Straight Outta Compton and The Man From U.N.C.L.E both open in theaters this weekend. See either of them at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.
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Recapping Last Weekend
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation cruised to its second weekend box office win in as many weeks with $28.5 million in ticket sales in its second weekend of release. Fantastic Four helped make its path easier with a disappointing $25.7 million debut. The Gift, made for just $5 million, opened in third place with $11.85 million in its debut.
Vacation, which I found really funny, brought in just shy of $9 million in its second weekend of release. Ant-Man rounded out the top five with $7.9 million in its fourth weekend.
Meryl Streep is great in Ricki and the Flash, which brought in $6.6 million in its debut.
Straight Outta Compton
The biggest news about Straight Outta Compton came last night when the Wall Street Journal reported that Universal Pictures is offering to pay for extra security this weekend at theaters showing the film. The films tells the story of the rise of group N.W.A. to “upstarts who became the establishment” as The New York Times review says. Ben Westhoff over at The Guardian has a really good piece breaking down the real-life facts vs Straight Outta Compton with Ice Cube. Westhoff also have story for L.A. Weekly about some things that happened during the filming of Straight Outta Compton.
Dr Dre, who is donating proceeds from the sale of his latest album to charity, recently addressed his brutal assault of female journalist Dee Barnes in a Rolling Stone interview. The incident was one of several that critics says are missing from Straight Outta Compton.
Straight Outta Compton, made for $29 million, is expected to opened in the $25-$35 million range according to The Hollywood Reporter. Variety is putting the debut at closer to $40 million. If a quarter of the people who used that damn Straight Outta Compton meme generator created by Beats By Dre see the movie this weekend, its debut numbers will skyrocket past expectations.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E
Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is generally getting good reviews, although Jesse Hassenger over at A.V. Club thinks the film may be a bit long. MTV loved the film and laid out how it’s basically Batman vs Superman. Vanity Fair calls it “a charming late-summer surprise“. Michael O’ Sullivan of The Washington Post is perhaps a bit too fixated on the television show to give the movie a fair shake.
Screen Rant predicts that The Man from U.N.C.L.E. will debut in the $16 million range.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Max, Terminator Genisys and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl this weekend. I thought Max was good, Terminator was just ok and Me And Earl was pretty great. Ben Dickinson over at Elle called Me and Early and the Dying Girl “just about flawless“.
Make It A Redbox Night
Redbox welcomes The Longest Ride and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I’ve heard great things about Longest Ride, the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks’ novel. The film was made for an estimated $34 million and brought in $63 million worldwide in theaters.
The Frozen-Tarzan Theory Is Mind-Blowing
A new Disney movie theory is really mind-blowing. Frozen director Jennifer Lee last year shared on a Reddit AMA that her co-director had a theory that the parents of Elsa and Anna were actually shipwrecked on an island with their young son, who grew up to be Tarzan. Chris Buck talked a bit more about the theory recently to MTV. While the Frozen-Tarzan connection isn’t really true in the Disney world, it appears to be in his head.
Real Big Promotional Campaign Set For Star Wars: The Force Awakens
By the time Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits movie theaters on December 18, everyone may be tired of it. Lucasfilm, part of Disney, has signed up Covergirl & Max Factor, Duracell, FCA US, General Mills, HP, Subway and Verizon to each develop their own campaigns to hype the film.
Hateful Eight Trailer
Jack Reacher 2 To Begin Filming In November
The sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher will begin filming in November with eyes on a late 2106 release. Tom Cruise will unfortunately return as the title character, who is based on a character created by author Lee Child in his popular book series. If you couldn’t tell already, I’m still upset that Cruise was cast in the first place. The character described by Child is totally not Tom Cruise and they’re awesome.
Riley’s First Date To Be Included On Inside Out DVD release
An animated short film featuring Riley from Inside Out will be included as a bonus feature the movie’s digital HD and Blu-ray releases when they come out on October 13th and November 3rd, respectively. The short, which you can preview here, will focus on what happens when a boy shows up at the family’s front door looking for Riley.
Nelly’s “Hot In Here” Sung By The Movies
The Unusual Suspect is an American hero.
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