No Good Deed

Weekend Box Office: ‘No Good’ Number One

No Good Deed easily topped the box office this weekend, giving it a shot in the arm after last weeks crappy totals. A really solid 11K PSA and a B+ cinemascore suggest this film might even have some legs. Dolphin Tale 2 managed an A cinemascore, and attracted a whole bunch of families who have already seen the Turtles in action. Guardians broke 300M after dropping only 22%. Turtles dipped only 26%. Cops dropped 22%. If I Stay dropped 27%. The Giver dipped 23%. Hundred Foot Journey dropped 21%. It was very much about catching up on summer holdovers this weekend. The harshest drop in the top 10 was The November Man, which still dropped a respectable 36%.

In limited release, The Drop made it to 6th in only 809 screens with a 5K PSA (which was actually higher than Dolphin Tale 2’s PSA). The Skeleton Twins had a huge debut on 15 screens with a 27K per screen average. Atlas Shrugged 3 had more screens, but only a 1,467PSA (lower than Love Is Strange at 3,725PSA). The other success story was The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, which rode solid reviews to a 19K PSA in the first week.

1) No Good Deed- 24.5M Weekend, 24.5M Total

2) Dolphin Tale 2- 16.5M Weekend, 16.5M Total

3) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 8M Weekend, 305.9M Total

4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- 4.8M Weekend, 181M Total

5) Lets Be Cops- 4.3M Weekend, 72.9M Total

6) The Drop- 4.2M Weekend, 4.2M Total

7) If I Stay- 4M Weekend, 44.9M Total

8) The November Man- 2.7M Weekend, 22.4M Total

9) The Giver- 2.6M Weekend, 41.3M Total

10) The Hundred Foot Journey- 2.4M Weekend, 49.4M Total

11) When The Game Stands Tall- 2.3M Weekend, 26.5M Total

12) As Above So Below- 2.1M Weekend, 19.1M Total

13) Lucy- 1.5M Weekend, 123.5M Total

14) Boyhood- 0.9M Weekend, 21.9M Total

??) Cantinflas- 0.5M Weekend, 5.6M Total

??) The Skeleton Twins- 0.4M Weekend, 0.4M Total

??) Love Is Strange- 0.3M Weekend, 1.2M Total

??) Atlas Shrugged 3- 0.3M Weekend, 0.3M Total

??) The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby- 77K Weekend, 77K Total



Will ‘Utopia’ Be The First To Go?

FOX’s Utopia is doing poorly. It’s lost a significant chunk of its audience from episode to episode so far. Finally, after three episodes, only 1.9 million are watching. Utopia is supposed to serve as a lead in on Tuesday for The New Girl and The Mindy Project. It might be the worst lead in ever, prompting FOX to replace it on Tuesdays. If it airs at all, it’ll air on Friday.

There’s a chance Utopia might beat everything else to the punch and be the first cancellation of the new season, before the new season really even starts.

No Good Deed

Friday Box Office: ‘Deed’ and ‘Drop’ Overperform

A nice shot in the arm this weekend as the three new debuts are all doing really well. Dolphin Tale 2 is performing as expected, and No Good Deed exploded onto the scene, looking for more than 20M this weekend. The Drop could even make 5M on only 800 screens. That’s phenomenal. Guardians Of The Galaxy also broke 300M.

1) No Good Deed- 8.8M Friday, 25M Weekend

2) Dolphin Tale 2- 4.2M Friday- 15M Weekend

3) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 2.1M Friday, 8M Weekend

4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- 1.1M Friday, 5M Weekend

5) Lets Be Cops- 1.2M Friday, 4.5M Weekend

6) The Drop- 1.4M Friday, 4.5M Weekend

7) If I Stay- 1.1M Friday, 4M Weekend

8) The November Man- 0.8M Friday, 2.7M Weekend

9) The Giver- 0.7M Friday, 2.6M Weekend

10) When The Game Stands Tall- 0.7M Friday, 2.5M Weekend

??) Atlas Shrugged 3- 0.1M Friday, 0.5M Weekend

??) The Identical- 0.1M Friday, 0.4M Weekend

??) The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby- 21K Friday, 70K Weekend


Sleepy Hollow

Fall TV Is Almost Here…. Can I Catch Up?

I know many of you are looking at the fall TV season… wondering if any of these new shows will be good… which ones will be cancelled, and this mini-guide is here to help.

First of all, you can go ahead and watch a few pilots online. Hulu has been hosting the pilots to Selfie, Manhattan Love Story, A To Z, Forever, and Red Band Society. Also, don’t forget that Z Nation premieres tonight on SyFy.

Hulu Plus is also streaming the first season of FOX’s smash hit Sleepy Hollow, so if you missed it last season, you can get fully caught up before the premiere on Sept. 22nd. They also have the first two seasons of The Mindy Project, season one of Brooklyn Nine Nine, season 5 of Modern Family, all ten seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, all four seasons of The Good Wife, the first two seasons of Nashville, season 6 of Castle, season 3 of Once Upon A Time, season 1 of Chicago PD, and season 3 of Revenge.

Netflix also has recent seasons of Once and Revenge, as well as recent seasons of Arrow, The New Girl, and The Walking Dead. I don’t know why shows like The Goldbergs, Resurrection, and Agents Of Shield aren’t streaming their entire first seasons, since they could benefit from finding new eyes, but they don’t appear to be.

So, catch up on the old seasons before the new one starts!


Scary Movies That Aren’t

Annalee Newitz at io9 posed an interesting question when she talked about Insidious as being a film that seemed to scare everyone but her. I’m kind of a chicken when it comes to scary movies, but every once in a while I see one… and it just is dumb.

To be fair, the first time I saw Paranormal Activity, I had a hard time sleeping. The Grudge scared the shit out of me the first time. Signs got a couple of good jump scares out of me, but no lasting effect.

My immediate suggestion into the “why is this movie scary” is The Blair Witch Project, which I found to be annoying, dull, and anything BUT scary. Oh, look, a pile of rocks. Oh, we’re lost because that idiot kicked our map into a stream. It was a waste of time when I saw it in its original theatrical release, and I doubt I’d feel any differently 15 years later.

I’d put Drag Me To Hell in that category simply because of the overuse of jump scares, as opposed to actually creating a film with a scary premise or story. There are literally moments in the film that, without reason, a demon face pops up on screen. It’s the cinematic equivalent of being screamered, and I honestly walked out after the second one. I don’t mind jump scares, but these had nothing to do with what was happening on screen.

Anything in the Saw franchise isn’t scary. It’s just gross. The first one was inventive, the second one was mildly fun, but everything else just seemed pointless.

I was never scared by any of the Childs Play movies. I think I watched my first Childs Play film when I was 8, and I wasn’t scared by Chucky. Around the same time I did see Terminator 2, and the scene where his finger is stretched out into that dudes head terrified me, but Chucky didn’t.

I never thought The Sixth Sense was scary, just interesting. I’ll throw in some random horror movies like Pulse, Stay Alive, and Sorority Row as being films that didn’t scare me.One reader brought up Darkness Falls, which always provided me and my friends with a good laugh. We used to shout to each other “YOU STAY IN THE LIGHT, YOU STAY ALIVE” all the time. I miss that film. Totally not scary, and a really awful film, but it was fun to laugh at.

I kinda liked The Amityville Horror remake with Ryan Reynolds. A few good scares. The Omen remake, not so much. Nothing in Children Of The Corn that I’ve seen (haven’t seen the whole franchise).

What about you? Anything you just don’t understand why everyone else is so scared?

Briston Maroney

American Idol 14 Spoiler Reactions

One of the other sites I write for ( has leaked some spoiler information about the upcoming American Idol season, and which returnees have heard “no thank you” from the producers. I’m only going to touch on a few names here, so if you want the whole thing you’ll have to check out the whole post at MJ’s. By the way… this post contains spoilers. Duh.

Savion Wright- Yes To Hollywood

I’m not surprised they brought Savion back. A lot of people felt bad for him getting cut, and it makes for good TV. He wasn’t an astounding talent, but his brother was murdered during the audition process which can be hard for anyone to have to go through. I’m glad he’s coming back, hopefully stronger.

Marrielle Sellars- Cut

Not surprised they cut her. She was so heavily pimped last season that returning her for another season is pointless. Her audition was shown TWICE, and she still didn’t make the Top 13. Nobody wanted to hear her roar.

Schyler Dixon- Cut

Stop auditioning. You’ve been cut way too many times. Have some self respect.

Casey Thrasher- Yes To Hollywood

I think this is pointless, as he’s a very mediocre talent, and he got a ton of pimping. HOWEVER, America technically didn’t get to vote on him, as he was one of the singers who made Top 30, but didn’t get to sing. Maybe America was dying to vote for him? If so, can we please get Kenzie Hall back too? Thanks.

Emmanuel Zidor- Cut

Not shocking. Joke contestants never get to repeat. The sad thing is that Emmanuel didn’t realize no one took him seriously, and he auditioned AGAIN for Season 14, and got cut a second time.

Briston Maroney- Cut

Damn. I liked this kids sound. If Idol is looking for something different, he was it. I was in a very small fanbase for him, but I was really hoping they’d let him come back.
There are some other contestants who got cut, or put through, and I was pretty indifferent either way. There are some that are unknown, and I’d love to see them reaudition and make it, but until their names pop up, it’s just speculation.




This Week’s Anniversaries In Film

The 9/11 frame has never been a big weekend for movies. Even before the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers, it was still a weekend in the middle of September, and studios have known better than to release major movies on this date. Still…

Jean Claude Van Damme’s Kickboxer turns 25 this week. The film opened to 4.1M in 1989, on its way to 14M domestic. It lost to the 6th weekend of Parenthood and the 4th weekend of Uncle Buck.

It’s the 15th anniversary for both Stigmata and Stir Of Echoes. Both horror flicks were riding the coattails of The Sixth Sense and The Blair Witch Project which brought horror back into the mainstream. Stigmata did much better, opening to 18.3M, on its way to 50M domestic, and 89M worldwide. A 22% on Rotten Tomatoes would suggest it isn’t a classic, but a 6.2 on IMDB suggests audiences didn’t care as much. Stir Of Echoes opened in third, with 5.8M, eventually making 21.1M. The Kevin Bacon chiller fared better with critics, with a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 7.0 on IMDB. The film spawned an awful straight-to-video sequel with Rob Lowe in 2007.

Ten years ago, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the second film in the series, landed 23M on opening weekend, eventually making 51.2M domestically and 129M worldwide. Critics gave it a 21% and audiences enjoyed it a bit more with a 6.1 on IMDB.


Still Alice

Sony Pictures To Launch ‘Still Alice’ For Oscar Consideration

With Julianne Moore out of the running this year for Map To The Stars, Sony Pictures has decided to release another buzzy film of hers, Still Alice. Moore has been getting a lot of attention for her role. Co-stars Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth could all also be in play. Moore plays a psychologist featuring early onset Alzheimers in the drama.

Dolphin Tale 2

Box Office Predictions: Another Really Slow Weekend ‘Tale’

1) Dolphin Tale 2- 14M Weekend, 14M Total

Because the movie that needed a sequel was Dolphin Tale. The first one opened to 19M, and ended up with 72M domestic. The sequel won’t do as well, because most sequels of this type just don’t do as well. The first Free Willy made it to 77M, but the second only made 30M. The third one did even worse, with 3.4M domestic. The first Air Bud made 23M, the second only made 10M. Dolphin Tale 2 will benefit from being a kids movie, as well as just a generally slow box office, but that doesn’t mean this sequel will be a hit.

2) No Good Deed- 10M Weekend, 10M Total

Neither Taraji P Henson or Idris Elba are bankable stars, but together they might do OK. It hasn’t screened for critics, which is typically a bad sign.

3) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 6.5M Weekend, 304M Total

4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- 4M Weekend, 180M Total

5) Lets Be Cops- 3.5M Weekend, 72M Total

6) If I Stay- 3M Weekend, 44M Total

7) The November Man- 2.5M Weekend, 22M Total

8) When The Game Stands Tall- 2M Weekend, 26M Total

9) As Above So Below- 2M Weekend, 19M Total

10) The Drop- 1.5M Weekend, 1.5M Total

Tom Hardy’s newest film also features the late James Gandolfini. In order to do 1.5M it will need at least a 3K PSA. I don’t think that’s asking too much, even on a slow weekend. That’s a pretty easy PSA to attain. It might even beat that and do better. If not, then Hundred Foot Journey will round out the Top 10.



Maps To The Stars

‘Maps To The Stars’ Withdraws From Oscar Race

Julianne Moore is out of contention for this years Oscar race, as new distributor of her Maps To The Stars has declared it will not seek an Oscar qualifying run for this year, and it will release the film in early 2015. Moore’s performance in the David Cronenberg pic was rumored to be a frontrunner performance.

This opens up the category a bit more. Rosamund Pike is likely for Gone Girl, Amy Adams is rumored for Big Eyes, Reese Witherspoon is a lock for Wild, Hilary Swank should get nominated for The Homesman, which means the fifth spot is open. Will it be Meryl Streep for Into The Woods (or will she run in supporting)? Will it be Jessica Chastain, or will she cancel it out by having two performances (Miss Julie & The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby)? There’s also Anne Hathaway for Interstellar…


Weekend Box Office: ‘Guardians’ Still Tops

1) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 10.1M Weekend, 294.5M Total

2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- 6.5M Weekend, 174.6M Total

3) If I Stay- 5.7M Weekend, 39.6M Total

4) Lets Be Cops- 5.4M Weekend, 66.5M Total

5) The November Man- 4.2M Weekend, 17.8M Total

6) As Above So Below- 3.7M Weekend, 15.5M Total

7) When The Game Stands Tall- 3.7M Weekend, 23.4M Total

8) The Giver- 3.5M Weekend, 37.8M Total

9) The Hundred Foot Journey- 3.2M Weekend, 45.6M Total

10) Lucy- 1.9M Weekend, 121.2M Total

11) The Identical- 1.9M Weekend, 1.9M Total

12) The Expendables 3- 1.8M Weekend, 36.7M Total

13) Into The Storm- 1.4M Weekend, 44.5M Total

14) Boyhood- 1.4M Weekend, 20.7M Total

15) Cantinflas- 1.0M Weekend, 4.7M Total

??) Forrest Gump- 0.4M Weekend, 0.4M Total

??) Calvary- 0.3M Weekend, 3M Total

??) Love Is Strange- 0.2M Weekend, 0.8M Total

??) Innocence- 0.2M Weekend, 0.2M Total

??) What If- 0.1M Weekend, 3.1M Total

??) The Last Of Robin Hood- 0.1M Weekend, 0.1M Total

??) Life Of Crime- 45K Weekend, 0.2M Total


Lets Be Cops

Friday Box Office: ‘Guardians’ Still Tops, ‘Cops’ Moves Up?

Lets Be Cops has been defying critics from day one. The comedy pic may actually end up in 2nd place, or at least 3rd place this weekend. No surprise that Guardians is still on top.

This is the slowest weekend of the year, which isn’t helped by the fact that the only wide release is The Identical, which no one cares about. Next weekend brings Dolphin Tale 2, which should make over 10M, as well as No Good Deed. Next weekend will be slightly busier, but not much.

Theatres are looking to September 19th for a shot in the arm, when The Maze Runner opens, alongside Liam Neeson’s A Walk Among The Tombstones and This Is Where I Leave You.

At the end of the month, The Boxtrolls and The Equalizer hope to make some cash.

1) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 2.7M Friday, 10.5M Weekend

2) Lets Be Cops- 1.5M Friday, 5.5M Weekend

3) If I Stay- 1.5M Friday, 5M Weekend

4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- 1.4M Friday, 5.5M Weekend

5) The November Man- 1.2M Friday, 4M Weekend

6) As Above So Below- 1.1M Friday, 4M Weekend

7) The Giver- 0.9M Friday, 3M Weekend

8) When The Game Stands Tall- 0.9M Friday, 3M Weekend

9) The Hundred Foot Journey- 0.8M Friday, 3M Weekend

10) The Identical- 0.5M Friday, 1.5M Weekend

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