Box Office Barometer 12-19-11: What’s Going On?


Blah, blah, blah, the box office is down again this week.  Surprisingly, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked are both way down from their previously installments (-$22 million and -$25 million, respectively).  Normally, the next step in any analysis would be about the state of the movie industry and … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 12-12-11: Calculating Actors’ Values


Movies like New Years Eve get made, because studios think “star = money, therefore more stars = more money.”  Thus, we get this concoction of 18 “stars” in a two hour movie.  Even just by looking at the movie poster, you can’t ascertain anything except “actors,” “New Years Eve,” and “smiles.”  Since the movie only … Continue reading

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Every Arnold Scream in every Arnold Movie… ever


I came across this video on YouTube today, and It’s a montage of every Arnold Yell in every Arnold movie… ever. Sounds really impressive, right? Well, it is. If you love Arnold, or love to make fun of Arnold, then this video is for you. It’s universal. Enjoy.

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Box Office Barometer 11-29-11: A New Hope?


Another weekend means more analysis lamenting the decline in movie ticket sales.  For every movie that does well like The Muppets, there’s a Happy Feet Two (leading to layoffs), Immortals (successful, but the budget’s too high to make money), and Tower Heist (just didn’t meet expectations).  Instead of finishing the year on a sour note, … Continue reading

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Requiem for Community


NBC has all but canceled Community this week, sending the internet abuzz.  It is a quality show with a rabid, but small fan base.  As a network that was defined by quality in the 80s and 90s, current president of programming Bob Greenblatt claims the he is trying to restore NBC back to its glory … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 11-14-11: Debating Immortals’ Mediocre Status

"Immortals" 2010

Another weekend, another depressed box office. As the movie industry looked for hope from two cross-dressing lead roles (J. Edgar and Jack and Jill) and the self-proclaimed “non-300 rip-off” rip-off Immortals. With Adam Sandler coming in second with what will surely be another $100 million movie featuring his “brave” performance, Immortals used some fighting pun … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 11-7-11: Looking For A New Hope


Things aren’t looking too good for the movie industry.  The box office is in its fourth month of modest returns, and two surefire newcomers are now more uncertainwater disappointments.  Universal brought in the Rush Hour director to make a Rush Hour (bi-racial buddy) recession movie.  The ironic outcome of its underperformance is that either people … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 10-24-11: When And When Not To Rehash


This week provides a stark contrast between why and why not to make a sequel: Paranormal Activity 3: Our first movie was a hit, and the sequel did even more business.  Let’s make another one. The Three Musketeers 3D: Let’s use something in the public domain, because Alice in Wonderland made a lot of money.   … Continue reading

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Simpsons Did It


Austrian automaker Marchi Mobile announced their new line of luxury RVs valued at $3 million.  Unfortunately for MM, their Elemment Palazzo will now be known as the “Family Guy” of RVs. Exhibit A:

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Box Office Barometer 10-17-11: Footlost lol


The Footloose remake opened at #2 with $15.5 million.  Studio execs are questioning why it underperformed, but it failed for the same reason that it was greenlit: it already exists. Remakes exist because they already have a fan base that they don’t have to advertise to.  However, remakes seem to only work if nobody knows … Continue reading

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