Disney’s new princess made the number one spot this week but I think it’s probably less than they wanted it to take over the American Thanksgiving weekend ($81 for all five days), as it pulled just $56.6. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them fell to second with $45.1 and Doctor Strange was far behind that in third with $13.7. Rounding out the top five was another new release, Allied, bombing with only $12.7 and Arrival, still making alright coin, with $11.5. The other new releases didn’t fare well either, with Bad Santa 2 opening in seventh place and Rules Don’t Apply in twelfth, which is the worst wide opening of 2016 with $1.5.
Just two movies this week, both in limited engagement:
Christine – A biopic about television news reporter Christine Chubbuck who committed suicide on an evening news program in Sarasota in the 1970s, this story has actually got two movies about it this year. Unfortunately for this one, I liked the other one, Kate Plays Christine, much better. I feel thins film paints her as a crazy person far too much for me to remain unbiased. Still a great film with great performances, especially the lead, Rebecca Hall.
The Other Half – A Canadian film, written and directed by actor Joey Klein, this film is a love story drama between two very damaged souls. Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen plays a British immigrant to Canada who has been running from a death in the family he can’t get past grieving. He meets and falls for a wild child of a girl, played by Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany, who has a very aggressive bi-polar disorder. A great movie that addresses the mental illness in a non-sensational light.
At The Rio Theatre: Want to see Natalie Portman in her Academy Award winning performance as a ballerina who suffers a slow mental breakdown to achieve her dream as being the top dancer in her program? Yes, Black Swan is the midnight screening at the Rio, a film that BEGS to be seen on the big screen. Get on it now and especially if you have never seen it!
Blu-Ray: the moody re-imagining of Pete’s Dragon, Fede Alvarez’s fetal position inducing horror film, Don’t Breathe, one of the best family films this year, Steven Spielberg’s take on The BFG, a foreign take on Robinson Crusoe that was redubbed and renamed for North American audiences as The Wild Life and Clea Duvall’s directorial debut, The Intervention (DVD only).