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Iron Man Photos That Are NOT Harry Potter Related

July 16, 2009


Apparently there are other movies besides that one with the wizard kid. I had almost forgot.

Some new pictures for Iron Man 2 have been released, including the first reveal of the lovely Scarlett Johansson as Black widow. They’ll be released with Entertainment Weekly with a full preview of comic-con (also known as “Reed’s Mecca”).

And even though I said that isn’t Harry Potter related, his name still appears in the top corner of that cover. It’s inescapable, I’m afraid.

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Sherlock Holmes Trailer Shows Us That He Was, In Fact, A Badass

May 20, 2009

I know what you think of when you think Sherlock Holmes, because it’s the exact same thing I think of. The immediate words that come to mind are action, explosions, excitement, sex appeal, and ass-kicking slow-mo boxing.

What? That’s not what you think of? What do you mean mystery and suspense? Drama? Ridiculous. Sherlock Holmes is exactly as he is depicted in this new trailer.

Yup. That’s Holmes all right. And Watson too, just as I imagined him to always be. Tall, handsome, Jude Law-ish, which is perfect because that’s who plays him. And Robert Downey Junior as Holmes? It’s too perfect.

All right, so this is nothing at all like the character, or the story, or anything. Here’s a list of similarities between the original stories and this movie:

1. The names.

Basically this destroys the source material entirely, something I’m typically not a fan of. But despite it all, and despite my strongest urges, this looks like a thoroughly entertaining movie. Garbage, perhaps, but entertaining garbage. Maybe it’s because Sherlock Holmes doesn’t have a large, rabid fan base like most movies these days, so they could take gigantic liberties without upsetting anybody too strongly, except for, you know, English majors and stuff. Or anyone with literary credentials. But they just read, right? So they won’t even be worried with the movie. In that case, hooray explosions and Rachel McAdams in a corset (we can always hooray the latter…)

Sherlock Holmes comes out this Christmas.

Jamie Foxx Tries To Save His Movie By Guesting On American Idol?

April 30, 2009

So by now you probably know that Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.’s musical drama, The Soloist, had a pretty bad opening weekend, earning a paltry $9.7 million. Paramount must have known that buzz was low for their film, so they subsequently signed up Jamie Foxx to be a guest mentor on the biggest show on TV, American Idol. How else do you explain Foxx’s straight-outta-left-field presence as the mentor for Idol‘s Rat Pack Week?! I mean, I’m just saying…

Weekend Fix: Audiences Are Obsessed With Beyoncé!

April 27, 2009

Wow, this is late, and I know it seems like that is becoming a trend, but I had 18 pages of writing due today for finals, and that’s kind of been consuming me the past couple of days. Anyway, this post just feels obligatory because its so far after the fact, but here are the weekend actuals, in which Beyoncé crushed everything else in her path, as Obsessed found a fantastic $28.6 million. Honestly, when is this woman not successful? Everything she touches is gold! A lot of that success can probably be attributed to the recession. Audiences are down and depressed, so what better to make them feel better than a girl-on-girl catfight?!

Meanwhile, Fighting‘s debut once again verifies that Terrence Howard is, in fact, box office poison. There were no overwhelmingly huge grosses at the box office this weekend, but there was certainly some solid depth, with the top 6 films all earning $8 million or more in what’s usually a terrible weekend in April! Things are going to get crazy next weekend with the debut of Wolverine! I can’t wait!

Top 12 For April 24-26
# Movie Title 3-Day Gross % Change AVG. Total
1 Obsessed $28,612,730 New $11,260 $39,823,333
2 17 Again $11,518,495 -51% $3,539 $118,042,070
3 Fighting $11,024,370 New $5,468 $11,024,370
4 The Soloist $9,716,458 New $4,775 $9,716,458
5 Earth $8,825,760 New $4,892 $14,472,792
6 Monsters Vs. Aliens $8,520,826 -36% $2,537 $174,813,830
7 State Of Play $6,848,885 -51% $2,440 $25,081,890
8 Hannah Montana The Movie $6,437,141 -52% $1,992 $65,655,057
9 Fast And Furious $6,204,940 -47% $1,740 $145,367,040
10 Crank: High Voltage $2,618,379 -62% $1,178 $11,735,952
11 I Love You, Man $1,952,921 -41% $1,249 $67,809,860
12 Knowing $1,943,154 -46% $1,045 $76,780,504
All Numbers Provided By Exhibitor Relations Co.

Weekend Preview: Beyonce Fights The Earth Solo, And Wins!

April 24, 2009

In case you haven’t noticed, The Box Office Junkie looks a little bit different than it did a few days ago. I switched the template from two columns to three columns, and I hope you like the change! It just makes distribution of widgets and advertisements so much more manageable. Anyway, all the formatting and html tinkering has left me with very little time to get this weeks Weekend Preview together, so excuse me if it doesn’t measure up. At least it will be better than last week, when I just skipped this column altogether! Let’s just tackle the newcomers.

Obsessed – $20 million
Confession: I’m kind of obsessed (no pun intended!) with Beyoncé. I have this awkward habit of saying, “That’s so Beyoncé” whenever something awesome happens. It all started when my friends and I decided to start saying, “That’s so Raven,” to see if we could make a new, trendy phrase catch on. It didn’t, and after a few months I found myself constantly saying, “That’s so Beyoncé.” Oh well. Regardless, the former Destiny’s Child lead singer is pretty much a stud at everything she does, and it looks like she’s made a very wise career move with Obsessed, a woman-gone-mad drama also starring Ali Larter. This thriller has a lot going for it: The female leads should draw in women. The fact that the female leads wrestle on the floor should draw in men. Having black leads (Beyoncé’s husband is played by Idris Elba) will draw in ethnic audiences. The jury’s out on reviews, since it wasn’t screened for critics, but the Screen Gems feature has had a very strong marketing campaign, and frankly, I think it looks pretty great. Kicking and screaming onto 2,514 theaters, I’m giving Obsessed a solid $20 million weekend.

Earth – $12 million
I’m kind of over the whole “going green” thing. It’s just a little bit too liberal-Hollywood, self-important, politcally correct for me to buy the whole fad. Still, never willing to miss a moneymaking opportunity, Disney is tapping into the trend, releasing Earth, which is essentially a film crafted from some of the clips that weren’t used for Planet Earth. It had a great Wednesday debut of $4 million out of 1,804 theaters, but that was with the Earth Day boost. For the regular weekend, I’ll give Earth $12 million, which is about three times higher than what I would’ve predicted last week. Ugh. I guess all the “going green” stuff isn’t going away any time soon.

The Soloist – $11 million
Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx teamed up for this inspirational drama about a struggling, but extraordinarily talented, homeless musician. Director Joe Wright (Pride And Prejudice and Atonement) is receiving some mixed reviews for this, though the lead actors are receiving much praise. This musical project sort of reminds me of 2007’s August Rush, which audiences lapped up like liquid lollipops, and with a lauch into 2,024 theaters, I’m seeing a modest $11 million weekend, with some decent legs after that.

Fighting – $8.5 million
I’m not a girl. I have never watched Step Up. I don’t know to what extent teenage girls are willing to flock to the theater just to see Channing Tatum shirtless and physical. Thus, I reserve the right to be very wrong about this prediction. I also reserve the right to gloat if I’m correct. This looks almost exactly the same as last month’s teen fighting film, Never Back Down, which debuted to $8.6 million. This has a better lead actor, but it also has Terrence Howard, who is box office poison, so I’ll give it a similar $8.5 million over the weekend frame.

What do you all think? What will win the box office race this weekend? Also, did you know that the last week in April is historically one of the toughest frames for a film to debut in, since it falls right before the massive first week in May? Speak your mind in the comments!

The Top Ten Box Office Stars (Allegedly)

January 6, 2009

Each year, the Quigley Publishing Company conducts a poll to answer the question: Who are the top ten box office draws? Via Quigley’s website:

“The Quigley Poll, conducted each year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year. Long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a Star’s real box-office draw because the selections are done by people whose livelihood depends on choosing the films that will bring audiences to their theatres.”

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of these generic “End of the Year Top Ten” lists, but the above explanation shows that this is not just a list founded on emotion and trendiness- it’s founded on economic viability, as concluded by the collective group of theater owners. Plus, the poll does hold a certain degree of authority, since it’s been published in the International Motion Picture Almanac for the past 77 years. So without further ado, here’s the list of stars, along with the 2008 films in which they starred:

1. Will Smith (Hancock, Seven Pounds)
2. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder)
3. Christian Bale (The Dark Knight)
4. Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones; New York, I Love You; Eagle Eye)
5. Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones)
6. Adam Sandler (Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Bedtime Stories)
7. Reese Witherspoon (Four Christmases)
8. George Clooney (Leatherheads, Burn After Reading)
9. Angelina Jolie (Kung Fu Panda – voice, Changeling, Wanted)
10. Daniel Craig (Quantum Of Solace, Defiance)

I think that the list is pretty accurate overall, though I would question how much drawing power Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig actually have. I’m more inclined to give the edge in drawing power to Indiana Jones and James Bond over the actors who play them. Yes, they each had a blockbuster that came out this year that made a ton of money, but their stars definitely didn’t make big hits out of 2006’s Firewall ($48 million), or 2007’s The Golden Compass ($70 million vs. its $205 million budget) and The Invasion ($15 million). Sometimes you can be in many successful films, but not be a huge draw in your own right- just ask Elizabeth Banks. In fact, if you look only at raw box office numbers, you know who the biggest star of this entire decade is? Stan Lee.

What about you? Who is your personal box office draw? Mine is definitely Ryan Gosling- I’ve been a total convert ever since I saw him in Lars And The Real Girl.