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‘Spidey’ Swings; ‘Apes’ & ‘Dunkirk’ Skirmish But ‘Wonder Woman’ Wins War - Weeks 10, 11, 12

Wonder Woman
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Despicable Me 3
War for The Planet of The Apes
Girls Trip
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

July flew by so fast with event movie after event movie, it was hard to keep pace. After a June where most movies fell to the wayside and filled up discount theaters to the point that I still can’t pay $3 to see Guardians 2 again, at least there’s plenty of showings of Rough Night, Captain Underpants, 47 Meters Down, and All Eyez on Me… Huzzah! That said, for perhaps the first time (at least in the Summer Season), there’s been three straight 90% Rotten Tomatoes movies topping the box-office for three weeks in a row. Anything that helps me get out of the house and use someone else’s air-conditioning bill for 2 hours is fine by me!

Spider-Man: Homecoming certainly got the message sent home that this was not your parents’ Andrew Garfield series (ok, maybe just not your big sister or brother’s Andrew Garfield series). The latest Spidey film opened with $117 million, almost $25 million more than that craptastic Amazing Spider-Man 2. The film finally embraced Peter Parker being a high schooler and that free flowing vibe should only help this series reach younger film-goers who’ve been stuck with grown-ups being their on-screen heroes for awhile. Face it, Robert Downey Jr. is closer to being in a Cocoon reboot than a Weird Science again.

Meanwhile, is there reason we can’t find a young American to play someone from Queens? We’re now at back-to-back British actors playing your friend neighborhood Spider-Man. Is all of our young talent under contract to the Disney Channel?

Anyhow, Spidey continued to spin more money in its second and third weekends, leaving it with already $251.9 million. Yes, already $50 million more than what that craptastic Amazing Spider-Man 2 finished at. The good news is that everyone associated with that ASM2 atrocity has moved-on to bigger and better places. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were both nominated for Oscars last year. Director Marc Webb received kudos for his recent drama film Gifted. Everyone’s back to doing what they should be doing… Not making superhero movies!

War for the Planet of the Apes had a “nice” (if that’s a word you can use about war) start of $56.3 million debut. However, that was about $15 million less than the last Apes movie. With all the hype of this being the final film in this trilogy, ideally fan interest should have been up and not down. Maybe it’s just me, but if this had been more of a Planet of The Monkees, then maybe I’d a have been a believer who just couldn’t leave her if I tried.

Following a futuristic war with sign language apes, the nation was ready to kick-it old school style the next week with the opening of Dunkirk. The Christopher Nolan epic opened at $50.1 million, just a little above his Interstellar opening and about $10 million below his Inception start. Likewise this film will probably finish somewhere between those two respective films’ $188 million and $293 million totals. Given the lack of movies that are generating major interest over the next few weeks, Dunkirk could be in a position to sail much closer to Inception’s final gross.

If Baby Driver was our sleeper hit of June, there’s no question Girls Trip is the sleeper hit of July. The “other” Ladies Out film of the season opened to $31.2 million, almost four times what Rough Night started with, and has already surpassed its $19 million budget. When there are two similar films coming out around the same time, often the second one released is seen as a knock-off (Volcano (2nd) to Dante’s Peak (1st), Wyatt Earp (2nd) to Tombstone (1st). Instead, Girls Trip showed it was the blueprint Rough Night should’ve followed the whole time: have characters first and things flying off the rails second. Since I haven’t noticed a third Ladies Out film on the schedule this summer, Girls Trip should keep running smoothly till school starts.

Enough about girls, though, let’s talk about women… or more specifically one woman. Wonder Woman not only stepped-out of the shadows from behind Batman and Superman this summer, she stepped to the top of the Summer Movie Pool! Having just passed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this is a Paradise Island even Warner Bros. couldn’t have imagined. While I always leave things to chance until the final day of the pool, I find it very, very unlikely that another film will be able to golden lasso Wonder Woman to keep her down. Well played, DC Universe!

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Wonder Woman - $389 million
#2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - $387.3 million
#3. Spider-Man: Homecoming - $251.9 million
#4. Despicable Me 3 - $213.6 million
#5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - $170.6 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 07/26/2017

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Despicable Me 3, Dunkirk, Girls Trip, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for The Planet of The Apes, Wonder Woman
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