Po the Dragon Warrior got to spend another weekend as king of the box office with Kung Fu Panda 3 retaining the top spot with $21.2. Last week’s new release of the Coen Brothers Hail, Caesar! took second place with $11.4 while Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still hugging on to that third place spot, Earning another $7 million. Rounding out the top five was The Revenant in fourth with $6.9 and the new Nicholas Sparks romantic weeper The Choice earning $6.1 for fifth. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies debuted in sixth with only $5.3 million.
Expect a lot of box office draw this weekend as three new wide releases hit, two of them looking to dominate everyone’s wallets, and one limited release that is my must see of the week:
Deadpool – Filmed in our own backyard and showcasing our Georgia Viaduct, Deadpool signifies the first time a comic book movie has gotten the character one hundred percent right. Already up there as my favorite film this year, I will be watching this one over and over and over again.
Zoolander 2 – More than fifteen years after the original film Derek and Hansel are back in Zoolander 2. Featuring a villainous Kristen Wiig as the adversary, I’m really hoping this film delivers and doesn’t fizzle in fits and starts like the last long awaited sequel Anchorman 2 or be straight up terrible like Dumb and Dumber To.
How To Be Single – I have a love hate relationship with this movie right out of the gate. On one hand I have a real love for Rebel Wilson and her brand of awkward yet egotistical humor. Some may see her as a flash in the pan but I really dig on her. On the other hand there’s Dakota Johnson, a waify actress who hasn’t done anything to impress me yet. She drowned opposite Johnny Depp in Black Mass and don’t get me started on that 50 Shades crap. Here’s hoping she changes my mind.
Nina Forever – One of my favorite films at Vancouver Film Festival, this twisted and f***ed up horror romance will knock you through a loop. Only playing for three days at Vancity Theatre, this is your MUST SEE OF THE WEEK. Also check out my interview I did with the filmmakers.
At the Twilight Drive In: Yes, that’s right, it’s open! THis first line up of the year I call “Can We Get A Redo?”:
7:30 PM Daddy’s Home
9:20 PM 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of the Benghazi
At The Rio Theatre: It’s a triple header of love this Friday night at the Rio kicking off with Casablanca at 6:30 pm followed by Jean Pierre Jeunet’s brilliant and quirky romance Amelie at 8:45 pm then closing out with the midnight screening at 11:30 pm of Michel Gondry’s wonderfully odd Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That is a fantastic Valentine’s Day line up. Go get it, love birds!
Blu-Ray: Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in the underwhelming Spectre, Guillermo del Toro’s creepy gothic romance Crimson Peak, the Christmas ruining Love The Coopers, Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield’s thriller 99 Homes, Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in the rom com Man Up and Lily Tomlin’s Golden Globe nominated performance in Grandma.