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When I grow up I want to be a pirate airship captain. On this edition of Creations of Chaos, it’s Studio Ghibli’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
There was noting terribly notable about this weekend at the box office – three new films debuts but none could unseat last week’s top two. Here’s what went down:
Suicide Squad managed to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, bringing in $20.7 million to raise its total to an excellent $262 million. For all the critical drubbings the film has taken, the fact that it’s narrowing in on $300 million is a good thing and demonstrates that Will Smith made a good move passing on Independence Day: Resurgence for entry into the expanding DC Universe.
Though there are new releases hitting theaters this weekend, none of them have much buzz going for them, and as they’re being released during the dog days of summer, they’re unlikely to have much traction. Will any come out on top? Here’s our prediction:
War Dogs is the highest profile new release this weekend, thanks to director Todd Phillips and stars Miles Teller and Jonah Hill. However, though Phillips gets kudos for the Hangover films (well, at least the first one), neither Hill nor Teller can open a film, even though they’re both outstanding actors. And with War Dogs falling into the dramatic category, odds are its not going to find a huge audience this weekend. Look for a third place debut with $14 million.
The new story trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One just dropped. There’s a nice chunk of juicy narrative morseldom dished out in its two minutes and fifteen seconds. And possibly the most exciting back-of-someone’s-head shot of all time. Which is apparently the moment we’ve arrived at in popular culture. But shit, it is pretty cool. Feast your eyes, Rebel soldiers, after the jump.
Can last week’s number one film hold on to the top spot, or will a new release lay claim to the throne? Here’s our prediction:
Pete’s Dragon is a remake of a Disney favourite, updated for the next generation. 2016 has been kind to Disney films, with both Zootopia and Finding Dory huge hits for the company (not to mention Captain America: Civil War). The summer season has also been flush with strong family films (once again, Finding Dory, along with The Secret Life of Pets), and there’s no reason why Pete’s Dragon won’t be able to continue the trend, especially with the solid critical notices its receiving. Look for a second place showing with $35 million.
It was a big weekend at the box office, as Suicide Squad managed to hold off bad reviews to bring in some decent money in its debut. Here’s what went down:
Suicide Squad debuted with an estimated $135 million to land at the top of the box office. It also beat the August record previously held by Guardians of the Galaxy with $94.3 million. This is a strong showing, especially in the face of the terrible reviews the film received. The big question now is how bad will next weekend’s drop be – anything more than 60% will be a disaster.
Man, oh, man – I’d hate to be the big wigs at Warner Brothers. They just can’t seem to get it right with their DC properties, at least according to reviewers. Will the poor notices for their latest endeavour have an effect on the box office this weekend? Here’s our prediction:
Make no mistake about it, audiences are excited for the arrival of director David Ayers’ Suicide Squad. The trailers have been played ad infinitum, Jared Leto’s take on the iconic Joker has been much discussed, and Margot Robbie seems to be the physical manifestation of the beloved Harley Quinn. So what to make of the absolutely disastrous reviews that have appeared this week? The film currently sits at an abysmal 27% at Rotten Tomatoes, which currently makes it tied with the critical appraisal for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The anticipation for the film is definitely going to win out over the critics this weekend, as Suicide Squad is a lock for number one with somewhere in the neighbourhood of $135 million. However, we could see it crash and burn badly in week two.
Maybe it’s the dad in me, but I found Batman: The Killing Joke, the latest DC Animated film and an adaptation of the classic Alan Moore/Brian Bolland story, to be incredibly pointless and at points, ridiculously offensive. All of this is mainly because of the first 30 minutes or so of the film, which seems to take a hell of a lot of glee in turning the character of Batgirl into a whining, petulant and misguiding apprentice. What the fuck?
It was a big weekend for the man named Bourne, as the latest instalment of the venerable spy franchise managed to bring in an audience. Here’s what went down:
Jason Bourne, which saw the return to the franchise of both star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, managed an excellent debut weekend, hitting the top spot at the box office with an estimated $60 million. That would be the second highest in the franchise and the best showing since 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. Though the reviews were still decidedly lacklustre for the movie, audiences clearly had an appetite for Damon in what has become his defining role.