Hey, guys! Welcome to the monthly “Boom, Bust, or Meh.” Here we will be taking a look at five different movies coming out in May, 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).
Each month, I will be joined by my co-writers: Wesley Wood, Rob Butler, and Joshua Hale.
In this section for “Boom, Bust, or Meh,” we show the results of the previous month’s films.
Let’s take a look at April’s movies.
1. Furious 7 – BOOM!
Worldwide Box Office – $1.32 billion (6.95x budget)
Average Rating – 7.6
Solid ratings and a record breaking box office? Boom.
2. Beyond the Mask – Meh
Worldwide Box Office – $652,431
Average Rating – 7.5
The film received exceptional ratings, but the limited release surely hurt this film.
3. Ex Machina – Meh
Worldwide Box Office – $13.99 million (0.85x budget)
Average Rating – 8.1
This film posted amazing ratings, but a flawed box office attempt led this film to its downfall.
4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – BUST!
Worldwide Box Office – $61.75 million (2.05x budget)
Average Rating – 4.1
Kevin James’ physical-centric comedy performed well in the box office, but fell comically short in ratings.
5. The Age of Adaline – 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. Home – BOOM!
Worldwide Box Office – $299 million (2.21x budget)
Average Rating – 6.8
Home simply posted decent box office totals and ratings.
That was how each movie fared in the month of April. 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 20-14.)
The Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1
Synopsis: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. (IMDB)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johannson, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson
This superhero titan is without a doubt, going to be a BOOM! So I won’t dive into this movie (which will likely break $1 billion in record breaking time). But for those of you who are wondering just how well the past two Marvel movies fared. You can check it out below!
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Worldwide Box Office – $714 million (4.20x budget) Average Rating – 7.6
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
Worldwide Box Office – $774 million (4.55x budget) Average Rating – 8.0
BOOM – This is the biggest for sure thing to have come on the BBoM article.
What Others Think
Wesley Wood (20-14) – BOOM
It is the Avengers. It is hyped up to the max and it is made by Marvel. Anything short of a BOOM would absolutely shock me.
Rob Butler (11-23) – BOOM
Really? Do we even need to ask this? Boom.
Joshua Hale (10-9) – BOOM
Boom, critically and financially, no surprise here.
Mad Max: Fury Road – May 15
Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic world, in which people fight to the death, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiousa, to try and survive. (IMDB)
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
I have a confession to make…I have never seen the original Mad Max movies. I have always wanted to, but I just never got around to it. Well, this changes things. After becoming hyped from this film’s “action-tastic” trailer, you can be sure I’ll see this one and the original three films.
Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron seem to have good on screen chemistry, and both of their acting styles mesh well when set in the post-apocalyptic world. Throw in the increasingly impressive acting in Nicholas Hoult, and you have a solid acting force to guide you down the road to success.
Mad Max: Fury Road was also able to keep on the original writer and director of the Mad Max series, George Miller, and that should likely make fans of the original quite happy.
BOOM – This film will likely be the summer blockbuster the studio is banking on. The only thing standing in the film’s way is the third weekend showing of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and that’s quite the roadblock.
What Others Think
Wesley Wood (20-14) – Meh
This was a well-made trailer, but it did not give anything away nor tell me the storyline. Instead it showed action and craziness for two and a half minutes. With a budget of around 150 million, I am a bit hesitant to say this will be a certified BOOM.
Rob Butler (11-23) – BOOM
I can’t wait to see this masterpiece of practical effects and stunts on the big screen in IMAX. Boom!
Joshua Hale (10-9) – Meh
This film looks to please fans of the cult franchise, but will it connect with younger audiences? Max’s biggest flaw is that it’s following the trail of Ultron, which will most likely shatter the box office for weeks.
Pitch Perfect 2 – May 15
Synopsis: After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has never won in order to regain their status and right to perform. (IMDB)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld
This is another one of the films of which I did not see its predecessor. But it doesn’t take a genius to know how much love there was for the first film. Remember the cup song trending on Youtube a while back? Yep, you can thank Pitch Perfect for that one.
The film sang gracefully through the box office posting over $113 million to date. That turns out to be 6.64 times the film’s box office! On top of that, the film scored well too! Even going on to grab a 7.3 on IMDB.
With the success of the first film, Pitch Perfect 2 has its vocal chords warmed up for another run at the box office. The only issue? It has to fight against Mad Max and The Avengers for the top spot. And that will not likely be an easy task. Sure The Avengers will be on its third weekend stretch, but with an estimated $200 million opening it will likely have the legs to still be fighting for the top spot.
BOOM – With a budget far less than the other two contenders listed above, This film should be more than able to take back its budget, even if it doesn’t grab the top spot.