On This Day — October 19th

150731-yamato-ferguson-tease_hbsujk.jpg

October 19th is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 73 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).

On this day in history:

1469 – Ferdinand II of Aragon marries Isabella I of Castile, a marriage that paves the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single country, Spain.

1781 – At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis hand over Cornwallis’ sword and formally surrender to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.

1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.

1960 – The United States government imposes a near-total trade embargo against Cuba.

1973 – President Richard Nixon rejects an Appeals Court decision that he turn over the Watergate tapes.

2005 – Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

Celebrity Birthdays:

The White Queen Star Rebecca Ferguson turns 34

The Crown Actor John Lithgow turns 72

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Sr. turns 64

Harry Potter Actor Michael Gambon turns 77

Community Actress Gillian Jacobs turns 35

Iron Man Actor Jon Favreau turns 51

Happy Birthday to all October 19th babies!

25/04/2016 Box Office Round-Up

boxoffice

What a bloody weekend a the box office. The Jungle Book was crowned king of the kingdom, The Huntsman fell on its axe and The Barbershop closed down to a decent amount of customers.

The Jungle Book

Budget: $175 M

Overall Box Office: $528.5 M

Domestic Box Office: $191 M

Weekend Box Office: $60.8 M

Our Prediction: $60 M

Comments: The Jungle Book did just as we expected this weekend and added a lovely $60 million to its domestic toll. A huge commercial and critical success that looks great for the flick’s director, Jon Favreau. It dominated at the box office and caused a lot of embarrassment for other flicks this weekend…

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Budget: $115 M

Overall Box Office: $100.3 M

Domestic Box Office: $20.1 M

Weekend Box Office: $20.1 M

Our Prediction: $35 M

Comments: Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are hiding their faces in shame after this lacklustre opening, although it looks particularly bad on Emily Blunt, who was the focal point of a lot of the marketing. Kristen Stewart is smiling somewhere, and Jessica Chastain is regretting her involvement. A woeful domestic opening that is so bad that isn’t saved by a good international debut. Theron, Blunt and Hemsworth were paid more together than the film actually reeled in domestically.

Barbershop: The Next Cut

Budget: $20 M

Overall Box Office: $36 M

Domestic Box Office: $36 M

Weekend Box Office: $10.8 M

Our Prediction: $12 M

Comments: A very decent weekend for Barbershop 3, but still not enough to make Barbershop 3 a success in any way, shape or form. Ice Cube will be picking a sequel to Lets Be Cops over Barbershop 4.

See you on Friday!

 

22/04/16 Box Office Predictions

boxoffice

Time to predict the box office of the upcoming weekend. We have a couple of interesting prospects — The Huntsman: Winter’s War, The Jungle Book and Barbershop 3. Let’s get down to it.

The Jungle Book

Budget: $175 M

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

Current Box Office: $357.8 M

Domestic Box Office: $125 M

Weekend Box Office: $103.5 M

Box Office Prediction: $60 M

Comments: The Jungle Book should add healthy ammount to its toll this weekend, retaining 1st position against the odds and competition.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Budget: $115 M

Rotten Tomatoes: 17%

Overall Box Office: $43.5 M

Domestic Box Office: 0

Weekend Box Office: 0

Box Office Prediction: $35 M

Comments: The first instalment of this series opened to $56.2 M back in 2012 and I walked out of the theatre because it was so dire. I can’t see it doing nearly as well, even with the addition of Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. With Theron and Hemsworth earning a $10 million paycheck each for this, I expect this to be an embarrassment for the pair of them.

Barbershop: The Next Cut

Budget: $20 M

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Overall Box Office: $24.2 M

Domestic Box Office: $24.2 M

Weekend Box Office: $20.2 M

Box Office Prediction: $12 M

Comments: Another flop at the box office, the Barbershop 3 has done pretty poor thus far, despite phenomenal reviews. It’ll have a decent weekend before it drops off completely.

See you on Monday!

18/04/2016 Box Office Round-Up

boxoffice

What a weekend for the box office! The Jungle Book absolutely devoured its competition and the third instalment of the Barbershop series performed very well, too. Let’s get into it.

The Jungle Book

Budget: $175 M

Overall Box Office: $290.9 M

Domestic Box Office: $103.5 M

Weekend Box Office: $103.5 M

Our Prediction: $80 M

Comments: The Jungle Book took no prisoners over the weekend, debuting to a smashing $103.5 million and blowing our prediction out of the way by over $20 million. It’s the second biggest opening weekend in April, just behind Furious 7 starring The Rock.

This truly was a fantastic weekend for director Jon Favreau, who has struggled to secure a hit outside the Iron Man series since Elf. The Jungle Book features an ensemble of Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and Ben Kingsley who were also in search of a theatrical success.

Barbershop: The Next Cut

Budget: $20 M

Overall Box Office: $20.2 M

Domestic Box Office: $20.2M

Weekend Box Office: $20.2M

Our Prediction: $20 M

Comments: Barbershop: The Next Cut banked what we expected it to make over the weekend and finished just behind Barbershop 2, which earned $24.2 million back in 2004.

The Boss

Budget: $29 M

Overall Box Office: $44.3 M

Domestic Box Office: $40.3 M

Weekend Box Office: $10.1 M

Our Prediction: $12 M

Comments: Under what we predicted and a mediocre taking for The Boss after a very bad showing at the box office. For a film that features Peter Dinklage, Kristen Bell and Kathy Bates, it truly should’ve done better. It doesn’t help that her efforts with husband Ben Falcone often fall flat, but this is more fodder to say Melissa McCarthy’s star has dimmed.

Elsewhere

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice added $9 million to finish 4th; Zootopia took in $8.2 million for a fifth place finish.

See you on Friday!