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It’s the Memorial Day long weekend in the U.S., which should mean big box office for some of the new releases that are hitting theatres. Will any of them take down last week’s number one film? Here’s our prediction:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the seemingly venerable Disney franchise. But all isn’t necessarily well in the Pirates world. It’s been a long time since Johnny Depp has had a real hit, and with his appearances in courts and gossip columns thanks to his failed marriage and legal battles with management, his box office clout isn’t what it once was. While this new Pirates film will top the box office this weekend, it will be a far cry from the franchise’s peak in 2006, when Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest debut in with $135 million. Look for Dead Men Tell No Tales to open with $70 million.
Coming off his fifth time hosting Saturday Night Live, Dwayne Johnson will have to settle for second place at the box office this weekend with his Baywatch remake. The R-rated comedy co-stars Zac Efron and, even though its reviews have been weak, the combination of The Rock and Efron should be enough to bring in significant dollars. Look for a second place debut for Baywatch with $40 million.
Well, good morning! Why don’t you wake up with a new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, which just dropped!
Today sees the release of Logan on Blu-ray. The film marks the final stand of Hugh Jackman as the character he first brought to life some 17 years ago, and who he portrayed over the course of nine films (including starring roles and cameos).
It will be hard for FOX to replace Jackman as Wolverine, and the studio is well aware of the good fortune they had of casting the actor in what will remain his seminal role. In tribute, the studio has started up the #ThankHugh Initivative, encouraging fans to share their favourite image of Jackman in character. We wanted to participate, and hope you to do, because no matter what you thought of all the X-Men films, there’s no doubt that Hugh Jackman always delivered the goods as our favourite Canucklehead.
The Xenomorph returned to theaters this weekend, and audiences were waiting for it. Here’s what went down:
Amidst strong social buzz and decent (but not spectacular reviews) Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, landed in first place at the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $36 million, the third largest in the franchise following Prometheus ($51 million) and Alien vs Predator ($38.3 million). While not a bad number, its clear that there was some significant audience drop off following the mixed reaction to Prometheus some five years ago. The film will be lucky to cross the $100 million mark in North America, and it must set its sights on strong box office overseas to guarantee the third film in the story Scott has promised to tell.
It’s a battle of the planets this week, as two interstellar movies vie for the top spot at the box office. Which will deliver the goods? Here’s our prediction:
Alien: Covenant in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s divisive Prometheus, which was a return to the Alien galaxy, but one which didn’t deliver to fans the xenomorph that they’d be hoping for. Scott is aiming to fix that perceived error, and this latest film is reportedly a serious return to the horrors of the original Alien, released back in 1979. Reviews are relatively positive for Alien: Covenant, but it still has to deal with the onslaught of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2. On that note, look for Alien: Covenant to burst into the top spot at the box office with $37 million.
This weekend, the Guardians held strong, Schumer and Hawn snatched second place, and King Arthur sunk like a sword in a stone. Here’s what went down:
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 once again was the top film at the box office, bringing in an estimated $62 million to raise its two week total to $245 million. The movie is well on its way to crossing the $300 million mark – is $400 million out of the question. We’ll have to see what sort of legs Star-Lord and company have as the summer blockbuster season rolls on.
Debuting in second place with an estimated $16.5 million is Snatched, starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer. It’s not a great number, but it could increase slightly once the Mother’s Day totals are factored in. The film is battling lacklustre reviews and likely won’t be around for too long.
The same can be said for the mega-bomb King Arthur, which severely underperformed, bringing in just $14.3 million. With no box office draws toplining the film, and abysmal reviews accompanying it, the Guy Ritchie film just didn’t stand a chance.
Two new releases are looking to light up the box office this weekend, but can either of them take down last week’s number one? Here are our predictions:
The first notable release this weekend is the big budget Guy Ritchie film, King Arthur, about the Knights of the Round Table. Reviews have been absolutely horrid for the film, which is currently sitting at just 24% fresh at Rotten Tomatos. That’s far from good for what was theoretically supposed to be a new franchise. Neither Charlie Hunnan nor Jude Law can open a film, and those are the biggest stars in King Arthur. Folks looking for a spectacle (or a train wreck) might show up, but there’s just not going to be enough of them. Look for a second place debut with $18 million.
That is, unless Snatched manages to grab that spot.
Are you ready to go back to the world of the Replicants?
The new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 just dropped.
Last night during the MTV Movie Awards, the second trailer for a Stephen King’s It was released. And now we have it for you. Watch it, and get ready for the movie, which is due out in a September.
There was a time when The Ring was the scariest film franchise going.
Based on the Japanese novel Ringu, written by Kôji Suzuki and its own cinematic adaptation by Hideo Nakata, the 2002 film introduced North American audiences to the character of Samara and a director named Gore Verbiniski, who would go on to spearhead the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for Disney. The film was a box office success and scared the pants of audiences, so of course there was a sequel. The Ring Two didn’t make as much money as the first, even with Japanese director Najata at the helm, and the franchise was put on ice.
Until this year, and the third entry in the series, Rings. Which didn’t do very well at the box office and which critics hated.