Movie Money Refinance Episode IV

Well that was disappointing. After last weeks two big contenders flexed their bulging sequel muscles, I hoped that this weeks new releases would give some semblance of a change up. Alas, dinosaurs and superheroes remained supreme. At number one for the second weekend in a row we have 'Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom', making a smooth $60M domestically, bringing it's US total to $264.7M. Once again though the big story comes from its international take, which has pushed the Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard led epic to $934.8M. Certainly a billion is in the near future.Number 2 was 'Incredibles 2'. It seems 14 years is a long wait, but not long enough for a fandom to dissipate. The film brought in $45.5M domestically, and has a worldwide total of $648.8M. It's surpassed the first film even if you factor inflation. 'Incredibles' has an adjusted domestic gross of $384.9M, while 'Incredibles 2' has already grossed $440.6M.  At number 3 we have yet another sequel, also enjoying the fruits of a its return. Although comparitively 'Sicario: Day of The Soldado' is a much smaller film, it's still managed to have a much stronger opening than the first film, which had a grand debut of $12M. The number 4 spot belongs toSigh.'Uncle'Siiiiigh'Uncle Drew'.Based off the...famous ad campaign? 'Uncle Drew' brought in an unconscionable $15M this weekend. A travesty of epic proportions for all of humanity. It's likely that the somewhat favourably reviewed (compared to dirt) film…

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Movie Money Refinanced: Episode III

2018 has been quite a year for movies, and quite a year for the box office. It seems every month has had massive releases that have somehow been able to share the wealth that comes from serving ravenous film audiences. Certainly films like ‘Solo’ suffer, but by and large, this year is a massive difference to 2017, which was a summer full of underperformance. Never forget, 2017 was so bad, it made Paramount decide to cancel the next 'Transformers' film. This weekend the #1 movie was of course ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’. Not quite as big of an opening as its immediate predecessor, but considering that film’s biggest competition was the second weekend of Paul Feig's 'Spy', it’s not exactly a fair comparison. The dino sequel made $148m at its opening but the real story is in the film's foreign box office numbers, which have amassed a terrifying $567m. Fallen Kingdom had to battle it out with ‘Incredibles 2’, the #2 movie this week, which continues to be a force to be reckoned with at the box office, bringing in $80.3m this weekend. That puts its domestic total to $349.7m, and its worldwide total to $484.4m.Intrestingly, these film’s are enjoying shares of the global box office audience inversely. Jurassic World 2 has made gargantuan amounts of money in the foreign box office, at a rate that makes its $148m opening seem downright modest. Meanwhile, Incredibles 2 is faring only so so overseas, but…

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‘Black Panther’ (2018) Review

Black Panther (2018) Review: Game Changing Masterpiece. It seems the phrase "Best Marvel movie yet" loses it's meaning more and more. It's something that's proclaimed with almost every iteration in the cinematic universe. Mostly for different reasons. This creates a constant one-upmanship among the films. As a viewer, it's seemingly great that. We're treated to great films at a near constant rate, but there does exist the potential for that greatness to become old news real fast. Basically, if every movie is special, no movie is.There's no way to know how it will affect 'Black Panther'. It's certainly a test of time. I will say that objectively speaking, I believe 'Black Panther' to be Marvel's best achievement in filmmaking. I don't think that's likely to change due to how realistic this work of impossible science fiction feels.The Marvel Universe has shown us many unbelievable things. The Norse God of thunder? Real. Robots that can walk through walls? They’ve envisioned it. A talking raccoon guarding the galaxy? Make it so. They’ve even shown us the realm of magic. However, if you thought the world was finished growing, the franchise is about to expand even further with its latest film, ‘Black Panther’.At the centre of it all is not the Black Panther himself, but rather his home, Wakanda. The country is a rich and vibrant world all on its own. It's also fully realized. Wakanda feels more lived in than Asgard has in three Thor films.…

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‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ (2018) Review

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Review: Easy Come, Easy Go After what seemed like the beginning of a descent into development hell, the third chapter in the loosely aligned Cloverfield saga has emerged. The film 'The Cloverfield Paradox' was previously known as 'The God Particle', which tells you a fair bit about the film already. Set immediately prior to the original 'Cloverfield', the movie shows us a desperate last-ditch attempt by humanity to solve the world's energy crisis, demonstrated of course by...pretty long lines at the gas station.What follows is, unfortunately, much of what you've come to expect. There's a ship, a crew, and a mission. A bunch of technical jargon is hurled at you a mile a minute, and nothing goes as planned. I don't want to be reductive in saying 'The Cloverfield Paradox' is your standard space exploration horror flick...but it kind of is. That's not to say there aren't elements of it that I didn't enjoy, but the whole time I couldn't shake the feeling that this had all been done before.What hasn't been done before, at least not very often, is having the lead in a movie of this type being played by a person of colour. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays the lead role of Hamilton, and she's joined by quite the cast. David Oyelowo as the crew's captain, Daniel Bruhl, John Ortiz, Chris O'Dowd, Askel Hennie, Ziyi Zhang and Elizabeth Debicki all play different types of scientists. They're well-acted…

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