These of the days of “Jimmy Crack Corn, and I Don’t Care” at the movies.
Studios release middling, juvenile but big and brawny blockbusters, and the critics don’t care.
The movies may stupid money, and the studios don’t care about the critical beat downs, not one whit.
“Ocean’s 8” will clear $100 million by Monday, maybe Tuesday. Mindy Kaling will be pleased.
And “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” cleared $500 million overseas before its first weekend in North America, so the $145 million it’s on track to earn (big Thursday night, huge Friday), means the “flush this franchise away” reviews are but fever dreams of the chattering classes.
The dinosaurs are swallowing a big chunk of the “Incredibles 2” audience. An $84 million weekend is an over-50% drop, not awful for most films, but for Pixar? That’s a big bite. Jack-Jack and family will still be well north of $350 by Monday AM, a $450-500 million U.S. and Canada smash. It’s doing well in China, too, a market Universal has been tailoring its films to and making bank on. Putting the charming Chinese-themed “Bao” cartoon on the front of “Incredibles” gave Pixar a bump there.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” is adding screens and should crack the top ten.
Sony, sliding in the “major studio” rankings, is losing screens for their bomb “Superfly,” and it probably will fall out.