March 8-10 Box Office Report

We just finished with the first weekend that featured Marvel’s first film of 2019, and the box office reflects it!

Captain Marvel just released to great success!  The film became the number one opening weekend origin story superhero movie, and became the 10th biggest opening for a comic book based superhero film of all time!  This puts Captain Marvel in such company as The Dark Knight, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.

The success of Captain Marvel comes on the heels of 2 months of “controversy” claiming that actress Brie Larson did not want to have white males reviewing her film.  Outlets running these headlines created this fantasy in order to try and hinder the box office of a film with a strong female character in the lead, and they failed.  They failed miserably in misogynistic mission to drag Larson and her film through the mud.  The film made over $153 Million!

The rest of the films in the top 5 box office positions did not make much, but that is to be expected.  Captain Marvel was the only newly released film this past weekend, therefore all of the movies were only able to get the scraps left over by the new Marvel film.

Check out the box office breakdown below!

No 1. Captain Marvel – $153,433,423 in its first weekend of release.

No 2. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World $14,685,005. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $119,651,130.

No 3. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral $12,465,383 Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $46,295,193.

No 4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $3,868,248. Bringing its total gross in its 5th weekend to $97,153,209.

No 5. Alita: Battle Angel – $3,215,344.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $78,361,408.

What do you think of this past weekend at the box office?  Are you surprised by the success of Captain Marvel?  Or did you expect it? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

Rotten Tomatoes Removes Early Fan Reviews

The movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes, is rolling out several changes that are aiming to “elevate the voice of fans” and “increase data relevance.” However, one of these changes meant to “elevate the voice of the fans” is actually silencing “fans”- better known as “trolls” that purposefully tank or raise a film’s audience score prior to a film’s release. Meaning that there would be a very inaccurate score before anybody had even seen the film.

In 2016 the Ghostbusters “fans” rapidly downvoted and tanked the audience score before the film’s release due to the film’s leads being female. In 2018 there was a campaign seen circling Twitter and Facebook to downvote Marvel’s Black Panther due to its black casting. And just recently a small group of misogynistic trolls targeted Marvel’s Captain Marvel due to Brie Larson, a female, leading the super-hero film.

Today, Rotten Tomatoes announced a series of changes made to its site that have become immediately implemented. Here’s the full list of changes:

  • Streamlined user interface that positions the Audience Score adjacent to the Tomatometer Score, which represents the collective opinions of thousands of professional critics, giving fans easy access to compare and contrast critic’s and fan’s view of movies and TV shows.
  • Prior to a movie’s release, fans will no longer be able to leave written comments or reviews.  That functionality will be available once the movie releases into theaters.
  • The fan “want to see” score, which was previously represented as a percentage, will now be presented as a raw number that will be tallied in real time. This change seeks to eliminate the confusion that sometimes occurred between the “want to see” score and the “audience score” which is also represented as a percentage.
  • Throughout the roll out of new audience rating features, Rotten Tomatoes will call out enhancements on the site and link to a product update blog, where users can find explanations.

These are all positive steps. Frankly, there are many other sites and social media websites that should do more to silence the trolls of the internet. Toxicity, especially in the film “fan” community has become a serious problem for the past several years. Targeted negative attacks against other fans, and people who worked on films has become overwhelming.

So yea, no trolls – good riddance.

What do you think of these changes? Do you even look at the Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

Oscars 2019: Despite Previous Setbacks, A Very Successful Show

For several months now we have heard nothing but negative press surrounding the 2019 academy awards, and finally, the night everyone has been talking about has come and gone. And you know what? It went way better than anybody could have expected.

Like any other Academy awards, there were surprises, like Peter Farrelly’s Green Book winning Best Picture over Roma, and there were easy predictions, such as Rami Malek winning best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. There were great speeches, and many memorable moments – director Spike Lee won his first Oscar for BlacKkKlansman, and Marvel’s Black Panther won three academy awards for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design. All very deserving.

The biggest shock of the night, however, was not the awards, but the show itself. The lack of a host for the first time in the Academy Award’s history lingered on everyone’s mind like a raincloud. Many people probably tuned in just to watch the inevitable train wreck that would come after the firing of comedian Kevin Heart from his hosting position – a train wreck than never came to be. The lack of a host actually worked out great!

The show felt like it had a great pace for the first time in years, the diversity of presenters gave a great perspective to each of the categories, and with no host it meant the academy had to focus more on the movies being honored, instead of a host leading an awards show with the movies coming secondary to the entertainment. Sure there were a few things that could have gone smoother – but nothing is perfect. This is without a doubt the best Academy Awards show in years. It was so good in fact, don’t be surprised if it is announced next year that there will be no host again.

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More ‘Pacific Rim 2’ casting news and released date announced

Over the past few months, news has been slowly rolling out about Pacific Rim 2. We know that Daredevil: Season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight would be taking over directing duties from Guillermo del Toro with Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly penning the script. And a few weeks back, we learned that John Boyega had been cast in the lead role as Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost’s son. Now, add a release date on to the news. Yesterday, Universal and Legendary Pictures announced that Pacific Rim 2 will open on February 23, 2018.

Over the past few months there has been lots of news pouring out about the upcoming Pacific Rim 2.

From those past news bits we have learned that Steven S. DeKnight, best known as the Daredevil: Season 1 showrunner, would be taking over directing duties from Guillermo del Toro with the Jurassic World co-writer Derik Connolly writing the script.  We also learned that Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Attack the Block actor John Boyega had been cast in the leading role as the son to Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost’s son.

Now for the most recent news – Yesterday, Universal and Legendary Pictures announced that Pacific Rim 2 would be released into theaters on February 23, 2018.  This means that it falls in-between the release dates of Marvel’s Black Panther (February 16) and Fox’s currently untitled project that is speculated to be either Deadpool 2 or New Mutants.

Later yesterday, after the release date announcement, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Scott Eastwood, Clint Eastwood’s son, is in early talks to star along side Boyega in the sequel to the 2013 sci-fi action picture.

If for some reason you can not wait until 2018 to see the young Eastwood in action, you can catch him this August in the much anticipated Suicide Squad movie.

Michael B. Jordan Joins ‘Black Panther’!!

According to sourced at The Hollywood Reporter Michael B. Jordan is set to reteam with Ryan Coogler, who directed him in Creed, for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther movie.

This would be the 3rd time that Jordan is directed by Coogler, who is both writing and directing the Marvel Movie.  The first time was in the indi drama Fruitvale Station, and the second time in the aforementioned Creed.

In the report it also mentioned that Academy-Award winning Lupita Nyong’o may join the film as well, but is still in negotiations. Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan Joins ‘Black Panther’!!”

Captain America: Civil War Trailer 2

“Hey Everyone,” the new Captain America: Civil War Trailer was just released by Marvel Studios.  And if you stay until the very end of the trailer, in Marvel movie fashion, a big reveal is made. We finally get to see Spider-Man! Check out the trailer.

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Captain America: Civil War Official Trailer and Poster

Tuesday night Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., who play Captain America and Iron Man, sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to debut the new trailer for the next film in the Marvel franchise, Captain America: Civil War.

The two minute long trailer showed off the Avengers facing off against each other.  Which is something that Marvel fans had been clamoring for since Downey was announced as a co-star for the film last year.

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