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Box Office Numbers: July 3-5, 2015

Two new movies, expected to be major summer hits, sputtered in their opening box office weekend. Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL missed expectations, big time. In fact, Magic Mike XXL barely beat out Ted 2 which is in its second week while the box office winners were Jurassic World, which is now at $558.14 million domestically and Pixar’s emotional masterpiece, Inside Out.

Terminator Genisys was crushed by the previous franchise film, Terminator: Salvation which made $65.32 million in it’s 5-day total, over $20 million more than the new movie. Check out the list below and click on the links to see reviews for films. The original Magic Mike, meanwhile, made $49.62 million in its 5-day while the sequel pulled in just under $27 million.

 

  1. Jurassic World ($30.9 million in 4th week, $558.14 million total)
  2. Inside Out ($30.105 million in 3rd week, $246.16 million total)
  3. Terminator: Genisys ($28.7 million in opening weekend, $44.156 million in 5-day opening)
  4. Magic Mike XXL ($11.6 million in opening weekend, $26.66 million in 5-day opening)
  5. Ted 2 ($11.6 million in 2nd week)

The top 10 is rounded out by Max (2015), Spy, San Andreas, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl with Mad Max: Fury Road (8th week) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (10th week) finally dropping out of the list. Insidious Chapter 3 also dropped out of the top 10 after just 5 weeks.

Coming Soon:

Minions 7/10
Ant-Man 7/17
Mr. Holmes 7/24
Pixels 7/24
Southpaw 7/24

Box Office Numbers: July 3-5, 2015

First Image from Ash vs Evil Dead

A few weeks ago we were introduced to the first teaser trailer for Ash vs Evil Dead, a new TV series from Starz set to hit the small screen this Fall. Ash vs Evil Dead takes place in present day, 30 years after the original Evil Dead movie, not the 2013 remake\reboot\sequel. The new show will star the legendary chainsaw-armed Bruce Campbell along with Mimi Rogers and Jill Marie Jones. The show is also led by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Drag Me to Hell), of the Evil Dead films.

So, to date, we have two trailers, one teaser and the original graphic (both linked below) but now we also have our first image of Bruce back in the chainsaw. See the picture below from Entertainment Weekly and let us know what you think of it and the trailers. Are you ready for some killer necronomicon action? Because we are!

Ash vs Evil Dead First Image

Here is the latest teaser trailer, chainsaw and all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ncef44CHrI

Here is the original graphic trailer from a little while back:

Groovy.

To learn more about the upcoming series, which is set to have 10 thirty minute episodes, check out their Facebook page –> Ash vs Evil Dead

First Image from Ash vs Evil Dead

Rocky’s Creed: First Trailer

In 1976, Stallone started an unexpected phenomenon, the first of the Rocky franchise. The award winning film led to five sequels including the rematch with Apollo Creed, a fight with Mr. T, the greatest workout montage of all time, a less enjoyable fifth film, and then a surprisingly solid and deep sixth. Rocky returns for a seventh time but not in the ring. Instead, the Italian Stallion takes on the role of teacher to train a new, young fighter. But this isn’t just any boxer. Michael B. Jordan plays the role of Adonis Johnson. Sure, the name doesn’t sound familiar but his father knew a thing or two about fighting toe-to-toe with Rocky.

The first trailer for Creed dropped. Check it out below and see our first look at the son of Apollo Creed. After watching the trailer, comment below with your thoughts and expectations for the seventh Rocky universe film.

Oh, and don’t forget. “It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Rocky’s Creed: First Trailer

First Look at Ghostbusters Reboot

Ghostbusters is coming back to theaters, and yesterday we got a first look at the uniforms for the new Ghostbusters film set to hit theaters July 22nd, 2016. Today we got a look at the new proton pack. While it clearly takes some design concepts from the original, this is definitely a new direction for the iconic pack. Take a look at the photos provided by Paul Feig and let us know what you think of the early looks at the new incarnation of our ghost busting equipment. Comment below!

Ghostbusters Reboot Unifoms

 

Ghostbusters Reboot Proton Pack

Ghostbusters has a primarily female cast starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, along with Chris Hemsworth.

First Look at Ghostbusters Reboot

Star Trek Beyond First Image

Well folks, Star Trek 3 or Star Trek Beyond, is currently in production and we have our first image from the set. It comes to us via Justin Lin’s Twitter account in the form of the new Starfleet patch on a character’s uniform. Justin Lin will be the director of this first non-JJ Bad Robot Trek film. Lin is known for directing The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, and Fast & Furious 6. This has some Trekkies\Trekkers concerned that Star Trek 3 will be turned into some big car chase in space but Simon Pegg (The World’s End, Paul, Hott Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), who is writing the film, is assuring us that we’ll get the Trek we deserve.

https://twitter.com/trailingjohnson/status/615644713824051204/photo/1

What do you think of the new Starfleet badge from Star Trek Beyond? Clearly, it’s very similar to previous incarnations but it does look a little worn, perhaps it’s been used on some away missions already.

Star Trek 3 (Star Trek Beyond) is slated for a July 8th, 2016 release, in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary. It will star returning cast Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Karl Urban (Bones), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), and John Cho (Sulu) along with possible new comer Idris Elba, among others.

 

Star Trek Beyond First Image

Batfleck to Direct & Multiple Green Lanterns

There’s been a decent amount of DC Cinematic Universe news today. First, Untitled Batman film is slated for 2018 and will allegedly be directed by the Dark Knight himself, Ben Affleck. This will be a big job for the director since he will also be wearing the cowl as Batman. This film is still very early on in development, so we don’t know exactly when it takes place, before Batman v. Superman or after Justice League. We’ll have to wait.

Then, there’s Green Lantern, my personal favorite superhero. Rumor has it that the solo filmed scheduled for 2020 will star multiple Lanterns, most likely Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, and Jonathan Stewart. This would be a lot of fun for GL fans since these three get together from time to time when a big enough bad guy is afoot. Additionally, Chris Pine might be up for the role of Hal Jordan since this would be long after Star Trek Beyond.

What do you think about Batfleck directing his own Batman film? What about the possibility of multiple Green Lanterns in one film? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Batfleck to Direct & Multiple Green Lanterns

Day in Review – June 23rd, 2015

Today was a big day for movies and video games.

First, as you may have seen in one of our posts earlier today, James Horner, long time movie composer, died in a plane crash.

Then, Marvel announced they had found their new Spider-Man in Tom Holland. This incarnation of Spider-Man is expected to show up in Captain America: Civil War next year and he will be getting his own solo film directed by Jon Watts. The Untitled Spider-Man film is slated for a July 2017 release. Tom Holland’s resume is a little short with noteworthy performances being released this year including In the Heart of the Sea. Jon Watts also has a fairly short director resume having directed several episodes of The Onion News Network and Onion SportsDome. His movie Clown came out last year and his latest work, Cop Car is slated for 2015.

Marvel continued their announcements by noting that Dr. Strange has headed to London to begin production. Dr. Strange, which is set to release in December 2016 stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Remember that Independence Day sequel? Well, it’s really happening AND it has an official title, Independence Day Resurgence. The final is set to star Liam Hemsworth in addition to some returning players including Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman, and Brent Spiner. Will Smith will not be returning to the franchise. Many think it might have to do with the rough reception After Earth had but that is mainly just speculation at this time.

Star Trek: Axanar‘s latest Kickstarter is set for July 8th, per their blog. This will be their third crowdfunding campaign if you include their original Prelude to Axanar Indiegogo and their first Kickstarter. This new one will focus on production while the first had more to do with construction of the bridge set, finding warehouse space, and other pre-production tasks. I’ve actually contributed to both of their first two campaigns, so I’m sure I’ll continue with this one.

Remember the old video game Rampage? Well, whether you do or not, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to star in a film adaptation of the classic city destroyer arcade game, produced by New Line Cinema. In the original game, players got to choose from one of three animalistic monsters, George, Lizzie, and Ralph. You then tried to destroy more of the city than your competitors. Well, this time, it looks like Dwayne Johnson will be the hero but we’ll have to wait for Ryan Engle (Non-Stop) to be done with the script. Do you think Johnson will play a human or a giant monster terrorizing a city?

Speaking of video games, GameStop started their Retro Classics sales today, providing vintage video games and consoles including the NES, Genesis, and even Dreamcast. Check out our full article on the story.

To those excited for Batman: Arkham Knight, I hope you didn’t buy it on PC. Reports show that while xBox One and PS4 show no issues, the PC version has been loaded with graphics and performance issues. So keep an eye out.

What was your biggest news moment of the day? Anything we missed? Comment below!

Day in Review – June 23rd, 2015

GameStop’s Retro Classics Available.

GameStop surprised people by announcing they were getting back into the classic video game business and, this week, it becomes reality. As of today, GameStop has officially launched its Retro Classics collection which consists of consoles and games, all pre-owned of course, from the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), Sega Genesis, SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System), N64, PS1 (original PlayStation), and Sega Dreamcast (yes… the Dreamcast).

A quick glance at their website this morning only showed three consoles for online sale, the Genesis for $34.99, the original PlayStation and the slightly updated PlayStation Slim (also known as the PSOne at times) for $39.99. So, maybe you have to stop in store and be lucky enough to find one of the other consoles. All three consoles are noted as refurbished. Now, they have listings for other consoles, even though they are out of stock. It looks like either version of the NES or SNES will run $59.99, $49.99 for a N64 or Dreamcast.

Then, of course, are the games. Games range in price drastically from about $6.99 for something like Tetris 2 for the NES all the way up to $79.99 for Dreamcast’s Canon Spike or Conker’s Bad Fur Day for the N64, and even $89.99 for Chrono Trigger for the SNES. You can also pick up a Nintendo Power Glove for $39.99, assuming it’s in stock!

GameStop is sure to add more to its collection, so keep your eyes peeled if this is something you’re interested in. Don’t forget, though, you can pick up a new Retro Duo or similar off-brand console that plays classic games like NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis without needing to pick up a refurbished console. So, make sure you know what you’re getting and why. I love classic games. In fact, my SNES Mario Kart died, so I might see if I can possibly pick up a new copy but when my SNES finally died, I picked up a Retro Duo and since it uses the original controllers and games, it’s worked perfectly.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to some classic video game purchases? Do you wish they added GameBoy to the list? What about Sega Saturn or even older games like Atari? Comment below and let me know!

 

GameStop’s Retro Classics Available.

Box Office Numbers: June 19-21 2015

Another big weekend at the box office thanks to Pixar’s new film, Inside Out, and an incredible second weekend by Universal Studios sequel, Jurassic World, which is on pace to being the fastest movie to gross $1 billion world wide. Inside Out, while Pixar’s first film not to debut #1 at the domestic box office had the highest opening weekend ever for an original film (meaning non-sequels, prequels, reboots, or based on existing material like books). The film also had Pixar’s second best opening weekend ever with Toy Story 3 still holding the top spot.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Jurassic World $102 million (down 51% in second week, total domestic gross at $398.2 million)
  2. Inside Out $91.06 million across 3,946 theaters domestically opening weekend
  3. Spy $10.5 million (down 32.8% from last week, in its third week, total domestic gross at $74.8 million)
  4. San Andreas $8.24 million (down 23.8% from last week, in its fourth week, total domestic gross at $132.23 million)
  5. Dope $6.018 million across 2,002 theaters domestically opening weekend
  6. Insidious Chapter 3 $4.11 million (total domestic $45.37 million)
  7. Pitch Perfect 2 $3.3 million (total domestic $177.5 million)
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road $2.815 million (total domestic $143.602 million)
  9. Avengers: Age of Ultron $2.723 million (total domestic $451.04 million)
  10. Tomorrowland $2.009 million (total domestic $87.7 million)

Coming out Soon

  • Ted 2 – June 26th
  • Magic Mike XXL – July 1st
  • Terminator: Genisys – July 1st

Updated 06-22-15 3:51PM CST: Jurassic World will pass $1 billion globally today, four days faster than the previous record holder, Furious 7.

Box Office Numbers: June 19-21 2015

Hearthstone’s Tavern Brawl is Live

Blizzard Entertainment’s digital card game, Hearthstone, launched its newest game mode this week, “Tavern Brawl”. For those of you who speculated what that final empty space was on the main page of the game, the tile has been flipped. Here’s how their website describes the new mode:

“Each week, a different Tavern Brawl will pit you head to head versus another player using exciting and unique rules. One week might feature preset decks, while another week could have you crafting a brand new Tavern Brawl deck following specific guidelines, while others might offer buffs to specific minion types—who knows!

Tavern Brawl can be found below the Play, Solo Adventures, and the Arena buttons on the main Hearthstone screen. You may have to toughen up before entering the fray—Tavern Brawl is unlocked once a player has a level 20 Hero.”

The first go, which ends in two days, will also give you a free pack of basic cards for winning. I’ve added a small gallery of screenshots so you can see how I did. It was a fun deck to play, especially since I don’t currently leverage dragons all that much. For reference, Sauron started with 60 health and a weapon, while I started with 30 plus 30 armor and no weapon.

This mode is also playable with friends by selecting Challenge next to their names in your friend’s list. Tavern Brawl is FREE, so if you’re looking for something that doesn’t cost gold, I’d definitely check it out.

For those wondering, I played this game on my Android phone.

Have you played Tavern Brawl yet? What do you think of Hearthstone’s latest mode? Is it a keeper? Comment below!

Hearthstone’s Tavern Brawl is Live

Nintendo at E3 2015 – Summing Up Part 3

Welcome to our third installment of our Nintendo E3 sum-up. So far we’ve talked about several major games including Star Fox Zero, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and Super Mario Maker. Now, I want to focus on a few more games plus one interesting aspect of Nintendo’s digital presentation.

FAST Racing Neo

Many people have been dreaming of a new F-Zero for years. Sure, the GameCube had a decent game and we all remember and love the SNES version but with today’s graphics and updated controls, why don’t we have another F-Zero? Nintendo slightly answered this by adding a new F-Zero themed stage to Mario Kart 8 but let’s face it; that’s not enough. Well, Nintendo still doesn’t have public plans for a new installment BUT there’s hope in FAST Racing Neo from Shin’en, which appears to be the spiritual successor. This game, which has amazing graphics by the way, lets you pick from various “Anti-gravity vehicles”, it includes motion control options, off-TV play (which is a feature I am always interested in), and up to four players. The game is set for a 2015 release and is definitely on my list of games to pick up this year.

FASTRacingNeo

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Now this is something more familiar because if Nintendo loves anything at all, it’s using the Mario characters in as many games as possible. And so, Mario and his friends (as well as enemies) return to battle it out on the tennis court. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is the seventh official incarnation of the game, though the GameCube version was ported to Wii and released again. In fact, it might be the only franchise that owes some gratitude to the Virtual Boy console. Don’t you all remember playing Mario Tennis at Blockbuster? All those orange\red lines floating in blackness. Good times. Anyway, I digress. This holiday season, Nintendo is bringing the franchise back with 4-player local play, some new characters who’ve never been on the court before, plus a new “Mega Battle” feature that leverages the Mega Mushroom.

MarioTennisSuperSmash

SteamWorld Heist

Last and absolutely not least, is SteamWorld Heist from Image & Form International AB. I’m just going to say it: I love these guys! Their game, SteamWorld Dig, is addictive and fun. I own it on Wii U, 3DS, and PC. If you haven’t played, pick up the 3DS version. It’s my favorite for many reasons. Image & Form returns to the SteamWorld universe with a turned-based strategy adventure action game set out in space. It is not a sequel to SteamWorld Dig but it is similar in style and tone. This game is set to release on 3DS this Fall as a single-player game leveraging the handheld console’s touchscreen interface and similar use of the dual-screen design, keeping maps and inventory on the lower screen with the action on the top. The game uses a skill-based combat system and works as a platformer, though turn-based. I can’t wait to continue to dive in the universe they’ve created.

SteamWorldHeist

Nintendo Muppets

Alright, so we’ve talked about some games and I will be provided a “final thoughts”, if you will, in part 4 of this series, but now I’d like to talk about how Nintendo started everything this year at E3. Sure, you want to start off strong, so they began with Star Fox Zero. Great choice. How did they introduce this game? With big lights, action, and spaceships? No. How about with nostalgia, catchy phrases, and throwbacks to the original? Not really, no. Oh… so what did they do? Well, they used puppets. That’s right, Nintendo’s big three, Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aime, and Shigeru Miyamoto got each other together and hit the stage in complete puppet… no, Muppet form! They weren’t just any puppets. Nintendo worked with the Jim Henson Company to make Muppets of themselves! What’s more, their Muppet-selves turned into Star Fox characters during the little segment. I’ve got to say, it was something I never expected to see. It was fun, lighthearted, and just bright. Video games can take a dark and serious tone. I think Star Wars: Battlefront, Batman: Arkham Knight, Call of Duty, and Halo have really shown that. I, for one, appreciate Nintendo’s unique and positive attempt at introducing a classic franchise.

NintendoMuppets

Well, that’s all for today. Stop by for my final thoughts on Nintendo’s E3 performance in Part 4 of this series later this weekend.

Before you go, comment below and let me know what you think of these games or anything about Nintendo at all! I’d love to talk with you.

Nintendo at E3 2015 – Summing Up Part 3

Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition Cancelled

Less than a week before the new Batman game is set to hit store shelves and digital downloads, the top of the line model is being cancelled. That’s right, for those who pre-ordered the nearly $200 version of the game were expecting an art book, skins, and a special edition Batmobile statue, among other things, but instead, they will be receiving a refund and a “New 52” skin pack with three skins, Batman, Robin, and Nightwing, supposedly the same skin pack the edition was supposed to come with. Warner Bros. isn’t being too specific but apparently there was a quality issue, I’m assuming with the Batmobile statue itself. With the game set to release on Tuesday, June 23rd, this doesn’t give people much time to change plans, especially if they would have opted for the special Limited Edition Arkham Knight PS4 which has been sold out online for months.

Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition

Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition

Were you one of the people expecting this version of the game? Will you still pick up a different version? Comment below!

Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition Cancelled