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  1. Though perhaps not that meaningful as far as Oscar prognostication goes, it is nevertheless a nice one-two punch for Netflix to have Marriage Story win Best Picture at the Gotham Awards and then The Irishman win Best Picture at NBR, starting off the awards season. I haven't yet watched Marriage Story, but I loved The Irishman. It felt meaningful and packs a quiet punch by the end. Peace, Mike
  2. I've mentioned before that I'm not a Star Wars fanboy and I didn't grow up with the franchise - and so, on that note, I just finally watched The Last Jedi (thinking I should probably be prepared to check out the last film of the Skywalker saga next month). And uh... huh, it is really good! As a non-fanboy, I think I found it to be the most compelling Star Wars film I've seen (granted, I can't remember the last time I've watched any Star Wars film, other than The Force Awakens, which I saw with my Dad when it opened). The film is thematically compelling, with I think the most moral complexity and the most surprises. I didn't feel like I knew exactly where the movie was headed from the beginning. It felt like it had something to say. And then beyond that the film had good humour, was visually interesting, and frankly, just had some really cool 'Force' stuff represented in the film (that I don't remember seeing in any previous films). I enjoyed the dynamic between Rey and Kylo Ren here, and I actually find myself interested in seeing where they will take this in the last film. Peace, Mike
  3. The song is good - I like it and the musicality of it. But as I was listening to it I kept thinking the song sounds awfully familiar, like I've already heard this before from Cats. I'm not very familiar with the musical/story of Cats, but I did some searching, and sure enough, to me, this song sounds like a close relative of 'Memory'. Musically, it almost feels like they wanted a song in a similar vein to Memory, but was new, so they could have an eligible original song for the Oscars. Peace, Mike
  4. Sean’s article is a great read - I encourage people to read it. “HOWEVER — and this is a big however — what they chose to put behind the IMDb Pro paywall makes little sense to me, and breaks a huge value Mojo once had, editorially speaking: integrated data. Our original team’s site design philosophy was always: every chart should be accessible within two or three clicks. Moving major content to a completely different website, IMDb Pro, breaks that integrated and unified experience. Why not just let Pro users just log into their IMDb accounts and view this stuff on Mojo? But a deeper criticism here is one of editorial focus and understanding of the core vision of Box Office Mojo. Overlooking a key element of box office reporting, namely, theater counts, illustrates a myopic view the product. Perhaps theater counts were not highly trafficked on Mojo, so they were left on the cutting room floor? If this were behind the Pro paywall, that would be one thing, but any hardcore weekly box office tracker knows that breaking theater counts news is essential.” And much more that he articulates very well. Peace, Mike
  5. I drafted a quick email which I sent to mail@boxofficemojo.com. I'm not naive, and yes, my life goes on. In the grand scheme of things, this isn't important. But I have made a hobby out of following box office for about 20 years (and discussing it for most of those years as well). I am someone who makes a habit of writing my elected representatives and various organizations to have my voice heard in this world, so I simply felt compelled to share my perspective with BOM. If you feel compelled to do so, you're welcome to use my email as a template and revise as needed. Peace, Mike
  6. What everyone has said has been spot on. The new site is terrible. As a box office nerd, BOM was my go-to site for box office information, records, theatre counts, breakdowns, etc. The previous site didn't have a sleek look, but it contained highly accessible information - which, as mentioned, was all logically organized for the most part. In particular, I relied on the calendar format for viewing daily box office in an accessible way to make calculations and crunch box office numbers. I know, #firstworldproblems, but as someone who has made a hobby out of following the box office, I am really disappointed with the loss of the site as it was. I'm okay with some information being accessible through a paid subscription only - and for a reasonable price, I would actually subscribe. My issue is with everything else, namely the unintuitive redesign, the loss of functionality, the loss of key basic information, etc. Peace, Mike
  7. I love the emotional feel of the trailer and the scenes that are highlighted. And the music, including the rendition of the Star Wars theme in the latter half, is so, so good. Peace, Mike
  8. As has been noted by many, a fantastic weekend drop for Joker, at both the domestic and international box office. In the age of large preview grosses, to drop only 42.8% in its second weekend is exceptional. Comparisons to other comic book movies demonstrate just how terrific the drop is: Best 2nd Weekends for Live Action Comic Book Movies Title (Year) — 2nd Weekend Gross (Drop from Opening Weekend) Avengers: Endgame — 147.4 million (-58.7%) Avengers: Infinity War — 114.8 million (-55.5%) Black Panther (2018) — 111.7 million (-44.7%) Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) — 103.1 million (-50.3%) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) — 77.7 million (-59.4%) The Dark Knight (2008) — 75.2 million (-52.5%) Captain America: Civil War (2016) — 72.6 million (-59.5%) Iron Man 3 (2013) — 72.5 million (-58.4%) Spider-Man (2002) — 71.4 million (-37.8%) Captain Marvel (2019) — 68.0 million (-55.7%) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) — 65.3 million (-55.5%) The Dark Knight Rises (2012) — 62.1 million (-61.4%) Wonder Woman (2017) — 58.5 million (-43.3%) Spider-Man 3 (2007) — 58.2 million (-61.5%) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) — 57.1 million (-53.5%) Deadpool (2016) — 56.5 million (-57.4%) Joker (2019) — 55.0 million (-42.8%) Aquaman (2018) — 52.1 million (-23.2%)^ Iron Man 2 (2010) — 52.0 million (-59.4%) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) — 51.3 million (-69.1%) Iron Man (2008) — 51.2 million (-48.1%) Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) — 45.4 million (-51.0%)* Spider-Man 2 (2004) — 45.2 million (-48.7%)* Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) — 44.2 million (-62.2%) Suicide Squad (2016) — 43.5 million (-67.4%) Deadpool 2 (2018) — 43.5 million (-65.4%)*** Doctor Strange (2016) — 43.0 million (-49.5%) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — 42.1 million (-55.3%) Man of Steel (2013) — 41.3 million (-64.6%)** *Opened on a Tuesday/Wednesday **Opened on Father’s Day Weekend ***Second weekend was Memorial Day weekend ^Second weekend was December holiday weekend Peace, Mike
  9. I loved this, and Renée Zellweger is exceptionally good. And seeing just how impactful the movie was for my mom was really lovely too. As someone who grew up with Judy Garland, she was blown away at how well Zellweger captured her. Peace, Mike
  10. I kind of loved this, warts and all. It was a whole lot more epic than I thought it would be (I haven't read the book), with different interesting horror elements. And it was funny. But most of all, I cared for the characters, which made their journey worth following. The film takes the time to define the characters as adults and make the connections to their childhoods. I didn't re-watch the first before I saw it, and now I'm looking forward to eventually watching both films together. Peace, Mike
  11. This is from True Friday, right (as opposed to Friday including previews)? Peace, Mike
  12. While it won't hit 100 million, it is still a great opening in my book. For me, seeing that this would be the highest grossing opening for a horror film if the first film didn't exist, puts this in perspective. So, while I suppose it could have opened better, and understand someone feeling disappointed, this still seems like a great opening all things considered (the first really captured the zeitgeist in a way the second can't; the near 3 hour runtime; etc). Largest Horror Film Opening Weekends It (2017) — 123.4 million It: Chapter 2 (2019) — 88.0-90.0 million (est.) I Am Legend (2007) — 77.2 million Halloween (2018) — 76.2 million Us (2019) — 71.1 million War of the Worlds (2005) — 64.9 million Signs (2002) — 60.1 million Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) — 52.6 million Van Helsing (2004) — 51.7 million Prometheus (2012) — 51.1 million The Village (2004) — 50.7 million A Quiet Place (2018) — 50.2 million The Conjuring (2013) — 41.9 million Shutter Island (2010) — 41.1 million Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) — 40.7 million Friday the 13th (2009) — 40.6 million The Conjuring 2 (2016) — 40.4 million Insidious Chapter 2 (2013) — 40.3 million Split (2017) — 40.0 million The Grudge (2004) — 39.1 million Alien vs. Predator (2004) — 38.3 million Annabelle (2014) — 37.1 million Freddy vs. Jason (2003) — 36.4 million Interview with the Vampire (1994) — 36.4 million Alien: Covenant (2017) — 36.2 million The Ring Two (2005) — 35.1 million Annabelle: Creation (2017) — 35.0 million Scream 3 (2000) — 34.7 million The Purge (2013) — 34.1 million The Devil Inside (2012) — 33.7 million Saw III (2006) — 33.6 million The Haunting (1999) — 33.4 million Get Out (2017) — 33.4 million Scream 2 (1997) — 32.9 million Side note: I'm reminded of how incredible the opening weekend for 'Us' was as an original horror film. Peace, Mike
  13. D'oh! Google lied to me - when you google 'It runtime' it says '2h 35m' (at least for me). Thanks for the correction. Peace, Mike
  14. If 'It: Chapter 2' hits $100+ million for the weekend, I am incredibly impressed. Back-to-back $100+ million opening films? This is blockbuster status for a horror franchise. Really cool. Peace, Mike
  15. Same Cinemascore grade as the first film, for those wondering. Peace, Mike
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