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Box Office Breakdown:  Yippee-Kay-Yay Ratatouille!


Bruce Willis and Co. may have managed to steer clear of gigantic robots—but they somehow overlooked a group of pesky rats.  Live Free and Die Hard was conveniently positioned one week ahead of this summer’s most anticipated blockbuster…yet squarely in the path of a rodent’s bite.  Nevertheless, the aging John McClane still proved that he can get the job done and earn his keep.

Meanwhile, Ratatouille chewed up the competition with a $47 million dollar debut, although it surprisingly foraged less than most of its Pixar elders (only A Bug’s Life and Toy Story started off lower).  What it did manage to do was help boot Surf’s Up out of the Top 10 leaving room for another Shia LeBeouf feature to transform the landscape in just a matter of days…

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Box Office Breakdown:  Almighty Only Does Alrighty

Evan Almighty

Question: When is being the #1 movie just not enough? (Hint:  You have three chances to answer this question correctly).


  1. When the critics don’t really have anything good to say about you
  2. When you made less than 1/2 of what your predecessor did on opening weekend
  3. When it cost over $175 million just to create you

Apparently having God on your side doesn’t guarantee you heavenly box office numbers.  Evan Almighty, the follow-up to 2003’s Bruce Almighty, failed to bring in a large congregation this past weekend.  Although it did better than the rest of the flock, it’s $32 million take paled in comparison to Bruce’s $68 million opening.  And then there’s that glaring $175 million bill…

Of course, we shouldn’t feel so badly about Steve Carell’s career.  I have a feeling that God is providing for him in other ways.

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Box Office Breakdown:  Silver Surfer Scores the Gold

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Silver Surfer

Like Ocean’s Thirteen, critics rated Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer better than its predecessor.  And like Ocean’s, Fantastic found its way on top of the ever-revolving box office heap.  With help from a more family-friendly rating (down from PG-13 to a PG), the superhero clan raked in $2 million more in its opening weekend than its 2005 turnout.

But it takes more than just a PG to win viewers over—it apparently takes Jessica Alba in a skin-tight outfit…and the prim and proper Nancy Drew had to learn that the hard way.  The latest incarnation of the beloved character only placed 7th despite the numerous times Julia Roberts’ name had been dropped these past few weeks.  BTW—I feel incredibly bad that daddy Eric Roberts has been continuously trumped by his more famous sister.  Emma is HIS daughter after all.

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Box Office Breakdown:  Lucky Number 13

Oceans 13

Having exhausted all their sequel choices, theater patrons quickly moved on to the latest offering:  Ocean’s Thirteen.  Despite general indifference for the series’ second movie, Steven Soderbergh and friends faced down the unlucky number and rolled the dice again.  Their gamble paid off well this weekend when they took down Captain Jack Sparrow and his mates

Of course, viewers who crave the comfort of familiarity can still manage to have discerning taste.  Eli Roth’s Hostel: Part II only rounded enough voyeurs to rank a mediocre 6th place.  Here’s to hoping that the era of grisly horror movies is once again over…

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Ocean Causing Box Office Tidal Wave

George Clooney With star power like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Al Pacino, there was no way Ocean’s Thirteen wasn’t going to be a hit. The stars began filming in July 2006, in the cities of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, beginning a tidal wave that’s flooding the box office right now.

The star-studded cast is filled with names that include blonde sexpot Ellen Barkin, funnyman Bernie Mac, and Ocean’s alum Andy Garcia. The summer blockbuster is a second-time sequel, much likes its box office counterpart Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.  The Disney flick was supposed to be the biggest of the summer, featuring not just Johnny Depp but more CGI than you can shake a stick at. But the very bankable power of a Clooney/Pitt/Damon combo just can’t be denied, and now it’s Ocean’s Thirteen that’s shaping up to be the summer’s biggest hit. The flick is, at least, this weekend’s biggest hit.

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Box Office Breakdown:  Knocked Up Delivers A Winner

Knocked Up

Viewers in dire need of some raunch helped make Knocked Up a strong 2nd this weekend.

Katherine Heigl’s stomach bumped past several family-friendly sequels of late and brought a fresh dose of adults-only fun into the box office.  Although it didn’t surpass the strong swashbucklers in Pirates, Knocked has already grossed enough money to cover its entire production budget.  Something few other movies on this list could probably say.  With strong word of mouth, director Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin) may soon be adding another summer sleeper to his bedpost.

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Knocked Up a Knockout

Katherine Heigl Knocked Up, the comedy from the creator of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, is ready for its June 1 release and enjoying great early reviews. In the hilarious Virgin (2005) Steve Carell played the title role, with his on-screen antics heightened by supporting actors that included Seth Rogen. Rogen is back for the lead in Knocked Up, which centers on slacker Ben Stone. After a night of partying in hip downtown LA, Stone meet Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) and the two share a fleeting night of passion. Thusly, the stage is set for the funny new comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow. Many critics are already saying Knocked Up is even better than The 40-Year-Old Virgin, high praise considering that almost no one is funnier than Steve Carell.

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