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You know names like Pixar and Dreamworks, as you should, but you may not be familiar with some other studios who are making waves in the animated film category this year and for the second year in a row Pixar may not walk home with the “Best Animated Movie” Oscar in February.

Pixar just released their once a year title with Brave, a film about a teenage girl – Merida – who wants nothing else than to be her own person but her mother is struggling with the fact that Merida isn’t growing up to be the dainty princess she once imagined.  It’s a heartfelt film full of beautiful scenery, vivid wildlife, lifelike graphics, and fun storytelling…but let’s face it, it’s no Up!.  You could argue that the short film before Brave, La Luna, was a better bit of story-telling than the actual feature film.

Last year Pixar released Cars 2 in which it was their first critical flop and didn’t make a terrible amount of money.  It was a rare miss (their first one, really) from the studio who is best known for bringing us tear-jerking moments amidst cartoonish fun while also pushing the boundaries of animated films.  Cars 2 was none of that.  It was more of a Disney film than it was a Pixar film.  Cars 2 being as bad as it was allowed Gore Verbinski’s Rango (starring Johnny Depp as the chameleon stuck in the wild west) to take home the “Best Animated Movie” Oscar.  Rango was not a bad film at all, but I can’t help but think that if Pixar was on their game Rango would be holding that second place trophy.

Last year should have been a wake up call for Pixar, who pride themselves on being the best, and made the fine folks over at the studio realize that they’re not going to be handed Academy Awards every year.  This year will be no different.  Brave was a good film but it’s not in the top 5 of Pixar films and it’s led me to believe that they are not a lock whatsoever for the Academy Award this year either.

Let’s examine the other animated films releasing this year and their chances at taking home an Oscar in 2013.

 

The Secret World of Arrietty

Plot: Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. — (C) Disney

What I Think: It’s a Disney backed film and the artwork is stunning so it always has a chance however, the same people that did this film also did Ponyo (another anime-ish styled Disney backed feature) and that didn’t get too much publicity for a Oscar nomination.

Chances: 20% – I think it has a chance to be nominated for an Academy Award but it has virtually no chance at winning.

 

Dr. Suess’ The Lorax

Plot: The 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. — (C) Universal

What I Think: While it was visually very good, the story and voice acting just wasn’t there.  I really think it was Universal’s way of preaching to tomorrow’s generation about “going green” and that’s just a cop out.  It made a ton of money but it really doesn’t have any place at the Academy Awards.

Chances: 0% – These types of films are aimed at silly antics and babysitting children for an hour and a half.

 

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Plot: In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! — (C) Sony

What I Think: The animation style of unique stop-motion clay has always been a go to move for Aardman Animations (the guys who brought you Wallace & Gromit) but the fact that The Pirates! was a box office bomb (made only $29M after costing nearly $60M) makes me think that no one really cares for stop-motion animation anymore.  The movie got fantastic reviews and has a great voice acting roster but there is just something about it that screams “FORGETTABLE!”

Chances: 30% – Wallace & Gromit this isn’t, but the critical success of the film could carry it to an Oscar nomination, however I don’t think it would have a chance of winning even if nominated.

 

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Plot: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style. — (C) Dreamworks

What I Think: I’ve always been a fan of the Madagascar franchise and thought it was a down to earth way of leaving the Shrek franchise in the past.  The first two films were critical and financial successes, making nearly $374M combined, this third film will eclipse both of the previous ones.  It’s been getting rave reviews so there’s always a possibility.

Chances: 50% – Being that it is a Dreamworks film it will get nominated (the Academy loves to rub elbows with the money makers) however I cringe at the thought of a “kids” movie winning mainly because the Madagascar franchise is aimed at the younger kids (Pixar usually aims at a more medium crowd).  That being said, it has a strong chance of being nominated and winning.

 

Brave

Plot: Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. — (C) Disney

What I Think: Brave is the annual Pixar workhorse.  It’s a fun filled drama adventure film about growing up and the impact your parents have on you during that time.  It takes the age old notion of wanting to change how your parents treat you and puts a unique twist on it.  The voice acting is superb, the graphics are the best we’ve ever seen in an animated film, and story-telling is in-depth.

Chances: 80% – The leader in the clubhouse.  Pixar has a stellar reputation within the Academy and the folks who hand out nominations and awards know that.  Pixar is that show horse that turns heads everytime they enter the room.  They’re the rule, not the exception.  My money is on Pixar.

 

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Plot: Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences – a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home. — (C) Official Site

What I Think: Ice Age has always been “meh” to me, nothing personal against the franchise or anything I just haven’t gotten behind them.  Blue Sky Studios have been hard at work since way back when, developing gems like Robots and Horton Hears A Who and have always put an emphasis on visuals (have you seen Rio?).  They’re just not Oscar worthy in my opinion.

Chances: 10% – Arrietty has a better chance.

 

Hotel Transylvania

Plot: Samurai Jack’s Genndy Tartakovsky directs this animated tale concerning a hotel where monsters such as Dracula (Adam Sandler), the Invisible Man (David Spade), Frankenstein (Kevin James), and his bride (Fran Drescher), along with a host of others, head to relax from a world full of humans. When a young man (Andy Samberg) stumbles onto the resort and falls for Drac’s teenage daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), comedy hijinks ensue. Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, and Molly Shannon co-star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

What I Think:It boasts an eventful voice cast (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi) and Sony Pictures Animation is an up and coming studio that has gotten better and better with every film.  I just don’t know about the premise.  It seems too safe.  It’s centered around a cartoon romance voiced by Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg…um?  It’s certainly a dark horse contender.

Chances: 30% – If it turns out anything like Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs then I think the Academy will nominate it.  If it’s not as good then I think there’s no chance.

 

Paranorman

Plot: The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated Coraline. ParaNorman is, following Coraline, the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits. — (C) Focus

What I Think: It’s another stop-motion affair from Laika Entertainment (Corpse Bride & Coraline) and it actually looks pretty good.  It has a unique voice cast with no real stand out celebrities but ones that are good actors in their own right.  This studio needs a few more hits before the Academy really starts to take notice.

Chances: 5% – While it looks good I just see it flying so far under the radar that no one will go see it.

 

Frankenweenie

Plot: From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous. A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. — (C) Disney

What I Think: Another Disney animated film, which will give them four on the year, sees Tim Burton trying to catch that elusive glory of stop-motion that he once saw with A Nightmare Before Christmas.  Frankenweenie looks good but I’m always skeptical of Tim Burton nowadays.  He always manages to fuck up a very good premise.

Chances: 35% – Disney has their dogs in the Academy Awards race already so a nomination for anything other than Brave would be gravy.

 

Wreck-It Ralph

Plot: Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late? — (C) Disney

What I Think: It will make tons of money, no doubt – it’s geared towards gamers after all, and it boasts a very nice voice cast highlighted by John C. Reilly.  It’s Disney’s one true in-house developed title a year (last year was Tangled) and they will go all out to make sure the Academy recognizes this as a full Disney effort (not a Disney/Pixar one).

Chances: 50% – Disney knows how to manipulate and woo the Academy to get nominated and who knows, this could wind up being their first Oscar win for a Disney-developed animated feature (they first started handing out the award in 2001).

 

Rise of the Guardians

Plot: A group of mythical fairy-tale characters team up to save the world in this DreamWorks Animation production. Based on William Joyce’s series of children’s books, the pic features the voice-acting talents of Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, and Isla Fisher. Peter Ramsey co-directs with Joyce. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

What I Think: The trailer may be a bit misleading but I can certainly get behind an animated feature that is more on the dramatic side of things while keeping it’s plot lighthearted.  I mean a fight to the death between Santa, The Easter Bunny, Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy against an evil force is something I’m definitely interested in seeing.

Chances: 50% – It’s Dreamworks, so they always have a pretty good chance.

 

My predictions on nominations –

Brave – Pixar/Disney

The Secret World 0f Arrietty – Studio Ghibli/Disney

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – Dreamworks

Rise of the Guardians – Dreamworks

Wreck-It Ralph – Disney

 

Here’s a breakdown of the Dexter seasons so far 1-6 and how good they were….

Season 1 – Awesome, established everything

Season 2 – Pretty good, not as good as season 1 but Dexter is starting to settle down

Season 3 – Dexter settles down, has kids, becomes a family man – more of a filler season

Season 4 – WHAT THE FUCK!?!?!?!? best. season. ever.

Season 5 – Pretty good follow up after season 5, re-establishes who Dexter is

Season 6 – Meh.

Season 7 – ?

 

Season 7 of Dexter aims to go back to establishing why Dexter is the way he is and, (SPOILER ALERT!) after Deb catches Dexter killing Travis at the end of season 6 we’re finally going to get a look at just how strong the sibling relationship is between the two of them.  I have to say that I was disappointed in season 6 mainly because Colin Hanks is a terrible actor and an even more terrible villain.  The ending finally fleshed out some obstacles that the writers had to get out of the way if they were going to go back to who Dexter was before season 4.  Oh yea, and Deb is still in love with Dexter…yes, in love…so we’ll get to see how that plays out.  I don’t know if there’s ever been a mainstream television show to play out incest before but Dexter may flirt with it.

Anyways, season 7 is the second to last season and I’m sure that the writers want him to go out with a bang.

The season starts on September 30 on Showtime.

No one is a fan of every Pixar movie out there, and there’s been a bunch so if you say that you like all of them – you’re lying.  Yep, you’ve got your not-so-favorite and I’ve got mine.  Mine just so happens to be Ratatouille, I just couldn’t get behind a rat who’s a chef in Paris…just couldn’t do it.  Yours might be A Bugs Life or Wall-E, if you haven’t thought about which Pixar film wasn’t the best now’s the time because the beautiful animation studio has done it again with Brave.

The studio’s 13th consecutive number one opening at the box office is a feat that not a whole lot of other studios can boast about.  Granted that Pixar often releases their films during the summer time – when kids are out of school – and they usually don’t go up against stiff competition (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter anyone?), but 13 number ones in a row?  Yep, that’s impressive.  Brave brought in nearly $67M this past weekend, which just so happens to be right on par with the past three Pixar releases in Cars 2, Wall-E, and Up!.

The number two spot was owned by the respectable Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, bringing in $20M.  This is the third week in a row that the Dreamworks Animation film has managed $20M+ at the box office.

Number three was the off-kilter, not-so-sure-if-serious, history revisionist film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for movies like this one during the summer months but the film got a lot of publicity and for it to come out and get beat by two animated movies is just a slap in the face.  The movie brought in right at $16.5M, which is certainly more than Adam Sandler’s bust of a film, That’s My Boy, did last weekend.

The fourth and fifth film at the box office this weekend was Prometheus – which manages to stick around in the top 5 as it continues to grow a cult following – and Tom Cruise’s karaoke project Rock of Ages, making $10M and $8M respectably.

*Note – Steve Carrell’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, co-starring Keira Knightley made a respectable nearly $4M in limited showings across the country, opening in the number 10 spot on the charts.  The film only cost $10M to make so seeing that it made nearly half it’s budget back in limited showings is a pretty good sign.  You can expect a broader release in the coming weeks.*

Here is the rest of the top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Brave – $66.7 (NEW)

2) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $20.2 ($157.5)

3) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – $16.5 (NEW)

4) Prometheus – $10 ($108.5)

5) Rock of Ages – $8 ($28.7)

6) Snow White and the Huntsman – $8 ($137.1)

7) That’s My Boy – $7.9 ($28.1)

8) Marvel’s The Avengers – $7 ($598.3)

9) Men in Black 3 – $5.6 ($163.3)

10) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – $3.8 (NEW)

Via Box Office Mojo

If you’re a wanna-be movie critic like myself, you’ve seen the trailers for Rock of Ages and thought to yourself, “god that looks awful”.  Then you re-examine the trailer and realize that Tom Cruise is in the film and he’s playing a character called “Stacee Jax” – a big-haired 80’s rocker singing Bon Jovi songs.  Like I said, dear lord.

It’s been a roughly 7 year span for Tom Cruise as he’s seemingly transformed from the true definition of a “movie star” to just another Hollywood actor that draws a big crowd.  Come to think of it, there are really only one or two real “movie stars” left in show business today and sadly, Tom Cruise is not one of them.  The man has only had one film since 2006, where he’s starred (Tropic Thunder withstanding) that has grossed more than $100M domestically at the box office.  That film was Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which grossed over $200M.  Before Ghost Protocol his last big film was Mission Impossible 3, which made $134M domestically.

Cruise, like I said, used to be a true “movie star” – the guy had a run of seven films from the year 2000 to 2006 that grossed $100M+ at the box office.  The only other modern day actor to have a run of similar stature is Will Smith from 2002 to 2008.  Now I’m not diminishing Tom Cruise’s accomplishments at all, he’s had 15 films that he’s starred in that have grossed $100+ domestically at the box office.  That, folks, is downright amazing.  Only a handful of actors – ever – have had success like that.  Still, it begs the question…what happened to “movie star” Tom Cruise?

One could argue that Lions for Lambs happened.  It was Cruise’s first “passion project” where he teamed up with Robert Redford (director) to take on the politics of the Iraqi war.  It was critically panned and did horribly at the box office (made only $15M domestically and cost $35M to make), despite having an all-star cast and an up-and-comer like Andrew Garfield.  Cruise-ade for bad movies continued with Valkyrie and Knight and Day, the latter being watchable at least.  Now we get the stink-filled bomb of bad music that is Rock of Ages.

Cruise apparently knows that he’s on this slide and knows what makes him money, having already signed on to do a Mission Impossible 5 due out in 2014.  He’s also signed up to do a remake of the vampire hunter title Van Helsing.  Maybe I’m expecting too much from Cruise or maybe Katie Holmes has buried the old Cruise and resurrected a more bland version of himself.  Whatever the cause may be, I’m still hold out hope for a Tom Cruise/Will Smith collaboration that would make the world explode.

Where have all the good Tom Cruise’s gone?

 

You know your movie sucks when Tom Cruise can’t pull in more than $20M opening weekend.  That’s precisely what happened with the musical mishap of Rock of Ages.  Instead, Dreamworks’ Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus took the top two spots for the second week in a row leaving Tom Cruise to pick up the big-haired pieces in the number three spot.

The weekend’s other new release, the Adam Sandler R-rated raunch-fest That’s My Boy with Andy Samberg came in the four spot just missing passing up Tom Cruise, bringing in nearly $13.5M, just one million less than Rock of Ages.  It’s a sad state of affairs for Tom Cruise…you do realize that Mr. Katie Holmes has only had one film since 2006 that he’s starred in that has grossed more than $100M?  This guy used to be absolute money when it came to the box office.  Now?  Unless the film has Mission Impossible in the title you can flip a coin.

The fifth film at the box office this past weekend was the medieval re-telling of the classic Snow White fairytale, Snow White and the Huntsman with $13.2M, barely falling behind both Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy.

Here is the full top 10 list for the box office this past weekend:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $34 ($119)

2) Prometheus – $20.7 ($89.3)

3) Rock of Ages – $14.4 (NEW)

4) That’s My Boy – $13.4 (NEW)

5) Snow White and the Huntsman – $13.2 ($122)

6) Men in Black 3 – $10 ($152.7)

7) Marvel’s The Avengers – $8.9 ($586.7)

8) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $2.2 ($35.2)

9) Moonrise Kingdom – $2.2 ($6.8)

10) Battleship – $1.2 ($62.1)

Via Box Office Mojo

Admittedly, this picture is all kinds of awesome – the one or two glaring mistakes withstanding – it’s a testament to the star power that has passed through Paramount Studios in the company’s 100 years of existence.  Names and faces like Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine, Robert DeNiro, Martin Scorcese, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Patrick Stewart, and Meryl Streep.  The list is literally endless and the picture (seen above – linked below) is an accomplished feat that probably won’t be rivaled anytime soon.

We’ll take a quick examination of the photo…from left to right…

– The top of the left peak has Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Richard Gere, and George Clooney at the top; this is ok in my book.

– Then you have the MAN Bruce Dern standing next to (more like behind) “that chick who replaced Megan Fox in the Transformer movies”…what the fuck?  Since when being a model and having maybe three speaking lines in the only movie you’ve ever appeared in constitute being pictured with the industry’s all time greats?  What the fuck Vanity Fair?

– George Takei, Andy Garcia, and James Caan look right at home on the Paramount steps…but then it all comes crashing down with the way they made Robert DeNiro – THE Bob DeNiro – sit on a side step like a fucking boob.  I mean, he looks like he’s about to fall off the damn mountain because Zoe Saldana (admittedly gorgeous) is in his way – why is she in this picture?  No justice for the Bull! None!

– Funny guys Adam Sandler and Chris Rock anchor the bottom steps, and I’m ok with that.  The two have produced big hits for Paramount over the years.

– Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine (Spock and Capt. James T. Kirk) aren’t too far away, but the only problem I have is that JJ Abrams is over by Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  His place should be with the people who put his name on the mainstream map and resurrected a dead franchise.

– Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg arming each other is touching and fitting…but why is Charlize Theron there with them?  She’s amazing, but her arm doesn’t need to be with Ford’s and Spielberg’s.

– Jack Nicholson is the man with his own step.

– At the top of the far right mountain peak is Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, fittingly together.

 

 

– THEN YOU HAVE JUSTIN BIEBER LOOKING LIKE A GIGANTIC DOUCHE BAG HANGING OFF A TOP STEP (how the hell did he get placed on a top step to begin with?) NOT BEING SERIOUS AT ALL.  MEANWHILE YOU HAVE ALL THESE AMAZING ACTORS AND DIRECTORS BEING COOL AS FUCK TRYING NOT TO BASH BIEBS FACE IN WITH A RUSTY METAL PIPE.  WHY VANITY FAIR?  WHY?!?

You can view the photo up close and personal here.

If you predicted that Dreamworks’ Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted was going to bring in $60M on its opening weekend and leave Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in its dust…I have some lottery tickets I’d like your help with.  It’s exactly what happened though this weekend where the two films went head to head.

It was a safe bet that Madagascar 3 was going to bring in a bunch of money this weekend but I didn’t think that it would have topped Prometheus seeing how the world has been waiting for a Ridley Scott Alien movie since the 70’s.  They’re two different movies, aimed at two different demographics…but in the end I really do think both accomplished what they set out to do.  Prometheus ended up taking in $50M this weekend, and for an R rated film – during the summer, that’s a pretty substantial haul.

Snow White and the Huntsman continued its strong running by still managing to bring in $23M in its second week.  The film is a perfect blend of romance, action, and drama.  Charlize Theron gives maybe her most chilling performance as the evil Queen Raveena.  While Kristen Stewart does her best not to say anything while giving off a shit ton of teen angst, I never got the feel that the movie was going to become dull or campy.  It’s well worth your time, considering it’s summer and you have nothing better to do.

The fourth and fifth films at the box office this weekend were Men in Black 3 and The Avengers bringing in $13M and $10M respectively.  It should be noted that The Avengers is dangerously close to becoming irrelevant only one month into the summer.  It’s the price you pay when you make $200M your opening weekend.

Here’s the rest of the top 10:

*numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $60.3 (NEW)

2) Prometheus – $50 (NEW)

3) Snow White and the Huntsman – $23 ($98.5)

4 ) Men in Black 3 – $13.5 ($135.5)

5) Marvel’s The Avengers – $10.8 ($571.8)

6) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $3.2 ($31)

7) What to Expect When You’re Expecting – $2.7 ($35.7)

8) Battleship – $2.2 ($59.8)

9) The Dictator – $2.1 ($55.1)

10) Moonrise Kingdom – $1.5 ($3.7)

Via Box Office Mojo