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Monday Morning Shower Report: Star Wars Broke All the Records

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.

I'm not getting it, I made that mistake once before and someone stole my wallet
I’m not getting it, I made that mistake once before and someone stole my wallet!

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.

"When does this thing
“When does this thing start, we’ve been in line since 2014!”

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…

Kathleen Kennedy (CEO of Lucasfilm) seen in her own shower this morning.
Bob Iger (CEO of Disney) seen here .  Not depicted are Kathleen Kennedy (CEO of Lucasfilm) and J.J. Abrams.  They don’t take golden showers…

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.

"Let's watch it again." -Manchicken and I
“Let’s watch it again.” -Manchicken and I

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.

Seen here taking a group selfie after leaving the kids in the Chipmunks theater
Horrible dressed babysitters seen here taking a group selfie after leaving the kids alone in the Chipmunks’ theater.  Who knows, they may have even used a Lightsaber selfie-stick to take this picture

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.

Yeah, you would probably be happier watching Star Wars too
Yeah, you two would probably be happier watching Star Wars as well

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.

Startles
Except Startles.  He is continually amazed at the obvious.  We keep him around because it makes us laugh when he watches the movie Memento

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.

"Oh almighty Box Office master, show us the way!"
“Sequels, franchises and reboots arise!  Sequels, franchises and reboots arise!  Sequels, franchises and reboots ARISE!”

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.

-Darkmovienight

Monday Morning Shower Report: Thanksgiving Edition

Good Morning Bleary-Eyed fans, hopefully you’ve recovered from your food comas’ and the inevitable Black Friday wounds.  Don’t forget Cyber Monday deals can also be just as dangerous and painful, just think of the Carpul Tunnel Syndrome.   The surgery you have to have looks like it is straight out of some horror B-Movie special effects.

Want to know how I got these scars?
Want to know how I got these scars?  Amazon, ’15, so many deals, just couldn’t stop…

While we are all gingerly tending to our wounds and over-sized stomachs, your fellow Bleary-Eyed fans will take care of those “hard to reach” places…like belly buttons and behind the ears.  Onto the Top 5 movies everyone watched during their glutton fest!  (Note: this is only counting the Friday to Sunday numbers as Wednesday releases are calculated from opening to Thursday).

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2- $51.6M ($198.3M Total)

Have to admit I am a little surprised here since a Pixar film released this week, but I’ll go ahead and give the franchise its due, it can certainly make money.  Maybe it doesn’t completely tell a coherent story, but it’s entertaining enough to get our seals of approval.  People will keep seeing this and I think it’ll have a long run in the Top 5.  Kinda like that aunt who came to stay for Thanksgiving, but decided she might as well stay till Christmas.  After all, Southwest doesn’t charge for changing flights!

Hell, she might solve a murder or two while she's there
Hell, she might solve a murder or two while she’s there, you do own a typewriter, right?

2) The Good Dinosaur ($55.6M Total)

The Good Dinosaur was the second worst opening of a Pixar film and the worst you might ask?  Toy Story– the first film by an untested studio even though it was attached to Disney (note, if you look it up Toy Story 2 and A Bug’s Life’s opening weekend gross, you’ll notice severely low numbers due to them only releasing in one theater their opening weekend, the following weekend would be the true opening and follows what is seen regarding about The Good Dinosaur’s opening.)  This is a bit odd as there really isn’t another cartoon other than The Peanuts Movie out and that doesn’t appeal to “today’s children”.  Thankfully it was still an entertaining film and those that went likely enjoyed it.  I have a feeling it might see a reasonable run at the box office, especially as schools start to let out.

Perhaps it's because they forgot to add Chris Pratt and motorcycles
Perhaps it’s because they forgot to add Chris Pratt and motorcycles.  Key miss Pixar.

3) Creed ($42.6M Total)

I’ll do my best to get a review out there soon, but believe me when I say, this film is good.  If you’ve ever enjoyed a sports film (Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, or The Mighty Ducks) then you will fall completely head over heels for this film that passes the torch from the Rocky franchise to a new and younger generation.

Seriously, do yourself a favor and enjoy this as soon as you can.
Seriously, do yourself a favor and enjoy this film as soon as you can.

4) Spectre- $12.8M ($176.1M Total)

007 and Blofeld continue to rake in a few million over the past few weekends.  Spectre still lags behind Skyfall especially with inflation, but it does continue to weigh our action lust until The Force Awakens releases.  Then Bond can retire for another three to five years.

Hell, I wouldn't mind retiring with an Aston Martin
Hell, I wouldn’t mind retiring with an Aston Martin.  It would have to have all the weapons still in tact, I have MAJOR road rage and want to be able to take care of some annoying traffic

5) The Peanuts Movie- $9.7M ($116.8M Total)

On the plus side, The Peanuts Movie has made back it’s $99M budget so far, but they still have to make back the marketing and such they did in the US.  Also, it does have a place in the Top 10 of “G-Rated Film Grosses”.  Depending upon when it finishes its theatrical run, that ranking will likely go up.  One thing I’m sure Fox is watching closely is to see if they can engage new viewership and create new specials.  I don’t know if that’ll work, but if it gives them a lift on the Halloween and Christmas Special sales, then it’ll have been worth it.

That's right little baby, it is all about the Benjamins
That’s right little baby, it is all about the Benjamins.  So no pooping on them.

That’s it for our Top 5.  My hope is that a lot more people will Creed a chance in the next few weeks.  I doubt Miss Katniss Everdeen will give up her hold on the top spot for another week or two, but in less than 18 days, the most anticipated movie this year will blow our minds out the back of our skulls.

I could have shown real brain matter blown all over the place, but I figured since we all just got cleaned up in the shower, I’ll spare you look at that type of horror and just show the first amazing Captain America: Civil War trailer instead.  It’ll likely play before Star Wars.

Hope to have a detailed Creed review to you all tomorrow and we’ve got some great surprises for Wednesday Wars, just pay attention, or actually read this site.

-Darkmovienight

Monday Morning Shower Report: Box Office 11/20-11/22

Good morning to all of our Bleary-Eyed fans that actually have to go to work today.  Sadly, being unemployed, I have a lot of time to shower, so I find myself with the hot water turning frigid while I rock and cry myself to numbness.  It’s especially embarrassing since I had Jennifer Lawrence in the there this morning.

It's pretty much like this but I don't believe vaccines give kids autism
It’s pretty much like this except I don’t believe vaccines give kids autism

Those of you brave enough to comfort me, hop on in and lend me your body heat while we go over the pre-Thanksgiving Box Office Top 5 from last weekend:

1)  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2- $101M

Surprising no one except your pet goldfish named “Startles”, the final film in the dystopian young adult series took the number one spot. Interestingly enough, this was about $20M less than Part 1 did last year around the same time frame.  I’m just hoping we’re done with the “two-part final act” to make more money tactic.  Look forward to this having a shorter run than its predecessors due to Thanksgiving releasing a new Pixar film (first time we’ve ever had two in a year) and then The Force Awakens releasing in less than a month (I know, me too).  I don’t envy Lionsgate having to explain to their shareholders next year why they’re down by about a $100M compared to this year.

I can recommend a good place to jump from...
Hey Lionsgate guys, I can recommend an entertaining place to jump from…

2) Spectre- $14.6M ($153.7M Total)

Finally getting knocked off the top spot was 007’s latest adventure, Spectre.  It had a good two week run at the #1 spot, but after being out for three weeks, it had no chance against an event film like Mockingjay Part 2.  The Master Spy is still raking in a respectable $153.7M total domestic box office gross, with another $524M  coming from the Foreign markets.  This was largely helped by it releasing in England, Japan, and South Korea over the past few weeks. Make no mistake, the Foreign market is becoming a lot more important to Hollywood right now as American’s continue swimming in debt and iPhones.  Wouldn’t be surprised if the next Bond film catered a little more to those markets.

Having Psy doing the opening theme song was a...unique choice
Having Psy do the opening theme song was an interesting and unique choice…

3) The Peanuts Movie- $12.8M ($98.9M Total)

Charlie Brown and the gang are in for some trouble as when Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur drops this week, so their box office $$’s will turn to figurative peanuts (I couldn’t help myself, I think I have a problem).  For a film based on an over 50 year old property, $98.9M isn’t too bad (considering the budget was $99M) in three weeks.  The 3D definitely helps, but as that wanes from the public’s collective attention, other films like The Peanuts Movie won’t be so lucky.

The gritty Flintstones remake was questionable as it was
The gritty Flintstones remake was questionable as it was

4) The Night Before- $10.1M

Releasing in almost half the theaters that The Hunger Games debuted in, the new comedy with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie did about as well as you’d expect considering the competition. This being the opening weekend and a ton of new movies piling on top of it, The Night Before isn’t going to become a Christmas Classic in theaters, but it’ll find it’s following when it’s released on Blu-Ray/OnDemand early next year.

You think they billed this as a CHRISTMAS MOVIE?
You think Fox was crazy and billed this as a HOLIDAY MOVIE before we made it the BEST Christmas film ever?  Yippiee ki-yay Father Christmas!

5) Secret in Their Eyes- $6.6M

A pretty forgettable Julia Roberts crime drama takes the final spot on our countdown.  She really hasn’t stared in anything since 2010’s Eat, Pray, Love, which is a shame since she’s talented, but maybe she’s just not auditioning for anything. I honestly didn’t even give this any consideration or remember it released this week.  Film companies often dump a movie they don’t believe in during a week an Event Film comes out or in January when everyone’s currency has been converted to gift cards.

Now I can buy all the things and let the company use the final $1.39 as interest for the next 30 years!
I can now buy all the things and let the companies keep the $1.39 left on the card

That’s it for the Top 5 and I believe my tears have frozen to my face and I should probably stop rocking in the fetal position in front of Jennifer Lawrence.  We’ve got kind of a lull with films over the next few weeks after Thanksgiving.  You’ll have your choice to watch a possible cult Christmas horror film with Krampus or the account that “inspired” the legend of Moby Dick.  I personally have to check out both of them, but my red and puffy post-crying eyes will likely enjoy the Thor lead whale movie better.

 "Call me Ishmael"
“Call me Ishmael”

We here at I Watch Too Many Movies wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to avoid your extend families by spending them in the comfort of a dark theater.  Also, Manchicken is dubbed Manturkey for the duration of the week in honor of the Holiday.  And don’t forget, no discount is worth your life: stay home on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. There is this new thing called the “Internet” that doesn’t usually trample anyone to death.

See Al Gore’s new documentary, “An Unlikely Truth and a Terrible Joke”

-Darkmovienight

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 or The Last Dystopian Movie with Kids I’ll Go See

HungerGamesMockingjay2Poster

This will be a quick review on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 as Manchicken has already done a good job of displaying our feelings of the film.  The only reason I’m giving this five minute review is to do two things: 1) showcase the absolutely beautiful IMAX poster for the film that is above and 2) I, unlike Manchicken, never read the books, so you’ll get a slightly different opinion.  The old adage that “The book was better than the movie” has been repeated so often, it has become truth when it’s not necessarily correct.

Book is better
That campfire seems pretty precarious for a bunch of books…

At any rate, I really enjoyed the final film in The Hunger Games series. Unique concept and well executed film, all the way from the actors, directors, and special effects team.  As with most young adult novels, I had no knowledge of the books until the movie gained popularity and I saw people cosplaying as people from The Capitol.

Seriously, cosplay people take this stuff seriously
Seriously, cosplayers take this stuff seriously,
Amazing Cosplay
and sometimes do better than the actual costume designers…

Anyway, having not read the books, the light finish for Mockingjay Part 2 seemed a bit odd.  They hinted at long term damage, but from what I saw, everyone who made it out alive was just fine.  Revolutions come and revolutions go.  Each individual person reacts differently, even the figureheads for either side.

After reading Manchicken’s review, I can’t imagine why they would leave out much larger consequences of the battles other than people dying. It’s probably exactly for the reasons he mentioned, they couldn’t disfigure the pretty Jennifer Lawrence.

Couple of final thoughts:

-Where was Bradley Cooper?  He would have killed it as someone…I don’t know, he and Jennifer Lawrence just have good chemistry and I don’t think either of them should be in a film without the other.

-All the actors seemed exhausted and if it was just from doing these movies for the last four years, it really helped convince me of the weary survivor state all there characters were in.

-Donald Sutherland is just awesome.  Menacing and absolutely calculating.  His final scene was the single most insane moment of the movie.  I loved it.  Oh, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (rest in peace) were great as usual.

-I’m really dead tired with the genre of kids living and surviving in a dystopian future.  Don’t get me wrong, I know one somehow we will find a way to screw up the planet beyond all recognition, but kids just don’t have to be the heroes all the time.  Likely I won’t even attempt to watch this type of film again.  Looking at you Divergent and Maze Runner series.

Sometimes it's the lack of children that gives us the best dystopian future
Sometimes it’s the lack of children that gives us the best dystopian future

Didn’t read my fancy words, here is the short version:

Well filmed, well directed, and used some amazing set pieces.  Jennifer Lawrence was great and the Lesser Hemsworth brother was just fine (seriously, watch that video, anything Jennifer Lawrence says out of character is amazing).  Anyway, action was great, finished the series on a high note and was totally enjoyable.  Yeah, the break between Part 1 and Part 2 was odd, but I doubt many people would watch a movie in theaters for well over four hours.

Maybe I'm wrong
Maybe I’m wrong…

-Darkmovienight

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 2 or This Should Have Been One Film

The movie, just the movie, nothing but the movie

So, I’m a big fan of these movies for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that I read the books and liked them. The other is that I like Jennifer Lawrence’s performance. Still another is that I love Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance. Finally, I’m a sucker for a dystopian revolutionary film… or series of films in this case. All of that said, this final book really should have just been one movie.

I get why they made them two (I paid to see both of them in theaters, you’ve made your point), but I really think that they harmed the story by adding this really unnatural break between all of the action scenes. In the books the action never stops, not at all. They end up getting pinned in the house a second time, they end up losing a lot more people than they do in the movies, and I feel like they over-simplified the difficult time Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) had returning home. It was really weird.

Warning: there be spoilers ahead

Thoughts on the series as a whole

As we look at the final installment of the series, I find myself thinking about how the movies did overall with the story. I think that they had some really interesting and telling changes in how the story was different on the screen from what it was on paper.

The Setting was obscured

In the book it was very clear that Panem was a the United States, rebuilt from the ruins of some catastrophic future event which resulted in some manner of totalitarian control. The author even hints at where each region might be with enough detail that people have even speculated on maps.

Map
My Favorite Map of Panem

The movies for some reason don’t even seem to mention that this is the case.

Katniss gets nasty scars in the book

In the final book, Katniss gets some nasty facial scars which never heal completely. I don’t know why they didn’t have that happen in the films as well, other than that we wouldn’t want to make the pretty female character less pretty (it would disturb our overly sensitive aesthetic sensibilities).

The books show a much more complicated interaction with Coin

In the books, President Coin was a lot less cut and dry. She was shown to be far more callous and calculating. In the books she was shown to be more power-hungry than I think she was in the books.

Overall thoughts on this movie

Overall I’m glad I saw this film. It wasn’t the best in the series (the second one is still my favorite, that’s when you learn what’s really going on), but it was good to see. I think they were mostly true to the book.

In closing

I think that darkmovieknight may have thoughts on this as well, but I really enjoyed the series. I’m glad this installment finally came out and that we got to see how they would finish things. I wish there had been more of the political intrigue in the movies that there was in the books, but it was still a lot of fun.