‘Evil Dead’ takes in a lively $30.5 million, ‘Jurassic Park’ pulls in $21 million

T-Rex, phone home.

Everything old was new again at this week’s box office as a pair of old favorites dominated in the U.S and abroad.

The remake of Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead’ made $30.5 million in it’s opening week, including $4.5 million from overseas markets, according to Hollywood Reporter. Critics may have bashed the remake of the 1981 horror classic, but it didn’t keep a primarily male audience away. The film follows five friends who find evil spirits inside of a cabin. I mean, really what did they expect to find?

The dinosaurs may be gone, but they still have a heckuva bite. The 20th Anniversary re-release of “Jurassic Park” took in $18.2 million for Universal to place fourth in the box office. The dinos gone wild flick proved to be more of a monster with it’s 3D makeover. If crowds didn’t get enough prehistoric action, Jurassic Park in 3D hits Blue-Ray/DVD in two weeks and Jurassic Park IV is scheduled to open in theaters in June of 2014.

Speaking of people running from dinosaurs, the animated hit “The Croods” proved to have a lot of caveman love left to give earning the No. 2 spot and breaking the $300 million mark in worldwide receipts. Only “Oz the Great and Powerful” has accomplished that feat in 2013. The Bruce Willis/The Rock gun fest “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is running neck and neck with “The Croods” for the week earning $21.1 million. “Gi.I. Joe” has earned $231.9 million in worldwide receipts and is well on it’s way to beating 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”

Rounding out the top ten:
5. Olympus Has Fallen – $10 million
6. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – $10 million
7. Oz the Great and Powerful – $8.2 million
8. The Host – $3.5 million
9. The Call – $3.5 million
10. Admission – $2.1 million


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‘G.I. Joe’ occupies top of box office

Paramount proved that good things come to those who wait as their “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” fired the first shot at box office supremacy this weekend.

Headlined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum, the action flick brought in $41.2 million for the weekend domestically and an additional $80.3 million overseas, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The sequel to the 2009 “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” has been long in coming despite taking in $300 million; however, after last year’s “Battleship” bombed at the box office, the studio decided to add 3-D to the new “G.I. Joe” which delayed the film by nine months.

Kids (and the parents who take them) continued the prehistoric vibe into Easter. Last week’s number one animated film “The Croods” took second place with $26.5 million. The film features the voices of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone as a family who fights off Mother Nature as they search for a new home.

Tyler Perry didn’t need his crossdressing alter-ego to make waves at the box office. “Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” outperformed expectations to take the number 3 spot earning $22.3

It was no “Twilight”, but the Stephanie Meyer based “The Host” made a decent debut pulling in $11 million for the sixth spot this week. The film is about the human race being dominated by alien control and stars Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons.

In a smaller release, the Ryan Gosling-Bradley Cooper film “Place Beyond the Pines” dominated in it’s four theaters, averaging $67,546 per theater and is expected to be in wider release next week.

1. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” $41.2 million.
2. “The Croods,” $26.5 million.
3. “Tyler Perry’s Temptation,” $22.3 million.
4. “Olympus Has Fallen,” $14 million.
5. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $11.6 million.
6. “The Host,” $11 million.
7. “The Call,” $4.8 million.
8. “Admission,” $3.2 million.
9. “Spring Breakers,” $2.7 million.
10. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” $1.3 million.


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Olympus Has Fallen, a Partial Un-Biased Review

I will preface this review by stating that I am a bit biased. Mind you, I am completely aware of the inconvenience I am placing on the very nature and rules of critical assessments, but, as it were, I don’t care. Furthermore, I think a biased review is sometimes entirely necessary. For you see, whether a movie, book, or song proves brilliant or not, certain audience members are going to dislike it; likewise, even if a movie is a steaming pile of wretched poo, certain citizens of society will find great entertainment in it. Thusly, I think it is important to classify some reviews based on audiences. Ergo this review.  Also, I’ve never claimed to be a movie critic.

How’s that for argument?

Olympus Has Fallen opens just as every other movie involving the safety of the President and the first family does: with a charming, heartwarming look into their “real” lives and love of one another.

And then things go wrong.

And then other things go wrong.

And then the whole country is in deep doo doo.

But the president is in really deep doo doo.

And then there’s the hero guy who somehow misses every gun shot and bomb; he knows things that nobody else in the world seems to know; he’s always one step ahead of the bad guy; always in the right place at the right time; and always spewing out the best one-liners.

Of course, there’s also the round table of other major political US players arguing over what to do, chatting with the bad guy via whatever the latest technological advancement in communication may be, and refusing to “negotiate with terrorists.”

So where am I going with this? Well, simply, this is a political action thriller as political action thriller fan’s love them; exciting, fast, explosive, violent, and completely outlandish. But directed by Training Day’s Antione Fuqua, who was less concerned about making a movie to compare to his former classics and more focused on creating a great movie to stand on it’s own,  any action fan could expect nothing but the best in terms of visual suspense.

Additionally, new comer screen writers Creighton Rothenburger and Katrin Benedikt were able to stay alarmingly true to the intricate details of what would enable a terrorist group to take over the White House. So much so that the attack scene reads as a bit of a “how to” book. Or maybe I’m just paranoid. Regardless, for the sake of entertainment, these details make this movie one hell of a ride.

An incredible cast rounds up this movie complete with Gerard Butler, Angela Basset, Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo, and of course, Morgan Freeman. Also starring in this film is the immaculate reconstruction of the White House as this movie was shot in Shreveport, Louisiana.


If you are confused as to whether or not this is a positive movie review, I assure you, I am too. But mostly it is. For you see, as a die hard action movie fan myself, I was less preoccupied and concerned with the predictable formula of the script and more so captivated and enthralled by the action unfolding on the screen.

And isn’t that what every action lover goes to see an action movie for?

I think so.


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