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While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.
Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »
- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione
Alex Kurtzman is going independent while also deepening his relationship with Universal Studios. The writer/director/producer (“Star Trek,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Transformers”) has formed a new company called Secret Hideout, which has signed a three-year production agreement with Universal. Also read: Alex Kurtzman to Direct ‘The Mummy’ Reboot for Universal “Kurtzman will focus on developing compelling filmmaker-driven projects and deeper storytelling narratives with an eye toward franchise and multi-quadrant films,” the studio said. He will be joined at Secret Hideout by Jeb Brody, Focus Features president of production, and Bobby Cohen, president of K/O Paper Products. Also »
- Jordan Zakarin
We are taking a couple episodes off as Brad will be heading to the Toronto Film Festival for a week so we hope we've done well, though Brad will try to deliver a couple of Toronto reports while he's gone. That said, today we answer your questions, have a couple stories from our weekend to share, plenty of games to be played and more. We discuss violence against women in video games, the race issue in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings and much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Has 2014 marked a turning point in the quality of major movie sequels? And could there be hidden consequences to this?
There have been a fair few stories circling over the past few days about how Hollywood has 'suffered' its worst box office summer season in nearly 20 years. That the 2014 summer season has seen a decline in ticket sales of around 15% over last year alone, with a bunch of films that didn't do the numbers that well-paid bean counters were expecting.
There were high hopes, commercially at least, for films such as Hercules and Edge Of Tomorrow, the latter of which has only now cracked $100m in the Us. Meanwhile, movies such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Expendables III and How To Train Your Dragon 2 took in less cash than had been anticipated. As things stand, not one film has cracked $300m at the Us box office this year, »
It seems like just yesterday we were posting our Summer movie preview guides to help get you ready for the Summer Movie Season, and now here we are with it pretty much wrapped up. While this season has finished, there’s plenty of exciting looking films on the horizon this Fall. To wrap up our Summer, the staff here at Cinelinx is once again happy to present our Summer Movie Awards Nominations, which you, our readers, will get to vote on. The best part is, when you vote on your winners, you’ll be entered to win a free movie! Come inside for the nominations and all the details.
It seems like just yesterday we were posting our Summer movie preview guides to help get you ready for the Summer Movie Season, and now here we are with it pretty much wrapped up. While this season has finished, there’s »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Remember last summer, when movie industry insiders as lofty as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were predicting that it would take only a couple of megaflops to bring Hollywood's entire blockbuster-driven business model crashing down? Indeed, there were a number of such flops last summer, and yet there were enough big hits offsetting those failures to wind up with a record-breaking summer, worth $4.85 billion.
This summer? Also a number of megaflops, but not as many successes to balance them out. As a result, the summer winds to a close with a total of $3.77 billion, down a full 22.2 percent from last summer. It's the lowest-grossing summer since 2005; adjusting for inflation, it's the worst since 1992. The numbers are so bad, they're likely to make Hollywood executives wonder: are Spielberg and Lucas's dire predictions finally coming true?
For perplexed box office observers, here's a question-and-answer guide to what happened this summer, and what »
- Gary Susman
What a summer at the movies! The galaxy got guarded. The future days went past, like some sort of extinct age. The planet of the apes stopped rising and started dawning. Our stars had a fault. And also: Lucy!
Hollywood had a rough season at the box office in summer 2014, with overall box-office receipts falling precipitously from last year’s flurry of mega-grossers. Going into this weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy, the highest-grossing film at the summer box-office, has earned about $256 million–which would have made it the fifth highest-grossing movie of summer 2013.
Word on the street says that 2014 was »
- Darren Franich
We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast and yet it still fell just short of the two hour mark and we really tried. That said, today we hold the Fall Box Office Draft, we review Frank and Starred Up and revisit The Trip to Italy as Laremy caught it this week and had a few things to say. We also play our regular assortment of games including the longest "Buy or Sell" edition ever, plus clear out a backlog of "Watch This or Watch That". Also included is a conversation as to whether you can be too apologetic in reviews, a listen to the trailer for Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and even a voicemail sneaks in. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that »
- Brad Brevet
What Marvel movie does Robert Downey Jr. think is the best of the bunch? Were the Russo Brothers worried about Captain America 3 showing down with Batman v Superman? Want to see the Gotham City jail from that film? How much did Action Comics #1 sell for on eBay? Where does Guardians of the Galaxy rank […]
- Germain Lussier
The Emmys were held last night and we chat a little about the winners, but a little more about the backlash involving Sofia Vergara, which leads to Vma chatter. We talk Tyler Perry not knowing who David Fincher is, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For's box office demise, new DVDs and Blu-rays and our upcoming schedule with the Toronto Film Festival beginning next week. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An »
- Brad Brevet
Marc Webb has been discussing plans for the forthcoming Sinister Six movie, with a special section of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 blu-ray dedicated to what we can expect going forward. “Here’s the real story,” says Webb, calling back to the first film’s post-credits scene. “At the end of the first movie, there was some lightning with the man in the shadows … there was an idea that maybe this would be the Electro character, but, again, we shot it and it kind of emerged into some other situation.” “The man in the hat is now, we think of...
- George Wales
[Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and potentially Sinister Six.]
Back in May, Sony released their reboot sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on the heels of one of the most omnipresent marketing campaigns in recent memory. Multiple clips and featurettes saturated media outlets in the months leading up to the film’s release, with the various trailers infamously teasing several scenes (and plot points) which were then missing from the theatrical cut.
According to conventional wisdom, the final product, while worth seeing, still can’t hold a candle to 2014′s other superhero offerings like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy. The ...
- Anthony Vieira
The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is a bit all over the place right now. There was the Amazing Spider-Man 3 release date shuffle, Sinister Six landing in the November 11, 2016 slot and all this talk about the Venom Carnage movie, too. On top of that, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t really do the best job of teasing what’s to come - but perhaps that's just because they didn't even know which movie would actually hit theaters next. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just arrived on DVD and Blu-ray a few days ago and even though I haven’t had the opportunity to plow through the bonus features myself, many have and they’re sharing what Marc Webb said about building the mythology to prepare for Sinister Six and future films. Hit the jump to check it out. Warning: There are Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2 spoilers in this article. A »
- Perri Nemiroff
Does Sony have a plan for the Spider-Man film series? Of course they do! Well, actually… maybe? Any film series “plan” must involve an evolving set of decisions, but in the case of Spider-Man some of those decisions seem to contradict one another. The throughline of the two new films so far has involved Peter Parker’s […]
- Russ Fischer
It's Friday and on today's episode we have reviews of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and If I Stay, plus stories from our Sin City screening, Brad reads the last, embarrassing paragraph from his 2005 Sin City review, we answer a lot of your questions, play two voice mails, play some games and talk about a lot of random stuff. We hope you enjoy... If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
Actor Alfred Molina has played a wide range of truly memorable characters on screen over his long entertainment career. Whether you associate him with "Spider-Man 2"'s Doctor Oc, Diego Rivera of "Frida," or Rahad in "Boogie Nights," the versatile performer tends has proven to be quite the scene-stealer.
One of Molina's latest projects is the drama "Love Is Strange," which hits theaters August 22 and costars John Lithgow. But his new movie isn't the only one you should be checking out -- just take it from the seasoned actor himself.
Here are five recently-released films that Alfred Molina thinks are worth watching: »
- Alana Altmann
Sony got a little ahead of themselves in regards to setting up their Spidey-verse, so I think it's safe to say that whatever they were planning before The Amazing Spider-man 2 hit theaters, could be altered. Still, with the release of Spider-man 2 on Blu-ray/DVD, commentary and behind-the-scenes video have shed some light on what was in store. For one, that Norman Osborne was planned to return in a Spidey flick (as his head was cryogenically frozen). As for the rest, most people have »
- Sean Wist
Love the Sinner: Miller & Rodriguez Bring Back Hyperstylized Noir with Mixed Results
It has been almost a decade since the visually innovative Sin City thrummed into theaters, cloaked in lascivious shades of film noir nightmares. In between now and then, co-director and creator Frank Miller stepped out on his own in 2008 with The Spirit, an abysmal record of why perhaps Robert Rodriguez was a necessary cohort to return on the sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Suffering from the regular pitfalls of the overly ambitious sequel, this chapter will surely disappoint those hoping to experience the same level of creative vicissitudes because this go round is a brittle, wearied tethering of varied storylines. But, imperfect their latest creation may be, it isn’t without significant entertainment value. As cheaply as it tends to favor its multitudinous women, doling out an equal helping of misogyny with its crackpot male fantasy version of empowered females, »
- Nicholas Bell
Sony clearly has big plans for its Spider-Man franchise, but how will it pan out? Seb looks at what we know, what might happen, and more...
Now that the dust has begun to settle on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s about time to look forwards once more to what Sony’s Spider-franchise might have in store for us. With ambition far beyond simply producing solo Spider-Man films one after the other, the studio is apparently determined to build an entire franchise out of one set of character rights – it’s a bold stance, but one that will clearly require some creative lateral thinking when it comes to who they manage to make a hero out of.
Let’s take a look, then, at what we know about the future Spidey tie-ins, and for good measure what we can speculate about endlessly...
What’s definitely happening
A few months ago, »
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
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