Two of the biggest movies of the summer are out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week with John Wick: Chapter 3 and Aladdin along with the latest from Jim Jarmusch, The Dead Don’t Die, TV like Supernatural and more.
The Mortal Kombat reboot adds a bunch of new cast members, The Irishman and Castle Rock Season 2 get release dates, the 16-bit Aladdin and Lion King games are coming back in a new collection, Tommy Doyle is returning for Halloween Kills and more in this week’s News Shotgun.
The Lion King remained on top of the box office for its second weekend out but had the biggest drop from the opening weekend for the recent Disney remakes while Tarantino had his biggest opening ever with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Spider-Man ably followed up the juggernaut that was Avengers: Endgame with a record-shattering six-day opening over the July 4th holiday weekend while Midsommar opened to around half as much as Ari Aster’s last film, Hereditary.
Toy Story 4 stayed on top of the box office for another weekend while Annabelle Comes Home had the lowest opening for The Conjuring Universe and Danny Boyle had his highest opening ever with Yesterday.
Toy Story 4 opened with the highest opening ever for the series but did not meet Disney’s absurdly inflated expectations while the new Child’s Play also did not meet its modest expectations and Luc Besson’s latest didn’t even open in the top 10.
Men in Black: International was at the top of the box office but it was another weekend of new entries in established franchise vastly underperforming compared to their predecessors while Dark Phoenix continues to fall off a cliff and dropped almost 75% from last weekend.
Another weekend of underperformance as Secret Life of Pets 2, despite taking the top spot, was nowhere near the opening of its predecessor while Dark Phoenix ended the Fox X-Men franchise with its lowest opening ever.
This week on the podcast, Zach, Chris, and Joe talk Robert Pattinson as Batman, the abrupt cancellation of Swamp Thing, the disappointing spectacle of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the debuts of Good Omens and NOS4A2, the horror icon filled trainwreck of Death House and more.
Godzilla took over the box office but it was a much lower opening than expected and nowhere near its 2014 predecessor while Rocketman and Ma had solid debuts and Endgame is a hair’s breadth away from taking the All-Time record from Avatar.