Weekend Movie Guide: Vacation, M:I – Rogue Nation

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Vacation open in theaters this weekend.

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Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation and Vacation are in theaters this weekend.

Recapping Last Weekend

Ant-Man took the weekend box office crown again in its second weekend with $24.9 million. Pixels came in right behind at $24 million and Minions was just behind Adam Sandler and company at $22.9 million. Trainwreck managed $17. 3 million in its second weekend of release and newcomer Southpaw exceeded expectations with $16.7 million to round out the top five.

Paper Towns pulled in $12.7 million in its debut to finish just outside the top five.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

It won’t surprise you that Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is full of stunts, it may surprise you, however, that the stunts are real. That would include one where Tom Cruise allegedly held his breath underwater for six minutes. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune calls Rogue Nation the best of the M:I series.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is predicted to top the box office this weekend with between $40 and $50 million. See it Friday at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.

Vacation

No one seems really sure what to refer to Vacation as in relation to 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation. It’s not a remake of the 1983 film, not necessarily a sequel and I guess only a reboot of the franchise if it’s successful at the box office. Deadspin again rises to the challenge of finding ways to tell you to hate something by comparing this new film too closely to the ’83 classic. For reference, here’s an original review of National Lampoon’s Vacation from the New York Times in 1983.

Ed Helms has received great reviews as Rusty Griswold, played in 1983 by Anthony Micheal Hall. Christina Applegate plays Rusty’s wife. The family again meets some relatives along the way on their trip, instead of Cousin Eddy and his crazy clan it’s Aunt Audrey (Leslie Mann) and her not-too-bright local celebrity husband Stone, played by Chris Hemsworth to great reviews. Chevy Chase even makes a cameo as patriarch Clark Griswold.

ScreenRant is predicting a $27 million opening for Vacation, which officially opened in theaters yesterday.

Catch It Before It’s Gone

Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Self/Less and Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend. Age of Ultron fell short at the box office for being an Avengers movie, but will still be more enjoyable on the big screen rather than waiting to catch it at home.

Make It A Redbox Night

Redbox welcomes Get Hard and The Gunman to its red boxes this week. I found Get Hard, with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart to be enjoyable with a decent amount of laughs. Sean Penn is good in Gunman, but it was a little too slow for my liking.

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Ryan

Ryan is a weird dude. He doesn't cook, yet owns a plethora of kitchen gadgets. He rationalized buying a SodaStream while unemployed. He counts Step Up 2: The Streets as one of his favorite movies along with Footloose, Rent, Grease and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He loves Mizzou but only wants them in the SEC so he can tailgate in Nashville. He owns a ShakeWeight and AbLounger, but still loves him some John Donut and Billie's Fine Foods. You can get more of Ryan at iLoveSoulard.com or just check the stool on the far end of the bar at iTap in Soulard.

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