J. Allen wrote:
I really think you guys are jumping the gun quite a bit. Patience is a virtue.
Not with a film series that pretty much lives & dies with its opening weekend. Only TVH really demonstrated any legs that I can recall.
When INS underperformed its opening weekend, its budget miraculously dropped from 65-68 mil back down to 58 (which is what it cost BEFORE all the reshoots/additions) by Monday morning, presumably to modulate the disappointment.
F&F will probably make a dent next weekend, don't know about HANGOVER though, or how the cartoon will hit. The week after there is only AFTER EARTH, so Trek did pick a good time to come out in terms of not being immediately swamped by competition.
One thing to keep in mind is that TWOK did a lot less biz than TMP, despite being better received. Could be a lot of mainstream audiences only wanted to see TheAbrams09Thing and look at the sequel as video fodder for home.
Clearly this is not a case like RAMBO, where FIRST BLOOD being freshly on homevid and hitting big there helped make the sequel open & sustain in a huge fashion (God knows why, except for Goldsmith that thing is cesspool.)