Monday, 24 July 2017

Movie Money Comic Con Spectacular!

Well, this is quite a weekend! Two huge openings for the new releases this week. 'Dunkirk' the latest from Christopher Nolan came out strong with a $50m opening. The WWII survival story cost $150m to make, but it's already made $100m worldwide. Continuing in the win column, sleeper hit 'Girls Trip' came up to $31m for its opening weekend, way surpassing its budget of $19m. With the phenomenal successes of 'Hidden Figures', 'Get Out' and now this, hopefully, studios realize the importance of diversity in film. People are hungry for stories that give representation to the world we live in. Not just the same narrative time and time again.

Want proof? 'Rough Night' made only $21.8m. In its entirety. 

It wasn't all great this weekend for the newcomers. In fact, for one newcomer, it was a complete disaster. I thought for sure 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' would be the biggest box office bomb of the year, but it seems that title will go to 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'. A $17m opening for a budget of somewhere between $177m-$229m (Conflicting reports as to the budget), is a tremendously bad opening. Luc Besson's return to Sci-Fi was seemingly a failure but hey, 'Fifth Element' was a bomb too and it's now a beloved film.

As for the rest of the top 5, 'Spider-Man Homecoming' dropped down to #3 from the #2 spot last week. The wall crawlers Marvel Cinematic Universe debut is experiencing a nice steady decline, as it's come to a $251m cume domestically, bringing its worldwide gross to $571m. Sadly, the stiff competition this summer is taking a toll on 'War for the Planet of the Apes', as it had a massive drop to #4 in just its second week. $20.8m this weekend brought its domestic total to $98m, and although it's passed its budget worldwide with a worldwide total of $175m, it definitely won't make the same numbers as its predecessor, 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', which ended its run with $710m worldwide.

No wonder he's so damn angry. 

That's all for the top 5 this week. To hear our podcast discussion, here's the episode with me and Shawna Kay Green. We discuss not just the top 5 but give our mini reviews of Apes, Spider-Man and Dunkirk. It was also the show just after Comic Con so best believe we spoke about all the movie news to come out of San Diego.