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(Deadline)   Taken 2: Electric Boogaloo absconds with the top spot at the box office while Tim Burton's Frankenweenie fails to scare up an audience, debuting at #5. Adam Sandler's Hotel Transylvania is #2, which is oddly fitting, yet terrifying   (deadline.com) divider line 40
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2012-10-07 11:53:47 AM
Taken 2 (3,660 theaters) is the first film that has performed normally for weekend late night shows since July's Aurora shooting tragedy in a movie theater.

Are you farking serious? People wouldn't go to movies because of that prick? He's locked up for Chrissakes. And even if he wasn't it's not like he was going to go on tour. I know, okay, copycats. Still, how many screens are there in the US? You'd have a better chance of winning the powerball than getting shot up. Why are we so farking scared of everything nowadays?

....and how much did they really think Frankenweenie was going to make? It's a Tim Burton movie (it's not 1989 anymore) and it's a children's movie about a dead dog. They're lucky it even got greenlit.
 
2012-10-07 11:54:50 AM
....oh and the "Electric Boogaloo" thing has been played for a very long time.
 
2012-10-07 12:45:57 PM

Mugato: Taken 2 (3,660 theaters) is the first film that has performed normally for weekend late night shows since July's Aurora shooting tragedy in a movie theater.

Are you farking serious? People wouldn't go to movies because of that prick?



I doubt that dude even registers with most people, actually.
 
2012-10-07 12:56:46 PM
Come on, Looper. Do better.
 
2012-10-07 01:01:55 PM

DamnYankees: Come on, Looper. Do better.


Yeah, really. We really do need more R rated sci-fi movies. They don't even have to be R rated, just not have its content dictated by the studio suits. It's not even like the time travel premise held up under scrutiny but at least it was original, at least by today's standards. It wasn't a sequel or a prequel or a re-imagining or a farking cartoon.
 
2012-10-07 01:13:53 PM
I think the "Electric Bugaloo" ship has sailed. It was funny the first few times someone ironically appended that to a sequel title - in the late 1980's and early 1990's.

We get it. It was the title of the sequel for "Breakin'." And there's a guy named Ozone in that flick, which is just goofy.

But at least two decades have passed since the first time "Electric Bugaloo" was invoked ironically.

Work with me a little here.
 
2012-10-07 01:31:47 PM
'Frankenweenie' bombs?

Who's surprised considering that Burton's star as set and the movie was released about 20 years too late.
 
2012-10-07 01:34:47 PM

douchebag/hater: 'Frankenweenie' bombs?

Who's surprised considering that Burton's star as set and the movie was released about 20 years too late.


And teaches children the art of necromancy. I mean, come on.
 
2012-10-07 01:35:24 PM
Well, it looks like there's nothing for me to see in the theaters, at least until winter....

/ is "Looper" worth shelling out $9.75 for?
// ...or should I wait for it to hit the $1.50 budget theater?
 
2012-10-07 01:39:44 PM
I really wish Dredd would've done better. Saw it wed with the GF and both loved it.
 
2012-10-07 01:40:49 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: Well, it looks like there's nothing for me to see in the theaters, at least until winter....

/ is "Looper" worth shelling out $9.75 for?
// ...or should I wait for it to hit the $1.50 budget theater?


How are things in 1994?

/$3.50 budget theaters here in Denver
//$10.50 - $12.00 for most first-run venues
 
2012-10-07 01:44:14 PM
I haven't seen Taken yet, but I hope they stuck to what the original so great, Liam just kicking ass from start to finish.
 
2012-10-07 01:46:07 PM
I was too lazy to go see "The Master" but I heard that movie is really good.
 
2012-10-07 01:46:48 PM
I've seen the treatment for Taken 3.

it isn't pretty

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2012-10-07 02:00:37 PM

Mugato:
....and how much did they really think Frankenweenie was going to make? It's a Tim Burton movie (it's not 1989 anymore) and it's a children's movie about a dead dog. They're lucky it even got greenlit.


Someone should have reminded Mr Burton that children like pretty pretty colors. The black and white thing was just unnecessary and really hurt ticket sales.
 
2012-10-07 02:00:57 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: I haven't seen Taken yet, but I hope they stuck to what the original so great, Liam just kicking ass from start to finish.


Judging from the previews, it's Liam's character AND his character's daughter kicking ass from start to finish this time.

/Drug me up and try to sell me to harem? I'm gonna shove a grenade down your throat and kick you off a building, lets see what kills you first.
//Not sure if its a scene in the movie, but it should be.
 
2012-10-07 02:08:12 PM

xjakk: Mugato:
....and how much did they really think Frankenweenie was going to make? It's a Tim Burton movie (it's not 1989 anymore) and it's a children's movie about a dead dog. They're lucky it even got greenlit.

Someone should have reminded Mr Burton that children like pretty pretty colors. The black and white thing was just unnecessary and really hurt ticket sales.


And it was an obvious throwback to his original.
 
2012-10-07 02:16:05 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: Well, it looks like there's nothing for me to see in the theaters, at least until winter....

/ is "Looper" worth shelling out $9.75 for?
// ...or should I wait for it to hit the $1.50 budget theater?


Yes, go see Looper. Jeff Daniels alone makes it worth it.
 
2012-10-07 02:36:14 PM
I think you mean Genndy Tartakovsky's Hotel Transylvania,failmitter.

/So glad he's seeing success on the big screen.
 
2012-10-07 02:39:13 PM
I really don't like Tim Burton's movies, especially the animated ones. I didn't even like Big Fish.
 
2012-10-07 02:46:01 PM

Mugato: It wasn't a sequel or a prequel or a re-imagining or a farking cartoon.


On those grounds alone I think I'll try to go catch it.
 
2012-10-07 02:46:05 PM
Took our kids to Frankenweenie last night.
It was ok. A LOT funnier than I thought it'd be. The Mrs. and I had fun.
(though to be warned, we don't have a stick up our butt when we go to movies and pretty much try to enjoy everything. I even thought battleship had it's moments, so take that for what you will.)
My 8 year old cried when the dog dies. They handle it well and don't show anything, but still. The kid loses his dog, cries and cries and it's sad.
I'm not a HUGE fan of Burtons. I burnt out on him after a while, but like I said, we enjoyed the movie, but I can TOTALLY see where it won't make money because it's a hard sell.
It's like Toy Soldiers or Gremlins. Not for really young kids, but older ones would be bored.

The best part was the previews.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS looks awesome and I can't wait for Despicable Me 2.
 
2012-10-07 02:48:18 PM

Zombie DJ: My 8 year old cried when the dog dies.


SPOILER ALERT!

/i keed
 
2012-10-07 03:26:40 PM
Taken 1 had probably the simplest, most unmistakable, most enticing trailer since Mercenaries' 'blow up everything' commercial. If the movie's just supposed to be stupid, mindless, violent fun, don't try and sugarcoat it. Just be out with it.

(In the TV division, the prize goes to Henry Rollins and Cathy Rogers for this little vignette during an episode of Full Metal Challenge.)
 
2012-10-07 03:55:47 PM

AliceBToklasLives: douchebag/hater: 'Frankenweenie' bombs?

Who's surprised considering that Burton's star as set and the movie was released about 20 years too late.

And teaches children the art of necromancy. I mean, come on.


Yeah, that, too!
 
2012-10-07 04:23:38 PM
Frankenweenie is based on a short that Tim Burton did early in his career. It was an extra included with Nightmare before Christmas. I liked the original and wondered how well it would scale up to full movie size, so I guess I'm close to the target audience.

I like SF and Horror, especially parodies and comedies, so Hotel Transylvania and Looper sound watchable. The kid from Third Rock seems to be a comer as they used to say, with some real acting ability in a diversity of roles.

I sometimes like the odd blockbuster but for the most part if a movie I like is in the top ten, it's generally in places 1,2,3 or 8.9,10. The middle is for action movies and girlfriend movies. The same for TV shows. If I like it, it is well on its way to early cancelation.
 
2012-10-07 06:07:13 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: / is "Looper" worth shelling out $9.75 for?


I liked it a lot. For one thing, it was an original sci-fi story (okay, maybe not totally original, think Logan's Run but come on, we're grading on a curve here). Sue, I say it was worth it. And it's not in farking 3D. Any movie that doesn't feel the need to be in 3D is worth it.
 
2012-10-07 07:21:46 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Forbidden Doughnut: Well, it looks like there's nothing for me to see in the theaters, at least until winter....

/ is "Looper" worth shelling out $9.75 for?
// ...or should I wait for it to hit the $1.50 budget theater?

How are things in 1994?

/$3.50 budget theaters here in Denver
//$10.50 - $12.00 for most first-run venues


They didn't need budget theatres in 1994. That's a 2000 thing.
 
2012-10-07 08:36:30 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: is "Looper" worth shelling out $9.75 for?


Yeah, it really is. I mean, if you wait for the budget theaters, you'll still see it on the big screen and pay less money, so you could wait, i guess. But definitely see it in the theater, it's a movie best viewed on the big screen. And it's very good. Great acting, cool ORIGINAL concept, very detailed and immersive* world-building, great action, high tension, etc. There are logic issues with the nature of time travel that make you go 'wha...?' when you think back to the movie later, but they in no way detract from the watching experience.

It's nice to see an original concept on the screen instead of a sequel, remake, adaptation of a book or comic, etc. It's so original, in fact, that I can't think of a single movie to compare it to (i.e., 'if you liked X, you would like Looper'). I can only compare elements - the world-building's detail and immersion reminds me of Blade Runner (while being more realistic in its mix of real world-to-sci fi-elements ratio). The time-traveling stuff and the uncertainty about the future remind one of the Terminator. The film itself is film noir style, with a not-annoying voiceover narration from JGL.

One (spoiler free) thing I appreciate about the action (which you'll notice when you see it) is that nobody hits what they're aiming at with their first shot. The gunfights are pretty realistic in that regard - people only twenty feet away from each other regularly miss when they shoot at each other (both the good guys and bad - it's not Stormtrooper syndrome). True to life, when you consider how many real-life gunbattles between cops and perps result in 30-40 shots being fired and nobody being hit. :) I appreciated this because a bad trend of late is for movie gunfights to end up feeling like you're watching a video game... Looper kept it 'real'.

*Chrome is underlining the word 'immersive' as if it's misspelled. It gave me so much self-doubt that I had to look it up and make sure I spelled it correctly. I think Google is trying to make me question my sanity. Why wouldn't 'immersive' be in Chrome's dictionary?
 
2012-10-07 08:51:14 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: AliceBToklasLives: Forbidden Doughnut: Well, it looks like there's nothing for me to see in the theaters, at least until winter....

/ is "Looper" worth shelling out $9.75 for?
// ...or should I wait for it to hit the $1.50 budget theater?

How are things in 1994?

/$3.50 budget theaters here in Denver
//$10.50 - $12.00 for most first-run venues

They didn't need budget theatres in 1994. That's a 2000 thing.


Didn't need 'em but there were $1 theaters back then - which was a nice break from $4.25 for a first-run show.

/or am I missing a pop culture reference?
 
2012-10-07 08:52:51 PM

rotorschnee: I really wish Dredd would've done better. Saw it wed with the GF and both loved it.


THIS.

Saw it. Liked it a helluva lot more than I thought I would. And thought it was head and shoulders above the cheese fest that was the Stallone Dredd.
 
2012-10-07 10:04:51 PM

GreenAdder: I think the "Electric Bugaloo" ship has sailed. It was funny the first few times someone ironically appended that to a sequel title - in the late 1980's and early 1990's.

We get it. It was the title of the sequel for "Breakin'." And there's a guy named Ozone in that flick, which is just goofy.

But at least two decades have passed since the first time "Electric Bugaloo" was invoked ironically.

Work with me a little here.


Well, Taken 2: Taken Harder sounded a little too much like porn.
 
2012-10-07 10:08:45 PM
I had a feeling Frankenweenie would not do very well when my stop motion loving son said he had no interest in seeing it because it's in black and white. I myself couldn't stand black and white movies until I was in my twenties. Strange.
 
2012-10-07 10:40:40 PM

AliceBToklasLives: ExperianScaresCthulhu: AliceBToklasLives: Forbidden Doughnut: Well, it looks like there's nothing for me to see in the theaters, at least until winter....

/ is "Looper" worth shelling out $9.75 for?
// ...or should I wait for it to hit the $1.50 budget theater?

How are things in 1994?

/$3.50 budget theaters here in Denver
//$10.50 - $12.00 for most first-run venues

They didn't need budget theatres in 1994. That's a 2000 thing.

Didn't need 'em but there were $1 theaters back then - which was a nice break from $4.25 for a first-run show.

/or am I missing a pop culture reference?


There was a dollar theater about 2 miles from where I lived during college. Sure, the movies had been out for about a month or two, but it was clean and even the popcorn was only 2 bucks if you had a student ID.

I miss the hell out of that place.
 
2012-10-07 11:54:04 PM

rotorschnee: I really wish Dredd would've done better. Saw it wed with the GF and both loved it.


I agree! I saw it tonight and it was awesome. It was a biatch to get into, though. They stuck it in the smallest theater (about 30 seats). It was sold out yesterday when we tried and when we were buying tickets online this morning there were only a few seats left (for a 5 pm show). It seems like some people want to see it, I guess. It should have been advertised better, I think.

I would totally see it again next weekend, that's how much I liked it. But, it'll probably be gone and I'm saving my money for Looper.
 
2012-10-08 01:39:57 AM
So they're livin' it up at the Hotel Transylvania?
 
2012-10-08 08:38:12 AM

xjakk: Mugato:
....and how much did they really think Frankenweenie was going to make? It's a Tim Burton movie (it's not 1989 anymore) and it's a children's movie about a dead dog. They're lucky it even got greenlit.

Someone should have reminded Mr Burton that children like pretty pretty colors. The black and white thing was just unnecessary and really hurt ticket sales.


The black and white was one of the few good things about it, given it was an homage to old horror movies. Visually, it's great.
 
2012-10-08 03:57:10 PM

Snapper Carr: I've seen the treatment for Taken 3.

it isn't pretty


neeson was on the daily show promoting it. at the end, as jon was closing the interview, he asked when taken 3 was going to be. neeson started shaking his head and did the cut motion with his hand over his neck.

saw the movie this weekend. it was pretty goofy, more so by the serious acting.
 
2012-10-08 06:08:46 PM

Mugato: ....and how much did they really think Frankenweenie was going to make? It's a Tim Burton movie (it's not 1989 anymore) and it's a children's movie about a dead dog. They're lucky it even got greenlit.


Fun Story (or Cool Story Bro) about "Frankenweenie."

My kids and I decided to go home for a few weeks during the summer to visit the family, leaving my active duty wife here in Spain. Two days after we left, our long time Golden Retriever, Brooks, got severely ill and eventually had to be put down by day four. Acute congestive heart failure, near as we can tell.

My wife and I decided that we would wait for a bit to tell the girls, my oldest being eight and the younger one four, because we didn't want to devastate them out so close to the beginning of their trip. But not 12 hours from that decision came an extended commercial on TV for "Frankenweenie," where the dog dies, the kid cannot deal, and in his grief brings him back as a zombie canine or something.

My oldest completely innocently looks at me and asks what would happen if Brooks died? She knew we couldn't bring him back, of course, but what if he got hit by a car or got sick or something? Well, it's one thing to just not tell the kids, but when they ask outright about the eventual death of our beloved dog of twelve years... I can't just lie to them.

Yeah, so thanks to Tim Burton, I had to drop the dead dog bomb on them right at bed time and at the beginning of our stay at grandpa's house. Thanks a lot, asshat.

/end of CSB
 
2012-10-09 02:10:24 PM
Take me once, shame on you. Take me twice, shame on me.
 
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