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  1. Beauty and the Beast is still running the table when it comes to the family audience, so I don't see Boss Baby breaking out.
  2. It was truly a perfect storm of great advertising and perfect positioning in the release schedule. It was an event unlike anything since the preceding summer, and it broke out accordingly. Even so, I was shocked to see an R-rated non-sequel with no bankable stars hit $70 million and break the March record that Ice Age: The Meltdown had set the year before. Even though this is totally speculation and I'm sure the film did indeed play like gangbusters with its target audience, I've always thought that part of Wild Hogs's incredible staying power came from teenagers buying tickets to sneak into 300.
  3. This movie was massive for a comedy. I remember that it was still playing at the local multiplex when I saw Hercules on its opening day in late June (granted, we had three multiplexes that never shared movies, but still). The most impressive part is that it came on the heels of The Cable Guy, which turned off Carrey's fans left and right during its theatrical run. Going from that to Liar Liar was quite the rebound.
  4. $40 million would be a really solid opening for Power Rangers. The advertising was pretty ho-hum and the original movies never had the level of success that the live action Ninja Turtles flicks did, so it was never going to touch the 2014 Turtles's numbers.
  5. I would say that I'm disappointed to see Into the Wild so low, but after teaching the book to my impressionable college-bound charges, I now find myself agreeing with every single adult who tries to tell Chris to JUST CALL HIS DAMN PARENTS AND NOT GO TO ALASKA ALONE!
  6. True story: I flipped the fuck out over the last 30 minutes the first time I saw No Country for Old Men. (In my defense, I was in high school and that day had been epically shitty for stupid reasons I no longer remember.) On a repeat viewing, however, I came all the way around and joined in with the chorus of hosanas. I'm pleasantly surprised with how solid this list ended up being. I definitely expected Transformers to land much higher (though, to be fair, I do enjoy the hell out of it). Considering that No Country only cracked fourth on my final top ten for that year (behind There Will Be Blood, Zodiac, and Ratatouille), it nearly goes without saying that 2007 was the best year of its decade.
  7. It was a serious drama about a gay black man with no big names attached, so it needed to rely upon the Oscar buzz to make any kind of noise at the box office. ...which is a damn shame because the movie is great and everyone should have ran out to see it.
  8. Awesome start for Beauty and the Beast. It's going to be huge today. The holds for everything else pretty much are what they are (and Get Out once again fared well in that department). Beauty and the Beast is playing like a true four-quadrant movie (my Thursday IMAX crowd, which was about three-quarters full, consisted almost entirely of adults, so it's definitely getting the nostalgic crowd in droves), so it was a given that everything would take a hit in its massive shadow.
  9. Cool to see some love for Short Term 12! I've been hoping that perhaps Brie Larson's Oscar win for Room might bring more attention to it by way of viewers seeking out her other work.
  10. Not gonna lie: this movie was the very first thing that came to mind when I first read about Ben Carson's "involuntary immigrants" comment.
  11. A- Get Out Logan B+ John Wick: Chapter 2 The Lego Batman Movie B A Cure for Wellness Split
  12. Best Actor 1. Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln 2. Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea 3. Colin Firth - The King's Speech 4. Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club 5. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant 6. Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything 7. Jean DuJardin - The Artist Best Actress 1. Natalie Portman - Black Swan 2. Brie Larson - Room 3. Julianne Moore - Still Alice 4. Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine 5. Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook 6. Emma Stone - La La Land 7. Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady Best Supporting Actor 1. Christian Bale - The Fighter 2. J.K. Simmons - Whiplash 3. Mahershala Ali - Moonlight 4. Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club 5. Christopher Plummer - Beginners 6. Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies 7. Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained Best Supporting Actress 1. Viola Davis - Fences 2. Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave 3. Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables 4. Patricia Arquette - Boyhood 5. Octavia Spencer - The Help 6. Melissa Leo - The Fighter 7. Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
  13. 1. Moonlight 2. 12 Years a Slave 3. Spotlight 4. Birdman 5. The King's Speech 6. The Artist 7. Argo
  14. I went to a strip club with a bi friend in college. She enjoyed it thoroughly (and they enjoyed her since watching a chick bury her face in a stripper’s breasts got said strippers especially hefty tips from other onlookers), but all I could do was sit there and run through a massive feminist rant that sounded super-sophisticated in my booze-addled head, but only came out as “That’s some lady’s daughter up there!” when my friend asked me what I thought of the whole thing. My friend then called her over, told her it was my first time in a strip club – which led to getting some, ahem, individual attention – and then said to me: “Yeah, and now she’s shaking her ass in your face!” Without going into further detail, that was only the fourth weirdest thing that happened that night.
  15. By the time it opened, Passion was expected to be pretty big (I definitely expected it to soar over $100 million), but not as massive as it ended up being. To put its opening into perspective, it made slightly more in its first five days than Return of the King did two months earlier. I didn’t see it during its theatrical run; I was 13 at the time, and I chickened out upon hearing so many reports of how insanely violent it was from classmates whose families dragged them to it. A large group from my church went about three weeks into its run, and I couldn’t decide what was more fascinating: that a whole bunch of little old ladies who otherwise never would have gone anywhere near an ultra-violent R-rated film went, or that our pastor – who, granted, made it absolutely no secret that she held decidedly more liberal views than the average congregant – loathed every minute of it.