Initial Reaction: Video Review - MONEY MONSTER

Everyone knew Captain America: Civil War was going to repeat in its second week of release and it did just that, bringing in an estimated $72.5 million to take the number one spot. Making this expected win even sweeter for parent company Disney is the fact Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book brought in an estimated $17.7 million in its fifth weekend, pushing the film's domestic total over $310 million. I bring up The Jungle Book again as it is now the second Disney release in 2016 to top $300 million domestically after Zootopia (which is still at number six on the box office charts after over two months of being in release) and they'll undoubtedly be joined by Civil War sometime this week. Of course, we're here to talk about the week's big new release in Money Monster. The George Clooney/Julia Roberts thriller opened in third with an estimated $15 million more or less on par with expectations. It still seems strange that a film headlined by George Clooney and Julia Roberts (and directed by Jodie Foster at that) isn't a guaranteed smash, but here we are. Money Monster has the advantage of being the only adult-focused movie on the menu for some time and it also doesn't hurt that I rather enjoyed the film-finding it to be more effective than not even if it comes across slightly preachy and simple-minded at certain points. By virtue of the fact this is indeed a film made by adults for adults one would think the older age groups might flock to the movies for an opportunity to see a film made on old fashioned principles, but while the $15 million is promising and the film will likely near $50 million domestic on a $25 million budget it can't help but remain insane how much of a bigger draw having the names Roberts and Clooney on your movie would have been not even twenty years ago. The times they are a changin'! As always, you can hit the jump to see our full video review and be sure to subscribe to our channel for a new review every week!



You can also read my full review here.