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‘The Mummy’ is Buried; ‘Cars 3’ is in Neutral; ‘Wonder Woman’ is on Fire - Weeks 6 & 7

Wonder Woman
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Cars 3
The Mummy
Alien: Covenant
Captain Underpants
All Eyez On Me
Rough Night
In the 1999 version of The Mummy they alluded to the ten plagues of Egypt. Universal forgot the 11th plague: Don’t try to reboot The Mummy franchise without Brendan Fraser when he doesn’t even have one foot in the grave or your film will be cursed to be forgotten like a one-hit wonder by Kajagoogoo! (Ok, the mere fact that I can remember the one-hit song by them doesn’t make the curse any less potent. It’s just means I’m too shy shy... hush hush, eye to eye) The movie gods were not amused at these foolhardy producers and laid their full wraith on this new version which didn’t even cast anyone named Brendan or Fraiser Crane.

The Mummy openen it’s sarcophagus to $31.7 million dollars. That’s more than $10 million less than the immortal BF version 18 years ago which no one even thought was going to be a hit at the time. This was not exactly the “launch” Universal was hoping for with their new Dark Universe brand of linking classic horror films The Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man, and The Wolf Man. Next time let’s lead with The Make a Good Movie Man before you bank on your franchise being a success before it even starts.

Speaking of franchises that tried to be a success without anyone really asking for them, step right up, (or drive right up) Cars 3. The third flick in the series hit the green flag with a $53.7 million opening. Not shabby. Maybe in line with Boss Baby (as if those are ever the words uttered by other people making Pixar films). However, that’s already a $15 million dip from the Cars 2 opening six years ago. Despite this film getting the kind of “Well, it’s better than the last Cars film” reviews, that’s the sign of a vehicle going in the wrong direction. Take it from me, I would know: I was driving in England last week.

While rap docu-dramas aren’t exactly a franchise, 2015’s Straight Outta Compton was a critical and box-office smash. Enter this year’s 2Pac movie All Eyez On Me (and my wife going, “Well, that’s embarrassing… they didn’t spell ‘eyes’ right on that poster.” Yeah, honey, that’s what’s embarrassing...) and it’s critical drubbing and $24.6 million debut didn’t quite add up. Just like the way it never added-up when they posthumorously mixed Bruce Hornsby’s “The Way It Is” with his 2Pac’s rap “Changes.” Well, it added-up money for those trying to cash-in on his tragic death, but having grown-up near the Oaktown Rap Scene, the smooth, southern, piano rock sounds of Bruce Hornsby wasn’t exactly the alter most of those artists worshiped at. Regardless, this rap docu-drama formula still requires something most films do: be good if you really want All Eyez On You. Sorry, honey, now I’ve misspelled eyes.

Also, you need to be good if you want to avoid the rough night Rough Night had. Of course, in that case, everyone must’ve been good because pretty much everyone avoided Rough Night. This was billed as the “bachelorette party gone wrong” yet it looks like it was the movie part they got wrong. The good news is that if Tom Hanks could make Bachelor Party with Adrian Zmed (let me say that again: Adrian Zmed!) and then still go on to have a legendary Hollywood career (well, almost as legendary as Zmed), then I’m sure all these actresses will be fine. Just find out which one of your co-stars was this flick’s Zmed and then never let them come within 100 yards of you again!

Something that’s had no problem with success has been the wondrous run of Wonder Woman. After its $100 million debut, it followed that feat by dropping only 45% in it’s second weekend and mind-blowingly only dropped 29% in its third weekend for a 17-day total of $275.1 million. To have better legs that Gal Gadot is saying something! While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has had a perfunctory run to the top (it’s ok, but no one’s liked it better than the first film), this seems to be the blockbuster people are actually excited about, talking about, and, seriously, a 29% drop three weekends in?!?!?! Those people are totally getting other people to go out there and see it. That’s the kind of hype no marketing team can buy. While it’s still $100 million behind GotGV2, if it keeps these marginal weekend drops, Wonder Woman could have a chance to amaze everyone one more time.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - $374.9 million
#2. Wonder Woman - $275.1 million
#3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - $150.6 million
#4. Alien: Covenant - $72.8 million
#5. Captain Underpants - $57.8 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 06/20/2017

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Alien: Covenant, All Eyez On Me, Captain Underpants, Cars 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Rough Night, The Mummy, Wonder Woman
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