Weekend Movie Guide: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blended
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine goes back in time in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore will try to draw on a successful movie in the duo’s past to give Blended a success.
Recapping Last Weekend
Godzilla of course easily took the box office over the weekend, which was easy to predict. Its $93 million box office take was a little harder to predict. It more than doubled the opening weekend of the 1998 film by the same name. 3D showings of the film made up 51 percent of its revenue. As of this writing, the newest Godzilla has made $108 million domestically and $103.4 million overseas. Its budget was $160 million.
Neighbors brought in another $25 million. The Seth Rogen-Zac Efron comedy has done very will overseas with $54.8 million in two weeks on top of its $96 million in the states. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fell out of 333 theaters across the country and dropped 52.7%, but still managed to bring in $16.8 million and finish third at the box office in its third weekend. Million Dollar Arm opened to $10.5 million on a $25 million budget. The Other Woman rounded out the top five in its fourth weekend of release with $6.3 million in receipts.
Heaven is for Real pulled in another $4.4 million to push its total theatrical receipts to $82.2 million whereas God’s Not Dead moved its take to $59 million. The two Christian-themed films were made for a combined $14 million and have taken in a combined $141 million.
Opening This Weekend
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The newest X-Men film has garnered good reviews leading up to its opening and at least one site is projecting $125 million opening weekend. The folks behind this one went big and nailed it.
See it tonight at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis in advance of its Friday opening. The film will be showing in 2D and 3D. The 3D showing comes with your own collectible X-Men 3D glasses.
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore last teamed up in 2004’s 50 First Dates and scored an opening weekend just shy of $50 million. Their newest project will again open on a holiday weekend, First Dates opened the day before Valentine’s Day, but Memorial Day Weekend is much better for movies. As long as all of the funny parts aren’t in the trailer, this one should do quite well. Projections have this one opening in the $24 million range.
P.S. In case you were wondering, Adam Sandler confirmed on Jimmy Kimmel Live that his recent movies like Blended are just excuses for him to get a paid vacation.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Our favorite second-run movie theater, Keller 8 Cinemas in South County, will be adding Kevin Costner’s Draft Day to its lineup. No word on if the film has been re-cut to feature Johnny Manziel. See the rest of this weekend’s lineup here.
Make It A Redbox Night
The Monuments Men, Pompeii and About Last Night are new to Redbox this week. The new rental with the most ridiculous plot would have to be Grand Piano with Elijah Wood and John Cusack:
“In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper’s motives and look for help without anyone realizing.”
It’s received mixed reviews, but may be worth $1.20.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Out August 1, 2014. Forbes loves the angle the marketing department is going with.
Magic in the Moonlight
Directed by Woody Allen and starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth. It’s out July 25.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Also starring Colin Firth, it’s out October 24. Mark Hamill and Samuel L. Jackson also lead the credits. Kingsman is based on the comic book from Mark Millar, who also created Kick-Ass.
A Million Ways To Die In The West
This $200 million Disney film is darker then its marketing and trailer would have you believe. See Angelina Jolie in theaters May 30.
Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone wrote this screenplay together and Falcone directs. See it in theaters July 2.
22 Jump Street
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return on June 13. Jenko and Schmidt are undercover as college students this time around.
We talked about this in this week’s Videos of the Wednesday. This one will hopefully be in theaters this fall.
No, this does not star Nikko Smith. This one stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and is out July 25 of this year.