The Movie Pass
Dull weekend as expected at the box office, with the lone opener bombing at the box office and the holdovers doing alright. In fact, the top three didn’t change at all from last weekend. Taking the #1 spot was once again Ride Along, which nabbed $21 million for the weekend, about 50% down from the three day weekend last week. With $75 million already earned domestically, this will hit $100 million with ease meaning a sequel in the next few years, as the producers and cast had all mentioned their willingness to do it. #2 was once again Lone Survivor with another $12 .6 million, a decent hold. It will pass $100 million domestically later this week and seems to be looking at around $125-130 million total. Given its huge opening and seemingly strong buzz, I thought it would be destined for a bit more but it’s already going to be doing more than what was ever expected. The Nut Job came in at #3 with $12.3 million, which by the way, is going to get a sequel despite being a non Dreamworks/Disney low budget animated film. Talk about taking advantage of a dried out market. Frozen however is still holding its own with another $9 million, despite being in its 10th week of release. Extremely impressive. I, Frankenstein, the opening film this weekend, bombed with $8.2 million. That number showed that the audience is a little bit smarter than movie studios give us credit for.
Quentin Tarantino stirred up a considerable amount of drama over the past week, specifically around his next western called The Hateful Eight which looked to have been a Tarantino-ized Magnificent Seven. The rumors were that Christoph Waltz and Bruce Dern (fresh off his Oscar nominated performance in Nebraska) were being considered for parts, but then Tarantino quickly renounced the project and decided to drop it, due to the fact that information about the movie leaked. The script also later leaked and is available for those curious enough, but anybody waiting for a new Tarantino film are probably going to find themselves waiting a bit longer after this. Personally, I’m okay with him not doing a western again, as his ability to move from genre to genre has kept his work mostly fresh. But at the same time, imagining who would have been involved, and considering how entertaining Django Unchained was, I feel like we’re missing out a bit. Perhaps he’ll return to it after some tweaking, but I don’t think Tarantino can expect his scripts to stay secret in this day and age. Both Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds leaked well before release and they both did fine, so he’ll have to grow some thicker skin for the future, otherwise he’ll be shelving everything.
The Super Bowl is next Sunday and part of the experience is always the new trailers for upcoming films and it looks like we now know what to expect to see. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Need for Speed, and Draft Day will all have a presence during the game, in addition to a tie-in featuring The Muppets: Most Wanted. Quite a big presence from Disney and associate companies, but it looks like the usual studios are buying in, Paramount, Disney, and Sony, while companies like Fox and WB are opting out. Transformers will probably be the one to keep an eye out for since we’ve yet to get an official look at the film, even if you are burnt out on the franchise. We’ve still yet to get a look at Guardians of the Galaxy as well, and while it doesn’t sound like it will debut specifically during the Super Bowl, there might be something Disney releases to go along with Captain America, so here’s hoping. If you happen to miss the commercials, or just want to watch them again, then we’ll have them for you next week.