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Big films that may save summer box office have ties to RA, Hobbit trilogy


It’s only 18 days (but who’s counting?!) until Wet Heroic Gary arrives in our theaters.  Since August is largely one hot, miserably humid month here in LA (Lower Alabama), I have to say seeing Richard be all fatherly and bad-ass (and drenched) will be the month’s saving grace for me . . .


So far this summer has been a touch on the lackluster side for box office returns.  I did a little research online . . .

According to Rentrak, the No. 1 company which gauges box office and film industry figures, U.S. box office figures for the Independence Day weekend fell to their lowest in 15 years partly because of a limited lineup of new releases. It has been a poor summer for the industry. With sales down 17% year over year since May 2, year-to-date sales of $5.44 billion are down 3.8% from a year ago.”  

Granted, it didn’t help to have the Fourth of July fall on a Friday, which is usually an important day of the week for the industry, but other warning signs have appeared. Four major movies saw their sales drop more than 60% on their second weekends, which is unusual. According to Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst at Rentrak, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” will now have to make big splashes for the industry’s results to recover, but 2014 receipts will probably lag behind last year’s $10.9 billion record high.”

Excerpts from “Even Transformers Might Not Save the Summer for the Box Office”  by Daniel James on the Motley Fool website

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Then along came an ape named Caesar (brought to life through performance capture technology by the amazingly gifted Andy Serkis)  in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and things started looking up. Andy, who created the unforgettable Gollum in the LOTR/The Hobbit trilogies, also served as second unit director for Peter Jackson and worked in that capacity with Richard on the second trilogy based on Tolkien’s works.


Richard and Andy pose together for a photo after conducting separate interviews for their projects in London recently. Courtesy of the BBC.

 DOTPOTA was released on July 11 and, as of July 20, the movie has grossed more than $139 million domestically, remaining the #1 movie for the second week in a row (the film’s budget was $170 million, so there seems little doubt it will be a money-maker for Fox Films.  Expectations are a take of $230 million during its run). While its box office earnings dropped 50 percent in its second week, it’s performing better than other summer blockbusters, such as “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “The Amazing Spider Man” and the latest “X-Men” entry, which all dropped at least 61 percent at this point.  (Statistics courtesy of Box Office Mojo). The strong hold of Serkis and Company is being attributed to positive reviews, strong word-of-mouth and, frankly, some lackluster competition at the box office.  I am delighted to see such great reviews for Andy’s performance in particular.  I hope he and Richard actually get a chance to act together in some future project.


So what about the other film mentioned  that could at least partially salvage this less-than-stellar summer? “Guardians of the Galaxy,” billed as an action/sci-fi/fantasy film based on Marvel comic book characters, opens August 1, one week before Richard’s film “Into the Storm” whirls into theatres across the U.S (it opens July 31 in the U.K.).  As part of the seemingly almost indestructible Marvel super-franchise, it seems likely to do decent business at the box office. This film is said to have a more comedic, distinctly irreverent tone and attitude than the other Marvel films.



                                                                                          Title courtesy of movieinsider.com

“Guardians” also features another Hobbit alum, namely, the gorgeous and talented Lee Pace (Thranduil) as the villain of the piece, with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista among the quirky bunch of good guys.  The world premiere, by the way, is taking place tonight, July 21. You can watch a livestream of the premiere at Marvel.com.  According to the Marvel Universe site, the whole cast (will this include Pace?) will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight at 11:35/10:35 Central Time on ABC Television.


83409jpg-b6922c_960w Lee Pace in full costume and makeup as Ronan the Accuser. Courtesy of IGN.com and Empire Magazine

And what about the films that “Into the Storm” will be going up directly against when it opens here August 8? Will they help or hurt the overall box office and how will ITS perform in comparison? Will Ronan end up destroying Garry and the gang when they arrive in our theatres? Will the Armitage Army beat out the Marvel Maniacs? Will Richard and cool CGI help save not only his movie son, but the summer grosses? We will just have to wait and see.

More about ITS’s direct competition in the next post.


“Storm”-y silliness and serious stuff; or Help! I’m photo editing & I can’t quit


Remember tomorrow (Wednesday, June 25) is the premiere online of the newest trailer for “Into the Storm” at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, noon Central and 1 p.m. for the East Coast. In honor of the occasion, I’ve done a few tongue-in-cheek edits of some of the most recent promo stills for ITS. (Aren’t we glad they changed the name? Would hate to refer to an Armitage project as BS . . . just sayin’ . . .) And one more Proctor edit, because I swear that character is haunting me (and I haven’t and won’t see him on stage, unless they do make a DVD . . .) What can I say? It’s the Armitage Effect. 😉 And really, would we have it any other way?





RA gets thumbs up in Flickfilosopher’s 2014 Film Preview!



(Thanks to Berta Martinez for posting link to the blog on FB)

I don’t know about you, but I do get tired of the seemingly endless output of Hollywood films which are reboots, sequels, cartoon (and not even good cartoons. Come on . . . the Smurfs??) or comic book-related . . . so something a little more original is a welcome thing.

Apparently the folks at Flickfilosopher agree, providing us in the above link with a list of films slated to debut in 2014 that are a bit more original. And guess what is one of their most anticipated? I will give you a hint.


Yup. “Into the Storm,” formerly known as “Black Sky” aka the lo-o-o-ng-awaited “Tornado Movie” which was greatly delayed when their FX company went belly up and a scramble took place to get the SFX completed.

Here’s what Flicklosopher had to say:

Into the Storm (August 8): Early buzz on this one pegs it as a found-footage(?) Twister writ large, with remarkably realistic FX, or so some early audiences have revealed. Plus, it stars Hobbit It Dwarf Richard Armitage, already well-drooled-over by lovers of Brit TV. He deserves to be a huge Hollywood star, and maybe this will be the flick that does it for him. [IMDb]

I remember reading some of the preview audience members’ reactions, and they did seem pretty positive. And the thought of not having to wait until December to see RA on the big screen again–not the mention the possibility our hero actually survives this one *sniff*–makes me eager to go, well, “into the storm.”

Screenshot courtesy of Todd Garner


RA’s tornado film to rip in theaters Aug. 2014

1240651_446445255473446_1705226456_nMarie Astra posted this at FB a short time ago.
Found-Footage Tornado Pic ‘Into the Storm‘ to Hit Theaters August 2014 4:43 PM PDT 9/24/2013 by Pamela McClintock 0 0 0 0 0 Email Print Comments The Warner Bros. film — previously titled “Black Sky” — is directed by Steven Quale. … Tornado pic Into the Storm will rip through theaters
The Warner Bros. film — previously titled Black Sky — follows a group of storm chasers trying to document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes that ravage the town of Silverton. While some residents seek shelter, storm chasers prove just how far they are willing to go to capture a once-in-a-lifetime shot. Into the Storm opens opposite Paramount’s Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles and Lasse Halstrom’s drama The Hundred-Foot Journey, from DreamWorks.
Ah well, at least we finally have a date for it, even if it seems like a long way away . . . thoughts, anyone?