BOOM, BUST, OR MEH: June 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 June, and predict how each of them will fare over the month. Every movie will receive a score of either “Boom” (Good), “Bust” (Bad), or “Meh” (Average).
This month, I am joined by our newest movie critic, Chris Hecox!


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 May’s movies.
1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron – BOOM!
Worldwide Box Office – $1.28 billion (5.12x budget)
Average Rating – 7.8
No surprise here. BOOM.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road – BOOM!
Worldwide Box Office – $233 million (1.55x budget)
Average Rating – 8.7
The film received exceptional ratings, and the film performed fairly well in the box office.
3. Pitch Perfect 2  BOOM!                                                                
Worldwide Box Office – $192 million (6.62x budget)
Average Rating – 7.0
This film posted amazing ratings, but a flawed box office attempt led this film to its downfall.
4. Tomorrowland – 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 June BBoM article.
5. Aloha – 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 June BBoM article.


6. The Age of Adaline – Meh
Worldwide Box Office – $40.7 million (1.63x budget)
Average Rating – 7.0
This film did not at all perform poorly, just not well enough for a BOOM.
That was how each movie fared in the month of May. Each “Boom, Bust, or Meh” article includes each writer’s current prediction record beside their name. (And just in case you were wondering, I’m 23-14.)


Spy – June 5

001Rating: R
Synopsis: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. (IMDB)
Starring: Jude Law, Raad Rawi, Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy is back in her usual character in an over-the-top, foul-mouthed role. While her almost type-casted role is not anywhere near my personal taste, it is easy to see that she is undeniably on the rise. It’s quite challenging to see a movie in the theater without one of her movies popping up in the previews.
In her most recent movie, Tammy, McCarthy found huge success. putting up box office numbers equal to five times the film’s budget. This follows a trend set a few movies back. Recent McCarthy-led films have performed just as well. But, like most of her recent films, Tammy received a incredibly low rating of 4.8 on IMDB.
There is a very apparent reason why I have little faith in this movie: McCarthy. Her style brings in audiences, but leaves them wondering why they keep coming back.
The Prediction:
Meh – If this movie can follow suit, a strong box office can support the lackluster results from critics.

What Others Think

Chris Hecox – Meh
Director Paul Feig has a reasonably strong history with comedy films that lead me to have faith in Spy, but I’m torn. If Spy devolves into a fat-shaming joke party like Paul Blart 2, then the rest of the film’s humor will likely fall flat, as will box office sales. Early RT critics are either being bribed, or there is plenty of hope for Melissa McCarthy. Put me in the undecided camp.


Love & Mercy – June 5

love-and-mercyRating: PG-13
Synopsis: In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. (IMDB)
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano
John Cusack is back in the movie theaters after a string of movies added to his ever-growing collection of straight-to-DVD flicks. And I welcome him back with open arms and willing eyes. I’ve always been a fan of Cusack (especially in Runaway Jury). But his theater-less releases made it difficult to follow his work. His acting should compliment that in supporting actors Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, and actress Elizabeth Banks.
Cusack and Co. are paired with award-winning writer Oren Moverman (The Messenger). Moverman has struggled to find fair ratings recently, but he found an academy award nomination with his work in The Messenger. His lack in ratings keeps my expectations grounded, but the acting talent and biographical look into the life of Brian Wilson keeps my interest.
The Prediction:
Meh – This film should gather exceptional ratings, while lacking at the box office.

What Others Think

Chris Hecox – Meh
Paul Dano continues to surprise me with his transformation in every role I see him in. I don’t think this will be the most amazing movie of the summer, and Beach Boys are maybe one of the most repetitive, yet influential, bands of their generation, but I think we have a winner here. First-time director and long time producer Bill Pohlad has the chance to prove his directing chops, and this is the only thing that might hold Love & Mercy back.


Jurassic World – June 12

jurassic_world_ver2_xlgRating: PG-13
Synopsis: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly. (IMDB)
Starring: Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins
There’s no doubt that Jurassic World will perform well, perhaps even surpassing the totals of Furious 7 ($1.32 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.28 billion). If there is a movie that can accomplish this feat this year, it’s Jurassic World… Well, that and Star Wars. So for that reason, there’s no point to jumping into reasons why this movie will succeed. Instead, let’s look at the results from the past three films.
Jurassic Park kicked off the franchise with an astonishing 1.02 billion (16.33x budget) and garnered a 8.0 on IMDB. But, to be fair, anyone who saw this landmark of a film should not be surprised by the success of the film. The Lost World: Jurassic Park followed up on the success of the first film with $618 million (8.46x budget) and a less than impressive 6.5 on IMDB. And finally, Jurassic Park 3 rounded out the original trilogy with a staggering drop to $368 million (3.95x budget) and a 5.9 on IMDB.
The Prediction:
BOOM – Despite the steady drop in both box office numbers and ratings, the series is set for another installment that could revitalize the “dino-centric” series.

What Others Think

Chris Hecox – BOOM
I say it’s going to do well, but I’m on the fence. 2015 is the year to breathe new life into old franchises, and Jurassic World will not settle for average. It either fails miserably and we all look with fleeting hope to Star Wars VII, or we have a very above-average action movie with dinos to boot. Chris Pratt led us through last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, so let us hope the talented, and married, co-writing team of Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa from the Planet of the Apes franchise can revitalize Michael Crichton’s brilliant work.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – June 12

tumblr_nmwpubxbmb1qke7l1o1_1280Rating: PG-13
Synopsis: A teenage filmmaker befriends a classmate with cancer. (IMDB)
Starring: Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl looks to have that kind of quirkiness and courage that you’d expect from a movie of this nature — similar to that in The Fault in Our Stars and Little Miss Sunshine. In fact, many people who saw the movie said it felt close to The Fault in Our Stars, but is good enough to stand on its own. And that’s why I have high hopes for the film’s ratings.
Now let’s talk about the book-adaptation’s box office portion of the prediction. Most book-adaptations are able to bring in a huge audience. And this should be no different. Since they draw so many similarities, let’s take a look at how The Fault in Our Stars fared in the theater.
The Fault in Our Stars –       
Worldwide Box Office – $307 million (25.58x budget)
Average Rating – 7.7
Those numbers are fantastic! Hopefully this film can follow its footsteps.
The Prediction:
BOOM – With a likely small budget and fantastic early reviews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is primed for BOOM!

What Others Think

Chris Hecox – Meh
I have good feelings for this film. It won big at Sundance, but attendance in theaters is wacky for some independent films. It looks to be littered with fun and obscure pop culture references (Panda Cheese commercials anyone?). It looks like Juno meets Be Kind, Rewind meets The Fault in our Stars. It looks great, but I don’t know if audiences will flock. However, I’m interested. Let’s all go see it.


Inside Out – June 19

Inside-Out-5Rating: PG
Synopsis: After a girl moves to a new home, her emotions are plunged into chaos as they compete for control of her mind. (IMDB)
Starring: Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan
Pixar is at again. The studio is looking for another home run at the box office, and are likely to have it. As I said before, back with Big Hero 6, Disney pours a lot of money into their animated films, and it almost always pays off. Inside Out will likely be no exception. Let’s take a look at Pixar’s most recent movies.
Monsters University –       
Worldwide Box Office – $743 million (3.72x budget)
Average Rating – 7.4
Brave –       
Worldwide Box Office – $538 million (2.90x budget)
Average Rating – 7.3
As with all Pixar movies, both of those films are resounding successes.
The Prediction:
BOOM – Pixar is at the top of their game, and there is no end in sight.

What Others Think

Chris Hecox – BOOM
Pixar rarely fails. It’s as if they figured out how to implant little beings in our minds to develop ideas for movies that always seem to tug our little hearts and smaller wallets to pieces. Expect Pixar to shepherd droves of people into theaters for their summer outing.


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

Michael Kirksey Jr

1 Comment

  1. MB on June 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    1) Spy – meh. Cheap laughs, definitely appeals to a certain demographic but not worthy of a “BOOM!” (It’s fun just to write that)
    2) Love & Mercy – meh. I agree that this will garner fantastic reviews from critiques but the vast majority of people just won’t care…
    3) Jurassic World – BOOM! Ok so I don’t see the need for another one but I expect people will flock to see it…including me most likely.
    4) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – BOOM! if The Fault in Our Stars is anything to go by this movie will do very well. I will be hearing about it for week from the girls at youth group, and how I just have to see it and what do I mean I don’t want to?!
    5) Inside Out – BOOM! It’s funny, it’s cute, it’s Pixar and it’s going to make them a lot of money.

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