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Weekly Box Office & Film Discussion Thread

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

  1. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    My Mom watched it all the time; she had a crush on Barnabas, lol. I've seen bits and pieces over the years; it's cheesy but still easy to get caught up in, the way a good soap should be, hehe.
  2. Hayley B

    Hayley B Well-Known Member

    I was kind of looking for any Dvds that they might have of the old show today. Saw some old ones from Amazon. Then I went to walmarts. Saw nothing there.
  3. amygam

    amygam Active Member

    Im pretty excited for the movie " seeking a friend for the end of the world".
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  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's what I've been saying. Usually, when a TV show based movie comes out, you'll see DVD releases of those shows to drum up interest/tie in with merchandising. Target has an exclusive Men In Black: The Series Season One set (that's doing pretty well). But why was there no "Best Of" Dark Shadows release being released at retail to drum up interest in the movie? Like I said, the demographic of this show is far to young to have seen an episode or have even heard of it and just wanna see another Depp/Burton film.
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  5. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Someone I know is so mad about the Dark Shadows movie and is basically protesting against it. A fan of the show, he feels that the movie appears to be a disgrace to the show and he refuses to see the movie.
  6. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    The movie isn't terrible, but it's definitely 10% Dark Shadows concept and 90% plotless Tim Burton artistry. I can understand your friend's refusal to see it.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    More fallout from the G.I. Joe movie's abrupt change...The toy line is being pulled from stores before it even hits the shelves.

    And the scalpers rejoiced.

    The truth has been leaked. They are indeed running scared due to John Carter and Battleship not doing so well, and Paramount wanted to go back and redo some crucial parts of the film that fell flat with test audiences.

    Sigh... Too bad the Transformer movies are so popular that they don't have to do squat to improve them.

    Yeah, but the film's target demo is the audience that wants to see that 90% of something familiar. That's why all cartoons based on beloved franchises we're too old to see anyway have to pander to 4 year olds that still think potty humor is fascinating (just learning how to work it themselves).
  8. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    It's rarely a good idea to delay releases. I think GI Joe is the exception. No one can top the Avengers and everything seems to get lost along side it. MIB3 really rose to the occasion in a way nobody could have predicted. That was on a path of colossal failure yet was saved from a brilliant marketing campaign that has even me wanting to see it. I hope it's a least somewhat good. The best way that Joe can spawn more sequels is to not juxtapose it to the Avengers' success.

    Dark Shadows backfired. It cost $150 million to make, another $80m to market = $230 million investment. It's at $172m worldwide and not likely to hit $200m. Take out the theaters' take, Johnny Depp's percentage stake and the fact that it's quickly falling off the charts, it won't likely make a legitimate profit until a second round on home video! It's not technically a flop or a fizzle. It's a studio disappointment. They definitely noticed the $300 million+ it took to make and market his Alice in Wonderland that reaped over $1 billion worldwide. That was a fluke. It's beautiful, but lifeless and really not a very good movie. Otherwise, I don't understand why he still gets all these chances. For every Alice there's an Apes. I guess his catalog has a longterm shelf life.
  9. Hayley B

    Hayley B Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it is a wonder why. I know they just recently brought out an out an old animation movie/show of The Lorex.

    oh my! But haha too funny in a way.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Joe was supposed to come out the end of next month. It's not so much Avengers they're worried about as much as it is Spider-Man. The report also said that things tested negatively and they had to go back and rewrite and reshoot some stuff.

    But over all, this is a very competitive summer, and we've only had 2 blockbuster openings so far, so it's pretty hard to gauge how the other films are going to fare... it's safe to say that Spidey and Batman are going to do well. Joe would have been in direct competition of those (and Brave, even though it's only a similar audience). Still, I hope March is a good fit for the franchise. I'd hate to see Marshalls get in the toys and clear them out and restock them and clear them out again 5 times like the last movie. Seriously. PICK A LANE! Clear them out or sell them at regular price.
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  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    Apparently that Snow Twilight movie did well at the box office. And unfortunately, MIB 3 was cut down to 20 something Million this weekend. But as far as Avengers goes, even though it went Third this week, It's become the number 3 grossing film. I really hope when all is said and done, it gets that .5 billion more to overtake that overrated piece of garbage Titanic.
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  12. Hayley B

    Hayley B Well-Known Member

    I had a feeling Snow White and The Huntsman would. During the trailers while waiting for to see Dark Shadows last week. We had a bunch of people in the audience going 'ooooooo! I so want to see that.' . I thought it looked too dark, imo.

    Also when thinking of The Queen. So far, the best lady that's playing her now is that one in Once Upon A Time.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Me too... but I was kinda hoping Will Smith's star power would overtake that.

    I gotta admit, I LOVE the Dunkin Donuts MIB chocolate filled donut (even moreso than Captain America's frosted Jelly... DD doesn't have much variety unless it's a seasonal thing), but I wish they had other product tie ins. I LOVED BK's MIB2 promotion (they used the animated series likenesses of the characters, as evidenced by a blonde haired Agent L), and I wish they had one this time (though I'm trying to collect McD's Madagascar promotion). Apparently, Baskin Robbins has a replication of the cake that they used to break Boris the Animal out of space prison at the beginning of the movie, but there isn't one near me.

    I did get a promotional Weekly World News (the Hot Sheets) MIB tie in paper at a comic book store, but that's about it.
  14. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    I happened to like "Snow White & the Huntsman." They found a way to create a fresh, creative take on the classic. The characters, story and some well-placed effects help balance out some of the imperfections and saggy middle. It deserves the top spot.
  15. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    I might just see Snow White and the Huntsman upon these good reviews and its number one spot here. In my own opinion, watching the trailer in the theater, I had low expectations mostly due to Kristen Stewart was in it and that it was the second live-action Snow White-themed movie this year, i.e., Mirror, Mirror, which didn't look good either.

    Drifting from the Snow White topic, I'm glad to see Avengers still going strong at number 3. Not just in this week's box office but also in all-time box office. I seriously agree with you, Drtooth. Titanic needs to be dethroned by a better movie.
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  16. Hayley B

    Hayley B Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I didn't like the look of "Mirror,Mirror" either. Just made me think of another Hook.
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  17. bandit

    bandit Well-Known Member

    I saw Snow White and the Huntsman I actually enjoyed it. It was atmospheric and visually appealing and it gave an interesting take on the story.
    There are some little things I can nitpick but I don't want to give too much away or ramble away like I easily could here.
    I will say Charlize Theron steals the show. I will say that there are bits that have a Labyrinth and Neverending Story quality to them. Maybe a little Willow.
    Like I said, I just have a couple of minor issues with it.
    The main thing is that Kirsten Stewart in this role feels slightly off. I actually don't dislike Kirsten but I think she has a hard edge about her and when she is supposed to be the foil of Charlize Theron....who is the embodiment of envy, ambition, evil, violence and all'round negativity.....then you really need to cast someone who embodies innocence, purity and hope. Kirsten seems naturally jaded and ruffled in most of her roles. She does well in certain things but she's just not quite right for the role. I think a young Jennifer Connelly would have been perfect. She had this radiance about her that Kirsten just doesn't have.
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  18. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    I loved Hook, it was one of my favorite takes on Peter Pan. But Mirror, Mirror looked liked the worst edition of Snow White. It looked to me like it was filled with cheesy jokes and plots, unneeded special effects, and comedic takes on what should be serious characters (especially the Evil Queen).
  19. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Y'know, Disney was gonna do their own retelling of Snow White, but with the two Snow White movies this year, they decided to cancel it. (That leaves me to question, doesn't Disney own the rights to Snow White?)
  20. Hayley B

    Hayley B Well-Known Member

    ^ My question from that would be. Would they had put that in Tim Burton's hands too? But Snow White and the Huntsman is already being kind of like Tim Burton's style.

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