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Box Office Challenge Winner: KENFU; Weekend Results

Posted on 16 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

It was a crazy weekend ladies and gents.  The box office challenge again had a staggering number of entries…4…4.

Let that settle in…4.

It didn’t help that Blogger crashed on Thursday/Friday, which is the home of http://www.reelrhino.com where half of the contest lives.

Two entries were BlinkinBlogs.com staples and one was an entry via the ReelRhino@gmail.com e-mail address.

The weekend was a bit crazy for the final #’s.  Junior tied for first with Kenfu, but KENFU reigns supreme folks, via the date/time of the submissions.  Now Junior, for his wide-eyed youthful wonder, pointed out something that I had overlooked on the weekend… Bridesmaids was an R-rated feature!  All of the things that made this great are clearly what kept it from taking the top spot. 


I will be posting a group of recent horror/alternative indie flicks later this week, as well as reviews for Bridesmaids (4 of 5 Horns) and Everything Must Go (4.5 of Horns).

This weekends sweetheart in my eyes was Everything Must Go…the Will Ferrell DRAMA.  He knocked it out of the ballpark and showed us that he can absolutely act his ass off!  More on that soon, I promise, as the film only drew $825,000 on 218 screens.  Not a bad per theater average, but folks need to see this movie.  It is one of those rare films that allows you to sympathize with the lead while teaching you something about yourself.  Although, that may just be me. 


Weekend Box Office Results
1. Thor $34.5 million
2. Bridesmaids $24.4 million
3. Fast Five $19.5 million
4. Priest $14.5 million
5. Rio $8 million
6. Jumping the Broom $7.3 million
7. Something Borrowed $7 million
8. Water for Elephants $4.1 million
9. Madea’s Big Happy Family $2.2 million
10. Soul Surfer $1.8 million



Kenfu’s Picks (Total Score 11) Submitted May 12th at 12:06am
1. Bridesmaids (2)
2. Thor (2)
3. Fast Five (3)
4. Priest (3)
5. Something Borrowed (1)

Junior’s Picks (Total Score 11) Submitted May 13th at 12:51pm
1. Thor (3)
2. Bridesmaids (3)
3. Priest (2)
4. Fast Five (2)
5. Something Borrowed (1)

ReelRhino’s Picks
(Total Score 10)
1. Bridesmaids (2)
2. Thor (2)
3. Priest (2)
4. Fast Five (2)
5. Jumping the Broom (2)

Thraxxus Picks (Total Score: 8 )
1. Thor (3)
2. Priest (1)
3. Fast Five (3)
4.Bidesmaids (1)
5. Brother’s Justice (0)

Hey Thraxxus…I couldn’t find Brother’s Justice playing anywhere this weekend…not anywhere nationwide.  But you wanna show love for Dax Shepherd…you show your love!

KENFU…it’s on you my friend…what shall I review for your reading pleasure?  Let me know and I’m on it.

Until later…take care!
Reel Rhino

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Weekend Preview – Box Office Challenge 05/13-05/15

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

Here we are again folks…I’m going to skip the mid-week review to give everyone the opportunity to get their votes in for this week’s…


THE RULES: So here is what I decided on the box office challenge, folks. For every correct guess, you get 3 points. For every guess within one pick of the movie’s weekend slot gets you 2 points. Finally, two picks away gets you 1 point.

Yeah…if you can’t figure out who is the winner, it isn’t really a contest, right? Any ties will be determined by whoever submitted their picks first…yes, you are correct…I have the home field advantage. Deal with it.

The format will be simple with each week’s challenge. I will post the week’s opening films, the # of screens the film is playing (when known), and the RottenTomatoes.com score, if it has one at the time of the post. I am going to omit listing those movies opening in extreme limited release, because they won’t have the seats to fight for one of the top five slots. Fair enough, agreed?

That will be followed by the top ten from last week. “Choose wisely.” Remember that German commander in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade… it didn’t work out so well for him, learn from his lesson my friends.

The final segment of each week’s contest will be me, offering my picks.

You may submit your picks in one of three ways:

1. Enter your picks in the comments field of this post at BlinkinBlogs.com
2. Enter your picks in the comments field of the post at ReelRhino.com
3. E-mail your picks to ReelRhino@gmail.com

I will compile the week’s entries and post the winners at both BlinkinBlogs and ReelRhino as soon as possible, but hopefully by Monday evening at the latest.

THE PRIZE: For now, my friends, in the humble beginnings of the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE, the prize is this: the champion of the week will have their selection of any film, which I will watch and review on both sites. Don’t believe me? See also:

Opening This Week
Bridesmaids – 2700 screens (90% on 40 reviews counted)
Priest (3-D) – 2800+ screens (15% on 13 reviews counted)
Everything Must Go – 225 screens (77% on 35 reviews counted)
Go For It – 218 screens (No Score Yet, 1 Rotten Review Counted)
Hesher – 40 screens (70% on 20 reviews counted)

Top Ten From Last Week
1. Thor, $66 million
2. Fast Five, $32.5 million
3. Jumping the Broom, $13.7 million
4. Something Borrowed, $13.2 million
5. Rio, $8.2 million
6. Water for Elephants, $5.6 million
7. Madea’s Big Happy Family, $3.9 million
8. Prom, $2.4 million
9. Soul Surfer, $2.1 million
10. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, $1.88 million

Now there are quite a few complexities that exist this week. Let me start by saying that Fast Five has crushed Thor overseas. Not that the foreign market matters in our contest, but I think it reinforces some of what I had to say about the underwhelming nature of Thor. Yes, it is an enjoyable film, but I don’t think it is the powerhouse we expected. So, how will that affect its staying power?

Also…Priest? Priest? I think the Rotten Tomatoes rating speaks to something to which we may have to pay attention. This film was in the can for a 2-D run a year ago and it was postponed for the upconvert. This upconvert thing…sometimes it can be brutal. …but the real question…

Can one of the funniest group of ladies, overcome the God of Thunder, one of the greatest team of street racers ever assembled, and a disgraced vampire killing clergyman?

And what of Will Ferrell in Everything Must Go? They say it’s more serious than funny, so will they come for fewer laughs but definitely a bold trip outside of his comfort zone for Ferrell? Does the underground dance scene have the strength to butt in the mix? For both Everything Must Go and Go For It, besides both containing the word go, I think the fewer number of screens will keep them from edging out last week’s top 5, which will all clearly be in the hunt.

So on to the big show…

1. Bridemaids
2. Thor
3. Priest
4 Fast Five
5. Jumping the Broom

There you have it folks…take your best shot!

Until later, take care…
Reel Rhino

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Weekend Movie Report 05/06-05/08: BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE

Posted on 09 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

Weekend Report 05/06-05/08 — BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE
So here is what I decided on the box office challenge, ladies and gentlemen.  For every correct guess, you get 3 points.  For every guess within one pick of the movies weekend slot gets you 2 points.  Finally, two picks away gets you 1 point.  Yeah…if you can’t figure out who is the winner, it isn’t really a contest, right?  Any ties will be determined by whoever submitted their picks first.  Advantage: Reel Rhino 🙂

Compared to Fast Five’s April Box Office record last week ($86.2 million), Thor opens to an underwhelming $66 million.  It is wild when we can say that earning $66 million is under performing, but for the superhero film officially opening the summer movie season, I think everyone expected more.  According to Box Office Mojo, the 3-D sites accounted for 60% of the total take for Thor.  It is wild to see the near 50/50 split for those still choosing the 2-D option.  Although I don’t know how many areas only had access to 2-D, which may have skewed these results.

None the less, next weekend will be tough to call.  Priest 3-D is opening with a load of advertising at its back, but it generally seems to have more of a  SyFy movie feel than a summer blockbuster.  Maybe I’m wrong and it will be a pleasant surprise, but I think it is going to get crushed. 

The big ticket for next week should be the (hopefully) hilarious Bridesmaids, aka Lady Hangover.  I think it will be hilarious, but it is going to take a fair amount of pressure from both Thor and Fast Five.  Next weekend is going to be very difficult for picks and I think the top five will be something of a crap shoot.

As to this weekend…We had a record number of entrants into the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE.  FOUR.  Yes, four people chose to roll the dice….well three if you don’t count me!  Kenfu and I tied with 11 points and Justin and Detective Guy tied for second with 7 points.  Excellent to have you all playing.

Folks, spread the word…I’d like to build this into a real game, with real prizes.  While they may be humble in the beginning, I plan on throwing another Oscar pool next year, which as always, will be free to enter.  I hope to give some teeth to the prizes for the Oscar pool, but if you want to be savvy next year for that, play the challenge each week to keep your box office and film skills sharp!

Box Office for the Weekend of 05/06 – 05/08
1. Thor, $66 million
2. Fast Five, $32.5 million
3. Jumping the Broom, $13.7 million
4. Something Borrowed, $13.2 million
5. Rio, $8.2 million
6. Water for Elephants, $5.6 million
7. Madea’s Big Happy Family, $3.9 million
8. Prom, $2.4 million
9. Soul Surfer, $2.1 million
10. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, $1.88 million

Reel Rhino: Total Score: 11
1. Thor (3)
2. Fast Five (3)
3. Rio (1)
4. Something Borrowed (3)
5. Jumping the Broom (1)

Kenfu: Total Score: 11
1. Thor (3)
2. Fast Five (3)
3. Rio (1)
4. Something Borrowed (3)
5. Jumping the Broom (1)

Detective Guy: Total Score 7
1. Thor (3)
2. Fast Five (3)
3. Prom (0)
4. Hoodwinked 2 (0)
5. Jumping the Broom (1)

Justin: Total Score: 7
1. Thor (3)
2. Rio (0)
3. Fast Five (2)
4. Madea’s Big Happy Family (0)
5. Something Borrowed  (2)

Until next time…
Reel Rhino

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THOR: A Reel Rhino Review

Posted on 08 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

Howdy film friends…I hope you all are enjoying your weekends!  I had the opportunity to make the midnight screening of Thor on THORS-Day night at midnight-oh-one.  Okay, so technically is was Friday, but I thought it just sounded cooler saying it that way.  Here we go…

THOR: 3.5 of 5 Horns
Let me start by saying that the thought of THE AVENGERS has me flying high. I love everything about this multi-movie, multi-character world that has been building up, and continues this summer with this first of two entries, THOR, to be followed later this year by CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.

Kenneth Branagh is both a talented actor and director. His realm has always been the classics…Shakespeare is this man’s wheelhouse. So many folks were surprised when he wanted to tackle a comic book movie.

Now I guess if any comic was to exist in the realm of the classics, it would be The Mighty Thor, written with sensibilities building from worlds of Germanic and Norse mythology. I mean I was going to make a run at describing the origins of Thor, but if you want to know more, visit the definitive resource on EVERYTHING: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor

Thor made his debut into the Marvel Universe in 1962. Legendary comic book giant STAN “THE MAN” LEE said he came to a crossroads when trying to figure out how to create a character stronger than the strongest man…why not make him a God?

So Marvel made the move to Asgard, legendary home of the Nordic Gods. Smash cut to 2011…49 years later and The Mighty Thor has made his way to the silver screen. (That’s of course if you discount Vincent D’Onofrio’s turn as the iconic hero in the 1987 film, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.)

Enough rambling Rhino…get on with it already.

THOR was an acceptable entry on the road to The Avengers. I was not floored, but I did enjoy the film. Chris Hemsworth is a charismatic actor who is perfect in this role. As far as casting goes, I generally think they hit the mark with all of the roles. Perhaps the biggest question mark is in Natalie Portman. She does a fine job of conveying puppy love and she is wholly acceptable in the role…but… Yes, that damn BUT.

Why has Natalie Portman become the female James Franco? She is in everything these days, transcending all genres. She almost sticks out in the role after her big win as this year’s Best Actress. Yes, there is another prominent Oscar winner associated with this film, but Sir Anthony Hopkins transcends all genres, thank you very much.

I guess that isn’t a complaint so much, as it is a random rant.

Thor was a good movie, but not a great one. I had fun and enjoyed the movie, but I am using it as more of a springboard to leap into The Avengers.

Branagh gives us standard summer fare, and I wanted more. His direction is acceptable, except for some pacing issues, which really is my chief complaint.

Thor started off strong enough, with a great bit of ethereal storytelling, as we meet our hero and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as children in Asgard, being regaled with stories of battle and heroism from their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins). The story is of the battle from 965 A.D., when Odin and his warriors waged war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their king Laufey (Colm Feore), to prevent them from conquering the Nine Realms, beginning with the puny, weak humans of Earth. The warriors from Asgard defeat the Frost Giants and seize the source of their power, the Casket of Ancient Winters.

We learn quickly that it will become the fate of either Thor or Loki to become the King of Asgard, whichever of his children the mighty Odin chooses.

Fade out.

Fade in: It’s coronation day for Thor. He marches with great pomp down the aisle towards his father, surrounded by the people of Asgard. The moment before the crowning occurs, an alarm sounds. It is the enemy of Asgard, the Frost Giants, who have infiltrated Asgard security to try and steal back the Casket of Ancient Winters.

Fortunately, Odin had placed in the hall with the Casket, Destroyer, protector of Asgard. Destoryer makes quick work of the intruders, but with his crowning as King disturbed and the people of Asgard threatened, Thor wants to storm Jotunheim to teach the Frost Giants a lesson.

Side note: The parts with Destroyer were loud and visually stunning as attention grabbers, but Destroyer wholly reminded me, in look and sound, of the giant robot GORT, from THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Anyone agree?

Odin forbids Thor from taking action against the Frost Giants, and of course, Thor defies his father. Thor, with his brother, The Warriors Three, and childhood friend fierce warrior chick come lately, Sif, they cross the Bifrost Bridge to Jotunheim.

Side note: Idris Elba (The Wire, The Losers) plays a great Heimdall, gatekeeper of the Bifrost Bridge. I think I could watch Elba in anything…he is great here as well.

A glorious battle ensues in Jotunheim, but in the end, Odin must intervene to save the troupe, and in the process, the truce between Asgard and the Frost Giants is shattered.

Odin takes swift action, banishing Thor from Asgard and sending him to earth, stripped of his power.

Thor is quickly discovered by two scientists, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), along with their intern, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings).

Thor feels cursed that he has been cast to Earth, and from this point as for most of the rest of the film, we get a pretty standard fish out of water story with Thor learning about life on earth.

 When Thor was cast out, Odin also cast out Mjolnir, the Hammer of Thor, with a curse that only one worthy of the hammer may wield its power.

 PS…yes, all the spellings so far are correct, no thanks to spellcheck…all spellings culled from Wikipedia and IMDB.

We get to witness Thor’s hero’s journey, but for my tastes, it isn’t as action packed as I would have hoped. This is really the core of my complaint against this film…the middle bits just seemed too dull for my expectations. There seems to be more footage of Jane pining over the handsome and muscular Thor, than actually seeing Thor undertaking any kind of adventure on earth.

I read a review that compared this saga to the Lord of the Rings films. I see the potential for grandeur here, but I think Thor as a character will be fleshed out more over time as we move towards The Avengers. This film is no Lord of the Rings…but few are.

The saving grace for this middle film lull was Clark Gregg, my hero and yours: Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. I love this guy and I am glad he has been a constant from the beginning of this run.

Again, Thor was an enjoyable film, but it just didn’t blow me away the way I had hoped. Vince and Ross, two friends of mine wrote me already raving on this flick. I won’t argue for a minute that there will be folks that love this film. For me, it was a 3.5 of 5 Horn entry into the tale that will become The Avengers.

Generally speaking, this movie starts strong, sags in the middle, then finishes strong.

By all means see this movie. By all means, catch it at the IMAX. Early reports are that many are and by no means is my review to be interpreted as negative.  I liked this movie…I just didn’t love it.

Oh…PS…The 3-D in Thor was passable, but not great. Few films have been able to really hit the mark when it comes to HQ 3-D product, but I still like where we’re going with it.

I really wish I felt stronger for THOR…but we all know…the heart wants what the heart wants.

Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but you get the gist.

There are a few good nuggets from within The Avengers universe that pop up here and there and the die hard fans will notice.

Be sure to stay until after the credits roll, for the trademark Avengers stinger. Truthfully, I thought it was a bit weak as an extra scene, but it will clearly be important for entering Summer 2012 with a full understanding of all elements of this world.

I was also underwhelmed by the Captain America trailer that led into Thor. Again, I have high hopes and my general interest in the interweaving of all these stories knocks up each of these films at least one notch in my book.

Until later, take care!
Reel Rhino

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Reel Rhino Weekend Preview (05/06)

Posted on 05 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

I am a very busy and important person with many very important things to do.  Now…let us cut right to the chase, then, shall we!   Just kidding…I’m not nearly as important as I think I am…but I would like to take a moment and talk some flicks…sorry it’s short, but I was short on time.

Read through to the bottom and take the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE!

Opening in wide release this weekend…
(% are from RottenTomatoes.com as of this post time)

Thor (86% fresh with 106 reviews counted — WOW!)
I only wish I had more time right now, to write on my love of The Avengers Initiative.  No, that is not fanboy blood oozing from my veins, only respect at bringing together these properties into a series of linked films that will culminate next summer.  I hope Thor delivers…from the early word, it appears as though it does.

Something Borrowed (17% rotten with 30 reviews counted — PU!)
The previews for this film actually reminded me of MADE OF HONOR, the McDreamy flick from 2008.  Made of Honor was a dude’s chick flick and this movie seems to have similar sensibilities, maybe delivered with less skill.  I like Goodwin and Hudson and most of the other folks in this, but I have to say, until I hear differently, this will be a RENTAL only for me.

Jumping the Broom (35% rotten with 17 reviews counted) There isn’t enough data to make a prediction just yet, but I am guessing that if this film had the name TYLER PERRY attached to it, folks would be singing a different tune.

Maybe opening in a theater near you…limited release:


 The Beaver – Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin (RT 69%)
Last Night – Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes (RT 50%)
Hobo With a Shotgun – Rutger Hauer (RT 81%)
Passion Play – Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox – UGH!
There Be Dragons (RT 10%) – This is dissapointing…the trailer for this looks great!

Last Week’s Top Ten:
1. Fast Five
2. Rio
3. Madea’s Big Happy Family
4. Water for Elephants
5. Prom
6. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
7. Soul Surfer
8. Insidious
9. Hop
10. Source Code

My Predictions for This Weekend:
1. Thor
2. Fast Five
3. Rio
4. Something Borrowed
5. Jumping the Broom

That’s all for now…joking aside, I am busy today, but wanted to get this out for those who want to take the REEL RHINO CHALLENGE!

Send me an e-mail with your picks for the BOX OFFICE TOP 5…or better yet, just leave them in the COMMENTS below for ALL to see.

Don’t worry, anyone with the same picks as me will not be punished, as I realize you are just paying respect to my MAD MOVIE SKILLS.

Until later, take care…
Reel Rhino

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