Box Office Barometer 7-18-11: We Need A New Movie Metric


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 broke records for biggest midnight showing ($43.5 million), biggest domestic cume ($168.5 million), biggest international cume ($307 million), and biggest global cume ($475.5 million).  It also had the biggest Friday showing ($92.1 million), and the world record for most world records broken (Hey Arnold! reference).  But when … Continue reading

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An Academic Paper Regarding The Additional Coachella Weekend


My coworker asked me for my thoughts on the additional Coachella weekend, so I wrote an academic paper because I’m an asshole. Coachella has established itself as one of the premiere music festivals in the United States.  According to their recent announcement, Coachella is adding a second weekend in order to accommodate fans who could … Continue reading

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Roland Emmerich Hates History and Logic


Roland Emmerich is taking a break from making terrible action movies to make a horrible “high-brow” movie.  The movie is called Anonymous, and it’s about somebody who wrote all of Shakespeare’s plays, but is punished by losing his or her writing credits. This would be a compelling story, if it was true and/or made sense.  … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 3-28-11


It’s fitting that on the same weekend that Butler and VCU upset two NCAA juggernauts, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (FOX) upset the financial juggernaut Sucker Punch ($24 million to $20 million). Warner Bros. decided to focus on the movie’s visual aspect, printing “A mind-bending vision of reality from the director of … Continue reading

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Adrien Brody Has Bad Luck


Adrien Brody’s long-lost Monolete biopic (A Matador’s Mistress) will finally be distributed…through VOD.  There’s no shame in VOD: indie darling Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience and the-new-Neill-Blomkamp Gareth Edwards’ Monsters were distributed via VOD.  With Brody, A Matador’s Mistress only adds to a string of bad luck. Last year’s Splice stumbled its way to release.  … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 2-7-11


Not many movies to see this weekend.  It’s that time of the year where studios dump their worst movies and Oscar pics slowly die  The Roommate beat out Sanctum, but only because The Roommate featured a college girl on its poster, whereas Sanctum featured a guy in scuba gear.  Besides being a Single White Female … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 1-17-11


Every Monday, Contested looks at the weekend’s box office to determine whether moviegoers are watching the better movies (Intelligent), succumbing to the studios’ deceptive marketing (Brainwashed), or thoroughly enjoying garbage programming (Armond White). It looks like the movie-going public is sane.  Audiences were not swayed by the increasingly-gimmicky 3D cash grab that is The Green … Continue reading

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Titanic II… wait, what?

this is real.. seriously

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