Just a quick note to say sorry for the updating on the site this week. It appears that most of the updates to the site reverted to "Click here to edit" info boxes.
Apart from being incredibly annoying (given the amount of time I spent writing everything this week!), it is also not a pleasant experience for those visiting!
Thank you to everyone who emailed, notifying me of the problem (as I hadn't checked the site straight away).
I have re-posted all of the info, and hopefully it has stuck this time. Again, please don't hesitate to let me know if it doesn't look right.
Thanks again, and whoops again!
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
Week ending 29/1/15: "Eyes on the target"
Another week, another number 1 (this could be an interesting year).
American Sniper jumped straight into the number 1 spot on the top ten list in its opening week with an impressive $8.049 million.
This was on the back of incredibly positive reviews from the US, so it will be interesting to see if it can sustain that going forward. In other words, what will the word of mouth from Australian audiences be?
We do know that Aussie crowds are happy with an Australian film for once. The family friendly Australian comedy Paper Planes (pictured), actually rose to the number 2 spot this week (from 4 last week) and has nabbed $6.284 million now.
While this week of figures still includes a school holidays crowd, it is still a good effort for this little indi flick. Especially coming off 2014 which was a horror year for Australian films in general.
Speaking of school holidays, this week shows the last of the school holidays figures. From Tuesday 27th of January, most kids went back to school so there will be a marked change in the top ten. How marked? To put things into perspective, this week EVERY movie in the top 12 made over $1 million for the week. Let that sink in for a moment. EVERY MOVIE in the TOP 12, made $1 million. Contrast that to last year when the top 2 were flat out taking that kind of money.
The big question is: can the box office sustain anywhere near these figures now families are back at work and kids are back at school? With the caliber of films in release at the moment there is a pretty good chance......
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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