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2:00 PM 12/10/2014 by Senh Duong
Welcome to podcast #13. Binh and I discussed the new “Terminator: Genesys” trailer; neither of us liked it. There wasn’t much movement in the top 10 at the box office, other than the huge 50% drop that most films experienced. Family films like “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Big Hero 6” did worst, dropping around 60%.
EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast 12/01/2014: "Mockingjay Part 1" on Top & "Horrible Bosses 2" Disappoints
6:29 PM 12/8/2014 by Senh Duong
It’s a week late, but better late and never. Over Thanksgiving weekend (11/28-11/30), we had a couple turkeys. “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Horrible Bosses 2” both underperformed at the box office. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” retained its top position. I thought even though the reviews were less than good, “Horrible Bosses 2” would please its fan base, but I guess they didn’t care for seconds.
EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast 11/24/2014: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" Lower Than Expected
2:09 PM 11/26/2014 by Senh Duong
Binh and I were expecting “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I” to open as well as, if not slightly better than, the previous two films, both of which debuted in the $150M range. It did $122M, way below our predictions (or even the most conservative figures from the industry). We discuss why that happened. “Dumb and Dumber To” tumbled in its second week, continuing Jim Carrey’s recent slide at the box office. We debated over which of the three indies -- “Birdman,” “Foxcatcher,” and “The Theory of Everything” -- will eventually break out.
EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast 11-17-2014: "Dumber and Dumber To" Tops "Big Hero 6" and "Interstellar"
6:30 PM 11/19/2014 by Senh Duong
Binh and I have been doing these weekly podcast for several weeks now. We talk, discuss, and debate the weekly box office. This week, it’s “Dumb and Dumber To” vs. the two holdovers from last week, “Big Hero 6” and “Interstellar.” Both of us way underestimated how well the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels sequel would do. We debated about whether or not “Gone Girl” would eventually reach $200M at the domestic box office (it’s currently at $153M), “John Wick” would get a sequel, “Nightcrawler” is a success, and much more.
9:39 AM 5/23/2014 by Senh Duong
A couple of days ago, Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the sequel to “X-Men: First Class” that unites popular cast members from the entire franchise, scored a near perfect 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. I was thinking it can’t possibly stay that high by the time it opens today; my prediction was mid to high 80s.
9:44 PM 5/21/2014 by Senh Duong
When Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” was released in 2000 and was both commercially successful and critically acclaimed, it launched a franchise that also spawned two spin-offs. The first of which was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” focusing on the series’ most popular character. The second was “X-Men: First Class,” which goes back to a time when the mutants were younger and figuring things out.
In the Summer of 1998, "Godzilla" Fought Michael Bay's "Armageddon" and Lost; Will It Fare Better This Summer Against Dinobots
3:56 PM 5/16/2014 by Senh Duong
In the summer of 1998, two expensive blockbusters battled for box office supremacy. In the green corner, with a budget of $130M, is Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla,” Hollywood’s first big-screen adaptation of Japan’s iconic monster starring Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, and CGI. In the blue corner, with a budget of $140M, is Michael Bay’s “Armageddon,” an end-of-world asteroid movie starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, and more CGI.
10:07 AM 5/16/2014 by Senh Duong
“Coming Home,” the long-awaited reteaming of Zhang Yimou and Gong Li, opened on Friday (it’s already Saturday in China) atop the box office with a solid $4.8M. The drama, set during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution, pushes Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” down to second place. The webslinger rolled up $3.2M for the day, upping its total to an amazing $69M after two weeks in release.
1:56 PM 5/13/2014 by Senh Duong
I went to a screening of the newly rebooted “Godzilla” in 3D in Regal’s RPX theater yesterday. I saw Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in the same souped-up setting and really enjoyed the technical enhancements. Ditto for Gareth Edward’s $160M remake. The 3D image is bright and clear.
2:57 PM 5/9/2014 by Senh Duong
Following the critical and commercial success of “This is the End,” Seth Rogen returns with another raunchy comedy “Neighbors.” This time, instead of fighting zombies, his character battles a bunch of frat boys -- played by Zac Efron and Dave Franco among others -- who turns the house next to his into a frat house. That wouldn’t be too bad if Rogen’s character and his wife, played by “Bridesmaids’” Rose Byrne, didn’t have a newborn to take care of.