08 July 2006

B.O. Derby

My predictions may not be so great, but baring any ridiculous dropoffs, Pirates looks like its going to take the summer crown. In addition to breaking the opening and three-day records, Pirates may have achieved what no other film ever has, $100 million by day 2. I am sure the suits at Disney are pleased.

Superman has already begun to stall, and $200 million might be out of reach. Then again, maybe now that everyone has gotten Pirates out of their system, they will go give Supes a chance. I really hope a sequel gets greenlit, as I think the next Superman film could be amazing (as in Superman may actually get to throw a punch).

Cars is still on a roll. I am not sure how much this little Pixar film still has in its tank, but I think there is an outside chance of it passing up the X-Men. It's always nice to see good films do well.

Next week, You, Me and Dupree opens, so it looks like the Pirates may have another week on top. Summon the Kraken!

Current Rankings:

9) Click - $105,842,811
8) The Break-Up - $114,304,000
7) Mission: Impossible III - $133,009,689
6) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - $135,634,554
5) Superman Returns - $141,642,667
4) Over the Hedge - $149,732,375
3) Cars - $205,908,484
2) The Da Vinci Code - $213,210,326
1) X-Men: The Last Stand - $231,333,947

My Top 9 Predictions

9) Lady in the Water - $160,000,000
8) Poseidon - $175,00,0000
7) Mission: Impossible III - $205,000,000
6) Over the Hedge - $220,000,000
5) X-Men: The Last Stand - $225,000,000
4) Cars - $260,000,000
3) The Da Vinci Code - $275,000,000
2) Superman Returns - $325,000,000
1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - $350,000,000

Some Serious Swash

Early estimates have Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest demolishing the single day earnings record set last year by Revenge of the Sith. Pirates $55.5 million take sets the film up to also break the opening weekend record set by Spider-Man back in 2002. Wow! All this has spelled disappointment for Superman Returns which will likely end up around the $200 million mark.

Check back tomorrow for an update to the B.O. Derby.

06 July 2006

Pajama Party - Enter Sandman

Another week passes, and with still almost a year until Spider-Man 3 comes out, I have another big spoiler for you. Click the image for a better, more spoilerific look. [Highlight Spoiler] Turns out that Flint Marko, who ultimately becomes the Sandman, was the one who actually pulled the trigger on the gun in the Uncle Ben carjacking, giving Sandman a "personal" touch. [End Spoiler] How does this all make sense? I guess you will just have to watch the film to find out.

05 July 2006

Ink Blots XX - Cars

Welcome to a new month of reviews, with an all new theme: Machines

Also new is the title of this weekly feature. No more is the title Disappearing Ink, rather I have coined the more sense making and clever (in my opinion) Ink Blots. Does that make this feature any better? Doubtful, after all, how could it? :) But change is good. On to the review.

Race car rookie Lightning McQueen is a real hot shot. After a 3-way tie, Lighting heads cross-country to compete in the Piston cup finals. But on the way, he gets separated from his transport truck. Trying to find the highway, he has a little run in with the law, does some serious damage to the road, and is forced to slow down in a town called Radiator Springs. Eventually Lightning makes it to the big race, and I wont tell you who wins the Piston cup (you may be able to guess), but I really liked the way the whole thing unfolded.

One of the film's main characters is the truck "Tow"- Mater voiced by Larry the Cable Guy. From everything I saw in previews, this character's hayseed personality looked likely to ruin the movie. But fortunately, I found Mater to be surprisingly likeable and endearing. Other charming townsfolk included the classic Doc Hudson voiced by Paul Newman of salad dressing fame, a pair of Italian tire peddlers, and Ramone the body-painter voiced by Cheech Marin. Like Nemo's "mine" chanting gulls, Cars boasts an amusing herd of cowlike tractors ripe for tipping.

Cars follows the Pixar formula, plenty of heart, fantastically rendered animation, some music by Randy Newman, and some jokes. Cars is probably a bit lighter on humor than other Pixar entries, not to say it is unfunny, but it is more of a drama in a way than a comedy (at least until the credits roll). I won't say the formula is stale, but it does seem that Cars is riding in familiar territory. The film also integrates classic songs like Life is a Highway and Route 66, though AC/DC's Highway to Hell was noticeably absent.

Pixar has been on a roll ever since releasing the original Toy Story in 1995. Cars is the studio's 7th feature film, and their 7th hit. While A Bug's Life and Cars may not be the megahits that the other 5 films were, their reception and acclaim surely justify these 2 films inclusion in the hit list. So, where exactly does Cars fall in comparison to the other Pixar films? I prefer it to Pixar's "Fish" and "Bugs" films, but The Incredibles remains the studio's crowning achievement. Nonetheless Cars rolls in with an impressive A-.

Check out my past reviews:

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
The Black Cauldron
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Fire & Ice
Grave of the Fireflies
The Iron Giant
Kaena: The Prophecy
The Last Unicorn
Magnetic Rose
Princess Mononoke
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume 1
The Sword in the Stone
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Wallace and Gromit in A Grand Day Out

04 July 2006

B.O. Derby

The pre-4th numbers are in. Superman didn't really get the "up, up, and away" expected, though he still is on his way toward the top. It now seems questionable whether the Man of Steel can top the Mutants. But, the Blue Boy Scout is doing slightly better than Batman Begins did at this point, so hopefully sales will be good enough to justify what would likely be a fantastic sequel. Cars is still consistently rolling along, looking to break $200 million soon, and to claim the year's top spot for animated films. Opening this week is the highly anticipated Pirates 2, and with Supes basically out of the way for #1 this summer, it doesn't look like anything can stop Jack Sparrow from taking the crown.

Current Rankings:

9) Nacho Libre - $65,376,000
8) Click - $78,418,0000
7) Superman Returns - $84,688,000
6) The Break-Up - $110,229,830
5) Mission: Impossible III - $132,334,000
4) Over the Hedge - $147,697,000
3) Cars - $182,591,139
2) The Da Vinci Code - $209,833,000
1) X-Men: The Last Stand - $228,533,000

My Top 9 Predictions

9) Lady in the Water - $160,000,000
8) Poseidon - $175,00,0000
7) Mission: Impossible III - $205,000,000
6) Over the Hedge - $220,000,000
5) X-Men: The Last Stand - $225,000,000
4) Cars - $260,000,000
3) The Da Vinci Code - $275,000,000
2) Superman Returns - $325,000,000
1) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest - $350,000,000