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Deadpool 2 Opens Big, Book Club Counterprograms. 

Weekend Box Office (May 18th-20th)
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
Deadpool 2 Disobedience
1.๐Ÿ”บDeadpool 2 $125 *NEW*
1.๐Ÿ”บ RBG $1.2 on 375 screens (cum. $3.8)  REVIEW
2. Avengers Infinity War $28.6 (cum. $595) REVIEW 2.๐Ÿ”บ Disobedience $498k on 247 screens (cum. $1.8) REVIEW
3.๐Ÿ”บBook Club $12.5 *NEW* REVIEW
3.๐Ÿ”บ Pope Francis - A Man of His Word $480k on 346 screens *NEW* 
4. Life of the Party  $7.7 (cum. $31) 
4.๐Ÿ”บ  2001: A Space Odyssey $200k on 4 screens RE-RELEASE
5. Breaking In $6.4 (cum. $28.7) REVIEW 
5.The Rider $169 on 90 screens (cum. $1.1) REVIEW


I Feel Pretty First Reformed
6.๐Ÿ”บ Show Dogs $6 *NEW* 6.  102 Not Out $125k on 102 screens (cum. $1.2)
7. Overboard  $4.7 (cum. $36.9) 7. ๐Ÿ”บ Beast $102k on 31 screens (cum. $181k)  
8. A Quiet Place $4 (cum. $176.1) REVIEW2ND OPINIONSCREENPLAY 
8. ๐Ÿ”บ First Reformed $100k on 4 screens *NEW*  REVIEW
9. Rampage $1.5 (cum. $92.4)  PODCAST 9. ๐Ÿ”บ Let the Sunshine In $94k on 49 screens (cum. $347k) REVIEW
10. I Feel Pretty  $1.2 (cum. $46.5) 10. ๐Ÿ”บ The Seagull $65k on 13 screens (cum. $180k)  REVIEW
๐Ÿ”บ = new or expanding its theater count
numbers (in millions unless otherwise noted) from box office mojo 


Deadpool 2 opened huge even if it didn't repeat the critical enthusiasm on its sophomore go. Book Club was a wholly different option from the superheroes... though perhaps one of the female comedy counterprogrammers this spring/summer (we've had a number of them: Tully, I Feel Pretty, Overboard, Life of the Party !) would have struck more gold if there hadn't been a new one each week. Not that we're complaining about female leads. Book Club isn't great but it's fun and no one from its legendary quartet is phoning it in.

Meanwhile at the art house Disobedience and RBG repeat their dominance while First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke (which seemed to have debuted at festival ages ago, right?) opens to solid box office to go with its extremely strong reviews. What did you see this week? 

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Other than After the Storm, just a couple of re-watches of Ladybugs (that is a fun movie) and Twin Dragons.

May 20, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Finally got around to "Hello Again", which is kind of baffling and flawed but works way more than it doesn't. It's a bisexual, non-narrative, erotic musical; sort of like "Holy Motors" for theater majors.

May 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDave S.

"Tully" Theron is remarkable in it one her best performance by far the best performance I've seen so far this year.

May 20, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterstjeans

Saw Infinity War. I'm usually more positive on the MCU than the blogrunner is (Black Panther is an A from my perspective), but WOW did that desperately need a half hour of cuts, twenty minutes of those in the front half. I am still more on the MCU's "wavelength" than you, but I'd say its in the low third of their 29 productions for now. Tentatively B, unless Avengers 4 justifies the flabbier bits of the opening stretch.

May 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

The problem with "Infinity War" is no that it's too long but that it wasted time on the characters that were the least interesting.

May 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Jaragon: The best re-distribution (if it needed that and not just compression) of Infinity War would generally boil down to "less Earth, less henchmen (NONE OF WHOM worked), more Thanos himself, more Gamora."

May 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

If anything Infinity War should've been longer. The heroes needed more development. I know that sounds silly since we've gotten to know them over the course of several movies, but still. They felt like an afterthought next to Thanos. It had the reverse problem of most of the MCU which favors the heroes over the villain.

Regardless of how many Marvel movies I've seen, I'm going to care less if the heroes are only there to quip and punch (save for Thor and Gamora who were the exceptions).

May 20, 2018 | Unregistered Commentertonytr

No movies (I am NOT the audience for Book Club), but I do like Barry. A lot. It reminds me of a mashup between Dexter and M*A*S*H (in the best possible way). The actors are all game, and the writing by Bill Hader and Alec Berg is great. This was my favorite line so far, and I wish they had let Barry do the scene from Doubt in the dive bar: Good show.

โ€œDo you think Meryl Streep and Kaley Cuoco became stars because theyโ€™re the best? No! Itโ€™s because they wanted it the most.โ€

May 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

My face still hurts from laughing so hard at Deadpool 2.

May 20, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermikenewq

We have our first LOCK for an Oscar nom and frontrunner for win. "Ashes" from Deadpool 2 is bringing full circle the Celine Dion metareferential songs started with Titanic, followed by South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut and now closing with her performing for Deadpool 2. It's kind of subtle, but it's all related, first one won the Oscar, 2nd came *this close* and this one is a slam dunk.

May 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

Book Club - itโ€™s basically like a hang out with the four leading ladies. They have infectiously fun group energy, each bringing her distinct persona to the proceedings. Not the best movie but perfectly light summer fare. Bonus points for peak Keaton wardrobe and serious house porn.

May 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJcon

Deadpool 2, which is entertaining enough but tonally all over the place, and I'm still not sure that I liked the story itself this time around. Plus, the kid who plays fire hands is a terrible actor. On the bright side, Zazie Beetz as "Domino" totally rocked it, and I'm glad to be seeing so much of her lately (Atlanta, Easy, etc.).

I also finally watched Paris Is Burning after years of ignoring it on Netflix and was surprised to find out how relevant it remains nearly thirty years later with respect to issues of class, race, sexuality, gender expression, and intersectionality.

May 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Life of the Party, which was surprisingly good and very funny. Melissa McCarthy plays a real person in this movie, and Maya Rudolph is fantastic.

I also saw Let the Sunshine In, and I'm sorry I wasted time on it. I'd like to know what interested Clare Denis about this complete non-entity. The positive reviews for it are a bit ridiculous; I can't imagine they'd be the same if critics didn't know that Denis was attached to it.

Are people watching Killing Eve? It is really, really good.

May 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne


I LOVE Killing Eve on BBC! Sandra Oh is amazing in it!

May 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

Saw Deadpool 2 which was a lot of fun. I think I liked the first one a bit more, but I still enjoyed this one a lot. The character Domino was probably my favorite thing about it.

Suzanne - Killing Eve is amazing! One of my favorite new shows.

May 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I wanted to see Tully but it's barely playing anywhere these days. Just one showing per night in a far off theater. I saw Blockers instead and I did not laugh, and did not really even lightly chuckle, just a vague smile here and there. I thought the "kids" were better than the adults, and John Cena is always up for anything which is great.

On DVD I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (not funny enough), and Ingrid Goes West which was my favorite of the three. Creepily uncomfortable thriller-comedy, with some great acting from Aubrey Plaza and O'Shea Jackson Jr.

May 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Hollywood

I saw The Gospel According to Andre on Friday. Archive footage fatigue but most of those are in black and white while Andre was describing what colours we're supposed to be seeing. Andre talking made the movie worthwhile. It also discusses race and sexuality, which I feel like an asshole when I say it's "obligatory" topics.

On Saturday I spent a whopping seven hours watching two movies. The first one was the new Lav, which I'll tell you more about. The second was Casino. Ginger might be the most relatable character. You might not like her because she hates Geminis.

May 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

DAVE -- i had the same problem while trying to see TULLY because I didn't go the first week when i should have. feeling the guilt now.

May 21, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Deadpool2 was fun, but it's really hard to watch even cartoon gun violence after another school shooting. Agree, that the inclusion of Beetz as Domino was awesome. More Domino, please, Marvel people.

Re Killing Eve--so, so good. Jodie Comer is definitely one to watch. And Phoebe Waller-Bridge? Well, she is an amaaazzzzing screenwriter. Crashing and Fleabag are two of the funniest, darkest comedies in years.

May 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPam

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