Maureen Holloway –
You may or may not know why your kids are running around singing a song from 1974.
Guardians of the Galaxy was the number one movie at the box office this weekend – AND the biggest hit of the summer, with a total take of about 275 million and heading to the 300 million mark, and the soundtrack is the #1 album in America:
All songs—with the exception of “Spirit in the Sky”, which is played in the trailer—are featured in the film.
Overall, the summer box office is down over 20 percent from last year, making it one of the weakest years in the past decade.
There were lots of big action blockbusters that made lots of money, like Transformers and Planet of the Apes and Godzilla and Spidey 2, but they COST A LOT TO MAKE. Malificent was a big hit, as was Lucy, but the real moneymakers in terms of profit margin were The Fault in Our Stars, Tammy, If I Stay, and smaller, buzzworthy movies like Boyhood and Chef.
SOME THOUGHTS, Hollywood: Make more comedies. Make more movies by and about women. Make more sad movies for teenagers because they love to cry. Make movies with strong scripts AND STOP CONCENTRATING ON SUMMER. Summer is a harsh mistress.
Your daily dose of Mo with the Last Word – 09/02/14