Hamilton! (Oh, and some other important news, too.)


The coronavirus continues to change the world of entertainment. We’ve chronicled those changes in this space over the last several months, watching as the box-office dollars shrank from the hundreds of millions to the just plain hundreds, and as movies moved from the multiplex to streaming services and video on demand.

Well, we’re changing a bit, too.

Plugged In’s traditional Monday morning movie wrap-up is moving from our blog to social media—specifically our Instagram and Facebook pages.

I admit that, as the main caretaker of Movie Monday (what we call this blog internally), I’m a little sad to see it leave this space.. I know it’s the wave of the future, but social media just doesn’t have as much room for atrocious puns.

But when we first launched Movie Monday, its primary purpose didn’t have anything to do with puns. Rather, it was meant to be a launchpad for conversation, a place where you could talk about the movies you saw over the weekend: what you liked, what you hated, what you thought of what we thought about them, etc.

Those sorts of conversations across our culture have largely migrated to social media. It seems time—past time, perhaps—that this conversation migrated there, too.

But it’s still Monday, and this blog still has a job to do one last time. So let’s take at the weekend’s biggest cinematic shakers, shall we?

Most prognosticators believe that the biggest rumble took place on Disney+, where the Broadway sensation Hamilton made its small-screen debut over the Fourth of July weekend. While Disney is not releasing viewership numbers, the streaming service did see a 64% download bump over the weekend, and buzz over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning history lesson was louder than an Epcot fireworks display. In Uproxxx’s own box-office roundup, Dustin Rowles noted that Disney+ boasts 54 million subscribers. He speculated that a huge chunk of those subscribers watched the musical—then took walks and peered through their neighbors’ windows as they watched Hamilton—just to rewatch another number or two. (Which sounds a little creepy to me, but we’ve got other things to talk about.)

We can be pretty sure that Hamilton’s popularity far surpassed that of any movie actually playing in theaters this weekend. Box Office Mojo lists only one movie on its weekend wrap-up list thus far: Followed earned $11,200 in 90 theaters. More movies may, um, follow later today.

The video-on-demand charts look awfully familiar. FandangoNow features all the usual suspects we’ve seen on these charts for weeks now, if not months. Trolls World Tourthe undisputed star of the COVID cinematic seasonleads the way once again, Followed by No. 2 The King of Staten Island, No. 3 You Should Have Left and No. 4 Irresistible. Newcomer Force of Nature, featuring a wizened Mel Gibson, lands at No. 5.

Over at iTunes, a new movie called The Outpost is in gold-medal position, followed by a couple of golden oldies: Independence Day and Terminator: Dark Fate. Trolls World Tour is fourth, and Force of Nature is fifth.

And there you have it—and not a pun in sight. Now, go talk about Hamilton on Facebook and Instagram!

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Michael Murphy 3 months ago
I've enjoyed Unplugged Movie reviews since college-grad kids were little.  Thanks for all the puns!  Thanks for helping us steer through the Hollywood Maze.  Facebook?  Really?  Sorry, I won't be making the transition with you.

I couldn't say it any better than charitysplace: 
"Facebook.  The place where good conversations go to die."    
charitysplace 3 months ago
Ugh. Facebook. The place where good conversations go to die. :P

I saw Hamilton. I would have changed some things and toned down the bad language a bit, but I admit that I enjoyed it a lot. It was toe-tapping, clever, meaningful, and even at times sad. Won't beat out Phantom of the Opera and Wicked for my favorite musical, though.
seraph_unsung 3 months ago
I'd personally rather the Movie Mondays stay here since I do use Facebook but don't want to have all my conversations on it, but I can understand your decision.
The Kenosha Kid 3 months ago
Who watched Hamilton? What did you think?
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The Kenosha Kid 3 months ago
Agree! As someone who'd only experienced the show through the cast album, I was most surprised by Daveed Diggs' stage presence. I loved his entrance during Guns and Ships. 

Also, the king's dance moves were a kick.