Sumofale Week 8


Man, I really wish I could take credit for that picture, but I can’t. Check out Kahn & Kittens for pictures of cats photoshopped into things*. For the Internet is dark and full of cats. That said, I’m pretty sure I’d rather see Purassic World.

*Liz, you will love this site. Half of the things that cats are photoshopped onto are, wait for it…. Benedict Cumberbatch

So Jurassic World made another $100 million this weekend, bringing its 2 week total to a zillion. Its weekend take of $106.6 million is the largest second week gross of all time. Jurassic World now has set records for opening weekend gross, where it also set a record for per theater average with $48k per theater, and second weekend gross, as well as biggest Saturday ($69M), Sunday ($57M), non-holiday Monday ($25M) and non-opening Tuesday ($24M). If it only falls 35% this upcoming weekend (which is a tall order even for this movie), it’ll also have the biggest third weekend of all time. It’s also become the fastest movie to $400 million (along with $100 million, $200 million and any other mark up to that point) and looks like it’s going to crush The Avengers previous record of 23 days for $500 million. It took The Avengers 14 days to reach $400 million, whereas it’s taken Jurassic World just 10. AND its become the fastest movie to join the 3 comma club internationally in just 13 days. Jurassic World now has 27 records, better than any other movie by far; #2 Avatar has 9. Many of those are arbitrary (like largest 2-day gross, 3-day gross, 4-day gross, etc, etc, etc), but it’s still very impressive.

The success of Jurassic World helped Universal Studios become the fastest studio to make $1 baby-B. Thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2 and now Jurassic World, Universal topped a billion bucks in just 165 days.

But Jurassic World isn’t the only movie setting records this weekend. That’s right! Inside Out set the record for biggest Non-#1 opening ever with $90 million. I like “Biggest #2 ever” better, but that’s because poop is hilarious. This makes Inside Out Pixar’s second biggest opening behind Toy Story 3.

The almost $200 million combined effort of this week’s top two movies helped make this weekend’s $247 million gross a 69% improvement over this weekend last year. In fact, this was the best 3rd weekend in June ever.

Rounding out the top 5, Spy made $11 million, bringing its total to $75 million. San Andreas brought in $8 million in its fourth and final weekend. It’s final total was $132 million. Dope opened in 5th to the tune of $6 million.

Insidious: Chapter 3 grabbed $4 million this weekend. Its 3 week total is now $45 million. It’s now bound to make $50 million by the time its retired next week.

Entourage continues to sink like a stone, making only $1.9 million. The boys have only made $29 million through 3 weeks.

Love & Mercy expanded into another 218 theaters (791 total) and brought in $1.7 million. It’s now made $7.2 million.

If Entourage is sinking like a stone, Aloha is sinking like a rock the size of Hawaii. This weekend it only managed $401k. This is its fourth and final weekend and it only managed $20 million total.


  1. Tanya – $483 million (1 playing, 1 done, 5 left)
  2. Danielle – $422 million (2 playing, 1 done, 4 left)
  3. Danny – $294 million (2 playing, 2 done, 3 left)
  4. Liz – $214 million (4 done, 3 left)
  5. Rhys – $211 million (3 playing, 1 done, 3 left)
  6. Andy – $88 million (2 done, 2 playing, 3 left)
  7. Sean – $47 million (1 playing, 6 left)
  8. Jenny – $9 million (2 playing, 5 left)

So we’ve got us a two car race. Tanya has the biggest movie of all time, with two weeks left and five more movies to go, including Ted 2, Vacation and the Woody Alen movie.  However, even though Avengers: Age of Ultron is done for Danielle, but she’s still got Fantastic Four, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E, which looks like it could be awful or secretly good. Danny’s big movies (San Andreas, Mad Max and Entourage) are all pretty much done, which he rode all the way to third place. It feels like he made a good run at it, but with only 3 small-ish movies left, I don’t see him winning. Don’t take offense Danny, because I don’t see myself winning either. Stupid Jurassic World ruined my Inside Out pick. I have so much irrational hate for that movie. In like ten years that movie is going to come up in a conversation and feel myself getting all worked up and not know why.

In the bottom part of the standings, it’s still early, but thanks to Tomorrowland‘s epic fail, Andy is now playing for not-last place. It’ll all come down to how well Mission Impossible does for him. Always fun to root for Tom Cruise. Jenny looks like she’s down and out, but she’s still got Minions and Trainwreck left to come out. And finally, Sean’s team is pretty interesting. He has Ant-Man, Terminator whyisitnotspelledGenisis and the Tom John Green movie all yet to come out. All three of those movies have huge boom-or-bust potential. All of them could be terrible. Or all of them could be huge hits. Or all of them could be terrible and still be huge hits.

Coming Attractions

Ted 2 (Tanya)

Tanya owns this one too? Dammit!

So I couldn’t help but laugh at parts of the trailer (unsurprisingly, the red band trailer more so than the one above). There were some pretty lame jokes in there too. And then there are some of jokes that are… what’s the word I’m looking for… racist? Yeah, racist. The plot? That looks AWFUL. But really, you only need one reason to see this movie:


That’s right. TFB, baby. Those balls are definitely not deflated. Just give him the Oscar right now. By the way, thanks to a huge Supreme Court decision, me and Tommy are now free to get married in any state we want.

Reviews are not very good for this movie. It only managed a 45% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you were thinking, “Well, critics hate on gross-out movies like this,” I’d agree with you, but the original Ted earned a 67%. So this doesn’t bode well. That said, the original made $54 million in its opening weekend and $218 overall. So even if this movie is 70% of the original Ted, that’s still a $40 million opening.

The problem is, I don’t see Jurassic World and Inside Out budging much. Each of those movies made $13 million on Tuesday and $9 million on Wednesday, whereas the third place movie, Spy, made only $1 million. I just can’t see Ted 2 winning the weekend, and since Jurassic World and Inside Out are so close at this point, it feels like they end up in the top two spots in some order, with Ted 2 opening in 3rd place. But that doesn’t make sense, does it?

Max (Danny)

I don’t have much to say about this movie. Like, when the fucking dog lays down next to the marine guy’s casket, I had to check out. And then the dog has PTSD? Nope, I’m out. I know what you’re trying to do Max, and it’s manipulative and not cool!

So this movie is apparently bad, earning a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes. How do you make a bad movie about a dog that was also a marine? Even if you make it the corniest bullshit in the world, you’d still think it’d get like 65%. I do think the plot line where the marine guy’s evil frenemy comes back and apparently he’s smuggling nuclear warheads into their podunk town is probably where the wheels fall off. But the dog can sniff it out! He hates that dude! Then they rip off E.T. Yeah, I’d guess where the movie takes a huge turn towards really dumb. And I bet the dog takes a bullet for the kid or some shit.


  1. Jurassic World – $51 million
  2. Inside Out – $48 million
  3. Ted 2 – $37 million
  4. Spy – $8.7 million
  5. Max – $8.1 million
  6. San Andreas – $4.8 million
  7. Dope – $4.2 million

Have a good weekend everyone!

Sumofale Week 5


Finally, The Rock, has come back, to 1st place at the box office. San Andreas opened to the tune $54 million this weekend. The action flick averaged $14k per theater across 3700 venues. This was way better than the $40 million prediction that I made last weekend (according to Box Office Mojo, that was also what the industry was predicting for this movie. I’m a Smart-EE.) The movie dominated the worldwide box office, where it was #1 in 55 of the 60 markets it opened in this weekend. 44% of people going to the movie saw it in 3D, which I’m sure padded it’s stats, but San Andreas still was a huge hit this weekend.

This was the best opening for a movie with The Rock in the primary staring roll. The Fast and Furious movies have made a gazillion dollars, but that stars like 19 other people. Before this one, The Rock’s best openings were G.I. Joe: Retaliation at $40 million (and note, he didn’t star in the first one) and Hercules* at $29 million.

*Did I block out the fact that John Hurt was in this movie? So The Rock, John Hurt and Al Swearengen were all in this movie? And it sucked? How is that possible? Oh, I know why.

Coming in second this weekend was Pitch Perfect 2. The $100 million sing-a-long was actually added in another 100 theaters. The result was that it pulled in $14.8 million, bringing its 3 week total to $147 million. It looks like Pitch Perfect 2 could reach $175 million by the time it’s retired next weekend.

Tomorrowland fell a terrible 58% from last weekend to come in third this weekend, with a week 2 gross of only $14.3 million. So far, it’s made just $63 million. It looks like it will probably reach $100 million by the time its retired, but it’s really going to struggle.

In fourth place this weekend, thanks to $13 from yours truly, was Mad Max: Fury Road. This movie was… Fucking. Awesome. Go see this movie. Everyone needs to see this movie. It was incredible. It’s a shame this movie has only made $116 million. It’s mad good (no pun intended) That’s my official review: Mad. Good. (no pun intended)

Worldwide Fury Road is doing well, however, making $280, which is actually better than Pitch Perfect’s $228 million. I guess that makes sense, since all of the songs in that movie are American pop songs in English and Mad Max has like 14 lines of dialogue.

Coming not in 5th, but 6th this week was Aloha making just $9 million. This isn’t THE worst movie in Sumofale history. Its still better than R.I.P.DAfter Earth, and Grown-Ups 2. However, this could be the lowest opening of any major movie in Sumofale history (those movies made $11, $27, and $41 million, respectively). This movie needs The Rock, because it’s a disaster. Boom! Stuck the landing.

Far From The Madding Crowd pulled in another $1.5 million this weekend. It continues to grow, being added to another 37 theaters, which brings its total up to 902 theaters. That total seems a little too large for me. I’m ready to declare this movie a nationwide release. 1000 theaters is a lot. This movie is playing at AMC 25 in Times Square. If that doesn’t say nationwide release, I don’t know what doesn’t. That place is not exactly an art house.

In “Holy Shit, These Movies Suck” news:

Poltergeist continues to be shitty. Falling 64% from last weekend, Poltergeist pulled in only $8 million in its second weekend. So far, the movie hasn’t even made $40 million.

Hot Pursuit made only $1.4 million in its fourth and final weekend. It will be retired making only $32 million.

Maggie is dead. That’s not a zombie joke, it’s actually dead. It’s no longer in theaters. Actually, it hasn’t been in theaters for 3 weeks. Whoops! It only managed $187k in 2 weeks.

Looks like The D-Train won’t be running anymore. This disappointment also only made it through 2 weeks, as well. This one failed only slightly less than Maggie with $669k.


  1. Danielle – $420 Million
  2. Liz – $197 Million
  3. Danny – $191 Million
  4. Andy – $69 Million
  5. Tanya – $41 Million
  6. Rhys – $0.6 Million
  7. Jenny – $0
  8. Sean – $0

Coming Attractions

Spy (Rhys)

#1 movie of the weekend. This movie is going to do great:

  1. Melissa McCarthy is hilarious. But not only that, she brings in dollars. Even Tammy brought in $80 million, and that movie was terrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible.
  2. If it were just McCarthy, maybe this movie would be hit or miss (like Tammy or Identity Thief, which still made $134 million), but this is the third movie that Melissa McCarthy is teaming up with director Paul Feig. The previous two they did together were Bridesmaids and The Heat. Both of those movies were not only good, but they each made over $150 million.
  3. It looks like they did it again. Spy got an RT score of 94%.
  4. Generally speaking, this movie looks good. I found myself laughing at a few stupid things during the trailer. And even though the plot looks incredibly simple and predictable, it looks like it’ll be well done. Good choice Rhys. Thanks, Rhys.

Entourage (Danny)

I couldn’t really figure out how well this movie would do. My gut tells me not so good, considering only 10% of the U.S. has HBO and I only know one person who’s excited for this movie, and they will probably wait to watch it on HBO, ironically. But I thought I’d try to give this movie a better shot than “this movie will suck because if you think about it, every episode of this show doesn’t really have a plot.” The best comp I could think of for this movie is Sex and the City. That movie made $57 million in its opening weekend, but the only other movie it went up against that weekend was a horror movie starring Liv Tyler. Entourage has a little more competition and is a little less good, with an RT score of 32% compared to 49% of Sex and the City. I think both Spy and San Andreas beat this movie, in some order.

Insidious: Chapter 3 (Sean)

Way to go Mom! Jeeze! You ruin everything! Just let your kids go. Why do you have to be so overbearing? Can’t you just let me have my own life? Didn’t you know that by scarily appearing in my closet, you’d invite every other dead person into our house?

What a stupid plot. That feels like a room full of writers were like, “Okay, how do we get the house to become haunted? How bout if the girl talks to her ghost mom and that, for no reason at all, allows all ghosts into their house. And then they’re evil. Work for everyone? Good!” And why aren’t there more ghosts? If just by talking to ONE ghost it allows them ALL in, why isn’t the house just filled with ghosts? Like no one can even move around because there are ghosts everywhere? Do you know how many dead people there are? It’s a lot.

Also, a person in this movie says “It’s eating at her soul”. We’re not going to just let that one hang out there, right? That shit is dumb. So is this whole movie apparently! Surprised? Not me. Insidious: Chapter 3 only got 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is actually slightly better than I expected. Maybe it’ll do okay. Horror people go see horror movies regardless if they suck or not.

Love & Mercy (Rhys)

I mean it looks good. There’s not really much more to say. Besides the fact that it actually is good, getting a 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. And who doesn’t like the Beach Boys? Wait you know someone who doesn’t like the Beach Boys? Let’s get those commie bastards!



  1. Spy – $48 million
  2. San Andreas – $31 million
  3. Entrouage – $18 million
  4. Pitch Perfect 2 – $12 million
  5. Insidious: Chapter 3 – $11 million

Have a great weekend everyone!