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.




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.

What’s Out? St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Happy St. Pattie’s day! I hope your Friday is filled will lots of Guinness, green, and pinching! But on to the movies coming out this weekend!

Beauty and The Beast (2017) – Bill Condon


For the biggest movie coming out this weekend, we have the live action remake of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, this movie seems to be something nice to go to on a Saturday afternoon. From all the ads I’ve seem, I can only assume that this movie is essentially a shot-for-shot remake of the Best Picture nominated Disney movie (yes I did say BEST PICTURE. The first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture, to be exact.), which I don’t know if I mind. I do have some things off the bat that makes me wary, the biggest thing being that the CGI furniture look creepy as hell, but nothing too massive that my movie experience would be ruined. I am intrigued by this whole Lefou gay thing. I still find it weird that this is the character that had to be the first openly gay character in a Disney movie. It’s like, he was never relevant enough to get his own song in the original, let along a sexuality. He was just Gaston’s short sidekick. Apparently he has some kinda gay scene, which is a big reason why I want to  see this movie to be honest. I want to know what was so perfect for this movie that Lefou had to be so openly gay. It’ll be interesting, to say the least.


The Belko Experiment – James Gunn


Now something for the adults, we have The Belko Experiment. A gory story of 80 American businesspeople who are locked in a building and told to fight to the death to survive. I’m sure you’ve heard many jokes about this movie and the cutthroat world of business, so I will refrain from using them. This movie has had my eye since January and with James Gunn behind the camera you know it’s gonna be something cool. And there are a bunch of random famous-ish people in this that make me happy. Dr. Cox from Scrubs, the President from Scandal, and Sean Gunn cause it seems James Gunn can’t make a movie without throwing his baby bro into the picture as well. This movie is gonna be bloody and entertaining, so keep the kiddies at home and go out to see this Saturday night.

So what are you seeing this weekend? I’m finally seeing Get Out tonight, so that’s cool. How do you feel about Lefou being gay and just getting a bigger role in general? Why do you think James Gunn always puts his bro in his films? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on what’s out and other things in the world of movie news.



What’s Out December 16th Edition

So another big weekend in movies is upon us! While you probably already know what that movie is, you might not know what else is coming out this weekend. So let’s take a look at what’s out!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Gareth Edwards


One of the biggest movies of the year is upon us! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first movie in the Star Wars universe to not be directly connected to the Skywalker chronicles. Rogue One is set like right before the events of Episode IV, and it follows a group of rebels who try to steal the plans to the Death Star. This movie was a bit of a risky investment, being the first movie outside of the saga films, but with $30 million in Thursday night ticket sales I think it’s safe to say Rogue One will do just fine. The movie is currently tracking at $120-$150 million domestically opening weekend, but I’m inclined to believe that it might make even more. The tracking has been so off in recent cases it’s hard to take these numbers to heart, if I’m being honest. The movie stars Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Forest Whitaker, and this movie is said to be amazing. I’m not gonna see it ’till the whole family is together for Christmas, but as soon as that day comes I will be writing a review that will give you the big scoop on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Collateral Beauty – David Frankel


Now for some movies that are definitely not Rogue One. The first movie is Collateral Beauty. Led by Will Smith, Collateral Beauty is the story of Howard, an ad executive (Smith) who tragically loses his daughter. Feeling lost after her death, Howard searches for answers from the universe by writing letters to Death, Time, and Love. Well one day they start talking back. In a beautiful story of loss and acceptance, Collateral Beauty shows the beauty in every element of life, even the bad stuff. Or at least, that’s what I got from the trailers. Besides Smith, the movie also stars Edward Norton (the rejected Hulk), Keira Knightley (that one British lady), Helen Mirren (the old lady with the high cheekbones), Kate Winslet (I think she’s the Titanic girl), and Jacob Latimore (I feel like he was on like So Random at one point). And yes Kate Winslet is the Titanic girl if my unsure made you unsure. Anyway s gonna do considering the weekend, but then again you go to Collateral Beauty for a very different reason than why you go to Rogue One. And from what I’m hearing, you come for the story, but you stay for the Will Smith. A movie guy I dig very much just recently said this is Will Smith’s best performance since Pursuit of Happyness. So keep that in mind the next time you’re at the theater.

Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan


And speaking of emotionally destructive movies, the new Casey Affleck movie Manchester by the Sea is being released nationwide this week. In this movie an uncle (Casey Affleck) takes custody of his nephew after the death of the boy’s father. Now just from that you know this movie is gonna to break you emotionally. After seeing this you may never wanna see this or any Casey Affleck movie ever again. This movie is definitely in the running for Best Picture this year, as well as Casey Affleck for Best Actor. However this is a stacked year so who know what’ll happen. Maybe I should review every movie nominated for the main Oscars once the nominees are out. That’d be cool. Anyway, as you can see there is more than just Rogue One out this weekend. So if you’re only seeing it twice this weekend, maybe go out to see something a little less fantastical.

La La Land – Damien Chazelle


Just an fyi, La La Land is now spreading to over 200 theaters across the country so look for one near you. While the movie doesn’t go nationwide officially until Christmas, I just love the thought of its movie so much I can’t stop talking about it. I haven’t even seen it yet and I just know that it’s something special.

So what are you seeing this weekend? Is Star Wars overrated? Is Will Smith overrated? Are movie musicals underrated? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on What’s Out and other things in the world that is movie news.

What’s Out? December 9th Edition

After many weeks of not writing I return! You see, I was rebelling against NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) by not writing things. But now it is December, Christmas will soon be upon us and movies are coming out! So I’m back to help you know what’s out this holiday season.

Office Christmas Party – Josh Gordan, Will Speck


The only real thing out this weekend is the star studded comedy Office Christmas Party. A perfect offset for those not into the Oscar bait seen throughout the last few weeks, Office Christmas Party is the story of a bank manager (played by the lovely TJ Miller) who throws a giant office Christmas party to bag a client and save his branch from getting shut down by his CEO. And of course hijinks ensue. Now this will likely not be the next Hangover or Trainwreck, but this seems to have all the makings of a fun Christmas comedy. And with a cast including Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Aniston, and Courtney B. Vance, this seems like a good choice if you want to see something with some pals on an empty Saturday.


La La Land – Damien Chazelle


And for those lucky bastard living in places like LA or NYC , you can see La La Land before everyone else (Including me 😦 ) Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land is the musical telling of a Jazz pianist falling in love with an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. If you’re a fan of musicals, classic Hollywood, or just film in general, I suggest you check this out. While I haven’t seen it, but the things I’ve heard make this movie out to be nothing short of extraordinary and Oscar worthy. Finally something that’s meant to be in the Musical or Comedy category at the Golden Globes (a little The Martian humor). So if you can see this, please do. I have a strong feeling that you’ll love it.

So what are you gonna see this weekend? Is La La Land in your area? Are you just gonna see Fantastic Beasts for the third time instead? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on what’s out and everything else in the movie news world.

Box Office Battle 10/14 – 10/16

One of the slower weekends this season has passed and with its end comes another BOX OFFICE BATTLE! I do hope you used the correct voice in your head for those caps. If not you have wasted an opportunity my dear friend. But anyway, movies.

1. The Accountant – $24,715,000

Thanks to some pretty bomb trailers and Ben Affleck, The Accountant has taken the gold this weekend. Directed by Gavin o’Conner, this action thriller is set around an autistic accountant for some very dangerous organizations. That’s all I’m gonna say about it but from the trailers it seems better than that description. Most things seem better than that description. Anyway, despite getting some subpar reviews The Accountant has made some pretty decent money this weekend. Congrats.

2. Kevin Hart: What Now? – $11,984,245

Taking second this week is Kevin Hart: What Now? This isn’t much of a surprise considering the fact that everyone loves Kevin Hart, especially when it comes to his stand up. From what I’ve heard it’s pretty good. For all those who saw it aren’t you happy you saw this over Max Steel?

3. The Girl on the Train – $11,974,915

Beaten just barely by everyone’s favorite tiny black man is The Girl on the Train. This weekend it just covered it’s budget , so it’s essentially all profit from here. While I have not seen this movie, I have read at least a third of that book. The plan was I finish it before this movie came out because I was hearing people compare it to the masterpiece that was Gone Girl (saw the movie, didn’t read the book. But maybe one day that will change). If this is the new Gone Girl it was sure taking awhile to get there. Or maybe I’m just impatient, I don’t know. But anyway good job taking the bronze!

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – $8,900,000

While it didn’t medal Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children did decent enough in fourth place this week. Tim Burton’s latest movie was subject to some negativity but all in all many believed that this was a bit of a return to form for Tim Burton. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but his last few movies have been …  less than satisfactory. While many said this was not all that they hoped for it seems to be a step in the right direction. But on a sadder note this movie still has $40+ million to go to break even, and that’s forgetting about what they spent on advertising. But I’m rooting for you man. Good look.

5. Deepwater Horizon – $6,350,000

And to finish off this week’s top five is Deepwater Horizon. Starring the always amazing Marky Mark and fan favorite Gina Rodriguez (Who I just saw on the Jane the Virgin season premiere. Whoa.), this drama tells the tale of the Deepwater Horizon disaster from 2010. This movie, directed by Peter Burg, allows the viewer to immerse oneself in the tragedy. It doesn’t sound fun when you say it like that but from what I heard it’s great. But on another said note, this movie cost the same as Peregrine and it hasn’t even made half of its budget. But sometimes that happens with this Oscar movies. And it isn’t like Lone Survivor (the last Peter Burg/Mark Wahlberg colaboration) with the whole patriotism element. But I still really wanna see this of all the things out right now. But I might not so why not you do it so I can live vicariously through you.

Honorary Mentions

11. Max Steel – $2,163,720

I’ve heard bad things. This only confirms my beliefs.

So, what did you think of this week’s BOX OFFICE BATTLE? Are the caps too much? Is Max Steel really as bad as I assume? 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 movie news.