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Box-Office: ‘Ninja Turtles’ Repeats At #1, ‘Expendables 3,’ ‘The Giver’ & ‘Let’s Be Cops’ All Flop

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 17, 2014 12:53 PM
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Let’s recap since we didn’t really do a proper box-office report last weekend (aside from this brief report). Despite middling reviews, and tepid online buzz, Platinum Dunes’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot surprised everyone with a $65 million debut weekend that took the #1 slot and prevented Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” from claiming the top slot for two weeks in a row. Clearly some members of the population (maybe kids with less bias) were more than happy to 'shell' over their money for ‘TMNT.’ Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ wasn’t able to repeat at #1 like many expected, but it hasn't mattered much. The movie took only 15 days to hit the $200 million mark which is the fastest film to hit that milestone in 2014.

Rumor: Marvel Universe Cameos For 'Ant-Man' Revealed Plus Watch Baby Groot Dancing From 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2014 9:46 AM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
At what point does Marvel's universe building go from being an integral part of a given film's storyline to a box they have check with each movie churned out by the studio? Some would argue it's reached that point already, and the following intel suggests Kevin Feige and co. are cramming characters into spaces they don't necessarily need to be in.

Discuss: What Does The Success Of 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Mean For Future Marvel Movies?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 4, 2014 1:54 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
Unless you’ve been locked in the Kyln, you probably noticed that “Guardians Of The Galaxy” opened this past weekend. Marvel’s latest extravaganza, a space adventure directed by Troma graduate James Gunn, was seen in advance of its release as the riskiest of the studio’s ten movies: based on a mostly comic known only to "Marvel Zombies"; unfamiliar characters; significantly different in setting and tone to megahit “The Avengers”; a cast comprised of untested B-listers as well as A-listers voicing an animated raccoon and a tree.

Box Office: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Opens Huge With $94 Million, Smashes August Record

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2014 12:28 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
So, where do we start? Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" came into the weekend with good tracking numbers, with many expecting it to come near or even modestly past the previous August weekend record holder, "The Bourne Ultimatum," which opened to $69.3 million in 2007. But no one expected this.

11 Films To See In August

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • August 1, 2014 2:03 PM
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10 Films To See In August
So, another year, another month of August to end the summer movie season with a whimper, amirite? Perhaps, but we here at The Playlist took the tagline to “American Beauty,” way back in 1999, to heart… look closer. There’s still plenty of McMovies to clog your cinematic arteries, but sometimes, those blockbusters are tasty. And if you step outside of the multiplex, there are plenty more movies that give you a more healthy, balanced cinematic diet.

Watch: Revisit Every Marvel Easter Egg In One Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2014 9:05 AM
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Iron Man 2
Today, "Guardians Of The Galaxy" rolls into theatres, and it's expected to break the August box office record. Like all Marvel productions, "G.O.T.G." is also expected to include a post-credits stinger connecting the film with the "Marvel Cinematic Universe," while setting the table for the studio's 2015 movies and irritating ushers who just want to finish their shift. But every Marvel film includes many "easter eggs" beloved of eagle-eyed Marvel Zombies: you can try to parse out the various clues hidden within the movies themselves, but in case you're new to the game, MTV has got you covered.

Watch: Lego Trailer For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' Marvel's Latest May Break August Opening Records

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2014 1:09 PM
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Guardians, Lego
Whatever Marvel is paying their marketing department, they probably deserve a raise. They've managed to take "Guardians Of The Galaxy" — initially perceived as a WTF risk — and turned it into a movie that, Variety reports, is already Fandango's biggest pre-seller in history. In fact, predictions are already coming in that this weekend, 'Guardians' might break the August box office opening record currently held by "The Bourne Ultimatum," which banked $69 million when it debuted. 'Guardians' is expected to take in more than $65 million at the very least, and in crucial statistic that shows just how far the Marvel brand has gone: 58% of those buying tickets have no previous knowledge of the 'Guardians' comics.

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Director James Gunn Discusses Working With Joss Whedon, Sequels, Marvel "Risks" & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 31, 2014 12:03 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
This week's "Guardians of the Galaxy" pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into strange and surprising places. And the person piloting that particular spaceship is co-writer/director James Gunn, who took a relatively obscure property about a group of intergalactic outlaws and turned it into one of the summer's more outrageously entertaining confections. It's both a break from your standard superhero fare and keeps totally within the pre-existing mythological framework—and it should both expand the brand and reinforce its power in the cinematic landscape. We talked to Gunn about how he snagged A-list stars, what the movie's chief influences were, the situation with "Ant-Man," and where Gunn (and the 'Guardians') fit into the larger cinematic puzzle.

The Playlist Summer 2014 Movie Song Mixtape

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 30, 2014 2:32 PM
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Summer 2014, mixtape
When it comes to the delicate art of the mixtape, context is everything. And in the context of us hurtling toward the end of summer (ok fine, there’s another month left, and a few big releases still on the calendar, but we’re getting nostalgic nonetheless) we thought we’d emulate Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in this week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” who has a cherished memento from Earth in the form of a cassette of classic songs, by putting together a mixtape of our own.

10 Comic Books That Deserve To Be Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 29, 2014 3:55 PM
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10 Comic Books That Actually Deserve To Be Movies
As we all know, you can’t swing a cat in a multiplex without hitting a comic book movie of some kind (or without being prosecuted on animal cruelty charges). So far in 2014, “I Frankenstein,” “300: Rise Of An Empire,” “Noah” (kind of), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” “Edge Of Tomorrow,” “Snowpiercer” and “Hercules” have all leapt from the page to the big-screen, with this Friday’s Marvel movie “Guardians Of The Galaxy” soon to join them, not to mention “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,” and Helen Mirren vehicle “The Hundred-Foot Journey” before the month is out. Ok, not the Helen Mirren one.

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