The Fate Of The Furious enjoyed another weekend at the top, albeit for considerably less than it’s opening weekend hundred million, taking $38.4. The Boss Baby sticks around in second place with $12.7, Beauty And The Beast adding $9.7 to it’s over a billion dollar worldwide haul.Tied for fourth with $4.9 was Going In Style and Smurfs: The Lost Village and new release Born In China earned a close $4.8 million, which goes to the Disney Wildlife Fund, as does the rest of the opening week gross.
Just three films open this weekend with one in wide release:
The Circle – Riding the hot streak of Beauty And The Beast, Emma Watson in back in theaters as a woman who lands her dream job at an innovative and powerful tech company, only to discover shady business within. Tom Hanks also stars in this film as the “Evil Mark Zuckerberg” leading the company, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ John Boyega and Boyhood’s Ellar Coltrane as well. I kind of like these tech mysteries and director James Ponsoldt has a solid resume with End Of The Tour and The Spectacular Now.
Norman – Richard Gere stars in the first of two new movies (he has one coming out next week too), playing a meddler and fixer in New York who manipulates his way into lucrative deals and political doings in the city. Some real character work from Gere that’s earning a bit of praise, the film also stars Steve Buscemi, Hank Azaria and, man of the moment, Dan Stevens.
A Quiet Passion – Sex And The City actress Cynthia Nixon has definitely made the best decisions of that cast as she keeps landing great roles, this one playing poet and recluse Emily Dickinson. The film starts out a bit rocky, looking somewhat like a play, but as the story progresses it becomes an enthralling study of a complex and fiercely outspoken woman. Really liked this one.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “What Can I Say? Take A Nap Until Midnight”:
8:30 PM Smurfs: The Lost Village
10:10 PM Going In Style
11:55 PM Kong: Skull Island
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday, it’s all about Boats and Hoes, as the Adam McKay comedy Step Brothers is your midnight screening. One of the greatest comedic team up in recent history, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as new and, at first reluctant stepbrothers who become friends almost instantaneously. If you haven’t seen it then rectify that at 11:55 PM!
Blu-Ray: my number one movie of last year, La La Land, Seline returns to fight vampires and werewolves in Underworld: Blood Wars, the inventive zombie film, The Girl With All The Gifts and Sandra Oh and Anne Heche have a violent reunion in Catfight.