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  1. I didn't think about it at the time, but you've got an excellent point. I think a large part of my poor experience with KotM was the theater. I didn't see it in IMAX or any kind of PLF. I went to a 30 screen megaplex and saw it in one of their midsize theaters with sub-optimal sound and what was probably an older projector in need of a new bulb. I'll bet the movie looks much better in IMAX or with a high end projector like a Christie. I'm an avid gamer and I've had similar frustrating experience with games I felt were overly dark to the point that it negatively impacted my ability to play, and the real problem was my monitor. I'm betting this is a similar situation. With a better display the trouble I had seeing things in dark games completely went away. It is all about contrast. Scenes can be dark and you can still see everything if whatever is rendering the picture has sufficient contrast. Unfortunately, with two big openers coming the weekend after KotM's release all of the PLFs in my area were lost. This could also be a contributing factor in the bigger second weekend drop if it was a widespread thing. I am glad I went to see the movie, though, and I truly enjoyed the fact that my 3 year old loved it. There were a couple of people in the same showing that gave him a big thumbs up afterwards, and one guy remarked that it was a lot of movie for a kid his age to take in. He just sat on my lap and took it all in.
  2. I took 3 of my kids to see this movie tonight, ages 3, 10 and 16. We also saw a second movie. I took the 3 year old to see KotM and the two older ones (both girls) opted to see Aladdin. Out of the four of us, I was the only one who liked SLOP2 more than the other movie they saw. Yeah, my little guy enjoyed KotM more than he did SLOP2... I did not see that coming! The biggest problem for me is there is not much of a story here. I could write a plot summary in about three sentences and not miss anything of consequence. I feel this is a common affliction with animated sequels, like the Minion Movie. The studios must think "well, the previous one did great so we'll just make a second and throw in enough jokes and everyone will eat it up", except it never works out. There are actually a lot of parallels with Madagascar 3, which put the brakes on that franchise. Anyway, despite the lack of a plot I still liked SLOP2 more than I did the Incredibles 2, so maybe I'm crazy.
  3. I saw KotM today. I took 3 of my kids to see SLOP2 and then the 3 year old and I went to see KotM while the 10 and 16 year olds (both girls) went to see Aladdin. The good news is my little guy liked KotM more than he liked SLOP2. I did not anticipate that at all. The bad news is I went into KotM with very low expectations, and I found even those were not met. KotM is not in the conversation for the worst movie I've ever seen, but I thought it was truly bad. I'd put it in the same category as Battleship. Really boring, terrible writing, most of it was absurdly unbelievable and the acting was subpar. What really did it in for me, though, was the monster fighting. That was a "can't see anything" snoozefest. Why do NA audiences eat up Transformers and not Godzilla? The action in Transformers is so far superior that the two aren't even comparable. That's my take. Maybe I'm crazy, but the BO run says there could be some smoke to my theory.
  4. That's a dream for a small number of people. It won't register with the GA. This is going to perform like just another Godzilla or Kong movie, not some kind of two franchise crossover.
  5. That's better than May or June, but I think still too early.
  6. 100% agreed. If it does get released theatrically, GvK should not be released in the summer. The fans will come out to see it regardless of the month, and it will face less competition if it hits screens in the fall or post holidays in the winter.
  7. Same ballpark as G2014, only the numbers are much smaller. Stick a fork in the monsterverse.
  8. I believe that's two in a row. I'm pretty sure it was the same person on twitter who said 42% for Godzilla KotM. Talk about having your finger on the pulse of something... wow. So yeah, DP is going to bomb spectacularly.
  9. I think the early shows were sparsely attended, but KotM did open at 4pm.
  10. Poor helium, everyone is always picking on it because it won't play nice with anyone. It in fact won't play with anyone, ever, being inert and all.
  11. I don't agree. KotM didn't get a 200M budget with this kind of run in mind. If that's not embarrassing I don't know what is. The situation would be totally different if we were talking about a 100M budget movie. At least fans of the franchise got this film, and will get GvK because it is already in the can as they say. Barring a miracle that should be all she wrote, though.
  12. Wait until Dark Phoenix opens. That's going to make both KotM and Solo look better in comparison, based on what I'm seeing so far. That said, all are or will be pretty massive failures from a financial point of view.
  13. Yeah, that was even made into a joke in the original Avengers movie. I don't have a problem with this. It is how the characters of that type are treated in the actual comic source material. It's just how they work.
  14. I'm certainly not alone. The MI movies have done OK, but none have sniffed a 100M OW or 250M domestic. There's a core audience they appeal to. I'm just not in it. -edit The two Bond films I like that have good action are Casino Royale and Skyfall. I'd take either of any of the MI films, which I have viewed despite not liking.
  15. I checked out on the MI movies when the helicopter flew in the tunnel, crashed, and the rotor stopped spinning just millimeters from Tom Cruise's face. The action is so over the top it makes me laugh, which I'm sure is not the intended effect. I like good action sequences, like stuff in Indiana Jones or James Bond films. MI jumps the shark on it.
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