Its that time of year again. Jeff Cannata (formerly of the Totally Rad Show, now host of NLB and DLC, and a frequent co-host of the /Filmcast) has thrown down the gauntlet, and once again challenged /Film to compete with him in what has become an annual tradition: the Summer Movie Wager. Every year in the past I would make a guest appearance on the Totally Rad Show for this segment, but with that show now disbanded we have taken on the job of hosting this contest on /Film.
This year the contest includes Germain Lussier, Jeff Cannata and myself in a game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. It’s a free-for-all; the person with the best score wins. But it isn’t just that easy — not only do the participants need to predict what 10 films will be the highest grossing films domestically, but we need to place them in order. After the jump you can watch the full episode of the show with our predictions.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
The characters of The Grand Budapest Hotel fall on some hard times, but the movie itself is rolling in the dough. It’s just become director Wes Anderson‘s highest-grossing release ever, and the only one to cross the $100 million mark.
It’s great news, but not particularly surprising news considering the run The Grand Budapest Hotel has had so far. During its opening weekend in March, it beat out Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master to become the highest-grossing limited live-action debut of all time. Hit the jump for more on how Grand Budapest hit those numbers.
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Spider-Man, Shrek, The Lord of the Rings, Batman, James Bond, Star Wars and Harry Potter all have one thing in common. Their films have grossed less money at the domestic box office than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But then, in looking at things that way, every film series that isn’t Marvel’s has that in common.
This week’s release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought the domestic gross of the nine films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to $2,463,300,000 and counting. That’s more than the eight Harry Potter films, seven Star Wars films (including The Clone Wars), and 24 James Bond films, making it the highest grossing franchise in American history…not adjusted for inflation. Read more details on the Marvel Cinematic Universe box office below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
Frozen isn’t just a big fat hit for Disney. It’s one of the biggest, fattest hits that ever hitted. As of this weekend, the icy adventure has become the single highest grossing animated film of all time, beating out 2010’s Toy Story 3. Hit the jump to find out just how much money Anna and Elsa have raked in for the Mouse House.
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Briefly: Wes Anderson‘s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, set a major box office record this weekend. Playing on just four screens, it grossed $811,166 total. That’s an average of $202,792 per screen, making it the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time. The previous record holder was from that other Anderson, Paul Thomas, whose recent film The Master made $147,262 per screen on five screens. (Kevin Smith’s Red State actually grossed $204,230, but with the higher than normal ticket prices for that tour, some tallies account for it differently.)
The film didn’t come close to the all-time per screen average for any film, however. That record is held by Disney’s The Lion King, which grossed $1.59 million on two screens on its opening weekend. The Grand Budapest Hotel expands over the next few weeks. [Variety and Box Office Mojo]
Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
There aren’t many who could beat Tony Stark in a fair fight, but Katniss Everdeen is one of them. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has just become the highest-grossing release of 2013, narrowly beating out Iron Man 3. Which is pretty remarkable in itself, but is even more impressive when you consider that it’s the first female-led film to come out on top since The Exorcist in 1973. Hit the jump for more on Katniss’ box office supremacy.
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Fanboys who read movie websites aren’t the only ones who realize Marvel is beating DC at the movie theater. A 7th grader was tasked with writing a company for a school project and he chose DC Comics. He wrote that he’s a huge fan of DC’s properties but asks “How does DC plan to compete against Marvel movies when Marvel seemingly dominates the live action superhero movie industry?” Good question, kid!
Here’s the best part. Not only did DC respond, but the company answered his question by discussing distributors and claiming “our movies by far exceed all of Marvel’s in sales.” Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Including multiple, multi-faceted female characters in a film isn’t just good for social, political, or even artistic reasons. In 2013, it was good for the film’s bottom line, too.
In an analysis of the top 50 films of the year, one site found that films that passed the Bechdel test for female representation collectively made more than films that didn’t. And we’re not talking a few bucks more — by their count, those in the former category raked in $1.5 billion more at the U.S. box office. Hit the jump for a colorful infographic showing how the numbers shake out.
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