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Marvel may have had little involvement with Disney’s Big Hero 6, but that didn’t stop comic book legend Stan Lee from making his customary cameo in the animated movie, and the studio has now released a new featurette which sees Stan discussing his appearance. Check it out below…
See Also: Read our review of Big Hero 6 here
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the »
- Gary Collinson
With the VFX Oscar shortlist coming in the next week, I predict the race will come down to seven contenders: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "Interstellar," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," "Godzilla," "Transformers: Age of Extinction," and "Maleficent." Beyond that, look for the big battle between Caesar, Gargantua, and Groot. 1. Andy Serkis' amazing Caesar is still the one to beat. Weta Digital revamped its performance capture system (including bodysuits, cameras, markers, lighting and simulation of fur, skin, moisture, and especially the eyes), and went more photo-real by shooting outdoors primarily in Muir Woods under less than ideal conditions. Added detail and fidelity of performance weren’t enough: the process had to hold up to the rough elements as well as the scrutiny of IMAX 3-D, which provides further depth and dynamic »
- Bill Desowitz
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- MaryAnn Johanson
While it may be strange to think that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 failed to live up to the financial openings of the previous two films, it did not stop it from being the biggest box office opening weekend of 2014. At an estimated $123 million, it trounced the big four Marvel entries of the year, the reboot of Godzilla, and even Transformers: Age of Extinction, though it has yet to release budget numbers for reasons unknown. With numbers like that, it is well on its way to being the highest grosser of the year, if its numbers hold (even if it is getting slightly less critical praise than the previous entries).
Comparatively, the rest of the competition could barely tread water, despite not doing all that poorly compared to the previous week. Big Hero 6 (estimated $20.1 million) came back against Dumb and Dumber To (which fell to fourth with an »
- Seth Paul
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- Garth Franklin
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 didn't catch fire like the previous instalments of The Hunger Games, but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Lionsgate's Mockingjay opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's Hunger Games: Catching Fireand the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But even with a $30-million-plus slide in the franchise,Mockingjay far surpassed the previous top weekend of the year: the $100 million debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The result made for some unusual ironies. The biggest opening of the year (and by a wide margin) was seen by some as a disappointment. After initial box office receipts of Mockingjay rolled in Friday suggested a weekend take below expectations, Lions Gate Entertainment's stock dipped 5 percent.
But the decision to split the final book in Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy into »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Chinese director Jiang Wen's upcoming 3D epic Gone With the Bullets, a sequel to 2010's wildly successful Let the Bullets Fly, has already reached more than $19.5 million in advance ticket sales weeks before its theatrical release. The Imax presale for its midnight bow in China on Dec. 18 has surpassed the result for the year's current box-office leader Transformers: Age of Extinction, producers told a news conference in Beijing on Monday. The latest Transformers film also became the first film ever to cross the $300 million mark in China. Let the Bullets Fly made $117.5 million
- Clifford Coonan
Though the year is not yet over, looking back over the last 12 months of movies it’s fairly safe to say that Michael Bay was once more responsible for the single dumbest movie of the year. In truth, he was responsible for two of the most numb-skulled of movies, but his Turtles travesty (which bears far more hallmarks of his film-making than any other director, no matter who was supposed to be in charge) made Transformers 4 look like Battleship Potemkin.
The film feels aged already, as if every joke – including a “Pimp My Ride” reference – was written ten years ago and nobody thought to check if it was all still current. And of course, this being a Bay film, everything was shot with ridiculous over-hyped importance (including a ludicrous emotional swell and visual flourish when April O’Neil presses an intercom) and at an angle of 130 degrees, »
- Simon Gallagher
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, as expected, took the box office by storm this weekend. With $123 million it was easily the number one movie of the weekend and, in what's been a slow box office year, had the largest opening of the year to date, trumping this summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million debut. Despite that small coup, the movie's opening doesn't stand up to its franchise predecessor, Catching Fire which hit $158 million this same time last year. As young adult adaptation franchises go, it's also a weak showing, well below the openings for both parts of the final Harry Potter film and both parts of the final Twilight entry. Last weekend's number one Dumb and Dumber To took a hard hit, dropping over 60% to fourth place, while popular small release entries Birdman and The Theory of Everything enjoyed small boosts, edging up into ninth and tenth places respectively. »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soared, but didn't quite hit the mark. Part three of the Ya franchise blew past Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had brought in $100 million earlier this summer, to have the highest weekend box office debut with $123 million, but failed to meet predictions which had put the figure around $150 to $170 million. Mockingjay also marks a franchise low for the movie (the first two The Hunger Games and Catching Fire brought in $155 million and $161 million respectively). There wasn't any other competition this weekend, so the rest of the top five fell in line with previous weeks: Big Hero 6 took in $20 million, Interstellar $15.1 million, Dumb and Dumber To $13.8 million, and Gone Girl with $2.8 million. »
- E. Alex Jung
When does scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year count as a disappointment? Well, when you are part of the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise and your film’s debut dips 22% from the previous instalment, that can be a tad troublesome. So, despite boasting the healthiest opening weekend of the year, with an estimated $123 million, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1‘s first three days were not up to par with expectations. In comparison, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke the November opening weekend record last year, taking in $158.1 million. The film had the sixth biggest opening for the month, all behind much-anticipated adaptations of best-selling novels from the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games franchises.
On the bright side, this was easily the biggest debut of 2014. Unless you buy Paramount’s opening weekend tally for Transformers: Age of Extinction – many in the industry have noted that the numbers »
- Jordan Adler
As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 easily scored the biggest debut of the year this weekend.However, the third movie in the immensely popular franchise did drop off dramatically from its predecessors, and even wound up below the penultimate chapters in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises.Playing at 4,151 theaters, Mockingjay opened to $121.9 million this weekend. That's well above Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million debut, which was the previous high for 2014. Overall, this opening weekend ranks 15th all-time.Mockingjay's debut doesn't compare favorably to the other movies in the Hunger Games franchise, though: it's down 23 percent from Catching Fire's $158 million, and is also significantly lower than the original movie's $152 million. More surprising is the fact that Mockingjay wound up lower than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1's $125 million and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1's $138 million.It's worth noting up front that »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Having broken Friday opening records for 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has now smashed weekend records for the year – despite being the lowest of the franchise.
Beating out all of the competition, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 took a whopping $123 million over the weekend, topping previous record holder Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s $100 million. With an impressive showing overseas, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 sits on a worldwide total of $275 million. However, it’s not all great news for Lionsgate as the movie is the lowest opening of the franchise with The Hunger Games taking $152.5 million and its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earning $158 million. Could it be series fatigue, or is the franchise just not bringing in viewers from outside of the book fanbase?
- Luke Owen
It’s by far the highest box office opening of the year, but the domestic debut of Mockingjay – Part 1 missed the mark in terms of previous Hunger Games releases. And by a lot, not a little. The penultimate chapter in the series was expected to open with at least $150 million but claimed $123 million from 4,151 locations instead. That’s a 22% drop from Catching Fire, which opened on the same weekend one year ago. Title Weekend Total 1. Mockingjay- Part 1 $123,000,000 $123 2. Big Hero 6 $20,086,000 $135.7 3. Interstellar $15,100,000 $120.6 4. Dumb and Dumber To $13,820,000 $57.4 5. Gone Girl $2,815,000 $156.8 6. Beyond the Lights $2,630,000 $10.1 7. St. Vincent $2,354,000 $36.6 8. Fury $1,900,000 $79.1 9. Birdman $1,855,000 $14.4 10. Nightcrawler $1,208,000 $27.1 Full story after the jump. It feels wrong to be disappointed by a film that has just earned the highest opening of the year… and by a lot, not a little. Just one other film opened to triple digits in 2014: Transformers: Age of Extinction, with just over $100 million. At this point it’s not »
- Nicole Pedersen
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 predictably topped this weekend's box office -- but less predictably didn't do as well as the previous films in the franchise. The previous Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, also opened on the weekend before Thanksgiving, but ended its weekend with $158 million. Mockingjay, though, grossed $123 million. Compared to $158 million, and to the original Hunger Games' $152.5 million opening in 2012, $123 million is disappointing. But in the context of 2014, it's amazing: Mockingjay had a stronger opening than any other film this year, beating out Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million debut. And while Catching Fire's domestic opening beat Mockingjay's, »
- Ariana Bacle
While it didn’t quite catch fire, Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I had enough of an appetite to eat up the weekend box office, providing an anemic year with its biggest debut yet at about $124m, though the pic may have left scraps on the table.
By almost any measure, the penultimate installment of the Y.A. juggernaut was a solid victor in the derby; the Jennifer Lawrence behemoth claimed the year’s biggest opening by more than 20% over its closest rival, last summer’s Transformers 4. Its A- CinemaScore suggests it could have enough legs to join Guardians of the Galaxy as the year’s only movie to crack $300m.
But hyper marketing comes freighted with hyper expectations, and Mockingjay fell short of analysts’ projections, whose low-end forecasts began around $140m. More troubling for distributor Lionsgate Films are the inevitable comparisons the film has drawn with its ancestors, the »
- Scott Bowles
Unsurprisingly, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" kicked "Transformers: Age of Extinction" to the curb and has scored the year’s biggest domestic opening weekend with $123 million in the U.S. alone, the fifteenth highest box-office opening in history.
Yet, this opening is being seen as a disappointment in quite a few circles as it's decidedly down on the $152 million and $158 million opening weekends of the previous two movies in the saga. The film's international haul made up some of the shortfall with a $152 million foreign gross from 85 foreign markets - besting last year's 'Catching Fire' by 4%.
Not helping though are the reviews which have been on the weak side of positive and also down on previous instalments. 'Mockingjay Pt 1' sits at 67% (6.4/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and a 64/100 on Metacritic, a long way from the 84% (7.2/10) & 67/100 that the first film received and the even better 89% (7.5/10) & 75/100 that 'Catching Fire' scored. »
- Garth Franklin
The latest installment in the futuristic franchise earned $123 million across 4,151 locations, besting “Transformers’” $100 million debut from last summer. It’s a massive number — only 14 films in history have earned more — but it’s still a low point for the blockbuster series by a significant margin.
Heading into the weekend Lionsgate, the company behind the series, said it expected an opening between $130 million to $150 million, but most analysts pegged a debut of $150 million or more. Lionsgate argued that the projections are difficult to make when dealing with a sequel with this level of expectation and name recognition.
“When you look at the massive number we’re dealing with there »
- Brent Lang
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 blasted past Transformers: Age of Extinction to post the top opening of the year domestically, but trailed the first two installments in the Ya franchise by a hefty margin. Mockingjay grossed $123 million from 4,151 locations, down 22 percent from the $158.1 million debut of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a year ago and 19 percent from the $152.5 million launch of The Hunger Games in March 2012. Still, it's no slouch, and stands as the No. 15 opening of all time, not accounting for inflation. And Hunger Games has
- Pamela McClintock
It may be the lowest of the franchise thus far, but The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has smashed records for 2014 with the biggest opening Friday of the year.
Taking a whopping $55 million across 4,151 screens, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has eclipsed Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had a Friday total of $41.8 million. With an extra foreign gross, the movie currently sits on $122 million worldwide. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should take around $125 million over the weekend in the Us alone.
But it’s not all good news for Lionsgate, as despite the good takings, it’s the lowest opening for The Hunger Games series. The original movie opened to $67.3 million while its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had a Friday opening of $71 million. Experts have theorised that the dip could be due to series fatigue and the fact this is the first part of a two-part movie. »
- Luke Owen
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