Comedy Set to Laugh to the Top of the Weekend Boxoffice Charts

Updated 13 weeks ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor

School has gone back in session. That means the big screen cinemas will be adjusting their outreach and trimming showtimes (afternoons in some cases) to correspond with the start of school and college. Left unsaid, the interest in school sports (especially high school and university football) impacts multiplex attendance.

Instead of superhero or big budget action, film  distributors target an older audience, meaning, an influx of horror and other R-rated themes including topical skewed comedic drama. 

Warner's CRAZY RICH ASIANS leaped out Wednesday. It will be joined by ALPHA and MILE 22. 

 

A curiously dark puppet satire, Happytime Murders, starring Melissa McCarthy has already stirred the ire of the Children's Television Workshop for "confusing" children (and adults) about Sesame Street and/or the Muppets. A federal court disagreed and the attempt to partially tweak the flick and its teasers failed.  It awaits Aug. 24. 

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK

ALPHA

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age. Europe, 20,000 years ago. While on his first hunt with his tribe's most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone -- he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.

MILE 22

In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly-prized and least-understood unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must retrieve and transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to Mile 22 for extraction before the enemy closes in.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Crazy Rich Asians" follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick's arm puts a target on Rachel's back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick's own disapproving mother (Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can't buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

NEXT WEEK

HAPPYTIME LOVERS

No Sesame. All Street. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.

SEARCH

After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever.

AXL

A.X.L. is a top-secret, robotic dog created by the military to help protect tomorrow's soldiers. Code named by the scientists who created him, A.X.L. stands for Attack, Exploration, Logistics, and embodies the most advanced, next-generation artificial intelligence. After an experiment gone wrong, A.X.L. is discovered hiding alone in the desert by a kind-hearted outsider named Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who finds a way to connect with him after activating his owner-pairing technology. Together, the two develop a special friendship based on trust, loyalty and compassion. Helping Miles gain the confidence he's been lacking, A.X.L. will go to any length to protect his new companion, including facing off against the scientists who created him and who will do anything to get him back. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. is captured, Miles teams up with a smart, resourceful ally named Sara (Becky G) to protect his new best friend on a timeless, epic adventure for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

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Alpha (PG-13)

Action/Adventure
1 hr. 37 min.

CAST
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Natassia Malthe, Priya Rajaratnam

DIRECTOR
Albert Hughes

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Mile 22 (R)

Action/Adventure
1 hr. 34 min.

CAST
Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey

DIRECTOR
Peter Berg

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Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)

Comedy
2 hr. 1 min.

CAST
Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr.

DIRECTOR
Jon M. Chu

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BlacKkKlansman (R)

Drama
2 hr. 15 min.

CAST
John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

DIRECTOR
Spike Lee

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The Meg (PG-13)

Action/Adventure
1 hr. 53 min.

CAST
Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose

DIRECTOR
John Turtletaub

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Slender Man (PG-13)

Horror
1 hr. 33 min.

CAST
Julia Goldani Telles, Joey King, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso

DIRECTOR
Sylvain White

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Dog Days (PG)

Drama
1 hr. 52 min.

CAST
Vanessa Hudgens, Nina Dobrev, Finn Wolfhard, Eva Longoria

DIRECTOR
Ken Marino

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Death of a Nation (PG-13)

Documentary
1 hr. 49 min.

CAST
Dinesh D'Souza

DIRECTOR
Dinesh D'Souza, Bruce Schooley

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1 hr. 44 min.

CAST
Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss

DIRECTOR
Marc Forster

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The Spy Who Dumped Me (R)

Comedy
1 hr. 57 min.

CAST
Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Hasan Minhaj

DIRECTOR
Susanna Fogel

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout (PG-13)

Action/Adventure
2 hr. 27 min.

CAST
Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson

DIRECTOR
Christopher McQuarrie

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Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (PG)

Animation
1 hr. 28 min.

CAST
Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong

DIRECTOR
Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail

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The Equalizer 2 (R)

Action/Adventure
2 hr. 0 min.

CAST
Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman

DIRECTOR
Antoine Fuqua

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13)

Comedy
1 hr. 54 min.

CAST
Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried

DIRECTOR
Ol Parker

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Eighth Grade (R)

Comedy
1 hr. 34 min.

CAST
Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Phoebe Amirault

DIRECTOR
Bo Burnham

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG-13)

Action/Adventure
1 hr. 58 min.

CAST
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Michael Douglas

DIRECTOR
Peyton Reed

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The First Purge (R)

Action/Adventure
1 hr. 39 min.

CAST
Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez

DIRECTOR
Gerard McMurray

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The Incredibles 2 (PG)

Animation
1 hr. 58 min.

CAST
Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

DIRECTOR
Brad Bird

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