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.