Let’s kick off this weeks movie roundup by taking a peek into the world of Marvel.
Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp had a hugely successful box office debut, pulling $161M globally, far exceeding the performance of its predecessor. Notably, it’s the first film in the MCU to co-headline a woman, Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne (a.k.a. the Wasp). Considering the success of Ant-Man and Marvel’s public promise to further diversify the MCU, will the Wasp get her own spin-off movie?
A few days ago, Brie Larson revealed (via Instagram) that filming has wrapped for Captain Marvel, set to open in March 2019. It’s the first (solo) female-led movie in the MCU, though very little is known about it at this stage. When will the first trailer emerge for Captain Marvel?
In other news, Movie Pass continues to be making headlines. The company may be losing millions of dollars by offering the discounted movie subscription, but boy are they making sure their name is out there.
Movie Pass has recently announced “Surge Pricing”, just like when Uber is in high demand and you get hit with an extra fee, Movie Pass will start to bill customers credit cards an additional fee when they want to see a movie that is heavily in demand. Many criticize this new policy as the movie theater itself is not raising the cost of these tickets, and just another way for Movie Pass to get an extra buck. New terms and conditions have been sent out to all users, with language suggesting that prices can be hiked whenever the company decides, those who overuse the unlimited function could be soon faced with higher fees, and on a positive, there soon may be the emergence of a plan that allows users to watch movies in 3D, 4DX and IMAX.
One major flaw in the MoviePass program is the one movie per day limit (though it’s not the only issue). Many of the rival subscription services popping up don’t have any such limitations on their program. As MoviePass’ struggles continue and it looks to restructure, will it eliminate the one movie per day stipulation?
AMC recently launched its long-anticipated response to MoviePass monthly subscription service with its A-List program. For $25/month, users can see up to three movies per week, including 3D and IMAX and even rewatch a film. In addition tickets can be reserved online in advance and members get 20 % off concessions. It’s another hit to the flailing MoviePass, who’s financial forecasts look increasingly murky. If MoviePass starts to substantially lose users, will AMC’s A-List have more subscribers at some point in 2019?
Let’s wrap this up by attempting to be psychic and predict what’s going to happen at box office this weekend.
Ant-Man and the Wasp looks to continue Marvel’s stellar run in its second weekend, while The Rock’s Skyscraper and the latest Hotel Transylvania flick will try to make a splash in their opening weekend. Can Ant-Man stave off the new competition?
Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper hits theaters this Friday and is currently tracking in the $32 million range. Can Skyscraper ride the Rock to a surprising $40 million opening?
In animation, following huge turnouts for franchises like The Incredibles and Jurassic World already this summer, will the latest Hotel Transylvania continue the trend and pull in $50 million in its debut weekend?
Now the Tomato Tracker.
Gus Van Sant’s latest film, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, starring Jonah Hill, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jack Black, has slowly ascended to 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, but still hasn’t been Certified Fresh. Will it achieve that coveted label? Will Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot end up Certified Fresh?
Skyscraper is The Rock’s second random large-scale action movie in the past few months, following Rampage, which scored a mere 52% on the Tomatometer. Skyscraper currently sits at 54% prior to its release. What will end up with a higher rating?