Box Office Predictions: October 11-13

“Machete Kills” is the new sequel from Robert Rodriguez. Movies similar to this open at $10.57 million. The first movie opened to $11.416 million and made $26.593 in its lifetime gross. The film’s IMDb score is 6.7 from 128, 066 users, which is decent. My prediction for this is $10.7 million.

Movies similar to “Captain Phillips” open at $17.15 million. It looks like a really good Oscar contender, and the first movie of the year that could get Tom Hanks an Oscar nomination for Lead Actor. It seems as if this could do somewhere in the $20 millions. I don’t think it will do quite the same lifetime gross as “Cast Away” ($233 million), but I think it could do near its $28.8 million opening weekend, so my prediction is $25.3 million. Hopefully “Gravity” doesn’t get in its way of complete glory.

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Rugrats in Paris: The Movie – Rugrats II (2000)

Released: November 17, 2000. Directed by: Stig Bergqvist, Paul Demeyer. Starring: Christine Cavanaugh, Susan Sarandon, John Lithgow. Runtime: 78 min.

The Rugrats travel to Paris, France, where Chuckie hopes to find a new mother and keep his father from marrying an evil business woman.

I think this is a smart film because it’s effectively simplistic, but there’s still enough silliness for the kids. And lots of fun for adults. It’s not the best kids film in the world, but it’s a lot better than the first Rugrats movie. It has references to the Godfather and homages to monster movies with a monster mash in the middle of Paris, which is pretty awesome.

It’s poignant in the way Chuckie wants a mother, and he’s the main protagonist this time around. The antagonists are mainly good because of their voicework. The despicable Madame LaBouche is voiced by Susan Sarandon; and her assistant, Jean-Claude, is voiced by John Lithgow.

The movie gets big laughs, and the musical numbers are very memorable, unlike the music of the first. This is definitely my favourite Rugrats film.

Score75/100

Box Office Predictions: October 4-6

“Gravity” looks like a real Oscar contender, from minimalistic filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Movies similar to this one open at $25.7 million. Since it’s so anticipated, though, and since it has a current 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes – many will be checking this out this weekend. My prediction for this is $43.7 million.

I think “Runner Runner” looks good, but the reviews haven’t been overly positive. The writers (Brian Koppelman and David Levien) behind “Rounders” are bringing us this one. Films similar to this open at $14.7 million, and I think that’s a likelier opening for this one. I have a hard time imagining this going as low as $8.45 million, which “Rounders” earned in 1998. It could be a bit disappointing if everybody runs to “Gravity,” instead of this one. My prediction for this is $12.8 million.

“Metallica Through the Never” is a concert film that is expanding to 650 theatres this weekend, after having a $1.58 million debut at 305 theatres last weekend. Since Metallica doesn’t appeal to the masses, I don’t think this one has much more money to add to its run. I’m torn about seeing this one or not. I’m not the biggest fan of Metallica’s music, but I do like a few of their songs. The reason I’d see this is probably for Dane DeHaan and that apocalyptic narrative looks crazy cool. My prediction for this is $3.16 million.

Here’s how I see the Top 10:
1. Gravity: $43.7M
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: $25M
3. Runner Runner: $12.8M
4. Prisoners: $7.3M
5. Rush: $6.7M
6. Baggage Claim: $6.1M
7. Don Jon: $5.8M
8. Insidious Chapter 2: $4M
9. Metallica Through the Never: $3.16M
10. The Family: $2.2M

The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Rugrats movieReleased: November 20, 1998. Directed by: Igor Kovalyov, Norton Virgien. Starring: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie. Runtime: 79 min.

Tommy faces responsiblity when Dil, his new baby brother is born. As with all newborns, the child becomes a bane to Tommy and the rest of his gang. Even Phil and Lil don’t like them. So they decide to return Dil to where he came from, the hospital. But they get lost along the way, REALLY lost, and get into even more trouble with a circus. Can they find their way home and can Tommy and Dil just get along? And to top things off, Angelica goes out to find them and has little luck.

This is the movie event of 1998 for anyone who likes snot jokes. Everyone else: Keep your distance. It’s not so bad, but I don’t really like it. There’s little for older folks to enjoy; it opens with a homage to Indiana Jones, but that’s mostly it.

David Spade voices a bit role. That’s enjoyable. Tommy feels neglected because of all his parents’ attention is on Dil. It’s a bit poignant and real. The music numbers are lame. I forget them already. The movie is just forgettable, silly and boring, and I don’t remember chuckling all that much.

Score50/100

The World’s End (2013)

The World's EndReleased: August 23, 2013. Directed by: Edgar Wright.  Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman. Runtime: 109 min

Back in 2004, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (director/co-writer, star/co-writer and star, respectively) began their Cornetto trilogy with “Shaun of the Dead,” a satire of zombie flicks. The second in the trilogy came in 2007, called “Hot Fuzz,” a satire of buddy action films. This year, they are back to finish off their trilogy, with “The World’s End,” a satire of apocalyptic and science fiction features.

Gary King (Simon Pegg) is the so-called King of his friends group, when they were seniors in high school. Now, they’ve drifted and are all living individual lives. To gain a sense of achievement, he gathers his old friends to finish what they attempted 20 years ago; The Golden Mile, an epic pub crawl across twelve of their hometown pubs. The World’s End is the last pub on their tour, and reaching that pub becomes the least of their worries – as they unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

In King’s friends group is Andy Knightley (Nick Frost), Gary’s wingman. Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman) and Peter Page (Eddie Marsan) are the two buddies who were kept around mostly for comic relief; and Steven Prince (Paddy Considine) was Gary’s rival for women’s affection. Joining the guys on their adventure is Oliver’s sister Sam (Rosamund Pike), who Gary and Steven constantly fight over.

The main difference between Gary and the rest of his friends is that they have responsibilities, and he is suffering from Peter Pan syndrome, because he hasn’t yet grown up. Gary’s arc is poignant and emotionally captivating, and it also makes this have a great analysis on the difficulty of aging; or in Gary’s case, not aging. He’s the same old Gary, but he is a funny guy; so that isn’t so bad for the audience.

The friendship between Gary and his wingman, Andy, is well-written. It’s heartbreaking in scenes; and possibly the most emotional relationship shared between the two stars. It’s interesting to see the shoe being put on the other foot for Frost in the trilogy. Both of the characters these stars have portrayed, they have had a lot of growing to do – but Frost’s characters have had, arguably, more memorable arcs from an emotional standpoint. They are both the main characters of each of the film, but Frost has played the slackers and Pegg has played characters that actually have ambitions. It’s interesting to see Pegg as the slacker, and Frost as the successful one.

Wright makes a comment through the characters that people’s hometowns don’t change over the years, but those who leave it do, and when they come back it’s really weird because it feels the same, but many can’t pinpoint why it feels different; and why they feel like strangers in a place once so familiar to them. The story is a fun way to embrace that idea, and answer it in a hilarious and creative way. The film is layered with heart, brain and hilarity – and it’ll keep you guessing throughout. The characters all get their chances to shine, whether they be comic relief or completely badass at kicking otherworldly robotic ass.

The special effects are impressive and there are tons of laughs throughout the film. It has a fun satirical edge, and it’s a blast of a science fiction film. It further complements the fact that the Wright-Pegg-Frost is one of the strongest teams in satirical comedy, and that their films are great satires and wickedly fun additions to the genre. With “The World’s End,” Wright brings his signature directing style, and makes an ambitious and worthy end to his trilogy. I really can’t wait to watch this in a marathon with the others.

Score88/100