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Not much of a surprise that Super 8 won the weekend. Some might look at the $38 million and think that as a failure, but frankly with no “big actors” and it not being a sequel that number is pretty amazing. The film didn’t really cost a lot so I’m sure when everything is said and done the movie will be at least financially a hit. X-Men: First Class dropped to second with around $25 million and lost almost half of its audience from last weekend. Again that sounds bad but frankly that’s pretty good for a film like this. First Class is only about a million off from breaking the studio favorite $100 million mark. The rest of the list is pretty basic. Hangover 2 passed the $200 million dollar mark and just keeps gulping down cash.

Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris is doing very well in a slow limited release. I’m sure the great reviews are helping it. The fourth Pirates film also broke the $200 million dollar mark but is not exactly the block buster people were expecting. Luckily for them though world wide audiences are eating up and the film is on it’s way to a billion dollars. Bridesmaids also continues to make more money and have some decent legs. Kung Fu Panda 2 also continues to make money but has failed to meet some expectations. Still since kids can see movies more than once this film might have legs at least until Cars 2 comes out.

Next week we get Green Lantern and I’m pretty confident that will be the top movie. Will just see how much money it ends up making.

1. Super 8 $38 million

2. X-Men: First Class $25 million

3. The Hangover 2 $18.5 million

4. Kung Fu Panda 2 $16.6 million

5. Pirates 4 $10.8 million

6. Bridesmaids $10.2 million

7. Judy Moody… $6.3 million

8. Midnight in Paris $6.1 million

9. Thor $2.4 million

10. Fast Five $1.7 million

Rumor is that Zach Galifianakis has let slip the plot for the upcoming third Hangover film. Now the second film is a juggernaut and has made some serious cash. Still many are a little annoyed about how similar the film is the first. You find clips on Youtube of people lining up scenes that are almost identical. The second film has a weird vibe to it. They mention Vegas a lot but yet it felt like a reboot. It’s like the director wanted to make a hard core version of his first film.

Now mind you this plot could be either a decoy or totally false. But rumor is Zach claims the third film will start with his character Alan locked up in a mental hospital after what happens at the end of the second film. The other guys then try and break him out. That sounds nothing like the previous films. I guess they are dropping the “Night before a wedding” thing and going in a totally different direction. Which is a good thing because a third film doing the same formula as the other two would frankly be horrible.

The summer has exploded with a lot of fun movies. This weekend proved people were down to go to the movies. X-Men: First Class opened in the top spot and racking in around $56 million bucks. That might be a little less than people though an X-Men movie should make. Still the studio is happy with the number since they see this film as a restart and without Hugh Jackman starring in it the film in a way lacks “star” power. Still with the reviews this movie has been getting I wouldn’t be surprised if the film has some serious legs. Hangover 2 dropped to second and had a 62% drop in attendance. Still the film is almost at $200 million dollars and is hands down already one of the big hits of the summer.

Kung Fu Panda 2 hung around and broke the $100 million dollar mark. I think it’s a surprise this film hasn’t exploded out the gate and made seriously big bucks. Bridesmaids also broke the $100 million dollars which is huge since the film was under the radar. Since it had a low cost I assume this will also be another big winner.

It should also be noted that Fast Five broke the $200 million dollar mark. So there will obviously be a Fast Six or whatever it’s going to be called. Pirates 4 continues to eat up cash and is closing in on $200 million mark and has also made a lot of money world wide, around $790 million to be exact. Here is the list…

1. X-Men: First Class $56 million

2. The Hangover 2 $32.4 million

3. Kung Fu Panda 2 $24.3 million

4. Pirates of the… $18 million

5. Bridesmaids $12.1 million

6. Thor $4.2 million

7. Fast Five $3.2 million

8. Midnight is Paris $2.9 million

9. Jumping the Broom $0.9 million

10. Something Borrowed $0.8 million

Here we go again! You know what you’re getting here, you’ve seen the trailers or commercials, so don’t be surprised about what you’re going to get. I knew exactly what this film was going to be, so maybe with my expectations down I was able to enjoy this movie a lot better and thought it was down right hilarious. If you haven’t seen the first one you can go into this film completely fine since this film is essentially a remake of the original Hangover. The movie flows though from it’s opening the film doesn’t ever hesitate. All the actors involved just seem so ready for this movie too. The plot here is like the first film with some slight changes. Here Stu(Ed Helms) is getting married to the beautiful and obviously younger Thai American wife. He plans to bring Phil(Bradley Cooper) and Doug(Justin Bartha) along to Thailand for the wedding. Those two talk him into bringing Alan(Zach Galiflanakis) which of course is the biggest mistake he could ever make. This time though the guys have take care of the fiances little brother Teddy who is frankly the most innocent and nice guy you’ve ever seen on screen. Stu of course wants everything toned down so no problems can happen. Problem is after a beach party and one beer they guys wake up in a shady hotel room in Bangkok. Stu has Mike Tyson’s face tattoo. Alan’s head is shaved. They find Teddy’s finger and a monkey wearing a vest, problem is Teddy is gone. The three idiots have to find him before the wedding starts.

What is interesting about this movie is that it almost accepts that it’s a basic remake of the first story, so there are many winks and nods at the audience. The characters do the same things they did in the first film, frankly though that makes sense. They check their pockets for clues and even check the roof of the hotel for Teddy. I actually found this pretty funny and in a way realistic, everyone learns from horrible party mistakes. I don’t want to spoil anything so I will just vaguely go over things. The guys find Mr. Chow and Ken Jeong is amazing as this guy and brings it up a notch from the last film. Bradley Cooper and and Zach don’t bring anything new to the table. Doug is totally left out on this one as his character left the beach party to take care of his wife. It’s Stu who stands out bright in this film. Once the tattoo is found his character spirals out of control, he goes on to say “there is a demon inside of me” which is so true after we figure some of the things he does in a Bangkok strip club. The other stand out star is the monkey who always lands laughs and also smoke cigarettes which is just horrible and I hope that was CGI, because if they made a monkey smoke cigarettes that is seriously horrible.

Now of course this film has problems, mainly those being that after an hour in you just start realizing you’re watching the same film. Also not enough of Bangkok and Thailand are shown in the film I felt. Showing less of Vegas in the first film worked because Vegas is over done in movies but the Hangover made it look gritty. Here they make Thailand seem like Vegas but dirtier and with loads more Asians.

Still over all the movie is fun and very funny at times. Frankly during the summer that’s pretty much the only thing that matters. Many people take these things too seriously and hold movies like these to very high standards. It’s fun and mixed with solid jokes, money antics and even a very well shot car chase. You know what you’re getting with this movie so just don’t be surprised that the movie is a lot like the first one.

Rating: 7.5/10

This isn’t that big of a story, Bill was making a speech about clean energy and the producers of the film simply asked Clinton before he left if he’d be a part of the film. Well he said yes. I don’t want this to be political but Bill Clinton is my favorite President because he just seems like a great guy. I have to say though I’d much rather see George W. Bush in this movie I mean that guy can’t really ruin his legacy since he doesn’t have one. It would have been hilarious if he could have been in this movie but oh well. Rumors were flying around that Bill was going to replace Mel Gibson who was booted from his cameo for unknown reasons. That role has been taken over by Liam Neeson who will do a great job playing a tatoo artist in Bangkok. My only problem is that nothing seems to being kept secret in this film which I think is really hurting the movie before it is even finished. I guess most general audience members don’t read movie news but still I almost want to keep my eyes and ears shut about this film so the jokes will come out of no where.