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After ‘Finding Dory,’ All Other Films Are Lost - Weeks 6, 7, & 8

Finding Dory
Captain America: Civil War
X-Men: Apocalypse
Central Intelligence
Independence Day: Resurgence
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
Now You See Me 2
Angry Birds
After ‘Finding Dory,’ All Other Films Are Lost - Weeks 6, 7, & 8

After the month of May produced only one likely film to end up in the Top Five this summer, June was certain to be that month to fill in those gaps. Instead, only one June film has swam to the top and the rest just keep sinking as do my chances at ever winning this movie pool again. Like Christina Aguilera always trying to recapture her 90’s magic, all I can do is get hair extensions and breast augmentations to try and remain relevant. Ok, maybe it’s nothing like that.

Week 6

One of the oddest conjuring of films this summer was in Week 6 where warlock, witches, and magic were all around. Just as you’d expect, the lowest costing film, The Conjuring 2, made the most amount of money. With a $40.4 million debut that was almost identical to the first Conjuring film’s start, there was nothing unworldly about this opening and we’re sure to see Conjuring 3 soon. It’s scared-up almost $85 million so far in three weeks.

The good news about Warcraft is that it’s been doing nine times better overseas where it’s made around $360 million. However, on this side of the pond, which is the only one that matters for our pool’s purposes, simple division tells us nine goes into 360 40 times leaving Warcraft with around a $40 million total over three weeks. It’s also pulled off amazing 70% drops in two consecutive weeks! That’s a collapse no one could ‘craft’ better.

Sadly for the Now You See Me 2 sequel is that no one really wanted to see it. Even Isla Fisher didn’t want to see it and that’s why she didn’t return for the sequel (and it can’t have been because she was “busy” with other stuff). Oddly enough, instead of just hiring someone else to play her character, they cast another actress to be a “new” member of the Four Horseman. Obviously, the rental fees on red head wigs are astronomical these days. With a $52 million total in three weeks, it’s clear they’ll rename Now You See Me 3 to Now You Don’t.

Week 7

Well, 13 years ago a little film called Finding Nemo opened with $70 million, held the title for highest grossing Pixar film for seven years until Toy Story 3, became a modern day Father’s Day classic (which oddly never happened for the Robin Williams/Billy Crystal movie actually called Father’s Day), and resurrected Ellen DeGeneres’ career so there’s at least one hour of daytime TV that’s not a complete abomination to all that’s holy and good.

What does Finding Dory do for a comeback? Almost doubling that original opening with $135 million, becoming the largest opening for an animated feature ever, and has now in only ten days made almost $300 million with $286 million so far. Any fears of this being a watered-down, unnecessary sequel fell on deaf ears as the public have bought ticket after ticket to jump back into this ocean. Considering it only fell 45% in its second weekend (15% better than Captain America: Civil War), there’s the very more than real chance this will be the #1 film of the summer… which is, of course, why I picked it as #3 on my list.

Central Intelligence showed there actually was an intelligence that put the two cinematic icons of The Rock and Kevin Hart together. With a $70 million two week total, there’s always a place for the action-buddy comedy fast-food comfort food of the summer… as long as it doesn’t give you the runs before you make it home from the drive-thru.

Week 8

Just like in Week 7, there was another long-awaited sequel opening in Week 8. Independence Day was the 6th highest grossing movie of the 90’s (What were the five highest?… Think about it… Think about… Titanic, Episode I, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, and The Lion King), so it went without saying that Independence Day: Resurgence was going to be the Jurassic World of the summer and make $600 million by Monday morning, right… right?

Instead of being a film of the summer, ID:R is like a footnote from the 90’s. An “Are you kidding me?” $41 million debut for a film that cost $165 million to make? What did they do wrong?! Did they take out all of Jeff Goldblum’s condescending recycling messages? Did they remove all of Vivica A Fox’s stripper scenes? Did Apple not give them the license to use their patented WiFi signal that works on alien ships outside our atmosphere? Did no one make any new cigars for them to smoke during their ending victory trot? Did the Coke can start shooting back after being terrorized in the first film? What could they have done that would ruin what should’ve been a sure-fire smash?! Probably, all of this… which is, of course, why I picked it as #2 on my list.

Now we’re two months into the movie pool and likely only Captain America and Dory are going to be in the final Top-Five. Worse still, what if nothing else steps up? I don’t want to live in a world where films suck and underperform. We have Lionsgate Studio for that!

On a final note, I thought Britain’s vote to exit the EU was going to be the worst decision of the week… until I took my kid to go see The Angry Birds Movie at the discount theater. Oops.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Captain America: Civil War - $403.9 million
#2. Finding Dory - $286.3 million
#3. X-Men: Apocalypse - $151.1 million
#4. The Angry Birds Movie - $104.9 million
#5. The Conjuring 2 - $84.9 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 06/27/2016

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Angry Birds, Captain America: Civil War, Central Intelligence, Finding Dory, Independence Day: Resurgence, Now You See Me 2, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, Warcraft, X-Men: Apocalypse
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