Sometimes I get these box office predictions wrong and I am actually pretty happy I did this time as Beauty And The Beast has been dethroned with The Boss Baby taking the crown with $50.2 million and the Disney reimagining falling to second with $45.4. Ghost In The Shell opened in third with $18.7, Power Rangers fell to fourth with $14.2 and Kong: Skull Island clings to fifth with $8.6 million. This is probably what the box office will look like more or less with only two little wide releases this weekend.
Five films open this weekend with two in wide release and then one gets a small release on Saturday:
Smurfs: The Lost Village – Sony seems to be a glutton for punishment as they trot out the European created blue forest creatures for another outing, this time in a fully animated reboot. Trying to rectify the fact that there is only ONE female Smurf, this film gives little effort and has no follow through. Terrible and vapid kid bait.
Going In Style – In a movie that feels like it’s been done before, three old men, played by Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine, join up to rob the banks who have been robbing them. It’s interesting to note that this is director Zach Braff’s third movie, probably the most Hollywood film he has made.
Song To Song – The new film from Terence Malick, a filmmaker who is easily one of the more polarizing in cinema, Song To Song was made during the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and sort of meets up with one of his last films, Knight Of Cups. A big cast including Michael Fassbender, Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, this one is also very music driven. I’m still kind of interested.
Chokeslam – As a big wrestling fan, Chokeslam had me on the ropes early and I was really digging it. Then the story clobbered me over the head with a chair made of cliches and I found I couldn’t stomach the last two-thirds of the movie, Such a disappointment.
David Lynch: The Art Life – One of the greatest filmmakers ever takes a look at his life and how it shaped his creations that would leave their marks on cinema and form a ravenous fanbase for a director that we can not fully wrap our heads around. I also assume there will be a lot of talk about his cherished transcendental meditation.
The Void (Opens Saturday) – Looking at this film on the outside, it looks like a campy little horror film, which I’m sure it is. On closer inspection, it’s a movie where nothing is as it seems, there’s insane asylums, cults and maybe even a Cthulu-like creature, judging by its poster. I don’t know but I’m intrigued.
At The Twilight Drive-In: This batch of movies I call “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!”:
7:50 PM Logan
10:20 PM Goon: Last Of The Enforcers
At The Rio Theatre: I can’t lie about this one, I have no idea what the movie screening at the Rio on Friday is like. The film is a 1987 horror called Blood Diner and follows two brothers who kill young women to serve as meat at their restaurant. Intriguing, right? I’m interested, for sure.
Blu-Ray: The Star Wars: Episode Four prequel, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the underwhelming ensemble comedy, Office Christmas Party and Jason Sudeikis channeling his dead wife in The Book Of Love (only on DVD).