1) Furious 7- 29M Weekend, 294M Total
2) Paul Blart 2- 20M Weekend, 20M Total
3) Unfriended- 13M Weekend, 13M Total
4) Home- 12M Weekend, 144M Total
5) The Longest Ride- 7.5M Weekend, 24M Total
6) Get Hard- 5M Weekend, 78M Total
7) Monkey Kingdom- 5M Weekend, 5M Total
8) Cinderella- 4.5M Weekend, 187M Total
9) Woman In Gold- 4.5M Weekend, 16M Total
10) Insurgent- 4M Weekend, 120M Total
11) True Story- 2M Weekend, 2M Total
12) Child 44- 1.5M Weekend, 1.5M Total
1) Furious 7- 29M Weekend, 294M Total
Lets see how many of these I can get right.
American Idol- FOX is gonna stick with this at least another season. It’s down, sure, but it’s not out.
Backstrom- FOX loves the shows creator, but ratings aren’t strong enough. Cancel.
Bones- The only hold up here is cast negotiations. If the leads are done, so is the show. I would be very surprised if they just left the show without a proper farewell tour. Next season might be the last.
The Following- This is a tough one. It has lost a ton of buzz since Season 1. I think FOX is going to let this go, in favor of trying to find another Empire. Three seasons and done.
The Mindy Project- FOX loves this show, critics love this show. I think FOX is actually going to stick with this.
Weird Loners- They won’t stick with this though.
Mulaney- Or this.
American Crime/Secrets and Lies- Word on the street is that they are planning on turning at least one of these into a “True Detective” type show, where we investigate a different crime each season. Because of that, I can only see one series surviving. American Crime has better reviews, but Secrets and Lies might keep Juliette Lewis around as the main cop (ala The Killing). It’s really a toss up, but my prediction is that only one survives.
Castle- Like Bones, they’re waiting on cast contracts. The cast has been tweeting some really “show ending” type pictures and tokens of appreciation. They seem to think it’s the end, but ABC loves Castle. Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic will get a raise, and re-sign.
Galavant- I think this is dead. There’s a very small chance it lives, but… probably dead.
Fresh Off The Boat- Much to the chagrin of the original creator of the project, this will live on.
Cristela- I’m betting ABC is axing Cristela.
Last Man Standing- It might sneak another season. It’s a fairly solid performer on Fridays, and has already been running long enough to remain invested in its syndication.
Agents Of Shield- They’re planning another spinoff. It would be weird if they cancelled the original prior to the spinoff, so I’m betting a third season is a sure thing.
Agent Carter- I’m guessing this will come down to how solid the plans are for the spinoff, but I’d guess Agent Carter also lives to see another day.
Resurrection- This is dead. Sorry.
Revenge- This probably SHOULD die, but it’ll get a shortened order for a final season.
Nashville- ABC is high on this brand, and syndication is on the horizon. I’m guessing ABC sticks with Nashville another season, but I’m projecting a timeslot change… possibly to Fridays… where no one cares how it performs.
The Middle- An underdog, true, but a solid performer. This will come back, even if one of the kids doesn’t.
Battle Creek- Despite the pedigree of the creators of the show (who made Breaking Bad and House), this show isn’t pulling its weight. CBS has much stronger shows, and Battle Creek will die.
Blue Bloods- All signs point toward renewal, as of right now.
CSI/CSI Cyber- CSI Cyber won’t be renewed if CSI isn’t. They’ll either let the series die altogether, but they won’t greenlight the limping spinoff on its own. The original CSI, if it is renewed, might have a shortened season again. Star Ted Danson needs a new contract.
Elementary- Ratings are down, but this isn’t out yet. Syndication is a powerful beast.
The Good Wife- Emmy nominations and critical acclaim keep this alive.
Hawaii Five-O- Might be the shocking cancellation of the upfronts.
The McCarthys- Dead.
The Odd Couple- This truly will come down to pilots. I think CBS might stick with this another season. The ratings aren’t terrible, and with some tweaking before next season, they could turn this into a hit.
Stalker- I can’t see CBS renewing this.
Person Of Interest- If they stick with CSI/CSI Cyber, I don’t think there’s enough space for them to also stick with Person of Interest… and get some fresh blood. This is very much in danger.
Hart Of Dixie- This is dead.
iZombie- Despite renewing almost every single show, the CW is also going to stick with iZombie.
About A Boy/Undateable- NBC is likely to return only one of their sitcoms for next season. It’ll either be Undateable or About A Boy. They’ll try again with brand new comedies, but I can’t see them not having at least ONE third season sitcom to help anchor.
American Odyssey- It’s almost too soon to tell, but I’m leaning towards No.
Marry Me- Not buzzy enough to survive.
The Slap- This is done.
Mysteries Of Laura- This will come down to the pilots. It’s actually been a solid enough performer that NBC can consider renewing it. I’m hoping they have a better fall pool to choose from.
State Of Affairs- Dead.
One Big Happy- Probably dead.
The Night Shift- Season 2 is down. They should have kept this in the summer. Sadly, it’s probably dead because NBC thought that they could move a summer series to the spring.
Furious 7 dropped a predictably large 59% in week 2. No matter, it is already the top grossing Furious film. Worldwide, the film has made 800M, and could be the first Universal release to break the 1 billion mark. The Longest Ride opened in third, but managed an A cinemascore. It could do decent in the long haul with solid word of mouth. Woman In Gold managed another solid weekend, while Danny Collins and While We’re Young managed to crack the Top 10. Ex Machina had a great weekend in limited release, grossing 62K per screen.
1) Furious 7- 59.5M Weekend, 251.5M Weekend
2) Home- 18.5M Weekend, 129.0M Weekend
3) The Longest Ride- 13M Weekend, 13M Total
4) Get Hard- 8.2M Weekend, 70.7M Total
5) Cinderella- 7.1M Weekend, 180.6M Total
6) Insurgent- 6.7M Weekend, 114.7M Total
7) Woman In Gold- 5.4M Weekend, 8.9M Total
8) It Follows- 1.9M Weekend, 11.7M Total
9) Danny Collins- 1.4M Weekend, 2.3M Total
10) While We’re Young- 1.3M Weekend, 2.3M Total
11) Kingsman- 1.3M Weekend, 124.5M Total
12) Do You Believe?- 0.9M Weekend, 11.5M Total
18) Ex Machina- 250K Weekend, 250K Total
37) Clouds Of Sils Maria- 61K Weekend, 61K Total
49) Desert Dancer- 40K Weekend, 40K Total
After winning last weekend, Furious 7 will continue to win again. Nothing will even come remotely close. Really, The Longest Ride is the only new wide release. Woman In Gold is expanding, and is now officially wide. Desert Dancer and The Clouds Of Sils Maria both debut in limited release this weekend. Probably only 9 films this weekend will make more than 1 million.
1) Furious 7- 60M Weekend,
2) The Longest Ride- 18M Weekend,
3) Home- 15M Weekend,
4) Cinderella- 6.5M Weekend
5) Get Hard- 6.5M Weekend
6) Insurgent- 6M Weekend
7) Woman In Gold- 5M Weekend
8) It Follows- 1.5M Weekend
9) Kingsman- 1M Weekend
Recently it’s seems as though watching television is becoming a lifestyle. Before Netflix one would watch shows when they came on, now it’s required to binge watch. A lot of these shows are extremely dramatic and less like television shows and more like miniature movies that unfold over an exhausting amount of time, only to lead viewers toward a disappointing cliffhanger. I personally attempted to go with the flow and dabble in these bing worthy programs, however the stoic nature of said programs didn’t do much to hold my attention. Perhaps the stoic nature is in response to our current position in the world, a state of uncertainty and chaos. However such seriousness should yield parody rather then an exhausting amount of added gravity. Fortunately I stumbled upon this gem buried deep within Netflix, Danger 5. Danger 5 is presented like a 60’s era action adventure series which happens to be extremely self aware. Air planes are held up with strings, plots are ludicrous, and the dialogue sounds as though like it’s over dubbed, all the while winking at the audience as though we know we’re in on the joke. A show like this is a refreshing departure in a world of exhaustingly repetitive television shows. Danger 5 is extremely modern even though it’s mocking shows from the past, makes one wonder if these cliches have been around a lot longer then we realize.
Starring: Lucas Black, Shad Moss, Sung Kang, Nathalie Keeley, Brian Goodman, Brian Tee, Zachary Ty Brian, Vin Diesel
Directed By: Justin Lin
Plot: A teenager on a path to juvie gets sent to Japan with the hopes of him becoming a model citizen. Instead, he discovers drifting.
Leading up to my eventual review of Furious 7, which is coming, I promise, I decided to rewatch all the Furious movies. Tokyo Drift is the one that originally didn’t quite fit into the puzzle. It bombed at the box office, and some people consider this to be the worst of the series (due to a lack of original cast members). However, that statement is rather unfair. Lucas Black does a good job handling the series, and Shad Moss aka Bow Wow is less annoying than Tyrese. I think people were programmed to hate this film, but it is not the worst film in the Fast franchise. That would be 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Of course, it’s still not a great film. The main girl is boring, and she has zero chemistry with anyone. Brian Goodman is underused as the father, and Brian Tee is far too angry in every scene he’s in. Calm down a bit dude, your head is going to literally explode.
It’s not a well written film, but it’s a ton of fun. It’s that fun that Justin Lin brought into the next three Fast and Furious films, and it’s the first glimpse we get of the “world” when Han (a character we had never met) was linked directly to Dominic. You knew a fourth was coming, we just had no idea the series was going to get as crazy as it did. Give this movie a second chance. It’s not a perfect film, but I doubt it’s nearly as bad as you remember it.
FINAL GRADE: B
(Probably only my second viewing of the film)
At the beginning of the year, I posted a list of the 25 most anticipated films (for me) this year. Of course, I hadn’t seen a lot of trailers, and some films weren’t yet on the calendar. With a few films now opened, and no longer eligible for the Top 25, I thought it might be fun to revisit this list. I originally had Kingsman, Furious 7, Get Hard, The Last Five Years, Insurgent, and Chappie on this list.
25) The Peanuts Movie
There’s a Snoopy fan in all of us. Who isn’t excited to see Charlie Brown and the gang on the big screen?
24) Straight Outta Compton
Another new addition because of a really strong trailer. I didn’t think I was going to be excited for this, but the trailer made me take this film seriously.
23) Infinitely Polar Bear
Probably my most anticipated film coming out of Sundance. I’ve heard its good, and Ruffalo is great in it. The trailer is really good too.
Moved up slightly.
20) Paper Towns
I enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars, so I’ll give this one a shot. Pretty decent trailer. New to the list.
Good trailer, which I’ve seen a ton of times. This is another debut on the list. Good director and a great cast.
18) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2
I might get more excited when I see a real trailer, but right now, it’s just the second half of a book.
Moved this up a little bit.
16) Fantastic Four
No real change. I’m still worried this film might be a little too serious.
15) Pitch Perfect 2
Moved down a bit, actually. I’m a little worried it won’t be as good as the first.
Highest new debut on my list, and it’s all because of a really great trailer, and great buzz coming out of SXSW.
Moved up a little bit.
12) The Good Dinosaur
Pixar. No trailer, but still Pixar. And still no change.
11) Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
No new news, and no real change.
10) Ted 2
I was originally skeptical, but the trailers look great.
9) Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
I felt like I had to move it up after having finally seen the trailer.
It really does have a great trailer. Every time I see it, I get more excited.
I’m loving the trailers. I moved this up a few notches. I loved the TV series.
6) Ant Man
No real change here. Still excited.
Moved this up a bunch after finally getting to see the trailer. It looks fantastic.
4) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3) Inside Out
Word on the street is that it’s Oscar caliber. I’m so excited.
2) Jurassic World
Still super pumped.
1) Avengers: Age Of Ultron
You probably saw this coming. Yes, it’s my most anticipated film of 2015. It’s probably a lot of peoples #1 film. I’m such a sellout.
Just to be clear, Fast and Furious 6 made 38.7 in its first day of release, which was in May, during a time of the year when movies open big. Furious 7 opened in April and made 67.3M in one day. In one day, Furious 7 became the 9th highest grossing film of 2015. In one day, Furious 7 outgrossed the ENTIRE DOMESTIC GROSS of Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. By the end of three days, Furious 7 will be the 4th highest grossing film of 2014. In three days, it will be the 293rd highest grossing film of all time, domestically. That’s how big it is. By the end of the three day weekend, Furious 7 will have outgrossed not only Tokyo Drift, but also the first and second films in the franchise. In three days. Before a week has passed, it will zoom past the fourth, and set the fifth and sixth films as its next target. Some franchises decline over time, the Fast franchise seems to actually get bigger over time.
1) Furious 7- 67.3M Friday, 145M Weekend
2) Home- 11.3M Friday, 35-37M Weekend
3) Get Hard- 5M Friday, 15M Weekend
4) Cinderella- 4M Friday, 13M Weekend
5) Insurgent- 4M Friday, 12M Weekend
6) It Follows- 0.9M Friday, 3M Weekend
7) Kingsman- 0.6M Friday, 1.5 Weekend
8) Woman In Gold- 0.6M Friday, 1.5M Weekend
9) Do You Believe- 0.5M Friday, 1.5M Weekend
10) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- 0.3M Friday, 1M Weekend
Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Ludacris, Cole Hauser, Devon Aoki, Amaury Nolasco, Michael Ealy, Mark Boone Junior, James Remar
Directed By: John Singleton
Plot: Brian O’Connor sheds the original cast and goes to Miami, where he recruits an old friend and goes after a drug runner for the promise of a clean start.
Everyone’s least favorite entry in the Fast franchise. This was the one where they thought “maybe Paul Walker was why the first movie did so well”, then they realized it was more of a mix of Vin Diesel and the cars, and less of Walker. It feels weird to say that, because he’s passed away, but it’s true. This film tried to replace Vin with Tyrese, and Tyrese has been the skin tag on the Fast franchise ever since. You just can’t get rid of him.
Eva Mendes and Ludacris also get their Fast starts here, as they appear in later films. I don’t know why Devon Aoki wasn’t in later Fast films, as she was set up pretty well here to be at least shown again later down the line. The problem with this film has actually a lot to do with the two leads, and less with the supporting cast or the villain. Cole Hauser plays his poorly written villain rather well, and Eva Mendes does her “just be hot” job just fine. But Walker and Gibson just don’t have the brotherhood behind them that Diesel and Walker do, and Gibson’s constant hamming hold the film back. Depending on how you felt about Tokyo Drift, this is probably your least favorite film in the series.
I had seen this film before, probably twice already, but I felt the need to revisit the entire series prior to Furious 7. In many ways, I now enjoy this film slightly more because it’s part of a larger picture. When this film first came out, I remember hating it more because it was so inferior to the original. If you’re just being introduced to the Fast series, you’ll probably hate this a lot more than someone who is going back and watching the previous films, having already seen some combination of 5, 6, and 7.
FINAL GRADE: C+
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordanna Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Matt Schulze, Johnny Strong, Ja Rule
Directed By: Rob Cohen
Plot: An undercover cop infiltrates a group of street racers, and becomes entrenched in their way of life.
As part of my coverage ramping up to Furious 7, I’ve decided to review and rewatch the first six Fast and Furious films. The original is always the original. It feels completely different than the later films in the franchise. The Furious series has turned into something completely different, almost Avengers-esque. Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto started out as a thug street racer who did some jail time for beating a guy with a wrench, to being the kind of guy that sketchy government entities come to for help. It’s just interesting to see that evolution. Honestly, and as much as I hate to say this, the acting in the first film is weaker than the later efforts. Especially Paul Walker, RIP. His acting… just not great. Of course, this isn’t an Oscar film, so who really cares, right?
Is it fun? Yes. Does it hold up? Surprisingly, pretty well. The only times it really feels outdated is when you see a computer screen, or see a cell phone. Technology has evolved past the crappy phones they use, and the basic computer programs. It introduces you to their world, and even if we never go back to that small of a world ever again, it is still an important first effort. And it reminds you why you still love Vin Diesel.
FINAL GRADE: B+
(I estimate this was my fourth viewing of this film)
Netflix has picked up a fourth season of its hit Emmy winning drama House Of Cards. The Kevin Spacey drama continues to be a buzzworthy event every time it drops its new batch of episodes, so it’s not really surprising. They’ve also announced a new series, Montauk, from the same people who created Wayward Pines. And the biggest rumor, is that they’re close to ordering a follow-up series to Full House, aptly titled Fuller House. The show would reportedly follow DJ and Kimmy as they are now parents raising their families. Kinda like Girl Meets World.
Fuller House is the latest in the “revival” trend, which is seeing the return of The X-Files, Heroes, Coach, and Twin Peaks all slated for next season. What will they revive next?
Furious 7 is going to suck up a lot of oxygen in the room this weekend. Tracking has it at 115M, but I’m feeling ballsy. I’m gonna say all the good reviews, the “family” promos with Paul Walker, and the press that Vin Diesel has been doing cause this to be an epic weekend for Furious 7. Home will still do some business, because it is going for a different demo. And, lets be honest, it’s Easter weekend. It should do solid business on Easter. Get Hard will experience a harsher drop, as it shares an audience with Furious 7 (even if Get Hard is basically the only comedy in wide release right now). Insurgent will get hit hard this weekend. It Follows shouldn’t dip much, if at all, as it adds a bunch of screens this weekend. Woman In Gold might crack the top 10 this weekend with so little competition beyond a few big movies.
1) Furious 7- 120M Opening Weekend, 120M Total
2) Home- 33M Weekend, 100M Total
3) Get Hard- 15M Weekend, 59M Total
4) Insurgent- 10.5M Weekend, 103M Total
5) Cinderella- 9M Weekend, 165M Total
6) It Follows- 3M Weekend, 9M Total
7) Kingsman- 1.5M Weekend, 122M Total
8) Do You Believe- 1M Weekend, 9M Total
9) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- 1M Weekend, 30M Total
10) Woman In Gold- 1M Weekend, 1M Total
1) Home- 52.1M Weekend, 52.1M Total
2) Get Hard- 33.8M Weekend, 33.8M Total
3) Insurgent- 21.5M Weekend, 85.8M Total
4) Cinderella- 17.0M Weekend, 149.5M Total
5) It Follows- 3.8M Weekend, 4.5M Total
6) Kingsman- 2.9M Weekend, 119.3M Total
7) Do You Believe?- 2.3M Weekend, 7.2M Total
8) Run All Night- 2.1M Weekend, 23.7M Total
9) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- 2.1M Weekend, 28.0M Total
10) The Gunman- 2.0M Weekend, 8.8M Total
11) Focus- 1.2M Weekend, 51.8M Total
12) McFarland USA- 1.1M Weekend, 40.5M Total
24) While We’re Young- 227K Weekend, 227K Total (56K Per Screen Average)
25) Danny Collins- 219K Weekend, 316K Total (7K Per Screen Average)
30) Serena- 100K Weekend, 100K Total (1,696 Per Screen Average)
1) Insurgent- 54M Weekend, 54M Total
2) Cinderella- 34.4M Weekend, 122M Total
3) Run All Night- 5.1M Weekend, 19.7M Total
4) The Gunman- 5.0M Weekend, 5.0M Total
5) Kingsman- 4.6M Weekend, 114.5M Total
6) Do You Believe- 4.0M Weekend, 4.0M Total
7) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- 3.4M Weekend, 24.1M Total
8) Focus- 3.3M Weekend, 49.4M Total
9) Chappie- 2.6M Weekend, 28.3M Total
10) Spongebob Squarepants 2- 2.3M Weekend, 158.7M Total
11) McFarland USA- 2.1M Weekend, 38.5M Total
12) American Sniper- 1.6M Weekend, 344M Total
??) It Follows- 352K Weekend, 576K Total (11K Per Screen Average)
??) Danny Collins- 73K Weekend, 73K Total (14K Per Screen Average)
Cinderella managed to win the weekend, and the heart of audiences. The Disney film scored an A cinemascore and an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. The combination has led to Cinderella exceeding all expectations and landing a 70M opening weekend. Run All Night couldn’t put up much of a fight, but an A- cinemascore could help in future weeks. Kingsman continues to hold well.
Cinderella led the Top 10 in the per screen average race as well with $18,219. Outside of the top 10, well reviewed horror film It Follows landed $40,750. Kingsman only dropped 25%, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel dipped 33%, McFarland USA dipped 29%, American Sniper slid 33%, and The DUFF slipped 39% while Spongebob dropped 38%. Not holding so well was Chappie with 56%, and Unfinished Business fell 52%.
Opening next week, Insurgent is tracking to land a big opening, Do You Believe hopes to follow in the footsteps of other Christian success stories, and Sean Penn’s poorly reviewed The Gunman opens. Just how poorly reviewed you ask? It has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
1) Cinderella- 70.0M Weekend, 70.0M Total
2) Run All Night- 11.0M Weekend, 11.0M Total
3) Kingsman- 6.2M Weekend, 107.3M Total
4) Focus- 5.8M Weekend, 44M Total
5) Chappie- 5.8M Weekend, 23.3M Total
6) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- 5.7M Weekend, 18M Total
7) Spongebob Squarepants 2- 4.1M Weekend, 154.6M Total
8) McFarland USA- 3.6M Weekend, 34.9M Total
9) American Sniper- 2.9M Weekend, 341.5M Total
10) The DUFF- 2.9M Weekend, 30.3M Total
11) Fifty Shades Of Grey- 2.8M Weekend, 161.3M Total
12) The Lazarus Effrect- 2.8M Weekend, 21.7M Total
13) Unfinished Business- 2.2M Weekend, 8.6M Total
??) It Follows- 163K Weekend, 163K Total