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To no surprise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took the #1 spot at the box office with $73.6 million, but I can't say I expected it to come in $11 million below the opening weekend of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Clearly the first film failed to impress audiences and I can't help but wonder how much of a grain of salt I should take the "A-" CinemaScore for Smaug considering the opening day audience is likely to be made up of the built-in fanbase. In fact, is it telling that the CinemaScore wasn't higherc Smaug skewed 60% male with 49% of the audience catching it in 3D. After a $31.2 million opening on Friday it was down to $17.9 million. Worldwide, Smaug managed $204.9M down $17 million from the first film. Suffice to say, the film is still clearly a big money earner, but the bloom may be off the rose. In second was Frozen with $22.1 million, »
- Brad Brevet
One question we've wondered here on S&A is why all the titles of Tyler Perry's films have his name in them, as in Tyler Perry's Temptation (which just opened), Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, and even a film he didn't write nor direct - Tina Gordon Chism's We The Peeples will be released as Tyler Perry Presents Peeples. We've always assumed that it's a branding thing, which I can understand. But as Tambay asked in a post a couple of weeks ago: I wonder if he'll ever drop the "Tyler Perry's" that begins almost all of his titles. It might actually work in his favor. I'd like to watch a Tyler Perry film without knowing beforehand that it's a Tyler Perry film, because my reactions »
Thursday Update: G.I. Joe: Retaliation earned an estimated $10.5 million from 3,719 locations on Thursday. That figure includes $2.2 million from Wednesday night and midnight showings. While it's better than A Good Day to Die Hard's $8.2 million Thursday debut last month, it's less thna half of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra's $22.2 million Friday opening in August 2009. Through Sunday, Retaliation is now guaranteed to gross over $40 million, though $50 million could be tough. Forecast: Billed as "the first blockbuster of the year," G.I. Joe: Retaliation should deliver one of the highest Easter openings ever this weekend. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation hit The Croods will likely take second place ahead of other newcomers The Host and Tyler Perry's Temptation. Opening at 3,719 locations*and with $2.2 million in the bank already from Wednesday night showings*G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the follow-up to 2009 hit G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. After Paramount/Hasbro scored with the first »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Kick-Ass 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Man of Steel, Justice League, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Aquaman, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Super Clyde and more...
2013 is set to see some of comics' biggest names returning to the big screen, but while Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine and Superman battle it out for box office supremacy, underdog Kick-Ass will quietly go about his business in Universal Pictures' crime-fighting sequel Kick-Ass 2, which received its first red-band trailer and official poster this past Wednesday. If the trailer is any indication, it seems that director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) has ramped up the action for the follow-up »
- Flickering Myth
Director James Gunn (Super) has found his second Guardian, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that former WWE star Dave Bautista has joined the cast of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in the role of Drax the Destroyer - a human whose spirit is brought back from the dead and placed into a powerful new body in order to kill the Mad Titan, Thanos (in the comics, at least).
Bautista - whose acting credits include House of the Rising Sun, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, The Man with the Iron Fists and the upcoming sci-fi sequel Riddick - has secured the role of Drax ahead of competition from Jason Momoa (Bullet to the Head), Isaiah Mustafa (Madea's Big Happy Family) and Brian Patrick Wade (Generation Kill). He becomes the second actor to join the film, with Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) announced as having secured the role of the Guardians' leader Star-Lord last month. »
- Flickering Myth
5 items from 2013
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