Action Point

Year: 2018
Directed by: Tim Kirkby
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Susan Yeagley, Dana Schick, Chris Pontius

Written by Sam Comrie

As the summer blockbuster season begins it’s third act, we begin to enter the phase of late U.S releases. To fill the gaps before the final run of the year drops its high ticket adventures on us, Action Point is one of those movies falling into the cracks. Coming from TV and music video director Tim Kirby, in collaboration with Johnny Knoxville, comes a new excuse for Knoxville (assisted by fellow Jackass alumni Chris Pontius) to perform bone crunching stunts within a conventional slapstick narrative. Immediately from the one sheet, I got the feeling they were going for a throwback to the high output of National Lampoon movies from the late 70s onwards through the 80s.

Unfortunately, Action Point lacks any of the wit, charisma or talent behind some of the more successful National Lampoon ventures ala Animal House and Vacation (’83). I’m all for a slice of laid back slacker fun, however I found myself struggling to find a laugh amongst Action Point’s 85-minute runtime. A chuckle here and there maybe for Knoxville’s quirkiness, but never anything truly side splitting. Because of that lack of comedy, it really makes it apparent how thread bare the narrative is. Told in flashback orientated manner (with Knoxville Grandpa makeup included), D.C Carver (Knoxville) recaps his glory days at Action Point to his granddaughter.

The theme park is notorious in the local community for it’s various health risks and questionable management. Naturally, competitors want to demolish the park to acquire the land for further business ventures. In a bid to pay off the park’s mounting debt, Carver and his band of slackers set about promoting how outrageous the park is to drive up business. In an attempt to add emotional stakes, Carver’s daughter comes to visit for the summer, with news that will determine the dynamic with her father going forward.

As the story tries to use Carver’s daughter as the heart of the movie, it spirals into a pit of dull exchanges around the park, with the occasional stunt thrown in. I probably might have got more enjoyment out of this if the stunts (normally cringe inducing from Knoxville) had at least an ounce of the insanity featured in the Jackass franchise. It’s almost as if these are unused or scrapped stunts that had resurfaced, only to have a wafer thin plot to hold them in as opposed to a new Jackass venture.

Knoxville had stated to Vanity Fair that he had sustained more injuries on this production than any of his previous endeavours. While I applaud his boldness to put himself on the firing line when it comes to slapstick entertainment, this commitment doesn’t feel like it is reflected. It seems like Knoxville is playing it safe, which is a true shame.

If you’re looking for a movie with similar premise around raising money and stunts gone wrong, you’re better off revisiting cult favourite Hot Rod.

Sam’s Rating:

2

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Weekend BO Report: ‘Solo’ Continues To Crash But ‘Action Point’ Is The Real Catastrophe

 

Written by Dapo Olowu

A second weekend at the top of the Box Office charts was a certainty, barring a freak collapse, but ‘Solo’ still only crawled to the finish line with a total of $29.4m, a major 65% drop from 7 days ago. It fared a little better internationally, where it fell by only 47%, but brought in just $30.3m here for a global total of $264.4m. Remember, ‘Solo’ comes from the same family of films as ‘The Force Awakens’, that opened in the U.S. alone to $248m in 2015 – a number that ‘Solo’ won’t reach in its entire domestic run. The gross it will finally end on is up for debate. Its second weekend drop mirrored 2014s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’s 64% fall, but while the latter was able to nab a 2.58x opening weekend multiplier, the upcoming ‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ will surely cut ‘Solo’s Box Office legs short. Could we see ‘Solo’ crash and burn at under $200m domestically? It’s looking more and more like reality as each day passes.

Deadpool 2’ is now just $2m away from a global gross of $600m, with still enough left in the tank to close in on $700m. The duo has confirmed themselves as the biggest R-rated franchise of all time, overtaking the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy’s $1.32bn worldwide gross, with $1.38bn. It’s a little difficult to ignore the diminishing returns here; ‘Deadpool 2’ is currently 11% behind its predecessor at the same point in its run, but with bucketloads of profit already assured, Fox won’t be too displeased. Its third weekend showed an interesting similarity to MCU films ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Iron Man 2’; all three by the third weekend had/have domestic totals in the region of $250m. A finish nearing $310m for ‘Deadpool 2’ is thus likely, a fantastic return for the merc with the mouth, and for the studio willing to take the risk on the comic book hero.

The biggest new release of the weekend went to ‘Adrift’, which sailed steadily to an $11.6m total, in-line with our below-teen prediction on Friday. Its solid 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, and B on Cinemascore should give it the legs it needs to reach the shores of profitability, and it gets a further boost from the lack of any meaningful competition in the coming weeks. Still, the production cost of $35m, and heavily-skewed audience (69% of viewers were over 25), lands it in choppy waters with little room to grow. It’s a mixed-year for STX Entertainment thus far; ‘Gringo’ flopped with a $5m gross, whilst ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Den of Thieves’ both performed decently, with over $70m each from $30m budgets. Its upcoming Mark Wahlberg shoot-em-up, ‘Mile 22’, and Melissa McCarthy comedy, ‘The Happytime Murders’, probably won’t buck the trend either.

Infinity War held on strong this weekend to bring in $10.5m, but the real story this comes from China, as it dropped only 25% this weekend for a total of $356.2m – the 3rd biggest Hollywood film in Chinese history. Its current global total is $1.97bn, and although $2bn is guaranteed, reaching ‘The Force Awakens’ $2.07bn total seems like a step too far. Fifth spot goes to ‘Book Club’, which again boasted the lowest drop of the weekend, by only falling by 30% to take home $7m. Even with potential competition in ‘Adrift’, the rom-com is comfortably over $50m globally at the moment with a clear schedule ahead.

Now for one of the biggest surprises of the weekend, ‘Upgrade’ smashed expectations by grossing $4.7m in its first three days – enough to be BH Tilt’s second biggest opener ever, and needing just a multiplier of 2.3x to become their biggest ever domestic hit. The sci-fi horror opened in under 1,500 cinemas but was able to boast the 4th best per-cinema average of the weekend, with $3,206. Both ‘Life of the Party’ andBreaking In’ continued their similar runs by bringing in $3.5m and $2.8m each, with domestic totals reaching $46.4m and $41.3m respectively.

No words can really describe just how badly Johnny Knoxville’s ‘Action Point’ did this weekend. It bombed, bringing in just $2.4m of a $19m budget. Far away from our hopeful $9m start, ‘Action Point’ suffered from the lack of advertising, 19% on Rotten Tomatoes (and C+ on Cinemascore), and no tie-in with the ‘Jackass’ franchise that launched Knoxville’s career. Paramount likely knew this would flop from a while back, and thus limited their exposure by spending as little as possible on promotion, which only raises the question: did they attempt to sell this to Netflix? Like they did with ‘Annihilation’ & ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’? The final film rounding off our top ten list was ‘Overboard’, which brought in $1.9m, just $170k off of ‘A Quiet Place’ in 11th.

Next weekend sees the horror ‘Hereditary’, crime thriller ‘Hotel Artemis’, and star-studded heist comedy ‘Oceans 8’ enter the picture. How will they get on against our current top ten? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

 

Rank Last Week Rank Film Total U.S. Gross Weekend Gross Weekend drop Jumpcut’s prediction Difference Week number
1 1 Solo: A Star Wars Story $149m $29.4m -65.2% $33m $3.6m 2
2 2 Deadpool 2 $254.5m $23.2m -46.7% $22m $1.2m 3
3 Adrift $11.6m $11.6m $12.5m $0.9m 1
4 3 Avengers: Infinity War $643m $10.5m -39.2% $9.4m $1.1m 6
5 4 Book Club $47.6m $7m -30.1% $7.3m $0.3m 3
6 Upgrade $4.7m $4.7m $3.8m $0.9m 1
7 5 Life of the Party $46.4m $3.5m -34.9% $3.6m $0.1m 4
8 6 Breaking In $41.3m $2.8m -34.4% $2.5m $0.3m 4
9 Action Point $2.4m $2.4m $9m $6.6m 1
10 8 Overboard $45.5m $1.9m -37.8% 5

 

 

 

Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Solo’ Manages Top Spot As The New Entrants Cement Top 10 Positions

Written by Dapo Olowu

The New Releases

Leading the pack of new releases in the U.S. this weekend is romantic drama ‘Adrift’, based on the true story of a couple stranded in the Pacific Ocean in 1983. The film, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, is looking to emulate the latter’s summer 2016 effort ‘Me Before You’, which opened to $18.7m before ending on a respectable $56.2m domestically and a whopping $208.3m worldwide. We’re dampening our estimates this time around as ‘Adrift’ just doesn’t have the luxury of being based on a book or starring a lead from ‘Game of Thrones’ in Emilia Clarke.

What it does have, however, is Golden Globe nominee Woodley in her first film since ‘Divergent: Allegiant’, as well Claflin coming off of a lead role in the JUMPCUT darling ‘Journey’s End’. Fun fact: Sam Claflin’s role was originally meant for Miles Teller, which would’ve marked his 5th collab with Shailene. Trivia aside, we’re using the opening of last September’s ‘The Mountain Between Us’ to predict ‘Adrift’, which not only had the same production budget but similarly saw a stranded Idris Elba and Kate Winslet find love. We’re therefore looking at an opening of around $12.5m, just $1m short of rom-com ‘Book Club’s start 2 weekends ago.

Johnny Knoxville’s ‘Action Point’ opens in a little over 2,000 cinemas, and with not even a Rotten Tomatoes critic score (never a good sign) to provide a general consensus, whose to know what this’ll gross? Knoxville’s last comedy, 2013s ‘Bad Grandpa’, made $32.1m in its first 3 days. No chance ‘Action Point’ will open to similar numbers; it’s in 1,300 less cinemas & has no tie-ins to ‘Jackass’, meaning we’re looking at a much lower gross. Last year’s R-rated ‘Baywatch’, which saw a $5,000 per-cinema average, had the benefit of being based on a popular TV show and starred Box Office gold ‘The Rock’, although ‘Action Point’s RT audience score of 83% gives it a major critical advantage. Taking into this account, a $4,500 cinema average would give the comedy a respectable opening of around $9m.

Finally we have Sci-fi horror ‘Upgrade’ from BH Tilt, production company Blumhouse’s multi-platform subsidiary. This division has a knack for smaller releases, with their biggest release being 2016s ‘The Darkness’ in 1,769 cinemas. ‘Upgrade’, which enters 1,460 theatres this weekend, is by far the most critically acclaimed out of BH Tilt’s films, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 86% besting BH Tilt’s current leader ‘Sleight’s 74%. It’s difficult to see where ‘Upgrade’ will land, but by using ‘Sleight’s per-cinema average as a rough guide, an opening close to $4m is in play.

What else is on?

Solo’s 2nd weekend is looking to be as horrendous as its first, as its daily fluctuations have almost mirrored those of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, which ended up dropping by 64%. Although ‘X-Men’ films are notoriously front-loaded, its likely that a similar drop (~60%) is in store for ‘Solo’, especially when taking into account we’re coming off a holiday weekend. A stronger showing is expected from ‘Deadpool 2’, which looks to bounce back with a gross of around $22m this weekend to take its domestic gross to over $250m and its global cume closer to the $600m mark.

Infinity War’ continues to mirror ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’s performance last year in terms of their weekend drops, and has the benefit of not having direct competition in ‘Wonder Woman’ taking crucial Box Office gross away from it in its pursuit of a $2bn total. Its gross of $9.4m is closely followed not only by ‘Action Point’, but also by ‘Book Club’ which faces competition from ‘Adrift’ for an audience. A gross close to $7m will be in store for the film, just a 30% drop from last weekend. Melissa McCarthy’s comedy ‘Life of the Party’ will continue to hold strong, with a drop of under 40% from a week ago to close in on a global gross of $60m. ‘Breaking In’ and ‘Show Dogs’ round off the top ten, with $2.5m and $2m respectively.

What do you think? Will ‘Solo’ drop like a stone, and will ‘Action Point’ impress the crowd? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

 

Rank Last Week’s Rank Film US Gross so far Budget Jumpcut’s prediction Weekend drop Week no. BoxOfficeMojo’s prediction Deadline’s Prediction Variety’s Prediction
1 1 Solo: A Star Wars Story $115.2m $300m+ $33m -61% 2 $30m $30m-$33m $50m-$60m
2 2 Deadpool 2 $227.8m $110m $22m -49% 3 $22.6m $21m $25m-$30m
3 Adrift $35m $12.5m 1 $13m $13.2m $7m-$11m
4 3 Avengers: Infinity War $631.1m $300m $9.4m -46% 6 $11.2m
5 Action Point $19m $9m 1 $5.5m $4m-$7m
6 4 Book Club $39m $10m $7.3m -27% 3 $7.3m
7 Upgrade $3.8m 1 $2.5m $3m $3m
8 5 Life of the Party $42.3m $30m $3.6m -35% 4 $2.8m
9 6 Breaking In $38.2m $6m $2.5m -42% 4 $2.6m
10 7 Show Dogs $12.7m $5.5m $2m -41% 3

 

 

Johnny Knoxville Gives The Middle Finger To Safety In The First ‘Action Point’ Trailer

“Everyone’s favorite daredevil Johnny Knoxville is back to his hilariously painful antics in the upcoming comedy ACTION POINT. Knoxville stars as D.C., the crackpot owner of a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun. Just as D.C.’s estranged teenage daughter Boogie comes to visit, a corporate mega-park opens nearby and jeopardizes the future of Action Point. To save his beloved theme park and his relationship with his daughter, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits risk everything to pull out all the stops – and stunts – making for another wild ride from the star of BAD GRANDPA and JACKASS.”

Directed by: Tim Kirkby

Starring:  Johnny Knoxville, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Chris Pontius

Release Date: June 29th, 2018