I think we need to beseech NASA to send more tributes to space, if watching their struggle for survival is such an enjoyable and hilarious experience. Okay, never mind, I sound like such a sadist. The Martian is a highly positive take on getting stranded on a deserted planet alone. On the heels of Gravity […]Read more "The Martian Review"
Maze Runner was amazing. (at least to me). So how did its little sequel fare? 20th Century Fox knew that there was something special in Maze Runner, and their gamble paid off when the $34 million film took in $345.5 million worldwide, with its domestic opening weekend alone coming real close to its budget ($32.5 […]Read more "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Review"
Yeah, September indeed stays the quietest month of them all. In terms of calendar gross, all releases, inclusive of holdovers, attained a minuscule figure of $625.7 million, with no one film earning over $100 million over that 30 day time frame. September has historically been the quietest month of the year, in terms of both […]Read more "September 2015 Box Office Recap: Hotel Transylvania 2, Maze Runner and The Visit leads otherwise quiet month"
This will be the first of several articles, looking back at Hollywood’s Summer Season, and documenting the various hiccups and success story of the most popular movie season of the year. This article focuses on three specific genres- superheroes, horror and animation. HORROR It’s really sad to say this, but the horror genre hasn’t really […]Read more "Summer Box Office: Horror Fails, Superheroes Fail to Ignite, Animation Rules"
One more question- does it even matter? This past weekend, Straight Outta Compton continued Universal’s hot streak at the box office. 2015 has been their best year, by a huge mile. Just look at the numbers- Universal has earned $5.76 billion in just 7 months, which is more than what Twentieth Century Fox earned in […]Read more "Can Universal Beat Itself in Box Office Earnings in 2016-2017?"
Universal is back. For the millionth time. Straight Outta Compton opened big this past weekend, continuing Universal’s streak of making us assume that their films are totally going to open much lower than their actual figures. Either that or Universal is really good at cranking up boatloads of attention. Or their films simply ring a […]Read more "Box Office Report: Straight Outta Compton reigns on Mid-August Weekend"
To repeat, Fantastic Four bombed big time. While Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation reminds us how much people love the latest installment, and succeeded in fulfilling the otherwise impossible task of retaining first on its second weekend. Meanwhile, among the rest of the pack of new openers, The Gift, marking Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, opened way […]Read more "Box Office Report: Fantastic Four bombs, Mission: Impossible retains impossible first"
Here’s Part 1, if you haven’t checked it out. Okay, some background and context, for first time readers of this series- as the title implies, I’ll be talking about possible methods in which filmmakers can actually get moviegoers to turn up for movies. Not that they are my target audience, since this is really for […]Read more "How To Get Moviegoers to Turn Up for a Movie- Part 2"
And I, for once, actually thought that this month had a shot at becoming the biggest July we mortals have seen yet. Well, blame those underperformers. What we got, instead, is just as the title says- the third worst July we have seen since 2007. And that’s not taking into account inflation or 3D or […]Read more "July 2015 Box Office Recap: Minions, Ant-Man and holdovers leads third worst July since 2007"
And here comes a gigaton of release date changes. Recently, Sony shifted and dated quite a number of their 2016 and 2017 releases, continuing a trend in which studios ‘reserve dates so that others will back off far in advance’. I mean, ever since Marvel started getting real competitive in this, reserving every first May […]Read more "New Release Dates: Barbie, Resident Evil, Underworld, Ben Affleck, Dark Tower, Bad Boys, Magnificent Seven, Uncharted and more"