Gabbing Geek Box Office Report: The Second Time Around Is Not Always As Good

Well, we have a lot of stuff on tap in the world of monumental importance.

Let’s waste time with some of my opinions and then the Box Office Report.

So, did you manage to see this?

That, of course, is the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  It looks like a ton of fun.

Of course, any decent trailer makes the movie it is advertising look like a ton of fun.  That’s the whole point of the trailer.  It’s an ad to get you to go to the movie.  Granted, I would have gone to see Guardians 2 regardless of the trailer or its quality.  The first one was a blast, and the only person I know of who didn’t like it was a fan of the original comic book line-up, where the series was set a thousand years in the future, and he refuses to see anything with this team on general principal.

I’m not sure I admire that, but it does take considerable willpower to ignore anything involving Baby Groot.

But sequels are tricky.  The familiar concepts and characters can bring in an audience, but the need to push things further without just making everything bigger or louder is a rough one.  That’s especially true for straight-up comedies where the characters will be in a position to maybe repeat the best punchlines from the original movie and hope the magic strikes again (it usually doesn’t).

At least Marvel does a decent job with its sequels.  There’s still a sense of diminishing returns for many of them, but the Marvel house style creates a comfortable place even with the lesser movies.

Of course, there is the exception of the Captain America franchise, where the second was much better than the first.  That probably has more to do with the fact the second is more or less a completely different movie with a new setting and the Russo brothers doing very different work than Joe Johnston’s original.  Think about it:  Winter Soldier only has three cast hold-overs from the original film, and Peggy Carter’s barely in it.

Well, we’ll see if Guardians will be as fun as it looks in about six months or so.

And now the Box Office Report:

  1. Moana $28.4 million
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $18.5 million
  3. Arrival $7.3 million
  4. Allied $7 million
  5. Doctor Strange $6.5 million

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