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Weekend Box Office: Apr 18-Apr 20

April 22nd, 2014 · Lena · No Comments

#1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier from Buena Vista held at #1 with a gross of $25.6 million (-38%) in 3,825 theaters (-113).  Total gross to date is $200.5 million.  Budget was $170 million.

#2 Heaven is for Real from TriStar opened at #2 with a gross of $22.5 million in 2,417theaters.  Total gross to date is $29.6 million.  Budget was $12 million.

#3 Rio 2 from Fox fell from #2 to #3 with a gross of $22.2 million (-43.7%) in 3,975 theaters (+27).  Total gross to date is $75 million.  Budget was $103 million.

#4 Transcendence from Warner Bros. opened at #4 with a gross of $10.9 million in 3,455 theaters.  Budget was $100 million.

#5 A Haunted House 2 from Open Road Films opened at #5 with a gross of $8.8 million in 2,310 theaters.  Budget was $4 million.

#6 Draft Day from Lionsgate/Summit fell from #4 to #6 with a gross of $5.7 million (-41.6%) in 2,781 theaters  Total gross to date is $19.4 million.  Budget was unknown.

#7 Divergent from Lionsgate/Summit fell from #6 to #7 with a gross of $5.6 million (-24%) in 2,286 theaters (-624).  Total gross to date is $133.8 million.  Budget was $85 million.

#8 Oculus from Relativity fell from #3 to #8 with a gross of $5.2 million (-57%) in 2,648 theaters.  Total gross to date is $21.1 million.  Budget was $5 million.

#9 Noah from Paramount fell from #5 to #9 with a gross of $5 million (-33.8%) in 2,537 theaters (-745).  Total gross to date is $93.3 million.  Budget was $125 million.

#10 Bears from Buena Vista opened at #10 with a gross of $4.8 million in 1,720 theaters  Budget was unknown.

#11 God’s Not Dead from Freestyle Releasing fell from #7 to #11 with a gross of $4.6 million (-16.1%) in 1,796 theaters (-64).  Total gross to date is $48.2 million.  Budget was unknown.

#12 The Grand Budapest Hotel from Fox Searchlight fell from #8 to #12 with a gross of $3.4 million (-16.1%) in 1,280 theaters (-187).  Total gross to date is $45 million.  Budget was unknown.

The combined gross of the top 12 movies this weekend was $124.3 million.

Sources:
Box Office Mojo

 

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BSP Episode 314: American Hustle

April 21st, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 2013 film American Hustle

American Hustle was billed as the kinder, gentler version of a Scorsese movie. It’s the crime caper about scumbags your mom could love! Look at all the period ‘70s costumes and soundtrack! Nominated for loads of Oscars and winning none, American Hustle is the fictionalized story of the Abscam scandal of the late ‘70s where a con man and his girlfriend are forced to work for the feds to bring down politicians and quite possibly the Mob. Of course, things are complicated when you involve the con man’s wife, a fake Arab Sheik, the mob, and a science oven.

Worth noting:

  • Free Comic Book Day is coming up the first Saturday in May. Nerds like Tony rejoice!
  • On the ever-elusive Woot! bag of crap.
  • Parsec Awards nominations are now open. Please don’t nominate us. We beg of you.
  • We liked this movie for the most part. Some liked it for the historical content, some for Louis C.K. and some for Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Some, however, found it boring when you compare it to the “insisting upon itself” Wolf of Wall Street.
  • Fat Christian Bale and braless Amy Adams. Discuss.
  • Is this a character movie or a caper movie?
  • Why don’t they give awards to funny movies?
  • Musicals: terrible, right???
  • Stand-up comedy: let’s talk about how Jolie’s right (since she controls the show notes).

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Jolie
  • Darrell
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Back Seat Box Office #187

April 18th, 2014 · Tony · 1 Comment

Congrats to Art, Jeff and Cougron for their perfect scores of 25!

Picks:

Art
1)  Transcendence
2)  Captain America 2
3)  Rio 3
4)  A Haunted House 2
5)  Heaven is for Real

Jeff
1)  Rio 2
2)  Captain America 2
3)  Transcendence
4)  Heaven is for Real
5)  A Haunted House

Art’s House picks:
Art – Godzilla: The Japanese Original
Jeff – Fading Gigolo

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Weekend Box Office: Apr 11-Apr 13

April 15th, 2014 · Lena · 1 Comment

#1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier from Buena Vista held at #1 with a gross of $41.3 million (-56.6%) in 3,938 theaters.  Total gross to date is $158.9 million.  Budget was $170 million.

#2 Rio 2 from Fox opened at #2 with a gross of $39.3 million in 3,948 theaters.  Budget was $103 million.

#3 Oculus from Relativity opened at #3 with a gross of $12 million in 2,648 theaters.  Budget was $5 million.

#4 Draft Day from Lionsgate/Summit opened at #4 with a gross of $9.8 million in 2,781 theaters.  Budget was unknown.

#5 Noah from Paramount fell from #2 to #5 with a gross of $7.6 million (-55.7%) in 3,282 theaters (-289).  Total gross to date is $85 million.  Budget was $125 million.

#6 Divergent from Lionsgate/Summit fell from #3 to #6 with a gross of $7.4 million (-43.1%) in 3,110 theaters (-521).  Total gross to date is $124.8 million.  Budget was $85 million.

#7 God’s Not Dead from Freestyle Releasing fell from #4 to #7 with a gross of $5.5 million (-28.6%) in 1,860 theaters (+102).  Total gross to date is $40.9 Budget was unknown.

#8 The Grand Budapest Hotel from Fox Searchlight fell from #6 to #8 with a gross of $4.1 million (-33.5%) in 1,467 theaters (+204).  Total gross to date is $39.5 million.  Budget was unknown.

#9 Muppets Most Wanted from Buena Vista fell from #5 to #9 with a gross of $2.3 million (-63%) in 2,261 theaters (-791).  Total gross to date is $45.8 million.  Budget was $50 million.

#10 Mr. Peabody & Sherman from Fox fell from #7 to #10 with a gross of $1.9 million (-63.5%) in 2,001 theaters (-930).  Total gross to date is $105.3 million.  Budget was $145 million.

#11 The Raid 2 from Sony Classics rose from #30 to #11 with a gross of $957 thousand (+630.7%) in 954 theaters (+928).   Total gross to date is $1.4 million.  Budget was unknown.

#12 Non-Stop from Universal fell from #10 to #12 with a gross of $750 thousand (-58.2%) in 762 theaters (-962).  Total gross to date is $89.5 million.  Budget was $50 million.

The combined gross of the top 12 movies this weekend was $132.8 million.

Sources:
Box Office Mojo

 

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BSP Episode 313: The Wolf of Wall Street

April 14th, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 2013 film Wolf of Wall Street.

Wolf of Wall Street is the Oscar-nominated latest offering from Martin Scorsese offering a full cast of quality acting, an intense three hour running time, and drug consumption of various kinds. It’s a dramady, mixing over-the-top performances, black humor, and an intense amount of smarm. Wolf of Wall Street is based on the life of Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street con man who made an awful lot of money cheating investors out of their money.

Worth noting:

  • Trivia Night roundup: boozed fruit and terribly written questions.
  • The lonely ladies of one-on-one ghost hunting.
  • It’s a long movie but we don’t mind. It never lags and the pacing stays top-notch.
  • The acting in this movie was spectacular, especially the nominated performance of Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Spoilers about How I Met Your Mother abound. Protect thine sensitive ears if your DVR is too full and you haven’t seen it yet. Or if you  care.
  • So what were Jordan Belfort’s crimes? Finance geekery abounds.
  • Financial crime movies don’t often show you how the crime works. Perhaps it’s just because financial crime isn’t sexy.
  • We found a new phase: the cerebral palsy phase.
  • Why don’t people know how to use the burner cell phone? It’s like nobody’s seen The Wire.
  • This movie’s profane, filthy, and a really good time. Pro tip (just the tip): we recommend it but you probably shouldn’t see it with your parents.
  • When a dude buys you crack, that’s bro love.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Jolie
  • Darrell
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Back Seat Box Office #186

April 11th, 2014 · Lena · 3 Comments

Congrats to Art an BD for their high scores of 23!

Thanks to Tad and Nick for their voice mails

Picks:

Art & Jeff:

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  2. Rio 2
  3. Oculus
  4. Draft Day
  5. Noah

Art’s House Picks

  • Art – The Railway Man
  • Jeff – Cuban’s Fury
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Weekend Box Office: Apr 4-Apr 6

April 9th, 2014 · Lena · 1 Comment

#1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier from Buena Vista opened at #1 with a gross of $95 million in 3,938 theaters.  Budget was $170 million.

#2 Noah from Paramount fell from #1 to #2 with a gross of $17 million (-61%) in 3,571 theaters (+4).  Total gross to date is $72.4 million.  Budget was $125 million.

#3 Divergent from Lionsgate/Summit fell from #2 to #3 with a gross of $13 million (-49.3%) in 3,631 theaters (-305).  Total gross to date is $114 million.  Budget was $85 million.

#4 God’s Not Dead from Freestyle Releasing rose from #5 to #4 with a gross of $7.8 million (-11.8%) in 1,758 theaters (+580).  Total gross to date is $32.6 Budget was unknown.

#5 Muppets Most Wanted from Buena Vista fell from #3 to #5 with a gross of $6.1 million (-45.5%) in 3,052 theaters (-142).  Total gross to date is $42 million.  Budget was $50 million.

#6 The Grand Budapest Hotel from Fox Searchlight held at #6 with a gross of $6.1 million (-28.4%) in 1,263 theaters (+286).  Total gross to date is $33.2 million.  Budget was unknown.

#7 Mr. Peabody & Sherman from Fox fell from #4 to #7 with a gross of $5.1 million (-43.4%) in 2,931 theaters (-368).  Total gross to date is $102 million.  Budget was $145 million.

#8 Sabotage from Off Road Films fell from #7 to #8 with a gross of $2 million (-62.1%) in 2,486 theaters.   Total gross to date is $8.9 million.  Budget was unknown.

#9 Need for Speed from Buena Vista fell from #8 to #9 with a gross of $1.8 million (-57.2%) in 1,779 theaters (-926).  Total gross to date is $40.8 million.  Budget was $66 million.

#10 Non-Stop from Universal held at #10 with a gross of $1.79 million (-55.3%) in 1,724 theaters (-791).  Total gross to date is $88.1 million.  Budget was $50 million.

#11 Bad Words from Focus Features rose from #13 to #11 with a gross of $1.6 million (-37%) in 1,074 theaters (+232).  Total gross to date is $5.9 million.  Budget was unknown.

#12 300: Rise of An Empire from Warner Bros. fell from #9 to #12 with a gross of $1.5 million (-65.2%) in 1,555 theaters (-1,046).  Total gross to date is $104 million.  Budget was $110 million.

The combined gross of the top 12 movies this weekend was $158.8 million.

Sources:
Box Office Mojo

 

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BSP Episode 312: Nebraska

April 7th, 2014 · Tony · No Comments

Join the gang as they discuss the 2013 film Nebraska.

Nebraska is the quiet, black and white entry into 2013’s Oscar fare, known for having a slow burn and character-driven plot. This was considered an actor’s movie, most notably for Bruce Dern who stars as Woody, a Montana man who receives a prize notification in the mail and is determined to take it to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim his supposed winnings. Comedy and drama mix, much like Alexander Payne’s other films (Sideways, Election), to drive a story with a uniquely Midwestern plot and lots of visuals.

Worth noting:

  • Anybody want this cat???
  • The art of learning the panty-dropper on guitar.
  • Nebraska is slowly paced with a lot of establishing shots. However, some of us don’t mind.
  • Bruce Dern was awesome as the memory-challenged asshole.
  • So many moments in this movie remind us of our families. Let’s explore this.
  • June Squibb is one funny, funny lady in this movie.
  • Naked and Afraid is back. Hold onto your butts.
  • Seriously, who hasn’t seen Sideways?
  • Let’s all agree to just say no to the terrible brother stereotype character.
  • Correction: Bruce Dern did not win the Best Actor Oscar but he was definitely a contender.
  • If trivia beer architecture isn’t a thing, we need to make it a thing.
  • Neverending sack.
  • Pam! Stop eating the cocaine!

 Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • David
  • Jolie
  • Darrell
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Back Seat Book Club – Book Nineteen: Vicious

April 5th, 2014 · Scott · No Comments

Author: VE Schwab

Published: 2013

Tor

Plot Summary - Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

Quick Thoughts:

  • [wanted: show note guy. apply within.]

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” 

Your Hosts:

  • Krissy
  • Sam
  • Scott

Recorded 02/26/14

Next time: Cugel the Clever by Jack Vance

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Back Seat Box Office #185

April 4th, 2014 · Tony · 3 Comments

Cougron and Scuba Dave have the high score of 23.

Tad and Scuba Dave sent in voicemais.

Cougron is the winner of the Amazon gift card.

Jeff is the winner of the Art’s House picks

Picks:

Art:

  1. Captain America 2
  2. Noah
  3. Divergent
  4. Muppets Most Wanted
  5. Grand Budapest Hotel

Jeff:

  1. Captain America 2
  2. Noah
  3. Divergent
  4. Muppets Most Wanted
  5. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
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