Star Trek Into Darkness *Cheesy Puns To #1 [Weekend Box Office]

From Box Office Mojo. Star Trek Into Darkness *beamed to the top of the box office this weekend with a domestic take of $84M. Not a bad showing, though expectations were tracking a little closer to $100M. The knee jerk reaction here is to blame the lack of a strong villain in the marketing campaign. Since Iron Man 3 barely relied on The Mandarin to carry its marketing, that isn’t always the case. Still, here I think it might be right. As I outlined in my video review, I think it would’ve been smarter to come out and say who the villain was instead of saving it for a somewhat meaningless reveal. That and franchises have a ceiling. There are only so many people interested no matter what you do.   Iron Man 3 passed the billion dollar threshold this past week and ended up with a domestic score of $35M in its third week of release; good enough for second place. The Shane Black-directed action/adventure should stick around the top five for at least two more weeks. Video Review here.   The Great Gatsby dropped to third place with an estimated gross of $23M and yet it’s still on pace to out gross both of DiCaprio’s recent hits, Oscar-winning The Departed and Most Painfully Obvious Twist award-winning Shutter Island. Video Review here.   Pain & Gain, the true story of Mark Wahlberg’s surgically-implanted T-Rex arms pectoral thrusted to #4 (that’s an exercise right?) with $3M. Depending on P&A, P&G should break about even before it…oh boy…umm…cardio blasts (???) its way out of theaters. Video Review here.   The Croods bounced back into the top five because someone is apparently still seeing this movie. If it’s you, knock it...

Iron Man 3 *Cheesy Pun About Flying Its Way To The Top For The Second Week In A Row [Weekend Box Office]...

From Box Office Mojo Iron Man 3 *soared to the top of the American domestic box office in its second week of release, bringing its cumulative total to $284M. Add that to a foreign haul of $664M and Marvel’s flagship Avenger property should easily reach a billion by the end of the week. You can find our video review here. Spoiler Alert: It’s pretty good. It was also a good weekend for anachronistic soundtracks. The Great Gatsby took second place with a strong $51M, proving yet again that moms can’t get enough loud, shiny things. Gatsby’s solid performance dwarfed 2008’s other F. Scott Fitzgerald adaption The Curious Case of Forrest Gump. Get our video review for Gatsby here. Spoiler Alert: Meh. Rounding out the rest of the top five are Michael Bay’s HGH-fueled real crime satire, Pain & Gain , Tyler Perry’s awkwardly titled urban [read black] comedy, Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, and the Jackie Robinson biopic/answer to...

Video Review – The Great Gatsby

Not the turd-fest the trailer makes it out to be…but still not very good. Catsby? What Catsby!?!?