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Archive for July 13, 2012

Best Original Song: A Categorical History (1971-1975)

This is where this category gets really interesting, because more people will have exponentially stronger opinions from here on out. So here’s 1971-1975

1971: “THEME FROM SHAFT,” FROM SHAFT

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Pic of the Day: “Off with their heads!”


The Box Office Report – July 13-15

Last week, in Box Office…

The Amazing Spider-Man, to absolutely nobody’s surprise, wins the weekend with $62 million. It made $137 million over the Tuesday through Sunday period, and most estimates were at $65 million for the weekend and $140 million for that period, so I’d say it was pretty expected. It was a good movie, too. I expected just ‘superhero movie good’ (that type of good that’s like, “Oh yeah, that was fun,” once you get out of it, but then in a month you can’t even remember what happened in it), but actually, I’m very pleased with how they set up the franchise. It feels much more sustainable than the previous one. Or maybe I’m wrong and in six months I’ll go back to being like, “What happened in it again?” Only time will tell.

Ted held well in its second weekend. Only a 40% drop for it, pulling in $32.2 million for the weekend (I’m not bothering with the five-day crap). Its total was at $120 million as of Monday. They only spent $50 million to make it, so they’re extremely happy. I heard an interview with Alec Sulkin, one of the writers, and he said they’re probably going to start talking about a sequel soon, because, “That’s the payday. It’ll make twice as much and be half as good, but whatever.” That kind of honesty makes me somewhat excited at the prospect of a sequel. I can’t feel bad when I know we all understand what it is.

Brave held about right for a third weekend. It fell only 42% and made $19.6 million for the weekend. After three weeks, they’re about $10 million below their budget, so they’re doing just fine here. (I also saw this — it was good, just not as good as the standards Pixar has established for themselves. (more…)