Now In-Theater: May 19, 2017
The motion pictures now in-theater are from various Hollywood and independent movie studios. Some of the films are in wide release (600 screens or more in the United States and Canada) and some are in limited release (a motion picture that is playing in a select few theaters across the country [typically in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco]).
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the Number One film at the box office for the third weekend in row. I am cognizant of Alien: Covenant‘s release this weekend but I don’t believe the newest Alien film will open strong enough to surpass Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. If Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 holds enough of its audience from last weekend, which equated to $65.2 Million domestically, that should be enough to keep the comic book film at the top of the box office.
This all depends on Alien: Covenant opening between $30-$50 Million this weekend. The reviews for Alien: Covenant are mixed to positive so Alien: Covenant should perform well this weekend.
After the numerous narrative problems with Prometheus, some people, like myself, will be staying away from Alien: Covenant. On top of that, Alien: Covenant seems to follow familiar beats: crew finds Alien egg, someone gets face-hugged, Alien bursts out, Alien begins killing crew one-by-one, final stand with survivor against Alien. The End. I will watch the Director’s Cut of Aliens again instead.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will open in Third Place this weekend. It’s a new G-rated family film, its based on a book, and its the fourth film in a franchise. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is also a guaranteed diversion for parents and babysitters looking something new and acceptable for the children under their care.
Snatched will be Fourth at the box office this weekend. Surprisingly, the comedy opened pretty well last weekend, far higher than had been expected. Snatched opened better than films with a far higher budget last weekend.
One of those films was King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will be Fifth this weekend. The film opened poorly last weekend, behind a comedy that received mixed reviews, and now the franchise that would have been built around King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has been canceled.
With Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opening next weekend, this may be the last weekend that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword cracks the Top Five at the box office.
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