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Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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
It’s easy to forget, but there can be hundreds or even thousands of people involved in creating a Aaa video game. There’s the obvious stuff, like the writers, producer and lead designers, but there can be dozens of different roles at every stage of development.
An overlooked role is that of the concept artist, despite creating hundreds of drawings and paintings that can ultimately shape the artistic direction of the game. Whether it’s designing specific outfits, illustrating particular environments or crafting the general aesthetic, concept art is hugely important when it comes to a cohesive look and feel.
While not every game turns out to be a big hit, there have some real works of art that have come out of the development concept work. The majority is never officially unveiled to the public, although sometimes publishers will release certain pieces online to build hype, or »
- Tom Butler
Welcome To Issue 60!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation to the detriment of no one. It usually has spoilers. Also it has jokes, sorry Warner Bros.
This Week: Donald Glover finally gets to be Spider-Man, then I don’t know who at DC to talk to about setting “no joke” policies. But I want to make two things clear right from the start: I want the Dcu to succeed because I want to see these movies, and I’m easily excitable when it comes to these things.
Thanks for being so patient while I uprooted my Brooklyn life of 11 years and hauled all my crap back to Colorado last week. There’s something about paying to ship all your Spider-Man toys to another state while you’re throwing away baby pictures of yourself »
I cannot completely overlook Transformers: Age of Extinction. I know others have and that's fine, but the film intrigued me to no end. It was loud, in your face and assaultive in ways I can't say I ever experienced before in theaters, certainly beyond the realm of the first two films. Does that make it a good moviec No, not necessarily, but in the same way I was intrigued by the ideas in Transcendence and not the movie itself, I found my self drawn to the chaos and destruction of Age of Extinction. Today, a behind the scenes look at the visual effects in the film has been released by effects house Method Studios and it's a very brief look at the effects in the film, after all, it was Ilm that provided about 90 minutes of effects for the movie as well as the stereoscopic work provided by the likes »
- Brad Brevet
Tokyo – “Transformers: Age of Extinction” entered the Japanese Bo at number three for the weekend of August 9-10 with $4.75 million on 302,992 admissions and 760 screens. The three-day total for the fourth entry in the “Transformers” series, including Friday sneaks, was $5.1 million.
Japan was the last major territory to release the movie, which has already grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Leading the B.O. for the weekend was “Stand By Me Doraemon,” the first 3D CG entry in the long-running anime series about a robot cat and his boy companion. Opening on 319 screens, less than half of the total for “Transformers 4,” the local film scored $7.5 million on 554,911 admissions. Its three-day total was $9.7 million.
Last week’s number one, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, »
- Mark Schilling
When Michael Bay signed on to direct Transformers: Age of Extinction, it wasn't known if this project will be his last in the Transformers franchise, or if he will return for Transformers 5. During a recent interview with USA Today, the filmmaker revealed that he will, "pass the baton for future Transformer movies to a new director," starting with Transformers 5.
Here's what the filmmaker had to say about the "new direction" he wants to take with his career.
"There's kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make. I have a lot of stories to tell. And it's about flexing new muscles."
Among the projects he is considering is a passion project of his, a documentary centering on elephant poaching. The filmmaker hasn't announced which directorial project he will take on next, but he also produced upcoming movies such as Ouija and Project Almanac, »
After what seems like an eternity in development, we’re now less than a year away from the arrival of the fourth instalment in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action series Mad Max, with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) taking over from Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Considering Gibson’s troubles over the past few years, it comes as little surprise that the series has found itself with a new leading man, however according to Miller – who directed Mel in the first three movies – the decision to bring in another actor was purely down to Gibson’s age.
“I have a great affection for Mel. I was really heartbroken to see him go into [the scandals],” said Miller, who initially planned to stick with Gibson when he started devoping Fury Road over a decade ago. “But it’s a new time. I hope Mel gets to act »
- Gary Collinson
<< Continued from "Weekend Report"The Hundred-Foot Journey opened in fourth place with $11 million. That's a bit higher than May's Million Dollar Arm; unfortunately, it paled in comparison to similar August releases like Eat Pray Love ($23.1 million) and Julie & Julia ($20 million). With strong word-of-mouth and an audience that skews much older (69 percent over the age of 35), this should hold up well: a total close to $40 million is possible.Rounding out the Top Five, Lucy fell 48 percent to $9.5 million. To date, the Scarlett Johansson/Luc Besson thriller has grossed $97.5 million, and will pass $100 million sometime this week.Step Up All In tanked with $6.5 million this weekend. That's down 45 percent from the previous installment, which was already the lowest-grossing outing in the franchise. Even with solid international returns, it would be surprising if a sixth Step Up got a theatrical release here in the U.S.Lionsgate/Summit has released six movies at over 2,000 locations this year. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Michael Bay hasn't lost his golden touch as Transformers: Age of Extinction recently crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The accomplishment isn't a surprise considering Transformers: Dark of the Moon did the same without the draw of gnarly Dinobots, but worth mentioning nonetheless.
Paramount is of course ecstatic with the endurance Bay's Transformers franchise has displayed through four bombastic films and counting. They're so pleased, in fact, that some extra promotional dollars spent on a two-page spread in Home Media Retailing magazine to announce the $1 billion news and tease the upcoming Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release was an easy decision to make.
As for a Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray release date, the jury is still out on that one. Late September or mid-October seems likely given Dark of the Moon was released on September 30. We're getting close to the time when Paramount will »
Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" has become the first 2014 film to cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The movie is on track to become the highest-earning "Transformers" installment. That record is currently held by "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which earned $1.12 billion in 2011. "Age of Extinction" is performing well thanks to the $763.8 million earned overseas, compared to $241.2 million domestically. And a large chunk of the international sales came from China, where the film was the first ever to cross the $300 million mark. The film also holds the record for the biggest domestic opening of 2014 with $100 million. Unfortunately, it has a lousy 18% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Time and again, Michael has delivered pictures that audiences around the globe truly love," said Paramount Pictures. »
Here are All 19 movies that joined the Billion Dollar Box Office Club.
This weekend, Transformers: Age Of Extinction joined the prestigious club of movies that have earned over $1 billion worldwide. The club is so exclusive that only 19 films out of the hundreds of thousands that have been released have ever made it to this level.
To celebrate the new addition, let's take a look at every film that captured enough imaginations to earn the gross domestic product of some smaller nations.
$2.78 billion (Directed by James Cameron)
$2.18 billion (Also directed by James Cameron)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King
$1.029 billion »
The fourth film in the franchise has crossed the infamous milestone due to amazing overseas sales.
Michael Bay's films may not get the best critical reviews, but you cannot deny that the man knows how to create films that make money. Simply insane amounts of money.
According to Deadline, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has now made over $1 billion in worldwide sales, making it the second film in the Transformers franchise to cross that threshold after the confusingly named Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, the third film, made $1.12 billion in 2011.
Related: 'Transformers' Tops Weak Fourth Of July Box Office
So far, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has made $1.005 billion. However, with only $241.2 million coming from American theaters, Age Of Extinction had the lowest domestic total of all the films in the series. $763.8 million came in from overseas.
However, the film did especially well in China where, last week, it became the first film to ever earn »
Transformers: Age of Extinction has hit $1 billion (£594m) in the worldwide ticket sales.
The latest instalment of Michael Bay's blockbuster series becomes the first film of 2014 to reach the milestone.
The success of the film - which stars Mark Wahlberg and Kelsey Grammer - is largely due to its international performance. It became the first film to take $300m (£178m) at the Chinese box office, and has performed strongly in other territories.
It has taken $241.2m (£143m) to date at the domestic box office, which is a low for the franchise.
Paramount chairman and CEO, Brad Grey, said of the film's achievement: "Time and again, Michael has delivered pictures that audiences around the globe truly love.
"This tremendous accomplishment – to be »
The Admiral: Roaring Currents has turned the Korean opening weekend record to rubble with 3.34 million admissions ($25.65 million) during its first weekend, which accounted for 65.7% of the marketplace. That represents a 41% increase over the former record, set by Transformers: Dark Of The Moon in 2011 (2.37 million). The film has already banked 4.75 million viewers and $35.4 million since its debut five days ago. The film stars Choi Min-sik as Admiral Yi Sun-shin, who led a small fleet of 13 ships to victory against Japan and its 333 vessels in the Battle of Myeongnyang, which took place in the 16th century. Co-starring as the Japanese admiral is Ryu Seung-ryong and War Of The Arrows (2011) director Kim Han-min is at the helm....
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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” became the first film this year to pass $1 billion at the global box office.
The Michael Bay film is the second picture in the giant robots franchise to hit those lofty heights, after 2009’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” The latest “Transformers” was propelled by a record-breaking reception in China, where the film has earned north of $300 million, a new high-water mark for the world’s second-largest movie market. Its cumulative total includes $763.8 million internationally and $241.2 million at the domestic box office.
For the fourth film in the franchise, Paramount shook things up, upgrading original series star Shia Labeouf for Mark Wahlberg and shooting large parts of the movie in China in order to better appeal to that burgeoning market.
The studio is making sure it doesn’t let its golden goose fly the coop. This week it announced a three-year deal extension with Bay and his production company, »
- Brent Lang
As Marvel celebrates another huge opening for Guardians of the Galaxy, with the film pulling in a hefty $160 million debut at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has hit a landmark, with the fourth instalment in the blockbuster Transformers franchise becoming the first movie of 2014 to cross $1 billion worldwide. Age of Extinction has earned $241.1 million domestically and $763.8 million from international markets for a combined gross of $1.004 billion to date, which makes it the second-biggest earner of the series behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.123 billion), as well as the eighteenth-highest grossing movie of all time.
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver »
- Gary Collinson
I've been piecing together a synopsis for Mad Max: Fury Road for awhile now, but have finally updated the site with the official synopsis for the film along with three new pictures (via JoBlo) from the movie. First... From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows. »
- Brad Brevet
Over the weekend, the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road made its way online via the San Diego Comic-Con International [watch it here], and now we have three new images from the film featuring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky alongside Mad Max trilogy director George Miller…
Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (played by Tom Hardy from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of »
- Gary Collinson
Hong Kong – Period action drama “Roaring Currents” has obliterated the Korean opening day box office record that was set only a week ago by “Kundo: Age of the Rampant.”
Opening midweek and handled by Cj Entertainment, “Roaring Currents” sold 682,882 tickets Wednesday for a box office take of KRW4.886 billion (Us$4.77 million). The film opened on a massive 1,159 screens and claimed a 61.5% market share, according to the Korean Film Council’s box office service Kobis.
Exactly a week previously Showbox / Mediaplex claimed a new opening day record with “Kundo: Age of the Rampant,” which scored 551,000 spectators worth KRW4.08 billion (Us$3.997 million), and dethroned “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” the previous title holder.
“Kundo” played in 1,250 theatres and finished its five day Wednesday to Sunday opening session with $23.7 million (KRW24.3 billion) from 3.10 million spectators.
According to Kobis, “Kundo” Wednesday slipped back into second place, playing on 807 screens, but claiming only a 15% share »
- Patrick Frater
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