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! We’ve got a quick recap of last weekend’s box office results, but first we have to continue to show you that 20th Century Fox is on a roll with the trailers. Last week we brought you the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, and yesterday they dropped another bomb on us: Independence Day: Resurgence trailer. Check it out:
Now I don’t know about you, but they teased out just a little bit and it really felt good to see a few familiar faces popping up. And the poster work was done really well and extremely simple:
At any rate, I really enjoyed the trailer. It had a great feel and of course the lesser Hemsworth brother is always welcome in my action movies. Just glad he’s not fighting with a crossbow this time. Missing however is Will Smith. I know we all knew he wasn’t doing this film early on, but come up Fresh Prince, you did a third Men in Black movie, would this paycheck had been so hard to cash? Eh, I saw one or two black dudes in the trailer, so maybe one of them will be Smith’s character’s step-son. Let the speculation begin! Oh, also of particular excitement was the famous Bill Pullman’s “Independence Day” speech from the first film playing over the end of the trailer, well done trailer editors.
Anyway, now that we’re all tearing up, erh, got soap in our eyes, let’s rinse off and get on with the Box Office Countdown from last week!
1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2- $11.3M ($244.5M Total)
Again, surprising only those with anterograde amnesia, the last Hunger Games film dominated the top spot for the last time. Four weeks in a row at number one wasn’t a bad run, but I don’t believe Hemsworths, Sutherlands, or Jennifer Lawrence will stop anything from a “Galaxy far far away”.
2) In the Heart of the Sea- $11.0M
The better Hemsworth brother did his best to best the Girl on Fire, but sadly this Ron Howard film didn’t really have the same punch of Apollo 13 or one of the Da Vinci Code movies (which is saying something). I also had a few people tell me they were not going to see the film based on the nature of whaling in general. I totally agree that we shouldn’t make a species extinct, but isn’t this film about one taking revenge? Oh well, I didn’t make an effort to see it, instead I watch Tom Hardy play gangster brothers. I imagine Legend was much better. Still disappointed, this film had not only The Scarecrow but the new Spider-Man in it and it came out just “meh”. All I’ll say is that Netflix needs to put Ron Howard back to work as the Arrested Development narrator.
3) The Good Dinosaur- $10.5M ($89.7M Total)
Pixar’s latest film continued to plod along after a lackluster opening and will only be a slight cushion to the enormous butt that Star Wars will have. Maybe that was Disney’s plan: release a sub-par Pixar film for the kids that might get scared during Star Wars.
Perhaps Disney will allow Pixar to go back to releasing a movie just once a year. I know the brilliant Inside Out was the only Pixar movie I needed this year. I think the 2016 slate looks better. Going back to ocean isn’t going to hurt anyone.
4) Creed- $10.1M ($79.3M Total)
Continuing to impress, the spiritual successor to the Rocky franchise is holding its own in the ring (see what I did there?) A couple sources put the production value at only $35M, so New Line, MGM, and Warner Bros’ are going to make a pretty tidy profit on this one. Pretty likely to see a sequel to this film. If they get the whole group back together, who I gushed over, then I’m all for it. I also don’t see any other boxing movies or the lesser sport, UFC, coming down the pipeline, so any Creed sequel won’t have any stiff competition and I welcome the continued story.
5) Krampus- $8.0M ($28.2M Total)
I have been debating on seeing this film since it came out. My original intent was to go see it immediately, but I ended up seeing Mockingjay Part 2 again (see #1 box office position above). From what I’ve heard, it’s not much more than a Christmas-y type horror/comedy. I’ve heard some pretty bold comparisons, so I may just have to break down and see this film for myself sometime this week. Maybe on Thursday, the crowds won’t be that bad, right?
Thus we have another morning shower while discussing last week’s box office. Of course make sure to thank Bill Pullman for putting soap in our eyes. Oh, and how could we forget the amazing Jeff Goldblum for saving us once again. Perhaps this time he’ll use an iPad. Funny how Steve Jobs inadvertently saved the Earth.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
I love this film, I think you will, too. I took my two older boys (four and seven) to this film, and they liked it as well. I think your kids will understand and love the film as well. This is Pixar at its finest, which is something we haven’t seen a whole lot of lately.
The Premise of the Film
The story is that of a girl from birth up to adolescence, following how different aspects of her life form her personality, feels about things, and how all of that affects her decision making skills. All of this is manifest through the characters which are her feelings, which are:
Joy (Amy Poehler)
Fear (Bill Hader)
Anger (Lewis Black)
Disgust (Mindy Kaling)
Sadness (Phyllis Smith)
You get to see glimpses into how other characters in the film have their feelings arranged as well, which is nice.
As the young girl’s parents move the family for her father’s new company, you get to see how those changes affect her and how that combined with the angst of adolescence take her feelings on a rather action-packed journey of discovery, change, and growth.
What I liked
I liked how all of the characters interacted with one another, and the ways that they chose to manifest the feelings in the young girl. Most of all, I really enjoyed the animation style, the whimsical nature of the animation and story flow, and I found the voice acting to be a joy in and of itself. I could have watched this film blind-folded and I would have still found it super fun.
Amy Poehler was amazing as Joy, and Lewis Black was his usual amazing self as Angry (he’s very believable). I think the real amazing star here was Phyllis Smith, as Sad. She pulled off the funniest depression I’ve ever seen portrayed ever, and I think that between Sadness and Joy we all got a really clear picture of what the film was trying to say about how sadness isn’t a bad thing.
What I didn’t like
I think that fear and disgust were really throw-away characters. I think that they could have done a lot more with those characters and they really wasted an opportunity. Sure, Fear did a great job of lousing things up as fear usually does, but as supporting characters Fear and Disgust were just weaksauce.
I really enjoyed this film, I will probably buy it on Blu-Ray. I give it four out of five broccoli crowns.