With Jurassic World opening this weekend in theaters other studios have wisely decided not to challenge Universal Pictures.
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Recapping Last Weekend
Melissa McCarthy and Spy took the weekend box office with just more than $29 million in its debut. San Andreas took the second spot with $25.8 million in its second weekend of release. Insidious Chapter 3 made $22.7 million in its debut, making it instantly profitable. Entourage, which I thought was pretty good, made $10.3 million in its debut. Mad Max: Fury Road made $7.8 million in its fourth weekend of release to round out the top five.
Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max debuted in theaters on the same weekend. The singing flick has earned north of $160 million domestically. The I-still-don’t-know-what-I-watched flick has brought in $130.66 million. Pitch Perfect 2 was made for about $29 million whereas Mad Max was mad for $150 million. It is worth noting the former has made $315.75 million worldwide while the latter has made $250.8 million. Either way, I find it interesting how much of a profit Anna Kendrick and company have been.
It’s been a long time since the world of Jurassic Park has graced the big screen. The world that Michael Crichton created in his 1990 novel first came to theaters in 1993. The Stephen Spielberg-directed film opened with $47 million and never looked back on its way to $402.45 million in domestic theaters and over $1 billion worldwide. Sequels The Lost World and Jurassic Park III followed in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Exactly one character appears in Jurassic World who also appeared in Jurassic Park. BD Wong plays Dr. Henry Wu, who is the chief engineer at the startup that recreated the dinosaurs.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in Jurassic World, which was shot largely at an abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans. Some early reviews of the fourth installment have been harsh. Maybe those people hating on the film are just mad that the dinosaurs might not look like they did when they roamed the earth. At least one reviewer decided to spin the I’m Offended Because Wheel and it stopped on sexist.
Variety is predicting a $125 million opening weekend while Universal is just predicting “north of $100 million”.
See Jurassic World tonight at 8 pm at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Furious 7 moves to Keller 8 Cinemas this weekend. The Paul Walker tribute film has already made $350 million in domestic theaters and $1.5 billion worldwide. That worldwide total makes it the 4th-highest grossing movie of all-time. If you haven’t seen this one in theaters yet, here’s your chance. It’s totally worth it, especially at “the land of misfit movies“.
Make It A Redbox Night
Redbox welcomes Project Almanac, The DUFF, Blackhat and more this weekend. I highly recommend Almanac and The DUFF. I’m really hoping that Mae Whitman and DUFF become a huge hit through dvd rentals and streaming. Whitman has family in the St. Louis area, carried a photo of Tim Riggins around Austin. and would possibly be the caretaker of Taylor Swift’s cats if she wasn’t an actress. In case either of those things will get you to rent The Duff.
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