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(Deadline)   Divergent, the latest Hunger Games wannabe, brings in $50 million and the #1 spot at the box office. The Muppets Most Wanted was sort of wanted, earning $17 million and the #2 spot. Mr. Peabody & Sherman are #3, and Frozen falls to #18   (deadline.com) divider line 74
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2014-03-23 09:34:44 AM  
What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?
 
2014-03-23 10:20:31 AM  
Muppets Most Wanted is pretty good.
Glad I saw it.
 
2014-03-23 10:27:50 AM  
Saw MMW, thought it was good, but not as good as the last one.
 
2014-03-23 12:07:40 PM  

thamike: What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?


I think subby is projecting; a lot of studios have snapped up properties that mimic hunger games, like sever snapped up properties which mimicked Harry Potter; the closest we got to a 'spree' of tween magic movies was the Percy Jackson movie though, wasn't it?

And Vampire's apprentice, which I was shocked to determine wasn't a god awful mess. It was kind of fun, and the movie was better than the book.

...don't judge me, I watched the movie, discovered it was a series and said 'maybe the books will be good too'.  They were not.
 
2014-03-23 12:08:58 PM  
Rented "Cheap Thrills" on VOD. A movie Drafthouse is promoting. I thought it was a good film, not your typical Hollywood ending. Kind of reminded me of "Funny Games".

l.yimg.com
 
2014-03-23 12:10:03 PM  
Frozen falls to #18, after being on the list how long?
 
2014-03-23 12:14:32 PM  

NeverDrunk23: Frozen falls to #18, after being on the list how long?


Obviously it didn't have legs.
 
2014-03-23 12:14:42 PM  
Where's "Bad Words?" Not even a mention of it in the article? I saw it yesterday. It was great. Highly recommended. Just the right mix of a dark revenge movie but it also has some heart, even if it's delivered with a middle finger. Definitely a movie made for Farkers.
 
2014-03-23 12:16:19 PM  
Nothing on God Is Dead which was in #3 for some stupid reason?
 
2014-03-23 12:19:28 PM  
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Yeah Disney, stop putting the Muppets movies against YA films.
 
2014-03-23 12:21:01 PM  

taxandspend: eddievercetti: Nothing on God Is Dead which was in #5 for some stupid reason?

That made $8 million, Son of God made an additional $2 million... Jesus is making a comeback!


Friday, it was in #3 which made me wonder, Hercules and Superman are in the same film and it's a pro-Christian film.
 
2014-03-23 12:21:27 PM  
Veronica Mars sort of bombed. Added 56 theatres and still dropped 75% from last weekend.
 
2014-03-23 12:22:47 PM  
Saw The Grand Budapest Hotel. Liked it a lot, but it's not as good as Moonrise Kingdom, which was an absolute masterpiece.
 
2014-03-23 12:27:33 PM  

kroonermanblack: thamike: What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?

I think subby is projecting; a lot of studios have snapped up properties that mimic hunger games, like sever snapped up properties which mimicked Harry Potter; the closest we got to a 'spree' of tween magic movies was the Percy Jackson movie though, wasn't it?


Though Divergent seems awfully similar to Hunger Games* and Harry Potter had its knock offs (mostly in book form, it seems), I think Twilight is what really caused a lot of movie studios to snap up tween book series. Even though Hunger Games isn't thematically similar, I would bet investment interest stemmed mostly from the success of the Twilight movies.

as a whole, I'd really like to see some genuine action films not filtered through marketing for a young audience.


*fark you contractually-obligated Battle Royale shiatposters, the whole concept is not at all new and existed well before either story.
 
2014-03-23 12:29:09 PM  
Grand Budapest Hotel was fun.  Needed more Bill Murray.
 
2014-03-23 12:29:27 PM  

eddievercetti: [img.fark.net image 469x108]

Yeah Disney, stop putting the Muppets movies against YA films.


YA?
 
2014-03-23 12:29:31 PM  
Frozen also came out on Blu Ray this week.

Why, yes, I do have preschool daughters.

/Let it goooooooooooooooooo
 
2014-03-23 12:32:36 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: eddievercetti: [img.fark.net image 469x108]

Yeah Disney, stop putting the Muppets movies against YA films.

YA?


Young adult.

Unless he means Yakking Adroitly, of course.
 
2014-03-23 12:34:37 PM  
The wife and I saw Muppets Most Wanted at the Alamo Drafthouse. It was a funny movie, made even better by beer. And the pre-show footage was just as fun, especially the old vintage ads and shorts starring the Muppets (or the characters who would become the now iconic Muppets). Alamo is the preferred venue for movies like these.

While I agree that the first one was stronger, this one holds its own. It was better than a lot of the Muppet movies. had plenty of laughs, great human performances, oodles of cameos, and some really fun songs. I do think the songs in the first film were more iconic("Life's a Happy Song" is one of the strongest since "Rainbow Connection") but these songs were pretty good too.

I feel like I'm damning it with faint praise when, in fact, I had a great time and I think anyone who sees it will have a blast. This is one of my favorite Muppet movies, and I love what they are doing with the franchise.
 
2014-03-23 12:43:21 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: kroonermanblack: thamike: What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?

I think subby is projecting; a lot of studios have snapped up properties that mimic hunger games, like sever snapped up properties which mimicked Harry Potter; the closest we got to a 'spree' of tween magic movies was the Percy Jackson movie though, wasn't it?

Though Divergent seems awfully similar to Hunger Games* and Harry Potter had its knock offs (mostly in book form, it seems), I think Twilight is what really caused a lot of movie studios to snap up tween book series. Even though Hunger Games isn't thematically similar, I would bet investment interest stemmed mostly from the success of the Twilight movies.

as a whole, I'd really like to see some genuine action films not filtered through marketing for a young audience.


*fark you contractually-obligated Battle Royale shiatposters, the whole concept is not at all new and existed well before either story.


I believe they're making a Blood Meridian movie.
 
2014-03-23 12:45:50 PM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: B.L.Z. Bub: eddievercetti: [img.fark.net image 469x108]

Yeah Disney, stop putting the Muppets movies against YA films.

YA?

Young adult.

Unless he means Yakking Adroitly, of course.


The word "adult" shouldn't be used anywhere near the Twilight movies.
 
2014-03-23 12:49:53 PM  
Luke Skywalker = young adult with a special destiny
 
2014-03-23 01:06:10 PM  
Marvel Season starts next week so look for a lot of smaller movies to be swept aside.  Cap 2 is at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and is being mentioned in the same breath as Dark Knight and Iron Man for being very good movie, that just happens to someone in a fancy costume as the main character.  They've got $80 million penciled in, but I think broader appeal and repeat business will push that higher.

/Already have my tickets for April 3rd!
 
2014-03-23 01:10:09 PM  

kroonermanblack: thamike: What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?

I think subby is projecting; a lot of studios have snapped up properties that mimic hunger games...


"The Giver" is also coming out later this year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYZxZups06w
 
2014-03-23 01:11:31 PM  

bighairyguy: Marvel Season starts next week so look for a lot of smaller movies to be swept aside.  Cap 2 is at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and is being mentioned in the same breath as Dark Knight and Iron Man for being very good movie, that just happens to someone in a fancy costume as the main character.  They've got $80 million penciled in, but I think broader appeal and repeat business will push that higher.

/Already have my tickets for April 3rd!


That movie is now "shut up and take my money" for me, which is why I refuse to even watch previews at this point. I'm sold. Same is true for X-men and Guardians of the Galaxy. That first preview was enough for me, I'm so there. Well, that's not quite true. I was already sold long before the preview, but now it's also "shut up, etc."

Oh, and Godzilla. My money. You take it. Shut up.
 
2014-03-23 01:19:59 PM  

thamike: What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?


Off the top of my head, Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones, Vampire Academy and a couple more I know I'm forgetting were all big YA book franchises that bombed.
 
2014-03-23 01:23:51 PM  
I took a date to God's not dead.  She wanted to see it and she's cute, so shut it.

Anyways, it was pure Christian propaganda.  The theater was packed with believers and they cheered and applauded for the Christian guy whenever he would stand up to the evil aethiest.  Oh...Muslims are evil too.

The things we suffer through for the opposite sex.
 
2014-03-23 01:24:54 PM  

soporific: bighairyguy: Marvel Season starts next week so look for a lot of smaller movies to be swept aside.  Cap 2 is at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and is being mentioned in the same breath as Dark Knight and Iron Man for being very good movie, that just happens to someone in a fancy costume as the main character.  They've got $80 million penciled in, but I think broader appeal and repeat business will push that higher.

/Already have my tickets for April 3rd!

That movie is now "shut up and take my money" for me, which is why I refuse to even watch previews at this point. I'm sold. Same is true for X-men and Guardians of the Galaxy. That first preview was enough for me, I'm so there. Well, that's not quite true. I was already sold long before the preview, but now it's also "shut up, etc."

Oh, and Godzilla. My money. You take it. Shut up.


I've seen a lot of Cap 2 posts like this, "I'm not big fan of Captain America, but I'll be there opening weekend."  Marvel "gave away" a lot of scenes in the Avengers previews, but it didn't really give away too much of the actual plot and order of the movie, nor did it dampen anyone's desire to see it.

As for GOTG, they're more like, "I'd never heard of them before the trailer, I'll be there opening night."

And seconded on the Godzilla movie, looks like it could be awesome, assuming they don't get too preachy.

FYI, new Days of Future Past trailer coming out this week.
 
2014-03-23 01:28:35 PM  

robsul82: thamike: What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?

Off the top of my head, Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones, Vampire Academy and a couple more I know I'm forgetting were all big YA book franchises that bombed.


I saw Vampire Academy. I kept thinking it was like early 90210 but with vampires.
 
2014-03-23 01:30:12 PM  

kroonermanblack: thamike: What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?

I think subby is projecting; a lot of studios have snapped up properties that mimic hunger games, like sever snapped up properties which mimicked Harry Potter; the closest we got to a 'spree' of tween magic movies was the Percy Jackson movie though, wasn't it?


The Maze Runner is supposed to be the next Hunger Games-ish thing.  It's a bunch of kids with their memories erased thrown into a deadly maze for sport.

/Or so I've heard.  Never read the book.
 
2014-03-23 01:34:23 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Though Divergent seems awfully similar to Hunger Games*


Having read both, the similarities:

It takes place in a dystopian future.

There are teenagers.

Really, that's about it.
 
2014-03-23 01:43:40 PM  
Duh.  Tween girls and old people are still the only two groups that have yet to grasp torrenting.
 
2014-03-23 01:51:08 PM  

Summoner101: I believe they're making a Blood Meridian movie.


this will be a bit difficult as I think it could easily turn into a generic western that's bloodier than average. The purely evil tone of the book will be hard to capture. They're also adapting Child of God as well.


JosephFinn: FeedTheCollapse: Though Divergent seems awfully similar to Hunger Games*

Having read both, the similarities:

It takes place in a dystopian future.

There are teenagers.

Really, that's about it.



fair enough, I haven't read either. Divergent did seem to look awfully similar, though.

robsul82: thamike: What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?

Off the top of my head, Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones, Vampire Academy and a couple more I know I'm forgetting were all big YA book franchises that bombed.


more of a Twilight knockoff, but if you get really bored one weekend, there's also Netflix's Hemlock Grove. Terribad doesn't even begin to describe it.
 
2014-03-23 01:52:57 PM  

taxandspend: NeverDrunk23: Frozen falls to #18, after being on the list how long?

According to BOMojo, Frozen is at 13 in its 18th week.


Yeah, I was looking at movie times this weekend and I was kind of surprised to see 3 showings of Frozen on the movie times when it just came out on home video. Outside of festivals and revivals, how often do you see a movie where it is in theaters at the same time the home video release is out? This has just been a really interesting theatrical run.
 
2014-03-23 01:57:04 PM  
Saw Divergent with the wife. Though terribly sappy in places, it was surprisngly not shiatty.

Also nothing like Hunger Games outside of there being teens in a dystopian/post apocalypse environment.
 
2014-03-23 01:57:46 PM  

bighairyguy: Marvel Season starts next week so look for a lot of smaller movies to be swept aside.  Cap 2 is at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and is being mentioned in the same breath as Dark Knight and Iron Man for being very good movie, that just happens to someone in a fancy costume as the main character.  They've got $80 million penciled in, but I think broader appeal and repeat business will push that higher.

/Already have my tickets for April 3rd!


I saw the clip of the first 10 minutes of the movie, and it was a lot of fun. I love how Black Widow has become Cap's "work wife". They had some great rapport in the clip.
 
2014-03-23 03:00:50 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: kroonermanblack: thamike: What were the other Hunger Games wannabes?

I think subby is projecting; a lot of studios have snapped up properties that mimic hunger games, like sever snapped up properties which mimicked Harry Potter; the closest we got to a 'spree' of tween magic movies was the Percy Jackson movie though, wasn't it?

Though Divergent seems awfully similar to Hunger Games* and Harry Potter had its knock offs (mostly in book form, it seems), I think Twilight is what really caused a lot of movie studios to snap up tween book series. Even though Hunger Games isn't thematically similar, I would bet investment interest stemmed mostly from the success of the Twilight movies.

as a whole, I'd really like to see some genuine action films not filtered through marketing for a young audience.


*fark you contractually-obligated Battle Royale shiatposters, the whole concept is not at all new and existed well before either story.


And BR sucked.

People kept talking it up, so when I finally watched it -- I couldn't wait for it to end. Just when I thought it was over, there was that boat scene at the end.

What a waste.
 
2014-03-23 03:03:45 PM  
http://youtu.be/H4g4oV8lK4s

This alone should have gotten this movie $150 million opening weekend.
 
2014-03-23 03:47:08 PM  
Aww...I was hoping for a Shailene Woodley picture thread...
 
2014-03-23 03:56:07 PM  

parkerlewis: I took a date to God's not dead.  She wanted to see it and she's cute, so shut it.

Anyways, it was pure Christian propaganda.  The theater was packed with believers and they cheered and applauded for the Christian guy whenever he would stand up to the evil aethiest.  Oh...Muslims are evil too.

The things we suffer through for the opposite sex.


I got dragged to that movie too.  Full of strawmen, quote mining, cherry picking, one demontional characters, cameos that don't really serve any point (looking at you Duck Dynasty guy and wife) misconstruing basic facts (couldn't pronounce Georges Lemaître's name correctly, but that's minor), not really seeming to understand how higher education works (that's a pretty heavy reading list for a 100 level intro class), And having to play the "Help!  Christians are being oppressed!" card.  I swear, all that it needed was someone standing behind the atheist professor wearing a red devil costume going "HAW! HAW!" and it was pretty close to a Chick tract being given a live action movie treatment.
 
2014-03-23 03:59:31 PM  

soporific: The wife and I saw Muppets Most Wanted at the Alamo Drafthouse. It was a funny movie, made even better by beer. And the pre-show footage was just as fun, especially the old vintage ads and shorts starring the Muppets (or the characters who would become the now iconic Muppets). Alamo is the preferred venue for movies like these.

While I agree that the first one was stronger, this one holds its own. It was better than a lot of the Muppet movies. had plenty of laughs, great human performances, oodles of cameos, and some really fun songs. I do think the songs in the first film were more iconic("Life's a Happy Song" is one of the strongest since "Rainbow Connection") but these songs were pretty good too.

I feel like I'm damning it with faint praise when, in fact, I had a great time and I think anyone who sees it will have a blast. This is one of my favorite Muppet movies, and I love what they are doing with the franchise.


No beer for us, but we had a great time at MMW as well. Less dramatic, more madcap than the last. Stayed true to the Muppet tradition. We will add it to our blu - ray collection. And Piggy looked awesome.
 
2014-03-23 04:03:08 PM  

lethological_lassie: soporific: The wife and I saw Muppets Most Wanted at the Alamo Drafthouse. It was a funny movie, made even better by beer. And the pre-show footage was just as fun, especially the old vintage ads and shorts starring the Muppets (or the characters who would become the now iconic Muppets). Alamo is the preferred venue for movies like these.

While I agree that the first one was stronger, this one holds its own. It was better than a lot of the Muppet movies. had plenty of laughs, great human performances, oodles of cameos, and some really fun songs. I do think the songs in the first film were more iconic("Life's a Happy Song" is one of the strongest since "Rainbow Connection") but these songs were pretty good too.

I feel like I'm damning it with faint praise when, in fact, I had a great time and I think anyone who sees it will have a blast. This is one of my favorite Muppet movies, and I love what they are doing with the franchise.

No beer for us, but we had a great time at MMW as well. Less dramatic, more madcap than the last. Stayed true to the Muppet tradition. We will add it to our blu - ray collection. And Piggy looked awesome.


I took my dad, and he was surprised that Miss Piggy had her own hair stylist listed in the credits. But then we thought about it, and she changed her hair almost every single scene, and it all looked super expensive and fancy.
 
2014-03-23 04:09:38 PM  

parkerlewis: I took a date to God's not dead.  She wanted to see it and she's cute, so shut it.

Anyways, it was pure Christian propaganda.  The theater was packed with believers and they cheered and applauded for the Christian guy whenever he would stand up to the evil aethiest.  Oh...Muslims are evil too.

The things we suffer through for the opposite sex.


But if she is a fundie, doesn't that lower the chances you'll get some lovin' for your sacrifice? Or are you banking on playing the "technical virginity" card for some butt stuff?
 
2014-03-23 04:12:14 PM  

soporific: bighairyguy: Marvel Season starts next week so look for a lot of smaller movies to be swept aside.  Cap 2 is at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and is being mentioned in the same breath as Dark Knight and Iron Man for being very good movie, that just happens to someone in a fancy costume as the main character.  They've got $80 million penciled in, but I think broader appeal and repeat business will push that higher.

/Already have my tickets for April 3rd!

That movie is now "shut up and take my money" for me, which is why I refuse to even watch previews at this point. I'm sold. Same is true for X-men and Guardians of the Galaxy. That first preview was enough for me, I'm so there. Well, that's not quite true. I was already sold long before the preview, but now it's also "shut up, etc."

Oh, and Godzilla. My money. You take it. Shut up.


All of this.

/2014's looking like a good year for movies
 
2014-03-23 04:36:04 PM  
We have Anne Rice and her slew of gothic fatties that were raised on her gay vampire tripe for all of crap vampire flicks we have out today.
 
2014-03-23 04:41:42 PM  
While I have no interest in seeing Divergent, I am glad to see that both Devergent and Hunger Games have been hits. Hollywood is finally getting the message that movies with a female lead don't have to be chick flicks. They can be action movies as well.
 
2014-03-23 05:01:52 PM  
I don't think Bad Words has had a wide release yet as it has played in Virginia Beach .
 
2014-03-23 05:02:01 PM  

greentea1985: While I have no interest in seeing Divergent, I am glad to see that both Devergent and Hunger Games have been hits. Hollywood is finally getting the message that movies with a female lead don't have to be chick flicks. They can be action movies as well.


Really?  What happened to Tomb Raider, Salt, Bonnie and Clyde, La Femme Nikita(and its American version) Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor kicked some ass, Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon, Charlies Angels, KILL BILL, Alien(s), Resident Evil,  the Fifth Element, and Thelma and Louis off the top of my head.
 
2014-03-23 05:36:02 PM  

JosephFinn: FeedTheCollapse: Though Divergent seems awfully similar to Hunger Games*

Having read both, the similarities:

It takes place in a dystopian future.

There are teenagers.

Really, that's about it.


Two more things: they have a female lead and they were heavily marketed to the same audience.  However, there are a shiat-ton of YA dystopias that have come out in the last 3-4 years that meet the exact same criteria, and Divergent is more original than most.  After reading both trilogies, I'm convinced that any critic who persists in calling Divergent a ripoff of The Hunger Games is lying about having read (or seen) at least one of them.  The author probably got her book (and movie) deal as a direct result of The Hunger Games' success, and Divergent is not as good overall, but its plot and themes are pretty different.

However, considering how many YA franchises they've failed to launch in the last few years, this one did pretty well.  I saw it Friday night, and it wasn't great, but it was fun enough.  The teenagers in the audience seemed happy afterward.

I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel on Saturday - needless to say, that was way better.
 
2014-03-23 05:48:30 PM  

kroonermanblack: I think subby is projecting; a lot of studios have snapped up properties that mimic hunger games, like sever snapped up properties which mimicked Harry Potter; the closest we got to a 'spree' of tween magic movies was the Percy Jackson movie though, wasn't it?


Eragon, Narnia, Percey Jackson, Golden Compass, Spiderwick Chronicles, Inkheart, Stardust, City of Ember and Water Horse all came out in the wake of Harry Potter (some of those books were written before HP but the movies all came out after).

There is a lucrative industry in the "child [learns/inherits/acquires] special [gifts/magics/talents] and goes adventuring in fantasy [world/land/school]" trope.
 
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