“Mockingjay” falls to “Exodus” at the box office


There were two big name movies that came out this weekend and both movies were able to get into the top five with one of them knocking out Mockingjay pt 1 from the top for the first time in four weeks.

Christian Bale’s new movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings premieres at the top spot with an estimated $24.5 million. The movie falls way below what is expected of the movie and shouldn’t fair that well at the box office. Especially with the tough competition coming out in the coming weeks.

Mockingjay pt 1 finally falls from the top spot at the box office only bringing an estimated $13.2 million. The movie starting to slow down with the numbers but is still on pace to be the top grossing movie this year. But is no where near where the other two movies are for box office totals.

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Dropping to number three is Penguins of Madagascar with an estimated $58.8 million. The movie has a 72% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes but it hasn’t been enough to help the movie get some money at the box office.

The other new movie to come out this week, Top Five, just misses beating Penguins with an estimated $7.2 million. Big Hero 6 rounds out the top five with an estimated $6.1 million.

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

What movie did you see this weekend?



“Mockingjay” remains at the top spot for the box office


There was only one big movie to come out this week and no movie was able to take down the top spot from Mockingjay pt 1.

Mockingjay Pt 1 takes the top spot for the third straight week with an estimated $21.6 million. The movie has had a good time at the box office already reading $257 million in just three weeks and should cross the $300 million mark by the end of the month, challenging Guardians of the Galaxy for the highest grossing film of 2014.

Penguins of Madagascar stays in the same spot in the box office bringing in an estimated $11.1 million in it’s 2nd week. The movie is highly underachieving it’s goal at the box office and still has a long way to go to reach it’s $132 million budget.

Horrible Bosses 2 moves up in the charts bringing in an estimated $8.6 million. Another movie that is underachieving, proving that sometimes sequels are not a good thing.


Rounding up the top five is Big Hero 6 with an estimated $8.1 million and becoming the 2nd highest grossing animated film this year behind The Lego Movie. Interstellar was able to bring in an estimated $8 million over the weekend. The one movie to come out this week, The Pyramid, took in an estimated $1.3 million.

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

What movie did you see this weekend?


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“Mockingjay” wins battle of the sequels at the box office


There are two new movies, both sequels, that came out this weekend and neither one of them was able to grab the top spot from last week’s holder, Mockingjay.

Mockingjay pt 1 continues to dominate the box office bringing in an estimated $56.8 million during it’s second week. The movie is still doing well and is on track to become the highest box office for this year, but it’s got a long way to go to catch up to the other two movies in the series. At this pace, it has a chance to beat them but with the tough competition in December for releases, it might not happen.

Penguins of Madagascar premieres with an estimated $25.8 million. The movie didn’t premiere as well as the others and likely won’t reach the same box office that the other three movies in the series.


Big Hero 6 drops to the number three spot with an estimated $18.7 million, moving right past it’s $165 million budget this week. The movie is continuing to do well and should move up the charts for Disney Animation movies, on pace to take the number two spot from 2010’s Tangled.

Rounding out the top five is Interstellar with an estimated $15.8 million and the premier of Horrible Bosses 2 with an estimated $15.7 million.

For the rest of the list, you can go here.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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Review – “Penguins of Madagascar” – good family film that relies to much on the cuteness of the penguins


Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare, and Andy Richter
Director: Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith
Rated: PG
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1911658/

In this sequel of sorts, we follow the penguins from Madagascar as they embark on an epic adventure to save the penguins of the world from being kidnapped.

The movie had a lot of potential as the penguins from Madagascar are fan favorites from the movie and have found success on the TV show on Nickleodeon. But the movie falls short of expectations. The movie had a few laughs, but for the most part it was lackluster in the comedy department. It felt like the movie relied to much on the success from the movies and the TV show and didn’t do much in anything else.


There were some bright sides to the movie and that fell with Private as we finally get to see another side of him and also with the other characters in the film. They were the ones that made up for the lack of story from the penguins.

The movie does strike a cord with the kids and it’s a good choice to bring your kids to if you’ve already seen Big Hero 6. It’s got some cute and funny moments, but it doesn’t quite capture that special quality that the rest of the series had.

Rated: C

What did you think of the movie?

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Top 5 movies to see this November

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#5 – Big Hero 6
Out: November 7th
Starring: Ryan Potter (TV’s Supah Ninjas), Scott Adsit (TV’s 30 Rock), Jamie Chung (The Hangover 3)

Disney is at it once again, but this movie looks to be targeted more towards the little boys (which makes sense because the last one was Frozen and was targeted to girls though end up having everyone like it). The movie is made from the creators of Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen so the graphics are going to be great and the story line should be entertaining enough that would be good for not only the kids, but the parents as well.

#4 – Dumb and Dumber 2
Out: November 14th
Starring: Jim Carrey (Kick-Ass 2), Jeff Daniels (TV The Newsroom), Laurie Holden (TV The Walking Dead)

This is going to be one of those movies that is either going to be really good or it’s going to be really bad. The sequel that was made (without the original actors bombed) but the fact that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back, I am quite intrigued. The first movie is one with acquired taste and this is the kind of movie that is perfect for those days when I want to laugh.

#3 – Penguins of Madagascar
Out: November 28th
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch (TV Sherlock), Tom McGrath (Madagascar 3), Chris Miller (Madagascar 3)

It was only a matter of time before the penguins came to the big screen. The loveable spies are perfect movie to see with the whole family. It has comedy and action and of course a good message that will be enjoyable to watch.

#2 – Horrible Bosses 2
Out: November 28th
Starring: Jason Bateman (This is Where I Leave You), Jason Sudekis (TV Portlandia), Charlie Day (TV It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

Yes, it is yet another sequel to another good idea. The three guys reunite as they get a new competitor after they start up their own business. The movie is probably going to have the same charm and quick comedy moments that the first one had, but it’s going to be the secondary characters that steal the show. As a side note, Jennifer Aniston is back for the sequel so to see her in this role would be enough of a reason to see the movie.

#1 –  Mockingjay Pt. 1
Out: November 21st
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men Days of Future Past), Josh Hutcherson (Catching Fire), Liam Hemsworth (Paranoia)

This movie is perhaps one of the most if not the most anticipated movie of the year. The war begins in the series as Katniss leads the rebels against the captial. This is the first part of the last book and it’s going to be interesting and fun to see where director Francis Lawrence takes the film considering how well the 2nd book was adapted to the big screen.

What movie are you most excited to see this month?