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article imageBattle rages between 'Peabody' and '300'; MTV names nominees

By Tim O'Brien     Mar 6, 2014 in Entertainment
It looks like blood and gore will rule out over the weekend if the early returns play out. "300: Rise of an Empire" has already banked $3.3 million. The is projected to take in around $40 million while "Mr. Peabody" will balance out at $25 million.
EARLIER: The box office will heat up as an old-time cartoon favorite battles an epic, of sorts. "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" wages war with "300: Rise of an Empire" and the R-rated film should win. That would be "300."
But, along the way, the turnstiles will be moving as these new releases span the demographics. Plus, "Son of God" is in its second week of release, as is "Non-Stop." Not bad at all for movie-goers. "Mr. Peabody" and his time-traveling ways will seek to educate, but will it entertain?
Ty Burrell from "Modern Family" voices the lead character, but, in the end, does that matter? Stephen Colbert also voices a character. But, once again, filling the movie will A-listers as the voice characters may help some go to the theater, but it cannot steer that many there. Burrell is also in the next "Muppet" adventure, too.
1. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" - 3,800 theaters
2. "300: Rise of an Empire" - 3,400+ theaters
The next chapter of "300" arrives and if one gets confused and thinks they are in a video game, you will not be alone. For those who like that, it is for you. Much of this history is myth so head in with a grain of salt.
Oscar bounce
Now that the Oscars are over, the bounce talk happens once more. Right after the nominations are announced is the first wave and now. "12 Years a Slave" should benefit the most, one would think, but "Gravity" won the most awards with seven.
Then there is this stat that isn't a good one for the other films: “American Hustle” went 0-for-10; “Captain Phillips” went 0-for-6; “Nebraska” went 0-for-6; “The Wolf of Wall Street” went 0-for-5 and “Philomena” went 0-for-4. In the end, it doesn't matter at all, it just looks bad when seeing it this way.
After the Oscars, those who cover the award season need a break. But, then comes the MTV Movie Awards nominations. Timing is everything and this one could use a lesson. By April, when these are handed out, one can finally say, and mean it, enough is enough.
But, they do put all the female and male roles together and try to have some fun with best kiss, best fight, shirtless moment and #WTF moment. There top films of the year include "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."
But, MTV, as in music TV, hands out movies awards. Why not? They do not pay much attention to music, either.
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