1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $36 million [2nd week; $174.7 million in total] Benefiting from some of the season’s weakest competition, the fourth installment of the “Transformers” saga easily retained the top spot this week, becoming the first film since “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to actually retain its No. 1 ranking in consecutive weeks.
Transformers: Age of Extinction [Blu-ray]
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Cedric (Kevin Hart) and the guys reluctantly prepare to take the stage at The Hustler Club to clear a debt.
1. Think Like a Man Too – $30 million [debut week] – The sequel to the breakout 2012 hit didn’t match the $33.6 of its predecessor, but it did earn enough to win this week’s box office. It’s possible the lousy critical response – the film has a terrible 13% freshness rating on rottentomatoes.com – played a part in the film failing to exceed the original’s debut despite being in 210 more theaters.
For star Kevin Hart, this marks his third film this year that’s opened to at least $25 million – a very impressive feat that continues to prove he’s a box office draw.
This marks a record ninth consecutive week where the previous champ failed to hold serve and retain its box office crown. The last film to successfully repeat was back in April with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” And with the fourth Transformers film coming to theaters next week, a 10th week is a lock for another changing of the guard.
“Jupiter Ascending,” one of the rare oddities for the 2014 summer blockbuster season – an original film that was neither a sequel or a comic book related adventure, starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne, has been delayed to February 2015. Continue Reading
I just knoooow Keith is gonna love this news, which promptly got upstaged to smithereens with the reveal of Ben Affleck as Batman in “Batman vs. Superman.”
At the London premiere of “X-Men:Days of Future Past,” producer Lauren Schuler Donner said that Channing Tatum will be Gambit in a future X-Men film. Continue Reading
This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for comic book fans. Denzel Washington stars in his first comic book movie. Yeah, “2 Guns,” the Hollywood adaptation of BOOM! Studios’ “Two Guns” wasn’t quite what I was expecting either.
If I had one round of cast switches this year, it would be to swap Washington/Wahlberg with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in “White House Down.“
Washington as the president who has to help fight off terrorists with Wahlberg’s help intrigues me so much more and Tatum/Foxx’s dynamic seems like it would have been more fun in “2 Guns.”
Anyway, I’m seeing it tomorrow and the review will be up Friday as always. For now, here’s the trailer showing off all the fun:
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Sulley and Mike enter their new dorm room.
1. Monsters University – $47 million [2nd week; $186 million in total ] Last weekend’s champ retained its title while dispatching two thought to be strong contenders making their debuts.
The real test for Pixar’s latest hit comes next Wednesday with the opening of “Despicable Me 2,” direct competition for the summer family dollar. Continue Reading
Thanks to “White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen,” I feel pretty confident I know exactly how to save the President in case of a White House invasion. Here’s some helpful hints in case you’re wondering how to walk out a hero just in case things get nuts at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
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Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum in “White House Down.”
“White House Down” is one of those movies that makes you feel dumber every second you’re watching it and thanks to its two-hour plus run time, you’ll be backed to a second grade reading level by the time the end credits mercifully arrive. Continue Reading
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Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx star in Columbia Pictures’ “White House Down.”
When there’s two similar films coming out in a year, I always think it’s better to be first — with the exception of last year’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Lincoln,” which was different enough so as not to confuse audiences who may think they’ve already seen this movie. That’s not the case with Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster-porn offering, “White House Down,” starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Continue Reading
Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey)
As a longtime G.I. Joe fan, I loved “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
It was packed with all kinds of little references to the cartoon, comic book and even action figure line — Cobra uses the water moccasin — that fans would get without randomly tacking them on for no good reason.
Here’s some of the ones I noticed on my first viewing, but I’m sure there were others I missed.
It goes without saying that from here on are spoilers so if you haven’t seen the movie yet… don’t continue unless you don’t mind the spoilers.