Me Before You, TMNT: Out of the Shadows and Popstar Open This Weekend
Me Before You, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping open in movie theaters around St. Louis this weekend. The Boss and The Huntsman: Winters’ s War begin showing at Keller 8, while Joy is among the movies now available to rent at Redbox.
Screenings of TMNT: Out of the Shadows in 3D begin this evening at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis. Regular showings in 2D begin Friday.
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Recapping Last Weekend
X-Men: Apocalypse opened with $79.8 million over the Memorial Day Weekend to take the weekend box office crown. Alice Through the Looking Glass earned $33.5 million in its debut. The Angry Birds Movie followed up its $38 million debut weekend with a $24.6 million second weekend.
Captain America: Civil War pulled in $20 million in its fourth weekend of release to bring its domestic box office total to $377.5 million. The film is seeing 66 percent of its revenue thus far coming from overseas markets. Its worldwide take has already topped $1.1 billion.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising brought in $11.4 million in its second weekend of release to round out the top five.
Opening This Weekend
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is the sequel to 2014’s TMNT film, fans of the franchise will likely be very pleased with the shift in the focus of this film. Fans were upset when Michael Bay’s 2014 film focused more on reporter April O’Neil than Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael.
Scott Mendelson summed thoughts on this sequel up pretty well in Forbes.
I cannot think of a time when a franchise starter as terrible as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles produced a sequel as good as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. But the second time is truly the charm, as director David Green’s lively, colorful, and enjoyable sequel is everything the first film should have been.
ToddMThatcher predicts an opening weekend of $50.3 million for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows trailer
Me Before You
Emilia Clarke is ditching Daenerys Targaryen’s long flowing blonde locks this weekend, the ones she sports on Game of Thrones, for a more updated look in Me Before You. Clarke plays Louisa Clark, a woman hailing from a small town who takes a job as the caretaker for the recently-paralyzed Will Traynor, played for Sam Claflin. The pair form a unique bond that turns into a beautiful love story. The film is based on the 2013 bestseller from Jojo Moyes.
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it really fall? If a movie opens without a controversy of some sort, did it really open? Disability advocates have been protesting at screenings of Me Before You and on social media. Many center on the “live boldly” tagline the movie is using on social media. Te line is in reference to a big of advice the disabled Will gives Louise. Protesters are using it to say that the movie implies a disabled person can’t “live boldly.”
ToddMThatcher predicts an opening weekend of $11.5 million for Me Before You. Watch the Me Before You trailer below with a special introduction by author Jojo Moyes.
Me Before You trailer
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Is Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping the film that propels Andy Samberg into the realm of bona fide screen star. Sadly, that does not appear in the cards for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star.
Samberg, who recently said he thinks Justin Bieber is “underappreciated,” stars in this musical comedy that A.V. Club says is the closest film we’ve seen to This Is Spinal Tap since This Is Spinal Tap.
ToddMThatcher predicts an opening weekend of $5.6 million for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, the first feature-length film from The Lonely Island.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping trailer
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell make their way to Keller 8 Cinema in South County this weekend with The Boss.
I saw this flick shortly after it came out and found it to be hilarious. I’ve loved Kristen Bell since seeing her in Veronica Mars though so, I may be a bit bias.
The Boss trailer
Make It A Redbox Night
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop and numerous other household products, in Joy from director David O. Russell. Along with Gods of Egypt, Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, Joy is now available to rent at your local Redbox.
Grab Joy from Redbox this weekend. You won’t be disappointed.
Calvin Harris & Taylor Swift Are Done
The latest musical power couple have apparently called it quits after 18 months. Reports are all over the internet that Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have broken up after 15 months together. Swift’s childhood best friend, Abigail Anderson, sent her a sweet note on Instagram saying she loves her and her “weird heart.” Calvin Harris can now go back to no one knowing who he is.
Did Johnny Depp Abuse Amber Heard?
Entertainment Tonight recently obtained text messages from 2014 between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s assistant that reveal a disturbing trail of Depp’s abuse. Texts from the assistant, Stephen Deuters, appear to mention an incident of Depp kicking Heard, an incident the actor didn’t remember. Heard states that the same sort of thing had happened many times.
Heard recently filed for divorce from Depp after 15 months. She also was granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order against him.
Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers Avoids Charges
Jonathan and Drew Scott, stars of the HGTV real estate show Property Brothers, were in Fargo, North Dakota in April for what I believe was the 2016 Eco Chic Design Conference. Jonathan got himself in a bit of trouble when he was involved in a scuffle at a local bar.
No charges are being filed against Scott and as you can tell from the video, it all seemed to be much ado about nothing. In fact, reports say that Scott called the police first to report that he had been assaulted by bar staff.
Prince’s Death Ruled Opioid Overdose
Officials have ruled that the late singer Prince’s death was a case of opioid overdose. Vox had reported that Prince was trying to get treatment before his death.
Deaths from Herion and opioid painkiller overdoses have become and national epidemic with almost 19,000 deaths just in 2014.
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