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  1. I've made this little statistic for myself, then decided I might as well share it - it's the Top 12s for each summer of the past decade (grosses as of Labor Day). It's fun to track things like this, and for some people it might serve as something to fall back on, as it does for me. Here it is: 2011 [*]Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II - $375,552,093 [*]Transformers: Dark of the Moon - $350,500,012 [*]The Hangover: Part II - $254,416,436 [*]Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $240,794,584 [*]Fast Five - $209,837,675 [*]Cars 2 - $189,256,895 [*]Thor - $181,030,624 [*]Captain America: The First Avenger - $172,272,760 [*]Bridesmaids - $168,517,430 [*]Kung Fu Panda 2 - $164,827,049 [*]Rise of the Planet of the Apes - $162,550,178 [*]X-Men: First Class - $146,300,000 First year with no $400m movies since 2007 The highest gross for the #12 movie Notably present: Bridesmaids, Rise of the Planet of the Apes Notably missing: Super 8, Green Lantern, Cowboys & Aliens 2010 [*]Toy Story 3 - $408,890,408 [*]Iron Man 2 - $312,433,331 [*]The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - $298,798,466 [*]Inception - $278,457,609 [*]Despicable Me - $241,498,630 [*]Shrek Forever After - $238,371,987 [*]The Karate Kid - $176,308,872 [*]Grown Ups - $160,191,860 [*]The Last Airbender - $131,157,151 [*]Salt - $115,561,662 [*]The Other Guys - $108,130,839 [*]Robin Hood - $105,269,730 Lowest grosses for #12 since 2006 Notably present: Despicable Me, The Other Guys Notably missing: Prince of Persia, The A-Team, Knight & Day 2009 [*]Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - $400,641,549 [*]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $297,614,366 [*]Up - $290,866,563 [*]The Hangover - $272,197,388 [*]Star Trek - $257,171,491 [*]Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - $194,224,066 [*]X-Men Origins: Wolverine - $179,875,159 [*]Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - $176,794,393 [*]The Proposal - $161,137,964 [*]G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - $141,021,754 [*]Angels & Demons - $133,375,846 [*]Terminator Salvation - $125,320,003 No films in between $300m and $400m, $200m and $250m Notably present: The Hangover, The Proposal Notably missing: none, except maybe Public Enemies 2008 [*]The Dark Knight - $504,798,337 [*]Iron Man - $317,847,676 [*]Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - $315,844,754 [*]Hancock - $227,381,199 [*]Wall-E - $218,447,803 [*]Kung Fu Panda - $213,762,199 [*]Sex and the City - $152,525,242 [*]The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - $141,614,023 [*]The Incredible Hulk - $134,518,390 [*]Wanted - $134,015,405 [*]Mamma Mia! - $132,512,495 [*]Get Smart - $128,464,785 Notably present: Wanted, Mamma Mia Notably missing: Speed Racer, Zohan, The Mummy 3 2007 [*]Spider-Man 3 - $336,530,303 [*]Shrek the Third - $322,719,944 [*]Transformers - $310,578,372 [*]Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End - $308,681,208 [*]Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $286,825,495 [*]The Bourne Ultimatum - $202,810,455 [*]Ratatouille - $201,249,448 [*]The Simpsons Movie - $178,526,451 [*]Knocked Up - $148,170,675 [*]Live Free or Die Hard - $133,614,216 [*]Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - $131,597,271 [*]Rush Hour 3 - $122,695,339 Most $300m movies and $200m movies (4 and 7 respectively) Notably present: Knocked Up Notably missing: Ocean's 13, Evan Almighty, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry 2006 [*]Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest - $414,013,957 [*]Cars - $241,979,000 [*]X-Men: The Last Stand - $234,306,945 [*]The Da Vinci Code - $217,536,138 [*]Superman Returns - $196,817,144 [*]Over the Hedge - $155,019,340 [*]Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - $138,301,172 [*]Click - $136,511,362 [*]Mission: Impossible III - $134,029,801 [*]The Devil Wears Prada - $122,035,766 [*]The Break-Up - $118,683,135 [*]Nacho Libre - $80,197,993 Biggest gap between #1 and #2 ($172,034,957) Arguably the most uninspiring year Notably present: The Devil Wears Prada, The Break-Up, Nacho Libre Notably missing: Poseidon, Miami Vice 2005 [*]Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith - $379,807,894 [*]War of the Worlds - $232,606,871 [*]Batman Begins - $203,641,815 [*]Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - $201,335,082 [*]Wedding Crashers - $195,801,693 [*]Madagascar - $191,591,306 [*]Mr. & Mrs. Smith - $184,636,051 [*]The Longest Yard - $157,798,925 [*]Fantastic Four - $152,733,384 [*]Monster-in-Law - $82,931,301 [*]The Dukes of Hazzard - $77,521,769 [*]The 40-Year-Old Virgin - $71,886,455 Lowest grosses for #12 only 9 $100m movies Notably present: Wedding Crashers, M-I-L, The Dukes of Hazzard, The 40-Year-Old Virgin Notably missing: Kingdom of Heaven, The Island, Stealth 2004 [*]Shrek 2 - $438,477,864 [*]Spider-Man 2 - $369,888,512 [*]Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - $248,344,516 [*]The Day After Tomorrow - $186,369,548 [*]The Bourne Supremacy - $164,769,215 [*]I, Robot - $141,886,658 [*]Troy - $133,298,577 [*]Van Helsing - $120,177,084 [*]Fahrenheit 9/11 - $118,002,561 [*]Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story - $113,726,099 [*]The Village - $112,179,413 [*]Collateral - $88,897,193 Notably present: Fahrenheit 9/11 Notably missing: none, really 2003 [*]Finding Nemo - $332,722,962 [*]The Matrix Reloaded - $279,771,818 [*]Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - $275,018,547 [*]Bruce Almighty - $240,964,435 [*]X2: X-Men United - $214,907,213 [*]Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - $149,093,559 [*]Bad Boys II - $135,072,491 [*]Hulk - $131,765,335 [*]2 Fast 2 Furious - $126,781,485 [*]Spy Kids 3D: Game Over - $107,420,532 [*]Seabiscuit - $104,645,915 [*]Daddy Day Care - $103,102,329 Lowest grosses for #1 Notably present: Pirates of the Caribbean, Spy Kids 3D, Seabiscuit, DDC Notably missing: S.W.A.T., Charlie's Angels 2, American Wedding 2002 [*]Spider-Man - $403,706,375 [*]Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones - $300,669,374 [*]Austin Powers in Goldmember - $203,471,220 [*]Signs - $195,582,456 [*]Men in Black II - $190,418,803 [*]Scooby-Doo - $152,016,340 [*]Lilo & Stitch - $142,137,507 [*]Minority Report - $130,612,530 [*]Mr. Deeds - $124,650,338 [*]XXX - $123,876,240 [*]The Sum of All Fears - $118,471,320 [*]The Bourne Identity - $118,131,305 Notably present or missing: none
  2. Since The Marriage Councelor got pushed back and replaced by Madea's Witness Protection (on an earlier date), does it also get replaced by it in the question? Or by some other movie? Or does nothing change? Sorry if it's been asked already.
  3. Well, TF3 had 3D, was released in the middle of the summer and was a sequel in a popular franchise, since Battleship doesn't have any of that I think it'll be lucky to cross $30m. I could be wrong, though
  4. Just out of curiosity, what actually makes you confidently expect $40 million?
  5. Superhero movies have always been looked down upon, though not as much in the past couple of years. It's interesting because science-fiction and fantasy movies regularly make a lot of money despite being no less, and often even more silly than, say, Iron Man or X-Men, but I guess it's just psychological - nobody in the general audience feels ashamed to watch Pirates of the Caribbean or John Carter, but as soon as it's a guy in a silly suit, the audience immediately gets reduced in size.As far as animated films, well, families love going to the movies, and quite often these movies also have a sizable audience in young males and females (aged 15-25). The not-totally-innocent humor and the 3D effects appeal to all ages, that's also why Shrek and Ice Age prosper, while Pixar movies, with their carefully delivered stories and messages and subtler-than-usual humor, often struggle. To an average young guy in his early 20's, Shrek's cool. Toy Story 3? Who needs that childish dreck, I mean, do you seriously expect me to go watch a movie about freaking toys? Or an old guy with a flying house? I may be exaggerating somewhat, but that's often the attitude.In general, for all their success, movies are still widely perceived as entertainment that's not required to be challenging in any way, that's why people happily watch 2012 or Pirates 4 or Prince of Persia without giving a crap about how strong the story is. It's the reason I was personally happy to witness the success of Inception - it was a visually spectacular blockbuster with a strong story that actually managed to appeal, and to connect. I went to see it in its fourth week and the auditorium was full; all three times I went to see it, there were audible gasps right before the credits. It's a shame there are so few such films, and that the audiences aren't demanding for them, settling for whatever new 3D roller-coaster ride of a movie that there is.And Shrek is such a phenomenon because it was pretty much the first major animated movie to arrive when Russian movie theaters began slowly climbing out of the black hole that was the 1990's. A lot of people saw it then, and its audience quickly grew thanks to word-of-mouth. It was there already when each sequel arrived.
  6. Well, where was LOTR not very well-received?
  7. Oh, and for Prometheus, I'm thinking $25-30 million is the high end. Actually low 20s, a la Inception, might be more realistic, even with 3D. It's worth noting that two big space adventire/action films released here since 2004 - ROTS and Star Trek - did very poorly even despite the brand names. ROTS couldn't manage $10 million, and ST made, like, half of that. So there's that.
  8. ROTK was released after the holidays, in late January 2004, and made just over $14 million which was a record at the time. It was shortly eclipsed by Night Watch which made $15.5 million in summer 2004.TTT opened with $2.6 million and likely closed with a little less than $10 million.As far as Batman (in reply to Fullbuster's comment) - well, TF3 made $45 million after TF2 made $17 million, so when I predict that TDKR will make $30 million after TDK couldn't make $9 million, and will make it without 3D, it's actually pretty damn optimistic
  9. Considering everybody's love for LOTR and the positioning of The Hobbit right before the holidays, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it followed Avatar's suit and made over $100 million. I think it can definitely make around $25 million on OW, and end up with at least $80 million. It's going to be absolutely huge, and rest assured, if the first film is received well enough, There And Back Again will be gunning for Avatar's record come December 2013.Ice Age 4 has a good chance to follow PIB and SFA and make over $50 million, though if TASM performs like POTC4, then IA4 could pull a Kung Fu Panda 2 and burn out at $40 million or so, especially since this isn't the franchise's first foray into 3D.Speaking of TASM, it certainly can make $50 million off of $20-25 million opening week. SM3 might have grossed $14 million in 2007, but that made it the highest-grossing comic book movie here for several years to come. With the addition of 3D, TASM will be big, really big.TDKR opens two weeks after IA4 and has no real competition ahead of it, but considering how badly both BB and TDK underperformed (the latter only made $8.6 million, though it was pushed back a month and was easily the most pirated movie during that time), I think WB should be happy if TDKR manages $30+ million. Working in its favor, aside from lack of competition, is the much better awareness (TDK might not have made much in theaters, but a lot of people watched it afterwards), and the fact that Inception managed $22 million two years ago. But with the lack of 3D and relative weakness of the brand name compared to the likes of Spider-Man, TDKR can only go so high.I would also be surprised if Battleship made more than $35 million. True, it looks visually spectacular, but it also doesn't have 3D or any real hook besides that. Transformers 3, being a 3D threequel in a popular franchise and released in the middle of the summer, didn't go above $45 million. BS won't approach that either.The Avengers will also almost certainly make $30 million, and might make it to $40-45 million, but like with TF3, I highly doubt it'll go higher. It's in 3D, yes, but also a superhero film and, unlike TASM, a part of the franchise that was never very popular here - Thor was the highest grossing with only $16.5 million. Like in the US, it's reasonable to assume The Avengers will double that, but won't go much higher.Otherwise, I see $20-25 million at most for MIB3, $40-55 million for Madagascar 3, $20 million for ALVH (mostly because of Bekmambetov's name and 3D), $15-25 million for Brave and GI Joe 2, $20-25 million for SWATH, and $10-15 million for Bourne Legacy and Total Recall.
  10. Treasure Planet. It was March 2003 and I was 9 already. I never rewatched the movie, but remember it more vividly than almost any other movie I last watched several years ago. My second was Terminator 3, then Return of the King... by now I must have seen 300-350 films in he cinema, I stopped counting them in October 2010 when I was at 234.
  11. giteshpandya 20:52:43#HungerGames falls 60% to $61.1M in 2nd wknd, $251M in 10 days. Fastest non-sequel ever to break quarter-bil
  12. Top 12 Domestic 1. The Dark Knight Rises - $545.2 million 2. The Avengers - $381.1 million 3. Brave - $259.1 million 4. The Amazing Spider-Man - $244.3 million 5. Snow White and the Huntsman - $195.2 million 6. Ice Age: Continental Drift - $191.8 million 7. Prometheus - $174.5 million 8. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - $170.5 million 9. The Bourne Legacy - $159.6 million No more Joe 10. Men in Black III - $145.1 million 11. Rock of Ages - $137.9 million Top 5 WW 1. The Dark Knight Rises - $1,126 billion 2. The Avengers - $1,002.5 billion 3. Ice Age: Continental Drift - $853.3 million 4. The Amazing Spider-Man - $800 million 5. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - $680.1 million Top 5 WW Weekends 1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The Dark Knight Rises 3. The Avengers 4. Ice Age: Continental Drift 5. Men in Black III Top 7 Domestic Opening Weekends 1. The Dark Knight Rises 2. The Avengers 3. Brave 4. The Amazing Spider-Man 5. Ice Age: Continental Drift 6. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 7. Snow White and the Huntsman Preseason Bonus Questions 1. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - $31.6 million 2. Dark Shadows - $109.1 million 3. Dark Shadows - $109.1 million Triple Bonus Questions 1. Yes 2. No 3. No 4. Yes 5. Yes 6. Yes 7. Yes 8. No 9. No 10. 1) The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy, Step Up 4, Rock of Ages 11. Yes 12. No 13. No 14. Yes 15. Yes 16. The TDKR four-parter 1) Yes 2) Yes 3) No 4) Yes 17. The horror film four-parter 1) Yes 2) Yes 3) No 4) Yes SOTM 1 Prometheus - 13 days
  13. When it comes to opening weekends, it's around 7.5:1 in Russia. The 2nd and 3rd biggest OWs are OST and SFA with just under $20 million, so I'd say $19-20 million equals US' $150 million milestone.As far as total gross, I'd say 9:1. $50 million has only been reached by 4 films so far, which comfortably puts that number next to USA's $450 million. Meanwhile there is like a dozen of huge recent blockbusters that ended up between $35m and $45m, which roughly translates to $320-420 million in the US box-office.That's a general rule, but there are undeniably exceptions, John Carter being the most recent and obvious one.
  14. Streetcar Named Desire. Saw it once, in March of this year. I was absolutely stunned and in the kind of awe you rarely experience when watching movies. And hands down, the best female performance I've ever witnessed and I don't expect that to ever change.Also Rear Window, Some Like It Hot, All About Eve, 12 Angry Men. I'm not a fan of either Ben Hur or Sunset Boulevard.
  15. Agreed about Hugo. Besides they owe it to him anyway, because in my opinion, Ferretti being snubbed for Shutter Island was an absolute crime. The Artist and War Horse also have a good chance.
  16. Jean Dujardin - The ArtistGeorge Clooney - The DescendantsBrad Pitt - MoneyballGary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyMichael Fassbender - ShameThe field was already strong, and now with those reviews for J. Edgar, Di Caprio is out of the race. I love the guy as much as everybody, but this now can't be and won't be his year. I'm trying to look at it from the bright side here - now he has the perfect opportunity to win his Oscar for Django Unchained. We all know how much better that would be, and it's just one more year of wait.This year, I think Dujardin wins the Oscar with strong competition from Clooney. Oldman and Pitt are there just because they deserve to be nominated, but that's it; meanwhile Fassbender gets most of the critics' love and support.
  17. The Adventures of TintinWar HorseThe ArtistTinker Tailor Soldier SpyThe Girl with the Dragon TattooThat's how I see it right now. I think The Artist and War Horse are going to be the top contenders.
  18. 2/3 - The Green Hornet3/1 - Hubble 3D3/18 - Rango3/20 - The Adjustment Bureau4/2 - Insidious4/2 - Paul4/3 - Source Code4/13 - Sucker Punch4/13 - Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones4/19 - The Lincoln Lawyer5/2 - Thor5/5 - Fast Five5/6 - Hanna5/27 - Kung Fu Panda 25/30 - Pirates of the Caribbean 46/2 - The Hangover II6/2 - X-Men First Class6/8 - Life in a Day6/10 - The Tree of Life6/16 - Green Lantern6/21 - Super 86/30 - Transformers Dark of the Moon7/14 - Deathly Hallows 27/28 - Captain America The First Avenger8/2 - Melancholia8/3 - Taxi Driver8/9 - Horrible Bosses8/10 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes8/25 - Final Destination 59/1 - Jane Eyre9/29 - 30 Minutes Or Less10/6 - Midnight in Paris10/12 - Beginners10/16 - Contagion10/16 - Drive10/20 - Moneyball10/30 - Paranormal Activity 311/1 - The Rum Diary11/3 - The Adventures of TintinThat makes it 39, or 36 if you only count 2011 films. Hope I can get over 50 by the year's end.
  19. Yeah, I watched it four times which is something I very rarely do with new movies. It just had that immediate effect on me, and every time I started watching it again, I was instantly drawn in. It's not even the most enjoyable movie to watch - far from it - but it's just so alive, so dynamic thanks to nothing more than two great actors and a hell of a script. Almost every line of dialogue makes you think, and I often found myself wanting to reply to the characters and participate in the discussion - and there's something great about that feeling. I have to say, while I'm paying less and less attention to the awards shows as years go by, I'm still mystified how the film received zero Emmy nominations, and in general received much less attention compared to Mildred Pierce, Cinema Verite and Too Big to Fail. It might end up the most underseen movie of the year.
  20. Males (in no order)Ryan Gosling - DriveAndy Serkis - Rise of the Planet of the ApesBrad Pitt - Moneyball, The Tree of LifeGuy Pearce - Mildred PierceTommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson - The Sunset LimitedFemales:Mia Wasikowska - Jane EyreKate Winslet - Mildred PierceSaoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett - HannaKirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg - Melancholia
  21. Drive Rango Midnight in Paris Submarine Beginners Hanna And a special shout-out to Mildred Pierce and The Sunset Limited which were made for TV but have more cinematic brilliance in them than just about any movie released in theaters this year, with the exception of Drive.
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