This week at the box office: as Finding Dory is still swimming in cash, The Purge: Election Year is getting a lot of reaction online. But will it stack up financially in theatres this weekend?

Box Office Winners and Losers

What a shocker (she said, sarcastically) – Disney’s Finding Dory has amassed a lot of money at the box office. We’re talking more than $330 million to date – and that’s just domestically. Internationally, this little blue fish has reeled in about $110 million – so we’re looking at just under half a billion dollars total. Not so surprisingly, Independence Day: Resurgence has brought in about $53 million – this was a big deal for some folks, but I wasn’t expecting anything over $75 million in the first week. It’s been touted as a blockbuster, which is questionable since the first one wasn’t held in the highest regard and I expect this to be a film popular on TV in the next five years…as its predecessor was.

Central Intelligence, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson comes in at number three. Blake Lively fan service movie The Shallows takes the number four spot, and at number five, it’s The Conjuring 2, which has been the best grossing horror film at the box office this year. Great film, and I recommend it if you’re looking for something that’ll make your skin crawl.

Out this week in wide release

Disney’s The BFG

While it didn’t hit the million-dollar mark in Thursday night showings, I don’t think that should deter you from seeing this live-action adaptation of the world renowned book. Starring Mark Rylance, Jemaine Clement and Ruby Barnhill, the story of a big friendly giant (Rylance) making acquaintances with an orphan living in London (Barnhill) is sure to put a smile on the faces of anyone who heads out to see this. I’ve strongly recommended watching the film in my review of it.  Also: interview with four of the giants in the film…straight ahead in this post!

The Purge: Election Year

Some are calling this a terrible film; others say it’s “the movie America needs right now.” This go around of the all-crime-is-legal-for-one-night spree involves a woman who almost died in a previous purge. She is now a successful U.S. Senator – who is running for President, pledging to end the yearly purge if elected – and trying to escape death in this year’s event.

My one big thing with this series is why the heck does everyone skip right to murder? What about looting? Why don’t people just do that? Aren’t there nice things folks would like to have, like a T.V. or a surround sound system? I guess that wouldn’t make for an interesting movie….

The Legend of Tarzan 

Starring Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Alexander Skarsgård, the film follows Tarzan (Skarsgård) as he heads back to the jungle with his wife, Jane (Robbie). But Tarzan is heading in with Captain Leon Rom (Waltz), who is going in on behalf of King Leopold of Belgium to find diamonds in the African Congo.

Home Releases:

This week, we had By The Sea with Angelia Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt. No one seemed to care much for this melodramatic story about a couple whose relationship is failing miserably.

Next week: Green Room, which is one of Anton Yelchin’s final films – a horror vehicle about a punk rock band that gets into trouble with some neo-Nazi skinheads, and Hardcore Henry with Sharlto Copley. The latter is an innovative first-person perspective film about a man who wakes up to find out he’s not only robotic, but must also must save his wife from certain death.

Reel Report Special: My interview with four of the BFG’s giants!

Click on the tweet below to be taken to the link to the full segment, which includes the interview with four of the giants from Disney’s The BFG! 


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