“Guardians” come out on top at box office at slow weekend

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Guardians of the Galaxy continue to find success at a slow release time as they are able to bring in an estimated $10.1 million over the weekend. The movie should be able to cross over that $300 million mark next week. Guardians is currently the 8th highest grossing film in the Marvel universe and the 4th highest first film in a series.

 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still does well bringing in an estimated $6.5 million. The movie is starting to slow down at the box office, but it could still find its way to the $200-million mark by the end of it’s run, only needing around $25 million more.

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The next two movies were close at the box office, but If I Stay comes in at the third spot with an estimated $5.7 million beating out Let’s Be Cops with an estimated $5.4 million.

Rounding out the top 5 is The November Man, which makes its first appearance in the top five, with an estimated $4.2 million.

There are quite a few good movies set to come out this month, so expect some changes in the top five in the coming weeks.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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Review – “If I Stay”- tragic story of loss and love

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Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato, Stacy Keach, Gabrielle, Rose, Jakob Davies, Lauren Lee Smith, Adam Solomonian, and Ali Milner
Director: R.J. Cutler
Rated: PG-13
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1355630/

If I Stay is yet another young adult novel to be adapted to the big screen. This one comes from Gayle Forman as she tries writes about that choice that someone might have to whether live or die when they are in the middle. Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz, Carrie) is in a tragic accident and she has to decide whether or not to leave with her family who have died or stay with Adam (Jamie Blackley, The Fifth Estate) the boy she loves.

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This book touches on a lot of things that not just teenagers, but people would struggle with. And that’s finding a purpose in life. Mia didn’t feel like she belonged in her family or with anyone, including her boyfriend Adam.

The fact that the book was on the short side (around 200 pages) they were able to elaborate on the story. One of the big things that we were able to see is more of Adam and his back story. In the book, we learn about Adam’s home life and see first hand how it effects his relationship with Mia. But this is what also hurt the movie. Since they were able to elaborate more, they may have gone too far. They could have shown or accomplished the same thing with montages, rather then showing every flashback. It dragged the movie some as you just wait for the end to come.

The relationship with Mia and Adam is beautiful. Jamie Blackley and Chloe Grace Moretz have great chemistry and their love just leaps off the screen and you really root for them and hope that they are able to get their happy ending. With any success of a film that is important as if you want fans to enjoy the movie, you need to get a couple that people can root for.

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Now, the question of loyalty to the book. The lack of loyalty has hurt some other book adaptations of recent. Fans of the book will be happy to know that it was very loyal. They included a lot of the important quotes and conversations from the books and really painted the picture that we read in the book. But the movie is able to still create a story that even people who haven’t read the book could follow and enjoy.

If I Stay is a beautiful tale of someone trying to figure out what’s important in life and figure out what it is that you want to live for.

Rating: B-

What did you think of the movie?

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“Guardians” once again takes the top spot at box office

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In a relatively slow weekend at the box office, there were only two movies that were able to get to double digits, and neither of the two new movies were able to do that.

Guardians of the Galaxy becomes the highest grossing film of 2014 so far over the weekend. The movie took in an estimated $16.3 million bringing it’s domestic box office to $274 million moving past Captain America: Winter Soldier which took in $259 million during it’s stay. This should be a hard amount to beat, especially considering it should surpass $300 million by the time it leaves the box office.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to do well as it brings in an estimated $11.7 million over the weekend. The movie should be able to pass the $200 million mark by the time it leaves the box office, only need another $40 million or so to get there.

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Despite having a 38% approval rating, If I Stay continues to do well with an estimated $9 million over the weekend. The movie is considered one of the best romantic movies of the year (though one could argue that The Fault in Our Stars is the best one).

For the rest of the top five, new movie As Above/So Below brings in an estimated $8.3 million in it’s first weekend and Let’s Be Cops takes in an estimated $8.2 million. The other big new movie to come out is The November Man and brought in an estimated $7.6 million it’s first weekend.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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“Guardians” top the weekend box office

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There is a new number one movie this weekend, with the Turtles falling down from the top spot. Two of the three new movies were able to get into the top five but only one of them hit double digits.

Guardians of the Galaxy return to the top of the box office as it’s able to bring in an estimated $17.6 million over the weekend. This movie is the 3rd highest movie of the year so far with its total $251 million box office and should be able to grab the top spot from Captain America: Winter Solider by the end of next weekend, needing only another $9 million to do so.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie falls from the top spot with an estimated $16.8 million. The reboot has exceeded expectations taking the top spot for the last two weeks before falling this week. The movie has now surpassed its $125 million budget and is looking to get to the $200 million mark.

The only new movie to hit double digits this week is the adaptation from Gayle Forman, If I Stay. The movie was able to bring in an estimated $16.3 million. Early reviews have stated the movie is more for fans of the book which might hurt the movie in the long run for the total box office.

Let’s Be Cops falls in the charts with an estimated $11 million. This buddy comedy beat out it’s $17 million budget in the first week and is looking to maybe work its way up to the $100 million mark.

The other two movies to come out are When the Game Stands Tall with an estimated $9 million and Sin City: A Dame to Die For with an estimated $6.4 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

What movie did you see this weekend?

Top 5 movies to see this August

#5 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner
Out: August 1st

In this reboot, we meet back up with the turtles as they once again try and take down Shredder. It looks like they are going for CGI looking turtles (that look a little freaky) but with Michael Bay as producer you know you will be in for an entertaining ride. The only question is will they capture what made them so popular in the 90’s and again in 2010’s or will they flop just like so many other reboots that were done?

#4 – Let’s Be Cops
Starring: Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Nina Dobrev
Out: August 13th

Big comedic movie that will be the movie that you are going to want to watch with your friends this month. While the premise is a little ridiculous (two average joe’s just dressing up as cops and everyone believing that they are) it’s all apart of the comedy of the movie. Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson have great chemistry (for proof watch The New Girl) and you know that this movie will leave you crying in your seat from laughing so hard.

#3 – If I Stay
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato
Out: August 22nd

This is a relatively short book from author by Gayle Forman but it took the world by storm, especially for e-book sales. The book has a strong message about life and death and living in the moment. Expect to shed some tears in this movie and be prepared for the ending that will surely rip your heart out (assuming of course they keep true to the book).

#2 – The Giver
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep
Out: August 15th

In the book by Lois Lowry from 1993 that was set in the future. It’s a complicated and complext kind of book that was meant for children, but ended up having people of all ages reading it. They have changed some things already about it (aging Jonas up and aging Rosemary down) but it should still make for an interesting movie especially because Meryl Streep is in it. Let’s face it. She doesn’t do bad movies.

Out: August 15th
#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista
Out: August 1st

Perhaps not just the top movie to see this month but perhaps the summer. It’s been a slow time at the box office and this movie will look to change that. It should have some big numbers as fans of the Marvel universe will surely give this movie a chance, especially considering there is nothing else coming out. Expect this movie to have all the classic elements of comedy, action, and drama and be a movie that should find it’s fan base rather easy.