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The surprises keep coming this summer movie season. “The Purge” defied all expectations, opening to $36.4 million, the film was made for just $3 million. Expect this film to drop off quickly as horror movies tend to be very front loaded, but the movie has a chance to wind up north of $70-80 million total now.

“Fast and Furious 6” and “Now You See Me” each earned just less than $20 million. “FF 6” should pass “Fast Five” by next week to become the highest grossing film in the franchise.

“The Internship” starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn debuted to a disappointing fourth, earning $18.1 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.


The first weekend in June is here. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn finally reunite after “Wedding Crashers” with “The Internship” while Ethan Hawke returns to horror after “Sinister” with “The Purge”. Can either knock off “Fast and Furious 6” from the top spot?

After “Wedding Crashers” earned $209 million in 2005, a team up with Wilson and Vaughn seemed like a sure fire hit. Eight years later, however, and “The Internship” looks bad. It looks dated, is surprisingly light on laughs and…well…feels like it should have come out in 2006. Still, viewers might be willing to give this a shot, especially with “The Hangover Part III” disappointing a lot of fans, but this one will struggle to break $20 million.

Opening weekend: $15-20 million

That would open the door for “The Purge” where a family must fight off home invaders during a 12-hour period when crime is legal. Hawke scored a hit with “Sinister”. And this film seems a bit like “The Strangers” but on a larger scale. That film opened to a little over $20 million and there’s no reason this shouldn’t beat it because of price inflation and should take the top spot this weekend.

Opening weekend: $20-25 million

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Next week, one of the biggest movies of the summer (“Iron Man 3”) kicks off the summer movie season. May sees the releases of “Iron Man 3”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Epic”, “Fast and Furious 6”, “The Hangover Part III” and “After Earth”. Several smaller, but highly anticipated films like “After Shock”, “Before Midnight” and “The Iceman” are all hitting theaters in May as well. Which film are you looking forward to the most?

For me, it’s a tough call. I am absolutely, positively insanely excited to see “Before Midnight” starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy from director Richard Linklater. If you haven’t seen “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”, do yourself a favor and check them out ASAP. They are wonderful films and I’m hoping the third film can live up to the first two. That being said, it’s hard not to get excited for the big movies. “The Great Gatsby” from Baz Luhrmann is the biggest question mark of the month for me. He has an eye for style and loves to use some surprising music in his films. But “Australia” was overly long and boring and frankly this close to release and all anyone is talking about is the soundtrack. What about, you know, the cast? Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan will get me to check this film out, but I get the feeling this is going to be style over substance.

The two films I’m not excited for are “The Hangover Part III” and “After Earth”. For “The Hangover”, the good news is it won’t be the worst in the trilogy, but that’s only because the second film was so terrible. Todd Phillips really didn’t hit it with another road trip comedy, “Due Date” and this one will likely have a few funny moments, but fall flat a a whole. And “After Earth”. All I have to say is this: M. Night Shyamalan. The trailer had the unintended effect of making me laugh. I don’t have high hopes for that film at all.

I am excited for “Iron Man 3”. I think the change in director will do the series some good and Robert Downey Jr. should shine. But part of me does wonder if I’ll get Marvel fatigue pretty soon. “Star Trek Into Darkness” looks amazing. But let’s not forget with expectations sky rocketing, the first film was light on action and if you look at J.J. Abrams’ history, action is not his strongest suit. “Fast and Furious 6”, well there’s nothing wrong with a good action film. “Epic” looks like Fern Gully, but hey, I’m intrigued. “Before Midnight” tops my list of most anticipated film of May with ‘Iron Man 3″, FF6 and “Star Trek” close behind.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Sinister”, which starred Ethan Hawke, earend $77 million worldwide…on a budget of just $3 million. And with fairly strong reviews, no surprise that a sequel is coming. Director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill will reunite (the pair are also reteaming for “Deus Ex; Human  Revolution”). As for Blumhouse Productions, between this, the upcoming “Insidious” sequel and the little franchise “Paranormal Activity”, they appeared to have found their niche.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.


“Taken 2” repeats

Despite facing numerous challengers, “Taken 2” took the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row. The film, which stars Liam Neeson, is now close to surpassing the original’s worldwide total.

Ben Affleck’s new film “Argo” opened in a close second at just more than $20 million. Its strong reviews should lead to good legs.

“Sinister” opened in third place with $18 million. Even with “Paranormal Activity 4” coming out this week, “Sinister”, which stars Ethan Hawke, should be profitable, as the cost just $3 million to make.

Kevin James’ new film “Here Comes The Boom” bombed with $12 million. But, that film didn’t do as badly as “Seven Psychopaths”, which earned just $4.28 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

No less than five new wide releases are hitting theaters this weekend. Can any of them stop Liam Neeson?

Probably not. “Taken 2” will likely suffer a more than 50 percent drop, but that still puts it in the low $20 million range. That should be enough against this weekend’s new offerings.

If any film can do it though, it will be Ben Affleck’s new film “Argo”. “The Town” opened in the low $20s on its way to $96 million. “Argo” has a strong cast, rave reviews and a lot of buzz going behind it. But, it’s ceiling for its opening weekend is likely in the same range of “The Town”. It should have good legs though, given the expected great word of mouth. But, how well it does in the coming weeks will probably depend on how well films like “Cloud Atlas” connect with audiences.

Opening weekend: $20-22 million

Total box office gross: $90-95 million

Appealing to a very different crowd, “Sinister”, starring Ethan Hawke hits theaters. This one seems to have generated enough buzz, avoiding the shadow of “Paranormal Activity 4”. This weekend is very important for the film, however, since PA 4 will be a behemoth next weekend.

Opening weekend: $16-18 million

Total box office gross: $40-45 million

And appealing to yet another different crowd is Kevin James in “Here Comes the Boom”. For reasons I can’t understand, James has had successes with “The Zoo Keeper” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”. That being said, “Hotel Transylvania” (which also features the voice of James) and “Frankenweenie” are already out, look for “Here Comes the Boom” to flop.

Opening weekend: $13-15 million

Total box office gross: $40-45 million

“Seven Psychopaths” is the wild card from the director of the underrated “In Bruges”. The cast includes Christopher Walken and Colin Farell, but though I’m excited for this film, I have trouble seeing it make above $10 million.

Opening weekend: $8-10 million

Total box office gross: $30-35 million

Finally, there’s “Atlas Shrugged Part II”. I can count the number of people I know who saw the first film on one hand. None of them liked it. This film will tank.

Opening weekend: $1-3 million

Total box office gross: Not very much.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.


Red band trailer for “Sinister”

Here’s the red band trailer for the upcoming horror film “Sinister”.

The film stars Ethan Hawke. It looks similar to a lot of other horror films, but the reviews have been positive, so hopefully this will be as good as or better than “Insidious”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” are arguably the best romantic movies out there. I’m not even a romantic movie fan, but I enjoyed the films from Richard Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Now, Hawke has confirmed the three are working on a third film with the hopes of filming within the next year. Part of me is excited, part of me wants them to just leave it alone. I will say this, if they do make it, I would like it to to come out in 2013 because that would mean there was a nine year gap between the first and second films and the second and third films.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the latest trailer for “Total Recall”, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, Jessica Biel, Ethan Hawke and John Cho.

It looks very action packed and like a fun ride.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Total Recall” trailer

Here is the premiere for the full length trailer  for “Total Recall”.

The remake stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke and others and is directed by Len Wiseman.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.