of My Bloody Valentine. You need look  no further for evidence that, like it or not, 3-D is being forced down our throats.

DreamWorks Animation’s next 3-D event will be Monsters vs. Aliens, releasing on the 27th. What they hope is that people will get all hot and bothered about 3-D and opt to pay the premium over the archaic 2-D projection. DreamWorks had hoped to get a bunch of new theaters converted to 3-D in time for this movie, but there was a little issue with [...]

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