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Jul 10 2016

Box Office: Dory Keeps Swimming as Other Pets Rise.

This weekend Dory swam easily past Captain America to become the biggest grossing US hero of the year.(Captain America still leads internationally by a lot,which is funny if you think about it).That's quite impressive for a forgetful blue tang who could have gone 'straight to video' -- Wait,are we still saying that?If not,what's the new phrase.I'm scared of what this means for the future with all those cheapie animated sequels but it is what happened.The current top ten of 2016 includes only two originals (Zootopia&Central Intelligence) but otherwise it's all brand extensions / revisions.It didn't use to be this way but it's been a slow erosion.Consider by comparison: 2006's top ten had 5 originals;1996 had 6;1986 had 7.Since we get less original hits every year how soon until we have none?

It should be noted that an original won the weekend but sinceThe Secret Life of Petsfamously steals so shamelessly from theToy Storytemplate,and since it's been promoting itself for what seems like YEARS already it feels like it's a sequel to itself so should it count?Animated films continue to be the safest box office bets.

Mike and Daveperformed fairly well in its opening weekend andThe Legend of Tarzanhad a strong second weekend.In platform releaseCaptain Fantastichad a decent debut with a teensy tiny theater count: not terrible,not great.Will it win strong word of mouth?We deserve more Viggo in our lives but if we don't support his movie we won't get it.

TOP WIDE
800+ screens.arrows indicate gaining or losing screens
01Secret Life of Pets$103.1NEW
02The Legend of Tarzan$20.6 (cum.$81.4)Review
03Finding Dory$20.3 (cum.$422.5)Review
04Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates$16.6NEW
05The Purge: Election Year$11.7 (cum.$58.1)
06Central Intelligence$8.1 (cum.$108.3)
07Independence Day: Resurgence$7.7 (cum.$91.4)
08The BFG$7.6 (cum.$38.7)Review
09The Shallows$4.8 (cum.$45.8)Costume Honors
10The Conjuring 2$1.7 (cum.$99.3)Heroes and Villains
11Now You See Me 2$1.3 (cum.$62.2)
12Free State of Jones$1.3 (cum.$19.2)

TOP LIMITED
Less than 800 screens.Excluding previously wide.
01Sultan$2.2 (cum.$3.2)NEW
02Our Kind of Traitor$731K ($2.2)
03
Swiss Army Man$690K ($3.1)Best Actor

04Hunt for the Wilderpeople$413K (cum.$754K)Review
05
Love & Friendship$326K (cum.$12.9)Review,Podcast,Best Picture
06The Lobster$309K (cum.$8)Reviewish,Podcast
07
Maggie's Plan$180K (cum.$2.9)Review

08Cold War 2$165KNEW

09The Music of Strangers$144K (cum.$566K)

10
Weiner-Dog$105K (cum.$288K)
11
Captain Fantastic$98KNEWReview
12
Genius$80K (cum.$1.2)Review


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Not to depress you,but the top 10 films of 1991 (a quarter of a century ago) were

Terminator 2: Judgment Day(sequel)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves("remake")
Beauty and the Beast(original musical based on previously extremely existing material)
The Silence of the Lambs(the second Lecter movie)
City Slickers
Hook
("sequel")
The Addams Family(TV adaptation)
Sleeping with the Enemy(based on the novel)
Father of the Bride(remake)
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear(sequel)

That's show biz...

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I saw"The Purge: Election Year"an effective B movie action thriller with a nasty satirical bite.The director is a John Carpenter fan- even down to the throbbing musical score- Carpenter would have probably given the chase scenes a bit more style

July 10,2016 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

Caught up on season 4 of "Project Greenlight",which had dynamite material and personalities but really loses momentum after episode 4.They should have a clearer sense of structure going in,and better overall continuity/sense of process.And of course the resulting film didn't really amount to anything.

Saw "Re-Animator"for the first time - I'm a horror fan,cult fan,80s fan,and this still felt underwhelming.Plot and pacing sparse,but inventive effects and set pieces.

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterDave S.

Tarzan is definitely doing better than expected...the poor BFG

July 10,2016 | Unregistered Commentermorganb

If Matt and Ben really want to open the doors with "Project Greelight"than "cast"a director who has something to say with his film- the self serving idiot in the last season- ended up making some bland rom com which would have gone from the slash pile to the shredder.And how a woman or a minority director next season?

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I saw The Tamarind Seed with Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif,great support from Sylvia Sims.

July 10,2016 | Unregistered Commentermark

Close-up: Goodness,that was powerful.The ending had me choking back tears and that was a stunning final shot.

Goodbye to Language: Eh,didn't get it.

The Lego Movie: It's okay.Don't get how it became the hit it did,but it's pleasantly clever and random.

They Made Me a Fugitive: Nasty Brit-Noir from the late 40s.Definitely recommend it.

A Bigger Splash: Eh,not as bad as I am Love.A mediocre film with good qualities (Schoenharts,Fiennes,cinematography).

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Spirited Away.Again.My partner had never seen it.It's one of my absolute favorite films,period.Definitely top 10,maybe even top 5.

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

I mostly watched festival screeners and documentaries for a prize I'm helping judge.Nothing particularly excellent apart from the Mia Wasikowska short featured in MADLY.

THE BFG always struck me as something that would do better internationally in places like the UK and Australia than in the USA.It also reminds me a lot of HUGO in that big-budget-colour-corrected-visual-effects-human-story that nonetheless audiences just didn't leap too.

So good to see THE PURGE 3 going well.It had a smaller fall than both earlier installments.That franchise is a particularly fascinating one in terms of box office performance.

Illumunation are the new Pixar in many ways.They had a big early hit (DESPICABLE ME/TOY STORY),a less-well received but still successful follow up (HOP/BUG'S LIFE) a supernova sequel (DESPICABLE ME 2 and,I guess,MINIONS/TOY STORY 2) and now THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS can kind of me equated to their FINDING NEMO.Who's placing bets on how high SING goes later in the year?

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Summer is often dreadful movies but they do seem to be getting more and more like Saturday morning cartoons of years past.Something to engage children,make money for theaters with food purchases,and then they are quickly forgotten.

I saw Hunt of the Wilderpeople and enjoyed it.Very beautiful to look at (New Zealand) fresh,funny and a nice change of pace.Sam Neill is great.I have liked him all the way from A Cry in the Dark,Plenty,Jurrassic Park to Peaky Blinders.Great actor and he is good in this movie with the young lead.

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

I re-watched Bandits,but with the audio commentary on for the first time.Billy BobThornton was all Angie this and Angie that.And I was like,there is no Angie character in this film?!And then I was like 'Oh,THAT Angie'.Lol.

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterEz

I like that this site will promote "only for white people"movies that nobody sees like Captain Fantastic (I mean,look at that atrocious twee poster) and at the same time trash Bollywood movies for outgrossing these precious white indie movies - not in this article but in frequent box office articles on this and many other sites.Fucking laughable.

I get that the majority of cinema aficionados in this country are white but the implicit bias and subtle racism toward movies that don't fit a certain mold and are therefore so thoroughly dismissed is sad and disheartening.That its encouraged by film academics like Nick Davis is just icing on the cake.

White progressivism everyone.

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterWeExist

WeExist,what did you think of Sultan?

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

We Exist - not sure how this is "trashing"Bollywood movies but to each their own.And Nick Davis seems like an exceptionally misguided target for cries of "racism"since he sees films from all over the world and often discusses African cinema which so few cinephiles know anything about.

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I decided to stop watching superheroes movies,life is so much better now.

I watched Our Little Sister and From Afar,enjoyed both of them.

July 10,2016 | Unregistered CommenterFreddy

We deserve more Viggo in our lives but if we don't support his movie we won't get it.

He's a man.He'll always have opportunities to book lead roles.Like Colin Farrell who loses money for Hollywood yet continues to remain a priority for the patriarchal white supremacy -- it doesn't matter what kind of box office his little indie dramedy produces.

July 10,2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

It's amazing how blind some people are.Attacking TFE for trashing foreign cinema and claiming its racist is so bizarre.

July 11,2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

..."only for white people"movies that nobody sees likeCaptain Fantastic...

What a load.

July 11,2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I'd chalk WeExist up to being somewhere between a troll and horribly misguided.

Jaragon - Given that Project Greenlight hasn't produced a single successful film (I enjoy the show but never saw any of the films in full),I'm almost weary of a woman or person of color getting selected because it might do more damage to their career than good (they'll be judged more harshly for the film's failure).In saying that,the exposure can't hurt...I guess?

July 11,2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Armour

Wiener-Dog.Classic Solondz - profoundly sad,bitterly funny,misanthropic,but with moments of grace and aching humanity that just knocked me flat.One of his best.

The Invitation.A great,disorienting "which one is the crazy person here?"psychological thriller for its first 70 minutes.Loses steam once it resolves into a more conventional thriller,but Karyn Kusama knocks it out of the park regardless.Hope she's getting a lot of work off of this.

4th Man Out.Charming,surprisingly well made comedy about four friends,and how all of them are affected when one of them comes out of the closet.Lots of cliches,but it's very sweet and well acted and fun.

The Legend of Tarzan.Going by the reviews,I was expecting much worse,but this is a solid,entertaining,old fashioned adventure epic.

Clean,Shaven.A mesmerizing,terrifying descent into a very troubled mind.Loved it,can't believe Lodge Kerrigan has only made a couple of films in the 20+ years since.

July 11,2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Mrs.Miniver - my first Greer Garson film.Wow,she is just so lovely.To quote Nigel Barker's favorite cliche from America's Next Top Model,the camera just loves her.And her performance was fine although I haven't seen her co-nominees so I can't say how much she deserved the win (and I have no idea how Walter Pidgeon got nominated for that nothing of a performance).I'd agree with Nick Davis' recent takeaway from it - overly sentimental and schmaltzy but with some really stunning sequences that have stuck with me.

July 11,2016 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

I watched Sayonara for the first time and thought it was a very well acted film.Red Buttons is such an underappreciated actor and his work in this film was worthy of the Oscar win.I also thought Miyoshi Umeki was quite touching and deserved her Oscar too.I rewatched both Marty and Big and both are still wonderful films.

July 11,2016 | Unregistered Commentereli

I finally saw "Frozen".It was cute.But it's no "Incredibles"or "The Lion King"

July 11,2016 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

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