When I walk past the supermarket tabloids, I find myself not recognizing anybody except, maybe, some of the Royal Family. I have a sneaking suspicion that the primary reason that the Royal Family polls so very well over here is because a huge number of people say stuff like “I used to recognize everybody on these things… now I don’t recognize anybody… OH LOOK IT’S PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCESS KATE! Whew.”
Over the weekend, it looks like the Number One movie that made the most money at the box office was Pitch Perfect 2. My first thought, when seeing it, was that they were doing this thing where they were jumping immediately to the sequel as a plot device… you know, start the story in medias res or something like that. That way they wouldn’t have to give us the backstory and just start immediately with the singing. Which, as these things go, struck me as a little overwrought, but an interesting way to do things and I wondered that if it was successful, we’d see this device used more and more and more and I’d be stuck wondering if “Superhero Movie III” was really the third one or the studios were just leapfrogging to make the most profitable movie first.
As it turns out, I merely was ignorant of pop culture. Pitch Perfect was, apparently, a huge hit three years ago. Made for less than $20 million, pulled in $100 million worldwide… huh. What in the heck was I doing in 2012 that I had never heard of this?
Anyway, Pitch Perfect 2 is on a schedule to make $60 million this weekend (and maybe $70 million!). Given that it cost under $30 million to make, that ain’t too shabby.
Mad Max, by comparison, cost $150 million to make and its opening weekend appears to be on schedule for $44 million.
(Avengers 2, by comparison to *THAT*, seems to have just broken $1,000 million.)
So we can look forward to a Pitch Perfect 3 and Avengers 3 in a couple of years, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for another Mad Max movie because, seriously, the post-nuclear apocalypse is my favorite apocalypse.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?