Weekend Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Rule for Second Week; EXPENDABLES 3 Overtaken by LET’S BE COPS

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The top two spots on the box office chart remained unchanged for a second weekend, as audiences favored Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy over a handful of new releases.  But in something of a surprise, the strongest of those new films turned out to be Let’s Be Cops.  The R-rated comedy has moved ahead of The Expendables 3 since Friday, which might say more about the weakness of the latter rather than the strength of the former.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28,400,000 $117.6
2.  Guardians of the Galaxy $24,735,000 $222.2
3.  Let’s Be Cops $17,700,000 $26.1
4.  The Expendables 3 $16,200,000 $16.2
5.  The Giver $12,760,000 $12.7
6.  Into the Storm $7,720,000 $31.3
7.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $7,109,000 $23.6
8.  Lucy $5,317,000 $107.5
9.  Step Up All In $2,700,000 $11.8
10.  Boyhood $2,150,000 $13.8

 

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Friday Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Leads; EXPENDABLES 3 Bleeds

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It looks like it’s going to be a tough weekend for new titles at the box office.  All three major releases came in lower than projected on Friday, which allowed holdovers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy to hold on to their first and second place rankings.  The Expendables 3, the most notable newbie, earned an estimated $6.9 million on its first day in theatres.  That suggests an opening weekend of about $16 million, or less than half what the first Expendables earned from its debut back in August 2010.  Fox’s Let’s Be Cops came in fourth on Friday with $5.6 million.  The R-rated comedy opened early, on Wednesday, with $5.2 million and should end its first weekend with just under $15 million.  The Giver earned an estimated $4.7 million from 3,003 locations yesterday.  The adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver should bring in $13 million in its first three days.  That tops recent young adult adaptations including Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, but that’s not saying much.

Details and Friday’s top five chart after the jump.

Watch: The Best GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Scene Is Now Online

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has a number of memorable sequences thanks largely to Chris Pratt and a killer soundtrack, but one sequence in particular is positively swell.  The scene comes from the latter third of the film and involves a certain dance, and I’d argue that it is impossible not to smile when watching it.  Since the scene could be considered a spoiler, many were remiss to talk about it openly for fear of spoiling the surprise, but the scene has now been released online in its entirety and it is glorious.  I’m keeping it vague here on the front page for those that haven’t seen the movie yet, but if you have, odds are you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Hit the jump to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy clip.  Now, when does Disney get to making some merch to tie into this scene?

Dave Bautista Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the Humor, Grounding the Sci-Fi, If He’s Thought About the Sequel, and More

by     Posted 10 days ago

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Now playing around the world is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Dave Bautista.  He talked about how no one in the film acts like they’re in a sci-fi movie, the humor, if he knew it would be so funny while filming, if he has thought about what he’d like to see in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Tops GUARDIANS with $65 Million Debut

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In what could be one of the biggest box office success stories of the summer, Paramount’s rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has easily snatched first place away Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend.  From 3,845 locations, Turtles took in an estimated $65 million – 35% higher than its own studio was expecting just a few days ago.  Guardians rang up $41.5 million in its second frame.  That’s a drop of 56% and was exactly what was expected – if you overlook the fact that Guardians was also expected to spend a second weekend in first place.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $65,000,000 $65
2.  Guardians of the Galaxy $41,530,000 $175.8
3.  Into the Storm $18,020,000 $18
4.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $11,120,000 $11.1
5.  Lucy $9,330,000 $97.3
6.  Step Up All In $6,580,000 $6.5
7.  Hercules $5,700,000 $63.4
8.  Get On Up $5,012,000 $22.9
9.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $4,400,000 $197.8
10.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $2,419,000 $52.9

 

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The Problem with Superhero Sagas: Why Treating Movies Like Television Is a Bad Idea

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When Marvel Studios started producing its own films with Iron Man in 2008, many in the industry and the public at large were quite sure that they would fail.  Headlines famously accused the comic book company of delving into its “second-tier superheroes” in order to compete with the likes of Batman and Spider-Man at the box office, and few could have predicted just how successful the studio’s new venture would be—or that Iron Man was only the beginning.  The tag at the end of the Iron Man credits introducing Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury kicked off one of the more ambitious feats in recent film history, beginning a series of interconnected movies that featured different lead characters inhabiting the same cinematic universe.  This culminated in the 2012 team-up film The Avengers to the tune of $1.5 billion.  Marvel Studios is now no longer just a production company; it’s a brand.

As with any successful brand, imitators followed.  Other major studios are aiming to mimic Marvel’s success with their own interconnected universes, and just recently Warner Bros. announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics adaptations that will surely all connect to one another.  However, this new approach to franchise filmmaking—ostensibly treating movies as episodes in a TV series—may actually be robbing us of more creatively satisfying superhero adaptations. 

Zoe Saldana Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the Humor, Nebula and Gamora’s Relationship, What She’d Like to See in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, and More

by     Posted 15 days ago

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Now playing around the world is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Zoe Saldana.  She talked about how no one in the film acts like they’re in a sci-fi movie, the humor,Nebula and Gamora’s relationship, what she’d like to see in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Chris Pratt Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the Humor, His Dancing, What He’d Like to See in the Sequel, JURASSIC WORLD, and More

by     Posted 16 days ago

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Now playing around the world is director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Chris Pratt.  He talked about his reaction to everyone loving the film, how no one in the film acts like they’re in a sci-fi movie, if he knew how much he’d have to dance when he was cast, the humor, whether he pays attention to what Marvel announces (like upcoming release dates), what he’d like to see in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Jurassic World, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Offers a Guided Tour Of Peter Quill’s Ship, The Milano

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By now you’ve probably either seen Guardians of the Galaxy or have made plans to check it out by the end of next weekend (not that it’s leaving theaters any time soon with that kind of gross).  Writer/director James Gunn’s space opera looks to be gaining traction that far exceeds the normal reach of the comic-book crowd.  A big reason for that is Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill.  And his ship, The Milano, is a perfect extension of his onscreen vibe.  Like the Millenium Falcon before it, it has a lot of personality.

Quill fancies himself a bit of a rock star, so it’s fitting that this trip inside the Milano is shot and edited a bit like an episode of MTV Cribs (except for the fact that its done in Pratt’s real-life persona).  Hit the jump for a tour of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Milano.  You can bet that you’ll be seeing it again in 2017.  As a bonus, we’ve got a video of Pratt doing a dead-on “Forgot About Dre.”

THE COLLISION: Episode 99 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and the Lack of Female-Led Superhero Movies

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Guardians of the Galaxy, but we also spend a large portion of the show talking about the lack of female-led superhero movies.  The time for these pictures is long past due, and we break down the ridiculous arguments against making these films.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Comic-Con 2014 Preview”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Watch: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Easter Eggs Revealed

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There’s no denying the fact that Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy was a crossover hit.  You don’t make over $90 million opening weekend if you only attract the comics crowd, and director James Gunn’s fun and humorous space opera seems to have connected well with the moviegoing public at large.  As with all Marvel movies, Guardians was packed with its fair share of Easter eggs and nods both to the other films and the comic book source material, but if you’re like me and somewhat unfamiliar with the comics, many of these probably went over your head.  Not to worry, though, as a video has already been put together that runs down some of the bigger references seen throughout the film.  While it’s a stretch to call some of these “Easter eggs”—in fact most are just obvious references to the comics—the video still serves as an informative explanation of some of the comics origins, as well as a fun heads up of things to look for on a future viewing.

Hit the jump to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Easter eggs video, which obviously delves into spoilers.  The film is now playing in theaters everywhere.

James Gunn Posts Heartfelt GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Message

by     Posted 19 days ago

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I’ve now seen Guardians of the Galaxy twice, and I’m not even normally in the bag for Marvel movies.  I liked Iron Man and Iron Man 3 quite a bit, but can sort of take or leave the rest of the films.  I liked The Avengers back when I saw it in the theaters, but it didn’t really stick to my ribs and I haven’t gone in for any additional rounds with the film.  So this one is different to me.  It doesn’t hurt that I’m a fan of writer/director James Gunn (I love Slither and was actually deeply affected by Super during a difficult time in my life), and it gave me a lot of pleasure to see his authorial voice in such a happy place in Guardians.  This is a film I’ll revisit often.

In the wake of the film’s record-breaking box office success, it was nice to see Gunn write such a heartfelt thanks today to all of the people that made the film possible.  Hit the jump to check out James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy message.

Weekend Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Lands with $94 Million

by     Posted 19 days ago

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has just set a new opening record for August with an estimated $94 million.  In fact, ‘demolished’ is probably a more accurate term.  The previous box office benchmark was $69.3 million, set back in 2007 by The Bourne Ultimatum.  The weekend’s other new release, the James Brown biopic Get On Up, came in third with an estimated $14 million.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Guardians of the Galaxy $94,000,000 $94
2.  Lucy $18,300,000 $71
3.  Get On Up $14,000,000 $14
4.  Hercules $10,700,000 $52.3
5.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $8,700,000 $189.3
6.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $6,424,000 $47.6
7.  The Purge: Anarchy $5,551,000 $62.9
8.  Sex Tape $3,550,000 $33.9
9.  And So It Goes $3,344,000 $10.4
10.  A Most Wanted Man $3,324,000 $7

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TOP 5: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, INTERSTELLAR, First Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, ATARI: GAME OVER, Comic-Con 2014

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Available now on VOD is director Bong Joon ho‘s blistering sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. I caught the film earlier today and it’s an absolute tour de force brimming with action and incisive commentary. Set aboard a perpetually moving train that protects Earth’s remaining population from a second Ice Age, the pic sees Chris Evans lead a revolt that seeks to move the have nots from the squeamish conditions of the train’s tail to the lavish amenities of its head. What ensues is a premium visceral experience that may lack subtlety but never fails to excite and impress. Similar to how each floor presents its own unique set of challenges and incredible action opportunities in Gareth EvansThe Raid, each station on Bong Joon ho’s Snowpiercer contains its own form of beautifully orchestrated chaos that is a sight to behold albeit not for the weak of stomach. If any of the above sounds like your cup of tea then I can’t recommend checking out Snowpiercer enough. This is one that sci-fi fans will be talking about for a while.

My hyper-violent VOD recommendation aside, the Top 5 returns from a San Diego Comic-Con induced break to feature interviews for and Matt’s review of Guardians of the Galaxy, a new trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, a fantastic trailer for the documentary Atari: Game Over, and a recap of our SDCC 2014 coverage. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Set to Smash August Record

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Star Lord be praised!  After the worst July in more than a decade, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is breathing life back into this summer’s box office.  The film got off to a huge start on Thursday night, taking in $11.2 million from early previews.  That beats the $10.2 million that Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned from its Thursday screenings (also starting at 7 p.m.) back in April.  Captain America 2 went on to claim $36.9 million on Friday and an opening weekend of $95 million.  Based on Friday’s estimate, Guardians of the Galaxy could be headed even higher.  Disney is reporting that Guardians earned $37.8 million from 4,080 locations on its opening day.  That’s the third-highest single day of 2014 (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction and Godzilla) and it suggests an opening weekend of around $95 million.  Hit the jump for details and Friday’s top five.

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