Box Office Barometer 9-12-11: Power Rankings


This was the lowest-grossing weekend of the year, but don’t let that get you down. The NFL is back, and that’s a panacea for just about anything (except scurvy).  In the spirit of football, we’ve decided to take this week’s Top 10 movies and power rank them using their aggregate Metacritic score.  Here is the … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 8-22-11: Finishing As Expected


Much like sports leagues and divisions, the weekend’s movies can be predicted based on name, pedigree, and history.  This is one of those weekends. For this week’s analogy, we chose the AL East. 1. Yankees (The Help) 2.Red Sox (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) These two teams/movies have been 1-2 in some order.  … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 8-15-11: Are Any Good Movies Coming Out?


Rise of the Planet of the Apes won the weekend with $27 million.  This weak showing has officially ended the era of good feelings of summer blockbuster fun.  We are now in the zone where movies like Final Destination 5 are dumped to extract any cash they can.  Instead of mourning the loss, let’s look … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 6-6-11: Prequel vs. Sequel


Last week, there was no Box Office Barometer because of Memorial Day (the writer took the time off to drown some of his sorrows in Las Vegas!!!!).  So, to make up for it, let’s compare last week’s #1 movie to this weeks! Granted, The Hangover 2 is a sequel and X-Men: First Class is a … Continue reading

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes – What’s The Point?


FOX decided to make a prequel to the Planet of the Apes, because Tim Burton’s remake was considered a disappointment.  The studio owned the property and had to do something with it.  So, they made a prequel. Prequels are sometimes a hard sell, because the origin story can be tragic, like Star Wars or the … Continue reading

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