BOX OFFICE REPORT FOR AUGUST 5TH, 2016

In this episode: worst heroes ever, and a dad tries to channel his own nine lives.

BOX OFFICE WINNERS AND LOSERS

It hasn’t been the greatest at the box office over this last week. Boring Bourne in Jason Bourne is leading at number one, having amassed about $80 million over the past week. I found the movie to be quite ho-hum, but some die-hard Bourne fans are fighting back on social media, saying the movie delivered a nice one-two-Matt-Damon-as-Bourne-kind-of-punch. Not my cup of tea, but I tip my hat to you if you found some entertainment in one of this film’s boring corners. The only real surprise I noticed at the box office involved spots number two and three: Bad Moms came in at number two, while Star Trek: Beyond came in at number three. At four and five: The Secret Life of Pets, and Ice Age: Collision Course. While The Secret Life of Pets was just okay for meIce Age: Collision Course needed to end at least two movies ago.

OUT IN THEATRES

I’d argue that, at first blush, there’s only one box office story here, but I’m beginning to think we’re getting a wasteland of films in major release.

Suicide Squad

This DC Comics/Warner Brothers vehicle stars Jared Leto, Will Smith and Margot Robbie. The U.S. Government green-lights a plan concocted by one official, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) whose suggestion involves taking some of the worst criminals they know of, and turning them into a patsy squad. If they fail, at least the government can blame the mess-up on them. If they don’t fail, then, they can take advantage (or some advantage) of the deals they would have negotiated with the Feds – whether that’s time off a sentence, access to a favourite movie channel (yes, that was actually one negotiated deal in this film), or getting to hang out with their child.

Is this DC/WB’s saving grace? I’m sorry to say…I don’t think so. You can read my review of the film here. 

Nine Lives

I love Kevin Spacey. I loved him in Se7en, in Pay it Forward – but as a cat? Director Barry Sonnenfeld is asking for a lot from the audience here. Spacey plays a jerk father, who has little time for his family, including his wife and daughter. As a last minute birthday gift choice for his youngster, he chooses a cat. Joke’s on him, though – he’s about to be turned into one.

TRAILERS THAT HAVE PEOPLE TALKING

Check out Dunkirk. It’s a Chris Nolan film that I’m excited for. The teaser is quick, but it’s got my attention. The trailer has been getting flack from some online, though, as it seems to tease an “Oscar bait” film. This comes out in July 2017.

OUT ON BLURAY, DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

You can officially check out Meet the Blacks – uncomfortably described as a parody of The Purge (how is that even possible)?! Fathers and Daughters is another option that has been on my list for a while now, too.

If you own a fancy home system that allows you to play 4K video, you can pick up Lucy, Lone Survivor, and/or Oblivion. 

LISTEN TO THE REEL REPORT BELOW!

 

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