BOX OFFICE REPORT FOR JULY 29TH, 2016

At the box office this week: Boring Bourne, Bad Moms and a big truth-or-dare game hits the theatres.

BOX OFFICE WINNERS AND LOSERS

A typical slow down for the summer, with people getting out more, and staying in less. I have to say, I was very impressed with Star Trek: Beyond, which is in at number one, and has made close to $80 million. If you’re a fan of Simon Pegg’s writing, you’re going to enjoy this film. I also found it played out quite a bit like an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was a lot of fun! Go see it if you can. The Secret Life of Pets continues its steady run, having nearly hit the $300 million mark. I went to go see this, and it was just okay for me – though I must confess, if I could take Mel the dog home, I would. Also – kids will definitely enjoy it.

Nerve hit theatres earlier this week – on Wednesday, July 27th, actually – so I’ll have a little more on that film for you in the “Out in Theatres” section below.

Rounding off the top five, we’ve got Ghostbusters (which I saw, and you can read my review of here), and Lights Out. These two films share something in common, in that they both impressed me. While Ghostbusters is witty, funny and charming, Lights Out is probably one of the more innovative horror films I’ve seen in a while. If you can, check both of them out.

OUT IN THEATRES

Jason Bourne

You can read my review of the film here.

Matt Damon reprises his role as Jason Bourne in this one – and he’s doing what he does best: looking for information, and running away from at least one bad guy while doing it. You may remember Bourne disappeared after the events of Ultimatum, and he’s spent the last few years wandering the world, surviving as an illegal fighter. I didn’t really enjoy this, and was more excited over the hype leading up to the release of the movie. Die-hard Bourne fans (and I know there’s a lot of you out there) will probably want to take this one in.

Bad Moms

This film chronicles the struggles of mother Amy (Mila Kunis) who is overworked, exhausted, and just wants to take a break from life. So, she and a whole bunch of other moms decide they’re going to go and have a good time…while being bad.

This one is getting mixed reviews – but it really depends who is being asked. Might be a good one to pocket for an afternoon matinee over the long weekend.

Nerve

In what first appeared, to me at least, to look like some kind of JackAss meets Tron film, Nerve is the story of a truth-or-dare game that high schoolers play – or watch. Emma Roberts and Dave Franco star. It’s beginning to pick up steam, having earned about $3 million in the first two days it came out. That was enough to get it to number three at the box office by Thursday.

TRAILERS THAT HAVE PEOPLE TALKING

The San Diego Comic Con saw a LOT of trailers out last week. I have a few that I’m excited for so…let’s take a look below!

Blair Witch 

In what may have been the most epic promotional campaign ever, the people who worked on this movie – previously titled The Woods – managed to pull a fast one. They announced at SDCC this was actually a sequel to The Blair Witch Project (yes, continue to ignore that other ‘sequel’ we know as The Book of Shadows). In the sequel, Heather Donahue’s brother picks up where she left off. He’s going to do what some might say is the dumbest thing ever…and venture into the woods.

What I really enjoyed about The Blair Witch Project is how it, along with REC, paved the way for the found footage genre. Mind you, it wouldn’t be until the mid-2000’s when it really picked up (and snowballed into a cliche) with Paranormal Activity, but some folks in the film industry managed to realize its possibilities, and add to the horror wheel.

Justice League

The more I see of this, the more optimistic I am. Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot star as Batman and Wonder Woman – and they’re bringing the rest of their alliance with them – from The Flash to Aquaman, the gang’s all here.

Wonder Woman

We’ve also got Wonder Woman riding solo. I’m also into this. Have to say, Warner Brothers looks like it wants to be a serious superhero contender now – a far cry from what I experienced in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

The Lego Batman Movie 

We now know Batman’s adopted a kid – who happens to be Robin. It sounds like it’s training day for the latter. I’m sure this is just one of many trailers we’re going to get before the film comes out next year. Oh, and also – we know the what the password is to get into Bruce Wayne’s home.

OUT ON BLURAY, DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Earlier this week, we had Criminal, starring Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Alice Eve. There’s also Sing Street with Ferdia Walsh-Peelo. This film has a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Next week, you can own Keanu – the kitten movie, as well as The Lobster with Colin Farrell and Wachel Weiz. Also out is Mother’s Day, a film directed by Garry Marshall. Marshall died earlier this month; you may know him from other films like Pretty Woman, New Years’ Eve and Runaway Bride. 

As for my Flashback Friday, check out Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It came out in 1978, and is considered one of the most successful remakes of all time.

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