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Battle at the Box Office 6/27


Finding Dory dominated the box office again, making more than all the four new movies combined and having one of the best ever second weekends with $73 million, putting it over $286 million for it’s two weeks out and it’s made $110 million worldwide, so combined it’s close to $400 million already and it’s almost double where Finding Nemo was at the box office in the same time frame.

Independence Day: Resurgence took a distant second with $41.6 million, well off from the original’s $50 million opening in 1996, which would be around $75 million adjusted for inflation and Resurgence will definitely not be the number one movie of the year like it’s predecessor.  It’s doing OK worldwide so it will probably have to rely on China and the other international markets to try and break even or get close to breaking even.

Central Intelligence dropped to third with another $18.4 million, putting it over $69 million for it’s two weeks out.

The Shallows did the “best” of the new movies, exceeding expectation and making $16.7 million off a budget of $17 million and the third best ever opening for Blake Lively.

Free State of Jones opened in fifth with $7.7 million which was off even from the low expectations of the studio and one of the lowest openings ever for Matthew McConaughey, sitting between EDtv and We Are Marshall.

In 783 theaters, The Neon Demon didn’t even crack $1 million, making only $606,594 but director Nicolas Winding Refn was never trying to be a blockbuster, crowd pleasing director and it had the usual split reviews of some critics thinking it’s a visual masterpiece and others thinking it’s an empty exercise in style over substance.

Speaking of limited releases, Swiss Army Man aka the movie where Daniel Radcliffe is a magical farting corpse, opened in 3 theaters and made $114,000 or $38,000 per theater, the best performance per theater of the weekend.

Admit One 6/24

Independence Day: Resurgence

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope, William Fichtner, Jessie Usher

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Plot: 20 years after fighting off an alien invasion, the Earth has to battle again when a new fleet comes to get revenge and destroy the planet.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 52%

Critic Consensus: “It’s undeniably visually impressive, but like its predecessor, Independence Day: Resurgence lacks enough emotional heft to support its end-of-the-world narrative stakes”

The Shallows

Starring: Blake Lively, Brett Cullen, Oscar Jaenada, Sedona Legge

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Sera

Plot: A surfer gets trapped on a rocky outcropping just out of reach from the beach due to a massive great white shark stalking the area.

RT Freshness: 78%

Critic Consensus: “Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively”

Free State of Jones

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland, Sean Bridgers

Directed by: Gary Ross

Plot: During the Civil War, a poor farmer leads an armed rebellion in the South against the Confederacy.

RT Freshness: 33%

Critic Consensus: “Free State of Jones has the noblest of intentions, but they aren’t enough to make up for its stilted treatment of a fascinating real-life story”

The Neon Demon

Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

Plot: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

RT Freshness: 48%

Critic Consensus: “The Neon Demon is seductively stylish, but Nicolas Winding Refn’s assured eye can’t quite compensate for an underdeveloped plot and thinly written characters”

June Movie Preview

June 3rd

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows: The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat.
  • Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping: When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.
  • Me Before You: A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she’s taking care of.

June 10th

  • The Conjuring 2: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
  • Now You See Me 2: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.
  • Warcraft: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

June 17th

  • Central Intelligence: After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.
  • Finding Dory: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

June 24th

  • Free State of Jones: As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence: Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?

Everything Actioncast Ep 286 “Dangerously Funky Men”

This week on the podcast, Zach, Chris and Joe pay their respects to the late David Bowie, British poltergeists, Michael Shannon as Elvis, sexy elves, Dangerous Men and much more.

  • News: RIP David Bowie, Money Monster, The Conjuring 2, Elvis & Nixon, Free State of Jones, The Path and Rush Hour trailers, Jonah Hex will be on Legends of Tomorrow, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of Batman 66, massive Lego set announced, Pacific Rim 2 may or may not be dead, Jamie Foxx playing Little John in Robin Hood: Origins, Ridley Scott wants to remake The Prisoner, Ryan Coogler directing Black Panther, possible Han Solo shortlist revealed for solo film, TNT rebooting Tales from the Crypt with M. Night Shyamalan.
  • Show and Tell: Joe watched National Lampoon’s Vacation, Mr. Robot and Man Seeks Woman, Chris watched It’s Always Sunny and more Arrow and Zach watched Luther Season 4, The Shannara Chronicles, The Revenant, Close Range, Deadly Prey and Dangerous Men.

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Free State of Jones Trailer

Matthew McConaughey and Hunger Games director Gary Ross team up for a movie inspired by actual events, Free State of Jones.  Fighting for the Confederacy, farmer Newt Knight (McConaughey) becomes disillusioned when his son is killed in battle and he sees that the rich plantation owners are letting the regular folks fight for them while they get richer, so Newt starts a rebellion against the rebellion, taking out Confederate troops while declaring his home of Jones County a free state.  Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali co-star and the movie arrives in May, which is kind of a strange time for a historical movie, up against the big blockbusters of the summer but it does feel more like a crowd pleaser like The Patriot than say, Lincoln.  Check out the trailer below.