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Hotel Transylvania 2 Tops the Box-Office with a Record

Hotel Transylvania 2Hotel Transylvania 2 has broken a September record and earned an estimated $47.5 million this past weekend. The first film opened two years ago, and was the previous record holder. This one beat that by $5 million.

The Intern opened in second place with $18.225 million and The Green Inferno also debuted and came in ninth with $3.494 million.

The previous weekend winner Mazer Runner: The Scorch Trials dropped to third bringing in an estimated $14 million.

In other geek film news, Minions added $444,000 to its total; Jurassic World added $387,000 to its total, Inside Out added $382,000 to its total; and Ant-Man added $360,000 to its total.

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

Domestic

  1. Jurassic World – $650.44 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $458.83 million
  3. Inside Out – $353.51 million
  4. Furious 7 – $351.03 million
  5. Minions – $333.52 million

Worldwide

  1. Jurassic World – $1.6599 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4026 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1194 billion
  5. Inside Out – $774.5 million

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:

Domestic

  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

Worldwide

  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

Movie Review: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

maze runner the scorch trialsLast year, The Maze Runner came out and was refreshing and therefore received great by both critics and audiences. The movie grossed almost $350 million, paying back its production budget more than 10 times. Now, a year later, its sequel — The Scorch Trials is out and is every ounce as good as its predecessor, even better.

The Scorch Trials picks up moments after The Maze Runner ended with our characters out of the maze. They are now far and away from WCKD, safe. They are brought to a base where there find out there has been more than one maze. We are quickly introduced to Aris, the kid who has been in the base for the longest(read: one week). From there many twists and turns, fighting, running, betrayal and many more shocking revelations follow.

Wes Ball, the director, has done a fantastic job with this film. Even better than what he did with the previous one. The horror elements are here, even scarier than before. At first, I thought the handheld approach was not well-used, however, later I realized it was brilliant — you get to feel the same discomfort, disorientation and general feel of the scene, as if you are one of the characters. In addition, Ball manages to build tension in such a way that leaves you even more satisfied with the end result, which is an expanded world and richer characters. He also gives us seconds of black screen a couple of times in order for us to mull over what’s happened.

Another thing The Scorch Trials is exceptional at is incorporating the visual effects with the real world in a seamless manner. The budget of the film is yet to be released, but I doubt that Fox would spend much more when the director can make do such great visuals with low budget swimmingly. I really can’t understand how movies with budgets north of the century mark have such flimsy CGI. Sure, the effects are not always perfect, but most of the time — they are.

Acting was top-notch all around, from the main characters we already know to the new ones we see for the first time. Everyone does a great job. There a couple of slow moments, to balance the action, some of which include deaths and the reactions and emotions could certainly be felt by the viewers.

One of the things worth noticing is that the film does not end where you think it would At one point I was sure it will end, but the movie went on for a solid 20 minutes longer. And that was my only little problem with the film — the ending. What I mean is that it kind of feels done before, but I can’t put my finger on what exactly.

In The Maze Runner a world was created and now, in The Scorch Trials, it is expanded and built upon. With intelligent storytelling, beautiful cinematography and great acting, the film is not to be missed under any circumstances.

The Scorch Trials hits theatres on September 18 in the US and is already playing in many overseas markets.