MCN Originals Archive for June, 2014

The Weekend Report

Mere quibbling! Transformers: Age of Extinction pretty much hit its target with an estimated $99.2 million that consumed roughly 55% of the marketplace and set the benchmark for 2014 openings. And to no great surprise its brethren majors opted not to set up a sacrifice title as counterprogramming. New titles in exclusive bows also registered some potent starts, including dystopian sci-fier Snowpiercer with a torrid $163,000 at eight railways and musical rom-com Begin Again tuning up $143,000 at five gigs. Biopic Yves Saint Laurent fashioned $23,700 from two screens and the fanciful historical re-write America summed up to $36,300 from four playdates.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Transformers: Age of Extinction is the biggest opening day launch of 2014 so far, but not by a lot. Godzilla opened to $38.4 million on Friday and ended up with just $93.3 million for that weekend. The best opening of the year is still Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with $95 million. So while the assumption was be that Transformers would be the first $100m opener of the year, it is unclear at this time. High-profile openers Begin Again and Snowpiercer are only on 5 and 8 screens, respectively, and will have decent weekends as limited releases. Maleficent continues to be the best mainstream holder of the summer, driven by a lack of any other titles for girls.

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The DVD Wrapup

300 Empire, Winter’s Tale, I Spy, Masters of Sex, Redwood Highway, Two Lives, The Bridge, Cisco Kid.

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Gary Oldman’s Foot In Mouth Disease

The year was 2000. Rod Lurie had made his second film, he Contender, which had been picked up by DreamWorks SKG. It was the year after American Beauty, so DreamWorks SKG had an Oscar glow and though Gladiator was their big show pony, Lurie being ushered into that company was a very big deal. Joan Allen was an immediate big-time contender to win Best Actress. And there was strong buzz around Gary Oldman for Best Supporting Actor, playing an ultra-conservative, buttoned-up Senator.

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Wilmington on Movies: Jersey Boys

Frankie Valli of Belleville, New Jersey had a voice that could melt a klieg light, hypnotize a hummingbird in full flight or just send shivers down your spine. You heard it — that inimitable nasal fire-alarm falsetto with its Jersey tinges and its wailing shrieks of passion and pseudo-teen horniness — and your own throat almost started aching in sympathy.

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The Weekend Report

Taking a breather prior to Independence Day weekend box office took a sharp dip with the debut of the urban comedy Think Like a Man Too pushing to the top with an estimated $29.6 million.The session’s other debutante Jersey Boys settled into position four with $13.3 million.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

A strong opening for Think Like A Man 2, although a nearly identical opening to Think Like A Man, in spite of being a sequel and, according to the studio, seeing a doubling of fan engagement with social media from the first film. Another reminder that one of the hottest trends in marketing right now, social media, is still a lot more bark than bite. No awareness is bad… but engagement does not necessarily mean additional tickets sold. Also thrown into the gaping jaws of pre-Transformers summer, the long-gestating film adaptation of Jersey Boys, brought to the screen in living monotone by Clint Eastwood. Around this, a lot of nice holds in the Top Ten, particularly Maleficent, which if you look at the Top Ten, is the only real choice in the market for pre-teen girls, with Dragon 2 showing a rugged lean to pre-teen boys.

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Interview: Talking JOE And The South With David Gordon Green

The world of David Gordon Green’s Joe is all I ever knew and feared of my upbringing. Not my family, no, but some of my extended-extended family, cousins second- and third-removed, and certainly in the lanes and miles that radiated outward from this small blot on the countryside. I did not come from those people in Kentucky but they lived down the road only a piece.

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The DVD Wrapup

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The Weekend Report

The serpent got slain by the bad boys of 22 Jump Street, which debuted in the marketplace with an estimated $60.4 million. That still left considerable coin for the opening of How to Train Your Dragon 2, with $50.1 million. Among exclusive freshmen, most impressive was Australian futuristic revenge saga The Rover, that bowed at Cannes and entered the U.S. with $66,200 from five engagements.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

22 Jump Street gets the, uh, jump on How to Train Your Dragon 2… though the Saturday results will determine how the two openings ultimately compare.

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20 Weeks Of Summer: 6 Weeks In

How does the first third of this summer compare to the same period last summer? Pretty even. There is no Iron Man 3 this year. That is the only legit argument against this early summer. But aside from that, pretty even.

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The DVD Wrapup

Jack Ryan, Non-Stop, Capital, Adult World, Bible Quiz, Spike Lee, Bushido Man, Cosmos, Kill Zombie and a little bit more.

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The Weekend Report

It was supposed to be a horse race (notwithstanding Belmont) but at the finish line the singular teen romance The Fault in Our Stars left the competition in the dust with an estimated $48.1 million debut. Conversely, the frame’s other major release Edge of Tomorrow proved disappointing with a show position of $28.9 million.

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The DVD Wrapup

RoboCop, Lone Survivor, Alexander, Black Out, Big Joy, Branson, Ravenous, Graceland, Sugar Cookies and more.

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MCN Originals

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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott