Memorial Day Weekend Sees Trend in Lackluster Films

Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off the release of the summer blockbuster film and this weekend is no exception. “Baywatch” and “Pirates of The Caribbean 5” face off for the top spot at the box office this weekend but they’re both getting terrible reviews.

Paramount’s “Baywatch”, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, currently has a 19% on Rotten Tomatoes while Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale” currently holds a 30%. To qualify as a good film, movies have to rate at a 60% or higher.

This might seem like an unfortunate coincidence that two big films released on the same weekend could both be bad. Audiences might give “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” another shot for number one, but “Baywatch” already has a leg up over the competition with its $1.25 million earned from its Wednesday night opening.

However, it seems like movies released on Memorial Day weekend have always been bad. According to, the top 10 Memorial Day weekend film releases with the highest opening grosses have been bad movies with the exception of three. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” holds a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Fast & Furious 6” has a 69% rating, and the unspeakable “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” has a 77% for some reason.

The films with the bad reviews include “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “The Hangover Part II”, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, “The Day After Tomorrow”, “Bruce Almighty”, and “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Coincidentally, 2007’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” holds the top spot for highest opening gross on Memorial Day weekend with over $139 million and it has a 45% rating. It finished with $309,404,152 at the end of its run.

So, why are Memorial Day weekend releases bad? Whether the film gets rushed, a screenplay gets butchered, or direction gets misguided, it’s safe to say that we don’t stop going to see these movies. We can only hope that the rest of the 2017 summer lineup is better.

Until then, what movies are you watching this weekend? Let me know in the comments.


Why Do You Write?

I write for a living, but that’s not why I write. I provide 14 to 16 blogs a month for my clients’ websites. The research that goes into writing these blogs can be tedious and boring. Most times, the topics are fun and educational. I go home learning about random things like TMJ pain or why it’s not so bad to plant in the summer.

After writing so much during the day, it becomes difficult to go home and want to write about what really interests me. I force myself to log in to my computer and after that, my love for writing settles in. Once I’m in the groove of it, the real answers to why I write reveal themselves.

  • I blog because it’s therapeutic, almost like writing in a diary. All my thoughts go into a computer and become real. They’re corporeal. I’m able to read back these words and reflect on them, rewrite them, and delete them if I want. If something you do makes you feel great about yourself or helps you in some way, you should do it more often.
  • I write because I aspire to be known for my writing. Like all writers, I struggle with what to write first. The list of unfinished writing projects is accumulating. No matter though, as I’m writing now and it shows promise for my future. A little discipline is all you need sometimes.
  • I write because I want to help and inspire. I’d like to help in inspiring someone to accomplish their goals in life. Stephen King inspired me to write horror. J. R. R. Tolkien inspired me to write fantasy. Joss Whedon inspired me to write for television, and Wes Craven inspired me to write for film. All four men inspired me to write!

Hopefully, this blog inspired you. Why do you write? Let me know in the comments!

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