Box Office Numbers: ‘Lucy’ overpowers the weekend

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No Marvel? No problem!

With only 1 week left until Marvel’s highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy, the box office analyst expected Scarlett Johansson to win the weekend with her new film. What they hadn’t planned on was for the new Luc Besson film to absolutely crush expectations and make such a dent this weekend, which Lucy did. The new female-centered action flick, Lucy earned $44 million for its opening weekend. That opening is comparable to Angelina Jolie’s Salt which was another female centered action film. As for the rest of the newcomers, Hercules surprised some folks as the film earned solid numbers despite the belief that the Dwayne Johnson film was bound to flop. Instead, the Brett Ratner film earned $29 million for the weekend, which would already mean that it has already gross more than the other 2014 Hercules film. Last weekend’s champ, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fell to number 3 and earned $16.4 million for a total $172 million. Other newcomers include the new Rob Reiner film, And So It Goes which earned only $4.5 million and the Phillip Seymour Hoffman film, A Most Wanted Man which exceeded expectations to earn a spot in the top 10.

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I guess I don’t need Cap after all! …Maybe I should rush these decisions.

For Luc Besson, this weekend has to be a giant relief since the french director hasn’t had a hit in a while. His last film, The Family was a big flop and the Fifth Element director needed some kind of hit. Well he and Universal pictures got that this weekend with the debut of Lucy. The film was made on a $40 million budget and has already surpassed that number in only 3 days. Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman were the leading stars of the film and a lot of the credit has to go to both. Johansson has seen her star risen since her portrayal of Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Despite the Marvel label not behind her this time, this opening shows that she does have enough star power to open a film. With the latest success of Lucy, female-centered films have seem to make a dent at the box office. We’ve seen the success of movies like Frozen, MaleficentThe Hunger Games, and The Fault in Our Stars show that female-centered films can make some noise with the right star power. Lucy will have an issue with sustaining power because audiences weren’t that thrill. The film currently has a C+ on CinemaScore, a bad sign for the film which also has to deal with Guardians of the Galaxy next weekend.

Maybe I should stick to cars...

Maybe I should stick to cars…

The other major newcomers this weekend included Dwayne Johnson as Hercules. The film was expected to earn about $20-25 million for the weekend but instead earned very modest numbers. The film earned an estimated $29 million but it is on a $100 million budget. The film’s opening is comparable to 2012’s Wrath of the Titans which earned $33.4 million. The Brett Ratner film has already earned more than the final total run of the other 2014 Hercules film, The Legend of Hercules. That film was considered a total disaster, both with critics and box office as it currently stands at 6% on Rotten Tomatoes  and earned only $18 million since opening in January. This other Hercules film has already surpassed that with a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes and $29 million. It will however struggle to reach $100 million domestically which is why Paramount needs the international audience to make up the losses.

The other newcomers, And So It Goes and A Most Wanted Man each performed in opposite ways. The Michael Douglas film fell flat as the Rob Reiner comedy seemed to be very under the radar. The romantic comedy earned $4.5 million for the weekend and will likely earn only $10 million at the end of its run. On the other side of the spectrum, A Most Wanted Man exceeded a lot of expectations with a surprising spot in the top 10. The film features one of the last performances of Phillip Seymour Hoffman who passed away last February. The film only opened to 361 theaters and compared to the all the movies in the top 10, the film actually had the 3rd biggest average with $7,526.

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Ready to get hooked?!

Next weekend, Marvel will unleash the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy. The film isn’t expected to crack $70 million because it doesn’t have the same appeal as Iron Man or Captain America but it should earn around $65 million. The film has a lot of hype going into it and is currently standing at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes based on 25 reviews. The other major newcomer next weekend also comes in the form of biopic Get On Up which will try to counter GuardiansGet On Up is about famous jazz musician James Brown who will be portrayed by Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson). Still I’m pumped for Rocket and the Guardians to finally hit the big screen.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Lucy Uni. $44,025,000 - 3,173 - $13,875 $44,025,000 $40 1
2 N Hercules (2014) Par. $29,000,000 - 3,595 - $8,067 $29,000,000 $100 1
3 1 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox $16,400,000 -54.8% 3,668 -301 $4,471 $172,089,000 $170 3
4 2 The Purge: Anarchy Uni. $9,896,000 -66.8% 2,856 +51 $3,465 $51,272,000 $9 2
5 3 Planes: Fire & Rescue BV $9,303,000 -46.9% 3,839 +13 $2,423 $35,121,000 $50 2
6 4 Sex Tape Sony $5,975,000 -59.1% 3,062 - $1,951 $26,877,000 $40 2
7 5 Transformers: Age of Extinction Par. $4,600,000 -53.3% 2,476 -748 $1,858 $236,352,000 $210 5
8 N And So It Goes CE $4,552,000 - 1,762 - $2,583 $4,552,000 - 1
9 6 Tammy WB $3,400,000 -54.1% 2,562 -840 $1,327 $78,147,000 $20 4
10 N A Most Wanted Man RAtt. $2,717,000 - 361 - $7,526 $2,717,000 - 1

 

First look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v. Superman'; comic-con trailer description.

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We’ve seen Henry Cavill don the Superman outfit and what Ben Affleck will look like as the Caped Crusader for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now we have our first look at Gal Gadot in the Wonder Woman suit. A lot of people have been against the casting of Gadot as Wonder Woman but she looks good in the suit. The image speaks for itself. The suit may go through some more updates before the final film but for now Gadot looks awesome as Wonder Woman. Overall, I’m pleasantly happy with how Wonder Woman looks. Only time will tell until we get our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor but for now the hero lineup we have seen has gotten me more excited.

In addition to the image, a teaser trailer was released for the audiences of Comic Con and a description has been released. The trailer is very short but it goes like this:

It’s pouring down rain in the night sky. Batman is an armored suit, his eyes glowing, and standing next to the Bat-Signal. He pulls down a switch and powers it up. The Bat-Signal (bearing the new Bat-Symbol) blasts into the sky. We pan to follow the light, but in the sky, floating in front of the signal, is Superman. His arms are crossed. His cape billows in the wind. Batman, with his mask’s glowing eyes, stares down the Man of Steel. And the Man of Steel stares back. His eyes begin to glow red. Cut back to the Dark Knight. He is unmoved. Cut to black.

Description via Collider.com

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Full concept art poster for ‘Avengers 2′

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With the 2014 San Diego Comic Con almost over, Marvel has released 8 concept art posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The posters form a giant banner and gives us a good look at Iron Man, Cap, Thor, and Hulk in action. We also see Black Widow and Hawkeye as well but we get our first look at some new heroes. We get to see twins, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, in battle while in the far left back, we see The Vision. The poster looks awesome and I’m excited to see what Marvel has in store to top their first Avengers film. The film will star Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner,  Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, and James Spader. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released May 1, 2015 in 3D and 2D.

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Box Office Numbers: ‘Lucy’ over performs on opening day

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The box office estimates are in and on Friday, Scarlett Johansson flexed her star power. Her latest film, Lucy exceeded pre-weekend expectation as the action film earned $17.1 million. The Luc Besson film should earn $42 million for the weekend which is making Universal executives very happy. The only issue seems to be that the film has earned a mixed reception. Currently, Lucy earned a 59% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes while audiences gave the film a 57% fresh on Flixster and a C+ on CinemaScore. This doesn’t bode well for the film’s ability to hold on. That wasn’t the only big news as Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules exceed modest expectations for a $11 million opening day. The Brett Ratner film will likely earn $30 million for the weekend. The film also earned a 63% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes while audiences liked what they got, giving the film a B+ on CinemaScore. Last weekend’s champ, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earned $4.7 million on Friday for a total $160.3 million. The latest Caesar film will earn $15-$17 million for a 3rd weekend. Stay tuned tomorrow for the weekend box office.

TD YD Title (Click to View) Studio Daily Gross % +/- YD / LW Theaters / Avg Gross To-Date Day
1 - Lucy Uni. $17,100,000 - - 3,173 $5,389 $17,100,000 1
2 - Hercules (2014) Par. $11,050,000 - - 3,595 $3,074 $11,050,000 1
3 1 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox $4,700,000 +42% -55% 3,668 $1,281 $160,389,000 15
4 2 The Purge: Anarchy Uni. $3,400,000 +62% -74% 2,856 $1,190 $44,776,000 8
5 3 Planes: Fire & Rescue BV $2,763,000 +38% -57% 3,839 $720 $28,581,000 8

 

First look at Live Action ‘Spongebob Movie’

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During the Thursday presentation for Paramount at Comic Con, we got our first look at the new Spongebob Squarepants film. The underwater sponge has already hit the big screen in the form of  The Spongebob Squarepants Movie which featured 2D animation, along with Live Action elements. This film is essentially a sequel to the first film only this time, Spongebob will be a 3D animated character. Similar to Alvin & the Chipmunks or The Smurfs, Spongebob and his pals will be CGI characters around live action actors. The first image is below and I thought it looked like an Amusement park statue or something because it looks remarkably real.

The plot of the story is being described as Spongebob and his pals get superpowers which turns them into CGI characters. Patrick Star turns into Mr. Superawesomeness, SpongeBob Squarepants becomes The Invincibubble, Squidward Tentacles is Sour Note and Mr. Krabs turns into Sir Pinch-A-Lot. And they have to fight a pirate (Antonio Bandaras) who wants to destroy their town of Bikini Bottom. Essentially the film sounds like the filmmakers want to combine Spongebob with the elements of The Avengers.

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I grew up on Spongebob and have recently not liked what they have shown me because the show has gotten stale. Up until about 2004, the show lost its charm and no longer was the show I loved as a kid. Regardless, I don’t like the looks of this new film because Spongebob as a CGI character feels wrong. If they wanted to make another film, why not use the 2D animation mixed with Live Action elements. It’ll make back a ton of money because Spongebob is such a popular brand and kids will beg their parents to see it. I’m not looking forward to this film since it’s essentially a cash grab move. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water will be released February 6, 2015 in 3D and 2D.

Images via Cinemablend and USA Today

‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ red band trailer

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One of the more underrated comedies of recent memory has to be Hot Tub Time Machine which featured a hilarious performance from Rob Corddry. Unfortunately for MGM (the distributor for the film), the movie under-performed at the box office, which at the time was bad news for MGM since they were dealing with money issues. Well today at the San Diego Comic Con, Paramount released the first trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine, and it’s red band so NSFW.

In the previous film, Hot Tub Time Machine followed 4 guys (John Cuasak, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke) who each had to deal with personal issues and want to have a fun weekend to get their mind off their problems. They go to an old hotel they use to hang out at in the 80’s and party in a hot tub. The catch? The hot tub sends the foursome back in time to the 80’s where they try to figure out a way to get back. In this new film, the story involves Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry‘s characters who take the friends a decade into future where they meet the son of John Cusack’s character (who isn’t returning) played by Adam Scott.

I’m not a big advocate for comedy sequels since it’s so hard to catch lightning in a bottle once, how could you do it twice? Recent examples would be the Hangover sequels or Anchorman: The Legend Continues. This trailer does make me a bit more optimistic than before but it’s still gonna be hard to getting use to not seeing John Cuasak in the film. Instead Adam Scott (Parks and Rec) is essentially taking over his role as a new character. I’m not sure the last film screamed sequel but I’m willing to give it a shot. The film costars Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will be released December 25, 2014. The trailer is below.

New ‘Batman v Superman’ images of Batman’s Cowl & Affleck in costume

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With the 2014 San Diego Comic Con expected to feature some big names, Warner Bros has released a new image of Ben Affleck in the Caped Crusader’s cowl. We previously saw Affleck in full costume, standing next to the Batmobile. This time we get a close up on his face and you see all the trademarks of Mr. Affleck. You get to see Affleck’s eyes a bit but the highlights are the Batfleck’s stubble and his chin. The image (via DC Comics.com) was released in honor of Batman’s 75th anniversary which was a couple of days ago. Along with the new image of Ben Affleck as Batman, an image of the Dark Knight’s cowl at this year’s Comic Con has been released as well. That image is from Forbes.com.

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What I’ve seen with Ben Affleck as Batman so far looks great and honestly at this point, Affleck is the only thing this film has going for it. I’ve been vocal in my disapproval of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman despite Affleck getting a lot of hate from fans when he was first announced. Then again, these are only images and time will tell if the film lives up to the hype that Warner Bros is hoping to install into the fans. Get ready for more potential news on Saturday when Warner Bros will likely release something for the fans (hopeful for a teaser or at least some footage). The film also stars Henry Cavil, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

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