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"Furious 7" Breaks Open the Gates of the Summer Movie Season

1:43 PM 4/1/2015 by Senh Duong
Paul Walker in "Furious 7"
First things first: Paul Walker would be proud of this. It’s an action franchise that will please its huge and ever-growing fanbase. He gets to go two rounds with Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa and gets the last laugh. Not a bad way to go. Overall, Walker’s scenes are quite seamless.

DreamWorks Animation's "Home" Proved Us Wrong - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 3/30/2015

5:17 PM 3/31/2015 by Senh Duong
Home
Binh and I were on target with our predictions for “Get Hard,” but were in a different ballpark when it comes to “Home.” We discuss why the Dreamworks Animation production did so much better than what we and the industry had predicted. We try to figure why the “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is holding up so well, week after week, despite direct competition from the action crowd from “Run All Night, “ “The Gunman,” and “Insurgent.” Is it the exploding heads? How did indie horror film “It Follows” do after its nationwide expansion?

"The Gunman" bombs while "Insurgent" overtakes "Cinderella" - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 3/23/2015

4:52 PM 3/31/2015 by Senh Duong
Theo James and Shailene Woodley in "Insurgent"
Hear how Binh and I did with our predictions for “Insurgent,” “The Gunman,” and “Do You Believe.” Binh was more upbeat on the latter two films, while I was more for the former. Binh tells us why he doesn’t think Shailene Woodley is a star yet, even after I reminded him that she has opened three films around the $50M range. I explained why “Chappie,” which has disappointed at the box office in the U.S., might still turn a profit when it’s all said and done. Ditto with “Penguins of Madagascar.”

Happy Ending for Disney's Cinderella - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 3/16/2015

12:56 PM 3/23/2015 by Senh Duong
Cinderella
Binh and I were off on both "Cinderella" and "Run All Night." In our previous podcast, we were wondering if audiences can have too much Liam Neeson. We have our answer. Surprisingly, more women actually went to see "Run All Night" than men. Check out the podcast to hear why:

"Chappie" Leads, "Unfinished Business" Bombs at Box Office - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 3/09/2015

12:37 PM 3/23/2015 by Senh Duong
Chappie
"Chappie" becomes Neill Blomkamp's first dud. Vince Vaughn continues to bomb away with "Unfinished Business." "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" did decent. Binh and I experience memory loss in this episode. Click here for a list of topics you can jump to in the podcast.

Will Smith's Focus Nabs First Place - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 3/02/2015

12:07 PM 3/23/2015 by Senh Duong
Will Smith and Maggot Robbie in "Focus"
Binh and I discuss what an opening of "just" $18.7M for "Focus" means for Will Smith's career. We also got side-tracked talking about Jackie Chan's "Dragon Blade," which co-stars Adrien Brody and John Cusack. The Chinese production slashed up $54M at the box office in China, continuing Chan's hot streak in that territory. "The Lazarus Effect," made for only $3.3M, did relatively well, but continues the downward box office trend of horror films.

Huge Drop-off for Fifty Shades of Grey - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 2/23/2015

11:41 AM 3/19/2015 by Senh Duong
Fifty Shades of Grey
Binh and I were both off with our predictions for "Fifty Shades of Grey." "Kingsman: The Secret Service" also did better than we expected. "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" bombed; John Cusack opted to do "Dragon Blade" with Jackie Chan instead, and commercially, it's a good decision because that film blew up the box office in China during the Lunar New Year.

SpongeBob Takes Down American Sniper - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 2/09/2015

6:51 PM 2/11/2015 by Senh Duong
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Welcome to another episode of our weekend box office podcast. Hear how Binh and I did with our predictions on last weekend’s opening films: “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” “Jupiter Ascending,” and “Seventh Son.” See which holdover held up better than we expected --no, it’s not “American Sniper” or “The Imitation Game.” We also give our predictions on this week’s debuts:

American Sniper Sets Another Record: EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 2/02/2015

1:48 PM 2/3/2015 by Senh Duong
Project Almanac
Here’s this week’s podcast. Although “American Sniper” broke another record during the Super Bowl weekend, we discuss why there was such a steep dropoff after a very good hold during the previous weekend. “Paddington” held up well, compared to other films in the top ten. Michael Bay’s found-footage, time-travel film “Project Almanac” disappointed.

"Project Almanac" Review: Fun and Energetic, But Overly Familiar

1:21 AM 1/29/2015 by Senh Duong
Project Almanac
In terms of structure, "Project Almanac," is more like "Chronicles." It's about a group of high school friends who suddenly discover something extraordinary, plays around with it, and eventually finds that there are terrible consequences to their selfish motivations. It's filmed in the same found-footage format too. But instead of super powers, the group of friends in "Project Almanac" discovers a time machine.

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