"Battleship," "The Dictator" No Match for "The Avengers!" 

"The Avengers" has torpedoed "Battleship" into the "John Carter" territory.

Marvel's "The Avengers," distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, continued to dominate the box-office claiming the No. 1 spot for its third-straight weekend. The superhero team, assembled by writer/director Joss Whedon, earned $55.1 million in the U.S. and $56 million overseas for a grand total of almost $1.2 billion.

Universal's "Battleship" starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, and Rihanna debuted in the U.S. at No. 2 with $25.4 million, well below everyone's expectations. The action adventure, released in April overseas, has a cumulative total of $252.1 million. Budgeted at over $200 million, "Battleship" may soon join "John Carter" as one of the costliest films in recent history. ("Battleship" and "The Dictator" movie review right here)

Meanwhile, Sacha Baron Cohen's irreverent comedy, "The Dictator," premiered at No. 3 with $17.4 million. Since its release last Wednesday, the Paramount laugh-a-minute has sold $24.5 million worth of box-office tickets.

(To win exclusive "The Dictator" prize pack, click here)

To see my interviews with Sir Ben Kingsley for THE DICTATOR, click here; with Anna Faris, click here; with Jason Mantzoukas, click here

"Dark Shadows," the latest Tim Burton-Johnny Depp collaboration fell to No. 4 with $12.8 million, while Lionsgate's latest box-office entry, "What to Expect When You're Expecting" starring Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz debuted at No. 5 with $10.5 million.

"The Avengers" is now the 4th highest grossing film of all time right after "Avatar" ($2.8 billion), "Titanic ($2.2 billion), and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($1.3 billion).

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of May 18th:

1. “The Avengers,” $55.1 million.
2. “Battleship,” $25.4 million.
3. “The Dictator,” $17.4 million.

4. “Dark Shadows,” $12.8 million.
5. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” $10.5 million.
6. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” $3.3 million.
7. “The Hunger Games,” $3 million.
8. “Think Like a Man,” $2.7 million.
9. “The Lucky One,” $1.8 million.
10. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” $1.5 million.

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Win One Million Wadiyan Money, Okay, THE DICTATOR Exclusive Prize Pack From Paramount Pictures! 

This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we have fantastic prizes from the film “THE DICTATOR” courtesy of our friends from Paramount Pictures. One lucky winner will take home the following:

*** “The Dictator” T-shirt featuring Wadiya
*** “The Dictator” cups
*** “The Dictator” Wadiyan money, one million Wadiyan dollars, wait, do they call their currency dollars? HA!
*** “The Dictator” mini-poster of Admiral General Aladeen
*** “The Dictator” stickers
*** And my favorite, “The Dictator” beard! Yes, you too can look like Admiral General Aladeen aka Sacha Baron Cohen, like in the picture.

Everything you need to be a respected dictator! HA!

How to enter:

1) Go to my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like my page
3) Like the contest post

And that’s it! Just like me forever and ever!

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on:


It’s as easy as that! So what are you waiting for? Go to my Facebook page right now, and good luck!

Sorry international friends, this is only for U.S. residents

Here's the video to explain our contest further! HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK!

To watch my movie review of THE DICTATOR, click here.

To see my interviews with Sir Ben Kingsley for THE DICTATOR, click here; with Anna Faris, click here; with Jason Mantzoukas, click here

And here's more details on the movie from Yahoo:


The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

In Theaters • May 16, 2012

MPAA Rating R (for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images)
Genres Comedy

DIRECTOR: Larry Charles


Sacha Baron Cohen
Jason Mantzoukas
Ben Kingsley
Anna Faris
J.B. Smoove

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"Battleship" VS "The Dictator" -- See My Pick of the Week! 

Here’s more on “Battleship” form Yahoo:


Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Based on Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancee; Alexander Skarsgard as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane.

And here’s “The Dictator”


The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

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Behold the New "Skyfall" Poster! Daniel Craig Back as Bond, James Bond  
Courtesy of our friends at Yahoo Movies, here's the new "Skyfall" poster! It's simple, sleek, just like Mr. James Bond himself.

Here's more details on "Skyfall" from Yahoo:


Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

In Theaters -- November 9, 2012
MPAA Rating -- Not Rated
Genres -- Action/Adventure, Sequel
Distributors -- Sony Pictures Releasing

DIRECTOR -- Sam Mendes


Daniel Craig -- James Bond
Judi Dench -- M
Javier Bardem -- Actor
Ralph Fiennes -- Actor
Ben Whishaw -- Q
Helen McCrory -- Actor

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So Long Donna Summer! The Death of a Disco Diva! 

Disco Icon Donna Summer has died Thursday. She was 63.

According to MSNBC, Summer succumbed to her battle with breast cancer. She was recording an album at the time of her death.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 31, 1948, the singer quickly became the symbol of the Disco era and was known as the Queen of Disco in the 1970s. Her musical career was launched in Munich, Germany during stage productions of "Hair" and "Porgy & Bess." Producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte gave Summer her first hit with "Love to Love You Baby."

Summer briefly flirted with the movie industry with her roles as Nicole Sims in the 1978 flop "Thank God It's Friday" or "T.G.I.F." The film was a dud but her battle cry, "Last Dance," won an Oscar for Best Song. Prior to that, Summer received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for "Down Deep Inside" for 1977's "The Deep."

So long Donna Summer, see you in Disco Heaven!

For now, watch Summer as Nicole Sims in "Thank God It's Friday."

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