Box Office Battle April 28th Edition

Happy Friday! The weekend is fast approaching (and thank God it is), so that means it’s time for another Box Office Battle. This weekend is one I actually thought would be pretty good but maybe not. Here’s why:

The Circle


Director: James Ponsoldt

Stars: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Patton Oswalt

Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Rating: PG-13

Summary: A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 21%

I figured I’d start off with a movie that I was really intrigued by and almost excited about. Not GOTG Vol. 2 excited, but excited. I mean this movie has a really great cast. Emma Watson is just coming off the record breaking Beauty and the Beast, John Boyega is a star in one of the biggest film franchises of all time, and Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt are the epitome of awesome. And yet this movie has a staggeringly low 21% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s numbers you expect for Phoenix Forgotten, not a movie with some of the awesomest people in Hollywood. I think I’m still gonna see it, just to see what went wrong, but I am really bummed about this. I’m not super familiar with the director, so that doesn’t help me discern what exactly went wrong. Sigh. But I have heard the book is much better, if that’s any consolation for anyone else looking forward to this movie.

How to Be a Latin Lover


Director: Ken Marino

Stars: Salma Hayek, Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raphael Alejandro

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG-13

Summary: Finding himself dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 43%

Now this is a movie I have mixed feelings about. Originally I thought this movie was something lame and not worth my time, but then I saw the trailer. Now it wasn’t groundbreaking or anything, but I enjoyed it. This looks like a fun little thing that’ll do well enough (even with a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes).



Director: JD Dillard

Stars: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dule Hill, Storm Reid

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Rating: R

Summary: A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped, and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%

Now for the only movie that seems like it won’t disappoint me: Sleight. This is a movie that only recently came on my radar, and honestly there are some really interesting elements. This movie has a $250,000 budget, a pretty much unknown director, an actor who was in some popular-ish films but is most memorable for his song “Like ’em All” which came out in 2010, and its about a street magician. A weird combination but apparently this movie had some good reviews coming out of Sundance, so I’m interested to see what this movie makes this weekend. Considering all the weirdness of this, I hope it does well. It’s the only movie coming out this weekend that’s actually fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, so hopefully that equates to big bucks at the box office.

Who Will Win?

Probably not Sleight, but a girl can dream.

What movie do you think will take top slot this weekend? Are you seeing any of these wondrous films any time soon? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.


Box Office Battle Conclusion April 21st

The weekend has come to an end and with that comes the results from this weekend’s Box Office Battle. Let’s see how this weekend went!

5. Smurfs: The Lost Village


Taking fifth this weekend is Smurfs: The Lost Village with $4.88 million. This movie has still made only a bit more than half its budget back and this is its third week. This really goes to show what happens when you make two less than satisfactory adaptations of a beloved IP. I’m not saying the Smurfs brand is ruined forever, but for the foreseeable future Smurfs should stay out of theaters

4. Going in Style


In fourth place we have Going in Style at $4.91 million in its third week. The movie has made its money back, so that’s good. As a big fan of the director Zach Braff (JD from Scrubs), it’s nice that this movie isn’t a complete bust. Granted they didn’t do as well as one would hope, but they’re doing okay. So yay for him.

3. Beauty and the Beast


Taking the bronze this weekend is (unsurprisingly) Beauty and the Beast with $9.66 million. This movie just further strengthens Disney’s belief in the live action remake of an animated classic. I haven’t yet been completely convinced of this whole formula. I won’t call it lazy, but do we really need Lion King with realistic lions? Or creepy looking furniture that talks? But anyway, good for BANB for making hella money.

2. The Boss Baby


Second place this weekend is The Boss Baby with $12.71 million in its fourth weekend. For a movie I didn’t expect much of, this movie is doing extremely well. As of right now, its total gross is $138 million which is great. The fact that April was empty as hell probably really helped this movie. It’s always a success to see an animated film that is not Disney or Pixar that still manages to make the big bucks. So, despite my reluctance, rock on Boss Baby!

1. The Fate of the Furious


And taking the gold this weekend is none other than The Fate of the Furious with $38.41 million in its second weekend. It’s not a surprise that FOTF is on top, but the fact that it dropped so much is interesting. Now, a 61% drop isn’t horrible for these big budget movies because with these films people aren’t waiting around to see what the critics are saying. The majority of people have already decided if they would see it, so the people coming in week two are more so those who aren’t as interested in the franchise or those who are coming back for seconds. Looking back at the record breaking Furious 7, one can see that that film dropped around the same percent between week 1 and week 2. So all in all this movie seems to be doing A-Okay, although it won’t be making Furious 7 money.

Honorable Mentions

6. Born in China


So close and yet so far. Coming sixth this weekend is Disney nature’s Born in China with $4.79 million in its opening weekend. Honestly this isn’t super surprising. The Disney nature films, though enjoyable, never seem to make much in the theaters. But I’m happy Disney keeps making them. So yay for Born in China for almost making it in the top five!

Is this the line-up you expected? Do you like the Disney Nature films? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.



























Box Office Battle April 21st Edition

Another weekend approaches and that means another Box Office Battle! This weekend is kinda weak, but it doesn’t seem like a complete lost cause. Let’s start off with our first competitor:

Phoenix Forgotten


Director: Justin Barber

Stars: Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts, Chelsea Lopez, Justin Matthews, Clint Jordan

Genre: Horror, mystery, sci-fi

Summary: 20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 57% (but there are like only seven reviews so…)

So this is this weekend’s least promising prospect: Phoenix Forgotten. This is a movie about an event people forgot about years ago (not to disrespect those kids who disappeared, but kids disappear literally every day). The director has never directed any other film, his only other IMDB credit being a producer credit for the movie Medicine for Melancholy, and not only have I never heard of this movie but it came out in 2008. Where has he been the last 9 years? And all the actors are unknowns, so they’re not a draw. So this is a movie about a very isolated tragedy that happened 20 years ago starring people no one knows or cares about directed by someone who no one knows or cares about. No offense to these kids, they could be perfectly fine actors, but this isn’t giving me much confidence. And to top that off, this is a subject that has had not one, but TWO other movies on this particular subject. The last one came out literally two years ago! This isn’t 9/11 or the Holocaust. The Great Chicago Fire was a bigger tragedy than this and I haven’t seen one movie on that, and yet this has three? So yeah this movie will be lucky to get into the top five this week, let alone take the top slot.



Director: Denise Di Novi

Stars: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Summary: A woman sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband’s new wife. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 24%

Our next contender is Unforgettable, which, if this Rotten Tomatoes score is correct, is hopefully forgettable. But let’s examine the basics: first the director. This is Di Novi’s cinematic directorial debut, though besides this the only other thing she had directed was an episode of Bones. However, she has a bunch of producer credits to her name, many of them for very big movies. Some of the most notable ones are Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I don’t quite know how much this experience will assist her in directing, but I figured it was worth mentioning. But what really had me interested was the cast, mainly Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl. Both are extremely talented and that can really help a small movie, even one with a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. From the trailers the movie seems like a fun revenge thriller to see with the girls on a Saturday night. It’s not gonna be the next Fatal Attraction or anything but it’ll probably do well enough.

Disney Nature’s Born in China


Director: Chuan Lu

Stars: John Krasinski

Genre: Documentary

Summary: Venturing into the wilds of China, “Born in China” captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs. (IMDB)

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

Now for the real contender for this weekend: Born in China. Who doesn’t love a good Disney nature documentary? And Jim from The Office narrates! What’s not to love? Don’t have much to say on this, but I think this says enough

Who Will Win?


Fate of the Furious probably. I love the Disney nature films, but FOTF probably won’t drop more than 60% and these Disney nature films are great but they don’t make as much as they should. I know I said Born in China was the real contender, but Unforgettable will probably make more than it despite its 24%. But It’ll be fine. Like I said earlier, this is a light week. But fear not: soon we will get a little Marvel in our lives to kick off the Summer movie season.

So do you think Fate of the Furious will take top slot again this weekend? Who will do better: Born in China or Unforgettable? Do you think Phoenix Forgotten will actually be good? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.




Box Office Battle Conclusion April 14th

This weekend did not have any shocking surprises, but we’ll go over the winners anyway.

5. Going in Style


Going in Style, the story of three old dudes who rob a bank after getting screwed out of their pensions, takes fifth this weekend with $6.29 million in its second week. That brings its domestic total up to $23.32 million, so this movie will surely make back its $25 million budget. With lukewarm reception and a rotten tomatoes score of 46%, this isn’t an unexpected turn of events. On a good weekend this movie wouldn’t even make it into the top five, so I think they’re just happy to be sticking around.

4. Smurfs: The Lost Village


Now for a more devastating number we have Smurfs: The Lost Village with a measly $6.71 million in its second weekend. It’s numbers like that that hurt the soul. This movie has a $60 million budget. In the two weeks it has been out, the movie has made $24.95 million. And the numbers will only get worse. This is a well known property that was beloved and cherished by so many, so what happened? Well, the simple and answer is The Smurfs and the Smurfs 2. I mean, I love Neil Patrick Harris as much as the next guy, but those movies were just not that good. The first movie opened at $35 million and the second at half that ($17 million) and this one opened at a scary disappointing $13 million. I’m not saying the smurf brand is dead, but give is a rest Sony. You’ve done enough already.

3. Beauty and the Beast (2017)


Now for some happy news, we have Beauty and the Beast with $13.71 million in its fifth week. This movie has a total gross of $454 million and with the nothing that’s coming out this weekend I doubt it’s gonna be losing too much money. This movie is everything Disney hoped it could be and then some. While I have yet to see this movie, practically every review is positive even despite some of the film’s flaws. However, come April 28th I think this tale as old as time will finally waltz its way out of the top five. At least it’ll be pushed out by another Emma Watson flick (The Circle), so not too big of a loss.

2. Boss Baby


Taking the silver this weekend is Boss Baby at $16.01 million in its third week. Now this movie has been the second biggest surprises of April (the first being the box office breaking Beauty and the Beast). I didn’t expect much of this movie, but it’s done pretty well for itself. With a total gross of $117 million in just three weeks, this movie, while not doing Pixar money, is doing quite alright. The fact that there is not much out this month is surely helping that. Since when did April become such a week month? But anyway rock on Boss Baby, you earned this with a loveable story and good timing.

1. The Fate of the Furious


And to no one’s surprise, The Fate of the Furious is taking the gold this weekend with a whooping $98.78 million domestic, but that’s not the big story. Not that making that much opening weekend in the US is anything to frown at, but the big story that this movie made $433 million dollars internationally. That means that this movie made over $531 million globally in its opening weekend. Now I recently learned that this means everything and nothing, and ,being the good Samaritan I am, I am here to explain why. Not every movie opens in every market a the same time. The best way to show this is to look at the data. With this opening The Fate of the Furious has now replaced Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as the highest global opening weekend box office. HOWEVER, when The Force Awakens debuted it had not yet opened in China. Because The Fate of the Furious did open in China, this can’t be accurate. Because every market doesn’t have every movie out when it’s out here, this number doesn’t really mean anything. But like I said, this means everything and nothing. Here’s the everything: This movie has still for a fact doubled it’s budget. And when its run is finally over that will be added up with all the other millions of dollars it makes here and internationally, and it’s gonna make something massive. If it stays on this path it could even reach a billion come the end of its run. However, going back to domestic, this movie did not make what it’s predecessor did. It actually made almost $50 million less. Granted Paul Walker’s untimely death surely had an affect on Furious 7‘s box office, but not an affect of $50 million. Perhaps there’s a bit of Furious fatigue? I’ve never been into the films, so on that front I can’t really say much.

Honorable Mentions

6. Gifted


Not quite making it into the top five but definitely catching my eye is Gifted. It made only $3.08 million this weekend, but this movie just looks so nice. Chris Evans in a sweet movie with a cute prodigy child and Octavia Spencer. What’s not to love?

So what do you think of FOTF‘s big opening? Have you seen any of the movies mentioned here? Talk about them in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.









Box Office Battle April 14th Edition


Another weekend is on its way, and with it another Box Office Battle. This week only has one movie coming out, but boy will this shake up the box office. So let’s look at the stats:

The Fate of the Furious

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 65%

To shake up April, we have The Fate of the Furious. This is likely to be the biggest movie out this month and will undoubtedly bring the Summer season (which gets earlier every year) off to a good start. What interests me most is what F. Gary Gray (director of Straight Outta Compton) brings to this movie. I have never seen a Fast and Furious movie, but they aren’t exactly know for their excellent plot and character building.  But Straight Outta Compton was such an interesting story told in such an interesting way, I can’t help but think F. Gary Gray will bring something interesting to this franchise. And also one has to wonder how this movie will compare to Furious 7 in box office. That movie broke records in way that no one could have expected. So will that success grace Fate of the Furious as well? At the moment, the movie is tracking at $110+ million domestically, which is less than its predecessor by only by $30ish million. And also Furious 7 did way better than what it was projected to, so I suppose we shall see.

Who Will Win?

This one is pretty obvious. Being the only new movie coming out wide this weekend, it will be number one. The real question is by how much? As you can see the Rotten Tomatoes score could be better, but this movie is fresh. I don’t think it’ll make any less than what it’s tracking at, especially with heavy hitters like Charlize Theron and Kurt Russell joining the fold. It’ll blow everything out of the water undoubtedly.

So are you seeing The Fate of the Furious this weekend? Do you think anything can top Furious 7? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.

Box Office Battle 12/30-1/1

It’s a new year and normally that would imply a new me, but however I have not seemed to change in these last two days. My resolution this year was to make more of an effort. I haven’t quite done that yet but I have worried about it more. So progress I suppose. Anyway the year change doesn’t change the fact that movies came out this weekend. So let’s get to the battle!


1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $49,539,000

For the third week in a row Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes the gold. Rogue One has made over double the original budget, thoroughly proving that there will be many more Star Wars spin-offs to come after this one. This movie has had all around positive reviews and was just brilliant in every way shape and form. It deserves all the money it’s getting.


2. Sing – $42,820,000

Taking the silver for the second time in two week run is sing. The story of group of animals that participate in the singing contest, Sing has seemed to be the animated feature to dominate this holiday season. Thanks to the lack of new movies coming out this weekend it seems the movies of weekends passed have been actually increasing in audience percentage. No this is not the best example of this this week, we’ll get to that later, but I’m sure illumination is very happy with what’s going on this weekend. The movie that wasn’t on anyone’s anticipated list at the beginning of the year turned out to be a pleasant surprise for many families and movie reviewers alike.


 3. Passengers – $16,150,000

And taking bronze once again in their second week is Passengers. Starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, Passengers was said to be a disappointing sci-fi film that came out at literally the worst time ever. I don’t know what they expected to do well when they are coming out at the same time as a Star Wars movie. I guess they were banking on Rogue one being a bust or just disappointing I suppose. It was an all-around bad move, and it didn’t help that the movie wasn’t nearly as good as Rogue one either. But I mean it could be doing worse I suppose. This plus what it made last week is almost up to the film’s budget. While that doesn’t cover marketing hopefully this movie will break even or just about.


4. Moana – $10,974,000

In a surprising turn of events Moana has jumped back into the top five this weekend. The popular Disney musical voicing The Rock and featuring music from Lin-Manuel Miranda came out Thanksgiving of last year and has yet to leave the top 10 since. Over the weekend the movie had a 42% jump, which is extraordinary. Since nothing new is coming out of this week what better to do than to see a new Disney classic again in the theater? I still haven’t seen it, to be honest with you but I will. I have a feeling after this I still have some time before it officially pulled out of theaters.


5. Why Him? – $10,600,000

And rounding out the top five is why him?. Being the only movie to move down from its spot last week is probably disappointing, but the movie seems to be doing just fine. Within the next few days it’ll make back its budget and then start to turn a profit. Now I would have hoped Bryan cranston’s return to Comedy would have thought a bit more steam over the holiday weekend, but it could be worse I suppose. It could be Assassin’s Creed….

So what do you think of these week’s battle? Is Rogue One gonna reign supreme yet again? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like,share, and follow Sprom for more box office battles!


Box Office Battle 12/23- 12/25

I hope everyone had a happy holiday, I’m sure I did, but it’s time to get back to business. Movies don’t stop coming out just cause you’re on vacation! So let us see who won this weekend’s Box Office Battle!

1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $64,377,000


Lucasfilm strikes gold for the second weekend in a row with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Dropping only 58.5% from week one to week two, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Rogue One will be the first in a long line of non-Saga films to hit the big screen. While the only official spin-off on the Lucasfilm schedule right now is the young Han Solo movie starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, there has been talk of a Boba Fett movie as well as one centering on Obi Wan Kenobi. While it’s unclear which characters will get their own time in the spotlight and which will stay where they have been for years, it is clear that the future is bright for the Star Wars universe no matter what happens to the Skywalkers.

2. Sing – $35,258,000


Taking the silver this weekend is the newest Illumination picture, Sing. Behind successes such as Despicable Me and this Summer’s The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination seems to be rising in the animation ranks. While they aren’t on par with the likes of Disney or Pixar just yet, the company has consistently put out entertaining animated movies for the whole family. While it only made this much in the weekend, the movie has actually been out since Wednesday, making the current domestic total a nice $76 million. So in less than a week Sing has already made its money back, meaning the movie about an animal singing competition has nowhere to go but up. I mean it’s not in talks for the best animated picture at the Oscars, but it’s good for what it is.

3. Passengers – $15,055,oo0


And now for the second biggest bomb of the weekend, Passengers. Oh, were mistakes made here. A space movie tried to go up against Star Wars. STAR WARS. EVEN STAR TREK WOULD BE MORE UNDERSTANDABLE (no offense to the Trekkies, but you know as well as I do that Star Trek Beyond didn’t make half what Rogue One did in it’s opening weekend), BUT NO IT’S STAR WARS. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there movie was anything but a critical darling. Even with beloved stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, this movie was doomed to fail from the very beginning. This movie had a budget of $110 million! This movie would be lucky to break even by the time its run is over. What a shame, because originally I really dug the trailers too.

4. Why Him? – $11,000,000


Now for something a bit more positive, the R-rated comedy Why Him?. This movie is the first comedy Bryan Cranston’s done in quite some time, which makes my heart happy. While I haven’t yet seen this movie, I do remember fondly the all comedic Cranston you saw on Malcolm in the Middle. Never would I have imagined that Cranston would take a stroll through the drama genre with Breaking Bad and The Infiltrator, and yet now I am surprised he’s made his way back to comedy. Joined by James Franco, this seems to be a great comedy to see if you don’t want your heart broken by Rogue One.


5. Assassin’s Creed – $10,278,000


And now for the biggest flop of the weekend, Assassin’s Creed. Video game fans will find this news the most disappointing, considering how many of them were banking on this to be the franchise to bring video games to the big screen. Just 6ish months ago we saw Warcraft try and fail, becoming a success only thanks to international audiences, so this was supposed to be the one. Alas a movie that cost $125 million to make only made $10 million this weekend. That’s not good, not at all. I haven’t seen it (not trying to waste my hard earned Christmas money), but I think what Rotten Tomatoes has to say about it really says it all:

Assassin’s Creed is arguably better made (and certainly better cast) than most video game adaptations; unfortunately, the CGI-fueled end result still is still a joylessly overplotted slog.

They called it a slog, man. It doesn’t get much worse than that. This leaves the hope of video game nerds up to the new Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander (who just so happens to be with Michael Fassbender, talk about a coincidence). Like Passengers, I did have hope for this movie. Unfortunately I was once again left disappointed. Bummer.

Honorable Mentions

Fences – $6,688,000


Fences is the story of a black man dealing with race relations, raising a family in the 1950’s, and his own past. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, Fences is a welcome story in today’s film landscape. Starring heavy hitters such as Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (who also took part in the play’s 2010 Broadway revival), this movie is definitely gonna make #Oscarssowhite seem like a thing of the past. The powerful movie just opened wide this weekend, bumping the film up from #25 to #7. This is definitely something worth seeing, not only for African Americans but for anyone in the mood to a moving drama.

how much do you think Rogue One will drop next week? Should Bryan Cranston stick to comedy? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world that is movie news.