‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Review

(AOTN) Building off the success of 2014’s The Lego MovieThe Lego Batman Movie perfectly follows its predecessor, adding an exciting chapter to the Lego cinematic universe in a fully satisfying and fun way.  The Lego Batman Movie essentially is constructed of self referential humor and dialogue poking fun at all previous Batman films that have come before it.  For any Batman fan this will be welcomed with full glee.  While poking fun at the films and television series that came before, The Lego Batman Movie does it in a non-cynical way- paying homage to the installments that came before.  After last years Batman V. Superman and his brief cameo in The Suicide Squad, it’s great to come out of a Batman movie both happy, entertained, and relieved they didn’t fu*k up another Batman movie.

It’s been three long years since Lego Batman, voiced brilliantly by Will Arnett, graced audiences with his standout performance in the original Lego Movie.  In that time he’s continued to fight crime in Gotham City- working alone of course.  After stopping another plot to destroy the city by The Joker (Zach Galifianakis), Batman is forced to reveal that The Joker is not very important to him in his life.  The Joker is rightfully upset after thinking they had great hero-villain chemistry.  This sets up the entire film as both Batman and The Joker are forced to look within themselves and discover whether or not they truly need each other.  While this is the underlying plot of the movie, lots of crazy action happens, things blow up, jokes are rattled off at exuberant speeds, at heart this is still a kids movie.

Using the Batman-Joker dynamic as the backdrop, The Lego Batman movie does an amazing job bringing together elements from the entire Batman sandbox.  There is a lot the filmmakers had to play with-and they certainly take advantage of Batman’s rich and goofy history.  The film itself references everything from the 1940’s Batman Serials, Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy to the most recent BVS and Suicide Squad.  No character from Batman’s history is too obscure for references either- I’m looking at you Polka-Dot Man (a real DC Comics villain who first appeared in the groovy 1962).  The thing that really stands out is the movies ability to poke fun of Batman and his cinematic and televion history, but in a respectful manner.  It’s easy to be cynical (especially the way the DCU has begun) but The Lego Batman Movie partakes in none of that.  The movie respects the material and it comes through in the final product.

On many levels, The Lego Batman Movie explores the character of Batman better than any previous installment.  Certainly taking a serious character and adding levity to situations allows room for self referential and self awareness that truly explores the main characters in a way we’ve never seen (at least on screen).  Robin (Michael Cera) and Batman’s relationship is explored and analyzed just as Batman and The Jokers dynamic.  Giving room for spoof, allowed The Lego Batman Movie to peel back the level of mystic and show each characters personality traits and how each character in the Batman universe feed off and need each another.

Lego Batman feels like one giant easter egg.  Not only does every scene have a joke every 10 seconds with action happening all around- there are a ton minor details that are hard to catch on one viewing!  It’s hard to keep up with JUST how much Batman they put into this iteration of Batman.  Having said that, Warner Brothers doesn’t just stop with characters from the world of Batman but also their back-catolouge of characters including but not limited to King Kong, The Eye of Soron and Lord Voldemort.  Now at first I was a bit pessimistically curious why they would put these non-Batman characters, but it works.  It adds a new dynamic between Batman and his plethora of villains in a satisfying way.

Although Lego Batman is a kids flick, it works for adults.  While the themes aren’t as rich or complex as the themes tackled in the first Lego Movie, there is enough to keep the parents occupied.  Maybe non-Batman or superhero parents may find it tough to sit through, overall I think a vast majority of audiences will find The Lego Batman Movie an enjoyable watch.  The visuals are stunning and the star-studded cast of voice actors do an amazing job coming together to construct a well-balanced movie that moves at a rapid pace.

The Lego Batman Movie is now playing in theaters nationwide and stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, and way too many other legends to name.

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A ‘La La Land’ Review From a Person Who Hates Musicals

First things first.  As the title suggests, I absolutely hate musicals.  I know hate is a strong word but I never use it lightly.  Sure I can appreciate the great musicals and I even sang along to Disney movies as a young lad, but over the last 20 years whenever a character begins to break into song and dance my heart sinks.  “Why can’t this character just say what they’re thinking?”  “Why is this happening?”  “Why am I watching this?”  To put it simply “Why?”  I always had a lot of questions regarding musicals and their necessity in popular culture.  That is, until I saw La La Land.  The second directorial effort by the talented filmmaker Damien Chazelle.  Coming off the success of 2014’s Whiplash, expectations for his sophomore film were expectedly high.  La La Land delivers in every way and is a visually and emotionally a unique experience.

La La Land stars Emma Stone as Mia, an aspiring actress who currently works at a coffee shop on the studio lot.  Co-staring with Stone (for the third time) is Ryan Gosling who portrays Sebastian, a jazz pianist who’s inspired by the greats who came before him.  Ultimately Sebastian’s dream is to own his own jazz club to keep the rich history of jazz alive, while Mia seeks stardom and fame.  After a couple chance encounters, Mia and Sebastian begin a relationship, knowing that their desires completely juxtapose each others.  What ensues is a classic romantic comedy steeped with rich vibrant musical numbers that will leave viewers feeling a wide array of emotions, which ultimately consume the heart with joy.

As a person who wants a career in creative endeavors, this movie spoke to me on a level that most will also find solace.  It’s funny, beautiful, engaging, thought provoking, yet heartbreaking in many ways.  Again, I can’t underestimate my distain for musicals, and as soon as the opening number began I thought “Why did I see this”?  I was quickly brought down off my cynical horse and engaged in a somewhat cliched but timeless tale of two people coming together at a time when their lives aren’t YET where they want them to be, but together they both change the course of each others journey in life.  La La Land is a film clearly influenced by other musicals, but rather than ripping them off, Chazelle show his appreciation for these influences and brings them together for a whole new audience, much like a Tarantino flick.

The visuals are the major element (or the only element I could notice) in La La Land where you can really see the influences come to fruition.  It really doesn’t matter if his influences are transparent, Chazelle is trying to hide them.  La La Land is as much a celebration of musicals as it is a love story.  I needed to attend this celebration to turn my cynical mindset of musicals forever, and I am forever grateful I actually gave this film a chance, because looking back on 2016, La La Land is one of my favorite films of the year.  That’s a statement I never thought I’d say, but the talent involved in this film made it possible for an a**hole like myself to be lifted into the magical dream-filled world La La Land represents.  The film shows a story desired by anyone who wants a career in the arts or who has had love creep up in their lives in the most unexpected ways possible.

La La Land is a film to be seen and not talked about.  I could go on for hours about the film, but go see it for yourself.  It doesn’t matter if you love or hate musicals, La La Land has something for everyone.  I couldn’t recommend it more.  It’s a beautiful film and shows the career progression of director Damien Chazelle, who’s next film will have even crazier expectations.  I for one can’t wait to see what this dude will do next.  Oh yeah, Gosling and Stone are absolutely unreliable, and their chemistry is infectious.

La La Land stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt and is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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Pete’s 2016 Media Diary

Another year another media diary in the books.  My year was much busier than years past, so I watched less content than any year before.  It makes me a little sad how little content I consumed, but when your life gets busier, I guess that’s a good thing.  This year marked my beginning Improv at The Second City along with writing and directing.  2016 is widely considered one of the worst years in recent memory, and while on macro level, the world is falling apart, on a micro level, my life is ticking up.  My goals for 2017 on a movie level is to see more in theaters, and write many more reviews.  The future looks bright, even if the human future looks bleak.  Focus on what you love, and for me, that’s movies.  Cheers!

JANUARY 

1/2/16- Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It

1/3/16- Kiss of Death

1/4/16- JOY

1/4/16- Big Trouble, Little China

1/5/16- Vanilla Sky

1/5/16- Sicario

1/7/16- Galaxy Quest

1/8/16- Tom Segura Stand-up 2012 (NETFLIX)

1/11/16- The Walk

1/12/16- A Most Violent Year

1/12/16-  Tom Segura Stand-up (2016) (NETFLIX)

1/14/16- Entourage the Movie

1/14/16- Varsity Blues

1/15/16- Downloaded

1/17/16- THE REVENANT

1/19/16- Dear Zachary

1/19/16- Ex Machina

1/20/16- Adult World

1/24/16- Batman (1989)

1/25/16- ANOMALISA

1/26/16- The Big One

1/27/16- Chi-Raq

1/30/16- The Naked Gun

3- Theater

21- At Home

FEBRUARY 

2/1/16- Inside Out

2/1/16- Naked Gun 2 1/2

2/2/16- THE BIG SHORT

2/2/16- Ted 2

2/4/16- Green Inferno

2/6/16- Mistress America

2/7/16- Bridge of Spies

2/8/16- HAIL CEASAR

2/10/16- Sinister 2

2/10/16- The Ladykillers

2/11/16- Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

2/11/16- Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

2/13/16- Tommy Boy

2/14/16- DEADPOOL

2/15/16- Black Sheep

2/17/16- Everest

2/18/16- ZOOLANDER 2

2/22/16- Love (TV)

2/24/16- Can’t Hardly Wait

4- Theater

14- At Home

1-TV Series

MARCH

3/1/16-3/27/16- Malcolm in the Middle Seasons 1-5 (TV)

3/2/16- Adult Beginners

3/2/16- The Night Before

3/2/16- Primal Fear

3/4/16- The Death of Superman Lives

3/10/16- Louie Season 5 (TV)

3/13/16- KNIGHT OF CUPS

3/14/16- 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

3/14/16- Finding Vivian Maier

3/15/16- Man of Steel

3/23/16- Batman Begins, Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin

3/24/16- Daddy’s Home

3/25/16- Daredevil Season 2 (TV)

3/28/16- Batkid Begins

3/29/16- Trailer Park Boys Season 10

3/31/16- BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

3-Theater

15- At Home

8- TV Series

APRIL

4/1/16- Bowfinger

 4/2/16- Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

4/3/16- The Ranch Season 1 (TV)

4/4/16- Iverson

4/5/16- E.T.

4/6/16- Coming to America

4/7/16- Mountain Men

4/9/16- Baskets Season 1 (TV)

4/11/16- The Right Stuff

4/12/16- Togetherness Season 2

4/14/16- Star Wars The Force Awakens

4/15/16- Legend

4/18/16- Better Call Saul Season 1 (TV)

4/21/16- The Forest

4/22/16-4/29/16- Key and Peele Season 1-5

4/29/16- Behind the Mask: Batman Dead End Story

11-At Home

8-TV Series

MAY

5/1/16- Deep Web

5/3/16- Community Season 3 (TV)

5/4/16- Community Season 5 (TV)

5/5/16- KEANU 

5/5/16- The Puffy Chair

5/6/16- The Truman Show

5/6/16- Prescription Thugs

5/7/16- Requiem for the American Dream

5/8/16- CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR

5/9/16- Last Man on Earth Season 2 (TV)

5/10/16- South Park Season 19 (TV)

5/13/16- South Park Season 12 (TV)

5/15/16- South Park Season 13 (TV)

5/17/16- South Park Season 14 (TV)

5/18/16- The Invasion

5/19/16- HIGH-RISE

NEIGHBORS 2

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

5- Theater

6- At Home

7- TV Series

JUNE

 3rd Rock From the Sun (TV)

Harry Potter 1

Trojan War

Jake the Snake Documentary

Linsanity

Sheik Elway to Marino

6/13/16- Harry Potter 2

6/14/16- Bigger, Faster, Stronger

6/16/16- CONJURING 2

6/18/16- CENTRAL INTELLEGENCE 

6/27/16- Silicon Valley Season 2 (TV)

2-Theater

7- At Home

7- TV Series

JULY

7/2/16- Triple 9

7/3/16- Brothers Gimsby

7/4/16- THE PURGE ELECTION YEAR

7/8/16- My Friend Rockefeller

7/9/16- Fundamentals of Caring

7/10/16- The Burbs

7/14/16- Defending Your Life

7/18/16- The Green Room

7/24/16- STAR TREK BEYOND

2- Theater

7- At Home

AUGUST

8/6/16- SUICIDE SQUAD

8/15/16- Stranger Things (TV)

8/18/16- WAR DOGS

8/19/16- Midnight Special

8/22/16- Friday the 13th (1980)

8/29/16- DON’T THINK TWICE

8/31/16- The Night Of… (TV)

3- Theater

2-At Home

2- TV Series

 SEPTEMBER

9/1/16- Jeff Who Lives at Home

9/9/16- DON’T BREATH 

9/23/16- Poltergeist, Poltergeist 2, Poltergeist (2015)

9/27/16- Narcos Season 2 (TV)

9/27/16- Raiders! Documentary

1- Theater

5- At Home

1- TV Series

OCTOBER

Childs Play 1

Childs Play 2

Bob’s Burgers Season 1-4

10/13/16- Lords of Salem

10/14/16- A Nightmare on Elm Street

10/15/16- Amityville Horror

10/16/16- Friday the 13th part 1

10/17/16- Friday the 13th Part 2

10/18/16- I Know What You Did Last Summer

10/19/16- They Live

10/20/16- 31

10/20/16- Insidious

10/21/16- Halloween (Zombie version)

10/22/16- Friday the 13th (2009)

10/27/16- Nerve

10/28/16- The Nice Guys

1- Theater

14- At Home

4- TV Series

NOVEMBER

The Ranch Part 2 (TV)

DOCTOR STRANGE

11/10/16- Concussion

The Walking Dead Season 6 (TV)

11/14/16- Weiner

11/22/16- ARRIVAL

11/23/16- FANTASTIC BEASTS

11/25/16- Hell or High Water

11/25/16- Money Monster

11/26/16- NOCTURNAL ANIMALS 

11/27/16- Sausage Party

11/28/16- The Infiltrator

11/29/16- Joshy

4- Theater

7- At Home

2- TV Series

DECEMBER 

 12/5/16- ALLIED

12/10/16- Horace and Pete (TV)

12/11/16- Bad Santa

12/12/16- OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

12/13/16- Die Hard

12/17/16- Santa Claus

12/17/16- Christmas Vacation

12/17/16- Elf

12/18/16- Demolition

12/23/16- Home Alone

12/24/16- It’s A Wonderful Life

12/24/16- Elf

12/25/16- PASSENGERS

12/25/16- Anomilisa

12/25/16- Creed

12/26/16- Ghostbusters (2016)

12/27/16- STAR WARS ROUGUE ONE 

12/27/16- Star Wars Episode 4

12/27/16- Star Wars Episode 5

12/27/16- Star War Episode 7

4- Theater

16- At Home

1- TV Series

Yearly Totals:

32: Theater

125: At Home

41: TV Series (plus I watched a lot of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Westworld, and more HBO shows than I remember).

Closing Thoughts:

For the first time ever, 2016 was a year that I felt like I watched more television than movies.  Television has been telling amazing better and better stories, and there were some great shows this year.  This media diary also shows me that I need to go to the theater more in 2017.  All-in-all Arrival and Don’t Think Twice were two of my favorite movies I saw in the theaters.  I hope everyone had as good of a 2016 as the world would allow, and here’s to a hopeful and happy 2017!

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Box Office Roundup: Disney Wins With A Book

Disney is taking over the world.  They own Star Wars, Marvel, animated hits (Zootopia just the most recent), and now they have another certified hit both critically and commercially on their hands.  Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has opened huge, bringing in an estimated $103.5 in its opening weekend at the box office.  Finishing above industry expectations, The Jungle Book has been universally praised by critics and audiences alike, currently sitting at 95 % on Rottentomatoes.com.  The Jungle Book seems like an event film that is a reason to get out of your house and experience a truly amazing cinematic 3D experience.

Barbershop: The Next Cut which is sitting pretty at 92 % on RT scored a solid $20.2 million opening weekend at the box office. It’s good to see my current home town of Chicago getting some love on screen and with excellent results.

Last weeks box office champion The Boss dropped to third place adding $10.1 million for a current domestic cume of $40.2 million.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice famish in fourth adding $9.1 million to the $311.3 million domestic run.  Worldwide, BVS sits at $827.3 million, and looking unlikely to hit the ever-so-important superhero billion dollar mark.  Yet more disappointing news for WB and DC fans everywhere.

Rounding out the top five is Zootopia which now sits at $307 million.  If Disney ever runs into financial trouble, I think that will signal the end of the world.  They seem to have a nice amount of cash and depending on how you feel about their empire, we’re going to be getting more Disney movies than ever.  Good for the Blockbuster, bad for the mid-budget “interesting” flicks.  Nevertheless, it’s a great time to be alive, cheers everybody.  Have a great week, and go to the movies!

The Jungle Book trailer:

Barbershop: The Next Cut trailer:

The Boss trailer:

BVS trailer:

Criminal trailer:

Here’s the full weekend top ten estimates via Collider.com

Rank Title Weekend Domestic Total
1. The Jungle Book $103,567,000 $103,567,000
2. Barbershop: The Next Cut $20,210,000 $20,210,000
3. The Boss $10,170,000 $40,251,910
4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $9,010,000 $311,311,730
5. Zootopia $8,235,000 $307,478,756
6. Criminal $5,850,000 $5,850,000
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $3,260,000 $52,095,490
8. Miracles from Heaven $1,900,000 $56,930,812
9. God’s Not Dead 2 $1,712,236 $16,956,407
10. Eye in the Sky $1,561,998 $13,121,983

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‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ SPOILER Review

*THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE* If you have not seen the film, what are you waiting for?  If you don’t want to read spoilers, the obvious advice is to not read this review.

Check out our spoiler free review HERE.

First, I would like to say a couple of things right out of the gate.

  1. I love the tone of the film.  I have no problem with the darker direction the DC Universe is heading
  2. I love Batman and Wonder Woman in this film and the entire cast for that matter
  3. I love the fight, all 7 minutes of it
  4. I love the visuals

Things I did not love, which will be the focus of my review (they outweigh any of the aforementioned goodness).

  1. Character motivations make very little sense
  2. Atrocious editing
  3. Convoluted story and plot
  4. Give us more Superman (after two movies, we still have no idea who this character is)
  5. The marketing ruining every surprise

 

Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Lets begin…

It’s been almost two weeks since the release of the incredibly divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was unleashed into theaters, and I’ve had some time to come to terms with the fact that, it’s not very good.  Have I lost faith? Sure.  Do I still believe in God?  No.  Am I still excited with the future of the DC Universe and the direction they are taking?  Yes.  Am I worried?  Absolutely.  Having said all of that and despite what I say in this review, there are parts of this film I enjoyed, but am completely dumbfounded by just how messy Dawn of Justice was.  This is an unfortunate truth with all the terrible and great superhero movies the producers and studio could have used as what and what-not to do, especially since the release of Marvel’s 2008 world-building Iron Man.

I’ll start by talking about the elements that I enjoyed.  Batman was awesome.  Sure he was a bit of a jerk, but I’m excited to see more Affleck’s beaten-down older disillusioned Batman.  He was the highlight of the film, along with Wonder Woman and seeing the cast take on their superhero roles in general was exciting.  Dawn of Justice is perfectly cast.  I even enjoyed Jessie Eisenberg’s interpretation of Lex Luthor.  While the superheroes in the film seem to be having no fun, I’m okay with that.  I still had fun and in no way need my superheroes as quippy as their Marvel counterparts.  This leads me into the overall tone of the film.

I love the dark and bleak tone of this film, and likely the tone of the entire extended universe.  Some critics and fans have been complaining about this tone, but I enjoy it.  Maybe I’m a dark, moody, miserable person myself, or maybe I just want to see my superheroes done differently.  I have the Marvel films when I want to watch something more lighthearted, and appreciate the darker nature the DC films seem to be taking.  I’m all good with this.  Say what you want about the direction Zack Snyder is taking this world, the guy knows how to shoot a beautiful film.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is gorgeous to look at.  Break it down, and there are problems.  On a purely visual level, the film is perfect.  The fight choreography is what Batman fans have seen only in the comics, and now can enjoy on the big-screen.  Snyder shot potentially the best Batman sequence to date, when Batman saves MARTHA Kent in the warehouse.  It’s the highlight of the film for me personally.  The fight between our two headliners was brilliant, but lasted 6-7 minutes.  Years of build-up, and an hour-and-a-half built-up in the film lead to a seven minute fight that was over in a disappointing amount of time.  There wasn’t enough time to fully feel the weight of this fight.  Which leads me into the great many problems I had with Dawn of Justice.

The world we live in has a great deal of problems, but for some reason, the problems of Dawn of Justice hurt a bit more.  Maybe not, but I wanted to like this film SO bad having been a lifelong Batman fan and movie fan in general.  We’ve gone through the good (Nolan, Burton, the bad (Schumacher), but I didn’t think we’d get the ugly (Snyder).  I was hoping WB or the creative team, learned from past mistakes.  Even as recently as The Amazing Spiderman 2, which has many of the same problems as Snyder’s new film, I thought would teach everyone a lesson in not cramming in too much, without properly introducing and developing characters.  But, WB and DC didn’t learn from past movie mistakes.

They shoved so much into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they forgot to explore more of the title heroes.  We still have no idea who Superman is, despite Man of Steel and this supposed sequel.  Unfortunately, WB decided it needed to catch up to Marvel and bring out the big guns right away.  Sounds fun, but the problem is, we still don’t know the characters.  Dawn of Justice is a setup for the upcoming Justice League film, and it feels like it.  We need to be with the characters more for the true weight of what we were “supposed” to feel during this film, but couldn’t, due to lack of screen time for all characters involved.  Which is a shame because this film brought in some of the best story lines form both Batman and Superman, but failed to deliver a cohesive and impactful story.

Instead of focusing on the fight between the heroes, the film brings tons of stories that don’t need be be in THIS film and could have been saved for future entries.  These unnecessary plot points include but are not limited to- the death of Superman, Doomsday, Wonder Woman (although she was awesome), and the amount of screen time Lex Luthor ate up.  After all the hype and build up, fans were given a seven minute fight, albeit a great fight, an hour and a half into the two and a half hour movie.  The filmmakers should have focused on the differences between the heroes ideologies and what motivates them internally.  This would have made their fight so much more impactful, instead of brushing along on the surface to get to the next world-building plot.  The movie moves from one thing to the next, without letting it sink in and impact the audience.  When Superman dies for instance, we feel nothing because it happens so quick, and before we know it, Batman’s building the Justice league.  Let’s focus on our characters instead of jumping from one different plot to the next.

This brings me to the plot, or in this films case, plots.  It’s a mess and it’s as if they picked five of their favorite comic book stories and tried to shove it into one film.  It’s hard to follow, not for us nerds, but your average movie goer.  The plot is extremely convoluted and could have used a good edit to trim some of the unneeded fat.  Much like this review, any elements are not needed as a more concise and focused film could have equally impacted audiences and still gotten them prepared for the future DC Universe films to come.

I could go on, but it pains me to do so, so for now, I’m signing off.  I’ve said nothing in this review that likely hasn’t already been said a million times before on the internet.  I personally needed to write something as I move through the many stages of Loss and grief.  I’m past denial and isolation, on from anger, over bargaining, and have moved on to depression.  My hopes of writing this is to hit the last stage of eventual acceptance as I start to realize a few things.  First, it’s just a movie and secondly, they are not real people.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in theaters nationwide (And despite all the negatives you here about this film, go see it.  Or if you’ve already seen it, which I assume is all of you reading this, go see it again.  Maybe its better than we originally thought- probably not though).

 

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Box Office Roundup: ‘Zootopia’ Breaks Free

Disney’s Zootopia set box office records taking in an estimated $73.7 million in its opening weekend at the box office.  This tops the previous March animated opening weekend, which belonged to 2012’s The Lorax with $70.2 million.  Zootopia also ranks as the ninth largest animated opening ever, a very impressive feat.  Zootopia has also been a hit with critics, as well as overseas appeal raking in a total of $232.5 million worldwide.

The sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen finished its opening weekend in a distant second with $21.7 million.  The first film finished its opening weekend with $30.s million and ended up domestically grossing a total of $98.9 million.  London may have a tough time reaching the same numbers, with a much lower critical and audience score than Olympus.  Move along, nothing new to see here.

Finishing third was Deadpool, which crossed the $300 million domestic mark, and becoming the third highest grossing R-rated film of all-time behind American Sniper ($350.1 million) and Passion of the Christ ($370.7 million).  I’m glad to see Deadpool continuing to do well, and am hopeful for the future of everything R-rated in the various cinematic comic book universes.

The other wide-release of the weekend was Tina Fey’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot which brought in an underwhelming $7.6 million, well below studio expectations.  Next weekend will see the wide-releases of 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Brothers Gimsby, neither look to pull in huge numbers.  Look for Zootopia to repeat as weekend box office champion again next weekend.

Zootopia trailer:

London Has Fallen trailer:

Deadpool Red Band trailer:

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot trailer:

Gods of Egypt trailer:

Here’s the full top-ten weekend box office results via Collider.com:

 Title       Weekend Total
1.  Zootopia $73,700,000 $73.7
2.  London Has Fallen $21,710,000 $21.7
3.  Deadpool $16,400,000 $311.1
4.  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot $7,600,000 $7.6
5.  Gods of Egypt $5,000,000 $22.8
6.  Risen $3,885,000 $28.6
7.  Kung Fu Panda 3 $3,525,000 $133.8
8.  The Revenant $3,325,000 $175.9
9.  Eddie the Eagle $3,100,000 $20.8
10.  The Witch $2,509,000 $20.9

 

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