#BOXOFFICE: “THE DARK TOWER” BRIGHT ON A DIM WEEKEND
Debuting atop the Box Office this weekend on a tepid weekend is Sony Pictures’ THE DARK TOWER with a $19.6 million from 3,451 theatres across North America. The Stephen King adaptation musters only a 19% from Critics on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
Former champion DUNKIRK slips to second this weekend with $17.4 million for Warner Bros. Thus far over three weeks it has grossed $132 million domestically.
In third is Sony Pictures’ THE EMOJI MOVIE with $12.6 million in its second week out. It has earned $49.5 million thus far.
Fourth is Universal Pictures’ hit GIRLS TRIP with $11.5 million in its third week out, surpassing $85.5 million, making it the top-grossing Comedy of the Summer.
KIDNAP debuts in fifth with $10.1 million from 2,378 theatres for eOne Films/Aviron Pictures. The Thriller starring Halle Berry gets a 40% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
DETROIT from Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, debuts in eighth with $7.3 million from 3,007 theatres for eOne Films/now-distributor Annapurna Pictures. It gets 93% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is DESPICABLE ME 3 with $5.5 million for Universal Pictures in its sixth week.
#BOXOFFICE: “DUNKIRK” CONTINUES LEGACY OF DOMINATION FOR CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
Taking the top of the Box Office in its debut is Christopher Nolan‘s eagerly-awaited new Film DUNKIRK, earning $51 million from 3,720 theatres across North America for Warner Bros. It gets a phenomenal 92% on the Tomatometer from Critics and an A- CinemaScore from Audiences. This lands ahead of 2014’s Interstellar which opened with $47.5 million in 3,561 theatres. Nolan has continued a legacy of domination with these Films, 2010’s Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Debuting in second with $29.2 million is Universal Pictures’ GIRLS TRIP, which gets both stellar reviews, coming in at 89% on the Tomatometer and a rare A+ CinemaScore also. The Malcolm D. Lee Comedy plays in 2,195 theatres domestically.
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is in third with $20 million for Sony Pictures in its third week out.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is in fourth with $18.5 million for 20th Century Fox in its second week out.
In fifth is VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS with $16.7 million from 3,533 theatres for STX Entertainment/eOne Films. The Fantasy from visionary Luc Besson gets 55% on the Tomatometer and a B- CinemaScore.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is Toronto-made WISH UPON with $2.1 million in its second week out for Broad Green Pictures.
#BOXOFFICE: NO ‘MONKEY BUSINESS’ FOR “WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES”
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES sure isn’t ‘monkeying’ around! The Action/Fantasy is all business at the Box Office, taking-in $57.5 million from 4,022 theatres in its debut for 20th Century Fox. It gets a 94% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore from audiences. 2014’s DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES still holds the franchise best with a $72 million opening.
In second is SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING, last week’s number one Film. It earns $47.4 million its second week out in 4,348 theatres for Sony Pictures, a total $210 million earned domestically.
In third is DESPICABLE ME 3 with $19.2 million for Universal Pictures. Over three weeks it has grossed $188 million in North America.
BABY DRIVER is in fourth this weekend with $8.7 million from 3,043 theatres for Sony Pictures, a total $73 million made over three weeks.
THE BIG SICK expands to 2,597 theatres for Lionsgate Films/Elevation Pictures, taking $7.4 million in its fourth week out. It has made $15.8 million thus far.
Toronto-made WISH UPON might not be getting a Canadian release, but it opens in seventh in the U.S. with $5.6 million from 2,250 theatres. It gets 20% on the Tomatometer and a C- CinemaScore.
THE HOUSE rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.8 million for Warner Bros. in its third week out with $23 million tallied in total.
#EDITORSNOTE: DAVID BALDWIN, JUSTIN WALDMAN, JONATHAN GODFREY + GEORGE KOZERA SELECT THEIR TOP 2014 FILMS
Cinema Lovers were inundated with fantastic Selections at the Movies in 2014. Although there isn’t quite a definitive Standout, there were many, many outstanding Films released. Dare we say, one of the strongest years in recent memory? This certainly makes the race for dominance this Awards Season a rather curious one.
We rely regularly on the opinions of our resident Contributors: Jonathan Godfrey (now with us a third year!), David Baldwin, Justin Waldman and our newest Team addition George Kozera, to keep us informed on what to watch and asked them what their Favourites of 2014 were. We’re not professional Film Critics by any measure, but we love Film passionately and if you ever want a Friend’s opinion, we are happy to share! The voice of the Fan always should matter most and we are Fans just like YOU!
As you will see, the choices are eclectic, a reflection of the offerings this year…
3. The Tale of Princess Kaguya
5. John Wick
6. Maps to the Stars
8. Mood Indigo
9. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1
10. Bjork: Biophilia Live
Every year of my life has been cinematically-splendid, and 2014 was no different. Numerous Films from diverse Genres excited my eyes and elevated my mind-state. None more so than Nolan’s Interstellar. Having seen it four times in the theatre it still doesn’t feel like enough. That said, it wasn’t the only slice of Sci-Fi I gobbled up. Lucy also satiated my appetite for Techno-Fantasy. Then there was the outright Fantasy of Studio Ghibli’s breathtaking tale about a Bamboo Princess, Lars Von Triers four-hour dive into sexual addiction, Keanu’s kick-ass Escapade, Cronenberg’s Olympian Tragedy, Witherspoon’s awe-inspiring performance, Michel Gondry’s take on a cult novel that finally made its way to Canadian screens, and Katniss Everdeen… the Icon who continues to inspire me. Last, but most definitely not least, Björk released her incredible Concert Film which combined technological advances with her love for nature. Maybe 2014 was a little different after all, it was grippingly- cinematic, but with a touch of the divine.
Looking back, I think 2014 was one hell of a year for Film. There were some truly awful and sub-par Films released this year too. But there were just as many good, and even a few truly-great Films released as well. It was a mixed bag, but the quality and ambition of some of this year’s crop of Films was truly extraordinary. While Franchise/Comic Book Film fatigue is starting to become quite evident, some pretty huge and experimental gambles paid off brilliantly (did anyone ever expect The LEGO Movie to be as wildly enjoyable as it was?). The Box Office stats in North America may not suggest it, but it was a truly memorable year. And if this is what we have to expect in 2015, I am immediately excited for some of its prospects — and for some time to re-watch some of this year’s best Films again!
5. Life Itself
6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
7. The Imitation Game
8. Gone Girl
9. How To Train Your Dragon 2
10. Guardians of the Galaxy
(Potential top Films not seen before end of 2014: Big Eyes, American Sniper, A Most Violent Year)
It is New Year’s Eve and that means that we are supposed to look back at the year and discuss the best things we have seen and witnessed this year. This year brought a ton of great Films that were released throughout the entire year, most of which came out in the second half of the year but some came out earlier on. With so many great Films that came out this past year and one Title that comes out in February, here are the best Films of 2014 with a few extra Titles. In absolutely no particular order:
2. Big Hero 6
6. The F Word
8. Dear White People
10. Guardians of the Galaxy
Now that the best 10 Movies of the year I saw are out there, here is a few of the other Titles that did not make the Top 10 but deserve recognition, at least in my mind. Into the Woods, Big Eyes, Theory of Everything, Interstellar, Birdman, Gone Girl, Locke and Life Itself. 2014 was an excellent year of Film, 2015 has a tough year to compete against but BRING IT ON!
For the first time in years, I struggled with whittling down the Movies I saw that were eligible for my Top 10 Movies of 2014. That in itself is a strong indication how many great movies were released this year! So it is with great apologies to the following Movies that WOULD have made the list in a weaker movie year (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wild, Gone Girl, The Lego Movie, The F Word, Locke & The Babadook), I submit my Top 10 that made the biggest impact on me in 2014.
3. The Theory of Everything
6. The Immigrant
7. The Imitation Game
My 2014 in review, including my Best-Of? Click here for that.
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#BOXOFFICE: “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” INDESTRUCTIBLE AT THE BOX OFFICE
There was no stopping GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY from achieving its ultimate destiny of being a smash success for Marvel. The Blockbuster demolishes the competition with a stunning $94 million in its debut from 4,080 theatres. Audiences and Critics alike have raves for the Action-Fantasy Comic Adaptations starring Chris Pratt, garnering an A CinemaScore and 92% on the Tomatometer. This opening makes it the third highest ever for a Superhero Franchise behind Spider-Man and Iron-Man.
Lucy in its second week still is going strong for Universal Pictures. After debuting on-top last weekend, it slips to second spot with $15 million, nearing the $80-million mark domestically.
Opening in third is James Brown Biopic, Get on Up for Universal Pictures also. The Musical-Drama opens with $14.7 million from 2,468 theatres. Reviews for the Film are strong with 72% on the Tomatometer and also an A CinemaScore from Audiences. Keep a tab on star Chadwick Boseman who starred in last year’s Jackie Robinson Biopic 42.
Hercules slips to fourth spot with $10.6 million in its second week out for Paramount Pictures, just surpassing the $50-million mark.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a former Champ, finds itself in fifth spot this weekend with $8.4 million in its fourth week out.
A Most Wanted Man is comfortably in its bubbling-under status for eOne Films and RSA Films with $3.1 million grossed. In two weeks, it has made $6.5 million across North America from 729 theatres.
Rounding things out is And So It Goes with $3 million earned this weekend in its second week for VVS Films/Clarius.
#BOXOFFICE: “LUCY” EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS WITH BIG OPENING
After enamouring Moviegoers with a slickly-cut Trailer earlier this year, it is no surprise Lucy finds itself atop the Box Office this weekend with $45 million from 3,173 theatres, exceeding Studio expectations for Universal Pictures. Audiences didn’t quite get this latest offering from French Director Luc Besson, giving it a C+ CinemaScore. Critics were on the fence also with a 56% score on the Tomatometer. The divide aside, one thing’s for sure – Scarlett Johansson‘s certainly got it.
Hercules debuts in second spot for Paramount Pictures, with $28.5 million from 3,595 theatres. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson it its titular role, the Action-Fantasy drew positive response from Critics overall with a 65% CinemaScore and a B+ CinemaScore shouldn’t hurt word-of-mouth, yet also not help much either.
After two weeks on-top Dawn of the Planet of the Apes slips to third spot with $16.2 million for 20th Century Fox, pushing its earnings domestically past the $175 million-mark.
In its second week, The Purge: Anarchy slips to fourth spot with $10.3 million for Universal Pictures, a two-week tally of $52 million for the Sequel in the Horror Franchise.
And So It Goes debuts in eighth spot for Clarius/VVS Films with $4 million from 1,762 theatres. Critics absolutely hammered on the Rom-Com starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, giving it a 15% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences were a lot more forgiving with a B+ CinemaScore.
Rounding out the Top Ten is 22 Jump Street with $2.5 million in its seventh week, just surpassing $185 million domestically for Sony Pictures.
#BOXOFFICE: “DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” #1 A SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
For the second week in-a-row, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes finds itself atop the Box Office again with $36 million from 3,969 theatres for 20th Century Fox. The second film in the Apes Franchise to date has grossed $138 million in its two week run.
The Purge: Anarchy opens in second spot with $28.4 million from 2,805 theatres for Universal Pictures, almost matching its 2013 Predecessor, which debuted with $34 million. Critics gave the Horror mixed reviews, tallying-in at 53% on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes, while Audiences gave it a neither here nor there B CinemaScore.
Planes: Fire & Rescue debuts in third with $18 million for Disney from 3,826 theatres. Taking place in the same World as the Studio’s massively-successful Cars Franchise, Critics didn’t take to the family-friendly offering with a 45% score on the Tomatometer. Audiences on the other hand loved it, giving it an A CinemaScore.
The heavily-promoted Sex Tape debuts in fourth spot with $15 million for Sony Pictures from 3,062 theatres. The Comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz pulls in a paltry 20% on the Tomatometer from Critics and Audiences didn’t think much of it either with a C+ CinemaScore.
Transformers: Age of Extinction slips to fifth spot with $10 million for Paramount Pictures, just surpassing $228 million in North America, becoming Mark Wahlberg‘s highest grossing Film of all time.
Maleficent rounds-out the Top Ten with $3 million in its eighth week out, edging-in on $230 million domestically.
#BOXOFFICE: MOVIEGOERS EXPERIENCE MONKEY MADNESS AS “DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” OPENS BIG
It’s the dawn of a new beginning! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes unquestionably dominates the Box Office this weekend with a $70 million-opening from 3,967 theatres for 20th Century Fox. By comparison the last Film in Franchise opened in 2011 with $53 million, meaning that Moviegoers truly have Monkey Madness! Without any A-List Names in the Cast, the Blockbuster still managed to be and Critics rewarded it with a 91% on the Tomatometer and Audiences gave it an A CinemaScore.
Transformers: Age of Extinction in its third week, pulls-in $17 million for Paramount Pictures for second spot. It just surpasses the $200 million-mark earlier this week, tallying-in at $208 million domestically.
Tammy continues to perform well in third spot this weekend with $13 million in its second week in theatres for Warner Bros. It edges close to the $60 million-mark cumulatively.
22 Jump Street continues to perform exceptionally well, showing some staying power. In its fifth week it lands in fourth spot with $6.7 million for Sony Pictures. It has grossed over $171 million in North America thus far.
Earth to Echo places fifth this weekend for Relativity Media/eOne Films with $5.7 million in its second week out.
Begin Again, from the same people who brought us Once, opens in ninth spot with $5.3 million for The Weinstein Co. and eOne Films. Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine in his Feature debut, Critics responded well to the Musical-Drama with an 80% Tomatometer score.
Jersey Boys, another Musical-Drama, rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.4 million for Warner Bros. from 1,968 theatres in its fourth week.