Week ending 16/2: "You missed a bit"
Love it or hate it (and it seems people are only in those two camps), Fifty Shades of Grey (pictured) is something that does need to be discussed here. Sure the reviews have been terrible, yes there are probably arguments for sexist (or at least inaccurate) portrayals. But looking at the numbers, the bondage (?) film has had the best opening of 2015 in Australia with a pretty impressive $10.437 million.
Again, nothing against the film itself, but there is also no way it will keep that record for the rest of the year though. Why? Well there's this little movie about some avenging superheros coming back a second time that opens in April.
Everything else pretty much stayed the same this week, with The Imitation Game dropping to number 7 being the largest fall.
Well, The Wedding Ringer did drop a lot too (to number 10), but no one cares about that movie anyway.
One notable movie did open this week and that was the "banned" film The Interview. If you don't know the story behind the tumultuous release of this movie, do a search it is well worth the read. Basically it is a comedy about North Korea, poking fun at North Korean leaders, North Korea cyber attacked the movie studio in real life, real life studio canned the theatrical release in the states after terrorist threats, turns out the movie actually isn't very good anyway so no one much cares.
How much do people not care in Australia? Scottish comedy What We Did On Our Holiday opened on 64 screens compared to The Interview's 186 and made double the money per screen. If the Scottish flick has opened on the same number of screens it would have opened around the number 3 or 4 spot.
BEST and WORST of 2014
No, not the best and worst reviewed movies, what movies made money, and which ones tanked? Well , the numbers have been crunched and the results are in. So what were the best and worst performing films of 2014 in Australia?
Top 10 earning films of 2014 (Aus box office)
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One. $28.005 million
2. The Lego Movie $27.757 million
3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $26.432 million*
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction $24.862 million
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 $24.827 million
6. Guardians of the Galaxy $23.291 million
7. The Wolf of Wall Street $21.883 million
8. Gone Girl $21.750 million
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past $21.121 million
10. 22 Jump Street $21.000 million
*The Hobbit is actually still in general release and to date has taken $33.859 million in total. However these figures are only until the end of the 2014 calendar year.
Top 10 earning films of 2014 (Worldwide Box Office)
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction $1.087 Billion
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $867.5 million
3. Guardians of the Galaxy $774.2 million
4. Maleficent $758.4 million
5. X-Men: Days of Future Past $748.1 million
6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $714.8 million
7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 $713.7 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $709.0 million
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $708.8 million
10. Interstellar $671.2 million
The worst performing films of 2014 is a bit tricky to lay out. For example, the worst performing movie in Australia for 2014 was The Missing Picture which only took $3,507 at the box office. However it was also released on very few screens and actually has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.com.
What about Australian films? Well on this site much has been said of the appalling showing of Australian films at the Aus box office in 2014. Happy Endings takes the prize of being the worst performing Australian film of 2014 with a take of $30,394 domestically.
Perhaps surprisingly The Water Diviner was the most successful Australian film of 2014 earning $11.174 million (enough for 29th place on the charts!)
So how to really categorise the worst then? Well the easy way is to look at the movies that ultimately failed to live up to their hype......or simply look at what cost heaps to make and see if they made it back!
For a list of the biggest flops of 2014, head over to IGN's run down of "The Biggest Box Office Flops of 2014", which gives the figures plus their reviews of the films in question as well.
Source: Box Office Mojo
Website Updates *new info*
The following site updates will be happening soon (hopefully I will be able to keep to the schedule below!):
ONE: Due to the significant lack of time I have at the moment the remaining Sunday Arvos podcast's (ie. one's that are missing from the list) will probably not be updated and released onto this site. To be fair, there aren't a whole lot left to be uploaded and due to the time constraints it really isn't worth it at the moment. If enough people request the missing eps added I will but what is there is it for now.
TWO: The History of Film Series will be updated shortly. I'm annoyed that I haven't given it the time it deserves. Part 12 will be up very soon and I'm hoping to have a lot more added in the coming weeks.
THREE: The Rocket Show and The Peanut Gallery Podcasts have taken a lot longer to organise than I thought they would. I've had a lot of requests for new Rocket Show podcasts especially, so I'm hoping a couple of new ones will be uploaded by the end of December 2014. Please keep hassling me as many of you have (via the contact page, not in person at the beach or anything like that), and I will try my hardest to get them on here.
Marshall on the TV
Yes, it's true. Someone allowed Marshall to appear on the TV Box.
A couple of weeks ago James Tinniswood and that handsome stranger to the left there, sat down with Alana Shootingstar and Scott Black on "The Late Nite Show, with Scott Black", on 31 Digital, (the old Briz 31 Channel).
The topic of discussion moved from Marshall's start in comedy, to live biscuit reviews, a new movie review show starring Marshall and James, and the fact that local Brisbane comedian Steven J Whiteley is a dark wizard.
Now, that episode (Season 3, Ep 13) is up on the Tube of You, and you can check that out at the official "Late Nite Show" You Tube Channel. Or, if you dare, you can see Marshall's segment right below on this very site.
PODCAST 23 - Who Asked Sunday Arvos??
The answer is, they did. Now available on the Podcasts page is when the Who Asked You Show from Las Vegas, NV in the US of A, was the special guest on Sunday Afternoons.
Expect a lot of movie talk, a lot of discussion about how far behind Australian movie releases are and a whole lot more of everything else.
And to check out Marshall's appearance on the Who Asked You Show, check out their website or the itunes link right here....
And for a special blooper behind the scenes peak see below.......
Who Asked Sunday Arvos - Sneak peak/blooper.......
Check out the clip below for a peak behind the scenes of the Who Asked Sunday Arvos special cross over event.
This blooper was the result of an on-going discussion about the appropriateness (or lack thereof) of a new DVD to be released "The Vietnam War in HD".
Charlie and Jabari were giving their version of what the DVD commentary would be, until it ran over time.....Marshall kept recording anyway......
The name says what it is about....
Make sure to check out this great web series hosted by Jerry Seinfeld and featuring some amazing comedians. Really funny and they are only 12 mins long. How easy is that.
All the eps are now available, episode 2 is the pick of the bunch with Ricky Gervais, also really worth a look is the last episode with Michael Richards but they are all good. Check it out at crackle.com or at comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com. Or just click on the big picture above....
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK:
Trailer of the week
Check out this stunning short film "Archetype" by special effects wizard Aaron Sims (who has worked on "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", "Transformers" and many more. The rights have just been picked up by 20th Century Fox and it will be expanded into a feature length film. Much the same as "District 9" was.....and look what happened there.
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