Summer Movie League: Week 14

Recap:

The past weekend saw a few duds released that were no match for Finding DoryFinding Dory stayed atop the box office with a $73 million weekend, pushing it up past the cap for Paula.  That propels her into 2nd place for the moment, ahead of Chris, who drops to third, and within shouting distance of Joe, the pace car of the season.

The new releases came nowhere close to matching the numbers of Finding Dory, with Independence Day coming in at $41 million, but with a poor showing on the T-Meter at 33%, which gives Greg only $13.5 million for it.  He is not in any real danger right now of ending up in last place, but he really needs Ghostbusters, The Secret Life of Pets, and Jason Bourne to perform well and exceed, especially since he only has six movies while nearly everyone else has seven.

The other notable release this weekend was the Civil War movie Free State of Jones, which I had rostered for $1, but the returns are not great.  It only made $7.6 million at the box office with a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes.  This nets me $3.3 million and further reduces my chances of finishing outside of last place.

Surprisingly, nobody picked up The Shallows, which made $16.8 million and was well rated at 73%.  That is probably going to end up being close to $30 million that could have helped somebody.  In repeat business, The Conjuring 2 and Central Intelligence continued to do solid business.

Preview:

This weekend is 4th of July weekend, which means a 4 day weekend at the box office.  There are three notable releases this weekend: Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, The Legend of Tarzan, and The Purge: Election Year.  Given that it is a holiday weekend, I could see Finding Dory hanging onto the #1 spot at the cinemas for another weekend.  If any of the new releases could top it, it would have to be The BFG.  It has a 71% rating after 76 reviews, and word is that it contains classic Spielbergian whimsy.  The Legend of Tarzan is not faring as well, sporting a 27% through 29 reviews.  Finally, with 20 reviews so far, The Purge: Election Year has a 65% rating.

Looking further ahead, The Secret Life of Pets sits at 83% after 24 reviews.  Ice Age: Collision Course has managed only 14% after 7 reviews, while Sausage Party remains at 100%.

Standings:

1. Joe – $393.4 million
($30) Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – $89.2 million
($19) The Jungle Book – $250 million
($11) Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – $34 million
($4) Hardcore Henry – $4.4 million
($3) Keanu – $15.8 million
($3) Sausage Party – $0

2. Paula – $325.8 million
($39) Finding Dory – $250 million
($7) The Huntsman: Winter’s War – $7.7 million
($5) The Boss – $13.9 million
($4) The Nice Guys – $31.9 million
($1) Money Monster – $22.3 million
($5) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – $0
($5) Legend of Tarzan – $0

3. Chris – $316.5 million
($46) Captain America: Civil War – $250 million
($10) Central Intelligence – $45.7 million
($4) Now You See Me 2 – $17.7 million
($2) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – $7.1 million
($1) Demolition – $1 million
($0) Bad Moms – -5 million
($6) Pete’s Dragon

4. Me – $191.7 million
($29) X-Men: Apocalypse – $72.5 million
($10) Alice Through the Looking Glass – $22.3 million
($7) The Angry Birds Movie – $45.1 million
($3) Barbershop: The Next Cut – $48.5 million
($1) Free State of Jones – $3.3 million
($8) Ice Age: Collision Course – $0
($12) The BFG – $0

5.Tim – $116.9 million
($7) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – $28.6 million
($6) The Conjuring 2 – $68.7 million
($4) My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – $17.3 million
($2) Mother’s Day – $2.3 million
($26) Suicide Squad – $0
($20) Star Trek Beyond – $0
($3) Kubo and the Two Strings – $0

6. Greg – $26.7 million
($17) Independence Day: Resurgence – $13.5 million
($6) Warcraft – $13.2 million
($8) Ghostbusters – $0
($19) The Secret Life of Pets – $0
($17) Jason Bourne – $0
($3) The Purge: Election Day – $0

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