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Dark Openings for Both ‘Pets’ & ‘Phoenix’ - Week 7

Avengers: Endgame
Dark Phoenix
Detective Pikachu
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Who knows whether it was NBA finals games, NHL finals games, Women’s World Cup games, or Fortnite games, but movie goers were having none of the box-office games this weekend. Two big-budget, super-hyped films entered the Thunderdome and both went home with their legs between their tails… Probably, literally in one of the movie’s cases since it’s about animals. How could this have happened?! I suspect Miss Scarlet in the Lounge with the lead pipe.

The first Secret Life of Pets was a surprise mega-hit in 2016. Debuting with a great dane-sized $105 million start, Pets 1 became the cats meow with a $368 million gross to become one of the biggest animated hits ever. Even if the second film couldn’t reach those heights, it should still do something close, right? Right? RIGHT?!?!??!?!

The Secret Life of Pets 2 pooped it’s litter box with a $46.7 million opening. That’s almost 60% less than the last film started with! With Toy Story 4 just 10 days away, this film might finish in the $150 million range… That’s a $200 million drop… in just three years?! I get how Another Stakeout didn’t do as well as Stakeout. It came out too long after the first film and it featured Rosie O’Donnell. Only one of those could be successfully navigated, but certainly not both.

Regardless, we’re now faced with a film in Pets 2 that seemed like a “sure thing” being relegated to an “also ran” in just three days. The only recent connection I can make is the two Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland films. The first exploded at the box-office and finished with $334 million. Six years later (the “kids” who saw the first one were now teenagers) the Alice Through the Looking Glass flick broke the mirror with a $27 million opening on it’s way to a “shrink me”-sized $77 million gross. Now anyone, including me, is feeling Tweedledum for putting Pets in their Top 5.

Meanwhile, the modern superhero era started with X-Men in 2000 and that series seems to have officially died in 2019. Dark Phoenix had the lowest X-Men start ever with $32 million. That’s more than $20 million worse than The Wolverine (not to be confused X-Men Origins: Wolverine or Logan, who’s name is, you know, Wolverine). Dark Phoenix may now be the only X-Men film to not make more than $100 million. Isn’t the Phoenix supposed to rise from the ashes not burn down into them?

Seriously, the most successful film in the series (albeit, most hated by comic fans) was X-Men: The Last Stand which (poorly) told the story of beloved Jean Grey becoming the Phoenix that could destroy everything in her path. It debuted with $102 million and totalled at $232 million. This retelling of that same story started with 70% less and might be just as hated… How is that even possible?! Congratulations, Fox Movies, you sold to Disney right before the bottom was about to fall out.

The other foot fell with Godzilla: King of the Monsters dropping 68% in its second weekend and sulking it’s way to only $78 million in 10 days. Mo Monsters, Mo Problems for this overstuffed movie that mostly stuffed-in too many humans.

True story, I’m watching the movie with my fam and the theater evacuation alarm goes off. Lights come on, movie stops, and everyone leaves the theater calmly… which was pretty impressive since we were just sitting through a movie that is all about alarms going off and people evacuating unorderly. I still have no idea why we asked to leave, but we went home before it was reopened. We were about an hour into the film and had two monster encounters and a lot (a lot) of people shouting at each other encounters about what they should be doing. Case in point, when I’ve ask my fam if they want to go back and catch the final hour they’re all, “Uh, nah, we’re good.” Maybe the final hour is when it all kicks in, however, when folks don’t even want to finish your movie... not a good sign.

On the other hand, people are still singing Aladdin’s praises with their wallets. Another $25 million weekend and this film has sailed past $200 million and looking for more. There’s already $233 million in their Cave of Wonders and Genie looks like he’s ready to make some more appear. This is no Dumbo remake… this elephant can fly!

This week… “Here comes the Men in Black [clap clap], Galaxy defenders… Here comes the Men in Black [clap clap], They won’t let you remember.” Wow, when people say “they don’t write ‘em like they used to,” be grateful! Men In Black: International brings back a once beloved series that’s been battered by inferior sequels and the realization that maybe the first wasn’t all that great to begin with. Can they bring make that magic or was it all smoke and mirrors in the first place? Also, Samuel L. Jackson tries to milk a franchise he failed to reinvent 20 years ago with Shaft, so he named this latest update… Shaft. Not to be confused with the actual Shaft in the 70’s that actually was a celebrated piece of movie-making. Kids in film school today are never going to understand.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Endgame - $824.4 million
#2. Aladdin - $232.6 million
#4. John Wick - Chapter 3: Parabellum - $138.7 million
#3. Detective Pikachu - $137.6 million
#5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters - $78.5 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 06/13/2019

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Aladdin, Avengers: Endgame, Dark Phoenix, Detective Pikachu, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, The Secret Life of Pets 2
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