Box Office Results June 24-26, 2011 (FINAL)

Pixar may have suffered its first ever “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but families’ first impression of their latest movie seems solid yet again. Factor out the excess 3D baggage, looks like Cars 2 will match the attendance of its predecessor in its opening weekend!

{update: The results are in, and it turns out I nailed the top 7! Woohoo!}

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

Number One Movie Predicted Correctly: 4 Weeks in a Row

Number of Times I Nailed the Top 7: 4

1.) CARS 2 – This didn’t break any records but it will definitely be the biggest money-maker for Pixar. Revenue for toys are already expected to hit $10B (for the record, Toy Story earned $2.6B). They’re in a good position right now. And besides, people won’t avoid Pixar movies in the future just because of one “bad” movie, right?

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $69.8M

Actual Gross: $66.1M

Total Gross: $66.1M

2.) BAD TEACHER – Looks like creativity paid off for whoever came up with the movie’s concept. Female leads in R-rated movies seem to be the trend nowadays as Bridesmaids has already raked in $145M and this one shot well above expectations, even mine!

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $25.0M

Actual Gross: $31.6M

Total Gross: $31.6M

3.) Green Lantern – Yowch! Even my guess was a little higher than the actual result. Green Lantern suffered a HUGE 66% drop in its second weekend. International grosses aren’t going well either. Oh well, at least we won’t have to endure another unnecessary sequel.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 3, $20.2M

Actual Gross: $18.0M

Total Gross: $88.9M

4.) Super 8 – This one had the lowest week-to-week drop in the top 7, defeating the movie below by a very small margin.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $13.1M

Actual Gross: $12.0M

Total Gross: $95.2M

5.) Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Everyone’s site I go keeps telling me that Mr. Popper will hold well for its 2nd week. Unfortunately, I was the only one that didn’t listen. Way to go, instinct!

Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $9.7M

Actual Gross: $10.1M

Total Gross: $31.2M

6.) X-Men: First Class – $133M in 4 weeks ain’t that bad, but it’s not enough to ensure a sequel. Sigh.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 6, $6.1M

Actual Gross: $6.7M

Total Gross: $132.8M

7.) The Hangover Part II – It’s tied with Bridesmaids for 7th place. This one is at Week 5 and earned $100M in its first 5 days. The latter is in its 7th week and had a $30M opening weekend. Word-of-mouth has its effects.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 7, $5.5M

Actual Gross: $5.8M

Total Gross: $243.6M

TOTAL SCORE: 7 out of 7 (nailed it!), with a variance of $2.12857M per prediction.

Anticipation Station – Movies of July 2011: Home of the Biggest Blockbusters

I’ve decided to make Anticipation Station a permanent monthly blog entry! Since I don’t do movie reviews as often as before, I think this will be enough for my loyal readers to enjoy.

Last July, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was flocked by millions of fans in its first weekend. Despicable Me wowed audiences with its original and fun concept. And of course, Inception immersed audiences with its intelligent and thrilling plot (let’s not forget its ending which became a trending topic for a long while)

This year, we have a very packed month as July 2011 is scheduled to have 12 NATIONWIDE RELEASES. As I celebrate my 17th (yeah, I’m that young) birthday on July 2, my only wish is that I can watch all the good movies out in the next 30 days. Which of them do I think is good? Well, you’re just gonna have to read and find out!

LET’S JUMPSTART THIS JULY WITH….

1.) TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON


Plot: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets

Director: Michael Bay

Starring: Shia Labouf (Eagle Eye), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugo Weaving (as Megatron), Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II), Josh Duhamel (Transformers 1 & 2), Patrick Dempsey (Made of Honor), Tyrese Gibson (Fast Five), Leonard Nemoy (as Sentinel Prime), Patrick Dempsey (Made of Honor), John Malkovich (Jonah Hex)

Comments: I don’t care how big they make this franchise, the fact that Michael Bay directed this movie and that it’s showing in 3D makes me want to NOT to watch this movie as soon as possible. Yeah, the first one was good, but the sequel was very, very disappointing. There’s too much going on that the CGI actually gives you a headache. And even though Megan Fox is gone and a model turned actress replaced her, that’s still not enough to convince me to watch this one in the big screen. Unless someone invites me, I won’t be watching this in movie theaters.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: Average

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2.) LARRY CROWNE

Plot: Unclear of his next steps after losing his job at a big-box retailer, Larry Crowne (Hanks) enrolls at his local college, where he finds a niche among the school’s community of outcasts, and a connection with a teacher (Roberts) who has lost her passion for life.

Director: Tom Hanks

Starring: Tom Hanks (The Da Vinci Code), Julia Roberts (Juno), Sarah Mahoney

Comments: Although Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks seem to gel together in this movie (just like in Charlie Wilson’s War), I don’t thing those two actors alone will be enough to entice me into watching this film.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: LOW

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3.) MONTE CARLO

Plot: Three young women (Gomez, Meester, and Cassidy) vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.

Director: Thomas Bezucha

Starring: Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place), Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Corey Moneith (Glee)

Comments: Four young TV stars get together in what looks like a fun movie that you can’t really take seriously. While it does intrigue me, I don’t think I’ll be spending money to catch this movie early. Besides, it’s skewed to female audiences.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: Average

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4.) ZOOKEEPER

Plot: A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zookeeper (Kevin James) find love — without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious. A woman.

Director: Frank Coraci

Starring: Kevin James (The Dilemma), Rosario Dawson (Unstoppable), Leslie Bibb (Iron Man 2), Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II), Joe Rogan (Fear Factor)

Comment: Let’s take a look at everything bad about this movie. Kevin James, Kevin James, Kevin James. Oh, and it’s another zoo movie. It probably contains a story that can be finished within 20 minutes.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: Very Low

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5.) HORRIBLE BOSSES

Plot: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

Starring: Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Jason Bateman (Paul), Jason Sudeikis (Hall Pass), Jennifer Aniston (The Bounty Hunter), Michael Albala (The Muppets), PJ Byrne (Dinner For Shmucks), Jamie Foxx (Valentine’s Day), Colin Farrell

Comment: Now this is what I call a unique movie. It’s one of those comedies that actually looks like it will deliver on first glance. I expect a lot from this film, even though American humor doesn’t really humor me that much.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: HIGH

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6.) HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

Plot: The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

Director: David Yates

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Raplh Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Wright, Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, John Hurt

Comments: It All Ends. The final chapter of the classic franchise is about to close and there isn’t any reason for any Potter fan to miss it in its opening weekend. Heck, you shouldn’t even miss it in its opening day! Seriously, the only way to watch it is in IMAX on opening day. Who’s with me?

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: EXTREME!

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7.) WINNIE THE POOH


Plot: During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Pooh convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named “Backson” and they set out to save him.

Director: Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall

Starring: Craig Ferguson, John Cleese, Jum Cummings, Jack Boulter, Tom Kenny, Bud Luckey, Travis Oates

Comments: I think I’m a little too old for Winnie The Pooh. This Disney movie is neither a remake, a sequel nor a reboot. It’s just a new episode that will give kids plenty to enjoy and will please lots of old fans. I wasn’t a big fan of this show though, so I don’t think I’ll be watching it.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: Average

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8.) CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Plot: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.

Director: Joe Johnston

Starring: Chris Evans (Push), Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones, Richard Armitage, Natalie Dormer, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell

Comments: Out of all superhero movies out for the year, Captain America looks the most unique and the most interesting. Yeah, I loved X-Men: First Class, and Thor rocked too, but looking at the trailers and posters, how could you not expect this movie to be the best among the rest? If everything goes well, get ready for record-breaking news by The Avengers. Chris Evans has already shown improvement over his Push and Fantastic Four performances, so I believe he’s ready to tackle a more serious role. The only problem for me is that the director doesn’t have a good track record

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: VERY HIGH

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9.) FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

Plot: While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.

Director: Will Gluck

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Bryan Greenberg, Richard Jenkins

Comments: You can already guess the plot from the title, but who cares when the leading actors are Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis? Justin is an underrated actor whose track record is actually better than most people in Hollywood! Mila Kunis is a veteran when it comes to making people laugh. And oh come on guys, she’s freaking hot!

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: HIGH

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10.) COWBOYS & ALIENS

Plot: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown

Comments: Most critics think this will be the Jonah Hex of 2011, expected to receive awful reviews and little money at the box office. I don’t think so. In fact, this is one of my most anticipated movies for the year. Craig and Wilde are big factors, but the thing that intrigues me the most is the setting. Will Jon Favreau jumpstart another franchise like Iron Man? We’ll see.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: HIGH

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11.) CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE

Plot: Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream… until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help…

Director: Glenn Ficara, John Recua

Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Crystal Reed

Comments: I like the idea of this movie, but it looks like Hitch 2.0. Nevertheless, its lack of originality is saved by its cast. Emma Stone continues to ride with success and when you pair her with Ryan Gosling, it almost feels like their storyline is a whole different movie altogether. So basically, if you watch this movie, you’ll be treated with 2 storylines with little connection between the two.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: AVERAGE

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12.) THE SMURFS (in 3D)

Plot: When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours.

Director: Raja Gosnell

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Jayma Mays (Glee), Hank Azaria (Night at the Museum), Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, George Lopez, B.J. Novak (The Office), Wolfgang Puck

Comments: There has been a lot of backlash towards this movie. If only because at this day and age these types of reboots aren’t what people want to see. I would’ve dismissed this movie too if not for some of its cast. I just hope the talents of Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria and B.J. Novak are put to good use.

ANTICIPATION LEVEL: AVERAGE

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So there you go. 12 new movies, plus limited screenings for John Carpenter’s The Ward and Another Earth will be available for everyone to satiate their hunger for more blockbuster movies. I’ve already decided which movies I’m going to catch theaters this month (4), so now it’s time for you to decide.

POLL TIME! Out of the 12 films, pick 5 movies you’d like to see the most. Thanks for reading my blog and see you next time!

Topy’s Top 10 Songs For June 24-30, 2011

Nothing much has changed. Nevertheless, here are my top 10 songs for the week!

TOP 10 SONGS

1.) Fiction/On Rainy Days – B2ST (2 weeks at #1)*

2.) Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO (+1)

3.) Alligator Sky – Owl City (+1)

4.) Starlight, Moonlight – SECRET (+3)

Here’s the music video for Starlight, Moonlight

5.) Ma Boy – Sistar19 (-3)*

6.) I (Who Have Nothing)/ Bennie And The Jets – Haley Reinhart

Here’s the studio version of American Idol Season 10’s Top 3 finalist Haley Reinhart’s rendition of I (Who Have Nothing)

7.) Level 1000 – Jay Park (-1)*

8.) Run The World (Girls) – Beyonce (+2)

9.) Elmer – Gloc-9 (NEW)

10.) Hands Up – 2PM (NEW)

* – songs that have reached number 1

Out of the Top 10: Lonely, Like This Or Like That

Box Office Predictions for June 24-26, 2011

I’m a little behind schedule today because of my earlier commitments. Nevertheless, I believe it’s an easy call at the top and the only movie that’s gonna be tough to nail is Bad Teacher. Let’s look at the Top 7.

Last Week’s Box Office Mojo Derby Rank: 105 (up 253 spots from last week) with 86.282% Accuracy (up 3.87%)

1.) CARS 2 – $69.8M – Toy Story 3 earned $128M in its opening weekend, about $30M more than its predecessor. Will Cars 2 have the same result? My answer is NO, at least because of some questionable reasons. First off, it’s in 3D, something that people may have grown tired of. Another reason is because it’s a sequel that nobody particularly wanted. And I guess critics think the same as it has relatively horrible 39% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, about 30% lower than the first Cars, which just happens to be the lowest-rated Pixar movie before this was made. Kung Fu Panda 2’s downfall can also be a factor here.

2.) BAD TEACHER – $25.0M – The closest comparison I have is Knight and Day, but that involved action and sucked. This on the other hand, is something that’s looks more interesting and probably more appealing as Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel accompanies Cameron Diaz in this unique rom-com. Plus, I think people wanna know how Justin and Cameron will work together as those two dated some time in the past.

3.) Green Lantern – $20.2M – This movie will suffer the same fate as Watchmen, a heavily frontloaded movie that offers little to please audience outside of its fanbase. It’s more appealing though, so I guess a 60% drop is still better than most people expected.

4.) Super 8 – $13.1M – I haven’t had the time to watch this film, but I promise to write a review once I do.

5.) Mr. Popper’s Penguins – $9.7M – People seem to think that this one will hold well, but I believe Cars 2 will be the movie for the kids this week.

6.) X-Men: First Class – $6.1M – This movie has earned $125M since it opened, the lowest in the franchise.

7.) The Hangover Part II – $5.5M – It’s standing tall as the highest grossing film of the year so far. Transformers will challenge it next week, but it’s so disappointing that people still prefer dumb movies than intelligent yet highly satisfying movie like X-Men: First Class.

Box Office Results June 17-19, 2011 (final update)

As expected, 3D saved this one from having an underwhelming opening weekend. And considering how risky this movie was, Warner Brothers will accept the results. The Green Lantern didn’t muster enough strength to beat Thor though.

[update: Green Lantern and Mr. Popper’s Penguins suffer huge drops from Friday-to-Saturday grosses. Both movies end up earning millions off from studio estimates]

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

Number One Movie Predicted Correctly: 3 Weeks in a Row

Number of Times I Nailed the Top 7: 3

1.) GREEN LANTERN – The critically panned (22% on RottenTomatoes) superhero movie earned $2M more than what I had expected. It was certainly higher than most of the derby players predicted, but I don’t think Warner Bros. will make a sequel for this one unless international grosses are twice as much as its’ US haul.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $50.0M

Actual Gross: $53.1M

Total Gross: $53.1M

2.) Super 8 – I should’ve followed my instincts and put this one above Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Things could still change by Monday, but right now Super 8 has a $500,000 lead.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 3, $20.0M

Actual Gross: $21.4M

Total Gross: $72.8M

3.) MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS – Critics also dissed this movie (43% on RottenTomatoes), but at least it’s better off than Green Lantern. Jim Carrey’s growth in the box office seem to have stopped as his movies from the last few years somewhat fall in between $15M to $25M most of the time.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $19.0M

Actual Gross: $18.4M

Total Gross: $18.4M

4.) X-Men: First Class – Unfortunately, my favorite movie in the X-Men franchise is projected to become the lowest-grossing among the five. There are a few explanations for that, but I’m mostly disappointed with moviegoers since they decided to miss out on the fun.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $12.5M

Actual Gross: $11.9M

Total Gross: $120.0M

5.) The Hangover Part II – While critically acclaimed movies like First Class underperformed, movies like The Hangover Part II end up having overrated opening weekends. One thing’s for sure though, Part III won’t have the same results.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 6, $10.3M

Actual Gross: $10.0M

Total Gross: $232.6M

6.) Kung Fu Panda 2 – I’m running out of ideas as to what I should write about this movie. Any ideas? It won’t matter though. This one will be out of the top 7 in a few days.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $10.8M

Actual Gross: $9.0M

Total Gross: $143.3M

7.) Bridesmaids – It’s been a while since I’ve had more mistakes than correct predictions. Next week, Cars 2 and Bad Teacher will be released, so it’s gonna be tough to figure out whether Cars 2 can pull of a big opening or if it will end up having the same result as Kung Fu Panda. 3D will play a “smaller” role here, and both movies are gonna have to earn as much money as they can within 5 days because they’re gonna be blown apart by Transformers 3 once it comes out on the 29th.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 7, $7.7M

Actual Gross: $7.1M

Total Gross: $136.8M

TOTAL SCORE: 3 out of 7, with a variance of $1.2M per prediction (a personal best).

Topy’s Top 10 Songs Of June 17-23, 2011

I didn’t expect to have a crazy schedule during the first week of class, so I’m gonna have to shorten my countdown from 10 to 7 sometimes. But if time (and will) permits, I’ll do a top 10 occasionally, just like this week.

Here are my top 10 songs of the week!

TOP 10 SONGS

1.) Fiction/On Rainy Days – B2ST (+3)*

Here’s the full audio for On Rainy Days:

2.) Ma Boy – Sistar19 (+1)*

3.) Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO (NEW)

4.) Alligator Sky – Owl City ft. Shawn Chrystopher (+1)

5.) Lonely – 2NE1 (-4)*

6.) Level 2000 – Jay Park (-4)*

7.) Starlight, Moonlight – SECRET (NEW)

8.) I (Who Have Nothing) / Bennie and the Jets – Haley Reinhart (NEW)

9.) Like This Or Like That – 5Dolls (NEW)

10.) Run The World (GIRLS) – Beyonce (NEW)

* – songs that have reached number 1

Out of the Top 10: Shampoo, Love Alone, The Lazy Song, Edge of Glory, Pinocchio

Box Office Predictions for June 17-19, 2011

Will Green Lantern sizzle or fizzle? This movie is one of the “risky” superhero movies that rely on its fanbase rather than its mainstream audience. Ultimately, I sense a result similar to Watchmen, although in a more positive light.

Last Week’s Box Office Mojo Derby Rank: 358 (down 41 spots from last week) with 82.414% Accuracy (up 3.383%)

Green Lantern

1.) GREEN LANTERN – $50.0M – This one is poised to earn as much as X-Men: First Class’ opening weekend plus the 3D surcharge. But trust me, I would’ve gone waaaay lower because I felt that the trailers were lacking anything unique and early reviews say that this one is among the worst superhero movies made (22% on RT). But then again, its fanbase will probably help this one out at least in its opening weekend. I’m pretty sure It’ll crash next weekend though.

Mr. Popper's Penguins

2.) MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS – $21.8M – This would’ve been a relatively “okay” start if it were 3 years ago, but at this day and age, $20M isn’t that much. Too bad for Jim Carrey, the actor which I consider the funniest comedian in the big screen. It was also kinda buried under the slew of big blockbuster sequels in the past few months.

3.) Super 8 – $20.0M – This could jump to 2nd place if interested people will visit this movie this week and if people will have less interest in Mr. Popper than studios expected.

4.) X-Men: First Class – $12.5M – Out of the past 4 movies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine had the smallest second week drop. Pretty interesting, huh?

5.) Kung Fu Panda 2 – $10.8M – I haven’t watched this yet and I probably won’t see it in theaters. I’ll have 5 more opportunities anyway, if those 5 sequels are still happening.

6.) The Hangover Part II – $10.3M – 6 movies will earn more than $10M this week, but this weekend won’t beat the phenomenal record of 2010, when Toy Story 3 was launched into the big screen.

7.) Bridesmaids – $7.7M – Will edge out Pirates Of The Caribbean this week, overtaking yet another blockbuster in the top 10 after Thor and Fast Five.