Author Archives: James

AGEBOC X – Week Nine

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Deadline is Thursday, June 21st at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom earn from Thursday PM / evening shows? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim: +48
James: +46
Rob: +24
Marco: +18
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

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Movies Opening June 15, 2018

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The Incredibles 2: Long-awaited sequel to the Pixar classic. Director Brad Bird and the core cast (Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson and Samuel L. Jackson) return along with franchise newcomers Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener.

It’s an enjoyable film, but it plays it safe and does not deviate from giving the audience exactly what they want and expect. Kids will love it. Adults will probably forget about it by the time they hit the parking lot. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%, Metacritic: 80%

Tag: Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson star as childhood friends who have been playing the same game of tag for decades on end. It’s earning slightly better reviews than I expected, but the only thing that interests me are Renner’s CGI arms (the result of an on-set accident that broke his real ones early in production). RT: 56%, Metacritic: 57%

Side note: the number of Bad Movie Signs in this (Helms! Hamm! Johnson! Isla Fisher!) = overwhelming.

SuperFly: Remake of the 1972 blaxploitation classic from the annoyingly named “Director X.”  RT: 54% Metacritic: 64%

AGEBOC X – Week Eight

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Deadline is Friday, June 15th at 11:59 am (EST)

    1. What will The Incredibles 2 earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will Tag earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will Superfly earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +40
Jackrabbit Slim: +36
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Marco: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

AGEBOC X – Week Seven

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Deadline is Friday, June 8th at 11:59 am (EST)

    1. What will Ocean’s Eight earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will Hotel Artemis earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will Hereditary earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +34
Jackrabbit Slim: +28
Rob: +20
Juan: +16
Marco: +14
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

Movies Opening June 1, 2018

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Action Point: Johnny Knoxville comedy based on a fictionalized version of New Jersey’s infamous Action Park. Paramount seems to have barely marketed this film, which is somewhat surprising since Knoxville’s last picture for the studio (Bad Grandpa) did 102m domestic on a 15m budget back in 2013. Still, the entire Jackass brand seems pretty antiquated in the age of YouTube and social media and maybe it’s time to put it to rest. Not screened for critics.

Adrift: Shailene Woodley is earning good notices for her work in this ocean survival drama from Director Baltasar Kormakur (Everest). Based on a true story. RT: 67%, Metacritic: 56%

Upgrade: Sci-fi comedy from the creator of Insidious and Saw, Leigh Whannell. Looks like a lot of fun, but perfectly suited for a Netflix viewing in a few months. RT: 86% Metacritic: 64%

AGEBOC X – Week Six

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Deadline is Friday, June 1st at 11:59 am (EST)

    1. What will Action Point earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will Adrift earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will Upgrade earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +30
Jackrabbit Slim: +24
Juan: +16
Marco: +12
Rob: +10
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

AGEBOC X – Week Five

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Welcome back to AGEBOC! WEEK THREE.

Deadline is Thursday May 25th at 11:59 pm (EST)

  1. What will Solo earn this weekend? (NOTE: FRIDAY-MONDAY)
  2. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

  3. What will Solo earn from Thursday preview/Midnight shows?
  4. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest.

    Current rankings:
    James: +22
    Jackrabbit Slim: +18
    Juan: +16
    Marco: +12
    Rob: +10
    Nick: +4
    Joe: +4

HAGEBOC X – Week Three

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Welcome back to AGEBOC! WEEK THREE.

I’ll begin this week with a quick request for help. I will need someone to do scoring and to post Week Four on 5/14 as I will be away. Anyone interested?

Deadline is Friday, May 11th at 12:00 pm (EST)

  1. What will Avengers: Infinity War earn this weekend?
  2. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

  3. What will Life of the Party earn this weekend?
  4. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest.

  5. What will Breaking In earn this weekend?
  6. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest.

    Current rankings:
    Jackrabbit Slim: +10
    Rob: +10
    Marco: +8
    James: +8
    Nick: +4
    Joe: +4
    Jer:
    Juan:

HAGEBOC X – Week Two

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Welcome back to AGEBOC! Avengers: Infinity War shattered the opening weekend record with a whopping $257,698,183 domestic to give Nick four points. Joe was closet to predicting Avengers’ preview number of 39m to tie him up. Marco and James earned two points each for being second closest.

Deadline is Friday, May 4th at 12:00 pm (EST)

  1. What will Avengers: Infinity War earn this weekend?
  2. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

  3. What will Tully earn from Thursday PM/midnight shows?
  4. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

  5. What will Bad Samaritan earn this weekend?
  6. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

  7. What will Overboard earn this weekend?
  8. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current rankings:
Nick: +4
Joe: +4
Marco: +2
James: +2
Jackrabbit Slim:
Jer:
Juan:
Rob:

WELCOME TO HAGEBOC X – WEEK ONE

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Welcome back to AGEBOC!

For the last TEN years, the members of the Gone Elsewhere executive management team have been locked in a endless struggle to correctly guess what the latest superhero movie or movie acting as counterprogramming to the latest superhero movie will earn in a particular weekend. If you’re an occasional reader of the site or somehow come across this page when searching for “Avengers Infinity War spoilers”, “Scarlett Johansson bikini” or “Chris Pratt shirtless”…we welcome you to join us.

Let’s get started.

Predict the #1 film for the weekend of April 27-29, 2018.  The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Deadline is Thursday, April 26th at 11:59 pm (EST)

  1. What will Avengers: Infinity War earn this weekend?
  2. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

  3. What will Avengers: Infinity War earn from Thursday PM/midnight shows?
  4. (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current rankings:

Movies that Opened in April 2018

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Avengers: Infinity War: This culmination of the first three phases of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe features every major character who has appeared in the franchise to date.  Opening weekend should probably knock The Force Awakens down from its two year reign at the biggest opening in history.

A Quiet Place: John Krasinski’s second feature (which he also wrote and stars in alongside Emily Blunt) has captivated critics and audiences globally. A much needed, low-cost smash for Paramount.  Now they just need to figure out how to make another one.

Blockers: John Cena and Leslie Mann star in this throwback comedy that only looks like it was released in 2009.

Chappaquiddick: Drama about Ted Kennedy’s 1969 scandal made by and starring B-level talent. I’m sure it’s fine, but the release date alone should tell you that it’s miles away from being worth a theatrical viewing.

I Feel Pretty: Based on the critical and box office performance of this and her last picture, Amy Schumer probably needs to take more care when it comes to choosing her next project.

The Miracle Season: Another Helen Hunt faith-based drama.

Rampage: Dwayne Johnson action picture based on the 80’s video game property. Completely generic and disposable, despite some entertaining destruction in the third act.

Super Troopers 2: Crowd-funded sequel to the overrated cult classic.  It overperformed this weekend so expect a Super Troopers 3 in another year or two.

Truth or Dare: Blumhouse horror picture.

Movies opening and streaming in Connecticut – Weekend of 2/22/18

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Theatrical releases

Annihilation: Alex Garland’s sophomore directorial effort (following 2014’s excellent Ex Machina) is getting great reviews, but the US is the only territory in which it will receive a theatrical release. Paramount’s new risk-averse management team sold it off to Netflix globally and it will premiere on the service in just 12 days. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach” trilogy, which I am not familiar with. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%, Metacritic: 81%

Game Night: Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in this comedic thriller from directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Daley and Goldstein’s track record is all over the place (they wrote the really fun Spiderman: Homecoming…but directed the dreadful Vacation reboot) but critics are mostly on-board for this effort. Expect some jarring tonal shifts. Rotten Tomatoes: 82%, Metacritic: 66%

New and notable streaming

Mute: In the pre-streaming age, Duncan Jones would have been sent to Director’s Jail for some valuable contemplation time following the critical and box office failure of 2016’s Warcraft.  However, it’s a new era and he immediately landed a greenlight for this sci-fi noir from Netflix after every other studio turned him down. That does not appear to have been a good decision for anyone.  Rotten Tomatoes: 9%, Metacritic: 35% (Netflix)

Question for the masses: Mute (which Jones tried to get made for a decade) is the latest in a long line of disastrous cinematic passion projects. Why is this so often the case?

Opening in Connecticut – Weekend of 2/16/18

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Black Panther – It’s a phenomenon and (for the most part) deservedly so. It’s already the fourth biggest opening of all time and it’s just getting started. Top ten domestic is in play.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97% Metacritic: 88%
Personal interest factor: 9

Early ManCaveman comedy from Director Nick Park. I respect Aardman productions (even if their films are typically not for me) but at a certain point distributors are going to have to accept that they’re better suited as streaming releases domestically. With a three-day cume of just 3.1M, Early Man has earned a place on the 100 worst opening weekend per theater averages of all time.
Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Metacritic: 68%
Personal interest factor: 3

Samson – Bible story told in the style 300 popularized a dozen years ago, but made by people with no talent for creating striking visuals. Looks like it cost less than your average car commercial. Also: Billy Zane.
Rotten Tomatoes: 27%, Metacritic: 17%
Personal interest level: -10

HAGEBOC 2017 FINALE: JAMES WINS!!!

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Despite forgetting to put in my guesses this week, I narrowly claim victory of HAGEBOC 2017!

FINAL SCORES:

James +50
Slim +47
Rob +37
Juan +24
Marco +19
Filmman +12

Thanks for playing!  We’ll kick off AGEBOC X (whoa!) on May 1st just in time for that weekend’s release of Avengers: Infinity War.