Good morning Bleary-Eyed Fans, we at I Watch too Many Movies sincerely hope you had a great weekend and that a were-badger didn’t bite your face and now you’re going to turn into a badger every other Tuesday, but not on Holidays. Let’s take a look at this weekend’s box office haul:
1) Hotel Transylvania 2- $47.5M
Is anyone really surprised about this? I mean, we haven’t had a good family/animated film since what, Minions? This was way overdue. Not sure why they did a sequel other than Adam Sandler hasn’t collected every demographics money yet. I really enjoyed the first one, so I can’t imagine this one was too far off the mark. Just hope they tossed in more adult humor this time around. Even for a Sandler flick, the first one was pretty tame. I can’t imagine they took it to new heights, but the trailer looked good and I can imagine you could take your kids to more inappropriate movies (don’t click that link unless you’re okay with cannibalism….)
2) The Intern- $18.2M
Not surprised this one was in second place, but I expected a little more money out of it. I found the movie charming enough to warrant a recommendation for a date movie or a family film with slightly older kids. You can check out our review here. Or you know, just scroll down some.
3) The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials- $14.0M ($51.7M Total)
Last week’s number 1 movie dropped a couple spots with a measly $14.0 M this weekend. You know what I realized, they had to put “The Maze Runner” in the title or no one would have even known what this film was. That’s how far they’re reaching for dystopian young adult novels to make movies from. It’s also the trick HBO’s “Game of Thrones” uses (that’s only the name of the first book). There are apparently 5 books in this series, so hopefully they won’t have to do the last movie split thing in order to make their money. Well, maybe they will if it continues its lackluster performance through its run.
4) Everest- $13.1M ($23.1M Total)
Maybe I was wrong about this film, staying in IMAX 3D or 3D in general isn’t killing it too badly. It actually moved up in the countdown (count-up? We started from #1, what do you call that? It’s like, what do you say when someone coughs? “Shut the hell up!”?) At any rate, at least a few people showed up to see Terminator John Conner climb a mountain.
5) Black Mass- $11.5M ($42.6M Total)
We were really hoping more “word of mouth” advertising would have made this film a lot more successful. Seriously, we expected the millions (5) of people who read our reviews would have come in droves to see this Johnny Depp winner. Oh well, it was made on the cheap and will likely earn some Academy Awards as well as a tiny bit of profit. Even though he only played a supporting role, I wouldn’t be surprised if Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t just stare into the eyes of the producers and take all the money. Seriously, have you seen that guy’s gaze?
That wraps up our Monday morning report. Hopefully you’re out of the shower now and learned your lesson about taking tablets and phones into the shower in the first place (seriously, just read this while you eat breakfast).
This week we’ve got some special treats for you. I’ll be taking in the terrific animated film The Iron Giant on Wednesday. It’s a special event, so I highly recommend you try and catch it if it’s showing in a theater nearby. I’ll try to be less terrible and review it for our Throwback Thursday post and get people psyched about the inevitable Blu-Ray release. Our Wednesday Wars post will showcase another talented individual and his Star Wars related creation. Then finally, we’re going to do a lesser giveaway on our Facebook page for the first two people who comment on this post on the actual page. You’ll have your choice between a Black Widow or Hydra charm bead that you can enjoy or give to anyone you’d like. And I swear, if someone puts “First”, I will find you and stab you.
Also, I guess no one wants a free copy of Age of Ultron since we’re still 21 people away from getting to a 100 “Likes” on our Facebook page. It doesn’t take much, after all, it’s just a pyramid scam, and those are totally easy to execute.
Until next time,