Tavern Talk: Video Review - GOOD BOYS

In a summer dominated by Disney, Universal Pictures is breathing something akin to a sigh of relief at the moment as the new, R-rated comedy Good Boys helped propel them to a third straight week where one of their pictures sat atop the domestic box office. And actually, with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw still holding strong in second, Universal held the top two spots at the box office this week. Good Boys was among another crop of several new releases last week though as not only did five new wide releases open the week prior, but they were joined by another handful this week that included The Angry Birds Movie 2, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, the Bruce Springsteen-inspired Blinded by the Light and Richard Linklater's Where'd You Go, Bernadette starring Cate Blanchett. While Good Boys delivered above expectations though, the rest of these wide releases were largely disappointments this weekend as Angry Birds only earned $16 million over the course of its first six days (Sony actually released this last Tuesday) as compared to the $38 million its predecessor opened with over three days in 2016. The unnecessary 47 Meters Down sequel (and I liked the first one!) couldn't crack the top five barely mustering a $9 million debut (less than the original's $11 million opening weekend number) while the well-reviewed indie that is Blinded by the Light barely cracked the top ten with only $4.45 million over its first three days on a reported budget of $15 million. Worse off was the Annapurna-produced and United Artist's release of Where'd You Go, Bernadette which finished with only $3.46 million in the eleventh place spot. As for the good news though, Good Boys earned $21.4 million over its opening weekend, easily recouping its $20 million production budget. The film, which is only the third original feature this year alongside Us (another Universal film) and The Curse of La Llorona (which is loosely tied to the Conjuring movies) to top the box office and with strong reviews and a good general reception, the film currently sits at an 88% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, it's not hard to see Good Boys legging it to a $60 million-plus domestic finish especially given the lack of competition in the upcoming weeks. On Tavern Talk this week we were lucky enough to have filmmakers and NYU Grad Students Tara Sheffer and Bianca di Marco join us to discuss the film as well as their upcoming project. Hit the link after the jump to support Tara's new film, My Dear God, and as always-be sure to follow the official TAVERN TALK by Initial Reaction YouTube channel as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where you can find a new review (or reviews) each week! 

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