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Weekend box office: Despicable Me 3 and Baby Driver shine while The House falls

Weekend box office: Despicable Me 3 and Baby Driver shine while The House falls

Bad reviews can’t hurt an animated sequel to a successful franchise and so DESPICABLE ME 3 took the top spot at the weekend box office[1] with around £82 million. That haul will put it on pace with DESPICABLE ME 2, which is about where it was expected to land. However, the bad reviews should hurt it’s long term numbers and I don’t expect it to match the second film’s lifetime gross.

But the exciting news of the weekend is the success of BABY DRIVER[2] (click the link to read our review). Maybe I’m just jaded, but it usually seems like fun, energetic and original movies like this are usually forgotten at the box office and forced to find legs on home video. But with nearly £30 million, BABY DRIVER did well enough for second place and has gotten some much deserved recognition.

And then there’s THE HOUSE. This might have been Will Ferrell’s worst marketed movie and I had even forgotten it was coming out. It couldn’t crack the top ten and is definitely one of Ferrell’s worst openings, especially for a summer release.

Next week will clearly belong to SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and the only question is how much money will it end up making? The film will obviously do very well, but I’m not sure where it’s going to fall on the spectrum of Spider-Man movies. The worst opening was £62 million from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and the best opening was £151 million from SPIDER-MAN 3.

My guess is Homecoming falls somewhere in the upper 90’s, but with good word of mouth, it should stay in the top ten for quite some time. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Despicable Me 3 £82.5m

2. Baby Driver £27.5m

3. Transformers: The Last Knight £16.1m

4. Wonder Woman £15.4m

5. Cars 3 £10m

6. The House £9.3m

7.

47 Meters Down £4.6m

8. The Beguiled £3.1m

9. The Mummy £2.7m

10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales £2.4m

(Deadline[3])

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References

  1. ^ weekend box office (flix66.com)
  2. ^ BABY DRIVER (flix66.com)
  3. ^ Deadline (deadline.com)

Geek in Review: 3 E3 Announcements to Scream About + Shine On, Batman

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It was a mixed week for the nerd world: This year’s E3 gave us a few great announcements and we finally saw a first look at Marvel’s Black Panther–but we lost Adam West, the original Batman. These stories and more in this week’s Geek in Review: E3 Excellence

Another Electronic Entertainment Expo is in the books and, like every year, video game connoisseurs were treated to some sneak peeks of their favorite franchises. Here’s what we’re excited for:

  • Even though Nintendo didn’t have an official E3 conference, we’re more compelled to buy a Switch than ever. In a Nintendo Direct stream, the company gave us a trailer for the bizarre and beautiful Super Mario Odyssey, the next big game featuring everyone’s favorite plucky plumber, expected to release in October.

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  • It’s real: Beyond Good & Evil 2, a prequel to the original sci-fi/fantasy game about a photojournalist uncovering government secrets, is in the works–and we got a trailer.

    Be warned, the clip includes some coarse language.

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  • Far Cry 5 is getting a stateside treatment where players fight against religious cultists in rural Montana alongside the best sidekick ever: Boomer the dog…who we hope makes it out alive. Here’s three minutes of gameplay–again, language and violence warning:

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Dark Knight Shines Bright

Last week, we said goodbye to Adam West, star of the original Batman TV series, who died at 88 after a short fight with leukemia. To honor him, Los Angeles officials shone the iconic Bat-signal on city hall Thursday night.

Los Angeles City Hall lit the Bat Signal tonight in honor of Adam West. ? pic.twitter.com/kYjB1dVUVj[1] — Nerdist (@nerdist) June 16, 2017[2]

Sips for Science

The Internet’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is on tour, and a brewery in North Carolina decided to commemorate his June 13 Asheville stop with a special batch. Cleverly dubbed Bier LemonGrass Tyson, the Asheville Brewing Company[3] released a limited edition white ale infused with lemongrass and coriander, available on draft at Asheville Brewing locations. A dollar from every pint sold will be donated to the Asheville Museum of Science–so raise a glass!

Stunning Heroics Marvel dropped its first teaser trailer for the anticipated Black Panther movie, due for release February 2018. The trailer is less than two minutes, but it gave a hearty dose of hero T’Challa‘s tech-savvy home and the tenacious crew he runs with.

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Dr. Horrible Reunion Tour…?

Castle‘s Nathan Fillion joined the cast of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate events. His role is unknown–but, until we’re told otherwise, fingers crossed for a Dr. Horrible-Captain Hammer dynamic between Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the series’ Count Olaf.

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References

  1. ^ pic.twitter.com/kYjB1dVUVj (t.co)
  2. ^ June 16, 2017 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ Asheville Brewing Company (www.ashevillebrewing.com)

‘My Roommate’s Girl’ book review: Julianna Keyes is a hidden gem, ready to shine

I stumbled upon Julianna Keyes new novel My Roommate’s Girl by chance, and I’m so glad that I did. This is a novel that all fans of new adult romance should be checking out!

About ‘My Roommate’s Girl’ by Julianna Keyes:

The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it.

Just because I could. When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.

Then I saw Aster. Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have.

Except…maybe I can. So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it.

I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way. But you know what they say.

Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.

‘My Roommate’s Girl’ by Julianna Keyes review:

Julianna Keyes is a new adult romance author you should be checking out! This was my first time reading one of Julianna’s novels and I’m always a little nervous to dedicate time to different author when my TBR is already pretty long.

But I’m really glad that I decided to check her out! My Roommate’s Girl was such a fun read, has twists I’ve never seen before in the new adult category, and is really well written! My Roommate’s Girl is kind of a cross between new adult, romantic comedy, with darker twists. Some readers might have a hard time getting into the idea of Aidan’s obsession with getting his roommate Jerry and his girlfriend Aster to break up.

With his criminal background he’s not afraid to try some devious tactics but if readers can get past his mistakes they will grow to love Aidan as the story goes on. On the flip side, readers might love Aster initially only to be shocked once they really get to know who she is. The novel has some amazing twists, especially when it comes to Aster.

I don’t want to give them away but just trust me when I say that these characters are worth putting the time into getting to know. With so many obstacles in their way, it takes a while for this couple to really get together. But it’s totally worth the wait because their chemistry is practically combustible.

Their time as friends is just as enjoyable too and keeps the reader on their toes waiting for the moment when they will finally give in to their lust. I also enjoyed some of the more adult themes in the novel. Aidan and Aster both have troubled backgrounds and it leaves them with a more serious mentality than some of the other college students around them.

Not only are they worried about their current situations, but they have issues from the past that are always on their mind because of how it could affect their future. Even if these characters are in college, readers that aren’t in college will still find them relatable. I’m looking forward to reading more of Julianna Keyes and plan on keeping her on my radar!

My Roommate’s Girl by Julianna Keyes is available now!

Get your hands on a copy at Amazon[1], Barnes and Noble[2], iBooks[3], Kobo[4], or find an indie bookstore[5] near you.

And don’t forget to add it on Goodreads[6]!

References

  1. ^ Amazon (www.amzn.com)
  2. ^ Barnes and Noble (goo.gl)
  3. ^ iBooks (itunes.apple.com)
  4. ^ Kobo (www.kobo.com)
  5. ^ indie bookstore (www.chapters.indigo.ca)
  6. ^ Goodreads (www.goodreads.com)