Follow by Email

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Box office: RESULTS August 8, 2014 - August 10, 2014





TWLWTitleStudioWeekendTheatersTotalWeek
1-Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesParamount Pictures
$65,575,105
3,845
$65,575,105
1
21Guardians of the GalaxyWalt Disney Pictures
$42,124,922
4,088
$176,515,761
2
3-Into the StormNew Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
$18,015,000
3,434
$18,015,000
1
4-The Hundred-Foot JourneyDreamWorks Pictures
$10,979,290
2,023
$10,979,290
1
52LucyUniversal Pictures
$9,488,805
3,147
$97,511,610
3
6-Step Up All InSummit Entertainment (Lionsgate)
$6,469,857
2,072
$6,469,857
1
74HerculesMGM, Paramount Pictures
$5,746,891
2,896
$63,508,138
3
83Get on UpUniversal Pictures
$5,195,150
2,469
$23,109,760
2
95Dawn of the Planet of the Apes20th Century Fox
$4,334,532
2,306
$197,768,156
5
106Planes: Fire & RescueWalt Disney Pictures
$2,451,526
2,280
$52,982,854
4
117The Purge: AnarchyUniversal Pictures
$2,285,060
1,602
$68,533,360
4
1210A Most Wanted ManRoadside Attractions (Lionsgate)
$2,229,000
808
$10,441,000
3


Despite horrendous reviews going into the weekend, the Michael Bay-produced reintroduction of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount), starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, scored big at the box office this weekend, taking in an estimated $65 million from 3,845 North American theaters. That's the fourth-biggest August opening behind last week's Guardians of the Galaxy record-setter, previous record holder The Bourne Ultimatum and 2001's Rush Hour 2. The Turtles added another $28.7 million from its overseas openings for a global opening total of $93.7 million.

With a reported budget of $125 million, it probably won't be much of a surprise that Paramount has already announced a sequel to the movie, which will once again be produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller with a screenplay written by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec. There's no word whether director Jonathan Liebesman will return, but they already have a release date of June 3, 2016 picked out for the sequel. This means that it will open the same weekend as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party and one week after both X-Men: Apocalypse from Fox and Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass from Disney.

Marvel Studios' latest blockbuster, the James Gunn-directed outer space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and more, tried but failed to hold the top spot against the Turtles, dropping to second place with $41.5 million, down 56%. It has grossed $176 million domestically since opening last weekend, which means it will be pulling ahead of the domestic grosses of the original Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger in the next few days. More importantly, it has grossed $313 million globally in its first ten days. It added another $40.1 million overseas this weekend where it opened in Australia, New Zealand, India and other territories with $30 million of the "Guardians'" global take so far accredited to its worldwide IMAX release.

Hoping to interest some of the teen and older viewers not interested in mutant turtles or space-faring raccoons, New Line released the giant tornado disaster flick Into the Storm, starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh and more. While it was never expected to be a huge breakout summer hit, it still was able to take in about $18 million in 3,434 theaters, averaging $5,242 per site.

Opening in the fewest theaters of the new releases, the Helen Mirren-starring The Hundred-Foot Journey (DreamWorks), a France-based food-lover's dramedy based on the novel by Richard Morais, opened adequately with $11.1 million in 2,023 theaters. With an "A" CinemaScore, it has a good chance of building on that with its older targeted audience.

Luc Besson's sci-fi action thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, dropped to fifth place with $9.3 million (down 49%). With a three-week take of $97.3 million, it should become the 20th movie of the year to cross the $100 million sometime in the coming week.

The fourth installment of the dance franchise Step Up All In (Summit) continued to show the series' diminishing returns with the weakest opening yet, $6.6 million in 2,072 theaters. That's half the amount made opening weekend by the previous installment, Step Up Revolution two years ago and this should finally put the nail in the coffin of the once popular series.

Dwayne Johnson and Brett Ratner's Hercules (Paramount/MGM) captured seventh place with $5.7 million, which brings its three-week gross to $63.5 million. With a reported budget of $100 million, it's fully relying on its international release to recoup its budget and turn a profit.

Despite receiving an "A" CinemaScore last week, the James Brown biopic Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis, fell hard in its second weekend, dropping 63% to eighth place with $5 million over the weekend and $23 million total.

20th Century Fox's sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took ninth place with $4.4 million as it edges closer to becoming the sixth movie of the summer to cross $200 million with $197.8 million grossed so far.

Walt Disney Pictures' animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue wrapped up the Top 10 with $2.4 million and $52.9 million in four weeks. That's behind the $70.8 million grossed by the original movie over the same period of time.


Heres something extra for the delay. Sorry for the wait !


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Aaron McGruder's Black Jesus, Episode 1






Aaron McGruder, creator of the well-known series The Boondocks, is back with his new comedy called Black Jesus. This controversial series finds Jesus on a mission to help mankind while living in present day Compton, California. Black Jesus is on a daily quest to spread kindness and love throughout the downtrodden neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of followers.
Adult Swim recently announced this live-action comedy series will air for a half-hour starting Thursday, August 7th at 11:00 in the evening (ET/PT). Black Jesus in not animated as was his last series, instead is a live-action scripted series. The series stars some familiar faces in the comedic industry such as John Witherspoon, Charlie Murphy and Corey Holcomb. The role of Black Jesus stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson along with Antwon Tanner, Kali Hawk, Angela Gibbs, Andrew Bachelor, and Valenzia Algarin. McGruder is the writer and executive producer through his company 5 Mutts Productions.
McGruder is an American cartoonist and writer best known for his cartoon strip called The Boondocks. This Universal Press Syndicate comic strip follows the lives of two young African-American brothers from Chicago’s inner city. These brothers are now living with their grandfather in the upper echelon suburb named Woodcrest. The strip explores issues involving American politics and African-American culture through the exceptionally intelligent Huey and his gangster wannabe younger brother Riley.
McGruder’s followers were upset to learn the creator of The Boondocks would not be involved in the series’ fourth and last season. Many of his fans will be happy to learn that his new series Black Jesus will follow his style as a magnet for criticism.
The creator’s work has been an absolute lightening rod for criticism since it debuted in 1999. Some of the series most notable targets have been Whitney Houston, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Al Sharpton, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Cosby, Dr. Martin Luther King and black political commentator Larry Elder. McGruder received a host of criticism for the strip he released immediately following the attacks of 9/11. He went on to explain his views in a keynote address at the 2002 H2K2 conference where he bluntly stated,
Outside of the world of whackos and conspiracy theorists and all of that, very few people in the mainstream have been willing to say what I’m about to say, which is, I really and truthfully believe that George W. Bush is somehow involved, either directly or indirectly, in the attacks on New York City on September 11.
When speaking of The Boondocks McGruder stated that it was important to offend, but just as important to do it for the right reasons. Even though he was not a part of the final season, the creator said he personally navigated the series for three seasons through the minefields of controversy. He went on to say,
Although it was not perfect, it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture and love. Anything less would have been unacceptable.
A disagreement with BET has fueled much of the creator’s material for his animated series and comic strip. A couple of The Boondocks episodes have depicted BET as an evil media empire which seeks to destroy black people. McGruder and BET have had an adverse relationship for years, but this mastermind of a creator has found much success on the Adult Swim network. In a statement McGruder said,
It’s a rare thing to have a network home. Even more rare is a home that wants to see you grow and expand as a creator. Adult Swim is headed to new horizons and I’m happy to be along for the ride.
To the delight of his many fans, Aaron McGruder is back with a new comedy series named Black Jesus. This live-action series follows Jesus living in present day Compton while on a mission to spread kindness and love throughout the “hood” with the help of his downtrodden followers.

THE RWR REPORT: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - JIM ROSS INTERVIEWS STING (PT. 1 & 2)



This interview was just too big to fit in one podcast...so here's part 1 of JR's conversation with Sting! Hear about his wrestling start in California, his first meeting with Hulk Hogan, training with Jerry Jarrett, working with Cactus Jack and Big Van Vader, and the most embarrassing match of Sting's career !



It's part 2 of JR's conversation with Sting! Hear about the Crow persona, Terry Funk, Scott Hall, the Owen Hart tragedy and how that affected Sting, his WCW years, his time in TNA, AJ Styles, Sting's steroid use, and the Scorpion Deathlock.



Please Support "The Ross Report" Show Sponsors

Keep this podcast Free by supporting the sponsors and shopping with Amazon. Amazon pays this podcast a small commission every time you use the Amazon banners below at no additional cost to you. Don't forget to click, bookmark and use the Amazon URL for future use as well. 

In theaters NOW



Whats good world ??? Here's the latest movies in theaters. Not a whole bunch to choose from, but thats to be expected as we approach the end of the summer. We'll have the box office results on monday. See ya then !! 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


  • AUGUST 8, 2014
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 41 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Family
Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay present this reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise with Wrath of the Titans' helmer Jonathan Liebesmandirecting. The sinister Shredder has seized control of New York City's police and politicians, leaving his ruthless Foot Clan to spread chaos in the streets. With no prospects for salvation in sight, mutant crime-fighters Raphael, Leonardo , Donatello, and Michaelangelo leap into action. They put up a fierce fight, too, though in order to truly defeat Shredder, the heroes in a half shell will need the help of courageous reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her quick witted cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) as well. With their help, Shredder's plan will quickly unravel, and this once-great city will rise again. 

INTO THE STORM 


  • AUGUST 8, 2014
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 29 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Suspense/Thriller
Fearless storm-chasers brave impossible odds in their quest to collect data on an unprecedented super-storm that unleashes multiple tornados on a small town as the terrified locals race for shelter. Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), and Matt Walsh star in this tense tale of Mother Nature's fury. 

The Hundred-Foot Journey 



  • AUGUST 8, 2014
  • PG , 2 hr 2 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
An Indian teen in France goes to work for his father's culinary adversary in this drama based on the bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais. Put young Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) in a kitchen, and he's bound to emerge with a dish that will dazzle. When Hassan's family is forced to move from their native India, his Papa (Om Puri) relocates to a peaceful hamlet in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Determined to give his new neighbors a little taste of home, Papa decides to open an Indian restaurant in the village, and names it Maison Mumbai. Meanwhile, across the street at the traditional French restaurant Le Saule Pleureu, uptight proprietor Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) doesn't exactly welcome the competition. When Madame Mallory ignites a bitter feud that quickly escalates, the only hope for a peaceful resolution lies in Hassan's talent for French haute cuisine, and his growing affections for Mme. Mallory's pretty young sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). Subsequently impressed by Hassan's undeniable culinary talents, Mme. Mallory agrees to become Hassan's mentor, in the process providing the perfect creative environment where his unique fusion cuisine can thrive. Lasse Hallström directs a film produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake. 

STEP UP: ALL IN


  • AUGUST 8, 2014
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 52 min
  • Drama
    Music/Performing Arts
A ragtag dance troupe compete to win a lucrative three-year contract at a Las Vegas casino in this installment of the energetic dance-movie franchise. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

In case you missed it: The Combat Jack show -The Cormega ‘Mega Philosophy’ Episode




In this age of tweaking, thots, wanton capitalism, violence and outsiders dictating what our culture is, QB veteran Cormega and legend Large Professor drop their brilliant ‘Mega Philosophy’ album. Cormega walks us through this classic, track by track. Go ‘head and press play y'all. 

Total Pageviews

Sneaker Files