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Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” is dominating the U.S. box office, blasting off for an impressive weekend of as much as $60 million at 3,928 locations, early estimates showed Friday.
It’s a solid start for the 13th film in the durable franchise, following a summer that’s seen notably disappointing performances from several sequels.
That negative trend appears to be dragging down Fox’s animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course,” which looks to under-perform in the $22 million range at 3,992 venues. The fifth “Ice Age” movie may wind up trailing the third weekend of “Secret Life of Pets” and the second weekend of “Ghostbusters” in a battle for second place.
New Line’s low-cost horror-thriller “Lights Out” is overperforming with initial estimates showing a debut between $15 million and $20 million at 2,818 sites.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series, opens Friday at 3,928 sites and appears to be performing in line with projections. »
- Dave McNary
Ice Age: Collision Course is apocalyptic in the most literal sense, with the fuzzy, wooly heroes of the now 14-year-old franchise fighting off extinction by diverting a glowing meteor that threatens to wipe out every living creature on earth. When it comes to kids movies, this animated junkpile is bizarrely, awkwardly morbid: one of the promotional posters reads “kiss your ice goodbye” in big letters, and almost every joke, plot development and idea the movie flings at you is as off-putting, if not moreso.
It’s a genuine wonder how this fifth installment managed to find its way onto the big screen when it’s clearly meant to go the way of the dinosaurs. (And by “the dinosaurs” I mean those baby dinos from the Land Before Time, a franchise that had enough sense to go the direct-to-video route from the second installment on.) The series’ charm has been worn down for years, »
- Bernard Boo
Ice Age: Collision Course Could Have Been Meatier But Instead It Crashes HardIt’s time to put this animated series on the extinct species list.
Five movies in, the Ice Age franchise has clearly run out of ideas. The latest installment, Ice Age: Collision Course, actually recycles a whole sequence formerly released as a separate short film titled Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe, which played ahead of last fall’s The Peanuts Movie. That same sequence was then reused as a teaser trailer for the new Ice Age sequel back in December.
Now, following some Cosmos-parodying voiceover from Neil deGrasse Tyson, the outer-space-set sequence opens the new feature, and the rehashing is a terrible way to start off. For adult fans of the animated series, anyway. Small children will likely appreciate the familiar beginning, just as they appreciate watching the other four Ice Age movies over and over and over.
Once again, because »
- Christopher Campbell
What's the use of getting all pissy about a kiddie cartoon? Watch Ice Age: Collison Course and see how you feel. The fifth entry in the Ice Age series is a loud, lazy, laugh-starved cash grab that cynically exploits its target audience (I use the term advisedly) by serving them scraps and calling it yummy. Even two-year-olds can see through the hustle.
Plot: When Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel, somehow winds-up in space, he causes an apocalyptic meteor shower that threatens to make Manny (Ray Romano), the wholly mammoth, and his other pals extinct. Teaming-up with “dinosaur whisperer”, Buck (Simon Pegg) they set off on a quest to save themselves. Review: It’s hard to believe that Fox has been making Ice Age movies for fourteen... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course top @TannerZee's list of what to watch this week!Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course top @TannerZee's list of what to watch this week!Tanner Zipchen7/22/2016 10:00:00 Am
This week we have a double dose of space-related issues, and some skeletons in the closet that have come back to life.
Manny and Diego? Check. Sid and Scrat? Yup. All the new Ice Age characters along the way? They’re back too! And you can also assume that Scrat, once again, has something to do with what’s happening in Ice Age: Collision Course. In an attempt to hide his acorn, Scrat awakens an ancient alien ship that transports him deep into space where he happens to bump into a few asteroids and put them on a collision course with Earth. Back on Earth, Manny and Sid are dealing with problems of their own, »
- Tanner Zipchen
Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” has launched impressively with $5.5 million in Thursday night preview showings at 3,100 U.S. locations.
About 20% of the “Star Trek Beyond” grosses came from 387 Imax screens, where it grossed $1.1 million. Paramount noted the Thursday night preview number is comparable to “Spectre,” which opened with $5.3 million in November and went on to post a $70.4 million opening weekend.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series, opens Friday at 3,928 sites and is expected to dominate weekend moviegoing with a solid $55 million, with some analysts projecting it could hit $60 million. That’s down from the $70.2 million launch of 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” and the $75.2 million bow of 2009’s “Star Trek” — both directed by J.J. Abrams.
- Dave McNary
If you’ve ever pondered why the world exists, Ice Age: Collision Course offers a theory—Scrat, the franchise staple saber-toothed squirrel unleashed a sequence of cosmic ping-pong while on his endless hunt for an acorn. But if you’ve ever wondered why the Ice Age series endures, well…I’m afraid I can’t help you with that one.
There has been an unwritten truce between animation studios and parents since at least the last glacial period: the shops make entertaining cartoons with subtle, smart messages for adults, and the grownups bring the kiddies to the theater. Ice Age seems determined to upset the natural order. I suppose kids old enough to understand them may be amused by the parade of poop and butt jokes. But, more likely, those who understand scatology will be too old to care for the film’s mostly unfunny one-liners and clownish physical humor. »
- J Don Birnam
Comedians Ray Romano and Queen Latifah can’t save “Ice Age: Collision Course” from being a complete disaster. Having received a pitiable 10-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the fifth installment in the ongoing series about a squirrel and his acorn failed to impress critics. Time Out’s Tom Huddleston called the film “forgettable and pointless,” while most other critics think the Ice Age franchise has long overstayed its welcome. Also Read: 'Ice Age: Collision Course' Review: Ray Romano and Company Return for Another Laugh-less Adventure “The ‘Ice Age’ movies are so utterly featureless and interchangeable that if Fox »
- Rasha Ali
The Ice Age films are generally good at being “good enough”, but the fifth installment, Ice Age Collision Course barely rises to that low bar. The filmmakers behind this franchise have proven to be much better at convincing parents to bring their kids to see their movies than they are at actually making these movies any good.
The lazy, sit-commy side of Ice Age Collision Course’s story finds Manny the wooly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), forgetting his wedding anniversary with Ellie (a barely-there Queen Latifah) and disapproving of his daughter Peaches’s (Keke Palmer) fiancé (the admittedly obnoxious) Julian (Adam DeVine). The more interesting, Armeggedon-inspired action side finds that half rat/half squirrel Scrat’s pursuit of his acorn has taken him to other planets which results in a meteor hurtling destructively towards earth and Buck the weasel’s (Simon Pegg) attempts to stop it.
- Tom Stockman
It’s been a rough few months for Paramount Pictures.
Not just because films like “Zoolander 2” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” fell flat at the box office. The venerable studio has been engulfed in the ongoing corporate fight over the future of its parent company, Viacom.
The company’s CEO Philippe Dauman is selling a minority stake in Paramount, a move that controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari Redstone, oppose. So things must be a little awkward on the lot.
But help, or at least a Starship Enterprise-sized distraction, is on the way. The studio is bringing “Star Trek Beyond” into theaters, launching the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series across 3,800 locations, including 391 Imax venues. The latest in the long-running franchise is expected to pull in a solid $55 million, with some analysts projecting it could hit $60 million.
That should be enough to top the weekend box office, »
- Brent Lang
Title: Ice Age Collision Course Director: Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu Genre: Animation Voices: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Strahan, Melissa Rauch, Neil deGrasse Tyson The Ice Age animated franchise clutches at straws. In this fifth chapter, directed by Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu, Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, [ Read More ]
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The Ice Age flicks are the cinematic equivalent of drive-through nuggets of reconstituted chicken slurry served by a bored teenager in a cardboard hat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): really hate this series
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Manny the Mammoth is back! In this Very Special Episode of Ice Age, Manny gets exasperated by the fact that his wife, Ellie, and daughter, Peaches, are independent creatures with minds of their own: “Women! I don’t get ’em!” he exclaims [insert laugh-track clip of a 1967 studio audience roaring]. Watch what happens when Manny forgets his wedding anniversary — he’s gonna be in trouble with the missus! [studio audience groans dramatically] And then there’s Peaches’ upcoming wedding to loveable doofus Julian. [studio audience: “awwwww!”] Is it the end of Manny’s world now that his little girl is officially all grown up? It just might be… what with that massive asteroid heading straight for planet Earth! »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“Ice Age: Collision Course” doesn’t even hit the U.S. until next weekend, but the latest film in the prehistoric franchise is already doing brisk business overseas.
The Fox sequel topped foreign box office charts, earning a massive $53.5 million from 35 markets. That includes a $7.2 million opening in France, a $5.9 million launch in Russia and a $5.2 million debut in the United Kingdom. In three weeks of release, the film has racked up an impressive $127 million.
The “Ice Age” series has historically been more popular with foreign crowds than domestic ones. The most recent installment, 2012’s “Continental Drift,” did 81.6% of its $877.2 million global total overseas, while its predecessor, 2009’s “Dawn of the Dinosaur,” picked up 77.8% of its $886.7 million worldwide haul in foreign markets. The latest chapter brings back stars Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah for more Paleolithic hijinks.
Family films dominated ticket sales, as Disney and Pixar »
- Brent Lang
And here’s the newly released song from the film, titled Figaro.
Ice Age: Collision Course, opening in India on July 15th, 2016 stars returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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Ice Age: Collision Course, 2016.
Directed by Michael Thumeier and Galen T. Chu.
Manny, Diego, and Sid join up with Buck to fend off a meteor strike that would destroy the world.
Collision Course, film number five in the long-running and hugely lucrative series, sees our intrepid group of mammals having to band together once more to overcome a new obstacle in their way: namely a huge asteroid which is heading towards Earth, sent on its rampaging path by the latest escapades of Scrat and his endless battle to save his favourite nut. With the help of returning character Buck (Simon Pegg), the group must act quickly to try to save themselves before the collision course event occurs and Earth may be destroyed.
- Scott J. Davis
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Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, travelling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colourful new characters. »
- Paul Heath
14 years the Ice Age franchise has been going on. Almost makes you feel old. The first Ice Age was a lovely little gem with smart, witty dialogue, a simple but emotionally engaging story, and great characters. From Blue Sky Studios, it was refreshing to see a company previously known for handling special effects, step-up for Fox and take on Pixar, Dreamworks and Disney. With every one of their films at least doubling their budgets, and the last two Ice Age films hitting close to $900 million, they are certainly a monetary success. But alas, the heart of the original has gone, and whereas before it wanted to create memorable memories for your child, now it just wants to »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
This July sees the release of the fifth installment in Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age franchise, entitled Ice Age: Collison Course. While the film is still in the “final touches” stage, Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis was able to not only see some extended footage from the film, but sit down with the film’s co-director Galen T. Chu to discuss what the new adventure has in store.
Working with director Mike Thurmeier, Chu is the fifth film’s co-director and one of his first jobs was to help “up the stakes” of this entry:
“When Mike and I started working on the project we definitely wanted to put a little bit more “umph” into it because we knew it was the fifth installment of the franchise so we came at it with everything we had.”
The film is in part based on a small sequence in the »
- Scott J. Davis
Simon Brew Published Date Friday, July 8, 2016 - 05:26
It might not be a popular critical view, but I’ve always quite enjoyed the Ice Age films. I can’t work out if their refusal to abide by natural laws of logic is arrogance, convenience or sheer chutzpah. But I like the fact that they ignore it nonetheless, whilst preserving the internal logic of the films themselves. Dinosaurs in the ice age? Yeah, we can do that. Let’s just chuck in a quick line to explain it and move on. They got a whole third film out of that idea.
For film five, which follows the chucklesome Ice Age: Continental Drift, the series decides to channel Michael Bay’s Armageddon a little bit, at one stage bringing in Trevor Rabin’s thumping score for a key sequence.
As per normal, we get the peerless Scrat the squirrel, and his fixation on grabbing an elusive acorn, »
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