Will These 7 Sequels Dominate the Box Office in 2014?

Thanks to massive late-year pushes from sequels including Lionsgate‘s (NYSE: LGF  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Time Warner‘s (NYSE: TWX  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, domestic movie-goers have spent more than $10.7 billion at the box office so far in 2013.

That’s nearly a full percentage point ahead of the $10.61 billion at this point in 2012, which means 2013 could very well exceed last year’s fresh $10.8 billion high mark.

But several other big-budget sequels played a large part in running up the score this year, including the likes of Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World,Disney Pixar’s Monster’s University, and both Despicable Me 2 and Fast & Furious 6 fromComcast Universal.

Naturally, the world’s most powerful studios are hard at work bringing a new round of sequels your way next year. In order of appearance, here are the seven I think will command the most attention in 2014:

1. 300: Rise of an Empire

Image source: Time Warner

On March 7, Time Warner hopes to win big with another gory, quasi-historical action flick in 300: Rise of an Empire.

And if the runaway success of its 2007 predecessor is any indication, this latest graphic-novel-turned-movie-blockbuster should do just fine. Remember, despite limiting its audience with an unsurprising “R” rating, 300 still managed to earn an impressive $456 million worldwide on a relatively modest $65 million production budget.

Time Warner hasn’t released official budget numbers this time around for Rise of an Empire. But given the sheer anticipation created by the massive looming battle at the end of the first filmit seems safe to bet they upped the ante in their efforts to pick up where 300 left off.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Next, Disney looks to continue its Marvel-driven box office domination with the April 4 launch ofCaptain America: The Winter Soldier.

At first glance, it’s tempting to think this sequel may not perform all that well when you remember Captain America: The First Avenger took home “just” $370.6 million globally in 2011. That’s the second-lowest total of any film in the current Disney-Marvel cinematic universe, ahead of only the $263.4 million earned by 2008’s The Incredible Hulk — which was produced before Disney acquired Marvel in 2009, by the way — and less than one quarter of the $1.52 billion achieved by Marvel’s The Avengers last year.

But consider this: Thanks largely to its Avengers boost, Thor: The Dark World has already earned more than $628 million worldwide after just seven weekends in theaters, compared to $449.3 million over 16 weekends for the first Thor in 2011. If The Winter Soldier follows a similar upward trajectory a few months from now, it should easily be able to eclipse the $550 million mark when all is said and done.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Image source: Sony Pictures

Speaking of potential billion-dollar comic book-based movies, you can be sure Sony (NYSE:SNE  ) Pictures wants to steal the show with its May 2 debut of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

And why not? Its risky reboot in The Amazing Spider-Man last year grabbed an impressive $752.2 million after 15 weekends on the big screen, nearly two-thirds of which came from foreign audiences. This time, the second installment should not only benefit from the ever-growing star power of leading lady Emma Stone, but also from having Jamie Foxx portraying Spidey’s next supervillain antagonist, Electro.

All things considered, that’s why I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 near the top of 2014’s highest-grossing films.

Read more here:  the fool.com

Credit for original article:  Steve Symington

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Jaws? Is that you?

2013 Memorable Photo

This group of kayakers got the treat of their lives when they were joined in the sea by a massive basking shark. The group were out for an evening paddle around the coastal town of Peel on the Isle of Man just off the west coast of the Island. The incredible images were taken by Keirron Tastagh, founder of Adventurous Experiences, who was leading the kayak trip. Tastagh commented: “The Isle of Man is a known hotspot for Basking Sharks, but it’s rare to have everyone in the group experience such a close encounter.
Be afraid, be very afraid!

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The Naked Wife

Naked Wife

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.

After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks,…

“Who was that?” “It was Bob the next door neighbor,” she replies. “Great!” the husband says, “Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?”
Booyah!

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File this under WTF?!?!?

American ingenuity in the 1920’s!!! – In crowded cities like New York, baby cages were used to ensure that children got enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building.  The picture below is from London in 1937.

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The idea behind the cages was patented in America in 1922 as a means to help parents living in cities who didn’t have much space.
(Pic below is from 1920’s)
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The benefits were said to be fresh air for the child, room to play with toys and another place for children to sleep.
(pic below is from Chelsea, 1937)
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The patent was filed in 1922 by Emma Read, from Washington, and was granted the following year.

The cages in the patent were also designed with a slanted, overlapping roof which was said to protect babies from snow or rain.

And they say kids have it tough today…..riiiiiiiiiiight!
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Hourglass traffic lights?

Would an Hourglass Traffic Light Work Better?

Mark Frauenfelder found this interesting new traffic light design by Thanva Tivawong. LED lights trickle down like sand in a virtual hourglass, letting you know when the light will change. I actually find this to be pretty confusing the more I look at it—a simple numerical countdown or a design like Damjan Stankovic’s might be clearer—but Tivawong’s proposal does make you think about the opportunities for improving traffic lights.

It seems that a traffic light like above would be just what all the street racers would love to have…with the popularity of Japanese import car customization and the street racing, or “drag wars”, the opportunity seems ripe.  As they say in “The Fast and The Furious” movies, RIDE OR DIE!

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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/racer-x-this-story-inspired-fast-and-furious-2013-5#ixzz2oguLhDkV

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