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The war for cash in the box office always has winners and losers. The Avengers is an obvious winner as it just passed the $600 million mark domestically. Battleship did amazing business over seas but domestically the film frankly bombed domestically. The blame is now being pointed at the comic book action classic. I guess that makes sense. Battleship did some serious wave flagging and and throwing American patriotism in our faces, so in a way it’s really surprising that the film did so well over seas.

The fact is though that maybe why Battleship bombed was because it was just bad. The film was all over the place, it had its moments but in no way did it match up to The Avengers. So maybe people just weren’t interested in a movie based off a board game. I do like that people are trying to figure out why movies do badly compared to others. With ticket prices being so high people probably go to the movies less often. So competition has a lot to do with it. John Carter underperformed due to marketing while the film itself was very good. Battleship might have just missed the mark with Americans.


Weekend Box Office: June 1-3rd

The fantasy/action flick Snow White and the Huntsman took over the top spot and pushed out the boys in black suits. The Kristen Stewart lead film made a solid $56.3 million here in the states and added a little more over seas. Not exactly Earth shattering but better than some expected. It was believed that maybe people had too much Snow White already, or possibly people cared too much about the stars than the film itself. Still the film had a good opening and will see how much it can add on over the week and the next weekend.

Men In Black 3 added almost $30 million to it’s total. Domestically the film sits at $112 million but over seas it has done gangbusters. Another film showing an odd trend that world wide people are simply more interested in the Hollywood blockbusters. Still when all is said and done I think MIB3 will be a big hit.

The Avengers is slowly just crawling up the charts as the biggest movie ever. Battleship on the other hand is struggling to gain any traction and has made $55 million in the states but somehow is going to make $300 million over seas. The rest of the weekend was rather a let down. Only other story is that Dark Shadows broke the $70 million mark in the states, I’m sure they expected more but to me that is surprising.

Here is the list…

1. Snow White and the Huntsman $56.2 million

2. Men In Black 3 $29.3 million

3. The Avengers $20.2 million

4. Battleship $4.8 million

5. The Dictator $4.7 million

6. The Best Exotic Hotel… $4.6 million

7. What to Expect When You’re Expecting $4.4 million

8. Dark Shadows $3.8 million

9. Chernobyl Diaries $3 million

10. For Great Glory $1.8 million

You sunk my battleship! Sorry I had to say it. Even with a world wide gross of $230 million the board game adaptation struggled to gain any water here in the States. The film opened with a $25.3 million debut. Standing tall a third straight weekend was The Avengers which added another $55 million to it’s total. As of right now the world wide total of $1.18 billion… That’s not that impressive… I’m joking it’s very impressive. When it coms to battleship you have to feel for Taylor Kitsch who seems like a nice guy and a solid actor, yet after John Carter and now this opening, he’s agent is going to have to scramble.

A big surprise is that the new Sacha Baron Cohen film The Dictator could only laugh up about $17.4 million over the weekend. It opened Wednesday so it’s total is $24.4 million. The film wasn’t a bank buster in production but it still must have been surprising to see it open with this much of a whimper.

Dark Shadows also proved it really didn’t have much legs. It added another $12.7 million to its total which now sits at $50.9 million, they’ll have to hope that the holiday weekend will bring in more ticket sales for the film to have a hope for breaking $100 million.

A real big surprise is the film What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which I guess was planning on doing counter programming at the box office, well that didn’t work out very well for them as it only could birth $10.5 million. Now the film might have legs as word of mouth continues but it will be no blockbuster. Now the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel only opened in 178 screens but found itself in the top ten with $3.2 million, very impressive.

It’s interesting to see that movie goers are not spreading the love, they are sticking with one block buster(The Avengers). Will see if that changes next week as MIB3 comes out. Now for some reason the hype around that film hasn’t been huge so will see if the boys in black can knock out our band of super heroes.

Here is the list…

1. The Avengers $55 million

2. Battleship $25.3 million

3. The Dictator $17.4 million

4. Dark Shadows $12.7 million

5. What to Expect When You’re Expecting $10.5 million

6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3.2 million

7. The Hunger Games $3 million

8. Think Like a Man $1.7 million

9. The Lucky One $1.7 million

10. The Pirates! Band of Misfits $1.4 million

It all started with the film Iron Man, Marvel Studio’s set the map for the eventual team up film based on the comics. From there we had a second Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America films. Each were pretty good but really have all been created for this film. Well I can say very easily that this project is a success. This film has changed everything. Comic book movies will never be the same again. This is all thanks to writer and director Joss Whedon, who mixed comedy with action and has made a film that is frankly rather epic.

The plot is Loki(Villain from Thor) has connected with an alien race. They make a deal. If Loki can open a gateway to Earth through the use of an energy cube, they can dominate the universe, Loki will get to rule the Earth. SHIELD, a secret agency with the goal of defending mankind from super powered jerks, sets up a plan to team Super Heroes together to defend the planet. Nick Fury(Samuel L. Jackson) leads SHIELD and bring in several agents like Black Widow(Scarlett Johannson) and Hawkeye(Jeremy Renner) to bring in other heroes. Captain America(Chris Evans) is held up after the events of his own film. Iron Man(Robert Downey Jr.) is busy building his empire. Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk(Mark Ruffalo) is hiding out to try and avoid hurting anyone.

What is hard to explain about this film is that the balance is perfect. Every actor and character gets their own good amount of screen time. Ego’s clash, heroes fight, while the villain sits back and enjoys the show. I would suggest seeing this film twice simply to listen to the funny dialogue the characters throw at each other.

A stand out here is Mark Ruffalo, his first swing at playing Banner really gives this film balance. All the other heroes pretty much enjoy their abilities. Banner does not. He essentially hates himself and Ruffalo does a fantastic job at bringing this across. Chris Evans also impressed me, a lot of it was the script, but as a fan of the character he is Captain America in my eyes.

Not surprising the strongest part of the film is the third act. When the alien invasion starts and the Avengers must team together and fight, it’s one of the most impressive action sequences to ever go on screen. The details and time that was put into this film is staggering. You’ll be jumping in your seat, you’ll cheer, you’ll shake your head and chuckle and then say: “No way!” or “awesome!”.

The only nitpicks here are some cardboard acting by some SHIELD agents and a score that can be forgotten instantly. These are so minor though I probably shouldn’t have brought them up. The film is the best comic book film to date simply because it has everything. Loki(Tom Hiddleston) eats up his scenes and is such a strong villain here. You won’t be able to help smile when he faces off with his brother Thor or tries to take down Captain America.

Do yourself a favor and see this movie on the big screen…

Rating: 10/10

Now that the Avengers has finished filming Marvel’s focus has turned to the money maker Iron Man. The third film directed by Shane Black is moving ahead. The film looks to have set up stages in North Carolina. You might be confused why they would film there, but a lot of films and shows have. Now rumors are all over the place to what the film will be like, who the villain would be. For me I like the first Iron Man and actually really do enjoy Iron Man 2, I know many fans dislike that film due mainly to the lack of action and stretched out dialogue scenes. Still the film worked for me on its character arch for Tony Stark. Still Iron Man 3 has only one direction to go and that’s up, I’m hoping they stray away from Avengers stuff and stick to Iron Man facing a villain one on one. I’m hoping for Mandarin, which the other two films set up in many ways(terror group in IM1 was called “The Ten Rings”). So updates will be coming along now as the film starts filming.

We have a lot of super hero movies these days, I love them, sure some have serious problems(Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, X-men 3, The upcoming The Amazing Spider-man). Most problems when it comes to these films is them changing too much and basically ruining what made the comics great. Well you don’t have to worry at all about that when it comes to Captain America. This film in my opinion is closest actual comic book movie. The Dark Knight was a classic, but Nolan changed a lot of the Batman world to make “realistic”. Captain America has made a beautiful balance of real and comic. Never really blinking when it comes to the story lines from the comic. Director Joe Johnston was frankly a perfect fit for this movie, just watch the Rocketeer and you can see he has an eye for making great period set films.

The movie is about a super thin, super tiny man named Steve Rogers watches as men sign up and go abroad to fight the war against the Nazi’s. He tries over and over to enlist and continues to get rejected. That all changes when he runs into a German scientist working for the American military who has “super soldier” experiment. Rogers goes through bootcamp and survives through being smart and frankly being brave. The film also makes it clear that Rogers is all about fighting for what is right, not about killing people, it’s about as he puts it “standing up to bullies”. He meets a beautiful British agent, played by the very impressive Haley Atwell and of course falls for her, yet somehow it works well because both her and Chris Evans are so charming you in a way fall for both of them. After basically proving himself Rogers is green lit for the super soldier program, it’s a success, his tiny body becomes huge and muscle bound(very impressive Chris Evans, this scene alone won over every female audience member). Sadly a bad guy blows up the lab and of course wiping out any possibility of duplicating the process. Rogers is the only super soldier alive, sort of, our villain Red Skull, played amazingly by Hugo Weaving was the first subject of the project, it didn’t exactly work perfectly.

The real story of the film is Rogers dealing with the fact that he essentially becomes a joke. He puts the costume on at first to sell war bonds. Going city to city with beautiful dancers. Captain America stars in films, on stage he punches Hitler in the face. Yet when he shows up to cheer up the troops he is made fun of, of course Rogers decides to go on a deadly mission, thus proving himself to the troops. Instead of selling war bonds he puts the costume on to rally the troops as the threat increases.

The threat being a group called Hydra, ran by a brilliant lunatic Red Skull. They were Nazi deep science division until they turned against them. Hydra’s goal isn’t winning WW2 but it’s to destroy the world so they can rebuild it. What I love about this is this is a comic book villain and a comic book threat. They didn’t dial it down or anything they went all out and it worked. Red Skull is very iconic villain and they played it right in every way possible.

The real great thing about this film is how well it sets up the next Avengers film. We have Tony Stark’s(Iron Man) dad as a character in the film. The ending also leads us some what towards an understanding of how and why Captain America becomes a part of the Avengers.

If there are any problems in this film, it’s that Captain America’s team, the Howling Commando’s just don’t get a lot of screen time. Bucky sort of does but frankly I wish there was a trilogy of Captain America films set in WW2, guess there is a chance that could still happen but probably not. It seems like Captain America will be stuck in the 21st Century for a little while.

Rating :9/10

Rumors are running around about what exactly Marvel plans to do with all their characters. This summer we will see Thor and Captain America. I’m hoping both do pretty well but will see what audiences say. Then Marvel has The Avengers film coming down the line. That story will involve all their super heroes basically and so plots of sequels to the individual films could get mixed in with Avengers gossip. So I don’t exactly know what to think with this rumor that the Hulk would be one of the bad guys in Iron Man 3. I use “bad guy” loosely since I know Hulk in one of the “good guys”.

Frankly I bet this is coming from the Avengers. In the comics Iron Man got smacked up by the Hulk, so I could see this eventually happening in the film. I highly doubt a third Iron Man film would have the Hulk as a focus point. First that would confuse audience members that don’t know the comics, with two Hulk movies in the past people may not exactly get why he would be in a film with another character in the title.

When it comes to Iron Man 3 I think the villain should be Mandarin. He has ten magical rings, frankly I think the first film set up Mandarin pretty well. The terrorist leader who kidnaps him in the beginning would be perfect as Mandarin. His terror cell name was “The Ten Rings” and he was obsessed with power. I believe they should use him mainly because I’m tired of seeing Iron Man face off against other machine based villains. The Mandarin would be a nice switch. So I’m doubting the Hulk will be anywhere near the third film and most likely the battle between these two characters will happen in The Avengers film only.