Box Office Results May 27-30, 2011 [final update] {biggest memorial weekend ever!}

{2nd update includes the estimated 3-day weekend of the top 7}

Looks like I had a major miscalculation this week. The Hangover Part II grossed almost twice my prediction and Kung Fu Panda 2 didn’t even manage to match the gross of its predecessor. Looks like 3D has taken its toll among consumers, who won’t be fooled again by a useless gimmick which just adds a 25% surcharge to your tickets.

This week was the biggest memorial weekend ever, way above last week’s dismal batch of movies. Looks like 2011’s box office drought is over!

Here are the early estimates courtesy of deadline. Final results will be taken from boxofficemojo. Final results on TUESDAY

Number One Movie Predicted Correctly: 0 Weeks in a Row

Number of Times I Nailed the Top 7: 2

1.) THE HANGOVER PART II – Not even dismal reviews can stop droves of people from flocking to the theaters to watch this in its opening day. It had the third highest opening ever for a Thursday ($31M) and will hold on to first place at least until Monday. However, I bet word-of-mouth should start affecting this movie by Sunday and it would be impossible for this film to earn 4x its opening weekend gross in the long run. {3-day weekend – $86.5M, almost twice more than its predecessor’s opening weekend}

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $78.5M

Actual Gross: $103.4M

Total Gross: $137.0M

2.) KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D – The first film earned $65M in its first three days and went on to finish with $215M. This one won’t even hit $50M in three days and will be lucky if it earns $75M when the memorial day weekend is over. I guess Dreamworks will be reconsidering those reported 4 Kung Fu Panda sequels anytime soon. {3-day weekend – $48.0M, well below the first movie’s $65M. Dreamworks didn’t expect this to happen, even if they knew that kids had school this week.}

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $89.5M

Actual Gross: $60.8M

Total Gross: $68.0M

3.) Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – It held better than expected in its second weekend, but that 50%+ drop is still big. It also crossed $500M worldwide. {3-day weekend – $39.3M, a 56% drop, the lowest among all sequels but it’s still the lowest grossing out of the three}

Predicted Outcome: Rank 3, $46.5M

Actual Gross: $50.0M

Total Gross: $166.5M

4.) Bridesmaids – This one is still going strong, even though The Hangover II is breaking records. I guess the two movies can co-exist after all! {3-day weekend – $16.3M, wow!}

Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $16.3M

Actual Gross: $20.7M

Total Gross: $90.0M

5.) Thor – Like I said, I’m not good in predicting 4-day weekends, so expect this week to be my worst predicted week ever. I mean, the variance must be above $11M per movie. Let’s try to be optimistic though. {3-day weekend: $9.3M}

Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $10.2M

Actual Gross: $12.0M

Total Gross: $161.3M

6.) Fast Five – It’s nearing $200M domestically and has reached $500M internationally. Yes, there will be a F6st and Fast 7. {3-day weekend – $5.8M}

Predicted Outcome: Rank 6, $7.3M

Actual Gross: $7.9M

Total Gross: $198.4M

[update!]

7.) Midnight in Paris – Weird, I picked Rio to land at 7th place, and it ended at 9th. 1st estimates say that Priest took the 7th spot, but now it’s the one which is down to 10th! This movie was the per-theater-average champion last week, and now since it expanded to 58 screens, it still had an amazing PTA of $33K to finish 7th above $1.5M. Meanwhile, the winner at the Cannes film festival, Malick’s The Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt, took the PTA crown this week, opening with $350K with only 4 screens. {3-day weekend: $1.9M}

Predicted Outcome: Unranked

Actual Gross: $2.5M

Total Gross: $3.5M

TOTAL SCORE: 4 out of 7, with a variance of $9.2571428M per prediction (an all time worst).

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Topy’s Top 7 Songs for May 27-June 2, 2011

Females hold off Jay Park this week in my K-pop chart, while Bruno Mars’ songs maintain their re playability on my iPod. American Idol S10 finalist Haley Reinhart is slowly climbing up the charts, will she join the rest of the pack together with Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Owl City? We’ll see…

TOP 7 US SONGS

1.) The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

Previous Position: 2 Weeks at #1

2.) Alligator Sky – Owl City feat. Shawn Chrystopher

Previous Position: #6

3.) Roll Up – Wiz Khalifa

Previous Position: #2

4.) Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Previous Position: 2 Weeks at #4

MV for Judas

5.) Edge Of Glory / Judas – Lady Gaga

Previous Position: #7

6.) Run The World (Girls) / Move Your Body – Beyonce

Previous Position: NEW ENTRY

7.) (It) Feels So Good – Steven Tyler

Previous Position: NEW ENTRY

Out of the Top 7:

Make A Movie – Twista ft. Chris Brown

Price Tag – Jessie J. ft. B.o.B.

TOP 7 K-POP SONGS

1.) Ma Boy – Sistar19

Previous Position: #6

2.) Shampoo – After School

Previous Position: 2 Weeks at #2

3.) Abandoned / Tonight – Jay Park

Previous Position: #1

4.) Pinocchio – f(x)

Previous Position: 2 Weeks at #4

5.) Lonely – 2NE1

Previous Position: #7

6.) Mr. Taxi – Girls’ Generation (SNSD)

Previous Position: #5

7.) Love Song – Big Bang

Previous Position: #3

Out of the Top 7: NONE

Box Office Predictions for May 27-30, 2011 (Memorial Day Weekend)

It’s Memorial Day weekend this week! 2 BIG comedies will debut and both of them are sequels which means that we’ll have a HUGE box-office weekend. The expected grosses of the top three movies will probably be twice as much as last year’s, when Shrek 4 stayed at #1 and Prince of Persia and Sex And The City 2 disappointed with $30M+ openings.

I’m not a good guesser when it comes to 4-day weekends, but this week’s worth a shot.

Last Week’s Box Office Mojo Derby Rank: 131 (down 37 spots from last week) with 86.264% Accuracy (up 2.067%)

1.) KUNG FU PANDA 2 – $89.5M – This could be the first weekend since 2004 that two movies might debut by more than $80M in the same weekend; well, for the 4-day weekend at least. That’s a big feat, especially when those two movies are in the same genre. I’m guessing the young families will flock this animated film (originally named Kung Fu Panda: Kaboom of Doom), while those people who prefer a raunchier comedy will stick to the other film. Which is….

2.) THE HANGOVER PART II – $78.5M – While I certainly think that this sequel will earn much more than its predecessor (The first film earned $45M+ in its opening and it went on to finish with a collosal $275M gross), I don’t think it will benefit opening together with Kung Fu Panda 2. And frankly, I was more excited to catch this one than the movie above. However, critics say that this one’s lacking the ingenuity and brilliance of the first one. Too bad.

3.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $46.5M – This will bleed and fade in its second weekend, but I think it’s still quite capable to drop less than the third film. At World’s End fell 61% four years ago, so a 57% drop for this one should be all right.

4.) Bridesmaids – $16.3M – Being heralded as the female version of The Hangover, Bridesmaids could either crash or remain unfazed in its third weekend. I say some people will try this one out of interest after they watch The Hangover II.

5.) Thor – $10.2M – Its opening weekend looks miniscule compared to the big openings of sequels in the past two weeks. But don’t fret. Thor will have his revenge when he returns to the big screen next year. Avengers, assemble!

6.) Fast Five – $7.3M – Even if this movie always ends one spot lower than Thor, it still has a $40M advantage which means it will still probably defeat Thor in a long run. But it looks like Fast Five could still end up below $200M at least for another two weeks.

7.) Rio – $3.3 – Hanging strong at seventh place is Rio, who has clung on this spot for quite a while now. Even if it loses some 3D screens this week, I don’t think Priest can sneak in and steal this position.

How about you guys? Was I a little bullish with that Kung Fu Panda prediction? You think that the Hangover Part II will surprise for 1st place? Comment below!


227th Movie Review: The Kids Are All Right (2010)

They’re all right indeed!

Let’s get this one right off the bat: The Kids Are All Right is a well-acted ensemble piece. Once you watch it, you’re not gonna wonder why it was nominated for Best Picture. Still, I think there’s an explanation why it didn’t win; and I’ll talk about it later on

The son of a same-sex couple seeks out the sperm donor who made his birth possible. The committed parents of two teenage children, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), are about to send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), off to college when her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), asks for her help in tracking down his biological father. Reluctantly inquiring with the sperm bank, Joni leaves her number so the office can pass it along to Laser’s father. Enthusiastic at the thought of meeting his long lost offspring, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) musters the courage to reach out, and the family tree grows a new branch. -John Buchanan

It all starts with Laser and Joni’s awkward reunion with their biological father. Later on, their relationships blossom, making one of their moms, Nic who is a sort of control freak worried that their sperm donor could tear apart their family. The situation gets even worse when Jules starts having an affair with Paul. It seems like their unconventional family was gonna be broken any time soon. However, after a time of heartbreak and silence, they finally forgive each other. In the final scene they send Joni to college, wishing her good luck with Paul out of the family picture.

The story was definitely interesting as I was glued to the screen the whole time wanting to know what happens next in their lives. It’s a well-made drama that doesn’t bring too much emotions so as to prevent the movie from losing its pace. It’s light and it’s easy to follow. The whole idea of having a family with two lesbian mothers each conceiving a baby with the help a single sperm donor is definitely intriguing. It’s unique, but that doesn’t mean it’s automatically great.

Let’s get to the negative parts. Mark Ruffalo’s character wasn’t given a fair ending as far as I’m concerned. I know what he did was wrong, but it also made him more mature. I hope director Lisa Cholodenko, gave him some extra time in the end as well as the whole family to give us some sort of idea of what their future would be like. I do hope that Paul found the right woman in the end.

The speed of the movie was also slow. It wasn’t technically draggy, but I felt that the movie was playing 0.9x the normal speed most of the time. Or maybe I’m just used to fast-forwarding in my VLC player.

Nevertheless, the rest of the movie was good. The 5 main characters were definitely portrayed well by all actors. Props to Annette Bening and Julianne Moore for being believable as a lesbian couple. Hutcherson and Wasikowska proved that they also have something to off and they definitely showed their potential in this film. Ruffalo’s performance was good so  I won’t be worried anymore when he takes on the role of Bruce Banner in the upcoming Avengers movie.

The movie is all right. It’s not exactly the best or the most controversial movie out there, but it has that light feeling that you don’t see much often in movies made for the Oscars.

GRADE: B

I agreed with the majority

External Ratings:

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh, 7.8/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 86/100

Anticipation Station Part 3: A Preview of June 2011 Movies

Welcome to Part 3 of Anticipation Station 2011. As you all know, I love watching movies, so I wanna spread the love and give you guys another preview of what’s to come in the theaters. This time I’ll give you a look on what the month of June has to offer. If you feel like you’ve missed a good movie over the past two months, don’t hesitate to check out the first two parts of my article here and here!

Last June we witnessed the fall of the Shrek franchise as it opened at number one but earned only half of Shrek The Third’s opening weekend gross. We also saw the lack of interest for The A-Team and the opposite for The Karate Kid. June was also the month where 2010’s highest grossing movie of the year opened, which was Toy Story 3.

So, what does this year’s June have to offer? Well, I hope we have a huge opening weekend every week because there are only 7 wide releases this month, and I expect not all of them are gonna grab the attention of the viewers.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET’S START WITH…

1.) X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

X-Men: First Class

In 1963, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend… and future archenemy.

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), James McAvoy (Wanted), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), January Jones (American Pie: The Wedding), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Nicolas Hoult (Clash of The Titans), Kevin Bacon (Frost/Nixon), Lucas Till (Hannah Montana: The Movie)

Comments: June kicks of with a bang with X-Men: First Class. I like the cast because it’s a mix of veteran and rising stars. I think Jennifer Lawrence is one actress we should watch out, as her performance in here will predetermine if she’s got what it takes to be Katniss in The Hunger Games. There is absolutely no way I won’t watch this in its opening weekend.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 9/10

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2.) SUPER 8

Super 8

After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.

Director: J.J. Abrams Producer: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Elle Fanning (Astro Boy), Amanda Michalka (The Lovely Bones), Kyle Chandler (The Day The Earth Stood Still), Joel Courtney

Comments: This one’s probably the most mysterious summer blockbuster out this year, much like Cloverfield, only it looks so…much…better! I love J.J. Abrams, and when he collaborates with Steven Spielberg, it’s almost certain that we’ll witness one hell of a movie. The cast is also a fresh batch, and some are sisters of already-famous people (Dakota Fanning, Alyson Michalka). This is also the first movie of a kid named Joel Courtney, and he has the lead role! So be prepared to check them out on Google. I’m not a big fan of watching horror/suspense movies in theaters, but clearly this one will be an exception.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 8/10

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3.) JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER

Judy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer

Third-grader Judy Moody sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life.

Director: John Schultz

Starring: Heather Graham (Austin Powers 4), Preston Bailey (Dexter), Jordana Beatty,

Comments: Let me give you 4 reasons why I won’t be watching this movie: 1. I’ve never heard of this movie until now, 2. It’s a movie for kids, 3. The title sucks, 4. Heather Graham’s a tad too old to be considered hot. The most thrilladelic summer adventure ever? Not for grown-ups!

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 0/10

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4.) GREEN LANTERN

Green Lantern

A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

Director: Martin Campbell

Starring: Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal), Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Peter Sarsgaard (Knight and Day), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean)

Comments: I believe that not every superhero can be a hit in the theaters. I think this one won’t be a big hit. It has a good fanbase, but I’m not sure if the Green Lantern can capture the eyes of kids and average Joes around the world. I like Reynolds and Lively, but I’m not that interested about the story. I mean, it looks a little cornier than Thor, and I liked Thor. I think this one will be a good movie, but I don’t know if I’ll see this one in theaters.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 6/10

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5.) MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

Mr. Popper's Penguins

The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.

Director: Mark Waters

Starring: Jim Carrey (Yes Man), Carla Gugino (Sucker Punch), Ophelia Lovibond (No Strings Attached), Madeline Carroll (Flipped)

Comments: I admit I’ve only recently discovered this film, but we’ve seen what Jim Carrey could do when he’s with animals. In my opinion, he’s the true king of comedy. I’m not sure if I’ll watch this in theaters, but I definitely need to see this one before the year ends.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 7/10
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6.) CARS 2

Cars 2

Racing star Lightning McQueen teams up with his best friend Mater for an international adventure as they go up against the world’s fastest cars.

Director: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis

Starring: Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers), Larry The Cable Guy (Cars), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight),

Comments: This is Pixar Animation Studios’ second of three sequels scheduled for release between 2010-2013 (Toy Story 3, Monsters University). Many people say that Cars is the “Black Sheep” among Pixar films as it is the lowest rated (but still good), but with this sequel they’ll have a chance to prove them wrong. I’m not that excited though. I, too, think that it’s one of the least interesting films of the studio.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 6/10

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7.) BAD TEACHER

Bad Teacher

A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.

Director: Jake Kasdan

Starring: Cameron Diaz (Knight and Day), Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother)

Comments: Ex-couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake teams up once again in this movie. I like the two, especially JT, who has proven every single time that he’s got what it takes to be an actor. Hhe deserved an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Social Network! Plus, if you add How I Met Your Mother’s Jason Segel, you’ll have a recipe for success!

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 7/10

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Yep, that’s it. Only 7 movies out this June so I guess you won’t have a hard time figuring out what you’re gonna watch. Hope this article helps you out!

POLL TIME! Once again, choose THREE films you’re can’t wait to see within the next few weeks. If you have time, comment on my work please! Thank you for reading my blog!

Stay tuned for part 4!

Box Office Results May 20-22, 2011 {final update}

[holy cow update: Priest holds at 5th, Rio at 6th, Jumping the Broom at 7th, I NAILED ALL 7! WOOHOO!!!]

As I expected, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides falls short in becoming the first movie of the year to earn more than $100M in its first weekend. I saw that coming, so good thing I wasn’t bullish with my prediction. I also got the second and third position correctly.

[update: Midnight In Paris had the 15th best per-theater-average ever, earning $579K in just 6 theaters]

Here are the early estimates courtesy of deadline. Final results will be taken from boxofficemojo.

Number One Movie Predicted Correctly: 4 Weeks in a Row

Number of Times I Nailed the Top 7: 2

1.) PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES – Thanks to an easy weekend I successfully predict the number one movie correctly for the fourth week in a row. Next week will be a little tougher as The Hangover II and Kung Fu Panda 2 invade the theaters; and I’m pretty sure Pirates will have a steep drop next week. Sigh, sequels.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $100.0M

Actual Gross: $90.2M

Total Gross: $90.2M

2.) Bridesmaids – I toldja it would stay at #2, didn’t I? It followed the trend of the first Hangover film, falling below 20%. Although, it earned significantly lower than that male-oriented movie.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $18.0M

Actual Gross: $20.9M

Total Gross: $59.3M

3.) Thor – It fell behind Bridesmaids during the weekdays so I guess it should also trail behind in the weekend. Thor had a pretty big drop thanks to that new blockbuster film at the number one spot.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 3, $17.4M

Actual Gross: $15.5M

Total Gross: $145.4M

4.) Fast Five – I’m 4 of 4 and I want more! Fast Five has stabilized a bit and will surely be the first film in the franchise to hit $200M domestically. Good job.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $12.0M

Actual Gross: $10.6M

Total Gross: $186.2M


6.) Rio – Thank you very much for not overtaking Priest this week!

Predicted Outcome: Rank 6, $5.3M

Actual Gross: $4.7M

Total Gross: $131.6M


5.) Priest – I told you it would crash and burn, right? But I didn’t expect it to really CRASH and BURN. Friday grosses fell a staggering 75% from its opening day. No one wanted to watch this one again!

Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $6.6M

Actual Gross: $4.6M

Total Gross: $23.6M

[updated]
7.) Jumping The Broom – This movie overtook Something Borrowed. Thank you, now I’m 7 for 7!

Predicted Outcome: Rank 7, $3.5M

Actual Gross: $3.7M

Total Gross: $31.3M


Total Score: 7 out of 7, with a variance of $2.6857M per prediction

Topy’s Top 7 Songs for May 20-26, 2011

I have an important announcement! Due to my other priorities, I won’t be adding comments in my top 7 countdown anymore. So I’m only gonna put these things in my countdown: position, previous position, pictures of the number 1 artist, and some videos.

TOP 7 US SONGS

Bruno Mars in The Lazy Song

1.) The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

Previous Position: #2

2.) Roll Up – Wiz Khalifa

Previous Position: #4

3.) Make A Movie – Twista ft. Chris Brown

Previous Position: 2 Weeks at #3

4.) Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Previous Position: #5

5.) Price Tag – Jessie J ft. B.o.B.

Previous Position: #1

6.) Alligator Sky – Owl City ft. Shawn Chrystopher

Previous Position: NEW ENTRY

7.) Judas – Lady Gaga

Previous Position: #6

Out of the Top 7

Move Your Body – Beyonce

TOP 7 K-POP SONGS

Jay Park in Abandoned

1.) Abandoned / Tonight – Jay Park

Previous Position: 2 Weeks at #1

2.) Shampoo – After School

Previous Position: #4

3.) Love Song – Big Bang

Previous Position: #2

4.) Pinocchio – f(x)

Previous Position: #5

5.) Mr. Taxi – Girls’ Generation (SNSD)

Previous Position: #7

6.) Ma Boy – Sistar

Previous Position: NEW ENTRY

7.) Lonely – 2NE1

Previous Position: NEW ENTRY

Out of the Top 7:

Cafe – Big Bang

Twinkle Twinkle – Girl’s Day

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