Charlize Theron in Tully

In Theaters This Week (5/4/2018): Tully, Overboard, Bad Samaritan

Anna Faris in Overboard

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.  This week brings three sacrificial lambs against Avengers: Infinity War’s second week in theaters.

David Tennant in Bad Samaritan
Just like no one really wanted to release anything huge the weekend before Avengers: Infinity War, no one is leaping to release anything huge the weekend after the juggernaut opened.  Both the comedy remake Overboard and David Tennant’s Bad Samaritan aren’t garnering much critical praise.  Your best bet for something new this weekend is Tully, which is at 91% on RT at time of writing.  The look at motherhood comes from Charlize Theron, director Jason Reitman, and screenwriter Diablo Cody (who previously teamed on Young Adult and Reitman and Cody also on Juno).  Or, you could see Infinity War for the second, third, or fourth (fifth?….impressive) time.

Bad Samaritan (David Tennant, Kerry Condon, R, 1hr 47min)

Overboard (Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, PG-13, 1hr 50min)

Tully (Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, R, 1hr 34min)

How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Avengers: Infinity War to easily win last weekend, but doubted it could break the all-time record.  Well, we were extremely wrong.  Avengers: Infinity War had the biggest domestic and international opening in film history.  It opened with $258.1 million in the US and $640.5 million globally.  It broke the previous records held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Fate of the Furious, respectively.

After a week in theaters, Avengers: Infinity War’s totals stand at $322.83 million domestic and $857.53 global.  Unlike Black Panther, which had over two months to crawl to the top of the box office history charts, Infinity War is going to have to make most of its take in its first three weeks before Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story begin to thin its audience.  Incredibly enough, there is also box office news for Black Panther, which passed Star Wars: The Last Jedi to move up to #9 all-time on the international box office books the same weekend the character was heavily featured in ANOTHER movie making box office history.
(2018 Prediction Record: 17-0; Lifetime prediction record 102 – 10).

Tom Holland in Avengers: Infinity War

We’ll see if Avengers: Infinity War can have the same kind of freakish retention that made Black Panther so profitable.  Most big blockbusters tend to lost 50 to 60% in their second weekend, so we’ll see if Infinity War is just a big opener or if it’s going to be joining the previous Avengers films in box office history territory.Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Infinity War

15 thoughts on “In Theaters This Week (5/4/2018): Tully, Overboard, Bad Samaritan”

    1. As long as Kevin Feige is there, I think its golden. The non MCU superhero films wont survive a case by case chance without the MCU propping up the genre.

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  1. The fact that they remade Overboard means that we have all jumped the shark, every last one of us. We all bear the mark. We all carry the sin. May God have mercy on our souls, every last one of us.

    Anyhoo, people seem to really love Avengers. I’m sensing BP-level goodwill. The scale of the movie, the fact that it was all shot in IMAX, the thrill of the insane team-up. People are going for it all. But it will probobly not translate into BP numbers, because it is long, and exhausting, and not lighthearted, and depends on having a lot of knowledge of a lot of films to fully grasp the plot. All this would be true even if DP and Solo were not coming down the pike.

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      1. Perhaps. And when it comes to worldwide sales, it will be huge in China, unlike BP. But the little kid behind me in the theater where I saw IW, who was crying his eyes out at the end, in genuine heartbreak and despair, tells me that BP will retain the edge, however slight. Call it spider sense.

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      2. Globally IW will outrgross BP. BP is only #9 worldwide with 1.3 billion. IW has 850 million approx already, so it’ll end up higher on the international rungs than here at home. The same was true for the first two Avengers films.

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      3. Argh i just did some quick internet research and I am an idiot. Sorry. You blink, and this movie breaks another record. But in my defense, way too much of that pesky Reality has been intruding on my life, and I have been preoccupied.

        Yes, it appears that this movie will be bigger than BP, and I am thrilled, because it deserves to be bigger than BP. It’s the bigger experiment of the two movies, and I am thrilled that it is clicking with audiences. But I am also thrilled that no one involved with any of these movies is going to the poorhouse, that actual risks are being taken with a franchise this big.

        Thanos, a villain with an insanely evil agenda, who is also an essentially new character, is like a magnet at the center of the film, drawing two dozen superheroes around him. Any other path would have led to an unfocused mess that shortchanged most of the MCU heroes. I don’t know whose idea it was to make Thanos the main character, or how that Disney employee convinced everyone else, but PROMOTE HIM.

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      4. Oh I don’t think IW will pass Black Panther in the US (it may prove me wrong), but globally, yeah, it absolutely will. It still hasn’t opened in China and It’s already a good portion of the way there in a week, but I do not see any way IW will be able to duplicate BP’s domestic run with may and June as packed as they are (with two huge other Disney films alone….Disney has to get better with scheduling). You’re absolutely right about Thanos. Making him the nexus of the film was structurally the only way it would work, and I’m honestly not sure how the next film will work (or how they can beat him for that matter, which is kind of a nice place to be). Black Panther came along just when the MCU needed a new figurehead, and I thought it would be Spidey, but it was Iron Man for the first 10 years and I think it will be T’Challa for the next 10.

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      5. Domestic vs overseas does not matter like it used to. The planet is now one big source of revenue.

        Spidey was never going to be the new figurehead, unless he evolved beyond recognition. However Thanos goes down, it’s going to be good, because Doctor Strange saw it, and facilitated it. A4 will most likely not be built around Thanos again in quite the same way, it will be a curtain call for the original core characters. They won’t all go away completely (ten to one Stark becomes the new Nick Fury) but they will all leave center stage, or at least begin to ( I add that qualifier because I have heard rumblings about a BW movie, and this is a case of late being wasaay, way better than never.

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      6. I think Disney has long hoped they could convince Downey Jr. to take Jackson’s role after Avengers 4, but I don’t know that he’s interested in that. Either way, I don’t see them killing the big 3. We know Cap is gone. I think Thor is in a lot more danger than he way before IW. I think Hawkeye whenever he shows up is toast. I think Hulk and Widow survive. Is it just me or does Don Cheadle look ill in this movie? He looked painfully thin and I don’t think Rhodey has much of a shot at survival. I think A4 will be centered around the original Avengers trying to find a way to undo the ending and Thanos concurrently, but that’s just my guess. Strange 2 and Panther 2 have been unofficially leaked from Marvel, but no other titles are supposed to be announced until after A4. Guardians 3 filming is going to be a trick. In Kevin Feige we trust. As long as he’s in place, I really don’t worry about much with the MCU anymore. It’s kind of nice.

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      7. I’m wondering about Bruce, simply because he’s a character dangling without a sub franchise to call his own. Disney is investing a lot in a character who will never fully pay off.

        Also his story arc so far in IW has him struggling to get the green guy to come out after being bested by Thanos. Now forgive me if this arc is taken from a storyline in the comics I am overlooking, BUT… it seems to me that there will be a payoff when the Hulk finally re-emerges. He will not just tear around like we have seen him do before. I’m thinking he might either finish the job and kill Thanos (highly, highly unlikely) or he will end up being killed (likelier). Or, the whole thing is just characterization. I still think the green guy might as well have a target on his back tho.


      8. Btw did you know Tom Holland improvised his last scene in IW and they liked it so much they kept it? He’s on contract for one film past the Homecoming sequel, so they can finish Spidey in high school before having a showdown with Sony over renewing it.

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      9. Nice to know. I love it when some genuine spontaneity happens in the midst of a production as huge as this one. One of the best parts of The movie was Peter’s spider sense kicking in at the very end. Everyone else went so peacefully by comparison.


  2. I don’t think Infinity War will top Black Panther. It doesn’t have the re-watchability factor that Black Panther does. I know people that saw BP five, six, seven times. Who wants to watch their heroes die over and over again?

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    1. Globally, it’s most of the way toward passing BP and should given another week or two. Domestically, you’re right, it won’t. It has too much competition starting weekend after next and it can’t dominate for two months like BP did. I know people who have already seen IW four times. It’s half the story, remember. Imagine what Avengers 4 will open at when we get to the second half.


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