The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 took the final weekend of 2015, before Star Wars comes in to dominate, with a measly $11.4 number one. In The Heart of the Sea completely bombed in second with $11.1 with The Good Dinosaur and Creed in a close second and third, earning $10.3 and $10.1 respectively. Kampus hung around in fifth, taking $8.4 in it’s second weekend. All will be destroyed by an absolute beast this weekend.
Three wide releases this weekend (including the one you all know about) and two limited ones:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Who would have thought we’d ever get an Episode VII, but we do and it’s finally here. Do I need to even explain why this will be the biggest hit of 2015 and will destroy at number one until maybe Deadpool in February?
Sisters – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reteam for an R-rated comedy about two sisters that decide to throw one last party at their childhood home. Some very funny supporting work from Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph and John Cena, this one isn’t that bad.
Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip – The only fact that could make this bearable is that it was my little girl’s first movie. Otherwise, this is fun for kids, bad for adults. This being the third sequel to the first film in 2007, gets a bit n he tedious side and it’s only an hour and a half.
The Danish Girl – Doing well in the awards circuit, this film is a Hollywood glossed “true story” about a Danish painter who transitions to be a woman. For me, Eddie Redmayne’s performance was a little too much but Alicia Vikander is fantastic, even if her character is a bit of a composite one.
Hitchcock/Truffaut – Any film buff is going to love this documentary about a week long interview conducted by Francois Truffaut (who created French New Wave cinema) of Alfred Hitchcock. Later compiled into a book released in 1962 and expanded again in 1980, the film also features interviews with Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and James Gray.
At The Rio Theatre: It’s a great night at the Rio tonight starting at 7:00 pm with the romantic comedy classic The Princess Bride. Right after it at 9:30 pm is the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense and then the night closes out at 11:55 pm with possibly my favorite Christmas films, Bad Santa. That’s a great and eclectic line up!
Blu-Ray: Tom Cruise getting his spy on again in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the return of Seth MacFarlane’s foul mouthed teddy bear in Ted 2, the young adult thriller Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the abysmal Fantastic Four, the Chinese drama Wolf Totem and Richard Gere as a homeless man in Time Out of Mind.