And so it begins…

Well here we are folks.  The first post for the year!  It’s a little late, as we’ve had technical difficulties getting here, but no stress because no we’re up and ready to go!  So let’s get into shall we?

Weekend Premiers

The Spring Movie League is going strong in its first week.  First up is the hotly anticipated DiCaprio film The Revenant which scored an excellent opening release with just shy of $40 million, strong all around but especially for a January release.  The Film stars DiCaprio as an 18th century trapper left to die in the Canadian wilderness, searching for the men that left him there.  It’s a gritty revenge thriller the likes of which haven’t been seen since Eastwood’s Man with No Name graced the screen.  Just replace the wild west with the frigid Canadian forest and lovely ladies with a Grizzly bear looking to tear your head off.  Only downside to the film?  A $135 million budget.  Let’s hope Golden Globe and Oscar buzz keep this one afloat or Evan’s going to be the one looking to tear someone’s head off.

Also premiering this week is the “Based on True(ish) Scenarios, or at least an actual location that’s creepy as hell” horror film The Forest.  The film earned a respectable $12.7 million opening weekend and stars Game of Thrones powerhouse Natalie Dormer.  The movie is set in Japan’s real life Suicide Forest and follows a girl looking for her identical twin who’s gone missing while traveling the site.  OK, so maybe not the strongest plot line, but I’m not knocking it til I see it.  I’m completely on board with twins having secret psychic connections.  It’s why I’ve always wanted a twin!  That, and for someone to take my place at work on rainy mornings.  The film cost just $10 million to make so it’s already a hit for… seriously how did none of us chose the cheap horror film?  Hail Caesar! better not fail.

Week 1 Finals

Finishing off its first full week was Evan’s The Hateful Eight earning a nice $35 million on a $53 million budget.  Hateful Eight (H8?  Nicknames are hard) is the eighth film for Quentin Tarantino and tells the story of 8 outlaws and bounty hunters stuck in a haberdashery waiting for a winter storm from Hell to pass.   Swap the flowing facial hair and cowboy boots for Farrah Faucet waves and leg warmers and you’d have the perfect John Hughes film.  Fun fact: John Hughes only directed 8 films during his impressive career.  Funner fact: Imagine that all his films are actually in the same universe and that the characters are related/run into each other during their emotional monologues.  Like if the guys from Weird Science went to the same High School as Ferris Bueller and wanted nothing more than to be as popular as him, hence their Frankenstein’s Monster of a women helping them get into the In Crowd?  Wait where was I?  Right, H8.  The film is getting a lot of love, sitting at a certified fresh 74% on Rotten Tomatoes and should have no problem catching up to and passing its budget.

Leader Board

So how does this look for our team of players?  To the Leader Board!… next week.  Still working out getting it set up with the blog, but for now let’s just say Evan is in last place as his is the only film with a full week and it’s still below its budget.  Isn’t math awesome?!  But don’t freak and bear claw my face Evan.  You’ll be ahead in no time.

Next week Cube and Hart (Cart? Hube? 0 for 2 on this) take the brother-in-law franchise and face off against Michael Bay’s Ameri-tastic version of the Benghazi attacks.  Good Luck!