July 27, Mo Jo Box Office reports its latest data for weekend box office receipts with the following results for better movies that have been in theaters for weeks, many weeks in some cases: “Ant-man” (#1, PG-13, Marvel); “Inside Out” ( #7, PG, Pixar/Disney); “Mr. Holmes” (#9, PG, Roadside Attractions); “Max” (#16, PG, Warner Bros.); “Home” (#20, PG, Dreamworks).
Fox New reports, July 27, that ” ‘Ant-Man’ crept past new opener ‘Pixels’ …the real issue here is whether or not the Adam Sandler end of the world comedy will make up its $88 million production budget…. Critics were not fond of ‘Pixels,’ which shows 1980s video arcade game characters attacking Earth, but younger audiences still turned out to theaters — an estimated 62 percent were under the age of 25.”
Both “Ant-man” and “Pixels” have PG-13 ratings and have offensive language. Movieguide.org and other reviewers have given “Ant-man” the higher rating with Movieguide.org giving it -1 for content (with caution advised) and +4 for quality. Movieguide.org gives “Pixels” -2 for content (with extreme caution advised) and +3 for quality.
Despite the tragic “trainwreck” of a weekend at the movie box office with many movies in theaters with “adult content” (in the poorest use of that phrase), salacious scenes, and offensive language, the better family movies have prevailed with many of them continuing at the top of the box office.
Although there have been few movies recently in theaters that have been recommended as appropriate for children under 12, this week, “A LEGO Brickumentary,” a documentary in limited release, opens Friday, July 31. It will be one of the few G movies in theaters these days.
Back in theaters July 31 is “Bonobos: Back to the Wild,” which is an unrated documentary. The bonobo is a chimpanzee with a black face and black hair, which is found in the rain forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This documentary follows the adventures of a baby orphan bonobo, Beny. After capture by hunters and then captivity, Beny is rescued and taken to Lola ya Bonobo to live in the wild.
The top picks for family movies in theaters for the last week of July include: “Ant-man” (PG-13, Marvel, ages 12 and over); “Inside Out” ( PG, Pixar/Disney, ages 12 and over); “Mr. Holmes” (PG, Roadside Attractions, all ages of adults); “Max” (#33, PG, Warner Bros., ages 12 and over); “Home” (#8, PG, Dreamworks, all ages); and “Bonobos: Back to the Wild,” (unrated documentary).
It should be noted that “Home” (all ages) is also due for release to DVD on July 28, as it the outstanding documentary ” Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine” (teens to older adults). Movies that are currently in theaters are sometimes released to DVD even while they are in theaters. Watch for more news about DVD releases, as well as releases to various forms of streaming.
Also note there are many promising redemptive and family movies theaters for a range of ages that are currently in stages of production through distribution for later this summer through next summer. These include the following in August, 2015: August 4, “Princess Cut”; August 5, “Shaun the Sheep”; August 7, “Bonobos: Back to the Wild”; August 10, “Beyond the Farthest Star; August 10, “Enchanted Kingdom” (3D); and August 28, “War Room.”
Some of the redemptive and family movies coming out this fall in theaters that look hopeful for a range of ages include: September 8, “Adrenaline”; September 11, “90 Minutes in Heaven”; September 18, “Captive”; October 9, “Pan”; October 16, “‘Woodlawn”; November 6, “The Peanuts Movie”; November 20, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”; November 25, “The Good Dinosaur”; and December 18, “Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens.”
Some of the release dates for positive and redemptive family movies for next year include: January 2, “Risen”; January 29, “Kung Fu Panda 3”; February 26, “Ben-Hur”; March 11- “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt”; March 23, “God’s not Dead 2”; March 23- “Miracles from Heaven”; April 15, “The Jungle Book”; April 29, “I Am Not Ashamed: Rachel Joy Scott Story”; April 29- “Same Kind of Different as Me”; June 1, “Finding Dory”; Spring, “Providence”; Summer, and “Left Behind 2.”
More redemptive and/or family movies in development without announced release dates include the following: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew,” “Ten Commandments,” “King David,” “Apostle Paul’ (with Hugh Jackman), “Pontius Pilate,” and HD Texas Movies.
Therefore, the Reformation of content and Renaissance of artistry in movies continues, especially as consumers and investors support such work.