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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Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Comic Book Review

Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Comic Book Review

When Disney bought both Marvel and Lucasfilm, it was only a matter of time before Star Wars comics started to hit shelves under the Marvel banner.  The only question was, would these new comics be good and would they be good enough to help heal the loss of all pre-Disney buyout Star Wars cannon? After finishing my first foray into the new cannon comics, I absolutely think they are. 

“Darth Vader” follows the titular character as he deals with the fallout from the destruction of the first Death Star.  To put it simply, the Emporer is pissed and pissed at Vader specifically.  And that is where this book shines.  The way the relationship between Master and Apprentice in “Darth Vader Vol.1” is presented is absolutely astounding and the best thing Star Wars related I’ve read in a while.

Throughout this volume, the Emporer berates Vader, constantly belittles him, and forces Vader to continually prove himself as a worthy apprentice.  The Emporer even makes a jab at Vader when he sends him to Tattoine on a mission, making Vader relive past hurts at the sick pleasure of the Emporer.   

In the movies, we never get any real take on the relationship between Palpatine and Anakin after Anakin has turned.  Most of what we see is Palpatine’s manipulation of a young, head strong boy turning him to the Dark Side and we get very little of Palpatine emotionally manipulating his new apprentice (past him lying about Padme’s death at the end if Episode III). This volume expertly serves to inform the audience about their relationship and gives added context to it when rewatching the movies.

The writer, Kieron Gillen, also does a great job of humanizing Vader and makes us feel for him as he deals with the Emporer and as he remembers things about his past throughout the book. The best villains are always the ones we can sympathize with and feel for even as they do dispicable things.  That’s why Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Kingpin in Netflix’s “Daredevil” Season 1 work so well, we get to see the shreds of humanity left in them and see why they are the way they are and that’s what we get for Vader here.

Sometimes comic book artwork can be a crap shoot, especially when adapting live action characters but that is no where near the case this time, Salvador Larroca’s artwork brings life to the pages here.  I remember Larroca’s art from way back in the “X-Treme X-Men” days and he hasn’t lost a step.  

If you’re a Star Wars fan you should read this comic. If you’re a comic fan, you should read this Star Wars book.  Even if you really don’t fall into either category, this book is accessible to casual Star Wars fans, you don’t have to be knowledgeable of the expanded universe to enjoy it. There are also many other surprises in “Darth Vader Vol. 1” that I haven’t touched on here. Seriously, hit up your local comic book shop and get this book. I can’t recommend it enough!

I will definitely be picking up Vol. 2 shortly and will write a review when I do!

Until next time, Thank You for reading and 

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

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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Better Late Than Never Movie Review #7 – Furious 7

Better Late Than Never Movie Review #7 – Furious 7

Here we are my Beardlings, we’ve come to “Furious 7”, the last of the “Fast & Furious” movies to be included in the Better Late Than Never section of this site.  The $1.5 billion money maker, the movie that was almost cancelled after Paul Walker’s tragic death, and the movie where I, unfortunately, think the franchise took a turn for the worse.

“Furious 7” starts off with Jason Statham, our new villain, monologue-ing in a hospital room to his brother, Owen Shaw. That’s right folks, we’ve got a revenge plot this time! Deckard Shaw (Statham) is out to kill the crew that landed his brother in coma and he starts with Hobbs, kicking off a pretty spectacular, if not overly prolonged, fight that lands Hobbs in the hospital for most of the movie. Next, Deckard sends a package bomb to the Toretto house, blowing it up and almost taking Dom, Mia, Brian, and their toddler son with it.  

This particular scene sets the rest of the movie into motion and definitely establishes the stakes as well as helps “fix” the movie timeline. In this scene, the package bomb is sent as if it was coming from Han and right before it explodes, Deckard calls Dom from Tokyo immediately after he rams into and effectively killing Han. This, coupled with the post credits scene from “Fast & Furious 6” establishes exactly when the events of “Tokyo Drift” take place.  Yay for fixed continuity!

After going to Tokyo to retrieve Han’s personal effects (further connecting the pieces of the timeline), Dom and the crew have a funeral for their fallen comrade. At the funeral, Dom notices a car suspiciously sitting off to the side and decides give chase.  Dom chases the mystery driver, who of course turns out to be Deckard, though the streets of LA eventually leading to a game of chicken where no one blinks. 

As Dom and Deckard stare each other down, a swarm of black ops guys decend upon them, allowing Deckard to escape. This where Kurt Russell shows up as Mr. Nobody, the leader of a shadowy government organization, and where I think the movie starts to go off the rails.  

Mr. Nobody takes Dom in and explains that someone has created a tool called God’s Eye that can find anyone anywhere in the world at anytime and someone has kidnapped the tools creator.  So now Mr. Nobody offers Dom a deal (much like Hobbs did in the previous movie) – gather your team, find the hacker, bring me the God’s Eye and I’ll let you use it to find and kill Deckard.  

I love Kurt Russell and I’m happy to see him join this series, but this whole plot is crap.  It convolutes the movie where I believe it would have been a much better finished product had the plot simply revolved around Deckard’s drive towards getting revenge for his brother and the crew avenging Han’s death.  I can certainly see why they included this story as it gives the team carte blanche on whatever resources they need and thus the writers get carte blanche on designing insane action sequences. But again, I think that’s what drives this movie off a cliff just like Dom does at some point.  

If I’m being brutally honest, I got bored watching this movie.  It may have been because I’ve plowed through seven of these movies in a couple weeks, or maybe I was tired, or something but this movie had just way too much sustained action and when watching it, I just kind of glazed over and zoned out because it wasn’t interesting enough to hold me. 

I feel “Furious 7” fell into the trap of using action to dictate plot versus letting plot dictate action.  I felt like I was watching 20 minute action scenes glued together with just enough plot to make the whole thing work as a movie and that’s just not how it should be.  For comparison’s sake, I felt the same when I watched “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”.  But the movie made $1,516,045,911 in theaters so what the fuck do I know.  

For me, “Furious 7” was serviceable, the definition of a summer blockbuster popcorn movie, the seventh movie in a series that has started to let story give way to action.  We’ll see if “The Fate of the Furious” fixes this or continues down the same path.

And lastly, you can’t talk about this film without talking about the passing of Paul Walker and the affect it had on this film. When I first heard of his death, it didn’t impact me the way other celebrity deaths have. For instance Carrie Fisher’s recent passing almost had me in tears as “Star Wars” has been a huge part of my life (I may actually have cried when I saw “Rogue One” for the second time). When I first started this project, I had never seen a “Fast & Furious” movie or even a Paul Walker movie, but as I finish it out the series, I can definitely feel the impact his death had and has on the longtime fans. I also have to applaud the filmmakers for carrying on and adapting to the challenge of finishing this movie with a main cast member.  

What did you think about “Furious 7”? Do you feel the way I do? Did you like it, love it?  Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, Thank you for reading and….

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“Class” S1E01 Review – “For Tonight We Might Die”

“Class” S1E01 Review – “For Tonight We Might Die”

When “Doctor Who” premiered this past weekend it did so along with the newest Who Universe spinoff, BBC’s “Class” which follows a group of students at Coal Hill School, an insitution that has had a special place in Who history since day one, as they deal with typical high school drama and atypical alien invaders.

Overall, I liked the pilot for “Class”. It had a lot of heavy lifting to do introducing us to five brand new characters and setting up the world in which it will operate, all while trying to make us care about said new characters when they find themselves in mortal danger and do it all in 45 minutes. 

In “Class” we have some fairly stereotypical roles for a show that revolves around a high school:  The self assured jock in Ram, the overly enthusiastic about school, girl who can’t make friends in April, the girl who is incredibly bright, two years ahead in school but held back socially by an overbearing parent in Tanya, the pop culturally ignorant, awkward guy who can’t read social cues in Charlie, and the stereotypical mean teacher who seems to hate kids in Miss Quill. All of them are played pretty well by the cast but they do fall into standard character tropes for most of the episode until the climax in which they begin to grow beyond those tropes.

While the characters do come off a bit like cookie cutter high school drama movie characters, I see enough potential in them that as they go through the trials of fighting off alien threats week after week, I believe they will become more than what they are now. 

Peter Capalidi shows up as the Twelfth Doctor in the back quarter of this episode and serves to help our main characters make sense of what is going on and ground the show firmly in the Who Universe. While I love Capaldi’s Doctor (and will probably shed at least one tear when he leaves), his apperance in this episode felt tacked on and almost discordant with everything else.  I completely understand why he showed up and why he was needed to make the show work but I feel the execution wasn’t quite there.

It is revealed over the course of the episode that two characters have had a past encounter with the Doctor, I feel like that part of the story and the weight it carries for those two characters doesn’t quite hit home like it should. The rest of the goings on in the episode simply don’t allow for that part to breathe and develop as much as it needs to.  I really think the creators missed an opportunity by not using an earlier “Doctor Who” episode as a backdoor pilot to introduce these two characters and give their back story the development it richly deserves.  

One quick note on the effects in this episode – they were amazing. Flat out awesome and borderline cinematic.  The BBC clearly poured some cash into this.

All in all, “For Tonight We Might Die” is a pretty solid pilot that presents some interesting story lines to play with and explore over the next seven episodes. Hopefully the show rises to the occasion and joins “Torchwood” as yet another beloved spinoff of “Doctor Who”.

Weekend Box Office Breakdown – April 14th – 16th

Weekend Box Office Breakdown – April 14th – 16th

It’s Monday again folks which means it’s time again for the Weekend Box Office Breakdown where we dive in to the the money side of the movie business and see what flicks made bank and which ones can’t rub two nickels together!

Well one movie definitely made some serious bank this week and the rest kept pace. Let’s get into it!

#1 – The Fate of the Furious – $98,786,705 – New Release

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Can we afford Rogaine now?

I clearly underestimated how much Paul Walker’s death affected the opening weekend box office numbers for “Furious 7” and I also clearly overestimated how extra money movies would make this weekend due to families being together for Easter and schools being out for Good Friday, as “The Fate of the Furious” only pulled in 2/3rds of what I thought it would. “Furious 7” made about $147 million opening weekend so one might think that “The Fate of the Furious” opening on par with the $97 million that “The Fast and the Furious 6” did constitutes a “failure” or even worse, the series losing steam but that is far from the case here.  Not having the extra, extremely unfortunate publicity of Walker’s death did make a huge dent in the domestic box office but “The Fate of the Furious” hit that magic NOS button at the foreign box office pulling in an unbelievable $432 million.  This franchise isn’t going anywhere any time soon and I fully expect it to stay at #1 until May 5th when “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” drops.

#2 – The Boss Baby – $16,012,349 – 39.3% Drop

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“Sorry Boss, I don’t have a joke this week…….”  “No cookie for you!”

For the first week since it’s release, I managed to guess “Boss Baby’s” weekend box office spot correctly and got pretty damn close to guessing it’s numbers – I was within a million (YAY). All in all, “Boss Baby” surprised the heck out of me, I expected it to come in second it’s opening weekend and play second fiddle to the behemoth that is “Beauty and the Beast” but nope, Dreamworks had a winner on their hands as Alec Baldwin’s animated family comedy always narrowly beat out the House of Mouse.  It will be interesting to see where “Born in China”, Disney’s newest live action nature film lands next week.  I shouldn’t underestimate cute animals, especially after the recent Planet Earth 2 special, but it’s only opening on 1500 screens.

#3 – Beauty and the Beast – $13,705,122 – 42.1% Drop

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A tale as old as time – Disney making shit tons of money

Disney’s latest live action remake of an animated classic just keeps chugging along.  I still see people checking in on Facebook at theaters saying they’re seeing this one.  It never managed to get back on top after “Boss Baby” hit theaters but it’s pulled in a global total of $1,043,120,873 and that ain’t bad. As I predicted in last week’s box office breakdown, “Beauty and the Beast” did indeed break the billion mark and I bet it will soon be joined in that lonely club by “The Fate of the Furious” if that one keeps slamming the foreign box office like it did.

#4 – Smurfs: The Lost Village – $6,714,300 – 49.2% Drop

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In cinemas 2017, in bargain bins 2018

Well the little blue guys and gal haven’t exactly been tearing it up at the box office, foreign or domestic.  It’s only managed just under $25 million in the states and a bit over $70 million outside of the states for a total of $95 million. That means “Smurfs” has probably made it’s money back after it’s $60 million production budget plus advertising and marketing and minus the theaters taking their cut.  Unless “Smurfs” continues to make money outside of the states, I doubt we’ll be seeing them back on the big screen any time soon.

#5 – Going in Style – $6,288,402 – 47.3% Drop

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This April go see “Old Guys Making Paycheck Movies” in a theater near you!

Similar to “Smurfs”, “Going in Style” has made $35 million globally on a $25 million production budget so after theater shares and marketing budget, this remake has probably broken even at this point. It’s only been out for two weeks so it probably has a bit more in the tank and will start turning a profit for the studio with next weekend’s box office take and probably do well enough in BluRay/DVD rentals and digital downloads to justify it’s existence.

That’s it for this week folks!  Next week looks to be an interesting one…. there are several smaller movies releasing next week and it will be fun to take a whack at predicting where they will all land in the Top 5 with some impressive movies still in theaters.

Until next time, Thank You for reading and…..

SEE YOU AT THE CINEMA!