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Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier dominated the box office this past weekend and we’re again given the opportunity to compare the demographics on Facebook with what we know was the audience of the film.

According to reports the film was 65% male. I’ll first compare the gender breakdown with that of Facebook fans and expect an update later with the age breakdown as well.

The fans of the specific term for the film are overwhelmingly male, 86.54% right now. But, when you include the second film and Captain America, that percentage drops to about 70.37%. That’s pretty close to who saw the film.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Has Record Opening

Captain America The Winter SoldierMarvel has another hit on its hand as this weekend’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a record April opening with an impressive $96.2 million in North America. That’s 48 percent more than the three day opening for the first film in 2011. That amount is on top of the $207 million it has already made overseas. The first film made a total of $193.9 million internationally and $370.6 million globally. This new film should beat that amount.

The movie cost roughly $170 million to make and $100 million to market, but it looks like the film will have no problem making that amount back and more. The theory is the Avengers film is helping boost the follow up films with an “Avengers Effect” as Thor: The Dark World also saw a similar bump.

Breaking down how well Cap 2 did, it earned $37 million on Friday, 14% more than the Thor sequel and 44% more than the first Cap film. 40% of the film’s earnings came from 3-D screens.

When it comes to demographics, the film was 65% male, and 43% under the age of 25. Audiences enjoyed it giving it an “A” CinemaScore, which is usually an indication the film will have legs due to good worth of mouth and repeat viewings. The film also as a strong 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of this posting.

It’ll be interesting to see if the film gives Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series a boost in ther ratings as the show is directly tied into the movie. The next new episode airs this Tuesday.

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CBR – “Batman” Still #1 While Marvel Tops Overall March Sales as Image Surges over 11% Share – Congrats to Image.

Kotaku – How The Batmobile Works In Arkham Knight – Nice.

Kotaku – The Avengers (and other Marvel Heroes) in Their Official Anime Forms – Cool for folks who haven’t seen this.

Kotaku – Captain America Action Figure Is Basically A Shrunken Chris Evans – Amazing figures.

 

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Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America The Winter SoldierYou know the movie season has begun when the Marvel based comic movies begin to roll out. This year with a bang, flash, action, and intrigue Captain America: The Winter Soldier has the honor of filling the slot, and my guess filling seats based on word of mouth. Was the movie any good? I think it is easily the best Marvel movie to date.

During his appearance on The Daily Show, Samuel L. Jackson bragged this movie actually had a plot as opposed to people just punching each other, and boy does it. Playing off of society’s real world paranoia, and the newsworthy NSA surveillance, S.H.I.E.L.D. has expanded their program, moving ahead with policing the world. But, conspiracy, and corruption, begins to rear its ugly head. Captain America asks what it truly means to be free, how much freedom is worth safety, and how far will we go to stand up for our beliefs.

The story is loosely based on Marvel’s excellent Captain America run by writer Ed Brubaker, with a mix of Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors. But, what it does more than any other Marvel movie so far is present a movie that’s fun for fans of action spy thrillers, but also has so many Easter eggs, I left the theater with whiplash. This movie is for the comic fans out there, as well as mass audiences, it truly is a perfect balance. I left the theater explaining to friends why I was jumping up and down in my seat a dozen times as names were being dropped or moments were hit with perfection.

The acting was decent, with everyone clearly having fun and shining with a solid script. This movies is what films are supposed to be, fun, and escapist fantasy. The few issues I had with the film didn’t factor in to my enjoyment at all, and living where much of the film takes place (even walking by filming when it was here in DC) my biggest issues was with DC geography and how it’d all work out.

The worst part of the film was the 3D which added little to the overall action and enjoyment. This isn’t a film you really need to see it.

The movie is excellent, for comic fans they’ll jump over the DVD release so they can pause and screen cap scenes and get even further secrets and nods that go by so quickly at times it was information overload. The film also bumps up the importance of the television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It’s only spring, but the summer movie blockbusters have begun. You should run to the theater to go see the film, I’ll be at one for my multiple viewings.

Direction: 9 Acting: 8 Plot: 8.5 Overall: 9

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Opens Great Overseas

Next week, the US sees the opening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but the film has already debuted overseas and has a stellar first week. The film has opened in 32 markets and grossed an impressive $75.2 million

This isn’t the first “comic book movie” that’s debuted this year. Legendary Pictures’ 300: Rise of an Empire earned an additional $4.3 million and increased its domestic total to $101.1 million.  The film has done well overseas where it has earned $213.1 million for a worldwide total of $314.2 million.

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The weekend is still going strong. I’m kicking up my gaming habit while catching up on comics. What’s everyone else doing passing the weekend?

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Kotaku – Captain America’s Got Me Missing Crappy Movie Tie-In Console Games – Not me!

The New York Times – Warner’s C.E.O. Is Bullish on the Big Screen – Some hints as to what to expect from Warner Bros. as far as movies.

 

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2014 Captain America Toys!

This April 4, Captain America returns to theaters in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Hasbro has an impressive line of action figures and role playing toys tied in to the movie coming out or in stores now.

Check out what you’ll find on stores shelves below!

MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SUPER SOLDIER GEAR 3.75-Inch Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2014)

In 2014, fans can recreate the excitement of the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER with 3.75-inch action figures inspired by the characters in the film. Each figure features great articulation, deco and unique weapons which fire projectiles or have a feature motion. Accessories are compatible with the SUPER SOLDIER GEAR BATTLE HELMET AND STEALTHFIRE SHIELD (each sold separately). Six figures to collect in the line. Each figure sold separately.

MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA BLAST ‘N GO VEHICLES Assortment

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Press the detachable launcher and watch CAPTAIN AMERICA zoom off into action! Each BLAST ‘N GO vehicle features a removable CAPTAIN AMERICA rider figure. The BLAST ’N GO launcher doubles as a vehicle accessory. Choose from COMBAT ATV and ASSAULT CYCLE. Each sold separately.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA INFINITE SERIES 6-INCH LEGENDS Action Figures

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Kids and fans can collect their favorite CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER characters and comic-based CAPTAIN AMERICA characters in this INFINITE SERIES LEGENDS assortment. These impressive six-inch scale figures have extensive articulation and deco. Six figures in the line include Build-A-Figure pieces to collect and build the MANDROID figure. There are seven figures in total to collect, including HYDRA SOLDIER, with two additional swap figures. Each figure sold separately.

MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SHIELD STORM CAPTAIN AMERICA Electronic Figure

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Get ready to fight for freedom with CAPTAIN AMERICA! The electronic STORM SHIELD CAPTAIN AMERICA figure features deco inspired by the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER film, as well as cool sound effects, heroic phrases and big shield-throwing movement! Requires two AAA batteries. Demo batteries included.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SHIELD BLAST MOTORCYCLE

(Ages: 4 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

CAPTAIN AMERICA rides into battle…and blasts the bad guys with his famous shield! The SHIELD BLAST MOTORCYCLE lets kids launch spinning shield projectiles while they roll the vehicle. Features a removable CAPTAIN AMERICA rider figure and comes with three shield projectiles.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SUPER SOLDIER GEAR STEALTHFIRE SHIELD

(Ages: 5 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Bring some extra firepower to the battle with CAPTAIN AMERICA’S STEALTHFIRE SHIELD! Pull handle to reveal and deploy four hidden dart launchers that fire four NERF N-STRIKE ELITE darts! Each dart fires up to 20 feet!  Once you’ve fired all four darts, the launchers automatically retract! This shield also features a rail system attachment for other SUPER SOLDIER GEAR items (each sold separately) to customize your shield for battle. Try-me packaging lets you see the amazing reveal action on-shelf. Includes four NERF N-STRIKE ELITE darts.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SUPER SOLDIER GEAR BATTLE HELMET

(Ages: 5 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Gear up like your favorite patriotic AVENGER with the SUPER SOLDIER GEAR BATTLE HELMET! This high-tech helmet includes a button-activated light-up visor and a missile-firing projectile rocket launcher that can also be connected to three different points on the helmet via the innovative rail system feature. Customize your Battle Helmet by connecting additional SUPER SOLDIER GEAR such as the RECON RANGEFINDER and DUALSHOT GAUNTLET (each sold separately) via the rail system, making sure you’re prepared for battle. Two AAA batteries required. Demo batteries included.

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 MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA SUPER SOLDIER GEAR Assortment

(Ages: 5 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Kids can pretend to be CAPTAIN AMERICA with the SUPER SOLDIER GEAR RECON RANGEFINDER or DUALSHOT GAUNTLET.  Inspired by the film, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, each piece of gear can be used in two different modes and can be attached to the SUPER SOLDIER GEAR BATTLE HELMET or STEALTHFIRE SHIELD (each sold separately) via the innovative rail system feature. Each piece of gear sold separately. The DUALSHOT GAUNTLET requires two AAA batteries. Batteries not included.

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MARVEL CAPTAIN AMERICA FLYING SHIELD

(Ages: 5 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Spring 2014)

Throw your shield like CAP, with the CAPTAIN AMERICA FLYING SHIELD! This lightweight flying disc is great for playing with friends, or when pretending to be CAPTAIN AMERICA! Features a new deco based on the film CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.

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Watch the Captain America: The Winter Soldier Premiere Live Stream

Marvel proudly invites one and all to experience the World Premiere of the Marvel Studios’ film Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, LIVE from Hollywood! Tonight, March 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET, and watch as the stars arrive at the legendary El Capitan Theatre.

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Comic Based Movies

It’s Monday and that means a brand new Facebook Fandom spotlight where I look at the statistic of Facebook users when it comes to some part of geek fandom. With so much buzz recently about comic book movies and casting, I thought it might be interesting to look at various comic-based movies and how they did individually and as a series when it comes to gender.

The first thing that stands out to me is that both Catwoman and Elektra have women as the majority of their “likes.” Men in Black as a franchise does well, but though it shows women as a majority, they are most likely just under 50% due to Facebook’s returning fuzzy results with large numbers such as this.

But, what also stands out is Superman Returns being split exactly 50/50 when it comes to men and women. Director Bryan Singer has spoken about how he wanted a movie that would appeal to women as well as men, and it looks like he achieved that according to these numbers.

Many movies on this list came out well before Facebook existed, but overall the results are interesting to me.

Constantine which will soon be a television series does shockingly well when it comes to gender, with 45% women, and the recently rumored Fantastic Four casting had me interested in those results, which was some of the worst when it came to women with 16.67% for the franchise.

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Diamond Select This Week: Captain America Minimates, Deadpool Bottle Opener, Mr. Spock Bank and Ghostbusters Minimates!

Today is New Toy Day, which means a bunch of awesome products are hitting stores right now! Check out the list of items based on Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Marvel Comics and Knight Rider, then track them down at your nearest comic shop! Whether it’s Minimates, Banks or bottle openers, there’s something for everybody!

Marvel Minimates Series 54 Captain America Asst.

The new Captain America movie is on the way, but we couldn’t wait to pay tribute to the First Avenger with his own dedicated assortment of Minimates! Series 54 includes four different two-packs, including Fighting Chance Captain America with Robot Red Skull, The Winter Soldier (First Appearance) with The Falcon, Baron Strucker and a Hydra Elite Soldier, and a short-packed variant set with a Hydra Elite and Madame Hydra, a.k.a. Viper! Each Minimate stands 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #SEP131922, SRP $9.99 ea.)

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Star Trek Spock Bust Bank

Saving is logical, but banks can still be fun! Satisfy your human and Vulcan halves with the first in DST’s fascinating new line of Star Trek vinyl bust banks! This 8-inch rendering of the USS Enterprise’s famous first officer has a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base so you can store your spare change, as well as your conflicting emotions! Sculpted by Patrick Piggott! (Item #JUL131819, SRP: $22.99)

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Ghostbusters Minimates “I Love This Town” Box Set

Ghostbusters Minimates are back! The four main Ghostbusters have re-united… for a four-pack based on the final scene of the classic original film! Each 2-inch mini-figure features a new, removable proton pack and various interchangeable parts and accessories (some of them covered with marshmallow). Set comes packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV131817, SRP: $19.99)

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Marvel Venom Metal Bottle Opener

Thirsty for vengeance? Have a cool beverage instead, courtesy of this solid metal bottle opener in the shape of Eddie Brock, a.k.a. the Spider-Man villain called Venom! Just wrap his teeth and tongue around the bottlecap of your drink of choice and voila – that thirst goes away, perhaps replaced by a hunger for juicy brains. Measuring just under 4 inches tall, this metal opener has a polished chrome finish, as well as magnets on the back to keep him on your fridge, plotting revenge. Comes packaged in a collector case with full-color slipcover. (Item #OCT131849, SRP: $18)

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Star Wars Commander Thire Vinyl Bust Bank

One of the greatest Clone Commanders in the Empire’s history is memorialized as the newest vinyl bust bank from DST! Commander Thire (born CC-4477) commanded the Coruscant Guard, elite shock troopers that defended the capital and hunted down Separatists during the Clone Wars. This 8-inch vinyl bust bank features a detailed sculpt and paint, as well as a coin slot for inserting loose change. Sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson! (Item #AUG132040, SRP: $22.99)

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Marvel Deadpool Metal Bottle Opener

Need to wash down your tacos with a tasty beverage? Then why not open that bottle with the most bad-ass bottle opener around? The Merc with a Mouth is now a solid metal opener, measuring just under 4 inches tall with a polished chrome finish. Magnets on the back keep him hanging around on your refrigerator, taco truck or unmarked van. Comes packaged in a collector case with full-color slipcover. (Item #SEP131921, SRP: $18)

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Knight Rider KARR 1:15 Electronic Vehicle

Watch your rear fender, KITT! The evil vehicle KARR (Knight Automated Roving Robot) appeared in two of the most popular episodes of the classic TV show Knight Rider, where he quickly established himself as one of the greatest vehicular bad guys ever! An early prototype of KITT that later became his greatest foe, KARR is now a 1/15 scale electronic replica, measuring 14 inches long with working lights and sound effects, including some of KARR’s classic lines from the show! Packaged in a window box with a try-me button. (Item #NOV131815, SRP: $60)

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