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  1. 28 points
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  4. 12 points
    Rampage has suddenly jumped from 99m to 100m domestic https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=newlinetentpole2018.htm
  5. 11 points
    It’s kinda weird that some think this whole ‘below expectations’ thing is exclusive to DC movies. As though it doesn’t happen for all movies, even the ones that leg out to impressive totals like A Star is Born and IW. Ant-man and the Wasp, WiR2, Deadpool 2, Christopher Robin, etc. were considered disappointing by some as well. This year (and last) has had multiple movies that prompted similar discussions. It’s fine to point out that the numbers aren’t underwhelming, but whining that it’s a DC bias thing is funny. It’s really just a box office expectations vs. reality thing that happens for every movie. MPR is facing it too. This whole Disney/Marvel vs. DC thing is getting so overblown and tiring.
  6. 9 points
    Now, it seems you are justifying one bad take with another. No where in tracking Aquaman was there a hint that a 65milliok domestic opening during the holiday was “not that good”. It’s tracking was always positive about its box office prospects- not like Mortal Engines. In fact, Deadline predicted that although it would open less than JL, it would eventually pass it because of the holidays. Aquaman is a B superhero. Comparisons to Ant Man and Doctor Strange are more applicable than to Batman and Superman. He is not a household name. I think maybe we got spoiled by Black Panther on this site. If Aquaman does 78 mil OW like Gitesh is predicting, that is a triumph for DC. I don’t see any spinning out of that.
  7. 9 points
    Well, as it turns out, you were right, @Jessie. People really don't care about Mary Poppins as much as any of us thought. I really believed this had everything to perform phenomenally. Emily Blunt was never a huge star, but with A Quiet Place this year and all of the buzz surrounding MPR, especially after the raves on social media and all of the Best Actress talk for her, I believed that she would totally help sell this movie to a mass audience, similarly to Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. And musicals - or music-related films - have been huge lately, and fuck, you still have A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody making money as we speak. Hell, BR is on its way to 700M WW, which is ridiculous, while ASIB is the 2018 Best Picture frontrunner to my knowledge and has one of the biggest songs in the world right now (The Shallow) in its soundtrack. If MPR really is as bland and doesn't pop out as much as people say it does.... it makes sense that it would be overlooked. But I still find it odd that one of Disney's greatest icons and someone known across multiple generations has basically been rejected by audiences and may or may not do between Greatest Showman numbers and 200+, when it really should be doing better than that. But oh well, it is what it is. Let's see how everything shapes out, cause December is all about legs, but still, far from a great start for anything other than Aquaman, which is doing pretty spectacularly considering the thud that was Justice League and its impact on the DC brand, with Momoa's Aquaman, in my eyes, not really being one of the highlights of the movie. I mean, he was cool and entertaining, but didn't really pop out as much as I anticipated (and that Atlantis scene was horrendous). But people were still psyched the fuck out for this movie nonetheless, though, and James Wan, being the God he is, made the ultimate GA's-are-so-going-to-eat-this-up theatrical Christmas gift for WB to rack in a shit ton of money. Which, despite them having a fantastic 2018, is a welcome rebound for their blockbuster side after the disappointment of Beasts 2, and ESPECIALLY for the DCEU side of things given what went down with JL. It would be hilarious if Aquaman outgrossed BVS and even hit the billion mark WW, as I think it should be looking up at 300+ DOM and close to that in China. Meanwhile, Shazam should continue DC's slow return to form and audience trust, so let's see what happens from here on out. As for Bumblebee, all I hope is for it to have great legs and for it to pave the way for the Hasbro toyline franchises to have good talent behind them. Sure, Bay made billions of dollars with his films (and I still like Transformers 1 and don't dislike Dark Of The Moon) but what he crafted just wasn't all that compelling and it was bound to bore audiences sooner than later. It happened 5 movies in, and now is a more than welcome time for the franchise to have revitalized itself with something much more akin to what old school Transformers fans always wanted to see, rather than Bay splooging all of his Bay quirks and fetishes on the screen with absolutely no one keeping him under control. Plus, I love Hailee Steinfeld pretty big time, so I would always stan for this movie anyway. And finally, I don't know if Spider-Verse can hit 200 anymore, because it is kinda performing like a superhero movie more than a family animation, but, with the holidays right here and the insane wom to its advantage, it will obviously shoot for a high distance. I believe it can and should be able to outgross Lego Batman, at least.
  8. 9 points
  9. 9 points
    #6: Out of Sight (55 pts, 9 lists) dir. Steven Soderbergh Awards: Two Academy Award Nominations Before Steven Soderbergh hit it big with Traffic and his three "Ocean's" movies, he had this action film on his resume. The film played an important part in propelling George Clooney's eccentric career forward; not only that, but it's a great film, too. Fun fact: the screenwriter who wrote this film also wrote the fan-favorite X-Men film, Logan!
  10. 9 points
    #10: Shakespeare in Love (45 pts, 9 lists) dir. John Madden Awards: Best Picture and six other Oscar wins While this film may be infamous for stealing Best Picture from Saving Private Ryan, the fact of the matter is that the Shakespeare in Love would've have gotten anywhere close to the top Academy prize if it wasn't an effective piece of cinema. The film boasts an exciting ensemble cast and a moving central romance, which moviegoers no doubt craved a second helping of just one year after the cultural phenomenon that was Titanic.
  11. 8 points
    Because people convinced themselves it was going to crush tracking, so when it “merely” comes in on the higher side of what people forecasted months ago, posters weigh it against their inflated expectations
  12. 8 points
  13. 8 points
    other CBMs openings in Germany Venom $3.78M AMATW $2.48M IW $15M Deadpool 2 $8.3M Black Panther $5.8M Justice League $2.7M Thor Ragnarok $5.3M Wonder Woman $2.8M Spider-Man Homecoming $3.7M Guardians 2 $9.3M Aquaman Aprox $4.8M-$5M with 400k admissions
  14. 8 points
    #9: Pleasantville (48 pts, 8 lists) dir. Gary Ross Awards: Three Academy Award Nominations Before directing The Hunger Games, Gary Ross would write and direct this brilliant fantastical dramedy about two teenage siblings who find themselves within a 1950s sitcom. This film is notable for is brave ability to shift between color and black-and-white filmmaking, especially at a time when color filmmaking had been established as the go-to staple!
  15. 7 points
    LMAO so post-JL and until just before a couple of weeks back, the narrative was "DCEU is doomed, Aquaman will get destroyed by Poppins, good luck to DC films now making 700-800M WW, 45M long range predicts are right on the money, even Shazam would outperform Aquaman". Now it's "Boring numbers, not tracking that well for a DC film, it's not making the monster numbers it's making in China, it's no Star Wars"
  16. 7 points
    Saturday estimates Dec.22 Spider-Verse - 74.5M / 119.3M, 3nd biggest daily for 2018 animated movies Aquaman - 70M / 1551M, +111% Airpocalypse - 26.9m/65.03%,-29% When Robbers Meet The Monster - 20.6m/37.1m,+25% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy - 15M/25.1M,+51% Totoro 9.5m/127.6M Padman 2.1m/58.34m
  17. 7 points
    #8: Rushmore (51 pts, 8 lists) dir. Wes Anderson Awards: Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director Wes Anderson's debut feature may have been Bottle Rocket, but as far as the solidification of his trademark style goes, cinephiles look towards this dramedy as the starting point. Jason Schwartzman, in his breakout role, plays a preparatory school student that gets caught up in a love triangle and experiences expulsion. Wes Anderson may be celebrated today, but he's gotten where he is today because of critical successes such as this.
  18. 7 points
    Moderation Just a friendly reminder from your friendly BOT moderating team. It’s a bit quiet but let’s keep things civil. If you’ve said something once there’s no need to repeat it ad nauseum. Please don’t make posts simply in an attempt to trigger others. If you feel triggered you don’t need to respond all the time. Regards BOT Staff
  19. 6 points
    You wish eternal suffering on people for saying negative things about a director you like? That is seriously messed up. you should step back and reevaluate your priorities in life, this really shouldn't be a big deal (and I'm saying this as someone who loves BVS).
  20. 6 points
    Yuuuuup spotted them too. “Aquaman is opening above $65M tracking” oh no it’s bad “Mary floppins is opening $20M below tracking” LEGS LEGS HOLIDAY GREATEST SHOWMAN JUMANJI rinse repeat.
  21. 6 points
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    #2: The Big Lebowski (102 pts, 16 lists) dir. The Coen Brothers Awards: no major nominations Edging out Saving Private Ryan by three points is the fan-favorite dark comedy by The Coen Brothers: The Big Lebowski. It is at once a portrait of a Vietnam War veteran falling into the forgotten outskirts of American society, a buddy cop comedy where both characters are deeply flawed, and a masterclass in the ethical use of pervasive language for the purpose of telling a compelling narrative story. It really is the story of the film, however small the scale may seem, that truly drives this film towards such an iconic status. Just remember to watch out for the nihilists, with their red bodysuits and comically large scissors!
  23. 6 points
    I think people seem to be forgetting that if you take Star Wars out of the equation, Aquaman’s opening would be on the high end for December openings this close to Christmas. Star Wars has been an “event” for the last three pre-Christmas timeframes, you can’t judge Aquaman’s performance against a Star Wars film. In the context of non-Star Wars December openers, it’s doing just fine, and after the dumpster fire of Justice League, this is very much a win.
  24. 6 points
    That's a good Friday number since it's without the 4.9M. The 30M including the 4.9M sneaks made no sense since Fridays for CBMs are normally double their Thursday previews. With a 28M Friday and giving it a low 25% increase today and 20% Sunday drop gets it to around 72M without sneaks. (9, 19, 24,19.5). 45% drop on Monday and 105% increase on Tuesday puts it at 110M by to end of day Christmas. Waiting for the Poppins and Bumblebee numbers. If Bumblebee beats Poppins for #2 over the weekend, it will be one of the biggest upsets of the year.
  25. 6 points
    Saturday Aquaman-374,282 Drug King-296,834 Swing Kids-140,780 Bohemian Rhapsody-117,243 Grinch-71,166
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  27. 6 points
    Lol, what a classy first post. Its normal for December tentpoles like Aquaman to open the weekend before Christmas. It happened with LOTR, Avatar, The Hobbit and the new SW movies. The reason is that you have a big Opening weekend (altough somewhat deflated) and then cash in on the sweet holiday legs. Its not dumb at all.
  28. 6 points
    It was my theory: Aquaman and Bumblebee would have moved along with Alita, and of course MPR wouldn't be there either. People were used to the SW juggernaut in December. My Solo>R1 club would have succeeded, domestically at least (nothing would have saved Solo overseas). It is all hypothetical, so nobody can prove me wrong.
  29. 6 points
    After seeing some posts on here about all the rotten reviews today I went and read a few of the blurbs on there for this movie and tbh I don’t even know how people can take that site seriously with some of the comments. Not only do they not judge the movies on its own merits but some of the comments are just so unprofessional, it’s almost like having the fanboys war thread on RT. Each person trying to one up the next with some “witty” comment. I’m sure my comments come off as some bitter fanboy but honestly I’m not. I just feel bad for the people who make these movies, they deserve better.
  30. 6 points
    #7: American History X (54 pts, 8 lists) dir. Tony Kaye Awards: One Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor (Edward Norton) One user who sent in a list commented that this film, for them, has been raised in stature due to recent events in modern history. And they're right. There are many times when filmmakers prove to be prophetic through the messages they convey through their films, and, for better or worse, we can now feasibly regard American History X as one of those films, which details a Neo-Nazi's frantic search for a course-correction from the life of hatred he's pledged to.
  31. 6 points
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  34. 5 points
    Regarding Aquaman - Still a great opening. As one or two others pointed out, more than what you would have expected 6 months ago, though perhaps a little less than what was hoped for 6 days ago, after those huge China numbers. Locked in to be the big Christmas winner. Can't believe anyone would think it's not a lock to beat Venom domestic. Was that a strawman argument, or did someone really say that? Regarding Bumblebee possibly beating Mary Poppins to second place, some of you may missing the forest for the trees there. This is much more a case of Poppins losing rather than Bee winning. Bee is going to make exactly what was predicted, it's certainly not overperforming. Regarding Mary Poppins legs - yeah, they could still show up, but at this point it would take a miracle for this movie not to go down as a failure. That said, the Saturday before Christmas is WAY TOO EARLY to judge any movie's legs this season. Aquaman could still finish over 350, and there's a slight chance it'll finish under 250. Way too early to make any final judgements. Regarding comparing Aquaman to Ant-Man and Venom - I'm not sure those are the best comparisons. Aquaman is much more of a big-budget CGI epic compared to those two. A better non-sequel superhero movie would seem to be GOTG. A similar big budget CGI grand epic. Both likely to have nice legs too, GOTG thanks to the lack of big releases giving it no competition post-summer, and Aquaman due to Christmas. (Seriously, after Guardians and Suicide Squad, why don't more huge movies go for that end of summer spot?) Regarding the thoughts on release date changes for Ralph or Solo, hindsight is obviously 20/20. Disney thought they had a big hit with Mary Poppins, they thought wrong. Some minor tweaks could have made a few more bucks for Ralph and Solo, but it's unlikely that it would have made a huge difference. Regarding Mortal Engines and Marwen - okay, maybe it's not too early to make a final judgement. Disaster confirmed.
  35. 5 points
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  37. 5 points
    Thats the problem, when you have Detective Pika-Pika releasing next year. All the familys are already saving money.
  38. 5 points
    #5: Mulan (56 pts, 9 lists) dir. Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook Awards: Nominated for One Academy Award Mulan has definitely remained noteworthy in the eyes of the masses as a Disney animated feature. The film is not only groundbreaking for its strong female lead--which is, perhaps, carrying the torch that Pocahontas started even further forward; it is also groundbreaking for its visual style, which provides clear nods to Chinese art. And this is a song from the movie that I like:
  39. 5 points
    It's probably going to finish above Ant-Man & The Wasp and Doctor Strange domestic, probably above Venom also. Those are it's direct "competitors" seeing as Aquaman is in that tier of character. We're not talking about a Batman movie.
  40. 5 points
    2nd trend: Aquaman: 400k Grinch: 310k MPR: 210k 100 Dinge: 160k Bumblebee: 150k FB2: 140k
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  43. 5 points
    https://deadline.com/2018/12/aquaman-bumblebee-christmas-thursday-night-previews-weekend-box-office-1202524462/ Aquaman is coming in lower from its Friday midday projections with a $27.7M first day (vs. $30M including $13.7M previews) and a $68.8M 3-day (compared to the $70M-$75M we were seeing). That’s still in the range of tracking ($65M-$70M) and the question remains how much will Christmas spike the pic up. Many were predicting a $120M 5-day, and now it might be lower, possibly $100M+. Bumblebee made more than the Emily Blunt British nanny tonight, $8.3M to $6.9M. The yellow VW-robot is eyeing a $22.6M weekend in the range where we saw it, while Poppins is eyeing $22.3M. Frankly it’s a coin-toss who comes out ahead after five days. Some are betting it’s Poppins over Bumblebee, $37M+ to $33M+. Even though Mary Poppins Returns is filing below what we thought was originally a $35M 3-day, remember, she’s a musical and she’ll be singing for weeks to come. Poppins Wednesday through Sunday haul of $31M is poised to be running as much as 131% ahead of Greatest Showman‘s $13.4M five-day launch a year ago. In fourth is Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with a second Friday of $5.1M, -61% because of last Friday’s previews, and a second weekend between $17.9M, -49% for a 10-day take of $66M. Universal is grateful for Illumination’s The Grinch in the wake of Mortal Engines and Welcome to Marwen breaking down. He’s set to make a seventh weekend of $9M, -23% for a running take of $254M, just $6M shy of the domestic B.O. for Ron Howard’s 2000 live-action version of the green guy. STX’s Second Act is eyeing $2.5M today for a $7.1M weekend. Universal/DreamWorks’ Welcome to Marwen at 1,911 theaters is on course to crash with $927K today and $3Mover FSS.
  44. 5 points
    I agree with that, my point is some of these critics have gone too far off the deep end with their clickbait blurbs and eventually the attention they seek will dissipate.
  45. 5 points
    I don't think you understand. If the general consensus and collective of critics is constantly aligned against what the public perceives as a good time.. the public STOPS CARING about these "opinions". 87% of users on RT like Aquaman. Poppins is already down to 71%. Yet, the critics consensus is the complete opposite. Aquaman is going to do #'s. Poppins will underwhelm. No matter what you say about this.. it's a bad look. The collective shit on Venom too. Not just "oh it wasn't great". It was over the top "GRR WORST MOVIE EVER" hyperbole. Venom went on to over what $850M now? Hey, I like it. The sooner these "Fresh on RT" ads die off, the better.
  46. 5 points
    Part of the problem is that everyone is a fucking critic now days on RT. I mean good lord, who ARE some of these people that are expected to be the bastion of film criticism. I remember when I was younger, you'd have a few critics who you'd look to because they sort of earned your trust (for me it was Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper & Peter Travers) ... now because of how we are simply about 'one number' ... their opinion is the same as some dude with a blog that no one cares about. Oh well, the truth is that after this weekend no one will likely look at the RT score again (at least NORMAL people ... unlike me ) and it will be about word of mouth for this film (just like it was with Venom).
  47. 5 points
  48. 5 points
    Looking at my theater...I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if Bumblebee was #2 today, even if they don’t add the $700k. Hell, Spiderverse is holding quite well with some of the late night shows. It’s definitely surviving the new openers.
  49. 5 points
    I saw Mary Poppins Returns today. It was a fun and adorable little musical with a fantastic lead performance from Emily Blunt. I think it will have strong legs over the holidays.
  50. 5 points


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