Let me tell you of two actors I never, ever thought I’d really look forward tp in a film: Zack Efron and Aubrey Plaza.
I don’t care about Parks & Recreation – and what I do know comes from the internet’s meme infatuation with that show. Chris Pratt meant nothing to me until Guardians of the Galaxy and Aubrey Plaza only stood out in Dirty Grandpa. Yes, I love Dirty Grandpa. When I feel particularly schizo, I watch that and The Intern back to back. One day it will be a triple-show with Meet The Parents in the middle.
Robert de Niro is awesome.
Anyway, where was I? Yes, Zack Efron I also knew little about. He was in one of those musical movies that were all the rage a few years ago, right? But then I saw Bad Neighbors, followed by Bad Grandpa. Sold. Efron’s like Tatum Channing: great screen presence and more than willing to make fun of his pretty boy typecast.
Plaza and Efron are back in Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates, joined by Adam Devine (Workaholics) and Anna Kendrick (er, she still needs to catch my attention), in a raunchy comedy about two crazy dudes accidentally taking two crazy dudettes to a wedding.
ALL THAT WRITING to get to my point: it debuts in second.
Yeshh, my name ish Pete
Arriving in third is Pete’s Dragon, a remake of the 1977 film that blended animation with live action. This version blends CG with live action, something we do so well that I’ll just call this a live action film with a dragon. Like Dragonheart, but without Sean Connery making lewd comments to the women on the film crew.
Screech for your supper
The third new entry this week is Florence Foster Jenkins, a biopic about an early 20th century socialite who became an opera singer – a really, really, really awful opera singer. Starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, it’s no doubt well-acted and manages to debut at 7th – respectable for a biopic.
Watch out for that tree
The rest of the chart is experiencing the usual slow shuffle downwards, with most films taking two steps down to accommodate the new arrivals at the top. But Legend of Tarzan is taking it much harder, collapsing a huge four spots to 9th.
Finding Dory swings out of the top 10 after a respectable run, though not exactly matching the fanfare we tend to see with Pixar releases. That studio may be losing its shine. The sweet romcom Me Before You departs rather suddenly, but it had a better-than-expected run and also proved Emilia Clarke can actually hold her own on-screen. Finally, the so-so horror Lights Out leaves after two weeks.
- 01. SUICIDE SQUAD (incl 3D & Imax) (LW: 1)
- 02. MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES (NE)
- 03. PETE’S DRAGON (incl 3D) (NE)
- 04. JASON BOURNE (LW: 2)
- 05. GHOSTBUSTERS (incl 3D, Imax & 4DX) (LW: 3)
- 06. ICE AGE 5: COLLISION COURSE (incl 3D & Imax) (LW: 4)
- 07. FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (NE)
- 08. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (LW: 6)
- 09. LEGEND OF TARZAN (Incl 3D, Imax & 4DX) (LW: 5)
- 10. MY FATHER’S WAR (LW: 8)
Last Updated: August 18, 2016