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The 50 Best Action-Comedy Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer

The action-comedy is one of the of the more playful, exciting genre hybrids out there, though it didn’t really come into shape until the 1980s, when buddy-cop films like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hrs. exploded onto the scene, along with Midnight Run, The Blues Brothers, and the rise of Jackie Chan. In Police Story, Drunken Master, and rest of his peak output, Chan is essentially a living, breathing homage to Buster Keaton, whose absurdly dangerous slapstick prowess powered the original action-comedy: 1926’s The General.

Chan and Chris Tucker revitalized the action-comedy formula for the ’90s with the Rush Hour movies. Though they’re fan favorites, the Rush Hour trio were not heavy hitters with critics, so they’ll be absent from this guide to the best-reviewed action-comedies ever, where we’re collecting the top 50 Certified Fresh movies of the genre. What that means is that you will see Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels represented. Lock, Stock was released the same year as Rush Hour and impressed critics and audiences alike by infusing the action-comedy with post-Tarantino grit and swagger.

Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder, Kung Fu Hustle, 21 Jump Street, and Bad Boys For Life are among many that have kept the genre going during the past 20 years. And though most superhero movies these days are humorous on some level, we’ll be highlighting the ones that really flex their comedic muscles, like The Suicide Squad and Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds seems molded for this wisecracking genre, wherein he has played the Merc With a Mouth and starred in Free Guy.

Now, see the 50 best-reviewed Certified Fresh action-comedies!

#50

Red (2010)
72%

#50
Adjusted Score: 79755%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the killer thrill ride you'd expect from an action movie with a cast of this caliber, but Red still thoroughly outshines most of its big-budget counterparts with its wit and style.
Synopsis: After surviving an assault from a squad of hit men, retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reassembles his old... [More]
Directed By: Robert Schwentke

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 81484%
Critics Consensus: Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast's charm, director John Landis' grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.
Synopsis: After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) -- collectively known as the... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#48
Adjusted Score: 80560%
Critics Consensus: Brimming with energy and packed with humor, Big Trouble in Little China distills kung fu B-movies as affectionately as it subverts them.
Synopsis: Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within, and underneath, San Francisco's... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#47
Adjusted Score: 77268%
Critics Consensus: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.
Synopsis: Eddy (Nick Moran) convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#46
Adjusted Score: 84837%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, subversive, and above all fun, Kingsman: The Secret Service finds director Matthew Vaughn sending up the spy genre with gleeful abandon.
Synopsis: Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton), whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#45

The Gentlemen (2020)
75%

#45
Adjusted Score: 93415%
Critics Consensus: It may not win writer-director Guy Ritchie many new converts, but for those already attuned to the filmmaker's brash wavelength, The Gentlemen stands tall.
Synopsis: Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 94674%
Critics Consensus: Loaded up with action and a double helping of leading-man charisma, Bad Boys for Life reinvigorates this long-dormant franchise by playing squarely to its strengths.
Synopsis: The wife and son of a Mexican drug lord embark on a vengeful quest to kill all those involved in... [More]

#43

Kick-Ass (2010)
76%

#43
Adjusted Score: 86375%
Critics Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.
Synopsis: Using his love for comics as inspiration, teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) decides to reinvent himself as a superhero --... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#42
Adjusted Score: 83258%
Critics Consensus: Team America will either offend you or leave you in stitches. It'll probably do both.
Synopsis: When North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il (Trey Parker) orchestrates a global terrorist plot, it's up to the heavily armed marionettes... [More]
Directed By: Trey Parker, Matt Stone

#41

Keanu (2016)
78%

#41
Adjusted Score: 88037%
Critics Consensus: Keanu's absurd premise and compulsively watchable starring duo add up to an agreeably fast-paced comedy that hits more than enough targets to make up for the misses.
Synopsis: Recently dumped by his girlfriend, slacker Rell (Jordan Peele) finds some happiness when a cute kitten winds up on his... [More]
Directed By: Peter Atencio

#40

The Other Guys (2010)
78%

#40
Adjusted Score: 87678%
Critics Consensus: A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: Unlike their heroic counterparts on the force, desk-bound NYPD detectives Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) garner no headlines... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#39

Shanghai Noon (2000)
79%

#39
Adjusted Score: 84757%
Critics Consensus: Although the plot is really nothing to brag about, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson work well together. The cinematography looks great, and Jackie delivers a hilarious performance. This is an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser.
Synopsis: Bumbling Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) works as an Imperial guard in the Forbidden City of China. When Princess Pei Pei... [More]
Directed By: Tom Dey

#38
Adjusted Score: 108881%
Critics Consensus: With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
Synopsis: It's open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her... [More]
Directed By: Cathy Yan

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 81441%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining Jackie Chan stunt-fest in which the impressive action sequences overcome the low production value and by-the-numbers plot.
Synopsis: Hong Kong policeman Keung (Jackie Chan) arrives in New York for the wedding of his uncle Bill (Bill Tung), a... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tong

#36

Lethal Weapon (1987)
80%

#36
Adjusted Score: 84375%
Critics Consensus: The most successful installment in a phenomenally successful series, Lethal Weapon helped redefine action movies for the 1980s and 1990s.
Synopsis: Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#35

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
82%

#35
Adjusted Score: 85715%
Critics Consensus: Lethal Weapon 2 may sport a thin plot typical of action fare, but its combination of humor and adrenaline, along with the chemistry between its leads, make this a playful, entertaining sequel.
Synopsis: South African smugglers find themselves being hounded and harassed by Riggs and Murtaugh, two mismatched Los Angeles police officers. However,... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#34

Tropic Thunder (2008)
82%

#34
Adjusted Score: 91401%
Critics Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
Synopsis: Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), pampered action superstar, sets out for Southeast Asia to take part in the biggest, most-expensive war... [More]
Directed By: Ben Stiller

#33
Adjusted Score: 94277%
Critics Consensus: Its script may not be as dazzling as its eye-popping visuals, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is fast, funny, and inventive.
Synopsis: As bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 87475%
Critics Consensus: The buddy cop movie continues its evolution unabated with this Eddie Murphy vehicle that's fast, furious, and funny.
Synopsis: After his childhood buddy is murdered while visiting Detroit, rebellious cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) follows the leads to Beverly... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#31

Black Dynamite (2009)
83%

#31
Adjusted Score: 83793%
Critics Consensus: A loving and meticulous send-up of 1970s blaxsploitation movies, Black Dynamite is funny enough for the frat house and clever enough for film buffs.
Synopsis: After "The Man" kills his brother and poisons the neighborhood with tainted liquor, a kung fu fighter (Michael Jai White)... [More]
Directed By: Scott Sanders

#30

Ant-Man (2015)
83%

#30
Adjusted Score: 96057%
Critics Consensus: Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.
Synopsis: Forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the talents of... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 85545%
Critics Consensus: Jackie Chan sends up some amazing and entertaining fight sequences in The Legend of Drunken Master.
Synopsis: From a land where honor and tradition reign, comes the legend of a martial-arts hero unlike any other -- the... [More]
Directed By: Chia-Liang Liu

#28

22 Jump Street (2014)
84%

#28
Adjusted Score: 93538%
Critics Consensus: Boasting even more of the bromantic chemistry between its stars -- and even more of the goofy, good-natured humor that made its predecessor so much fun -- 22 Jump Street is the rare sequel that improves upon the original.
Synopsis: Although they made their way through high school successfully, an investigation at a local college brings big changes for undercover... [More]

#27

Deadpool 2 (2018)
84%

#27
Adjusted Score: 108985%
Critics Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm.
Synopsis: Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch

#26
Adjusted Score: 116301%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.
Synopsis: Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 88035%
Critics Consensus: Romancing the Stone reaches back to the classic Saturday morning serials of old with an action-filled adventure enlivened by the sparkling chemistry between its well-matched leads.
Synopsis: A dowdy romantic-adventure writer is hurled into a real-life adventure in the Colombian jungle in order to save her sister,... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#24

21 Jump Street (2012)
85%

#24
Adjusted Score: 94467%
Critics Consensus: A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.
Synopsis: When cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) join the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances... [More]

#23

Game Night (2018)
85%

#23
Adjusted Score: 99576%
Critics Consensus: With a talented cast turned loose on a loaded premise -- and a sharp script loaded with dark comedy and unexpected twists -- Game Night might be more fun than the real thing.
Synopsis: Max and Annie's weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party... [More]

#22

Deadpool (2016)
85%

#22
Adjusted Score: 106204%
Critics Consensus: Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining -- and decidedly non-family-friendly -- results.
Synopsis: Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing... [More]
Directed By: Tim Miller

#21

Free Guy (2021)
80%

#21
Adjusted Score: 95560%
Critics Consensus: Combining a clever concept, sweet, self-aware humor, and a charming cast, Free Guy is frivolous fun.
Synopsis: In "Free Guy," a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Levy

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 92640%
Critics Consensus: Tongue-in-cheek satire blends well with entertaining action and spot-on performances in this dark, eclectic neo-noir homage.
Synopsis: Two-bit crook Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) stumbles into an audition for a mystery film while on the run from... [More]
Directed By: Shane Black

#19

American Made (2017)
86%

#19
Adjusted Score: 105276%
Critics Consensus: American Made's fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier -- and delightfully watchable -- energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role.
Synopsis: Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 105674%
Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.
Synopsis: Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#17

Shaolin Soccer (2001)
90%

#17
Adjusted Score: 93194%
Critics Consensus: The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.
Synopsis: All his life, an ordinary young man (Stephen Chow) has been treated like dirt. Still, he's never given up believing... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee

#16

Shazam! (2019)
90%

#16
Adjusted Score: 115103%
Critics Consensus: An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.
Synopsis: We all have a superhero inside of us -- it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg

#15

Something Wild (1986)
91%

#15
Adjusted Score: 95654%
Critics Consensus: Boasting loads of quirky charm, a pair of likable leads, and confident direction from Jonathan Demme, Something Wild navigates its unpredictable tonal twists with room to spare.
Synopsis: Free-spirited Lulu (Melanie Griffith) sets her sights on uptight banker Charles (Jeff Daniels) for a little bit of fun. Their... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#14

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
90%

#14
Adjusted Score: 97508%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.
Synopsis: When the hapless Sing (Stephen Chow) and his dim-witted pal, Bone (Feng Xiaogang), try to scam the residents of Pig... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chow

#13

Hot Fuzz (2007)
91%

#13
Adjusted Score: 99772%
Critics Consensus: The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody.
Synopsis: As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) finds if difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 110199%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by writer-director James Gunn's singularly skewed vision, The Suicide Squad marks a funny, fast-paced rebound that plays to the source material's violent, anarchic strengths.
Synopsis: Welcome to hell--a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#11

The Nice Guys (2016)
91%

#11
Adjusted Score: 110435%
Critics Consensus: The Nice Guys hearkens back to the buddy comedies of a bygone era while adding something extra courtesy of a knowing script and the irresistible chemistry of its leads.
Synopsis: Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired... [More]
Directed By: Shane Black

#10

Men in Black (1997)
92%

#10
Adjusted Score: 97654%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script, spectacular set pieces, and charismatic performances from its leads, Men in Black is an entirely satisfying summer blockbuster hit.
Synopsis: They are the best-kept secret in the universe. Working for a highly funded yet unofficial government agency, Kay (Tommy Lee... [More]
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 105784%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
Synopsis: Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#8

48 HRS. (1982)
93%

#8
Adjusted Score: 97136%
Critics Consensus: Marking an auspicious feature film debut for Eddie Murphy, 48 Hrs. is a briskly paced action comedy that succeeds largely due to the outstanding chemistry between its two leads.
Synopsis: Renegade cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) pulls bank robber Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) from a federal prison on a 48-hour... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#7

The General (1926)
92%

#7
Adjusted Score: 97203%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly filmed and fueled with classic physical comedy, The General captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best.
Synopsis: One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, this film finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster... [More]

#6

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 126308%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Synopsis: Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

#5

Midnight Run (1988)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 97834%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by the antagonistic chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, Midnight Run is an uncommonly entertaining odd couple comedy.
Synopsis: When Eddie Moscone (Joe Pantoliano) hires tight-lipped bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) to locate a mob accountant named... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#4

Three Kings (1999)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 99165%
Critics Consensus: Three Kings successfully blends elements of action, drama, and comedy into a thoughtful, exciting movie on the Gulf War.
Synopsis: Just after the end of the Gulf War, four American soldiers decide to steal a cache of Saddam Hussein's hidden... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#3

Spy (2015)
95%

#3
Adjusted Score: 104613%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
Synopsis: Despite having solid field training, CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has spent her entire career as a desk jockey,... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#2

Supercop (1992)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 99079%
Critics Consensus: Blending hand-to-hand combat with breathtaking stunts and slapstick comedy, Supercop reminds us why Jackie Chan is one of the world's great entertainers.
Synopsis: To infiltrate a drug cartel, police Inspector Chan Ka Kui (Jackie Chan) goes undercover in a Chinese prison. There, he... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tong

#1

The Paper Tigers (2020)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100584%
Critics Consensus: The Paper Tigers blends action, comedy, and heart to produce a fresh martial arts movie with plenty of throwback charm.
Synopsis: Three martial artists--notorious in their prime as "the three tigers"--have grown into middle-aged men one kick from a pulled muscle.... [More]
Directed By: Quoc Bao Tran

With this weekend’s War Dogs, Jonah Hill teams up with Miles Teller to tell the reality-inspired tale of two guys out to strike it rich as arms dealers. It’s just the latest in a series of eclectic roles for Hill, who made his name as a member of the Apatow comedy stable before branching out into more dramatic fare, and we’re here to celebrate it with a fond look back at some of the brightest critical highlights from his growing filmography. It’s time for Total Recall!


 Funny People (2009) 69%

Years after they roomed together as young comics with showbiz dreams, Adam Sandler and writer/director/producer Judd Apatow reunited for 2009’s Funny People, which surrounded Sandler with a crowd of comedic talent that included multiple members of the Apatow stable — including Seth Rogen, who plays an aspiring comedian who lucks into a friendship with Sandler’s embittered superstar, and Hill, who plays Rogen’s roommate and a fellow veteran of the stand-up circuit whose own career ambitions end up getting tangled in the complicated relationship between Rogen and Sandler’s characters. The movie’s 146-minute length turned off a number of critics, but it was just right for Ben Lyons of At the Movies, who wrote that “Apatow has always found a balance of heart and humor in his best films, and Funny People is no exception.”

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Get Him to the Greek (2010) 72%

Hill and Russell Brand triggered a few laughs during their scenes together in Forgetting Sarah Marshall — so when it was decided that Brand would reprise his character in the Marshall spinoff Get Him to the Greek, it was only natural that the duo should be reunited. Here, Brand’s Aldous Snow must be shepherded to a crucial gig through a landmine of bad decisions and irresponsible behavior, with responsibility for his whereabouts falling to an increasingly overmatched label rep played by Hill. “The movie’s a good, rude commercial comedy,” argued the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips. “How many good movies have we even seen this year?”

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 79%

Hill earned his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work in The Wolf of Wall Street, a luridly over-the-top Martin Scorsese epic that uses the real-life exploits of disgraced stockbroker Jordan Belfort as the launchpad for a wild-eyed look at modern capitalism — and three hours of drug-fueled insanity. Always entertaining as part of a duo, Hill turns in some of his best work as a foil for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Belfort, playing the comparatively less unscrupulous part in a gonzo dramatization of one of Wall Street’s more infamous cautionary tales. “For three hours the movie operates at a ridiculous comedic pitch. You never forget you’re at the circus,” Wesley Morris wrote for Grantland. “You never lose sight of the lawlessness, the reckless pleasure, the sheer lunacy and lack of regulation.”

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Cyrus (2010) 80%

The 21st century has brought us no shortage of comedies about schlubby man-children, but Cyrus is something different. Rather than going broad and over-the-top with the story of an overgrown mama’s boy (Hill) who plants himself squarely between his mom (Marisa Tomei) and her well-meaning new suitor (John C. Reilly), writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass gave their seemingly tired premise a fresh mumblecore spin, playing up the sphincter-tightening awkwardness of the situation and trusting their talented cast to imbue the characters with three-dimensional honesty. “I’ve seldom seen,” mused the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern, “a film in which three intelligent, articulate people make so many penetrating observations about themselves, and address their bizarre situation so directly, without providing, or indeed possessing, the slightest clue.”

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This Is the End (2013) 83%

We’ve seen plenty of movies about the end of civilization, but they’ve all focused on the apocalyptic problems of ordinary people while neglecting to imagine what those last few days on earth might be like for celebrities. Enter This Is the End, which imagines what it might be like if disaster struck Los Angeles while James Franco was hosting a house party. Featuring Hill, Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride — among plenty of others — playing fictionalized (and generally obnoxious) versions of themselves, it combines a fresh take on the apocalyptic comedy with the fun of watching movie stars make fun of themselves. As J.R. Jones argued for the Chicago Reader, “Their big joke is to literalize the Book of Revelations, but snaking around this is a biting contempt for the entertainment business, their own bad movies, and the social privilege these confer.”

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21 Jump Street (2012) 85%22 Jump Street (2014) 84%

A movie about a TV show that wasn’t exactly a classic in the first place has no business being awesome, and a buddy-cop picture doesn’t seem like the most natural environment for testing out Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s screen chemistry. All of which is pretty much exactly why the Jump Street franchise has had such a blockbuster time of it on the big screen: the duo’s easy banter, coupled with the freewheeling attitude of a pair of films that went meta on their medium in increasingly bonkers ways, added up to two critical and commercial hits. Whether we’ll ever get that rumored Jump Street/Men in Black crossover remains an open question, but for now, we’ve got the movies that moved the Atlantic’s Christopher Orr to write, “Self-referential irony is hardly a new gimmick, having served as the underlying premise for such franchises as Scream and Austin Powers, but rarely has it been indulged with such fervor.”

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Hail, Caesar! (2016) 85%

The Coen brothers have a terrific eye for talent and enough clout to hire just about any actor they see fit, so the opportunity to star in one of their films isn’t something many stars would take lightly — even if the role in question isn’t necessarily the biggest in the movie. For example, here’s Hail, Caesar!, a Coens spectacular that uses a bustling ensemble of famous faces (including George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, and — you guessed it — Jonah Hill) to tell the madcap tale of a doofus actor in ’50s Hollywood who gets himself kidnapped, spurring his studio to enlist the efforts of their in-house fixer (inspired by real-life movie biz legend Eddie Mannix) to secure his return. That description just scratches the surface of an old-school singing, dancing extravaganza that simultaneously celebrates and sends up old-school cinema; if the end result is a little unwieldy, most critics felt its deficiencies were far more than outweighed by its charms. “This,” opined Richard Roeper for the Chicago Sun-Times, “is one of my favorite movies ever made about making movies.”

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Superbad (2007) 88%

A high school loss-of-virginity flick in the grand tradition of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and American Pie, Superbad teamed Hill and Michael Cera with newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse as desperately horny teens on a quest to secure booze for a house party. It may have been embarrassingly familiar, but screenwriter Seth Rogen and his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, nonetheless managed to squeeze fresh laughs (and plenty of ticket receipts) from it — not to mention kudos from critics like the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mick LaSalle, who wrote, “for pure laughs, for the experience of just sitting in a chair and breaking up every minute or so, Superbad is 2007’s most successful comedy.”

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Knocked Up (2007) 89%

After making a brief appearance in Judd Apatow’s 40-Year-Old Virgin, Hill took on a more substantial role in the follow-up, Knocked Up, which paired rumpled slacker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) with gorgeous E! Network employee Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) for a look at what can happen when you head to a club, have a few too many drinks, and don’t give a lot of thought to who comes home with you. (This is Hollywood, of course, so what ends up happening is everlasting love, but not before a lot of funnier, more unpleasant consequences.) An enormous box office success, Knocked Up offered Hill an opportunity to reel off a few funny lines, cemented Apatow’s standing as a purveyor of fine adult comedies, and earned the adoration of critics such as Stephanie Zacharek of Salon, who called it “Hilarious from moment to moment, but leaving behind both a warm glow and a sting. This is a picture that refuses to fetishize either the ability to conceive or the significance of our place in the universe once we’ve done so.”

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Moneyball (2011) 94%

As a (freakishly entertaining) by-the-numbers account of how the Oakland A’s used newly adapted metrics to turn conventional baseball wisdom on its head, Michael Lewis’ Moneyball seemed like one of the least cinematic bestsellers to have its film rights optioned by a major studio — and after directors David Frankel and Steven Soderbergh departed the project, it looked like it might be destined for the scrap heap. But with Bennett Miller behind the cameras and Hill demonstrating his Oscar-nominated dramatic chops opposite Brad Pitt — not to mention an Aaron Sorkin screenplay — it ended up being not only a six-time Academy Awards nominee, but a $110 million box office hit. “Baseball fans know this story,” admitted USA Today’s Claudia Puig, “but Miller puts it all in fascinating context. This is a thinking person’s baseball movie, a more complex version of the inspirational sports story.”

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Comedies are hard to make and comedy sequels are even harder, when audiences have wised up to your jokes and expect bigger and better. Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2, coming 15 years after the original, hopes to buck the trend this Friday. And it’s this latest romp down the catwalk inspires this week’s 24 Frames gallery: the best and worst comedy part twos by Tomatometer!

 

The People’s Choice Awards opened the season of award shows on the evening of Jan 7th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Check out the list below to find out who the fan favorites were in 2014.


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The full list of nominees for the People’s Choice Awards 2015 was announced today by Anna Faris and Allison Janney at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. The contenders were entirely chosen by fans, who cast over 70 million votes in the past few weeks.

Read through for the full list of movies and TV nominations, and don’t forget to visit the People’s Choice Awards website to help choose the winners.

 


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Awards season is on, and with everything that is going on from December through February, it’s difficult to keep track of who is getting what. To help you with that, we created the Awards Leaderboard, a ranking of movies by the number of awards won and their respective categories. Read on to find out where your favorite movies stand, and who is leading the pack.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) 91%

49 wins

Boyhood (2014) 97%

49 wins

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 92%

25 wins

Whiplash (2014) 94%

24 wins

Citizenfour (2014) 96%

11 wins

The LEGO Movie (2014) 96%

11 wins

  • BAFTA – Animated Film
  • PGA – Animated Picture
  • Critics Choice – Best Animated Feature
  • Golden Tomato – Best-Reviewed Animation
  • CFCA – Best Animated Feature
  • SFFCC – Best Animated Feature
  • NYFCO – Best Animated Feature
  • WAFCA – Best Animated Feature
  • NBR – Original Screenplay
  • NYFCC – Best Animated Film
  • LVFCS – Best Animated Film

Still Alice (2014) 85%

11 wins

Ida (2013) 96%

9 wins

The Theory of Everything (2014) 80%

8 wins

Life Itself (2014) 98%

7 wins

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Ep. 078 – Mockingjay reviews, plus Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland
Grae Drake is back! She and Matt Atchity discuss their reactions to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and Ryan Fujitani shares the critics’ take on the latest chapter of the blockbuster series. Next up, Ryan covers new DVD/Blu-ray releases 22 Jump Street and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Since TV Editor Sarah Ricard is on vacation, Beki Lane jumps in to discuss the debut of State of Affairs on NBC. In the last part of the show, Grae shares her interviews with Mockingjay stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, and Sam Claflin.

This week on home video, movies rule the list, but we’ve got at least one impressive TV collection to talk about, too. The blockbuster sequel to a Channing Tatum-Jonah Hill buddy cop comedy leads things off, along with another sequel from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, an earnest YA novel adaptation, a disaster movie, and Hayao Miyazaki’s last directorial effort. Then we’ve got a few notable smaller releases, and a gigantic collection of one of the most iconic TV shows ever. Read on for details:



22 Jump Street

84%

Initially, nobody thought a big screen adaptation of a popular but forgotten 1980s cop show directed by the guys who did Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs could work. But it did, and did so impressively. Cue the inevitable sequel, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprising their roles as mismatched buddy cops on the trail of another campus drug dealer — but this time in college. While 21 Jump Street played on cop movie clichés, 22 riffed hard on bromances and the perils of sequelitis, successfully avoiding its fate as a subpar follow-up. Critics gave the film nearly the same marks as its predecessor; Certified Fresh at 84 percent on the Tomatometer, 22 Jump Street sits just one percent below 21. Bonus features include the requisite commentary track, jokey outtakes and improve bits, and deleted/extended scenes, as well as a number of featurettes on the cast and crew and even a ten-minute “dramatic” cut of the film with all the jokes removed (for international marketing purposes, apparently). Lots of good stuff for fans of the movie.



Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

42%

Speaking of sequelitis, here’s a fairly solid example of it. The first Sin City wasn?t universally adored by critics, but a large majority of them found its stylized aesthetic and brutal storytelling fresh and inventive. Not so, the second time around. Following its predecessor’s template, A Dame to Kill For revolves around a handful of connected narratives in a gritty ensemble noir with returning actors Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Jessica Alba joined by newcomers like Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, and Lady Gaga, among others. While A Dame to Kill For sported the same comics-inspired look and feel, critics weren’t overly impressed with the film, which felt like more of the same, but less original the second time around. At 44 percent, it’s probably worth seeing for fans of the first film and source material, but you may come away thinking co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller could have crafted something a little better. Bonus features include character profiles, a couple of making-of featurettes, and a curiously sped up 16-minute version of the film meant to highlight its use of green screen.



If I Stay

35%

Though the big, epic YA novel adaptations like The Hunger Games and Divergent have captured most of the media attention, while smaller, more serious fare like The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars have been making waves with the critics. If I Stay hoped to capture some of that same acclaim, focusing on a supernatural melodrama about Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz), a teen victim of a car accident who lands in a coma and has an out-of-body experience. Over the course of a day, Mia must decide whether it’s worth it to return to a life that will now be much more difficult for her. Unfortunately, critics weren’t so kind to the film; they have no qualms with melodrama, but for most, If I Stay was simply more manipulative than moving, and it notched just a 36 percent on the Tomatometer. Special features include deleted scenes, a couple of music videos, a music-specific commentary track, and a featurette on the film’s transition from page to screen.



Into the Storm

21%

Don’t look now, but someone other than Roland Emmerich made a disaster movie — it happens from time to time — and guess what? According to critics, it’s actually worse than some of the stuff he’s done. The spiritual successor to 1996’s Twister, Into the Storm employs a found-footage format to follow a handful of small-town citizens as they flee, chase, and scream at each other through a barrage of tornadoes. Most notable among the cast is Richard Armitage, who audiences have gotten to know over the past couple years as Thorin Oakenshield, the dwarf leader from the Hobbit films, but even he was unable to save what critics felt was a lackluster script populated by paper-thin characters. Still, if you just want to see some cool special effects, you can always throw this on in the background while you do the dishes.



The Wind Rises

88%

We could debate endlessly whether or not Hayao Miyazaki is really retired, but if the iconic Japanese animator really is done for good, The Wind Rises is a pretty great sendoff. Based on the manga he adapted himself from a 1937 short story, the film tells a fictionalized account of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed two of Japan’s most important fighter planes in WWII. Though some took issue with Miyazaki’s romanticization of Horikoshi’s life, most critics appreciated his typically superb storytelling, lush animation, and bittersweet themes, and awarded it a Certified Fresh 89 percent on the Tomatometer. There are only a handful of standard special features (storyboards, trailers, a featurette on the voice acting), but Miyazaki fans might be interested to know that two of his other widely celebrated films, Princess Mononoke and Kiki?s Delivery Service, are also coming out in new Blu-rays this week, the latter of which includes a new bonus in the form of a musical montage.

Also available this week:

  • Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale (98 percent), about a young man who runs into relationship trouble while vacationing Bretagne, France.
  • Housebound (95 percent), a horror comedy from New Zealand about a woman sentenced to house arrest in her mother’s home, which she claims is haunted.
  • Georgian import (the country, not the state) In Bloom (93 percent), about two 14-year-old friends coming of age in the newly independent Georgia during the early 1990s.
  • Alive Inside (72 percent), a documentary about the powerful effect of music on the human psyche.
  • Automata (33 percent), starring Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith in a sci-fi thriller about a “Robotics Insurance” agent tasked with investigating a robot that broke its protocol to protect human life.
  • Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes (18 percent), starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in a romantic comedy about an old curmudgeon who learns to love life again, thanks to his neighbor and an estranged granddaughter.
  • One selection from the Criterion Collection arrives in a new Blu-ray transfer this week: Frank Capra’s Oscar-sweeping 1934 romantic comedy It Happened One Night (98 percent), starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable as a spoiled socialite runaway and the reporter hot on her trail.
  • And last, but certainly not least, there’s The Twilight Zone: 5th Dimension, a limited edition complete series set that includes both the original Rod Serling series of the 1960s and the 1980s series in one amazing DVD box set, which also includes a number of brand new featurettes and interviews, as well as tons of goodies available on previous releases. This is the first time both series have been offered in one set, so it’s a great pickup for anyone who loves The Twilight Zone.

This week on streaming video, we’ve got a pretty amazing selection of new films and additions to Netflix, starting with the hit sequel to a Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill buddy cop comedy and not one, but two of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final screen appearances. In addition, we’ve got a Joe Swanberg comedy, a Quentin Tarantino western, and the penultimate season of Sons of Anarchy, among other things. Read on for the full list:


22 Jump Street
84%

Two cops (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) go undercover (this time at a college) in order to foil a drug ring. Once again, they learn a bit about themselves (and each other) in the process. And once again, their boss (Ice Cube) is constantly up in their business.

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A Most Wanted Man
85%

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams star in this Certified Fresh spy thriller about an intelligence officer who methodically lays a trap for a terror suspect.

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Happy Christmas
75%

Anna Kendrick and Melanie Lynskey star in Joe Swanberg’s latest comedy about a party girl who moves in with her older brother and helps her sister-in-law loosen up a bit.

Available now on: iTunes


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
90%

After winning the Hunger Games in part one, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) have become wildly popular figures for the nation’s beleaguered underclass. Fearing that revolution is nigh, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) contrives a plan: the two young champions will have to compete against an all-star lineup of past Hunger Games victors.

Available now on: Netflix


Django Unchained
86%

Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a runaway slave who teams up with a bounty hunter in an effort to rescue his wife from Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a diabolical slaveholder, in Quentin Tarantino’s epic, bloody western.

Available now on: Netflix


A Brony Tale
80%

My Little Pony voice actress Ashleigh Ball takes the viewer on a tour of the Internet-famous subculture of dudes who obsess over the new incarnation of her show.

Available now on: Netflix


E-Team
82%

This Netflix original documentary takes a closer look at the lives and work of four dedicated human rights workers.

Available now on: Netflix


The Carrie Diaries: Season Two

Anasophia Robb stars as Carrie Bradshaw in the CW’s prequel series to HBO’s Sex and the City, which follows the aspiring journalist during her high school years. This is the second and final season of the show, which was cancelled earlier this year.

Available now on: Netflix


Sons of Anarchy: Season Six

As the boys of the SAMCRO prepare to ride off into the sunset, you can get (mostly) up to speed by streaming the penultimate season.

Available now on: Netflix



Sony ruled the North American box office with a pair of popular comedy sequels, each connecting well with its target audience. The battle-of-the-sexes pic Think Like a Man Too featuring an ensemble cast including red hot star Kevin Hart opened in first place by a narrow margin with an estimated $30M. That was off 11% from the $33.6M debut of its predecessor from April 2012, but still a muscular start. The PG-13 film averaged a spectacular $13,483 from 2,225 locations.

The first pic was well-liked and the sequel brought back the cast and also offered something new and engaging with its story of a wedding weekend in Las Vegas. Just as before, females led the way and made up 63% of the audience (same ratio as last film). 59% were over 30. Reviews were mostly negative, but that is common for comedy sequels. Ticket buyers instead responded to the starpower, brand, and humor. They liked what they got given the A- CinemaScore. Too may not reach the $91.5M final gross of its predecessor, but the $24M-budgeted film should certainly end up being another moneymaker for Sony.

After a sparkling debut last week followed by healthy mid-week sales, the buddy cop sequel 22 Jump Street finished close behind in second place this weekend with an estimated $29M. Off 49% – a terrific hold for a sequel – the R-rated comedy has now banked an impressive $111.5M. Should it continue to enjoy this impressive playability driven by strong word-of-mouth, it could end up in the range of $190M. The next major adult comedy does not arrive until Melissa McCarthy unleashes Tammy on July 2.

Jump Street actually was number one on Saturday and Sunday but the hefty opening day Friday for Think Like A Man Too (which included Thursday pre-shows) was enough to give that film the weekend crown.

Despite no new kidpics opening, the DreamWorks Animation title How to Train Your Dragon 2 fell 49% in its second weekend to an estimated $25.3M pushing the cume to $95.2M thus far. Among summer sequels from the toon studio, the drop was more like 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2 (-50%) than 2012’s Madagascar 3 (-44%). Last summer’s Pixar sequel Monsters University dropped 45% in June.

A domestic final of around $170M seems likely for the well-reviewed Fox release putting it near the $187.2M of the animation studio’s The Croods from last year. Competition has come from Disney’s fairy tale hit Maleficent which is roaring towards $200M and next weekend, the new Transformers will take away many older kids. The first Dragon was a sleeper hit and eased only 34% in its second weekend, though a hold like that was never expected for the new installment.

Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys opened in fourth to mild results attracting one of the oldest audiences in recent years with an estimated $13.5M from 2,905 locations for a $4,652 average. The R-rated adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about 1960s music group The Four Seasons skewed female and much older. Studio research from Warner Bros. showed that women made up 61% of the crowd and a very high 71% were over the age of 50. Reviews were mixed and the gross was in line with what Eastwood usually sees in his first wide weekend. With an A- CinemaScore and an older target audience, Jersey may hold up moderately well in the weeks to come although keeping a national ad campaign going does not come cheap.

Angelina Jolie reached a new career high this weekend with her latest hit Maleficent which became her biggest global grosser ever for a live-action film. The Disney pic dipped only 30% in North America to an estimated $13M for a new total of $186M. A strong $20.3M opening weekend in China propelled the overseas total to $335.6M and the worldwide tally to $521.6M beating 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Her spy smash with Brad Pitt had been her top-grossing live-action film for the past nine years with $478M. Maleficent has higher ticket prices and 3D surcharges, though.

Tom Cruise is not making as much money with his latest action entry Edge of Tomorrow, however his well-liked sci-fi action pic is holding up well thanks to fan support. The pricey Warner Bros. release dropped 37% to an estimated $10.3M in its third lap pushing the sum up to $74.5M. It now has a good shot at joining the century club. That comes as good news for the actor who has not crossed $100M domestically in a lead role outside of his signature Mission: Impossible franchise in the nine years since 2005’s War of the Worlds.

Fox followed with a pair of hits. The romance The Fault In Our Stars dropped a moderate 42% to an estimated $8.6M for a new cume to date of $98.7M on the edge of being the summer’s latest $100M+ grosser. X-Men: Days of Future Past followed with an estimated $6.2M, down 37%, for $216.8M to date. It is the summer’s top-grossing film so far and now stands as the second highest grossing film in the seven-pic X-Men franchise. Look for Past to challenge the $234.4M of 2006’s The Last Stand.

Indie hit Chef collected an estimated $1.8M, dipping only 16%, with $16.9M to date for Open Road. Godzilla rounded out the top ten with an estimated $1.8M as well falling 45% in its sixth weekend. With $194.9M so far, the big-budget 3D monster movie is heading to a $200M finish although total tickets sold will still end up substantially lower than the 1998 Godzilla.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $139.6M which was down 39% from last year’s record June frame when Monsters University opened at number one with $82.4M; and off 8% from 2012 when Brave debuted on top with $66.3M.

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In a battle of sequels, the R-rated action-comedy 22 Jump Street overpowered the animated family film How to Train Your Dragon 2 while last weekend’s champ The Fault in Our Stars went tumbling down the charts.

A little over two years since the original 21 Jump Street opened to $36.3M on its way to a $138M final gross, 2-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum returned to theaters this weekend with 22 Jump Street and hit a home run. The Sony release grossed an estimated $60M from 3,306 venues for a per screen average of $18,149. Critics have enjoyed this film as much as its predecessor (nearly identical Rotten Tomatoes scores of 85% for the original and 83% for the sequel) and audiences gave the film a solid A- Cinemascore. The $60M represents the highest R-rated opening in June beating 2012’s Ted and it’s the highest comedy opening in June taking down 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. While both Hill and Tatum have said in recent interviews there will be no third film, I have to imagine Sony will be pushing for an end to this lucrative trilogy.

Settling for the runner-up spot was the DreamWorks animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 which opened to an estimated $50M, with a per screen average of $11,756. The original film opened in March of 2010 to a relatively soft $43.7M but had great legs and ended its run at $217M. With four years of price increases, the sequel was predicted to open a little higher than it did and could have a hard time reaching the heights of the original, at least domestically. It is the highest opening for a DreamWorks animated film since 2012’s Madagascar 3 which opened to $60M on its way to a final take of $216.4M.

Disney’s Maleficent fell 44% in its third go around to an estimated $19M, bringing its cume to $163M. It is the second highest live-action film for Angelina Jolie and should easily pass 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the next couple of weeks. Fellow A-lister Tom Cruise landed in fourth place with his latest sci-fi adventure Edge of Tomorrow which fell 44% in its second weekend to an estimated $16.1M, bringing its total to just under $57M. Last year’s Oblivion fell 52% in its second weekend and was at $65M before ending its run at $89M. Edge of Tomorrow is on pace to equal that total.

This weekend’s biggest drop comes courtesy of last weekend’s biggest film as Fox’s tearjerker The Fault In Our Stars tumbled 67% to $15M, according to estimates, bringing its cume to $81.7M. With so much anticipation from the built-in fan base, the drop was a little bigger than expected but still not a huge surprise. X-Men: Days of Future Past became the first 2014 summer release (and third film of the year overall) to crack the $200M barrier, taking in an estimated $9.5M and bringing its total to $206M.

Warner Brother’s monster hit Godzilla was in seventh place this weekend with an estimated $3M, bringing its total after five weeks to $191M. Universal’s western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West continued to crumble falling 58% in its third weekend to an estimated $3M, bringing its total to a disappointing $39M. How quickly before Seth MacFarlane gets Ted 2 out? Oh wait, it’s already scheduled for next summer, where I’m sure he hopes people will have forgotten about his sheep farmer. Fellow Universal comedy stablemate Neighbors ended in ninth place with an estimated $2.5M bringing its total to a robust $143M after six weeks. And rounding out the top 10 was indie darling Chef which dropped 13% from last weekend to an estimated $2.3M, bringing its total to $14M.

The top 10 grossed $181.4M which was down 6% from 2013 when Man of Steel destroyed the box office with $116.6M; and up a remarkable 50% from 2012 when Madagascar 3 held on to the top spot in its second weekend with $34M.

Channing Tatum owes Grae Drake 100 dollars. And she intends to collect.


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Team Tomato shares the critics’ consensus on new movies 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 and new DVD/Blu-rays Non-Stop, Jack Ryan and True Detective. This episode also features an interview with David Krumholtz for The Big Ask and another interview with Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg for I Am I.

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