Swords, Women, and Cars!

If I told you we’d be talking about Old English knights, beautiful women, and supped up cars you’d no doubt say “wait, Transformers doesn’t come out til June!”.  And while you’d be right about Transformer’s release date, we are in fact talking about this past week’s lineup.  Yes it seems Hollywood decided to give every audience something they could watch, from a would-be king deciding to take up his rightful throne, to a family of inner-city low-riders dealing with past demons.  But which choose-you-own-adventure did audiences go on?

Get ready for a lot of think pieces about why a white man with abs can’t seem to catch a box office break, because this premier weekend belongs to the ladies.  The Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn film Snatched rode Mother’s Day weekend to an impressive $19 million opener.  With a reported budget of $42 million it will likely (with a little help from the rest of the world) earn back it’s money and keep giving us more Amy Schumer, which I for one am perfectly fine with.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword came right in behind with an opening $15 million against a quite larger $175 million budget.  This will likely make it the biggest dud of 2017, but hey, the year is still young so let’s hold off giving Charlie Hunnam that special award.  It also currently sits at a “rotten” 26% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, though 80% of viewers said they liked it.  So we now know RT users represent very few people.

Finishing off the weekend premiers was Lowriders, a film about a family who works on primarily lowrider cars and focuses on the youngest brother whose gift at hood murals is something to behold.  The film earned $2 million and with any luck will have some legs through the coming weeks.  It may not be the best film out there but I’m always for supporting smaller films with an actual diverse cast.  Speaking of cast – Theo Rosi, who stars in the film as the older brother come home, worked with King Arthur’s Charlie Hunnam on Sons of Anarchy.  Maybe a Lowriders/King Arthur crossover would help Charlie’s box office draw?  It couldn’t be any worse.

But of course none of these films came close to the number 1 film of the weekend.  That honor goes to space-opera-with-an-edge Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  It smashed the competition with a $65 million weekend, dropping 55% from its opener.  It’s week 1 total came to $183 million, just shy of its reported $200 million budget.  So as Evan will undoubtedly be reminding us til someone passes him, that makes Guardians a sure bet for positive numbers.  In fact, as of writing this he’s $48 million in the black, so yes, Evan, take a bow.  And enjoy it, because it may not last long.

Though with next week’s films also being one for Evan that may take a while.

For next week, we let the generations battle it out.  Pre-teen animation vs. YA novel-turned-film vs. a sequel prequel good excuse to see aliens bursting out of chests.  It’s gonna be good!