The Bottom Line: July 27, 2018
The Equalizer 2 barely opened in the Number One spot at the box office last weekend. It is not a strong enough film to hold that position against the onslaught that it will endure this weekend from Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Box Office Top Five
The Equalizer 2 premiered in the Number One spot at the box office last weekend with $35.8 Million. That is 1.6 Million more than the first Equalizer film opened with four years ago. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! premiered in Second Place with $34.3 Million. That is $7 Million more than the first Mamma Mia film opened with two years ago. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation was Third with $23.1 Million. Ant-Man and the Wasp was Fourth with $16.1 Million for $538.5 Million so far in the United States. World-wide, Ant-Man and the Wasp has made over $283.7 Million. Incredibles 2 was Fifth with $11.5 Million for $557.3 Million so far in the United States. World-wide, Incredibles 2 has made over 940.4 Million. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Skyscraper, The First Purge, Unfriended: Dark Web, and Sorry to Bother You rounded out the top Ten respectively.
A Closer Look at Some of this Week’s Films
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (PG-13) 147 mins.
Starting with the last Mission: Impossible film, the Mission: Impossible film franchise has gotten better and better. From all reports and reviews for the last two weeks it seems that Mission: Impossible – Fallout will be the best in the series in two areas – action and stunt work. Mission: Impossible looks like a roll-coaster ride, a good one, one that will leave the consumer thoroughly satisfied.
Apparently this is a rollercoaster ride that everyone wants to get on. Yesterday evening, MoviePass ran out of money because of all the people trying to see Mission: Impossible – Fallout and other opening films holding Thursday night screenings. If MoviePass ran out of money for the Thursday night screenings, what is it going to do this weekend?
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (PG) 93 mins.
I watched the trailer for Teen Titans Go! To The Movies and this film seems absolutely silly. I am sure there is a fan-base for this and a market but it certainly isn’t high-end animation connoisseurs. I liked the superhero film references e.g. Wonder Woman but that was about it. Low-end animated films like this are all the rage with movie studios because they cheap to make and the turn around time is fast. These aren’t Hayao Miyazaki films. For some animation, comic book, and family-film movie fans, films of the quality of will do the trick.
The Captain (R) 118 mins.
The Captain, which circulated film festivals in 2017, looks like a great war film and psychological film. Like Schindler’s List, the black and white palette in The Captain is striking and gives the film a bright, timeless quality. Instead using of The Captain persona to escape the war, the protagonist becomes seduced by the power the uniform gives him (and everyone looking to him for orders and a authority figure).
I’m guessing that the protagonist either wakes up in the third act of the film or dies glued to his new identity…which would be ironic.
The Bottom Line
The Equalizer 2 had its time in the sun last weekend. That time is over. The eclipse for that film and all other actions films currently in-theater has come. The Equalizer 2 looks quaint in comparison to Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout will be the Number One film at the box office the weekend. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies will be Second. The Equalizer 2 will be Third. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will Fourth. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation will be Fifth.
Movies To Look Forward To:
The Darkest Minds (Aug. 3), Christopher Robin (Aug. 3), Operation Finale (Aug. 29), The Predator (Sept. 14), Fahrenheit 11/9 (May 6).
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