Box Office: Lucy! Hercules! Plus Monkeys, Planes and Stuff

Lucy

What's funny about last weekend's box office is that the two main releases, Lucy and Hercules, were really cut from the same cloth: Both were big loud action movies that so lovingly embraced the conventions they were in that they ended up turning into brilliantly entertaining little nuggets of cinema. But ultimately, Lucy wound up winning this weekend with a $44 Million opening, which is what happens when you give director Luc Besson room to do MORE

And now, a word about the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer

Fifty Shades of Grey

It's been a while since I talked about Fifty Shades of Grey, but since the first trailer is out and nothing else is happening, let's talk about this. This isn't about the quality of the book or the movie. That's a matter of personal taste and for the sake of an objective view point, I can't bring in my own personal standards. Here's the problem I have with it ... the vibe coming off the trailer is that it's supposed to be a dark romance sort MORE

Box Office: Dawn Of The Sex Tape Of The Planes: Anarchy

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

According to BoxOfficeMojo, America went to the theatres for a second week in a row, saw the poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and said "yes please to that again!" to the tune of $36 Million. Consequently, there was also a period of time where people would pay out the ass for anything with monkeys in it to the point where every single comic had at least one gorilla-feuled storyline, and we seem to be in its resurgence. I guess what I'm MORE

Box Office: Apes beat out Transformers

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

True story: The other day, I was on a pad thai binge after a day of work, and I'm pretty sure I ate enough to fill a bucket. Literally a bucket of pad thai. I was bloated, aching, and supremely ashamed of myself for not being able to recognize my own personal limitations, and as soon as I got home I hate half a pint of Ben & Jerry's Coffee Toffee Crunch. I guess what I'm trying to say is that, according to BoxOfficeMojo, Dawn of the Planet of MORE

District 13 hacks the new teaser for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

HG

If you've never read Mockingjay (and really, you should: It's a dark, well-written narrative about power and politics that somehow remains accessible enough for teenagers to read) a big part of the book is propaganda, and how it's used by the elite to trick the poor into killing each other for their benefit. So continuing along the lines of the last Hunger Games teaser, here's the second installment which finds the inhabitants of District 13 MORE

Box Office: The world throws $201 Million at ‘Transformers 4′

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction was the only major release this weekend, and for good reason ... long story short, it pretty much obliterated every other movie out there. According to Box Office Mojo, Transformers made $100 Million at the American box office this weekend, an $201 Million around the world. So apparently, audiences everywhere were just waiting for the day where Shia Laboeuf was replaced by a giant robot dinosaur. Guy who gets MORE

The first teaser for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt 1′

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

You know, amidst the hype and popularity of The Hunger Games movies, and despite the marketing campaign aimed at a younger crowd, it's weird how people forget that the books are a surprisingly deep Dystopian critique of Western culture's celebrity worship / dissociation for those under the poverty line. But then, it's hard to use that as a tagline, so I can kind of see why. Anyway, here's the first teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part MORE

Box Office: ‘Think Like a Man Too’ #1, ‘Jersey Boys’ #4

Think Like a Man Too

Think Like a Man Too was the big winner at the box office this weekend according to Box Office Mojo, earning $30 Million in its debut and clearing its initial budget. Now, here's an honest to gawd question, because it needs to be asked: I know this series is based, however tenuously, on Steve Harvey's book Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man. But who the hell goes to Steve Harvey for dating advice? He's Steve Harvey. I know he hosts Family Feud, MORE

Box Office: ’22 Jump Street’ hits #1, ‘Dragon 2′ takes #2

22 Jump Street

Two major summer sequels premiered at the movies this weekend, but according to BoxOfficeMojo, 22 Jump Street with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill came out on top with a $60 Million opening weekend. Also, I realized this when I was cobbling the title together, but there's a disturbing amount of numbers-based movie titles this week. Which brings me to... How To Train Your Dragon 2, which debuted at number two with $50 Million. Apparently, some MORE

Box Office: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ shoots to the top

The Fault In Our Stars

If there's one thing I learned from watching box office trends, it's to never underestimate the power of a teen romance novel. (Fun fact: teenagers still read. See? We're not horribly screwed after all!) As was the case with the Twilight saga, The Fault In Our Stars managed to dominate the box office this week according to BoxOfficeMojo, taking in $48.2 Million in its first week on a budget of only $12 Million. Yes, they already made a profit MORE

Here’s the second trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’

Dwayne Johnson

Here's the latest trailer for Hercules (July 25th) starring Dwayne Johnson, and before you say it: Yes, I am aware that it looks kind of dumb. And you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. The thing is, I have a deep, deep love for movies that I call 'dumb boners,' so named because ... well, you figure it out. The movies that so gleefully bound away from logic and common sense that they become sublime master pieces. Like Hansel and Gretel, MORE

Box Office: ‘Maleficent’ spreads its wings

Angelina Jolie is Maleficent

Number one at the box office this weekend was Maleficent, taking in $70,000 in its opening week. According to BoxOfficeMojo, this is Angelina Jolie's biggest opening weekend ever, which is good because she's been plugging the hell out of this thing for months. She worked to fill those seats, and she earned every penny. And now, I'm going to sit and wait for Disney to release the origin story of Ursula the Sea Witch, starring Latrice Royale. (In MORE

It’s official: ‘Star Wars VII’ has started filming!

Star Wars VII

Good news everyone! The next installment of the Star Wars series (VII) has just started filming, according to a tweet posted on J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot Twitter account. After the not so great prequel trilogy, hopefully this will bring the series back to its roots and answer some important questions, like "Did Chewbacca ever get his medal? Because I feel like he got left out ..." and "Why are there only like three women in the Star Wars MORE

The ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast has been announced

Star Wars: Episode VII

So, good news and bad news internet! The good news is that the cast for the newest installment in the Star Wars franchise has been announced. Yay! The bad news is that it's keeping alive the tradition of only having one token female character for every six male characters. From the official website ... Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of MORE