Better Weekend Blog! Movies, Concerts & Events! Make it a Better Weekend!

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It seems like the "X-Men" movies franchise will not be going out on a high note at the box office. "Dark Phoenix" took second place this weekend after opening across 3,721 theaters. The previously "X-men" movie release was "X-Men: Apocalypse" and that opened to $65.8 million. The lowest opening in the X-men 19-year franchise was 2013’s "The Wolverine" with a $53.1 million debut.

It was a great weekend for our furry friends in "The Secret Life of Pets 2" which opened with $47.1-million across 4,561 theaters.  This is the follow-up to 2016’s "The Secret Life of Pets," which opened to a record $104.3 million.

Box office holdovers round out the top five with Disney’s live-action "Aladdin" taking the third place spot with an estimated $24.5 million while "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" fell by nearly 67 percent in its second weekend with an estimated $15.5 million across 4,108 theaters. "Rocketman" rounds out the top five for the weekend with an estimated $14 million. 

Here are this weekend’s top 10 movies:

1. "The Secret Life of Pets 2"— $47.1 million

2. "Dark Phoenix"— $33 million

3. "Aladdin"— $24.5 million

4. "Godzilla: King of the Monsters"— $15.5 million

5. "Rocketman"— $14 million

6. "Ma"— $7.8 million

7. "John Wick: Chapter Three–Parabellum" — $7.4 million

8. "Avengers: Endgame"— $4.8 million

9. "Pokemon Detective Pikachu"— $3 million

10. "Booksmart"— $1.6 million

Source: Entertainment Weekly

I have three movies to highlight this weekend with lots of star power!

Men in Black: International:The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. Is this new adventure, they tackled the biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. This also stars Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson

SHUT YOUR MOUTH! Shaft is back! Richard Roundtree and Samuel L Jackson are back as Shaft Sr and Shaft Jr!

AND on Sunday ONLY a special Father’s Day viewing from Fathom Events, TCM and Universal Pictures present Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, returning to cinemas for a special 30th anniversary event "If you build it, he will come."  To see if it’s playing near you visit the link above!

Do you have your Connecticut Passport?? PASSPORT TO CONNECTICUT FARM WINERIES CELEBRATES 15TH YEAR OF GROWTH! Get a minimum of 12 stamps and you’re eligible for great prizes! This all supports our local farmers and growers! To learn more about the Passport Program and the participating farm wineries, visit or

There are a ton of events across the state this weekend, and you can get connected below!

There’s so much to see and do in CT this weekend!! First and foremost we celebrate DAD!!! Sunday is Father’s Day and from a Father’s Day Cruise and Brunch aboard the Lady Katherine or a Father’s Day train Ride with the Essex Steam Train to the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Series in New Britain, check out our blog to get connected to cool Dad events across the state! Here are a few events I’d like to highlight!

Elizabeth Park in West Hartford will be in full bloom! The Elizabeth Park Conservancy invites you to Rose Weekend 2019, June 15-16! Featuring thousands of rose bushes and arches in bloom; Bonsai Society of Greater Hartford Show and Sale; poetry readings; “Painters in the Park;” Rose Garden tours; community, cultural and arts organizations under the tent; and a scavenger hunt for the whole family. All events are free both Saturday and Sunday finishing with the CT Rose Society, 38th Annual Rose Show - Pond House (1:30 to 4 pm)

Saturday don’t miss the Annual Strawberry Festival at Lyman Orchards! The Annual Strawberry Fest kicks off the summer event season, celebrating family fun, Lyman's fresh grown strawberries, and sweet strawberry treats from the Apple Barrel and more! 9am to 4pm and for details visit

Sunday, The Outlaw Music Festival takes place at the Xfinity Theater – this is a show for ALL AGES! The line-up includes Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, The Revivalists, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Hayes Carill, Casey Donahew, Colter Wall, and Particle Kid. Gates open at 3pm~ don’t miss the Outlaw Village with craft beer, local eats and artisans!

So much to do and see in CT and beyond!  You can get connected to all by clicking HERE OR HERE.

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