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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“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many recappers, while clearly over their heads, are baseline sympathetic to finding themselves routinely unmoored, even if that means repeating over and over that this is closer to “avant-garde art” than  normal TV to meet the word count. My feed was busy connecting the dots to Peter Tscherkassky (gas station), Tony Conrad (the giant staring at feedback of what we’ve just seen), Pat O’Neill (bombs away) et al., and this is all apposite — visual and conceptual thinking along possibly inadvertent parallel lines. If recappers can’t find those exact reference points to latch onto, that speaks less to willful ignorance than to how unfortunately severed experimental film is from nearly all mainstream discussions of film because it’s generally hard to see outside of privileged contexts (fests, academia, the secret knowledge of a self-preserving circle working with a very finite set of resources and publicity access to the larger world); resources/capital/access/etc. So I won’t assign demerits for willful incuriosity, even if some recappers are reduced, in some unpleasantly condescending/bluffing cases, to dismissing this as a “student film” — because presumably experimentation is something the seasoned artist gets out of their system in maturity, following the George Lucas Model of graduating from Bruce Conner visuals to Lawrence Kasdan’s screenwriting.”
~ Vadim Rizov Goes For It, A Bit

“On the first ‘Twin Peaks,’ doing TV was like going from a mansion to a hut. But the arthouses are gone now, so cable television is a godsend — they’re the new art houses. You’ve got tons of freedom to do the work you want to do on TV, but there is a restriction in terms of picture and sound. The range of television is restricted. It’s hard for the power and the glory to come through. In other words, you can have things in a theater much louder and also much quieter. With TV, the quieter things have to be louder and the louder things have to be quieter, so you have less dynamics. The picture quality — it’s fine if you have a giant television with a good speaker system, but a lot of people will watch this on their laptops or whatever, so the picture and the sound are going to suffer big time. Optimally, people should be watching TV in a dark room with no disturbances and with as big and good a picture as possible and with as great sound as possible.”
~ David Lynch