Box Office Battle April 28th Edition

Happy Friday! The weekend is fast approaching (and thank God it is), so that means it’s time for another Box Office Battle. This weekend is one I actually thought would be pretty good but maybe not. Here’s why:

The Circle


Director: James Ponsoldt

Stars: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Patton Oswalt

Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Rating: PG-13

Summary: A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 21%

I figured I’d start off with a movie that I was really intrigued by and almost excited about. Not GOTG Vol. 2 excited, but excited. I mean this movie has a really great cast. Emma Watson is just coming off the record breaking Beauty and the Beast, John Boyega is a star in one of the biggest film franchises of all time, and Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt are the epitome of awesome. And yet this movie has a staggeringly low 21% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s numbers you expect for Phoenix Forgotten, not a movie with some of the awesomest people in Hollywood. I think I’m still gonna see it, just to see what went wrong, but I am really bummed about this. I’m not super familiar with the director, so that doesn’t help me discern what exactly went wrong. Sigh. But I have heard the book is much better, if that’s any consolation for anyone else looking forward to this movie.

How to Be a Latin Lover


Director: Ken Marino

Stars: Salma Hayek, Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raphael Alejandro

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG-13

Summary: Finding himself dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 43%

Now this is a movie I have mixed feelings about. Originally I thought this movie was something lame and not worth my time, but then I saw the trailer. Now it wasn’t groundbreaking or anything, but I enjoyed it. This looks like a fun little thing that’ll do well enough (even with a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes).



Director: JD Dillard

Stars: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dule Hill, Storm Reid

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Rating: R

Summary: A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped, and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%

Now for the only movie that seems like it won’t disappoint me: Sleight. This is a movie that only recently came on my radar, and honestly there are some really interesting elements. This movie has a $250,000 budget, a pretty much unknown director, an actor who was in some popular-ish films but is most memorable for his song “Like ’em All” which came out in 2010, and its about a street magician. A weird combination but apparently this movie had some good reviews coming out of Sundance, so I’m interested to see what this movie makes this weekend. Considering all the weirdness of this, I hope it does well. It’s the only movie coming out this weekend that’s actually fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, so hopefully that equates to big bucks at the box office.

Who Will Win?

Probably not Sleight, but a girl can dream.

What movie do you think will take top slot this weekend? Are you seeing any of these wondrous films any time soon? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.


Box Office Battle Conclusion April 21st

The weekend has come to an end and with that comes the results from this weekend’s Box Office Battle. Let’s see how this weekend went!

5. Smurfs: The Lost Village


Taking fifth this weekend is Smurfs: The Lost Village with $4.88 million. This movie has still made only a bit more than half its budget back and this is its third week. This really goes to show what happens when you make two less than satisfactory adaptations of a beloved IP. I’m not saying the Smurfs brand is ruined forever, but for the foreseeable future Smurfs should stay out of theaters

4. Going in Style


In fourth place we have Going in Style at $4.91 million in its third week. The movie has made its money back, so that’s good. As a big fan of the director Zach Braff (JD from Scrubs), it’s nice that this movie isn’t a complete bust. Granted they didn’t do as well as one would hope, but they’re doing okay. So yay for him.

3. Beauty and the Beast


Taking the bronze this weekend is (unsurprisingly) Beauty and the Beast with $9.66 million. This movie just further strengthens Disney’s belief in the live action remake of an animated classic. I haven’t yet been completely convinced of this whole formula. I won’t call it lazy, but do we really need Lion King with realistic lions? Or creepy looking furniture that talks? But anyway, good for BANB for making hella money.

2. The Boss Baby


Second place this weekend is The Boss Baby with $12.71 million in its fourth weekend. For a movie I didn’t expect much of, this movie is doing extremely well. As of right now, its total gross is $138 million which is great. The fact that April was empty as hell probably really helped this movie. It’s always a success to see an animated film that is not Disney or Pixar that still manages to make the big bucks. So, despite my reluctance, rock on Boss Baby!

1. The Fate of the Furious


And taking the gold this weekend is none other than The Fate of the Furious with $38.41 million in its second weekend. It’s not a surprise that FOTF is on top, but the fact that it dropped so much is interesting. Now, a 61% drop isn’t horrible for these big budget movies because with these films people aren’t waiting around to see what the critics are saying. The majority of people have already decided if they would see it, so the people coming in week two are more so those who aren’t as interested in the franchise or those who are coming back for seconds. Looking back at the record breaking Furious 7, one can see that that film dropped around the same percent between week 1 and week 2. So all in all this movie seems to be doing A-Okay, although it won’t be making Furious 7 money.

Honorable Mentions

6. Born in China


So close and yet so far. Coming sixth this weekend is Disney nature’s Born in China with $4.79 million in its opening weekend. Honestly this isn’t super surprising. The Disney nature films, though enjoyable, never seem to make much in the theaters. But I’m happy Disney keeps making them. So yay for Born in China for almost making it in the top five!

Is this the line-up you expected? Do you like the Disney Nature films? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.



























Trailer Park: Kingsman: The Golden Circle


Hello and welcome to The Trailer Park. It’s here where I’ll talk about all the hottest new trailers for all the (potentially) hottest new movies. Just a few hours ago 20th century Fox dropped their first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the highly anticipated sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s breakout hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, and from the looks of it this movie will have all the fun and action the first had. Despite the tragedy that brings Eggsy to the American version of the Kingsman (the Statesman), this movie looks like a real roller coaster ride. I don’t often describe action movies as fun. But then again, is it just an action movie? Is spy movie an actual genre? Speaking of spy movies, there was some cool ass spy stuff in here. I mean the car going underwater is a touch overdone, but all the other stuff was fan flippin’ tastic. And the whole new cast just looks marvelous. I can’t wait to see Julianne Moore and Halle Berry and Channing Tatum and any others I left out. Is it just me or was Julianne Moore meant to be in a spy movie? I don’t know why, but it just feels so right. Also, I really dug the musical choice. As a big Sinatra fan I adored the use of “My Way”, it really fit the trailer so well. And now for the biggest thing, Harry. Harry Hart (Colin Firth), to be exact. Now, if you saw the first movie you know that this man should be dead. And yet he is very clearly alive and rocking a badass eye patch, so that’ll be interesting to see. Ultimately, this was a great first trailer for old fans and new, that I say is giving the Bond franchise a run for its money (I don’t really know, I’ve never seen a Bond film). It mixes action and adventure perfectly in a way that not only makes you wanna see it in theaters, but it makes you wanna buy the blu-ray.
So what’d you think of the Kingsman trailer? How do you think Harry is still alive? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow sprom for more Trailer Park reviews and other things in the world of movies.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle comes to theaters September 22nd, 2017.

Here’s the trailer if you feel like rewatching:

Box Office Battle April 21st Edition

Another weekend approaches and that means another Box Office Battle! This weekend is kinda weak, but it doesn’t seem like a complete lost cause. Let’s start off with our first competitor:

Phoenix Forgotten


Director: Justin Barber

Stars: Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts, Chelsea Lopez, Justin Matthews, Clint Jordan

Genre: Horror, mystery, sci-fi

Summary: 20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 57% (but there are like only seven reviews so…)

So this is this weekend’s least promising prospect: Phoenix Forgotten. This is a movie about an event people forgot about years ago (not to disrespect those kids who disappeared, but kids disappear literally every day). The director has never directed any other film, his only other IMDB credit being a producer credit for the movie Medicine for Melancholy, and not only have I never heard of this movie but it came out in 2008. Where has he been the last 9 years? And all the actors are unknowns, so they’re not a draw. So this is a movie about a very isolated tragedy that happened 20 years ago starring people no one knows or cares about directed by someone who no one knows or cares about. No offense to these kids, they could be perfectly fine actors, but this isn’t giving me much confidence. And to top that off, this is a subject that has had not one, but TWO other movies on this particular subject. The last one came out literally two years ago! This isn’t 9/11 or the Holocaust. The Great Chicago Fire was a bigger tragedy than this and I haven’t seen one movie on that, and yet this has three? So yeah this movie will be lucky to get into the top five this week, let alone take the top slot.



Director: Denise Di Novi

Stars: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Summary: A woman sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband’s new wife. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 24%

Our next contender is Unforgettable, which, if this Rotten Tomatoes score is correct, is hopefully forgettable. But let’s examine the basics: first the director. This is Di Novi’s cinematic directorial debut, though besides this the only other thing she had directed was an episode of Bones. However, she has a bunch of producer credits to her name, many of them for very big movies. Some of the most notable ones are Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I don’t quite know how much this experience will assist her in directing, but I figured it was worth mentioning. But what really had me interested was the cast, mainly Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl. Both are extremely talented and that can really help a small movie, even one with a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. From the trailers the movie seems like a fun revenge thriller to see with the girls on a Saturday night. It’s not gonna be the next Fatal Attraction or anything but it’ll probably do well enough.

Disney Nature’s Born in China


Director: Chuan Lu

Stars: John Krasinski

Genre: Documentary

Summary: Venturing into the wilds of China, “Born in China” captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Now for the real contender for this weekend: Born in China. Who doesn’t love a good Disney nature documentary? And Jim from The Office narrates! What’s not to love? Don’t have much to say on this, but I think this says enough

Who Will Win?


Fate of the Furious probably. I love the Disney nature films, but FOTF probably won’t drop more than 60% and these Disney nature films are great but they don’t make as much as they should. I know I said Born in China was the real contender, but Unforgettable will probably make more than it despite its 24%. But It’ll be fine. Like I said earlier, this is a light week. But fear not: soon we will get a little Marvel in our lives to kick off the Summer movie season.

So do you think Fate of the Furious will take top slot again this weekend? Who will do better: Born in China or Unforgettable? Do you think Phoenix Forgotten will actually be good? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.




Captain Marvel Director Found?

It seems Marvel has found its Captain Marvel directors, and yes I said directors.

2006 Sundance Film Festival - "Half Nelson" Portraits

This just in: Marvel may have found its Captain Marvel director, or should I say directors. Variety is reporting that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been chosen to direct Captain Marvel. Boden and Fleck are best known for writing and directing the 2015 Drama Mississippi Grind Starring Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds, but outside of that the pair aren’t known for much. Not that this should be worrying to anyone. Marvel has a gift for picking out talented directors that aren’t particularly well known and making them into cinematic powerhouses. They did it with the Russo brothers, they did it with James Gunn, and now they’re gonna do it with these two. Now keep in mind Marvel hasn’t yet confirmed this news, so this could be bad info. But I don’t think it is. It’s a bit too random to be fake. But until it’s official, don’t completely take it to the bank.

So thoughts on this choice? Who was your pick for directing Captain Marvel? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the Captain Marvel directors and other things in the world of movies.

Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters in March 8th, 2019.

Box Office Battle Conclusion April 14th

This weekend did not have any shocking surprises, but we’ll go over the winners anyway.

5. Going in Style


Going in Style, the story of three old dudes who rob a bank after getting screwed out of their pensions, takes fifth this weekend with $6.29 million in its second week. That brings its domestic total up to $23.32 million, so this movie will surely make back its $25 million budget. With lukewarm reception and a rotten tomatoes score of 46%, this isn’t an unexpected turn of events. On a good weekend this movie wouldn’t even make it into the top five, so I think they’re just happy to be sticking around.

4. Smurfs: The Lost Village


Now for a more devastating number we have Smurfs: The Lost Village with a measly $6.71 million in its second weekend. It’s numbers like that that hurt the soul. This movie has a $60 million budget. In the two weeks it has been out, the movie has made $24.95 million. And the numbers will only get worse. This is a well known property that was beloved and cherished by so many, so what happened? Well, the simple and answer is The Smurfs and the Smurfs 2. I mean, I love Neil Patrick Harris as much as the next guy, but those movies were just not that good. The first movie opened at $35 million and the second at half that ($17 million) and this one opened at a scary disappointing $13 million. I’m not saying the smurf brand is dead, but give is a rest Sony. You’ve done enough already.

3. Beauty and the Beast (2017)


Now for some happy news, we have Beauty and the Beast with $13.71 million in its fifth week. This movie has a total gross of $454 million and with the nothing that’s coming out this weekend I doubt it’s gonna be losing too much money. This movie is everything Disney hoped it could be and then some. While I have yet to see this movie, practically every review is positive even despite some of the film’s flaws. However, come April 28th I think this tale as old as time will finally waltz its way out of the top five. At least it’ll be pushed out by another Emma Watson flick (The Circle), so not too big of a loss.

2. Boss Baby


Taking the silver this weekend is Boss Baby at $16.01 million in its third week. Now this movie has been the second biggest surprises of April (the first being the box office breaking Beauty and the Beast). I didn’t expect much of this movie, but it’s done pretty well for itself. With a total gross of $117 million in just three weeks, this movie, while not doing Pixar money, is doing quite alright. The fact that there is not much out this month is surely helping that. Since when did April become such a week month? But anyway rock on Boss Baby, you earned this with a loveable story and good timing.

1. The Fate of the Furious


And to no one’s surprise, The Fate of the Furious is taking the gold this weekend with a whooping $98.78 million domestic, but that’s not the big story. Not that making that much opening weekend in the US is anything to frown at, but the big story that this movie made $433 million dollars internationally. That means that this movie made over $531 million globally in its opening weekend. Now I recently learned that this means everything and nothing, and ,being the good Samaritan I am, I am here to explain why. Not every movie opens in every market a the same time. The best way to show this is to look at the data. With this opening The Fate of the Furious has now replaced Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as the highest global opening weekend box office. HOWEVER, when The Force Awakens debuted it had not yet opened in China. Because The Fate of the Furious did open in China, this can’t be accurate. Because every market doesn’t have every movie out when it’s out here, this number doesn’t really mean anything. But like I said, this means everything and nothing. Here’s the everything: This movie has still for a fact doubled it’s budget. And when its run is finally over that will be added up with all the other millions of dollars it makes here and internationally, and it’s gonna make something massive. If it stays on this path it could even reach a billion come the end of its run. However, going back to domestic, this movie did not make what it’s predecessor did. It actually made almost $50 million less. Granted Paul Walker’s untimely death surely had an affect on Furious 7‘s box office, but not an affect of $50 million. Perhaps there’s a bit of Furious fatigue? I’ve never been into the films, so on that front I can’t really say much.

Honorable Mentions

6. Gifted


Not quite making it into the top five but definitely catching my eye is Gifted. It made only $3.08 million this weekend, but this movie just looks so nice. Chris Evans in a sweet movie with a cute prodigy child and Octavia Spencer. What’s not to love?

So what do you think of FOTF‘s big opening? Have you seen any of the movies mentioned here? Talk about them in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.









Box Office Battle April 14th Edition


Another weekend is on its way, and with it another Box Office Battle. This week only has one movie coming out, but boy will this shake up the box office. So let’s look at the stats:

The Fate of the Furious

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 65%

To shake up April, we have The Fate of the Furious. This is likely to be the biggest movie out this month and will undoubtedly bring the Summer season (which gets earlier every year) off to a good start. What interests me most is what F. Gary Gray (director of Straight Outta Compton) brings to this movie. I have never seen a Fast and Furious movie, but they aren’t exactly know for their excellent plot and character building.  But Straight Outta Compton was such an interesting story told in such an interesting way, I can’t help but think F. Gary Gray will bring something interesting to this franchise. And also one has to wonder how this movie will compare to Furious 7 in box office. That movie broke records in way that no one could have expected. So will that success grace Fate of the Furious as well? At the moment, the movie is tracking at $110+ million domestically, which is less than its predecessor by only by $30ish million. And also Furious 7 did way better than what it was projected to, so I suppose we shall see.

Who Will Win?

This one is pretty obvious. Being the only new movie coming out wide this weekend, it will be number one. The real question is by how much? As you can see the Rotten Tomatoes score could be better, but this movie is fresh. I don’t think it’ll make any less than what it’s tracking at, especially with heavy hitters like Charlize Theron and Kurt Russell joining the fold. It’ll blow everything out of the water undoubtedly.

So are you seeing The Fate of the Furious this weekend? Do you think anything can top Furious 7? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.