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. June 30th has four new options for movie goers (three if you don’t have kids). Minions, Will Ferrell, Edgar Wright, and a unique romcom await you at the multiplex.
Despicable Me 3 is the weekend’s blockbuster release, and if you have kids, odds are, you already know that. I thought the first two installments were hilarious and loved minions, LOVED them. Then I was force-fed minion overload in Minions, and I’ve been pretty over it all ever since. Here’s a franchise red flag: when an evil twin shows up…..you’re done. Will I see it? Yes, eventually, but not in the theater. What I’m most likely to see is Edgar Wright’s first film in four years, Baby Driver, starring Jamie Foxx, Ansel Elgort, and Kevin Spacey. It, and the romcom, The Big Sick, are getting stellar reviews. Unfortunately, what I hoped would be a pairing of comedic titans in Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, whom I both love, seems to have fallen flat as The House is getting torn apart by reviewers. Hang on, folks! We made it through June, and Wonder Woman was a gift that got us through it. July has Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Dunkirk among others that are the silver screen nectar we badly need after the last few weeks.
Baby Driver (Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, R, 1hr 53m)
The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon, R, 1hr 59m)
Despicable Me 3 (Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, PG, 1hr 30min)
The House (Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, R, 1hr 41min)
HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT took last week off, though ducking in quickly to give our annual prediction that people are, in fact, still ridiculous enough to spend money on Michael Bay Transformers films. In protest, we wrote a column on the only REAL Transformers movie, which you should read here. Transformers: The Last Knight DID win the weekend, but in the US at least, it seems like fatigue is finally setting in as the film only earned $44.7 million for the weekend. Internationally, the film made $267 million, so don’t think this is going to stop anything. Cars 3 plummeted in its second week, and Wonder Woman stayed at #2 with another $25 million added to its total. Wonder Woman in the US is now the top grossing film of any DCEU installment, and should pass Guardians 2 this weekend for the #2 slot of 2017. Internationally, it is the #5 film for 2017 and should pass Pirates 5 to move into the #4 slot this weekend. By any measurement, Wonder Woman has exceeded everyone’s wildest hopes, and Patty Jenkins agreed today to return to direct the sequel.
(2017 Prediction Record: 22-4; Lifetime prediction record 60-9).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Despicable Me 3 will easily knock the wobbling Transformers franchise out of the top spot, but it had better get ready to be steam-rolled next week by the looming Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is getting ridiculously good advance reviews.