Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2

In Theaters This Week (5/18/2018): Deadpool 2, Book Club, Show Dogs

Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen in Book Club

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 real competition that will end Avengers: Infinity War’s reign atop the box office.

Will Arnett in Show Dogs

I was going to write a little something about how all superhero films are not for kids and definitely NOT Deadpool 2, but then I saw the trailer for Show Dogs…just keep the kids home or traumatize them with the end of Infinity War again.  The Merc with a Mouth is back at the box office, where he is still the king of R-Rated openings.  Deadpool 2 isn’t getting quite the praise of the first film, but the reviews are still overwhelmingly positive, and with Infinity War in its fourth week, Deadpool 2 stands poised for a dominant weekend.  Its counterprogramming alternatives in Book Club and Show Dogs will not impact its box office…at all…not even a little bit.

Book Club (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, PG-13, 1hr 44min)

Deadpool 2 (Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, R, 1hr 49min)

Show Dogs (Will Arnett, Stanley Tucci, PG, 1hr 32min)

How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Avengers: Infinity War to easily three-peat atop the box office, and the film easily won the weekend with another $62.1 million over #2 Melissa McCarthy’s Life of the Party which opened in #2 with $17.9 million.

After three weeks in theaters, Avengers: Infinity War’s totals stand at $558.725 million domestic and $1.682 billion global.  Infinity War had an enormous opening in China to boost its international totals past that of the original Avengers film to become the highest grossing super hero film of all-time internationally.  Internationally,  Avengers: Infinity War is 4th all-time, and we’ll have to see if it has the legs to take it to the $2 billion club.  Domestically, Infinity War is #8 all-time, having passed The Dark Knight last weekend.  Its next milestone will be becoming the 8th film in US history to pass $600 million.
(2018 Prediction Record: 19-0; Lifetime prediction record 104 – 10).

Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War

WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Deadpool 2 is only competing against its first installment for the biggest R-Rated opening of all-time.  This weekend’s win at the box office is assured.Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

9 thoughts on “In Theaters This Week (5/18/2018): Deadpool 2, Book Club, Show Dogs”

  1. DP had better be good enough to get me through to Incredibles. Because I’ve done a little perusing (not a lot) and without getting into spoilers ( I do not know what, if anything, you know) it seems to me that Solo will be more of the same. I hope I’m wrong, but right now I don’t see any healing in the cards for SW, at least not in a week’s time. The fans will be just as polarized as they were with TLJ. Kasdan’s son has already taken care of that, with statements he made about Lando, and in addition the film is going to contain a twist, intended as fan service, that I’m pretty sure will backfire, sending the Solo sequels (should they get made) in the far-afield direction that the filmmakers want, instead of the perfectly good direction, the one that was practically gift-wrapped, that we all expected to see. I really hope I’m wrong. Right now I’m thinking the energy level will be way down from LJ, and the vitriol will be racheted up. Maybe the film turns out to be a great little gem, and non-internet dwellers like it, and it turns out okay. But I doubt it.

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      1. Dave when I mentioned the energy level vs the vitriol I was talking about the fans who are going to attack this movie. I know a few non fans who seem to be looking forward to Solo, but basically, yeah, there is nothing in the air, except for the merest trace of outright hostility. I was holding out hope that Solo would turn out to be above average, maybe have Boba Fett and Jabba in it, and surprise people, be a kind of dark horse. But no, it’s not gonna happen, Kennedy and Co were dedicated to remaking SW when they made this movie and LJ. Everything was fine, they were recapturing the spirit of a beloved series of films from the late 70’s and early 80’s, they were raking in billions, and yet they had to shift gears and change it.

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      2. Another film that outright pisses me off is going to met with extreme hostility from me, and I will send it all Kennedy’s way because she remade this film. Two in a row, also, will probably be enough to sour me on the franchise going forward. I already have no hope for IX even though Abrams is apparently going to try to ignore as much of TLJ as he can, but you can’t given what was done. If she’s cramming more of her social justice crap into these films like making all men look like idiots in TLJ, then honestly I don’t even know if I want to see it.

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      3. Dave, if you have not already, you should probobly look up Jonaathon Kasdan’s recent comments regarding Lando. Just so you know what you might be walking into. It could just be Hollywood blustering on Jonathon’s part, or it could be something that will not really register in the film itself. But if it does register, forget TLJ, a beloved character has been co opted so that Kennedy and Co could take things to the next level.

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      4. All I can say is that Terry Gilliam’s Man Who Killed Don Quixote has screened at Cannes, and while the reaction so far is hardly glowing, it’s miles beyond what I expected, and what I read makes me even more excited to see the film. Gilliam is a true filmmaker, one of the last. I love Don Quixote more than I love Lando, and yet I would go with Gilliam wherever he wanted to take the character, no matter how sacreligeous it sounded. Gilliam is Don Quixote, and I am his Sancho Panza. Johnson, and now Howard, appear to be members of the Borg collective. I will see Solo, but thin ice, thin ice.

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      5. I would feel like a healthier person if I had your attitude, but after a lifetime of being a devoted fanatic I don’t want SW to crash and burn. This is no longer about these individual films with me, it’s about the legacy.

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