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Mamma Mia Hits a Middle C; Equalizer 2 has Many Equals; M:I - Fallout Falls Sideways

Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2
Incredibles 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Solo: A Star Wars Story
The Equalizer 2
With the summer starting to wind down, this was the time for some films to heat up. The low hanging fruit of Solo’s $210 million was ripe for the plucking. Here came some of the biggest things in the last 40 years: ABBA, Denzel, and Tom Cruise. Could they turn the tide or would they be eating tide pods?

[FYI, I thought about typing just “Tom” or “Cruise” and then realized Tom Cruise is actually a real-life Charlie Brown where everyone just says his first and last name together all the time. “Did you see that Tom Cruise movie?” “Can you believe Tom Cruise did that?” “Tom Cruise is nuts?” etc. Only Marcie from Peanuts could get away with calling him Thomas.]

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again did the only truly Mission: Impossible by posting an above 80% on Rotten Tomatoes its opening weekend. Seriously, were there just a bunch of millennial journalists trying not to get their parents mad by bashing the Denny’s Senior Menu Glee Club?! Audiences weren’t duped as the film opened “fine” with $34 million and then started dropping at a much higher rate than the first Mamma Mia. It’s odd to say the sequel didn’t have enough legs since the first musical number had more choreography than the entire last movie.

Still, Mamma Mia 2 offered a chilling challenge to the legendary 85 year-old Mae West cinematic performance of Love Will Keep Us Together when Cher warbled/auto-tuned her way through Fernando. It was a “Hold My Beer” moment the world didn’t know it needed.

Equalizer 2 topped the musical monstrosity momentarily with a $36 million start, yet fell behind during the week as senior center field trips preferred to see Pierce Brosnan do something he’s not good at versus something Denzel is. Having caught Deep Blue See the other day on TV and noticed Stellan Skarsgård getting eaten by sharks, it sparked my interest in a Mamma Mia/Sharknado mash-up where the sharks attack every time someone busts into song. I might have something there.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout seemed to be getting the biggest hype of any Mission: Impossible film ever. I was thinking this may top an $80 million opening… Could it even get $100?! Nope and nope. Despite all the noise, the build-up, the awesome trailers, the YouTube press clips, etc., all the IMF got was a $61 million debut. Just a smidge larger than the last film in the series, Rouge Nation’s $55 million three years ago. Sure, biggest I:M opening ever (hooray!), but it already started $14 million behind Ant-Man & The Wasp which has already lost its sting of catching Solo. Tom Cruise’s next stunt better be driving all those senior center buses himself, stat!

It should be noted, however, that the real Fallout of Mission: Impossible 6 is the death of MoviePass. The service crashed right before the movie came out and it will be forever known as “The Weekend MoviePass Died Was When I Couldn’t Go See Mission: Impossible - Fallout” for a lot of users. One of its new policies is high-profile movies are no longer available during their first two weeks, like Christopher Robin and still Mission: Impossible - Fallout. That said, the app will let me go see the just opening today movie The Spy Who Dumped Me. Oops, not a good sign.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Infinity War - $677.6 million
#2. The Incredibles 2 - $572.9 million
#3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - $397.5 million
#3. Deadpool 2 - $317.7 million
#4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - $212.7 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 08/03/2018

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Equalizer 2
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