Friday, July 24, 2015

Movies! 7/24/15

Last week "Ant-Man" narrowly edged "Minions" to take #1.  Which if it hadn't would be a big embarrassment to Disney/Marvel since they have like 15 more Marvel movies scheduled.  It was pretty much the lowest Marvel opening of the Disney-produced ones.  Cause for concern?  Probably not for the sequels; it might be more worrying for other new characters they're planning to introduce like Black Panther and Captain Marvel.

I'm thinking it probably won't be number one this weekend.  The main competition is "Pixels" an Adam Sandler movie featuring 80s video game nostalgia as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong attack the world, which was actually the premise of a "Futurama" episode--or a third of one.  I don't think this will be that big, but maybe I'll be wrong.  Adam Sandler used to be a reliable box office draw but some of his last movies haven't done so well and the last time he was featured in the news was for Native Americans walking off the set of a Netflix movie he's making.

There's also "Paper Towns," which will be a lot more interesting to anyone 16-and-under.  The book was written by that "Fault In Our Stars" Guy, so I'm sure this is more pathetic, sappy, Nicholas Sparks-type drivel.  Enter at your own risk!

Next week you get "Mission:  Impossible 5" which is notable for Tom Cruise doing more death-defying stunts.  Since he's over 50 I'm not sure how many more of those he can do before something bad happens to him. 

4 comments:

  1. Ant-Man was a good "heist" film, but not so much a superhero one. It was a change of pace to what had already been done in Marvel movies. Minions had it's moments, but not as funny as when they are the sidekicks to Gru.

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  2. Maybe the general movie goer is more interested in the bigger name super heroes? The name ant-man just doesn't sound that impressive.

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  3. I'm not worried about the box office for Ant-Man but Pixels is definitely not going to win the weekend.

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  4. Hi Pat,

    Thanks for letting me know what we shall end up seeing in the UK in a couple of weeks time. Help us, Minions is still number one at the box office here.

    Have a good weekend, dude.

    Gary

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