The Bottom Line: July 29, 2016: “You Know His Name”

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Quick Takes

Star Trek Beyond  won the weekend with a solid opening of $59.3 million. The Secret Life of Pets dropped to number two, and Lights Out is a surprise hit in third place.  Ice Age: Collision Course  opened in fourth place, while Ghostbusters rounded out the top 5.

Box Office Top Five

Star Trek Beyond  did solid business to take first place with $59.3 million, a good sum that might not be good enough, considering the film’s budget. The Secret Life of Pets is the big success story of the summer, dropping into second place with $29.6 million in its third week. The low-budget Lights Out opened in third with $21.7 million, making the horror film a sleeper hit. Ice Age: Collision Course opened in fourth with $21.4 million, a franchise low, proving that this series has very little life left in it. Finally, Ghostbusters dropped down to fifth place, taking in $21 million.

Here is a look at a few films that are opening on July 22nd.

Jason Bourne (PG-13) 123 mins.

Matt Damon is back as the amnesiac super-spy in Jason Bourne (as is director Paul Greengrass), but I’m hearing the new film doesn’t live up to its predecessors. Most reviews seem to indicate that, while the film isn’t without its action pleasures, it loses the intelligence of previous films and rehashes all that came before without bringing much new to the table. It’ll be interesting to see how this movie does – it’s been nine years since the last Damon-led Bourne film, and this is a summer in which long-delayed sequels have been met with a collective shrug from audiences. Still, these movies were huge, and there hasn’t been much of the way of a pure action movie this summer. Expect this to open at number one at the box office, though perhaps not as highly as the studio might hope.

Nerve (PG-13) 96 mins.

Dave Franco and Emma Roberts star in this thriller from Catfish and Paranormal Activity directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The trailers make it look pretty silly, and reviews indicate as much, but I’ve seen some critics say it’s pretty fun, if slight, entertainment. I wouldn’t expect this to open up too highly, but it might surprise some. Let’s say this opens at number four.

Bad Moms (R) 101 mins.

I’ve seen very little in terms of marketing for Bad Moms, though it’s a great cast that includes Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Christina Applegate. Reviews indicate it’s a pretty so-so comedy, and without a big marketing push, I don’t think we can expect much from this one. I don’t think it will crack the top 5.

 The Bottom Line

Jason Bourne will open at number one, while Star Trek Beyond will drop down to number two. The Secret Life of Pets will drop to three, while Nerve will open at four and Lights Out will round out the top 5.

Movies To Look Forward To:

Suicide Squad (August 5), Sausage Party (August 12).

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Michael Smith

Mike Smith is an avid filmgoer from New York who loves to hear his own voice - luckily his work as a podcaster on FilmBook allows him to do just that. Mike graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany with a degree in communications, and is ready to dole out critical analysis of all your pop culture fixations. Mike is the host of FilmBookCast and can frequently be seen at his local movie theater, patiently explaining to his friends that Superman Returns is a misunderstood masterpiece.

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