It was a huge weekend for Disney as it’s new live action feature The Jungle Book took a massive $103.3 million in it’s opening weekend. Far behind it in second place was Barbershop: The Next Cut, doing a pretty solid first weekend with $20.2 and last week’s number one The Boss dropped to third with $10. Again dropping more than 50% from it’s previous weekend, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice only made $9, dropping to fourth in just as many weeks and Zootopia, Disney’s other high performing film, earned $8.1 to stick around in fifth spot. Criminal debuted in sixth spot only taking $5.8 million.
There are four movies opening this weekend, two in wide that won’t give The Jungle Book much competition:
The Huntsman: Winter’s War – A prequel that I doubt anyone cares to much about, Chris Hemsworth stars in a spin off of the 2012 Snow White and The Huntsman, a film that more than doubled it’s $170 million dollar budget and was overshadowed by a scandal between star Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders. For this one, we get a new director and the return of villain Charlize Theron as well as Emily Blunt as her sister. The critics are already tearing this one to shreds so don’t expect anything good from it.
A Hologram For The King – Tom Hanks fans across the world are going to expect the usual fare from the fan favorite but be left a little cold with his odd new film. He plays a business man who travels to Saudi Arabia to pitch a new communications prototype technology to a King while in the midst of an existential crisis. A beautiful looking film but it really let me down in it’s third act after struggling to find any sort of tone.
Hello, My Name Is Doris – Sally Field is getting rave reviews as Doris, a sixty year old woman who takes an internship at a nearby office and falls fro one of the younger men there. She then gets caught up in the younger crowd, finding a second rejuvenation of life in the process. I love these kinds of films so much and really relish Field in this role.
The First Monday in May – A behind the scenes look at the creation of the 2015 exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass,” which celebrated the impact of Chinese design on Western fashion, this film shows the social politics that go on that making it the most important social fashion event of the year.
At the Twilight Drive In: This week’s triple header is one I call “The Three Instruments of Torture”
8:30 PM The Huntsman: Winter’s War
At The Rio Theatre: One of the greatest kung fu films ever made, Kung Fu Hustle is a brilliant mixture of amazing action scenes and a Looney Tunes style of insane comedy that blends so well. Stephen Chow is one of the best filmmakers out of China and Kung Fu Hustle is a film that demands to be seen on the big screen at the Rio Theatre’s Friday midnight screening, which kicks off at 11:55pm!
Blu-Ray: the incredible cinematic experience of The Revenant, the horrible animated film Norm of the North, Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino in Misconduct, the Maggie Smith film The Lady in the Van, the martial arts film Ip Man 3, the Monty Python comedy Absolutely Anything and Stephen Dorff in the loosely superhero like film American Hero (only on DVD).