‘Star Wars’ falls from the top of the box office

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It only took four weeks before the latest Star Wars movie to fall from the top spot. The sequel to the surprise hit is the movie that is able to take it down, along with a Golden Globe winning movie. Both of these movies were able to take down the movie and force Star Wars into the number three spot at the box office.

Ride Along 2 is the top movie this weekend with its estimated $34 million. The first movie was a surprise hit at the box office so it was no surprise that a sequel would be made. The movie didn’t make as big of an opening as the first movie did, which took in $41 million, but it still was able to beat out Star Wars and a Golden Globe winning movie.

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The Reverent also is able to beat out Star Wars with its estimated $29.5 million weekend. The movie is enjoying an increase at the box office since it did so well at the Golden Globes which was last weekend. The movie should continue to do well tonight at The Critic’s Choice Awards and the Oscars which are next month.

Star Wars The Force Awakens falls from the top spot and brings in an estimated $25.1 million. The movie puts the box office total to $851 million and that is just domestically. The movie continues to hit double digits and is likely to hit $1 billion domestically by the end of its run and an overall $2 billion.

Rounding out the top five is the premiere of the true story titled 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi with an estimated $16 million. Daddy’s Home falls just short of double digits with an estimated $9.3 million.

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

What movie did you see this weekend?

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‘Star Wars’ set to become highest grossing film domestically

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It has finally happened. The latest Star Wars movie has now topped the box office for the highest grossing film in America (not including inflation). The movie surpassed the total on Tuesday when it took in around $8 million on Tuesday. After the totals come in on Wednesday, Star Wars should overtake Avatar’s $760.5 million that it took in domestically.

The movie still has a long way to go to become the highest grossing film of all time. Avatar’s international box office is far ahead of Star Wars and they have a big uphill climb to reach that level. Avatar made over $2 billion worldwide giving the total box office of $2.7 billion. Star Wars currently has $799 internationally giving it a total box office of $1.5 billion. It’s going to take a continued effort by the fans to have the movie continue to do well, but it’s unlikely that it will top the box office.

J.J. Abrams and James Cameron are no strangers to big box office films, both having done so before. Cameron’s Titanic currently holds the number two spot (with inflation added) at the box office at $2.1 billion. This makes Cameron essentially the king of the box office because both of his movies sit at the top two spots of the box office. J.J. Abrams’s big break came when he did the competition, Star Trek movies, which took in $527.6 million between the two movies.

While Star Wars is unlikely to top Avatar for the top grossing movie of all time, it should continue to do well and perhaps pass Jurassic World on the list. World currently sits at $1.6 billion worldwide. The high rating movie is looking to set the standard for the next two episodes and other spin-off movies that have been planned by Disney and Lucasfilms.

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Recap of movies in 2015

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There some movies that surprised us both good and bad. Some of the movies that we had expected to make millions at the box office, underperformed, like Mockingjay part 2, Fantastic Four, and Pan. The good surprises came from The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, and Creed. Each movie had expectations that were made and had a lot of pressure to meet those expectations. The best movies that came out this year were the reboot Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not a big surprise there.

Jurassic World may have surprised some people with its success, but when you add dinosaurs with Chris Pratt, it’s only expected to be successful. The best part is that they redeemed the T-Rex from the first movie (sorry spoiler alert for the five people who haven’t seen it) and were able to get the fans to root for the raptors (BLUE!). Star Wars: The Force Awakens was easily the most anticipated movie of the year and thankfully it lived up to expectations. The movie was able to relate to this generation fans while paying homage to the fans that have loved the series since the 70’s. It’s a timeless story that we will get to see unfold for years to come.

It was a good year for the female director. Both Elizabeth Banks and Sam Taylor-Johnson. Banks, who directed Pitch Perfect 2, and Taylor-Johnson, who directed Fifty Shades of Grey, proved that female directors can make a movie just as good (if not better) as a man can do. They are going to set the road for other female directors in the future. It was the year that women fought for equality in Hollywood which got a lot of attention after Sony’s emails leaked and Jennifer Lawrence wrote a letter in Lena Dunham’s newsletter about how she was underpaid compared to the other actors in the movie American Hustle.

Things are going to be competitive next year with a lot of big name movies set to come out, especially from the comic book universe. There are eight movies set to come out from DC Comics or Marvel. The biggest one is coming in the Spring where Batman V. Superman will face off against Captain America: Civil War at the box office. Captain America has been getting a lot of hype with all the cameos that are expected (plus the introduction of the new Spider-man) but Batman V. Superman is hoping to get the same attention as it tries to match points with Marvel.

Below is the top ten movies that came out in 2015. You can view the total box office for all the movies that came out in 2015 by going here.

10. Spy

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law
Box office: $110.8 million

One of those not-so-big surprise movies that did well at the box office. The surprise was see Jason Statham in comedic role. He shows that he can be more than just someone who can kill you with his bare hands. But now he can do it so that you want to want to laugh as he does it.

9. Cinderella

Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgard

Box office: $201.1 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/cinderella-an-enchanting-story-that-pays-homage-to-the-classic

Another surprise, but shouldn’t have been surprisingly, hit from Disney. Cinderella saved Disney in the 1950’s, and maybe once again in movies of this generation. They were able to prove that they can do more than just theme parks and animated movies, but live movies as well.

8. Mockingjay part 2

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland

Box office: $259.3 million (still in theaters)

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/prepare-to-be-blown-away-by-the-hunger-games-finale-mockingjay-pt-2

One of the most anticipated movies of the year may have not reached the expectations at the box office, but it was certainly a satisfying ending for the fans. Yes there were things that things that we wish could have been different, but it still left the fans with the resolution that we wanted.

7. Furious 7

Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Box office: $353 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-furious-7-one-last-ride-for-paul-walker

This was a bittersweet movie for the fans of the series. We got to say good-bye to Paul Walker while honoring him in his last movie. The movie made everyone cried during the credits (you are lying if you say you didn’t). But more than that, it reminded us that there is more to life than fast cars and money, but friendship and family. Which has been a theme for the movie since day one.

6. Trainwreck

Starring: Amy Schumer, Brie Larson, Bill Hader

Box office: $110 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/amy-schumer-proves-she-s-no-trainwreck

Amy Schumer was one of the many ‘it’ girls of this year. She not only did well with her comedy tour, but her show on Comedy Central as well, winning her first Golden Globe this year. The movie was a hit as well with the fans as it was a nice change of pace to see the roles reversed in this romantic comedy as she is able to relate to not only females, but males as well as both sides struggle with finding love.

5. Inside Out

Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader

Box office: $356 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/inside-out-gives-you-a-bad-case-of-the-feels

Yet another Pixar classic. This movie once again reminds us why Pixar is the master at creating animated movies. They know how to reach deep down inside of you, grab your heart, and rip right out in such a way that has you thanking them for doing it. The movie touched on depression in children, which is relevant to the kids in today’s world.

4. Pitch Perfect 2

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow

Box office: $184.4 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/pitch-perfect-2-bellas-prove-that-sequels-can-be-as-good-as-the-original

This was a surprise his, for me at least. I was weary with the sequel as many people are with movies that they love (look at the sequel for Mean Girls). Sometimes trying to capture lightening in a bottle twice can leave you burned. This time it worked out for the girls and it may have a lot to do with Elizabeth Banks as the director. She kept the focus on the girls and the music. The movie had a lot of heart and of course those pesky quotes that we like to integrate to everyday life.

3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Box office: $459 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-the-avengers-age-of-ultron-bigger-and-better-then-the-first

The Avengers changed the way that superhero movies are made and it did it again in this movie. The stakes were higher, but the movie was able to reach all the stakes with no problem. While the movie may not have done as well as the first one (with all the records that one broke) it did well with the fans, and that’s really where it counts.

2. Jurassic World

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio

Box office: $652.2 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/jurassic-world-is-a-fun-ride-that-everyone-will-enjoy

Initially, fans of the original Jurassic Park were nervous about the reboot. With good reason. Have you seen the history of reboots? This movie was able to prove that yes, sometimes reboots are a great idea. Especially when that reboot has Chris Pratt. He was this year’s ‘it’ boy for movies and proved that with his role in this movie. It did so well that is was able to get a sequel in the works so prepare for more Chris Pratt and dinosaurs.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starring: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford

Box office: $391 million (still in theaters)

Everyone in the world and their mother went to see this movie. At least once. Some more than others. People camped out weeks in advance so that they could get the best seat in the theater, all wanting to be one of the first ones to see the movie. And they were not disappointed. The movie sits as one of the highest ratings of the series and looks like it sparked a new generation of fans for the series.

What was your favorite movie from this year

 

Record breaking weekend for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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It was a history in the making this weekend as the seventh episode for Star Wars, Force Awakens, came out this week. This was the most anticipated movie ever since that it was announced that there would be a new episode. Fans came out in droves to see it not only once, but multiple times this weekend. It shows as the movie not only shatters records but the sets the bar so high that it may not be reached again.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings in a whopping $238 million in the first weekend. This beats out the other big movie to come out this year, Jurassic World’s, opening weekend by about $30 million. This is not the first record that the movie broke this week. Thursday, it broke the advance screening sales and also the highest single-day box office. And it’s only getting started. The movie goes on to break more records besides opening box office. The movie is the fastest to $100 million, $150 million, and $200 million. The record was previously held by Jurassic World for all three categories. At this pace, it should become the highest box office in movie history because you know that fans are not going to stop seeing it over and over again. Especially with it’s almost perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Despite the biggest movie of the decade coming out this weekend, the other two new movies did well with both of them reaching double digits at the box office. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip did well despite its lack of enthusiasm from the fans bringing in an estimated $14.4 million. The comedy from SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did well in Sisters bringing an estimated $13.4 million in the opening weekend.

Rounding out the top five is Mockingjay part 2 with an estimated $5.6 million. It looks like it’s going to fall short of the $300 million mark making it the lowest box office total for the series. Creed enjoys its Golden Globes nomination as it brings in an estimated $5 million over the weekend. It should cross the $100 million mark by the end of its run. For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

There is a laundry list of movies set to come out on Christmas this week, but Hateful Eight and Joy are the ones that might draw the biggest crowds. Star Wars is most likely going to be the top of the box office for a little while now, probably not leaving until Deadpool comes out in February.

What movie did you see this weekend?

Top 10 movies coming out in 2015

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#10. Goosebumps
Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan
Out: 8/7

This one is mainly here for just nostalgic reasons. Anyone that grew up in the 90’s is going to be anxiously awaiting for this movie to hit the  big screens. It’s going to have mystery, drama, and a mix of comedy that is going to make this movie the nostalgic film of the year.

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#9. Insurgent
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort
Out: 3/20

In the second film of the series, fans will be looking to see if the movie makes up for what the first film lacked, and that’s a development in the story. We hope to see more of Kate Winslet and Jeanine showing that Eurdite is not power-hungry crazies but actually have some merit for their decisions.

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#8. Pitch Perfect
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfield, Brittany Snow
Out: 5/15

The first movie was a surprise hit when it the theater, but it shouldn’t really be a surprise. It mixes comedy, heart, and music. This one will have to contest with the first movie and with other sequels that are done. We will see if this movie has what it takes to be better or at least as good as the first one. Either way, it will be worth the chance.


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#7. Magic Mike XXL
Starring: Channing Tatum, Amber Heard, Matt Bomer, Elizabeth Banks
Out: 7/1

It’s going to be between this one and another movie on this list for the movie that has the largest female audience. Channing Tatum and the guys (less Matthew McConaughey) return and they are looking to light up Miami. Expect to see new dance moves and new costumes and have the fans more and more upset the less amount of time someone is not stripping on the screen.

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#6. Jurassic World
Starring: Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Jake Johnson, Vincent D’Onofrio
Out: 6/12

This was quite the surprise when it was announced that a new Jurassic Park movie was being done. Add to the fact you have one of the ‘it’ guys in Chris Pratt leading the movie, you know you will get fans coming out to see it. It is the right time for this movie to be rebooted as it will help to save the franchise from those horrible sequels.

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#5. Fifty Shades of Grey
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle
Out: 2/14

This is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and has been since it was annouced. This trilogy by author EL James burned up the charts and surprised the world with it’s BDSM romance story between Christian and Eva. It will be intersting to see how the movie will play out on screen and how creative the director is at keeping it rated R.

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#4. Furious 7
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese, Ludacris
Out: 4/3

Fast cars, handsome leads, and remembering a fallen actor. This movie is going to be a bittersweet ride. Fans of the series will honor Paul Walker by going to see this movie and it should be worth it. When the original stars returned, it took the series to a whole new level and now that Jason Statham has joined on for this movie, it’s certainly going to be one of the top movies by the end of 2015.

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#3. Mockingjay pt 2
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson
Out: 11/20

Many probably wouldn’t put this movie high up on their list for top movies of 2015, but what makes this movie up on this list is the fact that it is the last one. Anyone who has read the book know that the last part of the book is an all out war that is going to change the series. This movie will shape the rest of the series as we say good bye to the Mockingjay.

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#2. The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Out: 5/1

Any Marvel movie is expected to be an anticipated movie. Add to the fact that it’s the sequel to the highest grossing film of all time? Yeah it’s a recipe for records to be smashed. Marvel has created this world that is so complex and has so many characters that everyone is dying to get into it.

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#1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Starring: Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill
Out: 12/18

This is going to be either the movie of a lifetime or the biggest fail. Fans of the series are nervous about Disney taking over of this franchise and adding to the story that reaches generations. Either way, you know that you are going to watch it and see if it’s as good as the other. If you are one of the naysayers, keep this is mind. Hayden Christianson was an epic failure as Anakin Skywalker but that film still succeeded. And as for Disney being a part of it. One word. Marvel. The first movie the released after buying Marvel was The Avengers. Need I say more?

What movie are you most excited to see in 2015?