Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. May 19th brings three challengers to Captain America: Civil War, but can any of them take down what is now the #1 film of 2016 (Cap just passed the $1 billion global mark today)? Cap is now the 24th highest-grossing film of all-time globally, and will likely be in the top 20 by weekend’s end.
The three challengers to Disney/Marvel hit different demographics, and might bring a film with less momentum down. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising hits the comedy nerve with Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron returning from Neighbors. The game that ate the memory of a trillion iPhones is now a movie. Angry Birds; The Movie is getting mixed reviews to poor (as is Neighbors 2). I cannot for the life of me imagine what they could possibly fill a feature-length film plot with in the eternal war between inexplicably green pigs and furious, furious birds. The film I want to see (and is at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing) is Shane Black’s The Nice Guys. Shane Black botched Iron Man 3, but interference from the studio and a bad script didn’t help. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling seem to have a good rapport in the darkly funny trailers. The film seems very reminiscent of Black’s Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, which kick-started Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback and is definitely worth a rental if you haven’t checked it out.
The Angry Birds Movie (Jason Sudekis, PG, 1hr 35min)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, R, 1hr 32min)
The Nice Guys (Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, R, 1hr 56min)
HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT made the not too difficult choice of Captain America: Civil War to triumph again at the box office, and it did so with one of the best second weekends of all-time. Cap raked in $72.6 million, and Disney had the #2 film with The Jungle Book adding another $17.1 million to its total. Money Monsters, despite the star power of George Clooney and Julia Roberts, bombed, pulling in just $14.8 million. (Lifetime record 9-2).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Despite the new contenders, Captain America: Civil War is going to enjoy another week atop the box office. It’ll likely take another team of super heroes to bring down the behemoth when X-Men Apocalypse opens next week.