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Weekly Box Office & Film Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jvcarroll, May 20, 2012.

  1. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I am! Why would they make a movie out of Battleship? They use the name and make up a whole stupid story about aliens attacking the world! I hate it when garbage like this makes it to the big screen! And I always wish this stuff doesn't ,make any money. More Hasbro movies are defiantley on their way.
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  2. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Alf's creator/performer feels that his wisecracking Melmachian fuzzball has just as much or even more of a right to the cinematic treatment as the Chipmunks, Smurfs or the Muppets. I liked the 80's program and the animated series, but I'm not so sure that the concept has enough unexplored territory to warrant a motion picture. Maybe if it's a live action prequel set on his home planet. What do you think?
  3. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Maybe it would be about a couple of dudes who find these "viewmasters" and discover that by looking through them, they can see the aliens that are living among us...

    Oh wait...
  4. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    What in the world?
  5. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Have you never seen They Live? The only logical movie plot that I can think of for a viewmaster movie would be a clone of They Live, only with viewmasters instead of sunglasses, which instantly makes it dumber
  6. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Maybe someone could become "trapped" in a ViewMaster and have to fight to get out by jumping from slide to slide? Anything involving a movie based on a viewmaster would be silly.
  7. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Ah, so like a clone of Stay Tuned. Gotcha :)
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  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I WANT it to be a prequel set on his home planet. I love ALF. I love the sitcom, but I find the cartoon to have such a superior concept behind it. But all those Melmacian puppets and the cost of puppeteers... that's going to be very expensive.

    Still, I dug, but was a little disappointed by Project ALF. I agree that something about it was flat, but it was decent enough as a made for TV movie. Germany got it theatrically.

    The age of Dinosaurs!

    Oh yeah... just editing this in because I just found it out.

    The G.I. Joe movie that was due in just over a month has been all the sudden pulled for 9 months. http://spinoff.comicbookresources.c...he-real-reason-for-g-i-joes-nine-month-delay/
    They say it's so they can make it 3-D for optimizing the international Box Office, but you can tell they're running scared after Battleship's disastrous US opening. Of course, unlike Battleship, you have a LOT to go on with G.I. Joe. Still, the last one was released in August (a stupid move) and didn't get quite the amount of viewership they would have liked.
  9. ToonGeek

    ToonGeek Well-Known Member

    Huh, Since Nobody's Gonna Post On This, Probaly For Now, I Figured I'd Post The Box Office Records This Weekend
    1. Men in Black 3 3D (Columbia/Sony) NEW [4,248 Theaters] PG13
    Friday $18M, 4-Day Weekend $75M
    2. Marvel’s The Avengers 3D (Disney) Week 4 [3,918 Theaters] PG13
    Friday $9.5M, 4-Day Weekend $45M, Cume $523.5M
    3. Chernobyl Diaries (Alcon/Warner Bros) NEW [2,433
    Theaters] R
    Friday $3.5M, 4-Day Weekend $11.5M
    3. Battleship (Universal) Week 2 [3,702 Theaters] PG13
    Friday $2.8M (-69%), 4-Day Weekend $13.5M, Cume $43.3M
    5. The Dictator (Paramount) Week 2 [3,014 Theaters] R
    Friday $2.6M (-53%), 4-Day Weekend $11.5M, Cume $43.3M
    6. Dark Shadows 3D (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,404 Theaters] PG13
    Friday $2.1M, 4-Day Weekend $9.5M, Cume $65.0M
    7. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Lionsgate) Week 2 [3,021
    Theaters] PG13
    Friday $2.1M (-43%), 4-Day Weekend $9.0M, Cume $24.0M
    8. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [1,233
    Theaters] PG13
    Friday $1.8M, 4-Day Weekend $9.0M, Cume $17.9M
    9. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 10 [1,421 Theaters] PG13
    Friday $625K, 4-Day Weekend $2.7M, Cume $395.7M
    10. Think Like A Man (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 6 [786 Theaters] PG13
    Friday$450K, 4-Day Weekend $2.0M, Cume $88.9M
  10. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    So glad that Battleship has dropped, but I wonder if MIB3 is actually that good
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  11. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Huh, it's way too early to post this week's receipts. It's Saturday! The weekend box office isn't over yet. It's traditional to wait until Sunday afternoon to post the estimates. It doesn't matter who posts the weekly/weekend turnout, but let's make a point of waiting until then so that we don't create confusion. :wisdom:

    Actually, this week we should wait until Monday due to the 4-day weekend. It's Saturday morning. I don't see how in the world they could legitimately estimate Saturday, Sunday and Monday's box office so listing it right now is completely strange. :skeptical:
  12. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    My dad downloaded a rip of Battleship and in limited exposure to it I can honestly say it might be one of the most soulless, contrived things I have ever seen. It doesn't seem like real people were involved in the making of it. I'm all for cool effects (I loved The Avengers), but it needs a good story and genuine emotion, and this didn't have either of those.
  13. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    Even if the week still isn't over, I'm glad to see The Avengers still strong at #2. Also, I'm surprised to see Men in Black 3 at #1 in its first week... then again it's Will Smith, he's a moneymaker!

    Anyways, I thought I should also give my take on Battleship. While it's 70% fights/30% plot was not terrible, it was not the best movie of the summer. Taylor Kitsch almost redeemed himself from John Carter, but it didn't make up for the fact that this will not be grossing high. Overall, I give it :insatiable::insatiable::insatiable: and 1/2 insatiable Cookie Monsters.
  14. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    So is it worth buying a bootleg? Or does the movie not even deserve to be stolen? :p
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  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I just came from seeing it yesterday. It depends on what you're looking for, but I'd say it was brilliant. The problem with Men in Black 2 was that it tried TOO hard to recapture what made the first one special. This one went in another direction. It has a couple gags that they've done before (Weird celebrity= Alien), but it manages to be it's own thing... and that's GOOD. It's not exactly crawling with weird alien creatures, instead focusing on one big bad guy and a couple incidentals who are important to the plot.

    I'll also say that I was almost disappointed Jeebs, Frank the Pug, and the Twins were no where in sight. But then again, I didn't exactly like how Frank was in the sequel. And they weren't very necessary to the story.
  16. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Wow. This is a film that shut down production several times. They recasted and retooled the film and spent a fortune in the process. It's good to hear that they not only salvaged the movie, but made something that's actually good. I'll be seeing it soon.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, I'm really close to MIB, so I have a biased. My main problem with the franchise is that the cartoon series surpasses the movies in concept and execution. I mean, I'd LOVE to see them make a movie about Agent Alpha. Not to mention they took the Worm's coffee obsession to crazy levels in the animated series. Even the plotline of the third movie was done to an extent in the series... of course, it still was about time travel and multiple levels of possible futures... but it was actually about Agent J screwing around with alien technology that causes his I.Q. to accelerate to the point he noticed multiple Agents being wiped out of existence by a militant anti-Alien conspiracy nut.

    But the result was decent, at least better than the second. It did it's own thing, didn't need to copy the first one. Like how the second one ends with the universe being in a locker, cloning the first movie's big reveal of the universe being a marble in an alien being's game.

    That's kinda why Ghostbusters 2, while good a movie in its own right, just didn't have what the first film did.
  18. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    GB2 had some good scenes, but didn't work at all as a film. Especially not one in the GB franchise.
  19. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Ghostbusters 2 was a rare example of the harmless sequel that perhaps wasn't as good but still managed to be entertaining and didn't ruin the memory of the first one, at least not for me. I guess I like all the feel good New York pride stuff, lol.

    The first film, while definitely classic, was saddled with the origin story and I do get tired of that after awhile with films in general.
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The problem with GB2 was that in between the first and second one, the cartoon series happened. It tried very hard not to be the cartoon series, yet it sorta turned into it somehow. It's a good movie, but I think too much of the plot is saddled with "Everyone broke up and we have to get the gang back together." That's kinda the same problem with MIB2. Plus, I didn't like how dismissive J was of all the agents he was paired up with, especially revealing that he dumped Agent L before the movie started. And, like I said, the cartoon series had better concepts and took the original movie into canon (Real Ghostbusters did that too. The two episodes that came with the GB2 DVD in the Ghostbusters DVD set had events recalling those of the two movies).

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