BOX OFFICE REPORT FOR JULY 22ND, 2016

At the box office this week: thank goodness – some new stuff in theatres. Trekkies will be excited, kids will probably look forward to the next entry in the Ice Age series, and don’t turn out the lights.

WINNERS AND LOSERS

The box office has been a boring place as of recent, unless you are a child (or a child at heart). The Secret Life of Pets  and Finding Dory seem to be the only two films managing to make steady amounts of cash. Even so, Dory is slowing down. As of this writing, it’s made just a bit more than $452 million, and internationally – it’s still far from $300 million. And then it all goes kind of downhill from there. Ghostbusters has made around $60 million; about a third of that was made over opening weekend. Yikes.

But I’d argue it’s not just Ghostbusters failing to draw any cash. So many touted hits have been falling by the wayside – and fast. I just mentioned the slow down in Finding Dory, but films like Now You See Me 2 and Independence Day: Resurgence have failed to make much of a dent dollar-wise. Will these latest movies do that? I’m actually doubtful, but we’ll see!

OUT IN THEATRES

Star Trek Beyond

Starring Chris Pine and Anton Yelchin, this film sees the crew facing a new foe. Who – or what – could it be?

For those of you who are huge fans of Yelchin, this is not his final performance. He’ll play a part in the film Thoroughbred, which is slated to come out next year. Yelchin died last month at the age of 27 after his Jeep rolled down his driveway and pinned him to a security fence. I’m looking forward to seeing this.

J.J. Abrams has said they won’t be replacing the Chekov character in the next movie, which was just green-lit earlier this week. Also, fun fact: apparently Beyond brought close to $70 million to B.C. – so does that mean we’ll see them come back for the next film? Nothing’s set in stone yet, but I hope so!

Ice Age: Collision Course 

Yep, the franchise still exists (the first one came out in 2002. That’s right). This movie isn’t an indicator, however, of anything strong. You can take a look at my review here. The cast includes Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez and Simon Pegg.

Lights Out

Another scary movie! Will it be any good? Who knows. This is a supernatural horror film involving a malevolent something-or-other that’s been going after a family. James Wan is working on this film; you may recognize his name from Insidious, The Conjuring franchise, and Saw.

TRAILERS THAT HAVE PEOPLE TALKING

We’ve seen a lot of Suicide Squad stuff drop over the last week. Cut to the chase on the plot: a squad of really bad guys are assembled to go on missions. The catch: they can go on these missions and cut down the time they spend in prison. However, many of the missions they go on are dangerous – and the odds of them coming out alive are slim to none.

This film is out on Thursday, August 4th for early showing, and I know some theatres – like Cineplex, and Landmark Cinemas – are selling tickets early.

OUT ON BLURAY, DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Earlier this week, we had Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg. In case you missed my review months ago on that one…I strongly disliked it. We also had Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Demolition was actually kind of fun for me. Take a look at my review here. And while I was slightly disappointed in Miles Ahead with Don Cheadle, I think it’s still worth checking out just for the music. You can look at my review here.

Next week: we’ve got The Boss with funny woman Melissa McCarthy, and Barbershop: the Next Cut. 

As for my Flashback Friday, I’m recommending anything with Robin Williams in it…

There are so many things of his you can check out, like Mork & Mindy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam, or, one of my personal favourites, an episode of “Faerie Tale Theatre,” in which Williams plays The Frog Prince.

 

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