US Box Office Results Jan 28-30, 2011

Ouch! The Box Office weekend is even worse than I expected. The top 12 stands at a staggering $88M, the lowest record since September 2010! Oh well, at least I got most of it right, except the Oscar Nominees who received bumps this week.

1.) The Rite – I absolutely know nothing about this movie. I don’t have plans to watch it, and I don’t care how much it earns. Another winner among the pile of garbage studios show on January.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $16M

Actual Gross: $15M

Total Gross: $15M

2.) No Strings Attached – It dropped only 30% this week. Impressive, but not that much considering it has no competition and it open at the sub-$20M range. Damn, I had it at number 3

Predicted Outcome: Rank 3, $11.3M

Actual Gross: $13.7M

Total Gross: $39.7M

3.) The Mechanic – It’s in a photo finish against the number four movie. I was wrong last week, it seems that CBS Films WILL continue their streak of box office busts. I just found out that this movie cost $40M to make, with $5M paid to acquire the movie. That sucks…

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $13.6M

Actual Gross: $11.5M

Total Gross: $11.5M

4.) The Green Hornet – It now stands at $78M on a production budget of $120M. They better do well overseas if they want to break even on their costs.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $10.1M

Actual Gross: $11.5M

Total Gross: $78.8M

5.) The King’s Speech – After receiving 12 nominations in the Oscars, The King’s Speech enjoys a 41% increase over the weekend. It was expected to earn $9M, but Saturday screenings gave a little more for the movie. Good for them

Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $7.6M

Actual Gross: $11.1M

Total Gross: $72.2M

6.) True Grit – This movie dropped the most among the nominees, and their chances in winning the Oscars are slowly fading….fadin’…fade….f…

Predicted Outcome: Rank 6, $6.9M

Actual Gross: $7.6M

Total Gross: $148.4M

7.) The Dilemma – This undeserving movie outgrossed Black Swan this week, proving that even after 3 weeks, viewers still don’t understand that this movie is garbage…tsk…

Predicted Outcome: UNRANKED

Actual Gross: $5.4M

Total Gross: $40.6M

201st Movie Review: Made of Honor (2008)

“A guy in love with an engaged woman tries to win her over after she asks him to be her maid of honor”

I haven’t watched a 2011 movie as of yet, but I took my time to watch something I missed 2 years ago. Made of Honor starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan surely is something interesting for a certain group of people (like me), but overall, the good story and the solid performances of the lead characters aren’t enough to save the comic failures of the movie.

The biggest problem I had with the movie was its connection with Scotland. I just find the whole concept boring, annoying and uninteresting. Leap Year also suffered because of that. The first half was bearable since it’s centered in the United States, but once they traveled to Scotland, the whole movie was ruined.

Dempsey was solid once again just like in Enchanted, and there was little but noticeable chemistry between him and Monaghan towards the end. I also felt like they started the climax too early, although it wasn’t something that could change the movie much. And, just like all other romantic comedies wherein the guy rushes back to the girl because he wants her back, this one has it, and it was one of the worst ways to do it.

Unlike many generic romantic comedies, this one is definitely something unique. However, the whole telling was poorly directed and could have been much better (and shorter, I had to forward the speed by 1.2 just to endure it). This just proves that being a Made of Honor doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the best.

GRADE: C

Topy’s Top Seven US and K-pop Songs (Jan. 28, 2011)

Another week, another top 7. Notice how I love having seven entries in all my countdowns. If you haven’t noticed yet, I love the number 7!

Top 7 US Songs

Paramore – Playing God

1.) Playing God by Paramore

Previous Position: 4 Wks at #1

2.) Move That Body by Nelly feat. T-Pain and Akon

Previous Position: 3 Wks at #2

3.) Grenade by Bruno Mars

Previous Position: 2 Wks at #3

4.) Pray by Justin Bieber

Previous Position: Number 6

5.) Tonight by Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris

Previous Position: 2 Wks at #5

6.) Elevator by David Archuleta

Previous Position: Number 7

7.) What The Hell by Avril Lavigne

Previous Position: NEW ENTRY

 

Top 7 K-pop Songs

TVXQ

1.) Keep Your Head Down by TVXQ

Previous Position: Number 3

2.) Knock Out by GD&TOP

Previous Position: Number 4

3.) A~ing!<3 by Orange Caramel

Previous Position: Number 2

4.) Jumping by KARA

Previous Position: Number 1

5.) Visual Dreams by Girls’ Generation

Previous Position: NEW ENTRY

6.) For First Time Lovers by Jung Yonghwa

Previous Position: NEW ENTRY

7.) High High by GD&TOP

Previous Position: Number 5

US Box Office Predictions for Jan. 28-30, 2011

For the fourth week in a row, 2011 will submit to the greatness of Avatar. This week aims to gross about $30-$50M lower than the same weekend last year. To add insult to the injury, the predicted number 1 movie for this week is...

Here’s the lucky 7:

The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins

1.) The Rite – $16.0M – does anyone even know that this movie was being released? If this really opens at number one, then I guess January is the dumpsite of awful movies. Want proof? Not a single nationwide released movie has reached 50% on RottenTomatoes this month. The Green Hornet is closest with 48%. FYI, Anthony Hopkins is in this movie.

2.) The Mechanic – $13.6M – This looks similar to Crank, and Death Race, and all has Jason Statham in them. CBS Films are in a losing streak right now, with their debut release Extraordinary Measures being a flop, and Faster barely breaking even. This movie could add a few bucks to their bank at least until they can find a Twilight-esque film like Summit Entertainment.

3.) No Strings Attached – $11.3M – I have a feeling this would drop lower than expected due to tepid reviews and so-so word-of-mouth, but being the only rom-com showing in theaters (other than Blue Valentine), No Strings Attached should drop a little less than 50%.

4.) The Green Hornet – $10.1M – The Green Hornet should ease up a little bit more this weekend. The movie is currently number one in the international market, which is good news for the studio.

5.) The King’s Speech – $7.6M – Once again, they’re in the top five. This should be the smallest dropper for the weekend, having received 12 nominations for the 2011 Oscars. It even beat The Social Network, the movie they expected to be at the top. In any case, the race for Best Picture is surely heating up

6.) True Grit – $6.9M – According to critics, True Grit has a 100 to 1 odds of winning Best Picture. Hey, at least they earned an Oscar nod! If True Grit continues its pace, it will beat Little Fockers’ gross within 10 days. Good job!

7.) Black Swan – $5.6M – I really can’t wait to watch this movie. I really can’t wait to watch the lesbian scene! Other than that, I’m not so sure. Haha.

Stay tuned next week to find out the results!

For the fourth week in a row, 2011 will submit to the greatness of Avatar. This week aims to gross about $30-$50M lower than the same weekend last year. To add insult to the injury, the predicted number 1 movie for this week is...

 

US Box Office Results Jan 21-23, 2011

Oh Dear Lord, January 2011 is horrible for the box-office! This week is 30% below last year’s tally. How Sad. Anyway, at least I got the number 1 spot right. Let’s break down the box office results!

No Strings Attached

1.) No Strings Attached – I don’t know who’s stronger in the Box Office, Ashton Kutcher or Natalie Portman? For me, I think Portman. But I think moviegoers chose this film for its R-Rated Content rather than the stars. But Portman’s quite rare in rom-coms though. NEW ENTRY

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $22.1M

Actual Gross: $20.3M

Total Gross: $20.3M

2.) The Green Hornet – I was supposed to peg this film at number 1 but I decided to switch since I don’t think people were that excited about this film. This movie has a pretty decent run, but it would need some sort of International Box-Office Luck to catch up on its budget. WEEK 2

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $19.9M

Actual Gross: $18.1M

Total Gross: $63.4M

3.) The Dilemma – Weird, this film didn’t crash or burn this week. I guess people still didn’t learn their lesson. Here, let me tell you again, this movie sucks. WEEK 2

Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $8.8M

Actual Gross: $9.7M

Total Gross: $33.4M

4.) The King’s Speech – Among the potential Oscar nominees in the top 10, this one fell the most. But a 27% drop isn’t actually considered bad news. WEEK 9

Predicted Outcome: Rank 3, $9M

Actual Gross: $9.2M

Total Gross: $58.6M

5.) True Grit – $3M more and this movie will out-gross Little Fockers. That means this one will bump that movie one spot lower in the final 2010 tally. WEEK 5

Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $8.6M

Actual Gross: $8M

Total Gross: $138.6M

6.) Black Swan – This is one of two movies I would like to watch right now, the other one being Tangled. Good job for Natalie Portman, she has two movies in the top 6 and four more movies out in the first 6 months of the year. WEEK 8

Predicted Outcome: Rank 6, $7.8M

Actual Gross: $6.2M

Total Gross: $83.6M

7.) The Fighter – BINGO! I got 5 out of 7 correct this week! I expected Golden Globe winners to receive a slight bump in their grosses this week, but I turned out to be wrong. In fact, none of the movies this week had a positive increase.  WEEK 7

Predicted Outcome: Rank 7, $4.7M

Actual Gross: $4.5M

Total Gross: $73.0M

First Pictures for X-Men: First Class and Renesmee Cullen

20th Century Fox has just released the initial posters for X-men First Class! By the looks of it, it seems like the reboot of the trilogy will attempt to remake X-men into younger, faster mutants. Check the character poster below

Michael Fassbender stars as Magneto on the left, while on the far right is James McAvoy representing Professor Xavier

On other movie news, a still on Renesmee Cullen was released to the public. It’s not an actual picture from the movie, but is just something to let people know her face.

Topy’s Top Seven US and Kpop Songs (Jan. 21, 2011)

It’s time for my Top 7 K-pop and Western songs once again. This week, there were a lot of new songs, but only some of them managed to pique my interest. Without further ado, here are my favorite songs for the week!

Top 7 US Songs

Hayley Williams of Paramore

1.) Playing God – Paramore: 3 Weeks at #1

-Paramore remains as my favorite US single. Just can’t get this song out of my head.

2.) Move That Body – Nelly ft. T-Pain and Akon: 2 Weeks at #2

3.) Grenade – Bruno Mars; Last Week’s #4

4.) Yeah 3X – Chris Brown; Re-entry

5.) Tonight – Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris; Last Week’s #3

6.) Pray – Justin Bieber; Last Week’s #7

7.) Elevator – David Archuleta; New-Entry

Top 7 K-pop Songs

KARA Members: Goo Hara (My Favorite), Gyuri, Seungyeon, Jiyoung, Nicole

1.) Jumping – KARA; Last Week’s #4

-Amidst all the controversy with rumors of disbandment, members filing for contract termination, KARA still stands as my Favorite K-pop Artist. #2 Girls Generation, #3 Taeyang

2.) A~ing!<3 – Orange Caramel; Last Week’s #2

-Orange Caramel is a sub-unit of After School. If you’re interested, check them out on Google Images and Wikipedia!

3.) Keep Your Head Down – TVXQ; New Entry

-The Seniors of the K-pop industry, TVXQ is the best boy group out there. Powerful vocals, sick dance moves. Cool!

4.) Knock Out – GD&TOP; Last Week’s #3

5.) High High – GD&TOP; Last Week’s #1

-Steep drop last week as the song starts to get old from being played too many times.

6.) Prayer/Connection/Superstar/Take It Slow – Taeyang; Last Week’s #5

-These four songs are included in Taeyang’s English Album – Solar

7.) La Cha Ta/Chu – f(x); Last Week’s #7

f(x) is a female group from SM Entertainment, the same company that has Girls’ Generation, TVXQ and Super Junior

More Songs coming for next week!