Ted 2 and Max open in theaters this weekend.
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Recapping Last Weekend
Inside Out was destined to become the first Pixar film to miss debuting at #1 at the box office after Jurassic World‘s massive numbers at the box office. Jurassic followed up its record-breaking opening with $106.6 million in its second weekend, while Inside Out had its turn at blowing away expectations with a $90.4 million opening. Buoyed by those two films, the overall weekend box office again topped $200 million with $247.6 million.
Spy continued to do fairly well with $11.2 million in its third weekend of release. It’s $134.5 million worldwide take has already easily passed Melissa McCarthy’s last flick, Tammy. San Andreas finished fourth over the weekend with $8.7 million in its fourth weekend of release. The film festival darling Dope debuted at 2,002 theaters over the weekend with $6.1 million to round out the top five.
A.V. Club calls Ted 2 a “filthier but less charming” version of 2012’s Ted. Mark Wahlberg returns as Ted, the talking stuffed bear, has to prove he is human in the eyes of the law. It will be tough for this sequel to equal the numbers of the original. Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis (who doesn’t return) and Mark Wahlberg had a massive hit on their hands back in 2012 when Ted earned almost $550 million worldwide on a budget of just $50 million. No word on what the budget is for the sequel, but it is predicted to be more.
While Max won’t have the huge numbers of a Jurassic World or Inside Out, it could very well be a sleeper hit for Warner Bros. Pictures. The company is heavily pushing the film with an estimated ad spend last week of $7.4 million. Max follows a “precision-trained military dog” who loses his handler while helping U.S Marines in Afghanistan. Max is then adopted by the late handler’s family, particularly his younger brother. Director Boaz Yakin also directed Remember the Titans. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky over at A.V. Club was thoroughly confused by Max.
Dog breeders and other concerned parties have some advice for those going to see Max this weekend. Do your research before seeing the Belgian Malinois in the film and thinking you need one too. Deadline is predicting a $10 million opening for Max at the box office.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Ex Machina and Tomorrowland this weekend. I’ve been told that Ex Machina is really good and I really enjoyed and recommend Tomorrowland.
Make It A Redbox Night
Redbox has a much of movies available that are worth watching right now. I still highly recommend The DUFF from last week, but this week features Survivor with Pierce Bronson, The Loft with James Marsen and The Forger with John Travolta.
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