Tuesday New Releases: Central Intelligence, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, The Shallows, & Warcraft

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SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2016 || CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE SHALLOWS, & WARCRAFT

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The summer comedies are finding their way to home video this week, with Central Intelligence and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates both hitting Blu-Ray. Meanwhile, some thrillers also become available, with the Blake Lively shark thriller The Shallows and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning as the lead. Some lesser known thrillers include the Stephen King adaptation Cell, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson as well as the snowy, Joel Kinnaman lead Edge Of Winter, also starring Tom Holland in a pre-Spider-Man role. And if you’re glutton for punishment, the action disaster Warcraft is available today as well. Apart from those aforementioned releases, there is nothing else really of note.

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25 @ Box Office: September 23rd, 2016 – The Magnificent Seven

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Unseating the two-week champion Sully, Sony’s Western remake The Magnificent Seven does a fairly decent showing with $37.5 million. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio,  Byung-Hun Lee, and Peter Sarsgaard all star in director Antoine Fuqua’s adaptation of the gunslinging Western based on the Seven Samurai. Even the animated film Storks beats out Sully’s third weekend, both of which are from Warner Brothers, putting two WB films in the top three and making Warner Brothers the leader on the studio board for the third straight week. And next week will not likely budge it either.

On top of the pile of new releases last week, Blair Witch falls to the bottom of that same pile this week, with Bridget Jones’s Baby and Snowden beating it out. But with an estimate of over $10 million in profit so far for Blair Witch, while the other two films are still in the red, who exactly is the winner here? A good portion of the top 25 stayed put this weekend, with Hell Or High Water, Bad Moms, No Manches Frida, The Secret Life Of Pets, Sausage Party, and Jason Bourne all staying in their respective spots, while the big loser this week was the animated film The Wild Life, which fell eleven spots, which shows how direct the competition was with Storks. The only film that moved up this week was Ron Howard’s documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, which is odd, seeing as that film is also available through subscription to Hulu. Apparently people still want to see that in theaters.

The Hollars moved up about ten spots this weekend, just about making it into the top 25, but falling short by one, while The Light Between Oceans held on for one more week, but will likely be out of sight by next week. Paramount’s Florence Foster Jenkins falls off the chart, but having made a profit and likely to have some Oscar buzz for Meryl Streep, this might not be the last we hear of that one. Two that we have heard the last from, however, are The Disappointments Room, which was Relativity’s attempt at finally releasing something, to which it only amassed $2,395,050 from a $15 million budget, while Mr. Church, starring Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson, was only given a one week theatrical run and only amassed $597,073 from an $8 million budget.

Next week, expect Tim Burton and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children to go to war with Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg’s Deepwater Horizon. Also, Relativity gets a better shot at redemption with the Zach Galifianakis led Masterminds, which has been stuck in the bankruptcy bubble. Also, Disney’s Queen of Katwe, which landed at no. 22 this week, will get a slight theater chain bump, probably allowing it to stick around for another week or so.

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In Theaters: The Magnificent Seven & Storks

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Last weekend, all the new films somewhat disappointed, with Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’s Baby falling well below expectations and Snowden coming in right at them. This weekend, however, will tell a different tale as a Western remake and Warner Brothers second animated film find their way to theaters. Both of these, Box Office Mojo predicts, have the potential to open big, but with the spittle that was last weekend, it’s really hard to tell what will catch following the dismal summer of blockbusters. Plus, Kate Winslet finds herself in 1950’s Australia and James Franco finds himself in charge of a fraternity. Also, Morgan Spurlock has a new film and Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, and Jenny Slate all team-up in an ensemble Indie comedy.

The Magnificent Seven is the Western remake, retelling the story from the 1960 original, with an ensemble cast that rivals any blockbuster from the summer. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Byung-Hun Lee among others face off against the villainous Peter Sarsgaard. The original saw Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn teaming together. The trailers for the film have been awesome, cut in a way that brought the music and action set pieces to life. Denzel looks on his A game and rightfully so across from his director Antoine Fuqua who brought him Training Day and his Academy Award.

Storks will enter the box office landscape at a particularly good time in my opinion, with little in the way of animated fare these past few months. Sure, The Secret Life Of Pets, Finding Dory, and Kubo and the Two Strings are still mulling around, but Kubo was already over a month ago, leaving an entire 4 weeks of absolutely no new animated fare. You can count The Wild Life if you like, but it did not seem to quite stack up to the aforementioned films as was not something my toddler and sought out. Following their hugely successful release of The LEGO Movie, Warner Animation Group will not get even close to $69 million that LEGO brought in, but I do believe it will get parents and their kids into the theaters this weekend. It comes from director Nicholas Stoller, who brought you Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising earlier this year as well as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To Greek, and is also known for writing The Muppets with Jason Segel. That being said, the animated film is about the storks having moved on from delivering babies, but when there’s one last one to deliver, the misfits take off to get the job done. The voice cast is lead by Andy Samberg, so overall, this will be a must-see for my 3-year-old and I.

Other releases of note include The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, who plays the title character returning to her home in Australia, a foreign live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast starring Lea Seydoux, getting its release before the Disney live action version next year, a fraternity hazing film starring James Franco and Nick Jonas titled Goat, Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary Rats, and an Indie comedy titled My Blind Brother starring Adam Scott, the title character, and Nick Kroll, who plays his brother, as they fight over the same woman, Jenny Slate. Zoe Kazan also stars.

As far as my weekend goes, I will be trying my damnedest to see The Magnificent Seven, because not only are Westerns some of my favorite films, but the advertising for this film have been absolutely on point in getting my expectations to rise. The girls and I will also be venturing out to see Storks at some point. Ali, our three-year-old, just started pre-preschool this week, so there’s that to celebrate. Plus, on the home front, I’ve got some pictures to hang and some furniture to move over the weekend. I’m also hoping to dive into my Resident Evil fixation, in which I’m going to try and play through all the games. Also, I’m currently re-reading The Dark Towers series by Stephen King and just finished up Book 4: Wizard and Glass, this morning, so I’ll be looking to begin Book 5: Wolves Of Calla on top of all that.

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Tuesday New Releases: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows

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SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2016 || NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING & TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

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Two big summer sequels find their way into your homes this weekend. The first is the sequel to the 2014 comedy Neighbors, as Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron all reprise their roles, this time wit the fraternity replaced by a sorority moving in next door as Rogen and Byrne try to sell their house in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. The humor is lost with some of the originality and Chloe Grace Moretz feels a little bit miscast, but there’s enough going on in this sequel to keep it from being painful. The second is also a sequel to a 2014 film, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, expanding on the Michael Bay/Nickelodeon produced original. Teaming Stephen Ammel (Arrow) with Megan Fox and Will Arnett, the writing is just a tad better this time around, providing more range of emotion for our CGI leading stars, fixing most of what made the first film slightly upsetting, including humanizing Shredder.

One other main release this weekend is the Matthew McConaughey led Free State Of Jones, an STX film based on a true story about the freeing of a small town of slaves and the continued support and fight for them by a band led by McConaughey. Also, if you happen not to have Hulu, you can catch the seventh season of Modern Family today as well as a release of the complete series of Twin Peaks, ahead of its 2017 remake/expansion. The foreign film Wedding Doll is also on my watchlist.

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Pele: Birth Of A Legend Original Release: May 13, 2016
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25 @ Box Office: September 16th, 2016 – Sully

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An under-performing Blair Witch leaves the box office wide open for Sully to take its 2nd weekend in a row. In fact, Bridget Jones’s Baby under-performed as well while Oliver Stone’s Snowden landed about as projected. Sully becomes the 14th film this year to take back-to-back weekends but with The Magnificent Seven and Storks coming out next weekend, Clint Eastwood’s latest feature will not be among the six other films that took home three weekends in a row. The only thing to move up on the charts this weekend was The Secret Life Of Pets which moved up a spot in its 11th weekend. Sausage Party and War Dogs both dropped a steep six spots, while The Disappointments Room dropped a staggering seven spots and will almost definitely fall off the charts next weekend.

Falling out of the Top 25 were Finding Dory (Pixar), which is at $483.9m domestically, Lights Out (WB), which is at $67m domestically, Ben-Hur (Par.), which is at a dismal $26m (to a $100m budget), and Southside With You (RdAttr.), which is at $6.1m and dropped a huge 13 spots. Completely off the charts is Morgan, which came out on September 2nd and was out of theaters by September 16th, for only a 2 week run. For all the marketing placed behind that film, it feels like a shame, as it only came in at $3,865,093 at an $8m budget. Ridley Scott’s son might have a hard time coming back from that.

Even with Lights Out bringing the studio’s film count down one, Warner Brothers remains #1 this week, as Sully out-performed everything on a huge level, with a whopping $12.1 million difference between Sully at No.1 and Blair Witch at No.2.

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