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Cars 3 zooms to the top, All Eyez On Me surprises

Don’t ever count out the legends. That’s the lesson from this past weekend at the box office. Here’s what went down:

As expected, Cars 3 was the new number one in theaters, bringing in $53 million. Though landing in the top spot is nothing to sneeze at, it is with the second lowest opening for Pixar franchise. Word of mouth might keep Cars 3 going over the next few weeks though, as the reviews have been strong for this third installment.

The big story of the weekend is the outstanding debut for the 2pac biopick, All Eyez On Me, which landed in third place with a surprising $27 million. Why the shock? Simply put, the reviews for this film have been horrid. Clearly reviews didn’t matter for the hardcore hip-hop fans, though there will likely be a significant drop-off once the fan base is serviced this weekend.

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Cars 3 should cruise to the top spot at the box office

This week sees the return of a venerable kids franchise that’s should have no trouble grabbing the top spot at the box office. Here’s our prediction:

Cars 3 has been getting the sort of reviews that eluded the previous two instalments in the Pixar franchise, which is unusual, but exciting. The film, which finds Lightning McQueen debating retirement in the face of a new hot car on the scene, is being lauded for its emotional hooks, which help get partners into theatres this weekend. As if they really have a choice – Cars 3 is the family choice for Father’s Day, and will no doubt debut in first place. Look for it to bring in $65 million.

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Wonder Woman puts The Mummy in its place

It was another wonderful weekend for the biggest hero in theatres right now, while a new franchise failed to rise from the depths. Here’s what went down:

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Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman had a fantastic second weekend, dropping just 44% week to week to bring in $57 million and hold on to the top spot at the box office. The film has already crossed the $200 million mark, and is a certifiable blockbuster. Wonder Woman will likely drop to second place next weekend with the arrival of Cars 3, but it will no doubt still cross make at least $300 million before the end of its run.

Debuting in second place with $32 million is The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise. The film is the first entry into Universal’s Dark Universe series of films. Simply put, this is a bad number in North America. The reviews were horrible, as was audience reactions, and its likely The Mummy won’t make $100 million in North America. Amazingly, factoring the numbers from around the world, and with $169 million globally, The Mummy still marks the biggest opening for Tom Cruise.

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The Mummy takes on Wonder Woman at the box office

It’s a big weekend at the box office, as Universal aims to kick off its “Dark Universe” film franchise. However, one woman will stand in their way. Who will come out on top? Here’s our prediction:

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The Mummy is a new horror film based on both the original early 1930’s Universal movie, and the late 1990’s iteration starring Brendan Frasier. This time out, Tom Cruise is the leading man, as Universal hopes to kickstart a new interlocking series of films connecting all of their monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf-Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon). Good luck with that. Reviews for The Mummy have been absolutely horrid, with the film sitting at just 22% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. That is a horrible place to be. Look for The Mummy to drastically underperform in its debut weekend. It will debut in second place but with a lackluster $28 million.

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Wonder Woman looking to right the DC movie wrongs at the box office

It should be a wonderful weekend at the box office, as the first major female super hero film is hitting theatres. How much will it make? Here’s our prediction:

Wonder Woman looks to finally get the DC Cinematic Universe on track, after lackluster critical responses for Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film stars Gal Gadot as the title character, and is an origin story set during the First World War. The film has been getting simply outstanding reviews, and currently sits at 92% fresh at Rotten Tomatos. Anticipation is super high for Wonder Woman, and I think it’s going to perform stronger than many are anticipating. Look for a first place debut with $105 million.

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‘Pirates’ debuts soft, ‘Baywatch’ sinks at the box office

While the Memorial Day long weekend continues in the U.S., the three day weekend estimates have come in, and they’re just not very good for any of the big debuts. Here’s what went down:

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As predicted, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales debut at number on at the box office, but with only $63 million over three days. Those are just horrible numbers for what’s considered a tentpole franchise. While audiences who are actually going to the movie have been giving it good word of mouth, the critics absolutely savaged this fifth in the series, and it currently sits at an abysmal 32% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. The debut for Dead Men Tell No Tales is the worst for the series, which will have to rely on making bank overseas for this to be considered a success.

Things are even worse for Baywatch, which had to settle for a third place debut with just $17 million. It’s surprising that the film couldn’t get people into theatres, even with the combination of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Reviews were off the chart terrible, and the film’s marketing failed to find a crossover audience. This will be one of the biggest bombs of The Rock’s career, but I have a feeling he’ll be ok.

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‘Pirates 5’ takes on ‘Baywatch’ this weekend at the box office

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.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Lands at #1 at the Box Office

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.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ looking to face hug the top of the box office

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:

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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.

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‘Guardians’ rule, ‘Snatched’ so-so, ‘King Arthur’ sinks at the box office

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:

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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.

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