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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Tops the Box Office

maze runner the scorch trialsThe Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials won this past weekend’s box-office, earning an estimated $30.3 million. That’s really close to the first film’s opening weekend. This film earned a “B+” CinemaScore, while the first film earned an “A-“.

Other films opening this week include Black Mass which earned $23.36 million and came in second place. Everest was fifth and earned $7.56 million. Captive was eleventh and earned $1.4 million. Everest was impressive as it was just in 545 theaters and hasn’t gone wide yet.

In other geeky film earnings…. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was in eighth and earned $2.25 million, Inside Out added $964,000, Ant-Man earned $936,000, Minions earned $890,000, Jurassic World earned $621,000, and Fantastic Four earned $222,000.

Here’s the 2015 top five grosses for the year so far:


  1. Jurassic World – $649.845 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $458.651 million
  3. Inside Out – $348.2 million
  4. Furious 7 – $351.032 million
  5. Minions – $332.753 million


  1. Jurassic World – $1.6568 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4025 billion
  4. Minions – $1.0813 billion
  5. Inside Out – $761.7 million

The Perfect Guy Takes the Box Office

perfect-guy-posterTwo new films took the top two spots this weekend. The Perfect Guy was the top of the box-office with $26.7 million, and The Visit was in second with $25.9 million. Last week’s top spot, War Room, dropped to third with $7.4 million.

Some other recent notables, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was in fifth place with $4.15 million, and Straight Outta Compton dropped a bunch to sixth with $4.1 million.

For geeky films, Ant-Man was in twelfth place with $1.6 million, and Jurassic World added $1.2 million to its total as well. Minions was thirteenth with $1.56 million and Inside Out was fourteenth with $1.464 million.

Other comic book films, Fantastic Four added $430,000 to its total, where it stands at $160.8 million total worldwide. The Diary of a Teenage Girl added $57,835 to its total to bring its grand total to $1.39 million.

Here’s the 2015 top five grosses for the year so far. Inside Out has passed Furious 7 to move into third for the domestic total.


  1. Jurassic World – $648.9 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $458.4 million
  3. Inside Out – $351.5 million
  4. Furious 7 – $351 million
  5. Minions – $331.6 million


  1. Jurassic World – $1.6559 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4022 billion
  4. Minions – $1.0801 billion
  5. Inside Out – $747.4 million

Radio of Horror talks with Joseph Culp, Doctor Doom in the Corman Fantastic Four

Radio of Horror has this interesting interview with Joseph Culp, the actor who played Doctor Doom in Roger Corman‘s 1994 Fantastic Four.

Culp has had a long career that began in 1983 and has gone on ever since as an actor, producer, director, and writer.

Straight Outta Compton Falls to Second Due to Unlikely Film

WarRoomMoviePosterThree weeks at the top of the box-office was it for Straight Outta Compton, which fell to second place in its fourth week out adding an estimated $8.85 million to its total. It was bumped off by the faith-based film War Room, which earned $9.35 million in its second week. Faith-based films tend to have a strong grassroots marketing program, so it’s not surprising it did so well, but a first place finish is.

Also of note is the debut of Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos, a Mexican animated film which earned $3.4 million and came in seventh. The strong showing of that film and War Room show strength in niche films geared towards a specific audience.

Inside Out added $3.1 million to its total to come in tenth, Ant-Man was eleventh with $2.9 million, and Minions was twelfth and earned $2.7 million. Jurassic World continues to earn with $2.6 million more at the domestic box-office. Fantastic Four continues to tank and added $1.125 million to bring its total to $54.4 million domestically and $155.6 million worldwide.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl continues to do well and added $258,926 to bring its total to $1.3 million.

Here’s the 2015 top five grosses for the year so far:


  1. Jurassic World – $646.6 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $457.8 million
  3. Furious 7 – $351 million
  4. Inside Out – $348.2 million
  5. Minions – $328.6 million



  1. Jurassic World – $1.649.6 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4016 billion
  4. Minions – $1.0428 billion
  5. Inside Out – $734.4 million


Straight Outta Compton Takes First for the Third Week in a Row

Straight Outta ComptonThe competition was rather week, which had Straight Outta Compton easily sail to keep first place at the weekend box-office. The film has been in first place for three weeks in a row, in what shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. It was a slow weekend though with an estimated $68.8 million earned by the top 12 films, and that’s 22% lower than last year’s $88.2 million, and even that was an off year.

Straight Outta Compton earned an estimated $13.2 million which kept it number one, beating out War Room which earned around $11 million. In third place was another debut, No Escape, which did escape with an estimated $10.3 million. That bumped Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation into fourth.

In comic and geek related movie news, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was in sixth place with an estimated $4.4 million. Hitman: Agent 47 has already been assassinated earning just $3.9 million in its second week. Jurassic World keeps eating dollars adding $3.1 million to its impressive totals. Minions keeps multiplying adding $2.9 million to its domestic total. Ant-Man came in at tenth earning $3.1 million. Fantastic Four continues with a non-fantastic earning, bringing in $1.7 million. The Diary of a Teenage Girl added $425,000 to its total. And finally Terminator: Genisys brought in $190,000.

For the year, Jurassic World reigns supreme domestically having earned $643.1 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron is second with $457.5 million. Furious 7 is third with $351 million. Inside Out is fourth with $344.5 million, and Minions is fifth with $324.8 million.

Worldwide grosses are the same movies, but a different order. Jurassic World rules with $1.6367 billion. Furious 7 is second with $1.5117 billion. Avengers: Age of Ultron is third with $1.4013 billion. Minions has crossed the billion line and stands currently at $1.0189, and  Inside Out is fifth with $702.5 million.

Straight Outta Compton Stays on Top of the Charts

Straight Outta ComptonFacing weak competition, Straight Outta Compton remained in the top spot at the weekend box-office for the second week in a row. The film earned an estimated $26.76 million to stay in first place. The film’s total domestic gross currently stands at $111.5 million. The film hasn’t earned much of anything overseas, my guess is it hasn’t opened yet, if it will.

Repeating in second place was Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation which added $11.7 million to its total to bring itself to $157.8 million domestically after four weeks. In foreign markets the film has earned $280.8 million to bring its worldwide total to $438.6 million.

Other big debuts this week was Sinister 2 which came in third and earned an estimated $10.6 million, the video game based reboot Hitman: Agent 47 which earned $8.2 million for fourth, and American Ultra which earned $5.5 million to place sixth.

The other major holdover was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which in its second week came in fifth and earned $7.4 million to bring its domestic total to a meager $26.6 million. The film has earned $26 million in foreign markets so far.

In other comic related movie news, Ant-Man added $4.1 million to its domestic total to come in eighth and bring its domestic earnings to $164.5 million. The film has also earned $196.5 million in foreign markets to bring its total to $361 million. While the film has likely made a profit with a budget of $130 million, it trails other Marvel Cinematic films to be the second worst earner just ahead of The Incredible Hulk. The film has a chance to move past Captain America: The First Avenger before it’s done, but it’ll be close.

Minions continues to rake in the money adding another $3.7 million to its domestic total. The film stands at $319.965 million domestically and is just shy of crossing the billion dollar mark worldwide. It sits at $989.365 million. If it does, it’ll be the fourth film this year to do so.

Fantastic Four continues its spiral into the negative zone (ie how much money it stands to lose when it’s all over). The film added $3.65 million to bring its domestic total to $49.6 million and worldwide total to $130.4 million.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl in its third week continues to expand the number of theaters it’s in. The film is now in 69 theaters and earned $180,000. The film has earned an estimated $425,000 at the domestic box office. It was purchased for $2 million at Sundance.

The yearly box office ranks hasn’t changed from last week. Jurassic World remains in the top spot domestically and has earned $639.568 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron is second with $457.4 million, Furious 7 is third with $351 million, Inside Out is fourth with $342.4 million and Minions is in fifth at $319.965 million.

Worldwide things are similar in rankings with slight differences. Jurassic World is still on top with $1.6229 billion, Furious 7 is second with $1.5117 billion, Age of Ultron is third with $1.4012 billion, Minions is fourth with $989.4 million, and Inside Out is fifth with $689.9 million.

Straight Outta Compton Tops Chart, Man From U.N.C.L.E. Stumbles

Straight Outta ComptonStraight Outta Compton ruled the weekend box-office coming in at number one with an impressive estimated earning of $56.1 million. It knocked Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation out of the top spot into second place where it added an estimated $17 million to its total. Another high profile debut, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. didn’t fair so well, earning just $13.535 million for its first week at the domestic box-office.

Straight Outta Compton looks to have debuted as the sixth best August opening of all time, and adds to a stellar year for its distributor Universal which has crossed the $2 billion mark at the box-office on Saturday. It beats the previous record holder Warner Bros. by four months. They hit that mark December 25, 2009.

When it comes to comic movies Fantastic Four dropped to fourth, losing 68.9% from the previous week. While that might seem like a lot, it’s not the worst for a movie headlined by a Marvel character. Elektra, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Hulk all did worse. Fantastic Four added $8 million to its total to bring its domestic earning up to $41.96 million. The film has earned $102.1 million worldwide so far.

Ant-Man was in sixth place adding an estimated $5.5 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $157.6 million domestically and $336.5 million worldwide. The film still sits in second to last as far as earnings for Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl which is based off a graphic novel expanded its opening to 22 theaters and earned $112,000. The film earned a lot of buzz at Sundance and was purchased by Sony Pictures Classics for $2 million. The film has earned a total for $195,000 so far in its two weeks.

For the yearly totals, Jurassic World still reigns supreme. The film is at the top of the domestic box-office grosses with $637.9 million. It’s still earning a decent chunk, so that number has a ways to go before it’s done. It’s followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron in second with $457.2 million, Furious 7 in third with $351 million, Inside Out in fourth with $339.4 million and Minions rounds out the top five with $313 million.

The worldwide grosses are a little different with Jurassic World still on top with $1.6062 billion, and Furious 7 in second with $1.5117 billion. Avengers: Age of Ultron has earned $1.3988 billion to be in third place. Minions is fourth with $957.5 million, and Inside Out is fifth with $639.5 million.

Movie Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

4536588-character+bannerAs an avid comic book reader, I was never fond of the Fantastic Four (established 1961), sure they have some compelling space story lines, but I always felt they worked better in a larger spectrum with other Marvel characters (in the comics). Whether it is Reed geeking out with his other science bros like Tony Stark (Iron Man), Dr Hank Pym (Ant Man) and Peter Parker (Spider-Man) or when the Thing takes (or at least tries) on the Hulk or Invisible Woman/ Sue Storm aka Sue Richards having an undeniable chemistry with Namor (Marvels version of Aquaman) or Logan (Wolverine), these four characters (including Johny Storm aka Human Torch) just together living as a family never really interested me much. Well except for the exception of their main antagonist Dr Doom (IGN ranked him as #4 on best villains of all time). But yet as a huge fan of the super hero genre, it is disappointing to see how despite millions of fans (and story lines),  the Fantastic Four have never seen a good big screen adaptation.

There was a movie in 1994 made by Roger Corman (king of the B-Movies), which was never released. It was only made to secure rights for a friend, and is stuff of pure cinema legend and sought out by cult film fanatics. If you’ve seen any YouTube clips of it, you know it’s terrible (Update: the movie has found its way online). Let’s fast forward to 2005, where the guy who made the Barbershop movies, director Tim Story, was given the opportunity to make a Fantastic Four movie. If you can recall it, you’d remember it was pretty enjoyable, yet Jessica Alba was really the only memorable thing from the movies, or at least the most talked about. Nevertheless, the film was a box office success enough to guarantee a 2007 sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer which was pretty awful. Fantastic Four is one of those Marvel properties that has yet to be turned over to Marvel itself, and is still owned by 20th Century Fox, which is unfortunate, because that studio still has no clue what it’s doing with this franchise.

That brings us up to date with 2015’s reboot directed by Josh Trank. Trank‘s only other credit was the awesome “found footage” superhero film Chronicle, but supposedly Trank is very difficult to work with, which is why he was booted off the upcoming Star Wars film. Whatever good Chronicle had going for it is non-existent here with Fantastic Four and seems like it’s one long set up for something yet to come. Right from the production and the casting (controversial casting of Michael B Jordan, an African-American actor in an essential white role), the film has been making news for all the wrong reasons.

fantastic-four-the-thingI think the first major clue for me that this movie was doomed (no pun intended) was, the first trailer itself! A super hero film trailer which was not exciting! Even duds like Elektra and Ghost Rider had better looking trailers. Another major clue for me that this movie was doomed was its running time of 100 minutes. Why? Because when you have a film like this – a reboot, where it has to introduce various new characters, set them up and a new premise/universe, the movie isn’t going to be an hour and a half long. It’s going to be two hours. Those extra twenty to thirty minutes can make a difference. For the record, the first two Fantastic Four movies had around the same running time. The original film was only six minutes longer. But that movie wasn’t the best one, either.

I’m reminded myself of X-Men. X-Men was a great movie. It had a similar running time, but not the same task, as it wasn’t a reboot, well kinda. Yet as the first installment in a franchise, it did a fantastic job at setting things up. Yet, with Josh Trank at the helm and a talented cast of Miles Teller (who was awesome in Whiplash last year), Kate Mara (exceptional in Netflix‘s House of Cards), Michael B Jordan (brilliant in Fruitvale Station) and Jamie Bell (excellent in TURN: Washington’s Spies), I wanted to give this film a chance despite the wide-spread negative reviews pounding the internet. In my opinion, it’s not as bad as the reviews are pointing it out to be, in the sense it’s not ‘the worst superhero film.’ Did everyone forget Batman & Robin, Elektra, Hulk, Iron Man 2 and Catwoman?

This is a film very much out of time and place in today’s market of superhero movies. Ten or fifteen years ago a studio might have been able to get away with it but not today. Audiences like to be entertained and with the competition offering much more excitement, I don’t see audiences taking to this, at all.  The film’s plot really shows potential and it does manage to have some great moments, but it just takes too much time to become interesting, long enough to make us not care.

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 21.15.06The story follows young genius, Reed Richards, who at the beginning of the film, working on an experiment that attempts to construct a teleportation device. It was hardly a success as the object they’ve sent to who-knows-where, never returned. Seven years later, now teenage Reed (Miles Teller) is again trying his luck on the same experiment. The attempt yields a better result but is still dismissed as a magic trick by his high school teacher, but not by Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey), who at that moment, is drawn with utter interest to Richard’s experiments. The meeting brings Richard’s feet to Baxter Institute where he is joined by Storm’s adopted daughter, Sue (Kate Mara), his son, Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), and his ex protegé Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell), to work in completing a larger and more advanced version of Richard’s device. The success of their effort prompts their team to send all four of them to their target alternate universe, but the consequence is far worse than they could imagine.

It’s easy to dismiss Trank‘s Fantastic Four as an unfortunate victim of superhero fatigue that emerges in the wake of the continuous influx of superhero movies inundating the big screen, but you can’t shrug off its fatal narrative flaws that include unfocused pace and bland character developments. The latter may have been completely covered by the actors playing the two-dimensional characters, but ex-positional defects keep sending them to becoming something the audience might find hard to care about. Perhaps its the ill-contrived rationales behind how all the often-sense-deprived proceedings work, that keeps the film constructing a form, worth-of- attention, or the forced CGI-gimmicks that strip the sense off the moment’s supposedly strong sentiments, that hampers its spectators’ ability to absorb its message, and thus, feel that the dangers these characters are about to face, is real. Either way, it’s difficult to care, much less find reasons why we still should.

The running time really is a problem. This film is rushed beyond belief and its plot is nonsensical. The characters’ introductions are decent enough, particularly the Fantastic Four, but their roles throughout the rest of the film are disconcerted. Exposition can be tiring, but after the exposition ended and the action was supposed to pick up – it didn’t. Second, the plot. As I said above, the film’s plot seemed interesting. It had potential and it looked like it could go somewhere, especially considering how superhero movies nowadays have managed to flesh out their stories and make them very enjoyable.

FantasticFour_1There are even hints at awesome things to come at certain points. But the film’s in shambles. You hope and feel it will go somewhere, but in its hour and a half running time, it feels so empty. One of the reasons for that is the third thing, the writing. The writing isn’t good – the film’s climactic conflict feels backed up into the end of the movie, because there wasn’t enough time to set it up. The writing caused the pacing to be terrible – transitions between scenes weren’t good and some scenes either went on for too long or were far too short. Speaking of “things”, The Thing is entirely CGI. No make-up, costume or anything – just a giant, naked rock monster. Yes, he’s naked, too. Not even any shorts. Huh. But yet, in his shortest screen time, he will probably be the only thing you remember.

Did I talk about Doom? I don’t get it why can’t FOX just stick to his comic book origins? It may sound a bit flashy, but its anything better than what they have been providing us with. Sure the Doom here is way more efficient & creepy than the previous films, but what is with him being this dis grunted blogger, and shouldn’t they have mentioned he is going to appear on-screen for only five minutes or so. Doom makes an unsurprising return here as their common enemy, driven by a fusion of body and alien matter to cause global destruction and around whose defeat to ensure the survival of planet Earth becomes a rallying call for the team to unite despite their differences. It is one of the dullest and most unexciting finales we’ve seen in a Marvel movie, not least for the fact that it doesn’t know how to collectively bring together their superpowers except in a tag-team fashion to distract their opponent.

There’s probably some salvageable remnants left in Fox‘s previous attempts to bring one of Marvel’s most popular superhero team to the big screen. That’s maybe what Fox thinks in pushing this new adaptation, given how franchises keep being rebooted and resurrected these days, assuming either lighter or darker takes, to pull away themselves from the shadows of their previous (most often, forgettable) forms. The latter is more evident with this film, as Director Josh Trank, puts a darker spin to it, employing a grittier feel to its plot. While that is true and recognizable, there’s no denying of its desperate efforts to emulate its Marvel predecessors. Trank‘s intention of emphasizing the tension within the quartet is evident and admirable, but is ultimately undone by a script that doesn’t develop it in any substantive manner. Worse still, it leaves an audience looking for visual spectacle severely wanting, that not even a very busy third act manages to salvage. The way the characters get their powers is more interesting and more realistic, and the team is assembled, but they skip any kind of training montage to a single display of their abilities which are not yet honed, we skip all that to introduce the main villain. He is majorly overpowered for reasons unknown, but the action finally begins, only for the movie to end after the first and only super showdown.

On the whole, Fantastic Four is a not so fantastic effort to build a franchise! Despite a likeable cast, a weak story,  a cringe worthy script & average special effects, the film turns out to be one of the most disappointing films I have seen all year. To be honest I was really enjoying the movie until the end and it straight up didn’t deliver after making us get to know these characters, and making us wait to see the good stuff! I don’t think this ‘franchise’ needs to crossover into any other universe, be it preferably Marvel and not X-Men, as it’s got enough potential to hold its own, and I’d give a sequel a chance because it’s a step in the right direction, which is still scheduled for a release on June 2017.

Overall Rating: 4.5

Director – Josh Trank
Starring – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 100 minutes

Fantastic Four Gets Clobbered

Fantastic Four movie posterThe negative reviews, and negative buzz surrounding the latest reboot for Fox‘s Fantastic Four likely did in the film. The move was estimated to take first and earn around $40 million for the weekend, but the film actually came in second and was estimated to have earned a poor $26.2 million. Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation held on to first place adding an estimated $29.4 million to its haul.

Fantastic Four is probably done for the summer after its first weekend with a piss poor C- Cinemascore. To compare, Pixels earned a B. Pretty much, unless the film blows up huge overseas, the film will be a loss for Fox.

In other superhero movie news, Ant-Man added an estimated $7.83 million to its total. The film has now earned $326.3 million worldwide in its four weeks. Unadjusted for inflation the film is the second worse film in the Marvel Cinematic universe as far as earnings. It beats just The Incredible Hulk. It may move up a post before it finishes though….

So far this year, domestically (and internationally) Jurassic World is on top so far. The film is the domestic box office champ for the year so far earning $635,627,000 so far. Avengers: Age of Ultron is in second place with $456,942,727, Furious 7 has earned $351,032,910 and is in third, and Inside Out has earned $335,375,000 and is in fourth.

Worldwide, Jurassic World has earned $1.5812 billion to be in first, Furious 7 is in second with $1.5117 billion, Avengers: Age of Ultron has earned $1.3984 billion for third, and Minions is fourth with $912.6 million.

Fantastic Four: When A Director Loses His Faith In His Own Movie

The latest entry into the superhero movie genre was released this week: the Josh Trank directed Fantastic Four staring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Micheal B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Jamie Bell as the ever lovin’ blue eyed Thing. The movie is taking a bit of a beating critically, and nobody seems to want to see it. Now, before you read any further I have yet to see the new Fantastic Four movie, so be aware that this is all based on observation. Until I do see the movie I won’t comment on it’s quality, but it’s hard not to be aware of the reviews as they’ve been coming in.

To say that the reviews have been pretty unflattering would be an incredible understatement, but that’s not the harshest criticism of the movie I’ve seen this week.

Apparently still better than the 2015 movie. Fan made post from

Apparently still better than the 2015 movie.
Fan made post from NiteOwl94

Granted, according to Rotten Tomatoes, it is the worst Fantastic Four movie that has been released. That includes the 1994 version that had a budget of about $1 million dollars and was never released to theaters or home media (it was made just so the rights holder wouldn’t loose the movie rights – sort of like the 2015 one), and the two previous offerings from 2005 and 2007 which are universally considered pretty bad. Now while I felt that the 2005 movie was somewhat underrated, I wasn’t that critical of the sequel, either – it’s cheesy, unintentionally funny but it’s certainly no Incredibles. The 2015 iteration had a lot to live up to, not because the previous movies were great, but precisely because they weren’t. In the current comic book movie age where superhero films are rarely ever out of the theater, Fantastic Four had some lofty heights to reach in order to stand with the likes of The Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy. 

While the film has been mired in controversy for the best part of two years, from some fans crying foul about the casting choices, others raging at some questionable story choices regarding a certain Russian hacker – sorry, Dr. Doom – and the Thing being naked in the few trailers that were released, one could be forgiven for thinking that all the movie had to do to garner fan acclaim was simply be average. From all accounts, however, it isn’t.

But when the director of the 2015 movie releases this tweet (that has since been taken down) it doesn’t exactly encourage me to ignore the reviews and rush to the cinema.tranktweet

Josh Trank released a fantastic found footage style movie, Chronicle, that is essentially an origin story for a superhero. It’s a brilliant film, and it shows that when Mr Trank has more creative freedom than the studio was allegedly willing to give him then he will produce a movie that is stylistically wonderful, has an intelligent approach to a genre that makes millions and was enjoyed by all that have seen it. If you’re not one of those who have seen it, then you can probably still find it on Netflix. From what I’ve heard about Fantastic Four, Chronicle is by far a better way to spend an evening.

The thing is, though, is that when a director tweets what is both an apology for a movie that is getting critically beaten, and an attack on what I assume is the studios interference in his project it does more harm than the reviews could ever do.

When a director has no faith in his movie, why should you?

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