May 2nd - 4th-
May 9th - 11th-
The second movie of the weekend will take audiences back to the land of Oz via The Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. Before you complain at a second attempt at Oz in two years, let me counter with two arguments. First off, there is a HUGE pool of material from Oz that has rarely been used. L Frank Baum wrote 14 Oz books himself and that has been followed by many more by various other authors. Second, this movie started production before last year's Oz the Great and Powerful, so it's not copying that movie's idea. It just took longer to get to the screen. It was initially titled Dorothy of Oz after the actual book in the Oz world that it is based off. Dorothy of Oz was written by L Frank Baum's great grandson Roger S Baum and is a story about what happens the day after Dorothy returns to Kansas. In fact, the initial tagline of the movie was "You've waited 70 years to figure out what happens the next day." They dropped that tagline and even changed the title to what it is now. The new title suggests confidence that this can be come a successful franchise. Yes, some have said that the movie looks bad based on the trailer, but it has a few things going for it. First off, the animation will allow them to use all the random Oz characters without having to spend a ton of money. Second, it brings the musical back to Wizard of Oz, something that Oz the Great and Powerful essentially left out. Third, there's not a whole lot of competition for family audiences. Rio 2's run is ending and How to Train Your Dragon 2 doesn't open until June. The distributor here is Clarius Entertainment and this is their first go at things, so a lack of a big name distributor will hurt, but Free Birds and The Nut Job have shown that decent numbers can happen without a major distributor. And Disney/Pixar lost the monopoly on animated movies a long time ago. Plenty of new animation companies have risen in previous years. Finally, the cast of the movie is quite prolific. It includes Lea Michelle, Kelsey Grammar, Dan Akroyd, Patrick Stewart, James Belushi, and Martin Short.
The final movie of the weekend is probably the biggest wild card of the weekend and that would be Moms' Night Out. The movie is a comedy, but it's only a PG-rated comedy, so it definitely won't conflict with the other comedy this weekend in Neighbors. If anything it will be competing more with Legends of Oz, but Oz is a slightly different audience as it's more of a parents and their younger kids type of audience. Moms' Night Out is about a group of moms that want a break. A moms' night out. But doing this requires their husbands to watch the kids and of course you know this means things will go bad as their husbands try to do this. It most noticeably stars Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, and Patricia Heaton. It's hard to imagine a large crowd of people storming out for this one, but you never know.
May 16th - 18th-
Opening alongside Godzilla is the second sports drama of the year in Million Dollar Arm. Disney is super confident in this movie after initial testings were done. Also, reaction at CinemaCon was also very positive. Million Dollar Arm is a baseball movie where a certain sports agent uses an unconventional strategy of recruiting Cricket players to come play in the MLB. This brings to mind other sports movies like Moneyball and The Blind Side. It looks like reviews of Million Dollar Arm will also be in those movies' range. This is the type of movie that would get a lot of Oscar attention if it opened in the Fall. Unfortunately, the Academy usually forgets that movies come out before September, so that might hurt this movie's chances for awards. Baseball movies also have a short ceiling when this comes to the box office, but this should be a decent hit.
May 23rd - 25th-
Opening with Days of Future Past is the Adam Sandler comedy Blended, the one that Sandler told people to forget about in favor of Godzilla. I'm sure he won't be too offended if people actually do see. And they will. Sure, Sandler has had some recent misses with Jack and Jill and That's My Boy, but Grown Ups 2 got him back on track last year as Sandler is usually a pretty consistent draw at the box office. Starting with The Waterboy in 1998, Sandler has led 14 movies that have earned over $100 million. Blended reunites him with Drew Barrymore, his 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer co-star.
May 30th - June 1st-
Last but not least is another R-rated comedy that the trailers have made look absolutely hilarious and that is A Million Ways to Die in the West. As stated earlier, R-rated comedies have made bank in recent summers and this one should be the second big R-rated comedy in May. This movie is helmed by Seth MacFarlane, who had a fantastic live action debut with Ted back in 2012. The raunchy teddy bear comedy made over $200 million in the US and even more overseas to give it a worldwide total of $549 million. A Million Ways probably isn't going to get that high, but Seth MacFarlane's stamp on it should make it a huge hit. Stars of the Western comedy include Seth MacFarlane himself as well as Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Chalize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, and Christopher Lloyd.