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10:39 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.
10:44 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
4:56 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.
11:07 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.
2:56 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.
3:57 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.
4:05 PM 5/8/2014 by Senh Duong
While I was in Hong Kong during the Hong Kong International Film Festival, I saw posters for Patrick Kong’s comedy “Delete My Love” (Wong Cho-Lam, Michael Hui) all over the city. Apparently, the comedy was being shopped to foreign distributions at the Filmart, and Nu Image had expressed interest.
China Box Office: "My Old Classmate" $35M, "The Great Hypnotist" $22M, "The Iceman 3D" $11M, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" $10M
11:51 AM 5/7/2014 by Senh Duong
Business for local films exploded during China’s Labour Day holiday, which started last Thursday (May 1st) and ended on Saturday (May 3rd). Sunday was reserved for the debut of Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” For the entire week of April 28th to May 4th, YA romance “My Old Classmate” soured to $34.6M, upping its total to a staggering $52.3M after just ten days.
10:33 AM 5/5/2014 by Senh Duong
While in Hong Kong during the Hong Kong International Film Festival, I read an interview that Stephen Fung did with Time Out Hong Kong, a magazine that was lying in my hotel room.
4:21 PM 4/30/2014 by Senh Duong
Another troubled Donnie Yen production hit theaters in China last week. A remake of Yuen Biao’s 1989 minor hit “The Iceman Cometh,” the $33M update, retitled “The Iceman 3D,” went way over budget and had to be split up into two films in order to recoup its investment.