It’s been nearly a month since our last update and we’ve had another 3 films release. With the guys both taking some summer vacations, it has been a few weeks since our last podcast and seemed appropriate to do and quick recap on the Fantasy Film League.
Captain Fantastic: As all our Wild Card picks do, Scott’s second Wild Card film opened to a limited release last weekend. Only opening in 36 theaters, the Viggo Mortensen film took in slightly over $125 thousand. Not a huge take for the limited release, however, the film was locked in with a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1 on IMDb. Overall, decent numbers yet still not the numbers Scott needs if he is going to take control of this season.
The BFG: Spielberg’s latest film opened two weekends ago at the #4 spot in the box office. Competing against Finding Dory and fairly average scores (71% on RT and 7.2 on IMDb), the BFG had fairly mediocre box office numbers. Only taking in $22 million opening weekend, the Roald Dahl adaptation has only totaled $43 so far. With a budget of $140 million, the BFG is certainly not putting up the numbers Scott expected or hoped for.
Independence Day: Resurgence: The long-awaited sequel to the classic alien-disaster film opened to pretty disappointing response from the critics. Receiving a Rotten Tomatoes score of 34% and an IMDb User score of 5.8, Jordan wasn’t any happier with the box office as Resurgence has only made $95 million so far.
Finding Dory: The latest Pixar film dominated the box office for 3 weeks, bringing its total box office to over $430 million and its profit margin to 117% (highest of the season so far).
The films Everybody Wants Some!, Keanu, Midnight Special and Batman v. Superman have all exited their theatrical release and their scoreboard numbers are officially locked in. Other films released this season are still available in theaters and are gaining in the box office by rather insignificant amounts (not worthy of updating here).
Currently, Jordan is winning the 2016 Regular Season with 3 categories (Box Office, Profit Margin, and RadScore). Both Jordan and Scott still have 3 movies left to release within the final month and a half of the season so its still anyone’s game.
Tune in this week to see if Jordan and Scott think Spielberg still has his mojo and discuss whether or not Independence Day: Resurgence was anything more than a cash-grab.