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(Huffington Post)   Olympus Has Fallen II: White House Down bombs at the box office, proving Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx aren't the box office draws studios hoped   ( ) divider line 15
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2013-07-01 10:37:10 AM  
4 votes:
I only have the interest to sit in a theatre maybe once per week, and I wanted to see The Heat this weekend, which my wife and I did. And it was f*cking funny as sh*t. Almost as funny as Bridesmaids.

White House Down just looks... boring? I don't particularly like Jamie Foxx. He's just a little too condescending or something I dunno. I just feel like when he's acting he's got this smirk that says "don't you get it? It's me, Jamie Foxx, acting!".

To me, it's a bigger problem than just that. It's with the whole industry. For some reason Hollywood has decided that all action movies have to be over the top massive. Remember Die Hard 1988? John McClane jumping off the roof through the window with a fire hose tied around him. That sh*t looked crazy. And it was small scale compared to today. Yet it still holds up as looking crazy and fretful and all that good stuff. I saw Die Hard 5 and him and his son just jump out of a window without a second thought. And it doesn't even have 1% of the same riveting feel or experience as the 1988 scene.

I'm no movie consultant or anything, but I'd start with "don't use so much CG, use more models/real", and go from there.

/21 Jump Street was awesome
//Man of Steel was terrible
2013-07-01 10:07:33 AM  
3 votes:
Sorry, my summer movie budget is reserved for Iron Man 3, Star Trek into Darkness, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim.  If the movie didn't look to be so by the numbers generic shiat that I've already seen done and done better by Arnold, Segal, Willis, etc... then I might have added it to my budget.
2013-07-01 10:32:03 AM  
2 votes:
I think it's suffering more from Olympus Has Fallen being out already.  The first thing I thought of when I saw the White House Down trailer was, "Where's Gerard Butler?"
2013-07-01 08:34:16 AM  
2 votes:
I saw This Is The End this weekend. Really funny.
2013-07-01 11:29:06 PM  
1 vote:

HellRaisingHoosier: I watched Olympus Has Fallen this weekend. It was neat that a ton of people got shot and stuff got blown up, but the script was stupid and the actors were horrible.

**SPOILER** The part that completely confused me was this:
Activating the Cerberus program and detonating them in their chambers causes the nukes to explode destroying the U.S. and its some 300 million people. Go figure, the U.S. has all three of these people in the same room in the same building at the same time (even though not even KFC allows all the people that know its secret spices to be together). Anyway, so the POTUS orders the Admiral and SecDef to give up their codes because, "HE WILL NEVER TELL!". The terrorists decide to steal the POTUS's child to force him into; however the hero gets the son out of the White House. HOWEVER, all of a sudden the movie showed that the 3rd code (the President's) was entered and the countdown for Cerberus continued.

The POTUS was adamant the entire time about not giving up HIS code. Then AFTER his child is safe, he just suddenly gives up the code without a fight? I don't understand. Also, if the United States and all it's people are about to die a fiery death, why did SecDef and the main Admiral give up their codes? I've heard of people dieing for much less then THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES AND HER PEOPLE. What about Morgan Freeman on the outside of the White House. If the U.S. is about to be blown up why wouldn't you destroy every square inch of that bunker? Surely, even with its "nuclear resistant wall" we could have figured out a way to kill the people inside if it meant everyone else would die.

They hacked (by brute force, apparently) his code.  He never gave it up.  The President ordered the others to give up their codes expecting that when they got to him, he'd have all the time in the world to tell them to fark off.

That wasn't the problem with that particular plot thread.  I alluded to this in my earlier post about the movie, but since it's in the open now, here goes: NUCLEAR WEAPONS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY.  Self-destructing them in the silos probably would kill anyone in the immediate area (by that, I mean people in the silos with them), but they are not going to go nuclear.  I understand realism wasn't a priority for that movie, but when the North Koreans' endgame was revealed, a part of me wished that the President would have stood up and said, "Are you farking serious?  Ah, fark it.  Good luck with that."
2013-07-01 01:42:29 PM  
1 vote:

mjbok: Carth: Star Trek Into Darkness must have broke even by now. Nearly 440 million world wide

Not quite.

220 domestic = 110
218 foreign = 33
110 + 33 = 133

Budget was 190. It will get into the black with HBO and DVD.

I thought STID was released with the new international contract for 35% of ticket sales and 55% domestic? Did Hollywood economist lie to me?
2013-07-01 11:21:44 AM  
1 vote:
This looks like a the perfect movie to watch in the background on Netflix Instant while half-assing housework.
2013-07-01 11:17:53 AM  
1 vote:
I'll admit it I saw Olympus Has Fallen and enjoyed it. It was fun in the same way Commando was in that the over the top violence and cheesy plot were exactly what you expected out of an R rated action movie. White House Down on the other hand looked like a watered down family friendly version of the same movie so I had no desire to see it.
2013-07-01 11:12:17 AM  
1 vote:

Missicat: RIPD..maybe....

Ryan Renolds and Jeff Bridges as action heroes?  Sure, take my money.  But something about the's the music.  Something about the song they chose for the just doesn't have an action movie vibe.  Like it's trying to hard to appeal to "hip".

/Will wait for the reviews
2013-07-01 11:10:31 AM  
1 vote:

abhorrent1: I thought I heard somewhere that the made it for $7M. So while not a blockbuster, they're making a lot of money on it.

If you're talking about Olympus Has Fallen, you need to add another zero. If you're talking about White House Down, you need to add a zero and multiply it by 2.

OHF is profitably now, by $20 million.
WHD is still in the hole by $125 million.
2013-07-01 10:36:26 AM  
1 vote:
This is called DUeling Movies

Past examples:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vs Van Helsing
Iron Eagle vs Top Gun
A Bugs Life vs Antz
Despicable Me vs Megamind
2013-07-01 09:40:48 AM  
1 vote:
The trailer I saw this weekend removed any possibility of seeing this movie. It was basically every single rumor, joke, conspiracy theory, etc. of what's in the White House.

"I heard there are secret tunnels" *Cut to scene of them running through tunnels and explosions*
"What about the secret war room?" *Cut to scene of secret war room*
"Aren't there tennis and basketball courts here?" *Cut to scene of them driving through random courts*
"Can the president's limo really surive an RPG?" *Cut to limo suriving (and flying) after being hit by RPG*

What really did it though was the "No, the White House wouldn't explode like that. This isn't Independence Day" *Cut to "FROM THE DIRECTOR OF INDEPENDENCE DAY!"*
2013-07-01 09:33:07 AM  
1 vote:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: If I want to watch "Die Hard" I'll watch "Die Hard."

I'm starting to worry about Roland Emmerich. If he decided to make a Victorian period drama about the peccadilloes of former ladies' maids attempting to raise their status through marriage the script would still read "FADE UP FROM BLACK: The White House Explodes!"

Now I want to see an Emmerich-made Downton Abbey.
2013-07-01 08:41:46 AM  
1 vote:
Maybe if it didn't look like a movie that would be perfect for MST3K it would have made some money.
2013-07-01 08:33:41 AM  
1 vote:
Everything about the trailers for that movie made it look like something you'll see in one of those big bins of cut-rate DVDs and Blu-rays really soon.
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