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  1. Looks like this will live up to the movies from 20 years ago visually if the first image is any indication. Really hoping we get something truly epic here.
  2. Bingo. BTW this is worth a read for everyone debating what's a hit and what isn't these days (basically, it makes the point that every movie that has been heavily impacted by the pandemic in one form or another has become - or will be - a money-loser for the studio that released it): Is 'Jungle Cruise' a Box Office Hit? During COVID, It's Hard to Know - Variety
  3. We all know this Damon gaffe will completely blow over when Jimmy Kimmel pokes fun at him about it while promoting The Last Duel in a few months. That or he'll follow in Mark Wahlberg's footsteps and make his own "homophobia is bad" flop Oscar vehicle.
  4. lmao Matt Damon's PR nightmare this time around might be even worse than the tone deaf comments he made about #MeToo as it was happening during the Downsizing promo tour (which had many speculating was the reason the cameo he shot for Ocean's 8 ended up cut from the final movie when it came out several months later).
  5. I don't think No Time to Die could survive another delay regardless. It's been a completed movie that was about to come out for almost a year-and-a-half already. At this point they'll just settle for a diminished total instead of raising the bill by keeping it on the shelf for a longer period of time.
  6. I thought Candyman had potential when its trailer first landed pre-COVID but it's now coming at the end of a horror-filled summer and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of interest actually there as we get closer to release. I dunno, perhaps the movies that were touted to be the surprise hits of the summer 2020 movie season that would have been (Candyman, In the Heights, etc.) were destined to disappoint their studios, we'll never know.
  7. Free Guy will be the biggest of the August 13 openers, even if it doesn't do great. Respect will face challenges in the current environment given it's aimed at an older audience (the one demographic that has yet to make much of a return to theaters), while Don't Breathe 2 will be lucky if it even comes close to making half of what the first did.
  8. Stillwater actually did slightly better than I expected but that's because there was never much buzz or interest surrounding it in the first place. Even if it had made its original 2020 date, Matt Damon going full MAGA while trying to free his Amanda Knox stand-in daughter from prison for 2 hours was always going to have a tough time finding an audience.
  9. I think there's enough interest in The Suicide Squad that it would have been a $70-80M opener in normal times with no pandemic and no simultaneous streaming release. But as it stands it'll just have to make do with whatever it ends up making.
  10. I got the trailer for this before Jungle Cruise last night that said "only in theaters September 17" lol not so fast my friend.
  11. Snake Eyes will barely hit $30M at this rate. An official addition to the list of franchise revivals that absolutely no one was asking for.
  12. A- In the Heights Judas and the Black Messiah B+ Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar Luca The Mitchells vs. the Machines No Sudden Move A Quiet Place Part II Raya and the Last Dragon B Black Widow Cruella Godzilla vs. Kong Jungle Cruise Nobody B- Those Who Wish Me Dead Zack Snyder's Justice League C+ F9: The Fast Saga The Tomorrow War C Malcolm & Marie C- The Little Things The Woman in the Window
  13. Fun, if at least 20 minutes too long. What elevates the movie above its cliché-filled script is the combo of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt: they are clearly having a blast playing off of each other, and I'd gladly welcome seeing them team up again in another project in the event this doesn't get a sequel. Jack Whitehall is also surprisingly entertaining (a stark contrast to the usual annoying sidekicks that exist only to provide comic relief in movies like this), while Jesse Plemons and Edgar Ramirez make the most of the generic bad guy roles they get saddled with. It's not an instant classic
  14. Given all the baggage it already has, The Suicide Squad would have to reach truly cataclysmic levels (like worse than Wonder Woman 1984's heavily diminished performance during the worst of the pandemic) to become an actual embarrassment (FWIW I think the only true all-around loser during this summer of recovery and diminished expectations has been, unfortunately, In the Heights, which really went all out touting itself as a must-see event both before and during the pandemic only to end up discovering the interest was never there).
  15. I mean, there's not a whole lot they (or any studio, really) can do now short of delaying everything until the pandemic is officially gone and no more (which won't happen for these finished movies that have already been sitting on the shelf awaiting release for over a year). Especially with fears of the delta variant on the rise, to the point where one movie set to come out over the next two months (Clifford the Big Red Dog) has already blinked away again because of it. At some point you gotta just rip off the band-aid, take the L and move on.
  16. If it manages to hit $100M with everything else has to compete with (a resurgence in pandemic concerns, being available to watch at home even if it's being hidden behind a relatively expensive paywall), they'll be fine with it.
  17. Good for Jungle Cruise, all things considered. With a $200M budget it has a long way to go until it reaches profitability, so good chance Disney won't pursue a franchise here, but the numbers are good enough that their plans to turn their theme park attractions into movies won't be derailed (one has to assume the Tiffany Haddish/LaKeith Stanfield Haunted Mansion movie won't cost anywhere nearly as much). Stillwater will be used as the latest evidence of adult crowds continuing to avoid multiplexes during an ongoing pandemic but it would've been a tough sell in any situation. At lea
  18. I too am confused about the claims that The Green Knight was sold as something more epic. IMO the previews made it clear that it was a strange indie in medieval clothing (and apparently it is exactly that). Even when I got the trailer before F9 the general vibe of the audience towards it was WTF. $6M opening for something that was always going to have a limited audience seems pretty good to me.
  19. For some insane reason, Hotel Transylvania 4 and Addams Family 2 are still set for the same opening date two weeks later, so we'll know how seriously everyone is taking the delta variant if one of those studios decides to take advantage (or not) of that hole in the schedule.
  20. Paramount just removed Clifford from its September 17 date citing concerns about the delta variant as the reason and are now looking for a new date. An outlier or the start of a whole new game of release date musical chairs? We shall see.
  21. This looks so campy that I'm impressed that it's from Ridley Scott and not Ryan Murphy. Looks like a blast though, here for all of it.
  22. I wonder what will be the next show that becomes such a phenomenon that it leads to a million clones trying to piggyback off of said show's success to no success themselves. Doesn't seem like anyone wants to be the next Game of Thrones anymore after the violently negative reaction to how it ended. Obviously the MCU and Star Wars shows are too tied to their respective movie franchises.
  23. We all know the furthest this is going will end up being an out-of-court settlement. Given that no one else from the other D+/PA titles has made a stink about it (and said titles not bragging about their numbers), this will only provide fuel to the idea that holding back on releasing streaming numbers is the correct approach.
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