Morning Bleary-Eyed fans, hope everyone had an excellent weekend…well, at least better than Sony did with the new Ghostbusters film. Only have time for a quick recap of last weekend’s Box Office results, but I really have to apologize for the lack of posts recently and of course I want to spend just a moment to mourn all the lives lost in the past few weeks. I love films more than a lot of things, but escapism right now feels, I don’t know, wrong. Especially when so many are suffering. Now I don’t want to speak for anyone other than myself (Manchicken has his own opinions), and it’ll be quick. So just as simple as it can be: Black Lives Matter, White Lives Matter, All Minority Lives Matter, and NO ONE deserves to die at the hand of another other, absolute extreme circumstances notwithstanding.
Also, to keep in the spirit with the subject of the website, but honestly, they had the answer to the future’s woe’s back in 1989. It was in a slacker time travel comedy that starred a young Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, called Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure:
Good morning Bleary-Eyed Fans, did you watch the Academy Awards last night? No? Neither did we. In fact we cared so little, our post was both late, terrible, and unfinished. Also, as far as predictions, we only got one: Leonardo DiCaprio won his Best Actor in a Leading Role.
All I can say is that it seems like a little bit of a pity Oscar. Not that Leo doesn’t deserve an Academy Award…it’s just that he should have got it one of the other four times he was nominated. The Revenant just wasn’t that special (and pretty inaccurate). Oh well, he won, are we done now?
Of course there was a ton of racist issues this Oscars (pretty much like the 87th preceding ones), from boycotting, asking Chris Rock to step down as host, and even the absolutely correct viral statement: #oscarssowhite. There wasn’t anything we could do and it’s just going to keep happening. I wish I could say something different, but I can’t. It’s just a despicable time we live in where all people are not created equally. It’s a shame, but all a movie dissector like myself can do is point it out and choose not to be like those that perpetrate hate and racism. Although I will say, even though he has quietly slipped into the “B-List” of acting, Chris Rock had some good things to say about it. I was proud of him monologue (or what I caught snippets of this morning) and while it wasn’t a joke, he didn’t hide anything.
There are no videos of the full monologue yet, but I’d like to recount my absolute favorite part from Chris Rock’s discussion on race, how awful the Academy Awards are, and how strange the whole damn this is in general:
“But things are changing. Things are changing. We got a black Rocky this year. Some people call it “Creed.” I call it “Black Rocky.” And that’s a big, that’s an unbelievable statement. I mean, cause, “Rocky” takes place in a world where white athletes are as good as black athletes. “Rocky” is a science fiction movie. There’s things that happened in “Star Wars” that are more believable than things that happened in “Rocky”, O.K.?”
Alright, we can agree I can’t fix racism. But what I can do is report on some of the better things of the night. Starting with the big winners:
Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo di Caprio for The Revenant
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson for Room
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant
Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out by Disney/Pixar
Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina by Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett
Best Original Song: Writing’s on the Wall by Sam Smith for Spectre
Most Awards Won: Mad Max: Fury Road with Six Awards
Let me toss in a bit of thoughts regarding the winners after the jump.
Good afternoon our Bleary-Eyed movie viewers. Hopefully you’ve had enough time to sober up from last night’s festivities or you’re like me and went to bed at 10 PM, so you’re just wasting the day away until reality comes back and you actually have to do something.
Yesterday we ended 2015 with our thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a quick look at some of the most amazing trailers from the excellent 2016 slate. We don’t have a lot today until we catch The Hateful Eight tomorrow, which certainly looks interesting, but I will say it doesn’t have enough Christoph Waltz for my taste:
Hopefully we’ll have a review for you all on Tuesday and get to tell you what Mr. Tarantino’s film has in store for the unsuspecting public. Until then, I know many of you may have asked: “Just who are these handsome gentlemen who are telling us which movie we should see and which one we shouldn’t?”
First, I’ll not dignify the “Handsome” remark above as it just wouldn’t be proper. Lastly, not secondly, I will give you a tiny bit of our credentials from 2015. I will direct your attention to the picture below:
What you are viewing above you are 63 movie ticket stubs. Also, it represents 56 individual films, I mean seriously, you think we wouldn’t see Star Wars twice? We began this lovely site somewhere in the third or fourth row and hopefully you’ve enjoyed everything we have thrown at you in that time. If you didn’t, let’s just say we have friends that can change your mind…
Anyway, other than Hipster Attack Squad Plaid, we wanted to show you we take our jobs seriously here at I Watch Too Many Movies. We’ll watch good movies, we’ll watch terrible movies, and we’ll watch movies that will likely make most of you sleepy, but watch them we shall.
So keep that in mind, if there is a film arriving in theaters that you’re thinking about going to see, and you’re not sure about it because those supposed “Professional Movie Reviewers” used some fancy words like “Celluloid” in their review. We’ll only ask you one question? Who ya gonna call?
Happy New Years Day everyone and we can’t wait to bring 2016 to a digital device near you…probably in your hands, on the screen, or streaming to your TV, you get the point.
There isn’t a good way to start a review of the most anticipated film of 2015. But, we have to start somewhere. And all I can think of is…
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away….
The Star Wars franchise wasn’t in the best of shape. From 1999 to 2005, George “These are my toys” Lucas released prequels to the beloved Star Wars franchise. He wrote and directed each film and after 17 years since Return of the Jedi, his creation fell flat. Perhaps it was an expectation that could not be matched by any film trilogy. However, The Force Awakens seems to disagree with the anticipation vs. fan enjoyment argument, seeing as it could become the number one grossing film of all time. That’s right, it’ll pass Avatar by James Cameron.
When the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney was completed (to the tune of $4.05 Billion) in 2012, they wasted no time in announcing new Star Wars films. A great tremor was felt in the collective fan community. How could the ‘House of Mouse’ ever do this franchise properly? Could they possibly do the The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn (which this reviewer thinks is the best Expanded Universe tale ever told)? What would happen to the excellent Clone Wars animated show? All questions, but no answers.
Finally, after what seemed like ages, news slowly trickled out about the state of our Galaxy Far Far Away.
From the movie production:
Who was the director? J.J. Abrams.
How much CGI? Lots, but hey they’re using practical effects too!
Reasonable expectations began for the film. Then came the dark times. Clone Wars was cancelled in favor of a new Disney Star Wars cartoon. The Expanded Universe many fans had been reading since the 1980’s was disbanded as canon and rendered to a “Legacy” status. It seemed that our worst fears had been realized, Disney had taken away everything we loved and filled it with hollow promises of movies, shows, and merchandise. Then a new hope arose in the form of a trailer in November 2014:
In my opinion, that’s when the tide changed. Instantly everyone changed into a five year old with their Star Wars toys. Of course a lot of people made fun of Kylo Ren’s cross guard lightsaber, but everyone was pumped and just like that…December 2015 couldn’t get here fast enough for anyone.
More trailers came out. And so did the merchandise. “Star Wars all the things!” cried every manufacturer and retailer. I honestly don’t have a problem with this as long as it wouldn’t effect the storytelling. Now if Luke Skywalker had been playing with the amazing Hot Wheels line while some dialogue, I think there might have been a problem.
There are a lot of things to be said about the film itself. I could really go into the amazing space battles, which were the center of the action over any lightsaber battle shown. Truly, it was well done. Then there was the acting. Every single person there was excited to be in a Star Wars filmed and their enthusiasm and talent showed.
The old cast really meshed well with the new characters introduced and the delight was very evident on everyone’s face. The writing, the actors, the sets, the CG, and the thrill…it was all there. Star Wars is back and I cannot wait for the next iteration.
Didn’t read my fancy words, here is the short version:
You didn’t need my review to decide if you were going to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you were either going to see it or you were never going to see it. Sure there are plenty questions left unanswered and of course I could really nitpick at details and find reasons why this issue or that issue…blah blah blah. Nothing I can say will change what you’re going to do. I can say it’s as simple as this: I really enjoyed the film. And I hope you do as well.
And today is the last day of the year, and the last post of 2015. We hope that you all enjoyed our random writing, be it reviews or some of our other content.
Manchicken and I will likely share our favorites from 2015 over the next few days, but the best all around movie in 2015 was The Martian. There is lots more to say (comedy, action, failures, etc.) but I’ll get to that in another post. For now, I wish you all a wonderful New Years and hope you’re looking forward to 2016 as I am!
Good morning Bleary-Eyed fans, are you awake enough after your third or fourth viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Well, prepare to drop the soap as we spend some time on how amazing Star Wars did this weekend.
1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens- $238M
There isn’t going to be much else to talk about this morning, so we’re going to get really involved with this film. And from now on, I’m just going to type “Star Wars” as the movie title so I don’t contract irreversible mega-carpel-tunnel syndrome. Like I said last week, we all knew that Star Wars was going to break records, but had no idea that it would break all the records. Let me quickly tick off the records it shattered:
Largest opening weekend: $238M, previously held by Jurassic World earlier this year ($208.8M).
Largest Thursday showings: $57M, previously held by the final Harry Potter installment ($43.5M) four years ago.
Largest opening day (FYI, this does include the above Thursday showings): $120.5M, beating the crap out of the Kid Wizard again which previously held it at $91.1M
Largest dollar amount per theater of a wide release: $57.6k per theater, with Star Wars releasing in 4,134 theaters. There really is no comparison to any other movie here, that’s how far it eclipses everything else.
Largest IMAX release: $30.1M out of 391 IMAX screens, making extinct the dinosaurs from earlier this year which had $20.9M. I’ll do the math for you, that’s $77k per screen…
International opening of $279M. They still have India, Greece, and China (opening in January) to go.
The entire global weekend gross for Star Wars was $517M. If each person who saw Star Wars only once (not the case, but for sake of jaw-dropping figure), then each human of the Earth’s population (7.3 Billion), will have spent an average of $14.12 a ticket. That’s right, even toddlers spent $14.12 on average to see Star Wars.
Honestly, I knew it was going to be big, but I had no idea the power of the Force, I mean hype. Now it is estimated that the production costs of Star Wars was north of $200M (not including advertising). If that is a true number, then Disney/Lucasfilm might eek out a tiny profit…
All this success does cause a little bit of a problem for I Watch Too Many Movies: we’d love to do a review of Star Wars, but we’ve got a few roadblocks in our way. We don’t want to spoil it for the 1% who didn’t go this week, and those of you who did see it (likely ANYONE who reads this site) you’ve already made up your mind about how you feel about the film and did your own micro-review on Facebook or Twitter. I think Manchicken and I will give our thoughts on the film separately in the next few days, but I’m pretty sure those opinions won’t differ too much.
2) Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip- $14.4M
Apparently some film studios decided to find a convenient excuse for their movies failing by sacrificing, er, releasing them against Star Wars. 20th Century Fox pulled this move by releasing the fourth movie in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie franchise. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that being a Babysitter this weekend was quite lucrative. And likely this is the film the babysitters’ took the kids to while their parents went and saw Star Wars in the theater next door.
3) Sisters- $13.4M
Universal pulled this trick with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s new comedy, Sisters. Apparently this wasn’t a horrible film, so I don’t know if they just dumped it here or had the misfortune of having this weekend booked for quite a while. At any rate, it’s a comedy, so it likely didn’t cost much to make and the fact that it made any movie this weekend was an achievement. The audience consisted mostly of women over 25, so that fits squarely in the demographic that grew up watching these two on Saturday Night Live and haven’t seen or don’t care about seeing Star Wars.
4) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2- $5.6M ($254.4M Total)
Katniss’ bow, speeches, or constantly waking up in a hospital bed were no match for a good blaster at Star Wars’ side. After being in the top spot for four straight weeks, the final chapter in The Hunger Games film series finally toppled. It’s okay, Lionsgate made their money and now they’ll just have to wait for the Blu-Ray/Digital release. This shouldn’t surprise anyone since it was more or less the same crowd seeing Star Wars.
5) Creed- $5.1M ($87.9M Total)
Since this is likely the last week in the Top 5 for Creed, there isn’t much to say except we’re looking forward to any type of continuation to this franchise. Good job Sly, you did a good job here.
That my friends was an intense box office recap session. I think I need to take a nap. Sadly, I’ve got movies to watch (I feel like seeing Apollo 13 today), and real jobs to apply for (unless someone wants to pay me for this gig…yeah…didn’t think so).
One thing I worry about is that we continue to teach Hollywood and their evil Tribunal the wrong lessons. Everyone went to see Star Wars because it was Star Wars and we had faith it was handled properly by J.J. What they learned: “Franchise all the things! Revive every film from the 1970’s! Reboot everything!” They’ve heard this lesson for so long it’s more of a mantra they chant than something new.
Have a great week my friends and wake up, I know you saw Star Wars four times, but falling asleep in the shower is dangerous to yourself and others.
Good morning you fine Bleary-Eyed fans. It’s Monday morning and it’s time to look back at the weekend and determine which films slugged it out for the top spot in the Box Office Battle Royale. As you might recall, my money was on Spectre for a $60-$80M debut. Check out the number One on our list. Now that we’re all in the shower together…can you now see my powers of insight? Do they make you tremble? Will you fear my mind?
Cleanliness aside, let’s find out the Top 5 from last weekend:
1) Spectre- $73.0M
Ah ha! I told you all where the gross would be, did you listen? No. Did you attempt to make guesses of your own? No. What does this tell me? No one is reading this stuff… Oh well, my hurt feelings aside, congrats to 007 for another great performance at the Box Office. While Skyfall still holds the record for the largest opening of any Bond film with $87.8M in 2012, Spectre did well enough to overthrow The Martian from it’s six week reign at the Number One spot or near it.
We’ll have our official review for Spectre later today, so we can talk more about Craig’s fourth outing as the Spy Supreme and if we believe he should continue.
2) The Peanuts Movie – $45.0M
As predicted, Charles Schultz’s legacy on display in modern animation took the second spot this week. Sadly, the nostalgia wasn’t strong enough to get The Peanuts Movie even remotely close to the largest animated opening of 2015 (Minions @ $115.7M in July). It’s a shame that more people were not interested in the Schultz toon, but from what others have said, it stayed close to the source material and respected the fans and legacy. It may not make much money, but the film adds another notch on the belt for a successful and beloved franchise.
3) The Martian- $9.3M ($197.1M Total)
Continuing in the Top 5 for its sixth week, The Martian continues to thrill audiences and take their money like a mugger in New York. The total above represents the Domestic Box Office, but to truly give you a “wow” statistic, the Worldwide gross to date is an excellent $458.5M. Now, that doesn’t hold much of a candle to Jurassic World’s Worldwide total of $1.7B, but for it not being a sequel, a remake, or Superhero film, The Martian is doing just fine.
Matt Damon and the Red Planet continue to delight and we at I Watch Too Many Movies couldn’t be happier as it will hopefully reignite the love for space and exploration. Maybe we’ll get to Mars a little faster due to this film’s popularity.
4) Goosebumps- $7.0M ($66.4M Total)
The nostalgia machine Goosebumps continues to plod along, but with it being November, it doesn’t look like it’ll be going too much farther. In general we enjoyed what we saw, and despite our earlier concerns, they actually came up with a creative way to bring the books of our childhood to life. Check it out when it comes out video or streaming, but don’t expect anything other than a comedy that the family can enjoy. You never know, it might be a great excuse to get your kids reading the beloved books from your past.
5) Bridge of Spies- $6.1M ($55.0M Total)
Rounding out the Top 5 this weekend was Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. The film wasn’t built to be a blockbuster success, but give a little bit of history and allow Tom Hanks to stretch acting legs before he’s forced to pick up the role of Robert Langdon in Ron Howard’s Inferno.
What Bridge of Spies does do is give us a stark contrast from the action/adventure/heroics of Spectre. Ask most people though, and they’ll take 007 over anything close to reality.
That rolls up our Top 5 from last weekend’s Box Office. I don’t foresee too much shakeup in the Box Office until November 20th when we get the conclusion of The Hunger Games, some crazy hijinks with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, and a biographical film featuring Tom Hardy portraying identical twin gangsters. I’ve got 5 to 1 odds that we’ll be seeing some big numbers in the next few weeks.
Enjoy the week and remember not to get too much soap in your eyes, because this crowded shower isn’t good about sharing the water.
Good Monday our Bleary-Eyed Fans. I know it’s been a little while since we have updated the Top 5 Box Office Results, but frankly, you don’t pay attention anyway, so why should we spend time on you? I recall we asked for adoration and love last time, but we only received a few dollars through Paypal. They were soggy and crusty too. How do you make internet currency soggy?
Soiled Paypal funds aside, let us all hop in the shower for last weekend’s Top 5 Box Office Films:
1) The Martian- $11.4M ($182.8M Total)
This is a glorious time to be alive. Not only does this film perfectly do justice to the novel, but it is feeding a space love for the populace I have not seen since Ron Howard’s Apollo 13. You can read our review here. Also, just a note, if you have an AMC Theater near you, they are doing a special IMAX 3D screening this week only, so that’ll give it another boost and you should go see it a second time with this superior format. In conjunction with all of the Mars and Pluto news, I hope and believe we can get these kids that are in High School or College more interested in space again. There is a lot of it and it keeps getting better. Or they could always explore the ocean.
2) Goosebumps- $10.2M ($57.1M Total)
Just saw this film last night and I have to say it deserves the money that is coming its way. Not only did it give a good injection of nostalgia, but it was a good “Coming of Age/Fish Out of Water” film. I really enjoyed the special effects and Jack Black seemed fairly grounded in his role as the titular R.L. Stine. I would definitely recommend this for families, but since it is post Halloween, I see a steep drop in this film’s theatrical run, so go soon or wait for the release on some sort of Home/Mobile device.
3) Bridge of Spies- $8.1M ($45.2M Total)
It’s been three years since we saw the last Steven Spielberg film (Lincoln, 2012) and almost ten years since he and Tom Hanks joined together to form MegaHanksBerg (The Terminal, 2004). MegaHanksBerg is obviously a giant mech that fights monsters. Just wanted to make that clear to everyone. We saw this one, but didn’t believe it warranted a review, mainly due to just a common theme, Tom Hanks makes us watch him pee, and a simple drama from MegaHanksBerg. Just a film you will be happy to catch on the FX channel or rent from Redbox.
4) Hotel Transylvania 2- $5.8M ($156.0M Total)
The Peanuts Movie comes to town this weekend and most likely puts a stake in the heart of this film in the Top 5. Again, another one we didn’t review, but the quick notes on it is that it is more or less the same as the first film but with less substance and just a slightly different message. The animation was gorgeous (which I’ve come to expect from Sony Pictures Animation) colorful, and lush, but they need to put more effort in their next slate of films. Sadly, the next thing they have coming is a way outdated license, The Angry Birds Movie. It’s a shame, why can’t we just have a third Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?
5) Burnt- $5.0M
The only new addition to the Top 5 and releasing in 3k theaters, you would expect a better outcome. Perhaps the studios were banking too heavily on Bradley Cooper’s star power. I could have told them if he’s not paired with Jennifer Lawrence, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, or voicing the most violent and badass raccoon in the Galaxy, he just doesn’t carry a film. Well, Limitless was pretty good, but they sneaked Robert di Niro in there, so maybe that might be the reason for its success. I plan on consuming this film this week and serving up a review out before the main dishes of Spectre and The Peanuts Movie are out of the oven. Everyone see what I did there? Food jokes in a paragraph about a food movie… I know, I’ll see myself out.
Hopefully everyone is looking for a big debut for Daniel Craig’s 007 in Spectre. I’m anticipating an opening release gross of somewhere in the neighborhood of $60-$80M. We still have not given out anything for a contest and this would be a good time. All Bleary-Eyed fans: make a prediction of the Domestic Opening gross for Spectre, and the person who is closest (Price is Right rules), will win a copy of The Martian when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Please leave your guesses below or on our Facebook page for this post. Good luck everyone and make sure to clean really well behind your ears, they’re more filthy than usual.
Good morning Bleary-Eyed Fans, we at I Watch too Many Movies sincerely hope you had a great weekend and that a were-badger didn’t bite your face and now you’re going to turn into a badger every other Tuesday, but not on Holidays. Let’s take a look at this weekend’s box office haul:
1) Hotel Transylvania 2- $47.5M
Is anyone really surprised about this? I mean, we haven’t had a good family/animated film since what, Minions? This was way overdue. Not sure why they did a sequel other than Adam Sandler hasn’t collected every demographics money yet. I really enjoyed the first one, so I can’t imagine this one was too far off the mark. Just hope they tossed in more adult humor this time around. Even for a Sandler flick, the first one was pretty tame. I can’t imagine they took it to new heights, but the trailer looked good and I can imagine you could take your kids to more inappropriate movies (don’t click that link unless you’re okay with cannibalism….)
2) The Intern- $18.2M
Not surprised this one was in second place, but I expected a little more money out of it. I found the movie charming enough to warrant a recommendation for a date movie or a family film with slightly older kids. You can check out our review here. Or you know, just scroll down some.
3) The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials- $14.0M ($51.7M Total)
Last week’s number 1 movie dropped a couple spots with a measly $14.0 M this weekend. You know what I realized, they had to put “The Maze Runner” in the title or no one would have even known what this film was. That’s how far they’re reaching for dystopian young adult novels to make movies from. It’s also the trick HBO’s “Game of Thrones” uses (that’s only the name of the first book). There are apparently 5 books in this series, so hopefully they won’t have to do the last movie split thing in order to make their money. Well, maybe they will if it continues its lackluster performance through its run.
4) Everest- $13.1M ($23.1M Total)
Maybe I was wrong about this film, staying in IMAX 3D or 3D in general isn’t killing it too badly. It actually moved up in the countdown (count-up? We started from #1, what do you call that? It’s like, what do you say when someone coughs? “Shut the hell up!”?) At any rate, at least a few people showed up to see Terminator John Conner climb a mountain.
5) Black Mass- $11.5M ($42.6M Total)
We were really hoping more “word of mouth” advertising would have made this film a lot more successful. Seriously, we expected the millions (5) of people who read our reviews would have come in droves to see this Johnny Depp winner. Oh well, it was made on the cheap and will likely earn some Academy Awards as well as a tiny bit of profit. Even though he only played a supporting role, I wouldn’t be surprised if Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t just stare into the eyes of the producers and take all the money. Seriously, have you seen that guy’s gaze?
That wraps up our Monday morning report. Hopefully you’re out of the shower now and learned your lesson about taking tablets and phones into the shower in the first place (seriously, just read this while you eat breakfast).
This week we’ve got some special treats for you. I’ll be taking in the terrific animated film The Iron Giant on Wednesday. It’s a special event, so I highly recommend you try and catch it if it’s showing in a theater nearby. I’ll try to be less terrible and review it for our Throwback Thursday post and get people psyched about the inevitable Blu-Ray release. Our Wednesday Wars post will showcase another talented individual and his Star Wars related creation. Then finally, we’re going to do a lesser giveaway on our Facebook page for the first two people who comment on this post on the actual page. You’ll have your choice between a Black Widow or Hydra charm bead that you can enjoy or give to anyone you’d like. And I swear, if someone puts “First”, I will find you and stab you.
Also, I guess no one wants a free copy of Age of Ultron since we’re still 21 people away from getting to a 100 “Likes” on our Facebook page. It doesn’t take much, after all, it’s just a pyramid scam, and those are totally easy to execute.