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Breakin’ News: AVATAR Sinks TITANIC

AVATAR is flying high

That’s right boys and girls, we have a new king of the worldwide boxoffice gross, and it goes by the name of Avatar. Now, the funny thing is, James Cameron actually made both films. That means, combined, his gamut of movies have easily made over $3 billion in worldwide boxoffice gross. Didn’t like Avatar? Well, you clearly are in the minority, as Monday night (tonight) saw Avatar hurdle the $1,843,201,268 Titanic grossed in 1997, according the The Hollywood Reporter.

The biggest question going in was whether Cameron’s huge gamble would pay off—the film was rumored to have cost over $500 million dollars, and to have at least been around $350 million. He invited folks to drop more money than normal to experience a brand-new franchise (make no mistake, there will be more and it was always planned with that intention) and jump into a 2.5+ hour 3-D film with little to no familiarity with much of the cast. Guess what? It worked.  To read my full thoughts and what the “Avatar effect” is, hit the jump. Continue reading


January 25, 2010 Posted by | Breakin' News, Makin' Bank | , , | Leave a comment

2009: A Year To Remember

For decades to come, 2009 will signify a year of tremendous success in the box-office. With an estimated $273 million dollars, this past holiday weekend will become the largest in domestic box office history, surpassing the famed July 2008 weekend ($260.5 million) that saw “The Dark Knight” open to packed IMAX screenings— often for over 48 hours straight.

Bolstered largely by three films grossing over $50 million each, including the steam-rolling “Avatar”, the holiday weekend drew in audiences in a withering economy. Movies have often seen a spike in attendance during a poor economy as people flock to theaters to escape for a small price of admission.

To see how far attendance rose and what other records 2009 shattered, hit the jump. Continue reading

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Makin' Bank | , , | Leave a comment

Makin’ Bank: ‘Twilight’ Nearly Toppled From ‘The Blind Side’

Early estimates are in, and they show that “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” ($42.5 million) was almost overtaken by holdover “The Blind Side” ($40.1 million) during the holiday weekend. The crazed fans of sparkling vampires made “New Moon” a recording-breaking hit on opening day last weekend, smashing records with $72.7 million on it’s first day in release.

The fan base also proved it was extremely anxious  for the second film, as the sequel broke midnight showings records with $26.3 million. However, just like the sun during a real twilight, the film fizzled out and fell over 40 percent Friday-to-Saturday.

Follow me after the break for the complete breakdown and impressions. Continue reading

November 29, 2009 Posted by | Makin' Bank | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Makin’ Bank: ‘Paranormal’ Soars Past $100 Million


The cast of "Paranormal" has plenty to smile about

To call “Paranormal Activity” a success would be a gross understatement. This past week, according to Box Office Mojo, the Paramount distributed micro-budget film continued its hot streak at theaters. The film, since premiering in 13 college towns with only midnight showings, has become a hit.

“Paranormal” rode a wave of buzz including an innovative “Demand It” campaign in which people could “demand” the film to come to their area. Based on this, Paramount unveiled a rolling slate of releases in the top “demanded” areas of the country and after seeing success, challenged movie goers. If they could summon one million “demands”, they would release the film nation wide.

In just a few short days, the public responded and the goal was well exceeded. Now, in its eighth week, the film has managed to bring in $103,847,000 dollars total.

When you consider the film was made for around $11,000 dollars (again, reports still vary), this is a monumental achievement. So it comes as no surprise that the writer, director, and editor of the film, Oren Peli, will be making a another shaky-cam movie.

Called “Area 51”, we can assume the subject will focus on the infamous military base in Nevada. If you haven’t seen “Paranormal” yet, it is fantastic. In my review I pointed out that you should go in with an open mind instead of challenging the film to scare you, but you will likely enjoy the film regardless. Just remember that the film starts slow, but builds to an intense third act.

“Paranormal” is not just a commercial success either, as its current 85% fresh rating (130 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes proves, it is also a critical darling. Let this be a lesson to the major studios. If you make a solid film, no matter the budget, and capitalize on word of mouth and the internet, you can earn a lot of money.

Now, prepare movie fans, as we are bombarded with a number of copy-cat films. Oh, and look for the DVD in the coming months, which should be a fantastic film to watch late at night with a group of friends.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Makin' Bank | , , , | Leave a comment

Makin’ Bank: Aug. 28-30- ‘Destination’ On Top

3D is going strong as evidenced by the estimated $28.3 million “The Final Destination” pulled in for Warner Bros. and New Line. Meanwhile The Weinstein Co.’s “Inglourious Basterds” held its own in second place with a weekend tally of $20 million flat and a fall of 47%, bringing its domestic cume to $73.8 million. In third place was rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II” with a tally of $17.4 million, also for The Weinstein Co.

For more on how the weekend broke down, hit the jump. Continue reading

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Makin' Bank | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment