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The Long Box Office Weekend: Finding Tarzan 

How was your holiday weekend? I took a rare break from blogging for a long 4th of July weekend with two friends I hadn't seen in far too long. We didn't hit the movies but for a couple of post meal watches on shared couches (The Intern & 10 Cloverfield Lane). But movies are always big business on this weekend, even without our help. It was a tough opening weekend for The BFG but both the new Tarzan and The Purge did well, Despite three major new films and a big expansion for a others like Swiss Army Man, cinemas were still under the sea. Finding Dory remains at #1 and will soon be the top grossing film of the whole year. Haven't all the fish been found by now?

1000+ screens. arrows indicate gaining or losing screens
โ–ซ๏ธ01 Finding Dory $50.1 (cum. $380.5) Review
๐Ÿ”บ02 The Legend of Tarzan $45.5 NEW Review
๐Ÿ”บ03 The Purge: Election Year $34.7 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ04 The BFG $22.2 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ05 Independence Day: Resurgence $20.2 (cum. $76.3)  Roland Emmerich

Less than 1000 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”บ01 Swiss Army Man $1.7 (cum. $1.8) 636 screens 
๐Ÿ”บ02 Our Kind of Traitor $1.2 NEW 372 screens 
 Love & Friendship $512K (cum. $12.6) 185 screens ReviewPodcast  

๐Ÿ”ป04 The Lobster $425K (cum. $7.6) 151 screens ReviewishPodcast 
Maggie's Plan $400K (cum. $2.7)  Review


What did you see/do this weekend?


Scarlett Johannson is the grossest actress ever in, the cumilative box office grossings of the films she's starred in!

Josh here to quickly talk earnings. Scarlett's cumulative box office grossings earn her the title of highest grossing actress ever in the USA according to Box Office Mojo. This title is a little misleading as it's not exactly just Scarlett drawing people to all those Marvel movies that she isn't even the lead of (shame!). Along with the Marvel cinematic universe, her massive tally includes her 5 seconds of voice work in The Jungle Book and actual star vehicle Lucy. This puts her ahead of Cameron Diaz, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts (who is the only lady on the list not propped up massively by a mega-franchise).

The top ten and more facts about the cashed up list after the jump

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Water Sports with Dory, Blake, and Dead Daniel

Moviegoers were content to keep swimming with Dory this weekend as the new releases didn't stir audiences. Well that's not wholly true. Moviegoers turned out for other water sports like water skiing on Daniel Radcliffe's corpse in Swiss Army Man (crowded houses but only available in NY & LA) and shark dodging with Blake Lively in The Shallows which had a solid per screen average, a low budget, and surprisingly good reviews. That triple combo could signify big profits for The Shallows ahead if the film finds legs in July, especially if it doesn't lose momentum over the 4th of July holiday week frenzy when The BFG, Tarzan, and The Purge 3 are all newly available to moviegoers. 

The two films that had the toughest time this weekend were the 20 years later (aka way too late) sequel Independence Day Resurgence and the horror/fashion/noir/thriller/satire/whatsit/drama Neon Demon, which risked a nearly wide opening (just under 800 theaters) but couldn't fill theaters -- Elle Fanning isn't bankable yet. Whatever happened to Dakota? *sniffle*

1000+ screens. arrows indicate gaining or losing screens
โ–ซ๏ธ01 Finding Dory $73.2 (cum. $286.5) Review
๐Ÿ”บ02 Independence Day: Resurgence $41.6 NEW 
โ–ซ๏ธ03 Central Intelligence $18.3 (cum. $69.3)
๐Ÿ”บ04 The Shallows $16.7 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ05 Free State of Jones $7.7 NEW 
๐Ÿ”ป06 The Conjuring 2 $7.7 (cum. $86.9) 
๐Ÿ”ป07 Now You See Me 2 $5.6 (cum. $52)
๐Ÿ”ป08 X-Men Apocalypse $2.4 (cum. $151.1) ReviewPodcast
๐Ÿ”ป09 TMNT: Out of the Shadows $2.4 (cum. $77.1)
๐Ÿ”ป10 Warcraft $2.1 (cum. $43.8) Six Questions

Fan Art by The Glitchway. Click here for more

Less than 1000 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”บ01 The Neon Demon $606K NEW
๐Ÿ”ป02 Love & Friendship $490K (cum. $11.8) ReviewPodcast  
 The Lobster $436K (cum. $7) ReviewishPodcast 

๐Ÿ”ป04 Maggie's Plan $297K (cum. $2.2)  Review
Genius $216K (cum. $807K) 
๐Ÿ”บ06 Weiner $115K (cum. $1.2)  Review
Swiss Army Man $114K NEW Review 

๐Ÿ”บ08 Dark Horse $92K (cum. $493K) Review

๐Ÿ”ป09 The Man Who Knew Infinity $88K (cum. $3.5)

The Hunt for Wilderpeople $85K NEW Review 


Happy Pride Weekend, Everyone!
What movies did you catch this week?

Somehow I kicked off the weekend by visiting a facade of the Psycho house (Mommy issues for everyone!) with my bestie and The Flick Filosopher who was visiting from London. But I also caught Genius, The Neon Demon and Swiss Army Man and more on those soon.


Finding Treasure (with Pixar's Dory)

It will surprise you less than Dory, that she's the new queen of the box office. Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar's most beloved non-Toy based title with mainstream audiences (not with us though - we're WALL•E / Incredibles people round these parts), broke records when it swam into theaters Thursday night. The bankability of a little Hart (Kevin) and a Big Johnson (Dwayne "The Rock") made an impact in second position, as well, though it's worth noting that pairing them didn't remotely result in twice their usual opening weekend grosses (these are fairly typical for either of them. Maybe their fanbases are too similar?) Between those two movies requiring nearly 8,000 screens between them it was a rough weekend for other movies with most big and small releases losing a ton of movie houses (yes even Love and Friendship and The Lobster which both had strong momentum until they lost theaters. *sniffle*). There's a lot of summer left but there's only one last tidal wave of box office as we move towards the July 4th holiday and Independence Day, The BFG, and Tarzan soon battle for dominance.

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๐Ÿ”บ01 Finding Dory $136.1 NEW Review
๐Ÿ”บ02 Central Intelligence $34.5 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ03 The Conjuring 2 $15.5 (cum. $71.7) 
โ–ซ๏ธ04 Now You See Me 2 $9.6 (cum. $41.3) 
๐Ÿ”บ05 Warcraft $6.5 (cum. $37.7) Six Questions

Jude Law & Colin Firth in GENIUSTOP  LIMITED
Under 1000 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”ป01 Love & Friendship $797K (cum. $10.9) ReviewPodcast
๐Ÿ”ป02 The Lobster $647K (cum. $6.3)  ReviewishPodcast
 Maggie's Plan $471K (cum. $1.8)  Review

๐Ÿ”บ04 Genius $306K (cum. $442K) Review 
Weiner $144K (cum. $1) Review 


I caught Neon Demon (ooh boy. that's going to be tough to write about) and rewatched Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) - our 50th anniversary celebration of that classic begins tomorrow!


Patrick & Vera conjure up a big opening weekend

Don't be scared, Patrick. It's just money!

While The Conjuring 2 didn't quite equal its predecessor it came close which is saying a lot in this summer of underperforming sequels. It also helped that it's budget was only $40 million so it's already well on its way to profit. Contrast that to Warcraft's $160 million budget with a $24 million opening. Ouch. Still its foreign performance (nearing $300 million) should help it turn a profit. But one is reminded of The Golden Compass, another would be franchise that chose to end on a cliffhanger rather than telling a full story. Despite doing well overseas it never got a sequel.  Maybe let your audience decide if they like your movie before ending with "to be continued..."?

None of the new limited releases did particularly well including our beloved The Fits which earned $16K in just 4 theaters. Even Love & Friendship & The Lobster appear to have peaked last weekend but we'll see if they can hold screens or expand again next week.

Expect a ton of the current movies to lose all oxygen next weekend when probable behemoth Finding Dory swims into town.

arrows indicate gaining or losing screens

๐Ÿ”บ01 The Conjuring 2 $40.3 NEW 
๐Ÿ”บ02 Warcraft $24.3 NEW
๐Ÿ”บ03 Now You See Me 2 $23 NEW 
โ–ซ๏ธ04 TMNT: Out of the Shadows $14.8 (cum. $61) 
๐Ÿ”บ05 X-Men Apocalypse $10 (cum. $136.3) )  ReviewPodcast
๐Ÿ”ป06 Me Before You $9.2 (cum. $36.8) Review
๐Ÿ”ป07 Angry Birds $6.7 (cum. $98.1)
๐Ÿ”ป08 Alice Through the Looking Glass $5.5 (cum. $62.4) 
๐Ÿ”ป09 Captain America: Civil War $4.3 (cum. $396.8) Review
๐Ÿ”ป10 The Jungle Book $2.7 (cum. $352.6)

Under 1000 screens. Excluding previously wide. 
๐Ÿ”บ01 Love & Friendship $1.5 (cum. $9.5) ReviewPodcast
โ–ซ๏ธ02 The Lobster $991K (cum. $5.1)  ReviewishPodcast
 Maggie's Plan $690K (cum. $1.1)  Review

๐Ÿ”บ04 Te3n $284K NEW 
Weiner $166K (cum. $760K) Review 
๐Ÿ”ป06 The Man Who Knew Infinity $161K (cum. $3.1) 
The Meddler $135K (cum. $3.9) Review 

๐Ÿ”บ08 The Wailing $133K (cum. $551K) 

๐Ÿ”บ09 Sing Street $69K (cum. $2.9)  ReviewWho's the MVP?Podcast 

A Bigger Splash $60K (cum. $1.8) ReviewishPodcast


WHAT DID YOU SEE THIS WEEKEND? I caught Warcraft (don't judge) and The Conjuring 2 (fun scares and Patrick sings!!!!!) and the Lupita Nyong'o Tony-nominated play Eclipsed (heartwrenching). Busy weekend. 


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

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

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
 The Man Who Knew Infinity $283K (cum. $2.9)

๐Ÿ”ป04 The Meddler $257K (cum. $3.6) Review
The Wailing $224K (cum. $302K) 
๐Ÿ”บ06 Weiner $215K (cum. $607K) Review  
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 

Dark Horse $45K (cum. $199K)  Review 




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

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

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
 The Man Who Knew Infinity $630K (cum. $2.4)

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

A Hologram for the King $44K (cum. $4.1) Review