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12:56 PM 3/23/2015 by Senh Duong
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" 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.
12:07 PM 3/23/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
11:41 AM 3/19/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
6:51 PM 2/11/2015 by Senh Duong
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:
1:48 PM 2/3/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
1:21 AM 1/29/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
1:03 AM 1/28/2015 by Senh Duong
In this week’s podcast, Binh and I discuss “American Sniper’s” incredible hold after last week’s record-breaking opening. I talk about Johnny Depp’s schtick*, and we wonder if people are getting tired of it. Although “Paddington” is well-reviewed and doing decent biz at the box office, we drew the line on whether or not it would get a sequel.
12:09 PM 1/15/2015 by Senh Duong
Here’s the latest podcast, where I pronounce every word with a "th" or a "t" in it as a "d." Still, Binh thinks this one is pretty good. To the surprise of no one, “Tak3n” was the top film. I pegged it in the $35-$40M range, and it came in at the higher end of that.
5:43 PM 1/12/2015 by Senh Duong
Binh and I ran down the list of the top films at last weekend’s figures. The majority of the top films experienced drop-offs of 30%-50%. I was thinking the New Year’s Weekend would hold up better, but a glance at BoxOfficeMojo.com proved me wrong. We were right on the mark in our prediction with the week’s only wide release, “The Woman in Black 2: