Box Office: Summer goes out with a Bomb. Or two. “Morgan,” “Light Between Oceans” flop

box-officeWhen it’s all tallied up in that great counting house in the sky, or in Burbank, the summer cinema of 2016 may end up the second best ever (probably not) in terms of box office tmay end up the second best ever.

It sure didn’t feel that way. “Captain America” and “Finding Nemo” sequels did great, “Secret Life of Pets” performed and even “Suicide Squad” has cleared $300 million. But it wasn’t a season where the wind kept the sails full or audiences engaged.

The second horror hit of the summer owns this final weekend of the season. “Don’t Breathe” might catch “Lights Out” at the box office. Eventually.

But this weekend, which has, on occasion, produced an Oscar winner, won’t with “The Light Between Oceans,” a middling romance novel starring future Oscar contenders Fassbender and Vikander. Rachel Weisz, who won an Oscar in support in another late August release, “The Constant Gardener,” is the best thing in this one. “Light” is opening in the $5 million range, pathetic for a long holiday weekend. It’s a fall film that jumped the gun.

“Morgan,” a “we created a monster” in the lab thriller, is bombing — big time.

And nothing else, despite pushing “Hands of Stone” into more theaters and the superb quality of “Hell or High Water” or “Southside With You,” is making any money. “War Dogs” is indicative of the dogs of late summer. None of them have blown up.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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