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‘The Fate of the Furious’ becomes the 30th film in history to cross over US$ 1 billion in worldwide box office.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2017 by vincentloy

‘The Fate of the Furious’ is now officially the 30th film in history to gross over US$ 1 billion in worldwide box office. It is the second film in the ‘Fast and Furious’ film series to accomplish the milestone. The other film is  ‘Furious 7’ that has grossed a total of US$ 1.516 billion worldwide in 2015 which placed it as the world’s 6th highest grossing film. Gaining over US 1 billion in worldwide box office is a no easy feat. A movie has to be a super massive hit in theatres worldwide to join the billion dollar club. It is incredible to see that there are now a total of 30 films that have done that.

As of today, ‘The Fate of the Furious’ has earned US$ 193 million in domestic box office (North America) and US$ 868 million in foreign box office for a total of slightly over US$ 1 billion. Well, this is not the final box office intake yet at the movie is still in its wide release period. Hence, this movie is expected to earn about US$ 1.3 billion in the end. It will be slightly lower than the amount ‘Furious 7’ achieved due to the latter’s extreme popularity back in 2015 after the death of one of its main cast, Paul Walker. Anyway, it is still a huge box office success for this latest 8th installment of the film series. It is doing exceptionally well oversea. You can read my review of this movie in my previous blog post too. It is a good movie (has some crazy stunts as expected) but it is not as fantastic as ‘Furious 7’. I also read news that this film series will end with 10 films. Hence, two more to go. Would you believe it? I think after the 10th film, Hollywood will just replace all the cast and do some sort of spin-off or remake again, not in a single film but setting off another franchise again. Typical Hollywood pattern.

‘The Fate of the Furious’ is also the second movie this year to cross the milestone after ‘Beauty and the Beast’, the live-action remake of the animated classic of the same name in 1991. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has now gained over US$ 1.1 billion and its box office intake is still not ending yet. Which movie do you think will be the next film of the year that will cross the 1-billion mark? I think ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume II’ has the potential to achieve that. It has already been released here in Australia but I don’t have the time and opportunity to watch it yet. Other potential films released later this year that will have a shot on 1-billion box office are Spiderman: Homecoming, Justice League, Transformers: The Last Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Despicable Me 3 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Unlike last year of which animated movies are doing exceptionally strong in worldwide box office (with 2 animated films grossing over 1 billion respectively), it is likely not the same case for this year. The only animated movie predicted to cross that mark is Despicable Me 3. This year, superhero movies are going to dominate cinemas worldwide. And of course, topping the chart for this year’s movies will be the Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It is almost a 100% confirmation that it will cross 1-billion mark and will go as far as above US$1.5 billion too. However, it is projected to be earning not as much as the Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 which has earned US$ 2.068 billion.

That’s it for my box office analysis in this post.

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It’s time to assemble for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2015 by vincentloy

Couldn’t contain my excitement now as I have just returned home from watching ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. The thrill overwhelmed my mind now and erased the thought of sleeping at this time (already 1am). We have bought the tickets over a month earlier and so we got good seats. The showtimes were all in yellow or red indication (means full-house or almost fully occupied). How popular this movie is! Of course, it’s not a superhero movie, but a superheroes’ movie! All in one, and this is a sequel. The first one in 2012 is already a massive success, and so I’m sure this wouldn’t be anything behind.

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In this second Avengers film, Tony Stark’s effort on peacekeeping program from artificial intelligence goes backfired when Ultron is born, a villainous robot determined to destroy humans. Gathering Avengers from first film, and also with addition of several new members to the team, the battle is getting bigger and leads to more revelation which will be further explained in its final chapter. Yes. To all Avengers’ fans, there is this third part of the franchise which will be like a conclusion. There will be Avengers: Infinity Wars (Part 1) in 2018 and (Part 2) in 2019. Long way to go, but now already excited for it after having seen the first two which are superb!

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ had a deeper story, a more complicated one. Not only it involves more characters, but it also tells us more about the scepter, the infinity stones, and several conflicting moments between the Avengers themselves. For me, it would be better if it’s not that complicated. At least, kids would enjoy this more. But right now, everything is still fine as long as the actions delivered are sufficient, and most importantly, awesome! We wouldn’t get tired of watching these superheroes in action! It’s simply dramatic, cool, and sometimes even funny at some point. Even the villain, Ultron here had a bit of humour, and I like it.

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I’m also glad that its trailer didn’t expose much of its details especially the climax when a whole city is brought up (sorry…spoiler) and is planned to fall down like a meteor to destroy all humans on Earth. Besides that, every characters had their moment, but the best of them would be Hawkeye. I don’t really enjoy the getting-close relationship between Agent Romanoff and Banner (Hulk). The hilarious moments hit at the right place, while intensity is scattered all over for a thrilling ride. This is almost as good as the first Avengers film. It’s up on par in all levels. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ a total of 8.0. Had a great fun watching this!

Out of sudden, I miss Loki, the villain in the first Avengers movie, whom is also the stepbrother of Thor. Anyway, this time, the villain, Ultron is also terrifyingly good. Like the voice and the damage it can do with its artificial intelligence thingy. Too bad, the Avengers team in the end of this film isn’t complete after one of its members died (opps, spoiler again). Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, War Machine, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Falcon are all here. More than 10 of them. Well, need not explain anymore. Watch it and you will like it. Maybe in near future, Spiderman will join back the team. And one more thing, please stay to wait for its brief mid-credit scene.

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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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Movie review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2015 by vincentloy

After over a month of the film release, finally I get to watch ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’, on the first day of the year 2015. The reduced urge to watch the movie early isn’t a sign of me giving up on this film franchise which is based on ‘The Hunger Games’ books in trilogy by Suzanne Collins. On this third film of the franchise, the one before the finale (Part 2) set to be released end of this year, Katniss went to District 13 after 12 is destroyed and met President Coin whom convinced her to be the mockingjay, the symbol of rebellion to the Capitol, while at the same time, trying to save Peeta.

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When this Part 1 of Mockingjay film commenced, I have actually quite forgotten on what had happened in the last scene of the previous movie ‘Catching Fire’. I couldn’t catch up for a moment but I’ll just let it be. While I agreed that there is way too little action offered in this Part 1, but I do enjoy how the story here strongly builds up to make way for an exciting conclusion in the Part 2. Of course, as similar to the others, I’m hoping for more battles or action scenes even from this Part 1 already, but we were all left slightly disappointed in this category. However, that doesn’t mean the plot is boring. The story development is very good albeit a bit slow and I’m glad that this Part 1 only took less than 2 hours. That’s enough. If it’s over that run time without more things to offer, then we will start check our watch.

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Despite the less actions, the movie still delivered with some impacting moments. It manages to still provide climax and moving scenes. Perhaps it may be due to the exceptional performance by the main lead, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Well , her Oscars win in Best Actress from her other role in the past is already an indication of how good she is in acting despite she is now still very young. Other main casts also did great in their respective roles. Julianne Moore as President Coin here (new character) is pretty outstanding. Looking forward to see more of her in Part 2. Josh’s role as Peeta is very much confined and limited on TV screen here in Part 1, but he is doing great. The main casts brought up the emotions very well.

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Besides that, the visual and sound effects are both doing great to enhance the movie too. On the other hand, I am also particularly impressed by the way the film portrays the act of rebellion; the revolution sparked from Katniss against the Capitol and its system. It sounds political but it is actually reflecting what we in our current situation may be facing. The movie implies a strong and meaningful message in that matter. Overall, the movie is okay. Nothing outstanding but I think they will reserve it all for an epic conclusion in Part 2 coming this November. Wow..that’s a long wait. This Part 1 still does well and keeps the momentum going with everything builds up to make way for expected-to-be-memorable ending. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ a total of 7.3.

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This is officially my 1500th post, and a short movie review for ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2014 by vincentloy

Wow….another accomplishment for my blog before the year ends. My blog here is now home to 1500 blog posts as this is my 1500th post. That’s a huge amount of posts considering the blog is only about 6 years old and everything is mostly written and fully composed by myself as the single author here. I’m very happy of course, as months ago, I have already targeted to get over 1500 mark before the end of the year. And now it does, on today, just few days before 2014 ends.

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I would like to intercept this post with my blessing and sympathy to the people and areas affected by the current on-going flood in several states in Peninsular Malaysia. As of today, over 100 000 people were evacuated as the water level didn’t recede and countless damages were reported. It is the worst flood tragedy in Malaysia in recent years. I hope everything would be fine soon over there. But wait…you don’t need to cancel all the upcoming new year countdown and firework events just to show respect to the affected people. You can still maintain those already planned events and at the same time organize prayer sessions for them. Does that mean I have no new year fireworks (even from KLCC) to enjoy when the clock soon ticks at 12 am to welcome 2015? That’s bad. This year is already not very good for Malaysia, and why don’t we choose to end the year with a bang. At least we can end it great as a positive sign for good things to come next year.

Well, let’s move on to my short movie review for the latest and the third film in ‘Night at the Museum’ franchise. It’s entitled ‘Secret of the Tomb’. It is also one of the last few films for Robin Williams, whom passed away due to suicide in August this year. He is such a talented actor, which can be seen from his role here as the wax for US President Theodore Roosevelt. In this third installment, Larry, the night guard had to travel to British Museum to save the magic of the tablet that keeps museum exhibits alive at night when it started to decay. He continued his adventures from New York to London with the same witty characters and also some new ones.

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This is certainly a family movie. But it didn’t work out that well for me. But if you had watched the first two, you would not want to miss this one, which I believed may be the last of the franchise. I’m not excited or interested by the way the story goes. The only things I can get thrilled is the scene with the gigantic snake monster. That’s all. Others are all plain and feels ’empty’ for me. I have to agree that there are a lot of humorous moments that the film offered, but I never laughed at all throughout the whole movie. Just a small smile on my face for a few times. That’s it. I think the fun elements work better for small kids. I just felt nothing after watching it.

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I think its movie trailer spoiled most of it and reduced my excitement for the movie. It’s still a good family movie especially in this Christmas season, and it’s good to kill off my leisure time. The characters are fun to watch, but in the end, I felt most of the things delivered in the film lacks the magic. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ a total of 7.0 only.

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Box-office milestone – Transformers: Age of Extinction crossed 1 billion mark in film’s grossing.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2014 by vincentloy

Breaking news for movie fans – Transformers: Age of Extinction surpassed US$ 1 billion in grossing worldwide. Well…I’m not surprised at all. This is expected even before the movie is released. Or I should say I already predicted that once Michael Bay said he will be doing the fourth installment of this popular ‘Transformers’ film franchise. Before I’m revealing the current amount of grossing that ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ has obtained so far, let us take a look back of how its predecessors perform in box office last time.

The first movie of the franchise is named simply as ‘Transformers’. It was released in 2007, and had since grossed over US$ 709 million. A very strong box-office performance already for a stand-alone film before future sequels follow. Worldwide audiences’ interest to this robot-based film then grows steadily, and so the idea for more films to continue the story is materialized. The second movie, named ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ was released two years later, in 2009. Despite receiving poorer reviews, it grossed more with final intake of over US$ 836 million.

Then, Michael Bay didn’t stop and returned in 2011 with the release of the third film of the series titled ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’. Not only that this one performed awesomely in box office, the film was also getting better reviews. The film eventually grossed over US$1.123 billion worldwide, becoming the first film in the series to surpass the amazing 1-billion milestone. Since then, Michael Bay had said that he will stop, and that ‘Dark of the Moon’ will be the last. That decision didn’t last long, as he changed his mind and made all the Transformers’ fans across the world happy again with a confirmed release of the fourth installment.

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And this is it. ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction. Released on June 2014. As of current (less than two months of its release to worldwide cinemas), the film had grossed over US$ 1.005 billion worldwide. Much of it came from United States of course and also from mainland China. Well, that is mainly due to parts of the movie being filmed in Hong Kong, China and there were many scenes in the film that are closely associated to the Chinese. Well, a smart decision. The movie had attracted a huge market; China. But this movie is getting poorer reviews back again.

Anyway, ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ became the 19th film in history to gross over US1 billion worldwide. I’m predicting that by the end of the film’s run in cinemas, it would have final intake of around US1.2 billion, an amount higher than its predecessor, ‘Dark of the Moon’. Hmm…that’s a huge amount! Other film to be released this year that has high potential to also join 1-billion club would be the last chapter of ‘The Hobbit’ film franchise; ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’. It is set to be released by end of this year. However, this one would still be no match to ‘Transformers’ power on leading the year in terms of grossing.

And yup…it is confirmed that ‘Transformers 5’ is currently in development and is slated for release in 2016 or latest, 2017. They are maintaining the flow of getting more sequels to come, as this franchise is a sure box-office hit no matter how bad the movies stand for critics.

Movie review: The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by vincentloy

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second instalment of a three-part film franchise of ‘The Hobbit’ of which the story took place sixty years before the events in the highly successful ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Directed by Peter Jackson, it first started with ‘An Unexpected Journey’ in 2012. Quite a great start and we caught a glimpse of the terrifying Smaug dragon that took over the Lonely Mountain from the dwarves kingdom in the last few seconds of the film.

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Now, in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’, we finally got to see the full mighty appearance of the dragon and it’s even talking, but that is all only shown in the last quarter of the film. So you (especially for kids) have to wait a bit long for it. The story continues from the group of dwarves led by Thorin, the King along with the hobbit (burglar), Bilbo Baggins and the wizard, Gandalf the Grey in the dangerous adventure as their homeland, Lonely Mountain is getting near. What I’m looking forward from it is basically how exciting the adventure can turn out to be and where it leads to, and in the end, I’m quite pleased with the amount of actions and thrills offered.

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From the Mirkwood Forest, then to the Elf Kingdom, and then down a river to Lake-town before finally reaching Gale and the Lonely Mountain, the group frequently faced different obstacles (giant spiders, imprisonment by Elves, attack by Orcs, etc) from one setting to another, which ends with Smaug itself that awaken in the pile of countless treasures. However, I still find that the movie is excessively long and boring in between here and there, where I find that some parts with not much significance can be removed. Fortunately, there are still some funny light moments to get us entertained in the midst of the part intense, part boring journey they had. Nevertheless, the storyline goes well and we got to see the return of Legolas, master of bow and arrows.

This is a big-budget production and so the visual effects and musical score offered are excellent as expected. There are several breathtaking scenes involving state-of-the-art CGI, and of course the dragon itself looks very realistic. As for performance by the casts, everyone contributed fairly. New characters added actions and interest to the show too, particularly Bard, Tauriel and Legolas. Thorin is a bit bad here for forcing Bilbo to get the Arkenstone despite knowing Smaug is nearby. And on the other hand, I find it illogical and weird to see that the fierce dragon talking to Bilbo for such a long time and entertaining him pointlessly. However, I like the part Bilbo tries to keep glorifying the dragon to calm it down.

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In the end, the group of dwarves whom successfully entered the Lonely Mountain failed to contain and kill Smaug, which stumbles out of it and looking forward to wreak havoc to the nearby Lake-town before screen fades to black. What an ending. This makes me very eager to follow up with its finale next year; ‘There and Back Again’. Generally, this is a good adventure movie with a lot of story to tell but a bit of excessively long (taking over 2 hours and 30 minutes), which nevertheless delivered with astonishing visuals and some exciting scenes. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ a total of 7.0. It still falls slightly below my expectation.

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