[UPDATED WITH OVERSEAS NUMBER]Call it the Christmas joy. The Box Office of North America generated a three-day gross of $210 million post-Christmas weekend, according to box office watcher Rentrak. That figure was up by 6.6% over the same period last year and catapulted 2014’s aggregate amount to more than $10 billion mark once again. Topping the chart once again was Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies with $41.42 million, a drop of 24% from its opening week last week, for a total cume of $168.52 million in 12 days. It better The Desolation of Smaug’s number by more than 19.8% over the same period.
“The Theory of Everything” probes on the world famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, whose relationship with his ex-wife Jane, his physical deterioration and his stardom in the black hole study are the subjects of scrutiny. Directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire) with adaptation provided by Anthony McCarten from Jane Hawking’s memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking”, this film is essentially a biopic romantic drama that is told from the perspective of Jane Wilde Hawking. But despite the clichéness of romantic-based biopic that attempts to bait the Oscar in this timely season, “The Theory of Everything” is indeed, a well-made, well-acted and well-adjusted film about one fine science figure of the 20th century.
Last week, Sony pulled the plug on releasing their controversial North Korean comedy The Interview following a bad cyber attack and terrorist threat. It didn’t take the studio and distributor to find options to try to release the movie to the audiences. On the Christmas Day, The Interview was finally released in a very limited 331 theatres around the North America, while also releasing it over various streaming platforms like YouTube, Google Play and Xbox. The box office number is now in – The Interview garnered $1.04 million on its release day from 331 theatres, averaging a very good $3142 per theatre. The number was not shabby at all, considering the release mess and chaos we saw over the last few weeks, but Sony has yet to announce their future expansion plan for The Interview.
The Hobbit may have been an underwhelming franchise when it stands next to the great The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy, but I believe that there is still no one who is capable of tackling this better than Peter Jackson. The point is this movie could have been even worse than it is right now, but luckily it does not end up that well – a sigh of relief. The criticisms are still pretty much aim on the studio’s decision to split a children’s book down into three-part adventure, and while the previous two were nowhere near the kind of standard set by the LOTR. But there may be some shimmering hopes as this third and final chapter - The Battle of Five Armies as it offers a more entertaining, engrossing story closure and the epic battle that may justify the wait, albeit it comes a little too late.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is one of the most captivating, ambitious and honest movies of the year, and might as well being one of the best too. The unconventional style in Linklater’s latest project means that it was shot for a period of 12 years and only for a few days a year, using the same set of actors and with the scripts constantly improvised. Then, Linklater’s fame is not an overnight sensation, but is something that has been forged through countless years of excellent writings and directing, as evidently spoken from the “Before” trilogy, the crowd-pleasing School of Rock and the dark comedy Bernie. In his yet another brilliantly written work in Boyhood, we find ourselves warped in an eccentric yet genuine family-themed movie that explores the life of a young boy and his somewhat broken family over a span of 12 years.
With the exit of Roberto Orci from the hot seat of the planned Star Trek 3, Paramount Pictures would need to act fast to find a replacement if they are still committed to release it in the summer of 2016. It seems that it did not take them too long for the search. Despite names like being popped up in the last couple of week, Justin Lin who directed the last four Fast and the Furious movies, has being offered to direct Star Trek.
It seems that the fallout from the recent Sony’s hacking is not over yet – and it seems foolish to think that it will be over soon. With the group of hackers known as Guardians of Peace (GOP) (Ironic name if you ask me) hacking into the Sony Entertainment internal system late last month, for which five movies were leaked online, and plenty of juicy emails exchange gone online, including the future and fate of the Spider-man franchise and the whole screenplay of James Bond movie Spectre went online. It’s being said that the recent leak was only 0.2% of the total stuffs stolen.
Actor Ethan Hawke and The Spierig brothers used to work together in the mind-warping vampire flick Daybreakers back in the year 2009. Now, five years later, they return for another genre film that is so twisted and absorptive, in the latest Aussie strange time-travelling science fiction called Predestination. According to the net, the term predestination refers to a theological belief that everything that will happen has already been decided by God or fate and cannot be changed. That is the exact premise in this movie, but minus the God’s intervention, where we see the characters are pretty much involved around the concept of time-travel and the predetermined of events.