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Wednesday
Jul182012

Rotten Tomatoes Stops Posts After "Dark Knight" Fans Flame Critics

Warner Bros. Pictures/TM and © DC Comics(NEW YORK) -- The movie website Rotten Tomatoes was forced to freeze its comments section -- for the first time ever -- after Batfans continuously flamed critics who gave The Dark Knight Rises negative reviews over the weekend.

The fan responses to Marshal Fine's pan -- as well as less-than-stellar reviews from other critics -- were immediate, personal, ongoing, and in some cases, laugh-out-loud funny.

Some fans chose to excoriate Fine by paraphrasing dialog from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.

"You either die a good critic, or live long enough to see yourself get trashed by every Dark Knight fan alive," posted one, quoting slain former Gotham City D.A. Harvey Dent.

"When this critic's review is ashes, he has my permission to let his career die," said another, paraphrasing Bane, the new movie's main villain.

The biggest sin in many fans' eyes, is that Fine made an apparently unforgivable comparison.

"At times, the action is so massive and thunderously clunky that I might as well have been watching one of the Transformers movies," he wrote.

For the record, a search of most leading critics shows that Fine is amongst a small minority of critics who didn't like Nolan's final chapter in his Dark Knight series.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Sep172011

‘Creature’ Crowned One of Biggest Movie Box Office Flops

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nothing wraps up summer quite like your token monster movie, but Creature, which opened last week, not only failed to deliver, it flopped. Big time.

The film about a half-man, half-alligator from the deep who lets out horrible, guttural screeching sounds and picks off a group of young people one-by-one, had one of the worst box office openings ever. Of 1,507 screens for Creature, its total box office revenue was just $331,000.

“You’re looking at $220 per screen, per theater, that’s a terrible, terrible opening,” said Matt Atchity of RottenTomatoes.com. “That roughly comes to six people per theater and that’s being generous. Laws of averages, you’re seeing 10 to 20 go to one and you’re seeing empty theaters.”

Sid Sheinberg, the producer of Creature, is actually the godfather of blockbuster hits. During his 20 years at the helm of Universal Studios, he “discovered” Steven Spielberg, supervised Jaws and had a heavy hand in Jurassic Park, just to name a few.

“In fact, Sid is one of the guys responsible for the modern strategy for wide-releases,” Atchity said. “Until 1977, movies were released in a different strategy than we see now—what’s called ‘road shows,’ we’d see it in a few markets, and as buzz built up, they’d go nationwide.”

In Creature’s defense, this wasn’t the weekend they expected. A few months ago, no other big movie wanted to open on 9/11 weekend, and there was the NFL strike, so the field looked wide open. But then Contagion—a thriller about a deadly disease outbreak—moved up its release date and the NFL strike was resolved. Creature wasn’t alone—several films opened badly that weekend.

Buzz about Creature zipped around the Internet after its release, but for all the wrong reasons. As we wrapped up our interview with Sid Sheinberg’s son and partner Jonathan Sheinberg, who marketed and distributed the movie, Sid burst into the room to tell us that Creature had suddenly shot up on IMBD’s MOVIEmeter—a ranking system for the most and least popular movies.

People were talking about it because it was a dud, but Jonathan turned that into a positive.

“Now our awareness is higher than a lot of openings that are happening this weekend,” he said.

Unfortunately, the buzz is building right as theater owners are pulling the film for other options.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Feb062011

'Roommate' Wins Slow Box Office Weekend 

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The big winners at the box office this weekend were big losers just about everywhere else.

Horror film The Roommate, starring Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame, came in first notching $15.6 million, and in a distant second was James Cameron's Sanctum grossing $9.2 million.

Despite their relative successes on the silver screen, the movies tanked with reviewers across the country.

Movie rankings aggregator RottenTomatoes.com reported that only 9 percent of critics nationwide recommended The Roommate, which details two women living together in a college dorm. One roommate, played by Minka Kelly, becomes suspicious of the other, Meester, and believes her life is in danger.

Sanctum, Cameron's latest project since 2009's Avatar, scored just a 29 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes. The film follows five divers exploring an underwater cave when it is besieged by a cyclone and they try to escape.

Overall, box office revenues have been down for 13 straight weeks. Super Bowl weekend is also typically slow as moviegoers eschew the lure of the theater in favor of the NFL's championship game.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec302010

'Toy Story 3' Is Best-Reviewed Film of 2010, Says Rotten Tomatoes

Photo Courtesy - Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- The reviews for Toy Story 3 this year were far from rotten.

Disney-Pixar's animated film earned the highest rating among all 2010 movies on RottenTomatoes.com, a website that compiles movie reviews.  Toy Story 3 received a "fresh" rating of 99 percent.  The sequel was the highest-grossing film of 2010 in the U.S., earning $415 million.

Some of the other films to receive high scores on the Rotten Tomatoes website this year were How to Train Your Dragon at 98 percent, The Social Network at 97 percent and The King's Speech at 96 percent.  The western True Grit currently has a rating of 95 percent, though that could change in the coming days, given its recent release date.

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