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2015 #BoxOffice Mid-year Report

How has the 2015 box office performed compared to 2014? Read on to find out. Story by Matt Cummings From late 2014, critics and writers were ready to proclaim the 2015 box office as the most successful in history. We too felt a certain sense of destiny, with so many great films arriving throughout the year. We even wrote about it here , here , and here . Then January arrived, and one dud after another came with it, including Blackhat , Mortdecai , The Boy Next Door , and Project Almanac . February was actually worse, with Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son dropping stinking loads at our door before running off. But within that mire of disaster, we also saw great films, including Paddington and Kingsman: The Secret Service , both of which kept many theaters from turning into mausoleums. You can read our QUARTER 1 REPORT here . As we pass the half-way mark of 2015, it's time to compare this year's box office to 2014, and to determine if everyone was right ab

Inside the Bucket Podcast #55

The newest episode of Inside the Bucket is online! Revel in the digital mastery! With a Sandwich-less John, the Inside the Bucket team struggles from making fun of the big guy as they present Episode 55. Matt is joined by Brandon and Sue as they deliver the best movie and television news from our website SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM . This week, they break down the trailer for SPECTRE , explain why Wolverine 3 will be Hugh Jackman's last, and pontificate as to origins behind John's burps which seem to still be hanging around the studio. Please check out these and other stories which we've included below. Later, the three go on their Rants and Raves, where they bitch and complain about all the things they're watching, following, and have their panties in a bind about from the week. Finally, they review Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Don't forget that we're giving away just a couple of screening tickets to Furious 7 and Home if you

"Fifity Shades of Grey" Steps Aside for Sequel

We analyze how 'Creative Disagreements' led to her dismissal/departure. Story by Matt Cummings In what might have been the biggest DUH moment of the entertainment week, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the sequel, 50 Shades Darker . In a statement released Thursday, the director of 50 Shades of Grey said the following: "While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three...Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie." The tale of bondage and love, 50 Shades opened to an impressive $92 million over the Valentines Day weekend, but quickly fell 72% in its second week, after aud

What's Behind 2015's Early Strong Box Office?

The reasons for success could change the way movies are made, marketed, and released. Story by Matt Cummings With January and February box office typically representing a rough couple of months for Hollywood, it comes as a surprise that 2015 has been one of the most robust in years. With receipts up 10% from the same period one year ago, theater owners are selling more popcorn and not having to shut down entire wings of their buildings due to the lack of traffic. The reason - or reasons - are simple: American Sniper and Fifty Shades of Grey . These two titans have pushed ticket sales and general admission numbers to points that we typically don't see until April - that's when tentpoles and more lucrative productions begin to arrive, ushering in the wave of Summer blockbusters. Sniper has made $307.7 million since its opening in January, while Grey became the biggest debut for a movie in February history when it bent over a four-day total of $93 million. B

Inside the Bucket Podcast #49

This week's episode of Inside the Bucket is online! Revel in the digital mastery! This week's edition of Inside the Bucket takes a decidedly kinky turn as Matt, John, Brandon, and Sue discuss all the sexiest movie and entertainment news from our website SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM , including reports about Mission: Impossible V's release in IMAX on July 31st. Please check out all the links to the items we covered in today's podcast. Later, they move into a sexually-aggressive Rants and Raves (not really, but it sounds good when we say it), where they discuss entertainment-related items that they've followed since our last podcast. Finally, they review two movies: Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as 50 Shades of Grey , starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. We encourage you to participate in our Open Forum Friday, which is your chance to get in our business about running a passion project li

Movie Review: 50 Shades of Grey

Bogged down by terrible performances and shoddy direction, 50 Shades of Grey is a Red Room mess. Review by Matt Cummings In Director Sam Taylor-Johnson's 50 Shades of Grey , billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dorman) 'recruits' virgin Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) to join him in his Red Room of Pain. A victim of a rough early life, Grey wants to get his kink on with the next available woman, but the 15 other slaves he's been with have all come and gone. Enter the frumpy Steele, who gets to interview Grey for the college paper from she is about to graduate. With an instant spark between them, Steele agrees to be slave #16 in Grey's Pleasure Principle, first losing her virginity to him then entering his room for a lot of sexual rumpus. But as Grey's personality begins to come out, Steele finds herself conflicted between the man she now loves and his violent sexual fetishes. A cultural phenomena that makes little sense to me, 50 Shades is a fa

The Trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey Has Arrived

See it after the jump. For any of you who find bondage to be of interest, you probably read the E.L. James novel 50 Shades of Grey . Whether the book and the phenomenal response it received is worthy or not is anyone's guess. But it's inspired a movie, and we have the first trailer for it below. Will 50 Shades of Grey walk the same gauntlet that hurt Nymphomaniac or Flith ? Judge for yourself but we warned: