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Easter joy for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017) as the movie surpassed 1-billion dollar in worldwide box office. Also movie review for ‘The Fate of the Furious’ and ‘The Boss Baby’ (2017).

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2017 by vincentloy

First of all, Happy Good Friday and Easter to those who are celebrating! This year’s Easter has been a joyous moment particularly for the movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as it has recently grossed over US$ 1 billion in worldwide box office. This live-action remake of the original 1991 animated movie that starred Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, etc has become the 29th film in history to cross over the 1-billion milestone. The movie has exceeded expectation in the box office and is also gaining positive reception from critics. It is the first 2017 film to cross that mark and soon, there will be another movie this year joining that prestigious list. And that will be ‘The Fate of the Furious’ which is the 8th film in the popular ‘Fast and Furious’ film series. Besides than being currently the highest grossing film of the year, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ also accomplished another record by being the highest grossing live-action musical film ever.

‘The Fate of the Furious’ sees the return of original cast as well as some new members. This movie reminded me again of the death of Paul Walker several years ago, an actor who has been crucial in this film series but died in a car accident. The previous ‘Furious 7’ film concluded with high note and touching ending and is the first of the film series to gain over US$ 1 billion in worldwide box office. Hence, I’m expecting this 8th film to cross that milestone too. Back to this latest movie. It tells about an arrival of a mysterious woman who seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) into the world of terrorism and a betrayal to those closest to him. The movie starred Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Luke Evans, etc.

Similarly to the previous movie, this film delivered with some intense, over the top and exhilarating action scenes in a scale that no one has foreseen. Cars raining down to the street and a huge submarine chasing a group of cars and a tank. This film series started with some humble car racing moments to extensive gun fights and attacks of high proportion we saw in recent movies. It is going big. Despite it is already being the 8th film, I find every film has its refreshing storyline and different outtake on its action sequences. I also noticed that Hollywood takes on this approach to find Oscar-winning cool-looking actresses to portray villain in big-budget movies nowadays. Charlize Theron as the villain in this movie and then soon Cate Blanchett will be the villain in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ which will be coming out end of this year. There are some hilarious parts to balance things out (and also some adorable moments from a baby). Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Fate of the Furious’ a total of 7.6.

Recently, I also watched another much relaxing movie called ‘The Boss Baby’. It is an animated movie about a suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby who pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Corporation. It’s funny to see a baby with an adult mindset on a serious mission to stop an evil plot, and he is joined by a brother who wanted him to be out of the family due to diversion of his parents’ attention to the baby. The movie is highly entertaining. Certain flaws and plot-holes in this movie are forgivable too. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Boss Baby’ a total of 7.0.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web) 

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The expected and unexpected: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ passes US$ 1 billion worldwide in grossing.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2015 by vincentloy

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is now the 21st film in history to cross the US$ 1 billion mark in worldwide grossing, doing so in its 24th day of global play. I knew it would achieve that milestone easily, but didn’t expect it to accomplish that slower than ‘Fast and Furious 7’ (only took 17 days this year). I thought it has more power and buzz than ‘Furious 7’ to attract moviegoers. Anyway, it is never that easy to join the exclusive 1 billion club, but that accomplishment seems to be quite frequently observed in recent years when there are more moviegoers and that China has opened up its movie market to become among the world’s largest. I also contribute a lot to this movie as I went to cinema twice just for this one movie. The first time I watched it; it was too fast. Had to go for second round to enjoy every details of it.

tumblr_nn8b9qVe8g1qjnwlso1_1280 The domestic intake (in US) for the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ up until 15th May 2015 is about 343 million dollars, making it the film with the highest domestic intake so far. Its box office intake in all other countries (worldwide) now stands at 657 million dollars. Add the two figures up and you get exactly 1 billion! But its grossing would not just stop there as it is predicted that the movie will continue its momentum in US, and that the movie had just opened for several days in China only. And it is not even opened yet at Japan, another main contributor to worldwide grossing. billion So how much do I expect for the final grossing of this Avengers sequel? I guess somewhere near 1.4 billion, just falls short from the first ‘The Avengers’ film back in 2012 that made 1.518 billion. Slightly lesser amount but still a huge ton of cash for the movie. It performed slightly below the first Avengers in box office, perhaps because of two reasons; this sequel didn’t receive the feedbacks as good as its predecessor, and that some people may just enjoy the hype from the original first film while not being interested in (tired for) its follow-up sequel.

Let’s compare this with ‘Fast and Furious 7’. The latter had earned approximately US$ 1.47 billion worldwide to everyone’s surprise and is now the fourth highest grossing film of all time. Before its release, not many are expecting that it would gain this much in the box office. People keep going for the movie because of its over-the-top and breathtaking stunts, and most importantly, to see Paul Walker in his last film as he died in a car accident in 2013 when the filming was still taking place. Currently, Furious 7 is the highest grossing film of the year and can ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ top that amount? Chance is there but a bit low. Don’t forger that ‘Furious 7’ is still playing in theatres worldwide. It may even catch up to the first Avengers movie by reaching 1.5 billion. furious-7-one-last-ride-121611 So far, this year (not even mid-year yet), and there are already two films that crossed 1 billion milestone. It’s like becoming easier to pass 1 billion to become a historic major blockbuster, while other movies see it as a pressure for themselves getting disappointed by their own box office figure. Watch up for upcoming films by the end of the year that will most probably accomplish the achievement too, particularly ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

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Fast and Furious 7 becomes the 20th film in history to cross USD 1 billion in worldwide box office.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2015 by vincentloy

As the ‘Fast and Furious’ film franchise keeps expanding, each of its subsequent films performed better than the last one, at least in the box office intake. ‘Fast and Furious 6’ released in 2013 grossed over USD 788 million worldwide, and became the 50th highest grossing film of all time. That is already a huge achievement, and no one expects that the latest installment of the franchise, ‘Fast and Furious 7’, released early this month already broke that record in just a few days. It becomes the highest grossing film of the franchise, and also the highest grossing film of the year.

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How much it gains in worldwide box office right now? In only about 17 days, the film had already grossed USD 1.009 billion dollar. Wow! It has successfully crossed the 1 billion milestone, and it did so in just 17 days. That is really very ‘fast and furious’. Hence, it becomes the fastest film to cross that mark (the previous record of 19 days held by Avatar, The Avengers, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2). The film is now also the highest grossing film by Universal, and the second one by the company to cross the 1 billion milestone (the other one being the popular Jurassic Park movie). It now stands at 19th position in the table of worldwide highest grossing films of all time.

And wait, the ‘heat’ and popularity of the Fast and Furious 7 isn’t coming to an end yet. It is still taking the Number One spot in box office across the world even it’s already two weeks after its release. Its momentum is still staying high, but not until the end of the month when Marvel’s The Avengers (2): Age of Ultron will be released. That is another movie this year that is also projected to cross over 1 billion dollar in box office. Its predecessor had already took over 1.5 billion to make it as the third highest grossing film of all time. Everybody loves superhero movies nowadays, and so I’m sure its sequel can make it big again too in worldwide cinemas. And so, Fast and Furious 7 still has about one week plus to rule the worldwide cinema now.

And after that, I guess its final intake would be somewhere in 1.2 billion, and that would easily put it into the top 10 world highest grossing films of all time. A figure not many people expected, but comes into reality quickly after everyone wanted to see Paul Walker in there as his final film. And not to mention the touching tribute to this late actor at the end of the film. The song titled ‘See You Again’ as a tribute to him is also very beautiful. ‘It’s been a long day, without you my friend….’ Also, the movie is way too awesome with plenty of heart-stopping actions from its start till the end for an intense and thrilling ride while watching it. It’s currently my best film for the first 1/3 of the year so far.

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Have watched both the movie and the song clip above. Many people have even watched them few times! That shows how cool the movie is! And next on is the release of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron which is just around the corner. I’m going to see it this Friday! Have been waiting for it like ages!

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