I’m completely baffled by the fact that Suicide Squad has taken a third weekend, though I can take solace in the fact that it was another over 50% drop in sales as it took in just $20.9. Sausage Party hangs on to second place with an additional $15.5 and War Dogs was the biggest of the new releases, taking in $14.7. Audiences broke my heart, as Kubo and The Two Strings was the lowest attended opening weekend for Laika ever with the film only earning $12.6 and Pete’s Dragon rounds out the top five with $11.3. Ben-Hur may be the biggest flop of the summer, only earning $11.2 for sixth place.
A very small slate of films this week with six films in total and two of them in wide release, both not looking like box office breakers:
Mechanic: Resurrection – Jason Statham fans will probably dig on this film that is a sequel to the 2011 film that was a remake of a 1972 Charles Bronson film. The first film was an okay action film, about a hitman who kills people and makes it look like an accident. My problem is we really didn’t need a follow-up and, even worse, it has the usually not good Jessica Alba as a love interest.
Don’t Breathe – Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez had a massive hill to climb when he remade the iconic horror film Evil Dead but he absolutely nailed it. Now he’s back with a totally original film about a trio of punks who rob a house that turns out to be their doom. Lots of blood and gore in a movie that is said to be the scariest in recent memory.
Gleason – Prepare to lose all of your tears with this heartbreaking but inspirational documentary about former New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS. This is the best doc I’ve seen this year and assumedly will be at the top of the heap in that category when this Oscar season comes along.
In Order Of Disappearance – A dark comedy crime thriller with Stellan Skarsgard and Tormund Giantsbane, this film is getting some good reviews. It looks like a mix of Guy Ritchie and Martin Scorsese all within Norway and I’m digging a Skarsgard led film for sure.
The Hollars – John Krasinski steps behind the camera again for the second time, directing this comedy about a man who returns to his hometown when his mother gets sick. A likable cast around Krasinski including Anna Kendrick, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day and more, this is a nice light movie to take in.
The Intervention – Actress Clea Duvall makes her directorial debut in this film about a group of friends that plan a weekend getaway to coax their bickering married couple friends to an intervention. The goal is to convince them to get a divorce. A good cast featuring Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne and Burnaby’s own Cobie Smulders, this looks like a sleepy indie comedy.
At the Twilight Drive-In: This week’s triple header is one I call “Disney’s Family Feel Good Line-Up”
At The Rio Theatre: This Friday I’m a big conflicted with the midnight screening, as I love the Rio Theatre but I hate the film being shown as it’s the new animated Batman film The Killing Joke. This showed a quick way to destroy a classic graphic novel in my opinion.
Blu-Ray: the absolutely awful prequel/sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War, my favorite comedy this year, The Nice Guys, a lackluster animated video game adaptation, Ratchet & Clank, the Woody Allen-esque comedy, Maggie’s Plan, the Scottish tale, Sunset Song (only on DVD) and the underdog horse racing documentary, Dark Horse (only on DVD).