Summer Blockbuster Update (August)

Another month has come and gone.  Frankly I’m glad to be seeing the end of August.  Too freaking hot in Texas.  But was it hot at the box office this month?  Nope.  Profits for Hollywood cooled off significantly in a year that has not been good for movies, but August is normally not a big month for movie goers.

The real question is how did myself, UberApe, and Snack Kween fair in our predictions?

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A quick recap of our top picks and the Wild Card (in no particular order):

Nerdling UberApe Snack Kween
1 Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
2 Captain America: Civil War Captain America: Civil War Captain America: Civil War
3 X-Men: Apocalypse X-Men: Apocalypse X-Men: Apocalypse
4 Finding Dory Finding Dory Finding Dory
5 The Jungle Book The Jungle Book The Jungle Book
6 Star Trek Beyond Star Trek Beyond Star Trek Beyond
7 Jason Bourne Jason Bourne Jason Bourne
8 Suicide Squad Suicide Squad Suicide Squad
9 Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Zootopia
10 The Magnificent Seven   Allegiant
WC Keanu 10 Cloverfield Lane The Huntsman: Winter’s War


Our Picks for the Losers (in no particular order):

Nerdling UberApe Snack Kween
1 Warcraft Central Intelligence Warcraft
2 Independence Day Resurgence Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
3 Angry Birds Angry Birds Angry Birds
4 Now You See Me 2 Now You See Me 2 Now You See Me 2
5 The Legend of Tarzan The Magnificent Seven Ghostbusters


A fairly large chunk of the movies we picked for success was the same, with a couple of exceptions.  We had some different opinions on who the losers would be.

But how are we doing so far?

Box Office Ranking as of August Film Total Gross Since Release (Domestic) Budget
1 Finding Dory $479,673,179 $200 Million
2 Captain America: Civil War $407,840,414 $250 Million
3 The Jungle Book $363,588,872 $175 Million
4 The Secret Life of Pets $353,715,050 $75 Million
5 Zootopia $341,268,248 $150 Million
6 Batman v Superman $330,360,194 $250 Million
7 Suicide Squad $284,082,210 $175 Million
8 X-Men: Apocalypse $155,442,489 $178 Million
9 Star Trek Beyond $151,113,111 $185 Million
10 Jason Bourne $149,701,130 $120 Million
11 Central Intelligence $127,394,512 $50 Million
12 Legend of Tarzan $125,928,302 $180 Million
13 Ghostbusters $125,008,736 $144 Million
14 Angry Birds $107,483,144 $73 Million
15 Independence Day: Resurgence $102,878,417 $165 Million
16 The Conjuring 2 $102,470,008 $40 Million
17 Bad Moms $95,812,478 $20 Million
18 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 $81,990,192 $135 Million
19 Sausage Party $80,676,387 $19 Million
20 The Purge: Election Year $79,042,440 $10 Million
21 Alice Through the Looking Glass $77,038,541 $170 Million
22 10 Cloverfield Lane $72,082,998 $15 Million
23 Allegiant $66,184,051 $110 Million
24 Lights Out $65,522,444 $4.9 Million
25 Now You See Me 2 $65,075,540 $90 Million
26 The Boss $63,077,560 $29 Million
27 London Has Fallen $62,524,260 $60 Million
28 Ice Age: Collision Course $61,759,015 $105 Million
29 Miracles from Heaven $61,705,123 $13 Million
30 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 $59,689,605 $18 Million
31 Me Before You $56,245,075 $20 Million
32 Pete’s Dragon $55,482,223 $65 Million
33 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $55,340,730 $35 Million
34 The Shallows $54,787,550 $17 Million
35 The BFG $54,346,502 $140 Million
36 Barbershop: The Next Cut $54,030,051 $20 Million
37 The Huntsman: Winter’s War $48,003,015 $115 Million
38 Warcraft $47,225,655 $160 Million
39 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates $45,736,861 $33 Million
40 Money Monster $41,012,075 $27 Million
41 Nerve $36,828,173 $20 Million
42 The Nice Guys $36,261,763 $50 Million
43 Mother’s Day $32,492,859 $25 Million
44 Don’t Breathe $28,758,264 $10 Million
45 War Dogs $28,228,808 $40 Million
46 Kubo and the Two Strings $25,516,306 $60 Million
47 Free State of Jones $20,810,036 $50 Million
48 Keanu $20,591,853 $15 Million
49 Florence Foster Jenkins $20,152,838 $19 Million
50 Ben-Hur $20,015,925 $100 Million
51 Nine Lives $18,287,025 $30 Million
52 The Infiltrator $15,252,756 $47.5 Million
53 Criminal $14,708,696 $31.5 Million
54 The Darkness $10,753,574 $4 Million
55 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping $9,496,130 $20 Million
56 Hardcore Henry $9,252,038 $2 Million
57 Ratchet & Clank $8,821,329 $20 Million
58 Mechanic: Resurrection $8,091,424 $40 Million


The clear winner this month was DC’s Suicide Squad raking in over $133 Million its opening weekend, taking the record of largest opening in the August from Guardians of the Galaxy, who earned $94.3 Million its opening weekend in 2014.  The latest comic book based film remained number one at the box office until this last weekend when new comer Don’t Breathe dethroned the villain team with a modest $26 Million opening.  Of course that low opening was better than the studio projections and more than doubled the budget of the horror film.

Image Courtesy of Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures

Image Courtesy of Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures

Sony’s Sausage Party quadrupled its budget despite controversy from SJW’s who didn’t get the point of the film.  But the big story for Rated-R comedies is Bad Moms, which had a good start in July, nearly hitting the $100 Million mark.  Comedies didn’t fair too well in the theaters this summer and no one had huge expectations for a female driven one about single mothers who’ve had it with the pressures of being the perfect mom.  If it continues to remain in the top 10 at the box office, Bad Moms may replace The Conjuring 2 as the wild card hit of the summer.

Florence Foster Jenkins, an Oscar contender in an odd release time, made its budget back in three weeks at the box office and could continue to add more as good word of mouth spreads.

Ben-Hur somehow flew under the radar for the three of us (I think when we saw it on the list of big releases we thought it was a joke) or it certainly would have made the flop list.  And flop it did.  $100 Million budget and barely a fifth of that in two weeks at the box office.  Ouch.  I would say let this be a lesson to the studio big wigs about remaking classics that shouldn’t be touched, but they are pressing on with a Scarface remake, so…

Image Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Image Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

I’m not sure if War Dogs not quite making a splash with audiences is a surprise given current climate.  One of the big debates lately is all about White Male Privilege and a film centered around white guys who largely profited off a very unpopular war was not going to inspire movie goers to run and buy a ticket.

Another film that didn’t exactly flop, but definitely performed under expectations, was Disney’s latest remake Pete’s Dragon.  Critics enjoyed it, but this not well known House of Mouse property didn’t register with audiences.  There have been a lot of films aimed at children this summer, but maybe that is the problem.  Saturation doesn’t always spell success.  The kid and his dragon may just make their budget back.

Image Courtesy of Disney Pictures Entertainment

Image Courtesy of Disney Pictures Entertainment

September is beginning tomorrow and with it comes the final batch of summer releases, Morgan (9/2), The Magnificent Seven (9/23) and Storks (9/23), along with a few Oscar contenders peppered in there in The Light Between the Oceans (9/2), Sully (9/9), and Snowden (9/16).  A couple of pre Halloween horrors hit theaters this month with The Disappointments Room (9/9) and another sequel we didn’t ask for in Blair Witch (9/16).  At the end of it all, we will crown a winner between myself, UberApe, and Snack Kween for summer predictions.

Were you surprised by the winners and losers at the box office this August?  What movies do you think will do well in September?  Which movies will flop?  Talk to me in the comments section below.

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