Weekend Movie Guide: Terminator Genisys, Magic Mike XXL

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Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike XXL open in theaters nation-wide this weekend. You can see both at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.

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Recapping Last Weekend

Jurassic World made it three-for-three by topping the weekend box office again this weekend. The film’s ticket sales have dropped about 49 percent each of the last two weekends, which means a lot less when your debut sets a box office record. Jurassic made $54.5 million in its third weekend of release.

Inside Out had a solid second weekend with $52.3 million for second place. The excellent animated film should also have a solid holiday weekend. The so wrong, but so funny Ted 2 debuted to $33.5 million for third place. Max debuted to $12.2 million for fourth place while Spy stayed in the top five with $7.9 million in its fourth weekend of release.

Max had an estimated budget of less than $20 million


Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys is called “an ill-advised sequel” by The Verge. i09 says that “Arnold somehow saves Terminator Genisys from being a total disaster”.

If you go to see Terminator Genisys, take note of the CyberDane Systems headquarters. The headquarters are modeled off the real-life offices of Oracle. Why Oracale? David and Megan Ellison, offspring of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, produced the film. Megan Ellison has used money given to her by her father to set up Annapurna Pictures, a company that has bankrolled films like Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle Lawless, Foxcatcher.  Three of her films have been nominated for an Oscar for Motion Picture of the Year, including Her and American Hustle last year. Annapurna also has a pretty awesome website with an amazing promotional video.

David Ellison has also used the family money to make the world a better place through film. His producer credits include Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, World War Z and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. He is scheduled to produce Top Gun 2 as well as sequels to Jack Reacher, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness and Mission Impossible.

ScreenRant predicts Terminator Genisys will bring in $32 million at the box office this weekend.

Magic Mike XXL

I don’t know what MaryAnn Johanson of the Riverfront Times thought she was seeing when she saw Magic Mike XXL, but it was apparently a completely different movie. Wait, nevermind. She knew this was the sequel to a movie she hated. While she thinks women don’t want this, I know plenty of women who do. They don’t want every movie to be like this, but are certainly happy with some movies being like this.

Deadspin calls this sequel loads more fun than the original. Time echoes that. iO9 has a confusedTrue Blood fan’s guide to Magic Mike XXL. Mark Hughes calls the film “popcorn fun” in writing on Fortune.

Variety predicts Magic Mike XXL will make around $28 million this weekend. Speaking of numbers, FiveThirtyEight says “come for the pecs, stay for the economics“.


Catch It Before It’s Gone

Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Pitch Perfect 2 and Woman In Gold this weekend.

Make It A Redbox Night

Redbox welcomes Focus, Jupiter Ascending and While We’re Young this week.


Other Movie News

Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner Split

After 10 years of amrriage, the fairy talk of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner is over. TMZ is reporting that Jennifer simply got tired of Ben being gone all the time working on film projects. A report from The Sun cites a source in saying that Ben and Jennifer Lopez recently reconnected and that pissed Garner off. No worries if you are attending Comic-Con, Ben Affleck has confirmed that he will be there to promote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Trailer

Netflix produced this “prequel” to the 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer. The eight-episode miniseries features the same actors from the original, who have definitely aged a bit.

Here’s the first trailer for the series. Warning: the audio here may not be totally cool with some workplaces.

Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer prequel trailer

Steve Jobs Trailer

Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen star in this Steve Jobs biopic. Based on Walter Issacson’s biography of the Apple founder, this one hits theaters on October 9, 2015.

Steve Jobs trailers

Masterminds Trailer

On August 19, 2015, Masterminds hits theaters nationwide. Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Kate McKinnon star in this bank heist comedy.

Mastermind trailer

London Has Fallen Teaser Trailer 

The sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen hits theaters on January 22, 2016. Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart and others reprise their roles in London Has Fallen. No word yet on a White House Down sequel. Olympus Has Fallen opened to $98.9 million domestically back in 2013 on its way to earnign $161 million worldwide during its theater run.

London Has Fallen trailer

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