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The Bottom Line: July 7, 2017: Waiter, There’s A Spider-Man In My Soup

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The Bottom Line: July 7, 2017

The spectacular, the amazing, the most bodacious webcrawler in all of New York City swings back into theaters with his own solo movie this weekend. Find out how it will do in this week’s edition of The Bottom Line!

Box Office Top Five

Despicable Me 3 topped the box office this weekend with $72.5 million, a solid number but a bit of a letdown for the franchise. Meanwhile, Baby Driver is doing great, riding its limited budget to second place with $21.1 million. Transformers: The Last Knight dropped to third place with $17.1 million, while Wonder Woman took fourth with $15.6 million. Cars 3 rounded out the top five with $9.6 million.

A Closer Look at Some of this Week’s Films.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13) 133 mins.

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world. And you may find yourself watching the third Spider-Man actor in ten years. And you’ll ask yourself, “How did I get here?”

Yes, we’re cycling through Spideys like they’re celebrity marriages. But after the underwhelming Amazing Spider-Man movies, a fresh start may be just what the character needs. Spider-Man joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, and now Tom Holland puts on the tights for a second time in his first solo outing. Facing off against Michael Keaton as The Vulture and aided by Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., Spider-Man: Homecoming looks to the be the best Spidey story since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. The movie is getting tremendous reviews, and that’s a huge relief. We’ll be seeing Tom Holland a lot more over the next couple of years. He’s already got Avengers: Infinity WarAvengers 4, and his own sequel lines up through 2019.

And it’s a Marvel movie, so obviously, expect this to open at number one at the box office. That’s just common sense.

A Ghost Story (R) 87 mins.

A Ghost Story is only opening in a few theaters, but if you’ve got the chance to see it, do so. It sounds incredible. Director David Lowery reunites with his Aint Them Bodies Saints stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for an oddball drama about loss and love. Just from watching the trailer, you would never expect to get so much emotion out of a guy wearing a bedsheet with eyes cut out, and yet, there it is. There’s something haunting and beautiful that this movie tries to tap into, and I’m eager to finally see it. Again, it’s only opening in a few theaters, so don’t expect it to make a dent at the box office (it probably wouldn’t even it was opening wide), but for a certain kind of film fan, this movie is made for them.

The movie is getting terrific reviews, too. It got a huge reaction out of the Sundance Film Festival, and it looks to continue the interesting career trajectory Lowery has had. (He shot this during his downtime working on the Disney remake of Pete’s Dragon, easily the best of the recent Disney remakes.) So definitely check this out if you can, I know I’m going to try to.

The Bottom Line

Spider-Man: Homecoming will open at number one, while Despicable Me 3 will drop to second. Baby Driver will continue its stellar run by taking third place (let’s just all take a moment to be happy for Edgar Wright, who makes the best movies and deserves a bunch of success). Transformers: The Last Knight will take fourth place, while Wonder Woman will round out the top five at the box office.

Movies To Look Forward To:

War for the Planet of the ApesWish UponLady MacbethTo The Bone (July 14th)

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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.

  • Derek

    Well said, Mr. Smith! Saw Spiderman last night, while it is hard to escape cliche Marvel and high school tropes, there are a couple of new, creative ideas executed in the plot.

    Personally I lost the patience to really enjoy any superhero movie: I can imagine the unnatural abilities, just not the unrealistic sequence of events. At least Tom Holland and Michael Keaton are good actors.

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