Monday Morning Box Office Report: Ant-Man Pulls the Plug on Pixels

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Pixels failed to set any high scores at the box office this past weekend, coming in slightly below expectations with just $24 million. Although it seemed like the action-comedy had potential to be one of Sandler’s biggest movies in recent memory, ultimately it earned considerably less than Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, both of which opened to $40 million. That allowed Marvel’s Ant-Man to sneak away with #1 spot for the second weekend in a row, even after dropping 57% to earn $24.77 million. Minions and Trainwreck fell to third and fourth place respectively while another newcomer, Southpaw, rounded out the top 5. Paper Towns opened in a disappointing sixth place with $12.5 million, a far cry from last year’s surprise hit The Fault in Our Stars.

1. Ant-Man — $24.77M
2. Pixels — $24M
3. Minions — $22.1M
4. Trainwreck — $17.3M
5. Southpaw — $16.5M
6. Paper Towns — $12.5M
7. Inside Out — $7.36M
8. Jurassic World — $6.9M
9. Mr. Holmes — $2.85M
10. Terminator Genisys — $2.4M

Jurassic World Becomes the Third Highest Grossing Movie of All Time

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It’s no secret that Jurassic World has been a huge success across the globe, but it is now officially the third highest grossing movie of all time. Jurassic World has just managed to take over the number three spot on the list of highest grossing movies in theaters worldwide from The Avengers with a current total of $1,524,640,390. Making it an even more impressive feat is the fact that the movie had to follow up the poorly received Jurassic Park III from 2001, which, despite making a solid chunk of money, is by far the weakest performing entry in the series with just $368,780,809 in theaters worldwide. Hit the jump to continue reading.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #41: Mission: Impossible

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join us as we revisit the previous films in the Mission: Impossible series leading up to the release of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Along the way we examine the franchise’s ties to the trajectory of Tom Cruise’s career and the various directors that he has worked with over the years. Topics of discussion include Tom Cruise performing his own stunts, John Woo’s so-called ballet of bullets, early on-screen depictions of the internet plus the various gadgets of the series and their real-world practicality. So is M:I 2 just a thinly-veiled rip-off of The Mask of Zorro? Is the introduction of Ethan Hunt’s wife in M:I 3 a brilliant move or a real bummer? Does the plot of the first movie actually make any sense? Grab the latest premium podcast below before it self-destructs.

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Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Adam Sandler Movie?

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I might be asking for trouble with this week’s poll but I am genuinely curious as to how people feel about the filmography of Adam Sandler at this point in his career. It goes without saying that there are plenty of folks who would choose to dismiss all of his movies entirely, but there are also many of us who grew up watching him on SNL and still have a soft spot for some of his early comedies. His occasional forays into dramatic territory also changed some perceptions of him even if they didn’t really stick, and then there are the rest of his movies, which clearly still have their share of supporters considering that people still pay to see them. So what do you think is Adam Sandler’s best movie to date? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then feel free to commence ranting in the comments below!

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Southpaw, Pixels, Paper Towns

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It’s Ant-Man versus the Sandman at the box office this weekend as Adam Sandler’s video game action-comedy Pixels looks to take down Marvel’s latest superhero flick. Pixels does seem like it has the edge, but the overwhelmingly negative reviews won’t help and Ant-Man could have a second weekend surge due to strong word of mouth. Other major releases include the teen dramedy Paper Towns, which should benefit from the association with last year’s hit The Fault in Our Stars, and boxing drama Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which is looking to build some early Oscar buzz but doesn’t seem to be getting it. In select theatres, we also have Mark Neveldine’s horror flick The Vatican Tapes, French dramedy Samba (from the directors of The Intouchables), and acclaimed German film Phoenix. What will you be watching this weekend?

Pixels Review

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Directed by: Chris Columbus
Written by: Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Brian Cox, Sean Bean

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It’s been a long time since I’ve gone out of my way to see an Adam Sandler movie at the theatre. I say that not to disparage his recent output, but to prove that there was once a time when I thought the man could be funny and charming. I was hoping that his latest film might be the one that wins me back, but sadly, it is undeniable proof that Adam Sandler isn’t even trying anymore.

In Pixels, Sandler plays a 1982 arcade game champion who has grown up to be a down-on-his-luck TV repair guy. Lucky for him, his buddy who sucked at video games grew up to be the President of the United States (Kevin James), so he gets to come hang at the White House anytime he wants. When aliens show up and attack Earth in the form of 8-bit video game characters, his gaming skills suddenly make him an unlikely military consultant. Together with his paranoid buddy Ludlow (Josh Gad) and arch-nemesis Eddie (Peter Dinklage), they must suit up and win a series of live-action video games in order to save the world from complete and total pixellation.

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The Sword in the Stone to Get Live-Action Remake at Disney

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The trend of Disney turning their animated movies into big, expensive, live-action blockbusters doesn’t seem to be winding down any time soon. With movies based on Pinocchio, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Mulan, Beauty & the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Winnie The Pooh in the works, Disney seemingly has plenty of adaptations lined up for years to come… but that isn’t stopping them from adding even more to the list. The latest to join the fray is the 1963 animated fantasy film The Sword in the Stone, the 18th animated feature from Disney and the last one to get released before Walt Disney passed away in 1966. Hit the jump to read more about the story and to see a chart of all the spin-offs, sequels and remakes from animated Disney movies.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Trailer #2

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Although Josh Hutcherson supposedly “slipped up” and revealed on Conan earlier this month that there may be more Hunger Games movies in the works, as it stands right now, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is still the final installment in the series. The movie finds the rebellion against President Snow and The Capitol coming to a head, having now escalated to the point of full scale war. If you’re not already on board with the series I don’t know that this movie is going to change your mind, but it will definitely make a ton of money regardless. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hits theatres on Nov. 20th; check out the full trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Simon Kinberg Takes on Logan’s Run Remake

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We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a Logan’s Run remake for over a decade now with directors such as Bryan Singer, Joseph Kosinski, Carl Erik Rinsch and Nicolas Winding Refn all attached at various points in development and Ryan Gosling once attached to star. Even with names like that involved, Warner Bros has been unable to get it off the ground. Now, just when you thought the project had been completely abandoned, Warners have brought in someone else to give it another shot. They are hoping that writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes) will be the man to crack a new take on Logan’s Run. Hit the jump for more details.

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Movie Ticket Prices Reportedly Hit New Record High

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I’m sure this news will surprise absolutely no one, but it appears that movie ticket prices in the U.S. have continued to climb over the past year and have once again reached a new high. The proliferation of 3D and premium screenings has pushed the average ticket price to $8.61 during the second quarter of 2015. The previous record was $8.38, set in the second quarter of 2013. Back then, it seemed like people were much more vocal about the rising cost of seeing a movie, but many of those complaints have since died out. Are people suddenly getting more value for their money or have we have just learned to accept it?

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Watch the Pitch Video That Got The New Muppets Show Greenlit

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After Muppets Most Wanted failed to make even half as much money at the box office as its predecessor, it looked like the revival of the brand might have been short-lived. The Muppets then went on and landed not only a new series of interstitials on Disney Junior, but also a new primetime show on ABC, their first TV shows since Muppets Tonight went off the air in 1998. Promoting the new primetime series, simply called The Muppets, ABC has now released the original 10 minute long pitch video, which The Big Bang Theory‘s Bill Prady and Anger Management‘s Bob Kushell put together for the network as a vision of what the new show would be like. Other than the regular cast of Muppets such as Kermit and Ms. Piggy, both Topher Grace and Elizabeth Banks also show up in the video. The Muppets will premiere on Tues. September 22nd at 8 pm EST; check out the pitch video after the jump, along with the recent The Muppets Comic-Con panel.

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Mississippi Grind Trailer Starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn

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Although last year’s remake of The Gambler didn’t seem to go over well with critics, the truth is that most gambling movies live and die by their central performances. The opportunity is always there for compelling drama and tense situations, but there needs to be some humanity in the mix as well. Mississippi Grind looks to have that based on both the trailer as well as the early reviews coming out of Sundance, many of which praised stars Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn. The movie is also written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar), which to me makes it seem like a pretty safe bet indeed. Mississippi Grind premieres on DirecTV on August 13th before hitting select theatres on September 25th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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