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Sunday
Jun052016

New Laura Linney Movie Tops The Box Office

Don't you love headlines that are technically true but twisted to serve an agenda? If The Film Experience ran the world movies led by great actresses would always be event movies. Unfortunately for now we're stuck with The Lovely Laura Linney as a police chief within the context of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. [sigh] But what can you do? Summer is cruel that way.

 arrows indicate gaining or losing screens

TOP TEN WIDE
๐Ÿ”บ01 TMNT: Out of the Shadows $35.2 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ02 X-Men Apocalypse $22.3 (cum. $116.4) Review, Podcast
๐Ÿ”บ03 Me Before You $18.2 NEW Review
โ–ซ๏ธ04 Alice Through the Looking Glass $10.6 (cum. $50.7) 
๐Ÿ”ป05 Angry Birds $9.7 (cum. $86.6) 
๐Ÿ”ป06 Captain America $7.5 (cum. $388.9)  Review
๐Ÿ”ป07 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $4.7 (cum. $48.5) Podcast
๐Ÿ”บ08 Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping $4.6 NEW 
๐Ÿ”ป09 The Jungle Book $4.2 (cum. $347.4)
๐Ÿ”ป10 The Nice Guys $3.5 (cum. $29.1)  Shane BlackReview

TOP TEN LIMITED
Under 1000 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”บ01 Love & Friendship $2.1 (cum. $7) ReviewPodcast
๐Ÿ”บ02 The Lobster $1.5 (cum. $3.6)  ReviewishPodcast
๐Ÿ”ป03
 The Man Who Knew Infinity $283K (cum. $2.9)

๐Ÿ”ป04 The Meddler $257K (cum. $3.6) Review
โ–ซ๏ธ05
The Wailing $224K (cum. $302K) 
๐Ÿ”บ06 Weiner $215K (cum. $607K) Review  
๐Ÿ”ป07
A Bigger Splash $160K (cum. $1.7) ReviewishPodcast

๐Ÿ”บ08 Maggie's Plan $153K (cum. $406K) Review

๐Ÿ”ป09 Sing Street $46K (cum. $2.8)  ReviewWho's the MVP?Podcast 

๐Ÿ”บ10
Dark Horse $45K (cum. $199K)  Review 

 

WHAT DID YOU SEE THIS WEEKEND? 

Monday
May302016

Memorial Day Long Weekend Champs 

It's not the story that the media will cover but it looks like the winners of Memorial Day weekend are... limited releases. Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman's funny Jane Austen adaptation cracked the top ten list on just 500-ish screens. The Lobster also had a great weekend on just over 100 screens. 

The other significant happening: Captain America: Civil War overtook Deadpool this weekend to become 2016's biggest hit.

 

Otherwise the long weekend was disappointing with two underperfoming blockbusters as the big tickets. Though Apocalypse's $80 million would be spectacular for many films its still a disappointment as its a far lower opening gross than that of its X-Men predecessor Days of Future Past. Meanwhile Alice Through the Looking Glass, a sequel no one was clamoring for from a film that was a fluke phenomenon based mostly on its absurdly lucky timing post-Avatar back in 2010, opened to $34 million. With a $170 million budget that's rough. Not as rough as Johnny Depp's offscreen trouble though, as an ugly divorce from Amber Heard is brewing. She's accused him of domestic violence and obtained a restraining order, his friends have rushed to defend him, the internet is circling him with torches. That's how these things go.

What did you see this weekend?

Arrows indicate losing or gaining screens

TOP TEN
๐Ÿ”บ01 X-Men Apocalypse $80 NEW  Review
๐Ÿ”บ02 Alice Through the Looking Glass $34.1 NEW
โ–ซ๏ธ03 Angry Birds $24.6 (cum. $72.2) 
๐Ÿ”ป04 Captain America: Civil War $19.7 (cum. $377.1)  Review
๐Ÿ”บ05 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $11.4 (cum. $40.6) 
๐Ÿ”ป06 The Jungle Book $9.2 (cum. $340.7) Articles
โ–ซ๏ธ07 The Nice Guys $8.1 (cum. $23.5) Shane BlackReview
๐Ÿ”ป08 Money Monster $5.5 (cum. $35.2) Jack O'Connell
๐Ÿ”บ09 Love & Friendship $3.1 (cum. $4.1)  Review
๐Ÿ”ป10 Zootopia $1.1 (cum. $336.1)  Reviewish

TOP TEN LIMITED
Excluding previously wide & Love & Friendship which remarkably hit the top ten!
๐Ÿ”บ01 The Lobster $942K (cum. $1.7) Reviewish, Podcast
๐Ÿ”ป02 The Meddler $700K (cum. $3.1) Review
๐Ÿ”บ03
 The Man Who Knew Infinity $630K (cum. $2.4)

๐Ÿ”บ04 A Bigger Splash $530K (cum. $1.4) Reviewish, Podcast
๐Ÿ”บ05
Weiner $216K (cum. $344K) Review
๐Ÿ”ป06 Sing Street $154K (cum. $2.8)  ReviewWho's the MVP?, Podcast
๐Ÿ”บ07
Maggie's Plan $136K (cum. $225K) Review

๐Ÿ”ป08 Hello My Name is Doris $87K (cum. $14.2) Review, Sally Field

๐Ÿ”ป09 Dark Horse $44K (cum. $139) Review

๐Ÿ”ป10
A Hologram for the King $44K (cum. $4.1) Review

Sunday
May222016

Angry Birds, Angrier Superheroes. 

Team Red took the box office crown this weekend. No, not the metallic team red but the feathery one. Despite an unfashionably late arrival well past the Angry Birds craze that swept phones years ago, the family audience is insatiable these days. Not that the other Team Red, Iron Man and His Amazing Friends had anything to worry about having crossed a billion globally already. Here at home Captain America Civil War leapfrogged both Zootopia and Batman v Superman this past week to become the 2nd most popular film of the year (Deadpool is still #1... for now). Neighbors 2 and Nice Guys weren't as lucky because adults don't go to movies anymore without their children but wait for streaming (sigh). In platform releases, Love & Friendship (which is so damn enjoyable) and The Lobster had successful if minor expansions. 

Arrows indicate losing or gaining screens

TOP WIDE RELEASES
๐Ÿ”บ01 The Angry Birds Movie $39 NEW
โ–ซ๏ธ02 Captain America: Civil War $33.1 (cum. $347.3)  Review
๐Ÿ”บ03 Neighbors 2 $21.7 NEW 
๐Ÿ”บ04 The Nice Guys $11.2 NEW Shane Black, Review
๐Ÿ”ป05 The Jungle Book $11 (cum. $327.4)  Articles
โ–ซ๏ธ06 Money Monster $7 (cum. $27.1) Jack O'Connell
๐Ÿ”บ07 Darkness $2.3 (cum. $8.4)
๐Ÿ”ป08 Zootopia $1.7 (cum. $334.4) Reviewish
๐Ÿ”ป09 The Huntsman: Winter's War $1.1 (cum. $46.6) Review
๐Ÿ”ป10 Mother's Day $1.1 (cum. $31.2)

TOP TEN LIMITED
Excluding previously wide.
๐Ÿ”บ01 The Meddler $777K (cum. $2) Review
๐Ÿ”บ02 Love & Friendship $582K (cum. $780K)  Review
๐Ÿ”บ03
 The Man Who Knew Infinity $550K (cum. $1.6)

๐Ÿ”บ04 The Lobster $408K (cum. $1) Reviewish 
๐Ÿ”ป05
Sing Street $350K (cum. $2.4) ReviewWho's the MVP?
๐Ÿ”บ06 A Bigger Splash $338K (cum. $787K)  Reviewish
๐Ÿ”บ07
Weiner $85K NEW 

๐Ÿ”บ08 Maggie's Plan $66K NEW Review

๐Ÿ”ป09 Hologram for a King $65K (cum. $4) Review

๐Ÿ”ป10
Compadres $57K (cum. $3.1)

What did you see this weekend?

I caught The Lobster (unmissable in its singularity) and Neighbors 2 (enjoyable if not as funny as the original)

Sunday
May152016

Audiences didn't feel divided about Civil War

Only two new wide releases hit this weekend but there was only one Money Monster and it wasn't Money Monster but that superhero-filled Civil War. Naturally the good Captain didn't make room for them in his second weekend, planting himself like a tree. "No, you move." Speaking of plants with no give - The Jungle Book isn't budging either. The next two weekends will be a tougher test for both The Avenger's and Mowgli's staying power since five new multiplex friendly movies enter the fray soon: Angry Birds, The Nice Guys, and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising are next (I'm hearing surprisingly good things about all three. WTF?); and for Memorial Day Weekend the Alice in Wonderland and X-Men sequels challenge all of them for summer box office dominance though they're sure to win the gaudy sweepstakes.

Which of those five upcoming pictures are you planning to see and what did you catch this weekend?

Arrows indicate losing or gaining screens

TOP WIDE RELEASES
01 Captain America: Civil War $72.6 (cum. $295.9) Review
๐Ÿ”ป02 The Jungle Book $17.1 (cum. $311.1) Articles
03 Money Monster $14.7 NEW Jack O'Connell
04 Darkness $4.9 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ05 Mother's Day $3.2 (cum. $28.7) 

TOP TEN LIMITED
Excluding previously wide.
๐Ÿ”บ01 Sing Street $619K (cum. $1.9) Review
๐Ÿ”บ02 The Man Who Knew Infinity $508K  (cum. $.9)

๐Ÿ”บ03 Green Room $411K (cum. $2.7)
๐Ÿ”บ
04
The Meddler $372K (cum. $1)  Review
๐Ÿ”ป05 Hologram for the King $233K (cum. $3.8) Review
06
The Lobster $190K NEW
Reviewish
๐Ÿ”บ07 A Bigger Splash $189K (cum. $.3) Reviewish

08 Love & Friendship $133K NEW
Review
09
AmeriGeddon $131K NEW
๐Ÿ”ป10 Compadres $150K (cum. $2.9)

 I saw Love & Friendship on Jose's recommendation and it was delightfully arch and funny. I especially enjoyed Chloe Sevigny's awful American accomplice to Lady Susan's shady lady antics. Then I returned to Civil War because my bestie wanted to see it. My opinion didn't budge an iota from the first time (which is generally not a good sign that the movie will continue to grow in estimation). In short: good movie but the least of the three Captain Americas, largely because it's much slower, longer (they've been jumping 10 extra minutes with each Cap movie!)  and loses the focus on the All American Super Soldier to set up multiple future franchises from Spider-Man: Homecoming to The Black Panther to Avengers: Infinity War Pts 1 & 2 (the latter two will be getting a title change and won't be Parts 1 and Parts 2 as the public has finally caught on to that cheat for extra dollars for one movie).

Sunday
May082016

Box Office

Black Panther coming for your ticket moneyWhile Captain America v. Iron Man didn't prove to be that much hotter a ringside ticket than Batman v. Superman did in its opening weekend (there's just a 15 million difference or so), the gap will surely widen. The movie's general quality will help it outlive and outperform that earlier embarrassment. One thing the two films do have in common is that the audience excitement appears to be primarily wrapped up in the new characters (Wonder Woman then & Spider-Man/Black Panther now) as opposed to the familiar faces. In related news, Bunny v Fox aka Zootopia overtook Batman v Superman this weekend to become the second highest grossing film of the year thus far.

But real question: who on earth was going to Batman v Superman THIS weekend of all weekends (it earned another million) with Iron Man vs. Captain America available to them? 

TOP TEN WIDE
01 Captain America: Civil War $181.7 NEW Review
02 The Jungle Book $21.8 (cum. $285.9) Articles
03 Mother's Day $9 (cum. $20.7)
04 The Huntsman Winters War $3.5 (cum. $40.3)  Review
05 Keanu $3 (cum. $15.1) 
06 Barbershop: The Next Cut $2.7 (cum. $48.7)
07 Zootopia $2.6 (cum. $327.6)  Reviewish
08 The Boss $1.7 (cum. $59.1)  Review
09 Ratchet & Clank $1.4 (cum. $7) 
10 Batman v. Superman $1 (cum. $327.2) Review 

Sing Street is benefitting from great word of mouth as it expands

Other movies steered clear of opening against the third Avengers film but for Luca Guadagino's I Am Love follow up A Bigger Splash which began its platform release. Now there's an annual franchise option we could get behind. Imagine a world where each Gaudagino & Swinton release is as buzzed about and dissected as any new "Underoos!" moment from Marvel. We're here for that world, whenever it collides with this one.

TOP TEN PLATFORM
01 Sing Street $422K on 153 screens (cum. $1.1) Review
02 Green Room $343K on 470 screens (cum. $2)

03 The Meddler $294K on 53 screens (cum. $.6)  Review
04 The Man Who Knew Infinity $220K on 40 screens (cum. $.3)

05 Papa Hemingway in Cuba $181K on 208 Screens (cum. $.8)

06 Compadres $170K on 212 screens (cum. $2.7)
07 Miles Ahead $131K on 141 screens (cum. $2.2) Review
08 Everybody Wants Some $110K on 131 screens (cum. $3.2) Review Con, Review Pro, Podcast
09 A Bigger Splash $110K on 5 screens NEW Articles
10 The Family Fang $104K on 52 screens Review

What did you catch this week in theaters? 

Tuesday
May032016

Doc Corner: Documentaries at the Box Office in 2016

Glenn here. Each Tuesday we bring you reviews and features on documentaries from theatres, festivals, and on demand. This week we look at the medium's flatlining box office is a sign of 2016's roster of documentaries.

Looking at Nathaniel’s listing of the highest grossing documentaries list of the year so far and I was – to put it mildly – a bit bummed out. Not surprised, of course.

Certainly, the comfort of one’s home is a perfectly fine place to view many of these films, and a necessary advancement given the general downturn in boutique and arthouse cinema-going. But as a lover of movies, going to the movies, and writing about movies, it is frustrating and a worry that no documentaries other than Michael Moore’s disappointing Where to Invade Next and the Christian-themed Patterns of Evidence have made any sort of impact at the box office (and even then, Moore’s film is a dramatic slide from even his most recent film Capitalism: A Love Story at $14m) in four months of the new year.

The reason the doc box office figures particularly worried me was because the first quarter of the year is peak opportunity to take advantage of a quiet marketplace...

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Sunday
May012016

Box Office Before the Civil War

No, not that civil war. Movies weren't invented yet.

Next weekend Hollywood is steering completely clear of Captain America: Civil War on four trillion screens. Nobody's even trying to counterprogram but just conceding Disney/Marvel's complete dominion over pop culture. Unless of course you are talking arthouse where the sexiest quartet imaginable will be f***ing around in A Bigger Splash. So before Civil War destroys the box office whilst simultaneously ushering in summer movie season and embarrassing its weird thematic twin predecessor Dawn of Justice, here's a look at where the box office for the year stands in four categories along with links to reviews if we did them (though we've been doing a ton more reviews of late the biggest hits seem to have eluded us in most categories).

How many of these pictures have you seen and what did you take in this weekend? I went to Keanu which rustled up just 9 million this weekend. I was sad to feel shruggy about it since I love kittens and Key & Peele but you can only tell the same few jokes so many times...

TOP TEN OF 2016 THUS FAR
01 Deadpool $361+  Reviewish
02 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $325+ Review
03 Zootopia $323+  Reviewish
04 The Jungle Book $252+
05 Kung Fu Panda 3 $142+
06 Ride Along 2 $90+
07 10 Cloverfield Lane $71+
08 Divergent Series: Allegiant $65+
09 London Has Fallen $65+
10 Miracles From Heaven $59+

TOP TEN (NON-FRANCHISE)
01 Zootopia $323+  Reviewish
02 Miracles From Heaven $59+

03 The Boss $56+ Review
04 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi $52+

05 How to Be Single $46+

06 Risen $36+
07 The Boy $35+ 
08 Dirty Grandpa $35+
09 Gods of Egypt $31+ Reviewish
10 Hail, Caesar! $30+ A Secret Musical?

TOP TEN FOREIGN FILMS
01 The Mermaid $3.2 (China)
02 Ip Man 3 $2.6 on (Hong Kong) 

03 Kapoor & Sons - Since 1921 $2.6 (India)
04 Compadres $2.3 (Mexico)

05 Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer $1.7 (Mexico)

06 Fan $1.6 (India)
07 Neerja $1.5 (India)
08 Embrace of Serpent $1.2 (Colombia) Review | Interview
09 Wazir $1.1 (India) 
10 Ki & Ka $.8 (India)

TOP TEN DOCUMENTARIES
01 Where to Invade Next $3.8 Glenn's Review, Manuel's Review
02 Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus $.9 

03 City of Gold $.5 
04 The First Monday in May $.3  Interview

05 Francophonia $.1 

06 Vaxed: From Cover Up to Conspiracy $.1 
07 Requiem for the American Dream $.1
08 Colliding Dreams $.06 (Colombia)
09 Trapped $.06 Review
10 Los Sures $.06