March 15-17 Box Office Report

Another weekend in the word of movies completed, and surprisingly most of the films made more money than anybody predicted.

As predicted in last weeks podcast episode, Captain Marvel stayed in the number one spot  However, my prediction was not completely accurate – the Marvel film dropped only 55.7%, as apposed to the 70% predicted.

The film garnered a lot praise from audiences after its first weekend and it is no surprise that it had lots of repeat viewing as well as viewership from those that may not normally go to a superhero film.  After this past weekend Captain Marvel is showing that it may just cross the coveted one billion dollar mark.

New release films Wonder Park, and Five Feet Apart, despite coming behind Captain Marvel managed to bring in more box office dollars than had been predicted. Both managed to cross over the $10 Million mark, something that many did not think was possible going against a Marvel superhero film in its second week.

Check out the full box office breakdown below!

No 1. Captain Marvel – $67,988,130. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $264,884,063.

No 2. Wonder Park – $15,853,646 in its first weekend of release.

No 3. Five Feet Apart – $13,190,286 in its first weekend of release.

No 4. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World$9,277,310.  Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $135,576,405.

No 5. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral$7,836,167.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $58,819,182.

What do you think of these box office results?  Did you see any of these movies? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

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.

 

The New ‘Reel Movie News Podcast’ Just Posted Its First Episode!

Okay, so this is more of a personal post – not exactly “movie news” but exciting news all the same.

I just posted my first episode of the Reel Movie News Podcast where I gave my thoughts on the new Captain Marvel movie. Yes, I already gave my thoughts in a written review already. However, I wanted to add a more personal touch to the Reel Movie News brand and thought a podcast would be the next best step. You can listen to the first review below!

 

Let me know what you think!  This is something new that I’m trying out and would love comments from the community.  If you follow the link HERE then it will take you directly to the feed where you can subscribe and get notifications as soon as a new episode is dropped. 

The episodes will also be available on  iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Alexa devices very soon.  At the time of writing this they are in the process of being approved, so keep an eye out.

Thanks very much for the support I have received so far!  It is because of this community that I have been able to continue doing what I love.  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Let’s make a discussion out of it. 

 

 

 

Captain Marvel Review – Not The Best Marvel Movie, Yet A Fun Time At The Theater

Captain Marvel
Source: Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel is the newest film in the Marvel franchise, meaning that it is just one film closer to the most anticipated Marvel movie of the year, Avengers: Endgame.  However, this is not just a stepping-stone movie – a placeholder if you will until we get to the main event.  It is a film that manages to stay as engaging and as entertaining as Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, or Dr. Strange was when they first debuted.

Carol Danvers, the superhuman Captain Marvel, is played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson.  While many criticized her when the trailers came out as being very one-note, she fully proves that she can carry not only this film, but will be capable of can acting alongside future Avenger teammates Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Evans (Captain America).

Alongside Larson is Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as the soon to be S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos.  While Jackson and Law turn in performances that as good as you would expect, Mendelsohn surprisingly is the stand out star next to Larson.  His character has a pivotal shift that you would not have expected, and he manages to convincingly portray every turn his character takes.  I would like to go into more details on this but then we are getting into spoiler territory – so just know that you will walk away from Captain Marvel loving his character and hoping that he will have future appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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March 1-3 Box Office Report

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has managed to stay in the number one spot for the second week in a row, beating out the newly released Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral by just $3 Million. The third movie in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise continues to be a money making juggernaut despite 2019’s trend of being a pretty slow box office year so far.

According to a report put out by The Hollywood Reporter Winter 2019 box office revenue has hit an 8-Year low in the U.S, and after this past box office result it has not gotten any better.

Looking at the top 5 movies at the box office there are three films that could be described as “blockbusters,” and yet none of them have created enough revenue to get 2019 out of this box office slump.

Check out the full breakdown of the top 5 box office spots below.

No 1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $30,028,540. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $97,678,815.

No 2. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral$27,062,332 in its first weekend or release.

No 3. Alita: Battle Angel – $7,221,417.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $72,452,725.

No 4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $6,600,258. Bringing its total gross in its 4th weekend to $91,660,298.

No 5.  Fighting with My Family – $4,661,991.  Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $14,916,612.

This next weekend will have the release of Marvel’s Captain Marvel, and we can expect to see huge box office numbers. It has been speculated that this will be the film to kick off the box office this year. However, we will have to wait and see.

What is your take on this past weekend’s box office numbers? Did you go out to see any of these? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about 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.

First Official Trailer for Captain Marvel!!

The first trailer for Captain Marvel debuted today on Good Morning America, and introduces academy award-winning actress Brie Larson as the very anticipated Captain Marvel in the continuing Marvel Cinematic Universe.

We got our first tease of Captain Marvel in the post credit scene in Avengers: Infinity War, just as Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury became dust due to Thano’s triumph over the Avengers (spoiler, I guess, if you have not seen the movie by now).

The trailer doesn’t reveal much of Captain Marvel’s story, however it does show a lot of cool shots from the movie.  I get the feeling that Marvel Studios is holding back a lot of the “wow moments,”  and are using this first trailer as a way to introduce us, the audience, to a relatively unknown character.

Captain Marvel will be in theaters on March 8, 2019.

Q&A: Missing Marvel Characters?

I got another Facebook question messaged in.  And this on is from Wade Riley who writes:

Are there any characters you feel are missing from the avengers that would benefit the story line?

Thank you very much for the question Wade!

I’ll give you three characters that I feel are missing and could benefit the avengers lineup.

Right off the bat I would have to say Luke Cage, also known as Power Man.

3382229-luke-cage-comics-01He is the embodiment of a perfect underdog story.  When he was young he grew up in gangs on the streets of Harlem.  And was constantly in trouble.  But after several tragic incidences involving loved ones, he decides to better himself and start doing what he could to turn his life around.  Right around that time he is experimented on, and through a lab mistake, is turned into Power Man – who has unbreakable skin, able to lift/press 25 tons and punch through 4 inch steel plates. He also taught himself in hand to hand combat, and self-educated in law, and is fluent is several different languages.

The Avengers are missing a power person on their team.  The only one that fits the bill is Hulk, but he is too unpredictable.  Cage would be able to kick all sorts of ass, as well as act as a moral center of the team when Captain America isn’t around. Continue reading “Q&A: Missing Marvel Characters?”