So lets look at the numbers …

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Looking at the total number of dollars taken, Predator 2 is the lowest grossing film of the franchise.

But wait! When we look at the same figures adjusted for inflation, its actually the THIRD HIGHEST grossing! Not bad for back in 1990 when advertising was limited to newspapers/TV/theatres – no world wide internet or Myspace!

Also – its worth checking out the number of theatres P2 opened in compared with the AVPs and Predators – its less right! If you do a ‘gross by theatres’ calculation – I imagine that would show some surprising results (I have not done that for you here as I’m going to bed).

Thanks to:

http://boxofficemojo.com/

Self confessed Predator 2 addict has just proved himself the north west’s no1 Predator 2 fan, but completing Liverpool’s half marathon – dressed as an Predator. Now that’s commitment!

I’m not sure I agree with their unexpected negative response to pretty much everything about Predator 2 (after all it is awesome), but they both agree that it was clearly expensive and “is not a pleasant film”…

Predator 2: a novel

Predator 2: a novel

That’s the question on everyone’s lips – but if you do it could cost you more than you bargained for.

That’s because copies of the paperback novelisation of Predator 2 by Simon Hawke are currently changing hands for up to and over $300!

Just check this page from the Amazon website, where you can see a new copy of the bizzarely titled ‘Predator 2: a novel’ in paperback for £305.42

 

 

So Megaupload.com got taken down the other day for dubious… illegal file sharing. The US government arrested the owners and an employee or two without the chance of bail. They could be jailed for a loooong time. So they won’t be able to enjoy that Predator Statue anymore…. with the what now?

A list of all the things the US government seized despite their servers…

Cars. Lots of cars:
2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, VIN WDD2120772A103834, LicensePlate No. “STONED”;73.
2010 Mini Cooper S Coupe, VIN WMWZG32000TZ03651, License PlateNo. “V”;74.
2010 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, VIN WDC1641772A608055, LicensePlate No. “GUILTY”;75.
2007 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, VIN WDD2163792A025130, LicensePlate No. “KIMCOM”;76.
2009 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, VIN WDC1641772A542449, LicensePlate No. “MAFIA”;77.
2010 Toyota Vellfire, VIN 7AT0H65MX11041670, License Plate Nos.”WOW” or “7″;78.
2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, VIN WDB4632702X193395, LicensePlate Nos. “POLICE” or “GDS672″;79.
2011 Toyota Hilux, VIN MR0FZ29G001599926, License PlateNo. “FSN455″;80.
Harley Davidson Motorcycle, VIN 1HD1HPH3XBC803936, LicensePlate No. “36YED”;81.
2010 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, VIN WDD2163742A026653, LicensePlate No. “HACKER”;82.
2005 Mercedes-Benz A170, VIN WDD1690322J184595, License PlateNo. “FUR252″;83.
2005 Mercedes-Benz ML500, VIN WDC1641752A026107, License PlateNo. DFF816
1957 Cadillac El Dorado, VIN 5770137596;86.
2010 Sea-Doo GTX Jet Ski, VIN YDV03103E010;87.
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, VIN 59F115669;88.
Von Dutch Kustom Motor Bike, VIN 1H9S14955BB451257;89.
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM, VIN WDB2094421T067269;90.
2010 Mini Cooper S Coupe, VIN WMWZG32000TZ03648 LicensePlate No. “T”;
1989 Lamborghini LM002, VIN ZA9LU45AXKLA12158, License PlateNo. “FRP358″;92.
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML63, VIN 4JGBB7HB0BA666219

A lot of cars for seven guys. How about some dubious art?
Artwork, Predator Statue!!!
Artwork, Anonymous Hooded Sculpture

But wouldn’t be a kingpin operation without gadgets. And they had those too:
Sharp LC-65XS1M 65″ LCD TV
Sharp LC-65XS1M 65″ LCD TV
TVLogic 56″ LUM56W TV
Sharp 108″ LCD Display TV
Sharp 108″ LCD Display TV
Sony PMW-F3K Camera S/N 0200231;101.
Sony PMW-F3K Camera S/N 0200561;
Samsung 820DXN 82″ LCD TV
Samsung 820DXN 82″ LCD TV
Samsung 820DXN 82″ LCD TV
THAT’S QUAPPCHATTZ!

Although this doesn’t quite live up to my threat to create an animated GIF of the whole of Predator 2, this is still a pretty special GIF. Apparently the original footage comes from a promotional campaign for an Alien v’s Predator computer game, but why turn it into a GIF? Because animated GIF’s a freakin awesome mother humper! And don’t let any computer nerd tell you that it should be pronounced ‘jif’, coz that’s just plain stupid. Roll on the full Predator 2 animated GIF…

Predator animated GIF

Predator animated GIF

THATS QUAPCHATTTZ!!!!!

That’s what this video invites you to do… and as one enthusiastic commentator put it, “it couldn’t have come at a better time” (although that was over a year ago).

An Image Works production from the golden age of computer games when 8bit played alongside 16bit (the company were responsible for a number of high-profile movie tie-ins which need not be named here).

This, of course, is the ZX Spectrum version, which transports you with its ominous electronic trills and expansively dark backgrounds into the deeply disorienting and above all yellow world of Predator 2, where it becomes possible, probably with a certain amount of frustration, to enact your own sideways-scrolling version of the film.