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This Weekend, A Sequel, A Sequel, A Sequel… Or A Sequel?

Box Office Brasserie: Movie News For Movie Lovers

Let us celebrate America’s independence this year by rejoicing at the number of sequels in theaters, shall we? Paramount is hoping to reboot (yes, again) the Terminator franchise with “Terminator: Genisys,” while Warner Bros. is planning some from-unda fireworks courtesy of “Magic Mike XXL.”

With the aforementioned franchises finding their way into multiplexes on Wednesday, and “Jurassic World” and “Ted 2” still firmly in the mix, outside of “Inside Out,” theaters will be chock full of continuing sagas.

“Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator: Genisys” both started out with around $2.4M Tuesday late-night, and around $9M each on Wednesday, but odds are the fifth Terminator flick will bring the bigger guns over the weekend since its more family friendly in the rating department with a PG-13, while Channing Tatum and pals will be cock-blocked a bit by their R-rating.

But the big question is: Will “Jurassic World” knock it out of the park again for its fourth straight #1 weekend? Could happen, especially if “Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator: Genisys” shoot their rounds early on Wednesday and Thursday, as neither have any perceived long-lasting staying power.

That will leave Universal’s worldwide box office phenomenon in a good place to repeat, although Pixar may finally have its day in the sun, as the two films were only $2M apart last weekend with $54M and $52M respectively.

Look for Paramount’s $155M “Genisys” to clock in with $33M or so, and “XXL” close behind with $31M—which is a bit bit lackluster for both, especially given that 4th of July is typically one of the biggest box office weekends of the year.

Warner Bros. will live with XXL’s opening as the original debuted with $39M (grossing $167M worldwide) and the cost associated with the sequel was finance-friendly at just $15M. That leaves a lot of wiggle-room for a threequel.

Fox Searchlight’s “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” finally expands into wide release in 870 theaters, although the Sundance fave hasn’t exactly caught fire in limited release, and even though word-of-mouth is decent, it may be too obtuse for mainstream audiences, and honestly, too close in theme to last summer’s breakout flick, Fox’s own, “The Fault in Our Stars.”

Be safe and semi-sane out there, folks, and remember Uncle Sam is watching you!

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Weekend Estimates

1. Inside Out – $33M

2. Terminator: Genisys – $32M

3. Magic Mike XXL – $31.5M

4. Jurassic World – $31M

5. Ted 2 – $16M

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CHOICE CUT OF THE WEEK: Sony’s “The Walk” (Sept. 30, 2015)

Robert Zemeckis is such a great filmmaker that he can even make a 3D movie about someone walking a high-wire across two buildings…and you will like it. You will. Trust me, you really will.

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Jeff Bock, NewsWhistle’s movie editor, is the senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations in Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at Jeff@NewsWhistle.com.

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Image Courtesy of Paramount Pictures