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(Deadline)   Fast and Furious 6 zooms to the #1 spot again this week with $34 million, and newcomer Now You See Me was #2 with $27.5 million. Scientology parable After Earth bombed, and Star Trek continues its inexorable slide to the budget theaters   (deadline.com) divider line 175
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2013-06-02 09:22:40 AM  
Now what's wrong with budget theaters? The smart people around here wait the 3-4 weeks for the movies to arrive here, only $3 to see one in the afternoons, and even 3D films are affordable.
 
2013-06-02 09:30:58 AM  
Everything I've heard about After Earth was negative and everyone's tired of Will Smith shoving his obnoxious kids down our throats but it's too bad because studios probably aren't going to put out original big budget sci-fi films as much. Not when movies like Hangover 3 make more bank.
 
2013-06-02 09:32:24 AM  
welcome to after earf?
 
2013-06-02 09:44:18 AM  
Jayden Smith's acting made me root for the aliens in The Day the Earth Stood Still.
 
2013-06-02 09:48:13 AM  
Less than 2 weeks until Man of Steel comes out, woohooo!!!
 
2013-06-02 10:12:08 AM  
A friend of mine worked on After Earth. He said he can't wait until he has enough credits on his resume that he doesn't have to list After Earth anymore.
 
2013-06-02 10:26:49 AM  
Has Will Smith ever admitted he's a Scientologist?  He keeps doing stuff like this shiatty movie that's apparently based on stories from Scientology, and he's endorsed schools that use Scientologist methods, but I've never heard him actually say that he is a Scientologist.

Old and busted: Actually saying you're a Scientologist.  New hotness: Endorsing projects that spread Scientologist principles while remaining silent on your own religion.
 
2013-06-02 10:49:00 AM  

born_yesterday: Jayden Smith's acting made me root for the aliens in The Day the Earth Stood Still.


This

/if that wasn't an indicator of what was to come, nothing was
//wanted that kid dead in the first five minutes
 
2013-06-02 10:51:12 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: born_yesterday: Jayden Smith's acting made me root for the aliens in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

This

/if that wasn't an indicator of what was to come, nothing was
//wanted that kid dead in the first five minutes


And remember, he was also in the remake of The Karate Kid, which should have been called The Kung Fu Kid.
 
2013-06-02 11:40:52 AM  

jake_lex: Has Will Smith ever admitted he's a Scientologist?  He keeps doing stuff like this shiatty movie that's apparently based on stories from Scientology, and he's endorsed schools that use Scientologist methods, but I've never heard him actually say that he is a Scientologist.

Old and busted: Actually saying you're a Scientologist.  New hotness: Endorsing projects that spread Scientologist principles while remaining silent on your own religion.


Scientology is a proto-fascist group with cult-like properties, no a religion.
 
2013-06-02 11:42:58 AM  

jake_lex: Has Will Smith ever admitted he's a Scientologist?  He keeps doing stuff like this shiatty movie that's apparently based on stories from Scientology, and he's endorsed schools that use Scientologist methods, but I've never heard him actually say that he is a Scientologist.

Old and busted: Actually saying you're a Scientologist.  New hotness: Endorsing projects that spread Scientologist principles while remaining silent on your own religion.


If Tom Cruise had to do it over again, he'd probably be mum about it too.
 
2013-06-02 11:46:23 AM  
I have no desire to see any of these movies. How did "Now you see me" get to even be #2? Is this how people decided to go see it?

"Let's go see this movie called 'Now You See Me'"
"Well, what's it about?"
"Well you see it's like Oceans 11, or Oceans 12, or Oceans 13, but, get this - WITH MAGIC!"
"Oh dude I'm so there! Take my money now"
 
2013-06-02 11:49:42 AM  

Walker: I have no desire to see any of these movies. How did "Now you see me" get to even be #2? Is this how people decided to go see it?


It looks like it's marketed to the teenybopper set. School's out for the summer, I guess.
 
2013-06-02 11:56:53 AM  

Walker: I have no desire to see any of these movies. How did "Now you see me" get to even be #2? Is this how people decided to go see it?

"Let's go see this movie called 'Now You See Me'"
"Well, what's it about?"
"Well you see it's like Oceans 11, or Oceans 12, or Oceans 13, but, get this - WITH MAGIC!"
"Oh dude I'm so there! Take my money now"


The TV ad made me hope there was a twist in the movie and that during the police interviews, when the "protagonists" are being smarmy, the humiliated cop walks out of the room, and Vic Mackey walks in.  Beatdownilarity ensues.
 
2013-06-02 11:57:59 AM  
I can't wait to hear Letter Letter Media tear the shiat out of After Earth.

Hopefully, they saw that this week, and not Hangover 3. The very CONCEPT of Hangover 3 has never even come close to interesting me.  Who gives a shiat?
 
2013-06-02 11:58:23 AM  

Walker: I have no desire to see any of these movies. How did "Now you see me" get to even be #2? Is this how people decided to go see it?

"Let's go see this movie called 'Now You See Me'"
"Well, what's it about?"
"Well you see it's like Oceans 11, or Oceans 12, or Oceans 13, but, get this - WITH MAGIC!"
"Oh dude I'm so there! Take my money now"


The posters are even similar.

Why did Star Trek drop off so fast? Oh right, its story pissed off the Trekkies and kids don't give a shiat about their parents' franchise.

/liked Star Trek
 
2013-06-02 12:01:58 PM  

Mugato: Walker: I have no desire to see any of these movies. How did "Now you see me" get to even be #2? Is this how people decided to go see it?

"Let's go see this movie called 'Now You See Me'"
"Well, what's it about?"
"Well you see it's like Oceans 11, or Oceans 12, or Oceans 13, but, get this - WITH MAGIC!"
"Oh dude I'm so there! Take my money now"

The posters are even similar.

Why did Star Trek drop off so fast? Oh right, its story pissed off the Trekkies and kids don't give a shiat about their parents' franchise.

/liked Star Trek


I saw Star Trek last night and I thought it was pretty good.
 
2013-06-02 12:03:50 PM  

Mugato: Everything I've heard about After Earth was negative and everyone's tired of Will Smith shoving his obnoxious kids down our throats but it's too bad because studios probably aren't going to put out original big budget sci-fi films as much. Not when movies like Hangover 3 make more bank.


That's too bad.

"Original" sci fi is probably more the domain of television now, movie studios are obviously more interested in the next franchise.
 
2013-06-02 12:04:23 PM  

doczoidberg: Hopefully, they saw that this week, and not Hangover 3. The very CONCEPT of Hangover 3 has never even come close to interesting me.  Who gives a shiat?


I was dragged to that. Not only was it not funny, it was just mean. It hated its audience. Everyone in it was an asshole that you just wanted to die. Except Heather Graham who was just in a cameo and John Goodman, who was the villain but I was rooting for him to kill everyone else. Oh and spoiler alert, they weren't even hung over so it's a misleading title on top[ of everything else. And they kill a bunch of animals. But the Chinaman was funny because he talked funny.
 
2013-06-02 12:08:44 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: "Original" sci fi is probably more the domain of television now


But then they just cast Summer Glau and it's immediately canceled.

But yeah, movies now have to appeal to the widest audience and sci-fi that isn't already a proven property doesn't lend itself to that. Although Oblivion didn't do too bad.

/I didn't mean that crack, Summer, call me
 
2013-06-02 12:09:27 PM  

Mugato: Walker: I have no desire to see any of these movies. How did "Now you see me" get to even be #2? Is this how people decided to go see it?

"Let's go see this movie called 'Now You See Me'"
"Well, what's it about?"
"Well you see it's like Oceans 11, or Oceans 12, or Oceans 13, but, get this - WITH MAGIC!"
"Oh dude I'm so there! Take my money now"

The posters are even similar.

Why did Star Trek drop off so fast? Oh right, its story pissed off the Trekkies and kids don't give a shiat about their parents' franchise.

/liked Star Trek


Star Trek is fine.  It's only 10 million behind the original US, but overseas it's ahead.  It'll end with a nice profit.  The "Trekkies" are fine with the movie, the dropoff is due to bad scheduling and waiting 4 years between movies in a popular franchise is stupid.  "Kids" also enjoy it.

It'll end up with about 250 million ish US and 500-600 worldwide, the biggest in the entire 12 movie franchise.  Sequel is already set for 2016.
 
2013-06-02 12:17:08 PM  

Critch: Star Trek is fine.  It's only 10 million behind the original US, but overseas it's ahead.  It'll end with a nice profit.  The "Trekkies" are fine with the movie, the dropoff is due to bad scheduling and waiting 4 years between movies in a popular franchise is stupid.  "Kids" also enjoy it.

It'll end up with about 250 million ish US and 500-600 worldwide, the biggest in the entire 12 movie franchise.  Sequel is already set for 2016.


Well it was below studio expectations but then studio math says that none of their movies ever make a profit, for tax purposes and screwing people who take a deal on the back end. I've given up trying to figure out movie studio accounting. They just give me a regular paycheck, no matter what business the film does.

So what's the next Trek film going to be about? Since they have to harvest from the old movies, I'd like to see V'ger. But with more explosions and lens flares of course. .
 
2013-06-02 12:23:33 PM  
I saw After Earth yesterday, I liked it. It wasn't a classic for the ages but it was a nice father-son team up film set in a far future.
It was better than Star Trek Into Darkness at any rate, though not by a large amount.
Every Sci Fi film doesn't have to be about epic battles, sometimes you have to cover the aftermath.
 
2013-06-02 12:24:16 PM  
World War Z will own the box office for June.
 
2013-06-02 12:24:19 PM  

jake_lex: Has Will Smith ever admitted he's a Scientologist?  He keeps doing stuff like this shiatty movie that's apparently based on stories from Scientology, and he's endorsed schools that use Scientologist methods, but I've never heard him actually say that he is a Scientologist.

Old and busted: Actually saying you're a Scientologist.  New hotness: Endorsing projects that spread Scientologist principles while remaining silent on your own religion.


Smith is so conscious about his image/brand that he'll never admit it.
 
2013-06-02 12:27:41 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: A friend of mine worked on After Earth. He said he can't wait until he has enough credits on his resume that he doesn't have to list After Earth anymore.


The nature of the entertainment industry is that you're always going to have crappy projects on your résumé. I doubt anyone holds it against you unless your work on the project was clearly subpar.
 
2013-06-02 12:32:06 PM  
AFTER EARTH WAS CO-WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY M NIGHT SHYAMALALADINGDONG!!

No farking wonder it's a disaster of a movie. LOL, they had it under wraps because I was interested in seeing it and they didn't show his name anywhere in the trailers. I went to IMDb a day before it opened and saw his big fat mug there and recoiled in horror and disgust. Then i got disappointed because I really wanted to see this movie, but felt relieved I didn't get tricked into seeing a Shyamalalaladingdong movie.
 
2013-06-02 12:32:23 PM  
Strangely happy to see F&F making so much money. If I ever see it, I probably won't even like it.

DanZero: Now what's wrong with budget theaters?


The shows are cheaper; they don't mind if you put your feet up?
 
2013-06-02 12:35:50 PM  

Critch: Star Trek is fine.  It's only 10 million behind the original US, but overseas it's ahead.  It'll end with a nice profit.  The "Trekkies" are fine with the movie, the dropoff is due to bad scheduling and waiting 4 years between movies in a popular franchise is stupid.  "Kids" also enjoy it.


TDK and TDKR were 4 years apart. TDKR did more business and would have done more if it wasn't for Aurora.
 
2013-06-02 12:44:22 PM  

thornhill: Mr. Coffee Nerves: A friend of mine worked on After Earth. He said he can't wait until he has enough credits on his resume that he doesn't have to list After Earth anymore.

The nature of the entertainment industry is that you're always going to have crappy projects on your résumé. I doubt anyone holds it against you unless your work on the project was clearly subpar.


Yeah, I mean... Norbit was an awful movie, but the makeup people somehow managed to score themselves an Oscar nomination. As long as your buddy held up his end of the bargain, he shouldn't have anything to worry about.
 
2013-06-02 12:45:36 PM  

Mugato: So what's the next Trek film going to be about? Since they have to harvest from the old movies, I'd like to see V'ger. But with more explosions and lens flares of course. .


Given that I expect them to recycle something (ex. Khan) again, and they don't need the Genesis to rebirth Kirk,  I'd love to see somehow an homage to 4 and have them time-travel to 2013 Earth to help solve whatever problem they've encountered.  Wonder what kind of 'tech' they could 'leak' to an engineer....and what 'lib' issue they could address?   Of course, with modern PCs you lose the ability to remake the best scene of that whole film.... meh.
 
2013-06-02 12:45:58 PM  

thornhill: Mr. Coffee Nerves: A friend of mine worked on After Earth. He said he can't wait until he has enough credits on his resume that he doesn't have to list After Earth anymore.

The nature of the entertainment industry is that you're always going to have crappy projects on your résumé. I doubt anyone holds it against you unless your work on the project was clearly subpar.


Janusz Kaminski?  DP on Cool as Ice and Schindler's List (and a bunch of other good stuff)
 
2013-06-02 12:49:29 PM  

theFword: World War Z will own the box office for June.


LOL what?

i40.tinypic.com
 
2013-06-02 12:50:25 PM  
Has anyone tried to explain why Star Trek Into Darkness isn't doing very well?
 
2013-06-02 12:56:10 PM  

theFword: World War Z will own the box office for June.


I LOL'd, thanks for that. :)
 
2013-06-02 12:57:02 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: theFword: World War Z will own the box office for June.

LOL what?

[i40.tinypic.com image 620x826]


yeah,  I got a chuckle out of that one,  too.
 
2013-06-02 01:02:07 PM  

theFword: World War Z will own the box office for June.


cf.badassdigest.com

That Big Purple Blob = Monsters U
That Little Monster = WWZ
 
2013-06-02 01:02:57 PM  

mjohnson71: Has anyone tried to explain why Star Trek Into Darkness isn't doing very well?


Aliens.

/Saw it, liked ST 2009 better.
 
2013-06-02 01:03:13 PM  
What I liked best about Fast and Furious 6:

A farkin' tank flattening car loads of people on a bridge while the villain LoLs manically.

Not just one or two, but seven or eight cars turned into juice boxes!

/Let that sink in a bit.
 
2013-06-02 01:05:10 PM  

Mugato: Everything I've heard about After Earth was negative and everyone's tired of Will Smith shoving his obnoxious kids down our throats but it's too bad because studios probably aren't going to put out original big budget sci-fi films as much. Not when movies like Hangover 3 make more bank.


I had a similar conversation with some friends a few weeks ago after they saw Oblivion.  I've accepted the fact that we are never going to see Darkstar or The Black Hole ever again, but at the very least could we get some sci-fi that doesn't degenerate into Baysplosions for the third act?  After Earth sounded interesting, but then the plot device aliens showed up.

Thing is you can have good sci-fi AND good action in the same movie, but studios are convinced that unless there's a space ship or building blowing up every fifteen minutes the audience will get bored and leave.
 
2013-06-02 01:08:37 PM  

mjohnson71: Has anyone tried to explain why Star Trek Into Darkness isn't doing very well?


It is about to pass Star Trek 2009 as the highest grossing Trek film world wide. I'd say it is doing just fine.
 
2013-06-02 01:08:55 PM  
I went to see "Now You See Me" with my 13 yr old. It wasnt bad for what it was, but completely falls apart in the 3rd act and whoever compares it to the "Oceans" movies for heist shiat should be shot.
 
2013-06-02 01:12:04 PM  
Jaden Smith out on a date with one of the Jenner (mini-Kardashians) girls.

lh6.googleusercontent.com

/picture is hot as Jaden is not
 
2013-06-02 01:20:13 PM  

Flappyhead: Thing is you can have good sci-fi AND good action in the same movie, but studios are convinced that unless there's a space ship or building blowing up every fifteen minutes the audience will get bored and leave.


Oblivion came pretty close. It had a lot of sci-fi concepts and also had action. It was pretty derivative of other movies, true  but it was at least something aiming for sci-fi. But no, we're not going to likely get any more Star Trek movies that aren't about really big ships blowing the fark out of each other and a crazy guy out for revenge. Which is too bad because in the five TV shows and various movies, there were actual sci-fi stories that also had action for the masses. The same 3 or 4 writers they keep hiring for all the sci-fi films just can't write them.
 
2013-06-02 01:21:43 PM  

mjohnson71: Has anyone tried to explain why Star Trek Into Darkness isn't doing very well?


Must be some kind of nerd rage.  I just saw Into Darkness this morning.  I thought it was FAR better than the '09 flick, which I also liked.
 
2013-06-02 01:26:49 PM  

AngryDragon: mjohnson71: Has anyone tried to explain why Star Trek Into Darkness isn't doing very well?

Must be some kind of nerd rage.  I just saw Into Darkness this morning.  I thought it was FAR better than the '09 flick, which I also liked.


THIS
 
2013-06-02 01:27:37 PM  

Mugato: Why did Star Trek drop off so fast? Oh right, its story pissed off the Trekkies and kids don't give a shiat about their parents' franchise.

/liked Star Trek


I loved both movies, especially since I'm one of the few who paid money to see Star Treks Insurrection and Nemesis in theaters. THOSE two movies pissed me off, and yet the so-called fans weren't nearly as outraged by those turkeys than they are about two good entries in the franchise.
 
2013-06-02 01:27:56 PM  

eddievercetti: mjohnson71: Has anyone tried to explain why Star Trek Into Darkness isn't doing very well?

Aliens.

/Saw it, liked ST 2009 better.


Saw it last night. It wasn't terrible - scotty was quite good - but I liked the other movie better as well.
 
2013-06-02 01:28:34 PM  

Mugato: doczoidberg: Hopefully, they saw that this week, and not Hangover 3. The very CONCEPT of Hangover 3 has never even come close to interesting me.  Who gives a shiat?

I was dragged to that. Not only was it not funny, it was just mean. It hated its audience. Everyone in it was an asshole that you just wanted to die. Except Heather Graham who was just in a cameo and John Goodman, who was the villain but I was rooting for him to kill everyone else. Oh and spoiler alert, they weren't even hung over so it's a misleading title on top[ of everything else. And they kill a bunch of animals. But the Chinaman was funny because he talked funny.


I haven't seen any ads for it after release or heard about it mentioned from friends or work. It is like the movie stopped existing.
 
2013-06-02 01:30:54 PM  

soporific: Mugato: Why did Star Trek drop off so fast? Oh right, its story pissed off the Trekkies and kids don't give a shiat about their parents' franchise.

/liked Star Trek

I loved both movies, especially since I'm one of the few who paid money to see Star Treks Insurrection and Nemesis in theaters. THOSE two movies pissed me off, and yet the so-called fans weren't nearly as outraged by those turkeys than they are about two good entries in the franchise.


That's because Trek belongs to the neckbearded fat bastards who live and breathe the stuff.  It enrages them that Trek can be fun and enjoyable to watch for people who don't dress up like aliens and go to conventions.

They'd rather see ST09 and its sequels be complete failures so that they can get back to their online petitions to have the geriatric crew suited up for Star Trek IX: The Undiscovered Voyage Home For Spock.  They'll have a Kickstarter and everything.
 
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