New lead, Mark Wahlberg, new younger short-short wearing hottie, Nicola Peltz. Better, more legible digital effects.
Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, a lot of Chinese pandering (Beijing, Hong Kong finale). Weak to terrible reviews (Was I too kind? I hope not).
What does this weekend hold? It opened Thursday night with a healthy $8-9 million.
Box Office Guru figures the terrible reviews will help dampen this “been there, seen that” franchise. $90 million.
Box Office Mojo is guessing $90 million.
“22 Jump Street” will hold a lot of its audience, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” a bit less, “Maleficent” will hang around. And “Jersey Boys,” despite the legions of irate seniors and defensive Italian Americans who sent me hate notes for panning it, will die a quick death. It should stick around, if the older folks love it that much. They need a few weeks to discover it. The box office prognosticators say that isn’t happening. We’ll see.