Welcome to the last Best Of The Week of 2014 and…it’s another slow week for news but hey, this is what you have to expect at this time of the year. Case in point, the lone new release for next weekend but we’ll get to that later. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the holiday box office, which ended the year on a pretty good note with a $210 million weekend for all the releases.
TOP 10 WEEKEND BOX OFFICE & MY THOUGHTS
- THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES $41.4 million — At this point, this puts Battle Of The Five Armies ahead of Desolation Of Smaug at this same point. The big question now comes to be, will the film hold up to get to $300 million? A lot of people are saying no, I think it still has a shot. I think it’ll be the #1 movie for at least the next two weeks unless Unbroken and Into The Woods break out and hold on next weekend, which there is a good chance of happening. Even then, I don’t expect this to be a massive failure on any means, I think it’ll have enough legs to stick around to $300 million.
As far as the film itself goes, I’ve actually forgotten that I’ve seen this movie and I saw it the Monday before it was released…that’s not a really good sign of this film’s longevity going ahead but hey, these movies usually do very well during this time of the year so I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt.
- UNBROKEN $31.7 million — Meeting with lukewarm reviews and a huge shutout from the Golden Globes, this seemed like it was doomed on arrival but luckily, the movie managed to pull off a literal Christmas miracle not only doing well but defeating the other big Christmas release that we’ll get to.
Now, you’re probably wondering what my thoughts on the film were? Well, I didn’t get to see it, not because I got busy but because of this bullshit…
Yeah, Friday night, Monroeville Mall, where the theater I go to is located, a huge brawl broke out with 120 kids all over the mall, which got so bad that the police and the SWAT team had to come in to stop the fights.
I was suppose to go to the theater Saturday morning to see Unbroken and Into The Woods but because of this, I decided not to go so you’ll have to wait at least a week or two for my reviews on both films.
Judging from what everyone has said about the movie, it’s been good. I think this movie is going to play more to the audiences than the critics and it’ll be interesting to see this movie when I get the chance.
- INTO THE WOODS $31 million — Now, I would’ve thought this movie would be #1 considering all the buildup and hype it has been getting but here it is.
Now, two scenarios could happen with this. One, it could stick around at the box office like Frozen did last year and become a massive hit or, it’ll stick around until the next big family film comes up in mid-January with Paddington. Either way, it’ll stick around and make money at the box office and it’ll help if the film gets a lot of Oscar buzz or does well at the Golden Globes.
Still haven’t seen this yet so can’t really talk about this.
- NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB $20.6 million — After two weeks, $55 million on a $127 million budget, it’s not looking like it’ll be a big flop but it’ll hit at least $100 million to make it somewhat of a success.
It’s already made more than Voyage Of The Dawn Treader did in its’ second weekend four years ago but that’s not really saying much.
- ANNIE $16.6 million — Held up pretty well enough to get it closer to its’ $65 million budget. And again, I really liked this movie, I haven’t had to fight anybody on my thoughts on the film so far so thankfully, people understand where I coming from with this movie.
I really liked the film, I don’t think it’s a classic but I don’t think it’s the big disaster everybody keeps saying that it is.
- THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 $10 million
- THE GAMBLER $9.3 million — Sort of a surprising feat but not really a bad opening for this considering that the budget is $25 million and it’s already at $14 million.
I think this might’ve been on the star power of Mark Wahlberg as the original film isn’t as highly regarded as other movies that get remade such as Annie and Godzilla.
So, really, the question is, will this continue to play? It’s got good reviews on its’ side but then again, Top Five is one of the best movies of the year and it’s already out of the top ten. According to Cinemascore, the movie has a C, which is common for gritty films like this, so really, it could go either way.
- THE IMITATION GAME $7.9 million
- EXODUS: GODS & KINGS $6.8 million
- WILD $5.4 million
And I usually don’t talk about the new releases out of the top 10 BUT…
- THE INTERVIEW $1.8 million — Now, this may seem like a horrible opening for a movie with so much controversy over the last few weeks BUT keep in mind of a couple of things.
First, the movie opened up in over 300 theaters, most of them were independent theaters after the movie was pushed out of major theaters and many of those theaters sold out showings.
But the most important thing to take note of is that the movie was also released on VOD and on the internet on the same day, the first time a major studio like Sony has done such a thing.
AND the movie did very well on those digital sales with a reported $15 million for the first few days of release.
So, with all of that, this movie is very much on its’ way to at least making its’ money back.
Which now leads to the question, will Sony try to get the movie into wider release in theaters or just mainly stay focus on the limited release?
It’s too hard to tell at this point, I think Sony really wants to release the film wide but it’s going to be hard to get the theaters to come back in on this movie after the hackers threatened 9/11 threats to the theaters planning to show the film.
At this point, it’s hard to tell if it will get a wide theatrical release but I think it will get a release on DVD & Blu-Ray at some point next year considering the high demand people have for it.
There’s a theater around here playing the movie in Downtown Pittsburgh so hopefully, I’ll get around to see the movie on the big screen and if not, that’s why the film is also available on VOD as well.
Now, next week has one lone release opening up and…what a shock, it’s a shitty looking horror film.
PREDICTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK’S RELEASES
THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH
As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of schoolchildren are evacuated with Eve, their young schoolteacher, to the safety of the British countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut off by a causeway from the mainland, they are left at Eel Marsh House.
One by one, the children begin acting strangely and Eve, with the help of local military commander Harry, discovers that the group has awoken a dark force even more terrifying and evil than the city’s air raids. Eve must now confront her own demons to save the children and survive the woman in black.
I want to give this movie more credit because it’s a Hammer horror movie and Hammer horror movies are usually much smarter when it comes to horror movies but this, THIS!!!!
I watched the trailers for this and I really am sick and goddamn tired of jumpscares. That’s all this trailer was, jumpscares. The first movie was cleverly marketed as an old fashioned horror movie but this one just baffles me on why they decided to market this as another lazy horror movie.
Now, The Woman In Black is not as reliable a name as Paranormal Activity and Texas Chainsaw Massacre so it doesn’t really stand a chance to make a whole lot or even be #1 at the box office.
Expect Woman In Black 2 to make about $8 to $10 million this weekend as I think the family films will be playing more prominently this coming weekend than any of the other movies.
SCHEDULED TOPICS FOR THE REVIEWING NETWORK POSTINGS THIS WEEK
Movies In My Collection — Top 10 Best DVD/Blu-Ray Releases Of 2014
My Take On… — What I’d Like To See In 2015
TATM Classics — Fired Up & The Five Year Engagement
The TV Weekly — Top 10 Worst TV Shows/Moments Of 2014
TATM: Talkin’ About The Movies — Top 10 Worst Movies Of 2014
Talking Simpsons — (Friday) Deep Space Homer; (Saturday) Homer Loves Flanders; (Sunday) The Man Who Came To Be Dinner
Recap Of Thrones — Blackwater & Valar Morghulis
The Reviewing Network Live — The LEGO Movie
That wraps up this week’s Best Of The Week and as always, check back next monday for a recap of the past week’s big movie and TV news stories.
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