5 Ways to Prep: Snatched
By George Rose
May 10, 2017
After Marvel is done pleasing families and young men with May’s kickoff weekend, Hollywood always tries to soften the second weekend blow with releases usually targeted at women and/or adults. There are far too many examples of this to name here, so I won’t. What I will say is that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Snatched both come out this weekend. Old people love classic stories like the tale of King Arthur and women love comedies about… women. And what better weekend to release a female-centric movie than on Mother’s Day weekend?
Holidays are the kinds of variables that make following box office stats so exciting and unpredictable. Will Amy Schumer continue to surprise us with another $100 million earner with Snatched? Will the directing talents of Guy Ritchie carry King Arthur past a $20 million debut? The former is more likely than the latter here but I have yet to see an analyst predict anything north of a $75 million total for Snatched. Basically, this weekend isn’t expected to produce a massive hit, but I am always pleased when a movie surprises and makes MORE than expected. When you already aren’t expecting much, earning LESS than expected gets everyone worried that theaters will be closing soon and we’ll all be bowing down to Netflix while we stay locked away at home. I don’t know about you but I will never be ready to remove theater-going from the equation. IMAX for life, bitches!
With Mother’s Day right around the corner and Trump’s disturbing victory in 2016, I think I’ll give women the upper hand here and be the sole vote needed to give Snatched the win over which movie gets to have me detail five ways to prepare for it. Women rule and guys drool! So, without further ado, here are five ways to prepare for an estrogen- filled weekend at the cinema.
1) Trainwreck (2015)
A few days ago I told my coworker I was seeing Snatched this weekend. He asked, “What’s that?” I snickered and said it was the new Amy Schumer movie. He asked, “Who’s that?” I lost my shit and made fun of him for clearly not owning a television. He said he only really watches Netflix and they don’t have commercials. There you have it, folks, Netflix is ruining cinema for everyone.
Schumer was a contestant on some comedy competition once upon a time. Then she became a comedian famous for being foul-mouthed with jokes about being a drunken slut. That is my kind of humor, so I started to take notice. Then she had a hilarious show on Comedy Central called “Inside Amy Schumer.” Get it? “Inside” like inside her vagina, not just her psyche. Then she found a way to still shock us by busting a huge nut on Hollywood with her debut film, Trainwreck. It opened to $30 million and finished with over $110 million. These are great numbers for an R-rated comedy, especially one geared towards women. Lower expectations, higher reward!