Weekend Box Office Breakdown: June 16th – 18th

Weekend Box Office Breakdown: June 16th – 18th

Welcome back Beardlings to a new edition of the Weekend Box Office Breakdown!  I know it’s been awhile since we’ve discussed the weekend box office numbers but the results from this past weekend was interesting enough to warrant resurrecting this series (with a new format).  Without any further ado, lets get into it!

The Numbers:

  1. Cars 3 – $53,688,680 – New Release
  2. Wonder Woman – $41,268,850 – 29.5% Drop
  3. All Eyez On Me – $26,435,354 – New Release
  4. The Mummy (2017) – $14,510,960 – 54.2% Drop
  5. 47 Meters Down – $11,205,561 – New Release

There are a number of interesting things going on here but lets start at the top with Cars 3.  $53.7 million is a lot of money, like a LOT, but when looking at it in comparison with the rest of the Cars and Pixar films in general, one can’t help but draw the conclusion that the Cars 3 opening weekend numbers are a bit of a disappointment.  Back in 2006, Cars had an opening weekend gross of $60.1 million and then the follow up in 2011, Cars 2, grossed $66.1 million – a decent 10% improvement over the franchise’s first entry. But then we get to Cars 3 taking a 10%+ drop over the original and that’s just not good, studios usually want sequels to make more than the original because, well, duh… Aside from being the lowest opening of the Cars franchise, Cars 3 also has the lowest gross for a Pixar movie in the last 10 years, since Ratatouille (not counting The Good Dinosaur which, while being a Pixar film, never quite felt like a “Pixar film”).  Now, I’m not saying Pixar is in trouble due to a lackluster opening by Cars 3, just that maybe no one was really asking for Cars 3 and we’re all just waiting ever so patiently for that Incredibles sequel we’ve been promised (come on June 2018)!

Next up is Wonder Woman and oh my what a weekend for the Princess of Themyscira. Most big summer block busters drop around 50% or more week over week but not this one.  Wonder Woman dropped only 43.3% from its first to second week and now only 29.5% from its second to its third week?  That’s not just incredible, that’s down right Amazonian! (Yes, I like easy puns, leave me alone.) Just for the sake of comparison Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped 55.5% from its first to second week in release and then 46.9% from its second to third week.  Wonder Woman is definitely showing that it has legs at the box office and on screen (HA! Easy puns….).

As for the rest of the weekend box office, All Eyez on Me pulling in $26.5 million is rather impressive in my eyes given the 22% Rotten rating it has on Rotten Tomatoes and that I saw next to no marketing for it.  Although I will readily admit that I am far from the target demographic for that particular film.  The Mummy (2017) continues to disappoint domestically while staying #1 in the foreign box office.  Actually, after this weekend, 80.6% of it’s $293.9 million gross box office take has been from the foreign markets.  Not sure what that means for the future of Universal’s Dark Universe (interconnected movie franchise featuring updated versions of all the old classic Universal monsters) but hopefully they stay the course and right the ship.

And lastly, we come to 47 Meters Down, which made me say “Aww hell no!” when watching the trailers.  $11.2 million might feel like a disappointing opening but given that it’s production budget was only $5 million this movie is probably close to breaking even as it stands, even when considering its marketing budget.  Going forward, most money this movie makes is just gravy which is good for the movie but also great for the distribution company, Entertainment Studios, as this is it’s first feature film.

All in all, seems like a great weekend at the box office with plenty of life left in the summer movie season and a handful of great summer movies yet to come!

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Wonder Woman – Spoiler Review

Wonder Woman – Spoiler Review

This past weekend I again had the privilege of going to see and, this time, the honor of taking my wife. I was pretty excited to see Wonder Woman again, not just because I had a hot date, but because I always like to look for early hints and clues to the later reveals that I missed the first go around and gain added appreciation for the characters and a deeper understanding of their motivations.

If you haven’t had a chance to go see Wonder Woman you can check out my non-spoiler review here!

Without any further ado, lets get into some spoiler talk!

One of the biggest criticisms I have repeatedly heard about Wonder Woman is about the villains and how, like many other comic book movies of late, they are very weak characters. While that maybe true for one of the three villains, I believe that the other two are stronger than they are getting credit for.  Starting off with General Ludendorff, played by Danny Huston, it’s very clear that his main role in this movie is to be the bait in the bait and switch as to the true identity of Ares and while that plot thread in the movie may not always be convincing, Ludendorff is still a decent villain.  Ludendorff is a man who has been completely enveloped and engrossed by war and no longer gives any regard to human life as evidenced by the callous execution of his own soldier early on in the movie.  He is driven to continue the war no matter the cost, he even goes as far as killing a dozen or so German generals so he can carry out his plans to gas the front lines. All this goes to show, that he has completely given himself over to Ares’ control. Ludendorff does come off as a “mustache twirling” villain at times but I think the character serves his purpose for illustrating just how much Ares has managed to influence the world. I will admit that the vials of super strength gas that he uses a few times, comes off as silly but I think that was mostly written in as a device to allow him, a human, to go toe to toe with Diana near the end of the movie.  (And that gas may also be an Easter egg to Bane, the gas being a precursor to the venom he later uses.)

Next up is Dr. Isabel Maru aka Dr. Poison, played Elena Anaya.  Similar to Ludendorff, Maru is completely consumed by war and her work designing the most terrible, awful, horrific weapons ever used in warfare short of nuclear weapons and also similar to Ludendorff, Maru is a puppet of Ares’, listening to his whispers of ideas. Where Maru and Ludendorff differ though, is how they are used in the movie.  While Ludendorff is the decoy Ares for much of the movie, Maru is built up to be the extreme example of the evil that is inherent in humanity and Ares presents her to Diana as that example hoping to goad Diana into hating humanity as he does. In the end, I don’t really see Maru and Ludendorff as villains per se but as puppets being masterfully manipulated by the true villain of the film, Ares.

Ares, the main villain of Wonder Woman, when taken on the surface, isn’t that big of a threat to our hero who defeats him somewhat handily after she realizes what she truly is and the power within her.  However, when you start to dig into what he was trying to accomplish and the way he went about it, he becomes a much deeper, darker villain. As the movie trucks along, the audience is led to believe that Ludendorff is Ares, as discussed earlier, and Diana continually assumes that Ares would be where the fighting is the heaviest as he is the one inciting the violence but, as we discover, Diana has it all wrong. Ares is not a commanding general screaming orders on the battlefield, he is a behind the scenes puppet master, whispering in the ears of of his minions. We see a couple first hand examples of this as we get small flashbacks to Ares with both Maru and Ludendorff and he even tries to goad Diana into killing Maru by crushing her with a tank.   Those three examples all show just how adept Ares is at pulling peoples strings but I think the greatest example is the Armistice.

Once Sir Patrick, a member of the Imperial War Cabinet who aides Diana and Steve and is fighting to achieve peace through the Armistice, is revealed to be Ares, its a bit confusing as to why he was calling for peace in the first place, being the god of war and all.  Well, it takes some historical context to realize that all the Armistice did was stop the war for about twenty years until World War II started.  The Armistice heavily penalized Germany, causing resentment which lead to Hitler gaining power and eventually the invasion of Poland kicking off, or resuming, world war.  So in essence, Ares knows that by sowing peace now, he will reap even more war later. I didn’t know about, or at least remember, this very important piece of history that adds incredible context to Ares’ plans and as soon and my friend, and World War I history buff, Erin told me about it, it really blew my mind. Seriously. It elevated Ares from being another run of the mill comic book, super hero, sorta blah movie villain to the level of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (at least Loki at the end of the first Thor).  It goes to show just how much of a long game Ares was playing and how masterful he is at playing the puppeteer.

David Thewlis is the perfect person to play this version of Ares.  While one might typically expect the god of war to have a body style more akin to The Mountain from Game of Thrones, casting someone with Thewlis’ look is perfect for the style of character they wrote Ares to be.  Someone weaselly, someone who you might be inherently wary of just based on how they carry themselves, someone you would expect to whisper evil into peoples ears. Now this opinion maybe heavily influenced by his current role on season 3 of Fargo (which is amazing if you’re not watching it) where he, again, plays some one pulling the strings from behind the scenes, in the shadows.

One thing that I was really afraid of going into this movie was it being overly preachy and heavy handed with its messaging. I love all four DC TV shows that are currently running on the CW – Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow.  Each has their own pros and cons that are individual to each show and for Supergirl it is its heavy handed, almost ham-fisted way of getting it’s point across.  For instance in the season 2 finale (SPOILERS FOR THAT THROUGH THE END OF THIS PARAGRAPH), Supergirl has to fight a mind controlled Superman and defeats him in hand to hand combat which is fantastic and it was a really dramatic scene.  What undercuts that scene later on, is the way the writers feel it necessary to spoon feed the audience by constantly reminding us that Supergirl is stronger because she defeated Superman.  “Who is gonna fight the big bad?”  “Well Supergirl should do it because she beat Superman so clearly she is the better, stronger fighter.”  Ummm yes that was clear when we saw her beat Superman, no need to remind us of that three times, we got the point when it happened.  Now relate a scene of that nature to what happens in Wonder Woman in the “No Man’s Land” scene. Everyone is telling Diana that she, nor anyone, can go out over the trenches because they will get killed instantly.  In this moment, it would have been insanely easy, and quite lazy, for the writers to make some sort of winky line like “No Man’s Land? Ha, I am a woman!”.  But no, they are better than that.  Diana says that this is “what she came here to do” and she does it.  Perfect, beautiful, powerful.  Don’t tell me Diana is powerful, SHOW ME and let me get to that conclusion on my own.  All too often these days, I’ll watch a TV show or a movie and it will metaphorically hand me “2”, then hand me “2” more, and then TELL ME “See now you have 4”.  It drives me up the wall.  If you hand me “2” and then “2” more, I know I have “4” and there is no need to explicitly state that I now have “4”.  The audience is smarter than that and writers should respect the audience versus spoon feeding us every little thing they wish to convey.

In my non-spoiler review, I said that all of my negatives were nit picks and that still stands after a second viewing.  The pacing in a few spots is a bit off and there are a couple scenes where it is very noticeable that the foreground is a real set and the background is a green screen especially the scene with Diana and Steve in the small boat right after they leave Themyscira.  It wasn’t enough to take me out of the movie but definitely noticeable.

One other small nit pick, is that this film comes dangerously close to being the spiritual sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.  A red, white, and blue costumed hero with special weapons and a naive outlook is exposed to the horrors of World War as they fight evil scientists bent on world domination and then there is a heart breaking scene involving a guy name Steve in a plane.  Now, obviously that is a gross oversimplification of both plots but you can see what I’m getting at.  Fortunately the writers and Jenkins do more than enough to keep the two movies from being carbon copies of each other even if there are a number of similarities.

As I said in my non-spoiler review, I really enjoyed Wonder Woman. It’s a smart movie, with smart characters, that respects its audience – movies like that are in short supply and I cannot wait to pick this up on Blu-ray when it comes out so I can watch it again and dive into any and all special features it has.

Until next time, Thank You for reading and…

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Weekend Box Office Breakdown – May 12th – 14th

Weekend Box Office Breakdown – May 12th – 14th

Once again it’s time for the bright spot on the Monday – THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!  – where we take a look at the weekend box office grosses and try to make some sense out of the wacky world of cinema!

Let’s get into it!

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $65,263,492 – 55.5% Drop

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Next to “The Fate of the Furious” in the #4 slot this week, “GotGv2” hanging on to the top slot is pretty unsurprising with the brand history behind Marvel films and the absoulte star power of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Kurt Russell backing up this film. I’m honestly wondering if it will hang on to the top spot again next week going up against a very, VERY different movie about space Aliens (not a typo) which doesn’t have as much star power or brand appeal.  I still have yet to see “Guardians” (which is driving me insane) but hopefully this coming weekend I can check out both it and “Alien: Covenant”.

#2 – Snatched – $19,542,248 – New Release

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I wasn’t expecting this movie to do too much business as it seems like another generic comedy serving as a vehicle for a tired comedian.  I’m honestly surprised it got as close to $20 million as it did considering Amy Schumer’s most recent comedy special was apparently not a comedy and Goldie Hawn hasn’t been a box office draw in 20+ years. It seems the ploy of releasing a mother/daughter comedy on Mother’s Day weekend worked at least a little bit and there was some good will for Schumer left over after her surprisingly good work on and in “Trainwreck”.

#3 – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $15,371,270 – New Release

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Ouch…..  This one hurts.  I was really looking forward to this film but with terrible reviews and some questionable marketing, “King Arthur” seems to be a giant flop, making less than 10% of it’s production budget back in it’s domestic debut.  Even when including the global box office, this film only pulled in $44.9 million on a $175 million production budget.  I saw one headline estimating that “King Arthur” will lose Warner Bros. an estimated $150 million…..  Damn….  that is not good for the WB.  Hopefully “Wonder Woman” crushes the box office in three weeks to help WB recover.

#4 – The Fate of the Furious – $5,400,845 – 37.0% Drop

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“Fate” is still making decent money a month later and I’m not really surprised as it’s one of the better entries in the series (see my review here).  The really shocking thing here is not that it’s made almost $1.2 billion globally, it’s that $978 million of that has come from over seas, proving once again that a fair number of these mindless, action heavy blockbusters aren’t exactly made for domestic audiences.

#5 – Beauty and the Beast – $4,809,170 – 5.5% Drop

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Well it happened.  It finally happened. It took seven weeks but “Beauty and the Beast” finally came in over “Boss Baby”. This one I really believe had everything to do with it being Mother’s Day weekend, families going out to see a flick together, and choosing something that the whole family could enjoy.  This late in it’s run seeing a drop of only 5.5% is really surprising but again, I think that number is heavily bolstered by the holiday and I also think we’ll see the tale as old as time drop off the Top 5 after this week.

Well that’s it for this week folks! Come back next week as we see who wins the space battle between “Alien: Covenant” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”!

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Weekend Box Office Breakdown – May 5th – 7th

Weekend Box Office Breakdown – May 5th – 7th

Howdy Beardlings and welcome back to WildeBeard reviews where we are back at it after a week off and ready to dig into some box office numbers!  From the looks of things, not much has changed since our last weekend box office breakdown.

Let’s get into it!

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $146,510,104 – New Release

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Well Marvel and Disney have another smash hit on their hands and is it honestly that surprising?  At this point I’d be shocked if each successive Marvel movie DOESN’T make over $100 million opening weekend. I have not yet had a chance to go and check out the newest adventure of Star Lord and Co but I very much look forward to doing so as everything I’ve heard about it has been overwhelmingly positive.

#2 – The Fate of the Furious – $8,577,175 – 57% Drop

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Hanging on to the #2 spot is the newest entry in another reliable money making franchise, “The Fate of the Furious”.  Now this one, I have had the pleasure of seeing and while it may not quite be the movie I would enjoy seeing all the time, it was damned fun and I definitely recommend it to people as a fun, popcorn movie, summer blockbuster. Also during our week off, “Fate” sneaked into that exclusive billion dollar club as it currently sits at $1,162,229,939.  It’s a pretty safe bet Fast 9 isn’t too far away.

#3 – The Boss Baby – $5,976,818 – 36.2% Drop

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I gotta tell ya, I don’t have a lot left to say about this movie.  It shocked me when it came out, it has shocked me week after week as it continues to make money hand over fist, and it shocks me that it is still hanging around the Top 5 in it’s 6th week of release.  It will be interesting to see how much longer it sticks in the Top 5 as we get deeper and deeper in to the summer movie season.

#4 – How to be a Latin Lover – $5,144,904 – 58.0% Drop

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Being painfully honest again, I hadn’t even heard of this movie until it popped on the Top 5 last weekend taking in a startling $12.25 million on just 1,118 screens.  I haven’t even seen a trailer for this film much less know what it’s about past guessing based on the title.  It took a pretty significant drop from its first to second week and, just like “Boss Baby”, I doubt it will hang around the Top 5 for too long as this weekend kicks off a series of a new blockbuster every weekend for the next two months or more.

#5 – Beauty and the Beast – $5,087,749 – 25.5% Drop

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For Belle and Co, at least it’s not as lonely in the billion dollar club as it was there for a while.  “Beauty and the Beast” has a global total of $1,182,029,848 which “Fate” is closing in on pretty quick.  The real question here is, does the latest from the House of Mouse have the stamina to outlast “Fate” as it flames out or will Dom and the crew be too much for the tale as old as time?  My money is on Disney winning the day, as per usual.

That’s it for this week folks!  Come back Friday morning for the next entry in the Weekend Box Office Prediction series as we try to guess if “Guardians” can fend off Excalibur and Charlie Hunnam in “King Arthur” to keep the top spot!

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Weekend Box Office Predictions! (April 28th – 30th)

Weekend Box Office Predictions! (April 28th – 30th)

Howdy Beardlings and welcome back to Weekend Box Office Predictions where we take a stab at guessing how much money cinema fans will be spending at the movies this weekend!

Let’s get into it!

#1 – The Fate of the Furious – $18,500,000 – 48% DropThe-Fate-of-the-Furious-Title-Change-Logo

Even though there is a new wide release coming out this weekend, I think “Fate” still lands at #1 because it has a much wider appeal and a loyal fan base. “Fate” surprised me last weekend because it dropped 61% however I think it has enough nitro in the tank to keep it’s top spot.  If you’re looking for a fun time at the movies this weekend, go check this movie out. The chemistry of the cast is amazing and might have even been good enough to spawn a spin off franchise with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham (which I firmly approve of).  Be sure to check out my review of “The Fate of the Furious” here!

#2 – The Circle – $12,000,000 – New Release

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“The Circle” is the aforementioned new wide release this weekend.  Based on a book of the same name, “The Circle” follows Emma Watson as she finds out the social media company she works for may not be as altruistic and forthcoming as she initially thought. Despite this movie getting abysmal reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, a very rotten 23% at the time of this writing), I’m interested in seeing it.  I like the star power behind it (Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, and Bill Paxton in his final film) and the subject matter seems incredibly timely as it touches on privacy and security in the digital age.

#3 – The Boss Baby – $8,900,000 – 30% Drop

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I should call this movie “The Little Film That Could” as it just keeps raking in more money than I thought it would.  It won’t break into the billion club like the next entry but its done more than enough to justify it’s existence and possibly a sequel in a couple years.  Wonder what the title will be….. “The Boss Baby 2: Toddler Tyrant” or “The Boss Baby 2: Dictator in Diapers”?  *insert eye roll here*

#4 – Beauty and the Beast – $5,8000,000 – 40% Drop

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Belle and Co. just keep on keeping on.  “Beauty and the Beast” cruised to a billion dollars with out breaking a sweat and it just keeps on chugging.  I would venture to say its got two more weeks to enjoy being in the Top 5 before being pushed out by the summer blockbusters.

#5 – Going in Style – $3,450,000 – 30% Drop

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With “The Circle” being the only wide release this week, I expect “Going in Style” to hang on to the 5th spot for at least one more week.  “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” comes out next week and that movie will definitely be pushing everything down a slot with the insane money it will make.

That’s it for this week folks! What are you going to see this weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

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Weekend Box Office Breakdown – April 21st – 23rd

Weekend Box Office Breakdown – April 21st – 23rd

Well my Beardlings, this week is pretty much a case of the more things change the more they stay the same – None, not a single one of the new releases made the Top 5 this weekend.  Color me shocked.  I had 3 of them placing on this list and pushing out “Beauty and the Beast” but clearly those smaller films, low theater count movies are just that… small.

Let’s discuss!

#1 – The Fate of the Furious – $38,408,415 – 61.1% Drop

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It’s weird to say but is pulling in a “paltry” $908 million over two weekends a “disappointment” for “The Fate of the Furious”?  As I said in my predictions, I fully expected this movie to break a billion after this weekend, so much so that I bet a dozen donuts on it (high roller I know).  And truth be told, I never actually made that bet because the guy I offered it to ALSO thought that “Fate” would be joining “Beauty and the Beast” in the 2017 “Billions” club this week.  This movie dropping a little over 60% in the States just seems odd to me given it’s blockbuster nature and the fact that it had zero competition coming out this week.  I guess my $15 didn’t add too much to the box office.  (I loved this one.  Review coming tomorrow!)

#2 – The Boss Baby – $12,712,144 – 20.6% Drop

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“The Boss Baby” just keeps on chugging.  I still don’t see the appeal in this flick but I also know I am far from the audience for it.  It clearly nailed it’s demographic though as I saw some parent taking his three kids to see this when I was at the theater for “The Fate of the Furious” on Sunday.  A movie I fully expected to play second fiddle to “Beauty and the Beast” for early summer family friendly fare has proved me wrong at every turn. Good for you Boss Baby, good for you. With a global take of $360 million on a production budget of $125 million, I think that if “The Boss Baby” does well in physical copy sales and paid downloads, we could probably see a sequel.

#3 – Beauty and the Beast – $9,662,645 – 29.5% Drop

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And speaking of sequels, I saw in the headlines this week that Dan Stevens, who played the Beast/Prince, said he would be open do doing more movies.  While I think that “Beauty and the Beast” would be better served to remain a standalone, self contained story,  if anyone can make a successful sequel to it, it would be the House of Mouse.  And it would probably be justified as B&B is closing in on grossing 10 times it’s production budget.

#4 – Going in Style – $4,910,895 – 21.9% Drop

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Well, “The Boss Baby” isn’t the only movie I’ve grossly underestimated on this list as “Going in Style” just keeps piling up the money to the tune of $50.8 million.  That’s not half bad on a production budget of $24 million.  This is the kind of movie that studios love to make – get a big star or two, give a new-ish director or a director on the rebound a small budget to play with, and hope the movie justifies it’s existence.  It’s safe to say that this movie has done just that and I’m even half tempted to check it out myself.  When it hits Blu Ray.  In the Redbox.  Maybe Netflix……

#5 – Smurfs: The Lost Village – 27.3% Drop

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Gotta hand it to the little guys, they managed to Smurf their way into staying in the Top 5 after beating out “Born in China” by about $90,000 (on Earth Day weekend no less) and “Unforgettable” by about $95,000.  It was a knock down, drag out fight for the bottom spot this week.

Movies not featured on this list but ones I guessed to be on it are: “Phoenix Forgotten” which pulled in $1.8 million (I guess even horror fans have their limits) and “Free Fire” which didn’t even break $1 million coming in at $994,431. Damn…. I guess an under marketed movie only opening on 1,070 screens can’t expect blockbuster numbers but even professional tracking sites had this one making $3-4 million. Ouch.  Also, “Unforgettable”  which I guess isn’t as it made only $4.79 million and is eagerly awaited by FX for their Monday afternoon line up.

That’s it for this week folks! Coming up next week is “The Circle” featuring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega in what seems like a very timely release centered around the overreach of social media….  might have to check that one out….. and cancel my cell phone plan….

Until next time, Thank You for reading and….

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Weekend Box Office Predictions! – April 21st – April 23rd

Weekend Box Office Predictions! – April 21st – April 23rd

It’s Friday morning and that means it’s time for another round of “shots in the dark” otherwise known as the Weekend Box Office Predictions!  I found this week especially difficult in slots #2-5 as there are a slew of smaller films coming out this week, all looking to knock off family friendly power houses “Boss Baby” and “Beauty and the Beast”

Let’s get into it!

#1 – The Fate of the Furious – $55,000,000 – 44.5% Drop

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Coming in 2019 – “The Fastier and Furiousier” 

There’s nothing coming out this weekend that can even come close to the level of popularity that the “Fast and Furious” series has going for it.  I fully expect “The Fate of the Furious” to absolutely crush the box office again both in the States and in foreign markets.  As of Wednesday (4/19/17), “Fate” has made a whopping $685 million globally and I truly think it has the potential to break a billion in it’s first two weekends which is just absolutely insane.  I feel so confident that it will break into the billion club that I bet a friend and fellow movie buff two dozen donuts on it.  Don’t fail me, I want free donuts! #KrispyKreme

#2 – Unforgettable – $18,000,000 – New Release

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Unforgettable?  I see irony is alive and well in 2017

I think, THINK, I saw a preview for this one when I saw either “Split” or “Get Out” (both of which are fucking amazing) and I thought at the time that “Unforgettable” looked like it had the production quality of a late night made-for-cable movie and had the acting quality to match (which is hard to say because I adore Rosario Dawson).  Seriously, this movie looks like it got lost on the way to the bargain bin and accidentally wandered into a theater.  This one will make some cash because people like thrillers and recognize Dawson from the Marvel Netflix shows, Katherine Heigl as that blonde that got written off “Grey’s Anatomy”, and the male lead that I vaguely remember from flipping past later series episodes of “7th Heaven”.

#3 – Phoenix Forgotten – $15,000,000 – New Release

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I had forgotten what grainy VHS tape looked like, so thanks (?) for reminding me…..

“Phoenix Forgotten” follows the story of three teens that disappear into the Arizona desert after deciding to go investigate suspected UFO sightings.  I hadn’t seen a trailer for this one (I am not even remotely close to being a horror fan minus the aforementioned “Split” and “Get Out”) so this one didn’t pop on my radar at all.  And the trailer didn’t do anything to make me want to rush out and see this flick.  I love sci-fi but this looks like it is just another in a long line of found footage horror movies with just enough of a sci-fi edge to maybe fall into that category when this inevitably hits Netflix.  I have this pegged to make as much as I do simply because I know that horror usually makes at least SOME bank at the box office, even if it doesn’t look great.

#4 – Free Fire – $13,500,000 – New Release

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PEW PEW PEW

Ok now here is a movie I can’t wait to see.  Unlike the previous two entries, that will likely live up to the ‘forget’ in both of their titles, “Free Fire” looks to be the kind of violent, dark humored, sarcastic movie that is right up my alley. If you haven’t seen the trailer for this, I highly recommend looking it up just to get a feel for what is going on. Aside from looking hysterical, this movie has an amazing cast – Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, and Cillian Murphy?  Hot damn, that cast could win a Best Picture Oscar with the right script and director.  I’m not saying that this will be that movie, but if “The Fate of the Furious” wasn’t getting my movie money this weekend, this one would be.

#5 – Boss Baby – $8,000,000 – 50%~ Drop

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Time for a #2…. and I don’t mean a sequel….

I think “Boss Baby” hold on to the #5 spot this week. There are a couple more new releases this weekend, one is only showing on 2,252 screens and is a romance set during the end of the Ottoman Empire (#boring) and the other, Disney’s newest nature film “Born in China”, is only opening on 1,508 screens while Dreamworks’ latest cash machine will be on around 3,700 screens.  While both of those will make money, I believe that the big budget, big studio “Boss Baby” still has enough juice in it’s bottle to eek out the #5 spot this week.

That’s it for this week folks! Getting a number of smaller releases as we sit on the cusp of the summer movie season made this weekend hard to pin down.  We’ll see come Monday just how wrong my predictions were and whether or not I’m making the donut run for the office this week.

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