Boom, Bust, or Meh: April 2015

Hey, guys! Welcome to the monthly “Boom, Bust, or Meh.” Here we will be taking a look at five different movies coming out in April, and predict how each of these movies will fare over the month. Every movie will receive a score of either “Boom” (Good), “Bust” (Bad), or “Meh” (Average).
Each month, I will be joined by my co-writers: Wesley Wood, Rob Butler, and Joshua Hale.
Enjoy! And let us know how you think each movie will fare in the comments below.


The Results

In this section for “Boom, Bust, or Meh,” we show the results of the previous month’s films.
Let’s take a look at March’s movies.
1. Chappie – BOOM!
Worldwide Box Office – $77 million (1.57x budget)                                                                                 Average Rating – 7.1
This is a difficult one to judge. The Box office constitutes a meh, but the rating saved it from mediocrity
2. Run All Night – BUST!
Worldwide Box Office – $43 million (0.86x budget)                                                                                 Average Rating – 7.0
I must admit, this film performed better in ratings than I predicted, but films need to make money. This one did not.
3. Cinderella  BOOM!                                                                
Worldwide Box Office – $337 million (3.54x budget)                                                                               Average Rating – 7.6
Disney may be onto something…
4.  The Gunman – BUST!
Worldwide Box Office – $9 million (0.22x budget)                                                                                   Average Rating – 5.0
The film was dead on arrival.
5. Home – DELAYED
Worldwide Box Office – ?                                                                                                                           Average Rating – ?
This movie came out too late in the month to give an accurate rating, so it will be listed on the May BBoM article.


6. Focus – BOOM!
Worldwide Box Office – $134 million (2.67x budget)                                                                              Average Rating – 6.5
This film has posted only average ratings, but the film did very well in the box office (And that’s the power of Will Smith!).
That was how each movie fared in the month of March. Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article includes each writers’ current prediction record beside their name. (And just in case you were wondering, I’m 18-11.)



Furious 7 – April 3

RFurious7onelastposterbigating: PG-13
Synopsis: Deckhard Shaw (Jason Statham) targets Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family following the events of Fast & Furious 6.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Everyone knows how insanely successful the Fast & Furious series is, so let’s not beat around the bush. The thrill ride will likely break all sorts of records as it drives to #1 in the box office multiple weeks in a row. That is nearly guaranteed, but I am more intrigued about the other side of the equation: the ratings.
It’s no surprise that the series has not received the most favorable reviews, but the last movie, Fast & Furious 6, did something great for the series–it got pretty good ratings. The film currently sits at a 7.2 on IMDB, which is surprisingly favorable for a series that hit as low as 5.8 (2 Fast 2 Furious). But the film doesn’t sit alone at the top; in fact, 2011’s Fast Five sits atop the pile with a 7.3 on IMDB. Is it possible that Toretto and Co. have found their stride on the silver screen? It definitely appears that way!
The Prediction:
BOOM – Furious 7 is going to race to new heights for the series with sky-high box office numbers and ratings. (But it probably won’t win Best Picture, like Diesel predicted.)

What Others Think

Wesley Wood (16-13) – BOOM
I swear a ten-year-old came up with the ideas for these films. With that aside, I am sure this one will make a ton of money like the previous couple have, and critics will say “meh.” I personally hope it is better than Furious 6, which was dull.
Rob Butler (9-20) – BOOM
I could go on for hours about this series and how amazing it is.
Joshua Hale (8-6) – BOOM
The fan-favorite franchise will surpass into the billion dollar range with the release of the 7th film, ranking it among the highest-grossing franchises of all time, thanks to great critical reception and fun, self-aware films!



Beyond the Mask – April 6

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Rating: PG
Synopsis: A British East India Trading Company assassin seeks to redeem his past by thwarting a plot against a young nation’s hope for freedom. (IMDB)
Starring: Andrew Cheney, John Rhys-Davies, Kara Killmer
Let me just start by saying this movie looks fantastic. It appears to have fantastic action and a plot that keeps you interested. That is not something you hear very often about a faith-based film. And if Wesley Wood’s review is to be believed, this movie lives up to the high expectations I have for this film.
This film has a lot going for it, but also a limited release standing in its way. In my experience, films that have a limited release have a hard time making it onto the BOOM side of the scale.
But you can help this film! Bring Beyond the Mask to your local theater, and then reserve your tickets!
The Prediction:
BUST – Like I said, this film looks promising, but a limited release could assassinate this film. So don’t forget to bring the film to your local theater!

What Others Think

Wesley Wood (16-13) – Meh
I was originally going to give this a “bust” rating until I watched the film myself. I was blown away. I have yet to see a negative review, as well. My only issue is I am unsure that Beyond the Mask will make back its budget due to the limited theatrical release. GO SEE IT!
Rob Butler (9-20) – Meh
As a no-name Christian action film, this movie looks to have it all. Considering its modest budget and potentially modest reception in theaters, I’m predicting a Meh.
Joshua Hale (8-6) – BUST
Even with top-notch effects and a great trailer, Beyond the Mask will most likely have to wait its turn to find success in the home-video market, as opposed to success on the big screen.



Ex Machina – April 10


Rating: R
Synopsis: A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a female A.I. (IMDB)
Starring:  Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
I love this film (and I haven’t even seen it yet!). This sci-fi covers everything from the ethics of Artificial Intelligence to the frightening repercussions of playing God.
This film has garnished a lot of attention recently with the controversial marketing taking place via a fake profile on Tinder, the dating app. The studio decided to make a fake profile where the film’s AI would pose as a potential match for tinder users, and then, after a few lines of dialogue, link them the film’s website. Whether or not you agree with the marketing tactic, it is a solid marketing ploy.
The film is also written and directed by Alex Garland, the writer of the cult classic 28 Days Later. This makes the film even more favorable, promising a solid future in store.
The Prediction:
BOOM – Great casting and marketing tactics give this film the 1-2-punch it needs to rise to #1 on opening weekend.

What Others Think

Wesley Wood (16-13) – Meh
THIS IS LIKE NO OTHER FILM BEFORE! Especially not films where the robots rebel or are self aware. Despite the lack of originality, I am unsure how well this will do with other big movies being released in April. I also believe the critics will be mixed on Ex Machina as well.
Rob Butler (9-20) – BOOM
This film has the potential to be something great. I’m anxious to give it a Boom.
Joshua Hale (8-6) – Meh
With the film already receiving plenty of critical love, Indie darling Ex Machina will more than likely find its true calling on Blu-ray and DVD.



Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – April 17


Rating: PG
Synopsis: After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation and heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. (IMDB)
Starring:  Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui
The first film made me chuckle harder than I care to explain. All of the jokes landed well, and Kevin James cemented himself as my current favorite “Physical Comedian.” This time he’s in a new environment, and I can get behind that.
Kevin James and Nick Bakay return as writers for this segway-polluted sequel. I admire Kevin James’ ability to write his character because he knows his limits and how to break past them. In that regard, James is very self-aware.
Now, stepping out of my fandom buble, I must admit the bad news; the first film was critically ripped apart. It earned a 5.2 on IMDB, which is well into BUST territory. The good news is that it still made over seven times its budget in sales.
The Prediction:
BOOM – I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt and say that ticket sales will drive this film–at a safe, segway speed.

What Others Think

Wesley Wood (16-13) – Meh
I am sure the humor has not improved since the first film, and the trailer alone gives away the whole plot. Critics will not like it, and audiences will see that.
Rob Butler (9-20) – Meh
I love the first Blart film. It wasn’t amazing in any notable ways, just fun. I’m hoping for the same here, but, unfortunately, I’m calling it a Meh.
Joshua Hale (8-6) – BOOM
Despite my hatred for the first film, audiences young and old piled in droves to see it (hence the sequel) and Kevin James’ second turn as the Mall Cop will find success easily.



The Age of Adaline – April 24


Rating: PG-13
Synopsis: A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for. (IMDB)
Starring:  Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman
This film has me very intrigued. It stars Harrison Ford and Blake Lively. Partner that with the film’s interesting premise and you have a great movie in the making.
What worries me are the writers of the film, J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz. Neither of them have any real writing experience in the film industry, so there is no previous work for me to base my prediction on.
Other than that, there’s the general feeling I get from the trailer. Romantic drama usually performs poorly in theaters, but sees a huge spike in sales once it hits Blu-ray. The story resembles that of a good film, but I’m not sure many people have heard of this movie, which concerns me.
The Prediction:
Meh – I think this film will be highly regarded by critics and those that do see it, but I don’t believe many will.

What Others Think

Wesley Wood (16-13) – Meh
This film would have so much potential if it wasn’t a romantic drama. Ugh. Anyway, I really don’t care how it performs or how the critics rate it. So… meh.
Rob Butler (9-20) – BOOM
Lack of overbudgeted CGI makes this feel a potential Boom.
Joshua Hale (8-6) – BUST
Blake Lively’s first turn as a lead actress will most likely suffer thanks to a mediocre trailer and mediocre critical reception – did someone say “Oscar bait?”


Well that’s it for our predictions for the month of April! How do you think each movie will fare? Let us know your predictions in the comments section below!

Michael Kirksey Jr


  1. knifeblader on April 3, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Could someone explain to me what the two sets of numbers besides each name mean?

    • Michael Kirksey Jr on April 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm


      Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article includes each writers’ current prediction record beside their name. So the first number is how many correct predictions the writer currently has, and the second number is the number of incorrect predictions the writer has made.

      Hope this clears things up!


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