Summer Movie League: Week 15

Recap:

So the 4th of July weekend created a 4-day weekend at the cinemas.  Once again, Finding Dory swam to #1, besting all competition.  But since it has already reached the $250 million cap in our league, it is no longer newsworthy.  What was newsworthy were the three new releases that failed to catch Finding Dory.  In a bit of a shock, The Legend of Tarzan performed the best of the three, making $46.6 million over its opening four days.  Unfortunately, it only garnered a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes, resulting in $15.8 million for Paula.  Greg got better returns with The Purge: Election Year, which made about $10 million less ($36.1 million) but had better reviews (53% T-meter), taking home $19.1 million for it.  In a distance last among the three releases was The BFG, which only made $22.7 million over the four day holiday weekend, and netted me $16.1 million thanks to the 71% positive reviews.  That’s a pretty shocking debut weekend for a Spielberg film, and it follows on the heels of Bridge of Spies not doing great business last fall.  In fact, 4 of his last 5 movies, including The BFG now, will have failed to generated $80 in box office receipts.

In repeat business, Central Intelligence and The Conjuring 2 inched closer to $100 million, and given their positive reviews, that is good news for Chris and Tim who own those respective movies.  Independence Day: Resurgence crossed the $75 million mark, and will make nowhere near what the original film made.  The Shallows, which now has taken in $36.8 million is an absolute missed opportunity and institutional failure on part of all of us for not picking it up at any point.

There is no change in the standings, though Chris has closed the gap with Paula, who should fend him off for a bit longer, but, given that Chris has Pete’s Dragon, he should overtake her eventually.

Preview:

Opening this weekend is The Secret Life of Pets, which currently has a 79% rating on the T-meter with 38 reviews already in for it.  It should be the #1 movie of the weekend, making somewhere around $70-80 million. The other movie coming out is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.  That has 20 reviews and a 65% rating so far.  Expected business for that is somewhere in the mid-to-low teens most likely.

No advanced reviews are out yet for Ghostbusters or Star Trek BeyondIce Age: Collision Course remains on a collision course with the worst reviews of its franchise.  I have all but locked up last place.  In the words of Gob Bluth, I’ve made a huge mistake.

Standings:

1. Joe – $393.6 million
($30) Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – $89.2 million
($19) The Jungle Book – $250 million
($11) Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – $34.2 million
($4) Hardcore Henry – $4.4 million
($3) Keanu – $15.8 million
($3) Sausage Party – $0

2. Paula – $342.8 million
($39) Finding Dory – $250 million
($7) The Huntsman: Winter’s War – $7.7 million
($5) The Legend of Tarzan – $15.8 million
($5) The Boss – $13.9 million
($4) The Nice Guys – $32.6 million
($1) Money Monster – $22.8 million
($5) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – $0

3. Chris – $338.4 million
($46) Captain America: Civil War – $250 million
($10) Central Intelligence – $64.5 million
($4) Now You See Me 2 – $20.8 million
($2) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – $7.1 million
($1) Demolition – $1 million
($0) Bad Moms – -5 million
($6) Pete’s Dragon – $0

4. Me – $213.8 million
($29) X-Men: Apocalypse – $73.8 million
($12) The BFG – $16.1 million
($10) Alice Through the Looking Glass – $22.7 million
($7) The Angry Birds Movie – $45.5 million
($3) Barbershop: The Next Cut – $48.6 million
($1) Free State of Jones – $7.1 million
($8) Ice Age: Collision Course – $0

5.Tim – $125.7 million
($7) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – $30.3 million
($6) The Conjuring 2 – $75.8 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 – $56.5 million
($17) Independence Day: Resurgence – $24.1 million
($6) Warcraft – $13.3 million
($3) The Purge: Election Day – $19.1
($8) Ghostbusters – $0
($19) The Secret Life of Pets – $0
($17) Jason Bourne – $0

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