Movie Recommendations From The May 27, 2018 Weekend Box Office

Critics and audiences like Solo: A Star Wars Story but they don’t love it.

The 2018 Disney juggernaut didn’t get stopped this weekend as Solo: A Star Wars Story finished number one at the box office for the Memorial Day weekend. It did get slowed a bit as the $83.3 million box office take was considerably less than the $101 million expectation. Critics and audiences like the movie but they don’t love it. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a respectable 71% Fresh and it’s running at a solid, but not great, average IMDB rating of 7.2 after its opening weekend. That IMDB rating is well below its primary box office competition, Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War, whose IMDB ratings are 8.2 and 8.8 respectively.

If you look at my Box Office Top Ten Recommendations for the weekend you’ll notice that I’m trying to introduce more qualifiers into my recommendations. If you are trying to decide whether to see the Avengers, Deadpool 2, or Solo, you should be able to look at my recommendations and see that the first two movies are more likely to be special movie events than Solo might be. I indicate that audiences are “loving” the first two movies and only “really liking” the second.

If you’re going to the movies for a “Girls Night”, which of the female targeted movies should you see. From my recommendations you should be able to see that women should “really like” Book Clubshould “like” Life of the Party, and might “like” Overboard. You should see that Book Club is the best choice if you’re over 45. Book Club and Life of the Party are viable options if you’re under 45. And, Overboard is the riskiest choice of the three for all age groups.

Check back next Monday to see if any new movies break into the Top Ten and more importantly are they worth seeing.

Recommendations from the May 6 Weekend Box Office Top Ten

Overboard made a splash this weekend but Tully is the movie you should see.

I posted the weekend Box Office update this morning. Three new movies moved into the top ten this week. Overboard made the biggest “splash” with its second place finish. Women seem to like this remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn/ Kurt Russell film of the same name but they don’t love it.

The horror thriller Bad Samaritan opened in tenth place. There’s not enough data to make a definitive assessment of the film but early on its appeal is to women.

The third new movie of the weekend, Tully, finished a disappointing sixth with $3.2 million in receipts for the weekend. For my money, though, this is the movie with “really like” potential. This is the third collaboration of director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody (JunoYoung Adult). It has received strong ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Even though it has drawn and audience of predominately women over thirty, other demographic groups have given it solid ratings on IMDB.

If you’re going to the movies this week to see something other than Avengers: Infinity War, throw the other movies “overboard” and buy tickets for Tully.