Jurassic World Turns Inside Out Upside Down

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The day of the dinosaurs has lasted for another epoch. Or, at least, one more weekend. Despite facing a new warm-blooded challenger in Inside Out, Jurassic World roared to another victory, ripping and tearing its way to a truly monstrous $102 million (estimated, of course), bringing its North American total gross to $398.2 million. If […]

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A Jurassic Connection

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Well, Jurassic World hit the big screen BIG. As we reported, it gobbled up the prize for “largest global first weekend box office ever” with an Indominus rex-sized $511 million plus change. And now, since nearly everybody in the country has either seen it, are planning on seeing it or have talked at length to […]

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Jurassic World Takes a Big Bite Out of the Box Office

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Let’s face it: No one wants to tangle with a T-rex, genetically modified or not. So when the technically enhanced dinosaurs of Jurassic World started rampaging through multiplexes around the world, we all knew there was going to be some pretty serious carnage left in its wake. But no one expected anything quite like this. […]

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The Strict Science of Apocalyptic Blockbusters

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If you’ve been to a big-budget blockbuster at the multiplex recently—and by recently, I mean, oh, say, the last decade or two—you might have noticed some significant similarities between films when the heavy cinematic artillery swings into action. Namely, whether we’re dealing with science fiction, super heroes or fantasy, the scope of destruction is simply […]

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Seeing Age of Ultron’s Vision Clearly

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Avengers: Age of Ultron has been out for, oh, about 90 seconds, and already you’re seeing them: T-Shirts, bumper stickers and mugs bearing the slogan “Jarvis Is My Co-pilot.” We see the bumper sticker ever so briefly when Tony Stark’s flying the Avengers’ quinjet. It’s a quick glimpse, but it speaks volumes—Tony’s reliance on his […]

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Star Wars: The Memories Awaken

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In late May of 1977, my mom and I clambered into the cavernous back seat of our neighbors’ Chevrolet Caprice Classic wagon and headed downtown to see Star Wars at the palatial River Hills theater in Des Moines, Iowa. The opening scene is forever seared into my memory, and to this day I don’t think […]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Zooms to Financial Stratosphere

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Yeah, you know your movie is saddled with some superhuman expectations when $188 million draws a collective “meh.” That’s the bittersweet fate of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The superhero movie zoomed to a massive $187.7 million opening (estimated, of course)—the second biggest opening ever. And to be clear, no one’s crying over Ultron’s box office […]

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