Mutants Greet a Memorable Movie-Inspired Memorial Day

X-Men: Apocalypse began their memorable, mutant stay in our make-believe world by taking up the biggest space in the cinematic universe while arrogantly predicting the end is near for anyone in their apocalyptic path. Knowing her story will never truly end, Alice Through the Looking Glass had a clear view of her Disney-charmed audience despite the mutant detour. It didn’t take much to annoy last week’s champ, The Angry Birds Movie, whose stars were a bit disturbed by all that ruckus caused by their loud competitors. Captain America: Civil War showed gentlemanly restraint as he took a few steps down the box-office ladder (ultimately agreeing with Tony Stark that their latest “problems” have been quite profitable).  The neighborhood had its share of revolting sights courtesy of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (where sweet and sour Disney characters were clearly not invited).

Happily, everyone was invited to their local movie theater to look through the most appealing sights! Knowledgeable fans saw right through those mad mutants and angry animals to find the heart of the story, Alice looked as young and effervescent as ever, frat parties appeared both ugly and entertaining while Avengers remained eternal (despite that Apocalypse).

Which of our eternal tales brought a satisfying end to your long, holiday weekend?


Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:

  1. X-Men: Apocalypse $65 million.
  2. Alice Through the Looking Glass $28.1 million.
  3. The Angry Birds Movie $18.7 million.
  4. Captain America: Civil War $15.1 million.
  5. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $9.1 million.


The Captain Meets the Mutants Though the Looking Glass

With summer blockbusters on our scenic horizon, and a long holiday weekend before us, can that killer Captain America: Civil War continue to pulverize everyone (aside from our feather friends) who steps in his all-American path? Does the imminent arrival of the X-Men: Apocalypse indicate the end is near for 2016’s most fortunate heroes (so far?) Might that fortuitous path leading to the Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising lead to debauchery or darn-good fun? Will the audience for last week’s champion, The Angry Birds Movie have enough fun to inspire those bitter birds to lighten up? Perhaps a few animated friends coming to life within The Jungle Book will help to lighten their hostile load.

While they didn’t exactly finish last last weekend, The Nice Guys had some tough competition their first time out to play. Will all this rivalry bring darkness to their nice lives?

Last but not least, we can expect nice girl Alice Through the Looking Glass to reveal a far-out fantasy befitting Johnny Depp (and his odd assortment of friends).

It’s a weekend of apocalyptic, yet entertaining proportion! There are good guys, mutants, and Marvel men, rowdy neighbors and angry birds stealing the thunder of sweet jungle inhabitants. And, of course, nobody does Disney like Depp!

Oh, the stories waiting to be told! Life couldn’t be sweeter in our movie universe, where an imaginative Apocalypse is just the beginning of high-power entertainment.

Which of our powerful films will begin (or end) your memorable weekend?

Angry Birds Beat All

Family-friendly crowds gathered in droves to watch The Angry Birds Movie, which ironically added calmness and color to our movie world as it beat the cinematic pants off our former champ, Captain America: Civil War. The neighborhood gave a warm welcome to its most popular Neighbors 2: (back for the) Sorority Rising, causing an uprising of their own among that neighborly R-rated crowd. The Nice Guys happily didn’t finish last, at least in the box-office ring, as action and comedy blended quite nicely. Despite all the new faces (and bitter birds) in town, The Jungle Book was still being perused by animated-loving audiences.

A captain was demoted, neighbors were still demented, Gosling and Crowe made nice, a classic book remained a childhood favorite and our feathered friends helped us find the child within.

What did you find waiting for you at your neighborly movie theater this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:

  1. The Angry Birds Movie $39 million.
  2. Captain America: Civil War $33.1 million.
  3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $21.8 million.
  4. The Nice Guys $11.3 million.
  5. The Jungle Book $11 million.

An Embarrassment of Movie Riches

With so much “hero worship” taking over our big screens, it’s nice to know that Captain America: Civil War, while certainly home to the biggest, albeit most entertainingly argumentative boys, is happily not the only game in movie town. Our larger-than-life world is giving us an embarrassment of riches this weekend, with that greedy Money Monster making a bit of room for The Nice Guys, who ironically aren’t all that nice, but at least they’re not hijacking live television shows in 1970s Los Angeles.

The generous, timeless cast of The Jungle Book is making room for The Angry Birds Movie, which showcases our nice-in-their-own-hostile-way feathered friends with the outcasts as the ultimate heroes.

Then there’s the ultimate outsiders contending with their Neighbors 2: (forming a Sorority Rising), determined folk they are, ready to class up the neighborhood with their own brand of colorful humor.

With all of this colorful entertainment currently gracing our screens, is Mother’s Day so last week? Will The Darkness be obliterated by the glow of all this star power?

Can nice guys coexist with noisy neighbors? Will monsters obliterate mothers? Is there room in the animated forest for characters of all kinds? Can horror ever really compete with heroes?

So many choices! Which of our competitive tales will you make room for this weekend?


Captain America Wins the War Once More

The box-office war was fought, and to the surprise of no one, won once again this weekend by Captain America: Civil War, who raked up enough profits to laugh all the way to the all-American bank and far surpassed the readers of The Jungle Book, who were still profitably amused, thank you very much. That greedy Money Monster, led by George Clooney and Julia Roberts, made their own thrilling, profitable killing. The Darkness brought a bit of gloom and doom (and Kevin Bacon!) while Mother’s Day was still being celebrated (as was the aforementioned Julia Roberts) at local, mom-loving movie theaters.

Taking on Marvel heroes is never advisable, but that didn’t stop their worthy opponents from trying. A bit of horror, and the presence of a Bacon brother, made us happy, money was the root of all evil entertainment, moms were well represented and the jungle was still the most colorful place to visit.

Did a visit to your local movie theater add color to your world this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:

  1. Captain America: Civil War $72.6 million.
  2. The Jungle Book $17.8 million.
  3. Money Monster $15 million.
  4. The Darkness $5 million.
  5. Mother’s Day $3.3 million.

Marvel Meets the Money Monster

Summer blockbuster season has officially begun (don’t bother to check your calendars, movie lovers) thanks to the record-breaking arrival last weekend of Captain America: Civil War. How long will his battle for ultimate box-office domination last? With so many stars on the horizon, he and his Marvel buddies can, luckily for us, expect some worthy competition. First up, George Clooney and Julia Roberts are hoping their Money Monster will make its own profitable mark in the cinematic universe. Readers of The Jungle Book are counting on their page turner holding the attention of the young, the old and the ageless moviegoers.

Now that Mother’s Day has passed, will audiences be passing on another opportunity to watch Julia Roberts (and her timeless mom counterparts) shine? Will those shining stars align for The Huntsman: Winter’s War (alerting him that winter is finally over?) What about that comedic cat Keanu? How many storytelling lives does he possess?

Which of our lively tales promise to live on all summer long at movie theaters far and wide?


Captain America Crushes the Competition

“Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.” John Barth

In the story of life, we meet your standard heroes and hellions, the average courageous guys (and girls) and, of course, the always-popular comedic gems, all traveling along the same broken path at various speeds. This weekend, naturally, was all about the hero, as Captain America: Civil War won the battle of the box office in a Big Way, at high velocity. Big in their own right, The Jungle Book was still entertaining all the cinematic creatures of the forest at its own profitable rate. Those fast-talking stars united, making Mother’s Day appropriately heartwarming and comedic. Finding little to smile about, The Huntsman: Winter’s War lost the box-office war to a timeless hero but still managed to stay in the game while Keanu was still charming his feline way into moviegoers’ hearts.

Where did your movie-loving heart lead you this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:

  1. Captain America: Civil War $181.8 million.
  2. The Jungle Book $21.9 million.
  3. Mother’s Day $9 million.
  4. The Huntsman: Winter’s War $3.6 million.
  5. Keanu $3.1 million.