Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy and Planes: Fire & Rescue all open this weekend.
Recapping Last Weekend
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes surpassed expectations with a $72.6 million opening weekend. Another big budget sequel, Transformers: Age of Extinction, finished in second place with $16.3 million in its third weekend of release. Tammy finished in third with $12.5 million. While not earning huge numbers, Melissa McCarthy can still call her project a success, given its $67 million dollar worldwide box office take thus far on a $20 million budget. 22 Jump Street passed the $170 million mark in its fifth weekend with $6.5 million in receipts. The sequel has now out-earned the original, 2012’s 21 Jump Street. How to Train Your Dragon 2 rounded out the top five with $6 million. That sequel has just barely based its $145 million budget domestically. It has excelled overseas, earning almost $200 million more.
Opening This Weekend
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel play a married couple in the R-rated comedy that accidentally uploads a video of their wedded bliss to “The Cloud”. Diaz reunites with Bad Santa director Jake Kasdan. Reviews aren’t high for this one, but critics also weren’t high on The Other Woman, which earned almost $200 million worldwide.
MX Movies has showings of Sex Tape at 7 pm and 10 pm tonight.
The Purge: Anarchy
This sequel will try to replicate the success of last year’s The Purge, which opened to $34 million on a $3 million dollar budget. The concept in the sequel, with a budget of $9 million, is the same as in the first. In a different America there exists a 12-hour period each year where police, fire and hospital services take a break and all crimes, even murder are legal. The Michigan Chronicle has an interview with the director 3 of The Purge: Anarchy stars where they discuss their views on the film. While the first film was largely set indoors, this one has action all over town. It’s one you’ll probably want to see in theaters.
The Purge: Anarchy isn’t expected to overtake Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at the box office this weekend, but it could hit $30 million in receipts.
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Pixar is back with its sequel to 2013’s Planes, which itself is a spin-off its Cars franchise. Dane Cook reprises his role as the voice of Dusty Crophopper. The original Planes opened with $22 millions and earned a total of $90 million domestically and $220 million worldwide in its theater run. Dane Cook recently called Planes: Fire & Rescue “a loving tribute to firefighters”. Expect this sequel to earn somewhere in the low $20 million dollar range, thanks largely to 3-D sales. It doesn’t look like it will rain in the St. Louis area this weekend, but if it does pack the kids up and head to see this one.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Make It A Redbox Night
Beginning this week at your local Redbox you can find The Lego Movie and The Grand Budapest Hotel, among others. If you had signed up for The Redbox Text Club, you could be watching a movie for free tonight.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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