Once again, TorrentFreak’s annual Top 10 list of most pirated movies surprises me. Last year, high-brow films like The King’s Speech and 127 Hours made the cut, while other blockbusters failed to crack the list. This year is no different. Obvious choices like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Avengers made the list at No. 10 and No. 4 respectively, but the flick that was the most illegally downloaded of 2012 is a bit of a shocker.
Believe it or not, the high school comedy Project X topped the annual list. With an estimated 8,720,000 illegal downloads, it earns the distinction as the most pirated movie of the year. The film grossed roughly $100 million during its run at the box office. It’s interesting to compare that to The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1‘s numbers. The vampire flick ranked at No. 10 with 6,740,000 downloads but grossed $712 million. Check out what else made the Top 10 list below.
I’m not sure what to think of all of this, but I thought I’d share it anyway. On Tuesday morning, the caretaker for my store and surrounding business randomly came in and told me about this crazy video he had watched that points out footage in The Dark Knight Rises that makes reference to Aurora (the Colorado city where the shootings happened in the theatre during the premiere of the film) as well as Sandy Hook, which of course is the name of the elementary school where the devastating shooting happened this past Friday.
A site called DiscloseTV uploaded a video on December 16 that points out the references in The Dark Knight Rises that he believes indicate that all of the tragedies were a big set up. Aside from the Aurora sign in the footage, another clip shows a close up of a map. On this map, the other other legible name on the map other than Gotham is… Sandy Hook. Not only that, that Gordon says, “To mark the truck. Get a GPS on it so we can start to figure out how to bring it down.” A few seconds later, he literally points to and puts his finger right on the name, “Sandy Hook.”
The uploader/narrator of the video then makes reference to The Matrix and mentions that Neo’s passport expired 9/11, 2001 in that movie. I’m not sure how to wrap my head around this. Is he suggesting that people in Hollywood and media are sending out subliminal messages to people to carry out mass murders? Is he saying that people in Hollywood are so sick that they’re leaving clues to murders they intend to carry out? Or is this all simply a coincidence? Watch the video below and share your thoughts in the comments.
Another day, another Oscar precursor. This time it’s the American Film Institute’s turn. Unlike the previous awards, the AFI doesn’t pick one winner. Rather the group of critics, scholars, film artists and those in television pick the Top 10 in both cinema and on the small screen. All ten winners in each respective category will be honored at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Los Angeles.
In the film category, you have your core group of movies dominating early critics awards. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty once again are honored. Joining the Oscar Best Picture race is Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. I believe it’s the first nod the superhero flick has earned at a major Academy Awards precursor.
The biggest snub, IMHO, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. The Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman film recently nabbed Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics. Sadly for them, the film was ignored by the AFI. Check out what else made the AFI’s list of Best 10 films of 2012, along with the cream of the crop on television.
Colin Farrell’s attempt to channel Arnold Schwarzenegger was no match for the Caped Crusader. For the third week in a row, “The Dark Knight Rises” topped the box office. The Christopher Nolan blockbuster added another $36 million, giving it a grand total of $354 thus far. Even though the film dropped only 41% compared to the previous film’s 43% during the same time frame, the Batman finale won’t reach its predecessor’s total of $533 in domestic sales. “The Dark Knight Rises”, however, has a good chance of topping “The Dark Knight” in worldwide sales thanks to strong international grosses.
Meanwhile, back to Sony’s reboot of “Total Recall“. The Colin Farrell-fronted film landed in the runner-up spot with only $26 million. Given the original 1990 film opened with $25.5, Sony has to be upset with the remake’s box office performance. Sony claims it spent $125 on the film, while other reports say it ballooned towards the $200 million mark. With its slow start, I don’t think “Total Recall” has a shot of becoming profitable for the studio.
Rounding out the Top 5 were “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”, “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “The Watch” in descending order. A couple of films in the Top 10 reached milestones this weekend. “Ted” past the $200 million mark and “The Amazing Spider-Man” reached $250 million. Check out how the rest of the Top 10 films fared below.
Honestly, its no surprise to me that once again, “The Dark Knight Rises” has reached the top spot at the box office this weekend. Despite the tragedy that has somewhat overshadowed the film, it still continues to bring movie goers to fill the seats. I have yet to get my butt to the theatre to check out the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight managed to outshine two openers.
“The Watch” brought in an estimated $13 million and edged in at number three this weekend just shy of second place held by family film, “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” Another opener this weekend that failed to make moves at the box office was “Step Up Revolution,” which opened to mixed review from critics. The fourth installment in this franchise is also in 3D. Check out the weekend’s box office results below.
Out of respect for the awful tragedy that took place at a screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘, the box office numbers were not released until now. Given the buzz surrounding the film and the build up for it’s release, it is definitely no a surprise that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ took the top spot at the box office.
The film brought in $160.9 million this weekend. This is the third largest unadjusted opening weekend gross on record, behind ‘The Avengers‘ and 2011’s ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘. If you don’t take into consideration ticket price inflation, The Dark Knight Rises opened slightly ahead of the $158.41 million start of 2008’s The Dark Knight. When you do factor ticket price inflation, it places sixth on the adjusted opening weekend list.
I still haven’t seen the film yet but I definitely want to. Did you see the film and if so what did you think? Were any of you even a little scared to go watch it in light of that happened? It may sound ridiculous, but I’ll admit there was a tiny bit of fear there for me… thinking about the “what if,” but of course as we know that is no way to live. Anyway, check out how the rest of the films faired this weekend below.
My jaw dropped at the horror and insanity when I read that this had actually happened. Last night, ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ opened in theatres at midnight for many eager fans all over North America. But for those at the Century Aurura 16 theatre in Aurora, Colorado (just outside Denver), the unthinkable happened.
A gunman wearing a gas mask opened fire at a midnight screening of and killed at least a dozen people and injuring dozens more in what has been described as one of the worst shooting sprees in recent American history. At this time, it’s unclear as to whether 12 or 14 people were killed. The gunman had tossed tear gas into the movie theatre and proceeded to walk up the aisle and killing anyone in sight.
It happened, I saw an advance screening of TDKR and I loved it. I’m going to get a few things out of the way right away because everyone is asking me the same questions. Once I get that out of the way I’m going to give you the juice. I will try to keep this as spoiler free as I can as well.
So I got that out of the way, now I’m going to elaborate on this brilliant piece of cinema. First of all this is not The Dark Knight. It’s not even CLOSE to TDK, and if you go into this movie constantly comparing it to TDK you will not enjoy it I promise you that. Do you remember in Scream 3 when Randy gave the rules of the trilogy? Something from past is gonna come bite you in that ass, the body count is WAY bigger etc. etc., all of that applies to this trilogy perfectly.