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  1. As has been noted by many, a fantastic weekend drop for Joker, at both the domestic and international box office. In the age of large preview grosses, to drop only 42.8% in its second weekend is exceptional. Comparisons to other comic book movies demonstrate just how terrific the drop is: Best 2nd Weekends for Live Action Comic Book Movies Title (Year) — 2nd Weekend Gross (Drop from Opening Weekend) Avengers: Endgame — 147.4 million (-58.7%) Avengers: Infinity War — 114.8 million (-55.5%) Black Panther (2018) — 111.7 million (-44.7%) Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) — 103.1 million (-50.3%) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) — 77.7 million (-59.4%) The Dark Knight (2008) — 75.2 million (-52.5%) Captain America: Civil War (2016) — 72.6 million (-59.5%) Iron Man 3 (2013) — 72.5 million (-58.4%) Spider-Man (2002) — 71.4 million (-37.8%) Captain Marvel (2019) — 68.0 million (-55.7%) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) — 65.3 million (-55.5%) The Dark Knight Rises (2012) — 62.1 million (-61.4%) Wonder Woman (2017) — 58.5 million (-43.3%) Spider-Man 3 (2007) — 58.2 million (-61.5%) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) — 57.1 million (-53.5%) Deadpool (2016) — 56.5 million (-57.4%) Joker (2019) — 55.0 million (-42.8%) Aquaman (2018) — 52.1 million (-23.2%)^ Iron Man 2 (2010) — 52.0 million (-59.4%) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) — 51.3 million (-69.1%) Iron Man (2008) — 51.2 million (-48.1%) Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) — 45.4 million (-51.0%)* Spider-Man 2 (2004) — 45.2 million (-48.7%)* Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) — 44.2 million (-62.2%) Suicide Squad (2016) — 43.5 million (-67.4%) Deadpool 2 (2018) — 43.5 million (-65.4%)*** Doctor Strange (2016) — 43.0 million (-49.5%) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — 42.1 million (-55.3%) Man of Steel (2013) — 41.3 million (-64.6%)** *Opened on a Tuesday/Wednesday **Opened on Father’s Day Weekend ***Second weekend was Memorial Day weekend ^Second weekend was December holiday weekend Peace, Mike
  2. I loved this, and Renée Zellweger is exceptionally good. And seeing just how impactful the movie was for my mom was really lovely too. As someone who grew up with Judy Garland, she was blown away at how well Zellweger captured her. Peace, Mike
  3. I kind of loved this, warts and all. It was a whole lot more epic than I thought it would be (I haven't read the book), with different interesting horror elements. And it was funny. But most of all, I cared for the characters, which made their journey worth following. The film takes the time to define the characters as adults and make the connections to their childhoods. I didn't re-watch the first before I saw it, and now I'm looking forward to eventually watching both films together. Peace, Mike
  4. This is from True Friday, right (as opposed to Friday including previews)? Peace, Mike
  5. While it won't hit 100 million, it is still a great opening in my book. For me, seeing that this would be the highest grossing opening for a horror film if the first film didn't exist, puts this in perspective. So, while I suppose it could have opened better, and understand someone feeling disappointed, this still seems like a great opening all things considered (the first really captured the zeitgeist in a way the second can't; the near 3 hour runtime; etc). Largest Horror Film Opening Weekends It (2017) — 123.4 million It: Chapter 2 (2019) — 88.0-90.0 million (est.) I Am Legend (2007) — 77.2 million Halloween (2018) — 76.2 million Us (2019) — 71.1 million War of the Worlds (2005) — 64.9 million Signs (2002) — 60.1 million Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) — 52.6 million Van Helsing (2004) — 51.7 million Prometheus (2012) — 51.1 million The Village (2004) — 50.7 million A Quiet Place (2018) — 50.2 million The Conjuring (2013) — 41.9 million Shutter Island (2010) — 41.1 million Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) — 40.7 million Friday the 13th (2009) — 40.6 million The Conjuring 2 (2016) — 40.4 million Insidious Chapter 2 (2013) — 40.3 million Split (2017) — 40.0 million The Grudge (2004) — 39.1 million Alien vs. Predator (2004) — 38.3 million Annabelle (2014) — 37.1 million Freddy vs. Jason (2003) — 36.4 million Interview with the Vampire (1994) — 36.4 million Alien: Covenant (2017) — 36.2 million The Ring Two (2005) — 35.1 million Annabelle: Creation (2017) — 35.0 million Scream 3 (2000) — 34.7 million The Purge (2013) — 34.1 million The Devil Inside (2012) — 33.7 million Saw III (2006) — 33.6 million The Haunting (1999) — 33.4 million Get Out (2017) — 33.4 million Scream 2 (1997) — 32.9 million Side note: I'm reminded of how incredible the opening weekend for 'Us' was as an original horror film. Peace, Mike
  6. D'oh! Google lied to me - when you google 'It runtime' it says '2h 35m' (at least for me). Thanks for the correction. Peace, Mike
  7. If 'It: Chapter 2' hits $100+ million for the weekend, I am incredibly impressed. Back-to-back $100+ million opening films? This is blockbuster status for a horror franchise. Really cool. Peace, Mike
  8. Same Cinemascore grade as the first film, for those wondering. Peace, Mike
  9. Would there be any interest for a Fall/Holiday Season RT Watch (Sep-Dec), similar to the Summer RT watch I've been doing for the last four years? Peace, Mike
  10. With actuals, The Lion King has officially crossed the $1 billion mark internationally, and it will soon be the 7th highest grossing film of all time worldwide. Peace, Mike
  11. I'm not a Star Wars fanboy (I didn't grow up with the original trilogy, and the prequel trilogy doesn't do much for me, personally). But it's pretty cool to have a space opera saga, this Skywalker saga, ending after 9 films composed of three trilogies over three different periods of film. This longevity highlights for me how different the context is for big budget films and fandom today. If the Internet had existed during the original trilogy - and even the prequel trilogy existed before the onset of social media as we know it today - I imagine how different that fandom, and its communities and criticisms, would have looked. I hope domestically we see some explosive box office numbers for the last film of the Skywalker saga, because that would be fun to track as box office nerds. Peace, Mike
  12. Summer RT Update: Only two more wide-release films to be released in the summer movie season according to BOM, which will make for a total of 48 wide-release films this summer. The current updated summer list with 46 films breaks down at 21 ‘Fresh’ films and 25 ‘Rotten’ films - a similar breakdown to the previous summers I have tracked (every summer has somewhat more ‘Rotten’ than ‘Fresh’ films, like clockwork so far). Only Toy Story 4 and Booksmart hit the elusive 8+ average rating this summer. 2019 — 46 wide-release films (*SO FAR*) 21 fresh, 25 rotten 80% or higher: 14 films 8.0+ rating: 2 films (Toy Story 4, Booksmart) 2019 Summer Films RT Watch (Wide-Release — May/June/July/August) Toy Story 4 — 97% — 8.4 rating Booksmart — 97% — 8.3 rating John Wick: Chapter 3 — 90% — 7.5 rating Spider-Man: Far From Home — 90% — 7.4 rating Blinded by the Light — 90% — 7.4 rating Rocketman — 89% — 7.6 rating Ready for Not — 87% — 7.2 rating Once Upon a Time In Hollywood — 85% — 7.8 rating Midsommar — 83% — 7.5 rating Dora and the Lost City of Gold — 83% — 6.4 rating Long Shot — 81% — 7.1 rating Crawl — 81% — 6.4 rating Late Night — 80% — 6.8 rating Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — 80% — 6.6 rating Good Boys — 78% — 6.5 rating The Angry Birds Movie 2 — 74% — 5.8 rating Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — 67% — 6.1 rating Pokémon Detective Pikachu — 67% — 6.0 rating Annabelle Comes Home — 65% — 5.8 rating Child’s Play — 64% — 5.8 rating Yesterday — 63% — 6.4 rating Secret Life of Pets 2 — 59% — 5.8 rating Brian Banks — 58% — 5.9 rating Aladdin — 57% — 5.9 rating Brightburn — 57% — 5.6 rating Ma — 54% — 5.6 rating The Lion King — 53% — 6.0 rating Tolkien — 51% — 5.8 rating The Sun Is Also a Star — 51% — 5.7 rating 47 Meters Down: Uncaged — 50% — 4.7 rating A Dog’s Journey — 49% — 5.2 rating Where’d You Go, Bernadette — 47% — 5.6 rating Stuber — 43% — 5.1 rating The Art of Racing in the Rain — 42% — 5.1 rating Godzilla: King of the Monsters — 41% — 5.2 rating Angel Has Fallen — 40% — 5.0 rating Overcomer — 38% — 5.1 rating Poms — 34% — 4.8 rating Shaft — 32% — 4.6 rating Anna — 31% — 4.5 rating The Intruder — 30% — 4.2 rating UglyDolls — 27% — 4.4 rating Dark Phoenix — 23% — 4.6 rating The Kitchen — 22% — 4.5 rating Men in Black International — 22% — 4.5 rating The Hustle — 14% — 3.9 rating Previous summers: 2018 — 45 wide-release films 22 fresh, 23 rotten 80% or higher: 13 films 8.0+ rating: 3 films (BlacKkKlansman, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and Hereditary) 2017 — 42 wide-release films 18 fresh, 24 rotten 80% or higher: 14 films 8.0+ rating: 4 films (Dunkirk, The Big Sick, War for the Planet of the Apes, Baby Driver) 2016 — 42 wide-release films 20 fresh, 22 rotten 80% or higher: 9 films 8.0+ rating: 1 film (Kubo and the Two Strings) Peace, Mike
  13. Good points - Disney+ could still prove to be strong in those areas. But yeah, the biggest absence would be adult shows, in the same vein of House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, etc, I think. But that may not matter any to Disney, who probably isn't at all concerned with trying to capture that audience. And I suppose they're banking on Hulu on filling that gap. Peace, Mike
  14. I agree. It seems to me that the only way Apple TV+ could really have something going for it is if their original shows are all really excellent and Apple sort of brands itself as the new HBO, with a smaller pool of high quality content (which is exactly how HBO has defined itself). Or, I thought maybe Apple might do something radical and actually offer their TV+ service for free to owners of Apple products (at least at first), which would perhaps entice people into the Apple ecosystem, and therefore prove to be monetarily beneficial in other ways. But it doesn't seem they will go that direction. I think Disney+ looks to be off to a great start, but the question for me is similar to your observation and about the long term - how will Disney fare in terms of the growth and retention of subscribers? It could fare really well, but that's the open question for me. If their content is mostly (at least initially) Marvel, Star Wars, and animation/Pixar/kids-oriented, can it really be a "Netflix killer" or replace a streaming service like HBO? What happens if you want to watch reality TV? Or cooking and baking shows? Or an adult sitcom? Etc? What is Disney's strategy for the coming years beyond their established IPs? Will Disney create any shows in the near future that will become ingrained in the cultural zeitgeist, like Netflix's Stranger Things and HBO's Game of Thrones, and other past shows? Disney has a great back catalog, but what is the strategy for content over the years? On the other hand, Disney is such a behemoth currently in the theatrical scene, that their theatrically released MCU, Star Wars, Pixar films, etc, over the coming years, could be enough enticement alone for a significant group of people to find Disney+ really valuable. And what will be Disney's subscriber growth trends worldwide? Netflix, even as it stagnates in America, has a large and growing footprint internationally, and invests in shows of different languages and cultures - will Disney do this too? Is it necessary to do this? Just stuff I ponder as we head soon into another new era of streaming and "cord-cutting" grows. Peace, Mike
  15. It is interesting to me that Disney would risk trying to change something that seemed like such a win for them - being able to use Spider-Man in their films and have him in the MCU despite not owning and never having owned the rights to do so. Then again, studios are in the business of making money. But again, they don't own the rights, so it always seemed to me like Disney got the better end of the stick being able to incorporate Spidey, one of the most popular superheroes, into their universe. Peace, Mike
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