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

5:51 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

12:48 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

12:21 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.

EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 1/26/2015 - Another Huge Weekend for American Sniper

12:03 AM 1/28/2015 by Senh Duong
Jennifer Lopez in "The Boy Next Door"
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.

EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 1/12/2014 - The Tak3n Train Keeps on Rolling

11:09 AM 1/15/2015 by Senh Duong
Liam Neeson in "Tak3n"
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.

EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 1/05/2014 - The Hobbit Survives the New Year Hangover

4:43 PM 1/12/2015 by Senh Duong
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
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:

EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 12/29/2014 - "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" Wins Another Battle

2:44 PM 12/31/2014 by Senh Duong
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
Another one in the can. Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” journeyed to the top of the box office again. Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” did surprisingly well. Family films “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and “Annie” both did better than their opening weekend. Towards the end, there’s some fireworks between Binh and I.

EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast 12/08/2014: Mockingjay Part 1 tops one of the worst weekends

2:00 PM 12/10/2014 by Senh Duong
Chris Rock in "Top Five"
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
Horrible Bosses 2
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
Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"
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.
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