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Don't Listen to Film Critics, Go Form Your Own Opinions on Movies

A lot of people have been pointing out that film critic community has become pretty cynical these days. And you know what? They’re right! Don’t get me wrong, I see why film critics are important to the industry. I might have a different outlook on it than others, though.

As you all know, I love movies! I always try to find the good in the movies that I see, and if in the end, if the movie entertains me, I’m most likely going to give it a good review! I like being entertained and moved when I go to the movies! That’s why I go! I don’t go to looking for all of the faults in a film. I go to be entertained and inspired.

It’s rare when I don’t like a movie, and when that happens, I usually unleash the fury. When that happens,
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China box office: 'Bumblebee' holds top spot to pass $100m in 10 days

China box office: 'Bumblebee' holds top spot to pass $100m in 10 days
The film has already out-grossed the first two Transformers films.

The Chinese box office contracted drastically to fall by 50% week-on-week following the end of the New Year holiday. Bumblebee dominated again in the absence of strong contenders between January 7-13.

Paramount’s Transformers spinoff Bumblebee added $46.9m for a gross of $104.9m to date after just 10 days. It has surpassed the lifetime total of each of the first two Transformers in the original franchise - Transformers in 2007, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009, and is enroute to beat the third installment,Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in 2011. Its 10-day
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'Aquaman' crosses $1bn worldwide

Bumblebee climbs to early $256.3m; A Star Is Born crosses $400m worldwide.

Aquaman crossed the $1bn global box office threshold at the weekend and became the second highest Warner Bros film of all time internationally on $732.4m.

Paramount Pictures International

Meanwhile Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers spin-off Bumblebee remained the international champion thanks to a $35.6m haul from 64 markets, resulting on an early $256.3m tally.

China delivered $24.8m to hold on to top spot and reach $105.7m after two weekends, while the UK generated $1.3m for $13.5m after three.

The action adventure stands at $8.5m in France and $6.1m in Brazil after three weekends,
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Audiences Have Powered ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Green Book’ to Major Oscar Contention

Audiences Have Powered ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Green Book’ to Major Oscar Contention
A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther” were supposed to be the year’s two mass-audience Oscar contenders. Now two more have joined the race — and could surpass them. Golden Globes wins for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” made Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury a real contender for Best Actor, with Peter Farrelly’s 1960s road trip film now seeing a real chance for Best Picture.

Despite lesser critical support for both films, these wins didn’t come out of nowhere. They stemmed from a remarkable amount of public support. Neither has the totals for “Black Panther” (over $700 million domestic), or “A Star Is Born” ($202 million), but they’re looking vital at the box office just as Academy members make their nomination selections.

At $194 million and rising, “Bohemian” hovers close to the Top 10 (it was #11 last weekend) 10 weeks into its release. It’s consistently outstripped expectations, leapfrogging past
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Is There Bias Against Movies With VFX by Awards Voters?

  • Variety
Cinema lives or dies by illusion. To make stories work, movies must take audiences to another place, suspend their disbelief and thrill them. And effects, whether created in-camera or in post-production or a combination of the two, have always been among the tools used by filmmakers to make that happen.

But despite their vital role, visual effects have qualified for a five-slot Oscar category in only the past decade, and films deemed “heavy” on VFX have often found themselves on the outs in the acting and writing categories.

The effects category has evolved over time. In 1963, the special effects award was removed and two categories — one for visual effects and one for sound effects — were created. Then, from 1977 to 1979, a maximum number of five VFX nominees were permitted, though 1979 was the first year to max out nominations. From 1980 to 1995, two or three films could be nommed in the VFX category
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Peter Jackson Says He Would Be "Very Happy to Be Disgusting Again" and I Hope He Is One Day

Before Peter Jackson directed The Lord of the Rings trilogy he made some crazy awesome, low-budget gross out horror films. He spent a lot of the early years of his career bathing in fake blood. Well, the filmmaker would love to go back to his roots and make another horror film filled with blood and gore, if the right project came along.

While recently talking with THR, Jackson had this to say:

"I'm very happy to be disgusting again if the right project comes along. It would be interesting to see how disgusting [collaborator] Fran [Walsh] and I could be in our older age compared to our younger years because we've learned a few things since then. We know a little bit more about the world than we did then, so maybe our levels of disgusting could go into whole new places!"

I would love to see Jackson make another horror movie!
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Box Office Predictions 2019: The Sure-Fire Hits and Big Question Marks

  • Variety
It will be difficult to top 2018’s banner year at the box office. A number of overperforming blockbusters, combined with a healthy crop of surprise hits, propelled the domestic market to record heights. It’s safe to say this year has its work cut out for it.

Fortunately, an intrepid lion cub, a demonic dancing clown and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are riding to the rescue. Industry analysts and studio heads are bullish that 2019’s slate of films is strong enough to match — or even surpass — last year’s bounty. There will be one big winner even if ticket sales fall short of a record. As Disney prepares to merge with Fox, the Magic Kingdom’s chokehold on the box office is only going to intensify.

Inevitably, there will be bombs amid the blockbusters. In addition to predicting which films will score over the next 12 months, we also take a
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10 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2018

10 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2018
As I have stated on numerous occasions, nobody sets out to make a bad movie. 2018 was on odd year because while every year has its share of turkeys, 2018 had some sure-fire hits that simply tanked upon their release. Thus we are left trying to pick up the pieces as we examine the top 10 box office flops or misfires of 2018.

Why do we love to know what movies flopped? What is about knowing that many millions were spent, and many millions were not made back that give us such a visceral thrill? I only say this because when it comes to lists I really love to write, the thought of pontificating about why a film did or didn't connect is irresistible.

As I said, I honestly don't think the films on this list were designed to fail at the box office. Who knows, maybe some of these films will have second
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Why Audiences & Fans of Mortal Engines Decided to Skip the Film In-theater

Why Audiences & Fans of Mortal Engines Decided to Skip the Film In-theater The calamitous performance of Mortal Engines at the box office over the last three weekends is something most people could not have predicted. There was no buzz surrounding Mortal Engines before it hit theaters, a possible harbinger of this disaster, [...]

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‘Mortal Engines’ Derails in Theaters, Becoming 2018’s Biggest Flop

Every movie can’t be a winner. No matter the talent involved or how killer the concept, there will always be winners and losers in Hollywood so long as movies’ worth (either in whole or in part) are tied to their earnings at the box office. And given the astronomical sums that go into making films of any size (let alone franchise-starting tentpole films that look to prop up an entire studio’s budget for the coming year), a couple big blunders can sink an entire movie-making enterprise. 2018 has been no different in this regard: possessing its fair share of stinkers

Mortal Engines’ Derails in Theaters, Becoming 2018’s Biggest Flop
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Movie Theaters Bounce Back: What’s Behind the 2018 Rebound

  • Variety
Movie Theaters Bounce Back: What’s Behind the 2018 Rebound
Reports of the death of movies are greatly exaggerated.

The exhibition business came roaring back in 2018, as blockbusters such as “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” powered ticket sales to record levels. The domestic box office hit a new high-water mark of $11.5 billion and global revenues also have a chance of reaching new heights if Christmas releases such as “Aquaman” and “Mary Poppins Returns” can ring in the new year in style.

Studios and theater owners are closing out the year in a much more optimistic frame of mind, after being written off in 2017 as creaky anachronisms that were being rapidly surpassed by more agile streaming players such as Netflix and Amazon. So why did moviegoers return to theaters in force over the last 12 months?

“It’s all about content,” said Jeff Goldstein, head of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. “There were movies audiences wanted to see.
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Holiday Box Office Haul Proves Disastrous for ‘Welcome To Marwen’ and ‘Mortal Engines’

  • Slash Film
Holiday Box Office Haul Proves Disastrous for ‘Welcome To Marwen’ and ‘Mortal Engines’
Robert Zemeckis and Steve Carell attempted to welcome audiences to Marwen over the holiday weekend, and audiences replied: “Thanks, but no thanks.” As holiday box office results reveal, Welcome To Marwen is on track to be one of the biggest box office bombs of 2018. The dramedy, which features a bunch of creepy CGI dolls, will […]

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Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen tanks, will lose over $50 million

December has been a very bad month for Universal Pictures. Firstly, the Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines bombed, and will reportedly cost the studio over $100 million, and now it is facing another huge loss after the Robert Zemeckis-directed Welcome to Marwen tanked hard over the Christmas weekend.

The film, which is based upon the documentary Marwencol and stars Steve Carrell as Mark Hogancamp, a man who recovered from a brutal assault by creating a miniature World War II-era village, grossed just $2.4 million over the Friday to Sunday period, and stands to lose up to $60 million once the production budget and marketing costs are taken into account.

Welcome to Marwen marks career low openings for both Zemeckis and Carell, and also has the unwelcome distinction of being the joint worst wide-release from a major studio this year alongside the Johnny Knoxville comedy Action Point. It’s also the third consecutive
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Why ‘Welcome To Marwen’ Was Unwelcome At The Box Office: Robert Zemeckis Pic To Lose Around $60M

  • Deadline
Why ‘Welcome To Marwen’ Was Unwelcome At The Box Office: Robert Zemeckis Pic To Lose Around $60M
For the third time since his 2012 Oscar-nominated film Flight, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis tanked at the box office last weekend, with Universal/DreamWorksWelcome to Marwen bottoming out with $2.3M at 1,911 theaters.

This feature adaptation of the 2010 documentary Marwencol was an attempt by the director to deliver a similar type of heart-string-pulling drama that moviegovers have come to expect from the Oscar-winning Zemeckis, who often infuses his work with VFX, specifically motion-capture. Audiences didn’t buy the pitch dispensing God-awful exit scores of two stars, 57% positive and a 37% definite recommend on PostTrak with a B- on CinemaScore.

Marwen, based on a true story, stars Steve Carell as Mark Hogancamp, who after being brutally attacked, heals his Ptsd through art therapy constructing miniature WWII scenes of mostly female dolls. Ahead of Marwen‘s release, social media monitor RelishMix noticed a mixed reaction online among moviegoers with
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Record Breaker! Domestic Box Office Hits New High in 2018

  • Variety
Hollywood got the best gift of all on Christmas Eve. The domestic box office reached a new benchmark even before the busiest time of year for moviegoing commences.

Blockbusters including Disney’s “Black Panther” and “Incredibles 2,” Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” and Fox’s “Deadpool 2” drove sales past $11.383 billion, according to Comscore. That puts 2018’s haul ahead of the record $11.382 billion set in 2016, with over a week left to go in the year.

It got more expensive to go to the movies, and ticket prices hit a new high, averaging $9.38 over the summer. But it’s not just the rising cost of admission accounting for the surge. Attendance is also up over 4% from last year.

As of Christmas Day, five of the top 10 biggest domestic releases of the year came from Disney. A pair of Marvel titles nabbed the first two slots, with “Black Panther” generating $700 million
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Welcome to Marwen Ties Action Point for Worst Box Office Opening of 2018

Welcome to Marwen Ties Action Point for Worst Box Office Opening of 2018
Robert Zemeckis' latest movie is officially one of the biggest bombs of 2019. Welcome to Marwen, the ambitious real-life story that stars Steve Carell arrived in theaters with a thud over the weekend, debuting to just $2.4 million. Considering the movie's $39 million production budget, which doesn't account for marketing or distribution costs, it's going to cost Universal Pictures a big chunk of change.

According to a new report, several insiders at rival studios expect that Welcome to Marwen will lose around $50 million. The movie, which is based on the documentary Marwencol and centers on Mark Hogancamp, a man faced a brutal assault and aided his own recovery by creating a miniature WWII-era village filled with action figures, opened on nearly 2,000 screens. The $2.4 million opening ties it for the worst opening for a wide-release in 2018, alongside Johnny Knoxville's Action Point. However, that movie only had a $19 million budget and a smaller marketing push.
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Universal Landed a Wide Range of Hits, From ‘Jurassic World’ to ‘Halloween’

  • The Wrap
To understand the success that Universal has kept up over the past decade, you need only look at the production budgets and genres for the studio’s three highest grossing films in 2018: $170 million for the dinosaur blockbuster “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $75 million for the animated Dr. Seuss adaptation “The Grinch,” and $10 million for a belated installment in the venerable horror series “Halloween.”

The result was a domestic annual total of more than $1.7 billion, 17 percent more than 2017’s total gross. And that gross jumps to $1.9 billion if you factor in Universal’s indie distribution wing, Focus Features. “The most consistent performers are obviously Disney, that has been in a league of its own, Universal and Warner Bros. have been back-to-back 2 and 3,” said Tuna Amobi, media analyst at Cfra Research.

Universal’s big moneymaker was “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” a sequel that proved the 2015 revival of “Jurassic Park” was so much
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Steve Carell’s ‘Welcome to Marwen’ to Lose $50 Million at Box Office

  • Variety
Steve Carell’s ‘Welcome to Marwen’ to Lose $50 Million at Box Office
It’s shaping up to be a pretty bleak holiday season for Steve Carell and Robert Zemeckis after “Welcome to Marwen” flopped last weekend in spectacular fashion. The $40 million drama about a man’s attempts to overcome his Ptsd is one of the biggest bombs of the year, debuting to a disastrous $2.4 million from 1,191 theaters. It stands to lose between $45 million to $50 million when marketing and distribution costs are taken into account, according to rival studio executives, an embarrassing result for both Carell and Zemeckis.

“Welcome to Marwen” is also the worst wide-release major studio debut of 2018 — tying with Johnny Knoxville’s dud “Action Point” for that ignominious distinction — and a career-worst wide-release start for the A-list actor and the director. Compounding the pervasive air of disaster, “Welcome to Marwen” is the second big turkey for Universal Studios in as many weeks. The studio also stands to lose $125 million-plus on “Mortal Engines,
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‘Welcome to Marwen’ Is Universal’s Second Christmas Box Office Bomb, Expected to Lose $50 Million

Universal Pictures is getting nothing but coal when it comes to its new releases at the Christmas box office. Just one week after the disastrous results for the Peter Jackson-produced “Mortal Engines,” the studio’s “Welcome to Marwen” has also become a big financial loss for the company over its first three days in theaters. “Marwen,” directed by Robert Zemeckis, opened to $2.5 million from 1,191 cinemas, tying the comedy “Action Point” as the year’s worst studio opening. The film is now expected to lose Universal at least $50 million, if not more, according to box office analysts (via Deadline).

“Marwen” stars Steve Carell as photographer Mark Hogancamp, who created a town built out of miniatures in his backyard as a way to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following a violent attack. The supporting cast includes Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae, Merritt Wever, and Diane Kruger. The movie is Zemeckis’ third
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‘Welcome to Marwen’ Flops With Career-Low Opening for Steve Carell and Robert Zemeckis

  • The Wrap
‘Welcome to Marwen’ Flops With Career-Low Opening for Steve Carell and Robert Zemeckis
Universal will be relying on “The Grinch” for good box office news this Christmas, as the studio released a second straight bomb in as many weeks with DreamWorks’ “Welcome to Marwen.”

Made on a reported $40 million budget, “Marwen” opened to just $2.4 million from 1,911 screens this weekend, well below tracker projections of a $7-10 million opening. It’s tied with Paramount’s “Action Point” for the worst wide opening from a major studio this year, and it is the worst career wide opening for lead star Steve Carell and director Robert Zemeckis.

The movie is based on the true story of Mark Hogancamp, who was severely beaten by white supremacists and suffered brain damage and amnesia. To help with his recovery, he created a miniature village and populated it with figures representing people in his life, including his attackers. Critics panned the film with a 25 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, and audience
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