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. July 6th brings and end to the doldrums of June with the 16th installment of the MCU, as well as two additional well-reviewed films.
Just a few years ago, I don’t think anyone was more sick of a super hero than we all were of Spider-Man after the apocalypse that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2. However, every time Marvel has regained control of their own characters, they’ve shown the ability to get to the core of what makes them cool and do it quickly. Daredevil, The Punisher, Elektra, Ghost Rider, and now Spider-Man have all been rehabbed. In Spidey’s case, they managed to do it in the second act of Captain America: Civil War, a film that otherwise has nothing to do with Spider-Man. They just reminded us all why, before Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, he was the most popular hero in their stable for decades. Now he gets his own chance to shine in Spider-Man: Homecoming, continue his mentorship with Stark, and take on Michael Keaton, who seems to have made even The Vulture cool. The film is getting rave reviews, and all we know about Phase 4 of the MCU is that Spider-Man is going to be a huge part of it. Also opening this weekend to good reviews are Rooney Mara’s Ghost Story (which is a ghost story) and City of Ghosts (which is a documentary). Try not to be overly confused. By the way, THERE ARE TWO END CREDITS SEQUENCES FOR SPIDER-MAN SO DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAN UNTIL THEY’RE DONE!!!
City of Ghosts (Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, R, 1hr 53m)
A Ghost Story (Rooney Mara, R, 1hr 59m)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., PG-13 2hr 13min)
HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT made the lay-up prediction of Despicable Me 3 having a big enough opening to supplant the plummeting returns on Transformers: The Last Knight. T5 took such a dive that Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver was able to open to a strong second place finish and Wright is already talking sequel. People are starving for good movies right now, and the next three weeks should give them three great ones.
(2017 Prediction Record: 23-4; Lifetime prediction record 61-9).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
It’s one of those weeks, where the question isn’t, “Who will win?” but rather, “How big is the opening going to be?” Spider-Man Homecoming will annihilate anything in its path, and should easily open with over at $100 million in the US alone.