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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has just passed $600 million at the worldwide box office, despite mostly really bad reviews. This is nothing new. Mainstream audiences don’t listen to the critics, and big screen spectacle will almost always win over quality entertainment. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the movie, not all the bad reviews in the world. It’s an event movie — and I needed to see it for myself. It should be noted that box office should never be looked at as an indication of the mainstream public’s thoughts on a movie (it sold tons of tickets so the mainstream public must’ve loved it) but only an indication of the hype (and in later weeks, possibly word of mouth).

The success of Transformers 2 got me thinking. What is the worst reviewed box office success of all time? Could it be Revenge of the Fallen? Find out what I’ve uncovered after the jump.
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 In a summer full of big blockbuster movies, adaptations, sequels and threequels, you would think that Hollywood would have made some record scratch. Not so! According to the AP, attendance is running behind last summer’s and has even fallen below that of the summer of 2005. According to Media By Numbers, 279 million tickets had been sold thus far compared with 315 million at this same point in 2002.  But this is not what was supposed to happen. Industry analysts predicted the first $4 billion summer in history,  but we’re at the midway point and it’s not looking probable. As of this past weekend, Hollywood has made $1.9 billion since the first weekend in May. And $945 million of that number comes from just three movies (Pirates 3, Spider-Man 3, and Shrek the Third).

And there are a few biggies waiting in the bull pen: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Bourne Ultimatum, Rush Hour 3, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, The Simpsons Movie and Hairspray. But as you might notice, most of them are medium sized majors, not on the same level with a Spider-Man 3. Potter is likely to make $300 million domestically, but the rest probably won’t come close.

May-be the problem is that none of the huge releases really connected with the audiences. Most of the films resulted with bad reviews and bad word of mouth. And the good flicks (Ratatouille, Once, Sicko) got buried in the mix.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

While Disney’s Pirates may have not beaten Spidey 3, it did set a couple new world box office records. Check out the full press release after the jump.
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The Golden Compass Trailer At World’s End

The first movie trailer for The Golden Compass will be released on Friday Thursday Night with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. From what we hear, it’s more of a teaser trailer than anything else. We posted a sizzle reel from the film a few months back which basically consisted of some unfinished effects shots. So if you haven’t already, check that out.

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Pirates

Disney has provided us with a new Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End featurette (which you can watch after the jump). In the new video “Characters,” watch as the cast and crew discuss the journey that lies ahead for Jack, Will, and Elizabeth as they travel beyond the very ends of the earth.  As Captain Barbossa says in “Characters,” “Everything we’ve ever faced, everything we’ve ever done, has led to this!”  We will have more At World’s End videos in the coming weeks.
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Two new clips have landed from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The first clip shows Captain Jack talking to a couple ladies before entering into a short featurette with a bunch of clips, mos tof which we’ve already seen in the theatrical trailer. But there are some goodies, like Yun-Fat Chow’s character Captain Sao Feng going head to head with Captain Jack. The second clip shows a humorous argument between the two Captains. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End hits theaters on May 25th 2007.

Things we want:

A Darth Vader lightsaber umbrella. Only if it only wasn’t $100. It would also be cooler if the umbrella part somehow fit inside the lightsaber until you hit the release.

When will Disney finally release Song of the South on DVD

New Disney theme parks are always fun. The mouse house is considering building a new one in China.

Things we just don’t need:

A Spider-Man inspired wagging dog iPod attachment.

An overpriced Pirates of the Caribbean DVD/TV combo. Arrrrrg!

A T.A.T.U. Movie.

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Please don’t be mad at us, as it wasn’t our idea to launch the gigantic one day push for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. So here we are again with yet another post, with more Piratey-goodness. This time we have a set of five new posters we have titled pirates(red). Check them out below. As always left click for a higher resolution version:

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